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Saturday September 22nd 

Llanddulas Male Voice Choir Visits Kirby-Lonsdale

Llanddulas Choir


Llanddulas Male Voice Choir in Concert. 

 On Saturday, 22nd September

the club is proud to present, in concert, 
The Llanddulas Male Voice Choir in St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale. 

Musical Director Eirlys Dwyryd is an accomplished musician who has created the arrangements for the choir.

Eirlys accompanies the choir on the piano and  on a Welsh harp.

Tickets, price £10,

will be on sale at the Tourist Information,

corner of Main St, near the Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale from the beginning of July

or, alternatively, to purchase tickets please Tel: 01524 732873. 

The number of tickets is limited and we anticipate big demand for this unique event.

To avoid disappointment be sure to purchase your tickets early. 


Clarity Visits Rotary

Sophie McKie Presents a Clarity Gift box to Raffle Winner Christine Hamilton

Sophia McKie and Frank Owen From the Charity Clarity gave a talk and presentation on their aim to provide employment opportunities for blind and disabled people.  Established for 161 years Clarity has been sponsored by Queen Victoria, Dickens and Winston Churchill. In 1986 the Duchess of Gloucester became their Patron. Clarity develops, manufactures, packages, and sells beautiful toiletries and cleaning products. Clarity believes that all people should have an opportunity for employment regardless of the complexity of their individual disabilities.


Visit by the Children from Belarus

On Wednesday 4th July the Rotary Club of Lunesdale entertained a group of 12 children, aged 7- 10 years who are on a month's visit to the UK from Belarus. The children are brought here by the charity The Friends of Chernobyl's Children. Some Rotary Club members met the youngsters at the Climbing Wall in Kendal. The children were guests of Mr Mrs Wilson.  All the youngsters enjoyed an active and adventurous session. Next on the agenda was lunch in Kirkby Lonsdale followed by a walk through the town to Devil's Bridge on the River Lune. It was a very hot day so the children revelled paddling in the coolness of the water. Ice cream cornets proved a big favourite on the walk back to town! It was a very happy day enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Club Handover



A group of very excited teddies who are patiently waiting to meet their new owners a group of
12 children from Belarus whom the club will host for a day visit on July 4th. 


Sunbeams of Bentham

. Rebecca Porter and Ruth Poole visited the club on 14th June to give an update
about the progress of the group which began 8 years ago.
Sunbeams meets monthly and now has 14 families who are able to
benefit and enjoy sharing time together and sharing their experiences in
dealing with an autistic child. Providing support for each other is of great
importance in this small group. The organised outings arranged for the group are
greatly appreciated by the families as indeed is the successful Lego club.

Glenys Marriot with President Nigel


Glenys Marriott spoke to the club as a representative of the charity Headway. This deserving charity provides support for people with head injuries (excluding very young children) their families and carers. Head injury can occur without warning and when it does it causes great trauma and anxiety to both the injured person and also the family. Headway can provide access to a wide range of expertise to help deal with the complexities which may occur as the result of a brain injury. 

Visit by the Assistant District Governor

Left to right President Elect Hugh Sweenie, ADG Dick Johnson
and Club President Nigel Pullen.


On Thursday 31st May the club had a visit from Assistant District Governor

Dick Johnson. Dick gave a short speech in which he commended the members for the number of activities, work and events it engages in with the local community. He emphasised how important it is that the club should be involved with the local community as this is the best method of encouraging new members to join Rotary.



 Dr Dolittle in Kirkby Lonsdale


The filming of "The Voyage of Dr Dolittle" is currently happening in Kirkby Lonsdale. The weather is lovely with blue skies and sunshine so perfect for the filming. Many of the buildings in town are being changed temporarily for the duration of the filming. There are many visitors enjoying watching the film crew at work and the many and varied delights that the town has to offer.



  The Club's 43rd Charter Anniversary Dinner

On Thursday May 3rd the club celebrated this special occasion at Bentham Golf Club. It was attended by 76 people. Guests included the District Governor Larry Branyan, Presidents and Rotarians from other Clubs plus family and friends. The meal was excellent and enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of chat and laughter. Guest speaker was Sam Boatwright who is famous for his epic running and cycling events. His after dinner speech had the audience enthralled. To date he has raised over £35,000 for Help For Heroes.




       Weekly Meeting 19th April
     The newest member to join the club is Dawn Parrington.
It is traditional for a new member to give a talk about his/her daily occupation.
Below is a précis of  what   her complex job entails which gave members an insight into,
what for most people, is an unknown but very rewarding aspect of life.


                Disability & Learner Support Manager 

          University of Salford.

Dawn spoke about her role and her ethics and passion for an inclusive education for all. 
She explained the concept of a social model and our responsibilities
to anticipate the needs of disabled people not just to be reactionary.



Teddy Bears for the Children


Bears for the Children

Teddy Bears for our little visitors from Belarus when they come to visit in July.
                                                   They are all pretty cuddly!

Visit by 2 members of our Local RLNI






On 5th of April members and some visitors were treated to a talk by Kevin Jackson the Operations Manager of our local Royal National Lifeboat Institution station. He was accompanied by Collin one of his station colleagues. The brave people who give their services to this organisation do so as volunteers. They can be called out at any time of the day or night in all kinds of weather conditions, more likely than not incredibly ferocious, stormy weather. Lifeboats now are much improved to the first one in the fleet which began operations in 1824. Since then great pioneering developments have contributed to saving many lives at sea but none of these rescues would have been achieved without the selfless courage and bravery of its crews. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. 

Visit to


A very interesting tour giving us information as to the production of Whisky, Vodka, and Gin. This was followed by a tasting of the products. Enjoyed by most, but not the drivers who were unable to take advantage. Perhaps next time others can drive. We then had a very enjoyable meal in the Boardroom.



Flowering Crocus Corms in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

 Crocuses 2018

What a glorious display of the crocus corms planted in 2016 by club members in  
Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale. They were planted to highlight the ongoing project  
"Purple 4 Polio" to rid the world of the crippling disease of Polio.
When a child is vaccinated a finger is stained purple to indicate that the child has been vaccinated.




Bonanza Cake & Savoury Sale March 10th at

Lunesdale Hall Kirkby-Lonsdale

A Fun Day

After the huge success of the sale last year,

by popular request,

this year it was extended to include handmade craft items.

All the proceeds will go to several worthy charities. 


Auction Night At Tunstall Village Hall

Our International Fund Raising Evening



Our International Supper and Auction Event 23rd February.
As always this popular event proved to be a very enjoyable and very successful evening. Club members and their guests enjoyed a meal before the serious business of the auction began. The stars of the evening as always were Colin and Jane Greenhalgh who skilfully and with lots of humour orchestrated and encouraged the bidding to achieve the best possible bids. There was an excellent variety of "lots" on offer providing everybody with an opportunity to bid for something. The grand total was an amazing £2,861. The money raised will go to the following deserving charities; Polio Plus, Mary's Meals, Mercy Ships, MAAF, Sandam Project, Kitale School Uganda, Amango School S.Africa and Rotary Foundation. On behalf of President Nigel, Duncan Hamlett and all the club members a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and for their generosity.



Father Christmas visits the Lunesdale Valley
There has been intense excitement throughout the valley as many of the villages welcomed a visit from Father Christmas in his sleigh during the past week. Several members of the Rotary Club accompanied him each evening and knocked on doors to be sure that everyone was aware that he had arrived. He was given a great welcome and people generously made a donation into the collecting tins. The money collected will all go to local deserving causes. 

A visit was also made to Brant Howe Nursing Home in Kirkby Lonsdale where the residents and some grandchildren were thrilled to meet him. Each of the children received a present--- some were shy of the big man in red some were not! 
Rotary Club President Nigel plus all the members wish to say thank you to everyone for all the support given throughout the year and to wish you a
Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018.


Father Christmas at Booths


Christmas Dinner at Bentham Golf Club

Christmas Party



The Club Provides A Special Experience 

Castle Head Field Studies Centre

 At the meeting on 30th December Liam McLoughlin, a student from Wennington Hall School, gave an excellent talk about his time at Castle Head Field Studies Centre. He described how he had enjoyed this fantastic opportunity, made available to him by the Club. He had participated in an action packed week of outdoor activities and pursuits. Pupils from all over Lancashire and Cumbria came together to take part in a range of challenges designed to develop team work, cooperation and resilience in a variety of settings.

The week began with team bonding and raft building thus enabling young people to work together. Despite unusually cold temperatures and driving rain, the groups took part in Ghyll scrambling, and developed climbing skills on both a wall, and up in the Lake District hills.

One of the many highlights was the overnight expedition, even though it had to be curtailed due to the change in weather conditions. The student group were initially camped at 800ft, but because of the high winds they descended quickly. They returned to base at Castle Head earlier than expected. Liam proved to be a real success story when it came to the Crate Challenge, building a stack of 19 crates to win the event.

The week culminated in a presentation by the groups reflecting their clear enjoyment of the experience, successes achieved, and the positive impact it had had on all the students who took part.




Children in Need

C in need

Pudsey in Kirby Lonsdale

Pudsey and some members of the Rotary Club of Lunesdale collected at the entrance to the Booths store enjoying meeting and chatting with busy customers. The staff, in the store were in fancy dress and collected whilst having fun with the customers. As always Booths customers were very willing to donate to Children In Need and enjoy the happy atmosphere. The total collected was an amazing £1,500. A huge thank you from the Rotarary Club and Booths Staff to everyone who donated to this worthy cause.




Doing Our Bit To Eradicate Polio From The World 

For over 30 years, Rotary has been working hard to rid the world of polio. This terrible disease can kill or severely disable children. There is no cure. Immunisation programmes are essential to prevent children contracting this disease. To date polio cases across the world have reduced by 99.9% from over 350,000 cases to just 74 in 2015. Over 2.5 billion children have been immunised. 

In 2016 Roger Frank of the Upper Eden Rotary Club conceived and realised the idea of manufacturing, promoting and monetizing an Iron Lung to raise funds towards the worldwide eradication of polio.

Planting Crocus Bulbs for Purple4Polio


A Nationwide Campaign
Some members of the Club in the process of planting 3.500 crocus corms along parts of the bank of the River Lune at the bottom of Mill Brow in Kirkby Lonsdale. The planting is part of a Rotary Club nationwide initiative to publicise the campaign to eradicate polio from the world. All the flowers are purple and when they bloom, next Spring, they will provide a spectacular purple display along the river pathway. Hundreds of walkers will enjoy the added attraction to this ever popular and delightful walk. When a child is vaccinated against polio a purple dye is put on a finger to indicate the child has been treated hence the significance of the purple flowers.


Displaying the Iron Lung at the Westmoreland Show

 Left to right, Robert Sykes Kendal RC, Roger Frank Upper Eden RC, 
Lilian Barton and Brian Beard of Lunesdale RC.


  Rotary Clubs working together towards supporting the global campaign to eradicate Polio.

What is an Iron Lung?
Some club members visited the Westmorland Show on 14th September with this fantastic but now obsolete piece of life saving equipment. This was a life saver for polio victims who's chest muscles ceased to work, and were unable to breathe. By changing the pressure on the body it made the lungs inhale and exhale.



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