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We meet on most Thursday evenings 7.30pm
at The Castle Inn, Hornby (015242 22279).
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Stewards Rota

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*Future Event*


This Cake Sale will provide a unique fundraising opportunity for a limited number of charities on a first come first served basis.

The Cake Sale will take place in the Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale from    

10.30am - 2pm.

Charities taking part are requested to encourage family, friends and neighbours to bake and donate delicious cakes for sale on the day. The more cakes the better. All the proceeds of the cakes sold by the participating charities will be for them. There are superb bakers in the villages throughout the Lune Valley and the variety of cakes is great eg Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate, Coffee, Ginger, Fruit and not forgetting the ever popular Cup Cakes all of which and more we hope to have an excellent choice of for the sale. Please put your baking skills to good use by supporting the event, providing a treat for the taste buds, and helping worthwhile charities in the process. 

If you personally and independently wish to bake and donate a cake the Rotary Club would be delighted to hear from you.

Tea/coffee, and yes of course, a piece of cake will be on sale during the morning and soup and a roll will be on sale at lunch time.

To take part or for more information please leave a message as soon as possible on the contact section above 

or tel 015242 73166.

District 1190 70th Annual Conference March 10th - 12th
Southport Convention Centre

Duncan Hamlett with RGBI President Eve Conway and District 1190 Governor Malcom Baldwin.

Roger Mason, Duncan with the Mayor of Sefton Ian Brodie-Brown 


Early Travellers to the Lake District
Terry Bond

Terry Bond was the Speaker at the meeting on 9th March and his period was late 1600 - 1800. This beautiful area was not a tourist centre then indeed Daniel Defoe described the area as most wild and barren and it was where people called the mountains fells! They were certainly not climbed for pleasure in that period. OS maps were introduced in the 1800s. It was a lady, Harriet Martineau, who wrote a complete Guide to the English Lakes in 1855. However it was Wordsworth's "Guide Through The District of the Lakes" which sparked mass tourism and he was the first person to propose that it should be designated a national park.


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.  


It costs just 40p to protect a child with the vaccine.

Purple is the colour in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

In October last year some members of the club planted 5,000 crocus corms to support the campaign to eliminate Polio from the world. They are now in full bloom and providing a lovely splash of colour for locals and visitors to enjoy in the park near Devil's Bridge.


Wow ---
What a great 112th Birthday.

Radio Lancashire


The Annual International Supper and Auction


Radio Lancashire Morning Breakfast Show

Radio Lancashire broadcast their outside Morning Breakfast Show from a Club meeting at the Hornby Castle Hotel on Thursday 23rd February. This was the day when RIBI celebrated its 112th Birthday. 12 members made the most of this opportunity to tell a wider audience about their experiences in Rotary and what being a member has meant to them. Sally Naden, the morning Show Presenter and her colleague Technical Producer Chris Thornley, enjoyed making the programme as much as the members did in taking part.

International Supper and Auction

In the evening the annual International Supper and Auction was held at Tunstall Village Hall. 72 people attended and enjoyed an excellent 2 course meal before the auction. A variety of auction "lots" was up for grabs and auctioneer Colin Greenhalgh expertly coaxed the bidding higher. An incredible £2,500 was raised from the event which will be divided amongst the international charities supported by the club. A big thank you to those people who donated an auction "lot" and a special thank you to local businesses for their generosity. 

Lakes District Estates Company

David Little


At the meeting on 16th February club President Richard Parsons welcomed David Little CEO of the company based in Kendal and which was started in 1938. David explained that in the Lake District tourism employs 16,000 people, over 16 m visit each year, it is worth £1.1 billion to the local economy and the Lake District is the most popular in the UK and has World Heritage Status. The company has a varied portfolio in the complex and constantly changing area of tourism which includes commercial and private letting property, heritage visitor attractions,

5* caravan parks, private holiday home & lodge sales and retail outlets and shopping

eg. Peter Rabbit & Friends.

Understanding and catering for the needs of visitors from both the UK and abroad plus always looking to the future is essential to its continuing success.

Visiting children from Belarus



Visiting children from Belarus in front of a Wigwam on Woodclose Caravan Park.

North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes provide Emergency Service.


At the meeting on 2nd February club members welcomed Steve Dunstan a volunteer of the

North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes. 

NHS transport facility closes at 6pm and prior to 1981, and the start of the service offered by Blood Bikes, taxis were used to provide emergency services after this time and throughout the night. Blood bikes is the informal name for a type of emergency medical service in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Volunteers provide an unpaid motorcycle courier services to hospitals and other healthcare providers, to help with the transport of urgent blood, tissue organs, patient notes and samples from path labs. Blood bikes have been in operation in England since 1962. They volunteer from 7pm-2am during the week and do a 24hr service at weekends covering the area from Barrow in Furness in the north to Manchester in the south. When required they work in relays down the length of the U.K. The success of the service is dependent on a large and dedicated back-up team a hugely important part of which are the fundraisers. There are now 26 groups in the country. 


Congratulations to Duncan.


                 The club is delighted to learn that Duncan Hamlett is the recipient of a
                                    BEM Queen's  Honours List Award for 2017.
                                 In the words of our President Richard Parsons:
                   "This is due reward for his selfless dedication to a wide range of charities
                                 and community causes both within and outside Rotary"

Life of a Magistrate

Dave Lewis, one of the members, gave a job talk about the 24 years he spent as a magistrate. He was sworn in with a glass of orange juice! Three magistrates, all with the same powers, sit on the bench and the one in the middle is the chairman. The Clerk of the court is very knowledgeable. Dave stressed that the dignity of the court must be maintained at all times. Several anecdotes were recounted eg a woman who was given the option of a £40 fine or prison for 7 days---the fine was paid in 2 hours! Dave volunteered to be Vice Chair of the Youth Bench dealing with youth offending teams which came up to Lancaster after 10 years. We learned that appeals are heard in a Crown Court. After 24 years Dave was given a Long Service Award and a certificate of good service which was signed by Judge Judge! The ceremony at Preston was celebrated with a glass of orange juice. Some things don't change.










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