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To accompany the visuals you can listen to Honorary Member and Rotary Town Crier Barry McQueen playing the Post Horn Gallop, followed by his rendition of ‘My Little Ukulele’ from George Formby’s1935  film ‘Off the Dole’. As a contrast, by kind permission of Honorary Member Tony Jo, listen to the superb group ‘Bond Legacy’ singing ‘Skyfall’ and to wrap it up we have Peter Jebson playing the Mighty Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer. 

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Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria & Lancashire) 2017 Conference took place at Southport’s Theatre & Conference Centre during the weekend of the 10th – 12th March. The theme for the conference was ‘Be Inspired’ and there was much inspiration on show from Blackpool’s Highfield Leadership Academy students.

Ten students submitted artwork for the District Rotary Young Artist Competition in the 14 – 17 years age group. The theme was ‘Reflection’ and the judging criterion was: Imagination & style; Content and composition; and Interpretation of the theme.

All the artwork was on display in the Conference Exhibition Hall. The high standard of the artwork made judging a difficult task but it was pleasing to see that in the 14 – 17 year age category the Highfield students were once again triumphant, (having taken a District first place last year):

·        Amy Tomlinson was District Winner with her work ‘Double Reflection’.

·        Codie Cooper was Runner Up with her work ‘Reflection through a horse’s eye’.

·        Maddison Scharmann was Highly Commended for her work ‘The Black Dog’. 

All the students deserve congratulations for producing such talented work.

Above: Amy Tomlinson's winning entry 'DOUBLE REFLECTION'

Note: If you wish to see a short slide show of the 10 submissions, click on Photo Galleries above, then on 'Rotary Young Artist 2016 - 2017'.

Also appearing at the Conference was Highfield’s Head Boy & Head Girl Aiden Fairclough and Lauren Jones.  They had been selected by the District Governor to give a short presentation about their experience attending the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), at Castle Head Field Study Centre, Grange-Over-Sands last October.  RYPEN is an Outward Bound type course.  It was great experience for Lauren and Aiden who spoke during the Youth Section on the Sunday morning. They had an audience of over 200 delegates and guests including Eve Conway, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) President.  Their presentation was well received.

Also appearing on stage that morning was Guest Speaker Nicki Chapman the TV presenter.

All the young artists and the Head Boy & Head Girl were fine ambassadors for Highfield Leadership Academy and Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: The Sergeant at Arms going over a few things with Aiden and Lauren.

Above: Lauren and Aiden giving their presentation.

Care & Share is a Christian family & friends run faith group; which believes in the saying ""Charity begins at home"

Their facebook states, " We ask the general public to help us by donating their unwanted clothes (mens, womens, childrens, babies) bedding, curtains, bric a brac, gifts etc.  These donated goods are then sorted out and redistributed to those in need. If you have anything that you don’t want and it’s in good condition please contact us; we will pick up donated goods

All items are given free of charge”

On Monday 6th March, the founder Linda McEvilly gave a most interesting talk about her life and the inspiration which guided her to setting up this wonderful organisation.  Linda was accompanied by Secretary/Treasurer Louise Ashworth and these two ladies gave many examples of the good work they do. Contact details can befound on the leaflet below. Club members also brought clothing and goods for Care and Share.

Above: (L-R) Linda, President Jeff and Louise.

At an Awards Ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday 11th March 2017, Linda won the 'Fylde Coast Woman of the Year 2017' Award.  Congratulations to a very worthy winner from all at Blackpool South Rotary Club.

Above: Linda with the High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE DL.

The life of Robbie Burns was celebrated on Monday 23rdJanuary at Blackpool Park Golf Club when members and friends of Blackpool South Rotary Club held their Annual Burns Supper.  The Traditional Scotch Broth, Haggis and Cranachan was served and enjoyed.  The meal was delicious.

Burns Orator, Cllr Alf Clempson gave the toast to The Immortal Bard and in his inimitable animated style regaled the audience with tales of Scotland’s famous son.  Alf was accompanied by Piper Frank McQuade.

A great night was had by all and Burns would have been proud of these two former members of the Scots Guards.

Above (L-R) Burns Orator Alf Clempson, Chef Jamie and Piper Frank McQuade

On Monday16th January, two Highfield Leadership Academy students, Lauren Jones and Aiden Fairclough gave a presentation about their recent experience on a RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of  Enrichment) course. The course is highly motivational and based upon adventurous activities and team-building exercises.  It is specifically designed to develop self-belief and confidence.

The two students gave an interesting presentation and answered questions.  One comment they made was that the 'Natural World was awesome'.

Lauren and Aiden were fine ambassadors for the Academy.

They have been invited by the District Governor to give their presentation at the Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria and Lancashire) Conference being held  from the 10th - 12th March at Southport's Ramada Plaza Hotel.  They will speak during the Youth Section on the 12th March. Very well done Lauren and Aiden.

Above: Aiden and Lauren with President Jeff and some of the members and friends who attended the presentation.  On the back row - far right is John Kerr, Head of Year 11 at the Academy.

Excerpt from Houndshill Press Release:

Santa spent Saturdays at Houndshill Shopping Centre in the run-up to the big day with kind-hearted shoppers digging deep to raise £2,400 for three main local charities through its association with Rotary Blackpool South.

The charities – North West Air Ambulance, the RNLI Blackpool and North West Blood Bikes Lancashire – will each receive £600, while other local causes will also benefit from a further £600.

Houndshill became a winter wonderland last month with Santa and his elves taking up residence in a grotto following a sweet-laden sleigh ride around Blackpool town centre in an event arranged by the shopping centre, Radio Wave and Blackpool Business Improvement District.

Children were given the chance to post their letters to the North Pole while shoppers took part in a number of festive activities, as well as getting their Christmas shopping in and raising money for good causes.

This is the first year Houndshill has worked with Rotary Blackpool South to raise awareness of local causes and put something back into the community.

Jeffrey Meadows, President of Rotary South Blackpool, said: “This very big-hearted offer from the Houndshill to give the Rotarians and our friends the opportunity to collect £2,400 for our three main charities.

“It was a great parade through the centre of Blackpool and this is a great example of the Rotary working with business for the benefit of others. We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this the success it was.”

Debbs Lancelott, manager of Houndshill Shopping Centre, said: “We are always delighted to work with the Rotary and event was such a huge success again.

“It’s always a pleasure to put something back into the community and we cannot think of more worthwhile causes which do so much good for the local area.”

Above:  (L-R): Paul Darlow and Debbs Lancelott (Houndshill), Jeffrey Meadows (Rotary Blackpool South), Ian Stewart (NWAA) and Gary Eastham (NW Blood Bikes).   It was not possible for a Lifeboat representative to attend the photo call.

 Photo courtesy of Happy Creative Ltd.

Honorary member of Blackpool South Rotary Club Tony Jo of HRH Entertainments Ltd, once again brought professional entertainers to Highfield Leadership Academy to raise funds for Highfield Students to participate in Rotary Sponsored Projects.  Entertainers Matt Andrews, Nikki Miller, Lois Charlton and Johnny O’Connor who are BOND LEGACY presented a stunning 45 minute show performing many Bond classic songs.  Tony and the Team deserve the greatest of thanks

Mrs Claire Parker, the Academy’s Head of Music arranged an in-house talent competition and the finalists performed on stage, the winner being offered the chance to appear in the ‘Music for Heroes’ show produced by Tony at the Blackpool Opera House in June 2017.

Students under the guidance Mrs Larraine Barrett produced a delicious hotpot and vegetarian option, followed by scrumptious apple and pear crumble and individual Victoria sponges.

Above: BOND LEGACY (From Left) Matt Andrews, Nikki Miller, Lois Charlton and Johnny O'Connor.

Above: El Presidente Jeff shares a joke with Tony Jo.

Above: Head of  Music Claire Parker in discussion with Deputy Principal Chris Wardle.

Photography by Peter Westhorpe.

For slide show click on 'Photo Galleries' above then on 'BOND LEGACY'.  

On the 18th November 2016, we celebrated our 64th Charter Dinner at the Blackpool Park Golf Club. District Governor Malcolm Baldwin and his wife Jacquie attended. It was a most enjoyable evening with excellent food and service from the catering and bar team.  Our guest vocalist was Suzanna Fox, a delightful and talented local vocalist.  The Stanley Parr Silver Salver for the club member who the ‘went the extra mile’ was awarded to Past President Jacqui Longden.  Jacqui was on holiday in Las Vegas and the Salver was presented to her on her return.

Above: District Governor Malcolm Baldwin and Blackpool South President Jeff Meadows - former work colleagues and now Rotary colleagues

Above: Vocalist Suzanna Fox.

Above: Immediate Past President Barbara (right) presenting Past President Jacqui Longden with the Stan Parr Silver Salver on Jacqui's return from holiday.

To view a slide show of the evening, click on ‘photo galleries’ above and then click on ’CHARTER DINNER 2016’.  Many thanks to our photographer Peter Westhorpe.

Above: Highfield Humanities College.

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