Welcome to the Rotary Club of Aireborough
TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT TRIUMPH
Aireborough members again pulled their weight at the annual Leeds Rotary Technology Tournament at the John Charles Centre. In the run-up to the event Andrew Wilson chaired the organising committee which also included Brian Whitham and Robert Mirfield. John Sharples, Geoff Bartrum and John Knaggs joined them the evening before helping to set up what is becoming a steadily growing arena. 2017 expected 51 teams and 200+ participants with accompanying teachers. Next day it was all change for the Aireborough Rotarians to roles as M.C., steward, judge or equipment organiser.
Brian Whitham excelled once again in persuading all four local schools Benton Park, Guiseley, Horsforth and St. Mary's, Menston to bring teams in the various categories of Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. One measure of their enjoyment of the day was that all four schools signed up for next year's challenge on 13 march 2018!
This year's task cannot yet be described as not all areas have had their tournament day but the good news was that every team managed to get to the testing stage in front of the judges.
Even better news was that a local team Horsforth School Foundation 2 won the Innovation prize for most impressive solution, second year running for the school. Other prize-winners were Foundation - Priesthorpe 2, Intermediate - Ralph Thoresby and Advanced - Read School, Drax.
Pictures show the Innovation prize-winners Horsforth School and one team's entry being put to the test before the judges.
The quiz with its quirkily entitled rounds, its team challenge and its strategic chance to play the joker once again proved a great 'draw' with over 90 attending in 16 teams. With many being encouraged and responding to buying raffle tickets in abundance the evening eventually raised more than Â£300 for the Club to distribute to local, national and international charities.
But this was once again a great team effort with Janet Kerr as chief organiser and Brian Whitham the ebullient question master. Questions were set by Geoff Bartrum, Janrt Kerr and Robert Mirfield and Philip Livesey invigilated and scored with help from Gill White. Rounds this year included Railways, Bring on the Girls, Stephen and Gardening with the final round, the team challenge comprised of 10 Google maps of well known places.
As usual this was a hard fought and closely contested Qiz with the self-deprecatingly entitled 'Below Par' from Horsforth School coming out on top at the 18th hole.Their team included Connor Brown who learned about the quiz whilst attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award evening. They were only half a point in front of Seriously Challenged. The Four Musketeers were just as delighted to go home with the wooden spoon.
As usual we were well catered for by Trina and Chris and their Golf Club staff with pie and peas proving a welcome tonic at the mid quiz break.
Young Musicians Set High Standards
January 18th 2017
Talented, local young people made this another successful year for the Aireborough heat of the national Rotary Young Musicians’ Competition which was held at the excellent venue of the Grove, Horsforth before an appreciative 60 strong audience.
Eleven students from St. Mary’s Menston, Horsforth and Guiseley Schools took part, with once again the most popular instrument being the piano joined by violin, cellos, oboe and saxophone.
The standard of performance was once again very high, giving the judges Mitzi Whitham, Brian Waite and Philip Livesey difficult choices to make. However their decision in choosing the two winners was unanimous, Dan Cullen from St Mary’s and Naomi Adams from Horsforth.
Dan Cullen on cornet played a syncopated jazz piece together with a beautiful rendition of ‘My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose’.
Naomi Adams on piano wowed the audience with her rhythmical performance of ‘Strutting at the Waldorf’ contrasting admirably with her own arrangement of ‘Some Day I’ll Fly Away’.
Every competitor was given a certificate and each of the winners received a cheque for Â£30 and now goes forward to the next round on 12th March in .
All the competitors were thanked and congratulated by Aireborough Rotary Club President Graham Davies and the event was arranged and compà¨red by Brian Whitham the Youth Services Chairman.
BRIGHTEST OF CHRISTMASES
President Graham’s bold move in securing a top class performer and entertainer for the annual Christmas meal paid dividends with what was widely accepted as the best Christmas event for several years.
It was a bonus that very few in the audience had seen Huddersfield’s very own Simeon Wood before but he brought an outstanding stage performance to Horsforth Golf Club. His supreme skills as a flautist were complemented by the ability to play to the same level a range of other instruments, including pan’s pipes, both recognised and invented, as well as the talent to hold an audience with entertaining anecdotes and whimsical humour.
His programme blended seasonal numbers including Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ and a Christmas Carol medley with Henry Mancini’s ‘Penny Whistle Jig’ and ‘Pie in the face polka’. He recounted the story which earned a place on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show as well as the Sun headline ‘I played my crutch’ illustrated by use of an NHS device together will his follow up for the Tour of Yorkshire ‘White Christmas’ on a bicycle pump. The haunting ‘Annie’s Song’ penned on a cable car ride by John Denver also had its very own back catalogue.
This was a musical night to remember, keeping the audience in rapt attention and seeing him leave the stage to prolonged applause.
As usual those attending answered the call for festive dress with an imaginative display of Christmas costumes as the pictures show.
In playing their part the staff of Horsforth Golf Club produced and served a splendid Christmas meal with all the trimmings to start the evening on the right note.
PROUD TO BE PURPLE
As part of the ‘This close’ campaign and ‘Purple4Polio’ primary schoolchildren in 10 schools in the Aireborough area have been planting with help from various individuals, 5,000 purple crocus corms or bulbs donated by the Rotary Club of Aireborough.
But why purple? simply because to ensure no child is missed, on receiving the vaccination drops, a purple stamp is put on the little finger of each individual.
And why so close? Because the number of cases worldwide has been reduced by 99.9% from 1,000 per day in 1988, to 74 cases in 2015 and to around half that number in 2016 confined to , and .
Alongside the planting, children have also seen a presentation explaining how the campaign developed and how for every Â£1 raised by Rotary worldwide the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation adds a further Â£2 because they have seen at first hand the operation and its results and thet trust Rotary!.
The Aireborough Club is proud of its working relationship with the schools with dictionaries donated each year as well as help with reading, attendance at the Brass Band Concert encouraged by free tickets and now for the second time involvement in celebratory crocus planting.
The schools involved are St. Margaret’s C. of E. Primary, Queensway Primary, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary, Rawdon St. Peter’s C. of E. Primary, Broadgate Primary, St. Oswald’s, Guiseley, Yeadon Westfield Junior Newlaithes Junior, Rufford Park Primary and Guiseley Primary.
Pictures show groups comprising pupils, local Councillors and Rotarians at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary and St. Margaret's, Horsforth.
BELATED GREETINGS FROM SCARBOROUGH
District Conferencewas different this year in that because of unforeseen circumstances we were hosted by the Weston Hotel instead of the Red Lea. The Weston proved an admirable choice with choice of food a particular highlight, staff who measured up to every request and with a room provided for our Friday evening self-made entertainment.
But why go to the District Conference in the first place? Speaking from a prejudiced point of view the Rotary Club of Aireborough provides good company so above all we enjoy ourselves. We are an open minded bunch so we take the opportunity to learn new things and listen to speakers who will motivate us and subsequently to go back to our meetings with a spring in our step! And where else do you get the chance to try and explain to an intelligent Japanese scholar just what a dressed crab is?!!
The variety of speakers and their messages were a credit to the organising committee. Top marks in my personal book went to Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden showing how to galvanise a whole town behind a simple slogan ‘if you eat, you’re in’. The best way to kill any project is to form committees and write reports – just get on with it. Note: organise a trip to Todmorden.
Along the way we heard uplifting and amazing messages from Canine partners, about the incredible progress of Yorkshire Air Ambulance from 2001 to present day and the stupendous fund raising efforts to keep their life saving helicopters flying Â£4.4 million per year) and from Jean Best working as a Peace Officer with young people struggling to come to terms with 21st century living.
Humour came once again from Geoff Mackey with his own idiosyncratic methods of encouraging us all to keep recruiting for the future of Rotary, with communication a key tool ‘what are you sinking?’ Jennifer Angus portrayed all that is best in Inner Wheel, Eric Knowles enthusiastically championed Rotary Foundation and Geoff Miller coming on as a late 12th man played a blinder.
As always Aireborough provided its own entertainment and this proved a wise choice with the result being Logo1 Davro nil. Question Master and game provider Brian Whitham presided over a close run contest with team B (pictured) snatching victory at the last through President Graham’s detailed knowledge of Landrovers.
The second half of the evening saw a hilarious procession of mystery guests including Boris Johnson, Shrek and Wayne Sleep testing the ingenuity of the label wearing volunteers.
On Saturday afternoon we saw our very own Andrew Wilson signposting Youth Service programmes and ending by bravely reading the winning entry from the Young Writers competition which Aireborough will add to its portfolio this year.
The polished performers of Tenors Encore took us to musical theatreland on Saturday night before the nucleus moved on to Abba Revival dancing until the music stopped and the Weston bar was still open.
There will be a District Conference next year and an Aireborough contingent will be there in force. ‘Sometimes the ones who give the most are the ones with the least to spare’ – Mike McIntyre
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Frank Renton, on his 16th visit to Yeadon, supported by the evergreen Hepworth Band and guest soloist Daniel Thomas delivered a scintillating tribute to late Aireborough Rotary Club member John Armstrong in front of a hugely appreciative audience of brass band enthusiasts. Lifelong friend Frank selected a programme of music to include some of John’s favourites from ‘Salute to Sinatra’ to Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’.
As always in his introductions Frank mixed tongue in cheek humour with serious well researched information. He began with ‘Colonel Bogey’, named after the inexpert golf playing Argyll and Sutherland officer who whistled up his Russell Terrier with the March’s opening two notes. Later he confided that the gold plated piccolo trumpet used by a session musician and paid Â£50for the gig at the studios on Paul McCartney’s ‘’ was later sold as unique – 15 times
The Hepworth Band performing with guest soloist Daniel Thomas played items including Peter Graham’s ‘Bravura’ and later ‘A Troika’ by Karl Jenkins with undoubted verve and enthusiasm. Throughout the evening the band portrayed both a genuine flair and an overall enjoyment which was evident in every item. They showed their appreciation of fellow band member Yvonne Emburey after her solo ‘In the wee small hours of the morning’ and repeated applause for the virtuoso playing of Daniel Thomas, who joined them later as second euphonium – ‘a true bandsman’ in Frank’s words
Frank introduced Daniel, winner of Radio 2’s Young Brass Musician of the Year’ with ‘you will marvel at his playing, but all we on stage know just how good he is’. Playing throughout with a smile on his face Daniel followed ‘Bravura’ with in Frank’s words the highly technical and frighteningly modern ‘Solitary prayer’ by Marco Putz. His final piece dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster to his fellow Welshmen was the moving and poignant ‘In gardens of Peace’ by Peter Graham, ‘expansive but with an acerbic tinge’.
As the show ended, commenting on the photograph Frank said ‘we’re already booked for next year’ so for those who missed out this time round the date is Friday 20 October 2017.
Already looking to the next generation of concertgoers Rotary members had donated 60 tickets to the 10 local primary schools the Club supports over the year in encouraging progress in literacy.
PROMS NIGHT AIREBOROUGH STYLE
There was a full house, including many guests at Horsforth Golf Club for Aireborough Rotary Club’s Proms Night interpretation. This first time event was the brainchild of Barry Bootland’s Community Committee, celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Choice of programme was in the reliable hands of the interchanging performers Joanne Dexter, soprano with Opera North and the Olicanian Brass quintet which saw the audience right royally entertained by the eclectic selection of music.
Joanne’s versatile and vibrant contribution began with Puccini’s aria ‘O Mio Caro’ followed by Rossini’s ‘La pastorella’ with helpful introductory insights. She later moved on to operetta in the form of Carl Zeller’s ‘Der Obersteiger’ taking the opportunity to interact the role with unsuspecting audience members and ‘Velia’ from Franz Lehar’s ‘the Merry Widow’. She ended with contrasting songs from 3 relatively modern musicals ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and the rousing ‘Oklahoma’, high on the Queen’s list of favourites she added.
Olicanian Brass comprising two cornets, a tenor horn, a trombone and a euphonium also enjoyed presenting a varied repertoire beginning with ‘Hogwart’s march', music from a film the audience failed to name. This was followed by an American Shaker version of ‘Amazing grace’ and Ivor Bosanko’s ‘Share my yoke’.The quintet moved smoothly into New Orleans jazz mode for ‘Just a closer walk with thee’, before entertaining versions of ‘Drunken Sailor’ and the Monty Python theme tune ‘Liberty bell’.
The evening ended in time honoured ‘Last night of the proms’ fashion with ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ – tuneful singing, flags and Union Jack hats an optional extra.
The Club was pleased to welcome Japanese Rotary Global Scholar Kayono Nakajima, studying Public Health at Leeds University, to the evening’s entertainment adding to her already growing knowledge of British life and tradition.
AQUABOX – THE REAL STORY
Having supported Geoffrey and Heather Barton in their sterling work over many years on the Aquabox project 16 Aireborough Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members leapt at the chance to go to Wirksworth, Leicestershire to see the founding volunteers in action.
Our visit enabled us to see a DVD outlining the history of the project, to see a demonstration of the modern day Aquafilter converting foul water to a drinkable liquid as the demonstrator showed and to talk to the volunteers downstairs dexterously packing the boxes with items from a carefully compiled list derived from experience – solar lamps now replacing candles for example whilst upstairs another team was assembling the pumps.
The volunteers in the warehouse including Rotarians, Inner Wheel members and members of the community number 70 in total working five mornings a week to pack the boxes and assemble the water filters.
Last month they were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the M.B.E. for volunteer groups by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire. Their most recent advert in the Rotary magazine recounts – 100,000 boxes donated with a current value of Â£12.5m. to over 50 countries, 20 years support and Â½ million lives saved. The water and humanitarian aid they provide can only be accomplished ‘working hand in hand’ with other aid providers and disaster relief distributors to pass on your gift of life’.
In 1992 two Rotary Club of Wirksworth members, an industrial Chemist and a water treatment specialist, concluded that following any international disaster the immediate supply of water, safe to drink (or potable in their terminology), was the most critical factor and hence Aquabox was born. Aquabox is now the leading provider of clean water and humanitarian aid to disasters around the world.
The first boxes contained water filters and chlorine purification tablets and the Wirksworh Club arranged transportation and distribution of the boxes through reputable aid agencies already established and trusted in disaster affected regions.
Today the robust plastic tank (originally tested for suitability by being dropped from the warehouse’s first floor) contains 70 items selected for their usefulness with a maximum shipping weight of 25 kg. The lid’s design enables the Aquaboxes to be stacked efficiently one upon the other in a container. The most important item is the Aquafilter developed by John Griffin of the Safe Water trust. Each Aquafilter family water purification unit is capable of producing a minimum of 18, 000 litres of potable water – enough for a family of five for at least 18 months.
The Boxing Day 2004 tsunami on the west coast of India and Sri Lanka is one example of their humanitarian intervention continuing right up to their recent support in Syria.
The Rotary Club of Aireborough, under Geoffrey’s leadership, has regularly delivered 24 packed boxes to Wirksworth each year. With his past service at the Rotary Club of Pudsey included, he and Heather reckon their Aquabox total has recently attained the grand total of 500.
Support for Aquaboxes will remain high on Aireborough’s list of projects to be supported year on year.
STRICTLY FOR THE DOGS? BUT OWNERS WELCOME
This was another innovative event generated initially through the Thursday group because of Doreen Hodgson’s membership of the Tailwagger’s Obedience Display team abetted by her dog Barney, who has participated in several Club Charity Walks.
The venue was the Jubilee Field in Rawdon and was publicised in a variety of ways: by large posters at Yeadon Tarn, Horsforth Hall Park and the venue itself, by flyers in schools , by press releases (well done the Squeaker and the Wharfedale Observer) as well as through social media.
The Tailwaggers team, professional and engaging in their two displays kept the audience entertained as well as encouraging members of the public and their dogs to take part in a Fun Dog Show with an amusing selection of imaginative classes including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘the dog the judges would most like to take home’ and ‘cutest ears’. With 6 rosettes for each class many delighted dogs went home with proud owners.
The cream teas and the 101 dalmatians proved very popular, the stalls, particularly the tombola, pulled in the crowds and well done the pupils from Horsforth School who once again attended to raise money for their Borneo trip through their cake stall as well as helping on the tombola.
There was also a first appearance for Lynn’s imaginative and striking membership stand which brought encouraging results.
This is an event likely to be repeated once a comprehensive review of the arrangements have been made in which comments from all who took part are very welcome. Ways to increase the goodish attendance and timing will be high on the list
Thanks go particularly to everyone who attended but also to those who made scones for the afternoon, who ran the stalls, advised on car parking, worked in the kitchen and erected and struck (so I am advised) the marquee, with a plethora of chiefs directing the action for this is Rotary.
As a result of this event
around Â£400 will go into the Club’s funds for local and international
50 ENJOY THE BIG DAY OUT
There was excitement in the playground at Benton Park as blue capped Green Meadows pupils filed out with support staff to board the bus for Lightwater Valley and another fun filled Kids Out day. This year 6 intrepid, calm on the outside Rotarians, including two? first timers Andrew and Graham joined the throng ready to test their nerve against the Ultimate, Raptor Attack, Twister, Apollo and the Black Pearl.Groups split up to cover their selected rides, some going for the quieter life but all having their own targets to achieve. For Graham's group this included encouraging each pupil to have their photo taken with a bird of prey perched on their arm and resulted in great congratulatory displays once all pictures were safely to hand.
It was not the best of days, certainly not a day for getting soaked twice on the Falls of Terror and the Wild River Rapids but there is always someone ready to lead by example from the front. The daredevils were disappointed to find the Ultimate was not up and running first thing but bided their time and completed two runs later in the day.
But the Black Pearl was calling and there is no greater satisfaction than telling two excited young people that hanging upside down on a pirate ship for what seems like an eternity after being told it is best to leave your spectacles on the ground will be no problem. Telling them there was not really time to do it again was simplicity itself.
All good things have to come to an end and after a tour of the souvenir and sweet shop it was time for our group to board the bus for home with stories of their exploits to tell to waiting parents whilst Barry B, John K, John M, Graham, Andrew and Robert slept soundly that night after a job well done. All were grateful for the tremendous financial support Yeadon Charities gave once again to this event.
Earlier in the year the Rotary Club of Aireborough agreed a request to sponsor one of Guiseley under 8s football teams and early in May it was swimming’s turn.
With over 200 members aged from four to eighty, any Aireborough Swimming Club (ASC) night is busy poolside at Aireborough Leisure Centre but a group photograph was soon eagerly arranged for the young Rotary sponsored competing swimmers 11 years and under and their coaches surrounding Club captain Jack Buckley.
With a year to go to its 50th anniversary this Swim 21 accredited Club has aims ranging from helping people learn to swim and keep fit through to improving their swimming strokes and swimming competitively. Having as past members both Alistair and Jonny Brownlee is something of an accolade for the Club.
Just two days later the focus changed to fund-raising with a difference at the Rotary Club’s annual Charity Walk where sponsorship raised by walkers went to charities of their choice. Around 30 mums and dads completed the buggy friendly and medal rewarded Treasure Hunt with around 60 intrepid walkers taking on the marshalled 5km. Horsforth circuit or the 10km. route including a canal side stretch from Rodley to Newlay. With a picture quiz with prizes to negotiate along the way there was little chance to daydream.
In a draw following a tie Julie Boocock won the 6 week gym membership at Leeds Trinity University (LTU) and a Brear family member the day pass to a multi-activity summer camp at the same venue.
As well as Rotarians walking to raise funds for Club projects there were also sponsored groups and individuals from St. Margaret’s Primary, Horsforth, Yeadon Westfield School, Rawdon St. Peter’s P.T.A., Yeadon Charities and Christian Aid.
Three enterprising pupils from Horsforth School also used the opportunity to raise funds for their 2017 Borneo project by selling cakes and buns to receptive walkers.
Club corporate member Leeds Trinity University was delighted to share the overall organisation of the day by hosting the start and finish points.
This successful event is sure to be repeated next year.
BAMBISANANI CONTINUES TO FLOURISH WITH CLUB HELP
It does not seem like ten years since David Geldart of St. Mary's, Menston introduced the Aireborough Club to their South African project, Bambisanani (Working hand in hand), building leadership in students through the medium of sport at Mnyakanya school in Kwa Zulu Natal. This year's reporting back session was as lively and encouraging as ever, enhanced by videos from both pupils and the headteacher thanking our Club for what its latest donation had produced.
The team for the evening this year comprised teachers Cath Chattoe, Giles Wikes and Tom Pringle together with students Mairenn Collins and Joseph Copsey who had both made the trip. As always the working visit centred on developing leadership skills in school pupils through sports like handball, football and rounders culminating in a grand final sports day where course members could utilise their new talents on fellow students.
Pictured are Bill Hudson, who made the first contact with the project, Giles Wilkes, President Tony Scaife, Joseph Copsey, Mairenn Collins, Cath Chattoe and Tom Pringle.
Both Mairenn and Joseph also delivered science lessons in classrooms with few facilities and to classes of very large sizes but full of unbounded enthusiasm which helped boost their own confidence no end. They also derived great benefit from seeing at first hand the difficulties students faced, yet were constantly happy and motivated by the attention and training they were being given. Theyalso saw the effect their relatively short visit had on the pupils with whom they worked and on how grateful Mnyakanya students were for the opportunity to be tutored by their Yorkshire peers.
This year's Â£2000 donation from the Club had helped generate matched funding from a local Leeds company thereby doubling the provision of computer tablets bought for use throughout the school. Mnyakanya's teachers had undertaken training, with some trepidation they admitted, but now recognised the massive help this modern equipment would give them in developing their pupils.
QUIRKY QUIZ IS MAJOR CROWD PULLER
Brainchild of the indefatigable and irrepressible Janet Kerr, this year's 'Quiz like you've never seen it before' consisted of 7 rounds entitled Mexico, Stewart or Stuart, ABC, Birds and the bees, Space, Cars and motoring and Colours with the chance to play a Joker and gain double points adding to the uncertainty.
On its third runout this unpredictable Quiz drew its largest group of participants ever,104 in number, in 18 imaginatively named teams from 'Hallmarks' to 'Hasbeens' from 'Six under par' to 'Golf mudders'. It was good to see teams from both West End and Belle Vue Schools as well as the Martin House Yeadon shop team and the 5 teams made up of 30 guests cajoled into entering by Brian and Carol Hall.
In a tense picture round finale of 'Famous Yorkshire people - living and dead' the 'Wilmot Andy's Son' team (pictured and including one Rotarian) triumphed by the small margin of 4 points from the 'Sons of the Alecarts'. The still smiling 'Decorators' each left with a choice of wooden spoon or spatula.
Special thanks go to question setters Philip Livesey, Doreen Hodgson, Janet Kerr and Robert Mirfield with Philip also taking on the role of all knowing Question Master handling the temperamental microphone with aplomb. Pat Mirfield and Gill White excelled in their raffle ticket selling and Bill Kerr and Janet Appleton scored and monitored wherever necessary.
President Tony Scaife closed the evening by reminding everyone of upcoming events, thanked each and every one of them for attending or helping to organise and publicise an event which would contribute well over Â£300 to the Club's funds for supporting local and international charities.
YOUNG MUSICIANS ARE CROWD PLEASERS
Organised by the Club for the fourth successive year, fourteen students took part in this heat aiming to be Rotary's Young Musician of the Year 2016. All four local high schools took part: Guiseley, Horsforth and St. Mary's, Menston. together with host school Benton Park at an event very well supported by parents, siblings, Rotarians and music teachers.
Six of the performers were pianists facing the extra challenge of playing an electric piano - not an easy task compared to the usual upright acoustic version. Other instruments comprised flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and the seldom heard viola and recorder. Composers chosen ranged from Bach to the ever popular Einaudi.
This year the competition was split into two age groups and once again the standard was very high, giving the adjudicators Elizabeth Kenwood and Mitzi Whitham an unenviable task in choosing two overall winners.
Ben Pritchard, a trombonist from Benton Park School, won the Key Stage 3 category producing a stylish and confident performance with Piece en Fa Mineur by Morel. In the Key Stages 4 and 5 section Oliver Horan, a pianist from St. Mary's lyrically played John Field's Nocturne No. 6 in F major with warmth and sensitivity.
President Tony Scaife presented a certificate to every performer and Â£50 cheques to each of the winners who will now go forward to the District final at the Early Music Centre in York on 13 March.
Special thanks went to Dave Pritchard (Head of Music-Benton Park) for once again hosting the event and to all the accompanists, supporters and refeshment providers. The event was organised by the Education and Youth Activities Committee and was compered by its Chairman Brian Whitham.
IT BEGAN TO LOOK A BIT LIKE CHRISTMAS
The Club's annual Christmas Dinner drew an impressive array of festive gear from the assembly with some having already taken advantage of early retail sales. Gratifyingly most also came bearing gifts thereby ensuring that a fair number of local households would enjoy a better Christmas provision wise with Heather Read organising this Foodbank collection.
Following the welcome traditional meal it was over to volunteer M.C. for the evening Brian Whitham aka Lil Elf to enliven and manage the evening's proceedings. First on the menu was community carol singing. Which tables excelled was difficult to choose before 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' provided a more challenging task. The President's table following instructions with care produced the most lively performance (some said).
Off the cuff items of humour were then bravely offered by Pat Wilkinson, Patrick Glenn and Robert Mirfield before Janet Kerr brought the audience encouragingly to its feet for 'Stand up, sit down bingo'. With some members delighted to be swifly eliminated, last person standing was once again a lady with Anne Waite taking home the hamper after what seemed a record breaking series of numbers.
Early musical attempts to encourage dancers on to the floor fell on stony ground - blame the 'Strictly hangover' before the adventurous duo of Bill Hudson and Pat Wilkinson broke the ice with a quickstep. After that Lil Elf's evening improved with sixties and even fifties music bringing people unselfconsciously to their feet in celebratory fashion and giving cause for more lively after dinner conversations.
Eventually drawing the evening to a close President Tony applauded all those who had helped to make the evening such a success, particularly M.C. Brian, thanked all those who had attended for their support before wishing everyone both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
'WE LEARNED THAT WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO IN LIFE'
So you are told at interview these courses are all about developing leadership skills. Some weeks later you find yourself in totally alien surroundings with a group of people you have never met before, facing taxing challenges on the high seas, with a plastic bucket as your best friend, or being regularly soaked to the skin by pouring rain in a place seemingly miles from anywhere. Yet on the final day of your week away you can hardly tear yourself away from your new mates and you are seeing yourself in a newly positive light. Result or what?
Jeremy Naylor-Wardle and James Bedford from Benton Park School and Caitlin Elliott and Laura Kitching from Horsforth School, with the help of photographs of their exploits, subsequently spent more than an hour explaining to interested Rotarians, guests and parents just how this conclusion was reached. This in itself provided real proof of just how much their communication skills and self confidence had been improved.
For Jeremy and James their testing ground was the North Sea between North Shields and Whitby taking in one 82 mile 11 hour excursion on the Ocean Youth Trust's 60 foot schooner Ocean Venture. Highlights were the sighting of dolphins and a whale and taking command of the group when they felt most vulnerable on the daunting night sail.
In Caitlin and Laura's case their challenges were met during long days on a Rotary Youth Leadership Award course in never to be forgotten Hebden Hey. Top of their list were finding and rescuing an injured hill walker by stretcher as well as raft building and learning from inspirational speakers with their all round results making their by now close-knit team the overall winners.
All felt they gained massively from bonding into and operating as a successful group, which each of them had to lead, motivate and manage in turn. Putting trust in others was paramount and became second nature. Skills learned overall could in their view be applied and transferred thoughtfully to thier eventual career choices. 'We learned just how much we could realistically achieve out there'.
All thanked Rotary and the Aireborough Club in particular for being given this opportunity and pledged payback in the future through local community work. Their progress will be watched from a distance with great interest, especially on the new found art of cleaning out fridges!
Regulars attending our annual Brass Band Concert have a very good idea just what they are going to hear and enjoy and this year proved to be no exception. Twelve years since he first took to the Yeadon stage Frank Renton returned bringing with him his now regular choice of band, the Hepworth, and giving another opportunity to a former band member as vocalist.
Frank's encyclopaedic knowwledge of brass band music and his opinions on composers and arrangers mean that each item is introduced entertainingly with performers subsequently praised and applauded. On the way this time Frank took time out to correct the programme notes, debate which of two individuals on the stage was the younger 14 year old to join the prestigious Black Dyke Band and to muse over the phrase 'radio veteran'. He even halted and re-started one item to point out his own error in tempo note reading and to congratulate those band members who had ignored the conductor.
This year's theme, chosen by band organiser Steve Hoppie, was 'A Musical Affair' giving the band, complemented by named guest musicians plenty of opportunities to display their talents. The euphonium/baritone section shone in 'Surrey with the fringe on top' and the trombone section took the lead in the brash 'Seventy six trombones' before the appreciative audience were encouraged to join in with the closing medley 'Abba goes brass'.
Iben Maersk, the former band member 'who sang a bit' returned for a second time now well on her way through her music degree. Beginning with the soulful 'I don't know how to love him' from 'Jesus Christ Superstar', she breezed her way through the bouncy 'Got the sun in the morning' from 'Annie get your gun' before finishing with the testing 'Defying gravity' from 'Wicked'. It is always noticeable how band members enjoy each other's performances and are quick to join in the applause.
This year the Club experimented with handing out 90 tickets to the primary schools we support throughout the year so perhaps this evening introduced a new batch of recruits to brass band music.
This is one occasion when the whole Club's membership has a role to play and with Brian Whitham as paparazzo the picture gallery will eventually tell the story.
MAKE MINE SCARBOROUGH
This year 25 Rotarians, their partners and Inner Wheel members enjoyed the District Conference before departing the Red Lea Hotel for at least two years.
Following the President's champagne reception and a lively private black tie dinner the move away from 'Aireborough's Got Talent' to entertainment provided by the hotel provided an early unimagined and at times unintentional highlight. Or was it just superbly orchestrated? Comedian cum vocalist Adam North's first view of his audience, dressed in their finery prompted his first salvo of 'class' jokes before Janet Kerr enlivened proceedings by supplying him with the stream of ammunition for a hilarious spontaneous impromptu double act. Soaking up the barracking and quickfire repartee the rest of us filled in as and when required as the Last of the Summer Wine, the Chuckle Brothers, Hinge and Bracket and the Witches of Eastwick.
Then it was back to reality with Conference as always providing the range of speakers designed to motivate, educate and above all entertain.
Kathryn Leverett of Action on Hearing Loss provided the most poignant moments with her video of the immediate responses to cochlear implants by individuals from baby through to teenager and adult.
Luke Simon and Clive Knowles provided the impetus to get up and do something. Luke's loss of his brother, 4 feet away when the tsunami struck Thailand, leading to the setting up of the Piers Simon appeal and School in a Bag with 56, 000 schoolbags so far delivered to children in 27 countries. As an immediate result 5 Camem Bears have arrived in one Aireborough household, each one ready to collect 15 pound coins in his natty rucksack to help 5 more pupils.
Clive Knowles from the British Ironworks Centre introduced 'Save a a Life - Surrender a Knife' so far 30,000 fearsome weapons collected on his way to a 100,000 target prompted an immediate visit to an M.P.'s surgey to see if West Yorkshire Police had taken up his imaginative offer. His progress on building his 26 foot high knife made Angel Sculpture will be watched with interest.
Major Lil from the Rotary Club of Himalayan Ghurkhas detailed how funds from District 1040's generous response to the Nepal earthquakes brought satisfaction that Aireborough had done their bit.
Colin Alderson, Head Pastry Chef to the Royal household via a farm in Arkengarthdale and Scarborough Technical College, deserved first of all our respect for his enterprise but then entertained both cooks, bakers and menial washer-ups with his behind the scenes anecdotes including 'lost 2,000 gold spoons'. Ann Widdecombe, after a 6 hour car journey from Devon brought the proceedings to an end with laughter showing that life after the Houses of Parliament can be enjoyably different while still presenting the opportunity for caustic barbs aimed at erstwhile colleagues??
The afternoon breakout sessions saw President Tony take a leading role in the Visioning section of the Membership and marketing presentation at the same time as the ladies enjoyed a memorable? Spa afternoon. Both produced stunning results.
Later everyone enjoyed the Northern Showtime Orchestra's 'Story of Frank Sinatra' particularly when the adjoining bar opened! One courageous couple expertly took to the the floor even upstaging the flamboyant Louis Marciano and several sported fashionable trilbies.
And then the next morning the platform told us the dates for next year! Aireborough's views have been forthrightly expressed to the planners and there has been an immediate welcome response with the next 2 years' dates on the District website.
CELEBRATING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
The two main items on the evening’s programme saw the Club making Leeds Trinity University (LTU) its second Corporate member and St. Mary’s, Menston being given an award for its ground-breaking Bambisanani project in Kwa Zulu, Natal.
Welcoming LTU as a Corporate Member President Tony described this as part of the Club’s efforts to both widen and increase its membership with a resultant effect on its abilities to support local organisations and individuals. Kim Somerville. Director of Marketing and Operations described the University’s development and its striving for excellence particularly in the teaching subject area. The local community was most important to the University and the links to Rotary would enable that connection to be enhanced.
District Governor Hazel Haas praised the Aireborough Club for its innovative approaches to Rotary life whilst at the same time keeping fun as a major element. Internationally there had been great news for Rotary with their long -running End Polio Now campaign seeing Africa being finally declared polio free. She ended by presenting a Paul Harris Award to David Geldart and Cath Chattoe of St. Mary’s, Menston for their Bambisanani Project.
David Geldart thanked the Club for becoming the school’s first partner and for its continued support over a six year period. With their financial help close to a hundred St. Mary’s pupils had benefited from their time in South Africa raising the aspirations and awareness of Mnyakanya pupils through the yearly young leadership sport programme.
President Tony Scaife was looking for a more informal atmosphere for the Club’s 62nd Charter and the musical entertainment with a mission by Liz Kenwood and Mitzi Whitham brought a boisterous and fitting finale to a notable evening.
The third Back to School Barbecue hosted as usual by Bill and Janet Kerr did not enjoy quite the same brilliant weather as the next day's Tea at the Dorchester but contained its own by now characteristic features.
The kitchen was its habitual well oiled hive of activity even before anyone had consumed their first drink preparing a variety of salads and desserts with internet sourced experimentation to the fore.
Chief barbecuer Graham with a brand new set of implements ( tools to some) was aided this year by Brian Whitham resplendent in his genuine Harrods apron and together they kept the assembled diners well supplied with food befitting the occasion.
Conversation and fellowship continued well into the evening before the crowd dispersed carrying unexpected gifts of tea towels and garden cuttings.
Well done. particularly to the hosts, but to all who attended helping to raise Â£150 for the President's charities.
Returning to schools as old friends for the seventh or eighth time to present Illustrated Dictionaries to excited pupils continues to be a yearly pleasure. So far this year seven primary schools have welcomed visitors bearing gifts and telling them a little bit about Rotary.
A receptive and at times boisterous welcome has been met in Guiseley at St Oswalds, in Yeadon at Rufford Park, Queensway, St Peter and Paul Catholic and Yeadon Westfield Junior and In Horsforth at St Margaret's C of E and Broadgate Lane.
Next term Newlaithes Junior and Rawdon St Peter's will be added to the list bringing the total number of recipients up to a record 408 and underlining one of Rotary's main messages the importance of literacy for everyone.
For many of these pupils the dictionaries will hopefully help their transition to secondary school. Eight years on it would be marvellous to know just how far these dictionaries have travelled and how they have helped their owners' development.
Though the challenge this year was not as fierce numerically or the team names quite as imaginative, all took to the green in hight spirits on the evening when the Rufford Bowls Club bravely opened its gates to enthusiatic amateurs (for the most part!). The four ends offered a range of tests beginning and finishing with the three ringed targets. Cunningly placed coins pointed the way to success as long as the term 'bias' was understood and bowlers had the ability to tell their fingers from their thumbs (evidently not all did). The middle two tasks, the bottles and the tyres, relied more upon brawn and a requirement for the advisers to be fleet of foot.
The winning team, Bill and Janet Kerr, Brian Hall and Robert Mirfield benefited from a solid contribution from each member and accepted their prizes from President Tony with undue modesty and a minimum of posing. A plentiful, well earned supper followed, prepared and provided by Inner Wheel members accompanied by yet another of Carol Hall's brain teasing quizzes - this time on the theme of sport. Prize for the best answer had to go to 'quidditch'!.
All proceeds from yet another successful social occasion went to the Inner Wheel Club of Aireborough's charities for the year. Thanks go to all responsible for the evening's organisation, Brian Hall, Janet Mills and their helpers as well as the Rufford Park Club.
President Barry Mills brought down the curtain on an impressive year for the Rotary Club of Aireborough with a typically thoughtful and humorous summary at his Outgoing meeting at Bradford Golf Club. It was almost a full house as far as members were concerned befitting his final evening in the hot seat. Although he ended by presenting cheques to his chosen charities for the year : Childline, Martin House Hospice and the Forget-me-not cafe, Yeadon plus the stop press addition of Candlelighters, his main message was to spell out enthusiatically the magnificent range of charitable activities, projects, fund-raisng initiatives and social events which members had wholeheartedly supported throughout his soon to end year.
It would be unfair to pick out highlights: every individual Aireborough member will look back with personal pride on their part in a favourite episode duly recorded on this website as the year has moved steadily on.
President Elect Tony Scaife thanked Barry for his exemplary leadership through yet another success filled year (Rawdon Fun Day excepted) before four days later taking on the mantle of 'the easiest job in the Club' that of President for 2015-2016.
WILL SRI LANKA BE WARMER THAN NEW ZEALAND?
Almost a year ago Aireborough was one of the first Clubs to respond to Mark Arthur, Chief Executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s request to come and talk to us about the development of Headingley. One year on we gathered together a party of 50 to attend the England v New Zealand Test match and along the way somehow encouraged another 301 Rotarians and friends to join us from Clubs throughout Yorkshire.
Some were keen cricket fans, for others it was their first visit to Headingley and for a few it was their first glimpse of cricket in action. It was an unusual day for a Test match in that over 400 runs were scored (most by the opposition) and 10 wickets fell. More hot drinks were consumed than beer and most Rotarians following a ‘Be prepared’ motto came dressed for skiing or hill walking. Hats were the order of the day. (Talk to Graham Davies some time about sunburn!). Some having initially sought the warmth and sanctity of the Long Room complete with televised Test Match on a big screen plus the bar camped there for the day.
Pictures come courtesy of Headingley and Northallerton Mowbray Clubs.
So was there any real benefit for Aireborough? Thinking of and organising this day out has given other Clubs another reason to remember us. Whether our banner was seen on television worldwide or the cake Angela Hammond baked for the Test Match Special team earned a mention – no one has told us. How many tweets #YorkshireRotary were posted or re-tweeted remains unknown. But plenty of people thanked us on the day (except for the weather) and have e-mailed encouragingly since, so something did go right. Seven of us (+ District Governor Rod) are diligently seeking opportunities to wear an already out-of-date, produced for the day shirt.
Incoming D.G. Hazel Haas is already looking forward to next year and Mark Arthur has told us the visitors are Sri Lanka and the date will soon be announced, which takes us back to the title. Perhaps we should be thinking already about a reception for the team so we can tell them about the school District 1040 funded in Sri Lanka. Anybody know a chef??
TURNED OUT NICE AGAIN
Earlier in May, nineteen walkers + Barney the dog completed a selection of different routes at different times around the reservoirs of Fewston and Swinsty or both to raise funds for charity. All were delighted with the weather which provided good conditions for walking, swimming in the case of dogs, ducks and geese and fishing for the immensely patient. This year thankfully both Friday and Saturday were good days for walking.
All were grateful to Brian Hall for patrolling encouragingly the car park at Blubberhouses and to Gerald Long for pointing the way between the two reservoirs. Brian and Anne Waite also provided very welcome sustenance for tired limbs at the Stack Point car park on Swinsty.
We were joined this year by a couple, friends of Brian Whitham, walking with sponsorship for Rotary as a result of their daughter attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Award week this summer. We were also joined belatedly by two Leeds Rotaract members grateful for being given this fund-raising opportunity.
Most walkers and stewards adjourned to the Washburn Heritage Centre for their well-earned bacon sandwiches with Philip Livesey as ever the hard working genial host and his team rustling up a fine array of sandwiches, salads and especially cakes.
The final sum raised will take some time to collect and calculate but will be announced as soon as possible.
BUSY WEEK FOR AIREBOROUGH ROTARY
President Barry Mills began the week by returning to St. Margaret’s, Horsforth to present a cheque for Â£200 to some of the children who took part in last term’s successful Scootathon. Their selected charity was the Christian Revival Centre in Uganda. Other charities to benefit from the event were Martin House Hospice, Children’s Air Ambulance and Chameleon-Developing Education in South Africa.
Later in the week the Club received 400 Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries which will be presented in the near future to eight local Aireborough Primary Schools.
The St.Mary’s, Menston Bambisanani (working hand in hand) project was next on the agenda with teachers Barbara Pounder, Catherine Chattoe and Giles Wilkes, together with Head Boy Myles Hanlon and Deputy Karl Verspyck bringing members up-to-date on their June 2014 visit to the Mnyakanya School in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Their presentation illustrated graphically how school pupils were developed as Sports Leaders including introducing them to cricket and being
unceremoniously outmuscled at netball. St. Mary’s pupils also delivered a range of lessons to large classes as part of their own targeted development. Over 100 St. Mary’s pupils have now made this rewarding venture. Aireborough’s donation of Â£2500 to buy tablets for the school has led to another sponsor matching their funding, all to the benefit of the school.
THANKS FOR ORGANISING IT, WEVE HAD A LOVELY DAY
This leaving comment from a happy family aptly summed up all Aireborough Rotarians could have hoped for from a splendid second Easter Egg Hunt. Rodley Nature Reserve provided the perfect surroundings, which was one of the main reasons many of the families attending stayed to enjoy every aspect of a gloriously sunny day.
It had all begun well with Rodley staff setting up the gazebos ready to be stocked with the mountainous clutch of Easter Eggs and the goods from Good Fridays Make and bake day. The publicity they generated in the months beforehand also helped indisputably to swell the numbers attending. (The Nature Reserve attracted around 2000 visitors over the Easter weekend, a record as far as they were concerned with their takings rising accordingly).
Since entry to the event had to be free the immaculately staffed front desk giving out egg boxes for collecting prize winning tokens and their indispensable map relied entirely on donations which at the end of the day almost reached a staggering Â£300. Each child completing (estimated number was 200) received either a mini egg or a gingerbread rabbit.
Maggie Braker had surpassed last year's brilliant effort by this time cajoling donations (totalling 140 eggs) from stores far and wide: Morrisons (Yeadon, Horsforth and Guiseley), Hotel Chocolat, M & S Owlcotes, Guiseley and the M & S Outlet Crown Point, poundstretcher and Wilkinsons Leeds. This meant the tombola had a particularly busy day raising half the events eventual magnificent total. Nearly all the eggs left as raffle prizes but an impromptu fire sale was needed to finally empty the shelves.
The next part of Rotarys triple whammy was the Hook-a-duck, whose prizes included duck whistles and zany sunglasses as well as edible nests and which attracted an enthusiastic crowd throughout the day. There was also a welcome donation from the grilled sausage crew Smak.
Well done to all who ran the stalls, directed traffic expertly in and out with their walkie-talkies and especially to the tirelessly good humoured Graham Davies who organised the car park with unfailing patience.
Best news of all was that altogether the Egg Hunt raised Â£1080 towards President Barry's charities of Martin House Hospice, Childline and Forget-me-not cafe (Alzheimer's).
SHEEPSTAKES AGAIN A WINNER SECOND TIME ROUND
Aireborough Club members and guests warmed up for the forthcoming Easter Egg Hunt with their second boisterously enjoyed Sheepstakes evening. Eight races culminated in the Winners' Finale won by the dexterous Brenda Milnes on Dolly, carrying off the bottle of Sheep Dip Whisky before a noisily supportive Martin House contingent.
As usual the unsuspecting sheep jockeys were drawn randomly from the audience before being encouraged to wind their wooden charges to victory. This calmed the anxiety of one early arrival who queried 'do we really have to ride the sheep?'
The Ploughman's Supper served after the third race seemed to have a beneficial effect on the energy of both jockeys and shepherds.
In closing the evening President Barry Mills thanked sponsors, programme designer, the backroom crew but chiefly the raucous audience who had all helped raise Â£720 towards his year end charities' donations to: Childline, Martin House Hospice and the Forget-me-not-cafe.
Pictures show the race winners on their marks for the Grand Finale as well as the tireless sheep.
BRILLIANT SUPPORT FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR BIGGEST EVER LEEDS TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT
Thanks to the tireless, sterling efforts of Brian Whitham and his Education committee members Benton Park, Horsforth, Guiseley and St. Mary's all submitted teams making up around a third of the overall 14 school 42 team attendance.
This year's task on the day entailed building on a base board, a roadway and bridge which could carry a one kilo weight and be opened to allow a tall ship to pass through. There were different elements of difficulty for the 3 age groups of Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.
The winning teams were Foundation: Pudsey Grangefield, Intermediate: Morley Academy and Advanced: Leeds Grammar School attending for the first time. The Innovation prize went to the Intermediate team from Silcoates School.
Feedback from teachers and pupils of schools attending has been encouragingly full of praise.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant Michael Fox presented the prizes and other guests included the Lord Mayor Councillor David Congreve and District Governor Rod Walmsley. Five Aireborough Councillors were kind enough to donate a total of Â£600 from their MICE funds to help support the event.
Andrew Wilson M.C.'d the proceedings in exemplary fashion, Brian Whitham acted as a judge and John Knaggs and Robert Mirfield helped with stewarding.
Pictures show a proud Benton Park team with their entry and the Leeds Grammar School's Advanced team admiring their prize winning handiwork.
TALENTED OCTET BRING SPARKLE TO VALENTINE'S EVENING
Gerald Long and Bill Hudson turned an idea into entertainment action when a group from Guiseley AODS presented a top class programme of songs at the Club's Valentine's Evening. Carlene Wood set the ball rolling encouraging enthusiastic?? audience participation and later providing intros for each performance and even a glimpse into the Society's President's diary.
There was humour from Katherine and LeAnne with 'Musical Theatre Boys' and later with a boisterous presentation of 'Don't rain on my parade' from Funny Girl. Safina added a haunting a cappella version of Etta James 'At last' alongside Nigel with the laid back standard 'That's Life' and repeating his recent pantomime success with 'Walking on sunshine'. 'Out here on my own' gave show choreographer Amy the chance to change hats with true style. Carlene and Holly duetted in character as twins with a song from the musical 'Sideshow' and backing it all was accompanist Jamie confidently managing the changing moods.
President Barry maintained the tradition of providing a gift for the ladies after the meal as well as emulating Pearl, Dean and Younger with a polished summary of keenly anticipated future events.
Bill Hudson finally took to the floor to supply a well earned vote of thanks to the talented troupe.
In the absence of the forgetful paparazzi Brian Whithamï¿½s phone provided the only photographic evidence of another successful evening ï¿½ Amy, out there on her own.
'THEM SQUARES' WIN IN STYLE
Eight teams locked horns at a new venue of Rawdon Conservative Club to test their mettle against deceptively designed question categories in the second interactive quiz. Topics included Cabinets, Submarines, Social media and More, Moor and Moore. Plentiful exercise was provided for the runners bringing answers to the tellers with especial praise being merited by the efforts of President Barry and the long-running Brian Hall.
The team challenge, the photocopier, was devilish in the extreme, calling for photographic memories from the bemused team members. Brave attempts were made to transfer the picture comprising multi-coloured geometric shapes onto their A3 sheet. It is no surprise that the winning entry by Us and im is already a hot favourite for the Turner Prize!
At the end of all the rounds 'Them squares' who took their name from the tables' beer mats took home the Smarties in a close-run contest.
There was a welcome break mid-stream for the pie and peas supper, locally sourced and superintended by gourmet Bill Kerr.
Thanks go to Janet Kerr for her overall ingenuity and drive, to question devisers Janet again, Heather, Robert and Philip who once again shone as M.C. and coped with the occasional audience remonstration, to venue organiser Brian Hall and to all who participated so enthusiastically. 'I've never been to anything like this before' should help pull in the crowds as the byline on next year's flyers.
A well supported raffle helped bring the evening's outcome up to Â£220 which will be shared between Childline, Martin House Hospice and the Forget-me-not cafe.
YOUNG MUSICIANS MAKE THEIR MARK
Rotary's 'Young Musician of the Year 2015' saw the Aireborough Club host a very enjoyable, competitive heat in the music suite of Benton Park School.
This year's event comprised two categories for secondary school pupils, Intermediate and Senior, with nine local entrants from Benton Park, Guiseley and Horsforth schools.
A sizeable and appreciative audience heard entrants with varying lengths of experience play a wide range of music choices from composers including Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, James Curnow, Scott Joplin and Gerald Finzi. Each competitor introduced the piece they were to play and all performed subsequently with an amazing calmness. At the end of a contest which aims to give young people the opportunity of playing in front of a live audience they also heard the judges give helpful, critical yet supportive summaries of their performances explaining the reasons behind the selection of the evening's winners.
President Barry Mills thanked host school Benton Park, performers, supporters, and judges for their attendance on a wintry evening and presented certificates to all the participants. Cheques for the winners, both on clarinet, went to Tom Salmon of Horsforth School in the Intermediate 9 category and to Evie Rae of Guiseley School in the Senior age group. They will now progress to the District Finals in York on 7 March.
The evening's judges were Liz Kenwood Herriot, Mitzi Whitham and Brian Waite.
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
After last year's disappointing entertainment, members had asked for home-grown and they greeted the evening's surprises in boisterous fashion. Festive dress was called for and arrived in a variety of imaginative ways including Santa, Postman Pat, the Wicked Queen and the best Primark and Matalan could offer with Elton John's favourite spectacles not far behind.
Matt Whitham entertained in a range of guises, first playing divertingly throughout the meal next showing his keyboard virtuosity in a selection of Christmas medleys, moving on to confining himself to one note in the Anklung Orchestra before ending the evening leading the assembled multitude through a sequence of well loved carols.
If there was a highlight to the evening it had to be the premiere of Snow White and the Dwarf Representative played by the talented quintet of Barry and Lynne Bootland, Carol and Brian Hall and Gerald Long aka the Deadpan Players. They received a well deserved ovation for their timing and their restrained but hilarious portrayals. Theirs will be a hard act to follow.
There was a second appearance, following Scarborough, of the Anklung Orchestra, once more attempting to get to grips with their Indonesian instruments. Those plucked from the audience also struggled to count to four whilst also having to follow the music and respond to the single note of the scale their instrument represented.
Last person on their feet at the end of the 'Stand up, sit down bingo' was Doris Barrett for whom the game lasted quite long enough. She received her prize 'a Christmas hamper' from Janet Appleton, who has recently joined us from Roundhay. The Bingo raised more than Â£80 for Childline.
President Barry thanked everyone attending for their enthusiastic participation and for all those responsible in any way for the overall organisation particularly the Whitham family for their leading roles.
THREE YOUTHFUL REASONS TO CELEBRATE
November's evening congratulated three very different achievements by local young people. The 440 pupils of St Margaret's Primary, Horsforth had designed and taken part in their very own half hour Skip, Scoot and Hoop-a-Thon to raise funds to be shared equally between four child related charities. These were Martin House Hospice, the Children's Air Ambulance, Chameleon-Developing Education in South Africa and the school's chosen charity of the year the Christian Revival Centre in Uganda. Every pupil took part, receiving their own individual medals from the Rotary marshals on the day and enabling teachers Jenny Moor and Melanie Robinson to present a superb cheque for Â£800 to President Barry Mills.
Four secondary school pupils faced entirely different challenges in recounting to a large but attentive and receptive audience their individual experiences during one recent action packed summer week.
6th formers Ellie Piggott (Benton Park) and Tom Filarowski (St Mary's, Menston) were part of a 30 strong group divided into four teams from throughout Yorkshire attending a Rotary Youth Leadership Course at Hebden Hey in Calderdale. Awakened daily at an unheard of for them 6 a.m. they undertook a sequence of daunting tasks testing them physically and mentally both as team leaders and supportive participants. Careful planning beforehand and critical examination afterwards aided their learning.
For Chardae Chaggar-Brown (Horsforth School) and Sam Floyd (St. Mary's, Menston) their destination was the North Sea, from Amble to Hartlepool, and their week an adventure under sail on the at first sight smallish Ocean Scout. Part of a team of thirteen they quickly learned seamanship skills including ropework, taking watches and sailing the ship as well as carrying out chores of cooking and cleaning in cramped conditions. One highlight was being shepherded closely by curious dolphins.
All four gained from the varied exploits in their teams, with visibly increased confidence, new skills under their belts and an ability to look back at and learn from their adventure and to see how it would benefit their futures.
Members were as usual suitably impressed regarding this annual project as one to savour and undoubtedly continue!
WAS IT REALLY THE BEST ONE YET?
Last year tuba player Iben Maersk emerged in uniform from the B flat bass section of the Hepworth Band to draw spontaneous applause from an appreciative audience at the Rotary Club of Aireborough's Annual Brass Band Concert.
As a result BBC 2's Frank Renton came up with the idea of basing this year's concert around the theme of the Great American Songbook and it proved worth the wait.
The Hepworth Band who regard their annual return to Yeadon Town Hall as one of the highlights of their year produced a spectacular performance. They took with aplomb all the opportunities offered in a diverse programme ranging from Bernstein's 'West Side Story', Irving Berlin's 'It's a Lovely day tomorrow' and Richard Rodgers 'Slaughter on 10th Avenue'. Flugel horn player Catherine Bentham captured beautifully the mood of Stephen Sondheim's 'Send in the clowns' with her solo.
Frank Renton's inimitable compering reflected his habitual, careful yet entertaining research and was delivered with immaculate timing and throwaway humour. Did we really want to know, he mused, that Irving Berlin began life as Israel Isidore Beilin? Pity the unfortunate band member whose badly parked car added a further dimension to the raconteur's flow.
Iben Maersk, now in her second year at the Royal Northern College of Music, showcased her growing talent beginning with a soulful 'Summertime' from Porgy and Bess through Barbra Streisand's signature song 'People' from Funny Girl to a raunchy 'All that jazz' from Chicago. And finally there was the chance to reprise last year's success with 'Maybe this time' from Cabaret.
As usual all profits from the evening will be used to help local and international charities.
Thanks go to all our advertisers and the flock of Rotarians who did a superb intro for Frank, bill posted, ushered, ran the seating plan,served tea and ice cream, ran the bar, sold seats and raffle tickets, cajoled advertisers, lit up the theatre, arranged adverts and publicity in the press,ran the box office, applauded and handed out 323 programmes and all with smiles on their faces. Anyone I've missed will be thanked next year!
SCARBOROUGH PROVES AIREBOROUGH'S ON SONG
The Red Lea Hotel once again welcomed a 26 strong party from Aireborough for the District Conference ready to enjoy the weekend in their own inimitable fashion.
For the third year the Rowntree Room reverberated on Friday to the splendidly unrehearsed 'Aireborough's Got Talent' featuring poetry, humour and song all accompanied when required by the talented Mitzi Whitham. But this year's surprise was the debut of the inexperienced yet accomplished Aireborough Anklung Orchestra boisterously getting to grips with their wooden Indonesian instruments and at times producing recognisable melodies!
The evening ended with a community version of 'Songs from the Shows' not quite scaling the barricades but setting a high standard for the professionals. Congratulations must go to all the 'willing volunteers' who once again delivered and made this thoroughly enjoyable evening, well compered by Brian Whitham.
In the Conference Hall the Personal Representative of the R.I. President Maurice Halliday used the vehicle of a new member's induction to illustrate how proud every Rotarian should be of Rotary's achievements through the projects undertaken. Aireborough was able to tick off several items on his list.
Allan Jagger, whose recent O.B.E. was awarded for services to work-based learning and education for young people in engineering in Kirklees gave a no holds barred presentation on the membership crisis facing Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. Change was necessary and Aireborough again had already begun to take much of his message to heart. Becoming really involved in our community remained a challenge.
Aireborough's ability to innovate was reflected in the invitation for the second year to Philip Livesey to speak on setting up a satellite club at Saturday's Membership Break-out session. Other members listened, participated and learned at other sessions, including Youth and Education and P.R. and Communications.
Not only Aireborough excelled in the music stakes with the 'Beyond the Barricades' spectacular and the superb Sunday morning performances of Denise Leigh and her husband Stefan Andrusyschyn, who also manage to raise money for Foresight, the charity funding ground breaking research into sight loss.
John Craven rounded off the Conference in great style describing his adventures and mishaps moving from the Harrogate Advertiser and the Yorkshire Post through Newsround, the television news bulletin for children to the Multi Coloured Swap Shop and ultimately Countryfile.
The Red Lea Hotel has already been booked for next year from Friday to Sunday October 16 to 18. No excuses!
PLENTY CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION
In toasting another year of achievement at their 61st Charter, President Barry Mills and the members of the Rotary Club of Aireborough applauded three particular items in the evening's programme.
The first was to welcome and hear from guest speaker Major Stan Hardy (Rtd.) Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire on how these historical roles came about and just what his current job entailed, including the varying reactions his uniform sometimes caused!
Having in the last couple of years established an evening satellite Club to develop membership, President Barry was delighted to post another step forward in inducting the Bartlett Group as the Club's first Corporate member represented by Judy Picker.
Finally in a tongue in cheek moment he introduced to the assembled company the Club's recently acquired mascot Montague Bear named after the Chicago engraver who designed the original Rotary waggon wheel logo in 1905. This was Montague's second public appearance as he had already received a noisy welcome when joining in the presentation of 60 dictionaries to pupils at Newlaithes Junior School, Horsforth.
There was praise for the Club in having helped 39 different organisations and 50 individuals over the past year from Past District Governor Keith Davison. Highlights included taking a party of 44 to Lightwater Valley for 'Kids Out', supplying 24 Aquaboxes for use in disaster areas and donating 450 dictionaries to 8 local primary schools.
Top table guests on the evening also included Anne Parker, President of Aireborough Inner Wheel and Jillian Deakin of Soroptimist International Aireborough. The Club also welcomed 17 visiting Rotarians from District Clubs near and far.
CHILDLINE AND AQUABOXES BENEFIT FROM BARBECUE
The second Back to School Barbecue hosted immaculately by Bill and Janet Kerr ran as smooth as clockwork. As well as representing the fun side of Rotary, the guests brought an impressive array of items for the Club's Aquaboxes and raised Â£180 for Childline.
Graham and Morag Davies, slaving over a hot barbecue, kept three tablefuls of hungry Rotarians and guests happy as the empty plates in the pictures testify. As usual the workload of preparing and baking for the event was shared all round but Janet's trifle, Maggie's chocolate cake and Heather's meringues have to be mentioned without forgetting other delicious contributions to a substantial spread. A great time was had by all!
JUST AIM FOR THE HYDRANGEAS
August 9th dawned as the day when the dedicated members of the Rufford Park Bowls Club entrusted the pristine turf of their beloved crown green to the keen but well meaning efforts of Aireborough Rotarians and their variegated guests. Not for these competitors carefully attempting to follow the scarcely visible trail left by the jack.Instead, once they had determined on which side the dimple lay, they had to pit their wits against four challenges watched by a critical, expectant and on rare occasions knowledgeable crowd.
Probably for the first time in the history of these yearly events the evening ended in a tie with two teams scoring 150 points. The Old Gimmers comprising Brian and Mitzi Whitham and Mike and Caroline Pullan eventually triumphed over the Odd Bods made up of Cathryn, Zak and Ellie Brightwell and Amaya Johal in a tense bowl-off finale.
As the lady in the bungalow balcony, ever ready with helpful advice said ' I don't bother watching the professionals playing, give me enthusiastic amateurs any time'.
Thanks go to Brian Hall for booking the venue, Janet Mills and her Inner Wheel helpers for arranging the supper and to the Rufford Park members for doing their best to keep us on track ('pretend you're 30 feet further back, nearer Morrisons!)'.
The evening earned a splendid Â£178 towards Inner Wheel President Anne Parker's Charity of the Year ' Whizzybugs'.
IT'S ONLY WORDS
Members of the Rotary Club of Aireborough are well on their way to completing another very successful donation of 450 dictionaries and thesauri to eight local primary schools with mission accomplished at Rufford Park, Yeadon, St. Margaret's, Horsforth, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, St. Oswald's, Guiseley, Rawdon St Peter's, and Queensway, Yeadon and only Yeadon Westfield and Horsforth Newlaithes outstanding.
As usual all the Rotarians involved, led by leader of the pack John Moorhouse, found the reception at all schools welcoming and enthusiastic with many pupils expressing their personal thanks for the dictionary signalling their imminent move to secondary school. The team changed at different venues including Barry Bootland, Peter Long, John Knaggs, Brian Whitham, President Barry Mills, Heather Read and Robert Mirfield. Special thanks also go to St. Clair Logan for cheerfully supervising the delivery of 55 boxes of dictionaries and charging no fee for their storage in his garage.
In one turn up for the book, tables were turned and Rotarians left speechless at Rawdon St. Peter's where Deputy Head Mrs Janice Hepworth hijacked proceedings with a surprise presentation on Rotary's history and the community work of the local Aireborough Club.
GOING OUT ON A HIGH
Friday's splendid dinner at Bradford Golf Club marked the end of Bill Braker's eventful term. During the evening he presented a cheque to Alyson Wort representing one of his charities for the year, Martin House Hospice. His second, Childrenï¿½s Air Ambulance will receive their donation at a later date.
Bill thanked first of all Maggie for her support throughout the year and the Club for giving him the opportunity to serve as President as a relative new boy. He chose as highlights of his year Kids Out at Lightwater Valley, his Tour de France themed Charter Dinner, the annual Brass Band Concert and the continuing development of the Club's satellite group 'the Nomads'. First time events for them this year had been the Great Easter Egg Hunt at Rodley Nature Reserve and the Great Interactive Quiz. He had also enjoyed the invitation to join in Yeadon Charities' immaculately run Bridlington trip last weekend
Bill will be followed as President by another relatively new member Barry Mills who spoke lightheartedly of the encouraging, 'hand on shoulder' preparation for the role given to him by his predecessor.
As a finale to the evening and for the second time in his year, Bill took great pleasure in making another Aireborough member a Paul Harris Fellow, this time the unsuspecting Philip Livesey.
Joining the Club in August 1993, introduced by Graeme Parker, Philip moved on to Council in 2002 becoming Club Secretary a year later. Coupled with undoubted efficiency he was the first to bring to that position a dry humour and wit which meant that when he rose to his feet silence fell and full attention was paid just in case a pearl of wisdom was missed. Since that time he has also occasionally stood in stylishly for the Sergeant-at-Arms ensuring the correct gravitas was naturally accorded to that important position.
He became President in July 2009. If Brian Waite was ever absent during that year attendance was regularly calculated at 112%.
Highlights of his year included encouraging all Club members to let their hair down, dress up and dance at his Hillbilly Spring Fling. His outgoing Presidentï¿½s evening was at Timble where we saw the plans and heard all about a new and exciting project called the Washburn Heritage Centre. Organist and professional bellringer he has supported all things musical within the Club, being a firm fan of Tory Clarke and the Cassia String Quartet, following Young Musicians to York as well as taking on the onerous role for a tall man of Yvette in the unforgettable 'Allo! Allo!'.
Latterly he has led the Club's Membership Committee with distinction, being one of the prime reasons why Assistant Governor Mike Bamford recently spoke of Aireborough as being 'one of the most talked about Clubs in the District'. Philip played a leading role in ensuring the Aireborough Nomads were one of the first satellite Clubs to be formed. Because of that he and Club members have been called upon to spread the enjoyable but sometimes stressful message to other District Clubs seeing satellites as one possible answer to falling membership but 'Do they pay the full subs???'. Leading a session at the Scarborough Conference was a subsequent accolade. Never one for standing still, his most recent achievement has been to bring Aireborough its first potential Corporate Member in local company Bartletts, insurance brokers to Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.
In thanking the Club warmly for the honour Philip thoughtfully recorded he was accepting the Fellowship not only for himself but also on behalf of his stalwart Membership Committee members Brian Hall and Bill Braker.
LIGHTWATER VALLEY DELIVERS A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR KIDS OUT
This year's contingent was the biggest Meadows Park has entrusted to the Aireborough Club since Kids Out began and they were rewarded with a perfect day. Our team formed part of an overall group variously estimated at 850-880 hosted by 20 different Clubs having the run of the park. 25 young people, 13 carers and 6 Rotarians made the trip with superb organisation all round.
Rides had been selected in advance suited to the individual ensuring that everyone gained maximum enjoyment and had plenty to talk about and remember in the days to come. There was plenty reminiscing about previous years and visits although there seemed to be less daredevil activity this time round. But as the picture gallery will show Rotarians took the opportunity to re-visit past youth.
For the old hands it was a chance to meet up with pupils they had met before and to find out what was on their programmes for next year, including in some cases moves to residential colleges.
Rotarian Maggie (and President Bill) had put an awful lot of work in beforehand to make sure that lunch when it came along provided a sumptuous repast enjoyed by all.
The Club is particularly grateful to Yeadon Charities who donated Â£500 to help these young people enjoy their day in the sun and return home tired but happy.
Well done and grateful thanks to John Moorhouse, Bill and Maggie Braker, Barry Bootland, Barry Mills and Peter Long!!
After last year's problems with the weather, Fewston and Swinsty reservoir circumnavigators took a wide range of options in selecting when to brave the notorious merry May elements. Robert first footed and reconnoitred on Friday and Barry and Lynne encouraged their troop to make it a Bank Holiday Monday excursion. John Moorhouse, John and Bev Knaggs and Andrew took the early Saturday morning option followed later in the morning by Barry Mills, Graham, Doreen, Bill Hudson, Tony and Ann Scaife and Patrick. Four dogs also carried an amount of sponsorship.
The indefatigable Brian Hall did his best to marshal the troops from his Blubberhouses pulpit, but following Rotarians' propensity for setting off in whichever direction they thought best at the time, it proved a somewhat thankless task. Robert, filling in for Brian Waite, did manage to provide drinks and energy bars to tiring wanderers passing the Swinsty car park.
Overall no one managed to emulate the soakings of last year but several caught the back end of Paul Hudson's promised and forecast showers.
The Mills, Scaifes and Mirfields ended the day paying full justice to the Washburn Centre's renowned bacon sandwiches.
Thanks must also go to the rest of the Club's membership, there in spirit, for their valued sponsorship. A total will be announced as soon as it is available.
CRACKING RESULT FOR EASTER EGG HUNT
There was just reward for the Nomads team embarking on their first ever Easter Egg Hunt, marshalled by the irrepressible Janet Kerr and the quietly confident Barry Mills, , when around 150 children came, searched and conquered the wide open spaces of Rodley Nature Reserve.
With Bill and Maggie Braker setting the example, Rotarians had cajoled a whole string of local shops into donating Tombola prizes supplemented by generous gifts from a host of Club members.
The 'make and bake' afternoon at the Kerrs involved yet more people in dexterously ,preparing six trays of gifts for those bold enough to attempt to 'Hook-a-duck'.
On a day when bad light might have stopped play several times, cars began rolling in well before the 11 o'clock start time and the Secretary's well planned and oiled rota sprang into action. Sadly, since Rotary is undeniably strong on chiefs, most volunteers had found their niche by 11.30 and thereafter did not venture far from it. Despite or perhaps even because of this, the afternoon was a resounding success all round.
Children, having collected their six prize-winning tokens, eagerly received their egg or rabbit and departed to hook by now reclining ducks. Parents rejoiced in their newly found map-reading skills and the fact that their children had walked voluntarily 'a long way'. They dreamed of future orienteering and made do with eventually finding and carrying home edible riches from the Tombola stall. And all without fail dropped generous donations into the waiting buckets.
The Club is indebted to the Rodley Nature Reserve volunteers for allowing the whole event to happen on their patch and for teaching us how to erect gazebos with the minimum of fuss and injury. We, for our part, hope the Egg Hunt helped to swell their deserving coffers and to attract new clientele.
The main beneficiaries from all this hard work and undoubted enjoyment will be the Martin House Hospice and the Children's Air Ambulance.
The reward for us Rotarians? Well 'We're for Communities'!
CULTURAL FESTIVAL AIREBOROUGH STYLE
The advance publicity promised 'Maggi Stratford and Daniel Bowater (Encore!) conjure up the atmosphere of the French cafe-cabaret of these familiar songs'. Billed as a very early unheralded entry by the Rotary Club of Aireborough to the 100 day Cultural Festival preceding 'Le grand depart' this event exceeded expectations. Maggi introduced each song with details of the interwoven lives of the singers and songwriters, bringing the audience closer to Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Trenet and Charles Aznavour. With each song she managed to take on a different personality for each 'chanson populaire' exploring the age old themes of love, loss and sorrow aided by the accomplished and versatile Daniel Bowater on accordion, keyboard and guitar.
Humour, however, was never far away ï¿½ was it really true or a 1940's urban myth that on the train hugging the Narbonne coast where he composed 'La Mer' the only paper available to Charles Trenet was Izal? Mastermind also interposed briefly with a question about an Armenian Ambassador to the United Nations, who also wrote and sang 'Tous les visages de l'amour' an English hit as 'She'.
An attentive and appreciative audience described by Maggi as 'a serious bunch' were simply scrambling in the back catalogue for their long forgotten school learned French.
Adding to the entertainment were those flamboyantly dressed in keeping with the tenor of the evening complementing the French styled menu and the red, white and blue table decorations.
Marie Curie Cancer Care, official charity of 'Le grand depart 2014', is encouraging fundraisers to 'Go French! Go Yellow! Go Cycle!' With stage 1 completed, where next for the Rotary Club of Aireborough?
POMPEY CHIMES FAREWELL FOR PETER CARLILE
A capacity congregation at St. John the Evangelist, Yeadon amply illustrated the different strands and facets of Peter's crowded life with the service itself containing poetry, classical music, rousing hymns and the final tribute to his favourite football team Portsmouth, from which city his family originally came.
A fact-filled eulogy, reflecting his sense of humour, described the major events and interests in his life and showed how he took care to maintain contact with various circles of friends as his life progressed.
His love of sport was fostered at Alleyns School, Dulwich including playing (Rugby) fives, later graduating to real tennis, and also entailed his cycling across London to watch cricket at the Oval and football at Stamford Bridge.
Once in Yorkshire Peter became a member at Headingley for his cricket but travelled worldwide to watch rugby sevens in Hong Kong, football in Tenerife where he relaxed regularly and the Ashes in Australia. His final achievement in the sporting sphere occurred only last year when he made the journey south to accept the invitation to become a Lords Taverner,
Peter was the youngest of six children and the loss of both his parents by the time he was ready to leave school influenced his changed decision to study for his dentistry degree in Leeds, rather than in London. He stayed initially with a brother in Huddersfield but soon recognised that his fellow students could stay in bed till five minutes to nine and still get to lectures on time. As a student, moving to Leeds meant a greater social life.
Once qualified, Peter stayed in Leeds practising dentistry throughout his career in Rawdon.
A holiday romance in Lindos initially brought Peter and his wife-to-be Gillian together and soon led to her also moving from London to Leeds.
Peter joined the Rotary Club of Aireborough in July 1984 with the committee of his choice being the Rotary Foundation (TRF). Peter and Gillian were always ready to host visitors through Rotary on projects like Group Study Exchange and maintained contacts made this way over many years. Visiting Rene in Chicago gave Peter the unusual opportunity to seek out a sixteen storey block, Unity Building, 127 North Dearborn Street and to find the office on the seventh floor where Paul Harris hosted the very first Rotary meeting and to sit in his chair behind his desk.
Peter was also a staunch supporter of the Stroke Awareness days at Morrisons (as the 2011 picture shows) and always played in the Clubs annual Presidents Putter competition. He also joined the other golf enthusiasts Barrie King, Dick Gillgrass and David Farnell in making the pilgrimage to St Andrews to take part in the annual International Golf meeting.
Peter was Club President in 1994/5 enlivening his Charter Dinner speech by forgetting his glasses, dispensing with his notes and making up for it by spiritedly speaking off-the-cuff.
HALL AND SUNDRY
When you know it's one of our very own members fronting the show then an uplifting and unexpected lunchtime is guaranteed. There was not much of a clue in Brian Hall's title 'Double vision and a brick-built toilet at the end of the garden ' but once the first splendid cartoon appeared, crafted by the other Hall, Carol, Brian was able to take off on a zany flight of fancy, aided and abetted by three relative volunteers ? Philip Livesey, Barry Mills and John Knaggs.
Unfortunately Bill Kerr, recuperating from his knee operation and resultantly far from being 'fit as a butcher's dog' was unable to bring his Lancastrian humour to the Kerr's Butcher's Shop image but Philip now adept at extolling the Nomads cause accepted the 'Final Toast' as a fitting commentary on the 'Are we into social yet?' plaintive plea rounding off the evening meeting's hard work and thinking.
Next up was the multi-lingual Barry Mills selling and explaining with massive enthusiasm the Great Easter Egg Hunt, Nomads' April project in German, French and thankfully for most, English, with verve and fluency.
John Knaggs revealed his hidden choral talents and something of his early years in musing on the 'Practising Carol Singing' tableau. Full credit to this redoubtable trio, for courageously taking centre stage when, thanks to Brian, they did not have a clue as to what their actual task might be.
Parkinson this was not, but Norman in attempting to make the vote of thanks, joined Brian in an exchange of repartee, more reminiscent of Morecambe and Morecambe, rather than Mr. Pastry.
But pride of place in the meeting went to the absent, talented Carol Hall and her creative, comical and colourful cartoons.
YOUTHFUL TALENT SHINES THROUGH
For the third year running four local secondary schools ï¿½ Horsforth, Benton Park, Guiseley and St Maryï¿½s, Menston provided an impressive array of talent for the Aireborough heat of Rotaryï¿½s National Young Musician competition which leads ultimately to a May final. Its aim is to give young performers the opportunity and experience of playing before a receptive audience and of receiving constructive comment from a panel of judges.
An appreciative 50 strong audience heard music from a wide range of composers including Schumann, Beethoven, Handel, Shostakovich, Debussy, Einaudi and Bartok. Ten young people took part in three age groups: key stage 3:11-14, key stage 4: 15-16 and key stage 5: 17-18. The difficult task of selecting group winners rested with judges Mitzi Whitham, St. Clair Logan and Elizabeth Kenwood-Herriott.
The whole group picture shows from the left: Elizabeth Lister, Keerat Thiara, Tom Salmon, Seren Waite, Callum Hawkins, Kathryn Bradley, Alex Chantrell, Emma Illingworth, our very own Bill Braker (Club President), Mingzhe Feng and Matthew Spalding.
All ten competitors received certificates from Bill Braker, President of the Rotary Club of Aireborough and winnersï¿½ cheques after careful deliberation went at key stage 3 to Tom Salmon of Horsforth School (clarinet), at key stage 4 to Emma Illingworth from Guiseley School (alto sax) and at key stage 5 to Elizabeth Lister also from Horsforth School (violin). The winnersï¿½ picture has from the left Tom Salmon, Emma Illingworth, Club President Bill Braker and Elizabeth Lister.
With enthusiastic support they will now move on to the District 1040 Final on Saturday 8 March at the National Centre for Early Music in York
FESTIVE SPIRIT TO THE FORE AT CHRISTMAS EVENT
Hats and ties were consigned to the back of the wardrobe as the celebrating assembled multitude answered the festive call for imaginative displays. Elvish outfits abounded, snazzy spectacles twinkled, angels winged in, natty headgear prevailed and jazzy jumpers jingled and assailed the eye.
Chef Becky met the challenge with a meal to fit the occasion. Guest Paralympian David Stone gave everyone the unique opportunity to handle a gold medal from the London Olympics.
The Three Fivers provided the eveningï¿½s entertainment blending magic and illusion with the rendition of both carols and popular Christmas songs. There was even an opportunity for Santaï¿½s Little Helper (chosen for his counting ability) to accompany with his inimitably syncopated drumming.
A noteworthy core of regular choristers led the encouraged singing along. Brave efforts were made by the many who would have preferred a song-sheet especially from the third verse onwards.
The photo gallery will attempt to record the colourful efforts made by all. Apologies for the murkiness of many of the pictures, Primark just edging Duracell in the sponsorship stakes!!
BOISTEROUS FUN AT NOMADSï¿½ QUIRKY QUIZ
The choice of off-the-wall topics (including Sweden, Nuns and the Glories of Yorkshire) for this first Nomads Interactive Quiz meant that the result went down to the wire and the very last round - Superheroes. Pre-match favourites All the Presidentï¿½s etc. comprising the Whithams, Daviesï¿½s and the Hipkins, took the crown, despite failing to register a measurable height for their edifice in the Team Challenge. Full points in the final category saw them home by half a point!
Runners-up were the Red Roses, marshalled by Heather Read who had gained 10 points for their towering free-standing construction measuring well over six feet. Booby prize went to the Lads who shall remain unidentified
Philip Livesey controlled the evening immaculately at the microphone encouraging the 8 teams in their frenzied racking of brains for those elusive answers. Janet Kerr, main architect of the evening presided over the event with steadily increasing effervescence. With Bill she was also responsible for the imaginative raffle prizes including Questions the Eggheads couldnï¿½t answer and 50 Sheds of Grey.
The scorers Doreen, Pat and Robert had a particularly hilarious evening listening to the widely divergent solutions offered by the harried team runners with Where would you wear a codpiece and what is it?proving the most entertaining question.
President Elect Barry, emerging from the Eureka Stockade, brought the evening to a close with thanks to all concerned: supporters, participants and organisers with the promise that funds raised (which later proved to be very close to ï¿½200) would be donated to deserving charities.
The only thing missing, due to a mental aberration on the part of the camera wielder, were any pictures of the event. Are there any out there?
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
Give Frank Renton, host of BBC Radio 2ï¿½s Listen to the band a stage, allow him a rehearsal with a group of enthusiastic and accomplished players and you know you are in for an amusing, educational and above all entertaining evening.
And so it proved at the Rotary Club of Aireboroughï¿½s 16th Annual Brass Band Concert at Yeadon Town Hall where the Hepworth Band performed to an appreciative audience for the fourth consecutive year.
Once again the programme was varied and demanding ranging from the modern, Lucy Pankhurstï¿½s ï¿½Wiredï¿½ to the overture from Glinkaï¿½s opera ï¿½Ruslan and Ludmilaï¿½, from film music Elfmanï¿½s ï¿½Batman the movieï¿½ to Dvorakï¿½s ï¿½Slavonic Dance No. 8ï¿½. There were also opportunities for talented soloists to perform including Daniel Powell - (tenor horn), Katherine Bentham ï¿½ (flugel horn) and Mike Kilroy ï¿½ (euphonium) and there was also a first in this long series of concerts when Iben Maersk, band member and sister of the Bandï¿½s resident conductor Stig, sang ï¿½Maybe this timeï¿½ from ï¿½Cabaretï¿½ to a noisily receptive audience.
As always it was noticeable how all band members applauded the expertise of their fellow players.
Rotarians played their roles to perfection beginning with President Bill on stage and others ushering, programme distributing, raffle ticket selling (and how!!), ice cream selling and of course technically in the box office and i/c lighting! They also applauded and laughed at all the right times.
The Club is extremely grateful to both those who attended the concert and our supportive programme advertisers ensuring close to ï¿½2800 can be used effectively in charitable funding. President Bill has selected as his charities for the year the Elizabeth Foundation, helping deaf children, the Childrenï¿½s Air Ambulance and Martin House Childrenï¿½s Hospice.
Next yearï¿½s already booked concert will be later next year on 24 October 2014. The billposters are already in training!!
Pictures show a formal President Bill and the irrepressible Frank Renton, followed by surprise vocal soloist Iben Maersk whom Frank will definitely recognise next year.
GREY SKIES ARE GONNA CLEAR UP!
Aireborough enthusiastically put on its happy face for another Scarborough weekend. How we never win the best attendance trophy remains a mystery since this year 18 Rotarians, 11 Inner Wheel members and 3 wives descended on the welcoming Red Lea for another boisterous stay.
Aireborough once again went its one way to some extent replacing the black tie dinner with its own in house reception, private dinner followed by ï¿½Aireboroughï¿½s got talent ï¿½ the sequelï¿½. Once again as the picture gallery reveals the cast achieved a high rate of imaginative participation and costume. Poetry, song, comedy and readings all played a part. The list included, in no particular order ï¿½ Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, Il Divo, Pam Ayres, Tommy Cooper, Lewis Carroll and Gervase Phinn followed by the whole company of Mamma Mia. Even the Beverley Sisters made a late entry. The Holloways were sadly missed
Oh and not forgetting the Conference itself ï¿½ the Trussell Trust was supported and plenary sessions were well attended with the Catterick Recovery Unit/ABS ï¿½ the Soldiersï¿½ Charity and the caustic yet hilarious Geoff Mackey outstanding. His mousetrap version of the need in Rotary to sometimes take a chance and go out on a limb will remain long in the memory.
Ian Leggeï¿½s take on ï¿½Engage Rotary, change livesï¿½ struck a chord when transposed to ï¿½Engage change, Rotary livesï¿½ for this correspondent.
Though not being featured in the ï¿½Yes, we can!ï¿½ video nor receiving a cheque in a well disorganised presentation, Aireborough was given the opportunity in the break-out sessions to explain to an interested and questioning audience how it had taken on the challenge of establishing a satellite group. Eight members backed a confident Philip at this presentation, photographed by the surprisingly reticent Allan Jagger.
To round off the evening in a more hectic manner some members even made it to the dance floor much later reliving the sixties from a range of distances.
For Aireborough there will be some tinkering around the edges before next year but the show will definitely go on!
CELEBRATING A SIGNIFICANT YEAR
President Bill Braker welcomed more than 90 guests, including Rotarians from 9 visiting Clubs, to the Club's 60th Charter Birthday Celebration. Both he and District Governor Mark-Stewart-Clarke congratulated Club members on the past year's raising of funds for and then supporting 44 organisations and 10 individuals, both locally and worldwide, with a particular focus on young people.
Guest speaker David Shields, Northern Director of 'Welcome to Yorkshire' supplied an interesting behind-the-scenes insight into how Yorkshire overcame a rival bid for the Tour de France's 'grand dï¿½part' by imaginative use of a helicopter's eye view of the proposed stage routes and a Mark Cavendish presentation on the Leeds Millennium Square big screen.
In his view the Tour's most unusual role was that of stage scriptwriter, pointing out Yorkshire sights and landmarks for the television viewers in the 188 countries ardently following Tour coverage.
The evening's toasts were imaginatively shared between longest serving member Brian Waite, newest member Liz Kenwood-Herriott and Bill Hudson and Graham Davies, son and grandson respectively of the Club's second and third Presidents.
Top table guests included Anne Waite, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Aireborough and Katharine Jex, President of Soroptimist International of Aireborough.
The evening proved particularly memorable and surprising for one Aireborough Rotarian, Robert Mirfield, who received one of Rotary's highest awards, a Paul Harris Fellowship - 'whenever there's anything going on in the Club then he's likely to be involved'.
NOMADS ORGANISE WAY TO HELP MARYï¿½S MEALS
Following their successful Sheepstakes Night, the Aireborough Nomads latest fund-raiser featured a barbecue, (in the enthusiastically capable hands of Graham Davies), hosted by Rotary members Bill and Janet Kerr aiming to fill eight backpacks for Maryï¿½s Meals. This charity provides a daily meal in a place of education first attracting then providing an escape route from poverty for half a million chronically poor children worldwide.
To fill the backpacks members from both Rotary and Inner Wheel brought to the event the basic items needed when starting school ï¿½ pens, pencils, rulers, exercise books, pencil case, flip-flops, t-shirt or a dress and shorts plus most importantly a spoon as the picture shows. A cheque for ï¿½200, collected at the barbecue also accompanied the packs.
Pictures show a tableful of the gear brought on the day as well as our chief barbecuer Graham Davies.
The same week Rotary members visited the last of eight local schools, Horsforth Newlaithes Primary, with 45 dictionaries, bringing to 350 the total number distributed this summer.
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
For several years the Rotary Club of Aireborough has given sixth form pupils from four local secondary schools the chance to attend a Youth Leadership Award programme held at Hebden Hey in the Hardcastle Crags Valley.
Last weekend Hannah Childs and Conner Hulme, both from Horsforth School, completed the course made up of four very different outdoor team exercises, including raft building, with the added enjoyment of 6.30 a.m. starts and late finishes. Normality was resumed with a course ending participatory concert. Driving them home Brian Waite commented ï¿½They spent most of the trip home reporting back enthusiastically on their adventures and discoveriesï¿½the rest of the journey they fell asleepï¿½.
This year for the first time the Club also decided to send two students on an Ocean Youth Trust (North) voyage based on North Shields. Tom Corina from Benton Park and Chris Penny from St Maryï¿½s, Menston were the first to take on this new challenge aboard Ocean Scout. They described as ï¿½fantasticï¿½ a week which included sailing up the Tyne to the Millennium Bridge as well as to Amble, the Farne Islands, Hartlepool and Blyth, even being given the chance to ï¿½Captainï¿½ the crew on the final day. Coping with cramped conditions was the order of the day.
All four young people would thoroughly recommend their experiences to next yearï¿½s prospective participants.
Barry Mills of the Clubï¿½s Education Committee reported ï¿½All four proved to be superb ambassadors for their schools and their generation. They met the testing challenges of character-building, outdoor activities and practising leadership. Tom and Chris also gained nautical skills as crew on a sailing craft on the River Tyne and North Sea venturing as far as the Farne Islandsï¿½.and all four emerged tired but triumphant!ï¿½
One final challenge remains: - to recount their stories to Club members and to underline the benefits they felt they gained from their experience.
EVERYONEï¿½S A WINNER
For the old stagers this was the fifth time dictionaries had been presented to eight local primary schools and as on all previous occasions the initial reception was muted and polite. That lasted until the lining up for the mandatory picture taking when the natural exuberance of the young pupils came to the fore. This spontaneous image from Broadgate Lane perhaps epitomises that best!
Schools involved this year comprised St Oswaldï¿½s C of E Junior, Guiseley; Yeadon Westfield Junior; Queensway Primary; Rufford Park Primary; Rawdon St Peterï¿½s C of E Primary; St Margaretï¿½s C of E Primary; Broadgate Primary and Horsforth Newlaithes Junior.
Slight changes this year saw Rawdon St. Peterï¿½s asking for a donation to buy a different kind of book ï¿½ a thesaurus and Horsforth Newlaithes Junior will present their allocation to the new pupils moving across from Featherbank Junior in September as a welcoming present.
Janice Hepworth, Deputy Headteacher at Rawdon St Peterï¿½s welcomed the Clubï¿½s donations as ï¿½an important and engaging way of developing pupilsï¿½ vocabulariesï¿½.
As usual a varied selection of members answered the call to arms including President Bill Braker, organiser John Moorhouse, keeper of the dictionaries St. Clair Logan plus in no particular order Barry Mills, Barry Bootland, Brian Whitham, John Knaggs, Tony Scaife and Robert Mirfield.
The visits also enabled club members to publicise to school staff the success of their new satellite group Aireborough Nomads, an evening club aimed at prospective working members.
Pupils were also encouraged to come up with ideas on how the Club could help organisations with which they were involved.
AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE
The Nomads continue to do their bit, and how, for the membership of the Rotary Club of Aireborough. Heather Read and Elizabeth (Liz) Kenwood-Herriott were the latest to be inducted into the Club by President Brian Whitham as one of the final acts of his Presidential year. This brings to five the number joining Rotary via the satellite Club and all are female.
Pictured are the smiling trio of Liz, Brian and Heather.
Heather Read of Rawdon, a retired College Lecturer came to Bill Kerrï¿½s notice through her work at the Martin House Hospice charity shop in Yeadon. Liz Kenwood-Herriott was introduced by Brian Whitham through their connections at the Grove Methodist Church. An accomplished oboeist and professional teacher of woodwind instruments, Liz, who lives in Horsforth last year acted as a judge at the Aireborough heat of the Rotary Young Musician competition.
NEW YEAR, NEW FACES
With the start of a new Rotary year, annual handover day for Club President was Tuesday 2 July at Aireborough with Brian Whitham vacating the chair in favour of ï¿½Billï¿½ Braker. They are both relative newcomers to Rotary, accepting the presidential chain only three years after joining the Club and the sequence will continue next year when Barry Mills follows them as President.
Brian Whithamï¿½s year ended with events epitomising Rotaryï¿½s style. First he joined the fund-raising Bag Pack at Morrisonï¿½s, Yeadon which raised the magnificent sum of ï¿½574.01 for dictionaries for local primary schools, for Yeadon Charities and for Leeds Food banks. Then his outgoing evening was a boisterous Ceilidh, bringing out the best in the energetic at St Margaretï¿½s Hall, Horsforth.
For ï¿½Billï¿½ Septemberï¿½s 60th Charter Dinner is his first major event with Gary Verity from ï¿½Welcome to Yorkshireï¿½ as his guest speaker. His charities for the year are Martin House and the Elizabeth Foundation, helping pre-school deaf children with Childrenï¿½s Air Ambulance being included through the annual Sponsored Walk.
BUSY FINAL FORTNIGHT SHOWS SPIRIT OF ROTARY
Aireboroughï¿½s ninth consecutive ï¿½Kids Outï¿½ excursion was enjoyed to the full by all those committed enough to take part on 12 June in this Community Service event. Eighteen Meadows Park pupils joined in the five hours of Lightwater Valley fun with nine members of school staff and five Rotarians ï¿½ John Moorhouse, Barry Bootland, Bill and Maggie Braker and Barry Mills. All rides were explored with Maggie slotting into the daredevil role even taking on the Black Pearlï¿½s 360 degree vertical ride.
Maggie and Bill also volunteered to provide lunches for the whole party, praised by John as ï¿½an extremely gracious taskï¿½ and judging from the pictures enjoyed by all.
Main picture shows some of the group resplendent in their Kids Out t-shirts and hats itching to take on the dayï¿½s challenges.
On the Membership front just a week later at the Nomads regular meeting President Brian inducted a further two members into the Aireborough fold in the persons of Heather Read and Liz Kenwood-Herriott, bringing to five the number of new entrants this year.
The following day Fund-raising was the order of the day with our first venture into the wonderful world of Bag-packing at Morrisonï¿½s, Yeadon. This time an inspiring thirteen Rotarians and two Inner Wheel members answered the call. Repartee was tested to the full, several principles of packing were learned but opportunities were also grasped to sell Rotary and its membership whilst also explaining just where the money we raise goes! A terrific response from the Yeadon public produced the unexpected total of ï¿½574.01.
Wearing yet another hat three of those involved, Brian Whitham, Peter Long and Norman Gledhill then excelled on the next day by joining more than 300 exuberant trippers on the annual excursion with Yeadon charities ï¿½this year to Bridlington ï¿½ Service Above Self personified!
Socially a good contingent of members attended Sundayï¿½s Inner Wheel ï¿½Strawberry teaï¿½ hosted by Geoffrey and Heather Barton with some first demonstrating their tent erecting skills. As usual Carol and Brian Hall encouraged active participation with their range of brain and skill exercises and plant sales helped ensure a goodly sum was raised for the I.W. Clubï¿½s charities.
Every President chooses his own year ending event and for Brian Whitham it was a ï¿½Ceilidhï¿½. It was consequently an energetic band of Rotarians, Inner Wheel members and guests who helped him see out his year. Led by the band with no name, members were slowly talked through a series of seemingly unfathomable manoeuvres before being launched on the floor ï¿½ chrysalis to dazzling butterfly (in some cases) in the space of a few minutes! Good food, good company and a few laughs along the way made it a boisterous end to Rotary year 2012/3.
Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Aireborough at the last Nomad satellite group meeting. Both need no introduction to Club members, Maggie Braker joining under the classification of Social work and Janet Kerr under Early years education. More members are already in the pipeline.
As the picture shows they also became the first in the Club to receive the new ï¿½Weï¿½re for Communitiesï¿½ badges as well as the traditional emblem.
The Nomads have already taken a leading role in organising the successful Sheepstakes event earlier in the year and for 2013/14 will be contributing to the overall Club programme through a Barbecue on Saturday 31 August and a Grand Charity Quiz on Friday 8 November.
Membership Chair Philip Livesey and President Elect Bill Braker have also accepted an invitation to speak at the Membership break-out session at District Conference on their experiences in setting up a satellite group.
GREAT WEATHER FOR DUCKS
The move from the Bingley-Rodley towpath to the circuits of Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs for this yearï¿½s Charity Walk tested the mettle of 30 intrepid adventurers and Barney the dog but only because of the inclement weather. Worthy of particular mention is the fact that almost half of the party was comprised of Inner Wheel members, wives and friends of Rotary.
Suitable dress for the occasion had led to frenzied rummaging through walkersï¿½ wardrobes and the photo gallery will reveal the varied array of clothing competing for the crown of best dressed walker 2013.
Congratulations and thanks go to all concerned, to those who walked, marshalled, raised or donated sponsorship cash and served refreshments to the weary but ebulliently certificated finishers at the Washburn Heritage Centre.
The marshals had a particularly difficult job keeping track of just who had turned up, who were circumnavigating which reservoirs and from which direction bedraggled walkers were likely to appear and disappear.
Next year when all walkers will be tagged things can only get better!
A MONTHï¿½S A LONG TIME IN ROTARY
The month began with all Aireborough Club members present putting their own individual slant on the tagline ï¿½weï¿½re this close to ending polioï¿½ following in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates and Jackie Chan. Cases are down by 99% and only 3 polio endemic countries remain ï¿½ Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Close behind came the Clubï¿½s significant contribution to the best ever Leeds running, of the annual Technology Tournament at the John Charles centre. Stewards Barry Mills, John Knaggs, Brian Waite and Robert Mirfield and judges Barry Wilkinson, John Armstrong, Brian Whitham and Patrick Glenn oversaw what appeared beforehand the most difficult of challenges. 42 teams or 168 pupils from 16 schools and colleges had to design, build and test a vehicle powered solely by a 200g. weight over a rising track within 4 hours.
Winners were: Basic ï¿½ Farnley Park, Intermediate ï¿½ South Leeds Academy and Advanced ï¿½ Silcoates School, Wakefield. Flying the flag competitively for Aireborough Horsforth Schoolï¿½s Basic 2 team won the overall trophy for Innovation because of an outstandingly produced portfolio.
Next port of call was Guiseley School where Barry Bootland and John Moorhouse presented a made up logo and a gift voucher for ï¿½20 to Millie for her winning design of a new logo for the Guiseley Youth Project, where the Rotary Club of Aireborough and Aireborough Soroptimists are long-term partners. Housed in the community room at Aireborough Leisure Centre GYP helps provide facilities for the Districtï¿½s young people. Headteacher Paul Morrisey joined Millie and John Moorhouse in the celebratory picture.
The month ended with the Clubï¿½s members welcoming paralympic cyclist and London gold medallist David Stone to a meeting to round off the Sheepstakes event organised by the Clubï¿½s satellite group the Aireborough Nomads. David was delighted to present cheques, each for ï¿½350 to Sarah Tarpey of Martin House Hospice and to Doreen Hodgson for the charity she founded Chameleon.
To help him in his quest for the perfect sticky toffee pudding Golf Club chef Becky provided David with two portions ï¿½ his verdict ï¿½yummyï¿½!
How better to show that the Rotary Club of Aireborough epitomises in all respects Rotaryï¿½s newest slogan ï¿½Weï¿½re for Communities.ï¿½
NO LOST SHEEP
Aireborough Nomads, the satellite group of the Rotary Club of Aireborough, attracted a full house to its first charity fund-raising event, a race night featuring competing sheep.
The fact that the sheep herders for each of the six races were drawn from the audience by ballot added to the tension leading, as the evening wore on, to an increasing number of ï¿½knowledgeableï¿½ coaches advising the contestants on the best technique to bring their charges first to the finishing line.
The Nomads are indebted to the Rotary Club of Bradford Bronte for coming up with the format and loaning the sheep for one night only. All will be returning safely to the wool city
The evening ended with the six individual race winners (who were all rewarded with a jar of mint sauce) fighting it out for the accolade of Champion of Champions. Robert Outhwaite took the shepherdï¿½s crown, dextrously reeling in ï¿½Rosemaryï¿½ in a noisy, closely fought finale.
Gratefully received contributions were made to the charity total by main sponsor Standard Wool of Bradford and a variety of heat sponsors Horsforth Golf Club, Rodley Nature Reserve, Barry Bootland, Marshall Wooldridge, Walker Computer Services and Matt Hawker Dentist.
A raffle with imaginative sheep related prizes and very busy betting queues all helped bring the total profit to at least ï¿½700 to be shared equally between Martin House Hospice and Chameleon, supporting education in Africa.
MODESTLY UNASSUMING ACHIEVERS
1 At the Clubï¿½s last evening meeting Di Oldam brought us up-to-date for the third time on the hands-on Rotary Ukerewe, Tanzania project which, under the leadership of John Philip, has achieved so much but still has ï¿½exciting opportunitiesï¿½ to get the best of.
The team this time round comprised 11 Rotarians, 3 Inner Wheel members, a Ugandan Rotaractor and 6 Rotary friends (Diï¿½s connotation) from Yorkshire, Cheshire, Essex and Helsenborg in Sweden.
Once again the teamï¿½s achievements continued to amaze: constructing two blocks of toilets, building a playground, taking water to seven schools, substantially improving the townï¿½s water supply and helping both a group of orphan children and a community of people with albinism. They installed a brand new autoclave, started a bread making group and a fruit juice bar. Innovatively they demonstrated to and trained a group of women in converting rubbish into briquettes for cooking fuel. They also met up again with women who had benefited from previous microcredit projects, congratulating them on their achievements and adding more capital to help the Trustees expand the programme.
It is no surprise that this was considered the best international project in RIBI and recipient of the Connecticut Trophy.
Since returning Di has concentrated upon raising funds for Selestine, a 17 year old boy with cerebral palsy living on the island of Ukerewe, who needs further education to have any chance of gaining employment because of his physical disabilities. The target is ï¿½3600 to enable Selestine to go to the mainland for 2 years to take the equivalent of his ï¿½Aï¿½ levels. Diï¿½s recent abseil down the Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley on 9 February contributed more than ï¿½2000 towards a current team total of ï¿½2500.
Giving family support Dr Alison Oldam will be completing a monster triple challenge of the Great North Swim (2 miles), Run (half marathon) and Bike 60 miles to help the fund raising between June and August: contributions welcome at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alisgreatnorthchallenge
2 The Aireborough contingent at the last District Council in York were initially disappointed as certificates for Club contributions to Rotary Foundation (Rotaryï¿½s very own charity) were handed out. Frowns turned to smiles and discontent to joy, however, when Aireborough made it to the podium with President Brian receiving a pennant for 3rd best District total averaging over $50 per member.
Although all members have contributed to some degree pride of place must go to the shy and retiring Bill Kerr, our long-standing Foundation Chairman. He has found countless ways of painlessly extracting financial contributions. His weekly wine raffles have brought happiness particularly to the Barries/Barrys and Brians in the Club and his Bags2School efforts have led to a welcome culling of the contents of household wardrobes. He was the driving force behind ï¿½Allo! ï¿½Alloï¿½ and is now moving (hopefully) to pastures new with ï¿½Sheepstakes.ï¿½ He has scoured the county delivering talks on ï¿½House clearancesï¿½ (donations to Rotary Foundation, please) and still keeps finding his way home! His District Whisky/whiskey raffle was another winner ï¿½ long may his Lancastrian enterprise prosper!
In the next 30 days...
We meet on Tuesdays at 12 00 for 12 30 ((Last Tuesday in the month 18:30 for 19.00. For those unable to attend lunchtime meetings there are also meetings on the first and third Thursday evenings in the month (18.00 to 19.30) at the Golf Club, see next 30 days for details. ) Horsforth Golf Club, Layton Rise, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5EX tel: 0113 258 1703