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Working with young people


Our three main activities with young people are the Youth Speaks Competition held in Pickering, the Technology Tournament held at Scarborough Rugby Club and the Young Chef competition - the first heat of which is held at the Scarborough TEC.

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Modern pentathlon - talk by Ann Marshall. At the Downe Arms


Talk by Ann Marshall District development manager and ETP Manager Pentathlon GB.

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Club bulletins : Cavalcade PDF's


Electronic version of our regular Club magazine

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Scarborough Cricket Club Festival Dinner - annual event


At Scarborough Cricket Club

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​Safe Water for Six Communities in Ghana


In rural south east Ghana where the climate is tropical, hot and humid, there is an abundance of water, hardly any of which is safe.

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Worldwide


Rotary's flagship project is the project to eliminate polio worldwide. Our Club works on a number of projects to provide clean water to villages in Ghana

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About us

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Help is at hand!              July 2019 

 

Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary 

 

Does your charity have a pet project that needs support?? 

Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary are on the lookout for a local cause that could do with a helping hand, perhaps to get it off the ground  maybe some funding, or extra manpower or specialist expertise. 

We are looking to gather outline information from local Charites about possible projects by 1st July 2019.  We will get to understand a little more about the potential projects during July 2019 and invite selected ones to a brief informal presentation at the end of July, with a view to working with you during the year July 2019 to June 2020. 

We do not need an overbearing amount of paperwork – for now let us know your Charity name/details; contact name – including telephone and email; project title/name (if known) and target beneficiaries.  

Just register a potential interest on behalf of your charity and we will let you have full details of how to apply in the Spring : Communications@ScarboroughCavaliers.Rotary1040.org

 See more of what we are about below.

Recent Happenings - in brief         

Concert Cavaliers see Rock Band Tribute


The 2019 fellowship year began with a trip to the Spa Complex for 22 of the club`s members and partners to watch the Illegal Eagles, one of the UK`s top touring productions.

The evening began with a 2- course meal in the Spa`s Sun Court Suite before moving into a packed Grand Hall for the gig.

The tribute band make annual visits to Scarborough, with The Express newspaper describing their performances as “flawless”.

The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles` distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity and they began by playing “One of these Nights”.

The audience were soon treated to stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs as they performed more of the Eagles classic hits, including Take it to the Limit, Lyin` Eyes, Desperado and Take it Easy.

Following the interval they cranked up the volume with some rock and roll and the audience getting more involved by clapping and dancing in the aisles.

After a 2 hour set they walked off stage and came back to a standing ovation to sing the ballad “The Last Resort” one of Glenn Frey and Don Henley`s best songs.

But that was not the end of the concert as they had not played “Hotel California” and the fans knew it and clapped for more.

Eventually the band delivered an outstanding version of the song with the lead guitarist playing a double neck guitar.

At the end of the evening there was no doubt that “The Eagles” famous harmonies had been sublimely replicated and the Cavaliers had been admirably entertained – bring on the next fellowship event!

 Mike Wilkinson




Scarborough Cavaliers International Projects Committee

At our meeting on Wednesday 16 January, three members gave the club an insight into their conclusions on where they think the limited International funding would be best invested. Venkatesh, John Walker and Ramaswamy (Sam) gave a very interesting presentation including a slideshow, of needy communities in rural India. Following a visit to the country, Venkatesh introduced a school in danger of collapse which would end the education of nearly 200 children and the problems of suppling clean drinking water to these remote villages. Several questions from the audience were answered by the team. An excellent presentation, thank you to the trio.







Also in attendance at the above meeting were three distinguised guests

L-R Tony Stevens Cavaliers President, Andrew Bateman, 1040 district auditor, 

Sue Harris, Pickering Rotary President and Ian Holland, Scarborough Rotary President.














Somewhere over the Rainbow - homeless people get help

 

The clubs year kicked off with a talk from Trish Kinsella, Rainbow Centre Manager and Keith Revell, a Trustee outlining the story behind this social action project.

Apparently, it all began 23 years ago when the local vicar Bob Jackson wanted to help homeless people in the town and decided to set up the Rainbow Centre.

In the early days the centre would handle 1 or 2 homeless people a week offering meal tickets, now it has 2,100 clients with 365 new clients added in 2018.

Trish, bred and born in Scarborough, started at the centre as a volunteer co-ordinator rising to deputy manager, then being appointed to the manager’s position 19 years ago.

When she started she would see 8/9 people in a typical day but now it is not uncommon to handle 80/90 people a day.

She estimates that there are 11 homeless people on the streets of the town now, based on the fact Rainbow staff are out weekly making sure they have food and dry clothes.

Over the festive period this year they made up 900 food parcels and handed out 400 Christmas presents to local children.

She thanked Mark Shields for arranging a trolley to be placed in a local supermarket in the run up to Christmas asking customers to donate food and gifts, which was later doubled by the Aldi supermarket chain.

Whilst the centre was originally established to offer practical support to Castle Ward – an area of the town designated as an urban priority – it now aims to assist a range of community members, including the homeless, families in crisis, as well as individuals facing challenges due to substance misuse, poverty or returning from prison.

It still has a strong church base, but Trish stressed Rainbow is not about being a crouch.

This is borne out by the fact that ninety-two percent of the centres clients only end up with no more than 5 contacts for help.

The centre has seen a growth in recent years of single men, aged 35-50, arriving at their door.

These are men who have lost their partner and as Trish describes them, they simply “walk”.

Keith, who has been a Trustee for the past 12 years, explained that the centre’s annual budget is £100,000 and they are tremendously reliant on donations, as they do not receive much core funding.

They are currently making plans to re-launch the centres well-wishers scheme and are reviewing the skill set of their Trustees, making the point that it not always about giving money that can help Rainbow progress.

The organisation produces an annual impact report outlining the work they have done and the change they have helped to make in local people’s lives.

To illustrate the point Keith mentioned that the Rainbow Centre was referred to in Friarage Primary Schools Ofsted report showing the impact it has on local children’s lives.

 Dealing with the type of clients the centre has on its books is not easy, especially getting them to keep appointments, particularly if they do not have any means of transport.

So the centre arranges a free breakfast every month and other agencies attend giving their clients the opportunity to sort out their current problems whilst being there.

Both Keith and Trish finished by thanking the club for the support it had received over the years, making the point that without this type of assistance they could not do what they do as effectively.

There is no doubt the passion and commitment both Trish and Keith have for the job they do and the town has to be so grateful for the invaluable contribution Rainbow makes to people’s lives in the local community.

As the centre’s slogan states, they certainly do “support, uplift and encourage”.

Mike Wilkinson ( Rotary Scarborough Cavaliers)

     Help with stewarding “Countdown for Christmas” 

                                        


Help with stewarding “Countdown for Christmason the foreshore on Sunday evening 18th Nov.  Good crowds - good show by Yorkshire Coast Radio near the lifeboat station – Emmerdale star visit – convivial atmosphere and spectacular fireworks at 5.0 o’clock.  Well done everyone! (It was not too cold either!).

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Collection at Morrisons on Friday 16th Nov raised enough to vaccinate several hundred children against polio.  Still endemic in just two countries – eliminate there - and the disease is gone for ever. Fantastic project!!

John Walker & Jim Martin Report on Clean Water Projects for Ghana     

              This is an extended report to highlight the important work achieved by 

                                     Rotary Cavaliars to help others less fortunate than ourselves  

Ploughing Services for Women’s Farming Groups

In the semi-arid far north of Ghana the dry season is eight months long, meaning that the growing time for crops is only four months.  Tractors owed by city dwellers are used first on the local farms of absentee owners and only then become available for hire.  The men of the communities are given priority to hire and consequently, when the women’s turn eventually comes, it is too late in the season to sow.  To grow anything, women have to cultivate by hand from the start of the rains; inevitably they cover only small areas and reap small harvests.

Scarborough Cavaliers has helped to supply a low-tech (hence repairable) tractor and driver, now available to the women’s farming groups in the region from the beginning of the farming season. Families have more to eat and surpluses are sold to provide income for education and health 


                


The Kumassi Ventilated Dry Pit

The KVIP is a latrine block suitable for schools in areas where water is in short supply.  If constructed and used properly they are odourless and attract, then trap, flies.  Waste is digested into the earth over time.  Any rainwater is collected into a polytank for hand washing.  Scarborough Cavaliers and Scarborough Rotary Clubs raised £5,000 to pay for a KVIP in 2011 at the recently constructed Gbantana School by our partners Ghana Outlook.  

Two members of Cavaliers took part in commissioning the toilet block and were greatly honoured by being enstooled as honorary chiefs of Ada.  


Sand Dams

In many areas of the World, annual drought is so severe that rivers run dry.  If there is a depth of sand in a river bed and if it is underlain by rock or clay, a sand dam could provide an all- year- round abundant supply of water even in these situations.  The Scarborough Cavaliers Rotary Club funded and supervised construction of a sand dam in the far north of Ghana.

To build the Kpaloworgu dam, the community dug a deep trench across the river bed until the bedrock was reached, then built a concrete wall on the rock and up to the surface of the river bed; then back-filled with the excavated sand.  Next rainy season the river saturated the sandy river bed both upstream and downstream of the dam wall but, when the rain stopped, the river bed upstream of the wall retained its water in the sand (up to 50% is water).  The water can be extracted by scooping for domestic use and for irrigation of land on each side of the river.  The water is filtered by the sand, does not evaporate and is inaccessible to mosquitoes.  Sand dams require no maintenance and, as water is extracted, it is replenished by water running through the sand from the catchment area.


 Crops on Arid land

Now in its third year, the effectiveness of the Kpaloworgu sand dam has grown.  It not only provides a rechargeable source of water throughout the year, the river flows again quickly following any rain because the sand upstream of the dam is already saturated and cannot adsorb more.   The picture shows the river in full flow even at the height of the dry season.  Crops of beans and spinach are grown on both sides of the river is what was previous arid land.  


Aquabox Community Filter 

The remote community of Kwamoso in Central Region, Ghana, consists of numerous small farming groups dispersed amongst 8 foot high Savannah.  Their water supply is from pools and swamps within the Savannah.    The plight of these people was seen by Scarborough Cavaliers’ local partners and brought to our attention.  Two Aquabox Community Filters were supplied early in 2018 and are rotated around the small groups, giving safe water until a permanent borehole can be sunk in the centre of the spread out community.  After the borehole is installed, the people will retain the easily portable filters for use when groups walk to work on their farms.

Schoolchildren at the Krowadaso Senior High, Junior High, Primary and Kindergarten schools do not have safe water.  The borehole close by has been overused for many years by the 800 students and nearby community; the only source of water is the river.    A new borehole will cost over £4000 and it will be some time before funds are available.  

An Aquabox Community Filter can deliver up to 300 litres of safe water per hour and, if the filter is back-flushed every day, will last many years.  One has been purchased and installed by members of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers at the school complex.  This means that every child and staff member can have safe water to drink at anytime until a borehole can be sunk.


Honey 

The women’s farming groups in Upper West of Ghana can now farm effectively using the tractor available to them for hire, but the dry season remains a long period of inactivity.  Members of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers have helped to introduce bee keeping in some areas and is proving highly successful, bringing much needed income for desperately poor communities.                                       



Boreholes 

Boreholes will last indefinitely if they are managed properly.  They rely on tapping water from a deep aquifer which must be allowed to recharge between periods of extraction.  Usually, a management committee of women is set up to chain up the borehole except for 30 minutes to one hour in the morning and late afternoon. They also ensure that only women from the community are allowed to pump water.   Women will walk miles to collect water from an unsafe source so a borehole would be quickly exhausted if freely accessible to everyone.  Water is valuable and women will line up and stake their place in the queue ready for the borehole to be unchained.


School Desks

The annual eight month long period of dry, followed by four months of high humidity, have devastated all the desks at the Kpaloworgu Primary School.  The wood used in the state-supplied furniture was unsuitable and cracked and collapsed within a few years.   Members of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers are helping to fund 200 double desks, made locally of Wawa fine-grained hardwood at £16 per unit.




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Volunteering at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

 

Great talk on October 1st at Scarborough Rugby Club by David Bream a volunteer ranger at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.  The Park was Founded in 1952, covers, 554 sq. miles and has 445 Active Volunteers.

The volunteers are organised in over 20 Groups, including for example, working in the Visitor Centre; Gardening (Danby-Thornton le Dale); Young Rangers; Administration; Water vole surveying; Land of Iron project and First Aid.

The volunteers receive appropriate training on the aspects of the work they are to be involved in, for example; Stile design and construction; Boardwalk construction; River and Flood Awareness; Ditching and Drainage; Daffodil Path Maintenance.

As David pointed it can be hard work – but truly worthwhile and he is proud to :-

  • Be a small part of a great team
  • Be associated with the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
  • Leave something behind


















Rotary in a nutshell - the "in the lift" description

The Rotary network extends all over the world with headquarters in Chicago.  In the UK all clubs are under the umbrella of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), and are grouped into geographical districts. Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers is within district 1040 covering Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire and having over 100 clubs and 3,000 members.

A shared mantra is the aim of "Service above Self". In practice this means individual clubs working to contribute to their local community often supporting local causes financially or 'in kind' with practical help, for example, acting as a trustee. 

Influence can be spread farther afield by working in co-operation with othe clubs in the same geographical district and indeed on an international scale by contributing towards worldwide projects (led by Rotary Foundation) - perhaps the most well known of these is the campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary have been a leader of this aim for many years.

Our major fund raising (and fun) events are Community Fair, Dragon Boat races and (recently) tombola/games at the CAMRA Real Ale Festival. Other events (focussing on youth and in liaison with other local Clubs) include Youth Speaks, Technology tournament and Young Chef. We are holding a special event in the spring of 2017 to raise funds to contribute towards the last push towards eradicating polio from the world. 


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Frequently asked questions about Rotary - (accurate for this club but may not apply to other nearby clubs)

Are there induction 'rituals'?

Never have been never will be. A new member is formally introduced to the Club and says a few words if they wish. All new members are just asked to give a short talk about their work &/or hobby interests, at an agreed date.

Can ladies join?

Very welcome indeed at our Club, although there are still more men than ladies.

Do I have to pay to be member?

Yes. There is an annual subscription plus an optional donation to the Rotary Foundation (funding larger international projects). Plus we need to pay the Downe Arms for feeding us !!

Do you need to come every week?

No. Come when you can and contribute when you come.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Secretary, or another member and come along to a couple of meetings as a visitor; then give us the nod if you want to find out more.

How many members are there?

39

What is the dress code?

'Smart casual' - interpreted by menfolk as jacket but not necessarily tie.

When do you meet?

Weekly on a Wednesday

Where is it?

Usually - Downe Arms, A170 @ Wykeham.


Two nice pictures of Scarborough


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 19th February 18.00

Youth Speaks public speaking competition


Lady Lumley's School in Pickering. At least Jim & Peter to attend

Tuesday 19th February 19.30

Desk top navigating at "The Street"


Light hearted map reading competition - Cavaliers to enter a team??. Organised by the IAM. Desk top navigating at "The Street" - William Street Coach Park

Wednesday 20th February 19.00

North Yorkshire Youth Justice


Talk by Ed Horwood at the Downe Arms.
Reception : Doug Johnson & John Wilson Grace & Host : John Bradley Vote of thanks and and media report : Richard Grunwell {Meeting organisers for February = David Francis & Tony Stevens}

Monday 25th February 18.00

Council meeting


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Wednesday 27th February 19.00

Musings from Down Under (Tom Potter)


Reception : Chris Case & Kavita Verma Grace & Host : Roger Chapman Vote of thanks and and media report : Geoff Mountfield {Meeting organisers for February = David Francis & Tony Stevens}

Wednesday 6th March 19.00

Council feedback (from 25 Feb) & CAMRA briefing


Reception Alan Campbell & Venkatesh Grace & Host : Rhien Cocker (Vote of thanks) Media report : ANO {Meeting organisers for March : Rhien Cocker & Richard Grunwell}

Thursday 7th March 11.30

CAMRA beer festival day 1 of 3


At the SPA.. Cavaliers opportunity to do some fundraising

Wednesday 13th March 19.00

Visit to Scarborough Rifle Club


Reception David Mortimer & Richard Creasey Vote of thanks and media report : ANO {Meeting organisers for March : Rhien Cocker & Richard Grunwell}

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Wednesday 20th March 07.00

Gardeners Question Time - at the Downe Arms


Roger Burnett in the hot seat!
Reception Erc Morgan & Janet Deacon Grace & Host : George McIntyre Vote of thanks and media report : Tom Potter {Meeting organisers for March : Rhien Cocker & Richard Grunwell}

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Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 1900 for 1930
(Visitors are welcome; please contact John Dudley on 01723 366 375 if you'd like to attend.)
The Downe Arms Country Inn,
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Wykeham,
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