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The Ramsbottom Rotary Club Annual Duck Race
This years annual Duck Race takes place on Sunday 27th May 2018. You can buy a duck on line for this year's duck race - see below.details
Flying into Ramsbottom
The Flying Scotsman passes through Ramsbottom - photo by kind permission of Joel Yates.details
The Ramsbottom Rotary Club Annual Duck Race
Sunday 27th May
There are a number of options for buying Ducks.
1. If you have a giant Giant Duck from previous years you can re-enter your Duck for £10, or you may buy a giant Duck for £25, which you can decorate and bring along the Duck on the day. The Giant Duck Race is at 1.00pm. We like the Giant Ducks well in advance as they make excellent photography. We can deliver Giant Ducks locally.
2. Small Ducks are for sale on line for £2, and are also availble to buy on the day. Buying on line, you will receive a number of a duck, which will be entered in one of the races on the day, which is Sunday 27th May. We will notify you if you win a prize.
3. You can choose to buy up to 5 small ducks in one transaction.
4. Kiddies Boat Race tickets are £2 each & limited to 50 boats.
Use the drop down arrow to select the Duck(s) you want (or the re-entry option) or the Kiddies Boat Race tickets, and then pay for it/them using the Buy Now button - where you can use your PayPal account (if you have one) or you can use your debit/credit card if you prefer.
Select the duck(s) required & then click on the "Buy Now" button.
Thank you for taking part, all proceeds go to local, national & International causes
Buy here, scroll to the one you wish to purchase, first there is the Giant Duck, then below that small ducks, then the tickets for the Kiddies Boat Race.
Would you like to donate to Rotary charities?
If so, use the "Donate" button below. You can use your PayPal Account or debit or credit cards.
Young Chef Cookery Competiton 2018
Young Chefs at Woodhey 2018
Amelia at the District Finals with her Father.
Amelia at the District Final with her personnel assistant - her Dad.
Amelia Tweddle is our Ramsbottom Rotary Young Chef from Woodhey High School, who came from 120 competitors at Woodhey Highschool through to the District Finals and is now on the way to the Regional Finals on the 17th of March.
We have recently completed a record breaking 120 entrants taking part this year. Claire Gallie Head of Food Technology was amazed at the number of pupils taking part, said it's a wonderful experience which Rotary bring to Woodhey High school.
Ramsbottom Rotary's Chair of Vocation, Keith Crane has been liasing with Claire for five years now. Said the standards were as high as ever. We had ten heats and a Final Cook off to find two winners, which was an exhausting time for everyone involved, especially the two Judges, Trevor Hoyle & Chris Haddock.
Last Year the School Winner - Rebecca Wilkinson went onto win the District final, then the Regional final and came third in the National final. The judges at the National Final said her Smoked Haddock Soufflé was outstanding.
Mrs Claire Gallie, the Head of Food Technology, said the interest is growing year on year, pupils
are showing a greater interest in food and cooking, the quality and variety is outstanding for
year nine pupils. The entrants had to choose a two course healthy meal for two people, provide
their own recipes & ingredients, cook and present the food on their “ dressed” table all in one
and half hours.
Two winners were chosen and one person in reserve. Will all be mentored by Chef Chris
in preparation for the next stage.
“Double the Love” & provide “Bags of Love” for
The story begins in 2002, in a lopsided shed in the Scottish Highlands, where Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow started a small charity which grew into a massive organisation helping millions of children fulfil the simple ambition of “having enough food to eat & be able to go to school”.
Mary’s Meals now feeds a nutritious meal to more than 1.25 million children every school day in 13 of the poorest parts of the world, including India, Thailand, Burma, Lebanon, Haiti, Ecuador and 7 African countries. Wherever possible the meal is made using local ingredients produced by small-holder farmers, thereby supporting the local community. Being educated and fed enables children to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.
Between now and the 31st December every donation to Mary’s Meal’s “Double the Love” appeal will be matched by a supporter-led match-funding campaign (up to £1.9 million), so for every £13.90 donated two children will be fed and educated for a whole school year, the very best present you could give. Go to www.marysmeals.org.uk to make some hungry children in the world very happy.
Many children receiving Mary’s Meals do not have basic learning tools such as pencils & notepads. The Backpack Project helps the children get the most out of their learning by donating a backpack full of the things they need. For many children, a Mary’s Meals backpack will be the first gift they have ever received.
Janice & Hilary began their “Bags of Love” project this summer under the Rotary Ramsbottom umbrella, and have been asking schools and organisations to provide backpack items, new or good condition pre-owned. We have 65 completed backpacks ready for collection by Mary’s Meals and many more which are almost complete. It’s a great way to recycle school bags, uniforms, sandals, PE kits, towels and spoons. Other items required include A4 lined and unlined notepads, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, sharpeners, erasers, pencil cases, rulers, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. They would really appreciate it if you or any school, organisation or club you know could contribute. Financial donations are also very gratefully received to purchase those “hard-to-come-by” items such as sandals and boys’ shorts. A brief presentation for younger children or a more detailed one for those interested in the fuller benefits of the project can be given. Current participants include Holcolme Brook Primary School, 38th Rossendale (Open) Scouts, Speakeasy, Holy Cross College, Ramsbottom Rotary, family and friends.
Janice & Hilary are delighted at the enormous response and good-will they have encountered and know that the smiles on the faces of the children participating will be multiplied many times on those receiving these “Bags of Love”. If anyone wants to help with this worthwhile project, has items to donate, or is part of a group which may want to get involved, please contact Ramsbottom Rotary or email Janice Conley at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Les Norris, died aged 86, at North Manchester Hospital on November 2 following a five-month battle with cancer.
Mr Norris was born in Mossley on September 7, 1931, but moved to Ramsbottom when he was just six months old.As a child, he lived in the former police station next to the railway line in Bridge Street, where his father worked as a policeman. The family later moved down the road to the new police station, formerly the vicarage of St Paul’s Church, and now the site of Peel Chapel opposite the church. He attended primary school at St Paul’s before embarking on a career as a legal executive at George Haworth Chappell & Whitworth Solicitors in Square Street, where he worked until he retired, aged 80.
During this time, he met many of the people of Ramsbottom, drafting wills, acting as executor and administrating estates.
Mr Norris continue to live in the town throughout his life, except for a short period when the family moved to Nelson upon his father’s retirement from the police. Even then, Mr Norris continued to travel to Ramsbottom on a daily basis to work.
The Christian faith played an important part in Mr Norris’s life, and he is widely recognised around the town for his roles as warden, treasurer, and lay preacher at St Paul’s.
In addition to his involvement with the church, a love of the theatre led to him being instrumental in the formation of the Edenfield Players, and, later, the Summerseat Players.
He remained involved with the Players for over 50 years until his death, even carrying out the roles of chairman and president.
He also acted, produced, worked at the front of house, and did much to obtain funding and build the group’s reputation and profile.
A proud Rotarian for many year, he also held the position of president at Ramsbottom Rotary Club in 1981.
Mr Norris eventually settled in Greenmount, where he lived until his death. He leaves three nephews and a niece.
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