Lancaster Rotary club runs charity events each year to raise funds for Rotary charities. Click on the names to the right of the page to visit their websites.
Posted on : 18-11-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Our RC president Allan Garrick presented a donation of £250 to the Friends of Chernobyl Children when the children were here for a month in September.
Eighteen seven to nine year olds came from Belarus where they live in extreme poverty and suffer medical disabilities associated with continuing exposure to radiation. They were accompanied by a teacher and interpreter and did a certain amount of schoolwork and also got taken to local events and attractions. They were also given medical checks,vitamins and food of a quality they are unable to get at home and the objective is to bolster their health for the coming winter which will be very severe in Belarus. Their attendance at local attractions and events was all sponsored by local individuals.
The work now begins to raise funds to cover the cost of bringing them back next year as the intention is that they come for four successive years in all. Our donation is a start towards this and was gratefully received.
Posted on : 28-10-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Lancaster University International Student tour of Lancaster Castle and Priory Sunday October 27th 2013. Sponsored and organised by Lancaster Rotary Club
Links between Lancaster Rotary Club and the International Office at the University of Lancaster have continued to strengthen over the past 2/3 years. Already in this academic year we have had a range of meetings with staff and international students to explore how we might play a part in introducing international students to Lancaster and its environment
This tour of the Castle and Priory was the first outdoor event of this academic year jointly organised with the University International office whose International Student Adviser Jo Ward has been very helpful indeed. We had a very mixed group with students from 11 different countries. – China, Malaysia, America, Australia, India, Lebanon, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Thailand and Turkey. They also came from a range of programmes at the University: undergraduate courses, various Masters Degrees, three students studying for PHDs and 6 on “study abroad “programmes.
After introductions we began with a conducted tour of the Castle which really impressed the students – helped by an excellent guide. Some of the students spent a short time in one of the old cells – with no lighting – and a few more were “in the dock” when we went into the Court rooms. The High Sheriff shields brought out a lot of interest with some informed guesses about the names of the High Sheriffs from their shields. Buffet lunch was taken in the Debtors cell which given the financial state of many students seemed quite appropriate and was provided by the NICE café.
After lunch we walked across to the Priory Church where luck was certainly with us. We saw the end of a traditional wedding – horse drawn carriage with two magnificent white horses decorated with head plumes and all the wedding guests in formal attire – quite an event. After that we had a complete guided tour of the priory to the sound of the priory bells and organ. It was as the Malaysian students said quite a memorable day.
The students were delighted and asked that we provide further tours of this nature which we intend to do.
The strength of Lancaster Rotary and its member was again demonstrated on the day. We had insights into the Castle from Stephen Gardner who just happened to be the City conservation office as well as a Rotarian. Tim Jenkinson did a similar outstanding job in revealing the inner mysteries of the Priory – he is of course a Rotarian and also Priory Warden. Roger Carradice made sure we did not miss the significance of the roman remains and roads and by the end we all understood a little more about the Duchy and its role. I tried to make sure we didn’t leave anyone behind either in the cells or at the wedding banquet reception although we were tempted.
Posted on : 01-10-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
The Rotary Clubs of Lancaster, Carnforth, Lancaster Loyne and Lunesdale are organising a swing band concert to raise funds for Unique Kidz on Saturday May 31st, 2014, reserve the date. Venue details are still to confirm and tickets will be available shortly for…
The Swing Commanders and GI Jive
‘If it swings, they can, and will play it!’
The Swing Commanders are a stunningly vibrant and versatile group that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50’s jump jazz and more!
Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays at least one instrument, sometimes three, Yet what makes them stand out even above their incredible music ability and performing skills is their joie-de-vivre.
Check out The Swing Commander on YouTube…
Posted on : 01-10-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Wrynose or Bust Sportives will be held on April 13th 2014
Reserve the date. Three classic cycle sportives, all held on the same day and all starting and finishing at the Halton Army Training Camp. Enter either the 118 mile Wyrnose or Bust; the 68 mile Bay Dash or the 36 mile Silverdale Sling, we think we have something for everyone. For full information about these three cycling routes, check the link on this page and enter the event website.
Posted on : 10-07-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
Three delegates from Christ Church CE Primary School, Lancaster, spent an
enjoyable morning “making history” at the inaugural Rotakids Conference. The
theme ‘Peace through service’ was evident through all of the six activities
which the children were involved in; from peace crane macramé to first aid,
painting crocus plant pots to learning about shelter boxes. The children were
inspired by the different ways that they might be able to continue with fund
raising and awareness raising ideas once back at school. Thanks to Lancaster
Rotary Club and to Mike Worth for the transport and lunch.
Posted on : 30-06-2013 | By : Allan | In : News
24th May 2013- Following recent fund raising activities, on Monday night at The Holiday Inn, the Rotary Club of Lancaster donated a total of £3000 to three local charities. Cheques of £1250 were given to Denise Armer from Unique Kidz and Lynne Stafford from CancerCare,. A further cheque of £500 was donated to Sheena Marsden who represented the YMCA.
The Lancaster club has been busy raising this cash through a number of fund raising events that include a Race Night at the Globe Arena, Christmas Appeal collections from Santa’s Sleigh, a sponsored walk and a cycling event called Wrynose or Bust.
This last event raised over £4000 and attracted cyclists who took on the challenge of riding 118 miles through the hills of North Lancashire and South Cumbria. The middle of the route included the daunting 1100 feet ascent from sea level to the top of Wrynose Pass, this last section being a 25% incline.
In the last year, The Rotary Club of Lancaster has donated over £12000 to a number of other local, national and international charitable projects.
Local Rotary clubs are part of a global network of clubs, operating in 168 countries and numbering more than 1.2 million members and just like the Lancaster club, is made up of a collection of like-minded business and professional people, working and retired, who are prepared to give their time, their energy and their expertise to help raise and distribute funds for local and international charitable projects. And through the fellowship of our weekly meetings, we have a good time too.
There are currently five Rotary clubs in our area but wherever they are, Rotarians share the same goals; to serve the community, locally nationally and globally, while promoting the highest ethical standards.
Posted on : 29-01-2013 | By : mike | In : News
You may have heard in the news today that our co supporter in the campaign to remove polio from the world, Mr. B Gates, is in the country at the moment to promote the work that the teams are doing to rid the world of this nasty disease.
Rotary worldwide has played a huge part in this, and its significance should not be overlooked. Without the work of Rotarians, both in the field, and in fund raising, we would no be in the position now where polio is almost eradicated. To achieve this much fund raising has been done, training, given and sadly lives lost, to ensure that the vaccination reaches every child in every corner of our world. With much regret we are still struggling to get to the last few, but one day soon it will be achieved.
Read much more about it here
If you feel you can help in any way, please do. You might even think about joining Rotary, to help with this and other projects.