Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Chernobyl Children (and helpers) Have Fun

Over the last 10 days, Rotarians have been happy to support the friends of the children of Chernobyl by helping to act as reception for the children on many days when the hosts had to go to work. We received them at the Silverdale Cricket club, which was opened especially for us, and gave the children a great time.
From here, there have been many outings sponsored by our club.  The first was to the Police Museum in Manchester where the children dressed up in various bobbies' uniforms from past years. They were taken to a real courtroom, often used in TV and film dramas, and then locked in the cells. The judge was a Russian who eventually released us in order to continue with our day.
We took them for walks on the shore, which they love,  swimming lessons at Bleasedale house ,plus a wonderful lunch which they provided and a lot of fun in the grounds with all the equipment they have.
 The best day for all (although Nigel Joan  Kath and Mike were nearly broken at the end of it) was a visit to Haven holidays where they had the most special time.
It started with a ranger experience , he had given up his day off just to come in and show the children how to make fire without matches, brew hot chocolate and then toast marshmallows ( very popular).
From here we went on the Bungee jumps (again the guy had given up his day off, driven from Manchester to Blackpool) especially to open up the bungees just for them. 
Then Ice skating, where  the children were amazed when the owner of the concession spoke to them in Russian. It turned out he was an ex ice skating champion, and  once again the ice rink had been opened especially for them.
We then had a picnic where loads  of salad a literal mountain of fruit was consumed.
I would like to pay special compliments and thank most sincerely Jenny and her team at Martin Mere holiday camp, where they all went above and  beyond their normal duties to give the children the best day of their lives and they are all FANTASTIC. 
From here to the water splash park where all, including the helpers,  got rather wet but no problem as it was 26 degrees.
Finally to the swimming pool where we all had fun until it was time to get out and get ready to go home. However, just before we left a mini picnic of cake and fruit was devoured.
Next was pond dipping at Leighton Moss, where there were signs written in Russian, the volunteer greeted them in Russian and even tried to explain some things in Russian. The effort made by all was amazing.
From here to lunch provided by Holgates and bowling and a play in the grounds.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Primary Technology Competition is no blow over

Twenty seven Yr 6 children from St Luke's School, Slyne -with - Hest took part in the Rotary Primary Technology Competition on Tuesday 12th June. The competition is aimed at promoting problem solving, creativity, team work and engineering skills.
All of the children had a wonderful time, working well in their groups to design and create a safe passage for red squirrels to cross a busy thoroughfare. All models were tested to extremely stringent standards, using a hairdryer, and passed with flying colours. This made the judging very difficult, so the overall winners, The Three Amigos, won by half a point on aesthetic qualities. Prizes were awarded by District Governor Elect, Larry Branyan.
Well done to all and thank you to St Luke's School for letting Carnforth Rotary members enjoy themselves.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Helping Hands Worldwide

Carnforth Rotarians collect medical and disability aids to send to countries all over the world. We are loading this container for 1step2step to send to Thailand. We also help Physionet, which is based in Yorkshire, and another area in Warrington.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Carnforth Rotary Lend a Helping Hand

Carnforth Rotary members are in Booths Carnforth, today Saturday 3rd June, helping British Red Cross to collect for the We Love Manchester Appeal.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Congratulations and Thanks

Our warmest congratulations and thanks for the energy and enthusiasm that our two new Paul Harris Fellowship members have given to their projects in Rotary.
President John Blowes presented two Paul Harris Fellowship Awards after the Club Assembly meeting 1st June 2017.


Kath Bromilow MBE, who brought together members of Carnforth Rotary Club, staff and pupils from Bleasdale School, and members of the community to raise awareness of local crime, as well as planting crocus bulbs to raise awareness of the End Polio Now campaign.
Carnforth Rotary in partnership with Bleasdale School were awarded joint second place at the National Crimebeat Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 15th March 2017.



Pete Lambson, National Technology Co-ordinator, for his tireless efforts to organise Rotary Technology Tournaments in 10 venues across District 1190. Thus giving numerous children, along with their teachers, the opportunity to show off their technology and problem solving skills. He is now organising trial Primary Technology Competitions in several schools in this district.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Promoting Learning by Having Fun

Carnforth Rotary were pleased to be able to provide supplemental funding to further progress the excellent work done by Over Kellet Playgroup, in providing a natural garden area with raised beds, stepping stones, sand and water trays etc. Funded so far, by hard work of parents with raffles, baking cakes and attending coffee mornings.  

Photographed here are Malcolm Watkins, Chair of the Rotary Community Committee; Jackie Bassinder, Playgroup Manager and Rotary President John Blowes.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Carnforth Rotary Associate Rotarians, Heather Baker and Ian Morris accompany HRH the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, on a school tour at a Sierra Leone home for primary and secondary children with a range of disabilities.  
One aspect of the tour included unveiling the Carnforth Rotary recognition plaque, at the entrance to the newly constructed safe play area, which was made possible by our generous support.