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October Walk  Mike S reports.. On October 18th 13 walkers met at Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal Visitors’ Centre. As we entered the park we were greeted with the spectacular views which make this area so well loved and well visited. The views were enhanced by the colours of the trees; beautiful autumn shades of gold, red, yellow, purple, black, orange, magenta, and brown. Passing St Mary’s Church, a Victorian Gothic Revival church, built in the Early English style by William Burges, the group dropped into the Seven Bridges Valley (now only five bridges). Following the valley path, the remnants of a Hydro-electric generator installed by the Marquis of Ripon in 1891, could be seen on the left. At the third bridge, we were treated to a sighting of lots of young deer, charging across the valley and up the steep side and also of a lone stag, having fun in a mud bath. Someone mentioned that a friend had been to the Deer Park, on a deer spotting tour and hadn’t seen any – we couldn’t move for them….. very lucky. A very good walk was followed by scrumptious lunch for 16 in the Black-A-Moor Inn, near Ripon Racecourse.

Friends of Rotary Networking Event On November 1st the first  "networking" event for FoYR members ("Current Challenges for Charities") was held, at the Novotel.  Close to 20 members attended,  and our guest speaker, Jane Hustwit (Chair of York CVS) got things off to a lively start with her observations about what the sector needs to consider in order to thrive in the current difficult climate. There followed a lively discussion, in small groups, about a number of topics such as volunteer recruitment, fundraising, grant application, social media and marketing.  Those present included representatives from charities both large, with multi £M budgets, to very small where running costs are a very large part of their budgets and are difficult to support.  It was an interesting exchange of ideas. It was a great social occasion for FoYR members to meet up, but also stimulated lots of ideas and thoughts. Further such events will now be planned.  More on the FoYR page here

A maze-ing but with Corny Jokes Frank had arranged a visit to York Maze for members and partners on November 2nd,  and owner/entrepreneur Tom Piercey, who had spoken to the Club last year about his project, was our host.  With the current Halloween theme (Hallowscream!) the site was buzzing as families enjoyed the rides, haunted houses and numerous activities available - all themed on Maize or Corn.  These included the House of Cornfusion, which some of us tried out.  With pumpkin carving and costumed "hosts" the ingenuity and drive emanating from Tom was evident.  He sets very high standards for his attractions, food and staff, and his success (100,000 visitors a year) is not surprising - but is well deserved.

York Central Update Our speaker at our November 2nd meeting was Tasmin Hart-Jones, from Homes England, one of the partners developing plans for "York Central".  She gave an update on progress where planning permission is currently being sought for the project which will include 2500 homes, 1000sq m of commercial space and parkland ("the biggest park in York for 100 years"), new station approach and infrastructure, all on this prime 45 Hectare site.  With luck (?) the work on the infrastructure should start next April and by 2021 this should be complete and within the next 15 years the project will take shape.  It's an ambitious plan, well thought through, and seemed popular with members. It is hoped that politicians and funders will feel the same!

Ancient and Modern Streets On November 5th a group of around 50 members and partners enjoyed a private viewing of an exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, all depicting various streets of York, dating from the mid 18th century through to today - with current photographs taken by Chris Shepherd (well known to members for her photography at our Dragon Boat events). Chris introduced the exhibition, held at St Williams College, and she gave us a conducted tour.  Seeing old and new images side by side gace a fascinating insight into the development of the Cityscapes - not always improving over the years, many felt! Many thanks to David Minns and the Fellowship team for arranging this fascinating visit.


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Joining us at our meeting on November 2nd, we welcomes Sasa Simendic,  from the Rotary Club of Nijmegen, Holland.  He is keen to further links between his Club, which has 60 members, and our own.  More international visits, perhaps?

Rotary presents Interviewing Workshop Rotary York’s Ambassador to The Mount School, Eileen Davis, was asked by the new Head of Senior College if she could source an interview techniques presentation for Upper and Lower Sixth forms. Eileen and Sheila Weatherburn put together an interactive workshop lasting 1.5 hours on just that. They covered not only actual interview techniques but, most importantly, the work needed in securing the interview in the first place! With different backgrounds, they used their own experiences from Education and Business. With 45 students, about 35% of them being from overseas, many were in the process of completing their UCAS forms and applying for Apprenticeships; others were looking to Work Shadowing, Holiday or Part-Time jobs and Volunteering. Eileen and Sheila hit the mark with the title "Making an Impact to ‘Stand out from the Crowd’" and helped the students gain an understanding of the overall World of Work

25,000 Poppies to Remember the Fallen  A Big thank you from Linda Lacy (President of York Inner Wheel) to all Rotarians, family and friends, who have knitted, crocheted, cut out felt poppies and provided buttons over the last year supporting Linda’s Inner Wheel Community Project, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice which ended the First World War.  About 25,000 poppies have been produced, of which our group contributed over 7,000. Many Inner Wheel members, Rotarians and friends spent a day attaching some of the 25,000 poppies to lightweight but strong garden netting. This will cascade down the outside walls of All Saints Church, Pavement, York, from November 3rd to 19th. Rotary has a strong link with this church as we hold the annual Inner Wheel and Rotary carol service there. After coming down from the church the poppies will be draped over a steam loco at the National Railway Museum, later in November.

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Dragon Boat Challenge Awards Ceremony The 2018 awards ceremony was held, on October 9th, in its traditional venue, the Mansion House. The newly refurbished Mansion House suited the event very well. The event was well attended by team representatives, the nominated charities, corporate sponsors, together with the full civic party and Rotary representatives. The Lord Mayor remembered that he attended the first Dragon Boat Challenge when he was in the office of Sheriff. As well as presenting the awards, we announced that so far £68,715 has been raised this year, and we're expecting more funds still to come in, hopefully taking the total up to £80,000, potentially a record year. This year seven teams exceeded £3,000, with the highest team (Industrial Textiles and Plastics Ltd) at £5,761. Overall the total raised now reaches £1.1m. Based on the proceeds to date, initial cheques for £10,000 each were presented to Citizens Advice York and York Mind. Both charities talked about their work and how the funds will be used, they also expressed their gratitude and thanks for the support that they have received from the event.


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A cheque for £250 was presented to the Lord Mayor in support of the Lord Mayor’s fund as a token of thanks to the civic party and for the input of the City of York Council. It was interesting to hear from her that two of the Mayor’s charities being supported this year include The Island and York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, both charities previously supported by the Dragon Boat Challenge. Finally we announced that the 2019 event will be held on the 14th July and that the Rotary nominated charity will be St Leonard’s Hospice.


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The Yorkshire Regiments' VC's  On November 9th we welcomed Aline Staes, who is Collections Manager at the York Army Museum, as our speaker.  With the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice in everyone's thoughts, it was appropriate that her talk was about the Victoria Cross medal and the men from the Yorkshire Regiments who were awarded the VC during World War One.  Aline explained very well the background to the origin of the Victoria Cross. Introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856, it was the first medal for to awarded to any rank for gallantry, and was sparked by events in the Crimean War.  The metal is cut from cannons captured from the Russians at Sebastopol during this War and they are made exclusively by Hancocks of London.  There is enough metal remaining today to make an additional 85 medals.  The VC was, and still is, awarded for outstanding valour in the face of the enemy, self-sacrifice and changing the course of the action;  all three requirements need to be met, and recommendations by officers are passed up the hierarchy until final approval by the monarch. The Yorkshire Army Museum houses a collection of five VC's won by men from the East and West Yorkshire Regiments, donated by their families; four of which were awarded during World War 1.  Aline told the stories of four awardees, all aged 21 or younger, and the descriptions of their actions and the amazing bravery of such young men were outstanding.  

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Visitors from Wakefield Joining us for this meeting we welcomed a party of six Rotarians and partners from the Rotary Club of Wakefield, led by their President Sheila Wainwright.  Sheila visited our Club last June when she spoke to us about Admiral Nurses programme,  and is remembered for her "talking cat"!  


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Shelterbox on Show On November 8th Nigel Naish and Brian Joscelyne visited Stillington Primary School, at the invitation of head teacher Charlotte, to do a "Show and Tell" for the children about the work of Shelterbox, Rotary's partner in the provision of immediate charity relief at disaster areas across the globe.  The children were fascinated by the collection of equipment in a shelterbox - particularly the water filtration and cooking provisions - asked lots of good questions, and were most excited to go inside the Shelterbox tent that was erected in their playground.  A sign of the times - one of the dozens of questions asked by the children was "Does Shelterbox provide them with replacements for their i-phones?"!!  The school will run a fundraising event in their village to assist Shelterbox in the provision of further boxes.  This was the first of what we hope will be many such demonstrations to spread the word of what Shelterbox (and Rotary) do around the world.  Many thanks to Suzanne Thompson for helping and for facilitating the visit.

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Nidd Gorge walk  Nigel reports...  After spending 8.5 hours on trains and only 5 minutes in Berwick-upon-Tweed due to a train brake failure, the writer was pleased to get out into the open at Knaresborough, the next day. On November 15th eight walkers set off in the fog along the Beryl Burton Way, named after the seven times world cycling champion and the sun soon burnt through, resulting in a glorious day. Arriving at Old Bilton and The Gardener’s Arms the trail then crossed farmland and descended into the Nidd Gorge. For the next hour we trekked alongside the winding river enjoying the superb autumn tints from the overhanging woodland. On the way home we stopped off at The Tiger Inn, Coneythorpe for refreshment.

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Supporting Local Charities - Rotary in the Community Organised by Keith Hayton and the Community Services team, on November 16th cheques totalling in excess of £8,500 were presented to thirteen different, York based, charities. The work of these charities encompasses a wide range of needs from the very young to the very old.  Without the support of such organisations, many children and young people in York would be unable to participate in artistic and adventurous activities. Yorchestra, for example, runs five orchestras during school holidays. Some 150/200 children and young people take part, ranging in age from 6 to 21. The grant from Rotary goes into a bursary fund to help those who otherwise would not be able to afford the fees. York Citizen’s Theatre Trust will use its grant towards its ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme that provides 200 tickets for a Christmas show to enable children who otherwise couldn’t attend to experience the magic of live theatre. Other recipients include York Sea Cadets, Door 84, and York Young Carers Centre. ‘Young Carers’ can be children as young a six years old who taking on a caring role in their family. Many of them miss out on normal childhood experiences. This year Rotary’s money will be used to give them a Christmas party and a trip to the ice-skating rink.  This gathering was a celebration of how our Club's fundraising is truly "making a difference"

Young Musician in York  Christine reports.. We held the first Rotary Young Musician Competition for 3 years at the National Centre for Early Music on November 17th. Performers came from Bootham, Fulford, York College, All Saints RC, The Mount School, Huntington, Ampleforth College, Manor School, St Peter’s and Hallgate Primary School out at Cottingley near Hull. Gillian Baldwin a “Friend of Rotary” and Christine Watkinson with very helpful staff from the NCEM greeted our performers as they arrived from 10.30am. In all 13 students performing 16 pieces of music, a very difficult contest to judge for our adjudicators Josephine Peach and Heather Hammond. The performances were so good they decided to have joint winners, Emily Watson playing the flute and William Clark playing the violin. All contestants were handed a certificate & congratulated by Ian Helby. Our two winners won £50 each and they go forward to the Rotary District Competition on the 3rd March 2019 again at the NCEM.  


A fuller report and more photos can be read here

Carecent  Our speaker on November 16th was Nicky Gladstone, who explained the background and operation of Carecent, a local charity which, from its centre at the Central Methodist Church in St Saviourgate, provides meals and support for the homeless, disadvantaged or socially excluded in York.  In addition to serving breakfasts 6 mornings a week, Carecent also provide tea and coffees, a clothing store, and a “wet room” that allows their customers (the term they prefer for the users of their services) to take a shower. They have around 50 customers a day. Nicky mentioned that donations of food, mostly tinned and non-perishable, comes from a variety of sources but principally from two supermarkets in the City - Marks and Spencer and the Co-op. Whilst Nicky is the only paid member of staff, Carecent also have 70 volunteers helping them throughout the week.  They rely 100% on donations, either cash or clothing (Jeans, trainers and socks are especially welcomed, apparently).

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25000 poppies to remember the fallen - post-script  As reported earlier,  many of our members, partners and Inner Wheelers contributed knitted, crocheted, cut out felt poppies and provided buttons over the last year supporting Linda’s Inner Wheel Community Project, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. About 25,000 poppies have been produced, of which our group contributed over 7,000.  These were displayed outside All Saint's Church.  Members may have wondered what happened next. They have just been moved to the National Railway Museum and they're actually being draped over a locomotive which took men to the south coast during World War One.


A fuller report can be read in the Minster Fm report here

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Rotary in the Community  As reported earlier, the Community Services team held a presentation event on November 16th where cheques were personally handed out to several local charities.  On November 23rd at our Business Meeting, Keith gave a short presentation to the Club illustrating the event and allowing members to see exactly how some of the money raised, by members, was being used for the benefit of our local community.

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Golf Awards Also at the business meeting, Golf Organiser David Sweeney and President Ian presented the awards from this summer's challenge Trophies - the Shouksmith Trophy going to Keith Hayton, with runner-up David Impey.   The winner of the Thompson Plate (the competition for 1st round losers in the Shouksmith) was won by Dennis Adamson.  Well done all!  and thanks, as always to David S for organising this event.

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Dawn Watts  Members have been saddened to hear that Dawn Watts, 53, a former York Hospital A&E nurse, has lost her five year battle with cancer. In 2015 Dawn was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by our Club, in recognition of her charity fundraising; she raised more than £37,500 for charities including York Against Cancer and St Leonard’s Hospice since throwing herself into charity work after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Her husband, Stuart,  said another £1,000 had been raised in the past few weeks, which he expected to increase in the weeks ahead. Dawn, who was a finalist in the charity fundraiser of the year category of the 2016 York Community Pride Awards, was involved in events including several rock gigs called Dawnfest, a sponsored head shave, a skydive and a 100mph zip wire challenge. Despite her illness, Dawn had continued to enjoy life to the full, always believing that laughter was the best medicine.

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