From Iceland to Holy Island

Morpeth Rotary'Paul Crook encouraging the walkers at Emanual Head Holy Island
Morpeth Rotary'Paul Crook encouraging the walkers at Emanual Head Holy Island

Morpeth Rotary Club

THE club chose one of the best days of 2012 for an outing to Holy Island, led by keen walker Dr Paul Crook.

Recently back from trekking in the Icelandic Alps, near Akureyri, he found this five-mile walk much warmer and flatter. Eighty or more seals were seen sunbathing on a sandbank and calling to each other.

The Trinity House vessel Galatea was observed offshore working on buoy maintenance, but unfortunately Rotary member and Trinity House Master Ray Nelson was not able to take part in the event.

On the following day, the club held its monthly business meeting. Rhona Dunn updated everyone on what was happening regarding the support of the recent flood victims and how the fundraising went.

A total of 47 households had been partly flooded, with 27 so badly flooded that people had to move out. Some residents had now been flooded out three times.

A number of local service organisations worked together to raise £4,500 in the street collection, which together with other donations came to £8,000. Acting quickly and decisively, all the money has already been allocated.

The British Red Cross will administer the finance on behalf of the voluntary organisations and the people of Morpeth.

Funding held by Churches Together will be used for other forms of support. Morpeth Rotary especially welcomed donations through it from the Rotary Clubs of Tynemouth, Carlisle and Keswick.

The club has made a small contribution towards the new stair lift at Morpeth Golf Club that will give better access to the upper meeting room and dining room.

Arrangements were then discussed for a visit to a local manufacturer, the Christmas Message meeting in December, the Four Way Quiz with other local service organisations in January and for Laurie Walker’s President’s Night and the Morpeth Rotary 75th Anniversary on March 22.

Barry Swan reminded members that Rotary International has its own charity and Morpeth has given £1,000 for each of the last three years in a matched funding exercise with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to get rid of polio worldwide.

He has asked every member of Morpeth Rotary to give 10p a day for a year in support of the charity this year.

In addition, the club is grateful to Morrisons for allowing a collection throughout the week beginning November 19 to raise funds for work in Morpeth and the local area.

Its annual photographic competition had been judged by Ken Stait.

The organiser, Kevin Dunlop, read out the results and declared himself the winner, with three prize-winning photographs and the best photo of the contest of flowers at the old petrol pumps near Fairmoor.