A busy period for club members

The winning quiz team, George's Girls, with Morpeth Rotary President Jim Dunn.
The winning quiz team, George's Girls, with Morpeth Rotary President Jim Dunn.

Morpeth Rotary Club

Members have enjoyed talks and taken part in various events and activities in recent weeks.

A charity pie and pea supper that also included a quiz raised £230 to go towards the project to build a new school in Sri Lanka. This will add to the £300 raised earlier in the year and will be passed on to Alnwick Rotary Club, which is taking the lead.

The winning team was a brainy group from Foxton Golf Club called George’s Girls. It consisted of George and Maureen Burns, Marian Nichols and Jacky Veitch – all of whom had been invited by Morpeth’s newest member, Ann Thompson.

They beat the Morpeth Lions team by a whisker.

Morpeth Rotary member David Baker then got the club up to date with the charity ShelterBox. Morpeth supports them and has paid for at least one ShelterBox a year for some years, at £590 each.

President Jim Dunn and his wife, Rotary member Rhona, had used their golden wedding celebrations to fund five ShelterBoxes.

The charity, originally founded in Cornwall in 2000, was adopted by Helston Rotary as a project.

When there was an earthquake in 2001 in India, 143 boxes were sent to help. In 2005, the year of the Indian Ocean tsunami, 22,000 boxes went out. In 2010, boxes went to 23 disaster areas in 19 countries.

It has become a major player in international relief and continues to develop.

Each box contains a family size tent, water purification, lamps, cooking equipment, a tool kit, blankets, children’s toys and a groundsheet. Items packed depend on the climate and if it is winter. They can include a mosquito net or extra insulation.

They are packed by ShelterBox volunteers and distributed by local volunteers overseas.

Joint fund-raising with Morpeth Lions at a charity Indian meal took place at Manzil’s to raise money for the Chernobyl children’s visit. A raffle, including a gift from the restaurant, was very successful with £260 raised in total.

A new club banner has been purchased to use at future fund-raising events.

Members have been collecting for the Red Cross and Save the Children’s Fund and it was agreed to give a small donation to a King Edward VI School student to help her take part in an overseas project.

Mr Dunn presented a Rotary Young Writer Award to Safia Simpson at Chantry Middle School and Technology College. Rotary members also went along to the South East Northumberland Magistrates Court in Bedlington to support Chantry at the regional final of the Schools Mock Trial contest.

Looking ahead, visits are planned to Hill House Farm to find out more about agricultural methods and Flodden Field to learn about archaeology.

The snooker, dominoes and darts contests are all coming to an exciting finish, with the President and his wife in different finals. In addition, there will be a Rotary cookery competition later in the year.