MORPETH Rotary Club recently staged an evening of entertainment at Morpeth Golf Club.
Around 70 members and guests battled strong winds to attend the event, which featured a selection of Northern music, amusing speeches, fellowship, charity fund-raising and fine food provided by the new golf club caterers Tricia and Ken Thompson.
Jeff Reynalds, President of Morpeth Rotary, was host to the Mayor and Town Clerk of Morpeth, as well as the Presidents of Morpeth Soroptimists, Morpeth Lions and of the Rotary Clubs of Alnwick, Amble and Warkworth, Bedlingtonshire, Seahouses and District, Till and Glendale (based in Wooler) and Wansbeck.
Guests were played in by Sue Clarke and the Northumbrian fiddles of Fiddle Zonly, who also entertained after the meal with a medley of lively, toe-tapping music.
The toast to the Rotary Club of Morpeth was proposed by District Governor Les Fay of Blyth Rotary with a reply by the Morpeth President.
Mr Reynalds said: “In my reply I mentioned some highlights of the Rotary year so far, including a National Rotary Award for the club’s work under Past Presidents Brian Gott and Kevin Dunlop with the flood victim furniture warehouse on Coopies Lane.
“There have also been charitable collections at Heighley Gate and Morrisons, golf, carpet bowls and quizzes, a £500 Morpeth Rotary Shelterbox sent to help victims of the Pakistan floods, help offered to the Young Technician Project and donations to 11 local charities, one national charity operating locally and one international charity for young people.
“We planted purple crocuses in two areas of Morpeth to publicise the Rotary action to eradicate polio worldwide, with a further £1000 raised for this through our Christmas Concert with the Ellington Colliery Brass Band, there was a visit to the new fire station at Pegswood and one planned for Shotton opencast, a Christmas message from Peter Robinson, the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne who lives in Morpeth, and the award of a Morpeth Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship to Nora Matheson of the RNLI.
“Members were thanked for their individual work with a large number of local churches, charities and community projects such as talking books, meals on wheels and Trinity House.”
The Rotary Club’s annual course of talks was also mentioned.
They have included subjects such as The Children’s Society, local and family history, advanced cycling, the modern James Cook expeditions, red squirrels, antiques, human trafficking, postcard collecting and a 90th birthday talk from member George Strachan, a renowned author and livestock auctioneer.
An amusing and anecdotal toast to the guests was made by the Morpeth Gadgy, Rotary member Alex Swailes, with a warm and elegant reply by Terry Long, the President of Alnwick Rotary.
Rotarian Brian Humble announced that around £350 had been raised from the event for charity,which will be shared between Morpeth-based Barnabas Safe and Sound and HospiceCare North Northumberland.