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THE BULLETIN The Monthly Newsletter of Altrincham Rotary Club Service Above Self since 1929

December 2016

Club Website Club Secretary, Bulletin Editor, Geoff Hayes

President Stephen Woods 2016 - 17

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President's Message This Month As expected it has been an extremely busy November when we had our usual 'Selfie with Santa' collection in Altrincham town centre for the ‘lights switch-on’ also participating in the Lantern Parade. Thank you to all those volunteers who helped out with this. I would also like to thank Karen Wroe for setting up Santa's Grotto in her Art with a Heart. With two full days at Tesco in December for our collections, we must be looking to collect another healthy amount for our worthy causes. Well done to Barry Besbrode and his team for organising. Another thank you to Randals for providing us with some well earned refreshment when we were able to take a break before the lantern parade. The toys and tins collection for the Salvation Army is going well with all the collecting boxes in position. The collection has been promoted regularly in the Messenger. Ken Garrity has been an absolute star driving this project forward yet again this year. With all this hard work, we shouldn’t forget that we have a social programme as well. The Christmas Party is to be held on Monday December 19th. House committee chairman Robert Curry, has organised the entertainment for this year. I would like to see as many Rotarians as possible at our Christmas party along with their partners and friends, as it is expected to be a most enjoyable evening. Finally, I would like to wish all Club members and their families, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Programme for December Reception Desk : David Williams, Tony Urwin, Karen Wroe Event Host/speaker finder Vote of Thanks 05 Club Meeting Dan Donaldson Ken Garrity 06 Club Council Meeting 12 Business Meeting 16 & 17 Christmas Collection at TESCO : Contact Barry Besbrode 19 The Christmas Party - open to family and friends 26 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

Programme for January 2017 02 03 09 16 20 23 29 30

Reception Desk : Robert Young, Ian Allan, Brendan Bates Bank Holiday - No Meeting Club Council Meeting New Year Address President Stephen President Stephen 87th Charter Anniversary Dinner : contact Robert Curry : guest - Edwina Currie US President Trump's inauguration Business Meeting National Immunisation Day : contact Mike Yates Club Meeting Ken Garrity Marie Greenhalgh

Apologies for non-attendance Telephone Bob Curry by 9.00am on day of meeting. - 01925 751 842 or email him on Non-Apologies will mean that you will be charged for your meal

LESSONS FROM OUR ENGLISH TEACHER - PART 2 Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

The 3rd and final part will be in the January Bulletin

Snippet No 2 : Christmas Community Service

Council Meeting Nov 28th 1940 Other Business Xmas Rabbits. the Community Service Committee to spend not more than £5 on rabbits for poor people.

How many rabbits could you get for £5 in 1940 do you suppose ?

Selling of crocus corms in All the excitement of Stamford Quarter on Oct 29 Bonfire Night on Nov 5th, was reported in the November but before the fireworks some of our members issue but the picture of it did joined with those from not reach the Editor's desk five other Rotary Clubs until after the Bulletin hit the at the Deanwater where streets. But the picture was Wilmsow Dean Rotary Club held their "Not the Beaujolais Brunch" This is so crucial that we had to an annual and very popular event which began life put it in the Bulletin here :

in 1995, as a counter perhaps to the celebration of Beaujolais Noveau which this year falls on Nov 17.. We were the Strachans, the Urwins (pictured) and Pam & John Wilson, also Ian and Karen Baker, and yours truly, your Editor. There were five wines to Treasurer Ian Bradley pours thebe tasted, two whites, one samples for Edna & Tony as rosé and two reds. The tombola raffle raised over Caroline enjoys their joke. £300 for Disaster Aid, much to Robert's pleasure and his very considerable surprise.

L to R : Ian Allan, Barry Besbrode, Sarah Walmsley dressed as a purpley witch and IPP Tony Urwin. They raised over £350 that day.

Robert & Caroline check their tickets as President Colin Eggleton makes the draw.

A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 7th November : 19 members present President Stephen Woods in the Chair Peter Dixon & David Collington as scrutineers. Election of Officers for 2017/18 :President Nominee : Jagdeep Singh Mehat Hon. Secretary : Robert Strachan Hon. Treasurer : Peter Dixon Conference Voting Delegates : Chris Boyes & another to be appointed in due course Accounts for 2016/17 : Audited, Presented & Approved "Friends of Altrincham Rotary Club " - A list to be held by Membership Committee - To be invited to Club events - To receive copies of the Club Bulletin Christmas collections etc. - Santa collection at TESCO Dec 16/17 - Lantern Parade Nov 19 4pm to 6:30 - Toys'n'Tins to be collected from boxes Foundation Committee : Seminar Nov 24 Christmas Party : Northern College of Music Brass Band Quartet 87th Charter Anniversary dinner (no dancing) ÂŁ26 ticket price (cheaper than 9/- in 1932) Guest speaker : Edwina Currie

I know we all agreed to support the Puple4Polio campaign, but this is just ridiculous

(Congratulations contd.) ceremony, as last year, in Southport on 26-28 October. "Our Altrincham" was founded as a voluntary group in 2010 by Sarah Walmsley and Valerie Pastore. Our member Karen Wroe is very much involved with the work of the group.

Today's little joke As I was getting into bed she said, "you're drunk !" I said, "How do you know ?" She said, "You live next door."

L to R : Karen Wroe, Trafford Mayor Cllr Judith Lloyd, and Sarah Walmsley.

Here is what Sarah wrote after the award ceremony :"Hard work, town-wide collaboration for their award of a gold medal for "Altrincham in and a natural synergy between Arts & Environment and is at the root of Bloom" for the 3rd year in succession, and also. Altrincham In Bloom's success since 2014. Being nominated to represent the North West at next year's Britain In Bloom awards is a great honour and outstanding opportunity to showcase Altrincham on a national stage. One thing is for sure. We are going to need for winning the nomination for Alltrincham to represent "North West in Bloom" at the "Britain in everyone's support to make our 2017 campaign the biggest, best and most Bloom" Finals in 2017. What an honour. These awards were received at the North West in Bloom colourful ever".


UP TO DATE VIEW OF THE NEW ROAD Following Chris Burrows' talk on October 31 we show here a more recent picture of the Lymm roundabout and how it connects with the new mini-roundabout. It shows how traffic that is from Altrincham to Chester goes via the mini-roundabout as does traffic from the M56, in both directions, that is headed to Altrincham. It is now clear how the new road sweeps past the Lymm roundabout without interuption on its way to connect with the northbound M56.


Dunham Massey Hall On 21st November President Stephen introduced his own personal guest for the evening, David Semple, then introduced our speaker, Club member Robert Curry (pictured) who explained that his talk would be about the job he does on Thursdays at Dunham Massey Estate as a volunteer Park Guide. Robert explained further that so as to produce a slide show of pictures to illustrate his talk he had called upon the technical expertise of Secretary Robert Strachan who had received his photographs, as taken by Park Guide colleague John, and made them accessible on this evening's digital projector. He began by showing a plan of the estate (pictured left) and by explaining how the National Trust acquired the estate when it was bequeathed in its entirety by the late Roger Grey, the 10th Earl of Stamford in 1976. It was the most valuable estate, comprising the Hall itself, the 275 acres in which it sits surrounded by a 10 foot wall, plus 3,000 acres outside the wall in which there are 21 farms and 104 cottages. The estate was given to Hamon de Massey after the Norman conquest and was inherited by many following generations. The Hall itself was built during 1720-1740. Robert continued with a quick summary of the tour he gives to small parties as he conducts them around the estate,and showed photographs of things of interest that he points out to his clients. We saw trees of various kinds (there are 18,000 on the estate), especially those that had been destroyed by lightning-strike, various cottages and buildings particularly the old mill, all kinds of fungi, birds and animals and of course the fallow deer of male bucks, female does and timid baby fawns. These are not to be mistaken for red deer he explained and then went into some detail about rutting. (That's mating to you and me). President Stephen gave a grateful vote of thanks. Barry Besbrode won the wine raffle. Ian Allan described a concert he'd attended at the Royal Northern collage of Music in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the International Society, members of which we have often invited to our Internatioanl Evenings. He said that the College Principal, Professor Linda Merrick, in opening the concert had made particular mention of Altrincham Rotary Club for its support of the Society over many years. "Thank you for that, Professor Merrick"

GUILDFORD ROTARY EYE PROJECT (GREP) Founded in 1998 and since 2014 known as

Global Sight Solutions President Stephen welcomed guests Mrs Tamara Lepp and Mr Martin Lepp, guests of Jag Mehat, and invited Neil Cowan to introduce speaker John Miles of Leatherhead Rotary Club, for a talk on the Guildford Rotary Eye Project. John began by explaining how Sam N Das, a member of Guildford Rotary Club and a consultant ophthalmic surgeon had in 1998 founded the project with the declared aim of restoring the sight to 1,000,000 people. John said that throughout the world Ambassador for the GREP With their backs to the camera, together with his wife Fiona there are 350-650 million Jag Mehat and Mrs Tamara Lepp people who are too poor to deal with problems of impaired vision. Often just a pair of spectacles will solve the problem, but the cases that this project confronts are more serious - cataracts, glaucoma, detached retinas, and so on - all these requiring surgery. For this purpose the project has funded and opened hospitals, initially in Calcutta, but more recently in other places in India and elsewhere. In 2015 John said the project had undertaken 100,000 cataract operations - an extraordinary accomplishment ! Dr Das was awarded the MBE for his initiative. Robert Curry gave the effusive Vote of Thanks. Robert Strachan won the Wine Raffle. John Miles

Thought for the day from DG Stan Bowes :

"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridges to cross, and which to burn."

Here are two winter cartoons to accompany you into December with a smile :-

On 30th November, we received a request from Secretary Robert Strachan, to include a piece in the Bulletin about music licensing in connection with an email by him to all Club members showing a statement issued by RIBI on the subject. We thought iy best to reproduce the RIBI statement in its entirety, and this is given below for your information and easier future reference. PRS stands for "Performing Rights Society" by the way.

Phonographic Performance License An umbrella PPL License is now in place effective from 1st July 2016. We have cover for up to 1740 clubs, covering 1720 current clubs giving room for new clubs as they Charter. All existing and new Charter clubs in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Channel Islands will be covered. The fee will license all recorded music usage by the club except for events where the attendance is in excess of 500 persons which will be licensed under the standard PPL tariffs. Please note that a PRS licence may still be required but charity discounts do apply – we have made contact to try to get an umbrella licence but so far have not been able to secure this. Unfortunately we are unable to cover clubs in the Republic of Ireland as the quote from PPI Ireland was €15,408.01 plus VAT €3543.84 = €18,951.85 which we just cannot afford. Because of this the Executive have agreed that the fairest way to manage payment of the RIBI licence is to reclaim from District Grants the costs applicable to each District. This is a nominal charge at 50p per club but nonetheless as not all clubs are receiving benefit it was felt this was the fairest option. I will email District Treasurers to inform them of this matter. We are pleased that this new benefit is now in place and should offer a level of protection to clubs and the organisation as a whole as I suspect we were possibly not fully licenced in the past! Kind Regards Louise Smith Conference & Events Manager RIBI

1612 December Bulletin  
1612 December Bulletin