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ROTARY THIS WEEK Rotary Club of Ipswich Newsletter

Presidential Ponderings Spring and new growth with Easter to come with its theme of victory over death is a position which can apply equally to Rotary as we start to plan the steps we need to take to move forwards in our Service above Self. On Monday 29th, groups of up to 6 people or 2 households will be able to meet outdoors. There has also, however, been another change just announced by the Government and that is:

Edition 197 – 25 March 2021

Club Officers President: Rev Mervyn Dye President Elect: Karen Jones

From the 28th March indoors: a single small group of singers will be allowed to perform or rehearse for performance, only where essential to an act of communal worship. This should be limited to as few singers as possible. Communal singing should not take place and strict physical distancing should be observed.

President Nominee:

From the 28th March outdoors: when communal worship takes place in the grounds or the outside space of a place of worship, the congregation may join in with singing and should follow the principles set out in the Performing Arts guidance.

David West

Why have I included this gem of information? 2 reasons: It takes up some space so less for me to type (it was copied and pasted), and it gives an indication of the slow but steady return to normality. I think it’s how we need to look at the whole opening up of things - small steps at a steady pace. Rushing forwards will probably take us backwards. And with this in mind, our Club is starting to make plans. John Norman is arranging a small walk on 1 April - see page 24 for details. Further walks are also being planned. Have a look also at Karen Jones virtual Balloon Race on 4 April (Easter Sunday) - page 25. I am delighted to see that we have been able to hold our Young Artists competition (thanks to Isa Graham) and both entries (pages 6/7) have now gone forward to the Rotary National Competition - good luck to both of these fine artists. Other events in the planning stage include my handover on 1 July and we are in discussions with Young Carers about arranging a day for them on 10 July. We are looking at September for our annual Golf Day and the postponed Curry Night. Enjoy the little bits of extra freedom but please Stay Safe.

Paul Johnson Secretary:

Treasurer: Mark Gladwell

In This Issue • Presidential Ponderings • Last Week’s Meeting -

Rural Coffee Caravan/ • Forthcoming Meetings

(Ipswich Clubs) • Young Artist 2020/21 • The Rotating Gardener • The Great Daffodil Appeal • Hammersmith Bridge • More interesting (but use-

less) facts • Tunnels under the Alps • HS2 Viaduct - Colne Val-

ley Regional Park

Rev Mervyn Dye, Club President

Newsletter copy should be sent to Editor Paul Seymour by Sunday evening to email: semesrotary@hotmail.com

• Inner Wheel Update • Photo Corner - Sardinia • Notices


Last Week’s Meeting Ann Osborn (CEO Rural Coffee Caravan/ Meet Up Mondays) - Slow Cooker Project and update during COVID

Notices

This week our speaker was Ann Osborn who gave us an overview of the charity work that she has been undertaking in Suffolk.

Future Events ——–———————— All future meetings will be via Zoom for the time being

——————————— One of Ann's first ventures is Rural Coffee Caravans which are vehicles capable of dispensing tea and coffee etc. who visit up to 80 Suffolk villages. Their locations tend to be remote and the idea is that the local residents have an opportunity to meet up and socialise with each other. Many of these small villages or hamlets do not have a village hall so the Rural Caravan provides an essential amenity for people to develop friendship and camaraderie. The charity which has been going for over 20 years has just acquired its fourth vehicle/caravan. Ann outlined the difficulties experienced during lockdown but they have found innovative ways to remain in contact.

Car Parking at Holiday Inn Please remember that we need to register our car registration number at HI Reception to avoid receiving a fine—currently £100

Member birthdays in March 7th Mar Steve Williams 13th Mar Brooke Dunn 16th Mar Paul Seymour 28th Mar Steve Goodall


Ann also updated us on Meet Up Mondays, which is also a community based charity using Pubs as a base to provide free coffee & tea to anyone in the community who is looking to meet up with others for friendship and socialising. Although this project has only been going two years it went from zero to sixty Pubs in just two years. With most public houses locked down this project is currently on hold . We all know loneliness is devastating but did you know that as many as 1 in 10 of us say the TV is our main companion?

MeetUpMondays™ give hospitality businesses the opportunity to help change this, to show love for the community and to showcase their lovely, friendly pub, cafe, tea room or hotel lounge, as a place of warm welcome.

More Than A Shop is an initiative which acknowledges the vital role Suffolk’s rural shops play in helping to address loneliness and isolation across the county, and celebrates them for going above and beyond for their local communities. More Than A Shop aims to inspire local shops to be more than just provisions stores, encouraging them to be places of friendship, welcome and connection. The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has altered the way we shop. Our local stores, particularly those in rural villages, came to the forefront during the pandemic, with staff and volunteers being recognised as essential, front-line, key workers helping to care for and sustain our rural communities. Rotarian Bob Feltwell is pictured left at his Community Shop in Bentley.

Finally, Ann informed us of a project that she heard about of a Yorkshire butcher who asked people to donate money to allow him to buy "slow cookers" to supply to those in his community who are experiencing food poverty or income deprivation. Ann thought that this idea might work in Suffolk within a short period of time using a Crowdfunding page she managed to raise £12,500 which has allowed her to distribute over 500 cookers in Suffolk. For more information, please take a look at their excellent website: https://ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk/

Alfred Reeves


FORTHCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS Date

Time

Event

2020 Thurs 8th April 2021

1330hrs

Samuel Manogaran - COVID experiences in Malaysia throughout 2020 and 2021

Thurs 22nd April 2021

1330hrs

Barry Howe - TEECH trip to Moldova in 2020

Thurs 6th May 2021

1330hrs

Thurs 20th May 2021

1330hrs

Chris Leworthy - `The Battle of Britain’

Michael Warren - Quiz

Contact Us We meet on Thursdays at 13:00 (We gather from 12.30pm for fellowship) The Holiday Inn Hotel, London Road, Ipswich IP2 0UA 0870 400 9045 email:

We welcome Rotarians from the other Ipswich Clubs to join us. Meeting ID and Password are below: The log-in details are: Meeting ID: 829 2197 6372, Passcode: 548698

rotaryipswich@gmail.com Visit us on our website at www.ipswichrotary.org.uk

All meetings will now be via Zoom while the current Government regulations are in force

Rotary Making a Difference

Notes:

Club WhatsApp Group Merv has set up a WhatsApp Group for Club Members. This allows us instant communication where the need arises to pass messages to all in the group - either important news, updates or something to brighten your day. We all need a bit of light relief in these troubled times. If you want to join the group, you need to have a Smart Phone, upload the WhatsApp app and let Merv have your phone number (if different from what is in the Club Directory). Merv will then invite you to join. There are currently 23 members in the group.

Holiday Inn meetings – blue Other Events - black - currently all via Zoom Meetings


Rotary Club of Ipswich Wolsey

Programme 2021

April 2021 Mon 12th - Deb Johnson - Lighthouse - Domestic abuse in Lockdown Mon 19th - Jane Holland - Driving Safely in Suffolk Invitation to all members of Rotary Club of Ipswich Please see above our programme for your club's information. We start our meetings every Monday at 7.00 pm, except for those Mondays which are Bank Holidays when we do not meet. Should any of your club wish to join our club zoom meetings one person from your club should collate and provide to John Quarmby (our zoom meeting host) the names of your club members who will be joining any specific meeting. John should be contacted by email g3xdy@btinternet.com and he will provide the zoom meeting ID and password. Kind Regards,

Tony Box Programme Co-ordinator Rotary Club of Ipswich Wolsey As usual, our meeting by Zoom will start at 7.00pm with the talk lasting up to about 30 minutes plus questions afterwards Our Zoom Id is 87288265296 and password 548752. If other clubs are attending this Zoom meeting would one member of that club please collate their club attendees and inform the Rotary Club of Wolsey' host, John Quarmby, by email (g3xdy@btinternet.com). Visiting club members are welcome to stay for the rest of our meeting or leave once Michael Strand has finished his talk.

You are invited to the next Ipswich East Club meeting on Tuesday 13th April at 7.30pm (room opens at 7.15pm) - Dr Owen Thurtle “Hidden Ipswich - sights you may have missed” The log-in details are: Meeting ID: 873 4741 1522 and Password

049324


Rotary Young Artist Competition 2020/21

Our Club has been able to organise the Young Artist Competition this year, despite the challenges faced by the Pandemic. The winner of our Senior Category (below) is Iyesha Ferguson Rogerson and not only at Club level. It is also the winner of the District category and, therefore, has been forwarded to the National competition.


The winner of our Intermediate Category (below) is Narin Naseri. This is also the winner of the District Intermediate Category and has been submitted to the National Competition. The theme was “Wild Nature” for both categories. Congratulations to them both for their outstanding work and good luck in the Rotary National Competition.

Isa Graham


The Rotating Gardener Week No.40 Yes, it is week 40 and a Kalanchoe I brought to my talk at Rotary last year has one of it’s thousands of offspring flowering, common it may be but I think it is beautiful. I should explain it has little plantlets all along the leaf edges which drop off into other pots and flourish. I remember photographing one on the windowsill at Burstall soon after my Daughter was born, over 50 years ago. Also, in the greenhouse, a gift from a friend, Hippeastrum amaryllis ‘Ice Queen’, has put up a robust stem from a very large bulb, two of the four double flowers have opened and never cease to amaze. My friend sourced the bulbs from Pheasant Acre Plants, a family run business from near Bridgend highly thought of by customers known to me. Commonly called Amaryllis due to a miss-naming in the 18th century the name has stuck. Amaryllis belladonna, illustrated last Autumn, grows outside, and originates from South Africa whereas the Hippeastrum amaryllis is from South America.

Kalanchoe, Mother of Thousands

Hippeastrum amaryllis 'Ice Queen'

One root crop I have grown many times is Jerusalem Artichokes, originating from the USA not the Holy Land. Just about the easiest plant you could possibly grow, plant some tubers and you have got them established. My earlier memory of these was lunching with Chris Fairweather when we were working on a book Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the Jerusalem Artichokes, delicious 1970’s. His wife had roasted them, split open, they sat their glistening with lumps of butter melting on them, delicious. They should be available from the smaller greengrocers now. In the Sunflower family they grow up to around 10’ topped with a small yellow flower.


Grown in the past, Chinese Artichokes are fun. In a different family, (Stachys affinis) grown in pots they are quite ornamental, small tubers can be used as a garnish. Tomato seeds have been sown in pots, placed in the heated propagator with some Tomatillo seeds with James Wong’s name on the packet from Suttons. Seed order has arrived from our local Thompson and Morgan who have confirmed only one item sold out, so all suppliers have run out of some lines, the first occasion I have experienced this.

As a change from root crops, Chinese Leaf as the Supermarkets call Chinese Cabbage is very crisp and mild, can be mixed in salads or stir fried.

Chines Artichokes (Stacys affinis)

Chinese Cabbage

Extravagant is the Tender Stem Broccoli, quite delicious but more down to earth is the Purple or White Sprouting Broccoli that should be available soon.

Tender Stem Broccoli


Fragrant Mimosa (Acacia dealbata cv’s) has been spotted with its bright yellow flowers in Westerfield Road (opposite The Woolpack) and down Rushmere Road just off Colchester Road. Along Colchester Road is a mature tree, yet to show colour.

"Mothers Day Gift

Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'

Mothering Sunday brought a gift of potted Primroses with delicate perfume and some bulbs of Muscari ‘White Magic’ which are fascinating to watch growing by the day. These will transfer to the garden eventually and they can keep the clump of Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’ which has very slowly expanded over the past 20 years. Valerie was a great gardener and photographer nice to know when I was starting my second career in 1968.

Mimosa (Acacia dealbata hybrid)


Although I am not an early morning photographer I did go out and shoot the image of Hyacinths with the Uncinia grass the other morning when the Sun was catching it and giving it such vibrance. On the wall, a close-up of a tiny plant, that was, in the days of Dinosaurs, had much larger relatives.

Hyacinths with Uncinia grass in the morning sunlight

The Daphne I have often mentioned is now finishing its flower"Miniature plants on the garden wall ing, it has been wonderful and being at home so much, its perfume has been enjoyed more than ever. Next will be to prune some off the top with a new tool I have to test which I will share with you. Pruning Roses, grasses (not too short) and Winter shrubs grown for their stems, Cornus (Dogwoods) and Willows (Salix) can be an enjoyable task from now onwards. Have a good gardening week when the weather allows.

I include a picture of one of my favourite gardens, Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom which opens with Bressingham Gardens created by Alan Bloom and the Steam Museum, well worth a visit when we are allowed. Another short video of my friend John Massey’s garden, number four is Winter, well worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJX4l79XM2w Happy Gardening. Michael Warren enjoys hearing from you on: warrenmichael@btinternet.com

Daphne, still flowering and sharing it's wonderful perfume

07748 908907

Michael Warren

Adrian Bloom's garden at Bressingham, colour from shrubs and conifers


Dear Rotarians and Friends Many thanks to those of you who have contributed to this very worthy cause. We have managed to collect £275 so far. At the Club Trustee meeting recently, they agreed to match members donations so thereby doubling the sum to be paid to the Charity. The Trust put a ceiling of £500.

It would be amazing for Marie Curie if we could get another £225 donated. We will finalise the collection by 31st March and I am therefore asking you all for one more big push to raise a further £225 which will get us up to £500 and which will then enable a total donation, with the matched funding, of £1000. Lets make a difference.

Our account details are: Account name: Rotary Club of Ipswich Charity Fund Sort code : 53 61 24 Account number: 66461014 or send cheques payable to Rotary Club of Ipswich Charity Fund to: Rtn A Reeves, 144 Westerfield Road, Ipswich, IP43AF

Many thanks, Stay safe and look after yourselves

Roger Girling Fundraising Chairman Rotary Club of Ipswich roger.girling@virgin.net


Hammersmith Bridge to re-open The latest on the Hammersmith Bridge fiasco is that the insertion of a double deck Bailey Bridge style insert is technically feasible. As well as allowing for the passage of pedestrians and cyclists on the new lower deck buses and motorcycles could cross the river on the upper deck, all without adding any load to the existing suspension bridge. The Foster + Partners / COWI truss design will sit on the existing piers but clear of the existing deck (and therefore not loading the existing suspension chains). This new inserted truss will allow the maintenance team to access the existing structure clear of the day-to-day traffic and save £40 million from the estimated repair budget (although it will still cost £100 million to repair the bridge, and it isn’t clear where any of the money is coming from). There is a possibility that the upper deck could be used by cars, paying a toll to cross the Thames and this income would contribute to the cost of repairs. I just get a twinge of nostalgia at this point and recall the cost of the Humber Bridge: Estimated Cost Actual Cost Current Debt (2020)

£28 million (1980 prices) £98 million (350% above estimate) £152 million*

The outstanding debt was £330 million until it was restructured by the coalition government in 2011 / 2012 enabling crossing tolls to be halved to £1.50.

John Norman


More interesting (but useless) facts The average British citizen watches 4.1 hours of television each day. The average TV costs, on average, £5.46 per month (initial cost divided by lifespan) and amongst those who subscribe they typically pay £71 per month on subscription and broadband services. Seventy percent of the population have spent less on electrical goods during the recession compared with 2019. The average UK adult spent £460 on their last TV expecting it to last seven years (8,736 hours). One third of all TVs still cannot connect to the Internet. Over the 12 months of lockdown Brits have accumulated £250 bn of savings (70% of the adult population have 'saved' during lockdown).

Cost per use of typical UK household items: (initial cost divided by the number of uses throughout the items life): TV. 21p Hair Dryer. 51p Iron. 74p Hair Straighteners. 84p Mobile Phone. 95p Music Subscription. £1.09 Designer Jeans. £1.25 Smart Shoes. £1.40 Games Consol. £1.58 Subscription TV services. £2.70 for each time the service is accessed.

Source LG UK (LG make televisions and other electrical goods)

John Norman


Tunnels under the Alps On first of January 1882 the first Gotthard tunnel under the Alps opened, it was a rail tunnel and had taken some 11 years and numerous lives to build. Boring the tunnel involved the first large scale commercial use of dynamite which had only been patented four years previously. The successful meeting, under the centre of the mountain, of the two separate bores was, in the late nineteenth century, widely regarded as a major feat of surveying and engineering. Also regarded as an outstanding success was the use of compressed air for the rock drilling tools and other workface requirements. The air was compressed by waterwheels in rivers adjacent to the tunnel portals, and these pumps also supplied air to pumps moving water to the workface (cooling the drilling bits). As the workface advanced the distance these services needed pumping also increased with the subsequent losses of volume and pressure. One of the major innovations of tunnelling under the Saint Gotthard Massif was the use of compressed air to drive the locomotives which were hauling the dug spoil out of the tunnel. No sparks, no smoke and no hot steam, just compressed air driven cylinders and a ‘tender’ containing a substantial quantity of nothing more dangerous than air.


When opened in 1882 the Gotthard Railway Tunnel, at 15 km was the longest tunnel in the world. The Gotthard Road Tunnel was opened in 1986, a second railway tunnel, the so-called Base Tunnel in 2016 by which time it had become apparent that the road tunnel was inadequate for the volume of traffic. The Gotthard Base Tunnel, at 57.1km is currently the longest railway tunnel in the world but see below for an update. The road tunnel is simply two lanes, one in each direction, all traffic travels at the speed of the slowest vehicle and head on crashes are too frequent (which result in the tunnel being closed for hours, even days if the result is a fire). Thus, construction of a second parallel road tunnel is about to start. Likely to cost $3 billion (CHF 2.84 bn) and the tunnel should be complete and open by 2032. Elsewhere another railway tunnel is also under construction, the twin tube Brenner Base Tunnel (under the Brenner Pass) which should be complete in 2022. Compared with the original Brenner railway the Base Tunnel is deep and straight and will cut journey times between Innsbruck and Fortezza from 80 minutes to 25 minutes. At 64 km it will become the longest railway tunnel in the world.

John Norman

Gottard Road Tunnel Portal

Gottard Road Tunnel


HS2 Viaduct - Colne Valley Regional Park Construction has started on what will become the United Kingdoms longest railway viaduct. Under construction just inside the M25 south of Rickmansworth the new viaduct will cross the Colne Valley Regional Park. Originally designed by Knight Architects, the design was released by the Government in January 2018 to a wall of criticism, the design was the 'tweaked' (for, quote 'engineering reasons') by Nicholas Grimshaw's practice. By the start of the year 2018 there had already been protesters in the trees for six months. They were removed and the trees cut down in the autumn of 2019. The viaduct will be a major structure, clearly visible from throughout the country Park. At 3.4km the viaduct is one kilometre longer than the Forth railway bridge. The new viaduct will take the HS2 across lakes and waterways, roads and railway lines as well as the Grand Union Canal some 10 metres above the surface of the water. It will be supported on 292 concrete piles each up to 50 metres deep. Six thousand tonnes of bridge deck is being precast in a temporary factory in the HS2 construction yard clearly visible from the M25. Each beam will then be transported along the newly constructed track bed and 'launched' cantilever style over the gap to the next pier. With some of the longest spans being 80 metres this will be no mean feat of engineering. The contract is being undertaken by a joint venture with partners Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and Volker Fitzpatrick and like many of the contracts on the new railway the cost hasn't been revealed. Incidentally that same factory is producing the tunnel lining segments for the Chiltern Tunnel, the portals for which are just a few metres to the North West. The 10 mile twin tunnels will require 112,000 segments each cast in fibre reinforced concrete (no rusty steelwork in this tunnel).

John Norman


Inner Wheel Update

Inner Wheel Newsletter - 24 March 2021 News and future events Our President, Isabella Wainer, and Hon Secretary, Isa Graham, attended the Inner Wheel District committee meeting on Zoom on 18 March 2021 and agreed on our behalf to support with £100 the Inner Wheel District 8 Charity Riding for the Disabled. On 22 February, we welcomed, with President Isabella Wainer, two new members: Lily Leighton and Lori Neville-Thomas (who was a nurse at Addenbrookes), will be inducted once we can all meet again. They are already supporting our TWAM initiative. On 27 February, at committee meeting on Zoom, arranged by Prema Dorai, the following decisions were made: •

15 March Zoom meeting 3-4pm courtesy of Dottie Kennerley, arranged by Mary Butters and Sharon Johnson. Mr Murray Jacobs took us on a Virtual Tour of Cambridge.

27 March Prema Dorai to arrange a Zoom committee meeting for 10am -12noon.

April 12 12noon- 3pm Inner Wheel International Frugal Soup lunch. To date, 20 acceptances following the rule of six or Zoom from home. Arrangements by Mary Butters and Sharon Johnson.

April 24 Committee meeting by Zoom to be arranged by Prema Dorai.

May 10 Pocket Coffee Morning, rule of six. Mary Butters and Sharon Johnson to arrange.

12 May Inner Wheel Garden Party at Tricia and David West’s home from 12 noon to 3pm. Maximum attendees 30. Limited car parking, shared car recommendation. Contact Mary Butters or Sharon Johnson.

Tools With A Mission (TWAM) Following on from my last report, Patricia Morphew is seeking contact with other Inner Wheel groups in District 8 to encourage haberdashery donations. The more clubs Ipswich Inner Wheel can include, the more impact TWAM will have on women’s lives.

TWAM is also one of the designated charities of St Mary’s Church, Capel St Mary.

Penny Thompson, Club Correspondent


Photos of our March 15, 2021 Inner Wheel Ipswich Zoom meeting with 24 attendees


The Must See Street of Cambridge - A Taster

At a Zoom meeting on 15 March, courtesy Dottie Kennerley (who was a Radiologist Lecturer at Cambridge), Mr Murray Jacobs, a Cambridge Green Guide, took us on a virtual tour of the city. Twenty-two members attended. Isabella Wainer welcomed members and told us of her family’s working connections with Cambridge: two of her sons are involved with virus research, which includes AstraZenaca, and one of her daughters is a Cambridge University Economics graduate from Darwin College, and her youngest daughter is currently a Dental Surgeon at Addenbrookes and at the Cambridge University Dental clinic on Trumpington Road.

Mary Butters introduced Mr Jacobs, whose talk was delivered in a relaxed and informative manner. For him, King’s Parade is Cambridge's most historic and attractive street with many points of great interest. The virtual tour took us the length of the Parade, including Great St Mary’s Church (opposite), the University’s church and the largest parish church in Cambridge, and where Stephen Hawking’s funeral was held. With 31 colleges, Cambridge is a collegiate university and many of the city’s buildings are owned by colleges. Many undergraduates live in college houses. King’s College Chapel Founded by Henry VI, who also laid the foundation stone, King’s College Chapel (below) is the number one visitor attraction, having the most magnificent and largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world. Sir Christopher Wren visited every year to admire it. The beautiful stained glass windows were completed during the Renaissance. Reubens’ 1634 painting, Admiration of the Magi was a gift and is above the altar. Every Christmas Eve a Carol Service is broadcast worldwide from the Chapel. It starts with a chorister singing Once in Royal David’s City.


Grasshopper Clock Another feature of King’s Parade is the Corpus Christi Clock, (opposite) known as the Grasshopper Clock, which is a large, sculptural clock at street level outside the Taylor Library, Corpus Christi College. It was unveiled in September 2008 by Stephen Hawking. The clock’s face is a rippling 24-carat gold plated stainless steel disc. Senate House The early 18th century Senate House (below), formerly used for meetings, is mainly used for graduations, which can take place over four days. As a city of undergraduates, Cambridge is also home to high jinks. The most famous undergraduate prank was when an Austin 7 was parked on the roof of the Senate House in 1958. In December 2009, four Santa hats were placed high on King’s College Chapel. It took steeplejacks half a day to remove them. Dottie Kennerley gave the vote of thanks to Mr Jacobs for an amusing and interesting tour-de-force. I hope that I have given a taste of Mr Jacobs’ tour and that it will encourage us to visit Cambridge, especially King’s Parade, when it is possible.

Penny Thompson, Club Correspondent


Member Photos This week, I share some photos taken by John Skeates in Sardinia

Sardinia has been an overlooked Mediterranean island, as it lies between Italian Sicily and French Corsica. But it is an amazing holiday destination, great for kids, which is packed full of amazing sights and activities, with a great climate. Whether you've chosen to visit Sardinia to check out Phoenician or Roman ruins, or just to soak up some sun and enjoy some excellent Sardinian wines, you're sure to have a great time. As a relatively large autonomous island, Sardinia presents a huge range of activities for a family holiday. From the sunbathing perfection of its Mediterranean beaches to the exploration of sites such as Su Nuraxi di Barumini - a building structure dating from the Megalithic period - there is something to interest everybody. About a quarter of the island is designated as either a National Park or other protected reserve territory, so much of the environment is unspoiled and the naturalists in your family can have a great time spotting incredibly rare creatures such as the Sardinian Fox or the Mediterranean Monk Seal. It's definitely a destination for fans of the great outdoors, but with such a diverse amount of wildlife on display, no one can fail to be captivated by the Sardinian landscape. These shots of Sardinia, are taken mainly in the North Eastern part of the island.

John Skeates


Sardinia


Club Walk - 1st April 2021

I am organising a walk for Rotarians and their partners on Maundy Thursday, 1 April 2021 along the Fynn Valley. Because of COVID restrictions the party will be limited to 12 participants (Christine and myself included), that is two parties of 6 meeting outside and each group remaining socially distanced throughout the walk (although both groups will follow the same route). Because Christine and I will walk with separate parties I welcome requests from single participants. We will meet in the car park of Playford Village Hall, at the junction of Butts Road and Hill Farm Road, IP6 9DU , Playford at 10.00 am on Thursday 1st April. Please remain socially distanced as you arrive. Each party will set off separately. The walk will take us west to Tuddenham St Martin and back along the other side of the river. There is no road walking, the grass will be wet, underfoot damp, and in places might be muddy. There are narrow bridges and field stiles, kissing gates and the occasional strand of barbed wire. With lambs in the fields I suggest no dogs. To book a place please email me with April 1st Walk as the subject of the email to: johnwilliamnorman@gmail.com

John Norman


Inspire Suffolk Balloon Race

Dear Club Members, I am hoping a few of you will join in for the Inspire Suffolk Balloon Race on 4th April and we can get some camaraderie going amongst us all! It’s also a great way to treat grandchildren for Easter, and chance for families to have some fun. For more information please go to the website below:

https://inspiresuffolk.org.uk/courses/easter-balloon-race/? fbclid=IwAR0Q_E48mmeduMdB5dhwTHBVUhCbSraoY23tyjmXqDog_i3T1oVemLj8Oc8

Karen Jones


Forthcoming Events

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Rotary Club of Ipswich Newsletter No 197 - 25th March 2021  

Rotary Club of Ipswich Newsletter No 197 - 25th March 2021  

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