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April 2018

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The traditional potato planting time over Easter has come and gone in readiness for our fiercely contested annual potato competition. However I hope you have all got those newly planted seed CONTENTS potatoes wrapped up warmly From Our President against this inclement Charity Golf Day weather! Similarly the clocks District Conference have changed and puddings St Kilda have returned – hurray!  Young Photographer The Yellow Earl This must be a bumper issue Mary’s Meals of the Borderer – so much Exercise Longbow seems to have been going on. Data Protection Michael Cowen gave his talk Social Media on the Yellow Earl which was Operation Longbow brilliant. He had obviously Poets’ Corner done a lot of research but it was delivered in a light, REGULAR amusing and interesting way. We also had an excellent talk from Michael Pearson about St FEATURES Kilda, the remote island on the North West Coast of Scotland. Rotary Webpages If you enjoyed his talk you might also enjoy The Black House Diary Dates by Peter May; a suspense thriller based on the remote Reception Desk weather beaten islands of Lewis and An Segir where the Club Council bleakness of living is such places is described in detail along Club Meetings with the annual Guga (young gannet) hunt. Our Young Photographer competition produced some wonderful photographs. Our thanks go to all the entrants and those organising and judging the competition.

The winning shots of Brighton pier look rather different following the fire than when I attended school there many years ago. We heard about operation Longbow which both Robin and David Morton kindly got involved in on our behalf. It is rather hoped that in a real emergency Carlisle would be better prepared! Our thanks must also go to David for attending the Social Media and Website training. With so much in the press at the moment I believe we must be careful how we embrace this ‘world’ and make sure we use if for our own benefit rather than the tail wagging the dog. However used in the right way Facebook and in particular Whatsapp is brilliant. They have allowed me to keep in touch with my lads whilst they travelled the world. Lastly I am very pleased to welcome Tim Heyes-Jones to our Club and I look forward to getting to know him and his wife Geraldine in the coming months.


Another bite of the cherry!! – what jumps out at you after ‘Thankyou’? from The Eden Valley Hospice Newsletter

CHARITY GOLF DAY 18th May, Eden Golf Club - (Contact Robin MacLeod) This is our main fund raising event of the year and so it is important that all Rotarians support the event as much as possible. I appreciate that these days, we do not have the same business contacts to approach for sponsorship but encouraging known golfers to put a team together is equally, if not more important, as it adds to the atmosphere on the day and makes the whole event more enjoyable for everyone. We must all know some golf loving friends, most of whom could put a team together so come on fellow Rotarians, please try to find at least one team. Sponsors are of course also very welcome – they will have their name prominently displayed on a tee or hole and again in the Clubhouse.

We will also be holding a raffle on the day, so contributions to prizes would also be very welcome.

So come on, rise to the occasion, Rotarians, and don’t forget that I know where you live!


DISTRICT CONFERENCE Saturday 17th March 2018 A new style District Conference for 1190 was trialled at North Lakes Hotel Penrith and was well attended by our Club with President Nicki leading our delegation, supported by Ian, Ellis and myself. We were also joined by Barbara and Margaret who were desperate not to miss out on the ‘fun’. The one day event ensured that there were plenty of issues before us, albeit dominated by two topics, namely Social Media and the Eradication of Polio. So let me give you a flavour:The first session really set us up for the day with James Martin, ex Rotarian and Scottish broadcaster telling us that Social Media was the way forward for Rotary and that we must embrace the new world if we are to survive. I appreciate our views in this respect but I certainly felt a sea change in the room when James asked those present who was on facebook. There must have been 50% put their hands up. I for one like to ignore the suggestion that ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’, ‘snapchat’, etc etc are the way forward but somehow I think I will eventually be proved wrong and unfortunately sooner rather than later! This speaker was most entertaining and I must urge you to watch one youtube video he showed us which highlights the age we have entered,

click here to view.

A number of speakers referred to Polio eradication, our own District Governor but in particular Rotarian Judith Diment who has spent a number of years raising funds worldwide including from governments who at times were somewhat reluctant to help. However the battle towards eradication is being won and only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain with cases, albeit minimal. One of the sessions that left a lasting impression was that introduced by Rotarian Ken Robertshaw. He is closely involved in Rotary Foundation and the selection of worldwide Peace Scholars. After a fascinating explanation of the process we were introduced to Bol Maywal, originally from Sudan who had quite a story to tell of his family’s struggle to escape conflict and his subsequent wish to do what he can to resolve the problems faced in his homeland .

We were also given presentations on the work of the British Legion in our County, the extent of funds raised by The World’s Greatest Meals and finally how the Silloth Club were going through an impressive revival at the moment. The latter was as a result of a group of young persons in the town who were keen to set up a ‘satellite’ club with the likelihood of subsequent integration with the mother club. Another group of young Rotarians which really seems to be taking off in our District is Rota Kids and we were superbly entertained by 3 young members from Cartmel Primary school and two young singers from Keswick school. So, overall a worthwhile event which next year returns once again to Cumbria and the Grand Hotel, Grange – Over- Sands on the 23rd March. Don’t forget to watch the youtube video mentioned above, it will amuse you as well as frighten you !!



Larry Branyon With our own President

Nicki Quayle

Click here to view it!

ST KILDA Vikings arrived c.900 and gave names to many of the islands eg. Soay-sheep island. Some native species were only to be found on these islands. The St Kilda field mouse is twice size of its cousins and the St.Kilda wren is a larger sub species to those on the mainland. Early dwellings were small circular houses, like green mounds, stone walls 2m thick, covered in turf with no tables or chairs, just wooden stools and stones. Population was devastated by smallpox outbreak in 1727. A man from St.Kilda was visiting Harris, caught disease and died. Next year one of his friends carried his clothes back to Hirta and this is thought to be the source of infection which eventually caused 94 deaths, and left only 4 adults and 26 children from 21 families. Among survivors were three men and eight boys who had been collecting birds and were marooned on Stac an Amin from October to the following June. After this St Kilda was repopulated with families from Harris. In 1799, there were 26 houses, 100 inhabitants, sheep, horses and cows. Black houses were erected in 1834. They were built with double wall, wooden roof resting on inner one, covered with barley thatch. In winter cows were kept in one half, family in the other, beds just hollows in the wall. Next stage of development of the village came in 1860 when a severe October gale took the roofs off many of the houses, the black houses became byres for cattle, storage for birds, grain, fish and potatoes. Cleits, a St Kilda invention of small turf roofed storage and drying buildings were built, some 1,260 on Hitra alone. Turf absorbed rain and wind blew through walls drying the contents. On Hirta only five buildings had slated roofs, factor’s house, built in 1860, the kirk, manse, feather store and schoolroom. in 1898 school log records “no school today…heavy snow, every house washing tweed : no school for

three weeks – influenza, people gathering bird’s eggs, all engaged in killing and salting the fulmar, great storm raging, church and school being cleaned for a marriage. In 1852 36 inhabitants accepted an offer from the Highlands and Islands emigration society to start a new life in Australia, fewer than half survived the journey. During WW1 small naval detachment lived on St Kilda and spread unrest, telling young men there was a better life in Glasgow, at end of war many left, leaving few men able to work and cultivate the agricultural plots. Last years of 1920’s very hard, in 1926 four of the key men died in one week in influenza outbreak. Severe winter of 1929 – 30 was prolonged and devastating, no mainland contact for several months leaving many at starvation level. Population had dropped to 36 and all were ready to leave for an uncertain future. Cattle and sheep left on SS Hebrides for Tiree and Oban with bulk of luggage and furniture. ALL dogs were drowned to save space. Finally in August 1930 HMS Harebell took all inhabitants from their island home, the only world they knew. All began a different life, many employed in forestry although they had never seen a tree in their lives, many contacted TB and lived only for a few years. Islands were sold as a bird reserve, and then bequeathed to National Trust for Scotland in 1956, and RAF built a service camp for the Ministry of Defence in support of a rocket tracking team. In 1987 St Kilda became a World Heritage Site and islands have also been designated a special area of conservation for Scottish Natural Heritage.

Michael Pearson

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER The Prize Winners FIRST PRIZE SENIOR India Reynolds, Trinity School Two unusual perspectives of Brighton beach produced a winning entry for India. Well done!


Lydia Craib, Trinity School A holiday resort and war grave gave a new perspective and a well deserved runner up.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER - Continued HIGHLY COMMENDED SENIOR - Kyle Spark, Trinity School A most unusual perspective of the cathedral ceiling photographed as a selfie A fascinating and attractive photo which the judges enjoyed seeing.

Many thanks to our Judges, Norman Butler FRPS and Richard Spiers FRPS


THE YELLOW EARL We were fortunate to have Michael Cowen give us an illustrated talk, without notes, about Hugh , the 5th Earl of Lonsdale who lived 1857 - 1944 . Hugh was not expected to inherit the title as his brother, the 4th Earl , was only a year or two older than him and, consequently, he was not given the education or the necessary upbringing, before his brother died an early death . As a result, once he inherited the title at age of 25, he determined to make up for this perceived slight and quickly became profligate in spending huge sums from the enormous wealth he had inherited – for the title carried with it ownership of coalmines at Whitehaven (where he also owned most of the town) and high-grade iron ore mines at Millom. In addition he owned 50,000 acres of agricultural land at Lowther and was reputed to be one of the richest men in Britain . We learned of his interest in : fast cars; horse racing; hunting; boxing, where he awarded Lonsdale belts ; entertaining the Kaiser; shooting; sailing; and attractive actresses . He also formed a Pals battalion , part of the Border Regiment , but sadly only 263 soldiers out of 800 men returned after the Somme offensive . By the time he died the mines at Whitehaven and Millom had gone, together with most of the enormous fortune. Michael described him as "almost an emperor, but not quite a gentleman ", and we all enjoyed this very well researched story.


MARY’S MEALS We were visited on Wednesday April 11th by Duncan Hamlett a Rotarian from Carnforth. He could give us all a lesson in making good use of your time in retirement – not only is he a Rotarian but he represents Mary’s Meals plus Mercy Ships and M A F (Flying for Life). He has been recognised by being awarded the B E M (British Empire Medal) Mary’s Meals is a charity working in Malawi to provide meals for children under the age of six. It is just finishing a major project which our Club helped financially a few years ago. 15 communities now have a suitable building in which to educate and feed twice a day up to 200 children. These buildings also now have toilet facilities, fuel efficient stoves, site drainage and volunteer training in basic literacy and numeracy. Whenever we hear how the Rotary works it sometimes seems unnecessarily complicated but in practise it ensures that several major problems are addressed while the project is ongoing. There must be a local club which is prepared to supervise the project and ensure that the money is spent properly. Limbe Rotary Club in Malawi did this in this instance. Duncan didn’t appeal to us for more funds but he told me that further funds are being sought so that extra children can be helped. Currently 3000 are being helped. 29 clubs were involved in the original project so I imagine that appeals will be made to these clubs and we are one of them. I will bring more information to the Club if and when I hear more.

Tom Dawson


A REWRITE OF THE LAW There is a new bit of legislation floating around which replaces the old Data Protection Act and there is a lot of hype and alarm being spread about by IT firms, accountants (and lawyers) bent on making as much cash as possible out of this change. The principles are very much the same – that as a club we should be careful with personal data, should let people know what info we keep and correct it where it’s wrong. We should not use the information in our brilliant Club Directory and for any purpose outside Rotary. When sending emails to a lot of our members we should use the BCC facility (beneath To: and Cc:) Depending on the advice that we get from RIBI (not available yet) we will probably put a list in the ‘Blue Book’ offering all members the choice of opting in/out of communications such as The Borderer. Watch this space, but don’t panic!! DAVID MORTON

Awful jokes! What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror? HALLOUMII. Why did the raisin go to the dance with a prune?

Because he couldn’t get a date.

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE Training Day Herbert Chatters, District Public Image Chair, organised 3 courses at various places within District 1190. The course was well organised and Herbert brought along several excellent speakers. Libby, a journalist from the Blackpool Gazette went through the ways that clubs could use the local press. She said it was useful to know a reporter from the local paper – possibly inviting them to a lunch meeting. Stories about events should be submitted to that journalist setting out the who, where, when, why and how of the event. The Social Media content was provided by Sam Cross a Rotarian from Devon. Sam went through the various platforms:  Facebook  Twitter – used by Mr Trump, politicians and others for breaking news – posts are limited to 280 characters  LinkedIn – mainly for the business community and those wanting to put a CV online.  Instagram  Whatsapp – brilliant for sending photos and messages to groups of family and friends  Just Giving – excellent for fundraising  Snapchat The website session was taken by Chris Sweeney of the Rotary Club of Conwy who is responsible for the RIBI Template website setup which, over the years, has raised £500,000 for Rotary Foundation. We and all other clubs that use the Template pay £50 per year for the privilege. Chris talked mostly about setting up ‘what we do’ pages and resizing photographs for them. Digital cameras can now take huge photographs measuring 6000x4000 pixels and photos should be reduced to 1200x800 which is the size of most computer screens.(we do this for photos in The Borderer). I asked Chris about the difficulty that we have with wandering photos for the copy of The Border on our website, as the website cannot

cope with Word documents. His solution was to paste it as a PDF which we will try one day from behind the settee as it is very scary! I came away with the impression that we should try to improve the way we send out The Borderer as well as our website, and our Facebook pages, but not to venture much further at the present time. Next month’s exciting edition will contain the Facebook “safety” information as this edition is a bit heavy already!!


A FEW SAYINGS…..  You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, which is just long enough to be president of the United States.  There is a time to live, a time to die, a time to laugh, and at no time are the three of them very far apart.  Said Hamlet to Ophelia, I'll draw a sketch of thee. What kind of pencil shall I use? 2B or not 2B?  Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it's all in perfect working order.

SPIKE MILLIGAN with thanks to Michael Pearson

AN APOLOGY JOE WATT Joe’s daughter Rachel and family live in Sydney not Perth. We apologise to Joe and family for this error in last month’s Borderer. NOTE: We are following accepted press policy that apologies have to be tucked away in very small type.

EXERCISE LONGBOW A resilience exercise Robin MacLeod and David Morton volunteered to help with an exercise to test the County’s ability to set up Evacuee Reception Centres. Robin attended the education session in February and reported that he failed to learn anything and nearly fell asleep. David attended the actual exercise at Wetheral Village Hall which is an excellent venue. After reading the 31-page instruction leaflet (which a decent subeditor could reduce to two pages) he was impressed with the way the council staff were organised to receive the evacuees, offer sympathetic advice and attend to medical emergencies. Tea and coffee were available throughout, but having started at 10.30am it was 1.45pm before any food arrived – the suspicion was that the packed lunches had been delivered to the wrong location. Despite using 20 or so very pleasant students as evacuees, there was a lack of realism. David and Assistant District Governor Brian White were asked to distribute imaginary blankets – imaginary because the organisers would not use any of the hundreds of space blankets they had brought to the hall ‘because of the cuts’. The space blankets cost 50p each and would have added dramatically to the realism. Apparently it is a government requirement on councils to organise these exercises. Shame the council officials were nowhere to be seen at the various reception centres in the 2009 and 2015 floods.




You cannot hope to bribe or twist, thank God ! the British journalist . But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to .

Humbert Wolfe 1885 to 1940

WISHING WELL We raised £126 for the Hospice at Home and will send them a cheque for £150. The current charity is one of our President’s charities, Blood Bikes. This will be followed by The Children’s Society, Talking Newspaper, and then Meningitis Now. This takes us to beginning of August so if any member has a suitable charity they would like to nominate please contact me and we can begin to extend the list. Eden Valley Hospice will be on the list later in the year as one of President Ian’s charities and we will support RBL Poppy appeal in October as well as The Food Bank in December as before.


THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH.. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least. Unknown Author

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is. Oscar Wilde

MORE SAYINGS…..  Growing old is compulsory – growing up is optional  Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?  When the inventor of the drawing board messed things up, what did he go back to?


with thanks to Michael Pearson

The Great Potato Challenge

Good Friday the traditional day for sowing the seed potatoes has come and gone, the weather was cold and with a forecast of snowfalls on Easter Monday. What should we have done, delay the planting or stick religiously to the well tested schedule? Frost and newly sown potatoes, do not go well together so you have to tuck them up with some extra earth, old carpeting or if growing in sacks bring them into the greenhouse if they are not already there to start with. Each year our potato growing competition attracts on average ten entries, it would be excellent if this year more members felt the challenge to submit for judging the fruits of their labours. There is plenty of time before the 4th of July and who knows some of the seasoned competitors may feel disposed to give you a suitable seed potato! All you really need is a square foot of garden space in a sunny spot or a large garden pot filled with compost, patience and some work to ensure the growing medium is kept moist. One of our correspondents has already been busy and has sent in some photos which may be used as a visual aid and source of encouragement. Chief Judge Tony Wiseman will be issuing final instructions nearer the time. At the moment former Chief Judge Robin MacLeod has other things on his mind promoting our Charity Fundraising Golf Day on the 18thof May. If you are thinking about entering for one why not enter for both and challenge yourself!


ROTARY WEBPAGES Rotary Magazine – current & previous editions EDITOR’S NOTE – The Borderer uses the free version of the same ‘issuu’ website!

Rotary Policies RIBI Compliance Statement – 2017/18 Our Club President or Secretary have been asked to confirm that our Club has read and adopted the following RIBI documents:     


Equality and Diversity Policy Health and Safety Policy Safeguarding (Children) Policy Safeguarding (Vulnerable Adults) Policy Data Protection Policy Statement

With grateful thanks to the Rotary Club of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire (a long way from the Brecon Beacons - according to our Welsh Correspondent!)

Rotary Central To delve into the detailed Rotary statistics you may need a username and password

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY SPRING WALK and LUNCH. 22nd April (Contact Bob Mather) A light walk in the Bassenthwaite area followed by lunch at The Castle Inn at a cost of £15pp for two courses and coffee/tea. We meet at Dodd Wood car park at 10.15 and return to Castle Inn for lunch at 12.00 for 12.30. PLEASE ENSURE ALL MENU CHOICES, (OR CANCELLATIONS) ARE IN BY NEXT WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL – EITHER IN THE BLUE BOOK OR DIRECT TO BOB MATHER BY THAT DATE. Hopefully Spring weather will make an appearance and allow us to finally put Winter behind us.

CHARITY GOLF DAY 18th May (Contact Robin MacLeod) Our main fund raising event of the year at Eden Golf Club. Rotary Clubs in North Cumbria and local Golf Clubs are being circulated with details and we are hoping for a full card of teams on the day. It is up to us all to maximise funds for our chosen charities and we are asking everyone to make that final push for sponsorship (with golf included if required), raffle prizes or simply a donation. Help will be needed on the day and with good food available at the clubhouse why not come along anyway and have a meal with friends.

PRESIDENT’S BARBECUE at Moordyke SUNDAY 1st July More details in due course. And for further Summer enjoyment dates are still to be finalised for our Bowls Evening at Wetheral, return of the Treasure Hunt which has been absent without leave for a couple of years, and perhaps even another Funky Golf Evening. Watch this space.

AND EVEN FURTHER AHEAD….… 96TH CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER FRIDAY 23rd November We return to our traditional Friday evening for the Club’s main formal occasion.



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JV and Donald Edgar Robin MacLeod Ian Watson David Morton DH and Hugh Nicholson-Walker DH and Hugh Nicholson-Walker Tom Dawson JV and Trevor Green JV and Stephen Higgs JV and

Club Council Meetings 2018 April 18th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

May 16th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

June 20th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

July 18th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

August 15th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

September 19th

11.00 am

Shepherds Inn

Club Meetings Programme 18/4/2018 25/4/2018 2/5/2018 9/5/2018 16/5/2018 23/5/2018 30/5/2018 6/6/2018 13/6/2018 20/6/2018 27/6/2018 4/7/2018 11/7/2018 18/7/18 25/7/18 1/8/18 8/8/18 15/8/18 22/8/18 29/8/18 5/9/18 12/9/18 19/9/18 26/9/18 3/10/18 10/10/18 17/10/18 24/10/18 31/10/18 7/11/18 14/11/18 23/11/18 28/11/18 5/12/18 12/12/18 19/12/18 26/12/18 2/1/19

Evening 7.00pm

Ken Graham Malcolm Metcalfe Club AGM Mike McNally Peter Hall David Hoggard Anon Business James Armstrong Ellis Amos Club Assembly

Lunch 12.30pm

Potato/President’s day

Lunch 12.30pm

Lunch 12.30pm

TBA TBA TBA Business TBA TBA Elaine Close TBA Business TBA TBA

Evening 7.00p

Chief Constable Skeer

Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm

Business TBA

Evening 7.00pm

Youth Speaks Comp

Lunch 12.30pm

TBA TBA Business TBA Charter Night TBA SGM TBA Christmas Lunch NO MEETING NO MEETING

Lunch 12.30pm Evening 7.00pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Evening 7.00pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm

Lunch 12.30pm Evening 7.00p Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Evening 7.00p Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm

Evening 7.00pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Evening 7.00pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm Lunch 12.30pm

Life in the Shetlands Arthur – A local boy!

Marian Reed M. Metcalfe

A Musical Interlude Gordonston School Seeds of Change N1ERO’S Muse

Mike McNally Peter Hall David Hoggard Phil Beadle

The Verger’s role Prostate Cancer

John Churchill Ellis Amos

Peter Tiplady Stephen Higgs Nick Utting

Meningitis Now

The Police

Brian Armstrong John Harris Ian Watson Robin MacLeod Derek Heyes David Morton Ian Watson Trevor Green E. Mallinson Tony Wiseman Brian Edmundson

NOTE FRIDAY NIGHT Peter Yates Ellis Amos

The Borderer - April 2018  

The Borderer is the monthly magazine of The Rotary Club of Carlisle.

The Borderer - April 2018  

The Borderer is the monthly magazine of The Rotary Club of Carlisle.