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Brampton & Longtown Rotary Presidents busy week

Don Jary & Wendy Aldred

[J]uly is the beginning of the Rotary Year when outgoing President Don Jary handed over the office to Wendy Aldred for the coming year.

Both Presidents were kept busy during the handover period. The previous weekend saw the Annual Golf Day where over £2300 was raised for projects associated with dementia.

Then members were involved with garden projects in Longtown. First by tidying the flower bed outside Longtown Community Centre before removing mattress springs and ash from the circle down by the river. In the process they uncovered a Rotary Wheel which the club had put in place several years ago. The Rotary Club will be undertaking more work on both these areas in the coming months when the conditions are not as dry.

The following day both Presidents and members attended Warwick Bridge School Summer Fete helping youngsters make smoothies with a smoothie bike.

Later the same day was the official handover, and presentation of the plans that the Rotary Club has this coming year and hearing about some new local projects members hope to implement.

New President Wendy Aldred said “We always like to continue with our very popular projects such as the Metal Detecting Rally, Golf Day and the visit of the Santa Sleigh to both Brampton & Longtown but we also are developing some exciting local projects over the coming months.”

Brampton & Longtown aim to support communities in the rural area. Wendy says “We do what we can, aware that we could do more if we had more members.”

Anyone interested in joining Rotary can contact Kevin Walsh at [email protected].

As a flexible and friendly Club, they meet on Wednesdays twice a month at the Golden Fleece, Ruleholme and occasionally at the Graham Arms in Longtown. Their meetings start at 7pm with a meal following at 8pm. On the first Wednesday of the month they usually have a Speaker, on the third they focus on their projects. Other sporting and social activities also take place. Members are encouraged to attend as often as they can but are more keen that members get involved in projects.

Their next fundraising event is their Race Night on Saturday 13 October.

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