CHOCOLATE COLLECTION: The Rotary Club of Alnwick held its Christmas lunch on December 16. The message was given by the Rev Joan Grindrod-Helm, of St James United Reformed Church.
Her eye-catching trick was to use a substantial (and very tempting) collection of Curly Wurly and other well-known brand-name confectionery to highlight her talk about Christmas.
Two days later the club held a street collection and, despite the freezing conditions, raised over £280 which will go toward Alnwick Rotary Club’s main charities, the Great North Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Care.
January 27 saw the club’s very successful Burns lunch at the White Swan Hotel. Andy Grant, from South Charlton, piped in the haggis and Gordon Inkster, of Alnmouth, came to deliver the address to the haggis.
Gordon thoroughly enlivened the proceedings with his toast to the Immortal Memory. He included a splendid rendition of Holy Willie’s Prayer in which, with admirable attention to detail, he was appropriately clad in nightshirt and nightcap.
The club’s thanks go to Morrisons and their shoppers for their support at the bag pack held at the supermarket on January 29. Nearly £700 was raised, a remarkable figure given the current financial climate.