Seahouses and District Rotary Club

LIFE STORY: Past president Roy Dodds interviewed new member Judith Bell-Taylor about her life story, how she and husband Jeff have settled in Beadnell and all their adventures on the way from Yorkshire via teaching to property management.

Members have been delighted to welcome the couple into the club and enjoyed the evening of fellowship and good food at the Olde Ship.

Signs of spring are appearing. Snowdrops are flowering thick and fast so watch out for purple crocuses hard on their heels.

Cuthbertsons paper shop window will be reminding passers-by of the Rotary campaign to end polio worldwide signified by the purple crocuses that have been planted in many places round the district.

The club will give a small prize to the person who identifies the most places where purple crocuses are seen flowering in the next few weeks.

The list of local places with name, address and telephone number should be sent to Kevin Rushworth at Seahouses Development Trust, NE68 7TP.

The club then heard a very interesting account of the battle of Humbleton Hill researched by local mariner, countryman and historian Loyd Curry.

The battle took place 600 years ago between the Scots and the English and was a great success for the English. The Scots were outnumbered and outclassed and very few survived. The Scots did not return for over 100 years when they had another defeat at Flodden.

The account was exciting and impressing. Loyd needed no notes and was confident in his knowledge of the subject. Discussion and questions followed over supper at the Olde Ship.

Proceeds of various collections by members for end polio campaign were handed over to the treasurer, plans were made to capture the blooming purple crocuses on film to add to publicity for the campaign.

Watch out for the crocuses and donate generously when you can. Local good causes also benefit from Rotarians’ enthusiasm to help others while enjoying good fellowship at their weekly meetings in the Olde Ship. All welcome. For details contact Margaret Claydon on 01665720472 or Kelvin Rushworth@hotmail.co.uk