Seahouses and District Rotary Club

HIGH PEAKS: At the regular Seahouses and District Rotary Club meeting on September 13, past president Don Lidgley gave a beautifully illustrated talk about his 1989 trek round the Annapurna Circuit to his fellow Rotarians at the Olde Ship Hotel.

He explained the route and the terrain which is a circuit around some of the highest Himalayan peaks in the mountain Kingdom of Nepal.

The visit started and ended in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where Buddhist and Hindu temples abound.

Don’s slides showed colourful images of these, followed by the magnificent scenery, interspersed with graphic details of the vigorous daily routine. This session took us through the gradual acclimatisation to the start of the Thorung La pass reaching 17,700 feet.

Don has promised another instalment to complete the trek, including his journal of one of the most challenging days of his life as the party crossed the pass.

Rotarians held a collection of personal loose change towards the ongoing campaign to rid the world of Polio, by matching a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The club also wishes to thank public donors who continue to support the campaign via the collecting tins in local shops.

Further information from Margaret Claydon on 01665 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth on kelvinrotary@hotmail.co.uk