Seahouses and District Rotary Club

QUIZ KINGS: Seahouses and District Rotary won the quiz against Alnwick Rotary Club 40-37 and will play Till and Glendale in the next round.

There was a bag packing session at the Co-op Seahouses in the run up to Christmas which was generously supported by customers.

Regular meetings in the weeks before Christmas included a talk by Charles Baker-Cresswell, local farmer and environmental activist, about the Wildlife of Northumberland.

Especially interesting were the efforts to restore otters to the area. Other species discussed were feral goats, Red Grouse, Grey Partridge, Hen Harriers and the White Cattle and fallow deer at Chillingham. He emphasised the importance to the region of 46,000 visitors who landed on the Farne Islands last year seeking sight of the 180 species of migrating birds there and in Budle Bay as well as the seals.

Past president Don Lidgley showed a wonderful selection of Alpine pictures taken on a family holiday in Switzerland.

The annual Christmas dinner was held at the Towers in Beadnell.

The New Year got off to a good start with a Twelth Night lunch in Longhorsley.

Regular Tuesday evening meetings will be held from now in the Olde Ship with the usual popular buffet meal and entertainment. A power point presentation by pat president Kelvin Rushworth, reminding members of the work of Rotary Foundation world- wide was well received at the first Tuesday evening meeting of the new year.

There is currently a group study exchange team of four young people from the North East on a visit to Southern India sponsored by Rotary Foundation. The group includes Seahouses resident Paul Bolton. They will be hosted by Indian Rotary Clubs and will study aspects of life in the district and in particular areas related to their own professions.

The club looks forward to an account of their visit on their return.