LAPLAND VISIT: Seahouses and District Rotary Club was treated to a wonderful travelogue by Don Lidgeley recalling his trip to Swedish Lapland in 1994.
Magnificent photography and a clear account of the eight-day journey walking in the deserted area included the ascent of the highest peak in Scandinavia, Kebnekaise.
The disastrous loss of his camera on his return journey by train to Oslo was miraculously averted by it being found in Oslo and collected by a friend from Beadnell on a subsequent visit to Oslo.
A preliminary meeting of Rotary-sponsored candidates to the RYLA survival course at Alnmouth in August took place near Chester-le-Street with the Seahouses candidate and a sponsor Rotarian attending.
The young people from the Northern Region – 42 in all – were given information about the four day course which will include opportunities for rafting, kiteflying, paragliding, rock climbing, archery, abseiling and mountainbiking as well as much more outdoor activity.
A bag-packing session at the Co-op on Saturday afternoon brought in some much-needed funds for good causes thanks to the generosity of shoppers.
On Sunday evening a group of Rotarians met President Roger Howell and wife Jenny on Holy Island at the end of their six-day walk of St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose They had an interesting time with mixed weather, staying en route overnight with relatives and Rotarians from Kelso, Berwick and Till and Glendale. The purpose was more fund-raising for WaterAid and Rotary good causes.
All in all a busy week with lots of laughs and good fellowship as usual.
Visitors are always welcome at Tuesday evening meetings in the Olde Ship Seahouses.
Further information from Margaret Claydon on 01665 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth on firstname.lastname@example.org