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1:41pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
Members receive their Long Service Certificates. Standing (from the left) Di Ellis, Anne Brown, Christine Iles, Jean Richardson, Janet Brown. Seated Berta Swires, Mona Lillie, Eileen Morgan, Audrey Bowland. Angela Hammond was not present
Bill warms up for celebrations with win
AIREBOROUGH ROTARY CLUB: Fresh from his triumph in winning the Club’s President’s Putter for the second time, Bill Braker will host the club’s 60th Charter Anniversary Celebrations at Horsforth Golf Club on Tuesday, September 24.
The inaugural meeting on April 13, 1953, was held at the Aero Club, Yeadon, moving two years later down the road to the Peacock Hotel. Twenty-two members attended the Charter Dinner at Yeadon Town Hall on October 1, 1953, each paying an annual subscription of three guineas, with John B Ives, woollen goods manufacturer, as the first president.
Retaining the connection with those early days, current members Bill Hudson and Graham Davies are respectively son and grandson of the second and third Presidents William Hudson and the Rev TL Davies.
‘We’re for communities’ is a newish Rotary strapline but 60 years ago members were thanked for their kindness to the residents of Fulford Grange at Christmas and for organising a Pied Piper Party entertaining 145 children at Aireborough Grammar School, “this first effort of its kind to give some children of Aireborough a party to enjoy”.
Both cycling’s Grand Depart and cricket could be on the agenda at this year’s Charter Dinner with Gary Verity, chief executive officer of Welcome to Yorkshire and board member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club as guest speaker. Marie Curie Cancer Care will be the evening’s charity.
- It being the last Tuesday in the month when the meeting is held in the evening, members joined with their wives, members of Inner Wheel and guests in a social evening with dinner at the Caring for Life restaurant in Cookridge. The 45 who attended had a jolly evening and it brought to an end the holiday period when ‘out of town’ activities have been held. Normal Rotary business will resume this coming week with the official visit to the club of the District Governor of District 1040.
Honoured for their long service
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF AIREBOROUGH: At the last business meeting, members thanked Caroline Jenkinson for organising another successful Annual Garden Wander which raised more than £650 for Macmillan Support Care and Soroptimist Charities. Long Service Certificates were presented to ten members totalling 325 years.
This year’s summer outing was to Sheffield Assay Office, where 28 members and friends had a most interesting and informative tour followed by lunch. The afternoon was spent having a conducted tour round Oakwell Hall near Birkenshaw. Several members went to Buxton on a trip organised by the ladies of Aireborough Inner Wheel. Despite the rain the walking tours of Roman and Victorian Buxton were a great success.
Members ran a barbecue Sunday lunch in the garden of Anne Brown. This turned out to be a very sociable occasion and also raised nearly £540 for charity.
Finally, members in conjunction with Aireborough Inner Wheel and Friends of Guiseley Methodist Church, entertained more than 60 elderly people to a free community afternoon tea with entertainment. All had a smile on their face when going home.
When meetings resume this month final arrangements will be made for the free Christmas festivities at Guiseley Methodist Church on December 11 and for the Gala Dinner run in conjunction with Macmillan Support Care at Hollins Hall Hotel on April 4, 2014.
All proceeds will go to Macmillan Care which is President Kath Jex’s chosen charity this year.
Any prospective new members are welcome to join us at Guiseley Methodist Church on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7.15pm.
For further information, contact Chris Grandison on (01943) 864612.
BRIDGE CLUB: On Tuesday, August 27, eight and a half tables played 27 boards, N/S: 1st Mrs Banks & Mr Spencer, 2nd Mr Brown & Mr Thompson; E/W: 1st Mr Dracup & Mrs Weston, 2nd Mrs Savage & Mrs Streets.