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  • Oh no you don't!

    We are now 8 days into Lent. Having accepted Richard Greenwoods challenge to raise money for Manorlands Hospice, to be matched by his firm Oven-u, I have so far managed to resist temptation and saved 50p per day (I have to give £1 for each day I weaken so there could be a few lapses ahead for a good cause!!). Looking forward to seeing how everyone else is doing with their pledges!

    It is inevitable as the year goes on that events clash, and I have missed some excellent ones this week.

    Bradford Club's 92nd Charter was last Friday and I understand from Brian, Tony and Carol who attended that it was a lovely lunch with a brilliant speaker, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison. Meanwhile, I was close-by at the International Ladies Dinner at the Midland hotel in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal.

    The following day I missed the finals of the Rotary Young Musicians Competition. John Marshall attended to support our own Keighley finalists and found the standard amazingly good. I was at a Keighley Vocal Union concert supporting Médecins Sans Frontières.

    The next day was our Contact The Elderly tea party this time at Sandra and Ron's house. They provided a superb meal and a birthday cake for Elsie's 95th birthday! A lovely afternoon and a sunny journey home over the moors.

    Monday and Tuesday busy on the READ2DOGS scheme with Maisie at Trinity (Bingley) and Harden Primary schools. Such a rewarding thing to do, Rotary working through the P.A.T. dog charity.

    And finally last night Skipton Club's 84th Charter dinner at Coniston Hotel. It was a great venue, a friendly evening, well attended and Lt Col Mel Pears, PHF, speaking - his last public engagement before retiring from the forces and handing over his pioneering work at the Personal Recovery Unit at Catterick supported by ABF and Rotary in Yorkshire. Skipton are the first Rotary Club to pledge support for our own Robin Naylor's Canoe Challenge along the River Aire in September and I met some very interesting people who are willing to help us with advice and support in promoting this event in aid of Aquabox.

    It will be our own club's 40th Charter this year so let's have a spectacular celebration!!

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