Speaker Gillian Donnelly - Forensic Scientist

Mrs Gillian Donnelly has been associated with Forensic Management and Investigation of serious crime for many years and is a consultant in this field having used her expertise not only in the UK but also overseas. Our members were fortunate to have first-hand information from Gillian, who provided an in-depth picture of her role as a Forensic Scientist. She dealt with human situations and indicated the scope of investigations, integrity and compassion needed in dealing with a variety of research issues.

Respect for the dead was paramount, whether it be natural disaster, accidents or incidents. Early records provided the importance of forensic science after  highlighting the Great Fire of London (1666) and another example of a Pit Disaster (1862). Identification of the dead proved almost impossible but provided ways for future research in dealing with major incidents. Factors affect the body by damage, and a scientist's use of protective equipment is essential, which provides reliable detection and implementation. She moved on to DNA and investigation, pointing out it now takes 85 minutes for full DNA examination. Primary and secondary methods may include fingerprints, dental records and analysis of body parts and their decomposition. Gillian placed emphasis upon profiling and family, post-mortem and ante-mortem reconciling such data. Listening to the Gillian’s talk, perhaps left us quite exhausted! Her passion shone through with clear interesting messages – not to be forgotten!! Many thanks.


Brigantes Charter Night - 26 April 2019

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This is always a special evening, and this was no exception with Brigantes celebrating 39 years of Rotary Membership. Some 60 rotary members, wives and friends were present, which included our District Governor Nigel Arthurs, six presidents from neighbouring clubs - Brigantes, President Ruth Townrow opened our evening, followed by David Hoskins providing ‘Grace’ with three musical verses written, echoed the occasion.

Kids Aloud (Monkey Boy) 2019 'GRAND FINALE'

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GRAND  FINALE: Thursday and Friday 29/30 March 2019 saw the theatre production of Kids Aloud (Monkey Boy) Concert take place at the Royal Hall, Harrogate. Both Concerts were outstanding, with capacity audiences and a spectacular finish on the final night. 

This was a unique production of a musical drama ‘fairy story’ with origins in Nepal. Fourteen local primary schools took part, together with Tri Shahid higher Secondary School. Panchamul Valley and Valley Public School from Nepal. Over 500 children took part in these concerts. This has been an eight-year project by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club named, Changing Young Lives in Nepal. The Nepali children and teachers have spent two weeks in Yorkshire, rehearsing, visiting local places of interest and acclimatizing to our way of life!

The key people who initiated these Concerts are; Andy Morrison Project Leader, Guy Wilson Creative Director, Maj. LB Gurung OBE International Coordinator, Shri Sriram Composer, Dave Calvert Graphic Design and the many other members of the club who have given immeasurable time to make this event a success. Additional information/updates may be found on our Brigantes website.

These Concerts could not have happened without the tremendous sponsorship and good will received. Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club wishes to thank everyone who has been involved in any way. The performers and musicians excelled themselves, by providing superb nights of  entertainment. Well Done to all!

(The following photographs have been provided by Charlotte Gale Photography)