The Book Club met over dinner at Oakdale GC to discuss Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods”. This is Bryson’s account of walking the Appalachian Trail, which is 2100 miles, up the eastern side of the USA.
Sue Wood is the Horticultural Officer for Harrogate Borough Council and has been in post for some 31 years, with a responsibility for the whole of Harrogate District which includes the Valley Gardens and Nursery.
First walk is for the New Year 2020 and took place on Monday 13th January. Peter Wood led a very pleasant but straightforward walk of 5½ miles from Ripon; up the river Skell, taking in the Valley of the Seven Bridges and the Studley Deer Park. This is a short walk to Studley Roger and back to Ripon and short enough to ease us back into full expedition fitness and to ensure I can get round.
(Graham Chilvers, Bruce McKenzie, Peter Wood, John Wood, David Russell, Kelvin Burkinshaw and 'Jet'!)
As everyone is aware, Brigantes Christmas Grotto took place at Asda Supermarket, Harrogate
between 12 – 22 December 2019, having been organized by David Russell. The collections are as follow,
which are shared between the below mentioned charities:
Charity £ Days
Parkinsons 1487.00 3
Yorkshire Air Ambulance 885.00 2
Dementia Forward 929.00 2
Rotary Charity Account 823.00 3 (short days)
Total Collected £4,124.00
Thanks, are extended to those club members who helped, to the Charity volunteers, from the sponsors and staff of ASDA. Happy New Year
We had a very special evening with President Peter Wearmouth, welcoming Moya Prichard as a new member of Brigantes. There was rousing support by all our Club Members; oh! - and not forgetting Keith!! Moya is a much needed member, playing an 'elf'' at the annual Asda Grotto fundraising event. A challenging time Moya!
Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club have been involved with projects in Nepal, which include ‘technology’, teaching and provision of a Volleyball Court. (International Friendship Court) These projects were managed by a number of Rotarians (Barry Pollard, Andy Morrison, Gill Poole and Trevor Dale (Sherburn-in-Elmet). One of the projects, a Volleyball Court has been completed and taken into use. Major Lil sponsors an annual volleyball competition, and now keeps us updated, of the exciting times which are following at Gaun Pharka Primary School, Panchamul Valley. In October 2019, a team of coaches from the Nepalese Volleyball Association visited the school and carried out training courses, with a view to trials for National squad in Kathmandu.
(See a selection of pictures relating this continuing development – ‘area cleared; new court; trials; official opening; first final National squad trials’)
The Book Club discussed “Stoner” by John Williams over a merry dinner at Oakdale Golf Club. There was plenty to say about the book, which was written in 1965 and has had something of a chequered history since then, and was well liked by all of the readers.
The club will now read “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson and meet to discuss on Thursday 23 January 2020.
Our speaker this evening was Jocelyn Brooks, who talked about ‘Egyptian Odyssey’. It became clear that this subject was enormous starting out dealing with The Nile ‘Life Blood’ which is the longest river in the world, stretching some 4.000 miles to Lake Victoria and Jinja.