Quiz Night with Kelvin Burkinshaw - 15 October 2019

As always, Quiz Night is a breath of fresh air with, Kelvin providing an excellent challenge for the assembled audience

QuizNight Kelvin 19aVisitor Paul Schut 19

This evening rotarians and guests formed four teams and enjoyed some stiff questions.  Interestingly, there was only three or four marks between the winners and losers. Team 1 scraped through as winners with two extra points, meaning that Peter Wood's team were victorious!  However, Jean Grainger, John Benedict, Manuel Camacho and David Crowther, provided a few marks.  Well Done to all the competitors, who showed amazing knowledge and to Kelvin for painstaking choice of questions and prizes. We eagerly await the next Quiz Night!

It was also a pleasure to welcome visitor Paul Schut (West Des Moines Rotary Club, Iowa, USA  who presented President Peter Wearmouth with two Rotary Penants.

Sam Smith signed violin

Long Journey for Pop Star's Violin

Sam Smith 2Charlotte Gale Instruments Nepal3 

Pop star Sam Smith's signed violin is in North Yorkshire on its way to a new life in Nepal. Sam kindly donated it to an instrument amnesty organised in London in 2015 by the Ronnie Scott Foundation. This summer the Foundation gave it to Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club, along with 24 other instruments. The instruments will soon be shipped to MusicArt, a charity in Nepal which needs donated instruments to help teach disadvantaged children to play.

All of this came about due to our Kids Aloud 2019 project, which bought a choir of 40 children from Nepal to perform with over 500 local children at Harrogate's Royal Hall in March.

We are now appealing for more instruments in an amnesty of our own and for donations to help towards the costs of getting them all to Nepal. Please get in touch if you feel you can help us in any way.


THE AUCKLAND PROJECT - Bishop Auckland 3 September 2019

Speakers Lee Brownson and Chris Walkinshaw

The Auckland Project is a charity, founded in 2012 by Jonathan and Jane Ruffer. Its mission is not merely to breathe life into old historical buildings or even build new ones.It is to initiate, nurture and, often in partnership, create opportunities for the people of Bishop Auckland and surrounding areas, with an aim to revitalize and bring prosperity to the town.