£7,700 raised for flood victims

Rotary Club president Chris Stephenson.
Rotary Club president Chris Stephenson.

As summer seems to have finally arrived I thought it a good time to bring you up to date on what we’ve been doing at the Rotary Club of Weighton Wolds.

In the warmth of the welcome sunshine it is easy to forget that many people and businesses in Yorkshire are still recovering from the Boxing Day floods.

This hearing dog was obviously excited by the Rotary Clubs �500 donation.

This hearing dog was obviously excited by the Rotary Clubs �500 donation.

I am very proud that we, the region’s newest Rotary Club, raised more than £7,700 to help those affected get their lives and livelihoods back on track.

We don’t just respond to calamities like the floods and natural disasters, both here and abroad but help provide funds for various local charities, such as the £500 we recently donated to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf near Bielby.

It’s not just about money though: our regular tea parties for the elderly are eagerly awaited each month by Rotarians and attendees alike.

Talking about the sun, it is just about setting on my year as Rotary President but we’ve got one more big event to come.

My family has farmed at Goodmanham Grange for well over a hundred years and our hill top farm has seen many comings and goings over that period, including a royal visit when Edward VII visited in 1905.

Out of my back window I can still see the Oak sapling he planted then, which is now a mature tree.

Beyond there though I can no longer see the steam rising from the trains as they speed through Goodmanham Dale, the railway line has long since been replaced by a lovely walking trail but something exciting is coming to the Dale this month.

We have organised an Outdoor Concert there, to be held on Friday 22 June and, as we approach Hull’s Year of Culture in 2017, featuring as the headline act Hull’s very own three tenors “Tre Amici”.

They’ll be supported by Market Weighton’s Harry Kneeshaw (violinist) and Farino (classical guitarist). Gates open at 6pm and tickets cost £10 in advance (available from Chris Clubley and Co, 01430 874000). Why not bring a picnic, come along and have a wonderful evening, in the knowledge that you’re helping support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other local charities ?