…. we are back in action again today. … our expert backpacking team and Rotary Children’s Bedtime Stories Bookstall. … in Morrisons Supermarket, Fort William … hope to see you there…
Lochaber Rotary Club is proud to be associated with Abbeyfield Care Home – recently awarded ‘Care Home Service of the Year’ at Scottish Care’s National Care Home Awards 2017. This award confirms that our local Abbeyfield House delivers the highest quality care to all who need it.
Over the last decade the Rotary Club has earnestly supported Abbeyfield by a range of measures including funding a specialized nursing bed, organizing many fundraising events such as Burns Suppers, a ‘Young Chef of the Year’ (Erin Mills) charity dinner, funding song sheets for their fortnightly singalong led by past president David Anderson , and entertaining residents with our Christmas carol choir’s annual visit.
Past president David Thomson is a trustee of Abbeyfield and regularly updates the Club on progress at the care home. Club President Donald McCorkindale congratulated Abbeyfield on achieving this level of recognition. He added “It is heartening to see this local care home receive external confirmation of its high standards – hot on the heels of the recent Care Inspectorate’s assessment of Abbeyfield as ‘excellent’. Our Club is honoured to work closely with Abbeyfield”
A crack team of singing maestros and musicians from the Rotary Club of Lochaber, ably augmented by the Reverend Richard Baxter, spent Wednesday 11th December touring all the Care Homes in Lochaber, performing Christmas carols and delivering Christmas gifts to the residents.
In the course of a full day, the Club visited Invernevis, Victoria Court, Mosspark, Abbeyfield Ballachulish before finishing at the Belford Hospital in the evening where they toured the wards and brightened up the hospital with their rendering of many seasonal carols.
Club President Donald McCorkindale said “We really enjoy visiting the local care homes and the hospital every year and entertaining the residents. Many of them join us in singing a rousing set of Christmas carols. Our travelling Santa, in the form of past president Donald Young, hands out presents to the residents and these are always well received. This is just one example of Rotary serving the local community”.
Our Primary 4 pupil had a fantastic time helping Santa on his sleigh. Here she is reading the Christmas card verse she wrote for the Rotary Club competition. Not only is it very well written she reads it so well too. Thank you to the Rotary Club for giving her such a fantastic opportunity.
At the lunchtime meeting on 8th November, the club welcomed Sean Sessions, who is the leader of the 6th Lochaber (The Braes) Scout Group. The club gave a start-up grant to the group of £300 and a donation of £500 to assist with the purchase of a trailer. Sean told the club that it was “unbelievably better” with the trailer. It facilitates the unit to easily transport all the camping equipment. Sean thanked the club for their support.
Pictured with the trailer is Sean, Secretary Geoff and President Donald.
Before a large audience in Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church on 25th October, Audley Male Voice Choir presented a wonderful evening of music and song. Audley is a rural village approximately four miles north-west of the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England. This 55-strong choir, founded in the mid-fifties, included Fort William as the place to give the first performance of its 2017 Scottish tour. The audience was treated to an impressive and varied programme comprising traditional, classical and modern pieces and which included soloists by choir members and the choir accompanist on an organ. The Musical Director is Sue Hallam and Ian Riddle was the accompanist. The choir has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and in Glasgow Cathedral. It has an enviable fundraising reputation and a long association with Rotary. In 1990, at the International Festival of Malta, it won 1st place in the Male Voice section.
One of the high points of the evening was when the audience joined the choir in singing “Amazing Grace”. A total of £680.83 was raised which will be given to the club’s benevolent fund. In his vote of thanks, President Donald thanked the choir for a wonderful evening. Thanks were also given to everyone who contributed in any way, including the splendid interval buffet, but very special thanks were reserved for Sheana Fraser who pulled the whole evening together.