Coastal Path Charity Walk 2013
Anstruther Rotary’s popular East Neuk Sponsored Walk returns on SUNDAY 26th MAY - once again offering walkers a way to raise money for their charities - and at the same time enjoy a terrific day out.
Walkers have raised a total of £32,600 over the three years the event has been run and last year saw a marvellous £14,461 donated to 22 separate registered charities ……. will 2013 top that?
Welcome and finishing points are in picturesque Crail, with free transport provided to Elie or Anstruther, for either a 13 or 6-mile walk along the signposted Fife Coastal Path. There are also manned checkpoints along the way.
There is an entry fee of £5 (or £10 for those who prefer to just turn up on the day) - but there is no minimum sponsorship amount – that is down to personal choice. Those taking part decide which causes they wish to support and eighty percent of money raised is then gifted to their choices, with the remaining twenty percent going to charities chosen by Rotary – which this year are CHAS, Macmillan, Cancer Research and Mary’s Meals.
As organiser Colin Campbell (third from left in picture) says ‘Charities constantly tell us that every single donation is greatly needed and hugely appreciated - and every single donation represents a real personal achievement’.
Rotary members are pictured here checking out the route in company with Elizabeth Birrell, who each year takes part in the walk for her charity Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Our greatest wish is that the walk should be fun – a smile and a welcome are assured – and a medal is included too! We should be delighted if you would like to join Elizabeth and many others on 26th To find out more you can contact Colin directly by email (email@example.com) or visit the Rotary website at (http://www.rotaryanstruther.org) or take a look at ‘EastNeukCoastalWalk’ on facebook.
The Heart of a Harvester!..
14 November 2011
On 14th November we were intrigued to hear Club President Derek Mathie speak about the inner workings of the Combine Harvester! With a business in agricultural supplies, Derek had in earlier years trained as an Engineer on combine harvesters; it had clearly made a lasting impression and he was able to speak knowledgeably about these huge yet essential machines.
The statistics of a modern harvester are impressive – with the reel at the front of the machine up to 30 feet across and with a price tag of perhaps £200,000 some 60 to 70 acres can be fully harvested in a day, yielding perhaps 100 tons of grain per hour. Such modern machines need 200 – 500 horsepower to drive them. A far cry from older times, when a skilled man and scythe could manage maybe 1 acre of barley in a day – and that just to cut the crop!
Derek described Reels, Cutter Bars, Beater Drums, Augers, Straw Walkers, Sieves, Choppers, Grain Tanks and other wonderfully-named items making up the bowels of the harvester – as well as commenting on the extent of electronics now employed. With a great deal of automation to assist the farmer, the driver’s cab is nothing less than an advanced control room, with screens displaying pictures from closed circuit TV cameras focussed on vital parts of the gathering, cutting, handling, threshing and delivery processes.
We heard that harvesters now come with ‘tank’ tracks for difficult ground to supplement the traditional wheels. There are even machines designed for steeply sloping fields, where the entire body of the machine can tilt in order to keep the internal machinery level and therefore able to work efficiently.
Altogether a fascinating insight to the way that advanced engineering supports the high-tech nature of agriculture today and a glimpse inside a machine that is essential to our wellbeing.