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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Rotary website at (http://www.rotaryanstruther.org) or take a look at ‘EastNeukCoastalWalk’ on facebook.
21 November 2011
Anstruther Rotary Club’s meeting of 21st November was dedicated to Children in Need, with £650 raised, thanks to the generosity of club members, friends and guests who attended the evening gathering.
After dinner at the Craw’s Nest Hotel, some excellent prizes were raffled and many ‘Pudsy Bear’ badges, toys and emblems sold.
Entertainment was provided by guest speaker Mr Archie Lawrie, whose subject was the Spanish Armada of 1588 and the ship El Gran Grifon, the flagship of the Armada’s supply squadron of supply hulks. It was one of many ships scattered in disarray by battle and by adverse weather. After a hazardous journey around the northern coast of Scotland and south towards Ireland it was forced by storm to return to Fair Isle, where it was driven ashore on 27th September. After many weeks of privation the crew and soldiers made their way to Orkney and then to Anstruther – the ‘Ainster Dons’.
Mr Lawrie has an interest in the paranormal and in psychic phenomena and this led to his story taking a surprising and most unexpected turn. We heard of modern day ‘sightings’ in and around what is now Kingskettle – of ghostly Spaniards in dress of the 16th century and believed by the psychic involved to be ‘Ainster Dons’. Without doubt a very different account.
He went on to speak in some detail of his research into the history of the time and gave an interesting insight to the harsh conditions for the sailors of the day. He spoke of the landing that contemporary accounts suggest did actually take place at Anstruther harbour and, finally, of the repatriation of the Spanish sailors via Leith and a dangerous journey through the English Channel to Spain.
A vote of thanks was proposed by club member Ian Brunton.