Latest news from Berwick Rotary Club

Berwick Rotarians are being urged to support the petition to save the Victorian frontage of Berwick Infirmary, which is being removed when work starts next year on the new hospital.

Hazel Bettison, chairman of Rotary’s community service committee, said the whole town was being asked to ensure the frontage is preserved. It might have been different but for the fact it is intended to replace it with two flower beds, she told the club at its business meeting.

International chairman John Moses gave an update on the Aquabox situation, where this country had sent money to assist Syrian refugees and people in Nepal. Berwick has supported this scheme for many years and will continue to do so.

John is to become the club’s webmaster, and president Peter Walton said it was a good way of creating publicity about activities.

Chris Hardie, vice-president, gave details of a tea party and open garden afternoon at his home on Saturday. Funds will help the club to run a children’s story competition at the Literary Festival.

The club has again accepted an invitation to run the bar after the Minden Day parade on July 30.

Tustain Motors of Berwick has made a generous donation towards the annual charity golf day at Goswick on August 17. Entries are coming in and it is hoped that businesses will support the event by sponsorship.

The club received with regret the resignation of senior members and ex-presidents Jim Forster and Lance Fairbairn. They are stepping down for health reasons. Jim at 91, a former Berwick police superintendent, is the oldest member. He was president in 1983-84. Lance, who headed the family business in Berwick and Dunbar, was president in 2002-03. Both will receive letters thanking them for their service.