The Canadians are coming!
In summer 2012 a group of Hope Valley Rotarians visited fellow Rotarians in Western Canada under the Rotary International Friendship Exchange Scheme. In accordance with the spirit of fellowship, fun and friendship in Rotary, it will soon be our turn to host our Canadian friends. But what can we show our guests to match the snow-topped splendour of Jasper, set in the Canadian Rockies, or the vibrant harbour City of Vancouver?
Derbyshire may not have mountains soaring to the dizzy heights of the Canadian Rockies, nor downtown city seascapes. But, as March effectively demonstrated, we regularly enjoy snow-topped scenery: Win Hill, Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge. And we aren't short of water, testified by Ladybower & Derwent Reservoirs and the 'drowned' village of Ashopton. All accessible without the added piquancy and risk of being attacked/eaten by bears, bison, wolves, moose or elk. Although walking around the old village of Ashopton could be just a little tricky at present. Unlike Canada, we also have heritage in bucket loads and genuinely old stone houses, churches and pubs - Canadian buildings over 100 years old are classed as ancient!
So in addition to parties and BBQ's and showing off Bamford and Ladybower, then the 'plague village' of Eyam, we plan a trip to show off other parts of our county, with a bit of history thrown in: Chatsworth House & Haddon Hall; participation in our Annual Charity Golf Day at Sickleholme's beautiful but challengingly hilly golf course (see http://www.rotary1220.org/hop/); a traditional English cricket match - and for the ladies (and gentlemen) who don't do cricket, a city centre shopping expedition.
If you can think of any places to add to our tour, or future tours (as a party of Indian Rotarians are visiting this September) let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Rotary Club: we meet most Wednesday evenings at 1900 at The Grouse Inn. During and after a two course meal, you'll be able learn more about Rotary and the charitable work we do, with the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all parts of the globe.