Rotarians down memory lane
East Kilbride Rotary Club took a trip down memory lane at their latest meeting.
The guest speaker was Max Flemmich MBE from the Darvel Telephone Museum in East Ayrshire.
Max set out the development and history of the telephone over the last 100 years.
The introduction of morse code allowed sound to be used to send messages and this was just the beginning.
From there, the telephone handset was developed and early on they were quite large and certainly not very easy to move around.
If you made a call, you were first connected to an operator at the switchboard who may have had to transfer you to another switchboard to move your call on to its destination and many people were employed doing this.
The invention of the wireless meant that there was no need for wires.
Satellites were then used to bounce sound off and send messages.
The Post Office tower in London was able send messages around London to a maximum of 40 miles.
Max then talked about the range of early telephones that he had brought along – some of which members could remember using.
The vote of thanks was carried out by honorary member Edwin Robertson who had many memories having worked in the industry.
Murray group Our Lady of Lourdes Hiking Club recently took on the south-western Ochil Hills.
A coachload of more than 30 hikers had a comfort-androll stop at Dobbies Garden Centre, Stirling, before heading off towards Menstrie where the high-level group was dropped off.
The low-levellers were dropped three kilometres west at Logie by Blairlogie to start their route.
The concept of ‘high’ and ‘low’ on this occasion was fairly arbitrary since both groups achieved the same summit of Dumyat at 418 metres although from different directions.
While the high-levellers took a high northerly path up the east side of Menstrie Glen then curved around in an anti-clockwise direction to reach Lossburn reservoir and Dumyat, the others starting behind the churchyard at Logie had a longer, gentler climb through the autumn colours of Yellowcraig Wood before striking east to Dumyat.
The winds at the top were guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away with gusts of 50 to 60mph at the memorial and trig point, making it difficult to stand up let alone take triumphant group photos!
The hikers admired the resilience of event marshals stationed there to direct hill runners panting past.
Everyone enjoyed fantastic views down the Forth Valley and over to Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and to sites of famous battles such as Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge.
As the hikers tramped over the 400 million-year-old red sandstone lava constituting the Ochils, there was no trace of the gold or silver that used to be mined in these hills.
Still, the hikers did enjoy the autumn colours crunching underfoot and found it preferable to the bogs with which they also had to contend at times.
As the walkers ended their circular hikes back near Blairlogie, watched by curious Highland cattle and black-faced sheep, all agreed they had had a great day out.
A social hour at Highland Gate just off the motorway at Stirling rounded off a pleasant outing.
The sign-on for the next hill walk (Lothianburn near Penicuik, Edinburgh on Saturday, November 25) will be tomorrow night at 7.30pm in the upstairs lounge of Our Lady of Lourdes RC church hall.
Anyone wishing to give hillwalking a try will be made very welcome. Visit the club website at www.ololhikingclub. co.uk or call (01355) 222464 for further information.
Phone evolution Pictured from left to right is East Kilbride Rotary Club president-elect Charles Devennie, speaker Max Flemmich and honorary rotarian Eddie Robertson
Heads in the clouds Our Lady of Lourdes low-level group on the ascent of Dumyat