Ro­tar­i­ans down mem­ory lane

East Kilbride News - - CLUB NEWS - Charles Deven­nie Terry McGeary

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

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