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At our first “regular” meeting of the new Rotary year on July 9th, still on Zoom, the speaker was our new President, David Fotheringham. He chose as his topic the new Club Handbook, and more specifically the reasons for choosing the image of the Sundial on York’s College Green.

This is of course our Centenary Gift to the city, where members have paid for the refurbishment and repair of the 1730 sundial, which is Grade II listed. This is now complete and returned to “working order” and looks magnificent against the setting of the East Window of York Minster.

But David had additional reasons for choosing these images, and related a fascinating history of his own involvement in many local architectural renovations and repairs, in particular the Mausoleum at Castle Howard, where as long ago as 1982 he was involved in a huge project to repair / replace part of the structure.

He explained there were four different Rotary connections with the project; one being a young Brian Houghton and his crew who replaced the curved windows in 1965.

Sheriff Hutton NE Tower; showing precarious protrusion and the line where steel bars were inserted

David took us through several additional ancient monument projects he was involved with over the years, including Fountains Abbey, Harewood Castle, Sheriff Hutton castle and also York Minster’s East Aspect and Great East Window.

York Minster's East Window details; and David Fotheringham

With high quality images, David illustrated a wide range of challenges and amazing craftsmanship that shine through these projects.

Statue of St Peter, sitting high on the East Aspect of York Minster; and the original carving

This brought us to the Sundial which sits in front of the Great East Window, with David explaining the intricacies of the refurbishment. It was clear that the images of the sundial have particular relevance for our new President, and it was a real pleasure to listen to his story.

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