At a weekly meeting at the Shepherd’s Rest, Lumbutts Road, at the start of this month, Todmorden Rotary Club welcomed new president David Macdonald as outgoing president Simon Hardy handed over the reins.
David will guide the club through the next 12 months, in what is his second term as president, his first having been 17 years ago.
David outlined club plans for the forthcoming year and gave details of some of the events to come, including a Safari Supper, a canal cruise and the President’s Dinner Dance, to be held at Todmorden Golf Club later in the year.
Following the presidential handover, local film maker Professor Erik Knudsen, of the University of Salford and Todmorden based One Day Films gave an interesting and informative talk to the club members and guests. Erik talked about how a small film company working out of Todmorden was reaching a global audience with its films. He gave an overview of how the change in technology from analogue to digital has revolutionised the film making industry and showed his film Vainilla Chip.
He went on to explain that Todmorden sits in the centre of a 5 million urban population and is stuffed with creative practitioners and related talent who take advantage of being “in the middle of a big city” while also having the quality of life that more rural living brings.
He said that like the previous industrial revolution, cultural industries are the new industrial revolution and as the past revolutions were built around key communications infrastructure to support the trading of goods (rail and canals) so the new revolution needs serious infrastructure in the form of industrial scale digital connectivity to ship digital goods and that such infrastructure could help transform employment and development in Todmorden.
For more information on Todmorden Rotary Club visit www.todrotary.org and for more detail of Erik’s films visit www.onedayfilms.com