Rotary Club of Watton & District


We 'adopted' David Mboya nearly 7 years ago through the SOS Children's Villages.
David is resident in their facility in Mombasa, Kenya, which provides a loving home to 138 children. Previously we sponsored a girl,  Caroline Morra, as a baby until aged 22!

David was 6 when we adopted him; he will soon be 13 and is quite tall. Earlier this year he was doing private studies, especially in mathematics, additional to normal school. He will soon  be in his final academic year of primary education and we will be looking forward to see which educational direction he will take in senior school and thereafter.
SOS Children’s Villages  is the
world’s largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children


On 1st December local author Joan Khurody addressed our weekly Rotary meeting, to which an additional audience of 10 had been invited.
Joan told us about her amazing life having married an Indian at a young age and accompanied him to many counties in the course of  his work.

At the age of 80, she started her writing career. Her first book is a biography; the second is fiction but draws heavily on her lifetime experiences.


Our stall on the Christmas Market.

The Christmas "Game of Squares" raised £25, whilst the sale of 1,650 straws realised £330.

Thanks to Mike & Peter (shown) and many other helpers during
 the day

Satomi Ijyuin (centre) is a Rotary sponsored scholar from Japan studying International Development at the UEA. At our 24th November meeting Satomi gave an illustrated presentation about her experiences. Rtn Sarah Bannon escorted her.

Namaste Community Foundation
The NCF was founded in 2003 in Nepal by
Visma Raj Paudel
We have supported this charity, especially following the disastrous earthquake of April 2015 (see Archive 11).
Hearing he was in England, we invited him to our club. We were delighted and privileged that he came on the last night of his tour before returning to Nepal.
He presented us with a stunning brass Buddha.
8th September 2016

Our stall, all set up & ready to go, with Peters Cowling & Beech, and Rod Riley

Watton Carnival

A beautiful warm September Sunday with generous crowds helping us to raise some £300 from our bottles straw draw tombola and Games of Squares.

Our speaker on 25th August was Rotarian Norma Howell of the Diss Rotary Club. Norma is a volunteer speaker on behalf of the charity Medical Detection Dogs. It is amazing the slight changes dogs can detect through their incredible sense of smell.
President David presents a £200 cheque to Norma


 7th July:
The first meeting of the new Rotary Year was chaired by new vice president Pat Murphy.

The speaker was Christine Hill, a farmer from Shipdham , who gave a presentation on all the ramifications of crop development and treatment, and the regulatory environment within which farmers have to operate.


 1st July.
Less than 12 hours after his
induction VP Pat was commanding the parade at the War Memorial on Thetford Road to commemorate
 the 100th anniversary of the
battle of the Somme.

30th June
left: Paul Chubbock has handed the presidential chain of office to David Branson, who, in turn, passed the vice president's ribbon to Pat Murphy.

Then 2 new members were inducted, right:

Mike Baker
( transfer from Herne Bay)

Michael Haythorpe

Wayland Academy Young Poet

On 9th June, three year 9 students of Wayland Academy accompanied by their teacher, Joanna Paterson, attended our meeting to receive their cash prizes and certificates awarded for their poetic prowess.
The Runners-up were Emily Rumer and Emma Lowry, centre with their teacher on their left next to (far right) the winner, Ben Cardy.
Adjudicator, retired English teacher Rtn Peter Cowling, remarked on the incredibly high standard and maturity shown by these 14 year olds, as endorsed by their delighted teacher.


Wayland Academy
 Young Designer

Due to exams the following morning, the design students could not attend our meeting but their teacher, Stephanie Fraser, next to President Paul, received the awards
 on their behalf.
The winner, Amy Studer, designed and made the dress (as shown, a perfect fit on her). Runner-up, Jack Darge produced a pop-up book (held by Paul), a far more complex task than it
 appears to be.


President Paul presents the cups and certificates to the group and individual chosen by club in recognition of their outstanding achievements to the local community.

LEFT                                                           RIGHT
Babs & Collan Muskett for the                 Lois Gill, the inspirational founder superb Christmas Lights show at their               and Creative Director, of  the
home, which, since 2010, has raised over         Blossom & Yarn displays in 6
£12,500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.   churches, raising over £32,000.


April 29th: President's Lady's night.
Beginning with a meal at the Gt Ellingham Crown,
19 members and partners visited the nearby Breckland Astronomical Society's facility,
 where we were briefed and then climbed into the dome to gaze out at a near perfect starlit sky.
Through the big telescope we viewed Castor, Jupiter and a quasar, amongst other celestial objects.  

Jessica Salomon is a Rotary Scholar from California reading for an MPhil in Criminology at Cambridge. At our meeting of 28th April she gave a remarkable dissertation on the problems in correctional institutions in the States & UK.
Shown (left) with her Counsellor, Rtn Alan Franklin (RC of Cambridge), and President Paul, Jessica was put forward for a Rotary overseas scholarship by the California Attorney General.

14th April: Five Wayland Academy Students came to dinner to receive their certificates

They were the Winners and Runners-up in the Rotary/Academy Young Chef and Young Mathematician competitions

Our Bi-annual "Jazz @ the Queens Hall" on 18th March
made a £734 profit for our Charities Trust Fund

9th March: 29 members, partners and friends enjoyed a 6-course gourmet experience at the City College Norwich Debut Restaurant prepared and served by the students of the Hotels, Catering and Hospitality School. This annual event is thoroughly enjoyable and a great insight into this excellent training facilty.
27th February:
The End Polio Now crocuses, first planted 4 years ago, bloomed on the last day of Rotary Week!
25th February: Our annual breakfast meeting took place at the Hare & Barrel (yawn!).

Rotary Day: 23rd February

President Paul joined some 90 other Rotarians from around UK
on a sponsored 'walk' over London's O2 (Millennium) Dome
Sponsoring donations (incl GiftAid) were made through the
 "Just Giving" portal; a sum in excess of £600 was raised for the End Polio
and "Roll out the Barrel" (clean water & sanitation) initiatives.

January 7th - just for fun, members wore a variety of hats for the first meeting of the year





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