IN BRITAIN & IRELAND
Rotary Club of Watton &
On the 21st December we inducted a husband
and wife team on transfer from their previous club, Shepperton Aurora;
Watton Rotary Club is now dual gender. It was the DG Robert Lovick's
official visit, too. He presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Paul Chubbock
for his exceptional work, both for the club and in the local community.
Vivian Gicquel President Martin
Parker Mike Gicquel
Paul Chubbock Distrit Governor
Andrew Natrass, a Police Officer with the Norfolk
Constabulary for 30 years, 25 of which were in the Traffic department, gave
a most interesting dissertation on the causes of road traffic accidents. No
longer referred to accidents but incidents, he still works part time
for the Norfolk Police going into schools, colleges and other places where
there are, in particular, young people at or around the time of taking their
driving test. He highlighted the 4 main causes of injury through loss of
control of of vehicles: Alcohol/drugs; speed; mobile phone/texting;
seat belts. He was well -versed in the detail and statistics, which clearly
showed why, for instance, insurance premiums were so high for young drivers.
A most interesting and
challenging talk about the UK2ROM charity was given to the club by Jerry
Cuthbert on 26th October. He and his wife, Cathy, deliver essential aid to
the poorest people in Romania - the forgotten citizens of Europe. They work
mainly in the Comanesti area of eastern Romania. We were pleased to present
him with a cheque for £100 from our Trust Fund.
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October 24th is
designated as World Polio Day, celebrating the co-operation between the Bill
& Melinda Gates and Rotary International Foundations in the quest to finally
eradicate poliomyelitis from the world. Rotary Clubs everywhere use the
occasion to raise awareness and/or fundraise. Rotarians in GB opted to wear
something purple and/or to illuminate a public building in purple on or near
the date. We did both, at our meeting on 26th at the Hare & Barrel Hotel.
Rotary Meeting 12h October
Kim Bunco, manager of Watton Tesco, gave a
fascinating talk about her work for Tesco and the amazing amount of
charitable activity and fundraising she does herself and encourages amongst
her staff. She also gave a fascinating insight into one of her specialist
duties with respect to security.
Despite the Concert on 6th October attracting a lower
attendance than average (many of our regulars regretted they could not
attend for a number of reasons) we were able to make a profit of £291 for our Trust Fund.
DixieMix were in cracking form - superb!
Next concert: 9th March 2018
President Martin Parker
addresses members and guests at the 63rd Charter Night Dinner of the Watton
Rotary Club. Far left
is principle guest Rotary District
1080 Governor Robert Lovick. Special guest speaker The Rt Hon Baroness
sits on the President's left hand
side (and also shown below giving the most interesting talk on life in the
House of Lords).
Next to her is her husband Martin and
next to him is Leslie Cowling, president of the Watton Inner Wheel club.
September14th: Geoff Ray, Pharmacist Watton Total
Health, gave us a fascinating illustrated talk
about his preparations for, and participation in, this year's Marathon Des
Sables. We were pleased
to present him with a cheque for £200 to add to the £7,500 he'd already
collected for Cancer research.
September - 3rd: Carnival Stall with Past President David 'on guard'.
9th: Info & Games Stall at the Military Vehicles event
~ ~ including maggot racing!
Our Trust Fund gained the sum of £317 from bottle straw draw and
games at these two events.
On 27th July Pat Alker talked to us about
On 31st August Mark Webster, co-ordinator of the mid-Norfolk
charity she runs
with her husband providing
group of countryside & wildlife volunteers, gave a spirited talk
for homeless children in Ethiopia on his work involving many of our nearby woods & ponds.
On 1st July every year the presidency of
every Rotary Club throughout the world changes.
Watton Rotary Club is no exception; the handover ceremony took place on 29th
left: David Branson holding his service certificate having handed over to
the new president,
Martin Parker (centre), with Dr Mike Harvey (right) having received the
Wayland Academy: Young Poet & Young
Designer Competition Awards
YOUNG POET: Winner: Jessica Bower
1st Runner-Up: Kimberley Townsend
2nd Runner-Up: Josh Gore
YOUNG DESIGNER: Overall Winner: Nieve Merchant & her stitchcraft jacket made
Best Effort: Charlotte Clubb
(received by teacher Sarah Pitt)
from old jeans!
For designing and building a huge train set in wood.
At our meeting of 1st June we
presented our annual Vocational Award winners with a cup and certificate to
recognise their outstanding
achievements in the local community.
Left: Individual winner: Julian Horn for The Wayland News and
Right: Group Winner: The Wayland Partnership represented by
his community involvement and long association with the
Roger Harrold for the outstanding achievements over the year in every
history, wellbeing and future of Watton.
aspect of community life helped by an incredible army of volunteers.
are pleased to be supporters of our local
Having been up and running for nearly a year, the Men's Shed was
officially opened by the Mayor of Watton, Councillor Beryl Bunning on
Saturday 29th April, She cut the specially made cake (above), helped by the
Shed Chairman, Richards Adams (far left).
Watton Rotary President David Branson
Rotarians Paul Weatherill, Peter Semlyen & Martin Anscombe.
WAYLAND ACADEMY - WATTON ROTARY
YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION 2017
Back row: Michael Haythorpe (Rotary co-ordinator);
Mrs Mandy Beckwith (Academy) & President David Branson>
Front row: Runners-up: Josh Peters, Lara Linge
and the winner: Kimberley Townsend.
Each student received a certificate and a cash prize
"UnChristmas" Dinner at Debut Restaurant, City College
Norwich, March 30th
New Members and their Ladies - l to r:
Rebecca & Shaun Yeoman, Jill & President David Branson, Mike & Valerie
Profits for our Charities Trust Fund were:
18th: Grand Quiz at Wells Cole Community
Jazz Concert at Queens Hall:
PDG Nigel, Katie & President David, 2nd March
Katie Bussiere is a Rotary scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avon
Canton, Connecticut, USA, studying for an MPhil in Education at Cambridge
University. She is seeking to specialise in research in second language
education especially with respect to provision for immigrants and refugees.
Her counsellor, Past District Governor Nigel Neville (Cambridge Rotary
Club), escorted her.
It's also about the time that our "End Polio Now" crocuses should appear.
(First seen 1st March).
The speaker at our meeting of February 23rd was Tom Thurston, a local man
and Rare Breeds Preservation Society member, whose subject was the
History of Heavy Horses in GB.
On the 12th January, Vic Starkey of the
Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston drove Global Rotary Scholar Gaelen (see
panel to the right) through inclement weather to bring her to give a
presentation to the club. Vic presented his club's banner, and we
Gaelen Stanford-Moore received a banner,
following her detailed but succinct presentation about her studies and
travels in pursuit of degrees in public & world health. Following a 'gap
year' MPhil course at Cambridge, Gaelen returns to the University College of
Southern California to complete her MD degree course.
5th January 2017
Our first meeting of the year featured
Suzanne Rhind, who is the researcher, grant/fund-finder and bid-writer for
the Wayland Partnership Development Trust. Through her work many of the
functions and community support activities in Watton and the Wayland
villages are enabled. Her Presentation was most informative and generated
Here starts another webpage in the
annals of Watton Rotary's history!
Click on year to view
2011 2010 2009 2008