IN BRITAIN & IRELAND
Rotary Club of Watton &
Sunday 25th November
WATTON CHRISTMAS MARKET Under threatening skies, we managed to erect and lay
our stall ready for the hoped for onslaught. On guard were Mike Gicquel &
Martin Anscombe, soon to be joined by Yogi Paul Weatherill (right - one way
to keep warm) who rejoined us and a rota of other Rotarians selling straws
for numbered prizes. after a stint of driving Father Christmas up and down
the High Street to the delight of the gathering throngs. Our delight was to
sell out, and make a profit for our charity fund of £376.00
Armistice Remembrance Sunday
From a USAF Colonel to a local Army Cadet,
Watton Rotary President,
Dr Mike Harvey, was one of many wreath layers;
Rotarian Pat Murphy was again the Parade Master.
(updated 16th Nov):
The £640 collection at Tesco's, Watton, on
6th & 10th October,
augmented by further donations and with funds from our Trust
has enables us to 'purchase' 4 ShelterBoxes (£2,360).
Donations are still welcome via
our Virgin Giving page:
https://tinyurl.com/ydc37egq (it will remain open t.f.n)
EVERY PENNY COLLECTED IS BEING SPENT IN
THE AFFECTED AREA WITH SHELTERBOXES & THROUGH ROTARY RESOURCES
Activities & Speakers:
The 19th saw the celebration of our 64th Charter Night
with a dinner at the Broom Hall Country Hotel, Saham Toney; it was attended
by over 40 members and guests. The principal guest was Rotary District 1080
Governor, David Simpson, who not only gave a eulogy to the work of the club
but, much to their surprise, to 2 members: He presented Derek Smith and
Martin Anscombe each with a Certificate signed by the President of Rotary
International in Britain and Ireland, Debbie Hodge, honouring their 34 years
of Service. The honour included a second Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) award
a with pin decorated with a small emerald, and a personal letter from the
President of Rotary International, Barry Rassin.
The Speaker at the dinner was Commodore Richard Hibbert CBE RN, who gave an
anecdotal outline of his career as a Naval Engineer including an insight
into how the size and ethos of the Royal Navy had changed over the last few
On the 11th, our after dinner speaker was retired
Detective Chief Inspector Christine Walker-Lowe, lately of the Norfolk
Constabulary but originally from the Greater Manchester Force via the Met.
On the theme ‘It is seldom what it seems’ she gave a fascinating, anecdotal
and often amusing insight into the workings of the police and the changing
attitudes and philosophies she experienced during her years of service.
On the 4th,
Julian Riley, the son
of our longest serving member Rod, accompanied by local solicitor, Robert
Chalmers, spoke of their experience of driving an old Riley car from
Capetown to Norwich! Julian had the vehicle specially shipped out and the
initial part of the drive up into Kenya was interesting but uneventful.
However, their plans were somewhat thwarted by politics in central Africa
and they had to make a considerable diversion by ship (the car) and air
(themselves) to the Gulf where their problems started again. Despite having
visas, they were caught up in some political tit-for-tat when the Iranians
decided to not allow Brits to drive in Iran. The car was put on a
transporter to the Turkish border and they were escorted on various modes of
transport likewise - all paid for by the Iranian government!
They made it home OK.
A small team glowed on this visit!
Jazz at the Queens Hall on 5th
for Rotary good causes, including the
above appeal, £80 were
donated directly for the above; similarly, an auction of two umbrellas
Umbrella Festival 2018
U12 - Winner:
2nd RAF Rainbows
[Above right on the left]
Parker's Primary School
Over 12 - Winner:
- Tori Wooley
[Above left on the
Report and photos click
The Umbrella Festival
realised a profit of
Current Bid £5 - closes 1800 24
Helenor Cox, about to start the 2nd year of her Aeronautical Engineering
degree course at Loughborough University, gave a fascinating and
beautifully prepared dissertation about her experiences on a 7-day dog
sled trek in the Arctic circle. Vice-President Peter Cowling was in
charge of the meeting - his first time. Three Rotarians from Swaffham
were in attendance together with some of our ladies.
16th August 2018
Before the meeting this
evening President Dr Mike and Secretary Roy presented a cheque for
£350 to Wayland Partnership Manager, Richard Otterway, in sponsorship
of the pergola.
At the subsequent
meeting, Keith Thomas (left) was inducted into membership
of the Club
Martin Parker hands the presidential chain of office to Dr Mike
Harvey and receives an illuminated scroll of service.
June 14th: Wayland Academy Young Poets and Young Designer receive their awards
in this year's Rotary sponsored competitions.
7th June. Kim Bunco receives the individual vocational award cup for
her charitable work as a Tesco employee.
Mike Rix, in background received the group award.
May 11th: President Martin Parker addresses
Inner Wheel's Birthday Celebration
Washing kits and biscuits presented to the palliative care
team at the NNUH
On May 10th,
we were pleased to entertain Louise Cook, the NNUH fundraising
manager, to our regular Thursday meeting. Louise gave us an
excellent overview of the charity, which is all to do with patient
comfort above and beyond what it is reasonable to expect to be
provided by the NHS (ie the public purse), and which is worth about
£1M a year (0.0016) of the annual running costs of the NNUH).
Whilst oncology was our primary aim, it seemed that there was
nothing specific required in the department or the Colney Centre.
Most donations cover simple needs on the wards such as washing kits
to palliative care, equipment such as special day beds or
relaxing and appropriate day-rooms (as recently opened for Kimberley
ward). Armed with the information provided by Louise, the club
discussed the level and purpose of its donation, and at our May 17th
business meeting, we agreed to donate up to £1000, towards the
purchase of a palliative day bed (c£750), washing bag kits, biscuits
for staff rooms, and any other item (s) that may be required.
donation to the Memory Café after a talk by Katie Powell (left) and
Eileen Kittell in April (report below), on 17th May Katie showed
some members around the Sensory Garden under construction at the
We are considering possible sponsorship of an item of equipment.
Two of our members laid a wreath
at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek cemetery on a recent visit. Pat Murphy
(right) runs private battlefield tours and may be contacted through
our email address at the top of the page
Martin Parker presents a cheque for £100 to Katie Powell, left, &
Eileen Kittell of the steering group for the Watton Memory Café following an
illuminating talk and discussion about their work with dementia sufferers
and their carers.
The Cafe is
open in the Watton Community Centre on the1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month.
On 22nd March, 41 members and friends enjoyed our annual "UnChristmas
Dinner" at the Debut Restaurant of the college. It was an excellent
meal, well managed by student Sam as part of his final assessment.
The winner of the
Young Chef competition we oversaw at the
Wayland Academy was
Isla Gillespie, shown here receiving
the award and certificate from VP Dr Mike Harvey, with her
Evans and the club’s coordinator, Rtn
The runner-up was Freddie Smith.
We were pleased to entertain a
Rotary Scholar from Connecticut studying at the UEA, Paige Hamilton,
gave a fascinating insight into her studies and associated travel
taking her into contact with many types of refugee.
At our meeting of 8th February Tal Williams, an EACH
fundraiser, outlined the deficiencies of their rented an old
listed building, Quidenham Hall, which has been their
headquarters and residential
facility for over 25 years.
Work has now started on the replacement,
known as "The Nook",
at Framingham Earl. £7.5M of the £10M cost has
raised but, meanwhile, the charity still has to raise
running costs; we thanked Tal with a cheque for £200