Rotary Club of Watton & District


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

 11 November
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.

 INDONESIAN TSUNAMI (updated 16th Nov):
The £640 collection at Tesco's, Watton, on 6th & 10th October,
augmented by further donations and with funds from our Trust Fund Account,
has enables us to 'purchase' 4 ShelterBoxes (£2,360).
Donations are still welcome via our Virgin Giving page:
click: (it will remain open t.f.n)


October 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 decades.
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.

 9th October
 A small team glowed on this visit!

 Jazz at the Queens Hall on 5th April with
 Simon Nelson's

raised £428

for Rotary good causes, including the above appeal, £80 were donated directly for the above; similarly, an auction of two umbrellas realised £46.

 Umbrella Festival 2018
U12 - Winner: 2nd RAF Rainbows
(12) [Above right on the left]
Runner-Up: Parker's Primary School
Over 12 - Winner: Bunty Baker
Runner-Up: - Tori Wooley
(25)  [Above left on the right]
Report and photos click here

The Umbrella Festival
 realised a profit of

Umbrella Auction click here
Current Bid £5 - closes 1800 24 November 2018

6th September.
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


28th June:
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.

Following our 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 Wayland Partnership.
 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

12th April:

President 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
Gaynor Evans  and the club’s coordinator, Rtn
   Michael Haythorpe.
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 senior
   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 already been
  raised but, meanwhile, the charity still has to raise the daily 
 running costs; we thanked Tal with a cheque for £200 towards them.

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