Rotary Club of Watton & District


Reports on Activities and planned Events 

 Jazz at the Queens Hall on Friday 15th March with Simon Nelson's DixieMix


realised 433 for out Trust Fund

and our (25th) "Jazz at the Queens Hall" on 4th October raised 430
 [Next Gig: 20th March 2020]

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The 2019 Great Watton Umbrella Festival
Following last year's successful Umbrella Festival we ran it again. 30 umbrellas were

ajudicated and took part in Watton Carnival on Sunday 15th September.

The Winners were: Senior (Top) Brenda Draper

Junior: (Left) Brownies; (Right) Guides

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 The Big Bi-Annual Quiz

On Saturday 30th March realised over 640; the September 21st event raised 524
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Cyclone Idai

bkpo Watton Tesco, a forecourt collection raised 430 for this international appeal that enabled us
 to send cash for further ShelterBox  - See below for another initiative


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World Polio Day - 24th October

We thank Tesco again for giving us the facitity of having a Polio Awareness stand in their foyer during the
morning of World Polio Day [24th October]. We had End Polio Now banners and leaflets, as well as
 a collecting box.
Rotarians wore something purple to represent the ink childrens's fingers are
 dipped into to show they have received the oral vaccine. The collection raised 86.

On the day, the World Health Organisation announced that the wild polio virus type 3 had been eradicated,
 and the British Government announced a further 400M for the End Polio fund.

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Watton Festive Market
- Sunday 24th November

We were in the marquee in Chaston Place, a little bit cramped but, none the less, we managed to raise
285 for our charity funds through our Straw Draw.


At last, just before Christmas, we able to purchase and present a hospital approved easily moveable bed for the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Charity for use by anyone needing to stay overnight with their seriously ill relatives. Master-minded by Rotarian David Watkins, on the right, the presentation was also attended by Immediate Past President David Branson to the left of the picture. A further supply of biscuits for staff breaks and emergency toiletries' bags was also handed over. The nursing staff present were hugely appreciative of Watton Rotary Club's continued support for NNUHC. 


Our 65th Charter Night was held at Broom Hall Hotel,
Saham Toney, on the 18th October; 61 Members, Partners and Guests were present. .

(Informal Pics adjacent).

 Pic 1: Roy Challand (left) was bestowed with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award, whilst District Governor, Jonathan King presented long service certifcates to Peter Beech and Rod Riley (not shown). President Peter Cowling discusses the evening with the Inner Wheel Club of Watton President Carole Haythorpe. Pic 2: Keith Skipper, our humourist keynote speaker (with wife Ann) in discussion with Vice-President Michael Haythorpe.


August 6th/7th: The Great Norfolk Walk carrying a ShelterBox, fundraising for that Charity.

A young lady, Charlie Houlder-Moat, walked from Hunstanton to Watton via the Peddars Way carrying a ShelterBox on her back in a special harness (a demonstration empty box but none-the-less bulky!)

Having walked over 35 miles overnight, Charlie arrived early in Watton on market day 7th August for breakfast in the Christian Community Centre before proceeding along the High Street to the reception by the Mayor and Town Crier at the finish line near Wayland Hall at 10 am.
 It is estimated that she has raised over 2,500 in sponsorship - we have made up the total so that 5 complete ShelterBoxes could be purchased.

 CHARLIE'S FUNDRAISING PAGE ( CLICK HERE ) may still be open for Donations.

Charlie leaves the Christian Community Centre after refreshments, and walks up the and across the High Street to the finish line and official reception party.

7th August
Stall promoting our Umbrella Festival  on Watton Marke

8th August: Norman Brown is welcomed back as a full club member.

       27 June: It's presidential handover time again!
Dr Mike passes the Chain of Office to Peter Cowling, who, in turn, passes the Vice President's ribbon to Michael Haythorpe


Immediate Past President,
Davis Branson, makes the Presentations to:
Individual:  Vicky Ginger for great voluntary works in Griston
Group: Thursday Club, as it approaches its 50th anniversary,
Alison Dickson & Gay Skipper.

                                                               WATTON ROTARY SPONSORED COMPETITIONS AT WAYLAND ACADEMY
                    The winners and runners up for the Photo Competition with Head Teacher                                 Winner & Runner-up of our Young Chefs' competition with their teacher,
                          Glenn Allot (ctr) and Watton Rotary President Dr Mike (rt)                                                  Gaynor Evans, receive their certificates at the 7th March Rotary meeting.

Through SOS Villages (based in Cambridge) we adopted a boy aged about 7 as a successor to our previous adoptee of some 22 years.
David Mboya is cared for in an SOS Villages Orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya. As he heads towards adulthood we will soon have to decide whether we will continue to fund him, dependent on what further educational opportunities arise and level of  local support. 

Laura Vervier is a Global Rotary Scholar on a one year Masters course in law (LL.M) at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Aged 23, Laura is a graduate of Liege University already has several qualifications as a teaching assistant in legal/political fields, and she undertook an Erasmus exchange to Ghent University.
Laura finds time for a social life with the Cambridge University Hillwalking Society, Graduate Law Society, and her college Boat Club, a sport she finds to bit more difficult than she expected. Future plans include taking the Brussels Bar, focussing on environmental public law.

        President Mike         Laura Vervier          PDG Nigel

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