Rotary Club of Watton & District


  Earlier in the year the Club received a letter from a young lady, Amy Marshall of Ashill, who was in her 1st year at university reading psychology. She had applied to Thrive Africa, a charity specialising in helping the people of Ghana, to spend a month there as a volunteer. She was already fundraising for her airfare etc, but also had to raise funds to provide a school with a library. We were pleased to assist, and at our last meeting of 2013 (Dec 19), Amy impressed us with a fascinating illustrated talk about her experiences.

Left: Amy plays with some children
                                      Right: New library in a school

               Dave , Roy & Peter ready to go . . . .                                         joined by 'customers' Gina & Vic Watling
at our Christmas Market Stall at the Town Team event, Watton High Street, on Sunday 1st December. We raised 212

Rotary Global Scholar Sarah McCuskee, from Saskatchewan, Canada, speaking to the club on Thursday 28th November. Sarah has a BA from Harvard Uni and is on a 1 year masters degree course in public health at Cambridge. Sarah hopes to continue her eclectic studies and become a doctor of medicine.
Left pic shows her Counsellor, Rob Ransom (Cambridge RC); right: exchanging banners with President Roy Chal;lend.

Philippines Typhoon Appeal on 16th November raised an amazing 1274.69, enough for       24th Oct: Mark Rose gave an enthralled us with an illustrated
 two ShelterBoxes. President Roy with Pat on he final shift on Chaston Place., Watton.           talk on his time as a crocodile farmer in Papua New Guinrea.
        [as at 28th November furher donations have raised the total to over 2,100]

The West End Waiters take a bow after entertaining the assembled company at our 59th Charter Night Dinner on 11th Oct.
Guest of Honour Past President Richard Akister (now of Andover RC), a previous 'Waiter', joined them for the finale.

Coffee Morning 5th October - nett proceeds 115.
5th October: cheque for 2 ShelterBoxes (over 1,100) dispatched; thanks to all our contributors and function supporters.

       Concert on 4th October raised 380              Children from Chernobyl in Concert on 30 Sept, at Broom Hall Hotel.   Their teacher/s/interpreters Ludmila & Olga.

      David Branson (left) & Keith Bennett       14 Sept - Hobbies Day at Crow Hill          "Rotary Awareness" collection
man our Carnival Stall on Michaelmas Day,  Dr Mike hits a clay instructed by Paul C,    at Tesco on 30/31 Aug raised 505
as did several other members during the day.        (event organiser). A dozen diverse hobbies              & a further 60 for Shelter box was
        The straw draw tombola raised 181            
were demonstrated by club members & friends.           donated at the Armed Forces Day.    

  The 70s/80s Disco by SCUK on 10th August was quite well attended and just about broke even.

August 3rd to 6th, we hosted 5 couples from D9790 on Friendship Exchange. Pictures: (left) with hosts and DG Bill Redmayne by the Vulcan at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. (Centre) at Sandringham house. (Right) Handover, at Diss, to Beccles Rotary Club hosts on 7th August
As shown above, we hosted the 1st phase of a Rotary Friendship Exchange to our District from District 9790 Victoria, Australia. The five guest couples stayed with five Watton Rotarians for 4 nights. After the CNAM visit, croquet and barbecue on the first day, on Sunday we all attended the 140th Wayland Show.
The editor of the on-line magazine "The Breckland View" interviewed some of the participants. Click here
On Sunday 14th July a convoy of 30 assorted tractors and a US jeep wended their way from Scarning to a BBQ at East Tuddenham Village Hall, and back. A Great Fun Day, with donations from participants and bystanders totalling 447
The New Rotary Year started on 1st July.
On 27th June, to mark his successful year in charge, Peter Semlyen received an illuminated scroll having handed the presidential ribbon of
office to Roy Challand,            
At Roy's first meeting he welcomed members of
the Group Study Exchange team: Catherine Bullen, Alex Lynch and Team Leader Rotarian Colin Hawes (Littleport RC), who had spent 4 weeks in Rotary District 9800, Victoria, Australia.

Roy &  Peter

 16th June: President's end of year Buffet Lunch 
 Aided by wife Valerie and daughter Michelle, President
 Peter Semlyen lays on a Sunday buffet luncheon party
 at his home; the weather was just about warm enough
 for some to use the tented gazebos in his lovely garden.
 P/Pres Ivan (right) provided a musical background . . .
 for Ken Davis to relax to?!
  13th June: Young Designer Awards (Wayland Academy)

Chloe Everett shows off her beautifully designed and made gown, which won
  her  the first prize. Right: President Peter with the finalists: Ciaran Madeley, who
  designed and made a superbly crafted 'modular' toy castle; Chloe; Elizabeth Omer,
  another brilliant dress designer/maker; and their teacher Val Wenham.

 Individual Award: Viv Woods  Group Award: The West End Waiters        Rod Riley receives a Paul Harris Fellowship, and so does Vernon
 For services to the elderly with  They have raised over 7,000 for the             Brodie.  In  recognition of their long service in the Rotary movement
 the Luncheon Club and             Motor Neurone Disease Association,             (Rod 44yrs, Vernon 39yrs) in both the Watton Club and previous clubs
 the Town Ambulance                                                                                                              (Banbury & Kings Lynn respectively).

Book Fest Stall - 4th May. Sales & Donations raised 52

Keith Bennett joined the Club on 17th April following David Simons in February (see below).

Pat Murphy's Quiz Night for FOCC on 19th April realised 401

 On 21st March we had our annual UnChristmas dinner at the
 Debut Restaurant, a training facility of Norwich City College.

 Despite the weather, our DixieMix "Jazz at the Queens Hall"
 concert on 22nd March achieved a record attendance with
 a  record profit for charity of 686.

 On 23rd March our purple "End Polio Now" crocuses

 bloomed  - just one month late!

 3rd April: just 20 achieved on our cold and limited
 bric-a-brac  stall on the Wednesday Market but the
 6th April Queens Hall  coffee morning realised 145.
 28th March: Vice-President Roy Challand              Peter Cowling presents a 'Beehive' cheque for
 thanks our  speaker, Derek Scott                              300 to the EcoTech Centre Manager ,
 of  Fakenham.                                                               Stuart Weaver. 
10 Jan.  Sgt Pilot Eric Quinney told us about          24 Jan.  Our annual Young Poet & Young Chef awards evening.
his post-war f lying experiences and his role            Winners and runners up with their certificates, which were 
as a Lancaster pilot in the making of the film             presented to them by President Peter Semlyen.
"The Dam Busters" in 1953.

31 Jan. Ambassadorial Scholar Hadrien Lavaux, from France, visited the club accompanied by counsellor  Rtn Suzanne Sutton of the Cambridge Rotary Club

7 Feb.
Our guest speakers were Andy Naylor and Izzy Huckle from the Westacre Theatre.

14 Feb.
We welcomed David Simons back into membership.
An excellent presentation about the John Innes Centre (JIC) and developments at the Norwich Research Park was given by Alan Giles, the Project 26 Director.  He was accompanied by Becca Holland , a JIC Business Development Officer.

 3 Jan. Ambassadorial              8 Jan. Five members visited Andover Rotary Club to              10 Jan. Andrew Barwood, Derek Smith, Roy Challand, Vernon Brodie and John
 Scholar William Usher              see Richard Akister accepted on transfer from Watton.           Garratt were amongst Rotarians supporting the Inner Wheel  'frugal lunch', an
 exchanges the banner of          Martin presents a book of photos of  Richard's 5                  annual event to mark International Inner Wheel Day. Over 150 was raised for
 of  his sponsor club                  years service with us, and, in recognition of his many             Macmillan Cancer Care.
 Broadwater Southport,             appearances with the West End Waiters, Roy
 Gold Coast, Australia.              him a DVD of a show.
 He is reading Engineering       Andover is Richard's 4th Rotary Club!
 at Cambridge University.

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