IN BRITAIN & IRELAND
Rotary Club of Watton &
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.
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
Children from Chernobyl in Concert on 30 Sept, at Broom
Hall Hotel. Their teacher/s/interpreters Ludmila & Olga.
(left) & Keith Bennett
14 Sept - Hobbies Day at Crow Hill
"Rotary Awareness" collection
our Carnival Stall on Michaelmas Day,
Dr Mike hits a clay
instructed by Paul C,
Tesco on 30/31 Aug raised £505
several other members during the day. (event
organiser). A dozen diverse hobbies
& a further £60 for Shelter box
The straw draw tombola raised
£181 were demonstrated by club members &
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.
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,
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)
Left: 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;
another brilliant dress designer/maker; and their teacher Val Wenham.
31st May - VOCATIONAL AWARDS EVENING
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
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.
Vice-President Roy Challand
Peter Cowling presents a 'Beehive' cheque for
thanks our speaker, Derek Scott
£300 to the EcoTech Centre Manager ,
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
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
exchanges the banner of
Martin presents a book of photos of Richard's 5½
annual event to mark International Inner Wheel Day. Over £150 was
of his sponsor club
years service with us, and,
in recognition of his many
Macmillan Cancer Care.
appearances with the West End Waiters, Roy gave
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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