DIAMOND
 

      Conceived    -    Born [Inaugural Meeting]     -    Christened [Charter Awarded]
      February 1954
                 6th May 1954                                    8th September 1954
     
 
  
The First Charter Dinner - Watton Salerooms, 2nd November 1954.           The Charter
 

      JUBILEE

 

The Watton Rotary Song

 

(To the tune "Phil, the Fluter's Ball")

 

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1.      The men who kept the businesses and shops along the street
agreed to come together and to
find a place to meet
with men who were professionals,
 to raise up what was down;
so sixty years of Rotary began
 in Watton Town.
And they all met together with weekly regularity
to listen to a speaker and enjoy
 a hearty meal.
They soon began to raise some
 cash for charity,
initiating projects with
 community appeal. 

2.      There was Stefan with his camera and Dick who owned the Bull,
and Robert Park the Dentist who enjoyed a tooth to pull!
They voted in some Officers appointing them forthwith:
John Fairhead was the Secret’ry,
 the President: Frank Smith
Ted was the Butcher, and Archie had his petrol pumps;
Alec was the farmer with acres by the score.
There was Cyril with his golf clubs and Gregor with his stethoscope
and good old Derek Horsborough who liked a drink – or FOUR!

 Chorus:

With the ding of the bell and the welcome of the President,
The Grace and the Toasts and the camaraderie.
are partly traditional and sometimes International
as Rotary in Watton marks its Diamond Jubilee.

 Now after thirty years or so the membership was strong.
A group of sturdy fellows who were moving things along,
friendships - the foundation - were the best that you could dig,
So they one and all decided they would go for something big.
All spread out - you never saw the like of it - stalls and stands at the Breckland Family Show.
What an undertaking - they were proud of it - and many were the benefits which then began to flow.

And so the work continues for
 the motto is the same:
To rid the world of polio is still
 the biggest aim.
Collecting boxes rattle, there are Shelter boxes bought,
and local schools enjoy the fruits of Rotary support.
And so we tap that human
generosity; sense a need and
help to ease the strain
Glad to help at any opportunity,
where building the community is valued once again

Chorus 

And after sixty years what next? Well no one is a saint -
if that is what you’re looking for then that is what we aint.
We have a sense of humour that is wicked for a start,
and we’ve polished up our
 repartee until it is an art.
But if you scratch the surface just
 a little bit, beneath the fun,
formality and more,
 All we try to do
 - this is the sum of it -
is build a world that’s better
 than the one that went before.

 With the ding of the bell and the welcome of the President,
The Grace and the Toasts and the camaraderie.
are partly traditional and sometimes International
as Rotary in Watton marks its Diamond Jubilee.

 
 
© Lesley & Peter Cowling

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PRESIDENTS HANDOVER MEETING
27th June 2014, Queens Hall, Watton
 
  


 



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Pictures: Rtns Richard Crabtree, Dr Mike Harvey & (main page) Martin Anscombe
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6
0th ANNIVERSARY CHARTER DINNER
Gallery Suite, Watton Sports Centre, 10th October 2014


District Governor Nicke Corke                     Members perform "The Watton Rotary Song"                
with President Francis Ulrych