Rotary Club of Watton & District


On the 21st December we inducted a husband and wife team on transfer from their previous club, Shepperton Aurora; Watton Rotary Club is now dual gender. It was the DG Robert Lovick's official visit, too. He presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Paul Chubbock for his exceptional work, both for the club and in the local community.
               Vivian Gicquel   President Martin Parker  Mike Gicquel                 Paul Chubbock        Distrit Governor Robert Lovick

Andrew Natrass, a Police Officer with the Norfolk Constabulary for 30 years, 25 of which were in the Traffic department, gave a most interesting dissertation on the causes of road traffic accidents. No longer referred to accidents but  incidents, he still works part time for the Norfolk Police going into schools, colleges and other places where there are, in particular, young people at or around the time of taking their driving test. He highlighted the 4 main causes of injury through loss of control of of vehicles: Alcohol/drugs;  speed; mobile phone/texting; seat belts. He was well -versed in the detail and statistics, which clearly showed why, for instance, insurance premiums were so high for young drivers.

A most interesting and challenging talk about the UK2ROM charity was given to the club by Jerry Cuthbert on 26th October. He and his wife, Cathy, deliver essential aid to the poorest people in Romania - the forgotten citizens of Europe. They work mainly in the Comanesti area of eastern Romania. We were pleased to present him with a cheque for 100 from our Trust Fund.

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October 24th is designated as World Polio Day, celebrating the co-operation between the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rotary International Foundations in the quest to finally eradicate poliomyelitis from the world. Rotary Clubs everywhere use the occasion to raise awareness and/or fundraise. Rotarians in GB opted to wear something purple and/or to illuminate a public building in purple on or near the date. We did both, at our meeting on 26th at the Hare & Barrel Hotel.

Rotary Meeting 12h October

Kim Bunco, manager of Watton Tesco, gave a fascinating talk about her work for Tesco and the amazing amount of charitable activity and fundraising she does herself and encourages amongst her staff. She also gave a fascinating insight into one of her specialist duties with respect to security.


Despite the Concert on 6th October attracting a lower attendance than average (many of our regulars regretted they could not attend for a number of  reasons) we were able to make a profit of 291 for our Trust Fund.
DixieMix were in cracking form - superb!
Next concert: 9th March 2018

        President Martin Parker addresses members and guests at the 63rd Charter Night Dinner of the Watton Rotary Club. Far left
        is principle guest Rotary District 1080 Governor Robert Lovick. Special guest speaker The Rt Hon Baroness Helene Hayman
        sits on the President's left hand side (and also shown below giving the most interesting talk on life in the House of Lords).
        Next to her is her husband Martin and next to him is Leslie Cowling, president of the Watton Inner Wheel club.

                                     Baroness Helene Hayman

September14th: Geoff Ray, Pharmacist Watton Total Health, gave us a fascinating illustrated talk
about his preparations for, and participation in, this year's Marathon Des Sables. We were pleased
to present him with a cheque for 200 to add to the 7,500 he'd already collected for Cancer research.

 September - 3rd: Carnival Stall with Past President David 'on guard'.     9th:  Info & Games Stall at the Military Vehicles event   ~  ~    including maggot racing!    
                                                    Our Trust Fund gained the sum of 317 from bottle straw draw and games at these two events.

On 27th July Pat Alker talked to us about Project Dukem,                  On 31st August Mark Webster, co-ordinator of the mid-Norfolk
    charity she runs with her husband providing                                    group of countryside & wildlife volunteers, gave a spirited talk
basic facilities for homeless children in Ethiopia                                on his work involving many of our nearby woods & ponds.  


On 1st July every year the presidency of every Rotary Club throughout the world changes.
Watton Rotary Club is no exception; the handover ceremony took place on 29th June.

left: David Branson holding his service certificate having handed over to the new president,
Martin Parker (centre), with Dr Mike Harvey (right) having received the vice-president's pendant.

Wayland Academy: Young Poet & Young Designer Competition Awards 8th June

 YOUNG POET: Winner: Jessica Bower            1st Runner-Up: Kimberley Townsend                     2nd Runner-Up: Josh Gore

YOUNG DESIGNER: Overall Winner: Nieve Merchant & her stitchcraft jacket made                 Best Effort: Charlotte Clubb
                                  (received by teacher Sarah Pitt)             from old jeans!                
For designing and building a huge train set in wood.

Annual Vocational Awards
At our meeting of 1st June we presented our annual Vocational Award winners with a cup and certificate to recognise their outstanding
 achievements in the local community.
Left: Individual winner: Julian Horn for The Wayland News and           Right: Group Winner: The Wayland Partnership represented by trustee
 his community involvement  and long association with the                     Roger Harrold for the outstanding achievements over the year in every
    history, wellbeing and future of Watton.                                                     aspect of community life helped by an incredible army of volunteers.

 We are pleased to be supporters of our local

Having been up and running for nearly a year, the Men's Shed was officially opened by the Mayor of Watton, Councillor Beryl Bunning on Saturday 29th April, She cut the specially made cake (above), helped by the Shed Chairman, Richards Adams (far left).

Watton Rotary President David Branson attended, with
 Rotarians Paul Weatherill, Peter Semlyen & Martin Anscombe.


Back row:   Michael Haythorpe (Rotary co-ordinator); 
Mrs Mandy Beckwith (Academy) & President David Branson>
Front row: Runners-up: Josh Peters, Lara Linge
and the winner: Kimberley Townsend.
Each student received a certificate and a cash prize

"UnChristmas" Dinner at Debut Restaurant, City College Norwich, March 30th

New Members and their Ladies  - l to r:
Rebecca & Shaun Yeoman, Jill & President David Branson, Mike & Valerie Botting


Profits for our Charities Trust Fund were:

18th: Grand Quiz at Wells Cole Community Centre 480
Jazz Concert at Queens Hall:

PDG Nigel, Katie & President David, 2nd March

Katie Bussiere is a Rotary scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avon Canton, Connecticut, USA, studying for an MPhil in Education at Cambridge University. She is seeking to specialise in research in second language education especially with respect to provision for immigrants and refugees.
Her counsellor, Past District Governor Nigel Neville (Cambridge Rotary Club), escorted  her.
February 23rd


It's also about the time that our "End Polio Now" crocuses should appear.
  (First seen 1st March).
The speaker at our meeting of February 23rd was Tom Thurston, a local man and Rare Breeds Preservation Society member, whose subject was the
 History of Heavy Horses in GB.

On the 12th January, Vic Starkey of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston drove Global Rotary Scholar Gaelen (see panel to the right) through inclement weather to bring her to give a presentation to the club. Vic presented his club's banner, and we reciprocated.

Gaelen Stanford-Moore received a banner, following her detailed but succinct presentation about her studies and travels in pursuit of degrees in public & world health. Following a 'gap year' MPhil course at Cambridge, Gaelen returns to the University College of Southern California to complete her MD degree course.

5th January 2017

Our first meeting of the year featured Suzanne Rhind, who is the researcher, grant/fund-finder and bid-writer for the Wayland Partnership Development Trust. Through her work many of the functions and community support activities in Watton and the Wayland villages are enabled. Her Presentation was most informative and generated much interest.

 Here starts another webpage in the annals of Watton Rotary's history!

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