Rotary Club of Watton & District

Archive 2010 


Our sale of Mistletoe, donated by Rtn Bob Jones from a crab-apple tree in his  front garden, realised 92. The traditional Santa Claus Christmas Presents' Delivery Service to addresses in Watton and nearby villages took place on Christmas Day.
 Thanks to Ivan & Gerald.
Our stall, shown left at the Town's Christmas market manned by Charles & Richard A,  was well attended and the straw tombola raised 254.  Excess prizes  were donated to the Thursday Club and the Salvation Army.

There were about 180 souls in the Audience for
 Humourist WINSTON, The Singing Farmer,
in the Queens Hall, Watton, on Sunday 21st November.
 The event raised 1175 for charities supported by our Club.
The performance was professionally recorded to make
 Winston's first DVD.
Release of the DVD will be announced here.
  Rotarian Paul Weatherill, far left, the club's International Officer, receives the Paul Harris regalia and citation (shown) from President Mike on 18th November.

      Enjoying the bonfire & fireworks . . .
In windy but warm conditions 16 members of the Club, with partners and guests, attended the annual Guy Fawkes Night.

. . . and a fish & chips, &  ice cream supper
Visiting Rotarian from Burton on Trent receives a banner from President Mike.
David Collingwood and his wife Mary were on holiday at nearby Richmond Park Golf Club complex, and found an unusual local Rotary meeting!
For WaterAid & Aquabox demonstrations contact
 Rtn Paul Weartherill

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Listen to Wayland Radio on 107.3FM at 5.20pm on the 2nd Monday each month for a Watton Rotary update The Jazz evening with DixieMix on
29th October raised 600
During October Watton Rotary Club Coordinated the planting of 10,000 "Ruby Giant" crocus bulbs in Watton and surrounding villages.
Pictured results in February.
Our 56th Charter Night Dinner took place at the Queens Hall on 8th Oct. District Governor Rodney Howell was the guest of honour.
The group from New South Wales at
(Phase 2)
From 4th to 8th September, Watton Rotarians hosted 8 couples from Rotary District 9700, New South Wales, a return Rotary Friendship Exchange Visit. There were 3 lady and 6 gentleman Rotarians in the group. They were accommodated in our homes in Watton, Merton, Ovington, Saham Hills, Hilborough, Shipdham and Croxton (President of Thetford Rotary).  Visits included Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich & Norfolk Essential Oils.
 For the second phase of their visit the Australians were hosted by members of other District 1080 Rotary Clubs, including Broadland, Norwich,  Ipswich.
 Great Yarmouth, Saxmundham & Stowmarket.
Market Stall & RBay sales to
3 Nov have raised over 500
Focus on the Crocus:
an End Polio Now
Thanks for your support of our appeal to help the Pakistan flood victims.
Over 300 was raised on Chaston Place on 11th Aug & some 80 on our Market Stall on 18th Aug
Donations can be made to us or direct through the ShleterBox or AquaBox websites
  July 1st - Our new President and Vice President
Richard hands over to Mike, who welcomes Andrew
Watton Carnival June 13

left: Straw Tombola;  right: ShelterBox Display
Total sales: 271
- Thank You, Everyone
2010 Vocational Awards June is our Awards Month
At our meeting of 3rd June, Christine Reilly (left), Chair of the Ovington Village Hall Committee, received the cup for the Group Award  . Salena Dawson received the individual award, recognising her voluntary work in the local community.
Text Box: Jasmine Lodge and Kevin  Dumble were the runners-up
shown above with
 President Richard
Text Box: With this Olympics Sports Clock, including the box and pre-formed packaging. Joe Smy gained the first prize in our adjudication of Design and Technology work at Wayland Community High School . The concept  was designed and made by Joe, a  superb achievement.
Text Box: Jasmine's design was of contemporary apparel based on medieval Japanese costume.
Kevin had a new idea for fishermen's tailored jacket and  trousers.
Amazing stuff from
our local youngsters.
      6th May

David Branson (left) was inducted into the Club as our 28th member. He had been a member in 1989/90 before work took him elsewhere.
The Mayor of Watton,
Margaret Holmes, addressed the meeting. She is shown with President Richard and, right, her husband and consort,
David Beekan.

Watton Inner Wheel's 29th birthday supper. President Helen cuts the cake with Rotary President Richard.
13th May

Paul and son, Joe, with President Richard after Joe's talk about his expedition to
the Cordillera Blanca area of Peru with the Royal Navy.
"The Brandon Exchange"
On 8th April, the President of Brandon Rotary Club, Keith Hamilton, presided at our meeting. Our president did likewise for their meeting.
Members enjoying the annual "UnChristmas Dinner" at the Debut Restaurant, Norwich College of Arts & Technology.
25th March
 "JAZZ at the Queens Hall" featuring
(right) on Friday 12th March 2010 was most enjoyable - and put 480 into our Charities Fund
Our first RBAY Wednesday Market Stall
 of the year (3rd March) raised over 65.


And so did our second one on April 7th!

 Another Earthquake, Another Place!
240 boxes have gone to Chile!
With news of the Haiti disaster, Caston Primary School's Class 3 remembered our ShelterBox demonstration last year and organised fundraising, determined to raise enough for a ShelterBox.
They actually raised 763 and, by adding  from other receipts, we're pleased to make that up to 2 Boxes sent to Haiti in the School's name.
Pic: President Richard with Class 3 and the magnificent cheque at the School on 12th February.
Within a few days of the earthquake 1,930 ShelterBoxes had arrived in Haiti; within a month 10,000 have been sent from ShelterBox Trust depots all around the World. Other on-going Rotary disaster relief initiatives include AquaBoxes, Water Treatment, and Emergency Boxes (similar to ShelterBox but no tent).

Altogether, some 13 ShelterBoxes have been funded through Watton Rotary- that's shelter and essential equipment for 130 homeless persons. It all adds up!

ShelterBox appeal coordinator, Paul Weatherill, with President Richard and Watton's vicar, Revd Jeff Garrett,   on Wednesday 20 January.
The collection raised 1469
Amy Studer and Reya Muller present
 President Richard with 650 raised by the pupils of
  St Peter & St Paul Primary School, Carbrooke (and they are still fundraising!). See their webpage
New member, Peter Cowling, on duty
collecting at the ShelterBox Display

  on Saturday 23 January
The collection raised 1185

       In addition to the sums from the two days' street collection (assisted by Inner Wheel) and from Carbrooke School, St Mary's Church has raised enough (490)
   for a ShelterBox. Also, a generous local resident gave us money for another box and Inner Wheel have purchased one with a donation matched from their charity fund.
At their recent meeting, the local branch of the National Farmers Union raised 502 for the ShelterBox Trust via Watton Rotary.


On 14th January 2010 a new member was inducted. Welcome to Peter Cowling. And our speaker was Mrs Meryl Harrison, Chief Inspector, Zimbabwe National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. She spoke movingly about her work rescuing animals from overtaken farms in Zimbabwe. She is holding her book "Innocent Victims" based on her diaries, written by Catherine Buckle.

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