Rotary Club of Watton & District

Archive 2011 

We had a splendid response at our rather cold and draughty
presence in the foyer of Watton Tesco during the day on
 16th December (bkpo the Manager).
 Customers showered our collecting boxes with a staggering

405  -  Thank You

Proceeds from our stall at the Watton Christmas Market on 4th December were a very nice 352.00
An early customer with David, George & Vernon on the first shift.

In the 10 days up to Christmas
 a further 40 was raised from the sale of mistletoe


Andy Francis (centre), who recently opened a funeral services office in Watton, was inducted into the club on 17th November. He is, by far, our youngest member!
On 22nd November he attended a special meeting of the Norwich South Rotary Club for the visit of the President of Rotary International in Britain & Ireland (RIBI) - Ray Burman. Tom Griffin, our District 1080 Governor is on the left of the picture, and Ray is on the right.

The last 3 Wednesday Market bric-a-brac stalls
 of the year raised 130 . . . . . . .

 . . . . . and the 5th Nov QH Coffee Morning raised 187.
Thanks for everyone's support


We were pleased to again sponsor Junior Startime event

ROTABOARDS display the work of local schoolchildren in public places other than their schools

30 of these boards have been acquired and more than half of them have already been sponsored

We are seeking more sponsors, or contributors; also additional public locations for display. Interested? Email us, see top right of this page.

57th Charter Night Dinner at the Queens Hall - Friday 14th October 2011

      Assistant Governor            Club President           Master of Ceremonies     Welcome to Guests   Wattton Inner ClubV-P  Guests from Thetford Rotary Club
           DenisBishop              Andrew Barwood                John Hardy                  David Branson            Jenny Simons                    John & Val Connolly

RotaBoards Re-Launch at Watton                 RFE to D5080 - Martin & Helen    The team at the Snake Pit          RFE to D5360. The team with   
  Sports Centre on 7 Oct with                                      in Moscow, Idaho                            near Kellogg, Idaho            Mountie; hosted by the RC 
teachers from local cluster schools.                                                                                                                                    of Olds, Alberta, Canada  

  JAZZ at the QUEEN'S HALL featuring  DixieMix  on 7th October was even better than ever, and raised over 500 for our charity fund.

The day after the IW Treasure Hunt supper at the Waggon & Horses (30 Jul) we enjoyed a grand Meet & Greet BBQ party at John & Christine Hardy's place.


 RFE visitors from District 5360, Alberta, Canada: DG Tom Griffin with Dick & Elaine Brown & the whole group with President Andrew Barwood, 14/7/11

Dr Mike Harvey (left) receives an illuminated certificate from Andrew Barwood, having just handed over the Presidential collar;
now President, Andrew welcomes Peter Semlyen as Vice-President for the coming Rotary year.

Carnival Day, 12th June.
Our "bottle stall" attracted much support with a total of 330 raised for Rotary Charities

Paul Weatherill with the demonstration ShelterBox (left) talking to Charles Hewson who has erected his homemade weatherproof stall; the forecast was bad but, fortunately, the rain did not really start until the end of the afternoon.

The Wayland Scout Group were awarded the group Vocation Award following the successful rescue, from closure, of the Watton Troop by the Ashill scouts thus forming the new area group. The award was made on Carnival Day by President Mike.

Wayland Community High School Young Designer competition, sponsored by us, was won by Bethany Anscombe for her design and production of a "Punk Bag" a choice determined by a curriculum requirement.
The extraordinarily high standard of work of the 10 finalists put forward by Head of Department, Glen Allott, caused our Rotarian judges to select 3 joint runners-up. They were: Joe Carnaby, James Fitzgerald and Ben Beeston. Vice President Andrew Barwood presented certificates and prizes at our meeting of 9th June. All the aforementioned are shown above together with our co-ordinator, David Branson (far left).

2nd June:
President Mike Harvey presented our annual individual Vocational Award to Bridget Park of Griston. Whilst she is Parish Clerk, she does a whole lot more than that for
 Griston and the local community.

Paul Weatherill & Peter Semlyen with our Clean Water appeal stall -  28th May

On 12th May Beverley Cooper told us about her experiences in following her father's route in 1944 from Normandy to Holland.

Our monthly Wednesday Market bric-a-brac stall on 6th April realised 75, including pre-sales. The annual exchange with Brandon Rotary Club took place
on Thursday 7th April, when as speaker guests we had 2 delightful young ladies - locally based reporters for the Eastern Daily Press.

17 March: 24 March:
    President Mike inducts new member John Hardy                             Members and guests at our annual "UnChristmas" Dinner at NUCA's Debut Restaurant

  JAZZ at the QUEEN'S HALL featuring DixieMix on Friday 4th March proved to be their best ever concert. Simon Nelson (leader, cornet), said that, since forming 2 years ago, it is the first time the sextet was really complete with the inclusion of John Benson (double bass & vocals) as a regular member, having followed the renowned reedsman, Pete Oxborough, into the line-up.

At our 3rd March meeting we hosted the winner and runners-up in the 'Young Chef' Competition we sponsored at Wayland Community High School.
 Left: Francesca Kirkpatrick, year 8, receiving her local heats winner's certificate from President Dr Mike Harvey; despite being the youngest competitor, it was Fran's coolness in the kitchen that particularly impressed the judges, a quality she again displayed at the Rotary District finals in Bury St Edmunds.
Centre: Runners-up Cameron Goldie and Anna Harrison (both year 10) either side of Fran.
Right: All together with Mrs Mandy Beckwith (cookery teacher) and our co-ordinator Rtn David Branson.

Rotary Day - February 23rd with    Display in Edwards Newsagents' Window     And the crocuses duly bloomed during Rotary Week: Left on on a patch at
David Branson & Paul Weatherill                                                                                 at the Junction of  Nelson Court with Harvey Street in Watton;
manning the ShelterBox tent and               ALL IN AID OF  "Thanks for Life"            Right on Thetford Road. 10.000 corms were planted at various collecting buckets on Chaston Place.       the World Polio eradication campaign                       sites in the town and surrounding villages 
February 21-26 is Rotary International Week, and the "Focus on the Crocus" Campaign reaches fruition. We were pleased to welcome UEA Rotary Ambassadorial
Scholars Keiko Isoo and Nao Iwashita, accompanied by
 counsellor Rtn Margaret Somerville (Norwich Club),
at our first meeting of 2011 on 6th January.

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