Rotary Club of Watton & District

Archive 2012 

WINSTON the Singing Farmer's DVD, recorded at our
Sunday afternoon "Audience" on 21st November 2010 was produce but has been withdrawn from sale due to copyright problems.

Martin P and Gary P serving

Combined, our RBay Market Stall on 5 Dec and the Christmas Stall in Middle Street on 15 Dec realised a total of 213

We helped Father Christmas deliver presents on Christmas Day.

We took part in Watton Inner Wheel Club's Lunchtime Concert in the Queen's Hall
on Wednesday 12th December. Very well done!

A couple from Beccles RC and 2 couples from Watton RC spent 12 days in Victoria, Australia during November on a Rotary Friendship Exchange. The picture shows  the exchange of banners with the Rotary Clubs of Tatura, Mooroopna and Shepparton after a joint meeting  - the last event of the exchange.

Our biannual JAZZ at the Queens Hall featuring  DixieMix  on Friday 26th October raised 650 for our charities
The next JatQH is on 22 March 2013.

Rogues Gallery - 36 Past President Pic were on display            DG Trevor Sayer receives a facsimile             Entertainment by the West End Waiters                      
 of  the1995 Pugin District Banner

3rd October
Two members climbed the 300+ steps of the wind turbine on a visit to the Swaffham Ecotech Centre.

1st October
 The ten children of Chernobyl put on a farewell thank you show in front of their host families and other invited guests. For a full report, including movie, see Wayland News Digital (Click here).

D5080 RFE Team Leader Patrick Barclay & his wife Margaret, of  Kimberley Rotary Club, British Columbia, stayed with Martin.
Here shown exchanging club banners.

On 27 Sept two Norfolk Police Officers spoke about their highly specialised work with  the armed response and family liaison units of the Force.
Chris and Dan are shown here with member Dr Mike (left) and President Peter.

An American and 3 Canadian couples from District 5080 were hosted by our club during a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) visit to our District 1080, another 2 couples were hosted by Thetford Rotarians. Left (25 Sept): the group with Thetford Mayor Terry Lamb, centre, and Town Manager Susan Glossop, far right.  

At our meeting on 13th September, the Chairman of the local Chernobyl Children's Charity, Russell Foster, told us that had it not been for our financial support earlier in the year (see below) the visit by 10 children, who are hosted in Breckland, would not have taken place. Russell was accompanied by Stan Hebborn, committee member, and 2 interpreters (see right) at our busy weekly meeting

      13th September - Visitors from Chernobyl      
President Peter presents Club banners to
Liudmila Hurkova & Katia Kazlouskaya,
interpreters with the visiting 'Chernobyl' children.

Sept 5th
Our  Market Stall
 realised 73

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 The 80's Charity Disco Dance
was most successful &
 raised well
 over 500.


The speaker at this meeting was John Linden of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service who
  is Watch Manager at the Urban Search and Rescue Service unit based at Dereham Fire Station. These units cover the country to enable rapid reaction and deployment to incidents needing specialist skills and equipment to search for and recove
  trappedor missing persons.

15th July Tractor Run: brilliantly organised by Charles, assisted by Heather
   and Gerald, and others. 22 tractors took part and 370 was raised for charity.

     Ready to Roll

       Andy's first time - driving Charles' 1953 Ferguson                       Team BBQ: Heather, Andrew and David       

  Evening 30th June: Paul & Christina's Wedding Party. A joyous & enjoyed affair.

 The New Rotary Year starts 1st July. Andrew Barwood handed over the Presidential regalia to Peter Semlyen at our 28th June meeting 
   Peter takes the reins from Andrew . .   and welcomes his new VP: Roy Challand. 
       21st June: We bade Richard Akister farewell and  
awarded him a PHF +1 (shown above right).     

                            14th June - we celebrated our young inventor and designer competition winners with presentations
Joe Watts, Ollie Mowles and Ben Thomas-Lewin        The Young Designer competition (Year 11) was won by Anna Harrison for a superb Tie Dress.
   of The Wayland Academy (Year 8) jointly invented      Above she is shown receiving her certificate and prize from President Andrew; to the right she
   a Builders Hat, which incorporated an MP3 player,      is showing the dress aided by her teacher, Glenn Allot. An OxFam logo can be seen just off
   telephone and even a drinking tube. Runners-up           centre on the waistline. Runners-up were Charlotte Franke, Ben Reese, and Sophie Shaw.
   were Marcie Francis and Elise Sandford.                      

Watton Carnival
11th June.
Our usual bottle straw
draw stall raised 268
See us in
 The Wayland News
Carnival video clips:
 Click Here

Colin & Betty Orford receive a certificate to recognise their substantial donations
to Rotary ShelterBox


Watton Carnival
11th June.

Our fully laden stall with some of the sales team.

7th June - our annual individual and group Vocational  Cups and Certificates were awarded to 92 year old Sylvia Frazer recognising her
 dedication as a collector for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity  for a quarter of a century, and to the Queens Hall Maintenance Working Group
Jane Dow, Marie Curie area                Rtn David Branson does a                   President Andrew                           All together                    Queen's Hall Maintenance Team:   A Special Award
organiser, presented  Silvia with            "This is Your Life" on Silvia!         presents the cup &                                                               
Bryan Wykes; David Simons; Richard Akister;    for instigator  
a long service medal.                                                                                                   a certificate                                                                   
Roy Challand; Tony Scotton & Graham Langford   John Garratt

 6th June

 Market Bric-a-Brac
Stall raised 31

Total so far this year is

  Despite the weather!!

Sunday 3rd June, our Diamond Jubilee concert raised 585

31st May Visit by Ambassadorial Scholar:

Robert (Russ) Burgin,  from Floyd, Virginia, reading for his Masters in Politics at Cambridge. With President Andrew and Rtn John Mott of Cambridge RC, who is Russ's counsellor.

We were delighted to
receive a "Bronze Award" banner from ShelterBox in recognising the Club's work in helping to raise funds to provide 25 ShelterBoxes.

Another of our youth sponsorship activities is the Young Chef competition held at the Wayland Academy. This year, our winner,
Fran Kirkpatrick, went on to the Rotary District Final where she acquitted herself excellently.
At our meeting of 12th April, Fran and runner- up, Catherine Lee, received their prizes and certificates.
President Andrew with Catherine, Fran, and        Fran's presentation at the District Final    Two of the district judges with Fran &
            their teacher Mrs Mandy Beckwith.                                                                                                        DG Tom Griffin

On 9th February, the club was privileged to host the winners of a poetry competition held in Year 7 at Wayland Community High School. Rtn David Branson worked closely with school librarian Charlotte Creed, who inspired the students to enter the competition. She received 60 entries and spent quite some time assessing them and producing a short list for adjudication by David, assisted by retired English teacher, Rtn Peter Cowling. The winner was Joss Francis. Denver McKie and Amy Studer were runners up. They are shown below receiving their certificates and prize vouchers from President Andrew.
                Joss Francis              Denver McKie                    Amy Studer      The students with Charlotte & with President Andrew, Charlotte & David Branson

A talk by a representative of  the charity FRIENDS OF CHERNOBYL'S CHILDREN, who bring affected kids to UK for a therapeutic holiday, has spurred
 member, Pat Murphy, to organise a fundraising quiz evening on 13th April. Business sponsors and group teams all helped to raise a significant sum.

JAZZ at the Queens Hall featuring  DixieMix on Friday 9th March raised 668 for Rotary Charities.

The crocus symbolises the poliomyelitis eradication programme because a purple dye is used to mark a child that has just received the vaccine.

Yuichi with President Andrew

On 2nd February Yuichi Ishida, from Japan, visited the Club and spoke about his experience as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the UEA studying for a Masters degree in Education.

At our second meeting of the year, on 12th January, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jacob Cox, from the Virginia Military Institute, gave a presentation on his life, studies for a masters degree in pathology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and aspirations to become a research doctor in sub-Saharan disease control. 

Jacob with his counsellor Rtn Nigel Neville (left) of Cambridge RC, and our President, Andrew Barwood

Jacob in his VMI uniform

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