Registered Charity Trust Account No 1046649
President: Martin Parker         Secretary: Roy Challand

We meet on Thursdays: 7.30pm for 8pm

at the Hare & Barrel Hotel, Brandon Road, Watton. Tel 01953 882752

 email: Webmaster@wattonrotary.org.uk

Membership Enquiries: wattonrotary@aol.com


 Umbrella Festival 2018
U12 - Winner: 2nd RAF Rainbows
(12) [Above right on the left]
Runner-Up: Parker's Primary School
Over 12 - Winner: Bunty Baker
(16) [Above left on the left]
- Runner-Up: Tori Wooley
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   Jazz at the Queens Hall on 5th April

with Simon Nelson's

Tickets £12 (incl light supper) available from Adcocks, High St, Watton NOW

Enquiries Martin 01953 884224

Our March DixieMix concert raised £534.00 for Rotary good causes

Umbrella Festival winners and pictures will be posted here.

6th September.
Helenor Cox, about to start the 2nd year of her Aeronautical Engineering degree course at Loughborough University, gave a fascinating and beautifully prepared dissertation about her experiences on a 7-day dog sled trek in the Arctic circle. Vice-President Peter Cowling was in charge of the meeting - his first time. Three Rotarians from Swaffham were in attendance together with some of our ladies.

16th August 2018

 Before the meeting this evening President Dr Mike and Secretary Roy presented a cheque for £350 to Wayland Partnership Manager, Richard Otterway, in sponsorship
 of the pergola.
At the subsequent meeting, Keith Thomas (left) was inducted into membership
of the Club


28th June:
Martin Parker hands the presidential chain of office to Dr Mike Harvey and receives an illuminated scroll of service.

June 14th: Wayland Academy Young Poets and Young Designer receive their awards in this year's Rotary sponsored competitions.

7th June. Kim Bunco receives the individual vocational award cup for her charitable work as a  Tesco employee.
Mike Rix, in background received the group award.

May 11th: President Martin Parker addresses Inner Wheel's Birthday Celebration

    Washing kits and biscuits presented to the palliative care team at the NNUH

On May 10th, we were pleased to entertain Louise Cook, the NNUH fundraising manager, to our regular Thursday meeting. Louise gave us an excellent overview of the charity, which is all to do with patient comfort above and beyond what it is reasonable to expect to be provided by the NHS (ie the public purse), and which is worth about £1M a year (0.0016) of the annual running costs of the NNUH).
Whilst oncology was our primary aim, it seemed that there was nothing specific required in the department or the Colney Centre. Most donations cover simple needs on the wards such as washing kits to palliative care, equipment such as special day beds or relaxing and appropriate day-rooms (as recently opened for Kimberley ward). Armed with the information provided by Louise, the club discussed the level and purpose of its donation, and at our May 17th business meeting, we agreed to donate up to £1000, towards the purchase of a palliative day bed (c£750), washing bag kits, biscuits for staff rooms, and any other item (s) that may be required.

Following our donation to the Memory Café after a talk by Katie Powell (left) and Eileen Kittell in April (report below), on 17th May Katie showed some members around the Sensory Garden under construction at the Wayland Partnership.
 We are considering possible sponsorship of an item of equipment.

Two of our members laid a wreath
at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek cemetery on a recent visit. Pat Murphy (right) runs private battlefield tours and may be contacted through our email address at the top of the page

12th April:

President Martin Parker presents a cheque for £100 to Katie Powell, left, & Eileen Kittell of the steering group for the Watton Memory Café following an illuminating talk and discussion about their work with dementia sufferers and their carers.

The Cafe is open in the Watton Community Centre on the1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month.

On 22nd March, 41 members and friends enjoyed our annual "UnChristmas Dinner" at the Debut Restaurant of the college. It was an excellent meal, well managed by student Sam as part of his final assessment.

The winner of the Young Chef competition we oversaw at the
   Wayland Academy was
Isla Gillespie, shown here receiving
   the award and certificate from VP Dr Mike Harvey, with her
Gaynor Evans  and the club’s coordinator, Rtn
   Michael Haythorpe.
The runner-up was Freddie Smith.

We were pleased to entertain a Rotary Scholar from Connecticut studying at the UEA, Paige Hamilton, gave a fascinating insight into her studies and associated travel taking her into contact with many types of refugee.


At our meeting of 8th February Tal Williams, an EACH senior
   fundraiser, outlined the deficiencies of their rented an old
    listed building, Quidenham Hall, which has been their
   headquarters and residential facility for over 25 years.
 Work has now started on the replacement, known as "The Nook",
   at Framingham Earl. £7.5M of the £10M cost has already been
  raised but, meanwhile, the charity still has to raise the daily 
 running costs; we thanked Tal with a cheque for £200 towards them.

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