Rotary Events 2007



Thursday 12th July 2007

Business meeting

Induction of Alva Mattadeen

Alva gave a thought provoking and fascinating address on 'The American Century'.


 Saturday 21st July 2007

Race Night


Past President Doreen's


The race nite was a great success raising £684.18 for charity.

Sunday 22nd July 2007

Annual Sea Sunday Service

St Mary's Church, Huntingdon



Sunday 12th August 2007

BBQ with President Elect Maggie Galan

35 guests had a wonderful time, excellent fare, a garden absolutely full of interest, and we were very fortunate with the weather too.

Thursday 30th August 2007

Evening meeting with a presentation by

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive director of Mercy Ships

International Committee

George Hotel

7.30pm - £14.50

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, spoke about the charity most movingly.  Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland has raised £681,000 to fully equip the ophthalmic operating theatre on the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship.  The theatre will treat more than 1500 patients each year.  The ship is staffed by more than 450 volunteers from around the world and provides free medical care to 7,000 patients annually.  It set sail to Liberia on its maiden voyage at the start of May.

Rotary Clubs are now raising funds towards the cost of the Rotary International Lounge.  The total cost will be £340,000.  Among articles purchased for the lounge are more than 450 chairs, tables, bookcases, TV screens, curtains carpets and much more.

Miss Rosemary Wheeler and Mr Rex Freeman, members of the Royal Society of Saint George, entertained with music, song and poetry of the sea.  The Sea Cadet Corps provided a guard of honour.  Rotary Club President Margaret Hebblethwaite presented a cheque to Judy for £250.  A buffet followed.


Sunday 16th September 2007

Foundation Committee event

Safari Lunch

Following on from the successful Safari Suppers held in previous years it was decided to make the event this year a Lunch.
The principle reason for the change was to allow more time for each course and consequently, more time to socialize at the end.
10 members and their partners took part this year and they were accompanied by an equal number of guests, a slight decrease on our last event but nevertheless enough to make it a worthwhile occasion.
Main Courses and Sweets were the order of the day and all of the 10 members/partners who took part provided a varied and adequate selection of food for us all to partake of.
The event culminated in the now usual and very hospitable way with coffee and liqueurs being provided as guests of Sue and Ken Parkin.
The sum raised was about £200.00 which will form part of our contribution to Rotary Foundation.
Paul Wells


Thursday 29th November 2007

Speaker: Steve Malone, Project Manager,

Archaeological Dig at Pathfinder House

A very interesting talk by an expert, throwing light on our Roman and Medieval history. Two, so far, unidentified skeletons were uncovered.


Thursday 6th December 2007

Speaker: Chris Donaldson, Area Co-ordinator,

East Anglian Air Ambulance


Friday 7th December 2007

Carol Concert

Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon


Press Release

On Friday 7th December 2007, Huntingdon Rotary Club held a Carol Concert at the Commemoration Hall Huntingdon.
The audience participated in singing popular songs and carols throughout the evening which were led by the Brampton Choral Society and their musical director Paul Parsons.
During the interval we were provided with a buffet that was organised by the Inner Wheel. So with good food, good company and good music, the evening was most enjoyable and a great success, raising £1000 for Rotary charities.
Sandra Sturgeon


Wednesday & Thursday 12th & 13th December 2007

A house to house collection round Stukeley Meadows from 5 pm until  8 pm.


Friday & Saturday 14th & 15th December 2007

Waitrose trolley event

Waitrose Trolley Collections outside Waitrose in Huntingdon from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm on 14th and 15th December. £1 to enter the competition to guess the total value of the trolley loaded with goods from the store.  The person with the nearest correct guess win the contents of the trolley.

The winner was Mrs Mavis Cracknell and the value of the trolley she won was just over £159. Over 700 people took part and paid £1 to estimate the total value of the contents of the trolley. The total raised for charities was over £600. The event, run by The Rotary Club of Huntingdon, was sponsored by Waitrose. The presentation to Mrs Cracknell took place on 19th December and was made by the President of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, Margaret Hebblethwaite and Mr Steve Mattinson, Manager of Waitrose in Huntingdon. Also in our picture are Mr Mike Baker (on the right), Chairman of the Community Service Committee and Anne Dear on the left) the Rotarian who made the arrangements with Waitrose. __________________________________________________________________________

Wednesday 19th & Friday 21st December

Father Christmas Float

Total raised was over £1400, many thanks to those who helped.


Thursday 20th December 2007

Christmas lunch in the Manchester Room


Friday 21st December 2007

Cromer Christmas Special

On 21st December, 22 Rotarians and friends went to the Christmas 'End of the Pier 'show at The Pavilion, Cromer. We enjoyed an amusing and entertaining afternoon. Afterwards, we went on to Sheringham and had our Fish 'n Chips Supper at Dave's Fish Bar and Restaurant. A perfect finish to a good day out completed by the Christmas Lights of Chatteris on our return home.