Father Christmas at Tesco's - 18 December 2011

Father Christmas with his elves

Extract from a letter from the president to all who helped:
Dear all who acted as Father Christmas & All collectors at our Christmas Sleigh, Our club is proud of and grateful to you for your efforts, team spirit and organising skills to raise such a grand sum of 2527.00
My special thanks to Tim Garner as the organiser of this fund raising event during the Festive season. It wouldn't be so successful without his sacrifice in materials and time.
In the photo from left: Mike Humphrey, Tim Garner, the organiser as Father Christmas on Sunday (18.12.11) and Rotaract Hazel Cottrell, who gave many hours (over 10 hours as I understand) at the Tesco Extra static collection. A very special thanks to Hazel.
I shall conclude by repeating my motto of the year: "You are the Key".
A very Merry Christmas & Happy 2012 to you all.


Christmas Lunch - 15 December 2011

The Manchester Room, pictures from left to right:

Malcolm Talbot on trombone and Les Button on accordion provided interval music and backing for the carols.
Ex Huntingdon club member Brian Hyder-Smith exchanging banners.
Steve, manager of The George being presented with the staff gratuities.
Happy carol singers!

Joining us for lunch were our Honorary Member, Dame Norma Major, plus partners and invited guests.
There were readings by Assistant District Governor Tim Tucker and President of the Inner Wheel, Janet Talbot and Santa distributed presents.


Eric & Graham's Christmas Concert - 11 December 2011

Brampton Church Hall

Graham Heywood on keyboard and Eric Nash on Guitar entertained guests to music from the 60s and Christmas favourites, followed by mince pies and Christmas cake.


Waitrose Trolley 9 - 10 December 2011

Mrs Sandra Holden receives her prize

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon recently held their annual Waitrose Christmas Charity Trolley Event when members of the public tried to guess the value of the contents of a shopping trolley which had been filled with Waitrose products.
Brampton resident, Mrs Sandra Holden's guess was the closest to the full value of the goods which was in the region of 170.00p.
A letter of thanks has been sent to Waitrose for their help and support and for donating 50.00 worth of goods.
The picture shows Rotarian Mike Baker, Rotarian Anne Dear together with Mrs Sandra Holden receiving her prize from Rotary President Tarak Ghosh and the Waitrose manager Andy Shewrv.

Philip Bell, Public Relations Officer-Rotary Club of Huntingdon


Alfi meets Father Christmas - 7 December 2011

"The Rotary Club of Huntingdon would like to thank the members of the public very much indeed for their generosity in supporting the Rotary Christmas Sleigh both round the streets of Huntingdon and at Tesco's supermarket. Well over 1000 was raised for local charities such as the Huntingdon Gym and the Young Carers to name but two of them.
The picture shows the Rotary Santa wishing a Happy Christmas to Alfie Forster who was pleased to give him his Christmas wish list."
Philip Bell, Public Relations Officer-Rotary Club of Huntingdon
Photo by Tanya Forster


Huntingdon Almshouses - 19 November 2011

Working party at Huntingdon Almshouses

On Saturday 19th November a working party of Huntingdon Rotarians, three Hinchingbrooke School students and a few other enthusiasts joined together to clear the large amount of garden rubbish which had accumulated over a long period of time in the front gardens of the Huntingdon Almshouses which are at present being refurbished. Five large green bins were completely filled up with garden rubbish.
Rotarian Judy Gell provided sandwiches for all the participants to regain their strength after their strenuous work.
The picture shows Rotarian Mike Baker who is a Trustee of the Alms houses, other Rotarians, Hinchingbrooke students and Peter Menczer the project manager.
I hope you may be able to publicise our Community work.
Philip Bell, Public Relations Officer-Rotary Club of Huntingdon


Rotary Lunch - 17 November 2011

Mary Evans was presented with the Environmental Service Award

Mary runs the Godmanchester Community Nursery where volunteers are creating an orchard, a tree nursery and an open air kitchen.
Propagation of plants and vegetables takes place in large greenhouses as well as on outside land.
Mary has developed this with many local groups including some with special needs over the last few years.


Rotary Lunch - 10 November 2011

Simon Parr - Chief Constable

Simon was appointed Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire in September 2010, following three years as the Deputy Chief Constable in Hertfordshire.
He joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in January 2004 and served as Deputy Chief Constable from 2006.
He previously spent 20 years with Sussex Police in a variety of roles, including the public order policing of several party conferences in Brighton.
He is now working with colleagues in Cambridgeshire to deliver a policing service that meets public need whilst working within the constraints of the new funding arrangements.


November 2011

A picture showing Rotarian Mike Baker supervising a party of Duke of Edinburgh Award Students who are helping with a Rotary Club of Huntingdon project to create a Wild Life Garden at Hartford Junior School. Also in the picture is Mrs Bunny Wells who kindly provided the refreshments for the workers.


RIBI D-1070 Road Show - 3 November 2011

The picture shows our district's International Service stall where Past District Governor Dan Connan and President Tarak Ghosh standing in front of a selection of Rotary International posters showing projects supporting polio eradication, Water Aid, malaria control, trade boxes etc.


District Govenor's visit 20th October 2011

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon was honoured by a visit from The first lady District Governor of the Rotary area covering the East Midlands-Rotarian Linda May.
Linda gave us an excellent speech outling the Rotary motto for 2011/2012. "Reach Within To Embrace Humanity". The main theme of the talk was Polio Immunisation in the Third World and the hope that every Rotarian would raise at least 25 towards the final part of Polio Eradication. "We are so close to ridding the world of this terrible disease, one final push and we will be there", said Linda.
Another project under consideration is "Clean The Community", where Rotarians would encourage local communities to adopt a street for cleaning.
The picture shows District Governor Linda May during lunch with The Rotary Club of Huntingdon.


Whitechapel Mission 16th October 2011

Early on Sunday morning 16th October a party of Huntingdon Rotarians travelled to the Whitechapel Mission in the East End of London and cooked 230 Breakfasts for some of the poor and homeless people of the Capital. Below is the E- Mail of appreciation received from the Mission,together with a photograph,showing Rotarian Geoff Burniston and Mary Walmsley cooking.
"May I thank you most sincerely for the splendid response that the members of the Huntingdon Rotary Club gave to the homeless and those caught in a cycle of poverty or dependency of many kinds and who look to The Whitechapel Mission for help and support each and every day.
To those who endured the early start and the diversion due to the closure of the M11 there must go a special "thank you" - your enthusiasm when you were there was felt by those you served, well epitomised by Tarak frying eggs for all he was worth. In addition we had Geoff and Barbara buttering loaves of bread and toasting many more, Ken cooking the sausages and bacon, Mary frying beefburgers and Mike on the till (did I really hear him say he was in charge of credit control?) and everyone serving teas, coffees and giving out soap, flannels, toothbrushes, razors etc. Then at the end there was everything to clean down and leave ready for the Monday morning team to come in and start the process again.
To those also who collected all the items of clothing and toiletries a "thank you" also. The amount of clothing needed on an average every day would fill a normal sized garden shed, such are the numbers coming to The Whitechapel Mission in need of a change of clothing, so what you brought was most timely.
Through the response you have all made, you have helped the staff at The Whitechapel Mission make a difference to some of the most needy people in this country, so on their behalf may I say once again a simple but sincere "Thank You"".
Philip Bell
Rotary Club of Huntingdon


Fellowship Exchange 8 October 2011

A get together evening meal at the Dolphin Hotel, Saint Ives with the visiting Swedish Rotarians and partners (six couples) in our district (RIBI 1070) Fellowship Exchange Programme. Hosts from our club and from the Rotary Club of St Ives and the presidents of both clubs are seen in the picture. The organiser from our club was Rtn Tim Garner and from St Ives was Rtn Malcolm Cockcroft.


RYLA Presentation - International Evening 29th September 2011

Rotaractor Sophie Bullstrode being presented with her RYLA award at the International Committee's evening meeting.


International Evening 29th September 2011

Our speaker from District International, Dr J Neuberg delivered a talk of great clarity with wit and energy that demonstrated the possibilities that lie within our reach if we make the effort. He also demonstrated that the type of leadership qualities he possesses make almost anything possible. Overall his presentation was inspirational and humbling.


Rotary Lunchtime Meeting - 18th August 2011

Dr Charles Dalleywater spoke at the lunchtime meeting on 'Technology in Schools'



On Sunday afternoon (31st July) I attended the Rotarians' Open Time at Grafham Water. Also present was President Tarak, PP Colin Moore and Rtn. Malcolm Talbot, Inner Wheel President Janet and their house guest Nazaret, an English Language student.
It was a warm,sunny afternoon and we were welcomed by DG Margaret Morley, PDG Andrew Cowling and the course leader. They gave a short introduction and then we enjoyed afternoon tea and cake while waiting for the candidates to come onshore.
We had half an hour allocated, this year, with our candidate Sophie Bulstrode. She seemed to being enjoying the experience and 'liked' the overnight hike which started the course. In fact, all the candidates seemed to be enjoying themselves. It certainly gave the visiting Rotarians plenty of time with their candidates before the group 'photo-call'. Report by: PP Alan Kerrison


2011 - 2012 Handover Ceremony


64th Charter Anniversary

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon celebrated their 64th Charter Anniversary with a luncheon on Sunday, 8th May at the King's Room, Buckden Towers. After the Rotary speeches which were very enjoyable there were three presentations; a Paul Harris Award which is the highest Rotary Award for services to the Rotary Foundation and the Community was given to Rotarian Alan Kerrison for all his hard work. A very special Sapphire Paul Harris Award was made to Rotarian Ted Cooper for his outstanding service to the local community. The third award was given to Erica MacKenzie, the administrator of the Huntingdon Olympic Gym Club. Erica received from the Rotary Club of Huntingdon a Special Service Recognition Award on behalf of the Olympic Gym Club together with a sponsorship cheque for 500. In presenting this award and cheque the President of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, Rotarian Ann Looker said how much the local community appreciated the excellent work carried out by the Gym Club particularly in helping young people to develop their skills.
The main speaker for the afternoon was the well know raconteur Ted Bocking who gave a fascinating talk on "Time".
A very enjoyable Charter Celebration concluded with a short saxophone recital by on of the talented Rotary Young Musicians Robert Burton who entertained all those present with his brilliant playing of some well known tunes.


Visit of Group Captain Bea Walcot

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon was delighted to welcome Group Captain Bea Walcot, Station Commander at RAF Brampton, Wyton and Henlow, to their Rotary Lunch on 3rd February as their guest speaker. The Group Captain outlined the future of the RAF in the Cambridgeshire Region, with the gradual reduction of personnel at RAF Brampton and the development of RAF Wyton.
Gp. Capt. Walcot answered various questions on the impact of the RAF reorganisation on the local community. The picture shows Gp. Capt. Bea Walcot with the Rotary President Ann Looker and the duty Rotarian Ken Walmsley.


Rotary Technology Tournament

Schools in Huntingdonshire competed in the Technology Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon and hosted by the Abbey College in Ramsey on Wednesday 9th February. Teams from St Neots Community College, St Ivo School, Kimbolton School, St Peters School and Abbey College entered a total of 19 teams, each of 4 students. They were provided with a kit of parts such as wooden rods, motors and pulleys with which they were asked to build a mobile crane. The students had no prior knowledge of the task which they were presented with and were expected to design the machine, build it and then demonstrate it to the judges within the 5 hour time limit.

The students applied themselves enthusiastically to the task and managed to produce a number of ingenious designs to meet the requirement. The full age range from the secondary schools was represented with the task being tailored to the capabilities of each team. The basic category covered school years 7, 8 and 9 and was won by Kimbolton School, while the St Ivo School won the intermediate category for years 10 & 11. Teams from the sixth forms competed in the advanced category and this was again won by Kimbolton School. The prizes were presented by Chris Eady, a Director of the Welding Institute, with each of the winning teams receiving a cheque for 25 and an engraved glass trophy donated by Graham Heywood, MD of Computer Miracle Ltd. It was evident that all of the participants thoroughly enjoyed the event and felt that it provided an excellent exercise in running a project, as a team, under demanding conditions.

The winning teams were:

Basic Category
Kimbolton, George Gill, Josh Eddon, Marcus Kenmir & James Harris

Intermediate Category
St Ivo, Rebecca Doyle, Terry Simmons, Bethany Sleight, Jordan Tassel

Advanced Category
Kimbolton: Adam Spencer, Tom Parkin, Emily Davidson-Smith, Ray Santiago


Left: Kimbolton basic task team

Right: Kimbolton advanced task team

Photos by Ramsey Abbey Press Officer, Don McLeod