Christmas Lunch 14 December 2013

Members enjoying a festive lunch with partners and invited guests. The musical interlude provided by Les and Malcolm T, 'secret santa' by Philip, recitation by Margaret and carols led by Ann L.


Santa Outing - 11 December 2013

The Club raised nearly 2500 in the run-up to Christmas with the tours around Stukeley Meadows and the static collections at Tesco.


Speaker - 21 November 2013

Dr Keith McNeil, CEO, Addenbrookes Trust


Rotary Polio Day - 24 October 2013

Malcolm and Trish demonstrating the use of the 'purple bouncer' purchased for publicity purposes.


Foundation Lunch, Sunday - 20 October 2013

Members enjoying Sunday lunch at Prima Restaurant in Huntingdon.This was in conjunction with the Hunts Post and money raised was given to the Woodland Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital


Demolition of the Huntingdon Tax Office - 5 October 2013

More to follow


Opening of the Memory Caf project - 30 September 2013

The official opening of the Memory Caf for dementia suffers took place on September 30th at the church hall adjoining the church of All Saints Church Hartford.
This is part of a national initiative by Rotary organized by REPoD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia)
The caf which will be open on the last Monday of each month was opened by the rector of Hartford Church in the presence of Mike Baker, the president of Huntingdon Rotary Club and the members of the club who have helped set up this very new initiative.
Each session will be purely a social gathering for dementia sufferers and their carers where they can get together for a cup of tea and cakes, a chat, memorability activities, sing-a-long sessions and the occasional speaker. Anyone interested can just come along with their carers but for further information please ring Mr Mike Fowler on 01480 417001.


Going To The Dogs - 4 September 2013

24 members had an enjoyable social evening at Peterborough Greyhound Races. The photo shows the winning dog Mine Games with her owners and members of the Rotary Club.
Thanks to Geoff Rowlinson for organising the trip.



This year's Rotary Youth Leadership Award course was held at Grafham Water between 26th July and 2nd August. This course is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 26, and is designed to develop the personal and leadership skills of the participants. There were 40 young people on this year's course recruited from Rotary district 1070 which covers the East Midlands. During the week the participants were set a variety of tasks set around Grafham Water which encouraged team working and developed their leadership skills. There were physical activities offering new experiences, together with discussion groups and workshops.
The course member sponsored by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon was Kayleigh Ghiot from Godmanchester who was chosen from a number of applicants following interviews earlier this year.
Kayleigh said that it was a truly an incredible experience and she really enjoyed every moment of it. "I have learnt a lot about myself this week and about leadership, which I know will contribute considerably to my growth as a person and a leader".
Course members and their instructors. Kayleigh is in middle row with yellow top.


Workers at Thongsley School Project June/July 2013

The Opening Took Place On 19th September 2013

These are the some of the photos that I took on Thursday at the official opening of the Quiet garden at Thongsley Fields School Huntingdon. Past District Governor attended club meeting along with his wife Wendy and Rachel Myer the head of the school, Chris Chew had visited the school at the very beginning of the project, he unfortunately had to leave early so was unable to be at the cutting of the ribbon but his wife came along.
Barbara Cobham


Twinning Visit to Thisted 9-12th May 2013

Dear Marlene and Tim, Dear Judy and Philip, Dear Rotary Friends in Huntingdon.

On behalf of Thisted Rotary I thank you for your visit in May. It was a great pleasure for us to make the arrangement. Having so positive and enthusiastic guests made it a memorable event. Thank you for singing and dancing with us. Thank you for the present to our club. You shouldnt have but thank you. We shall make sure that the donation is well spent in the spirit of the donor.

The springtime has been very busy hence the late thank you letter. In the meantime our President Hans Otto Kjr has recovered from his heart condition and the adjoining hospital infection. He is back in new shape after loosing quite some excessive weight. As I write the Rotary wheel has just made another turn and the presidential chain has been handed over to our new president Leo Smed Andersen, who after a well earned summer holiday will take charge.

I convey to you warm greetings from our vice president Leif Pallesen, Hans Otto Kjr, Leo Smed Andersen and all of Thisted Rotary.

Verner Jensen


Presentation to Riding For The Disabled - 2nd May 2013

President Gloria Heywood presenting a cheque for 400 to Joyce Edwards, representing the local branch of Riding for the Disabled who are a small group of dedicated people, committed to providing horse riding for local disabled youngsters.

Photo; Paul Wells


Charter Lunch at Huntingdon Town Hall - 28th April 2013

Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to Marie Harrison, Dr Jim Greig and Rotarian Past President Margaret Hebblethwaite.

Photos; Paul Wells


Induction of two members, one old one new - 25th April 2013

The induction of Rotarians Brian Hyder-Smith, returning member and Keith Wood, new member, took place at the lunchtime meeting today.

Photo; Paul Wells


The Waitrose Trolley Guess - 28th & 30th March 2013

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon in conjunction with Waitrose recently held an Easter Trolley Guess when participants were asked to guess, by donating 1.00, the value of the contents of the trolley.
The winner was Mrs S James of Huntingdon who came within 29p of the correct value of 147.31 who is seen here receiving the trolley contents as her prize.
This was a fund raising event for Rotary supported local charities. Our thanks are due to members of the public and to Waitrose for their support which allowed us to raise around 441.00

In the picture are, (from left to right), Anne Dear (Project Leader), Amy Dexter of Waitrose, Mrs S James and Rotary Club President Gloria Heywood.

Photo; Paul Wells


The David Rollett Young Achievers Cup Presentation - 7 March

"The David Rollett Young Achievers Cup is awarded to Robert Burton for displaying consistent improvement in his music ability over the number of years that he has been an entrant in The Rotary Young Musician Competition"

In the picture, Robert Burton receives the cup from Gloria Heywood, club president.

Photo; Paul Wells


Rotary Young Musician Semi-final - 24 February 2013

Our club had 6 entries in this event held at St Ivo School;

1 Natasha Krsmanovic - Junior Solo Instrumental - Clarinet
2 Alconbury C of E School - Junior Ensemble Instrumental - Recorders
3 Robert Burton - Intermediate Solo Instrumental - Alto Saxophone
4 Alconbury School "Old Girls" - Intermediate Ensemble Instrumental - Recorders
5 Mathew Hick - Intermediate Solo Vocal
6 Anthony Klokkaris - Senior Solo Instrumental - Piano

3 and 4 were awarded places at the District Final, (March 10th, Melton Mowbray Theatre)

The "Waitrose Cup" was awarded to Somersham School Band (St Ives), arrangements are being made by St Ives Club to present this cup in the very near future.

The "David Rollett Young Achiever Cup" was awarded to Robert Burton (Huntingdon), arrangements are being made to present this cup to Robert in the very near future and this will be announced at lunchtime on Thursday, (Feb 28th)

We were very fortunate to have Liz Greenhalgh, who is a professional photographer and a member of Ramsey Club, as the official photographer for the day, Liz took 321 photos in total.
These are available on Liz's website, ,point to Community Gallery and then Rotary Young Musician.
Shot numbers relative to our entrants are listed below.

Morning Session

1 15 to 18 and 47
2 60 to 65 and 75
3 180 to 183 and 214

Afternoon Session

4 11 to 16
5 26 to 28
6 44 to 46 and 60

Report by Rotarian Paul Wells


Rotary Technology Tournament for Schools - February 2013

Photos by: P. Wells

Pictures, left to right;
1. Foundation Task: Longsands Academy
2. Intermediate Task: Ernulf Academy
3. Advanced Category: Abbey College
4. All winners: shows members of the winning teams with their trophies which were donated by Computer Miracle Ltd.

Back row l to r: Matthew Harris (Ernulf), Gloria Heywood (President of Rotary Club of Huntingdon), Ceri Bunnage (Abbey College), Liam Ruff (Abbey College), Joe Darlow (Longsands), Sean Williams (Longsands)

Front row l to r:- Thomas Hoy (Ernulf), Thomas Hart (Ernulf), Marcus Clifton (Ernulf), Jack Chapman (Longsands)

5. A completed model

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon held their fourth annual Technology Tournament at Abbey College, Ramsey on Wednesday 6th February. The event was attended by 5 of the local schools which entered a total of 17 teams with 4 students per team. The Tournament is arranged to give the students experience of carrying out an interesting project within a limited time during the day. This year's task was to construct a wheeled vehicle which could progress up a slope using just the power of a weight which was carried on board. Each team was provided with a kit of parts including wheels, pulleys, pieces of wood and card and, of course, the weight. The students had no prior knowledge of the task and were expected to consider various designs to meet the requirement and then to construct the machine during the morning. After lunch each team was asked to demonstrate the vehicle which they had built. Points were awarded for their approach to designing and building the machine, within a team, and for the distance that it was able to climb up the slope. The day was a great success with the teams obviously enjoying themselves and deriving useful experience in a competitive environment.
The teams were split into 3 different categories with varying degrees of difficulty dependent on age.
Press release: R. White


RIBI President John Minhinick and District Governor Chris Chews' visit to Huntingdon Rotary Club - 30 January 2013

Left picture;
Thongsley Fields Primary School Sensory Garden Project.
RIBI President John Minhinick and Sheila, District Governor Chris Chew and Wendy, President Gloria, Head Rachel Myer, two school ambassadors and club members visit the site.

Right picture;
Huntingdon Gymnastics Club
RIBI President John Minhinick, President Gloria, District Governor Chris Chew going for "gold" under the guidance of head coach Paul Hall MBE (second left)


Our hero for 2013 - Louis Smith, MBE

Louis Smith, Olympic gymnast who trains at the Huntingdon Gym was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.