A letter received from Holly Marsden - 2014

Earlier this year we donated £50 to Holly Marsden to help towards her expenses in performing at the Edinburgh Festival. Attached you will see a copy of her letter thanking us for the money. She certainly seems to have found the experience enjoyable and educational.


A letter received from 'Cambridgeshire Community Services' - 11 December 2014

A thank-you letter from Dreamdrops for supporting them in match funding from Lloyds Bank.


Santa Outings - 11 - 22 December 2014

Huntingdon Rotary Club "choir" and Santa singing carols at Huntingdon Railway Station.


Presentation of Gym Club Bursery - 11 December 2014

Tony Buchard, an aspiring athlete at the Huntingdon Gymnastics Club being presented with a cheque for £250 towards his training.


John Hurley induction - 4 December 2014

New member John Hurley being inducted into the Club by President Anne Dear.


"Guess the weight of the cake" Raffle - 30 November 2014

The cake kindly made by Judy Gell raised over £51 for Club funds.


Huntingdon Lights Switch-On - 23 November 2014

The Foundation Committee organised a fund raising stall on the Market Square at the celebration of the switching-on of the Christmas lights.
The Grand Christmas Hamper Raffle raised over £300.


Geoffrey Knipe - Child Slavery In The World Today - 13 November 2014

Rotarian Goeffrey Knipe from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons gave an interesting talk on 'Child Slavery in the World Today'.


Angi Linton - Huntingdon Youth Club - 6 November 2014

Angi Linton from the Huntingdon Youth Club gave a talk on her long service with the Youth Club and gave us some examples of how the team manage on dwindling funds and helping many youngsters keep out of trouble.


Youth Services Evening Meeting - 30 October 2014

The Youth Services Committee organised a very successful evening meeting which was held in Huntingdon Town Hall.
The photos show;

Sam Bahl from Godmanchester was this year's RLYA candidate who completed the one week leadership course held at Grafham Water. He came down from Sheffield where he is studying at the University there to receive his certificate and explain his experiences and how he has benefited from the course.

Shannon Fox from Huntingdon Youth Centre who received a £200 bursary from the Club to help her buy books to support her degree in youth work at Leeds University.

Carol Sebire from Lloyds Bank, Kate Rivett from the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Rotarian Paul Wells, President Anne Dear and Anne-Marie Hamilton from Dreamdrops.


A 'Thank You' Letter From Eloise Littley - 30 September 2014

I have attached a copy of the letter which I have just received from Eloise Littley. She is the student at Edinburgh University who we gave £50 towards the cost of her study trip to Mexico. It is very pleasing to receive such a well-written letter conveying her obvious appreciation of our donation. I will write back to invite her to a lunch meeting when she is next home.
Best regards


Stan Cox Tribute Dinner - 30 September 2014

Forty one Rotary members and friends gathered at the Brampton Golf Club on Tuesday 30th September, which would have been Stan's 94th birthday, to celebrate his life.


Memory Café celebrates first birthday - 29 September 2014

Huntingdon Memory Café held a "first birthday party" on Monday 29th September to celebrate its opening exactly 12 months ago. The Café, which is funded and staffed by members of Huntingdon Rotary Club, meets at the Church Rooms at All Saints Church, Hartford and is a place where sufferers of any form of memory loss and their carers can socialise, exchange ideas, enjoy some old songs, music and other entertainment.

Mike Fowler, project leader on behalf of the Rotary Club said: "We are delighted with the success of this venture over our first year which is part of a scheme by Rotary International to set up a national network of these cafes to help combat the growing problem as our population ages"

He added: "With the generous support of Huntingdon Town Council we have now managed to buy the necessary equipment to enable us to carry out more extensive reminiscence therapy which we propose to do in this coming year"

INFORMATION: the café opens between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on the last Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome.

PHOTOGRAPH: Café customer Eileen cuts the cake with the aid of Huntingdon Rotary Club President Anne Dear watched by other Rotarians.


Rotary District 1070 Scarborough Conference 19 - 21 September 2014

Time out for our members and partners who attended the Rotary 1070 District Conference in Scarbourgh in September.
One of the sites visited was the Eden Camp war memorial, which is the only modern history theme museum of the 2nd World War (1939-45) of its type in the world. It is 22 miles south of Scarborough.


Lunchtime speaker, Rotarian David Cozens - The Mayoral Chain - 11 September 2014

Rotarian David Cozens (from left), Huntingdon Mayor, Councillor Bill Hensley and President Anne Dear

David gave a very interesting talk on the history and value of the Mayoral chain.
It was made by a Birmingham jeweller and was purchased in 1886 at a cost of £160.00. It is made of 18 carat gold. Its present value is said to be £160,000 but we were advised by the Mayor that it is insured for £189,000.
It is the 2nd term for the Mayor, Councillor Bill Hensley. He is also the founder of the Huntingdon Community Radio (HCR 104 fm) and at present its managing director.


Joint Meeting with DG Ken Billington - 29 July 2014

President Anne on the right of DG Ken, President Lynda Ellis of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell on his left and President Tim Tucker of the Rotary Club of St Ives.
The Rotary Club of St Ives hosted the joint meeting between Huntingdon, Huntingdon Cromwell and St Ives Rotary Clubs at The Dolphin Hotel, St Ives to listen to our new District Governor, Ken Billington.
A very pleasent evening.


President Anne receives the Environmental Trophy from IPDG Margaret Morley - 21 July 2014

The Environmental Award for 2013/14 was won by Huntingdon Rotary Club for the Quiet Garden project at Thongsley Fields School.
The presentation was made at the Rotary International District 1070 Council Meeting, held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel.

The Environmental Award was presented to Club members at lunch on Thursday 24th July.


Big Birthday Celebrations for Maggie - 17 July 2014

And of course there was cake!


Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations 10 July 2014

Colin and Eileen Moore joined us for lunch as part of their Anniversary Celebrations.


Cheque Presentation at Thongsley School 8 July 2014

A cheque was presented to Rachel, Head Teacher by Past President Mike Baker.
The school was holding an International Food Day with samples of cuisine from many countries.


A New Rotary Year Begins 3 July 2014

The handover of the President's Jewel by outgoing President Mike Baker to our new President for 2014-2015, Anne Dear.

Secretary Les Button gets his jewel back for another year and President Elect Mike Fowler receives his jewel.


NZ Visit - 12 June 2014

Ten visitors from New Zealand District 9930 (Harry and Yvonne unfortunately wern't able to be with us) on a Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 1070.
They gave us an interesting presentation of the culture, nature and wildlife of their country.
The group move onto Peterborough and Holbeach before leaving the UK.
Some of Huntingdon's members will be hosted in New Zealand in February 2015.


Kids Out, Kettering - 11 June 2014

Kids Out ...Why I am so proud to be a Rotarian... If anyone has ever doubted why they are a Rotarian...yesterday at Wicksteed Park should dispel any doubts...What a day thousands of "Kids" ranging from 5 to 80 years old...all seemed to be having the time of their lives...
Can I thank all the Clubs that supported yesterday in whatever way, and those I know who support a similar event, but maybe at a different venue. The dedication and commitment of you all is wonderful to see and from what I saw yesterday you all have it off to a tee!! The T shirts, the hats and all the wonderful food provided...
The reward can only be to see the lovely smiling faces of so many of the children, the excitement exuded from them was electric. The enthusiaism when I asked if they were enjoying themselves was just magic. As you can imagine the Pirate Ship was the favourite followed closely by the Water Chute...Thank you to all Rotarians...who joined the youngsters ...this really was "Service above Self"...
Many were planning to go on the Pirate Ship after lunch...I didn't want to think about the consequences...
Believe me I was thanked by teachers, parents and helpers because you as Clubs provided this day out and have been doing so for so many years......this really is what "Engage Rotary...Change Lives" is all about.
Bryan thank you and your team, the whole day seemed to run very smoothly. All the Clubs I talked too are totally committed to this project. You cannot put a cost on this sort of thing...
This is the time of year when many consider not renewing their membership can I just ask you before making any decisions you look at the pictures...we cannot sustain all the work we do without active members and that is you...Rotary needs you but more than this children and many people throughout your local and international communities.. need you!! The empty wheelchairs say's it all and the hopper was there..
For me yesterday was yet another example of What Rotary is all Rotary moment came when little Frances Swinnock from Grantham Kesteven's Children Of Courage Awards, little face "lightened up" when she saw me. She had me on my knees yet again...

District Governor, Margaret Morley

Pictures curtsery of Bob Parfitt W'Boro Hatton RC and Graham Walker P'Boro Werrington RC


Huntingdon Gala Day - 7 June 2014

1) "Tea anyone"
2) Dan and Colin watching the world go by.
3) Be afraid, be very afraid!
4) Maggie is going in for the wet tee shirt competition

A good time was had by all

Photos by Barbara


MAGPAS Presentation 29 May 2014

Two photos of the cheques presented to MAGPAS at Club lunch on Thursday.The money was raised from the collection and raffle we did at Huntingdon Racecourse in March.The amount we raised was then matched by Lloyds Bank, Huntingdon.The photos show two representatives from Lloyds handing over their cheque and Emma Sanders from MAGPAS receiving the cheques from President Mike.


Charter Lunch - 27 April 2014

Robert Burton, Rotary Young Musician contestant played before the lunch.
The two-non Rotarians receiving their awards are Rachel Myer, head teacher at Thongsley Fields School and Julian Mackey, newspaper reporter.
Rotarian Past President Paul Wells receives his Paul Harris Sapphire Award.


Waitrose Trolley Event - 17 April 2014

The people in the photo are Mike Baker, our president, Steve Greenall, the lucky winner and Katrina Reeve, Store Manager of Waitrose Huntingdon.


Community/Vocational Evening Meeting - 13 March 2014

"PCC visits Huntingdon Rotary Club"

This week Sir Graham Bright, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire was the guest speaker at a dinner given by the Huntingdon Rotary Club at the George Hotel in Huntingdon. He impressed upon his audience that it was important for the general public to understand that he was not a policeman but was there to represent the public and hold the police to account. He said the police could only do their job properly with the consent of the people and he had tried to impress on them since he was elected that "they should treat the public in the same way that John Lewis treat their staff - they are there to serve the public. This had required a culture change but it is fair to say they had now picked that baton up very successfully".
Sir Graham also said Cambridgeshire was taking the lead in introducing technology to make the police more efficient with the use of their time. For example, the use of smart phones which enabled immediate checks to be made on suspects and avoided the need to return to the station to complete paperwork which could be done at the scene. This technology was presently being trialled in Peterborough. He was also very keen in involving young people and steps were currently being taken to set up Police Cadets in Cambridgeshire.

At the same dinner the Rotary Club presented Mrs Catherine Ivel of American Lane, Huntingdon with a Rotary Club Community Award certificate for charitable works most notably for collecting food parcels for needy people in Huntingdon and money for a school in Africa."
Pictures L to R - Vice president Mike Fowler, Sir Graham, President Mike Baker and president Elect Anne Dear at the dinner - Sir Graham addressing Rotary - President Mike Baker presents a Community Award certificate to Catherine Ivel


Brampton Raceday - 12 March 2014

PP Rtn David Whitehead of our District 1070 International Committee is the Shelter Box representative. He is a member of the R C of Biggleswade Ivel.


Rotary Young Musician - February 2014

Pictures from the Rotary Young Musician event.


Country in the Air - 15 February 2014

Just a few photos of the Country and Western concert held in Brampton Church Hall on Saturday evening.
Eric and Graham along with Ann and Sue provided the entertainment.


Rotary Technology Tournament - 12 February 2014

Pictures from left to right; * Jeremy Purllant, Abbey College; * Sawtry School, winners in Advanced category; * Ernulf Academy, winners in Intermediate category; * Kimbolton School, winners in Foundation category; * A general view of the students working.

The photographs show members of the winning teams with their trophies, which were donated by Computer Miracle Ltd., together with an example of one of the machines.

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon held their fifth annual Technology Tournament at Abbey College, Ramsey on Wednesday 12th February. The event was attended by 5 of the local schools which entered a total of 20 teams with 4 students per team.
The Tournament is arranged to give the students experience of carrying out an challenging project within a limited time during the day. This year's task was to construct a machine which was able to pick up a radio-active meteorite (actually a tennis ball) from a distance of 1.5 metres. Each team was provided with a kit of parts including lengths of 10mm square wood, card, wire string and rubber bands. 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 machine which they had built. Points were awarded for their approach to designing and building the machine, within a team, and for its ability to lift the meteorite out of a Perspex box and place it accurately on a target. 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.
The winners in each group were:
Foundation Task - Kimbolton School
Intermediate Task - Ernulf Academy
Advanced Category - Sawtry College