Carol Singing at Huntingdon Railway Station - 18 December 2015

Huntingdon Rotary Club Choir entertaining travellers at the railway station.


Rotary Christmas Lunch - 17 December 2015

Christmas lunch in the Manchester Room 17th December 2015.

1. Malcolm and Les provide some background music.
2. The choir
3. Presentation of staff gratuities to manager Jason by President Mike Fowler
4. The George Hotel staff who look after our needs at our weekly lunch meetings during the year.


Lunchtime Speaker Tom Morgan, RYLA Candidate - 10 December 2015

Rotary Youth Leadership Award candidate Tom Morgan receives his certificate for completing the course in July. Tom, grandson of Rotarian Gerry Challis gave an interesting and amusing presentation of his experiences at the event.


Presentation of Cheque to 'Service By Emergency Rider Volunteers' - 3 December 2015

John Gibson receiving a cheque for £150 on behalf of 'Service By Emergency Rider Volunteers'


Lunchtime Speaker Bill Hensley, Mayor of Huntingdon - 26 November 2015

Bill gave an interesting talk on the history of Huntingdon Community Radio (HRC104) from its early beginnings with a 1 month a year licence to today with its assurance of renewal of the current 5 year licence next April.
They operate on a charity based not-for-profit set-up which means that 50% of the running costs can come from advertsing, the other half from donations and sponsorship.
The picture shows President Mike presenting a cheque from the Club to Mayor Bill Hensley for £100 for Huntingdon Community Radio.


Huntingdon Christmas Lights Switch-on - 22 November 2015

The scene from outside Huntingdon Town Hall 22th November 2015.

1. President Mike Fowler reading out the lucky winner of the Christmas Hamper in the raffle.
2. Help from above!
3. Sorcha has moved on - Lucky Dan!
4. The winner of the 1st prize, with ticket 036, the Christmas Hamper.

Huntingdon Rotary Club brought some Christmas cheer to Mrs Val Mackiney of Huntingdon (pictured with Club President Mike Fowler holding up her winning ticket) when she won their Grand Christmas Hamper draw which they held at their stall on Sunday. Mrs Mackiney said she was "over the moon as I do not usually win anything". Mike Fowler said "The hamper was packed with goodies worth over £100 all donated by club members and £548 was raised for charities and local projects they support. I want to thank all members of the public and club members who bought tickets to make this such a success"

Other prize winners - 2nd, ticket 032, (bottle of champagne) Vicky Scrase of Grafham; 3rd, ticket 125, (3 bottles of wine) Maggie Bailey of Buckden and 4th, ticket 415, (2 bottles of wine) Alan Kerrison of Chatteris.

It was very convenient to be next to the Hunntingdon & Godmanchester Twinning Association stall which had mulled wine and mince pies for sale.


Sounds of the 60's Concert - 14 November 2015

The event was held at Brampton Community Centre on Saturday evening, 14th November 2015.

There was a good attendance including a number from local community groups including Brampton Befrienders. The audience was treated to a miscellany of Sixties music by the 'Alive and Well' group, comprising Graham Heywood on keyboard, Eric Nash on lead guitar and supported by Les Button on guitar. In addition to the 11 songs played by the group, a couple of local singers, Keith Wood and Sue Morgan, contributed several Carpenters' songs and subsequently two young school teachers from Thongsley School sang a number of hits by the Ronettes.
There was a variety of light refreshments and drinks available during the interval which seemed to be enjoyed by all. A raffle was held and was won by an lady from Brampton and the prize was a Christmas Meal for Two at the White Hart in Godmanchester.
Through sales of tickets, wine and raffle tickets, the evening raised over £450 net.


International Evening - 29 October 2015

1 - Rtn Peter Beckett, chair of International Committee introduced Ann-Marie to the audience.
2 - 16 year old Ann-Marie Norton raised £590.00 with a little help from her mother Mrs Amanda Norton and donated the money to our club to purchase a Shelter Box.
3 - The cheque presentation.
4 - For Ann-Marie's very laudable work our club presented her with a certificate of appreciation.
5 - Rotarian Peter Downes organised an International Quiz for the evening and the winner was PDG Dan Connan.


Presentation to Huntingdon Gymnastics Club - 8 October 2015

Past President Anne Dear, Past President Peter Beckett, Past President Gloria Heywood visited the Gym Club to express sincere thanks to the 15 young male elite gymnasts who had completed the rope climb equivalent to the height of Mount Everest, to raise funds for a Shelterbox after they heard about the Nepal Earthquake in Spring.
Club Certificates created by Roy White and handwritten names added by Ann Looker were presented to those who had taken part.


Speaker - Dave Simpson - 1 October 2015

Dave Simpson is a volunteer speaker/fund raiser for Macmillan Nurses. He is a cancer suvivor. During the course of the ailment he was helped and assisted a lot by the Macmillan Nurses so he is very grateful to the organisation.


Memory Café - 2nd Anniversary - 28 September 2015

The 2nd anniversary celebration of 'Memory Café' run by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon at the Hartford Church Hall was attended by 29 people.


Inner Wheel Harvest Supper - 4 September 2015

Harvest Supper of our Inner Wheel Club held at the Great Stukeley Village Hall on Friday 4th September 2015. In the picture from left, President Marlene Garner, District President Pat Cole and Past President Judy Bell.


Peter & Pamela Downes - 50th Anniversary - 20 August 2015
Lunchtime Speaker - Hazel Shellens

Pamela and Peter Downes' 50th wedding anniversary celebration and visit of Hazel Shellens as speaker

Hazel Shellens' topic was, 'Towards a More Inclusive Society'. She spoke about the Interfaith Council of Huntingdonshire and District (ICHD), which was established in 2011 with the encouragement and support of Huntingdonshire District Council, Alconbury Weald Project and Huntingdon town Mayor Bill Hensley.
Hazel narrated ICHD's functions, projects and progress since then.


Speaker - Mr Graham Buck, Chairman of FSB - 17 August 2015

Mr Graham Buck, Chairman of FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) with duty Rotarian Malcolm and President Mike.


President Mike's Tea Party & Bake Off - 16 August 2015

Awaiting captions for the pictures!.


Huntingdon Youth Centre members joined us for lunch - 13 August 2015

The members, Cameron, Cydney and Charlotte related their experiences at Huntingdon Youth Centre and Fusion and how they benefited from our donation to the Centre.
Duty Rotarian: Gloria Heywood.


District Governor visit to the Club & Memory Cafe - 27 July 2015

District Governor Geoff Blurton accompanied by his wife Heather joined us for lunch then visited the Memory Cafe at Hartford Church Hall.


Birthday Greetings to Rotarian Geoff Rawlinson - 23 July 2015

The Club joined in the celebration of Geoff's 80th birthday


Incoming - Take Cover....     2 July 2015

From left to right: President Mike Fowler, Pesident Elect Brian Hyder-Smith, Vice President Malcolm Lyons, Secretary Les Button, Treasurer Tim Garner

And Outgoing

Past President Anne Dear.


A Garden Party to Celebrate President Anne's Year of Office - 27 June 2015

There were sandwiches and cakes then more sandwiches and cakes, then, more cake...
(Gloria had ordered the sunshire!)


Last Lunchtime Meeting of Anne's Presidential Year - 25 June 2015

Left to right:
Juli Sumpter presenting a bouquet to her mother Anne to congratulate her on her successful year.
Judy Gell receiving an award from Com/Voc chairperson, Gloria.
The Rev Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK accepting a cheque for £250 from President Anne.
Carlene Mayer receiving her prize from Gloria for her 1920's dress at her garden party.


Induction of New Member - 11 June 2015

The induction of Philip Hobson as a new member of the Club.


Cheque Presentation to Riding for the Disabled - 11 June 2015

A cheque of £450 was presentated to Ms Pauline Berry of Riding for the Disabled.


Huntingdon Riverside Gala - 6 June 2015

Scenes from around the Rotary Tea Tent and Shelterbox Display.



Tisted Visitors - 1 June 2015

Our Rotary visitors from Tisted enjoying the sunshine.


Emergency Service Rider Volunteers - John Gibson - 28 May 2015

Today our speaker was John Gibson of Emergency Service Rider Volunteers who explained some of the ways they save lives including transporting blood for transfusions and frozen sterile mother's milk to save premature babies.

The pictures show John with two of his colleagues, Ms Kyla Goodliffe (on the bike) and Ms Jo Murray.


Rotary Club of Huntingdon Charter Lunch - 17 May 2015

1st row: The Mayor of Huntingdon, Bill Hensley and Paul Hall, Huntingdon Gym.                         Mayor Bill Hensley, President Anne Dear and District Governor Ken Billington
2nd row: Paul Harris Award presented to Bill Hensley by District Governor Ken Billington.        Paul Harris Awards Presented to Anne and Charles Looker by President Anne
3rd row: Paul Harris Award being presented to Maggie Galan by President Anne.                      Teamworks Display
4th row: Rotary Young Musician finalist, Robert Burton entertaining us.                                    "Thank you" to Teamworks leader

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon celebrated its 68th Charter Anniversary with a luncheon at Wood Green with Rotary friends from Tisted and Paul Harris awardees.


Talk by Roger May on the work of REMIT founder Rotarian Brian Stoyel - 14 May 2015

REMIT is 'Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania'. It raises funds for equipment, education, and research into malaria.
The best intervention is to provide Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN's) for poor people. The hardest hit are the children under 5 and pregnant women. Everyone benefits from malaria control, the poor benefit the most.

ITN's lower malaria by 80%.

It is REMIT's goal to get an ITN to every pregnant woman and child under five in Tanzania.

The cost to save a life = £2.50

REMIT now has charitable status

Read more of Brian's work at: REMITs Web Site


Presentation of Cheques - 14 May 2015

On the left, the presentation of a cheque to Huntingdon Shopmobility and right, a cheque to Small Steps.


In the picture Chairman of the Trustees, Linda is receiving a donation from Lloyds Bank, who joined us at Huntingdon Racecourse for a fund raising day and pledged to match all monies raised that day to donate to local charities.

Shopmobility Huntingdon operates weekly Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 3.00pm. The service does not operate on a Bank Holiday. Booking scooters and wheel chairs is always advisable on market days Wednesday’s and Saturday’s and alternate Fridays when the farmers market operates. There is an annual membership fee of £25.00 after payment of the membership fee there are no other payments for the year. Occasional service users will be charged £5.00 per scooter hire and £3.00 per wheel chair hire. Hire periods will be limited to 3 hours in busy times. Huntingdon Shopmobility service is for anyone who needs help with mobility, whether your disability is temporary or permanent.
If you require further information or wish to book a scooter or wheel chair please contact Huntingdon Shopmobility on Telephone 01480 432793.

The shopmobility service is located in the Princes Street Car Park, Malthouse Close, Huntingdon PE29 3AN. Huntingdon shopmobility also has Radar keys available for purchase. Overnight hire of small scooters and wheel chairs can be arranged subject to advance notification. Huntingdon shopmobility is operated and managed by Hunts Shopmobility, a registered charity, number 1124824


Vision Aid Overseas - 7 May 2015

Dr Holly Burr of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge receiving a donation for Vision Aid Overseas from President Anne after delivering an update on VAO at its 30th anniversary.


The presentation of a Paul Harris Award to Rotarian Roy White - 30 April 2015

At our club meeting today President Anne Dear presented Rotarian Roy White with the documents and pin confirming that he is now a Paul Harris Fellow.


The Club visit to Willingham Auction Rooms - 14 April 2015

Members, family and guests arrived mid-morning to listen to a very interesting talk from the auctioneer of some of his experiences in valuing and selling items, some very humourous.
This was followed by a tasty lunch and special items brought in by members were identified and valued.


The Ecosan Project - 26 March 2015

Mr David Crosweller, CEO of the "Wherever The Need" project receiving a cheque of £600.00 from President Anne Dear in the presence of three past District Governors of the District RIBI 1070.

From left PDG Dan Connan, PDG and present District Secretary Dick Parsley, David Crosweller, President Anne Dear and the immediate PDG Margaret Morley.

David Crosweller gave a presentation on "Wherever The Need" ECOSAN (Economic Sanitation) Project in a South Indian village called Jayakondam in Tamilnadu province at our club meeting today.


'National Poppy Calls' - 5 March 2015

Mr Russell Rolph, Manager of 'National Poppy Calls' was our speaker today and told the members that his organisation spends £70 million every year to help ex armed forces personnel and their families in various ways.

PP Rtn Colin Moore was the 'Duty Rotarian' and President Elect Rtn Mike Fowler was standing in for President Rtn Anne Dear, who was unable to attend.


Rotary Technology Tournament - 4 February 2015

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon were delighted to see a total of 22 teams competing in their sixth annual Technology Tournament at Abbey College, Ramsey on Wednesday 4th February. The event is open to all senior schools in the Huntingdonshire area and attracted a total of 85 students from 5 schools. The Tournament is arranged to give the students experience of carrying out a challenging project within a limited time during the day. This year's task was to construct a battery driven machine which could be suspended from a cable to deliver a package across a simulated river. Each team was provided with a kit of parts including an electric motor, battery, pulley wheels, 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 success in travelling on the cable and delivering the package.
The day was a great success with the teams obviously enjoying themselves and deriving valuable 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 St Ivo School
Advanced Category Sawtry College

Each of the winning teams received an engraved trophy, donated by Techmiracle Technologies Limited, and a cheque for £25.
The trophies were presented by Gareth Heywood, Managing Director of Techmiracle.


'Away Day' at The Darjeeling Resturant - 29 January 2015

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon had an "away day" and visited The Darjeeling Restaurant for lunch last Thursday when two cheque presentations were made. Left photo shows President of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Rotarian Anne Dear (On the left of the photo ) presenting a cheque for £100 to Alison Watson who is the founder and leader of Small Steps. This is a local club in the Huntingdon area assisting parents with children who have Downs Syndrome.

Right photo shows the President of the Inner Wheel Club of Huntingdon Judy Bell (on the left of the photo ) receiving a cheque for £200 from the President of The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Rotarian Anne Dear.
President Anne Dear said that over the years the Inner Wheel Club of Huntingdon have been of great assistance to the Rotary Club and the cheque represented a small token of appreciation. Judy Bell indicated that The Inner Wheel Club will donate the money to local charities which they support.


Cheque presentation - 15 January 2015

Cheque presentation to Beverly Radcliffe, Director, Coroner's Court Support Services by Presedent Elect Mike Fowler on Thursday following a very intresting talk.


Vice President Brian Hyder-Smith celebrates his birthday - 8 January 2015

Brian blowing the candles out on his 70th birthday cake