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Friday the 23rd December was the cumulation of 6 days of collecting for Rotary charities. Volunteers were rewarded by raising the amazing amount of £2901.
Our thanks not only go to the volunteers but also to the manager and staff at Tesco Extra, Huntingdon.
___________________________________________________________________________Christmas Lunch at The George - 13 December 2016
The event took place upstairs in The Manchester Room where we socialised, ate, listened to readings, sang carols and made donations to the staff for looking after us during the year.
___________________________________________________________________________Cheque Presentation - 1 December 2016
John Beaton, president of the Huntingdon Boat Club, son of one of our club's founding members, the late Rotarian Ken Beaton, is receiving a cheque for the Huntingdon Boat Club. The donation is for installing fully adjustable rowing shoes in all the club's boats. Apart from making it more comfortable for different oarsmens' feet size, it is also much safer in the worse case of a capsize.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - 1 December 2016
The speaker of the day Geoff Watts gave an interesting talk on "The Role of the Magistrate". He explained the requirements of a layman who wishes to become a magistrate. He also told of his experiences as one. The duty Rotarian was John Hurley.
___________________________________________________________________________Huntingdon Christmas Lights - 20 November 2016
Picture shows some of the volunteers fundraising by selling raffle tickets for The Grand Christmas Hamper on the occasion of the Huntingdon Christmas lights switch-on.
The stall was organised by Foundation Committee Chairman Past President Philip Bell.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - 17 November 2016
Past President Rotarian John Asher of Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven receiving a cheque of £425.00 the joint president Margaret as our donation for a 'Carpenter Trade Box' to be sent to a school in Malawi (East Africa) for their Vocational Training Project.
Rtn John Asher is one of the founder members of Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven(1982). He started the "Trade Aid" project about 11 years ago after the great tsunami to help the fishermen, who lost their boats in devastated areas. It is now a RIBI recognized international project.
___________________________________________________________________________Sleeping Beauty Ballet 29-30 October 2016
The occasion was the performance of Sleeping Beauty Ballet performed by The Cambridgeshire Youth Ballet Company at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th October. A number of Rotarians attended both performances.
The photo shows Presidents Margaret and Gloria with Principal Ballet dancer Keiran Curtin who the club has provided financial assistance for the last 5 years.
He is training with the Royal Ballet and our financial input helps him with his ballet training expenses.
___________________________________________________________________________Celebrating 'End Polio Now' Week - 27 October 2016
Picture:ADG of Area C Rtn Elaine Sefton, Rotarian Barry Hackett, PP Rtn Philip Bell, Chair, Foundation Committee and President Elect Rtn Malcolm Lyons.
Rotarian Barry gave an interesting audio/visual account of Rotary's 'End Polio Now' movement. He had been to a NID (National Imunisation Day) campaign in India and described the experience as amazing. He said that an incredible number of 172 million children under five were immunized against polio in two days!
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - 13 October 2016
Reverend Andrew gave an interesting account at our lunch meeting of the ongoing renovations of Huntingdon's All Saints' Church and where the funding is coming from.
The late Mr William Henry Clayton, a local councillor and mayor of Huntingdon, left about £1.5 million pounds in his will for All Saints Church. About £700.000 will be spent on renovations. Other planned improvements include toilet facilities and making the church assessible to the disabled.
All Saint's Church will be opened to the public sometime early next year (2017).
Reverend Andrew said that some of the money will also be used to improve Huntingdon's St Mary's Church.
Past president Ted Cooper was Duty Rotarian for the day.
___________________________________________________________________________Speaker - 29 September 2016
At our special evening meeting, PDG Chris gave an interesting two part talk titled 'Hope, Homes and Hospitals'. The first part dealt with the problems of orphans and orphanages around the world especially in Eastern Europe and Africa. He has personal experience of orphans and orphanages in Romania, Bulgaria and South Africa. There are 9 million children in orphanages in Eastern Europe. He has been working with the related charitable organization "Hope and Homes" through Rotary for many years.
In the 2nd part of his presentation PDG Chris talked about the oncoming merger in next year (1st April 2017) of the three hospitals in this area namely Peterborough, Stamford and Hinchingbrooke NHS Trusts. This is for more efficient performance and improved services to the patients. He stated that as Peterborough is a Foundation Trust Hospital, Hinchingbrooke will be raised to the same status after the merger and have more facilities.
Chris took up the post of Lead Governor of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1st August having being a Governor of the Trust since 2009.
___________________________________________________________________________Happenings on the 15 September 2016
1. Rotarian Eric Nash cutting his 70th birthday cake.
2. Past District Governor Rotarian Ken Parkin was greeted as vice president by the joint president Gloria.
3. A visit to Poppy Fields Care Home in Eynesbury, St Neots by Past President Rtn Anne Dear, Past District Governor Rotarian Dan Connan and Past President Rotarian Tarak Ghosh to meet honorary member Past President Rotarian Trevor Roberts and his wife Jane who were very happy to meet them at their new residence.
___________________________________________________________________________Life Education in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - 14 September 2016
Helping children lead safer and healthier lives
On Wednesday 14th September 2016, Past President Anne Dear, Past President John Upham and Joint President Gloria Heywood, visited Great Paxton Primary School, to view the mobile classroom that had been refurbished during the summer. The Rotary Club of Huntingdon was pleased to be able to provide a cheque for £1,000 for this project.
It was a great joy to see the classroom with our club logo on the outside and then spend time inside. We were invited to stay and watch the young children and their teacher hear from Louis Augarde about what makes a healthy, balanced diet and how this gives energy, why it is important to take care with medicines, how to resolve disputes and support one another and much more helpful information.
It was an interactive experience which the children were happy to be involved with.
I feel this is an excellent project that the Rotary Club of Huntingdon have been pleased to support.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Rotarian Adrain Acton - 8 September 2016
Rotarian Adrian Acton, Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of St Ives gave a presentation on 'Rotary Primary School Quiz'. He has special interest in this project, which is beneficial in so many ways to the primary school children.
___________________________________________________________________________Birthdays - 11th August 2016
Dan Connan, Mike Fowler and Mike Baker celebrate their birthdays within a few days of each other. Judy Gell came to the aid of the party with a delicious cake. The two Mikes treated all to an ice cream desert.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker Tania Bingham - Young Carers - 4th August 2016
Tania Bingham gave an update on the work of Young Carers, introduced by Duty Rotarian Paul Wells.
Tania Bingham joins the club members for a photo in the courtyard of the George Hotel.
___________________________________________________________________________District Governor John Dehnel visits the Club - 28th July 2016
DG John presented Certificates marking 50 years of Rotary Membership to Past District Governor Dan Connan and Past President Trevor Roberts.
Joint President Gloria Heyword welcomes John to the Club.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Rod Fisher - 14 July 2016
Rod gave an interesting talk titled 'Free Rail Travel' to the attending Rotarians and guests. He described his experience as manager and trainer at various departments of British Rail (BR), which has earned him after his retirement a free 1st class rail ticket to travel in this country.
Duty Rotatian Geoff Rowlinson proposed the vote of thanks.
___________________________________________________________________________Rotary Club of Huntingdon Officers for 2016 - 2017
Secretary Les Button, Joint Presidents Gloria Heywood & Margaret Hebblethwaite and Treasurer Tim Garner
___________________________________________________________________________A day of celebrations - 7th July 2016
President Mike handing over the post of president to joint incoming presidents Margaret Hebblethwaite and Gloria Heywood.
Joint President Gloria Heywood introducing President Elect Malcolm Lyons.
It was also the day when long standing Rotarian Trevor Roberts and his wife Jane came to say 'Good Bye' to the club for health reasons. Trevor and Jane are shown with different groups as a 'Farewell' party. Trevor has been a member of our club since 1966 (50 years!).
He has received a congratulatory letter from District Governor John Dehnel.
Rtn Judy Gell with all the cup cakes she made for the members and their guests attending.
___________________________________________________________________________President Mike's last day - Introduction of a new member - 30th June 2016
On his last day in office, President Mike introduced and inducted new member Lakkana Yalagala to the Club.
Lakkana originally from Sri Lanka joins the International Committee.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Luke Deal - 23rd June 2016
Luke Deal was our RYLA candidate in 2008 and is now a recently qualified lawyer. He explained in his presentation how meeting fellow candidates on the course gave him inspiration regarding direction in his career, some of whom he is still in contact. He also expressed his gratitude to Rotary for his opportunity to partake in this life changing experience where he feels he is a changed, more confident person.
A vote of thanks was given by Duty Rotarian Roy White.
___________________________________________________________________________Maggie's Garden Party - 12th June 2016
The party took place under threatening skies finally finding shelter under gazabos and umbrellas.
Members and friends were treated to some hilarious entertainment,
___________________________________________________________________________Huntingdon Riverside Gala - 4th June 2016
Rotarians David and Mary Whitehead of the Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel setting up the Shelter Box tent and display.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker Deputy Lieutenant Michael G Williamson JP - 26th May 2016
The subject was 'The Work of the Lieutenancy in Cambridgeshire'. The Duty Rotarian was Malcolm Lyons.
___________________________________________________________________________Kimbolton Castle Charter - 17 May 2016
"President and others enjoying themselves at Kimbolton Castle Charter. In the foreground Rtn Philip Bell and wife Judy, then Lesley Gumbrell and President Mike Fowler"
___________________________________________________________________________Silver Sunday - 15 May 2016
"Silver Sunday" event of our club kindly organized by Rtn Keith Wood and helped by other Rotarians, their partners and friends.
This took place at the Brampton Community Centre on Sunday 15th May in the afternoon to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.
___________________________________________________________________________Huntingdon Rotary Club Holiday in Dorset - 8 - 12 May 2016
___________________________________________________________________________Rotary Games Evening - 5 May 2016
I'm hoping someone will send me a report on this fun event!
Taken from St Ives Rotary Club's Facebook page
"St Ives Romp Home at Huntingdon Race Night
Well who would have guessed it that amongst our ranks we have our very own race winning jockey - the undefeated John Lowey no less. The highly generous Huntingdon Rotary Club bookies certainly didn't, and thanks to the rest of the St Ives squad putting all their remaining £'s on John, we cleaned up.
All this happened last night at the smashing Games Evening organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon at Huntingdon Town Hall. Well done indeed to President Mike Fowler and his games team and thanks to everyone there for making it such a good fun evening.
And what was John's secret? Well as the photos below show , it wasn't so much his ability to negotiate Beechers Brook but more a deft touch with string and roller. Well ridden John and also well done to the other St Ives winner on the night, Sue's pal Tricia Graham who cruised to a win in the Anagrams Challenge. Great night everyone - well played indeed to Sue's Squad of John & Majorie Lowey, Moira & Bob Penney, Tricia and John Graham, Sue Duma, John Pilbeam, Alan Smith, Tim Tucker and Alan Ward."
___________________________________________________________________________Birthday Celebrations - 21st April 2016
Colin, assisted by Eileen, about to cut his birthday cake.
President Mike presenting a bouquet of flowers to Eileen.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Adam Scott, Huntingdon Gym Club - 14 April 2016
Adam Scott of Huntingdon Gym Club brought us up to date with the progress of the club, the new building, the increase in membership and the work of coaches working in local schools. Mike Fowler presented a cheque for £319 to help promising athletes from disadvantaged families.
Jessica Nix from the Huntingdon Youth Club was presented with the David Rollett Cup and a cheque for £100.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Rotarian John Miles - Guildford Eye Project - 31 March 2016
Rotarian John Miles of the Rotary Club of Leatherhead brought us up to date with the progress of the project.
Mike Fowler presented a cheque for £500 to help achieve their aims.
___________________________________________________________________________Waitrose Trolley Guess - Easter 2016
During the Easter Weekend, members and friends of Huntingdon Rotary Club braved the blustery weather outside the entrance to Waitrose to
invite shoppers to guess the value of the contents of a trolley of Waitrose goods.
The winner was Sue Cook of Godmanchester with a guess of £117.80 compared to the actual total of £117.83: Sue was presented with her prize on Saturday afternoon and chose to give a significant amount of her prize to the Food Bank.
In the picture, from left to right are Keith Wood, Huntingdon Rotary Club, Stewart Johnson, Waitrose Duty Manager, Sue Cook, prize winner and Eric Nash, Huntingdon Rotary Club.
___________________________________________________________________________The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Charter Dinner - 18 March 2016
The 69th Charter Anniversary Dinner took place in the library of Hinchingbrooke House.
Welcome and Roll Call - President Mike Fowler.
Colonel Youngkun Yu.
Past President Philip Bell, Foundation Committee Chair.
Past President Anne Dear being presented with her Paul Harris award by District Governor Geoff Blurton.
Rotarians and guests.
Two Paul Harris awards were presented at the dinner, one to Past President Anne Dear, the other to Graham Heyward, husband of Past President Gloria.
___________________________________________________________________________Speaker and Visitors - 10 March 2016
The speaker for the lunchtime meeting was Joan Dickie of the Trusts for African Schools introduced by Duty Rotarian Peter Downes.
Joan spoke of her work in Loldia Primary School which is situated on the edge of the Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Naivasha, her aim is to raise money to continue to improve facilities at the school which now has now expanded to nearly 2000 pupils aged 7 to 14 years.
The Club is committed to supporting this worthwhile project.
President Mike Fowler welcomed our visitors including DG D-1070 Rtn Geoff Blurton and DG D-1220 Dr Roger Summers with their wives to our club. Dr Summers presented the Rotary Club of Amber Valley tie to our president.
___________________________________________________________________________Rotary District 1070 Technology Tournament - 10 February 2016
The 7th annual Technology Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon was held at Abbey College, Ramsey on Wednesday 10th February. This Tournament is open to all of the secondary schools in Huntingdonshire and, this year, attracted a record 21 teams from 5 different schools. The Teams are entered into one of 3 categories: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced, covering the full age range from 11 to 18. This year teams were entered from Abbey College, St Ivo School, Sawtry Village Academy, Kimbolton School and St Peters School. Unfortunately Ernulf Academy was not able to take part after their school mini-bus broke down on route.
The aim of the Tournament is to give the students experience of undertaking a project to build a specified machine within a tight timescale. They are given the details of the task at the beginning of the day and are expected to analyse the requirement, draw up a suitable design and construct the machine within 4 hours. After lunch, each team has to demonstrate the machine that they have built to the judges. The teams are assessed throughout the day on the way in which they tackle the project and the performance of the machine when tested. This yearís task was to design and build a pair of bridges which had to be capable of supporting a weight of 1kgm. The longer bridge was fixed but the shorter one required a mechanism to allow it to be lifted so that a model ship could pass through. The bridges had to be constructed from a kit of parts, supplied by the Rotary Club, in which the main building material was thin card which could be joined with the glue provided.
All of the teams worked hard to design and build the bridges and a wide range of solutions were produced, most of which were able to operate to the specification and to carry the 1kgm weight. The winning teams came from 3 different schools: the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced categories were won by St Ivo School, Kimbolton School and Abbey College respectively. All of the students in the winning teams were presented with a Winnerís certificate and the team received one of the engraved glass trophies which had been donated by Computer Miracle Ltd. The trophies were presented by Dr Peter Duffett-Smith who has recently retired from the University of Cambridge where he was Vice Master of Downing College and University Reader in Experimental Radio Physics. It was evident that all of the students enjoyed the event and they gained useful experience in undertaking a project under pressure.
The winning teams were:
Foundation: St Ivo School Elin Ball, Erin Maxwell, Abbie Richardson & Ewan Young
Intermediate: Kimbolton School Katie Lawrence, Lewis Meakin, Joshua Denton & Adam Goodyer
Advanced: Abbey College James Thomas, Michael Wright & Jordan Hunwin
Kimbolton School Intermediate Winning Team
Abbey College Advanced Winning Team
The bridge made by the Sawtry College team.
Past President Gloria and Graham Heywood, the donors of three beautiful trophies.
The North Hall from front to back showing the contestants and the stewards.
Rotarian Roy White presenting certificates of participation.
Abbey College receiving their award.
The guest of honour Dr Peter Duffett-Smith giving his address.
The winning teams were:
Foundation Level: St Ivo School
Intermediate Level: Kimbolton School Team A
Advanced Level: Ramsey Abbey College Team A
___________________________________________________________________________Birthday Celebrations - Past President Geoffery Burniston - 4 February 2016
Rotarian Geoff Burniston and wife Margaret joined the celebration at the Club's lunchtime meeting on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The cake was very kindly made by Rotarian Judy Gell and the wine for the toast supplied by Geoff.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Past District Governor, Margaret Morley - 4 February 2016
Rotarian Margaret Morley gave a talk and presentation on the current polio situation and the efforts towards conflict resoloution.
She also left President Mike Fowler with a thorny problem, a peace rose, to be planted with care.
___________________________________________________________________________Lunchtime Speaker - Keith Grimwade - 7 January 2016
Mr Keith Grimwade, Director of Learning at Cambridgeshire County Council gave an interesting presentation
about the schools especially the higher schools like academies in Cambridgeshire. It was very well appreciated by the
Mr Grimwade was appointed head of the Geography Department at Hinchingbrooke School By Rtn Peter Downes in 1985, who was then the Head Master.
Duty Rotarian Mike Baker MBE was also a teacher at the school and has known the speaker for many years.