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December 25th / 26th 2012
Seasons Greetings to all friends and families.
December 17th 2012
Ladies Christmas Dinner.... evening meeting at The Burlington Palm Hotel .
Tri Club Christmas Concert
In December Yarmouth Rotary Club .Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club and
Gorleston Rotary club held their annual evening of music and carols
at Christchurch Great Yarmouth. The Edward Worlledge Junior Year 5
Choir and the Adult Choir under the direction of Krista Ribbon
delighted Rotarians and the general public with their variety of
songs including ‘I believe in father Christmas’ and ‘Mistletoe and
Wine’ This years soloist was Flutist Megan Storer who at the age
15 performed numerous pieces which included Rachmaninoff ‘Rhapsody
on a theme of Paganini 18th Variation’ and Gossec’s ‘Tambourin’.
With a packed attendance the three clubs raised over £350 from the
collection and this will be equally shared between ‘The Samaritans’
and the ‘Yarmouth Minster’. The Three clubs form a sub committee to
organise the event and it was Committee member Robert Lovick
who presented a cheque to Jacob Winiarski and Kayley Nash from the
Choir and June Smith who is not only a choir member but is
Headmistress of the school. This event gives local school choirs
and young musicians the chance to perform during the festive season
and this is possible due to the dedication by the representatives
of the Three Rotary Clubs.
December 10th 2012
As the year draws to a close and we enter the festive season the
Club looks forward to the Ladies Christmas Evening which takes
place next Monday at the Burlington Hotel. At our last meeting Ian
Dracup who is a member of East Coast Community Heath Care gave an
overview of the types of services they provide. Ian explained that
the ECCHC was formed in October 2011 providing 35 different services
including District Nurses, Community Matrons, Occupational
Therapists Children and Family Nurses, ME Fatigue Teams and many
more. Prior to 2011these services were provided by the NHS but they
are now contracted out to outside agencies which he admitted is not
a fact that is widely known by the general public. He then talked
about his work as an Occupational Therapist and how he became
involved as a Board member of the ECCHC. This presentation
highlighted the variety of health care services that other agencies
offer and the important work they provide within the Community.
After several questions from the members Ted Witton thanked Ian for
his informative presentation
December 3rd 2012
At our Monday meeting the club welcomed Rotarian Tim Wooldridge from
the Lowestoft Club who gave a very interesting talk on the history of
the exploration and distribution of gas in the southern North Sea in the
1960s and the subsequent oil exploration further north. Tim was an
engineer with Shell and his talk highlighted his personal involvement in
this hazardous occupation, he also circulated examples of rock and other
deposits drilled from the sea bed together with a number of photographs
in connection with his work. The vote of thanks was given by Tony King.
Also during the meeting, President Bob Price presented the Haven Duck
Race Corporate trophy to accountant Johnathan Bloomfield whose firm was
the Corporate Event winner at the September event. .The Three Club
Christmas Evening of Music and Carols will take place at Christchurch,
Deneside Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 12th December at 7 30pm. This
event is open to the general public and entry is free. At next week's
meeting a representative from the East Coast Community Health Care will
be speaking to the club.
December 3rd 2012
The final of the District 1080 Golf Knockout Tournament
was finally held at Bawburgh Golf Club , on Monday December 3rd. On a
surprisingly good day of calm weather conditions and the course in good
condition for this time of year, the Haven team of Alan Spinks, Alan Carman and
Bill Cooke were evenly matched despite Haven having to give 9,9 and 10 shots
Two of the games were halved and the winning game was won
2 and 1. This showed the closeness of the matches and all games were played in a
good spirit and Rotary fellowship.
The photo below shows Alan Spinks holding the trophy with
Bill Cooke and Alan Carman to his left, and the team from Wroxham Bure Valley of
Ian Benson, Barry Rumsey and Tony Howard.
After winning last years final, this was a tremendous
effort to win again, having come through some tough matches during the previous
November 26 th 2012
November 19th 2012
Our very own John Burroughs was our speaker today. John recalled many memories
of his stay in Spain over 30 years ago.
He related many facets of life there and presented a very humorous talk for the
Craigh Page gave the vote of thanks.
Next week would be a business meeting. Club Council meeting would be on Tuesday
evening at The Burlington Hotel.
November 12th 2012
The opening of a new hotel is not generally considered to be an entertaining
topic. However, Rotarian Peter Bondi made it so when, with a combination of wit
and style, he made it the subject of a talk to the members of Great Yarmouth
Haven Rotary Club at last Monday's lunchtime meeting. After recounting his
experiences at opening several hotels for a French company in the 1980's,
several of which required his understated diplomacy, he went on to give a
humorous description of a specific instance that involved a very tight
building schedule and a contractual opening date of 31st December. A series of
building errors pushed the completion date back from early November to late
December. With a great deal of effort at pulling out all the stops, the hotel
was opened on 31st December with 10 of the available 80 rooms available for
accommodation. The first day of opening ended with the hotel roof being torn off
by a tornado. After completion of the repairs, the hotel subsequently gained
several important awards.
November 5th 2012
At a packed
meeting the club welcomed this week’s speaker Stanley Cooper who after a
long medical career has written a book containing his experiences as a
child dealing with the effects of war. Stanley was born in Norfolk and
can recall at the age of 9 being summoned by his parents to listen to
the radio as Germany was occupying neighbouring countries and Britain
stood on the brink of war. At the outbreak of war he was moved with
his mother and sister to Devon and at the latter part of the war he came
back to Norfolk to live in the country away from his home town.. Whilst
he was keen to see enemy aircraft at every opportunity he never felt in
danger and thought that it was quite exciting and with an element of
fun. He talked about his time in the shelters and highlighted that he
found it quite strange that children from London were coming to Norfolk
while children from this area travelled to other locations throughout
the UK. .He can remember the distribution of gas masks and the smell of
burning buildings but once again he was inquisitive to see the
destruction for himself but could not see the dangers. Stanley pointed
out that for him life as a child during the war was no different to that
in peacetime but had he been born some years earlier the situation would
have been very different. Malcolm Loveland gave the vote of thanks.
Peter Bondi will be the speaker at next week’s meeting.
October 29th 2012
welcomed Rotarian Peter Burman who is a member of the Yarmouth Rotary
Club and was this week’s guest speaker introduced by Junior Vice
President Jack Thorpe. Peter and his wife travelled to Vietnam and
Cambodia in 2009 and he delighted the members with his slide
presentation depicting the cities and places of interest that were
incorporated in their tour. His talk began with a brief history of the
two countries and the effects on Vietnam’s infrastructure as a result of
the war, which effectively froze visitor interest for many years after
the cessation of hostilities. They began their rip in Hanoi and visited
the Hoe Chin Min Mausoleum, the Thang long Water Puppet Theatre and Ha
Long Bay and also managing to fit in a tour of a Rubber Plantation.
Such a trip
would not be complete without seeing some of the intricate tunnels that
were built during the conflict. How daring they were to build tunnels
that would operate beneath an American Base many of which housed
hospital facilities for the injured soldiers. Peter was overwhelmed
with the very large number of motor cycle users and the nail biting
experience of trying to negotiate crossing the very busy roads. He then
moved on to talk about their time in Cambodia and their stay in Phnom
Penh and Siem Reap which is situated in the Northwest of Cambodia which
is a heritage site of the Angkor Temples. This was a most informative
and interesting presentation which resulted in several questions being
put to Peter from the members. . Robert Lovick gave the vote of thanks.
October 22nd 2012
On Saturday Alan Spinks and Robert Lovick attended the District
Conference in Ipswich and they were anxiously awaiting the result of
the winner of the John Grant award for International projects. Whilst
Haven did not win the award the Club was nominated for two projects,
which included sending laptops to a School in Panaji, India and the
other sending funds to the victims of the Japanese Tsunami. . This
week’s speaker was club member Charles Lewis who gave a presentation on
Volcanoes. Charles has now embraced digital technology and started this
talk with a short video of the Volcano at Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland in
2010 that halted air traffic over Europe for several days. He went on
to explain the different levels of eruptions and sadly the loss of life
of four people in Japan in 1991 at Unzen Japan which is infamous
for the 43 fatalities caused by the unexpectedly large pyroclastic flow
on June 3. The famous volcano photographers Maurice and Katja Krafft,
and geologist Harry Glicken were among those lost during this tragic
event, together with multiple journalists who had joined them in a zone
into which entry was not prohibited but was recommended against by the
authorities. The presentation included other famous volcanoes and the
desire by many to visit these locations as tourists which can be
challenging trips in the knowledge that one must always be aware of the
possible dangers. After several questions from the members it was the
task of John Wiseman to give the vote of thanks.
District 1080 Conference at
Ipswich October 20th.
A well attended meeting full of interesting
speakers and content, with superb catering. A few photos of the event below !
Speakers shown are Sharon Davies MBE., Eva Loeffler OBE, Rtn. Eva Brodehl and
GSE team from District 9800 Victoria, Australia.
Rtn Alan Spinks holds Sharon's Gold Olympic torch, and receives shortlist
certificate for John Grant Trophy awarded for best District project from DG 1090
Judith Diment .
Past President Robert Lovick presents our club banner to Team leader Julie Mason, and children of Coppleston High school
Ipswich, show off their peace Origami !
October 15th 2012
Our speaker this week was The District 1080 International Chairman, Brian
Davies from the Felixstowe Languard Rotary Club. He was introduced by Alan
Brian talked about his involvement in South Africa of various projects that
he had personally visited, and continued to explain many projects that
would be of interest to all clubs. One of the projects our club would be
looking to support was "Lendwithcare.org". which is set up to offer small
loans in communities to alleviate poverty. The slogan " Make a loan, change
a life "is very true. People in the developing world don't want to rely on
hand-outs. The innovative scheme allows people to lend small sums of money
directly to entrepreneurs from across the world, and help them to turn their
business plans into life changing opportunities. The loan is paid back,
using income from their growing business. Once repaid, the loan can be
recycled again and again. Brian's presentation was most interesing and
informative, and Wally Ladmore thanked Brian for an excellent talk.
week John Dawson would be asking our member Charles Lewis to talk.
October 8th 2012
Senior Vice President Ian McCreadie was in the Chair for
this weeks meeting and ran the proceedings with confidence
and style which will no doubt serve him well for the
future. Ian welcomed Steven Bourke who is part of the
Group Study Exchange from Melbourne Australia. Steven is a
serving Police officer stationed at the Glen Waverley
Academy and was on a Vocational visit to Yarmouth Police
station to compare working practices. He is staying in
Caister with his Rotarian Host and will take the opportunity
to visit many places of interest during his stay. The
lunchtime speaker was David McDermott who is no stranger to
the club and his subject was ‘Window Dressing in Great
Yarmouth’. Before the 1890’s there were no window displays
but with the introduction of glass it revolutionised the way
shop owners could display their goods. In the beginning
shop keepers displayed as much merchandise in the window as
possible but with the turn of the century they realised that
a more creative approach was needed. David then talked
about Palmers store in Great Yarmouth who appointed Philip
Musgrove Grey as their window dresser having been employed
by the store owners Buntings of Norwich. He then went on to
talk about Philips back ground and his career as a window
Philip even managed to enter his windows displays in local
and national competitions which proved very lucrative as he
always managed to win and was allowed to keep the prizes.
This was a most enlightening presentation on a subject
that many would have had little knowledge of but the members
found the talk informative and interesting and naturally
embraced David’s funny stories at the end of his talk. . The
vote of thanks was given by Tony King
1st Responders to
form Second Unit
12 trained volunteers man a 1st Responder unit which springs into action
when requested by the East of England Ambulance Service, triggered by 999
the volunteers are trained to use specialist medical equipment so that,
arriving first on the scene of an incident, they can maintain or improve a
patient's stability until the arrival of paramedics or the ambulance.
Early intervention, support and treatment of a patient has been shown to
increase the chance of survival and recovery in instances of Cardiac arrest,
respiratory failure, chest pains , unconsciousness, sudden collapse and
Since it's inception in the Borough in May 2010 the service has proved it's
value to the people of the community, on many occasions, and is now seeking
funds to purchase the equipment to allow a second unit to be formed, serving
the northern areas of the town.
The Great Yarmouth Haven
Rotary Club have supported this
very worthy project by making a substantial contribution towards the
specialist medical equipment required.
the picture Mr John Lucas ( Scheme Co-ordinator) is seen accepting a cheque
from the President of Haven Rotary Club,Mr Bob Price with Richard Fiddy (
information about the 1st Responder scheme ,which is wholly funded by public
donation, can be found on their web site
www.gyresponders.org or by
contacting John Lucas on 07909220247
see report on July 23rd 2012.
October 1st 2012
The speaker at this weeks meeting was Alex Bond who is the
Rural Sports Development Officer for Norfolk and she is
responsible for promoting sport in the Borough and in the
rural community. Her team are working closely with schools
and health organisations to try and get more people of all
ages involved in the scheme. This includes training coaches
within a specific sport and appointing local coordinators to
promote sport and to identify underused or empty buildings
that could be utilised. With the success of the London
Olympics Alex presumed that there would be much interest in
the scheme but to date the take up rate has been quite
slow. She talked about how village games were being
organised which would encourage the participants to aim for
the ultimate goal and take part in the Norfolk Games. Alex
talked about an initiative called ‘Get Into’ which is
designed to try and get people back into sport who for some
reason have opted out.
admitted that it’s success depended on the public embracing
the idea whilst becoming healthier at the same time. Alex
informed the members that more co-ordinators were needed
and that publicity for the scheme was vital in order to
achieve its aims. There was much amusement when one of the
members asked Alex if she could give our President some
words of encouragement to get back into sport and the
speaker replied by saying that she would be more than happy
to help all the members if they so desired. Many pertinent
questions were answered by Alex and she was thanked by Peter
Howkins for an illuminating talk.
Salvation Army initiative,
arising from Team GB's success
at the Paralympic Games has been
supported by The Great Yarmouth
Haven Rotary Club. The
initiative "Tins for Medals"
called for the donation of
tinned food to form the Five
Olympic Rings; the tins later
destined to be used by the S.A.
to provide food for those
desperately in need in the
Haven Rotary Club matched the
number of medals won(123) with
pound notes to purchase in
excess of 400 tins from Lidl's
the picture Captain Rob Symonds
of the S.A. is seen accepting a
token delivery of the tins from
Club President Bob Price whilst
Richard Fiddy (Community
Service) looks on.
September 24th 2012
A business meeting today. Full report by Alan Spinks of the success of
yesterday's Duck Race. A report by Alan Carman of the successful District 1080
Golf Day arranged by our Rotary Club. ( further report see below Sep.20th
Reports were then given by each committee....these would be in the Secretary's
September 23rd 2012
The Annual Duck Race.....full report and
September 20th 2012
District 1080 Golf Day at Thetford
Golf Club. Report
September 17th 2012
Throughout the Rotary year each member is required to find a
speaker and this week it was the turn of Bill Cook, which
gave him the opportunity to contact an old friend John
Nichols who talked about his career as a fisheries
However John first
mentioned his time as a Magistrate and amused the members
with some of his experiences during his early training.
John who is now
retired has 42 years experience in plankton ecosystem
research specialising in the taxonomy of North Atlantic and
NW European plankton. John was responsible for numerous
projects, which included assessing and studying the
sustainability of North Sea and Thames Estuary herring
stocks including sprats. This type of work would mean many
trips on research vessels and he admitted that he suffered
from seasickness on several occasions. This was a most
interesting subject and when an individual is passionate
about their work it always reflects in the presentation and
this was no exception
to maintain healthy and sustainable fish stocks means that
John although officially retired is still called upon to
carry out work within this field. He is also working to
encourage companies to obtain the eco logo that indicates
that their fish has been caught using accepted friendly
methods but he admitted that there is still much to be done
to bring this labelling to the attention of the general
public. John Burroughs gave the vote of thanks. On Sunday
the Club will be holding its 13th Duck Race at
the Great Yarmouth Waterways and we are delighted to welcome
Jessica Applegate, Gold Medallist at the recent Paralympic
games who will be accompanying the Mayor Colleen Walker.
September 14th 2012
The funeral service to celebrate the life of our fellow Rotarian Norman took
place at Great Yarmouth Crematorium
on Friday 14th September. The service was conducted by Rev'd Peter Glanville.
Opposite is a photo of a remembrance bouquet from the International Committee in
the shape of a duck....Norman having been a member of that committee from the
year after his Presidency of 1983 and the instigator of our most successful
Annual Duck Race.
September 10th 2012
On Monday with the aid if his walking frame Owen
Baldry who is nearly 4 years
of age was determined to walk up the ramp into the Burlington Hotel on
Monday to meet the President Bob Price and some of the members. Several
months ago Owen’s Father Carl and his Mother Sacha came to club to talk
about their fund raising efforts to send Owen to America for an
operation that will hopefully allow him to walk without the use of his
leg braces and frame. Owen has a condition called spastic
diplegic cerebral palsy and
this life changing operation is now scheduled to take place in
in November. Sacha is seen receiving a cheque for £832.50 from the
President Bob Price (right) and Chairman of the Community Service
Committee Bill Cooke.(left) The couple have now exceeded their initial
target but explained that the extra funds would be needed as Owen will
require special equipment and numerous sessions of physiotherapy once
they return to the UK. During the lunchtime meeting club member Leslie
Seabert talked about his
passion for photography and delighted the members with a collection of
photographs. His interest blossomed at an early and he soon became a
members of the Gt. Yarmouth
and District Photographic Society. Whilst he embraced the coming of the
digital age he admitted that his knowledge was limited with regards to
the use of computer programmes that can change and enhance his
pictures. Leslie agreed that it is quite easy to take picture but it is
the scene and the artistic flare that make a picture special and this
was certainly proved to be this case with his selection of pictures both
black and white and colour that certainly delighted the members.
September 3rd 2012
In July the club organised a fund raising event at Terry Hall’s barn
and on Monday Bernadette Auger the Consultant in Palliative Care is
seen receiving a cheque to the sum of £832.50 in aid of Palliative
Care East Appeal from President Bob Price (right) and Community
Service Chairman Bill Cook (left). It was a sad occasion on Monday
when the members paid their respects to Norman Bailey who passed
away at the weekend. Richard Delf read out a statement covering
Norman’s service within Rotary when in 1981 with other members they
founded the Club and in 1983 he became President. This year due to
ill health he did not renew his membership but was made an honorary
member. Norman was a real character and was never slow in making
himself heard amongst the members if he had an issue to air. He
will undoubtedly be missed especially his high profile involvement
in the Annual Duck Race and his ability to make sure every member
sold all the Ducks they were allocated. The Haven Golf Championship
was held on Friday at Caister, the organiser Alan Carman welcomed
three new golfers to the event and it was Bill Cook who took the
winners trophy. The Carpet Putting Competition which is awarded to
the loser went to Mike Self. At this Monday’s meeting it was a
club member namely Ted Witton who gave a talk about a cultural visit
to a Beer Festival in Peterborough with several other members. Ted
is never short of funny stories and this was no exception and one
can only imagine the hardship that they must have endured in having
to sample so many guest ales.
September 1st 2012
It is with great
sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and
Founder Member and
President of 1983, Norman Bailey.
We extend our
condolences to his family.
Norman will be sadly
missed and always remembered.
August 31st 2012
Haven's own Golf Day.....full report and
photos here !
August 27th 2012
No meeting...Bank Holiday.
August 20th 2012
Haven A golf team of Bill Cooke, Alan Carman and Alan Spinks, played the quarter
final match against Haverill Rotary Club, today at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf
On this occasion the team won 2 matches to one loss. Alan
Spinks just lost his match to a very good golfer from Haverhill. All 3
played well but Bill and Alan C. were able to overcome the shots they gave away
to the opposition. The Haverill members had previously attended our lunch
time meeting, and enjoyed the fellowship and speaker presentation as reported
A lovely afternoon for golf and once again , the team were
successful and now proceed to the semi final.
August 20th 2012
At this weeks meeting ,it was reported that preparations for the coming DUCK
RACE at The Waterways on September 23rd, were well in hand.
A good attendance with visitors from the Rotary club of Lowestoft and 3
golfing members of Haverill Rotary club to play our Haven A golf team later
after lunch ,. Subsequently it was a win for Haven A who now proceed to the
semi finals of the District 1080 Knockout Tournament.
Brian Potter of Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton, introduced his speaker,
Nigel Pattle, who is one of his entertainment staff. Brian first explained
his Company's Mission Statement of entertaining in all aspects of The
Resort, before Nigel gave an amusing and well presented account of his role
in entertainment behind the scenes. He supervised talent spotting auditions
in London for possible inclusion in The Potters Theatre Group. The most
recent audition attracted 600 would be dancers and singers and this was a
tough job to whittle the final figure to just 13. Many stars of the west end
stage today have started their careers with the experience gained in The
Theatre Group , the most recent talent was Leanne Mitchell, winner of BBC's
The Voice and also Kerry Ellis, who was unsuccessful in The Voice. David
made a prediction that a star would emerge in the future namely Ian
McIntosh. With The Resort being open 52 weeks of the year, there is a need
for the entertainment to be refreshed twice a year, and with singing,
dancing, magic and constant changing of scenery and lighting, David
emphasised how important it was to continue to search for new talent , to
keep the high standard of entertainment that the Resort had to offer. With
David's 28 years in entertainment at Potters, he certainly knew how to
enthrall the members with his talent and humour.
A most enjoyable presentation and David was thanked by Richard Fiddy.
Next week there would be no meeting as Bank Holiday.
From A satisfied Contributor
A welcome email highlighting our fund
Dear Rotarian Price
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Tony Taylor and I am the President of
Blackwater Rotary Club in Essex.
I was staying at Potters' Leisure Resort week beginning 30th
July and I met two of your members who were organising the soft toy raffle.
I introduced myself to them and found them to be lovely people.
I really would like to point out just how good they were while they were there.
They interacted so well with the guests and were very open and friendly. These
two members are a real credit to The Great
Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club and to Rotary in general.
I also think that this is an excellent idea - bringing a little joy to the
guests' day and raising money with friends - what Rotary is all about. It is
also an excellent platform to raise the profile of Rotary to people from across
I just wanted to pass on my thoughts.
Thanks you for your time.
Blackwater Rotary Club
The email refers to Bill Cooke and Mike Self !!
August 13th 2012
At our Monday meeting the Senior Vice President Ian
McCreadie introduced this weeks speaker Hugh Sturzaker
who is Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival
which takes place in the town between the 1st
and 22nd September.
explained how this idea was formed and his vision for
the festival and highlighted the fact that hopefully
visitor numbers to Great Yarmouth would increase during
this period which would benefit the town as a whole.
Some of the events were due to take place at the newly
refurbished St Georges Theatre but due to the delay in
its completion these events will now be taking place at
events require sponsorship which has enabled the
organisers to keep prices low and in some cases entry
will be free. . Hugh talked about some of the events
and the exhibitions that would include a variety of art
work from professional artists and those who simply
paint or sculpt as a hobby. Some of the attractions
include an open submission of Visual Art, a variety of
music at the Minster Church of St Nicholas. Open
Studios, Poetry and a Herring Trail plus much more so
there is something to please everyone. He offered any
member who has a desire to sing to take part in Handel’s
Messiah from scratch which will take place on the 15th
September at St Nicholas Church. There is no doubt that
Hugh and his team have
put a lot of work into this project and hopefully the
general public will embrace all that the festival has to
August 7th 2012
Today President Bob and PP Alan Spinks attended the meeting of The Great
Prior to this they had both travelled on the Puffing Billy along the sea front,
as part of the "Wheelie Good Idea" Initiative.
The travelling notebook between all the clubs in District 1080 was handed over
to President Derek Houghton.
President Bob's initiative to travel on Puffing Billy !
August 6th 2012
At a very hectic lunchtime meeting which began with the arrival of four
Gorleston Rotarians lead by their President Peter Black ,having walked
from their meeting place namely the Pier Hotel to the Burlington Hotel,
to hand over the Little Black Book that is part of the ‘Wheelie Good
Idea’ initiative organised by Sally Green from the East Point Rotary
Club in Lowestoft . The idea is to move the book between different
clubs by unique methods of transport and at the same time raising funds
to purchase specialist wheelchairs for disabled athletes. President Bob
is planning to take the book to the Yarmouth Rotary Club by travelling
on the Seafront Train. The club inducted new member Philip Hunt who is
well known to the members having supported many functions in the past.
This week’s talk was undertaken by Terry Ashbourne, Alan Spinks and
David Neve. Terry and Alan had visited Panaji India in 2011 and
returned from that visit with an idea to seek part funding for a project
to supply laptops and projectors to schools in the local area. The local
Rotary Club in Panaji would also raise funds and other financial support
that would come from Matching Grants within the Rotary Organisation.
Having secured the grants the Rotarians decided to return to India to
visit the schools that were scheduled to take possession of the
equipment. They were immediately embraced by the local school children
and it was quite apparent that the lack of facilities did nothing to
deter their desire to learn. Having completed their presentations they
flew from Goa to New Delhi and there organised transport and a driver to
visit the usual attractions in Delhi, Jaipur, Jodphur, Udaipur, the
Ramthambhore National Wild Tiger Park and naturally the Taj Mahal in
David Collins, the District 1080 Matching Grants officer attended ,
together with SVP Nanna Lay from the RC of Lowestoft East Point. David
said how much he and Nanna enjoyed the presentation and would look
favourably on our proposed further project with the construction of a
new Toilet Block at " Our Lady of Merces High School " in Merces, Goa.
He also explained the Stokes Mayonaise scheme for "End Polio Now"
New member Philip Hunt
Gorleston President Peter Black with Bob.
July 30th 2012
Today was a business meeting.
Next week guest Terry Ashbourne will present, with Alan Spinks and David Neve,
the Matching Grant Project earlier this year in India.
July 23rd 2012
Several months ago a representative from the ‘Norfolk Community First
Responders’ came to the club to talk about the new service and how the
unit was delivering medical assistance throughout the Yarmouth area..
On Monday John Lucas who is the area co-ordinator was invited back to
the club, to give an update on how the unit was functioning. The ‘First
Responders’ are trained by the East Anglian Ambulance Service and are
provided with mobile phones for call out purposes, so it is important to
have a rota system whereby the availability of the ‘Responders’ are
know to Ambulance Control. John undertakes this role on a voluntary
basis and admits that there is a need for a second unit that would
enhance the existing team working in the Great Yarmouth area. John
explained that a quick response to a medical emergency is paramount and
they would like to increase their medical equipment and certain fund
raising initiatives are being undertaken to acquire these items. John
talked very briefly about some of the incidents that the 'Responders'
had dealt with and it was obvious that as local residents they could be
at the scene relatively quickly to administer First Aid, until further
assistance arrives. Bill Cook thanked John and commended him and his
fellow ‘Responders’ for serving the community on a voluntary basis.
July 16th 2012
The speaker at this weeks meting was Colin Smith , one of the Haven Club's
more recent members and a person who for many years has been associated with
football in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area. He recalled many of the
the interesting aspects of his sporting interests from a minor league player
with Greenacre Old Boys to becoming a first class referee officiating at
numerous well known footballing venues in the East of England and meeting
many well known sporting stars and show business personalities.
He was also for a time Chairman of Great Yarmouth
Football Club and gave an insight into the trials and tribulations a person
has to endure in such a position. He recalled his associations with Club
President Bob Price, himself a local football referee, and the acting Club
Secretary Tony King, who not only introduced him into minor league football
but also gave the vote of thanks to Colin for his interesting talk.
The speaker next week would be John Lucas, coordinator of The First Responders scheme and will be introduced by Wally Ladmore.
July 9th 2012
The club was formed in 1981 and it was
the vision of the Founder Members that
created a vibrant and happy club that
still exists to this day. One of Founder
Members namely David Wakefield attended
the club on Monday who was the guest of
Brian Potter. This week’s speaker was Alysia McDonagh who works for the
National Charity ‘Whizz Kidz’ and her
job is to support fundraising volunteers
for this region. Alysia explained that
it was their
aim to ensure that every
disabled child has an opportunity to be
something special namely to do the fun
things that other children enjoy at
are an estimated 70,000 disabled
children and young people in the UK
waiting for a specilait wheelchair. She
talked about how
their organisation provides
these chairs and how
instantly their lives change giving them
the freedom and confidence to do simple
tasks that we take for granted. Due to
the complexity of the equipment they
have to be
road safety and the skills that will
allow them to manoeuvre the wheelchair
throughout the home.
The Charity also organises
‘Ambassador’ Clubs and Camps whereby
they have the opportunity to meet other
children with disabilities and take part
in a variety of activities including
drama, art, sport
most Charities they are dependant on
donations and whilst they receive some
finding from the National Lottery they
are also dependant on volunteers and
are now seeking help from
businesses who may be able to give a
work placement to a young person who is
wheel chair bound. Richard Coller
thanked Alysia for giving the members an
insight into the work of the Charity.
July 2nd 2012
On Monday the members witnessed
the installation of the 31st
President namely Bob Price MBE
who takes office from Robert Lovick. The President elect
David Johnson from the Gorleston
Rotary Club and Derek Houghton
from the Yarmouth Club joined
the proceedings and addressed
the members wishing President
Bob a successful. and happy year
President Bob was a member of
the Gorleston Rotary Club some
years ago and having undertaken
the role of President in that
club he will be no stranger to
the job in hand.
Bob's vision for the coming
year includes helping
promising youngsters possibly
by way of a Bursary who are
artistically or musically
talented by providing them
with a Bursary. This initiative
has been placed before the
appropriate Committee to
undertake further research. The
President paid tribute to three
members who in the past 12
months have been
awarded Honorary Membership namely Norman
Bailey, Ken Ward and Alan Hall. The
President would like to continue the
membership drive and is hoping to repeat the
initiative whereby possible candidates are
invited to a meeting to explain the
function of Rotary. During his year
he would also like the club to support the
Dementia Charities that effect the lives of
so many people.
Ian McCreadie was appointed
Senior Vice President and Jack Thorpe
becomes the Junior Vice President.
June 26th 2012
Members Tony King, Terry
Ashbourne and Alan Spinks
were present at a "Norman
come wine with me "visit
when President Robert
presented Norman with his
Certificate as a Founder
and distinguished service
within the Haven Club over
the last 31 years.
June 25th 2012
Gary Burfield was our speaker at this weeks meeting. Gary is the County
Commissioner for Norfolk in the scouting movement. In 1972 Gary moved to
Norfolk from London and was in the Great Yarmouth Fire Brigade for 30 years.
When his two sons became interested in the scouts, it followed that with
volunteers needed for the Organisation that he volunteered and has been
doing this volunteer work for 29 years. He explained the history of scouting
and how young people and adults had been changed by scouting. His duty was
to help the County and Districts to grow and deliver more exciting and
adventurous activities to even more young people. In Norfolk alone there
were 7000 young scouts and about 2500 Leaders and volunteers. However due to
the restriction of having a limited number of scouts to supporting Leaders
and adults, there were still many young people who were being denied joining
a group. There were extensive training schemes for any person that would
like a rewarding part time activity in the local scout groups. Scouting is
for young people from the age of 6 to 25 and over the last 10 years , girls
have been part of the Organisation. So many activities are available and
Eaton Vale Activity Centre provides all these to help develop a positive and
useful base for future success.
June 18th 2012
Our Club Assembly took place at today's meeting. Assistant District Governor
East Hugh Davies was representing District 1080. Chairmen of Committees gave
their reports as to the way they would progress over the next Rotary Year. Bill
Cooke for Community, Alan Spinks for International and Peter Gethin for
Vocational. There was no report from Foundation and Tony King deputised for Club
Service. In coming President Bob Price ended by hoping the Club would have a
very enjoyable and progressive year in the true Haven spirit and fellowship. A
tribute was paid to Terry Ashbourne who had done a fantastic job as Secretary,
and who would be leaving the Club.
Charter Night dinner would be on Friday June 21st.
June 18th 2012
Haven B Golf Team had to bring in new member Keith Futter following an injury to
Wally Ladmore and with all 3 players having to give shots to their opponents (
Woodbridge Deben) because of their superior handicaps on their (Woodbridge's)
tricky home course with it's notoriously fast greens did well with each match
going to the last hole. John Clark scraped home but Mike Self and Keith were
unlucky to lose their matches on the last green. Lots of ifs and maybes but
although they left with heads held high unfortunately they lost 2-1.
June 11th 2012
This was a Business matters meeting , following a Club Council meeting. Details
of decisions and discussions are available from The Secretary.
President Robert inducted a new member to the Club. Keith Futter and his
classification is Property management.
June 4th 2012
No Meeting....Queen Elizabeth 2's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
May 28th 2012
This week, Craigh Page invited Sacha and Carl Baldry from Lowestoft to talk
about their 3 year old son Owen.
Owen has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which
means he cannot walk or run.
Sacha gave a moving insight into the problems
Owen has and how having a particular operation while he is still eligible
for it, would make his life in the future as near normal as possible,
otherwise he would be confined to a wheelchair for life.
To this end, they are raising £50000 to send
Owen to St Louis Children's Hospital in America for Selective Dorsal
Rhizotomy, which involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibres that come
from the muscles and enter the spinal cord. This very complicated procedure
will reduce the tightness in Owen's muscles and make it easier for him to
increase his strength with therapy and exercise. With a successful outcome
,Owen could be taking his first independent steps within 2 years. Carl also
explained how they had got in touch with the charity Cauldwell Children, who
had been an enormous help to the family and supported their appeal by
managing donations and supporting fundraising to pay for the operation. Any
help that can be given can be donated online at
www.justgiving.com/owenswish2walk or through the charity at
There will be no meeting on June 4th as this is
a Bank holiday.
May 22nd 2012
Haven's "A" Golf team once again were successful in defeating Kings Lynn
Priory "B" team at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club. We await our next
opponents for the quarter final rounds.
May 21st 2012
At this weeks meeting, Aaron Bartlett was introduced to the members as a
possible candidate for RYLA course. Aaron introduced himself and talked of his
ambitions at work and how he felt the RYLA course would benefit him. The club
members unanimously accepted that Aaron would be a very suitable candidate and
after September he would return to the club and give a talk on his experiences.
Press Report to Mercury.
Haven Rotary Cub together with the Gorleston and Great Yarmouth Club has
nominated Aaron Bartlett aged 18years from Caister for a Rotary Youth Leadership
Aaron having secured sponsorship for the scheme will attend a 5 day course at
the Grafham Water Management Centre, Cambridgeshire in September. He will take
part in team exercises public speaking sessions, learning to be an effective
leader whilst challenging him physically and mentally.
Aaron who resides with his parents and younger sisters is currently employed as
a Mechanical Engineer at Armultra situated at the Gapton Hall Industrial
Estate. He is continuing his studies in QA/QC Engineering at the Great Yarmouth
College of Further Education.
President Robert Lovick of the Haven Club congratulated Aaron on his
presentation to the club and in securing the full backing of the membership.
Aaron will return to the club once he has completed the course to give an
overview of his experience during the 5 day period.
Robert Lovick would welcome local companies or other organisations who would
like to nominate a suitable candidate between the age of 18 to 26 for the 2013
course, to contact him on 01692 670076 or any of the Three Rotary Clubs.
Further information about this award can be obtained by visiting
The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club have
teamed up with the Alzheimer's Support Group to extend the variety of
activities they offer to sufferers.
The local group, based at the Kings Church
Centre aim to provide support ,for carers and the cared for, with the
emphasis on reminiscence, providing a variety of activities such as
exercise, music and now a form of sensory garden with a potting shed.
They presently have a large shed in the grounds
at Kings Church and the Haven Rotary Club have donated a selection of
gardening tools, equipment and materials which will allow this project to be
brought to fruition.
Pictured (left ) is the Group Manager accepting the
equipment from Richard Coller of Community Service committee.
May 14th 2012
On Monday the club had great pleasure in welcoming the
Mayor Barry Coleman and the Lady Mayoress to speak about
his year in office. This was to be his last day as
Mayor and it was quite fitting that he was able to give
the members an overview of the tasks that he has
undertaken throughout his time in office. . Barry
selected his ‘Top Ten’ duties which included visiting
Charity based organisations, schools, opening fetes and
several local businesses including the very busy month
during the Christmas period. He mentioned the fact that
he was invited to observe an air and sea rescue exercise
which involved the Gorleston lifeboat and expressed his
admiration for those who brave the elements to save
others. In the summer of 2011 Rotary members from
and were taken to the Gorleston Bandstand and were
greeted by Barry and his wife. The Mayor took the
opportunity to welcome the Canadian visitors to
Gorleston but also took the time out to speak to all
those who were enjoying the music which highlighted the
role of connecting with the public when ever possible.
The Mayor paid tribute to Mike Butcher who was not only
a Haven Rotarian but was also a Local Councillor and was
for him a privilege to unveil a blue plaque in memory of
Mike. The visit of
the Prince of Wales was a big boost for the town and
this occasion will have lasting memories for him
especially being blessed with good
weather throughout the day. President
Robert Lovick thanked the Mayor and Lady Mayoress for
visiting the club and had pleasure in presenting to him
a cheque to the sum of £250 for his chosen charities.
At next Mondays meeting the Rotary Youth Leadership
Award candidate Aaron Bartlett will be addressing the
club and prior to this a short presentation about this
course will be undertaken by Peter Gethin.
"A" Golf Team through first round !
Haven's A golf team of Alan Spinks ,
Bill Cooke and Alan Carman
successfully negotiated their first
round knockout match against Kings
Lynn Trinity Rotary Club. The match
was played at Middleton Hall Golf
club on a pleasant afternoon. The
next round is a home match at
Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club
against Kings Lynn Priory B team.
"B" Golf Team Triumph also !!
Haven "B" are also through to the
second round of the District 1080 KO Competition. Haven "B" were drawn
away to Norwich Rotary but they were just no match for Messrs Self,
Clark And Ladmore.
Haven "B" ( B for Brilliant ..Mike
Self's inclusion ! ) are now to play away to Woodbridge Deben.
May 7th 2012
Bank Holiday.....No meeting.
April 30th 2012
Our own member Charles Lewis was our speaker at our weekly meeting. Charles
can almost speak and make a good interesting talk out of any subject.This week he talked about volcanoes.
The how and why was explained
in detail of all the many causes and formations of volcanoes over the world,
citing many of the more famous such as Mount Etna, Vesuvius. Mount Fuji and
particular the tale of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in
in the United States, The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of
episodes, Prior to the eruption,
scientists convinced local authorities to close Mount St. Helens to the
general public and to maintain the closure in spite of pressure to re-open
it; their work saved thousands of lives. An earthquake at 8:32: a.m.on
Sunday, May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away,
suddenly exposing the partly molten, gas- and
in the volcano .An
column rose 80,000
feet into the
and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several
glaciers on the
volcano melted, forming a series of large
that reached as far as the
nearly fifty miles to the southwest. Less severe outbursts continued into
the next day only to be followed by other large but not as destructive
eruptions later in 1980.
Fifty-seven people and
thousands of animals were killed. Hundreds of square miles were reduced to
wasteland, causing over a billion U.S. dollars in damage , and Mount St.
Helens was left with a crater on its north side. Charles talk was
fascinating and generated many questions. David Neve thanked Charles for his
April 26th 2012
Thursday Night April 26th at the
Pier Hotel President Robert
and Mike Getvoldson present a cheque
to the Salvation Army which was
half of the collection taken at the
Xmas Carol Service. Lieutenant Rob
Symons is receiving the cheque.
amount on the cheque was £258.00
April 23rd 2012
Our Club has supported many local charities. Recently through our Community
Service Committee , we have supported 2 families in desperate need of
appliances such as Washing Machine and Cookers.
At our Monday meeting it was particularly appropriate that our speaker was
Tina Batley from Sure Start. Tina works out of the Sure Start Childrens
Centre and her work involves support and advice for local families with
needs. Some families and single parents do not always have support of local
benefits and Tina emphasised many areas of hardship that many people in our
area have. Much of her time is spent in helping to educate families to be
able to get into work, and thus support their families and to have a better
prospect of future self esteem. Surprisingly many of the local population
cannot read or write and this is a burden on families who may have multiple
disadvantages, such as debt, workless households, crime and antisocial
behaviour which ultimately leads to mental health issues, and the inevitable
breakdown in relationships. Tina explained that domestic violence is still a
big issue and many of her tasks concerned with all the issues mentioned are
referred to her through the Social Services. Tina answered many pertinent
questions from the members ,emphasising her experience in dealing with
families and people with considerable burdens and hardships.Wally Ladmore
thanked Tina for her most interesting and informative talk and hoped the
Rotary Clubs would offer their help in the future.
April 16th 2012
The AGM was held today. Assistant Secretary Mike Self updated on the decisions
voted on by the members following the Club Council meeting. These were
circulated to all members.
April 9th 2012
No meeting as Bank holiday Easter Monday.
April 6th 2012
A Gorleston woman is now able to get out and about again after being
presented with a mobility scooter. Mrs Vera Hunter, who is in her 90s
,was finding the walk to her local shops, even with the use of a walking
aid, was becoming more and more difficult as well as taking a
considerable time. The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were made aware
of the problem by the local organiser for the national charity REMAP,Mr
Reg Nichols. The Haven Rotary club were pleased to be able to provide an
electric mobility scooter for REMAP who have made it available to Mrs
Hunter, enabling her to retain her independence. In the picture Mrs.
Hunter is seen accepting the scooter keys from Bill Cooke (Haven Rotary
Club) whilst Reg Nichols (REMAP) looks on.
April 2nd 2012
In recognition for our continued support of The ShelterBox Trust project ,a
charity that supports Disaster Relief Work, our Club was awarded a Gold
Award for contributing to the purchase of 100 boxes sufficient for aiding
1000 disaster victims.
This week we had no speaker at our weekly
meeting, but Secretary Terry Ashbourne at short notice, organised a fun quiz
for the members. The club has now completed its Matching Grant project in
India and a full report would follow later. Next week there will be no
meeting as this will be Easter Monday. April 16th will be the clubs annual
Happy smiles for receiving the coveted GOLD Award !
March 26th 2012
Our Club was honoured by the Disaster Relief organisation The Shelter Box
Trust this week. We have sponsored 100 ShelterBoxes which aids 1000 disaster
victims and in recognition for this ,awarded a Gold award.
Our speaker was Maria Hartley from the Great
Yarmouth Borough Council. She is the Cultural, Sport and Leisure Manager and
came to talk about the Boroughs participation in the Olympic Torch Relay.
The visit to our area would be early morning of Thursday July 5th. The
Olympic torch is being run through hundreds of areas of the UK before
reaching London ahead of the Olympic games. The torch will travel in 2
modes: Convey mode when the flame will be with a travelling vehicle ,part of
14-16 vehicles, and Torchbearer mode, when the flame will be carried by a
torchbearer along the " Communities on route " . From Acle, the route will
be through Filby, then from Caister Road ,down Lawn Avenue and across the
Market Place before going on to Lowestoft. The torch will travel for 70 days
,63 days around the UK ( 48th day in Great Yarmouth )and then 7 days in
London. The total mileage will be 8000 miles and conveyed by 8000 torch
bearers. This ceremony offers the Borough an opportunity to celebrate the
Olympic theme and spirit of the Olympic Ideals. The Borough will be
displaying Olympic 2012 banners along the route and also themed planting
will be done and it is hoped as many residents as possible will turn out to
view this once in a lifetime spectacle. Maria answered lots of questions and
was thanked by Ted Witton for her most interesting talk.
Next week John Burroughs would be the
March 19th 2012
This week’s speaker was Reg Nichols who is a member of the organisation
called ‘REMAP’. This charity was set up to help disabled people who had
a particular problem and needed the help of individuals with technical
skills who could make or alter equipment to meet their particular
needs. All the voluntary members involved with this work are retired
engineers, woodworkers, upholsters and other craftsman who work from
home to deal with a variety of requests. Reg talked about the numerous
items they have made including head mirrors for a partially blind
runner, computer aids for wheelchair users and cooker guards and a mini
lift that would raise the person to the door level of a caravan The
person requesting the help would have some idea of their requirements
and it would then be up to the boffins to see if their request is
feasible and in most cases they would come up with an idea that fulfils
their needs. These members have designed certain features and aids for
the ‘Rotary Sailability Project' in Oulton Broad. There are 8 skilled
members covering an area from Potter Heigham to Bungay in the south. The
members had a chance to look at a display board depicting many of the
items they had designed with the user proudly demonstrating this
equipment. President Robert Lovick took the opportunity to present Reg
with a cheque to the sum of £250 for the REMAP organisation. After
several questions from the members it was John Wiseman who thanked Reg
for addressing the meeting and commended him and his team for using
their skills to help others.
March 12th 2012
Business meeting discussing items from committee meetings and Council meeting.
March 5th 2012
John Clark introduced our guest speaker this week. Colin Huggins is the
Managing Director of Places and Faces Magazine. He has been working in
advertising for 30 years and gave a light hearted talk with a slide show of
many categories of popular adverts in newspapers and billboards over the
last half century. Some of these are so controversial that today they would
never be allowed to be shown to the public. Despite the technical hitch at
the start with the projector, Colin gave a fascinating insight into the
world of advertising interspersed with much humour. Mike Self gave
an enlightening vote of thanks on behalf of the members. Next week would be
a business meeting.
March 2nd 2012
Foundation Quiz Night. 47 members and
guests attended The Burlington Palm Court Hotel for the annual quiz night. Rtn
Jack organised this and Pat and Terry Ashbourne formulated the quiz questions.
Jean Thorpe was in charge of the raffle , having had many nice donated prizes
and the sum of £185 was made for Foundation committee's fund.
At the interval everyone enjoyed a pork meal.
The winning teams were as follows;
1st 'The Googlies' with 55 points
2nd 'The Optomists' with 50 points
3rd 'Denser not Mensa' with 48 points.
There were 11 teams in all.
Despite there being another quiz organised in
The Town Hall, there was a good attendance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed
February 27th 2012
We welcomed the District Governor of Rotary District 1080 , Tom Griffen at
our meeting this week. Secretary Terry Ashbourne reported on the trip to
India next week ,together with Alan Spinks and David Neve, they would be
joining in a joint project with the Panaji Rotary Club to supply laptops,
projectors and screens to 15 schools in the Goa Province. Further reports
would be presented in the future after the trip. Alan Spinks also reported
on the donation to the Japanese Tsunami and Earthquake disaster, that the
Rotary Club of Yamada in the middle of the disaster area ,had just had a
ceremony to acknowledge the donation by our club, to a local school attended
by Rotarians ,Parents and school children.
Tom Griffen then addressed the members on all aspects of Rotary,
particularly Rotary's commitment to the eradication of polio world wide.
Rotary was involved with many health projects, water aids and disaster
emergencies with Aqua boxes and Shelter boxes. Rotary was committed to
projects with Youth Development, Health and Humanity programs and Group
Study exchanges. DG Tom encouraged clubs to have fun and fellowship, find
new members but above all ,practice the motto of Rotary " Service above Self
". President Robert thanked DG Tom for his encouraging talk.
February 20th 2012
Mike Self introduced our speaker at this weeks meeting. The subject
Terrorism with special significance for the London Olympics.
Phil Beaumont is a Counter Terrorism Security Advisor working for the
Protective Services of Norfolk Constabulary based at Wymondham.
Phil was formally a police officer but now trains officers and advises on
all aspects of security where terrorism could potentially be a
danger. Places would be where there are large crowds of people such as
sports stadium, concerts and large public meeting places. By using his
initiatives and advice, strategies could be put in place to prevent any
problems. Any terrorist act could have potentially a large impact on Energy
services and public transport and this would be a major consideration for
the coming London Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Phil enhanced his
presentation with video clips of terrorist acts over the years and the
explosive effects chemicals and containers could have. Tony King thanked
Phil for his fascinating and interesting talk. Next week we would have the
visit of the District Governor Tom Griffen.
February 13th 2012
At our weekly meeting we had two guest speakers from the registered charity
Waveney Sailability. Before this Bob Grimmer who is Vice chairman of the
East Norfolk Friendship Club, explained a fund raising auction to be held on
March 26th at the high street Gorleston social club. Jacqui Soards and Sally
Green, both directors of Waveney Sailability then gave a full insight into
how the charity was set up and its aims and function. Sally is a member of
the Rotary Club of Lowestoft East point and is responsible for all the
bookings and fund raising. Jacqui was awarded a Rotary Paul Harris award for
her work with the charity.
Waveney Sailability helps disabled people find more enjoyment from life and
experience the thrill of sailing. It is a Charitable Trust set up in 2005 by
volunteers with help from local Rotary clubs. It provides support, training
and equipment to all those with disabilities to enjoy the challenge of a
physical activity in a safe and friendly environment. The sailing is on
Oulton Broad and are indebted to The Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club who
allow the use of their club house and facilities. They have 13 boats and are
operated with a single control stick and are specially designed and adopted
so they will not tip over, are simple to use and are real fun for the users.
Boats have been supplied by local supermakets ,banks , sponsors, and the
Broads Authority. Tuition , training and all buoyancy aids and waterproofs
are supplied and sailing is every Tuesday from April to October for about
half an hour on the water, but thanks to all the volunteers who help to get
every person ready for their session. With the need to store the boats
during the winter, in 2008 a boat house was built. Jacqui stressed there was
a need for more people with disabilities to go sailing, more volunteers
either with sailing skills or assists with refreshments and sponsors were
always welcome to ensure the continued success of such a worthwhile project.
More information is available on their website at
Next week Mike Self would introduce Phil Beaumont who will talk about
Security at this years Olympics.
February 6th 2012
President Robert inducted 2 new members today, Colin Smith introduced by Bob
Price and Peter Taylor introduced by Jack Thorpe. President Robert was our
speaker and gave a presentation of his Rotary Fellowship Exchange to Canada.
As Rotary prides itself on the importance of ‘Fellowship’ it was
quite befitting that President Robert addressed the club concerning
the Fellowship Exchange Visit to Canada that took place in September
2011. Robert together with his wife Roberta and 4 other Rotarians
from the Watton Rotary club were hosted by families from the Red
Deer, Olds, Cochrane and the Chinook Rotary Clubs in the
Alberta. Their hosts had a
full itinerary which included horse riding ,travelling on a steam
train, a lake Cruise, site seeing and riding on Harley Davidson’s
though spectacular mountain terrain. A special visit for the group
was an invite to the ‘Hutterite Community who are very experienced
farmers and one could not be impressed with their dedication and
their community spirit with very little of the modern day high tech
facilities that we take for granted. They are self sufficient living
a very similar lifestyle to that of the Hamish community. .
Due to time constraints Robert was unable to cover every trip in his
talk but felt it was important to explain how the 'Fellowship
Exchange works and how Canadian clubs raise funds and the projects
that they have instigated. Throughout this visit the hospitably
shown to all the group was outstanding and we have many lasting
memories and friendships that will continue and flourish in years
to come. Leslie Seabert thanked the President for sharing his
experience of this very special trip with the members..
January 30th 2012
Peter Howkins was to introduce our speaker this week but was unwell and we
wish him a speedy recovery. Ted Witton introduced Judith Bell who is the new
executive officer of Yare Valley and District Citizens Advice Bureau ( C.A.B
). She is responsible for 3 Bureaus ,one in Great Yarmouth in Stonecutters
Way and the other 2 in Attleborough and Wymondham. It was in 2008 when these
services were combined. Judith had previously been in banking but she had
followed her passion for Charity work into the CAB. The branch in Great
Yarmouth had been in existence for over 70 years and now was available 4
days a week. Although it was important to obtain financial support , and
both County and The Borough Council had been generous with their help, as
had some of the Parishes, the most important factor was to get more suitable
volunteers from all fields to help the ever growing numbers of people
seeking help and advice. The biggest factors were Debt Related problems,
Welfare problems and matters connected to employment. Judith stressed she
was determined to improve standards locally and offer a service which was
open to everyone free of charge. The facilities at Stone cutters Way had
been improved and with the help of the Borough Council a new disabled toilet
had been installed. Judith quoted one or two cases which had been
successfully concluded and showed how CAB had a tremendous influence over
peoples lives, when other avenues of help had failed. Judith's talk was full
of facts and enthusiasm and President Robert thanked her for all her hard
work at the Bureau and wished her well in her quest to improve the service
and gain more volunteers. The Club presented her a cheque for £300.
Judith pleased to receive the cheque from Robert.
Next week President Robert would talk about his
visit to Canada on a Rotary Friendship Exchange.
January 23rd 2012
At the Monday meeting this week, our speaker was our own member John
Wiseman. John gave a courageous, intimate and in depth account of his last
two years history of his association with prostate cancer. This was a talk
which was directed at all our club members to be aware of male problems that
should be taken to their doctors at the slightest hint of a symptom.
Prostate cancer is very much more common among men especially over the age
of 70 and because of the advance in medical knowledge, detection at an early
stage was most desirable. John had members listening intently to his very
personal situation from early detection through radiation
treatment. John gave some valuable advice to those who had a few symptoms
and his key words were to " Be Aware" and if necessary check with the local
surgeries and have a blood PSA test. A very interesting subject brought out
in the open by John ,and Bob Price , on behalf of all the members, thanked
John on his personal insight into prostate cancer.
Next week Mike Erskine would be introducing a speaker.
January 16th 2012
This weeks meeting was a business meeting and reports from each committee
were approved, having been endorsed at the previous council meeting. The
latest Calendar of Events had been circulated to all members and forthcoming
ideas for interesting speakers was considered. Four recent donations were
approved . CAB, the local Citizens Advice Bureau, because of their increased
workload and the reduced funding from some official sources, and two
emergency actions to help a single mother in providing essential
furnishings, and a widowed lady with 2 children recently moved into a flat,
to supply a double bed and 2 single beds, the request having firstly been
initiated by The Salvation Army who had also helped. Finally following a
presentation by the Operational Manager of the Benjamin Foundation for
Housing and Homelessness, a cheque of £500 was presented to help extend
their range of services and support in a new Great Yarmouth premises in the
Summer. Internationally the Club would be donating £250 each to Water Aid to
complete a project in Africa and to The Aqua Box Organisation for use in the
Philippines following the recent floods and landslide disasters.
January 9th 2012
Following the festive holiday break, our first regular meeting of 2012
was on Monday. It was good to see so many members attending and enjoying
the fellowship at The Burlington Palm Hotel.
John Westgate introduced our speaker Jane Hall. Jane is a contemporary
visual artist who paints the modern British seaside. She also has a
fascination for the old shops in Soho London which are fast disappearing
and thus, capturing them in colour on canvas helps to retain parts of
the heritage of British Life. Her inspiration also comes by visiting
many of the streets and shops in Great Yarmouth which she paints and is
particularly capturing the spirit of the seaside town with her
impressions of colourful sights as Ice Creams, Hot Dogs, Fish and Chip
shops , the amusement arcades etc in a modern and realistic way. Jane
has lived in Great Yarmouth for the last 19 years and has held
exhibitions of her work and paintings in various locations throughout
Norfolk , Cambridge and London. Her latest exhibition will be on show at
the Great Yarmouth Library from Wednesday 15th February to 24th February
between 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Her work is varied and she also enjoys painting
portraits and outdoor scenes. She enjoys ballroom dancing and thus has
painted a series of pictures of her favourite dances. Jane gave a
fascinating and interesting insight into her work as an artist and
showed how very passionate she is and how this hopefully was transferred
on to canvas in a bright , colourful and modern way. Malcolm Loveland
thanked Jane on behalf of the members.
Next week would be a
Jane with 3 of her paintings.
January 2nd 2012
No Meeting.... New Year's Holiday.