Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club

                 President 2018- 2019 Keith Futter.  

Meets every Monday at 1.00pm.  (not Bank Holidays ) at The Imperial Hotel, North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR30 1EQ   Tel. No. 01493 842000

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December 29th 2008


                           No meeting.  Next meeting resumes on January 5th 2009

December 22nd 2008



                           Annual Xmas Dinner with Ladies and Guests   Click here for photos and report.

December 15th 2008


                          No speaker but plenty of banter over various topics.


December 10th 2008


                         The Annual Christmas carol Service at Christchurch, Deneside was a great success with a full house attendance. Organised by the 3 local Rotary clubs, the evening program consisted of various carols and hymns, sung and played by the local schools brass band and the choir of Priory Junior school.. Excellent solo songs were sung by 14 year old Chloe Symeou. Master of ceremonies was, this year, Hugh Wiltshire from the Gorleston Rotary club. The collection at the end of a splendid evening was £370. This was donated to The Little Acorns unit at Gorleston.


December 8th 2008


                         At this  Monday's meeting, one of our former members, Tony Reeve, was presented with the "winners trophy" as winner of the Corporate Duck race in the clubs annual charity " Duck race held at end of September.
The speakers on the same day were Carl and Julie Harding who run the Newtown Youth Club, an organisation to which the Haven club recently made a donation to help them provide a Christmas present for each of their under privileged members. The club was formed about 14 years ago by the late Ray Higgleton, a former Borough Councillor, and has gone from strength to strength, especially over the last 8 years when Carl and Julie promised to keep the facility  alive. With anti social behaviour problems and certain values not being taught at home, the Youth Club works closely with the Police , local Authorities and Children's Organisations departments in the area, and there is a resulting 41% cut in the anti social behaviour problems.
The membership is now over 200, ages ranging from 8 to 25 years old.  They meet on Mondays in an old disused ship container under Jellicoe bridge, and caters for young people from the northern area of the borough, many having anti social problems.
The aim of the club is to have their own eco friendly building of unique design and plans are in place for a start in the foreseeable future provided funds can be found. Our members listened with interest to the progress Carl and Julie had made and their plans and ideas for the future, and the Haven Rotary club will take a keen interest in their work and progress.
                          Next Monday there will be no speaker but a short business meeting when recommendations for next years Club officers will be put to the membership. It will also give the members a chance to air their views on the running and organisation of the Club and the direction it should go in the future.
                          The Ladies Annual Christmas Dinner will be held at The Burlington Hotel on Monday 22nd December, 7:30 for 8;00pm and is now fully subscribed.


              Photos by Alan Spinks

Mike Self introduces his guests from Newtown Youth Club            President Robert hands Tony Reeve the unique tankard as winner of Corporate race.


December 1st 2008


                         Several weeks ago Rotarian Mike Butcher organised a trip for Rotary members and their wives to the ‘Big Wheel' that was situated at the Pleasure Beach site.  This gave me {Robert Lovick) the opportunity to chat with Jean Thorpe wife of club member Jack.   Jean happened to mention that she was going to a ‘Soroptimist’ conference and as I had no knowledge of this organisation I suggested that this might be a subject that our members may find interesting.  So Jean took the Monday speakers slot and enlightened the members with the history and functions of the club. In brief the club dates back to 1920 when women were being recognised for their skills and professional contribution and so the club was formed in America and there are now 3000 clubs world wide with a total of 90,000 members.

It was obvious that their constitution is very similar to Rotary but it is an organisation for women in management and professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.  Jean gave the club an insight into the world of Soroptimists and how it started but sadly did not have enough time to explain its current aims and objectives.  She did however mention the fact that like many clubs recruiting new members is always a problem so it was important to constantly look for new ways to encourage younger women to join.  Rotarian John Wiseman thanked Jean for speaking to the members and sharing not only her subject matter but also mentioning some of her personal experiences with husband Jack that brought smiles to the members faces.

                         Mike Self will be introducing next week’s speakers who are representatives from the Newtown Youth Centre.


November 24th 2008


                           Rotarian Tony King introduced this week’s speaker who is well renowned for his promotional work nationally and within the Borough.  Bruno Peek is better known for his Millennium Beacon project and its legacy is still visible today at Beacon Way Gorleston.  However this presentation was not about his previous achievements but namely a fund raising initiative that is helping homeless children in Kenya .  Bruno was approached to help this project and launched an appeal to acquire desks for a school looking after orphaned children in an area where survival is extremely difficult.  Due to the generosity of local people the desks were soon acquired and the project moved forward.  A trip to Kenya to assess the needs of the school gave Bruno the chance to meet the founder of the school namely Pat Botwright.

                           Due to this visit it was evident that there was still much more work needed on the school so a further appeal was started to raise £2000 to build an extension to the building.  Pat started this school with just 7 students and it now helps 250 children with a basic level of education.   Bruno explained that by using local craftsman and taking into account the cost of local materials the amount required to complete the work is very minimal.   He is planning another trip in December to see how the project is progressing and is confident that the total required for the extension will be achieved. Mike Butcher gave the vote of thanks. 

                           Next week’s speaker will be Jean Thorpe who will of course be introduced by her husband Jack. The club will be organising the late night shopping evening at Asda on Monday  for our local senior citizens who do not have access to transport.  If you acquire transport and have not booked a place please contact 01692 670076.



November 17th 2008


                          Business Meeting. Also a prize presentation to the runners up in the Duck Race 2008.




Richard Delf, Chairman of International Committee, pleased at the success of this years event and presenting special unique runners up prize to Proprietors, David and Trish Cole of WINTERTON VALLEY ESTATES.  Race sponsored by PKF Great Yarmouth.


November 10th 2008


                         As we had no speaker this week, after the usual reports and business, an impromptu quiz was held, Secretary Terry providing the questions and answers . Plenty of noise and banter for a good fellowship meeting !

The club welcomed Les Smith from Diss Rotary Club who was the guest of Victor Ling at this Monday’s lunchtime meeting.  Once again the meeting was well attended and as there was no speaker booked Secretary Terry Ashbourne organised a Club Quiz.  There was every intention of completing 8 rounds but as Rotarian's are well known for their humour, constructive intervention and due to the fact that some of the answers were contested,  we fell well short of the designated 8 rounds.  With a decision by President Robert Parker to award 5 points on the last round it gave team Two, captained by Monty Spandler a chance to win on a tie breaker question which was answered by Peter Bondi.  Peter must have had a very active outdoor life in his youth when he knew that the best selling toy in 1967 was the ‘Hoola Hoop’. No prizes were awarded just the opportunity to know that you were part of the winning team and making the other members aware that you were the victors.  President Robert Parker took this opportunity to thank Fay Hacon who is an employee of Rotarian Ian McCreadie for her contribution with our tom-bola tickets and all her assistance with the Rick Wakeman Concert which has now raised just over £11,000 for the James Paget Palliative Care Appeal. 

                          Next weeks meeting will be dealing with business matters.



November 3rd 2008


                         At this Monday’s meeting, was a chance to “ Meet a New Member”.

Peter Gethin was introduced in to the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary club at the end of July.

Canon Michael Woods conducted an in-depth interview with Peter to allow the members to get to know his background both personally and as a Rotarian.

Peter came from Lichfield in Staffordshire and went to the University in Cardiff where he studied mathematics. While there he joined the University Air Squadron and with his interest in flying was able to go to RAF Cranwell for officer training.

His first job was with Cable and Wireless as a data network Engineer from where he moved to Colchester in the Department of engineering.

In 1983 he started his first business which after being successful was sold to The Robert Maxwell Corporation after 3 years,  and he then became an Executive of that Organisation. However with his knowledge of computer software, he was instrumental in getting libraries into the computer age and this work took him overseas to many of their offices in Europe, Middle East and South Africa.

His love of Norfolk brought him and his wife Margaret, back to the County to live. His love of sailing as a pastime would bring him to Norfolk 4 or 5 times a year over many years before his retirement.

Peter joined Rotary in 1989 and was a founder member of the Rotary club of Brookmans Park and Potters Bar , District 1260. He felt Rotary afforded him the opportunity to put something back into the community and was a challenging avenue of service. He was President of his club in 1993/1994 having served on most of the committees both in his own club and that of District 1260. He was District Conference Registrar on 2 occasions, a most demanding task for any District officer. He hosted Group Study Exchange Members from USA, West Africa and Japan. He organised his Club’s Annual quiz night for 10 years and acted as Quizmaster as well as organising club events such as Annual fireworks parties, Barn dances and Hogg Roasts , Music evenings and the Quiz nights.

                          Bill Cooke thanked Michael Woods for his humorous interview and welcomed Peter in to the club where he knew he would be a great asset with his organisational abilities and Rotary experience.

                           President Robert gave an update of the rewarding night last Saturday at the Ocean Room with Rick Wakeman and The Elvis Presley Tribute band, The Blue Sueders.

 £10000 would go to the Palliative Care East Appeal.

 October 27th 2008


                       Whilst Rotary clubs throughout the world support all kinds of projects and charities it is always very rewarding when your own club is in a position to help local organisations.  One such charity is ‘Crossroads’ which is based at Headway House in Gorleston and helps carers by giving them time to be themselves and enjoy a break from their caring responsibilities.  Debbie Woolston who is the Scheme Manager together with Trustee Joan Stanley attended the club to talk about the work of the Charity.  It was quite interesting to learn that this organisation was formed in 1974, its name was derived from the popular TV soap that ran for several years.  In the beginning it helped just 28 families and now there are 140 schemes running throughout England and Wales .  Debbie talked about some of the services they provide and the various clubs that or organised by her staff. The Wednesday Club which helps carers and those individuals who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, meet weekly at the Northgate Social Club.  At these important meetings Debbie’s team organise entertainment, speakers and trips to various locations throughout the County for the members.  The Charity has to find the funds to keep these important clubs going and Robert Lovick who is Chairman of the Community Service Committee, recently visited the Wednesday Club and experienced the importance of social interaction for the carers and sufferers.  This Charity does obtain some financial support from government and the County Council but still has to raise substantial funds locally to maintain many of the services that they provide.   Bob Price thanked Debbie for her presentation and declared that he was proud to be a member of a Club that is supporting this charity which helps so many people who devote their time caring for others.

 Rotarian Peter Gethin who has recently joined the club will be interviewed by Michael Woods at next Mondays meeting.


October 20th 2008


                       The club welcomed Carol Horne as its speaker whose husband Keith is an honorary member.  Carol talked about her voluntary work with the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RLNI and how the rescue service came into being.  She made reference to those who founded the ‘Beach Companies’ and then the formation of rescue boats in 1824.  The operation was to change beyond recognition from specialising solely in salvage to one of saving lives being its priority.  This organisation relies on fund raising and Carol with her team better known as the Ladies Lifeboat Guild is a force to be reckoned with regards to organising events to raise capital.   Carol gave an overview of the yearly costs for the lifeboat and the number of calls that the station had responded to during 2008.  There is no doubt that this organisation has very high running costs especially the high tech equipment which means that the members of the guild are constantly looking for new fund raising ideas.  Carol was well prepared for the banter that is very lively at these lunchtime meetings and this was reflected in her presentation.  Wally Ladmore thanked Carol for giving up her time to talk to the members. 

 The Club is organising a Charity Ball starring Rick Wakeman at the Ocean Rooms on Saturday 1ST November.  This event is in aid for the James Paget Palliative Care Unit  and tickets are still available by contacting ‘Screenprint’ on the Harfreys Industrial Estate or Brahams Fashions in Market Row. Great Yarmouth.

 Next weeks speaker will be Debbie Woolston from the Charity ‘Crossroads’.



October 13th 2008



                      On behalf of the members I must take this opportunity to pay tribute to John Dawson who at a recent Monday meeting cycled to the club to beat the congestion that is causing traffic problems for the town.  However despite the ongoing road works many Rotarian's managed to get to this week’s meeting and were delighted with a presentation by Charles Lewis who talked about his trip to South Korea.  Charles’s son had taken up a teaching post in Korea and with his passion for visiting countries that are not your usual holiday destinations he took this opportunity to visit this  location to explore and  adsorb the culture.  He landed in Seoul and he described the capital as grey during the day but vibrant with brightly illuminated lighting affects at night.  After several days in Seoul he took a train journey to the Daegu area and then onto what he thought would be a tourist holiday island called Jeju.  He admitted that this was quite a bleak place with the weather being quite inclement.  During his stay Charles visited many places of interest including a volcanic crater and a water fall which feeds into the sea, and the Joint Security Area which divides the North from the South.  The history of Korea is very interesting taking into account that it is a divided country, and with Charles’s passion for history he soon found this a trip with a difference and made the comment that is a country that is charming under the surface.  Once again the members listened intensively and were not disappointed to learn about his exploits especially his visual aids which delighted and humoured the audience.  Next weeks speaker will be Carol Horn who will be talking about ‘Nautical Wrecks’.


October 6th 2008

                         The Casino Night at the Imperial Hotel organised by Rotarian Mike Muskett was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.  At Monday’s meeting Wally Ladmore introduced Reg Cadmore who now teaches at the John Grant School .   Reg who is a very keen sportsman and supports Norwich City Football Club retired from an extinguished teaching career working in middle education and decided to undertake  supply teaching in order that he could continue working in this environment.   The John Grant School approached him and he started teaching children with special needs just one day a week and then due to other circumstances now works 4 days a week.  With no previous experience in dealing with young people with special needs and disabilities Reg soon adapted and began teachings his specialist subjects, and was soon overwhelmed by their willingness to learn, and the affection each of children would give during his lessons.  The club was able to learn about the ongoing projects for the school that would ultimately help the students with their studies.  This talk highlighted the specialist teaching techniques that are offered at the school and the difference that these facilities can make to the daily lives of the students.  Rotarian Robert Lovick thanked Reg for coming to the club and talking to the members.

  Members are reminded about the Charity Ball being held at the Oceans Rooms on Saturday 1st November in support of the James Paget Palliative Care Unit Appeal. Tickets can still be acquired from Rotarian Ian McCreadie.


September 29th 2008

                         After a very successful Duck Race which raised much needed funds for the International Committee it was back to normal business at this week’s meeting with Rotarain Richard Fiddy giving a slide presentation on his work with SSAFA. The full title stands for The Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association.  This organisation is charity based which provide support for  men and women in the armed services and for those who have served in the forces.  Richard informed the members that once he retired he was advised to take things easy but volunteered to be a case worker visiting people in need.  He explained many of the cases that he had been involved in and the satisfaction in being able to make a  difference to families who husbands are abroad, to those suffering injuries and helping veterans with household redecoration and equipment that would improve their quality of life.  This was only a short list of the types of services that this charity provides and as he explained every effort is made to help where ever possible.   So far this year he has dealt with 49 requests for assistance and covers the area of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.  There is no doubt that Richard is committed to his work and with his busy schedule there is little chance of him taking things easy.  The club is always grateful when one of its members gives a talk which reflects their work especially an organisation that is not commonly known to the general public.  John Dawson thanked Richard for addressing the members and expressed his admiration for his work and the difference he can make to those who have served their country and their dependants.

Members are reminded that the Casino Night takes place this coming Friday at the Imperial Hotel 7 15pm – 7 30pm.  Next week’s speaker will be Reg Cadmore and   introduced by Wally Ladmore.



September 22nd 2008


                         Business Meeting. Welcomed Bill the Tailor from Thailand.


September 15th 2008


                        Wayne Newbury-Lee was the guest speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven's Rotary meeting on Monday. Wayne was a specialist in the Power Regeneration business with the massive worldwide Company General Electric.

He covered a variety of factors by which energy was produced but his speciality was with Gas turbines. His job took him as an advisor to most of the European countries. For power generation ,Gas was considered to be the most efficient as it was cheaper than coal, wind and nuclear and the emissions to the environment were much lower. It also took less time to build a gas turbine station, about 2 years. Solar powered plants were much more evident in Southern Europe such as Spain and Portugal but these countries were not as quick as other countries such as the UK to follow directives for more efficiency and less emissions.  Gas was a very reliable product, efficient and low emissions. Many challenges were driving the Technology in the Industry, ultimately leading to higher efficiency and more diverse solutions for the next generation or two. Coal was still a great source of energy and Poland and Russia were still exporting the largest amount although the calorific content was not as high as that produced in ,say Yorkshire or Wales. Asia was now seeing a greater demand for energy especially India and China.  For the future , General Electric was continually looking to solve the energy solutions , trying to balance the sensibility of the environment and the ever increasing demand for energy. Wayne presented a most interesting talk with illustrations and provoked a considerable discussion for the members. He was introduced by Bill Cooke.

                       A reminder to all of the 9th Annual Duck Race which takes place this Sunday September 21st at The Waterways, Great Yarmouth..admission free.


September 8th 2008


                         Local police representative Gary Pettingell made a return visit to the Club last Monday lunchtime to tell members about a pioneering initiative in Great Yarmouth. After successfully introducing a gambling self-exclusion programme for those with a gambling problem, a new programme, the first of its kind in the world, is slowly being launched to help people with a similar problem related to alcohol. He stressed that all relevant agencies (e.g. licensees, the media, families, support groups, etc) would need to work together as a team to support individuals who wish to exclude themselves from premises selling alcohol. The programme uses computer-based data and details of the scheme can be accessed by anyone searching under the "Count me out" umbrella. The level of questioning by members suggested that the scheme may well face a few teething problems in gaining general acceptance and support.
    Rotarian Norman Bailey reminded members that there was only one meeting left prior to the Club's Duck Olympics at the Water Gardens on 21st September. The support of all members is needed to make the event as successful as previous Duck Race Events.
    Next week's speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Bill Cooke.


September 1st 2008


                        Members were entertained by a very interesting talk given by Michael Jernigan, a retired Intelligence officer with the U.S.Department of state located at Molesworth in Northamptonshire. Born in Texas he has lived in Britain with his English born wife since 1999. His carreer spanned many aspects including a counter Intelligence Analyst, ten years in the U.S. Marines including service in Vietnam plus 13 years in the American Army during which time he met General Colin Powell who he considered to be a great leader and never heard an unkind word spoken against him by any soldier. Tracing his family history he discovered relatives living in Norfolk way back in 1634 and although the the name of Jernigan is now almost extinct in England, there are families by that name in every state in America. Michael Jernigan was introduced by Canon Michael Woods who met him and his wife while on Territorial Army duty earlier in the year.

                         Next Mondays speaker will be PC Gary Pettingell who will be introduced by John Wiseman. During the meeting Past President Ian Thomson presented the 2007- 2008 "Rotarian of the Year" award to Michael Woods.

                          Members are reminded to return their completed Duck Race cards and money to Norman Bailey as soon as possible as the event will be held on Sunday 21st September at the Waterways.

                        The recent Club Golf Tournament was won by John Clark.

The Club's Charity Casino Night will be held on Friday 3rd October, details to follow next Monday.


August 25th 2008

                        Bank Holiday.... No meeting.


18th August 2008


                        Last week several club members and their wives enjoyed a night at Southwold Theatre which was organised by Rotarian Bert Collins who introduced this week’s guest speaker Thomasz Kozlowski .  Thomasz is the Director of Development for 1st East which is a private company working in partnership with a range of public sector authorities and other agencies to assist in the regeneration of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft .. This PowerPoint presentation gave the members a chance to see the development proposals for the Great Yarmouth area namely Runham Broad, Breydon Reach, Ice House Quay, Nelson Bridge and South Denes.  These proposals will hopefully boost the local economy and create jobs that will support a culture for business and ultimately improve the quality of life for the local residents  as part of the ongoing investment in the town.  There was no doubt that the overall plan is linked to the success of the outer harbour which should be completed sometime in 2009.  Within this programme is the planned Nelson’s Bridge which appears to be a major factor in the success of this long term commercial strategy.  This was a most informative presentation and the members lined up to put questions to Thomasz which included the projected employment from the outer harbour, flooding problems and current town centre issues relating to the number of shops that are currently empty.   Rotarian and Yarmouth Councillor Graham Plant thanked Thomasz for coming to the club and he took the opportunity to express his support for the development and investment opportunities that the town so desperately needs.  The club will meet again on Monday 1st September.

11th August 2008

                 At this week’s meeting Rotarian Bob Grimmer was spared the personal interview that some new members agree to participate in and elected to undertake his own presentation.  Bob was approached by a friend to help out with the Yarmouth Maritime Festival on 2000 and still remains an active player is this annual event.  During the very first festival Bob was offered the chance to visit the Grand Turk which was based on HMS Blanford which was a 20 gun, sixth-rate frigate launched on 13th February 1720.  The Grand Turk was used in the film ‘Hornblower’ and whilst there are sails it is powered by two diesel engines and bow thrusters and can therefore sail with a very minimum crew. This ship is a celebrity at maritime festivals throughout the UK and Europe .  Bob was given the opportunity to sail on the ship and on his second trip he travelled from Ramsgate to Ostend .  He talked about his experience as a crew member on the ship and explained that there was little time for sleep during a period of bad weather.  With the bunks assigned to senior crew members it was the hammock that was to be his is bed for the trip. There was no doubt that Bob felt very privileged having been given this opportunity of a lifetime and was sad to hear that the ship will not be coming to this year’s Maritime Festival.  This vessel is moored in Whitby and remains a very popular holiday attraction.  Bob is hopeful that the Grand Turk will put in appearance at the Maritime celebrations in 2009.  Rotarian Ian Thomson thanked Abel Seaman Bob for his talk.  Bert Collins will be arranging a speaker for next Monday’s meeting.


4th August 2008


                       Business Meeting. Click here for Minutes of Council meeting and approvals.


28th July 2008


                       Rotarian Derrick Garwood introduced this week’s speaker Reg Nichols who is a retired engineer undertaking voluntary work for the charity ‘REMAP’.  Reg explained the work of his charity which builds specialist equipment for disabled people. The charity ‘REMAP’ is a very unique organisation working through a nationwide network of dedicated volunteers who make and modify equipment for people with special needs.  These inspiring people use their ingenuity and skills by helping people to achieve much-desired independence in some aspect of their lives, or to enjoy leisure opportunities previously closed to them.  Reg explained that many pieces of the specialist equipment are tailor-made with parts that are given free or modifying their own equipment.  There is no doubt that Reg is a very inventive individual and admitted that on many occasions no real skills are required just some logical thinking that can resolve the problem.  These volunteers make a great deal of difference giving their time and expertise to improve the lives of others making sure that the equipment provided does the job it is intended to do.  This is a unique charity with 85 divisions with in the UK helping over 3000 people each year assisting mainstream services which in some cases are unable to assist the person requesting support.  This was a most interesting presentation which highlighted the dedication of those who work in the voluntarily sector and who do so much to ease the burden of so many people with disabilities.   Junior Vice President John Burroughs thanked Reg for addressing the members.  Business matters will be discussed at next weeks meeting. 


21st July 2008


                      A return visit of Mr Derek George after about 7 years was the guest speaker. His talk was a fascinating history of shipping in the Yarmouth area of 2 centuries ago and the effect this had on the formation of a Caister Lifeboat service.

                       Around 1807 about 3000 ships and boats would pass by Great Yarmouth in either direction. The main involvement of these boats would have been the transport of coal from the North down to London. The loading would have taken about 3 weeks and it would have been a 2 to 3 month round trip. Naturally with so many vessels in the area there were many collisions and the loss of life  was horrendous. This led to the formation of Beach Companies along the coast line and hence the attention of forming rescue services. In the Lowestoft area Mr Robert Sparrow of the sparrows Nest who was a wealthy man launched an appeal for funds for a lifeboat. Horatio Nelson was one of the first to contribute with 5 guineas... within in one year enough cash was raised and a lifeboat was delivered. To encourage the launches Mr Sparrow offered the crew or Company, 1 guinea per person during the day and 1 and half guineas for night time.It soon became clear to all the villages along the coast to have their own lifeboat...Sheringham, Cromer and about £150 needed to be raised. This was an enormous achievement in those days to have funded a lifeboat. In 1810 saw the launch of the Norfolk Preservation of Lives and it was in 1845 that Caister Beach Company was put under pressure to become part of that organisation. The RNLI had already been formed and in 1857 and 1858 the RNLI took over the running of the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts.

                         Mr George completed his most interesting and fascinating talk by bringing the Club up to date on the present Caister life boats. The present Caister Life boat , the latest one made in Holland 

is the most technical and fastest boat in Great Britain with a range of 100 nautical miles. It is launched about 16 times a year and costs about £150000 per year to operate. It remains the only independant rescue lifeboat in Great Britain. Michael Woods thanked Derek for his most interesting talk.


14th July 2008


                      Rotarian Graham Plant introduced this week’s speaker Tim Howard.  Tim is a local government employee and his presentation centred on his time in Greece several years ago when he was a Hotel proprietor on the island of Spetses .  There were several humorous stories including his attempts to try and engage local workman on alterations to the hotel.  However due to the time scale to complete the project Tim decided to return to England and employ UK tradesmen to carry out all the alterations to the building.  It soon became apparent to Tim that the tax system and the pricing of goods were very different to those back home and after some minor hiccups he soon familiarised himself with all the rules and business practices.  The collection of materials for his building project was at times difficult and he relayed the story of a moped rider with long metal construction rods strapped to the side of the machine with other road users trying to negotiate around them.   There was one occasion when he noticed a fridge being transported on a motor cycle and wondered what else they could possibly try to move on such a small motor cycle.  He also remarked that due to the location of the International Airport travellers have no option other than to negotiate busy routes through Athens , which causes many problems for the visitors who plan their arrival time according to the level of possible congestion. .   I am sure that Tim could have continued his talk for much longer but sadly time was not on his side and we never had the chance to discover why he returned the UK .  Peter Howkins thanked Tim for a most informative and lively presentation.  The speaker for next week’s meeting will be arranged by Richard Delf.


7th July 2008


                     Presidents Handover Day. Click here for full report.


1st July 2008


                      Bill Cooke and Alan Spinks represented the club in the RIBI National Golf Tournament run each year by the Sutton in Ashfield Rotary Club.

                      We were drawn away against Cambridge Rutherford Rotary Club. The match was played at Gog Magog Golf Club. After a tight finish we finally lost 2&1. However we had a great meal and evening with our opponents after the 19th hole !


30th June 2008


                     Today no guest speaker but there was an induction by President Ian of 3 new members into our Rotary Club.

                       Richard Fiddy..... Classification...Retired Financial advisor.

                       Bob Grimmer...... Classification...Building Contractor.

                       Peter Gethin........ Classification...Retired Computer Software.


Each new member had a few words of how they would enjoy the fellowship and Rotary activities of our Club.



The 3 new members listening intently.            Richard Fiddy receives his welcome from Ian.



Bob Grimmer welcomed into the Club.          Peter Gethin welcomed as new member.


23rd June 2008

                      On Thursday 19th June a total of 20 Rotarians and friends attended Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton for a fun packed evening including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Target Shooting and Archery.  Brain Potter and all his staff and helpers made this a very enjoyable evening raising funds for the Foundation Committee.  Rotarian Alan Spinks achieved most points overall and other participants were awarded prizes for their winning scores.  

                      On Monday the club’s guest speaker was Roger Larwood who was introduced by Alan Carman.  Roger presentation was about the history of the Woodfordes Brewery.  Ray Ashworth worked in banking way back in the 1980’s and due to his passion for good tasting beers he was involved in assessing beers throughout the local area..  Whilst conducting these assessments a colleague who was also involved in this process tasted one of Ray’s home brewed beers and he was so impressed that he persuaded Ray to consider starting his own business.  At first he was reluctant to take this change of career but later decided to take up the challenge and moved into an industrial unit in Drayton near Norwich to begin brewing his first beer.  Over a period of time he moved into several premises one of which was the subject of an electrical fire losing all his equipment, which meant that he had to move into temporary accommodation.  Ray was always looking for better facilities and finally he discovered premises at Woodbastwick where they are currently producing local beers.   This was a perfect location as the local water was ideal for the brewing process which has resulted in numerous supreme championship awards producing over 16.000 barrels each year.  The founder of the company Ray Ashworth no longer owns the brewery and it is now managed by a consortium of share holders.  This was a very interesting presentation and it is always delightful when an individual’s passion causes them to make major changes in their lives resulting in a successful business career.  Rotarian Peter Bondi thanked Roger Larwood for addressing the members.


16th June 2008


                         At this years annual Club Assembly ’chaired by Vice President elect Mike Erskine who welcomed special guest Assistant District Governor Brian Hunter a member of the Lowestoft Rotary Club.  Brian was given the opportunity to hear the Chairman’s reports from the various committees.  Mike Self will be heading the Vocational Committee having taken over from Des Sadler.  This meeting gave each of the committees the opportunity to inform the members about their aims and objectives together with details of fund raising events for the next 12 months.  The very popular Duck Race will once again take place on Sunday 21st September.   Brian Hunter then addressed the members complementing them on the increase in membership within the last 12 months and all their hard work in raising funds for good causes.  Brian then gave an overview of his vision for the Rotary year ahead and the importance of working with unity throughout the district and nationally.  President elect Robert Parker thanked Brian for attending the lunch and expressed his determination to continue strengthening the club with service and fellowship at the forefront of his presidency. 

                           Rotarian Richard Delf is organising a day at Newmarket Races and all members are reminded that those wishing to attend should place their names on the list as soon as possible.  

                           The Club Charter Night will take place on Friday 27th June.

                           The guest speaker at next Monday’s luncheon will be Roger Larwood from Woodfordes Brewery.        


9th June 2008

                  Several weeks ago members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange came to the club to talk about their selection process and expectations for their trip to Australia .  At Monday’s meeting the Group Leader Rotarian Mike Butcher together with team members Sarah-Jane Lumley, Clare Boddy and Howard Olby addressed the members.   They each gave an overview of the visit setting out the highlights and special moments during their stay allowing them to study other methodologies that would hopefully prepare them to address community needs within their chosen careers.  They arrived in Sidney and had time to see the sights especially the stunning harbour the opera house  and various land marks that certainly lived up to their expectations.  They then moved on to Orange a provincial city 160 mile west of Sidney .  Here they met their host families and soon adjusted to the friendly and sociable lifestyle that is part of the Australian culture. This was a once-in-a lifetime experience for all of the team which gave them the opportunity to understand the structure and methods used by the respective agencies that were relative to their own profession.   They each had time out to view the stunning scenery and the wildlife which at times would appear without warning.  All the team had forged close links with Rotary members that they had stayed with or had met on this trip, many of which had now become close friends.  At the end of the talk the group ran a slide presentation which depicted some of the special moments of their visit.  Rotarian Jack Thorpe gave the votes of thanks.  Members are reminded of the clay pigeon shoot which will take place on the evening of Thursday 19th June and is being organised by Mike Butcher. There will be a club assembly at next Monday’s meeting.


2nd June 2008

                      On Sunday 1st June Club members, family and friends enjoyed a fund raising boat trip aboard the ‘Southern Comfort’ at Horning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.  The outing was in memory of Rotarian Geoff Denton who will always be remembered with much affection.  This event was once again well supported by the members and the total amount raised on the day was over £1000.

                      At Monday’s meeting Rotarian John Tomalin introduced John Parker who is the Regional Fundraising Manager for the Charity ‘DebRA’.  This organisation supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa which is a rare genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest friction or even spontaneously.  There is at least 5000 people living with this devastating condition within the UK and much of the work of the charity is to provide nurses and recourses to individuals and to raise funds for ongoing research to try a find an effective treatments and eventually a cure.  Mr Parker was very confident that an effective treatment would be found but could not predict a time for this break through. 

This was an illness very close to John Tomalin's heart as one of his relatives Daisy May aged 3 suffers from EB and therefore has first hand experience of this condition.  John Parker then ran a short video showing several young children with the condition and for those members who had little or no knowledge of the illness they were left in no doubt the pain and continued suffering that the worst cases have to endure.  At this point the club members reflected on the presentation and with a very sombre atmosphere Monty Spandler gave the votes of thanks. 

                       There will be a presentation next Monday by some of the GSE team who visited Australia earlier this year.


26th May 2008

                     No Meeting.... May Bank Holiday.


19th May 2008


                      Brian Pottter addressed the members and commented on a recent meeting with the Dean of Norwich and mentioned to him that he knew Canon Michael Woods.  The Dean explained that when Michael completed an application form he was required to attach a photograph that should have been a true likeness of him, but as humour is part of Michael’s personality he attached a photograph of an animal.  Despite this Michael was still appointed and to this day one is not quite sure which picture remains on file. 

                      It is always a delight when one of the member’s talks about their personal interests and it was Rotarian John Westgate whose presentation gave the members a glimpse of .his passion for stamps.   John has been involved in this hobby for several years and was one of those collectors who took an in-depth interest in ‘Smiler’ Stamps which were introduced by the Post Office way back in 1989.  They were classified as greeting stamps and soon became popular amongst collectors who saw an opportunity to obtain what would be a limited addition.  John has already spoken to the members about his hobby but this time dedicated his time to this part of his collection and this gave the members a much better understanding of this particular issue.  Since the first introduction of the stamps there have been numerous sheets launched by the Post Office including the ‘Generic’, ‘Personalized,’ Themed and  Business Customised stamps which gave individual companies a chance to display their company logo. John then handed copies of these sheets so the members could examine the makeup and layout of the stamps especially those bearing the pictures of the past players from the Norwich City Football Club.  This was an interesting presentation from a member who clearly revels in the hunt for stamps to add to his collection and has no doubt given him many hours of satisfaction.  Junior Vice President Michael Erskine thanked John for sharing his interest with members. 

                     The Car Rally takes place on Thursday 5th June and organiser Wally Ladmore requests that any members who have not yet signed up to this fund raising evening should do so by contacting him as soon as possible.


12th May 2008

                     Visit of Mayor Paul Garrod.

                      Click here for report & photos.


                      On Tuesday 6th May four club members attended a dinner at the Maids Head Hotel Norwich to meet 5 team members of the Group Study Exchange from Australia . Their lively and informative presentation gave the delegates an insight into their backgrounds and their gratitude for being given the opportunity to absorb the experiences in front of them.
  After the Bank Holiday recess the club was once again in full swing with the Mayor Paul Garrod accompanied by his wife Lisa addressing the club members.  This was a special occasion as Paul was now at the end of his year in office but would be undertaking duties as the Deputy Mayor.  Paul spoke about his sadness with regards to the death of the former Mayor Sue Robinson and his civic pride in accepting this position.  He highlighted some of visits he had made during his year in office totalling well over 400 to local clubs organisations and various groups, all providing important services throughout the borough.   Paul certainly had a very busy schedule and was proud to represent this town which is very dear to his heart.  He is an hotelier and has strong links with the Caister Lifeboat, and is certainly well known within the town.  He talked about the Maritime Festival, the Out Harbour Project and his involvement with the visit to Great Yarmouth by the Royal Anglian Regiment which will have lasting memories for him and his wife.  During Paul’s year his objective was to raise money for local causes and his initial target was well exceeded by the generosity of the local community.  Club President Ian Thomson presented Paul with a donation of £500 for one of his chosen charities and thanked him for addressing the members.  Rotarian John Westgate will be arranging a speaker for next Monday’s meeting.


5th May 2008

                     No Meeting. Bank Holiday


28th April 2008

                     Business Meeting. Click here for topics discussed at Council.

21st April 2008


                     Rotarian George Ermini and his guest Kevin Whitbread addressed the members in relation to their participation in the Cannonball 8000 car rally which was first launched in 2003.  This event took place over 4 days in September 2007 with 130 cars taking part together with 260 drivers, travelling through Belgium , France , Luxemburg , Austria , Switzerland , Czechoslovakia and Slovakia .  George and Kevin raised over £1,500 for the Palliative Care East Appeal.  Kevin Whitbread’s entry for the rally was his much treasured Maserati which was suitably covered in advertising material mainly depicting the sponsors who helped make this trip possible.  This was not a race but merely a challenge to complete the course raising money for charity.  They had some memorable occasions even before they left the UK with traffic congestion at the starting point in London and a lengthy document check at the French control point in Folkestone.  Having entered Belgium the organisers informed the participants that they could not travel through Germany and if any of the entrants decided to risk entering the country they could have the vehicles impounded. . This power point presentation gave the members a flavour of what this challenge comprised of and the impressive array of vehicles taking part.   Both participants said that it was a memorable experience travelling through some of the most picturesque parts of Europe .  They are now looking forward to their next rally which is currently in the planning stages. 

                       Members are reminded that the gourmet evening organised by Des Sadler will take place at the Ambitions Restaurant at the Great Yarmouth College on Wednesday 30th April. 

                       At next Monday’s meeting the club will be dealing with business matters.



14th April 2008

                     Sculptress Julia Cake, famous world-wide for her stone and marble creations was guest speaker today.


Local sculptress Julia Cake working with diamond cutting tool on Italian marble. She spent her formative years in Monaco before completing her education in Florida. Her first piece was completed at the tender age of 16 and she acknowledged the support that she received at the beginning of her career. Members were given the opportunity to view some of her finished pieces alongside the tools that were used to make them and specimens of marble in their raw form. Describing some of the techniques employed in her work, she commented that her inspiration for a piece of work often came from examining the marble prior to working it and then enhancing the qualities found there. A short video of some finished pieces completed the talk.
    Next week's speaker will be Rotarian George Ermini, who will recount some of the experiences he gained from his participation in the Cannonball Run.


8th April 2008

                  On Tuesday 17 Club Members and several guests visited the Jaguar Car Plant at Castle Bromwich where the new Jaguar XF saloon is produced.  This was a most interesting tour to a plant where many years ago it was built to manufacture the Submarine Spitfire for World War Two.


7th April 2008

                     At a packed lunchtime meeting the club welcomed several visitors and guests and this week’s speaker was Jude Richardson a volunteer with the Samaritans.   This organisation operates from their Yarmouth Offices in North Quay.  There are about 40 volunteers offering a listening service which include landline, text and personal visits.  Jude admitted that many people just need to talk about their problems in situations where the family unit may have broken down or they have personnel issues that may be affecting them mentally and emotionally.   The Samaritans are a National organisation but each local branch must raise their own funds under individual Charity Status. Jude admitted that with the ever increasing use of the internet they were currently undertaken training to accommodate such technology within their means of response.  It costs around £12.000 each year to operate this service and fund raising is a continuous process with no financial help from local and central government.  President Ian Thomson thanked Jude for attending the meeting and acknowledged all the hard work undertaken by all the volunteers and wished them well with their current refurbishment programme.

                      Members are reminded that it is the President’s Ladies Night this coming Friday and it will be held at the Burlington Hotel 7pm for 7 30pm.


31st March 2008

                          The members were entertained by a very interesting illustrated presentation by the local well-known artist and potter, Ernie Childs. He told of the beginnings of his enterprise to the present day. He has produced over 300 different design commerative mugs for various organisations and occasions, both in this country and abroad. The attention to detail that goes into the production of each design and the hours of work needed to achieve the finished product was most impressive. He also gave illustrations of his exceptional artistic talent both as a sculptor and and as a painter and went on to describe the variety of natural products he obtains to provide materials for his work.

The vote of thanks was given by John Wiseman. Next Mondays speaker will be a representative from The Samaritans.

A good number of members and friends will be travelling to Birmingham on Tuesday 8th April to visit the Jaguar Car Factory. Coach will leave The Burlington Hotel at 8.00am sharp.

President Ian and his wife Frances will host the Presidents Ladies Night Dinner and dance at the Burlington Hotel on the following Friday 11th April. 7.00 for 7.30 pm.


24th March 2008

                          No Meeting.....Easter Monday Holiday.

17th March 2008

                          Business meeting.

10th March 2008

                           Rotary member Leslie Seabert addressed the club at its Monday lunchtime meeting and presented his cultural experience in relation to a recent visit to the Philippines with his wife Kristina, to attend a friends wedding. In total 29 friends and family travelled from the UK to the resort.  Leslie who is a very well known local architect soon became interested in the local buildings many of which were very basic and in very poor state of repair.  Whilst there were some new homes being constructed they were mainly for foreign residents who were moving to the area.  The club learned about the turbulent history of the islands having gained its independence in 1946.  The wedding took place at the resort of Moalboal where the hotel accommodation could only be described as very unique but a short drive from the hotels would reveal the stark reality of how poor some of the local residents really are.  A beautiful beach location with the bride and groom together with guests all in attendance there was a minor hiccup when the judge who was presiding over the marriage arrived several hours late which reflected the laid back attitude of the local people.  Despite this setback everybody had a wonderful time with lasting memories.  Leslie explained what facilities were available on the island including diving, beautiful beaches and other tourist attractions.  Despite the cultural differences all the local people were very friendly and extremely hard working. Like many of the islands they depend solely on tourism to support the economy. With over 7,000 islands and a population of 70 million the need to sustain this tourist industry becomes very apparent.  Lesley certainly enjoyed his stay in the Philippines and Rotarian Mike Self thanked him for sharing some of experiences with the members. 

                           At next Monday’s meeting the club will be dealing with business matters.


3rd March 2008

                         Rotarian Norman Bailey introduced his speaker today. He was well known local Estate agent Charles Bycroft. Charles gave a very interesting and amusing account of his career in the business of selling houses and gave his interpretation of which way he thought the housing market would go in the near future. Rotarian TC Harry thanked Charles for his enlightening talk.


25th February 2008

                         Rotarian Michael Mizen from the Thorpe St Andrew Rotary Club was this week’s speaker and his subject was the first day of the battle of the Somme .  This very powerful presentation was a stark reminder of that day in July 1916 when 60.000 British troops lost their lives as they advanced on German lines.   Two Generals namely Haig and Rawlinson had joint responsibility for the battle plan and drew up two different strategies that no doubt caused confusion and was deeply flawed.  With the shelling of German lines prior to the battle it was apparent that the wire protecting the German trenches had not been destroyed and due to the depth of enemy trenches many German solders were unscathed.  The French troops who agreed to support this deployment insisted that it took place at that date because of their own battle plans. The troops made the movement from the trenches at 07 30 hours and as they approached the heavy machine guns from enemy lines they had little or no chance of surviving, with 24.000 troop killed in the first hour.  There were some successes namely an Irish Battalion who moved forward in darkness managing to hold their position, ready for a deployment when the conditions were right. .  Due to their speed they breached the German lines but became isolated with no supporting troops to help them.  There was total silence throughout this talk as many of the members came to terms with the reality of the battle and the blood bath that followed.  Michael is one of the official guides that take schoolchildren and other groups to Belgium to see the battle areas and many return with lasting memories.  John Burroughs thanked Michael for this moving story.



18th February 2008

                         Today was a special Tri-Club meeting when members came from The Yarmouth RC and The Gorleston RC to join with The Haven members.

Our special guest was Sarah Jayne Lumley who is one of the 1080 GSE team to visit Australia next month. She and our own Team Leader PP. Mike Butcher gave a shortened presentation of their proposed talks and PowerPoint show, which they will present on their visit to South Australia.



President Ian thanks Sarah Jayne and Mike for their presentation.


11th February 2008


                         Junior Vice President Mike Erskine welcomed new member Peter Howkins to the Club.  Rotarian Terry Ashbourne (Secretary) introduced speaker Ian Semmons who is the Chairman of the Charity ‘Action on Pain’.  Several years ago Ian intervened in a street robbery and ultimately paid the price which resulted in injuries that would see him in hospital for several weeks.  During his long period of rehabilitation he would have to endure long sessions of physiotherapy that would help him to regain movement but he would have to live with the pain from his injuries.  It was while he was on this journey that he realised that little or no advice or help to those suffering from chronic pain was available within the National Health Service and decided to form an organisation that would help sufferers and their families.  In 1998 the group was formed from the family home and several years later they became a registered charity.  With volunteers manning the helpline they provide support, advice and encouragement to those directly and indirectly affected by pain, self help groups and specially developed publications.  They also wanted to raise the profile of pain with local, national and international governments and organisations, in order that everybody affected by pain gets early access to effective care and support wherever they live.  As the group receive no state funding they rely on donations from a variety of sources and continue to lobby central government for financial help.  Ian speaks at many conferences and sits on various specialist committees that allow him the opportunity to spread the word on this very important service.  Rotarian Robert Lovick thanked Ian for addressing the members and commended him on his brave intervention that would sadly change his life for ever.  He wished him well with the project. 

                         Members are reminded that next week will be a lunchtime meeting with Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Rotary Clubs.  Teams are still required for the Foundation Quiz Night on Thursday 28th March.

4th February 2008


                     Rotarian George Ermini brought two guests to this week’s meeting namely Natalie Smith and his guest speaker Simon Lee. It soon became obvious that the members would not be disappointed with this witty and lively presentation. After a rebellious youth Simon joined the Army in 1991 and after a period of training he was deployed to Bosnia ,. He admitted that no training could equip you for real life situations in conflict zones. After a 7 month tour of duty he returned to the UK to take up a commission which saw him return to Bosnia, still remaining with the Worcester and Sherwood Forester Regiment. To remain with the regiment meant a great deal to him, as this was his fathers regiment. Now a commanding officer with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Unit he outlined some of the horrific situations that confronted him during the troubles. Many of the memories will remain with him for ever and this brought home to all the members just what kind of problems confronted the troops. Having returned to the UK, he undertakes specialist training and was appointed to Protection Duties which saw him working with John Major and members of the Royal Family. In 1998 he leaves the Army and continues personal protection work with many celebrities namely ‘Bono of the band ‘U2’ and ‘Sting’.
                    He continues his globe trotting experiences when he undertakes work with several business entrepreneurs and admitted that this was job satisfaction at it's best. Rotarian Mike Butcher thanked Simon for sharing some of his experiences with the members.


28th January 2008

                       The Business meeting was very well attended. The committees , Secretary and Treasurer all gave their reports and updated the members on various topics.

                        It was agreed that we would support the Tri-Club and complete 15 Aqua boxes per Club, and that the boxes would be collected and returned free of charge by Simon Cooper of the Gorleston Club.

                          John Burroughs was recommended and selected as the new Junior Vice President.

 Michael Woods was given leave of absence from the next few meetings.          

21st January 2008

                       Club member Peter Bondi was this week’s speaker and he talked about the conception and development of Budget Hotels within the UK.  At a packed meeting Peter embarked on a very humorous and interesting presentation impressively given without the aid of notes. His family managed the Star Hotel Great Yarmouth for many years and with his knowledge and experience of the business he was soon approached to manage his own hotel.  A major challenge came in the mid 1970’s when he took on the management of a hotel in Gatwick, which was then operated by the Grand Metropolitan Group.  After a period of time Peter managed to turn the hotel’s fortunes around and increased capacity at the hotel, and as a result of this success he went on to manage other hotels thereby increasing his personal portfolio.  This journey took him to Liverpool in 1978 and then later back to London in 1982 where after two years he joined a French owned budget hotel company called Hotel Ibis as their UK Operations Director.  The introduction of these European low budget hotels was a new concept in the UK and soon drew much interest from other competitors and this was the birth of the low budget accommodation that is widely available today.  Peter talked about the requirement to improve his limited knowledge of French and how he was required to attend a two week intensive course in Paris that was undoubtedly a key element to this position.  Peter’s use of the French language during his talk gave a distinctive European flavour and was well received by all the members.  Once again further challenges confronted Peter and with all his knowledge and expertise he eventually built up his own successful business partnership that still keeps him busy on a daily basis.  Rotarian Alan Spinks thanked Peter for a most uplifting and memorable talk.  

                        At next weeks meeting the club will be dealing with business matters. 

14th January 2008

                   On the evening of Monday 7th Rotarian Mike Muskett organised a fund raising event at the Great Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium and with the raffle a grand total of £1654.00 was raised to help numerous good causes. 

                   At this week’s meeting the club welcomed District Governor Duncan Howlett who covers 77 Rotary Clubs in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk parts of Cambridgeshire Essex and Hertfordshire. During the past year Rotary has raised many thousand of pounds for various projects including Barnardo’s and Wheelchairs (to the third world), in addition to supporting many other charities and organisations favoured by individual clubs. Duncan talked about his time as District Governor and the importance of keeping the membership vibrant whilst always encouraging new members to join and making sure that the clubs retain as many of its members as possible. He felt that it was necessary to encourage young people to join who would make sure that the clubs continued to thrive. With the number of members decreasing within Great Britain and Northern Ireland there could be a possibility that in the future we could be part of the European network and therefore lose our UK identity. Duncan also talked about the Rotary International initiatives including Water Projects, Literacy, Health and Education and the family of Rotary in general. He mentioned the importance of home grown initiatives including the support for Cancer Charities both local and nationwide.  He covered the work of Foundation and the importance of encouraging clubs to join together to embark on larger projects which would make the workload easier.  After some lively questions from the floor President Ian Thomson thanked the District Governor for speaking to the members.

                   Members are reminded of the forthcoming Club Quiz Night which will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th February.  Entry forms can be obtained from Leslie Seabert and Wally Ladmore

7th January 2008


                   Colin Tomlinson from the Maritime Coastguard Agency was the main speaker at the first 2008 lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. After giving a brief outline of the history and the structure of the organisation, he told members that the three prime concerns were safety of life at sea, safety of ships and cleaner seas. They pursued these objectives through a mixture of surveying, enforcement and maritime search and rescue. He stressed that the two rescue centres in the Eastern area at Great Yarmouth and Bridlington no longer has lookouts, but used modern technology for their search and rescue activities, citing the ability to triangulate mobile phone calls. Once an incident is discovered, their responsibility is to coordinate foreshore, cliffs and out at sea rescues, with responsibility for some inland waterways being added over time. There are a number of resources at their disposal including the RNLI, standby vessels and volunteer boats. Rescue helicopters are provided mainly by the RAF. He also praised the assistance regularly offered by the gas industry via fast recovery boats. During the summertime, the main problems occur on holiday beaches and, consequently, they work closely with local lifeguards.


                   President Ian Thomson advised members that the Greyhound Evening would commence at 6.30 p.m. and not 7.30 p.m.


                   Next Monday, members can look forward to the visit of the District Governor.




Updated: 31/12/2018



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