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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                    Following the combined local Rotary Clubs of Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth Haven and Gorleston 's very successful Carol Service at Christchurch on December 14th, the Organising Committee of John Roper, Robert Lovick and Mike Getvolsden were delighted with the collection of £516 on the night. John Roper of the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club, , who had accompanied the singers and congregation on the organ throughout the service, explained that over 15 years since he had been involved , this year was one of the most successful with a capacity attendance in the Christchurch church. The St Mary's Primary School choir were a credit to their school and the Calver family were truly excellent with their musical renditions. The proceeds would be shared between The Salvation Army and The Palliative Care East Appeal at the James Paget hospital. There is a lot of planning undertaken for this event for the pleasure of the members and public and special thanks must go to the small committee ,who made everything possible and made it such an enjoyable event for young and old. It is already in the calendar for next year.
Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club
Because of Xmas and New Year holidays there will be no regular meeting until Monday January 9th.



December 25th 2011


December 19th 2011


                          Our regular meeting was held in the evening. The Presidents Ladies Xmas Dinner. This was well attended and once again The Burlington Palm Hotel presented a splendid 4 course turkey dinner. President Robert's wife Roberta kept the evening running with some interesting rhyme and also a fascinating photo competition which kept everyone guessing until the final results. Robert also arranged for a local singer to entertain us.

Her name was Katrice Copland  and she is 19 years of age. In 2008 she was part of a local all girl group called EFX who  managed to reach the finals of ‘X’ Factors Boot Camp and is currently in her first year at the Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance in London. She sang beautifully and will be assured of a bright future. After this everyone ( or most ! ) joined in a sing song of Xmas carols accompanied by Des Sadler on piano. Thanks to Bob Price and Robert for all the arrangements to make it such a successful and enjoyable Rotary meeting.



December 14th 2011


                          The Rotary Three Club Carol Service took place at Christchurch on Wednesday 14th December commencing at 7 30pm. Once again we were delighted to have the St Mary’s Primary School  choir singing a variety of medleys, under the direction of Matthew Hardy. Again the audience welcomed back Maxim Calver , accompanied by Terry Cunnane on the piano ,playing the cello and for the first time his sister Evie playing the violin accompanied by their mother Stella performed a wonderful trio. These performances were brilliant and entertaining. The congregation sang a variety of Christmas carols. Rotarian Brian Blake of The Gorleston Rotary Club was the compere for the evening and introduced the items throughout the evening. An amusing address and blessing was given by Lt. Rob Symonds of Great Yarmouth Salvation Army. Special thanks to John Roper of The Great Yarmouth Rotary Club who accompanied all the congregation and singers on the organ throughout the evening.
Monty Spandler had very kindly agreed to supply the mince pies for the concert and sweets for the children and tea and coffee was available free of charge on the night. This invitation extended to family and friends. There was a collection afterwards and the proceeds ,would go between The Salvation Army who do a wonderful job, especially at Xmas time and The Palliative Care East Appeal at the James Paget hospital. There is a lot of planning undertaken for this event for the pleasure of the members and special thanks to the small committee Robert Lovick, John Roper and Mike Getvolsden who made everything possible and made it such an enjoyable event for young and old.


December 12th 2011


                          Our own Haven Rotary golf tournament took place last Wednesday at Caister and Great Yarmouth Golf course.Despite gale force winds and cold conditions , seven hardy members took part and finished at the 19th hole with a well earned drink and turkey and tinsel dinner. Alan Carman took the best score, with runner-up Alan Spinks. The Haven Golf team were given a cheque for £260 from winning the District 1080 Knockout Challenge cup last month , and the team of Alan Spinks, Bill Cooke and Alan Carman all agreed that this would go to The East Anglian Childrens Hospice at Quidenham.
Our guest speaker at this weeks meeting was Ian Bruce , a well known solicitor in the town and a member and Past President of the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club. Introduced by Tony King, Ian talked of his early Rotary years and the problems and recollections of the twinning of his Rotary Club with that of The Rambouillet Rotary Club in France. The arrangements and subsequent return trips of exchange visits did not always go to plan and Ian recalled many humorous events that had happened over the years. He was quick to point out that many friendships had been developed through these exchange visits. Whenever Ian visits our club we are assured of a most riveting, entertaining and interesting talk. Alan Spinks thanked him for this on behalf of the members.

December 7th 2011


Haven's own Golf Tournament took place today....full report click here...


December 5th 2011


                      Once again a very successful evening at Jack Thorpe's house last Friday, when a Curry and Merango party was held to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation. This amounted to £295 and a further £33 was raised with a heads and tails raffle for a bottle of wine at Monday's meeting. Special thanks to Jack's family and helpers and the support given by the members.
Jack also introduced his friend Clive Jermany as this weeks speaker. Clive looked back on his memories of early radio programs. In the late 50's and 60's there were so many popular radio shows with examples of  2 Way Family Favourites, Billy Cotton Bandshow, The Navy Lark, The Clitheroe Kid, Round the Horne to name but a few. His early passion was listening to Radio Luxemburg and Radio Hilverson, since the BBC was unwilling to broadcast music which the younger public were demanding, and hence sprung up some pirate radio stations off the coast of England. Clive described many of the shows and who took part in them , many of whom become favourite TV stars such as Ronnie Barker. A most interesting trip down memory lane and Clive was thanked for his talk by Peter Gethin.
Next week Ian Bruce will be guest speaker of Ian Tilley.


Our newest member..... Welcome Craigh Page..



November 28th 2011


                         This meeting was given over to a recruitment drive to introduce possible new members to the Club. Presentations were made to invited guests by Peter Gethin, Ted Witton, Peter Bondi and Richard Coller who described their experiences of joining Rotary.


Presidents report..........Haven embarked on a promotion theme on Monday when it organised a Rotary Presentation to an invited audience. With the total number totalling 46 including members and guests  there was a good response to this initiative and hopefully the guests had  a better understanding of Rotary and how it functions.  Rotarian Peter Gethin put together a very professional power point presentation which covered all aspects of the organisation.
Three other club members namely Ted Witton, Peter Bondi and Richard Coller all spoke on why they joined Rotary and what it meant to them to be a member of Haven Rotary Club. .   It was a fitting moment for President Robert Lovick to install new member Craigh Page an Architectural Designer based in Gorleston.  Craigh then addressed the members and guests commenting on how committed he would be to Rotary and to embrace good fellowship in the true spirit of the organisation.
Jack Thorpe will be organising a speaker for next Monday’s meeting.



November 21st 2011


                                 The club has in the past organised a literary lunch where members would either compile a short story a poem or just read something that they felt the members may enjoy.  Ken Ward a former member instigated this idea several years ago so it was appropriate to name this the ’Ken Ward Literary Lunch’ The club is indebted to Tony King for reintroducing this session and he was delighted by the number of entries that were submitted.  The President read out the first poem by  Wendell Holmes which had a seafaring theme followed by John Westgate and then the Senior Vice President Bob Price who read out a  piece from a book written by Norfolk journalist and author Keith Skipper.  There were also entries from Wally Ladmore , Des Sadler and John Wiseman whose humorous quotations brought much laughter to the proceedings. 
Charles Lewis talked about his passion for poems written by R S Thomas and then read out two pieces from the book ‘The Welsh Landscape’.  This was a most enjoyable meeting especially when the members had taken the time to undertake research in selecting their nominated pieces to entertain the members.  John Burroughs thanked the participants and expressed his gratitude for their contributions on behalf of the club . The meeting next week will be dedicated to membership and guests will be visiting the club where there will be a presentation about Rotary and how the clubs functions. 
I will hopefully remember to take my camera next week when I  induct the new member.


November 14th 2011


                          Our guest and speaker introduced by Monty Spandler ,was the eminent Horticulturist and Judge of The Royal Horticultural Society, Bill Boardman.
He recounted his childhood interest in horticulture and after school days went to study at Writtle College in Essex to obtain his Diploma in Horticulture. He did a years practical training with Daniel Brothers of Norwich before being called up in the army. In 1964 he started his own nursery , and was soon exhibiting at The Chelsea Flower show. In fact since 1964 he has only missed 3 years attendance. He was sent an application to be Horticulture Manager for The John Innes Institution, and here the emphasis was on more technical and scientific methods, such as plant tissue cultures and the genetics of growing peas. In 1976 he was invited to join the RHS committees and judging panels and has enjoyed working as a judge ever since. Now he is one of the judges for " Anglia in Bloom" and this entails all aspects of the community and meeting residents of many villages and towns. Bill's talk was most fascinating and Tony King thanked Bill on behalf of all the members.


November 7th 2011


                        Congratulations to the Haven Golf team of Alan Spinks, Alan Carman and Bill Cooke ,who have won the District 1080 Rotary Knockout Challenge Cup. The final was played at Bawburgh Golf Club against Brandon Rotary Club. The team will decide on a suitable charity to donate the winnings.

Haven's Golfers win The District 1080 Knockout Challenge Cup !

The Haven golfing team of Alan Spinks, Alan Carman and Bill Cooke won the prestigious Rotary District 1080 Knockout Challenge Cup in the final played at Bawburgh Golf Club on Wednesday November 2nd.

On a lovely day for November , the team beat the finalists from Brandon Rotary Club by 2 matches to 1. John Barton ,the organiser of the annual tournament and a member of the Brandon golf team, congratulated Great Yarmouth Haven on having had a splendid seasons golf, defeating last years winners and some strong teams in the previous rounds.

The final was played in true Rotary spirit and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This was a great ending to our golf season as Bill Cooke had previously won the District 1080 Golf Tournament earlier in September at Thetford Golf Club.


This weeks meeting was a business meeting but also a special presentation was made to the winners of the Corporate race of the annual Duck Race held in September. Richard and Jackie Allen of The Chateau Hotel, North Drive ,received the unique duck race tankard specially commissioned from the pottery of Ernie Childs. This years race raised over £5300 for mainly local charities and benevolent gifts.
This month our Community services committee had allocated funds to The Herring Trust, The Alzheimer's Society, Crossroads and a family in need.
Next week Monty Spandler would be introducing Bill Boardman on the topic of horticulture.



October 31st 2011


                      At Mondays meeting, President Robert Lovick gave a special certificate to Alan Hall one of our founder members in 1981, to become an honorary member. Alan had found it increasingly more difficult to attend regular meetings and relinquished his membership at the end of this years Rotary Year, but would be very welcome in future whenever he was able to attend.
Bill Cooke introduced this weeks speaker, Matt Garrod, the Operational Manager for Housing and Homelessness of The Benjamin Foundation, a registered charity located from North Walsham.
Matt explained with the help of a slide presentation that The Benjamin Foundation was founded in 1994 and exists to help people in Norfolk deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them; whether ‘everyday’ issues such as childcare or heartbreaking problems like abuse and homelessness. Working with a number of key partners, they provide a range of practical services and support which all aim to empower people and give them back a sense of hope and control.
The Benjamin Foundation’s history goes back to 1994 when, following a family tragedy, the Charity was set up by Richard Draper MBE in memory of his son Benjamin. From humble beginnings which started with family outreach services in North Norfolk, their work has grown to meet the needs of families and young people right across the county. Today, they run four supported centres,  specifically for 16-25 year olds, working in partnership with district councils, borough councils and housing associations and ‘move on’ accommodation centres for homeless young people, provide crisis intervention through their resettlement programme, have a team of Parent Support Advisers working with families, supply one-to-one support in schools through their Time for You service, provide youth cafes and drop in centres, a nursery, crèche and after-school clubs, a holiday club and Youth bus - not to mention  two social enterprise schemes, Restore, a furniture restore scheme and Kidstore , a scheme taking in kids toys and furniture and then recycling for resale, generating much needed finances for the Foundation. Matt explained the dilemma of more than 1000 young people are homeless in Norfolk alone and was very proud of the Aspire Young Persons centre in Great Yarmouth situated in the old Brett Warehouse. This Grade 2 listed building contains 17 units of accommodation for single young homeless people aged 16-25. This was setup in 2009 in partnership with Orwell Housing Association and Great Yarmouth Borough Council. A dedicated support team work closely with individual residents to help them address any issues they may have and gain the necessary skills to live independently.

                      Their newest project is " Heart and Home". In August 2010 The Benjamin Foundation launched a recruitment drive with a difference.  The Norfolk Charity began a search for families in North Norfolk who were prepared to open up their homes to a young person with nowhere to live. Twelve months on and the Heart & Home Supported Lodgings service is well underway but more families are urgently needed to provide a homeless young person, usually aged 16 or 17, with a room of their own in a family home. After a successful start, the scheme is now being expanded and host families are being sought throughout the county.  The young person could stay for a couple of nights or a couple of years; it depends on the needs of the individual and the family. For the future there is a planned project for a children's home in Great Yarmouth, hopefully by the middle of 2012.

Peter Gethin thanked Matt for his in-depth presentation and the dedicated work he was doing for The Benjamin Foundation.


October 24th 2011


                      This weeks meeting was slightly different from previous weeks ,in that our Club member Peter Howkins conducted his own "Antiques Roadshow". Members were asked to bring along any item of a suitable size for evaluation and a description of its origin. Peter is a well known local antique dealer and valuer and showed his considerable knowledge and experience while inspecting many varied objects, His explanation and presentation was fascinating to listen to, and Bob Price thanked Peter for giving an insight into the world of antiques.

   Peter examining a piece of silver and giving a description of its origin.

 Next week Bill Cooke would be introducing a speaker.


October 17th 2011


                       Our guests this week at our Monday meeting were Rachael Hardie and Tony Rozier from The Great Yarmouth Community Trust. This voluntary Charity is based at The Priory Centre. They have just celebrated their 10th anniversary. Rachael is the Ageless Opportunities Project Coordinator. For the last 5 years a directory of social activities for those over 50 ( but not exclusively ) across the Borough of Great Yarmouth has been produced.. It is intended to appreciate and understand why it is important to be active and be in contact socially with other members of the Community, which ultimately will encourage and inspire to add years to your life and life to your years. The directory contains over 50 activities that can be assessed if you want to join a group or activity or just have some fun. This is FREE and can be obtained by going to the Priory Centre at Priory Plain or telephoning Rachael on 01493 743000. The activities range from Arts, Crafts ,Dance, Disability, Exercise, Learning, Social, Sport, Bowls, Support , Transport and Volunteering. Rachael is part of the adult division and advises on all aspects of life such as Nutrition, Weight management, Exercise, cooking , food hygiene, and the value of foods, and a learning division teaching computer skills and ESOL courses.
                        Tony explained his role in the Charity which is partly funded by the national Lottery but was becoming increasingly more difficult to carry on with the present economic situation. He talked about P.E.N. The Priory Employment Network. Essentially an agency to help people to acquire skills and fully track them into employment. The centre had a close relationship with businesses and could advise and put forward suitable candidates for the right job. Volunteers for the Charity were always required and they would be welcome anytime at The Priory Centre. Special mention of the HAPPI Project, which stands for Healthier Active People and Promoting Independence, which helps to support people across the Borough, who may not be able to go out or meet people on their own. Peter Howkins gave the vote of thanks for a well constructed and interesting talk.
                      Next week Peter Howkins will conduct his own " Antiques Roadshow" for members to bring along small items for interest and valuation.


October 11th 2011


                       Fourteen members of Haven enjoyed a guided tour of Woodforde's Brewery at Woodbastwick on Tuesday 11th October.

This was followed by a meal at the Fur & Feather Public House adjacent to the Brewery.

The Brewery was established in 1981 at Drayton, near Norwich, and was named after Parson Woodforde, a noted 18th century Norfolk Clergyman

whose diaries reveal his passion for good food and ale - which he often brewed himself.

In 1989 the Brewery moved to its present Broadland location and in 1992 the Fur & Feather Inn was opened in what originally were two cottages.

Members tried most of the eight beers available, including five award-winners, which are all given their distinctive taste using water from Woodforde's own spring.




October 14th - 16th 2011


                       Our Honorary member Past President Michael Woods, now living in Kuching , Sarawak and President of The Kuching Jaya Rotary Club, was visited by PP Alan Spinks on his recent visit to Cambodia and Malaysia. Michael has had his own house built and is active both in the local churches and the Rotary activities.



October 10th 2011


                      As a club we were always upbeat that one of our members (namely Alan Spinks) had taken part in several London Marathons but our speaker this week was Rotarian Philip Young (Norwich St Edmunds Club) who had completed 5 Marathons and was now in training to compete in the 2012 event.  Philip supports the charity ‘Water Aid and has raised several thousands of pounds for this organisation as a result of taking part in the London Marathon.   His slide presentation depicted the scale of the problem with 37% of the world population having no access to drinking water or to proper sanitation facilities, highlighting the implications to general health issues.  It was a stark reminder to all of us that we are very fortunate to have drinking water on tap at any time of the day.   He explained how local tradesmen and women were making a big contribution to the construction of the wells and to their maintenance which is most important.   There is always a battle trying to get funding from the home nations and it is  the local village people who bear the brunt of this situation.  This club has sponsored two wells in Nigeria which was initiated by T C Harry who was a member of our  club when the project was launched and was able to keep the members updated on its progress.  Our International Committee has donated money to ‘Water Aid’ and will no doubt research the possibility of further help in the future.   There were several questions from the members and it was the President Robert Lovick who gave the votes of thanks.  


October 3rd 2011


                     It was Rotarian Ted Witton's turn to find a speaker for our meeting on Monday 3rd October but as he was unable to obtain a suitable speaker he decided to revive an old Haven Rotary favourite of yesteryear "Scroby Island Discs" in which he talked about his favourite music choices and illustrated them with recorded excerpts.

They contained amusing pre-war comedy recordings by Peter Lynd Hayes and Frank Crummit, followed by a rousing organ piece and Mario Lanza's Student Prince.

His favourite performers and songs included those by Elvis Presley, Eva Cassidy, Jeff Beck and Frank Sinatra. Charles Lewis gave a very apt and entertaining vote of thanks

Next weeks speaker will be Philip Young from the Charity 'Water Aid'.  The vote of thanks will be by Peter Howkins.



September 26th 2011


                            Congratulations to Bill Cooke for winning The RIBI East Anglian District Rotary Challenge Cup. This was held at Thetford Golf Club. Seven of our club participated and Mike Self was successful with a "nearest the pin "Prize and John Clark was in the 3rd place team prize.
At this weeks meeting there was no speaker as a business meeting was conducted. President Robert returned from his trip to Canada on a Rotary Fellowship exchange. He had visited 4 Rotary Clubs and it had been a wonderful experience.
Each committee reported their discussions and as a result Haven Rotary through the Community service would be donating over £1500 to some local charities. The International committee had also pledged £1000 to an eye hospital in Sierra Leone. The matching grant with the Rotary Club of Panaji in Goa India had also been approved by Rotary International and reports and follow up would be forthcoming in the near future.
Next week Ted Witton would be organising a speaker.


September 22nd 2011


                             Today was the Rotary District 1080 Golf Tournament at Thetford Golf Club.

Seven members took part....Alan Spinks, Bill Cooke, Alan Carman, John Clark, Mike Self, Wally Ladmore and Ian Tilley.

Scores were varied giving the difficulty of the course but CONGRATULATIONS TO BILL COOKE , with a score of 38 points was the overall winner of the trophy. This is 28 years after Alan Spinks won it in 1983 !

Mike Self excelled himself by winning the nearest the pin at the short par 3 third hole, and John Clark was part of the team that was placed third. Bill's team also won the best team score. A very enjoyable day out with a fine meal and fellowship afterwards.

It is incumbent on Haven now organising the competition for next year !



September 18th 2011


                           Our annual Duck Race at The Waterways on Sunday was a great success. The weather was kind and many spectators enjoyed the 3 races. It is hoped that around £5000 will be raised for our Rotary Charities. The Haven Rotary Club would like to thank the general public for their support and sponsorship also from local businesses.
This week at our regular Monday meeting, Alan Spinks introduced Nao Iwashita, a Rotary ambassadorial scholar from Japan. Nao has been studying at the UEA for the last year. She gave a very good presentation of her stay in Norwich and compared live in rural Norfolk to her home in Matsudo City near Chiba area of Tokyo. She told of how she had been one of 6 scholars to be granted a rotary scholarship from the Rotary clubs in her area. It had been a hard examination to take and also 3 interviews before being successful. Before coming to England Nao had worked for 10 years with the Japanese TV station NHK. Here she was a coordinator of an early morning news programme. This career she enjoyed ,although getting up at 2am every day to go to work , severely hampered her social life as she mostly had to go to sleep during the day. It was most interesting to hear Nao compare a wide range of subjects such as newspapers, TV, animals, food ,which she had encountered here in the UK with that which she had been used to in Japan. Nao brought with her a rotary banner from her sponsor club of Matsudo Chuoh, and was presented with the Haven banner by Vice President Bob Price. After many questions Nao was thanked for her presentation by Mike Erskine.

Next week will be a business meeting and President Robert will return from his visit to Canada on a Rotary Friendship Exchange.



September 12th 2011



                     Our Haven Golf team reached the final of the 1080 District Golf Knockout Tournament by defeating the Ipswich East team at Purdis Heath Golf Club at Ipswich. To reach this final stage the team have defeated last years winners and the favourites.
At this weeks meeting ,final plans were discussed for our annual Duck Race at The Waterways on Sunday September 18th.
                     Our speaker was Derek Robertson and introduced by Brian Potter. Derek is the owner of Premium Wine Collections , an independent fine wine merchant and importer. He spoke of his passion and hobby of association with wine and particularly the Rhone Valley in France. From leaving school he had various jobs taking him to London with Oddbins and the wine department of Selfridges, Telesales from which he was made redundant and then went to Australia. He emphasised none of the jobs fully satisfied his passion for the wine industry and felt his future would be dealing and learning all about all the wines of the World. His Company in Norwich ,source, taste, approve, then quickly deliver fine wines from around the world to discerning palates across the UK. Founded in 2002 , Premium Wine Collections have been supplying great wines to some of the top eateries in the UK from some of the best vineyards in the world. They now sell their wines to collectors and wine connoisseurs across the UK and put together mixed cases for all to enjoy. Derek's talk was fascinating and interesting and his great knowledge sparked many questions from the members. An added bonus was a wine tasting of a particularly tasty Rhone Valley vintage. George Ermini thanked Derek for his splendid presentation.
Next week Alan Spinks will be introducing Rotary Ambassadorial scholar Nao Iwashita from Japan, who has been studying at the UEA in Norwich for the last year.



Robert and Brian enjoying a fine wine with Derek Robertson of Premium Wines Collection, after the Monday lunch.

September 8th 2011

                         Our Past President Mike ( 2002 - 2003 ) was remembered at the service for the celebration of his life at St Andrews Church Gorleston on Thursday 8th September. The church was full for the service conducted by Reverend Arthur Bowles. Many sincere tributes were given by Ian McCreadie, Michael Woods, Barry Coleman, Hopton Parish Council, Brandon Lewis and the Family of Jeanette, Aaron and Shane. Three songs of Queen were played during the service reflecting Mike's character and enthusiasm for any project he had in mind.  His work and love for his family was clearly evident from the montage of photos and videos played on the big screens at the reception afterwards at Potters leisure Resort. Rest in Peace , Mike ,and you will be sadly missed !




Haven Golf Success !


Our team of Alan Spinks, Alan Carman and Bill Cooke have reached the final of District 1080 Knockout Golf tournament.

The match was an away fixture at Purdis Heath Golf Club in Ipswich.

Last years winners and the favourites for this year have both been knocked out by our team and they now await the Brandon RC . The Final will be on a neutral golf course.



September 5th 2011


                         It was a sombre mood at this Monday's Meeting due to the sudden death of Mike Butcher who had made such a big contribution to the Rotary Study Exchange Schemes and Rotary Fellowship which meant that he had the opportunity to visit several countries with the groups .   A minute silence was observed giving each member a chance to reflect on Mike’s life.  The club welcomed Assistant Governor East Hugh Davies to the meeting.  This week’s speaker was David Kinnaird who having retired from the NHS as a child Psychiatrist now promotes the Charity ‘Sightsavers’.  David explained that the Charity was formed by John Wilson who took part in an epic nine month tour of Africa and the Middle Eastern territories in 1946 in what was then the British Empire researching health service issues. Having had an eye injury as a result of an accident he was naturally drawn to the problems of sight impairment and blindness and how this could be prevented.   David informed the members that 80% of people do not need to go blind if simple procedures were administered.  This charity has funded over 270,000 cataract operations and has  protected over 23 million people from river blindness and supports over 6,000 blind  children around the world.  This programme gives the children an education and the necessary training that is required to cope with the disability.   This was a most interesting update for the club as Haven has supported this Charity over many years so the members welcomed the opportunity to be updated on recent projects that ‘Sightsaver’ are currently undertaking . 

                        Brian Potter will be arranging the speaker for next Monday’s meeting.



August 29th 2011


                       August Bank Holiday...... No meeting.


August 22nd 2011


                      This week’s speaker was Jamie Campbell who is an East Anglian author and journalist and his particular interest is the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.  As President of the Club I had the privilege of sitting next to Jamie so I had a preview of his presentation and learned much about his career and interests.  He worked for Mann Egerton for many years in a managerial role responsible for all their petrol outlets.  Jamie has been a keen yachtsman for over 25 years, racing to an international level and no doubt this was the reason that prompted him to write a book called the 'History of the Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club'.   To the delight of the members he brought several books to the meeting which allowed them to browse through the contents.  He explained the costs involved in getting a book published and admitted that it was his passion and a desire to be an author that encouraged him to write but he admitted that  one would just mange to recover the costs of the print run..  The members were given some interesting facts and some humorous stories that depicted Jamie’s many interests especially water based sports.   The club’s next meeting will take place on Monday 5th September. 

Robert Lovick  (President)



August 15th 2011


                     The club members have been very active over the past seven days with the Golf Team taking on the Holt Rotary Club in a Knock Out competition and having won their game they are now full swing for the next round.   Senior Vice President Bob Price organised a trip to Wigan to watch Norwich City play their first Premiership Game and with Rotarians and their guests enduring a long journey they were certainly not disappointed with the result.   On Monday the guest speaker was Jayne Barnard who is Project Manager for ‘Business in the Community’ which helps a variety of vulnerable people prepare for work.  Jayne explained that she works very closely with local and national businesses to encourage them to allow these people into their workplace for hands on experience, having been given pre-employment training led by professional trainers.  This programme helps a variety of people with numerous problems and its success rate is 62% which indicates how important this programme is. She works closely with the Herring House Trust for the homeless and will be given office space in their new building which will allow her to liaise more effectively with this organisation. .  Jayne’s organisation is currently seeking funding for many of its projects and support with job coaching, so if you can help then please contact her on 07834868337   Jayne has been in this role for the past five years and is certainly dedicated to her work and admitted that the personal satisfaction in seeing people turn their lives around is most rewarding. 

The speaker at next week’s meeting is local author Jamie Campbell.



August 13th 2011


Haven Canaries invade Wigan
                     To celebrate the return of Norwich City to the Premiership a coach load of Haven Rotarians, wives, families and friends traveled to Wigan to see their team start tie 2011/12 campaign against the Lattics at the DW Stadium. An early start did not daunt the trusty band and with pick ups along the way and a full breakfast on the A17 arrived in good time at the venue.
Friendly stewards and ushers directed the party to the ground via a bar (much appreciated). The Norwich fans completely filled the North Stand  (4500 of them) with the Haven contingent taking a full part in the proceedings. Any independent observer would have thought it was a Norwich home game if they heard the noise generated by the masses from Norfolk.
A good game ended as a 1 - 1 draw. A fair result which received favourable reviews in the National press.and on TV the next day.


August 8th 2011


Haven's Golf Team were successful in the quarter final of the District Knockout Tournament against Holt Rotary Club's A Team. August 8th.

Congratulations to Alan Spinks, Bill Cooke and Alan Carman.



              Today was a business meeting following a Club Council meeting last week. All members will have received a copy of the minutes from Assistant Secretary Mike Self.

Committee chairmen outlaid their plans for the forthcoming Rotary Year.

Next week Ian McCreadie would be introducing a speaker.  


August 1st 2011


                  Our Monday meeting speaker was introduced by Jack Thorpe. Mr David Spokes, an ophthalmic surgeon, came to present an illustrated talk about the work his friend ,an opththalmologist, does at a sponsored run charity hospital in Sierra Leone. The hospital in Freetown is run by the Charity CBM ,the overseas disability charity.
CBM supports more than 800 projects in more than 90 countries.
Kissy United Methodist Church Eye Hospital in Freetown ,where David's friend works, provides essential eye care services to the densely populated capital of Sierra Leone and has been supported by CBM since 1987. Cataracts are a common problem for the people and especially so in the rural and mountainous districts. The hospital relies on donations and gifts and can perform the eye surgery of removing cataracts for as little as $35. It is one of the worlds most cost effective health interventions in Africa and India. David showed videos in his presentation and the joy on faces of people who had not seen for 20 years or so was all too obvious when bandages were removed after what is a fairly simple operation. For those interested in charitable work in Africa or India then visit the website of CBM at
A very interesting talk and Mr David Spokes ,after many questions, was thanked on behalf of the club by Dr John Dawson.
Next weeks meeting would be a business meeting.



July 25th 2011


                Our International Committee wished to remind Members that our Annual Duck Race at The Waterways on September 18th was well in hand and should prove as popular for spectator viewing as has been so in previous years.
                At our Monday meeting, our speaker introduced by Wally Ladmore, was the Editor of The Yarmouth Mercury, Anne Edwards.
Anne spoke of the statistics of The Mercury since she had been editor, and praised her small body of staff for the devotion to their task of getting the newspaper out every Friday. With sales in excess of 17000 per week, it was one of the most popular weekly local newspapers in the country. Anne had always stressed that her priority was to make the newspaper a community paper and to that end , it was essential to obtain and print as much as possible from the local community. The village news and that of local groups ,such as the two local Rotary Clubs, was now much more reported, and well over 50 photos sent in by the public were published every week. The focus was on the community and consequently more people were buying and reading The Yarmouth Mercury. The website was very well viewed as was the Facebook page but the website provided more of the main stories and the Mercury concentrated on local stories and community issues. Anne felt she still had a lot to give to the increased popularity of the paper and hoped she would achieve where and how the paper would go before her retirement. She was faced with many questions from club members, showing the interest that she had generated in her talk. Richard Fiddy thanked Anne for her very interesting views and thoughts on the subject of The Yarmouth Mercury.
                Next week Jack Thorpe would be introducing David Spokes.

WE were sorry to hear that Founder member Alan Hall had decided not to renew his membership for the new Rotary year.



July 18th 2011


                Last week our annual Car Rally was a great success with record numbers turning out. After the arduous task of finding the clues, we enjoyed a lovely meal and get together at the final destination. Over £200 was raised for Rotary Foundation Charity and special thanks to Jack Thorpe and Leslie Seabert for organising the event. Equally thanks to Bill and Diana Cooke for allowing a fellowship garden party at their home last Sunday, which was enjoyed despite the inclement weather.
               At our lunchtime meeting on Monday, our own member Charles Lewis was the speaker. Charles interest in collecting ,had started in his early youth and was particularly interested in fossils and mineral specimens. Much of his collection had come from areas in the Lake District, the volcanic regions of Iceland and naturally around our local area of Norfolk, ie. Caister by Norwich and Burgh Castle.
His searches could be anywhere but as the Romans occupied our region for 100's of years , many old pottery fragments and parts of Roman buildings were of particular interest. Our coastal beaches often washed up objects and  items which could date back 1000's of years. Charles showed samples of his collection and many had been classified by the experts in Norwich Museum. As always a fascinating and interesting talk from Charles and John Clarke thanked him in his usual manner.
Wally Ladmore will introduce next weeks speaker.



July 11th 2012


                Before this weeks speaker at our Monday meeting, Alan Spinks updated the Club about the donation we had committed to the disaster in Japan. With the emphasis on having a personal touch , The Tokyo Asakusa Rotary Club had been contacted by Richard Spinks, now living in Japan, as this was his host club when he was a Rotary Exchange student in Japan, and they after their Directors meeting had proposed a project to help a small Rotary club, The Rotary Club of Yamada City which was a city in the middle of the earthquake and tsunami area. It is hoped the local school children would benefit from our donation.
Our guests this week were Judy and Claire Simmance. Judy came to talk about the charity she had started in 1994 which was based at Hickling, and was The F.A.I.T.H. Animal Rescue Centre. A very suitable name which is " For Animals in Trouble there's Hope ".
The centre provides a rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing service for abandoned dogs, cats and other animals. Although running costs were high and the charity entirely depended on donations and fund raising, there was a clear policy to care for the unwanted animals and give them a social environment wherever possible with communal exercise areas. The emphasis was on a vigourous neutering policy for both sexes of cats and dogs, hence trying to stop the endless flow of unplanned and unwanted kittens and puppies into the centre. The Centre was sponsoring a scheme with North Norfolk Councils to adapt a neutering project having been left a legacy with which to use in a positive way for animal welfare. The Centre welcomes visitors to socialise with the animals with special needs people particularly finding the touch with animals to be very comforting and rewarding. Next year the Centre will be promoting a F.A.I.T.H's Animal Olympics with the aim of raising £20012.Any help , donations and information is available on their website
Alan Carman thanked Judy for an enthusiastic and interesting talk.
Next week our own Charles Lewis would be the speaker.


July 4th 2011


This week sees the installing of new Rotary Presidents across the world throughout the Rotary Organisation.

At our Monday meeting, Robert Lovick was installed as the President of the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, from outgoing President John Burroughs. John arrived in a vintage Bentley car arranged by Richard Coller. Special guests were Peter Poole ,new President of Great Yarmouth club and Sunder Gopaul , new President of Gorleston Rotary club. Also a very welcome guest was former Rector of Great Yarmouth, Michael Woods, who had come to visit all the way from Kuching in Sarawak, where this year he is President of the Kuching Yaya Rotary Club. He presented his club's Rotary Banner to President Robert.

Firstly outgoing president John thanked all his committees and the members for giving him a wonderful year and reflected how quickly the year had passed. Having installed Robert as the new president, Robert gave his inaugural talk to the members reflecting on those members that were no longer with us and his plans and ideals for his year in office. His motto would be " its not what Rotary can do for me but what I can do for Rotary ". Next he installed Robert Price as Vice President, who endeavoured to support Robert throughout his year. Both guests Peter Poole and Sunder Gopaul wished Robert a successful year and were of the opinion that further progress should be encouraged by all 3 Clubs to jointly promote the Tri-Club activities. Finally Michael Woods related some of the problems of the poor Sarawak peoples and how it was easy to see much quicker the way that Rotary worked in his local community.

Next week Tony King would introduce 2 ladies from The Faiths Animal Trust.


June 28th 2011


VP Robert, Jack and Secretary Terry attended Hotel Victoria at Lowestoft today to meet the RIBI National President-Elect, Ray Burman.
He spoke to representatives of the 3 Lowestoft Clubs, Haven, Gorleston, Yarmouth and Beccles about Rotary in general.
Some of us then went on to Oulton Broad to view Rotary Sailability in action.

President-Elect Robert in photo at Oulton Broad Yacht Club. Jack Thorpe also present.




June 27th 2011


This week was a business meeting. However a new member Malcolm Loveland, classification "property development" was inducted by outgoing President John. Incoming President Robert read out the Rotary requirements for membership.




June 20th 2011



               At this weeks meeting, our two guest speakers were Erica Sayers and Karen Travers, both County welfare officers for The Royal British Legion, introduced by Richard Fiddy, himself a Caseworker providing emotional support and practical assistance in the local community. The Royal British Legion provides financial, social, and emotional support to millions who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Karen and Erica explained that there was much more welfare organised than most people realised, and The Legion, formed in 1921 was one of the country's largest membership organisations both here and overseas. Welfare to the value of £200,000 per day was handed out , directly helping 16,000 veterans not just of World War 1 and 2 but also the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
For many today, one of the biggest problems was debt, and much help was given to those who could not pay electricity and gas bills, Community tax etc. Besides providing for their own charity dependants , Funds were also given to other service charities particularly such as St Dunstans. The Legion is one of the most effective campaigning charities in the UK, lobbying on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, housing and homelessness, employment, community and adult care, disability, skills development and debt. They are custodians of Remembrance and responsible for the 2 minute silence on Remembrance Sunday, and the generous support of the Poppy Appeal, ensuring those who gave their lives are always remembered and that their sacrifice is never forgotten. One aspect of welfare , very important for the local community is Poppy Calls which provides  a free dedicated handy person service to those unable to carry out small repairs and minor alterations to their homes.

 This was an enlightening and interesting talk and Bill Cooke thanked Karen and Erica for the splendid work they did for the unfortunate war veterans and their dependants.




June 15th 2011


                 This years Gourmet Night at Ambitions Restaurant, G Y College was supported by 36 members, wives and guests. The evening is organised by the Vocational and Youth Committee to help the local students hone their catering skills ,give us Rotarians a good night out and raise some funds for the club. The food was again of a high standard and although we had to bear the cost of pre-meal prosecco (as the college have allowed their Drinks licence to temporarily  lapse), and the cost of most of the exceptional raffle prizes, £330 was raised for the club. Well done Mike.
We showed our appreciation at the end of the evening with a collection for the worthy students.

June 14th 2011


Our club Golf Rotary Knockout at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf club against a team from Rotary Club of Woodbridge Deben.

Team ...   Alan Spinks, Bill Cooke and Alan Carman.


Result....a fine win giving shots all round ! Who's next ?


June 13th 2011


                  Congratulations to our Past President and Secretary Tony King and his wife Margaret on celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary last week.


Also last week was the Kids Day Out project at Pleasurewood Hills .John Tomalin and his helpers deserve special thanks for all the hard work in organising this special day for hundreds of children with disabilities and being less unfortunate with their everyday lives.


This weeks Monday meeting was our Club Assembly. The elected chairmen of the various committees gave their idea's for the next Rotary year starting on July 1st.
Incoming President Robert Lovick gave his thoughts for his year and introduced Assistant District Governor East Elect, Hugh Davies who brought greetings from the District team.


Rotarian of the Year..Michael Muskett         ADG East Hugh Davies attends our AGM.


The Foundation Committee would be holding their Annual Car Rally on July 13th.
Next week Richard Fiddy would be introducing two speakers from The British Legion.



June 6th 2011


              Great Yarmouth Rotary Club and Gorleston Rotary Club joined our Monday meeting for an annual TRi-Club lunch at The Burlington Hotel. A good attendance enjoyed the fellowship and Haven's members , Terry Ashbourne and Alan Spinks, presented a slide show of their recent visit to Goa in India. As a result of attending a meeting at The Rotary Club of Panaji , they were conduced on a tour of schools in which The Panaji club had a project to supply computers, projectors and software to 15 local schools. Haven Rotary club were invited to form a partnership for a matching grant, funded by both clubs and a contribution from Rotary International. The slide show held the attention of all the attendees and Ted Witton thanked Terry and Alan for a fascinating and interesting look into Indian life.
Next week will be The Club Assembly.


May 30th 2011


                  No Meeting...Bank Holiday.

May 23rd 2011


                  Last Friday ( 20th )over 70 members and guests attended a garden walk around The How Hill Trust gardens of How Hill Farm. The event was organised by Community Services Committee. The weather was perfect for the garden walk through the grounds of rhododendrons, azaleas and ferns up to the river and the windmill. After this it was back to the barn where a sumptuous cold meat buffet was prepared.  Many Rotarians also supplied salads and food as well as raffle prizes to enable the evening to provide a good profit for charitable funds. After the raffle President John thanked all those involved with organising such a popular evening , especially to Richard Coller and his family who helped with selling and supplying the wine, supplying the cold meats and the use of the farm land for the walk. Special thanks to Bob Grimmer and his team in Community service and all those that came to make a very enjoyable evening. President John pledged £250 from the proceeds to go to The How Hill Trust.
                  At Mondays meeting, our speaker was David Steadman who spoke of his work at Bletchley Park as a guide and of the use of the Park during WW2.This was the historic site of codebreaking in WW2 and the birth place of the modern computer. He  told of the secret work carried out there , coding and decoding messages with particular emphasis on The Enigma machine. The Enigma machine was an advanced electro-mechanical cipher machine developed in Germany after World War 1. The Enigma machine was used by all branches of the German military as their main device for secure wireless communications until the end of World War 2. Several types of the Enigma machine were developed before and during World War 2, each more complex and harder to code break than its predecessors. The most complex Enigma type was used by the German Navy. In addition to the complexity of the Enigma machine itself, its operating procedures became increasingly complex, as the German military wanted to make Enigma communications harder to code break.  The German authorities believed in the absolute security of the Enigma. However, with the help of Polish mathematicians who had managed to acquire a machine prior to the outbreak of WW2, British code breakers stationed at Bletchley Park managed to exploit weaknesses in the machine and how it was used and were able to crack the Enigma code. A fascinating talk by David and after many questions , he was thanked by Peter Bondi.

There will be no meeting next Monday due to Bank Holiday.



May 16th 2011


                 At this weeks Monday meeting we welcomed the Mayor Michael Jeal and  Mayoress Paula. This was the last public engagement of the Mayoral year of office and Michael talked of his wonderful year of  commitment to the Community and Borough. Michael was born in Great Yarmouth but his family soon moved to the North to Newcastle. His aim throughout the year was to concentrate on visiting as many small charitable organisations as possible, many of whom are rarely in the spotlight but do tremendous work for the community.
It had been a fantastic experience to be Mayor and was sure his 3 main charities would benefit. They were The Royal Anglians Benevolent fund, Smart Kids for autistic children and Faith Animal Charity.
President John pledged the Club would give £250 to the Mayors Charities. Bob Price gave the vote of thanks.
Next week our speaker will be David Steadman talking about " The Enigma Machine" introduced by George Ermini.




May 9th 2011


                Following 2 weeks of Bank Holiday Mondays and no meetings ,it was good to return to our regular Monday lunchtime meeting. This week Jason Delf from The Burlington Hotel was our guest speaker. Jason is a crew member of the Caister Life Boat, and gave a fascinating account of why and how he joined the crew and proceeded to relate in graphic detail , some of his experiences while out at sea on a rescue mission. A wide range of people are members of the crew at Caister, but they all work together as a team, take risks for the safety of others. Some of the call-outs are needless and a waste of time but all calls must be honoured as one never knows what to expect once the lifeboat is launched. Jason had always had ambitions to be with the Caister crew , even from childhood and it was his enthusiasm for fund raising that first got him connected to Caister Lifeboat. Eventually when there was a shortage of crew members , Jason applied to join and fulfill his desire to become part of the volunteer community of saving lives at sea.
A most interesting talk giving an inside view of what it is like to be part of an institution of the history of Caister Lifeboat. Ted Witton thanked Jason on behalf of the members.
Next week Mayor Michael Jeal will be our guest fulfilling one of his last engagements in his term of office.


May 2nd 2011


                  May Day Bank Holiday.... No meeting.



At the May Bank Holiday weekend at Chilworth Manor, Hampshire the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club gather for the evening banquet where excellent food and good wine made this the most perfect evening. During coffee the President John Burroughs convened the ‘Chilwoth Court where humorous misdemeanours were placed before the members and if they were found guilty a fine was imposed.  This proved to be very hilarious and over £70 was raised and passed to the hotel management to be donated to a Charity of their choice.  There were 12 Rotarians and their wives together with 5 guests staying at the Hotel and with superb weather throughout the weekend it made sure that everybody had a relaxing time.   Rotarian Peter Bondi organised a trip to ‘Buckler's Hard, on the Saturday morning which incorporated a boat trip with plenty of time to visit all the attractions at the venue.  This was a most interesting visit especially with the historic maritime museum and the part the locality played during the Second World War.  There is no doubt that this weekend highlighted the true meaning of ‘Good Fellowship’ within the spirit of Rotary and the club is once again grateful for all the hard work that Peter Bondi undertakes to make this a very special weekend.



April 25th 2011


                  Easter Monday.....No meeting.

April 18th 2011




April 11th 2011


               . At today's meeting the club speaker was Michael Taylor who's wife Brenda had previously addressed the club some time ago concerning her trip to Africa when she was involved in the Namisu Project in Malawi. However Mike's talk involved a very special train journey covering over 5000 kilometres across India. They were embarking on a journey which incorporated South Africa, India, Tasmania and Malaysia ,sailing back to the UK having visited Rotarian Michael Woods in Sarawak . His passion for the railways goes back a long way having worked on the British rail network all his working life. Their exploits on the Indian railways was certainly a very memorable experience and one they will never forget. This included trying to locate the right train at the right platform and then searching for their allocated seat. At times they just managed to board the train on time but there were some close encounters as they struggled to locate a member of staff who could speak English. The different types of trains and the changing scenery made this trip very special and staying in some of the most exclusive hotels with first class service was most welcome after the long rail journeys. Mike took the opportunity to pass around some of his pictures and then took questions from the members. He was asked about his encounters with the local people who constantly try to pitch their wares and then explained the scams that were being operated on the journey. However he did admit that on one occasion he was offered an upgrade which he accepted only to find that the individual did not work for the rail company. Mike soon became 'Railway Wise' for the rest of the trip. John Tomalin  gave the vote of thanks. .


April 4th 2011


                Last Friday the Past Presidents of Great Yarmouth haven Rotary Club had their annual dinner at The Burlington Hotel. It was a special night hosted by PP Mike Butcher and new Past President ties were available to each member. With various fines being imposed on the night PP Alan Carman declared the Club was in a healthy financial position.
This weeks guest at our Monday meeting was no other than Rodney Howells the District Governor of Rotary District 1080. Rodney expressed the need for communication to Clubs and the general public and thus his monthly newsletter was part of his enthusiasm to reach as many Rotarians as possible with up to date news and topics. It was also essential for all Rotarians to continue to look for new members as world wide numbers were on the decline, and Rotarians could change the lives and conditions of so many people both in the local community and at International level. Rodney was thanked for his visit to our Club after answering many of the questions that were topical put to him by the members.
              Next week Mike Taylor will be guest speaker and his subject will be " Indian Railways ".



An alternative report of the day !


              With the introduction of the Internet, Rotary members can access information from Head Office and from District  which can include a variety of news, information from numerous sources and most importantly  from other clubs which may include  ideas and initiatives that they  are pursuing.  So it was especially meaningful when our District Governor  Rodney Howell visited the club.  Wearing the traditional Rotary Blazer (this years colour burgundy) he remarked that when he completes his term of office he may give up the day job and use the jacket and become a bus driver. After this humorous start to his talk he moved on to explain the drive for new members and the introduction of  corporate members and the formation  of 'E' clubs. He covered several topics and dealt with several questions from the members . Sadly he made the point that in the Japaneses Tsunami  there was every possibility that entire Rotary Clubs had been lost and was pleased to hear of the clubs efforts to raise money for the victim's and their families who are still suffering as a result of this disaster. He thanked the club for all their fund raising activities and the final address came from the President John Burroughs who thanked Rodney for visiting the Club.  



March 28th 2011


                    Several members gave up their time last Saturday to make a bucket collection outside Tesco Stores. The collection of just over £300 was for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Fund. The Club was making this up to £500 and Alan Spinks had been asked to contact his son Richard in Japan with a view to a direct donation to a Rotary Club near where he lives, to enable that Club to use the donation most efficiently in the disaster area.
At Mondays meeting former Norwich City star, Jeremy Goss was introduced by Bert Collins. Jeremy firstly gave a very shortened resume of his career in football ,remembering some of his memorable moments, such as his goal scored in the defeat of Bayern Munich in the Uefa Cup run of 1993 and what it was like to play under the management of some famous coaches as Ken Brown, Martin O'Neil and his association with Paul Lambert, the present Manager of Norwich City.
However his talk was to emphasize his present role as the Events Fundraiser for the NNAB, the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. His desire and commitment is as strong as ever to make a contribution to the lives of some 20000 blind and partially sighted in Norfolk, and to that end, besides organizing Charity Balls and Golf day, he has set himself a strenuous challenge on a cycle. " Gossy's Back to Bayern Challenge ". This starts on 3rd August and is a punishing 1300- mile cycle ride from Norwich to Munich and beyond to Inter Milan where the Canaries dream came to an end.  He hopes to cover about 100 miles a day. Jeremy delivered a most interesting talk punctuated with lots of humour. John Wiseman thanked Jeremy in the usual way.
Next week will see the visit to our Club of the District Governor  of Rotary District 1080, Rodney Howells.



Quiz Night at the Town Hall Friday March 25th.

Great Yarmouth Rotary Club held its annual Charity Quiz in the Assembly Room of Great Yarmouth Town Hall .

Haven were represented by Robert Price, Tony King, Terry Ashbourne and Charles Lewis, and the team came a creditable third in the Club & Societies grouping.

Thanks are due to President John and the Apollo Public House for sponsoring the cost of team entry.




March 21st 2011


                    This week John Clarke introduced the well known Journalist and Broadcaster Tony Mallion. Tony firstly outlined his career in the newspaper industry and his role at Radio Norfolk, but essentially came to the Club for the third time to talk about his role as Editor of "Places and Faces" magazine.

Places&Faces® is the glossy lifestyle magazine dedicated to luxury and the best things in life on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast - a showcase for the ultimate in luxury from fashion and cars, to watches, art, theatre, wine food and holidays.

The magazine is monthly and distributed free to the very executive and exclusive homes located from Ludham on the edge of the Norfolk Broads to the picturesque Southwold on the Suffolk Coast. More recently this has been extended to the Norwich area.

Its target audience is exclusively aimed at successful business professionals who have above average levels of disposable income.

Tony paid tribute to Colin Huggins whose idea and vision this was ,for such a magazine to acknowledge the good things in the Waveney area and beyond. The magazine is high quality and is never less than 100 pages. Advertising comes in from all over Norfolk and Suffolk, the first edition was launched last April. There is a Suffolk edition and more recently a youth magazine " Expose" has been launched aimed at a younger audience and hence distributed mainly through colleges.

Tony says "We live in a wonderful part of the world, complete with its vast skies and open spaces. From the delights of the coast, be it with summer sun or crashing waves, to the rivers and Broads we've got places of real character and people who are characters too".

Jack Thorpe thanked Tony for a most interesting, informative talk ,delivered with his usual humour.

Next week will see the visit of former Norwich City footballer Jeremy Goss.


March 14th 2011


                     Acting President Robert welcomed Rotarian guest Rachel Farrow from the Aylsham Rotary Club.

Before our guest speaker was introduced, Alan Spinks gave an update on the situation in Japan where his son Richard now lives about 300km from the centre of the quake, and confirmed he and his Japanese family were save. The International committee would be meeting to discuss in what way our Club could help the victims of the terrible disaster there.
Victor Ling was our guest speaker at Mondays meeting and came to talk about his favourite charity. This was "Red Balloon Learner Centres ".
The aim of Red Balloons is the recovery of bullied children. The nearest branch is in Norwich.
They provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied. At least half of the students they take have attempted or seriously considered suicide.
They promise the students whom they accept a safe environment with clear boundaries for behaviour, and an individual full-time academic, pastoral and therapeutic program. Once the students have regained their confidence and are able to cope academically and socially, they support them in their return to mainstream school, their entry to further education or to employment.
Victor read out a moving account from one of the students who had been severely affected by bullying at 2 schools and how he had found the Red Balloon centre had been such an influence on his future life.
On a personal level Victor had entered the London Marathon to run for the Charity and was halfway to acheiving a goal of raising £1000. He detailed his training regime and how hard it was to prepare for the 26mile course but had achieved one of his goals of losing 2 stone in weight.

Ian Thomson on behalf of the Members wished him every success in his marathon venture next month.



March 7th 2011


                       A business meeting when Club Council and Committee decisions were conveyed to the Members and votes taken on the proposals.

Last Friday, Members and Guests attended a quiz evening organized by Jack Thorpe of the Foundation Committee, at The Burlington Hotel. Some 54 contestants took part . The atmosphere was relaxed and people had a good time with lots of chatter and laughter. A raffle was held and a surplus of some £200 was made on the evening which will be added to the Foundation Committee target of £750 to help relieve Polio world wide.
Mondays meeting was devoted to business matters, and proposals were accepted by members to approve the donations to some worthwhile good causes, from our Charity accounts.
£250 was pledged to Magdalen House toward a potting shed for people suffering from Alzheimers disease. £250 was donated to the local branch of The Salvation Army for their general fund, following a talk given to the Club by SA Captain Bob Symonds. £250 was donated to St.Johns Ambulance for their general fund.
The International Committee was pleased to support a new Rotary Charity namely " Calls for Heroes ", which will give extra call time for British troops in Afghanistan by the purchase of Paradigm satellite phone cards.  £500 was donated .Finally it was considered that £250 would be donated to the Namisu Project (orphan village ) in Malawi, which was outlined in a recent talk to the Club by Brenda Taylor. A further pledge of £180 to cover the transport costs of single parent Ms. Louise Ferguson to get her seriously ill daughter to Great Ormond Street Hospital, for which the Great Yarmouth Mercury is coordinating support for the family.
Next weeks speaker will be Victor Ling talking about his favourite charity.


March 4th 2011


                  Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club held its annual Quiz Night Friday, 4th March, at the Burlington Palm Court Hotel.  Some 54 contestants took part of which 20 were visitors and/or friends of members.  The atmosphere was relaxed and people had a good time with lots of chatter and laughter.
        Terry and Pat Ashbourne set the questions and conducted the quiz which covered a wide range of interests.  We had a break for a very nice supper of hot chicken and vegetables with appropriate liquid refreshment!  The first team were rewarded with bottles of Bubbly, the second with bottles of wine and the third team received boxes of chocolates.
        A raffle was held and a surplus of some £200 was made on the evening which will be added to the Foundation Committee target of £750 to help relieve Polio world wide."


February 28th 2011


                        This week’s speaker  was Lewis Roberts who is an associate and researcher of Brandon Lewis the Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, but for those members who thought he would talk politics (heaven forbid, we don’t do such things) they were in for a surprise when they saw a state-of-the-art racing bicycle displayed in the dining room of the Burlington Palm Hotel. Lewis Roberts decided it would be more entertaining to give us a talk on his hobby of cycling and his membership of the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club and his illustrated talk turned out to be just so, he first learnt to ride a bicycle at the age of four but his real enthusiasm for the open road did not come until he was nine years old when he went on a cycling holiday to Suffolk with his parents pedalling 20/25 miles each day culminating in a sixty odd miles final day trip from Ipswich to Great Yarmouth. The cycling bug had really bitten by the time he was in his late teens an d he with a couple of friends cycled to Paris and since then numerous other trips to France and Italy. He is extremely enthusiastic about the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club and the various activities to help local residents to get involved in cycling. Our member Richard Coller then gave a demonstration on the cycle but soon complained of a sore rear!  The vote of thanks was given by Monty Spandler.



February 21st 2011



                        A special meeting today with no guest speakers. Vice President Robert outlined a discussion on recruiting new membership. Several interesting ideas were put forward and there was a lively response from the members.


February 14th 2011


                        Our guest speaker this week was well known local ex mayoress Brenda Taylor. In 2006 our Club donated £250 to Brenda to help an orphan village Namisu in Malawi. With this a chicken hut was built and stocked with 500 chickens. This has now been increased to 2 chicken huts housing over 1000 chickens. Before this project the children were getting little protein and now can have eggs every week and also have excess to sell in the market and become self sufficient. Last November we donated another £150 to her appeal and today ,Brenda told us of the purchase of 2 cows thus providing fresh milk for babies. A fish farm was also established which has now started to produce the right size fish for consumption. Benda's association with AQUAID, a company that produces water containers and who donate generously 10p per bottle sold, to Christian Aid, enabled the village to set up a centre for disabled children, which immediately was filled with children from miles around. Now these children have love and care which before they had never had. What a blessing to each have a mosquito net of their own ! Brenda's talk was fascinating and interesting and delivered with her usual enthusiasm for her projects. After many questions, Mike Self thanked Brenda and wished her well with future donations to Malawi.


February 7th 2011


                      Our guest speaker this week was Captain Brian Dyson who talked about the decline of the Merchant Navy.

Brian who is now retired worked for several shipping companies moving through the ranks to become Chief Officer with the Furness Withy Shipping Company who are still operating to this day.  Brian explained that with each appointment it meant a different cargo which brought new challenges and the chance to visit different countries.  He also took up pilot duties which meant docking many different ships at several ports throughout the world which on occasions commanded very special skills in seamanship.  It was while he was in Ecuador that he met his wife and they have now settled back in Norfolk to a much quieter life.

Brian exploits gripped the members especially talking about those moments when very bad weather meant every body had a role to play and his nerves of steel would always come to the forefront in any emergency.   His work took him too many countries and a life that many can only imagine but one which was very rewarding and equally demanding.  The economic climate and the vast container ships have mainly been the cause of the decline and there is no doubt that we will not experience the level of shipping that once sailed the seas. There were many questions from the floor which showed the level of interest in Brian’s talk.  Leslie Serbert gave the vote of thanks.



January 31st 2011


                       Captain Bob Symonds of the Salvation Army was introduced by Vice President Bob Price. Captain Symonds moved to Great Yarmouth about 18 months ago. He is a native of Lancashire and his posting to Great Yarmouth was his first as a fully-fledged Salvation Army Officer and he succeeds Captain Nigel Byrne who was at one time a member of our club. His wife is also an officer and they have 2 young children, the youngest being born soon after their arrival in Great Yarmouth. He gave a very interesting talk on the work of The Salvation Army, both locally and nationally and internationally. His mission features strongly on helping disadvantaged people in a practical manner and he is working closely with local authorities and the voluntary charitable sector. One particular service he has introduced at The Salvation Army Citadel is the provision of showers so that people without access to hot water can have a regular bath. They also provide food parcels and even sleeping bags to the needy. The vote of thanks was given by Des Sadler.


January 24th 2011


                      Our Club Member John Wiseman gave a very topical talk at this weeks meeting. His subject was "The History of Bowls".
The indoor World Bowls Tournament had just finished at Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton, so John had researched how the sport had evolved and the change in the manufacture of the bowls and the rules over centuries. It seems the Egyptians and Romans were playing a type of similar sports maybe 7000 years ago. There are records of a club in Southampton which was formed in 1299 and is still going strong today. In 1892 rules were drawn up in Scotland and in 1903 The English Bowls Association was established. It is the second most popular sport in the world next to Angling and is played all over the world. The depth of John's talk was most fascinating and interesting, and followed many questions from the members. It was fitting that Brian Potter of Potters Leisure Resort gave the vote of thanks and added a few thoughts of the recent World Bowls Tournament.
Next weeks speaker will be Rob Symonds from The Salvation Army.


January 17th 2011


                       This weeks meeting was a business meeting.
A return visit of one of our original Rotary Exchange students was Richard Spinks. Richard exchanged with a Japanese student Michiko in 1991 and spent a year at a top Tokyo High School in Japan. Following his studies at Sheffield University, he returned to Japan to teach English in high schools. He now lives in Japan with his wife Kazumi and has an important job in  the Narita Airline Business College teaching English to Airline staff, Immigration officers and Air Traffic control personnel.
Next week John Wiseman will speak on "The History of Bowls".


January 10th 2011



                       Regular meetings resumed this week at The Burlington Hotel. Our guest speaker was John Lucas talking about his involvement with Great Yarmouth First Responders. This scheme originated in America. After an emergency 999 call, the Ambulance service is usually about 8 minutes, but Norfolk being a rural area , this may be more difficult ,hence often critical time is saved if a Community First Responder can get to the patient first with life-saving equipment.
A Community First Responder Scheme is made up of groups of volunteers who, within the community in which they live or work, have been trained to attend emergency 999 calls received by the Ambulance Service, providing potentially lifesaving treatment and first aid until an emergency ambulance arrives.
Responders are members of the community who are trained to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), O2 and other lifesaving equipment to assist ambulance crews, and maintain patient stability until the arrival of the Paramedics.
The Great Yarmouth First Responders scheme was setup in May 2010 by John, who is also the SOS Responders coordinator. 
The Great Yarmouth First Responders scheme covers all areas of Great Yarmouth including Gorleston and surrounding villages.
They were allowed to go operational in December with borrowed kit due to weather conditions. They are funded by voluntary donations.  
The Great Yarmouth First Responders attend as many community events as possible throughout the year to raise awareness of the First Responders and to fundraise.
A very interesting talk followed by many questions. John was thanked by Dr John Dawson.
Next week is a business meeting.


January 3rd 2010


                      No Meeting.... New Year's Holiday.




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