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 28th 2015


                   No meeting.


December 21st 2015


                   Christmas Ladies Night Dinner at the Burlington Palm Hotel 7.30pm.


December 16th 2015


                          A full busload of members and guests attended the Thursford Xmas Spectacular Show in the afternoon. The show was great although it was commentated that it was not as good as last year !

On arrival back into Great Yarmouth , most travellers enjoyed a Special Xmas dinner at The Imperial Hotel.

Thanks to John Burroughs for organising everything.


December 14th 2015


                          Jessie Glover of VC Vintners Ltd. Gapton Hall Road, was invited to our club meeting this Monday to receive a £500 prize award. This was the reward for their entry in Haven’s Annual Giant Duck Race which took place at The Venetian Waterways in September. Jessie explained how happy she was to support the Charitable Duck Races and very generously donated her prize back to the Rotary Club’s Charity account.



Our speakers this week , introduced by Mick Erskine, were Ann and John O’Leary. Ann and John both retired in 2010 and decided to do something over and above the normal holiday. After many considerations they settled on a months trip , taking on the the Trans- Siberian Rail Journey. Their own journey was Haddiscoe to Beijing in China. Undoubtedly they saw some of the most awesome and fascinating places in the world. They decided they would take the train from St Petersburg in Russia, through Moscow , into Mongolia and finally finishing in Beijing. Peter vividly described moments from each place they visited and the various differing cultures experienced over the holiday. Travelling over such vast landscapes the scenery was not all spectacular but it was a journey of a lifetime and one they would never forget. Keith Futter thanked Ann and John for a fascinating and interesting talk.
Next Monday would be the annual Ladies Christmas evening dinner at The Burlington Palm Hotel.



December 7th 2015

                    Today the Club dealt with Business matters which will the last meeting whereby support is given to numerous organisations as we approach the end of 2015.  Colin Smith Chair of Community Service announced support for the Gorleston Festival and to the Yarmouth Salvation Army as they prepare to help the vulnerable over the Christmas period. .   International Chair Alan Spinks sought approval to purchase more Shelter Boxes that will be allocated if a disaster occurs in the coming months. A project which has been embraced by Rotary is the ‘Lend With Care Initiative’ whereby Clubs lends money to people in the developing world who use the finances to purchase equipment for their local business. They repay the loan over a period of time and then the club can put this money back into the scheme so that it can then be used as a further loan. The benefits of this scheme is that the Club can follow on line how the loan is being used and the amount that is being repaid.  Alan then updated the Club concerning the aims and objectives of the new ‘Duck Committee’   Keith Futter gave an overview of the work being undertaken by the Vocational Committee.   The planned trip to the Peugeot factory in France is currently being reviewed by George Ermini and it is hoped that a firm commitment concerning this trip will be announced in the New Year.  He was pleased to announce that Phase Two of ‘The ‘Dictionary 4 Life’ project was on track and the Club had managed to secure funding to place the Dictionary order by the end of December.  The Committee would also be offering support to the John Grant School in connection with their Arts Festival in 2016.   Leslie Seabert representing the Foundation Committee will continue to support Foundation Charity and read out numerous fundraising events in the New Year. 


November 30th 2015


                         At today's meeting , the Club welcomed our Rotary District 1080 Governor, Dorothy Pulsford-Harris

She has been a Rotarian for 10 years.  Her husband Peter is a past DG and was one of the Founder members of the Kings Lynn Trinity Park Rotary Club. They have one married son with two children.  They live at North Wootton which is 5 miles from Kings Lynn on the edge of the Sandringham Estate.

Dorothy has served on 4 District Committees and was an Assistant Governor before putting her name forward for the role of District Governor.  She was the first lady member of the Swaffham Rotary Club and then went on to become the first lady DG in over 90 years of the District’s history.  Dorothy is a qualified Barrister specialising in criminal and family law having been called to the Bar in 1988. She is semi retired  but still undertakes some legal work for mainly local organisations. In 2014 she obtained (Hons) Degree from the Open University after a study period spanning a 4 year period.   Dorothy is also involved with Round Table and the  Ladies Circle of which she was twice Chairman and also served on the area committee.  Dorothy and Peter are both involved with Anmer Social Club , Macmillan Cancer Support  and Dorothy is Chairman of the North Wootton Parish Council , and currently President of the Anmer WI.  Dorothy is also the Legal Adviser and Board Member to the Rotarian Action Group- Rotarians Against Child Slavery   She is also a Trustee of the West Norfolk Carers . 

Dorothy's enthusiastic talk covered many important issues affecting Rotary today, including Rotary’s massive project of ending polio worldwide. This is very close but there are still 2 pockets of resistance in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but with renewed effort there it is hoped the end will be by 2018. For every dollar that Rotary contributes The Bill Gates Foundation doubles it.  

Membership is a great problem with members getting older ,reducing by 2% per year, and it is more difficult for younger business people to make the commitment. New ways of attendance must be explored , a good example being the formation of a “satellite club”.

Dorothy continued with thoughts on Work in the local community, the importance of the project with Smoke Alarms for the elderly, RYLA, and the “ Lend with Care” scheme , for helping small entrepreneurs in impoverished countries, to obtain a loan to better their lives and their families, particularly in Cambodia, Vietnam , Philippines and Ecuador. Our Haven club already commits itself to this worthwhile project.

Finally after many questions, Dorothy was thanked for her positive and informative talk by President Peter.


A presentation of a pottery mug was made to Owen Church, a former founder member of our club, for his duck coming third in the Duck Race on September 21st..

Next weeks meeting would be devoted to business matters.



November 23rd 2015

                     For a number of years the Club has been raising funds at the Potters Holiday Resort with the blessing of the late Brian Potter MBE who was a member of the Haven  Club.   To pay tribute to Brian’s kindness the club agreed to donate £1000 to the 'Potters Friends Foundation’.   On Tuesday Club Representatives attended Potters Resort to hand over the cheque on behalf of the members . In the above picture from the left are Mike Muskett, John and Jane Potter, President Peter Bondi, Judy Potter and John Burroughs. 

  Several Club members attended the Seashore Caravan Park last week to volunteer to assist the Norfolk Fire Service  with their Crucial Crew Training which is designed to help Year 6 children to keep safe in the community. There were a number of agencies represented at the event including the Norfolk Police, Coast Guard, National Power, St Johns Ambulance and the local authority who covered evacuation from their homes as a result of a local emergency.

 Colin Smith introduced this week’s speaker namely Clare Winter who is not only involved in the local Willow Tree Project but has now agreed to take over the St Andrews Festival. Clare announced that the organisational name would be changed to the 'Gorleston St Andrews  Competition Festival' and due to the fact that there is ongoing building work at the St Andrews Church the event will move to the Magdalen Way Methodist Church.  She talked briefly about the history of the St Andrews Festival highlighting the fact that it had been running for 45 years and she was determined that this event continues for another 45 years. The plan is to run this event for one week instead of 2 weeks and its main aim is to promote studies of music, dance, literature, art, craft and drama. This competition is open to all ages and Clare is hoping to attract group’s individuals and schools to this event. She then explained the costing for the Festival  which included room hire, BIFF Adjudication, insurance ,printing and publicity. A Council Grant was granted to cover the competition in March but sadly this will not be available in 2016 so extra funds will have to be raised to enable this event to go ahead next year. There were several questions from the floor and it was left to Wally Ladmore to thank Clare for addressing the members and highlighting her enthusiasm and commitment to make sure that this competition continues.

November 18th & 20th 2015


                            Some members helped at The Seashore Holiday Centre for the programme for school children...namely Crucial Crew.( to learn more visit )


November 17th 2015


 This evening the Foundation Committee held a Beer tasting Evening with a fish and chip supper at the ‘Cask and Craft Public House’, raising funds for Rotary’s Foundation Charity. 6 different real ales were there for the tasting and the evening was enjoyed by some members and guests. A big thank you to John Burroughs for his generosity on the night with the supply of the beer and his services. A sum of around

 £170 was raised.


Presentation of cheque to Potter Family.


President Peter presented a cheque for £1000 to the Potter Family today at Potters Leisure Resort.

Photo shows  ( l > R ) Michael Musket, Jonathan Potter, Jane Potter, Peter Bondi, Judy Potter, John Burroughs


November 16th 2015


             Today club member Charles Lewis talked about Portuguese ‘Fado’ and why he had this passion for this type of soul music.  Charles had visited Lisbon on several occasions and it was during these visits that he became interested in the music especially its style by expressing a particular Portuguese emotion.  ‘Fado’ is the national music of Portugal which began to appear as a distinct form from the 1830’s following in the turbulent period in its history.  It was born in the quayside bars in the poorer districts in Lisbon, in such areas as Alfama.  It was these districts that absorbed immigrants from Africa, Brazil, India and SE Asia that influenced this style of music.  Charles presented slides and two videos including Amelia Rodrigues who transformed Fado in the mid 20th Century and became an international star but still retained her love for the poorer people of Lisbon and became known as the ‘Rainha do fado’(Queen of Fado).  When she died in 1999 the Portuguese Government declared 3 days of national mourning, with over 100,000 people attended her funeral and she was buried in Portugal’s national Pantheon.   Amalia has inspired a new generation of fadistas namely Mariza Mundo who is now bringing her own ideas and interpretations by adding elements of gospel, soul and jazz.  In 2013 she performed at the Theatre Royal in Norwich and Charles attended that performance and felt that it was both emotional and electrifying. .  Bob Price thanked Charles for giving the members a most interesting insight into this Portuguese Music. 


November 10th 2015


                        Today was a visit to The White Horse Pub at Upton to meet and dine with Peter Howkins. A good attendance of 20 members and guests.


November 9th 2015

                        Assistant Governor East and Club member Robert Lovick had recently visited two Rotary Clubs in Norwich namely Norwich Marchesi and Norwich St Edmunds.  Robert brought back greetings from President Derek Bond and President Kate Secker. On Monday the club devoted its speaker slot to discuss the future of the annual fund raising Duck Race.President Peter Bondi led the discussion and presented an overview of the current situation and his desire to involve all the club members and therefore suggested a dedicated Committee be formed to move the process forward.  The President had already received nominations from members to sit on this new Committee and thanked them for their support.   Discussions then took place about the possibility of expanding the event, introducing an extra race solely for those purchasing tickets on the day and moving the date to a different time of the year.  There was a consensus of opinion that greater publicity should be given to the event by way of utilising the local Mercury and local Radio.  Robert Lovick highlighted the fact that this would be a good opportunity to promote Rotary as an organisation and publishing the event at the same time. There was no doubt that the ‘Giant Duck’ initiative introduced by Richard Coller had been a great success and where possible this should be expanded and with the formation of the new committee this will be one of its main proprieties.  Peter Bondi thanked the membership for their contributions and felt that he could now formulate a new framework for the Club to consider in the coming weeks.

 Next week’s speaker will be Paddy Selegman OBE who will be talking about the EDP 2000 Appeal. 



November 2nd 2015

                       Our visiting speaker this week was from our District 1080, and introduced by President Peter, was Derek Rothwell. Derek is the District’s District Governor Elect. He was keen to invite the members to attend his District Conference next October 15th at The Trinity Park, Ipswich.
Derek proceeded to outline the procedures for becoming a District Governor and how he would look forward to the meeting of all District Governors Elect in Santiago , California next year. Derek is a Past President of his club Woodbridge Deben, and has served on the committees as District Secretary and on the Foundation Committee. He grew up in Rochdale but later moved to London before settling down in Suffolk when his career took him to BT at Mattlesham. During his talk which was illustrated with 2 Rotary videos, he emphasised that apart from the falling of Membership in Rotary generally, a bigger issue was that of succession and the District was increasingly finding a lack of commitment to positions of officers in District management. It was pleasing our own club member Robert Lovick would be District Governor in 2016 – 2017. Next year was the Centenary anniversary of the founding of The Rotary Foundation and it was hoped clubs would be involved with projects that would benefit young disadvantaged people to be given a better chance and start in life. The club wished Derek well for his year in office and President Peter thanked Derek for attending our club with his words of wisdom, and after several pertinent questions , the members showed their appreciation in the usual way.
Next weeks meeting would be entirely devoted to discussion of our Annual Duck Race .


October 26th 2015

                  Today the club dealt with business matters whereby the numerous Committees place items for discussion to the members.  President Elect Malcolm Loveland outlined the programme for the Christmas Ladies Night which will include in house entertainment and a special guest namely Peter Westgate, son of John who will be playing his guitar at this festive dinner.  On the 17th November the Foundation Committee lead by Leslie Seabert will be organising another fund raising ‘Beer Tasting Evening’ at the Cask and Craft Public House in Northgate Street.  Bill Cook representing Community Service informed the members that funds raised at the Summer Dance had now been presented to Palliative Care East  and ‘Billy’s Steps’  The Chairman of International Alan Spinks was absent from this meeting but forwarded a  report outlining his desire that it was time for the Club to evaluate the Duck Race and it’s future.  President Peter Bondi read out  his proposal to form  a Duck Committee to look at the structure and future of this major fund raising initiative.   The Club agreed to devote a lunchtime meeting to allow an open discussion which will take place on Monday 9th November.  The Vocational Chairman Keith Futter informed the members that all Schools had now been presented with the ‘Usborne’ Dictionaries which were well received by the children and the teachers.  Three schools will be taking part in a research project into the effectiveness of the Dictionaries which is being coordinated by Paul McIntee from the Felixstowe Landguard Rotary Club.  The Committee is confident that they will raise sufficient funds to supply Year 3 children in 2016.  Keith talked about the progress of the Crucial Crew Training programme which commences on the 16th November and the proposed visit to the French Peugeot Car Factory in April 2016.  District Governor Elect Derek Rothwell will be visiting the club at next week’s meeting. 

October 19th 2015


                   On Wednesday 4 members attended the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral to receive a £500 cheque from the managing Director Carl Lamb from Almary Green. The club had submitted their Literacy Project for funding to help purchase over 800 Dictionaries for Year 3 children in the Yarmouth and Gorleston area.  Robert Lovick addressed the audience explaining the purpose of this literacy project and the benefits to the local children.   When Club members are unable to attend our regular meetings due to health issues we try and keep in touch with them on a regular bases.  On Monday morning President Peter Bondi and Robert Lovick went to visit Rotarian Peter Howkins at his home in Upton for a social get together and to keep Peter up to date with club matters.  Peter decided to remain a member of the Club despite his mobility issues and the club is planning another social lunch with Peter on the 11th November at the ‘White Horse’ in Upton. .   During these visits Peter is always in his element talking about his career and his time trading in King Street as an antique/jewellery dealer.  At this Monday’s lunch George Ermini who is the proprietor of Sidegate Motors talked about the recent car omission problems that VW is currently involved in.  He explained the potential cost to the company and admitted that it could be a number of years before the situation is settled.  This German Company is now planning a massive recall programme that will undoubtedly cost the company billions which has rocked public confidence and the credibility of this leading brand.  It does appear that car sales have not been affected and it his belief that VW will bounce back, but it will take a number of years.  As expected there were several questions from the floor which included the resale car value, the knock on effect for other car dealers and the likely change in Government Road Tax policy as a result of this scandal  The vote of thanks was given by Craigh Page..


October 12th 2015

                    This is the third year that the Haven Rotary Club has been operating a Performing Arts Bursary Award to outstanding students who are studying in the Yarmouth area.  The auditions which were held in June at the East Norfolk Sixth Form College were of a very high standard and for this reason it was decided to award all three students.  At Monday’s meeting the Club welcomed the winners namely Lily Kirby ,Olivia Mannall and Callum Howard.  Lily is a flautist and delighted the members with two pieces namely Passacaille’ by Rhene Baton and the Allegro movement from Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major.  This was followed by actors Olivia and Callum who performed Petruchio and Katharina’s first meeting from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by Shakespeare. This was a stunning performance which was light hearted and humorous and certainly delighted the audience.  As they returned to their seats they were given the opportunity to talk about their studies and their aspirations for the future.  Lily explained that she has played the flute since the age of 10 and has a passion for music and is hoping to make this her chosen career.  She admitted that her cheque would be put towards the purchase of a new flute.  Olivia then talked about her reasons for taking up acting and went on to say that acting has always been a form of ‘escapism ‘and her goal is  to be accepted into a leading Drama College and her award will help to cover the cost of extra tuition. .  Callum is not only an actor but is also involved in filmmaking and his dream is and I quote ‘ to create and act in a powerful and inspiring film that leaves the audience motivated’  The three winners thanked the club individually for their Bursary Award.  John Burroughs gave the vote of thanks. 

October 5th 2015

                    Today John Westgate introduced a most interesting speaker ! Her name was " Madam Whiplash " ! This lady gave a intimate account of her dealings with gentlemen requiring a little outside the norm of sexual deviation. The whole of her talk was recorded by Radio Norfolk ! Members for once , listened intently to all the stories related in a very elegant way.


September 28th 2015


                           On Thursday 9 members took part in the Haven Golf Competition at the Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club.   The weather conditions were perfect but those players who were not familiar with this links course found it both demanding and challenging.  Although it was a close competition the overall winner of the Wally Ladmore Trophy went to John Clark.  At a packed meeting on Monday the members welcomed this week’s speaker David Mason who talked about his time on the Gorleston Lifeboat.  David joined the RNLI in 1966 and remained with the organisation until 2004.  He undertook training at the Gorleston station as a crew member but later went to Dorset for further specialised training and was appointed Coxswain in 1996 on the lifeboat ‘Samarbeta’ which is a Swedish word meaning ‘working together'. In the same year he was deployed to the Dutch yacht ‘Olline’ which was in difficulty some 29 miles off the coast and had an injured crewmember on board.  A helicopter was summoned but attempts to winch the injured sailor off the boat failed due to the  storm force winds.  David decided to put a crew member on board the stricken yacht in an effort to stabilise the yacht by cutting the rigging preventing the boat from capsizing.  This action allowed a tow line to be connected and the boat was safely brought back to Great Yarmouth.  This very dangerous manoeuvre was undertaken with the very specialist skills of the lifeboat crew and eventually the injured sailor together with 5 other crew members were brought safely back to shore.  David was awarded the RNLI  'Bronze Medal’ for this rescue which he accepted on behalf of the Gorleston Lifeboat Station. David then went on to explain how the work methods had changed over the years but its primary function will always be to save lives.  The vote of thanks was given by Tony King. 

September 28th 2015

                      Following a successful summer BBQ, Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £350 to the Palliative Care East fund at the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Roberta Lovick received the cheque from Community Chairman Colin Smith accompanied by Bill Cooke.



September 24th 2015


                            Haven's September Golf day at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club.   <<<<<<< click to view !


September 21st 2015

                      The members were delighted with their Annual Duck race that took place at the Waterways on Sunday. Once again we were blessed with excellent weather which always draws the crowds.  The ‘Giant Ducks’ were splendidly decorated and the Mayor Shirley Weymouth picked the ‘Waterways Café Entry as the best decorated Giant Duck.  The speaker at this week’s meeting was local brewer Paul Hodgson who formed Tombstone Brewery 3 years ago.  Paul who lives in Caister said his beers which all have names like ‘Gunslinger’, ‘Stagecoach’ and ‘Lone Rider’ had gone down really well since he started brewing.  He went on to say that the secret of his success was the quality of his ingredients with more and more pubs stocking Tombstone beers as he expands the range.  The brewery was first located in Escort Road but Paul decided that a further investment of around £30,000 meant that he could move into the empty Café Nova in Stone-cutters Way which is now open and plans are underway to move the brewery operation to these premises.  Paul always had a passion for home brewing but he previously worked in finance and later in telecommunications. However it has always been his ambition  to have his own business and this enterprise will certainly be a challenge but he is determined to be a successful brewer in the Yarmouth area.  He talked about the problems of purchasing hops for his beer bearing in mind that the large brewers in the USA can buy in bulk hence setting the price. He has managed to purchase a sufficient quantity for the next 12 months allowing him to complete two brews each week producing 8 different beers.  Norfolk is a very popular brewing county and much of this is due to the hard water which is ideal for beer making.  There were several samples of hops and other ingredients for the members to examine at the end of the meeting.  Real Ale lover Ted Witton naturally gave the vote of thanks but sadly no samples to taste. .  

September 20th 2015


Annual Duck Race....Report and photos.    <<<<<<< click to view.


September 14th 2015


                         Today was a business meeting taken by President Elect Malcolm Loveland in the absence of President Peter Bondi. All Committee Chairmen reported to the members their news and proposals having been approved by the Club Council.

Chairman of International Alan Spinks held a Duck Race meeting prior to the regular lunch and then during the meeting updated and briefed all members of the duties and running of the Duck Race on the coming Sunday. The sale of ducks for both the Corporate and Giant Races had gone well and particular thanks for the hard work in selling them , goes to Richard Delf, Richard Coller, Ian Thomson and Ian McCreadie.


September 7th 2015


                     On Friday President Peter Bondi and Robert Lovick represented the club at the Dictionary Presentation at Rollesby Primary School.   Robert talked briefly to the children about the work of Rotary and Peter then presented the Usborne Dictionaries to Year 3 and Year 4 children.   At this Monday’s meeting Jack Thorpe introduced this week’s speaker Ewing Smith, who talked about his time working at the Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court as an usher.  Ewing has served in the military, been employed at Smithfield Market in London, a trainee electrician, a door to door salesman and finally working for the Ford Motor Company until it closed.  During the period that Ewing was at the Court it was a very busy environment with every court operating.  Due to many changes the magistrates Court now handles a much smaller caseload as work has been transferred to other areas.  He explained that training is done in house and the most important skill is to be able to connect with the public and being capable of dealing with challenging situations.  In the early days witnesses mixed with defendants which alone created its own problems.  He presented a book containing all the different oaths and explained that defendants can appear in a video link from prison to the court when the magistrates are dealing with a remand hearing. However they do have the right to appear in person if they wish.  There is a ‘Sword of Justice ‘in court 3 which has been existence since 1684.  Throughout the 12 years that Ewing has worked Court he admitted that he had witnessed many young defendants re-offending as they got older, despite all the efforts by outside agencies to offer them help and support.   Richard Delf thanked Ewing for a very interesting talk and wished him well in his retirement. 


August 31st 2015


                   No Meeting.....August Bank Holiday !


August 24th 2015


                A reminder there will be no meeting on next Monday August 31st.
Committee chairmen to prepare their reports for Club Council on September 8th.
This weeks speaker introduced by Colin Smith was our own member Tony Smith.

Tony's talk was a very personal subject " Living with cancer ".



August 17th 2015


                   This weeks Monday meeting was highlighted by a very fascinating and interesting speaker. Richard Ladmore was introduced by his father Wally, a member of our club.
Richard  was a solicitor and then qualified as a barrister.  He was also a senior Lecturer at the College of Law in London. He is now a freelance trainer designing and delivering courses to a variety of clients on legal skills, substantive law, evidence and procedure.
His talk was “ Advocacy in our Courts”, and went into great detail about his role in training young solicitors, who may wish to become barristers and conduct legal business in the High Courts. All have training but the present system is designed to be assessed by a judge three times a year, who then reports to the Law Society and if successful will be awarded a licence, informing the applicant of the degree of complexity of the court cases that can be conducted.
Training also applies to Witnesses, who may be understandably nervous about appearing in court. They can gain experience in a similar case to one they will be attending and gives them some experience for appearing in the witness box.
Richard proceeded in a tone familiar to barristers, to explain the essential tasks of Advocates in both Civil and High Courts, keeping things direct to the point, simple, neutral, assertive and not leading witnesses. Cross examinations were very much liked by young advocates and often re-examination could be positive but it was necessary to consider carefully whether any damage had been done and could it be repaired. A final advice for any witness was “ not to argue with Counsel !“.
After many questions Richard was thanked by John Wiseman for his eloquent and fascinating talk into some of the ways of training Advocates and the Law.
Next weeks speaker would be our member Tony Smith.


August 10th 2015


                    Today was a business meeting.

President Peter was in full swing as he presided over his first businesses meeting.  He took this opportunity to present a prize to Robert Lovick who was one of the successful raffle winners at the recent Summer Dance. The reason for this presentation was that Robert had won a voucher to have a splendid House Plaque made by Stone Mason Colin Smith. Malcolm Loveland President Elect covered Club Service issues announcing a proposal to organise a Tri Club lunch in this Rotary year.     Colin Smith the new Community Service Chair then gave his report outlining his desire to increase the total amount raised by his Committee during his first year in office.    Alan Spinks representing International reported to the members that all the preparations  for the Duck Race was well in hand and that the card sales were going well.  Keith Futter (Vocational) informed the members that the three Performing Arts Bursary Winners would each be receiving £200 and arrangements were in hand to invite them to the club in the coming weeks. He then asked the Club to support funding for the Crucial Crew Training for young children which is scheduled to take place in November.  This is a Tri Club Initiative with each Club pledging £100 towards the running costs. His Committee will be linking up with the John Grant School in the autumn regarding the Rotary Kids Out programme and he confirmed that Robert Lovick as the AG East would be visiting the two RYL A candidates at Grafham  Water Centre at the end of the month.   Keith then completed his report by giving an update on the Dictionary Project.   The final report was given by the Foundation Chair Leslie Seabert.   He announced the clubs annual contribution to Foundation and the amount that the group had raised for Polio Plus together with their planned events for the next 12 months.  


August 3rd 2015


                    Away day meeting at How Hill. 

               This Monday the members moved from their normal meeting place to relocate at the How Hill House, near Ludham for its weekly meeting.  Richard Coller provided a ‘Pimms’ on arrival and with perfect weather we all enjoyed good  fellowship on the terrace whilst embracing the panoramic views of the Norfolk Broads.  This weeks speaker was Julia Knights who is known locally as ‘The Flower Lady’   At most meetings the speaker talks about their background their hobby, interests or a specific subject but Julia had been invited to the Club to perform a ‘Flower Demonstration’   Julia had recently qualified in Bristol as a National Demonstrator  and she took the opportunity to talk briefly about the flowers and foliage used in her arrangement bearing in mind that three members would be making their own  flower creation based on Julia’s display.  She began with using cuttings from the smoke bush which is a popular ornamental shrub; several irises were then placed in the display and with a gentle flick at the flower head which caused it open slightly to reveal more colour and then a small quantity of some soft pink roses were added.  Julia then placed some Veronica in a step formation at the front of the display and a pink bow was then fastened to the basket.  The three volunteers namely John Burroughs, Ian McCreadie and Ian Thomson were each given the opportunity to create their own displays based on the finished article.   Despite their lack of experience they all did remarkably well having been given numerous words of advice by members of the audience.  Julia praised their efforts and was pleased to inform them that they would be able to keep the displays as a reminder of their efforts.  There will business matters at next weeks meeting. 



Photos by Alan Spinks




July 27th 2015

           On Saturday the Community Service Committee organised their annual Summer Party at Browston which was supported by Rotarians, family and friends.   Local performer Pip Duffy together with singer Emma Seamarks and a band called ‘3 from The Coast’, which included Kattie Roddis, Steen Bryant and Jonny Cooper entertained the audience throughout the evening.  Rotarian Ian McCreadie very kindly allowed this event to take place in his very spacious garden.  Despite the poor weather earlier in the day and the windy conditions the sun did eventually shine and with some late night dancing it was a most enjoyable evening.  On Monday Bob Price M.B.E conducted a ‘Meet the New Member’ session with Malcolm Bugge.  Malcolm was born and educated in Luton and then chose the Royal Mail as his first employer.  However he only remained with Royal Mail for a short period taking up employment at a publishing Company in London and then moved to General Motors which was based near Luton Airport.  This allowed him to embrace his passion and hobby namely civilian plane spotting.  This interest was to take him to Monarch Airlines working on Ground Operations and eventually working through the ranks to become Customer Service Superintendent.  He took up another job as Director of Air Brokers in London but he did not enjoy the commuting and returned to Monarch Airlines as a PR Manager.  Malcolm has 3 children and retired in 2000 and it was his wife’s decision to move to Toft Monks where they currently reside.   Malcolm was a past Rotarian but having visited Haven on several occasions he felt that he bonded well with the members where fellowship and Rotary values were always present.  Members are reminded that next week’s meeting will take place at How Hill where drinks will be served on the terrace at 12 noon.



July 20th 2015


               On Thursday16th (see below ) lunch time several members and their wives had a very pleasant lunch at the White Horse Pub in Upton with Rotarian Peter Howkins who is currently unable to attend the Monday meetings due to mobility problems. Membership for many clubs is always an issue so it was encouraging that the club inaugurated its second new member namely Malcolm Bugge.  Malcolm was a Rotarian for a number of years and having moved to this area, he decided to join Haven in order that he could continue his service with in the organisation.  President Peter Bondi read out the Rotary statement and then Malcolm responded by making a short acceptance speech to the members. .   This week’s speaker was Paddy Seligman who is an Independent Judiciary Professional. A former magistrate and a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, she is also chairman of the EDP ‘We Care Appeal’ and Canon of Norwich Cathedral plus she is involved in other charitable work.  Paddy talked about the Honours System and how it operates.   She highlighted the fact that in Norfolk very few women and those from ethnic backgrounds plus some professional bodies in industry and IT are not being nominated and she is hoping that by spreading the word more people would be nominated in this category.  She went on to explain the different kinds of honours including the OBE, MBE , the Queens Award For Voluntary Service and the Senior Honours.   She talked about the application process which can take from 18 months through to 4 years so there is a lengthy period of waiting while the nominations are being considered.   The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk’s office in Norwich is more than willing to assist those wishing guidance concerning completing the application form which can appear to be quite daunting.  Quite interestingly about 2% of those chosen for an award refuse to accept the honour.   Bob Price M.B.E. thanked Paddy for addressing the members.  On Saturday the Club will be holding its Summer Dance in Browston commencing at 5 30 pm. 

     Malcolm Loveland receives his honour as President Elect.

New Member.....Malcolm Bugge


July 18th 2015

                 Newmarket races day ...well organised by Richard Delf


July 16th 2015


                 Today several members and guests went to a pub lunch at The White Horse at Upton. Over recent months due to ill health Peter Howkins has been unable to attend our regular meetings.  Robert Lovick and Peter Bondi thought it would be a good idea for the club to go out and meet Peter for a luncheon. Talking with Peter he found this most enjoyable and was very happy some members had come out to meet him.

It was a lovely day and the pub meals were excellent with very good service.



July 13th 2015


                The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club’s Annual Duck Races is on September 20th at The Waterways. Event leader Alan Spinks held the first of many meetings prior to the regular 1.00pm meeting to ascertain availability of members and to discuss all aspects of the days events and produce a task organiser to make sure the races run smoothly.  This week new President Peter welcomed and inaugurated a new member into The Haven Club and also Rotary worldwide. Michael Murrant, introduced by Colin Smith said he was very pleased to become a Rotarian and uphold all the traditions of Rotary and follow the motto of “ Service above Self”.
Philip Hunt introduced our speaker, his long time friend Terry Rymer.
Terry  is a governor of James Paget University hospital and the regional Representative of NODA, National Operatic and Dramatic Association. which was the subject of his talk.  Somewhat pressed for time he gave a very enthusiastic talk not just focussing on the work of the association which is to promote and encourage people to take part in amateur operatic or dramatic productions but also to participate by supporting such productions as members of the audience, but also showed a true love of the amateur theatre through which he met his wife and in which they are both directly involved, both on stage and directing productions.  Terry interspersed his lively talk with the odd joke and personal anecdotes, noting that after a play most of the audience remembered the disasters, prompts and mistakes rather than the performance. During his talk he realised that as he had originally started working in the Insurance profession , he noticed Alan Carman,also retired from Insurance , one of the clubs members and who Terry had not seen for fifty years. Richard Delf gave the vote of thanks .
The first of the draws in the 100 plus club took place , well organised by Wally Ladmore who still needed more participants , cheap at £24 per year !
On Thursday Members would be going to a pub lunch in Upton to meet with Peter Howkins who could not now attend the regular meetings.

New Member....Michael Murrant....



July 6th 2015


               Presidents Handover Day.


               As the new Rotary year begins the outgoings President Jack Thorpe handed his chain of office to Peter Bondi at this Monday’s meeting. The club welcomed the President Elect of the Yarmouth Rotary Club Martin Keable to this very special meeting. Peter Bondi had great pleasure in appointing Philip Hunt as the Club’s Vice President. Malcolm Loveland who was not at the meeting will take on the office of President Elect.   President Peter then addressed the members thanking those members who had been in office for the past 12 months and those new in post. He went on to say that he was looking forward to his new role presiding over a club that was strong in purpose and with excellent fellowship. He would like to reinstate closer working ties with the Yarmouth and Gorleston Clubs in the coming months. Martin Keable on behalf of the Yarmouth Club congratulated Peter on his appointment and clarified the benefits of Tri Club meetings highlighted by the very successful Three Club Rotary Carol Service. After the meeting the President together with Keith Futter and Robert Lovick attending the East Norfolk Sixth Form College to judge three students who had applied for the Club’s Arts Bursary.  Bruce Webb who is a professional Performing Arts Practitioner joined the panel to add his experience to the process.  The first applicant was Callum Howard who preformed a piece from ‘Fives Kinds of Silence' by Shelagh Stephenson followed by flutist Lily Kirby who played Aquarelle by James Rae.  The final applicant was Olivia Mansel who performed Act 4 Scene 3 from Romeo and Juliet.  Due to the very high standard of entrants it was decided that the Bursary would be divided equally between all three applicants as they continue their studies at the college. They will be invited to the club later in the year to receive their bursaries. 


June 29th 2015


                This meeting was an introduction for encouraging new members to join the Rotary Organisation through our Haven Club.

Following a nice meal as usual, ADG East Robert Lovick gave an overview of Rotary worldwide. This was followed by an excellent presentation by PP Robert Price of what could be expected and the positives to be gained by joining such an Organisation. As a result of this , it is hoped the Club may have up to 5 new members in the near future.

On Friday the Club held its Charter evening at the Burlington Hotel and although the attendance was somewhat smaller as on previous occasions it was still a very successful evening.   The  evening speaker was  retired Acle Vet Roger Clark who is also a member of the Norwich Marchesi Rotary Club.  Roger talked about the reasons why he chose this particular career and highlighted some of the more ‘lighter’ moments of his work.  He never really adapted to rising early from his bed when his services were required and he quoted some very humorous stories of his life as a vet.  One of the requirements of horse racing is the fact that you must have a vet on duty at the start and finish of each race and so Roger became part of this duo.  He then went on to quoted incidents that had occurred at the Yarmouth Racecourse during the time that he was there.  Roger is still involved in Veterinary life and still travels extensively to give talks and to participate in research and concluded his talk by admitting that if was starting his career today he would not hesitate in joining this very special profession.  Bob Price thanked Roger for a most entertaining talk which was funny and informative and wished him well for the future.   On Monday the Club welcomed 5 non Rotarians who had been invited to the Club as part for its ‘Prospective New Member Initiative’ Assistant Governor Robert Lovick gave a short presentation on  Rotary International which was followed by an overview of the Haven Club by Bob Price.  President Jack Thorpe concluded the meeting by presenting the ‘Rotarian of the Year Award to Richard Coller for his dedication in promoting the very successful ‘Giant Ducks’ which will be featured for the second year at the  Race in September.  The President’s handover ceremony will take place at next Monday’s meeting. 

Rotarian of the Year 2015


Richard Coller receives the prestigious Rotarian of the Year Award from President Jack.



June 22nd 2015

                  The annual car treasure hunt took place on Thursday evening 18 June with a total of 50 members and friends taking part. The event was enjoyed by all with the usual discussions over the answers to the clues. The event raised a total of £315.00, which will be divided between Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  On Monday the Club  welcomed two Rotarians from the Lowestoft Rotary Club namely Brian Hunter (Past Assistant District Governor) and Barry Scaplehorn MBE who were this week’s speakers The Lowestoft Club works very closely with their neighbouring Clubs on certain projects and one of these is an event called ‘Crucial Crew’  This Rotary initiative has been operating in Norfolk and Suffolk for a number of years and it was quite fitting as our club is consider working with the Gorleston Rotary Club who are now in the process of running this in the Yarmouth and Gorleston area.  This initiative is designed to keep young children safe by allowing them to participate in numerous scenarios which are orchestrated by various agencies including the Fires Service, Water Utilities, Electricity Suppliers, Police, St Johns Ambulance, Local Authority, all promoting ‘Safety’ within their Community.   In Lowestoft the ‘Crucial Crew’ operates over a 2 week period for 9 year old children with a total of 1250 passing through the training in 2014. Assistant Governor Robert Lovick attended their training in November and he took a group around the various units and was very impressed with the advice and warnings that was being conveyed to the children. There is no doubt that this initiative makes the children much more aware of playing in dangerous places, including situations that can arise by using social media chat sights.   Brian mentioned an incident where a child who had attended a ‘Crucial Crew Session was at home weeks later when a fire broke out.  He knew exactly what to do and due to his actions helped to rescue family members from the home. Bob Price gave the vote of thanks.


June 18th 2015


                There was a good turn out for the Foundation Committee's annual Car Rally. This was well organised by Leslie Seabert and after a testing 20 mile route , the final destination was The Cross Keys at Dilham.  A fine 2 course meal was enjoyed which included a carvery.

First place went to the car of The Sadler family....2nd Mike Muskett and 3rd Richard Coller. The raffle raised money for the Eliminate Polio campaign. Total for evening £315.


June 15th 2015


                Today Club Assembly. Assistant Governor South West Hilary King attended the meeting and listened to the future thoughts of president Elect Peter for the new Rotary year and the Committee chairmen.


June 9th 2015


               The Haven golf team of Alan Spinks and Alan Carman lost their match against a good pair from Rotary Club of Ipswich Orwell. The match was played at Great Yarmouth and Caister GC in good weather and true Rotary spirit.


June 8th 2015


             At todays meeting, our guest speaker, introduced by Leslie Seabert was Rotarian Mark Liitle from the Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmunds.
Mark is the Chairman of RACSRAG, the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery. He gave a very lucid and thought provoking presentation about Slavery and particularly Child Slavery. The Action Group highlights and raises awareness that millions of children are held captive and forced to work for commercial gain and also to encourage Rotarians to participate in projects which help to protect children from slavery and its consequences. Officers and coordinators are Rotarians in the UK, the United States, Italy, India, New Zealand, Zambia and South Africa. Although slavery is illegal in every nation, it still exists in every country. It is estimated 36 million people are enslaved today. The majority are children who are increasingly being exploited by unscrupulous land, factory and plantation owners. In Africa , children are slaves in cocoa fields; In India, they suffer in carpet, clothing and firework factories, and in debt bondage on tea plantations, stone quarries and brick kilns. Of course across the globe , young boys and girls are sold for sex and labour, a lucrative  commodity for organised crime after drugs.
Mark told of several examples he had personally been involved with in India, Nepal and Thailand. Examples of successful projects were Trafficking Shelter for girls in Bihar, India, a Rehabilitation Centre for boys near Allahabad, India and a Rescue Mission Trafficking Shelter for Children in Mae Suai , Thailand. Surprisingly the problem is in the UK and also in Norfolk. The numbers are rising rapidly with a reported 2744 cases in the UK, mainly from China,Nigeria, Vietnam and Eastern Europe, but it is feared this figure may be much higher. Mark emphasised The Group was against Child Slavery and not Child Labour. An absorbing talk by Mark who answered many pertinent questions from members. Rotarian Michael Woods , welcomed on his visit to us from his home in Kuching, gave the vote of thanks. Further information is on website


June 5th 2015


Alan Carman, Bill Cooke, Alan Spinks & Mike Self represented the Club at Norwich Rotary Club's Annual Golf Day

at Bawburgh Golf Club. Although not winning the team performed admirably and enjoyed a pleasant day out

followed by a superb carvery.



June 1st 2015

                  This was a business meeting and very well attended. Committee Chairman gave their reports. International explained some facts about ShelterBox Charity and how they were using the boxes and aid .

After a long discussion it was agreed that a donation of £2360 would enable 4 ShelterBoxes to be replenished.

It was pleasing to see Past President Michael Woods in attendance on his annual visit from Kuching.


Bank Holiday weekend


                 On this recent bank holiday weekend 9 Rotarians and their partners spent a very enjoyable two night stay at the Lifeboat in Thornham
The food and accommodation was excellent and the staff were extremely attentive and looked after us very well.   The weather was fine
on the Saturday and most enjoyed a bracing walk to Holme via the coast path followed by a leisurely liquid lunch with sandwiches at the
White Horse in Holme.


May 25th 2015


                No meeting...May Bank Holiday.


May 18th 2015


                Our  meeting today was attended by two important local dignitaries, namely Madam Mayor Councillor Marlene Fairhead and her consort and husband Peter Fairhead. Mayor Marlene was the guest speaker to outline her year of office . Firstly she told of her early life and how local her memorable and happy child life had been, and what a great honour it was for her and family to represent the town of Great Yarmouth .
It was a vey important year with so many Commemorations taking place such as 100 years since World War One. Her three main Charities as well as many others, were the Local Branch of The British Legion, The Salvation Army and Scotty’s Little Soldiers . Scotty's Little Soldiers aims to provide relief from the affects of bereavement to young people up to and including the age of 18 years who have suffered the loss of a parent serving with the British Armed Forces.The charity provides the children with support and guidance throughout their childhood and offers a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping with the loss of a parent.Support is available to families from the British Army, Royal Navy or RAF and is not limited to those killed in action.
Mayor Marlene highlighted many of the functions and activities she and Peter had been invited to, including a ride on a tank, lighting the commemorative beacon, a trip to The Tower of London invited by Sir Richard Dannett, the incumbent Constable of the Tower of London whose wife is The Lady Philippa , High Sheriff of Norfolk.
Each year is different for the Mayoral role and Cllr. Marlene talked of her many visits to schools also involved with Commemorations, her involvement with the Lions organisation and her blindfold shopping experience, Grapevine , the talking Newspaper, her trips on the lifeboats was quite an experience, also at Christmas time , her visit to the local Post Office sorting centre, the excellent work at Centre 81, whose fleet of minibuses help those who are housebound, visits to many Care Homes and birthday celebrations of 3 residents reaching 100 years old, and in the Summer many attendances at local fetes.
Finally Marlene emphasised the invaluable support she had had from husband Peter who had kept a diary and many photo albums for them to share memories in the future. The members asked many pertinent  questions  before President Jack Thorpe presented the Mayor with a cheque for £250 for her Charities. The vote of thanks was given by John Westgate.
Monday May 25th there will be no meeting and June 1st , a business meeting.
 May 14th 2015

Our thoughts are with John Wiseman and his family ,when the sad news was given to Members of the sudden passing away of Paula Wiseman while on holiday in France. The club sends their deepest condolences to John and family.

May 11th 2015

             Today the Club welcomed two guests who had the pleasure of listening to this week’s speaker Robin Hambling who talked about ‘Speedway Racing' in Great  Yarmouth.   This sport originated in Australia in 1923 and naturally the interest in this type of racing spread to other countries and Great Britain was no exception. The legendary Australian Speedway Rider Jonnie Hoskins travelled to the UK in 1928 with the intention of promoting the sport with limited finances and with no suitable track that he could use.   However he 1935 he intensified his racing career when he became Secretary of the Newcastle Speedway Company.   Robin’s father took him too many meetings as a small boy and he can remember the very first race which took place near the Kings Oak Public House in Epping Forest.   The stadium at Caister Road became the home for local speedway in 1932 and after the war racing resumed and in 1948 the Yarmouth Bloaters speedway team was formed.  Yarmouth continued with a number of open meetings and minor local leagues until becoming one of the founder members of the Provincial League in 1960.  Due to financial problems and a decision not to enter the Provincial League for the 1961 season the Bloaters ceased being a Speedway Team. Robin explained to the members how his passion for the sport started and reflected on some of the local riders namely Billy Bales who started his career with the Yarmouth Bloaters where he remained until 1950.   Robin will never forget the roar and smell of the engines in the early days of racing and the fact that it was one of the most dangerous sports with several riders being killed and seriously injured.  Bill Cook gave the vote of thanks.

May 4th 2015


                May Bank Holiday....... No meeting.


April 27th 2015


                  Business meeting.


April 21st 2015


                  The Haven "A" golf team of Bill Cooke and Alan Spinks were drawn against Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club in the start of the District Rotary Knockout Competition.

The match was played at Sprowston Manor Golf Club on a very pleasant day. The match was played in an enjoyable friendly rotary spirit.

The Haven team played very well and WON through to the next round by a 3 & 2 margin.


April 20th 2015


                  Once again our own Richard Fiddy was our speaker for Monday’s meeting. Richard has such a wide range of knowledge of Great Yarmouth and presented a slide show entitled “ Tastes of Norfolk “. The presentation of slides of old Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas , particularly the Broads was fascinating and interesting and brought back many childhood memories for many of the Club Members. Ted Witton thanked Richard for putting together a enjoyable slide presentation.
Last Thursday at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club, the Haven golfers played their delayed 2014 golf competition. Bill Cooke won the overall winner and the nearest the pin, with Alan Spinks runner up and winner of the longest drive. Mike Self won the largest trophy but this was not necessarily the highest score ! After an enjoyable fish and chip dinner, the indoor putting competition for The David Bluck Putter was won by Ian Tilley.
Next weeks meeting will be a business meeting.



April 16th 2015............. Haven Golf Day...see here.


April 15th 2015............ Seafarer's Opening of new centre...see here


April 13th 2015

              All clubs function on well structured  plans concerning a variety of issues that effect the running of the Club and the task of organising a speaker in our club is given to each member well in advance of the scheduled appearance.   However due to no fault of the member a speaker will sometimes cancel at the last minute leaving the member struggling to find a replacement at such short notice.  Well on Monday Philip Hunt found himself in such a predicament so he turned to Richard Fiddy to fill the gap and once again the Club were given a first class talk on air to air refuelling and his time serving at RAF Gan.   It is always refreshing when members talk about their careers and Richard having been a radar operator with the RAF had first hand experience of the refuelling process using a flip chart to demonstrate this method.  He went on to explain how the Vulcan’s Probe called the 'Elephants Trunk would link up to Air Tanker drogue sometimes called the ‘basket’ which is a cone shaped connector from the fuel tanker and highlighting the skills of the pilots during this very delicate operation.   He mentioned the importance of this capability especially during the Falklands War which allowed the Vulcan Bombers to travel such long distances during the very difficult campaign.  Richard then went on to talk about working at RAF Gan which was a military base until March 1976 .  British troop were situated there during the second world war and there is a War Memorial situated on the island and built by the British .  Gan Island is the southern-most island of Addu-Atoll and is part of the larger group of islands from the Maldives situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  He then produced a selection slides showing the idyllic scenery and highlighting how many of the local inhabitants from other islands came to the RAF base to work.  Robert Lovick thanked Richard for giving the members a most interesting talk.

April 6th 2015


                No Meeting......Easter Monday holiday.



March 29th 2015


                    Today Assistant Governor Robert Lovick presented a Membership and Retention Award to the President Jack Thorpe who accepted the award on behalf of the Club.  This award recognises those Clubs that have worked hard to retain members over a number of years in a climate when many organisations are struggling to recruit and retain members.  At this week’s meeting Richard Fiddy introduced Rickie Botwright who talked about working for the Charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’.  Rickie began his career in the Army as a Royal Commando and later joined the Police Service retiring as a Detective Chief Inspector in 2013.  Having seen an advert in the national newspaper he wrote to the Charity and was offered a meeting with their representatives and joined the Charity in September 2014.  There are several organisations working to help ex-service personnel who need support and advise in a variety of ways.   There is no particular ex military community within Norfolk unlike other towns like Colchester where garrisons are based, so it is difficult to identify where the ex military personnel are. Sadly Rickie gets involved when military veterans find themselves in prison and working in partnership with other agencies he offers help in providing accommodation and work in the hope that they will not re-offend.   He gave us an overview if his presentation to veterans serving in local prisons hoping to encourage them to approach agencies like 'Walking with the Wounded’ who can offer guidance on a raft of measures including a loan when benefits are not always available having been released from prison.  Rickie then talked about Project Nova which involves several Constabularies identifying ex forces personnel at the point of arrest and other collaborations including the MOD, NHS (Head Start) and the business community.   After several questions Richard Delf thanked Rickie and wished him well in his efforts to help men and women who have served our country to reintegrate them back into society.  The club will next meet on Monday 13th April. 




March 23rd 2015


                    The Club was pleased to welcome Carol Plunkett to our Monday meeting this week introduced by Alan Spinks.
Carol is the Norfolk Fundraiser for EACH, the East Anglia’s Children's Hospices. Carol gave a most informative talk on the operation of the Charity, particularly the work and services that are undertaken at the Quidenham Hospice. There, support is given to families and care for children and young people ( birth to 19 years old ) with life – threatening conditions across Norfolk and beyond. The specialist support and care is tailored for the needs of all family members and delivered where the families wish, in their own home, at hospital in the community or at the hospice in Quidenham. A wide range of services is delivered including short break care, emotional and psychological support, symptom management, care at end-of-life, bereavement support and many activities and therapies. To meet the demand for all these services, the old building at Quidenham is fast outgrowing the constraints of the old converted country house. Therefore the need for a new hospice for which planning permission has been granted on a five-acre site in the parish of Framlingham Earl. It will be called The Nook and a £10,000,000 appeal has been launched for building to start within the next 2 years. The Haven Rotary Club has already donated £1500 as part of our income from our Annual Duck Race. Carol outlined the plans for The Nook and the advantages that being near Norwich in the centre of Norfolk would bring, such as near to N&N hospital, better road links, plenty of green space for outdoor activities and walks, significantly larger care area, all on ground floor level, larger en-suite bedrooms and activity areas, a hydrotherapy pool, a sensory room, therapy rooms for music and counselling and a building with much more open planning and ease of use. Many events were planned for the fund-raising and Carol was grateful that so many businesses and Community groups were supporting this essential new project. The Charity had Royal Patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Eastern Daily Press supports this appeal and any more information is at
After many questions Carol was thanked by Tony King on a most interesting, emotive and informative presentation.


March 16th 2015


                     Since our last meeting the club attended our President Ladies Evening at The Imperial Hotel. Over 50 members and guests enjoyed a fabulous 3 course dinner and were entertained by The Helm Players from Norwich, a small theatre group headed by our own club member Philip Hunt. They performed 4 short extracts of presentations they had done over previous years. The Presidents of Gorleston and Yarmouth Rotary Clubs were represented.
This weeks meeting was a business meeting whereby the Chairs of each Committee gave their reports to Club Members for discussion and approval. International Service Chairman Alan Spinks emphasised the urgency in supporting the disaster in the Archipelago of Vanuatu where the cyclone had torn the Country apart with its ferocity. It was agreed to purchase 2 ShelterBoxes through the Rotary assisted Charity ShelterBox.
Next week Alan Spinks would be introducing Carol Plunkett the Norfolk Fundraiser for EACH ( East Anglian Childrens Hospice. )The Club had already donated £1500 to their Nook Appeal to build a new hospice in the Norwich area.


Haven Club Responds swiftly with ShelterBox aid to Vanuatu !

Following International Service Committee report by Chairman Alan Spinks, he outlined the devastation in the archipelago of Vanuatu. He recommended immediate aid by donating £1180 to purchase 2 Shelterboxes.

Club members approved the acquisition of the two Shelter Boxes to be sent to help the survivors of Cyclone Pam which effected fast areas of Vanuatu which could be the worst in the history of the South pacific.


Rotary International is monitoring the situation as it appears that the devastation has meant that up to 269,000 of the population are homeless so aid is now being sent to the area.    Rotary works alongside the Charity Shelter Box based in Cornwall which has dispatched over a 1000 boxes to the cyclone hit area.  The boxes are designed especially for disaster situations which include a tent for a family, thermal blankets, groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps cooking equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity packs.


The Shelter Box Kits devised by disaster relief experts and designed to Red Cross specifications, help people to repair and waterproof damaged buildings, allowing survivors to quickly bring their devastated surroundings back to a protective state of shelter. Shelter Box personnel from New Zealand and Australia, are expected to be able to fly to Vanuatu within days to make preparations for Shelter Box aid distribution.

Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary together with other Rotary Clubs throughout the UK raise money through out the Rotary Year and we are always grateful for the generosity of the public who make donations at fund raising activities which allow us to respond immediately to disasters thereby helping those people who find themselves without a home or shelter.




March 9th 2015

              We all like to reflect on our childhood and Rotarians are no exception, so at this week’s meeting it gave the club members a chance to go back in time when David Cooke came to the club to talk about his passion for ‘Dinkey Toys’.  David is a member of the Norwich Rotary Club and  a Toy Curator and Trustee at Bressingham Steam Museum   These toy models were introduced in 1931 by the founder Frank Hornby who began making toy trains for his family and their friends and then he realised that he could build up a successful business manufacturing and selling the toys.  These were die cast metal toys which became best sellers with over a 1000 different subjects which were mostly transport related models. The factory situated in Binns Road Liverpool employed many local people and as war was looming the factory stopped making toys and concentred on manufacturing military hardware.  After 1945 production restarted but with basic materials in short supply production was limited but as the economy improved the toys soon became very popular and the company once again prospered.  David talked about his passion for the models and delighted the members with some of his collection.   David has written several books and is involved in the publication of a Collectors Journal and reminded members that toys that are in very good condition with their original box naturally fetch a good price on the open market.  The ‘Dinkey Toy’ ceased production in 1979 as sales declined over a period of time due to competition from other Toy Makers and the birth of the computer games, meant that young children lost the desire to play with such toys.   However there was a French company making the ‘Dinkey Toy’ for their local market and models or now being produced in Switzerland and they continue to increase their sales throughout Europe.   John Wiseman gave the vote of thanks and recalled his childhood playing in Blake Road with his ‘Dinkey Toys with friends some of which are still members of this Rotary Club.  Next week the club will be dealing with Business matters.  

March 2nd 2015

                    Haven is always delighted to welcome visiting Rotarians and this week we had the pleasure of President Richard Mayer from the Broadband Rotary Club.   The speaker at our lunch time meeting was club member Bob Price M.B.E. who talked about his time serving as a local Magistrate.  Bob began by mentioning the Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court situated on North Quay a building which is a prominent landmark within the Town and bearing in mind its function, has never been vandalised.   As a Magistrate you cannot serve beyond the age of 70 so without divulging Bob’s age we can announce that he will shortly be retiring from this role.  So it was most fitting when he talked about the changes in how the Courts are run and the proposals to reduce the number of Courts even further.  He commented that it was his belief that a Magistrate should have a feel for the local area and understand the social problems within a community.  Bob was very passionate about having local connections and recalled when he was first approached about taking on this role which he felt was a privilege to be asked and to be given the opportunity to serve in such a capacity.  When an individual takes on this role it is important to seek the support of your partner and Bob’s wife Maureen was no exception as she helped him progress in office and later becoming a Chair of the Bench.   Magistrates now deal with many cases which include Youth and Family Matters, Licensing Appeals, Fine Enforcement and School Truancy and Domestic Violence.  There is always funny situation that occurs in any profession and being a Magistrate is no exception and Bob concluded by reminiscing about some very humorous situations which the members found to be most amusing.  George Ermini thanked Bob on behalf of the members for an excellent talk.

 Next week’s speaker will David Cook who will giving a talk on ‘Dinky Toys’.

February 23rd 2015


                       The Cask and Craft Pub in Northgate Street was the venue for a quiz evening for Rotary members and guests last Tuesday.
42 attended and a very enjoyable evening was had, during which a fish and chip supper was organised by John and Jenny Burroughs.
£365 was raised for The Rotary Foundation and thanks to Leslie Seabert and Monty Spandler for organising the popular event.
At Monday’s regular lunch-time meeting John Clark introduced our own member Charles Lewis as our speaker.
Charles has spoken before on so many varied subjects but this time reminisced on his early days when attending University in Northern Ireland.
Having come from Liverpool ,he took his music with him from naturally all the famous Liverpool groups such as The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers etc.
There was much protesting in Londonderry in those days and he was keen on the songs of Bob Dylan and described his association with the protests and period at that time in the 60’s.
Having obtained his degree in Dublin, he then went to America and Mexico. Charles reflected on how different life was in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland and then the contrast in the USA.
He returned to Great Yarmouth but that's another story and topic for a further talk !
Richard Fiddy , who had also served in the army in N.I, gave the vote of thanks.


February 17th 2015


                       This evening, the Foundation Committee organised a quiz at The Craft and Cask Pub on Northgate street. It was very well attended by 40 members and guests.

At the interval everyone had a fish and chips meal and the cost including a small drink was £10. There was a raffle . The total raised for the evening was £360.

The winning quiz team was John Westgate, Wally Ladmore , Alan Spinks and Malcolm Kauffman..

Special thanks to Leslie for organising, John and Jenny for the venue and Monty for a polished performance as quiz master !


February 16th 2015

                        Today a well known local figure Tony Mallion came to the club as this week’s guest speaker.  Tony who has now retired from broadcasting is still very active within the local community and it was his continued passion for the performing arts that formed the bases of his talk.  When he was training as a reporter he was tasked with the job of reviewing local amateur dramatic performances, a job he relished and continued to do for many years.  It was during this time that he had the pleasure of seeing a performance by the Young Peoples Theatre Group called ‘Dusmagrik’ and has followed their exploits ever since. This group was co-founded in 1985 by Margaret Miller who decided that the group should be named after her house which was called ‘Dusmagrik’.   This group have gone from strength to strength putting on a string of hit performance namely ‘Old Mother Hubbard’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Barnum’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Cats’ and many more.  Yarmouth has been blessed with some outstanding theatres and sadly the town centre theatre was demolished and some now have a change of use but there are still great venues in the town namely St Georges Theatre. Gorleston Pavilion and the Yarmouth Pier Theatres which have hosted some top acts throughout their lifetime.   Tony is very passionate about young people getting the opportunity to develop their talents within the performing arts, allowing them to embrace and experience the joys of entertaining.  Several past members of ‘Dusmagrik have gone on to perform in West End Plays and other productions throughout the UK  One such student is Jamie Carter who has just been given a part at the very successful performance in ‘War Horse’ which is currently showing in London.  Dusty can be very proud of her work and although she is no longer in charge of the group she will be presented with a Local Civic Award on the 17th March for her work promoting and helping local youngsters in the performing arts.  Ted Witton gave the vote of thanks and asked Tony to pass on our best wishes having been nominated for a NODA Award.  


February 9th 2015


                Rotarian Bill Cooke Chairman of Community Service, had highlighted a little known charity in the area, which would benefit from support from the Rotary club. Willow Tree Garden is in Belton and the garden is run for disabled people and those with special needs. Founders Dr Clare Winter and Dr Heather Sayer were invited to give a presentation of the work and dedication that they give to their project since its inception in 2009.
Half an acre of wasteland was purchased and many days and weeks were spent clearing it of rubbish and rubble to produce a flat and fertile site which was planted with grass seed, fruit trees and native hedging. Two construction site containers were converted for a classroom and kitchen with cosy seating area and a wood burner. In the garden, raised height beds for wheelchair users were  made from old baths, a composting area, 70 rescued battery hens and a donated conservatory /greenhouse was added to the end of the classroom. After two years, “learners” were attending and it was a joy to see the results obtained from selecting projects every week, such as gardening, harvesting eggs and vegetables, cooking healthy foods and enjoying games in exercise sessions. The site is unique and run by volunteers with no staff costs. The overheads are low without rent, electricity and mains services but the biggest problem is having to abide by all health and safety regulations, to be allowed to continue operating and the costs for having “potable” water is unavoidable. Support for having to install a treatment plant costing in the region of £5000 is paramount in their plans. Clare and Heather showed their abundant enthusiasm for Willow Tree Garden and how such a project enabled people with special needs to have something constructive to do , they meet friends and socialise gaining confidence and reducing isolation. It is also a welcome break for carers and parents knowing their charges are in excellent hands. After many questions Bill Cooke presented a cheque from the Club to help with the purchase of the necessary water treatment plant.     John Westgate thanked Clare and Heather for an excellent informative presentation of the hard work they had put into The Willow Tree Garden Project.

   Bill, Heather, Clare, Jack.


February 2nd 2015

                      On Friday evening Vocational Chairman Keith Futter presented a cheque of £100 to Honey Harvey -Mobbs, 13 years who is now ranked in the top 4 in Great Britain in her first year of National Qualifying Times in various strokes.  Honey is a student at Caister High School and travels daily to the UEA pool in Norwich to train and spends many weekends travelling to swimming Galas throughout the UK.

At today’s meeting the club welcomed Michael Roede who is the Director of the Great Yarmouth Samaritans based at North Quay.  Michael joined the Samaritans 20 years ago having visited a recruiting caravan that was visiting his local town.  There were thirteen other people who joined at the same time as Michael but after the extensive training programme only 4 completed the course. He went on to talk about the work of the charity including the services it offers including the recent launch of a free phone line to the Samaritans which is available at the A & E Department at the James Paget Hospital for patients, family and staff.  It allows anyone needing emotional support to contact the Samaritan via the free phone which is situated in the Family Room.  Michael then went on to talk about the initiative with the Norfolk Constabulary where by detainees and police officers can talk in total confidence to a trained Samaritan.   The charity is embracing technology, responding to email enquiries and text calls which is very popular with young people especially when exam results are released and their expectations have not been met.  The Charity is based on North Quay and due to the age of the building it constantly requires maintenance and as Michael explained the hearting system needs to be replaced but as they rely on public donations it is not always easy to carry out the work.   President Elect Peter Bondi gave the vote of thanks. 

   Honey receiving cheque for £100 from Keith.


January 30th 2015


                       Past Presidents Fish & Chips evening at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club. ( click for report & photos )


January 26th 2015


                          Our District organizes a Quiz each year with over 70 Clubs having the chance to enter a team and as Haven were keen to take part they travelled to Bungay on Wednesday 21st for the first round.  Tony King who arranged the team accompanied the members and was very jubilant when Haven won  their first round by 16 points. Today as the members took to their seats  they were  greeted with a Spring Addition of the 'Merry Mawkin’ which is the Newsletter  of the ‘Friends of Norfolk Dialect’ (FOND) and one of their members namely Norman Hart was this week's speaker. The Norfolk dialect, also know as Broad Norfolk is a dialect that was once spoken extensively and to some degree is still living in Norfolk today.  It employs distinctively unique pronunciations especially of vowels, and consistent grammatical forms that differ from Standard English. Norman was introduced by Alan Carman made a brave effort to start the proceedings by speaking with a Norfolk dialect welcoming Norman to the Club.  Norman began his talk by giving brief history of the Norfolk Dialect and  the influence that neighbouring countries had on the local community going back several hundred years mainly by  Flemish and German connections. He talked about grammar, rhythm and pronunciation identifying letters within words that are dropped which makes the Norfolk accent so special.  Certain words were highlighted by Norman including 'Swill' which means a basket to hold herring, a 'Dwile' and 'Cushies' which meant sweets, a word that was introduced into Norfolk by members of the Norfolk Regiment when they returned from India. Norman gave a brief overview of the membership  of 'FOND' including the work undertaken by the President  Prof. Peter Trudgel who travels throughout Europe  researching and giving talks on local dialects.  Norman delighted the members when he completed his presentation with a poem and a short story in the true Norfolk dialect. George Ermini gave the vote of thanks. 


January 19th 2015


                      At Monday's meeting ,the Club welcomed Richard Fiddy who has rejoined after taking time off . Also welcomed was TC Harry a former member who is now working in a University in Nigeria.

TC now holds Chair as Professor of Genitourinary & HIV Medicine in Niger Delta University, College of Health Sciences, Bayelsa State, since February 2012. He is involved in service delivery at The Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri and training of medical students including Post Graduates. He is hoping to start a Rotary Club in the University as this nearest RC is about an hours drive away and only meets in the evenings.

Colin Smith introduced Richard Fiddy once again to give a talk on Accidents. Richard had attended a day-long course on accident prevention with the fire service and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. He explained how and where accidents were most likely to happen and overwhelmingly ,the biggest percentage was in the home. Every day more than 500 people aged 65+ will have a serious fall at home and need hospital treatment. Home accidents can completely change your way of life by causing the loss of or greatly reducing your independence.

Extra care should always be taken if small children are present. Surprisingl most accidents in the home occur in the bedroom. Richard placed a great emphasis on the prevention of mishaps and there is a comprehensive check list which can be obtained from the website of RoSPA at Consideration should be given to the Kitchen, Living and Dining Room, Hall and Stairs,  Bathroom, Bedroom and Outside/Garden.

Smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarm, Electrical appliances, Safe storage and taking of Medication, with care in tasks that once were easy and as one gets older , may prove more difficult.

With A and E Departments at full stretch ,it is particularly important to prevent unnecessary accidents occurring in the home and it is incumbent on every household to check their own fallibility for a safer home.

He was thanked by Leslie Seabert for a interesting talk.


January 12th 2015


                     This was a business meeting. Various proposals were made and passed by the members. Secretary Mike has all details.


January 5th 2015


                    On Monday 22nd December the Club celebrated the Ladies Christmas Evening with entertainment from the local  singer group ‘Dusmagrick’ who delighted the members and guests with their programme of Carols.  

Today  the  Monday after the festive break it was back to business with our first speaker of the 2015 namely Bruno Peek. OBE , who was introduced by George Ermini.   Bruno is a Pageant Master and has been involved in many Royal Events including the Battle of Trafalgar Bicentenary, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Party Weekend and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons. When he last visited the Club he talked about his support for an Overseers Schools Charity but on this occasion he talked about his plans to promote Commonwealth Day and the planned Military Tattoo which is being organised for June 2017.   He has managed to get 38 Commonwealth countries to fly the Commonwealth Flag on the designated day on all Civic buildings at 10am including the 4 Peeks.   His aim is to involve schoolchildren in this project thereby raising funds for the Charity ‘Tearfund’. Ted Witton then asked the speaker to talk about the proposed ‘Norfolk Military Tattoo’ which will be taking place in the Market Place in 2017. . Bruno  explained that he has now formed a team to help him organise this event including Club member Mike Muskett . He has undertaken meetings with local dignitaries including the High Steward of Great Yarmouth and he is hopeful that this Tattoo will promote Great Yarmouth and commemorate those who lost their lives during the First World War.   This event will be raising funds for the Charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’.   Keith Futter gave the vote of thanks. 

 Next Monday the Club will be dealing with business matters.


January 1st 2015



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