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

Please note....on some historical pages on this website the old venue address will still be seen.




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Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year to all !



December 20th 2018


                           The Visit to The Hippodrome Xmas Spectacular  ( Report & Photos here )


December 17th 2018


                           The ladies Xmas Evening Dinner Meeting. ( Report & Photos here )



December 11th 2018.......      Tri-Club Christmas Carol Service.


                          Three Great Yarmouth Rotary Clubs held their annual evening of music and carols at Christchurch on Tuesday the 11th December. Introduction of items was carried out by John Newman of the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth.

A choir and samba band from the Edward Worlledge School performed three pieces of music, and the Edward Worlledge Ladies also sang.

Karolina Reutaite, a young oboe player gave two excellent pieces of music accompanied by a keyboard.

Carols were accompanied by the church organ played by Desmond Sadler of the Haven Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth.

A collection took place at the end of the evening which raised £352 to be given to Christchurch to assist with their building maintenance.


December 10th 2018


                           It was a welcome return for local ex policeman Norman Balls, to talk about the Charity side of the work he organised in his early years of joining the force. His ex colleague Mel Bayfield was also a guest, and was instrumental in persuading Norman to join. Fuzzie Fixup was started before Jim L'Fixit came on tv and enabled young disabled children to fulfil one of their wishes. Norman still visibly remembers one lad being taken to visit Liverpool FC...his dream and was entertained by Manager Bill Shankley and the staff for a wonderful experience.  The Ethiopian Jumble Sale at Caister Holiday camp attracted up to 9000 people raising £23000. This enabled Sweat Shirts, T Shirts and High Protein Biscuits to be sent for the famine victims. Many Charity and Variety Shows were organised in the local theatres raising up to £35000.  Norman over his career had many different jobs and enjoyed all his time working in this local community Borough. Rotarian Malcolm Bugge thanked Norman for his entertaining talk. 



December 3rd 2018


                         SGM & Busines meeting.  Full copies of Club Council meeting and subsequent decisions available from Secretary.


November 26th 2018


                         The club was informed of the planning which went into the 2018 Great Yarmouth Air Show by David Marsh from the GYTABIA Board. Planning was influenced from various safety aspects including care of large numbers of people, possible terrorist attacks, traffic situations including parking, some 175,000 members of the public were expected to attend, policing, ambulance and hospital facilities.

Unfortunately, income was lower than anticipated and a significant loss resulted. However, reserves made the loss bearable and it is possible an ‘amended’ air show will take place in two years time following a detailed in depth review.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Monty Spandler.


November 19th 2018

                           This week the Club was taken back some 70 years ago when Robin Hambling talked about the setting up of speedway motor cycling racing.  After the drab war years, 1948 saw this new sport become very popular and which was watched with great excitement although it was very dangerous.  Indeed, the first race saw the tragic death of a rider in the first race at the first bend!

The machines are now much more powerful and the introduction of very stringent safety rules has helped improve safety but it is still a dangerous sport.  Racing is divided into Premiership, Champion and National League divisions.  In the early days local people raced and were supported by friends and family, now the majority of riders are from the continent.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Colin Smith.     


November 16th 2018


    Organiser John Barton presenting District Trophy at a later lunch meeting.


Attached a photo of the 4 finalists for the 2018 District 1080 Golf Knockout Tournament.

LtoR. John Rice, John Ebbage ( Downham Market A), Alan Spinks, Alan Carman ( Great Yarmouth Haven A team ).

Played at Bawburgh Golf Club today November 16th.

Thanks to Bawburgh GC for the generous Green fee, Coffee and Bacon Roll on arrival.

A most enjoyable game of golf played with the true friendship of Rotary, under grey skies and slight drizzle .

A tight competitive match with Great Yarmouth Haven winning 3 & 2.


November 12th 2018


                          The Haven Rotary Club was informed and entertained about police recruitment and training back in the 1960’s from guest Norman Balls, when Yarmouth had its own Police Force before it was amalgamated with Norfolk Police Force.

Norman was a bus driver when driving a bus was very hard work, no automatic gearing or assisted breaking and in the summer it was like working in a steam bath! It was seeing a constable in shirt sleeves chatting to the public on a street corner brought it home to him that there was possibly a better way of earning a living. His very good school friend from his days at the Priory School, who was in the police, encouraged him to join the force. In September 1966 Norman received an application form consisting of two A4 sides of paper asking him to list his family history together with local referees! He had an interview with the local Superintendent who wanted to know if he had ‘forged’ the names of his referees.

Having survived the interview he was asked to have a medical examination with the local police doctor. This was followed by and education test on a Sunday morning some weeks later, consisting of an English test, a short essay and 20 maths questions. The maths test proved a little difficult and the supervising sergeant suggested an ‘approach’ to solve the problem. On a Sunday three weeks later the superintendent asked who had helped him with the maths. Being truthful, Norman said he had received help whereupon the Superintendent commentated the sergeant was still making mistakes!

After a further week passed when the Superintendent sent a constable to tell Norman he was to attend the police station at once. On seeing the officer he was told he had been successful and he was to join the force on 1st November 1966, in three day time!

Training consisted of 13 weeks working with ex-military personnel starting at 6.0 a.m. Due to the poor wages in those days, £15 per week, most constables had part time jobs and Norman helped to deliver Reliant three wheeled cars from Tamworth to Lowestoft.

Members were treated to a reminder of the old days when we had conductors on busses, milkmen, constables walking the beat and 25 years to obtain a full pension!

A vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Michael Self.


November 5th 2018


                         Unfortunately Charles was unable to give his talk today, so there was no speaker.

However at the last minute Colin Godfrey volunteered to tell of some of his exploits with a wind band in France, during the time he lived in the rural area for 11 years. It was very interesting and Leslie thanked Colin for his enjoyable impromptu talk.



October 29th 2018


                      The Rotary Club welcomed Rotarian David Simpson to our Monday meeting. David is a Rotarian at Woodbridge Deben Rotary Club and is the District Governor of District 10 80.  He was pleased the amount of help our Rotary Club gave to the local community especially raising funds from the popular Duck Races which enabled many projects both local and internationally to be supported. He emphasised the importance of the Rotary motto " Service above Self ", a true reflection of Rotarians committed to help both in this country and worldwide, making things happen. So much is done but the general public are sometimes un aware of the amount of support that is given in their community. The Rotary International President's theme this year is " Be the Inspiration ", and in local rotary clubs and the worldwide organisation , this is played out with strategic plans covering 3 main areas. Membership recruitment is high on any clubs agenda but particularly Rotary, increase Humanitarian service and enhance the public image and visibility. All clubs should try to achieve a net gain of 1 member per club per year. The District offers a Community Service Award to any Rotarian who has done outstanding work for their Club and Community.  David finished with his final thought that Rotary should be fun .

After answering many questions on various topics of Rotary a vote of thanks was given by Past District Governor Robert Lovick.



October 22nd 2018


                       Today was a Business meeting...full report and Club Council meeting available from Secretary.


October 15th 2019


                       Haven Rotary Club was honoured with a talk by Jo, a neurology nurse practitioner currently at the James Paget Hospital where she meets and treats patients on the ward but has some 19 years meeting and treating patients in their own homes whilst based at the Northgate Street Hospital.

Jo works with two consultants and six neurology nurses specialising in nursing patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Moto neuron disease and Epilepsy. The Great Yarmouth area has a relatively high number of sufferers ranging in age from 14-15 to the oldest at 104 years of age!

Unfortunately investment in research in these areas is relatively low and every attempt is being made to develop a ‘model of care’ with G P’s now seeing groups of patients in order to get patients to talk to each other and hopefully to prevent entry to hospital. Trials have indicated medicinal cannabis is very helpful and may shortly be licensed by NICE.

Patients in the Great Yarmouth area are relatively high and may be influenced by the number of people who retire to the area. It is also apparent that more females than males are affected but there is no obvious reason for this.

The talk was completed by a number of questions and further discussion.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Robert Price.



October 8th 2018


                      Our speaker Charles Lewis, was unfortunately unable to give his talk as the Club Members took time to discuss an important issue which had arisen from the meeting of Club Service Committee.

This was the question of members choosing an alternative to the regular published 10 week plan of the Imperial Hotel. Aileen Mobbs was invited to the committee meeting to hear the views of the hotel .

It so happened that Secretary Alan had had to inform the hotel that there were alternatives to the menus of nearly a third of the membership attending . The members would be receiving an email setting out the reasons for possible change .

                      A further discussion was the concern of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia. International Chairman Ian Thomson had suggested delaying the donation to The Nook Appeal, but Past DG Robert Lovick pointed out the need was now and although the suggestion of 2 Shelter Boxes was a good thing, urgent money was needed now. The best way was through the National charities of DEC.

With the prerogative of the President, Keith made the proposal that £1000 should be donated to the DEC Appeal ( seconded by Bob Price ) and the members to vote. This was carried ...23 for and 2 against.


October 1st 2018


                     This week Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary once more welcomed Michael Pearson.  This time Michael talked about an experience of going above the Arctic Circle in Finland.

 Michael’s journey first started in 1972 when he went to buy a tent.  The shop was closing down and the only tent left was one capable of withstanding Arctic temperatures This plus all the equipment needed cost £100, a tidy sum in those time.

Never thinking he’d ever visit the arctic, Michael was invited to a trip from Emola heading 200 miles north and he would guide a team of dogs pulling a sled.  He was taught how to stop the sled and other rudimentary matters, but dealing with dogs was bread and butter to Michael. However, he learned that sled dogs are a breed apart.  They are not social animals but can be aggressive so caution and control is needed.  It may have been a disadvantage Michael not speaking Finnish but he discovered the dogs largely react to the tone of the voice rather than the words themselves.  The sleds are entirely made of wood, no metal, bending with the conditions and terrain as they are dragged along at high speeds.  The dogs too are used to the cold, up to minus forty Celsius, and at night they merely dig themselves a hole in the snow and curl up in a ball.  As it tends to snow at night, in the morning all that is visible is the ears.


Bob Price thanked Michael for his informative talk and said we looked forward to the next episode.



September 24th 2018


                           Our attendance was on the low side at this weeks meeting, but our Immediate Past President Philip Hunt , as speaker, was able to make the meeting informative and enjoyable , by having a general knowledge quiz. As is usual the team having to answer the question rarely got the answer right  but always some knowledgeable person was able to gain a bonus point with the correct answer.

John Burroughs thanked Philip for taking the trouble to organise the quiz for members.



September 17th 2018


                           The club was pleased to welcome Bruno Peek, Pageant Master, who spoke about the plans to commemorate the end of the First World War. He explained the ceremony would take place worldwide when some 1,000 individual pipers from across the United Kingdom and around the world , start the days commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er at 6.00 a.m. local time on 11th November starting in New Zealand. He emphasised this was to be an act of commemoration not celebration to mark the terrible events that occurred during that period. There will be a piper in the Great Yarmouth Minster.

At 6.55 a.m. 1000 + Buglers’ will sound the Last Post at locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories. At 7.05 a.m. 1,000 cathedrals and churches will ring out their bells across the nation and beyond in celebration of peace. 100 Town Criers throughout the U.K. and in other countries around the World join together in an International Cry for Peace.

On 8th May 2020 it is planned to have an annual event to record ’A Cry for Peace’ by ringing bells at precisely 3.00 p.m. on this date each year. Those taking part will include church bells, hotels, public houses and schools including a Chelsea Pensioner. It is likely Rotary Internationally and locally will be involved. This is planned to be a long term event. Large brass hand bells will be available for purchase.

A vote of thanks was proposed by John Westgate.


September 10th 2018


                        Business meeting.


September 3rd 2018

                        Haven Rotary Club has contributed towards the building fund for the East Anglian Childrens Hospice (E.A.C.H.) for the past four years and we were delighted to welcome Tim Jenkins from E.A.C.H. who gave us an update on progress of building the new centre called the ‘NOOK’ based at Framlingham Earl.Tim began by talking about the existing facilities at Quidenham which support families and children with life threatening or life limiting conditions.  The building is very old, beautifully decorated, quiet and peaceful.  However, it is very restricted in how children with such health restrictions can be moved from room to room and floor to floor.  Limited access means beds have to be built in the actual rooms they occupy. There are limitations on how many families can be accommodated at one time.Four years ago and appeal was opened to raise £10m to build the NOOK. In November 2017 construction began on some five acres of land purchased for the project.  It is hoped the venture will be operational next year.  The building has been designed to incorporate the latest design features supporting family members and children for respite or end of life stays.  The building is much more flexible with all bedrooms on the ground floor and upper rooms housing administration functions.  It is anticipated many more children will be accommodated than at Quidenham.  The new building has good transport links to Norwich and other parts of the county.  There will be a direct link to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.  The features incorporated in this new structure are being used as an exemplar for new structures worldwide. 

A vote of thanks was proposed by Rotarian Charles Lewis.       


August 28th 2018


                     Havens own in club Golf tournament at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club.


August 27th 2018


                     No meeting as Bank Holiday. However 5 members, Alan Spinks, Bill Cooke, Wally Ladmore, Colin Smith and Robert lovick, volunteered to help out in atrocious weather conditions, the stewarding of part of the route along the sea front of the East Coast Truckers event.95 vehicles in total arrived about 6.15pm along the Golden Mile ..horns honking.


August 20th 2018

                     Haven Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Tony Wright who talked about his experiences as a current Councillor, and ex MP for the borough of Great Yarmouth.He explained that he has lived in the Middlegate Borough of Great Yarmouth all his life and married a local girl.  He entered local politics in the 1080’s and aimed to get different groups to work together on marketing and tourism for the benefit of residents.  He spoke about the amusing experiences he and his fellow prospective councillors had when conversing the public.  On one occasion a colleague had an irate householder slam the door in his face with such force as to smash the glass pane in the door!  The converser put his head in the opening and politely said “I assume I cannot expect to receive your vote”.  On another occasion he received a polite request to open the door after knocking.  He tried to open the door but it was locked.  He knocked again and was again told to open the door.  Feeling somewhat mystified he looked through the glass window beside the door and saw a parrot looking at him!In 1997 he was elected M.P. for Great Yarmouth and quickly came to the conclusion the Civil Servants have a great influence in how the country is governed.   He gave two examples of the difficulties and delays he faced when trying to get something done.  The first concerned the building of a new Power Station which was eventually completed after many delays.  The second was the construction of the Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour despite the money for construction being available.  Very senior ministers finally gave the order for the work to commence.     Tony is involved in voluntary work working for the community and believes in being a ‘team player’. Rotarian Wally Ladmore thanked Tony for his interesting talk on behalf of the members.

There will be no meeting next week August 27th as a bank Holiday.

August 13th 2018


                     The club members were entertained today with a few tunes from John Westgate's son Peter, playing guitar.

Tony King thanked him for his fine effort.


August 6th 2018

                   The meeting this week was at How Hill and Haven Rotary Club was given a brief history and reminder of the way in which Breydon Water and associated surrounding land has changed over the past years.  The talk was given by Michael Pearson who has been associated with the area for many years and knows its history extremely well. The area is some 6 miles long and 1 mile wide and in 1981 was declared a Nature Reserve as in those days it had many wading birds and wildlife.  There were a number of very old buildings consisting of disused army vehicles, old ships lifeboats that were used for weekend retreats and houseboats used for shooting parties. There were also ‘Marsh men’ living in clay lump cottages.  These have all gone and only elevated Bird Hides remain above the water.The natural banks surrounding the water has now been replaced by a concrete edge so there are no wild flowers adjacent to the water, however, cattle now feed on the grass adjacent to the water and may be seen from the A47 leading to and from Great Yarmouth.  Considerable changes have occurred to the land surrounding the water as new initiatives are introduced. A most interesting talk enjoyed by all the members.


July 30th 2018


                 Today was a business meeting. All members will receive a copy of the amended minutes of Club Council meeting on July 24th.


July 23rd 2018


                 Unfortunately the speaker Richard Delf had asked did not attend. Richard himself talked about betting and horse racing.


July 16th 2018


                The Rev. Peter Paine was guest speaker at the Monday Rotary lunch.  Introduced by Bill Cooke, Peter is the Port of Great Yarmouth chaplain and visits all vessels to ensure the well being of the crews into the Port.  The Seafarers Centre provides a safe haven for all visiting boatmen that need assistance in the town. Peter offers someone to talk to, a chance to call home, and spiritual support.

Peter updated on the plight of the crew on board Malaviya Twenty, The offshore supply vessel has been moored in the town since June 2016 after becoming embroiled in a legal battle.

The previous crew spent more than six months aboard without pay and were replaced by a new crew of 14, who were tasked with returning the Indian-owned vessel to Mumbai.

However, as disputes between the port authority, the owners and liquidators rumble on, the crew have been denied permission to return the ship to the coastal city. This crew, like the crew before, have also gone many months without payment. The vessel is now manned by a crew of only four, with the rest managing to fly home. Peter visits the crew 3 times a week  and offers the chance of an evening out or trips outside the town.

Peter spoke also of his engagement with The “Earl of Pembroke “ ship into the Port and the difficulty of getting permission to board the cruise liner “ Seabourn Quest “ that recently docked in the Port.

A most interesting insight in to the work of the Port Chaplain  and Rev Peter was thanked by Richard Fiddy.


July 9th 2018


               Before the speaker was introduced by Alan Carman, the delayed investiture of new club president took place.

Keith Futter as President, Malcolm Bugge as President Elect and Vice President Colin Smith.

              Then members were treated to an interesting talk by Nick Mobbs proprietor of The Imperial Hotel on how he became knowledgeable on wines of the world.  Being the son of a hotelier and working in the ‘trade’ from an early age it necessarily followed that he would become involved in serving wine.   This proved the case in that in the summer of the late 1970,s he was asked to help serve wine.  A customer said to him, boy this is a remarkably good wine, what is its origin?  Nick being very new to the job read the label and said this is from "Colmans’, of Norwich.  It was this experience that suggested to Nick he needed to learn more about wines.  Whilst at Glasgow University he was able to learn a lot by tasting a range of wines loaded on to a trolley during an afternoon’s wine appreciation course.  He became more interested in the subject and entered a competition identifying eight wines correctly.  Sometime later returning to the family hotel, on a very quiet Sunday night he entered a ‘waiter of the year’ competition and posted the application form off and forgot about it.  Some four weeks later he received an invitation to go to London to Hugh Johnson’s wine shop for a competition. He duly arrived and was shown downstairs into a large training room which was full of foreign wine experts. There followed interviews, wine tasting and serving wines.  Despite a great deal of apprehension, he got to the final.  The final was held at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel and included opening and serving a bottle of Champagne such that all six glasses were filled equally without topping them up!  Whilst walking round the table he fell of the stage but managed not to drop any wine!There followed a series of competitions in France and he came second on three occasions and eventually coming first.  He eventually went to South America for a world competition, coming sixth. A most interesting talk and the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian George Ermini,after many questions.

July 2nd 2018

               Unfortunately President Elect Keith was unwell and was not able to attend for the Presidents Handover ceremony.

This has been put back to next Monday's meeting July 9th.

Outgoing President Philip gave a summary of his year in office, which had been a pleasure and privilege , and it was a successful year ,thanks to the input of all the Members. He congratulated Robert Lovick on his successful and hard working year as our District Governor.

His nomination for " Rotarian of the Year " was deservedly given to Ian Thomson for all the input he had put into the Clubs fund raising and his work as International Chairman.

Secretary Alan was pleased with the replies after his email re. GDPR and hoped to receive replies from all members in the near future.

Philip proposed that the Club should give £300 to the staff of The Imperial, seconded by Ian McCreadie, since we had been at The Imperial for one year. This was carried unanimously by all members present.

Wally said the final draw of the 100 Club would be drawn next week.

Finally members of the Duck Race Committee had received a report from Chairman Alan of his contact with the Borough Councils Venetian Waterways project Coordinator, Alison Hall ( part text as below )

 " Looking at the date for the duck race against the project plans with the site manager yesterday, this is during a period of paving and curbing works to the Waterways, and as a result there will be open trenches on the part of site that you’d be using.  It wouldn’t be safe to have members of the public on site during this time, especially in the numbers you’d be expecting.  "

There will be a Duck Race meeting on July 16th when it was decided to make the final decision, but it appears that this year there would be NO duck races at The Waterways.  Alternatives could be discussed at the July 16th meeting.

New Presidents from Yarmouth RC and Gorleston RC , John Newman and John Shrimpton, present at today's meeting were invited to address the members before the final Rotary Toast.



June 25th 2018


                Ian McCreadie introduced 5 students and teacher from Cliff Park Academy , who gave an account of their Community Project.

June 18th 2018


                A business meeting conducted by Vice President Colin Smith. Committee reports were discussed and voted upon. Club Council minutes available from Club Secretary on request.


June 11th 2018


                ADG Ian Elliott attended this meeting and commented on the Club Assembly reports which he had missed due to being unwell on that day.


June 4th 2018


               Haven Rotary Club was given a brief history and reminder of the way the town developed from the 1960’s by member Rotarian Colin Smith.
This was a talk which would normally take some 90 minutes to deliver so Colin talked quickly to reduce the time to about 20 minutes whilst taking us for a ‘figurative’ walk around Great Yarmouth, starting at the Pleasure Beach, the Royal Naval Hospital, the Model Village and Skating Club with its meeting on Thursday evenings.  He mentioned the Wellington Pier and the many ‘stars’ on the day that performed there including Tommy Steel and the Crazy Gang. Nurses at the Melton Lodge Children’s Hospital would push their young patients across the road in their beds to see the pantomime performances’.
In those days children spent all day on the beach or away from their homes having been told not to come home until father had finished work ! Memorable times were  watching cartoons in the local cinema for many repeat shows to pass the time away..  On occasions elephants would be unloaded from trains and walked through the streets to the circus. In 1947 Joyland opened and is still running today.  Britannia Pier had many well known performers of the day including Lonny Donegan, Bruce Forsyth, Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck.
Whilst many of the places Colin mentioned have long since gone a few still remain today.
A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Richard Fiddy.


May 28th 2018


                  No Meeting... Bank Holiday.


May 21st 2018


                  Annual Club Assembly..... ADG Ian Elliott was expected to oversee this meeting after hearing the new Chairmen of Committees give their forward goals for the next Rotary year.  However he was unwell but the meeting went ahead as planned and ADG Ian would return on June 11th. President Elect Keith conducted the meeting in his own inimitable style. In AOB Mike Self proposed and seconded by Ian Thomson that the word Youth should not be removed from the Committee name of Vocational & Youth.... this was unanimously approved by the members present.   John Burroughs asked that Club Council consider an honorary membership for one of our members leaving because of ill health.  Peter Bondi had a comment about the lunch of fish pie !  Colin Smith was thanked for his service in Community Service Committee and asked if any members would like to visit Sailability at Oulton Broad ..any Tuesday afternoon.


May 14th 2018


                  Mayor Cllr. Kerry Robinson Payne accompanied by her husband Darren, was welcomed at Haven Rotary Club's Monday meeting. This visit is almost her last duty as Mayor, and she addressed the Club members with many of her highlights of her year. It had been a wonderful and outstanding year and she was honoured as a Yarmouth born and bred lady to have represented her town as had her mother before. She was the 13th lady Mayor since 1924,had the pleasure of meeting 2 centenarians and it was also the 100th anniversary of the RAF and women to get the vote.  Her theme was Heritage and Youth and had been involved throughout her year with Youth organisations. Her highlights included a visit to Buckingham Palace, remembers a very busy day in August with 7 appointments , opened 9 establishments and also at the installation of 3 vicars to the town. Fun memories of paddling in the sea with the Cambridge Mayor, dressing up as a chicken at Xmas pantomime and riding on dodgem cars at meeting of all Mayors of East Anglia at Kings Lynn. Her Charities this year were The Cinnamon Trust and Heart to Heart Norfolk.  She was proud to have been escorted throughout her year by her daughter Niamh and on reflection she had found her year in office to be so satisfying and it was an eye opener that so many activities were going on in the town and area which got little recognition. Following many questions Mayor Kerry was thanked by past Mayor John Burroughs.
President Philip Hunt then presented Kerry with a cheque for £250 for her Charities.


May 7th 2018

                 No Meeting....Bank Holiday.


May 4th 2018...... Norwich Walk...


April 30th 2018


                Business meeting & AGM. New Rotary year officers announced.


April 23rd 2018


                 Monday's lunchtime meeting was addressed by Ted Witton ,one of the members of the Rotary Haven Club. As Chairman of The Foundation Committee he outlined the work and progress of Rotary's only Charity, The Rotary Foundation. He quoted many worldwide statistics of where Rotary donation money is spent. The Foundation helps in so many ways, Saving Mothers & Children, Supporting Education, Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Growing Local Economies and a gift to Rotary's Endowment ensures a strong future and a continuous stream of income that will fund programmes in perpetuity. There are 3 Foundation Themes, the Implementation of Projects, Arranging worldwide Scholarships and The Eradication of Polio.This massive programme supported by the Bill Gates Foundation is almost complete with only 8 cases of polio reported in the world this year. Although a confusing subject to many , Ted was able to answer many of the queries from members. Rotarian John Wiseman thanked Ted for his informative talk.



April 16th 2018


                The Club was treated to a talk about 60 years of education and teaching abroad by Paul Wiseman, O.B.E. a Head Teacher for the past 24 years.

He commenced with a brief update of a period he had talked about to the club he had spent in Brazil by explaining many of the politicians he was then familiar with are now in prison.  The political situation is very difficult!

It was in 1958 when Paul started school and he disliked it intensely.  However, he was asked to go to a local shop to buy a bottle of squash.  He appreciated the trust the teacher had placed in him and it remained with him for the rest of his teaching career.  Since those early days Paul has always had the view that children should be inspired and supported.   In his view education is not just completing notes but learning from individuals and experiences and above all to be supported by teachers.  In these days of ‘fake news’ and questionable truths children do not know what to believe  and are likely to become cynical and untrusting of people in authority.

Paul finished his teaching career in Boston which was a commercial organisation and part of a group of schools that was recently sold for £4b.

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian John Westgate


April 9th 2018


                 Rotarian John Westgate spoke to Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club this week on the subject of comedic songs.  He opened the proceedings by relating that in the days of his youth the radio was punctuated by comedy songs but that nowadays there appeared to be little if any comedy music produced.

 John’s talk was illustrated, if that is the right word, with examples of comedic music, from Stanley Holloway’s “With her head tucked underneath her arm,” a story of Anne Boleyn’s untimely death, to the Goons’ ‘Ying Tong song’ an illustration of the mayhem they produced vocally, given that Sir Harry Secombe was actually a renowned tenor – “Had he been thinner”, Spike Milligan may have quipped, “he would only have been a fiver!”. 

Most of the songs were recognised by the members attending and caused humour amongst them but there were one or two surprises, The Shadows, “What a lovely Time”, the flip side of ‘Guitar Tango’.

We also have examples of the spoken word with excerpts from Bob Newheart’s ‘Driving Instructor’ and Victor Borg’s ‘Punctuation’

Some unusual renditions too with former Shakespearian actor Bernard Bresslaw’s ‘Mad Passionate Love’ released in 1958, a song about two little bird’s canoodling.

An interesting dissertation which has at least got me seeing what else in the comedy spectrum of music I can find as well as looking into the biography’s of the various artists.

It was a change to have a comedy presentation punctuating the usually more serious talks by charities telling of their services.  John was thanked for his presentation on behalf of the club by Rotarian Ian Thomson.


April 2nd 2018....No Meeting Easter Monday.


March 26th 2018


                   Club Members were given a most informative and interesting talk and update on The East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity. Holly Marshall,the Capital Projects Fundraising Organiser was introduced by Colin Godfrey and explained the objects and workings of all aspects of the service . There is a critical care unit based in Chelmsford where final decisions are made when an urgent call comes in for the Air Ambulance unit to be tasked. Life changing incidents such as road accidents, cardiac arrests and horse and farming accidents are paramount for the dispatching of the service. There are now 5 helicopters and a rapid response vehicle covering all East Anglia based in Cambridge and Norwich. There is no Government funding hence the need for massive fundraising projects. There is at present no 24/7 service but over the next few years this is a top priority for the service. Trialing has already started for 4 nights a week but naturally there are more problems with night flying. The Norwich operation is based at Norwich airport but there is only limited facilities for the air crew when waiting for a call or having been out on an serious incident. A new facility is planned on the outskirts of Norwich costing 5.7 million pounds. The Charity is well on its way to meet this figure. It is hoped that this will lead to an Academy for first aid training of CPR for the public thus generating an income stream for the Charity and also incorporating a Visitor Centre. The opening will hopefully be in 2020. The public if wanting to support in the future should look out for " Mission Critical. Building for the Future". Rotarian Jack Thorpe thanked Holly for all the interesting information following many questions from the club members.


March 19th 2018


                  At today's meeting the Club welcomed Rotarian Sally Green from the Rotary Club of Lowestoft East Point and introduced by Jack Thorpe. Sally is a director of the charity Waveney Sailability. The Charitable Trust helps disabled people from 9 years upwards, from all walks of life,  to find more enjoyment from life and experience the thrill of sailing. It was set up by volunteers in 2004 with help from local Rotary clubs. The support,training and equipment enables all those with disabilities to enjoy the challenge of a physical activity in a safe and friendly environment. Originally started with 3 dinghies and were pleased to have the support of Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club and the use of their club house. There are up to 70 members with the help of 50 volunteers and many are recommended by various organisations and care workers. In 2009 Princess Anne visited the site of the new boat house which had been funded by a lottery grant and The Trust and was necessary to store the boats particularly in the winter months. The sailing takes place every Tuesday from mid April to October and the wait for sailing and instruction is greatly anticipated by the members, especially with the afternoon tea and homemade cakes. With the costs of insurances increasing and equipment needing replacement ,it was gratifying that the need to raise over £10000 was achieved by the generous help of Rotary grants. For the sailing there are 30 instructors and shore helpers all trained in first aid and necessary expertise. The Trust publishes a newsletter 4 times a year and all information should be viewed on their website

Sally was enthused about the sailing and social time that those disadvantaged people had when she heard about it through Rotary in 2009 and has been involved ever since, now being the booking secretary. Her talk was full of information and interest and Rotarian Ian Thomson thanked Sally on behalf  of the members.


March 12th 2018


                     Business meeting....all members had received copies of Club Council minutes of meeting March 6th.


March 5th 2018


                  The leader of Great Yarmouth District Council, Graham Plant, an ex member of Haven Rotary Club gave a very interesting update on the work of the council. He pointed out that the council does not own any shops but is heavily involved with the tourist industry and business community. He also pointed out the Council was determined to improve the access and appearance of the town and its approaches. The ongoing road works which began before Christmas and now continues cost many millions of pounds and will be concentrated on road, pavements and cycle tracks.

The changing of road numbers, A12 to A47 enabled the council to obtain money to help upgrade the road from Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft. It is anticipated further improvements will be made as more funding is obtained.

A large number of companies are based in Great Yarmouth. One reason is the port is the shortest sailing distance from rigs and wind generators. The port is also involved with specialist services such as oil, gas and de-commissioning of redundant oil rigs.

The Council is also concerned with some of the deprived areas  and are working to improve conditions with a team consisting of police, fire officers, housing officials and community groups. A most interesting update of the forward looking schemes of the Borough Council and provoked many questions from members.

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Bill Cooke.


February 26th 2018


                        This week our speaker was last year's Mayor Councillor Malcolm Bird. He was introduced by Rotarian Colin Smith. Malcolm gave a brief history of his early days having been born in Birmingham but moved to Great Yarmouth when he was one year old. He was involved with Tourism and Community work throughout his life in Great Yarmouth and was honoured to have become Mayor in 2016.  He said he was impressed with the good work that Rotary and Rotarians did in the community both locally and abroad.  When he was 16 he studied in engineering in Ipswich in 1971 but was called back to the family business as a hotelier. It was then he formed The Residents Association. He was invited into politics by Bert Collins and in 2014 became a councillor with UKIP, but latterly left their organisation and joined the Conservatives. Malcolm was educated locally finishing at Duncan Hall  School. He took over The Winchester Hotel which he ran for 30 years with his wife Donna, herself a resident from Great Yarmouth.

Malcolm was also a member of Great Yarmouth Lions Organisation. The highlight of his career was undoubtedly his year as Mayor with which he had attended over 450 events. It was a full time occupation and hard work but most enjoyable being able to be involved with so much of the local community. He recounted his trip to France when meeting the Vice President. He was proud to have supported his 2 main Charities, mainly Palliative Care East and Autism. Rotarian Alan Carman thanked Malcolm for his interesting talk.


February 20th 2018....  Visit to site of donated defibrillator cabinet.


                      The Friends of Great Yarmouth Library together with The Growing Together Gardening Group invited The Great Yarmouth Lions and The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club to meet at the Library to view the new installation of a Defibrillator outside the entrance for which they had made donations to secure a cabinet.


Some time ago Great Yarmouth Library had been gifted a defibrillator and whilst it has always been available for any medical emergency it was kept in an office in the library so only available during library opening times.

The Friends of Great Yarmouth library along with the Growing Together Gardening group made it their mission to raise money to allow them to buy a secure cabinet and install it on the outside of the building therefore making it accessible to the local community at all times.

The Friends Group work tirelessly to raise money for the library,  this money is used to enhance the library service and supports a lot of the children’s activities and events. Generally the fundraising consists of selling refreshments at special events in the library, making and selling crafts and cards as well as the odd raffle and tombola but the amount required for the defibrillator cabinet needed a more intensive approach.

The groups, ably led by Grace Edwards who recently won a Norfolk County Council OSCA (Outstanding Contribution Award) for her volunteering work, conducted some serious networking and this resulted in generous donations from both the Great Yarmouth Lions Club and Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club securing over £800 needed for the project.

As can be seen from the photos, the defibrillator is now fully installed and registered with the East Anglian Ambulance Service.

The Friends of Great Yarmouth Library are most grateful to the groups for their donations.

If anyone is interested in joining the Friends group then please contact the library on 01493 844551.






February 19th 2018


                      Shaun Platten was the guest speaker today. Introduced by Colin Smith, Shaun talked about his time with The Norfolk & Suffolk Youth Football League. He told of its history and formation and how it has grown so successfully over the last 20 years. He emphasised the importance of respect and discipline being gendered in the youths and how the information was displayed at all matches. A very informative talk and Shaun was thanked by Mike Self. Sammy Morgan also was present as a guest of Bob Price.


February 12th 2018


                    This week Neil Duffield entertained us this week, not with a talk about lifeboats, which we had anticipated, Neil being former crew, but a talk about the bungalows on the River Thurne at Potter Heigham.

It all started in the 1920’s when Neil’s grandfather received a £60 endowment payout and in wondering what to do with it thought it would be nice to have a holiday bungalow on the riverbank. Negotiating with the then appropriate authority he acquired the highest plot of land he could and set about building his bungalow, four rooms only, no electricity and no sanitation (use a bucket and bury it!) The annual lease rent was the equivalent of £3.60. Electricity followed in 1930 but mains drainage has yet to arrive.

More bungalows appeared but not all were kept in good order and in the early 1950’s there was a campaigned to have them removed, fiercely and successfully fought against but the Thurne Bungalows Residents Association formed for that purpose.

Neil's own memories as a child were of friendships made with the children coming on holiday, treats out and learning to sail on the river and swim in it.

Privatisation of the then landlord, Anglian Water in the 1980’s, brought a requirement to divest itself of all property not relevant to its trade and the Head lease passed to the Broads Authority who saw it as another opportunity to get rid of the bungalows, this time defeated following the Tenants Association petitioning parliament.

Following the actual talk, which was delightfully presented Neil showed a few pictures of the various changes to the riverbank as they took place.

On behalf of the club Rotarian Leslie Seabert thanked Neil for such an entertaining talk full of memories.

    Neil addressing the interested members.




A splendid Quiz and Fish & Chips evening of February 7th at The Cask & Craft Tavern raised £ 453.18 for Rotary Foundation. Thanks to John Burroughs for organising the 47 attendees and evening, and a special thanks to Monty Spandler for controlling the quiz itself ! Winning team of Michael Muskett.

February 5th 2018

                   Colin Lange MBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Anchorage Trust gave a very positive and upbeat talk about the progress the trust has made since his last talk to us in October 2017.  He explained the good relationship they have with its landlords who are guaranteed rents to properties they provide for young people under the care of the trust.  The young people who become homeless and are offered accommodation are between the ages of 18 to 30 years and single.   They will not be admitted if they take drugs, or drink alcohol in the building.  Trust members advise and supervise the young people in their care giving help and advice as needed.  It is common practice to visit a tenant twice or three times per week to ensure all is well and to see they will look after the property.  The trust is currently looking for more accommodation to increase its provision. The debt which existed when Colin last spoke to us has now been virtually eliminated due to working hard on grant income, good housekeeping, careful attention to expenditure and the use of computer records.  Due to a generous donation they now have money to employ a fund raiser who will widen income from local authorities and other sources. The main aim of the trust is to get young people off the streets which are a serious problem in Great Yarmouth.

A vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Des Sadler

January 29th 2018


                    Members were treated to a talk by Jackie Noy from East Coast Truckers about the beginnings and development of the organisation.  They were originally formed by a group of East Anglian Truckers to support drivers who were caught and prosecuted by using C.B. Radios.  The legalisation of the C.B’s led them into helping others and working with schools for special needs children for an outing one weekend a year in order to give the children a unique chance to ride in a truck.  This was the beginning of the famous convoy to take children on a trip to the coast on August Bank Holiday.  From a very low number of trucks initially there are now 100 + taking part.In 2000 East Coast Truckers became a Charity and with the money raised enabled them to take the children out more often to various placed including The Hippodrome Circus, Banham Zoo, The Dinosaur Park, North Norfolk Railway and many more places of interest.A few years ago, lady would stand at her window and watch and wave to the children as they passed her by.  The truck drivers would all toot their horns as they passed.  In her will the lady left a substantial sum of money to the Truckers which was invested whilst deciding what the needs of the children and their families were.  It was decided Respite Care was the top priority so a large static caravan was purchased and adapted for wheelchair access, having a low sink and cooker, sliding doors to the bedrooms with a mobile hoist, an extremely large bathroom which accommodates wheelchair access and a shower compartment.  They also have a chalet at Vauxhall holiday park at Gt Yarmouth which is mostly for children who do not need wheelchair access.The organisation is manned by volunteers, there are no paid employees and expenditure is kept to essentials such as stationary, postage and maintenance and service on the exhibition trailer, representing a small percentage of funds.The group are looking for volunteer Marshalls and other helpers.  Details can be found on their web site:

The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Bob Price.


January 22nd 2018

                        This week former Irish International and mainly Aston Villa FC Footballer Sammy Morgan came to talk to Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary about Cancer of the Oesophagus and Stomach, the fifth most common cancer and one that was discovered in him three years ago.  It is the fastest Growing Cancer in the UK and only 30% of patients are diagnosed at a stage when a cure can be attempted.  With 16,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year it is important that early diagnosis is made.For his own part Sammy had no symptoms and it was only discovered after a routine examination for Thyroid issues.  As Sammy’s circumstances were he underwent a six hour operation in which along with the tumour his stomach was removed and then he underwent a course of chemotherapy to ensure that every part of the malignancy was destroyed.  He comments that the treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital was wonderful and commented on how grateful he was to have had a surgeon who was acknowledged to be the best in his field operating on him.  His thanks to the team included treating them to watch Norwich play Liverpool with Lunch beforehand.Sammy is now, as well as assisting with Norfolk and Suffolk Youth Football League seeking to raise awareness of Oesophageal Cancer and raise money for the Oesophageal Patients Association to promote knowledge of the symptoms of this type of cancer, Difficulty in swallowing, Reflux, heartburn, indigestion, unexpected weight loss, coughing when eating, Hiccups when eating, change in taste, nausea and Anaemia.A serious talk peppered with memories of football.

On behalf of the club Rotarian Michael Muskett thanked Sammy for such an informative and thought provoking talk.


Attached photo by Alan Spinks

Left to right.... following Sammy Morgan’s talk “ Blowing the whistle on Cancer “.

Shaun Platten ( Norfolk & Suffolk Youth Football League ), Colin Smith ( Haven Rotary Club & former league Referee ), Sammy Morgan, Bob Price ( Haven Rotary Club & former League Referee ), Philip Hunt President Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club.



January 18th 2018           It is with sadness that our Past President & Honorary Member, Bert Collins , passed away today. Our condolences to Maureen and their family and friends.


January 15th 2018


                      Our member Des Sadler addressed the Club today with what was supposed to be a musical extravaganza....however the gremlins wer about and all did go well with the equipment. Howver a vote of thanks for effort was given by Colin Smith.


January 15th 2018.......  A special item from International Committee Chairman Ian Thomson was discussed and voted upon as the Club Council meeting for the 16th January had been cancelled.

                                   An International project is being organised between our club, RC in Australia and The RC of Panaji Goa India. The project is " Menstrual Hygiene Management ". 75 schools will be provided with Sanitary napkin vending machines and Sanitary napkin incinerators. Full training and use and follow up by teachers and Rotarians to ensure necessary education to the 2500+ school girls in the poorer areas of Goa.

Proposal... To support the installation of 5 schools at approx. £342 each ...a total of £1710. This to be doubled by the application of a matching grant from District 1080 funds. This process already nearly completed.

Proposer...Ian Thomson   Seconder ... Ian McCreadie.     Members voted unanimously to support this worthwhile International project.



January 8th 2018

                      This week a club member Rotarian Charles Lewis gave a light hearted talk about his experience of household pets.  After mentioning the need for daily walks with a dog and expensive vetinary bills he then talked about the hunting instincts of cats with small mammals and birds.  However, his daughter acquired a tortoise about 40 years ago which has remained with Charles ever since enabling him and his wife to observe its behaviour over the years.  Aldie, as she was called, had a large enclosed garden in which she was free to roam.  She would disappear in the autumn and re-appear in the spring with no trace of where she had been.  On one occasion she emerged earlier than expected and set off walking down the road.  Fortunately a neighbour spotted her and she was returned.  On another occasion Charles and his wife moved house after Aldie had hibernated leaving no trace of where she was.  The new owners of the property spotted Aldie walking the garden after her hibernation and she was returned to Charles in the spring of the following year.On one occasion Charles’s wife had a feeling all was not well with Aldie so Charles went looking for her.  He eventually found her at the bottom of the fish pond!  He had no idea of how long she was in the water but seemed fine when she was removed.One year, after hibernating had begun the weather warmed up and Aldie came out of hibernation.  The weather then changed to cold and wintery and she went into hibernation again.  The weather changed yet again and the process repeated itself leaving her frail and washed out.  Charles was concerned and looked for help and advice from the Norfolk Tortoise Club who carried out an initial health check on Aldie.  The result was Adlie was female not male, in excess of 60 year old and country of origin was Greece!  Charles came to the conclusion that whilst dogs are for life, not just for Christmas, a Tortoise is ’for ever’ with a life span of over 100 years.The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Ian Thomson.

January 1st  2018

No meeting................ 


Updated: 31/12/2018



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