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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14th December  2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Dave Gladden, Manager of the Safer Community Team, spoke about his role within the community. He explained that the early phase of the project was mainly about networking and talking to people with a view to adopting a partnership approach. He was encouraged by the positive response. The main objective of his team of one sergeant and four police constables is to make Great Yarmouth a safer place by prioritising burglary, violent crime, vehicle crime and community damage. The quality burglary pack, thumbprints and alley gates are some of the initiatives introduced to help reduce crime in the Regent and Nelson wards by 13%. There is a possibility of extending the scheme to other wards.


Members attending next week’s lunchtime meeting will be disappointed as there is no lunchtime meeting. The Ladies Christmas Dinner takes place in the evening at 7.30 p.m. at the usual venue.


Senior Vice-President Monty Spandler announced that it is hoped to arrange a special meeting with the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Clubs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary, which is on Wednesday 23rd February.


There will be no meetings throughout the holiday period on 27th December or 3rd January. The next meeting will take place on Monday, 10th January.


Members of the Club would like to extend seasonal greetings to all those who take an interest in the progress of our Club.


7th December  2004

Former Norwich City star Peter Mendham was the guest speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He told members about the formation of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity in August 2000. Within six months, an air ambulance was operating one day per week and by July 2001, it was operating 7 days per week, 365 days each year. The service extends to the 5000 square miles making up Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. More than 1000 missions were flown in 2003 and 364 people were transported to hospital. With leasing costs of £1,000 per day and flying costs of £370 per hour, the helicopter is flown by four pilots. It is necessary to raise in excess of £1 million per annum to maintain the service. No funding is received from either the National Lottery or the government, although the medical team of 14 paramedics and 4 doctors are provided by the National Health Service without charge. The current helicopter can only carry one patient at a time and it is hoped to upgrade to a larger helicopter in the near future. The charity operates it’s own monthly lottery to raise funds, but relies mainly on voluntary donations.


Prior to the main speaker, President Michael Woods gave a brief report on his charity relief trip to Bangladesh.


Honorary Secretary Tony King drew attention to the final two events of the calendar year – the Carols Evening on Wednesday 15th December and the Ladies Christmas Dinner on Monday 20th December, both commencing at 7.30 p.m.


29th November  2004

At last Monday’s Business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Rotarian Ted Witton, International Committee Chairman, showed a short film entitled Africa Hope. It deals with the aftermath of the current AIDS epidemic and focuses on the children and orphans of AIDS victims. Members will be discussing this more fully at a later date. Vocational Committee Chairman, Des Sadler, successfully sought funds as a contribution to assist Hopton First School in the decoration of their premises. Mike Erskine, Chairman of Community Services Committee, reported that the arrangements for the Asda Christmas Shopping Evening next Monday were well in hand. Leslie Seabert advised members that the date of the Foundation Committee Quiz Evening clashed with another event and an alternative date will be announced when known. Honorary Secretary, Tony King, told the Club that the Club Council is examining the possibility of changing the meeting day, for one meeting only, to coincide with the actual day of the Rotary Centenary. This is not to be confused with the Rotary Centennial Dinner arranged by the three local Rotary Clubs that takes place at the Racecourse on Friday 11th March.


Next Monday, Peter Mendham, will speak about The East Anglian Ambulance.


15th November  2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, members were told about the town’s CCTV system by Operations Manager, John Pond. After briefly summarising his background in the Police Force, he explained that the local CCTV system came about following a feasibility study and a successful bid of £400,000 from the Home Office towards the installation. Based in the town centre, the system now has 52 cameras, is linked direct to the police and four other radio systems. There is constant video surveillance and all images are recorded. The cooperation between the police, the 72 members of the scheme and other local users means that a shoplifter caught in one store is banned from all the participating shops and businesses. He illustrated his talk with examples of how the system is used to catch criminal, prevent crimes from being committed and also offer support to people who need it.


Honorary Secretary Tony King reminded members of the Carols Evening on Wednesday 15th December and the Ladies Christmas Dinner on Monday 20th December.


Senior Vice-President Monty Spandler encouraged members to support the Rotary Centennial Dinner arranged by the three local Rotary Clubs at the Racecourse on Friday 11th March.


There will be no speaker next Monday as it is a business meeting.


8th November  2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club Ann Wilson, Branch Manager of Victim Support in Great Yarmouth, spoke about the structure and work of the organisation. Victim Support is an independent charity that helps people who are suffering from the effects of crime. From the beginning of this year, the twelve active local volunteers located in Market Row have helped 2120 clients with emotional, physical and practical requirements. Nationally, the organisation supports over one million victims. Most of their clients are referred by such institutions as the Police, Social Services, NHS and the Education System, but some clients approach them direct. It is the objective to respond within two working days of the referral and a risk assessment is undertaken to determine an appropriate course of action. Support is offered as long as it is needed. The volunteers come from all walks of life and undergo specialist training to prepare them for the kinds of situations that they may face. The five branches in Norfolk operate a budget of around £400,000 and must raise 20% of that amount themselves.


Honorary Secretary Tony King advised members that there is a Club Council meeting on Thursday 25th November at PKF premises starting promptly at 7.30 p.m.


Next Monday’s speaker will be John Pond.


1st November  2004

An overland trip to Australia in 1970 was the subject of Malcolm Metcalf’s talk to the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting. Using his engaging humour, he described how he caught the ferry to Holland and hitch-hiked his way across Europe to Turkey where he met up with the owner of a 1953 Volkswagen who took him 7000 miles to New Delhi. Making his way to Calcutta accompanied by dysentery amidst temperatures of 135°, he caught a plane to Bangkok arriving two months after his journey started. He continued his travels to Perth via Malaysia and Singapore and arrived with £1 in his pocket. His stories of the people he met on the way and the work he undertook to maintain himself painted a vivid picture of a period before intercontinental travel became common. His 5-weeks work stint on a water pipe and the various jobs he found in Melbourne allowed him to accumulate sufficient funds to return home on a luxury liner


19th October  2004

Following recommendations by Community Services Committee Chairman, Mike Erskine, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club agreed to three donations at their business meeting last Monday. A sum of £50 is to go to Loads, £150 to Hillside School and there will be £100 sponsorship for a local blind bowls player hoping to participate in an international tournament. This year’s Asda Christmas Shopping will be on Monday 6th December.  Leslie Seabert, Chairman of Foundation Committee announced the appointment of Nick Fenn as Committee Vice-Chairman. The Quiz Night will be on 10th March and the Car Rally on 26th May. Following a net profit in excess of £5200 from this year’s Duck Race, Ted Witton, International Committee Chairman, sought and received the agreement of members for the disbursement of some of the proceeds with the purchase of four Aqua Boxes, two Shelter Boxes, a donation of £500 to Hope and Homes for Children and a pledge of £500 to Sightsavers. Des Sadler, Vocational Committee Chairman, reported on the presentation of a football strip to Hemsby Hornets under13 team and presented President Michael Woods with a framed photograph of the event. Members agreed to the proposal to purchase some CD’s on the subject of “Coping when someone dies” for a local surgery and school. It is hoped to arrange a dinner at the Ambitions Restaurant at the end of January.


Senior Vice-President Monty Spandler confirmed that this year’s Carol Evening arranged jointly with the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Clubs will be on Wednesday 15th December and the Ladies Christmas Dinner is on Monday 20th December.


12th October  2004

On 23rd February, 1905, a Chicago Lawyer invited three other professional men to his office for the purpose of fellowship. The four continued to meet each week rotating the venue between their respective offices. When the invitation was extended to other professionals, a central and fixed venue was agreed and the global organisation known as Rotary International was born. In its centennial year, District Governor John Gillespie addressed the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club on Monday and revisited the beginnings of Rotary as a reminder that it was about having fun and helping others. The vocational classifications have remained throughout the 100 years history and, in 1943, a code of ethics was adopted. Although Rotary International has received worldwide recognition for its lead in fighting Polio to the point where it is now endemic in only six countries, it retains the four areas of emphasis – health, literacy, water management and family values. He congratulated the Haven Club for completing its centennial project early and praised members for capturing the original friendly spirit whilst raising charitable funds and helping those in the local and international communities.


Next Monday’s meeting will be a business meeting.


5th October  2004

Alex Woods, Port Manager for Great Yarmouth, was the lunchtime speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club’s meeting on Monday. He gave a brief outline of the kind of business that the port was currently undertaking, acknowledging the opening of a new purpose-built grain store in July. The building allows the storage of four different grades of grain where previously only one grade could be stored. He then turned to the limitations placed on the port by its inability to deal with larger vessels. He stressed that the outer harbour, now known as East Port, would create 1,000 new jobs and was vital to the economy of the town. He gave a summary of the costs of the project and the “good value for the money” findings of the Eastern Development Agency after its three years investigation. If successful, the proposals, currently waiting approval by the government, would include a ferry service between Great Yarmouth and Ijmuiden and feature three crossing per day.


Rotarian Mike Muskett reported a profit of £2183 from the Greyhound Evening. The Club’s Community Services Committee will distribute this sum to various charitable causes.


The Club Council meeting has been postponed until Thursday 14th October and will be held at PKF premises at 7.30 p.m. Those members attending are asked to arrive in good time.


Next Monday the Club will act as host to District Governor John Gillespie.


29th September  2004

A team of bibliophiles led by Rotarian Charles Lewis provided entertainment at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. Contributions included the writings of Robert Frost, Henry Miller, R.S.Thomas, Godfrey Schmidt, an alternative version of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and an extract from a 1960’s sex education manual for girls.


Those members and their partners wishing to visit the Time and Tide Museum on Friday 8th October at 6.30 p.m. should register their attendance by next Monday at the latest.  


Next Monday’s speaker will be Port Manager, Alex Woods.


20th September  2004

Jerry Crowther, Manager of Centre 81, was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. A brief synopsis of his life revealed that he was born in Hemsby and attended local schools. The contraction of TB in his childhood, the treatment and subsequent convalescence proved a setback in his education and made it difficult to find a job. After working for a year at Boultons Furniture Shop, he opted for a career in the motor trade and remained there for 13 years before taking on a sub post-office. He applied for his present position in 1985 and has been there for nearly 20 years. Centre 81 was originally set up by disabled people as a drop-in centre/coffee club open for two days each week and staffed by volunteers. His first priority in 1985 was to oversee the move to Tarworks Road. The successful application for several Lottery Grants allowed the acquisition and the refurbishment of the property and the purchase of two purpose-built transport vehicles. Money raised over a period of 2½ years is responsible for the current project of landscaping the garden. The Centre is now open for five days each week. With an increased staff of 12, it offers a wide range of activities and caters for an average of 20 people per day.


Rotarian Ted Witton, International Committee Chairman, reported on another successful Duck Race last Sunday. Funds raised are likely to be in excess of £5,000 and an added bonus is that all prizes have gone to local winners.


Club members and their partners will be visiting the Time and Tide Museum on Friday 8th October at 6.30 p.m.        

Next Monday’s meeting will feature a Literary Lunch.



7th September  2004


New member Rotarian Peter Bondi was the subject of a Focus Interview by Senior Vice-President Monty Spandler at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He explained that his surname came from his Italian grandfather who had left Cremona early in the 20th century and settled in this country after a stint in Nice. After his schooldays in Great Yarmouth, Peter went to Norwich City College to study catering for a career that took him to Switzerland, Paris and London. During his appointment at Claridges, he met a number of Royal guests and also some well-known celebrities from the entertainment field. He returned to this area to enjoy the company of family and friends in a pleasant location.

Rotarian Michael Muskett told members that tickets are still available for the Greyhound Evening on Monday 13th September and the first race starts at 7.30 p.m.

Rotarian Norman Bailey asked for the Duck Race cards to be returned to him next Monday or to the Burlington Hotel by Saturday 18th September.

Next Monday’ speaker is to be arranged.


23rd August 2004


James Gilder was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He talked about his six months stint of voluntary teaching of children in a small village in Africa. After giving a potted history of Kenya until its independence in 1963, he commented that there had been no real improvements to the infrastructure of the country since that date. Roads, electricity, water supply, telephones and education had made no real progress. As one of his initial measures, the new Kenyan President had introduced free education. This measure and the loss of potential teachers from the AIDS epidemic had, in some instances, pushed class sizes up from 30 to 70. Graduate students, like James, were being used to give education a boost and provide teachers for primary school pupils in poorer areas of the country. On a reciprocal basis, English students are given the opportunity to find out about Africa. He painted a vivid picture of his arrival in the small village with only basic accommodation and no water, electricity or basic hygiene facilities. After becoming ill in the first week, he gradually became used to the conditions and concentrated on teaching. He described the hardships facing his pupils who were up at 5 a.m. to work, arriving for a 9 hours school day after an hour’s walk at 8 a.m., often with no mid-day meal, before returning to face more work. The total school budget was £10 per annum.    


Prior to the speaker, Senior Vice President Monty Spandler inducted two new members, Peter Bondi and Nigel Byrne, and welcomed them to the Club.


As next Monday is a Bank Holiday, there will be no meeting. A Focus Interview will feature in the meeting of Monday 6th September.


16th August 2004

Last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was a business meeting and International Committee Chairman, Ted Witton, reported that the preliminaries for this year’s Duck Race were proceeding well. Further consideration is being given to assisting a clinic sponsored by the Malcolms Valley Rotary Club in Swaziland which offers AIDS and other health care facilities to 33,000 individuals. Des Sadler, Vocational Committee Chairman, sought and received the approval of members for a grant to Hemsby Hornets towards the purchase of a football team strip. Mike Erskine, Chairman of Community Services Committee, recommended members to support a request from an individual with speech difficulties who wished to purchase a machine to help communication. Members supported a donation towards the overall cost. A second recommendation to support the Christmas Dinner for needy people hosted by the Salvation Army at the Marina Centre was also agreed. Members were reminded of the Greyhound Evening on Monday 13th September and invited to donate raffle prizes.


The meeting featured an unusual occurrence when Sports Officer, Derrick Garwood, reported a win by the Club’s cricket team against a PKF eleven the previous Wednesday.


James Gilder will be the speaker at next week’s meeting.


9th August 2004

Michael Jeal was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. After a brief introduction to his personal background, he described his life as a local fire fighter. Born in Great Yarmouth at the tail end of its life as a fishing port, he spent his early life in the Newcastle area, joining the Fire Service in 1974. After a three months training stint at Hethersett, he commenced his fire-fighting career. His enjoyment of the work and his aptitude for social contact gave him good grounding for his role as a union official, which he held for most of his working life. He was involved in a number of major local fires and also recalled a number of humorous incidents that brought light relief to an otherwise serious job. He referred to both the Firemen’s Strike and the various changes that have occurred within the Fire Service. Employing good humour throughout his talk, he ended with the serious advice that everything is replaceable except lives.


There will be no speaker next week as it is a Business meeting.


3rd August 2004

Rotarian John Burroughs gave a presentation of the new arrangements for the Club’s charity tombola at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. With the help of Rotarian Ian McCreadie, a fresh mind and new ideas have given a welcome fillip to the Club’s main money-raising venture. A newly designed self-contained stand, new tombola tickets and new prizes should add impetus to the raising of funds for those in need.


There will be a meeting of the Club Council at the premises of PKF on Thursday 12th August, with a prompt start at 7.30 p.m.


A speaker for next week’s meeting is to be arranged.


5th July 2004


At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club President John Clark’s penultimate act was to nominate Rotarian Terry Ashbourne as Rotarian of the Year and present him with his award. He commented that his year as President had been both eventful and enjoyable. He recalled some of the highs and lows of the year, with the passing of Rotarian Aleyn Jordan amongst the latter. The induction of six new members and the amount of money raised for charity by members had been particularly pleasing. Finally, he thanked Richard Delf and his team at the Burlington Hotel for the admirable way in which they had looked after members throughout the year.


On being invested as the new Club President by receiving his badge of office from the outgoing President, Michael Woods paid tribute to John Clark and the manner in which he had presided over the club for the past year. He congratulated him on the healthy increase in membership. Referring to his address at the Club Assembly, he reminded members that all three local Rotary Presidents are hoping to encourage more family involvement in local Rotary events. He confirmed that he had nominated the Swaziland Aids Charity as his international charity for the year. His first formal duty was to invest Rotarians Monty Spandler and Bert Collins as Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President respectively.


President Arthur Bowles, of the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club, congratulated President Michael on his appointment and described him as a unique person who always gives more than he receives. He looked forward to working with him throughout the year and was confident that his very influential boss would ensure that it is a good one. President Colin McManus, of the Gorleston Rotary Club, and Assistant District Governor - East Mike Butcher added their congratulations and good wishes.


The meeting ended with the newly introduced toast “Celebrate Rotary”.


In next week’s Focus Interview, the subject of the interrogation will be Rotarian Graham Plant.


28th June2004


The speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was Rotarian Des Sadler. He started his talk by giving a brief summary of the early development of helicopters in the 1930’s and 1940’s. One of the main problems encountered by helicopter manufacturers until the 1960’s was wear and tear. Any form of hovering by the aircrafts, which were powered by piston engines, required a tremendous amount of power. In the 1960’s, the American authorities commissioned Igor Sikorski to develop a helicopter powered by a gas turbine and the result was the Sea King. The remainder, and larger part, of the talk revolved around the story of an S61 helicopter that, in 1978, got into difficulties in the North Sea after rescuing an oilrig worker requiring emergency medical treatment. Eventually, it was necessary to put the craft down into heavy seas, which caused it to turn over. The two crewmembers and patient managed to escape and were subsequently saved by Air Sea Rescue. The following day, the helicopter was salvaged by supply boat, which towed it upside down to Peterhead. It was returned to the manufacturers who repaired and restored it before selling it to a foreign government.


There is no speaker next week as it is the Presidential Handover. President John Clark will invite Senior Vice President Michael Woods to accept the Presidential badge of office for the forthcoming Rotary Year.



21st June2004

The Club Assembly of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club took place at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting. After paying tribute to his predecessor President John Clark, President-Elect Michael Woods told members that it was his intention to change the closing Rotary Toast to “Celebrate Rotary” to mark the centenary anniversary of Rotary. He noted that both Yarmouth Clubs would have clergymen as their Presidents in the coming year and recalled that he had joined the Haven Club because of the fellowship he found there, coupled with the realistic commitment of raising the spirits of all involved. He indicated that he would be supporting fully the District Governor’s theme of involving Rotarians’ families and including them in Rotary activities. The “Aids in Swaziland” project will be his Presidential International Charity for the coming year. He then introduced his team of committee chairmen and thanked them for their support for the ensuing year.


Rotarian Mike Erskine, Community Services Chairman, suggested that the Greyhound Evening on 13th September could be the last one, but the Asda Christmas Shopping and “Kids Day Out” will follow previous formats. His committee will continue to respond to the local needs of the community. Rotarian Leslie Seabert also indicated that the Foundation Committee would retain a successful formula and continue to raise funds for the Foundation Charity through a variety of social events. Rotarian Ted Witton commented on the difficulties of taking over as Chairman of a very successful committee, which distributed over £8,000 to 14 international charities last year. He hoped to match the success of last year’s Duck Race in order to give support to Rotary International’s priority “Africa Hope” which concerns health and water management in the third world. “Hope and Homes for Children” has been a key player in this area. The International Committee are also re-examining the President Elect’s charity, which is being fronted by Rotary International, to determine how best to help. His committee would continue to carefully analyse potential recipients of charitable donations to ensure that the money is well invested and not squandered. Chairman Des Sadler advised members that the Vocational Committee would continue to offer help and support to local schools. It will also give sympathetic consideration to requests for support from young people intending to do voluntary work at home or abroad. Requests from Rotary District will receive similar consideration. Rotarian Monty Spandler gave details of the Club’s social activities for the ensuing year and paid tribute to Rotarian Terry Ashbourne who is coming to the end of his term as Tombola Organiser. 


Mike Butcher, Assistant District Governor – East, attended the meeting and gave a short response on behalf of the District Governor.


Next week’s speaker is being arranged by Rotarian Des Sadler.



14th June2004

Margaret McManus was the speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. Her subject was Nelson’s Journey. After working as a teacher for 31 years, she moved to a multi-disciplined team whose function was to help children with emotional behavioural difficulties. Many of the problems occur as a result of one or more of the many different types of loss. Nelson’s Journey is a small charity that was set up specifically to help children who are experiencing difficulties as a result of loss through bereavement. Part of the help involves a camp that brings together groups of 25 children with common experiences who are encouraged to tell their stories and share their feelings about their loss. Part of this process allows the children to express both their anger and grief. In the last 5 years, the charity has received about 850 referrals and was able to accept about half that number.


Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, reminded members of the Club’s Anniversary Charter Night which takes place at the Burlington Hotel on Friday 24th June at 7.30 p.m.


The Club Assembly takes place next week and President Elect, Rotarian Michael Woods, will explain his theme and ideas for the ensuing year and introduce his team, who will present the programmes of their various committees.


7th June2004

Jonathan Russell, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, reported on his year in office to the members Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting. With over 400 engagements his mayoralty was both memorable and enjoyable, covering such diverse duties as conducting tours of the Town Hall and judging sandcastles. Highlights of the year included hosting children from Chernobyl, the Maritime Festival and accompanying Princess Anne to the opening of the Special Care Unit at the James Paget Hospital. He commented on the number of functions that he had attended that had been organised by the Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He also told members that prior to Christmas Day, he had eaten nine Christmas Dinners.


Rotarian Leslie Seabert briefed members on the success of the Car Treasure Hunt last Thursday and congratulated Rotarian Norman Bailey’s winning team.


Next week’s speaker is Margaret McManus, who will speak about Nelson’s Journey. Members should also note that the Club Assembly will take place on the following Monday (21st June).


24th May2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club Rotarian Charles Lewis gave members a fascinating insight to the love poetry of the 16th century. With a brief introduction touching on Shakespeare and John Donne, he examined in detail one of the poems of another outstanding poet – Sir Thomas Wyatt. The poem “Whoso List to Hunt” is, on the surface, a poem about hunting a deer. A closer reading makes it obvious that it is a romantic poem about a lady. A background knowledge of the politics of the time reveals that it is a poem about Anne Boleyn, who had a relationship with the poet before Henry V111 came on the scene.


Members were reminded that the starting point for the Car Treasure Hunt on Thursday 3rd June will be the Beccles side of Haddiscoe Bridge from 5.30 p.m. onwards.


Kids day out is on Wednesday 9th June and takes place this year at the Pleasure Beach. The Historical Town Walk on the evening of that same day will start at St. Nicholas Church at 6.30 p.m. and it is planned to arrive at The Italian Restaurant in King Street about 8 p.m.


There is a Bank Holiday next week and there will be no meeting. The following week’s speaker is to be arranged.



10th May2004

Last Monday’s lunchtime speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was Derek George, who spoke about Caister Lifeboat, the only independent one of 220 lifeboats operating in this country. He traced the lifeboat’s association with RNLI from 1857 to 1969 during which time it made 811 launches and saved 1814 lives, more than any other British lifeboat. He described how a sponsored walk by the pupils of Caister Secondary School raised sufficient money to purchase the first Caister Volunteer Rescue Boat and two Guide Dogs for the Blind. This boat was replaced by a second one in August, 1973 and was christened only 12 days later when 11 lives were saved on its first launch. The current boat started operating in June 1991. It is 38 feet long, with a top speed of 16 knots and carries a crew of 8. A new boat is now needed and a £880,000 appeal to pay for the cost of the boat, box launch and a new lifeboat shed has raised £380,000 so far. The new jet-propelled boat, which has a crew of 4 and a top speed of 37 knots will be up and running by the end of the year and will operate in tandem with the current boat initially.


The Honorary Secretary, Rotarian Tony King, reminded members of the Car Treasure Hunt on Thursday 3rd June and the Historical Town Walk on the evening of Wednesday 9th June, the same day as Kids Day Out. The Joint Council Meeting at Lazzarella’s on Friday 14th May will start promptly at 7.30 p.m.


There will be no speaker next Monday as the Club’s programme features a Focus Interview.


19th April 2004

The lunchtime speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club on 19th April was Rotarian Derrick Garwood, who gave a humorous talk on fishing. After extolling the virtues of fly-fishing and explaining some of the attractions, he contrasted it with an account of his successful sea-fishing expedition to the Queen Charlotte Islands.


The business meeting on 26th April was preceded by a short AGM in which a Club Council was elected for the Rotary year commencing 1st July. On behalf of Vocational Committee, Rotarian Ted Witton successfully proposed the donation of a £250 grant to a young student who wishes to study pest control methods in Kenya. International Committee Chairman, Rotarian Norman Bailey obtained agreement for the purchase of a gas burner and kitchen implements, a water cooler and a refrigerator for a children’s village in Goa. Rotarian Leslie Seabert, Foundation Committee Chairman, reminded members that this year’s Car Treasure Hunt would be held on Thursday, 3rd June. Rotarian Mike Erskine reported for Community Services Committee and told members that final figures are being compiled for Kids Out Day on 9th June. At least 10 members will be needed on the day to act as officials. Members agreed to his proposals for the purchase of a hardwood coffee table for MIND and a standing frame for the use of Autistic Way. This year’s Greyhound Evening will be brought forward to Monday 13th September.


Rotarian Ted Witton told members that unforeseen circumstances had necessitated the deferment of the Walking Weekend until next Spring. The Club’s Joint Council Meeting will be held at Lazarella’s on Friday, 14th May.


Next Monday is a Bank Holiday and there will be no Club Meeting. Rotarian John Hovel will introduce a speaker from Caister Lifeboat on Monday 10th May.


5th April 2004

Last Monday’s lunchtime speaker at Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was John Hemming, Chairman of the James Paget Hospital Health Care Trust. He told members of the government initiative in which high performing hospitals were becoming part of the community by assuming the status of Foundation Hospital Trusts. If successful (i.e. 3-star grade is retained and the business plan is accepted, the James Paget Hospital would become a Foundation Trust on 1st October. The objective would be to become a world-class general hospital for the local population and visitors to the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas. This would allow local determination of service delivery, a more democratic approach with local people and NHS staff overseeing, an ability to borrow money to invest in medical service, a closer working partnership and fair payment for work delivered. The Trust, which would operate within the NHS has a number of priorities – the reform of emergency care to chronic disease management in the community, an increase in staffing levels and frontline departments, the achievement of even shorter waiting times through modernisation, a reduction in infection rates and an emergency admission and discharge unit treatment centre. To put matters in perspective, the Hospital employs 3000 people and spends £94m to deal with 31,000+ inpatients, 11,200 day cases, 11,500 day patients, 160,500 out patients and the birth of 2,200 babies.


President John Clark thanked all those involved in the organisation of last Friday’s President’s Ladies Night.


Rotarian Ted Witton confirmed that the Walking Weekend would be on the weekend of 24th/25th September.


Next Monday is a Bank Holiday and there will be no Club Meeting. Rotarian Derek Garwood will introduce a speaker for the meeting on Monday 19th April.


29th March 2004

In the short time that was available to her last Monday lunchtime, Coral Bryant gave an illustrated and instructive talk on Norfolk Churches to the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. The attention of the audience was held not only by the description of the churches and their contents, but also by the additional background details, such as those relating to the Blakeney Green Man.  Previously, most members were probably not aware of the function of a piscina, the derivation of the word “nave” or the patron Saint of Russia. The talk examined exteriors and interiors of churches at Ludham, Bacton, Blakeney, Thurne, North Walsham and Ranworth.


President John Clark reminded members of the Club’s main social evening – President’s Ladies Night, which is to be held at the Imperial Hotel on Friday, 2nd April at 7.30 p.m. (for 8).


Rotarian Ted Witton advised members that the Walking Weekend is now likely to on the weekend of 24th/25th September.


Next week’s speaker is John Hemming, Chairman of the Health Care Trust.


22nd March 2004

Alan Osgood regaled the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club with tales from his 23 years at sea during last Monday’s lunchtime meeting. These included a double crossing of the North Atlantic with a rudder out of true (an 18° twist in the stock) in a Hong Kong tramp steamer and the true story of the schooner Mermaid which ran aground with a crew of 18 when travelling between Sydney and Singapore. They were rescued on that occasion and also on a further four occasions as each of the rescue ships encountered mishaps and required further rescue attempts. Eventually, they, and the crews from the four previous rescue ships, found themselves safely stowed on the City of Leeds. One of the original Mermaid crew went to the aid of an elderly sick female passenger to find that it was his own mother. To conclude his talk, he revealed the secrets of a happy marriage, Australian-style.


Members who have not yet confirmed attendance for themselves and their guests at the President’s Ladies Night on Friday 2nd April, should note that next Monday will be the final opportunity to do so.


Next week’s speaker is Coral Bryant.


15th March 2004

At last Monday’s business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club Foundation Committee Chairman, Rotarian Leslie Seabert, reported a profit of £200 for the Quiz night. Arrangements for the Car Treasure Hunt on Thursday 3rd June are well in hand.


Rotarian Norman Bailey, International Committee Chairman, requested the purchase of two Aqua Boxes to replace those used in the recent Iranian earthquake disaster. The Club agreed to his request. He advised members that planning for the Duck Race on Sunday, 19th September was proceeding well and it is hoped to increase the entertainment time for spectators.


The Community Services Committee Chairman, Rotarian Bert Collins, told members that Rev. Peter Paine, of the Seafarers Mission, was seeking support for the purchase of a projector to tour schools and disseminate information concerning the Mission. He requested and received agreement to donate the sum of £50. He reported the progress on Kids Day Out in June and confirmed the Asda Christmas Shopping Evening on Monday, 6th December. As in previous years, the Mayor will be in attendance.


Junior Vice-President, Rotarian Monty Spandler gave a full report of the Club Services Committee meeting and reminded members of some social events previously advised: The President’s Ladies Night takes place at the Imperial Hotel on Friday April 2nd at 7.30 p.m., the Joint Council Dinner is scheduled for Friday 14th May at Lazarella’s and the Club Charter Night is on 25th June at the Burlington Hotel. It is hoped to organise an evening walk around Historic Yarmouth during the summer. Confirmation is awaited for a trip to Thursford in the approach to Christmas. Golf, Cricket and Bowling activities are planned for the months ahead.


Next week’s speaker is Alan Osgood.


8th March 2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club Richard Spurgin spoke about Cardiomyopathy. After giving a lucid and detailed account of his daughter’s death from the disease, he explained that he was trying to raise awareness about the condition, which is a severe enlargement of the heart. It can occur genetically or from a viral attack and affects mainly younger people. The incidence of the dilated form is 1 in 2,000, whilst the hypertropic form affects 1 person in 500. He told members that his daughter went from a young, fit healthy person holding down three jobs to using a wheelchair in under three months. She was fitted with a pacemaker after one year and transferred to the active transplant list after a deterioration in her condition. She died before a healthy replacement heart became available. In accordance with her wishes, her organs were used to help 54 other unwell people. Only 15% of potential donors carry a donor card and it was Mr Spurgin’s hope to persuade the government to adopt the system used in other countries where people have to opt out of the donor system rather than opting in. Whilst it cannot help his daughter, it would certainly be of benefit to the other 6,000 people currently on the active transplant list.


The Club’s Quiz Team is in action again this Friday (12th) at the District's East Semi-final, which will take place at the Burlington Hotel, 7.30 p.m. 


There will be no speaker next week as it is a Business Meeting.


24th February 2004

Colonel Philip King was the speaker at last Monday’s Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club lunch. He is part of the Army’s Public Relations Team and explained it’s relevance by pointing out that in the 60’s one in three people were directly connected to someone in the armed forces. Today, the figure is one in fifty-five. With a total of 103,500 soldiers, the regular army has less manpower than the police force, though the Territorial Army and those in training brings the figure up to 160,000. With 14,000 new recruits in the last two years, both recruitment and retention are going well. At the end of training, soldiers are expected to complete a four years contract. The average length of service is 10 years and 16½years for an officer. Sandhurst has a waiting list of one year. After touching on some of the problems associated with the Iraq War and some of the hiccoughs occurring with the media, he turned his attention to the modern challenges facing the army. With a 3 block war strategy, the army must fight a conventional war; provide basic services (water, electricity, food) for the population and also to meet the threat of terrorists.


 Rotarian Ken Ward reported on the success of the Club’s Quiz Team in beating a team from Gorleston Rotary Club last Thursday.


In the absence of a speaker next week, there will be a team quiz.


17th February 2004

Last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was a rather sombre occasion when John Hemsworth, Head of Environmental Health Department for Great Yarmouth, explained why it was necessary for the Club to have a child protection strategy in place. After briefly outlining his background, he listed some of the reasons that led to current legislation and then gave some practical guidance for future events that may involve contact with young people. It is not enough to simply appoint Child Protection Officers; there should also be an awareness of the risks involved and the manner in which those risks can be minimised.


 President John Clark gave notice of the President’s Ladies Night on Friday 2nd April and asked members to make early confirmations for themselves and their guests.


Next week’s speaker will be Colonel Philip King.


10th February 2004

Last Monday, Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club’s first evening meeting for some time proved to be popular with guests helping to swell attendance to more than double the norm. No doubt the speaker, Acle vet, Roger Clark, was the main reason for the increase in numbers. In his talk entitled “Oh! It must be lovely to be a vet”, he regaled his audience with humorous stories and anecdotes about such matters as cow calving on mid-winter nights, racing pigeons and sick pythons. In passing, he commented on the advantages and disadvantages of dealing with animals instead of humans and the gradual envelopment of the small farmer by massive farms. Citing examples, he stressed the necessity of calming animals before administering treatment and recalled a number of comical incidents where this was not the case.


 Next week, we will be back to the normal lunchtime meeting and the speaker will be John Hemsworth.


3rd February 2004

Charlie Smithers, of “The Comedians” fame and former compère at the London Palladium made a very welcome return to Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club last Monday. In a manner that eschewed the modern tendency to resort to foul language in an attempt to find humour, he combined a sense of the ridiculous with a close observation of human foibles. Regaling members with some of the anecdotes and jokes in his wide repertoire, he kept them in stitches for most of his discourse. We all look forward to his return.


 Applications from teams for the Quiz Evening at the Burlington Hotel on Thursday 12th February are going well, but more entries will be welcome. The evening commences at 7.30 p.m. and includes a fish and chips supper.


Those members attending at the usual time next week will be disappointed as it is an evening meeting (7 for 7.30 start). The speaker will be Acle vet Roger Clark and it promises to be an entertaining evening.


26th January 2004

Last Monday, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were entertained to an illustrated talk by Alan Gutteridge, who has provided photographs for books by a number of prominent people. On this occasion, with the aid of a projector, he showed photographs from a book called Timpson’s England, by broadcaster John Timpson. In capturing the photographs, he travelled over 4,700 miles and visited 160 separate locations. However, it was the stories behind the pictures and the people that he met that made it so fascinating. 1000 years old trees, trees from which highwaymen were hung, a churchyard with 99 trees, unusual rocks, potchers, 3-seater loos and virgin’s garland holders were all part of the colourful stories that held the attention of members.


 There has been a positive start to applications for the Quiz Evening at the Burlington Hotel on Thursday 12th February at 7.30 p.m. and members are encouraged to enter more teams to ensure maximum support.


The evening meeting on 9th February promises to be an entertaining event and members are asked to extend invitations to guests.


Next Monday’s speaker will be Charlie Smithers.


19th January 2004

At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, International Committee Chairman, Norman Bailey, reported that the recently purchased shelter box (No. 1165) had arrived in Iran following the earthquake appeal and is now in use. Members supported his recommendations for the purchase of two further shelter boxes, a donation of £600 to the Chernobyl Children Life Line Charity and a donation of £485 to GOVI (Gambian Organisation for the Visually Impaired) towards the purchase of a new generator. He announced that this year’s duck race will be on 19th September. Des Sadler, Vocational Committee Chairman, reported on discussions with Flegg High School regarding an offer of assistance. Members agreed to his proposal for the purchase of two Lifestyle speaker systems for Caister Middle School. Rotarian Bert Collins, Chairman of Community Services Committee, is to investigate the requirement for replacement toys following the recent theft from the Toy Library at Gorleston. Discussions were taking place that day (Monday) to determine the likely venue for this year’s Kids Out Day. Foundation Committee Chairman, Leslie Seabert, reminded members of the Quiz Evening at the Burlington Hotel on Thursday 12th February at 7.30 p.m. and encouraged more members to enter teams.


Rotarian Ken Ward reported that the Club’s quiz team had defeated a team from Bungay Rotary Club 77-64 the previous week.


There was a further reminder to members that the meeting on 9th February is an evening meeting and they are encouraged to bring guests.


Next Monday’s speaker will be Alan Gutteridge.


12th January 2004

On Monday, Police Inspector Alan Whittaker spoke to the very attentive members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club when he gave a gruesome account of the Yarmouth House murder. He was able to provide an insider’s perspective of the murderer, who stabbed two women in 1963 and was sent to Broadmoor at the age of 15. Released in 1967, he worked in Norwich before getting a job locally in 1973. He became obsessed with a local lady, whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. With alcohol to fuel his courage, he kidnapped the lady in an attempt to act out a fantasy elopement and, when it went wrong, stabbed her brutally to death. He was sentenced to life imprisonment provided he agreed to psychiatric treatment and was released from Broadmoor after 22 years in 1999. Within 3 months, he went to the house of a lady masseur in London and slashed her violently with a knife. She managed to escape and he was charged with attempted murder. He received a second life sentence in February 2000 when he was tried at the Old Bailey.

Honorary Secretary, Tony King, reminded members that the meeting on 9th February is an evening meeting and encouraged them to bring guests.


There is no speaker next week as it is a business meeting


5th January 2004

The first Rotary lunch after the New Year’s break proved to be a good omen for Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club as two new members were inducted last Monday. Members welcomed Bob Price and Graham Plant to the fellowship of the Club.


In a late change to the week’s programme, members enjoyed a relaxing lunch followed by a previously unheard version of Cinderella from Senior Vice-President Michael Woods,


Honorary Secretary, Tony King, advised members that there will be a Council Meeting at the premises of PKF on Tuesday 13th February starting promptly at 7.30 p.m. The next round of the Rotary District Quiz will take place at The Fleece, Bungay on Wednesday 14th at 7.30 p.m. Members are reminded that the meeting on 9th February is an evening meeting.


Next week’s speaker is Police Inspector Alan Whittaker.


Updated: 31/12/2018



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