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December 19th 2005
On Monday evening, members and guests
attended the Ladies Christmas Dinner and enjoyed the usual excellent meal.
Afterwards, the Dusmagrik Young Peoples Theatre Co. provided a variety of
The Christmas holiday period means that there are no Club meetings on 26th
December and 2nd January.
The Club’s programme resumes on Monday 9th January, when there will
be a debate on the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
December 12th 2005
John Cove struck a very positive note when speaking
to members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club at last Monday’s lunchtime
meeting. Speaking mainly about growing older, he pointed out that he and his
colleagues unsuccessfully attempted a management buyout of a group of hotels and
then purchased a hotel and conference centre on the south coast, becoming
entrepreneurs around the age of sixty. His firm message was that neither life
nor opportunities stop as people approach or reach retirement. The pessimism
spread by the media about the cost of support an ageing population would, he
suggested, prove to be a temporary blip whilst the baby boomer generation works
its way through the system. Generally, people are much healthier and fitter than
they were and are able to take account of their overall situations to consider
options other than retirement.
Rotarian Robert Lovick gave a brief report on the
Shopping Evening when members transported and escorted senior citizens on their
annual shopping trip to Asda.
Members attending at the usual time next Monday will
be both disappointed and hungry, as it is the date of the Ladies Christmas
Dinner, which will take place in the evening (7.30 for 8).
December 5th 2005
Francis of SARAID was the speaker at last Monday's lunchtime of Great
Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. He explained that SARAID consisted of specialist
teams that supply Search and Rescue Assistance in Disaster areas. Formed about
four years ago, using the expertise and experience of similar organisations,
it is a non-governmental organisation charity and is staffed completely by
volunteers. Recent areas of activity include Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Algeria,
Mozambique, Sri Lanka and the Tsunami disaster area. The most recent
undertaking took place on 8th October when a team of twelve volunteers were
invited to the Pakistani earthquake area to provide search and rescue
operations. Under the auspices of the U.N. coordinators, the team decided to
combine resources with a similar group from Germany, which included
medical experts and search and rescue dogs. Members were given a vivid,
graphic and, sometimes, heart-breaking account of the conditions that the
team encountered and the daily, often dangerous, operations in the disaster
Robert Lovick gave final instructions for the Asda Christmas Shopping Evening,
due to take place on Monday 5th December.
the end of the meeting, President Monty Spandler (right) presented a
laptop computer to the David Curtis Technology Trust. Receiving the computer,
on behalf of the charity, was Mr Derek Hill (centre), a trustee of the Trust
and a recent speaker at the Haven Club. Senior Vice-President Bert Collins
(left) also attended the presentation.
week's speaker will be John Cove, who will be talking about pensions.
November 21st 2005
Monday, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club returned to their usual
venue and listened to a talk by Rosie Crouch of InteGREAT about the road
alterations to Regent Road and the promenade. InteGREAT is a partnership of
local councils and other organisations that combines the function of introducing
schemes to improve the local amenities for residents and visitors and acquiring
the finance to fund those schemes. The current road improvements are taking
place in the Regent and Nelson Wards, which are scheduled for economic
regeneration and can attract European funds. After major consultations,
InteGREAT adopted a good quality scheme that would give an identity to the town
and provide a cohesive link between town and sea. Other local schemes that
involved InteGREAT included The Old Sailors Home, the rebuilding of the
Wellington Pier, the provision of beach wheelchairs, the pedestrianisation of
Regent Road, recent improvements in the Market Place, the restoration of St.
James Church, the provision of three large screens in the town, historic
lampposts for a heritage area. Future projects include a thorough survey of the
Town Wall, which is the most complete in the country, and a restoration of
Alan Spinks is taking over the
maintenance of the Club’s website and appealed to members to send any
information relating to the Club direct to him.
will be no speaker next week as it is a Business Meeting.
Monty with Rosie Crouch from InteGreat and view of proposed scheme
Hollywood Cinema Complex.
November 14th 2005
In place of last Monday’s lunchtime
meeting, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club enjoyed an away day at
the premises of Screenprint Plus where they were given a personal tour. The
Company, which has now been in Great Yarmouth for 29 years, has extended its
services from basic printing and photographic imagery to provision of fruit
machine graphics, all types of signage, including commercial fascias and
banners, fleet contract signs and point of sale units. During the tour of the
premises, which cover in excess of 30,000 square feet, members learnt something
of the history of the Company and saw some of the state of the art equipment
currently in use. Our thanks go to Rotarian Ian McCreadie and his colleagues for
such an interesting and informative visit.
There will be two speakers next Monday –
Joe Butcher and Rosie Crouch from Integrate.
At last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of
Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, members were entertained by John Dolan,
retired Norwich City College Lecturer. His main topic was his experiences as a
Food and Beverage Manager in Nigeria. After growing up in the east end of
London, he attended Westminster Technical College for two years and trained as a
chef. His first job was with the Cunard Steam Ship Co. on the transatlantic
route. Later employers included the Dorchester Hotel and Fortnum and Mason.
Marriage provided an incentive to increase his income for house purchase and he
went to work for the Nigerian Railway Company. On arrival in Nigeria, he found
that he would be working for an Aircraft Company. He related a number of amusing
incidents that occurred during the servicing of arriving aircraft, which had to
be completed within 45 minutes, and described the attractions of South African
Airways. His subsequent move to a hotel and, later, to Sierra Leone was
illustrated by anecdotes of intrigue, murder and illicit diamonds.
Prior to the speaker, members discussed
an emergency proposition to send help to the victims of the Pakistani earthquake
and agreed to provide four shelter boxes.
There will be no speaker at next Monday’s
meeting as it is a Business Meeting.
Rosemary Mitchell, of the Norwich Speakers Club, was the guest speaker at last
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. The main
objective of the club is to build confidence through public speaking and it
has a membership of around 25.The club is affiliated to Toastmasters
International, a worldwide organisation. People join the club for a variety of
reasons – some are terrified of speaking in public, others need to improve
their speaking skills for professional reasons and it also provides a focal
point for social contact and variety. The talk was illustrated with a number
of examples to show how guidance and support is used to help members absorb
lessons from other speakers and encourage skills to grow over time.
Members on the Club Council should note that there is a Council Meeting on
Tuesday, 11th October, a change from the usual day.
speaker is John Dolan.
5th September 2005
History records that on 21st October 1805 at 11.50 a.m. Nelson sent his famous
message “England expects that every man will do his duty”. Ten minutes later,
the British fleet engaged with the French and Spanish fleets at the
commencement of the Battle of Trafalgar.
By a strange coincidence, “Horatio Nelson” is an anagram of “The Noon Sailor”
and noon is also the time when ducks will congregate in the Waterways for the
annual duck race organised by Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club on Sunday, 18th
September. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s notable victory,
this year’s event, sponsored by local companies Screenprint Plus and Potters
Leisure Resort, will be known as “The Pride of Norfolk Duck Race”, with prize
money totalling £350 for each non-corporate race. Spectators are encouraged to
bring along Union Jacks and White Ensigns to spur on their ducks. As in
previous years, the first race (the green race) will commence at 2 p.m.,
followed by the Corporate Race and the yellow race. The Mayor of Great
Yarmouth will be in attendance to start the races and oversee proceedings.
Radio Broadland’s “Black Thunder” will bring welcome glamour to the day’s
attractions and a working display of model boats by Gorleston Model Boat Club
will add to the entertainment.
Ducks costing £1 each are being sold by Club Members and all branches of
Aldreds (The Estate Agents). They are also on sale from 11.a.m. at Waterways
on Race Day.
4th July 2005
Last Monday, the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club
entered a new era as retiring President Michael Woods installed new President
Monty Spandler as his successor. In thanking his officers and club members for
their support and confidence over the past year he commented that the greatest
thing about the Club is that the world is a better place for the weekly Monday
On being presented with his chain of office,
President Monty Spandler looked forward to an enjoyable year and continued
liaison and fellowship with the other two local clubs. He thanked secretary
Tony King for his help and guidance on his route to the presidency. On hand to
offer their support and good wishes at the induction ceremony were President
John Newman and President Alan Potter, new Presidents of the Great Yarmouth
and Gorleston Clubs respectively.
Also in attendance was Brian Baxter, District
Foundation Committee Chairman, who will be returning to the Club to speak
about the Foundation Committee next week.
27th June 2005
The Norfolk Probation Service was the
subject of a talk by its Chairman, Charles Winstanley, at last Monday’s
lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Rotary Club. The organisation is
approximately 100 years old and employs around 250 staff of the 200,000 officers
throughout the country. Apart from the probation aspect of the work, officers
also run a drugs treatment and testing centre, contribute to parole decisions,
make pre-court recommendations and operate a hostel in Norwich. The UK prison
population is around 75,000 and each inmate can cost up to £1,000 per week. It
can be argued that a strong and effective community service programme may be
preferable to short-term prison sentences, which generally don’t work as a
deterrent against further offences. Various types of community work were cited
as possible options in the future. The possibility of the service being
commercialised was also briefly examined.
Members were warned that more than half
the tickets for the Thursford Christmas Carols trip on Wednesday, 30th
November have already been taken up.
The next social functions will be the
trip to Southwold Theatre in August, followed by the Greyhound Evening on
Wednesday 7th September at 7.30 p.m.
There will be no speaker next Monday as
it is the Presidential Handover
20th June 2005
Horatio Nelson took pride of place at
last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Rotary Club when Charles Lewis
gave members a taster of his new book “Nelson – I am myself a Norfolk Man”.
Nelson was born, one of 11 children, in September 1758 in Burnham Thorpe, where
his father was rector. After attending a local school, he went to Norwich
Grammar School before transferring to Paston School at North Walsham. On leaving
school, he signed on for his uncle’s ship and soon found himself in the Arctic.
He passed his naval exam in 1777 and became a captain in 1781 when he was put in
charge of protecting a convoy. In 1787, he returned to Burnham Thorpe and spent
the next five years there involving himself in various aspects of Norfolk life.
By 1793, trouble with France was brewing and he received a further appointment.
His reputation as a Naval Commander was established with the Battles of Cape St.
Vincent and the Nile. He returned a hero and landed at Gorleston on 6th
November, 1800. Throughout his travels, he retained both his Norfolk links,
writing to family and friends, and his accent. He had planned to retire to a
little cottage in Norfolk. Fate decreed otherwise and this year celebrates the
200th anniversary of his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Des Sadler reported that the Gourmet
Evening at the Ambitions Restaurant had raised a total of £864.70 from members
The next social event takes place on
Friday, 24th June at 7.30 p.m. when the Club celebrates its Charter
Night at the Imperial Hotel.
Early reservations can now be made for
the Thursford Christmas Carols trip on Wednesday, 30th November.
Next Monday’s speaker will be introduced
by Rotarian Mike Erskine
13th June 2005
Last Monday, the Club Assembly took place
and President-Elect Monty Spandler introduced his team of Committee Chairmen,
who presented their programmes for the new Rotary year. In a written report Club
Service Committee Chairman, Bert Collins, put the well being of the Club at the
heart of his programme. His committee would continue to ensure that an
interesting panel of speakers was maintained and a balance struck between social
activities and charity events. The atmosphere of good fellowship and a healthy,
active membership would continue to be the priority for the year.
John Burroughs confirmed that the
Community Services Committee had agreed to arrange the Christmas Shopping
Evening for a further year and also support the “Kids Out” day, which had
involved the Club in hosting a record number of kids at Pleasurewood Hills in
the past year. His committee will extend its support for local charity groups
for a further year and is hoping to organise a lunch and theatre visit for
elderly local residents.
Foundation Committee Chairman, Nick Fenn,
advised members that his programme would include social events to enable the
Club to sustain its contribution to the Rotary Foundation Charity. He looked
forward to welcoming the visiting GSE team to the district and is hoping to
involve his committee in the Ambassadorial Scholarship Scheme and a matching
Des Sadler reported that the Vocational
Committee is investigating a suggestion for student sponsorship. The
Rotary-produced CD-ROM “Coping with Life” will be offered to local schools via
the School Governors. The committee is also exploring ways to offer sponsorship
to young musicians and is hoping to arrange breaks in France for disadvantaged
The International Committee Chairman, Ted
Witton, reminded members of their efforts in the past year in raising £30,000
for the Asian Tsunami Disaster Appeal and over £5,000 from the Duck Race. The
latter event will be the committee’s main fund-raising event and is scheduled to
take place on 18th September in the coming Rotary Year. The committee
will maintain its tradition of charity with both Water Aid and Aqua Boxes acting
as a conduit. Charity funds will be channelled via Rotary International to
Africa Hope and Hope and Homes for Children. He is conscious that both his
committee and the Club is accountable to the public for funds that are raised
from their contributions and will maintain the committee’s vigilance to ensure
that money is not misdirected. He urged other bodies to be alert to the
possibilities of corruption and employ the same safeguards.
In reply, District Governor, John
Gillespie, praised the Club for such a well-prepared Club Assembly. He referred
to members’ response in raising money for the Tsunami Appeal and presented
President Michael Woods with a small personal gift in recognition of the Club’s
achievement. He noted that the project had done Rotary a lot of good and their
ability to cut red tape, get round restrictions and ensure that the aid was
delivered to the right recipients had rightly earned the public’s trust.
Next Monday, Charles Lewis will be
talking about his newly published book about Nelson “I am myself a Norfolk man”.
6th June 2005
There was no speaker at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven
Rotary Club. In lieu, a noisy and competitive quiz took place and Rotarian Ken
Ward did well to control any dissenting voices from the ranks.
Rotarian Leslie Seabert reported on the Car Rally that had taken place the
previous Thursday and confirmed profits of £180 for the evening.
Hon. Secretary, Tony King, reminded members that the Ambitions Restaurant Dinner
takes place on Wednesday, 15th June and the Club’s Charter Night at
the Imperial Hotel on Friday, 24th June. Members wishing to go on the
trip to Southwold Theatre on Friday, 12th August are urged to reserve
a place without delay.
The Club Assembly takes place next Monday and will be attended by the District
past, the Club has been involved in the collection of spectacles from people who
no longer need them. The spectacles are then forwarded, from a central point, to
other parts of the world where they are desperately needed. On Monday, Holly
Price talked to members about Vision Aid Overseas and explained exactly what
happens to the spectacles when they arrive in other countries. The charity
undertakes about 14 projects each year using 6-8 volunteers per project to
measure the refractive error of the spectacles and match them to some of the 200
million people who need them. Over the last 20 years, 500,000 patients have been
found suitable spectacles to improve their sight. Illustrations of some of the
hospital locations in Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Burkina Faso showed aspects of
the charity’s work in progress. Some of the patients will walk for days to the
hospital locations at the prospect of improving their sight. A secondary
function of the organisation is to teach and train local people to undertake the
projects and operate on a more independent basis.
Ted Witton supplied final details for the walking weekend. Senior Vice President
Monty Spandler drew attention to the Car Rally on Thursday, 26th May,
the Joint Council Dinner at Lazzarella’s on Friday 3rd June, the
Ambitions Restaurant Dinner on Wednesday, 15th June, the Club’s
Charter Night at the Imperial Hotel on Friday, 24th June and the trip
to Southwold Theatre on Friday, 12th August.
Monday’s speaker, Chris Noble, will talk about Water Aid.
Bob Price was the subject of a Focus Interview by Rotarian Ken Ward at last
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. In a lively and
entertaining résumé of his life, he revealed that he was born in Maidstone, but
moved to Great Yarmouth at the age of four when his parents took over a local
alehouse. He attended Northgate Infants, Runham Vauxhall and Technical High
Schools before becoming an apprentice compositor at Clowes Printers. He stayed
with the firm for six years and was a copy preparer when he left to enter the
heating and plumbing trade after helping his father-in-law at weekends. He
explained how the firm introduced and was one of the leading exponents of
galvanised products and prospered. It continued to do well and is still a
successful and respected business in the town, with Bob rising to the heights of
National Chairman of his professional association. Many sports people in the
town remember him as a keen footballer and cricketer and, latterly, as a
football referee. He commented on his enjoyment of the fellowship within Rotary
and also referred to another contribution he makes to the local community – that
President Monty Spandler referred to the forthcoming walking weekend and
encouraged members to firm up their reservations for the following events – the
Car Rally on Thursday, 26th May, the Joint Council Dinner at
Lazzarella’s on Friday 3rd June, the Ambitions Restaurant Dinner on
Wednesday, 15th June, the Club’s Charter Night at the Imperial Hotel
on Friday, 24th June and the trip to Southwold Theatre on Friday, 12th
at next Monday’s meeting will be Holly Price.
One of the
delights of being a Rotarian is that, occasionally, a phenomenon arrives, other
than the radiant countenance of President Michael, and brightens the day of all
members present. One such event occurred last Monday lunchtime when the Haven
Club hosted the GSE team from Argentina at its weekly meeting. The team of
Andrea, Graciela, Team leader Jorge, Maria and Virginia (left to right on photo
below) introduced themselves and gave a short visual presentation. They are all
lawyers who practise in the Buenos Aries province. Their visit coincided with a
short address by The Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Mike Taylor, who was
accompanied by his wife, Brenda. Giving a brief summary of his year of office,
he commented on the contribution that Rotary makes to the community and referred
to three individual members and their efforts with regard to the Time and Tide
Museum. Other highlights of his Mayoral Year included the £3,000 raised at the
Bangladeshi Evening at St. Nicholas Church, the inward £75 million investment on
the wind farm, the introduction of public art sculptures in the Middlegate area
and the possibility of the reinstatement of a Youth Mayor. He made particular
reference to the number of foreign guests who had enjoyed
visits to the Town Hall and took especial pleasure that the Assembly Room in the
Town Hall is to be used, once again, for a civic evening.
Secretary Tony King drew the attention of members to a possible visit to the
Southwold Theatre on 12th August.
There is no
speaker next Monday as it is not only a Business Meeting, but also the Club’s
Local naturalist, Arthur Patterson was the subject
of Beryl Tooley’s talk at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth
Haven Rotary. He was born in 1857 in Row 36, son of a shoemaker and the youngest
of nine children. His mother died when he was three. He attended the Primitive
Methodist School and was taught by William Wallace. He was good at drawing,
reading and writing, but it was the nature rambles in the country that kindled
his love of nature. On his father’s allotment, he could hear the sounds of the
birds on the Breydon side. As soon as he was able, he frequented both the
riverside and the seaside and made friends with the people who lived and worked
there. In 1878, at the age of 21, he had his first letter published in the
press, the first of many letters and numerous articles, many written under his
pen name of John Knowlittle. A year later, he married Alice Paston and,
subsequently, undertook a variety of jobs including Singer Sewing Machines
salesman, Insurance Agent, Theatre Ticket Collector, postman, zoo-keeper (in
both Dublin and Preston) and a warehouse man at Palmers. In 1898, he took the
position of School Attendance Officer and held it for 32 years. It was an ideal
position as he had a way with children, probably because of his story telling,
and truancy fell dramatically. The work gave him the time to pursue his first
love of wild life. Although he was an all-round naturalist, his speciality was
wading birds and fish and virtually all his spare time was spent in a nature
environment. It was a wonder he found time to write more than 20 books. When he
retired on a pension of 15/6d per week, he moved to Hellesdon, but his wife
never fitted in and died shortly after. He returned to Great Yarmouth and lived
in Southtown before his death in 1935.
Honorary Secretary Tony King reminded members that
there is a Club Council meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 21st April
at PKF offices.
Next Monday, the Club will host the Group Study
Exchange team from Argentina, a meeting that will be attended by the Mayor and
Mayoress of Great Yarmouth.
Barrow, Deputy Chief Executive to the Borough Council, was the speaker at last
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary. His subject was the
Tourist Industry in Great Yarmouth. With 14,000 people employed in tourist
related jobs, it is still very important to the local economy. A brief summary
of competitive elements focussed on cheap flights abroad and foreign investment
in such emerging economies as China. He reflected on the kind of customer
research that large companies undertake and the nature of modern advertising and
queried if local tourism should be about dream fulfilment, providing people with
an experience rather than a service. A large consultative initiative is underway
to seek opinions from the Sea Front Partnership and other interested parties so
that a local plan can be compiled and provide a new planning framework for the
whole of the local tourist industry. He made reference to the outer harbour, the
regional casino and plans to improve the gateways to the town, river frontage
and areas such as Southtown and Cobholm.
President Monty Spandler advised members that a new “Welcome to Great Yarmouth”
sign provided by the three local Rotary Clubs to commemorate the centenary of
Rotary is now in place at Vauxhall Station. He thanked Screenprint Plus for
sponsoring the project.
Michael Woods reminded those present that the Mayor and Mayoress would be
attending the meeting on 18th April, when the Club is welcoming a
Group Study Exchange Team from Argentina. The next Club Council meeting will be
on Thursday 21st April (7.30 p.m. start) at PKF premises.
Beryl Tooley will be talking about local Naturalist, Arthur Patterson.
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club, Rotarian Terry
Ashbourne gave an illustrated talk on Belarus. Bordering Poland, Russia and
Ukraine, Belarus is a land-locked country about the same size as Britain, but
with a population of only 10 million. It is generally flat, with lots of
marshland and its 10,000 lakes and 3,000 rivers make it a popular destination
for boating holidays. The wild life is also similar to this country, but the
lower population leaves more room for a wider variety of wild animals such as
wolves, bison and bears. Hunting is a popular sport. It has a labour-intensive
agriculture, with 46% of the land still farmed to produce the main crops of
sugar beet, potatoes and flax. The capital, Minsk, was almost completely rebuilt
after the war and is quite modern, but some of the remoter rural areas are
lacking in basic facilities such as sanitation, collecting water from a
standpipe or well. The nuclear accident at Chernobyl is still causing defects
such as brittle bone disease in newly born children. The disaster has also had a
huge social impact leading to a large number of families breaking up and 30,000
children in orphanages. Despite their many problems, the local people give a
warm and friendly welcome to visitors and are generous to the extreme.
Les Seabert reported on the success of the Foundation Quiz Night, which raised
Ted Witton reminded members about the Walking Weekend on 20th-21st
May, based at the Lestrange Arms, Hunstanton.
Centennial Project was deemed to be one of the most worthwhile in the District
and, in recognition of that, District Governor, John Gillespie, attended the
meeting in his official capacity to present an award to President Michael Woods.
should note that there is no meeting next Monday as it is a Bank Holiday. The
speaker for Monday 4th April will be Mark Barron.
Phil Rider, Managing Director of Digital Phone
Services and Digital Insurance Services, was the speaker at last Monday’s
lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. As a Director of Business
Link, he spoke about what is happening in Norfolk and Suffolk. The regional
agenda is for a seamless plan to cover the whole region’s government funding
with a focus on new business and improving training and development. Norfolk is
the fifth largest shire county in the country, with a population of 800,000.
Norwich is the largest financial cluster in Eastern England and is one of the
top ten retail centres in the country. The UEA has a world reputation as a
research centre in its specialist subjects. The Broads and the coast is the
largest tourist destination in the area, with 27 million visitors’ nights each
year. For the future, the Norwich-Cambridge section of the A11 will be a fully
dual carriageway by 2008, as will the Burlingham bypass. The new Norwich Bus Station was funded by a £9.5 million investment and will provide enhanced
railway links. A northern bypass is planned for Norwich, with improved
facilities at Norwich Airport. For Yarmouth, Eastport has already been approved,
improvements to the Vauxhall roundabout are planned and efforts will be made to
relieve congestion at the Eastern end of the A47. Dual carriageway from Yarmouth
to the A1 was specified, though no date was provided for the Yarmouth-Acle
Next week’s speaker will be Ken Sims from Thrigby Wild Life Park.
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club David McDermott,
Chairman of St. Georges Theatre, entertained members with a number of humorous
anecdotes that covered such diverse topics as the Chelsea Flower Show,
Pantomimes, Anne Widdicombe, a local branch of the W.I. and Roedean School.
social function is the celebratory dinner to commemorate the Rotary Centenary at
the Race Course on Friday, 11th March at 7 p.m.
will be followed by the Foundation Quiz, which will be held on Thursday 17th
March, (7 for 7.30 p.m.) at the Burlington Hotel.
There is no
speaker next week as it is a business meeting.
at last Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club was
Philip Feller from Friends of GOVI (Gambian Organisation for the Visually
Impaired). This was a return visit to the Club to provide an update of the work
that had been completed in Gambia. He reminded members that funds raised by
donations from a number of organisation and individuals had enabled the building
of a purpose-built school which was opened by the Gambian Vice-President two
years ago. A dining hall/community centre was subsequently added, but the
limited electricity supply inhibited use of it. This problem was solved by the
purchase of a generator and the hall is now in full use. The purchase of a
Braille machine and paper has been of great assistance to educational progress
and the ability to conduct examinations. He also gave a humorous account of the
delivery of a second-hand mini-bus by retired volunteers who drove it from
England to Gambia, encountering a number of problems en route. This has allowed
children from outer-lying areas to attend the school for the first time.
Wally Ladmore reminded members that the Foundation Quiz will be held on Thursday
17th March, 7 for 7.30 p.m. at the Burlington Hotel.
reminded that there is no Lunchtime meeting next Monday as the Club is
hosting a special joint centennial luncheon for the three local clubs on
Wednesday, 23rd February (12 p.m.), the day that Rotary was formed.
There has also been a good response to the celebratory dinner to commemorate the
Rotary Centenary at the Race Course on Friday, 11th March at 7 p.m.
Monday’s Literary Lunch, the members of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club were
entertained by a small team of bookworms ably led by Rotarian Ken Ward. They
provided contributions from Shakespeare, Hugo Williams, Dante Rossetti, Colin
Grantham, Stephen Fry and Roger Woddis among others.
Secretary Tony King reminded members of the approaching special joint centennial
luncheon for the three local clubs on Wednesday, 23rd February (12
p.m.), the day that Rotary was formed. There will also be a celebratory dinner
to commemorate the Rotary Centenary at the Race Course on Friday, 11th
March at 7 p.m.
meeting will be an evening meeting (7 for 7.30 p.m.) and not a lunch. As
usual, the venue will be the Burlington Hotel and the speaker will be Canon Ivan
Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club bid their farewells to founder member and
former President Brian Nichol and his wife Margaret at last Monday’s lunchtime
meeting. President Michael Woods summarised Brian’s record of service to the
Club, which includes periods as International Committee Chairman, Foundation
Committee Chairman, Treasurer and Auditor. In recognition of his exceptional
service during the period of his membership, Brian has been made an Honorary
Member for life. The good wishes of all the members and families go with Brian
and Margaret as they start their new life in Australia.
departure from the programme, President Michael Woods gave an account of his
trip to Bangladesh with Mayoress Brenda Taylor. A humorous description of the
Bangladesh Evening at St. Nicholas Church revealed that a sum of £3,500 was
raised. Local schoolchildren added a further £790 by collecting 2p coins in
addition to a large quantity of clothing. The purpose of the trip to Bangladesh
was to ensure that the sum raised was put to the best possible use. With the
help of local Rotary contacts, a small team visited a number of areas to
determine who had the most need. It became obvious that the greatest impact
could be made if the money was spent in one village. Using local builders and
labourers, the village was supplied with hygienic toilets and new wells to
provide clean water. In addition, 260 new saris were purchased for the village
women and three blind residents were each given £50, sufficient to provide all
their meals for three months.
Secretary Tony King asked members to indicate their attendance at the special
joint centennial luncheon for the three local clubs on Wednesday, 23rd
February (12 p.m.), the day that Rotary was formed. The celebratory dinner to
commemorate the Rotary Centenary will be at the Race Course on Friday, 11th
March at 7 p.m.
reminded that the meeting on 7th February will be an evening meeting
commencing at 7 p.m.
be a Literary Lunch next Monday.
Monday’s lunchtime business meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club,
Community Services Committee Vice-Chairman, Terry Ashbourne, sought and obtained
agreement for donations to Caister ATC, the Young Citizens Guild and the Red
Cross. All three organisations assisted the Club with the Asda Christmas
Shopping Evening. Foundation Committee Chairman, Les Seabert, reported a profit
of £182 from the raffle at the Ladies Christmas Dinner. Provisional dates for
the Quiz Night and Car Rally are Thursday, 17th March and Thursday 26th
May respectively. Des Sadler, Chairman of Vocational Committee, advised members
that his committee had examined the possibility of an exchange scheme being set
up with a school in the area after receiving a request from ten pupils at a
school in California. However, it was felt that the Californian pupils would
prefer a school in a less remote area. Rotarian Ted Witton reported that an
initial £15,000 from the Tsunami Disaster Appeal had been allocated for Shelter
Boxes and these had been despatched to the stricken areas. There was a consensus
within his committee that the remaining amount (approximately £15,000) should be
used in the same way. This was supported by the Club Council and agreed by
members. Further donations of £500 each were agreed for Impact (India/Sri
Lanka), Intermediate Technology, Tools for Self Reliance, Water Aid and the
Jaipur Limb Centre.
Vice-President Monty Spandler reminded members that the special joint centennial
luncheon for the three local clubs on Wednesday, 23rd February (12
p.m.), the day that Rotary was formed, means that there will be no Monday
meeting that week. The celebratory dinner to commemorate the Rotary Centenary
will be at the Race Course on Friday, 11th March at 7 p.m. The Club
will host the GSE delegation from Argentina on 18th April.
reminded that the meeting on 7th February will be a evening meeting
commencing at 7 p.m.
Skinner, solicitor for Great Yarmouth Town Council, was the speaker at last
Monday’s lunchtime meeting of Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary Club. His subject was
the new licensing laws due to come in force on 7th February. In it’s
1997 election manifesto, the government gave a commitment to update the
licensing laws. A white paper was issued in 2000, resulting in the Licensing
Act, 2003. The framework has taken two years to set up. The main thrust of the
Act moves the decision-making process away from local magistrates to the local
authority. The aims were:
To replace the antiquated
systems with a modern system
To provide a more flexible
and responsive system
To provide a modern system
that is cheaper and easier to run, but is protective to those needing
characteristics of the new system are:
It is up to individual
licensees to decide exactly what it is they want to do.
If there are no objections,
the application is automatically approved.
The Council’s Licensing
Committee will deal with any objections.
The system will be fully
operational by November
Once an application is
approved, it will be for the lifetime of the business, subject to an annual
He went on
to list some of the exemptions and to explain the seemingly intricate process of
actually making an application.
There is no
speaker next week as it is a business meeting.
their break for the Christmas holiday period, the members of Great Yarmouth
Haven Rotary Club made a prompt response to the Asia Tsunami Disaster Appeal. A
sum of £2,500 was authorised on the expenditure of five shelter boxes. These
will be despatched to the stricken areas under the auspices of Rotary
International. Then, following the initiative of Rotarian Mike Butcher, members
rallied round with collecting tins at various venues throughout the town and
raised a total of £13,000 in three days. The sum is likely to go direct to the
Shelter Box fund and will provide semi-permanent accommodation and support for
over 250 people. A total of £9675 was raised at Tesco’s Store, £861 at B & Q,
£907 at the Oceans Rooms, £762 at the Atlantis Arena and a further £400 at the
Long Bar Complex and the Marina Centre. Additionally, a number of personal
contributions have been made through Gift Aid to swell the amount from income
tax rebates. The final total is expected to grow as the proceeds from other
collections and from a special show at Potters Leisure Resort are received. For
those wishing to support this event, it takes place at the Resort’s Atlas
Theatre on Sunday 9th January at 2.30 p.m. (Adult tickets are £10 and
£5 for children). President Michael Woods wishes to express his sincere thanks
to all those involved in raising the money for this worthwhile cause and
commented, “All our efforts have been made out of respect for the resilience of
the people to rebuild their lives with the help that we can send them”.