News

May 2019

 
As promised, we start with a further report on the schools Technology Tournament, held at Broadland Academy in Hoveton and involving local Norfolk schools. 9 teams took part in a task to build a vehicle to recover a radioactive container that had fallen near a bridge. There were three different levels of complexity and the winning teams at each level were awarded vouchers and a trophy. Local North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb again gave up an hour of his valuable time to come along to talk to all the teams and see their progress. The winners were: foundation level-Cromer Academy; intermediate level-Cromer Academy; advanced level-Broadland Academy.
       
(For pictures see Community events page on this website)

At one of our recent Monday night meetings we were able to present cheques from monies raised at Christmas and other collections for £1000 each to two local charities – the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and Nelson’s Journey (a charity supporting bereaved children based in Norwich).                 

At another recent meeting we had an thought provoking presentation from a relatively new Charity – Fresh Start, New Beginnings – originally based in Suffolk but now moving into Norfolk, which provides support and counseling to sexually abused children. We will certainly be supporting this charity further in the future.
     At the end of this month look for us manning the entrance gates at Strumpshaw steam fair over the late May Bank holiday week-end. This popular event attracts thousands every year, and in return for our efforts we receive a contribution to our charity account. Amongst other things this year we will be funding a shelter box or two for the recent cyclone damaged areas of eastern Africa.
We also are organizing a special Open Gardens event at How Hill Farm, Ludham, NR29 5PG on Sunday 2nd June – The gardens (developed by the late Peter Boardman) will be open from 12 noon to 4pm. Entrance by ticket – £4 in advance or on the gate. For tickets ring Hazel 01692 670616 or Rod on 01603 782735. Car parking is free, refreshments will be available and all proceeds are going to Rotary supported charities.
    Meantime, if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, we meet every Monday evening at Wroxham Barns. Please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our exciting programme for 2019, or our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact our president, Philip Plant on 01692 630152.

April 2019

 
    Firstly as promised we welcomed Caro How as a new member last month. The photograph shows her with membership chair Barry Rumsey and President Philip Plant.

 Caro How Induction
 

Our most recent event was one of our long running favourite events. We were delighted once again to organize the schools Technology Tournament, held at Broadland Academy in Hoveton and involving local Norfolk schools. The schools sent teams of youngsters to compete in solving a technological problem, using an assortment of appropriate materials provided. There were three different levels of complexity and the winning teams at each level were awarded vouchers and a trophy. Full report and pictures will be on our web site and in a future news item.
The warm weather at the end of February helped ensure we had a lovely colourful display of purple crocuses around the village signs in each of Hoveton, Wroxham and Horning. The corms were planted last Autumn as part of the purple for polio campaign as we enter the final stages of what will hopefully be world- wide eradication of this horrible disease.

 

 We are also starting to plan our next major fund raising event: manning the entrance gates at Strumpshaw steam fair over the late May Bank holiday week-end…more details next month.
We also are organizing a special Open Gardens event at Howe Hill Farm, Ludham, NR29 5PG on Sunday 2nd June – The gardens (developed by the late Peter Boardman) will be open from 12 noon to 4pm. Entrance by ticket – £4 in advance or on the gate. For tickets ring Hazel 01692 670616 or Rod on 01603 782735. Car parking is free, refreshments will be available and all proceeds are going to Rotary supported charities.

March 2019
    February saw us welcome a new member, when Caro (Caroline) How joined the club. We look forward to her active involvement in our future activities. (Photo next month!) We also heard from club member Jonathan King, who takes over the position of District Governor in July, on his recent rotary stay and training experiences in the USA.
Our next event is one of our long running favourite events. We are delighted once again to be organizing the schools Technology Tournament, held at Broadland Academy in Hoveton and involving many North Norfolk schools. The schools send teams of youngsters to compete in solving a technological problem, using an assortment of appropriate materials provided. There are three different levels of complexity and the winning teams at each level are awarded vouchers and a trophy. Full report and pictures will be on our web site and in a future news item.
 We are also starting to plan our major fund raising spring events: manning the entrance gates at Strumpshaw steam fair over the late May Bank holiday week-end and a special Open Gardens event at Howe Hill on 2nd June – more details on both to follow.
 

 February 2019

Our concert with the Broadland Youth Choir at St Mary’s Church, Wroxham, back in December, was a huge success with a packed church. Over 70 glasses of mulled wine were consumed, over £500 raised for rotary charities, and a wonderful evening of entertainment enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all concerned.
    This was closely followed by our street and static Christmas collections with the help of Santa himself, and we are delighted to report we raised over £2850. This will be split between our chosen charities of East Anglian Air Ambulance, End Polio Now, Nelson’s Journey, and has also been used to finance a further Shelter Box to go to Indonesia following the tsunami. May we say a huge thank you to all of you who supported our hard working elves.
Looking forward to what 2019 has to offer, we have a busy spring with some old favourites such as the schools Technology tournament at Broadland Academy in March, and some new activities including manning the entrance gates at Strumpshaw steam fair over the late May Bank holiday week-end. We also have some other exciting events planned for the summer so make a note of the dates now…a special Open Gardens event at Howe Hill on 2nd June and a return of the Hoveton art show over the second weekend of September (any recognized artists who are interested in taking part in this are asked to contact Rodney Hale-Sutton on 01692 630329). Full details will appear on each of these as they occur.
 

January 2019
Our concert with the Broadland Youth Choir at St Mary’s Church, Wroxham, back in December, was a huge success with a packed church. Over 70 glasses of mulled wine were consumed, over £500 raised for rotary charities, and a wonderful evening of entertainment enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to all concerned.
    As I wrote this Santa was still working hard with our street and static collections, so final totals not yet available. Now that the festive period is over it is time to look forward to what 2019 has to offer. We have a busy spring with some old favourites such as the schools Technology tournament at Broadland Academy, and some new activities including manning the entrance gates at Strumpshaw steam fair, and a special Open Gardens event at Howe Hill. Full details will appear on each of these as they occur.

December 2018
If you get this before Saturday 1st December there is still time to come along to listen to the Broadland Youth Choir performing in St Mary’s Church, Wroxham. Tickets are £6 and include a glass of mulled wine. The concert is in aid of Rotary supported charities and starts at 7pm, with parking available at Wroxham church hall. For tickets please contact Abbots Estate Agents in Hoveton, Rod Stone on 01603 782735, or Hazel Eady on 01692 670616. Book early to avoid disappointment!
    Santa will be with us again during December… his sleigh is ready and we start in Sprowston on Monday 3rd, and continue until our final outing at Tesco’s in Stalham on the 23rd.

November 2018

We have recently sent off funding for two Shelterboxes, both of which are already in use in Indonesia following their earthquake and tsunami disasters. Shelterboxes are a survival kit for a family, providing a tent, water purification, cooking sets, tools and children’s activity sets, and are designed to support families during the property rebuilding phase following major natural disasters. The Shelterbox charity has long been a major charity supported by Rotary clubs throughout the world
 Closer to home, our next big event takes place on Saturday 1st December when we are delighted to welcome the Broadland Youth Choir for a performance in St Mary’s Church, Wroxham. Tickets are now available at £6 and include a glass of mulled wine. The concert is in aid of Rotary supported charities and starts at 7pm, with parking available at Wroxham church hall. For tickets please contact Abbots Estate Agents in Hoveton, Rod Stone on 01603 782735, or Hazel Eady on 01692 670616. Book early to avoid disappointment!
    Santa’s sleigh is receiving the final checks before it is rolled out in December. We start in Sprowston on Monday 3rd, and continue until our final outing at Tesco’s in Stalham on the 23rd.
  

October 2018

We are now well into our autumn period and busy planning upcoming events. The first date for the diaries is Saturday 1st December when we are delighted to welcome the Broadland Youth Choir to a performance in St Mary’s Church, Wroxham. Tickets will be £6 and will be going on sale shortly, but keep the date free as this will be an excellent curtain raiser to the December festive period.
    We are also checking out any maintenance work needed on Santa’s sleigh before it too is rolled out in December! Full details of when are where we will be will follow soon but we hit the streets from Monday 3rd onwards, right up until our final outing at Tesco’s in Stalham on the 23rd.

September 2018

The advent of autumn sees activity step up a gear after a quiet August while the holiday season is in full swing. Our only recent activity has been our annual beach barbecue which is always a well attended event…as long as the weather cooperates!
    We have various events we are starting to plan for in the months ahead, including a performance by the Broadland Youth Choir in St Mary’s Church, Wroxham. We are also checking out any maintenance work needed on Santa’s sleigh before it is rolled out in December! Our website gives a comprehensive overview about the club and is regularly updated

 August 2018

    Early in July we once again supplied and manned the barbecue at the Coltishall Primary School annual summer fete, where everyone enjoyed a lovely summer evening. Later in the month we celebrated our Charter Night, which commemorates the founding of the club in 2005. We have certainly achieved a lot and donated substantial sums of money to deserving causes over the past 13 years. We also enjoyed a couple of really good speaker presentations during the month. August is our quietest month, although we do have our annual beach barbecue to look forward to – let’s hope the current good weather continues a bit longer yet! We are already working on plans for the autumn…and would you believe, our Christmas activity!  More on this next month.
July 2018

    
      The activity days we organised for pupils from Mile Cross School in Norwich once again were extremely successful. The sailing quite a thrill for all as it was rather windy that morning…again many thanks to all at Wroxham NBYC who so generously give up their time and their boats to help. The farm visit and barbecue was enjoyed by all and included a visit to the production unit as well…again a big thank you to Tim Place and his staff who helped with the visit. The second day was spent at Barton Turf activity centre and as usual the highlight was the raft building, the raft race and the raft disintegration….great fun for all.
      July marks the start of the new Rotary year. At the handover meeting at the end of June outgoing president Joyce Plant formally handed over the club presidency to Philip Plant who is president for 2018/9. The summer is a quieter time of year for activities, but we are already working on plans for the autumn…and would you believe, our Christmas activity! One major event in July is our charter night on 16th July when we celebrate the founding of the club in 2005.

June 2018

On 5th May we attended the Horning Boat Show, with our new look Gazebo and we also ran a bottle stall there. We met lots of lovely people there including some potential new members, and managed to raise over £350 for rotary charities. Also this month over 80 of us enjoyed our popular jazz boat event on Sunday May 20th, and the following week we entertained two groups of youngsters from Mile Cross school in Norwich, taking them sailing on Wroxham Broad, courtesy of the yacht club, a visit to Place’s farm with a barbecue, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre – full report next month. If you have visited Granary Staithe in Hoveton recently you may have noticed that the picket fencing has been repainted, again courtesy of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members.
June is another busy month starting on 3rd June courtesy of Howe Hill, we are running an Open Day at Howe Hill Gardens, when the gardens should be really spectacular, with barbecue and cake stall in aid of rotary charities. Gates open at 10.30 and tickets are still available (£4 on the gate).

May 2018
Rotary in the United kingdom recently held its annual conference in Torquay where the topic was one that is key to a number of charitable organizations at the moment: How to best organise and modernise to remain relevant and attract new members in the future. Attended by our own president and vice president many new ideas were discussed, and over the next few months we will start to see some of these being put into practice as these are translated down to club level. With our basic tenant of raising money for worthy causes at home and overseas unchanged, the future is looking exciting.
     As previously reported, our schools Technology Tournament took place at Broadland High School on the 16th March and we had teams from 5 local schools taking part. Norman Lamb came to say hello to all the students, and it was another great day for everyone involved. The team from Cromer Academy won the basic level competition, while teams from Stalham High School won both the Intermediate and Advanced level competitions.
    May is a particularly busy month for us and includes our activity days for pupils from Mile Cross school in Norwich when we take them sailing on Wroxham broad, on a farm visit and organise activities at Barton Turf.  On 5th May we will be attending the Horning Boat Show, we have a new look Gazebo and will also be running a bottle stall there. We are again running our popular jazz boat event on Sunday May 20th, for which tickets are now available at £16 per head (contact 01603 782735 or 01603 782920). The trip last 3 hours from 5.30pm and nothing can beat a gentle trip down the river on a summer’s evening to the sound of a jazz band accompanied by a lively and sociable group of people! Last but not least on 3rd June courtesy of Howe Hill, we are running an Open Day at Howe Hill Gardens, when the gardens should be really spectacular, with barbecue and cake stall in aid of rotary charities.

April 2018
It is a busy few months for Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club. Hopefully some of you saw us out celebrating International Rotary day with an “end polio now” collection outside Roy’s in Wroxham. Despite the cold weather we raised around £200 so a big thank you to everyone who contributed.
     Our schools Technology Tournament took place at Broadland High School on the 16th March and we had teams from 5 local schools taking part. Norman Lamb came to say hello to all the students, and it was another great day for everyone involved. Full results next time. Our project with Broadland school students who are setting up a fruit and vegetable production and sales operation continues, with the raised beds now completed, the rhubarb flourishing and the first greenhouse in place and glazed. A second greenhouse is still to be moved into position and glazed.
    May sees our activity days for pupils from Mile Cross school in Norwich when we take them sailing on Wroxham broad, on a farm visit and organise activities at Barton Turf.  On 5th May we will be attending the Horning Boat Show and we are again running our popular jazz boat event on Sunday May 20th, for which tickets are now available at £16 per head (contact 01603 782735 or 01603 782920). The trip last 3 hours from 5.30pm and nothing can beat a gentle trip down the river on a summer’s evening to the sound of a jazz band accompanied by a lively and sociable group of people!

March 2018
It is a busy few months for Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club. Hopefully you saw us out celebrating International Rotary day with an “end polio now” collection outside Roy’s in Wroxham. At the time of writing there has only been one reported case of polio so far in 2018…we are so close to eradicating this awful disease and must keep the final momentum going.
     Our schools Technology Tournament takes place at Broadland High School on the 16th March and we hope to have 18 teams taking part in this year’s challenge. We are also progressing our project with Broadland school students who are setting up a fruit and vegetable production and sales operation, with the raised beds now completed, the rhubarb flourishing and the first greenhouse in place.
    May sees our activity days for pupils from Mile Cross school in Norwich when we take them sailing on Wroxham broad, on a farm visit and organise activities at Barton Turf.  On 5th May we will be attending the Horning Boat Show and we are again running our popular jazz boat event on Sunday May 20th, for which tickets are now available at £16 per head. The trip last 3 hours from 5.30pm and nothing can beat a gentle trip down the river on a summer’s evening to the sound of a jazz band accompanied by a lively and sociable group of people!

January/February 2018

May we firstly say a huge thank you to everyone who supported Santa and his elves with our Christmas collections in December. We had a great time and Santa was delighted to meet and chat to so many children before the big night on Christmas Eve. He enjoyed his visits to Old Catton, Sprowston, Blofield, and particularly Spixworth where we saw so many people that we didn’t quite make it round all the roads we normally visit. A great big thank you too, to Tesco in Stalham and all their lovely customers where we spent a wonderful three days. We collected an amazing £3278 and this is being distributed to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (£1200), Nelson’s Journey (£1200) with the remainder for our charity account where we have already agreed to purchase a further shelter box for overseas aid.
     We continue to support our local primary and senior schools. We have distributed Usborne dictionaries to year 6 pupils in all the feeder schools to Broadland High School (St John’s Hoveton, Horning, Salhouse, Tunstead, Coltishall), and we are now planning for the 2018 schools Technology tournament which takes place at Broadland School in March. We are also progressing our project with Broadland school students who are setting up a fruit and vegetable production and sales operation.
    Our various sub committees all have meetings this month so we should have plenty to report next month…meanwhile advanced warning for your diaries. We are again running our popular jazz boat event on Sunday May 20th, more details next time.

December 2017

Despite the poor weather our “Purple for Polio” collection to help end polio,at Roy’s at the end of October, raised £333 which when multiplied up by the contribution from the Bill Gates foundation will mean we raised £1000, so a big thank you to all who contributed! International Polio day was also marked by Norwich Castle and Norwich City Hall being lit up in purple for the evening of 24th October. The club has also planted more purple crocuses this autumn to further raise awareness in Wroxham, Hoveton and Horning. Progress continues to be made and we are getting very close to finally eradicating this terrible disease across the world.
We have also been busy polishing up Santa’s sleigh ready for our Christmas collections in December – in fact we have rebuilt it as we have a new permanent trailer for it. Once again we are delighted Santa has promised to come and join us and help us out – look out for us in Sprowston, Spixworth, Blofield, Stalham and other locations in December!
With the exception of two schools still to be arranged we have completed the handing out of Usborne Dictionaries to all year 6 primary school children in feeder schools attached to Broadland High School. These dictionaries now form part of the curriculum and this community support is an important role played by your local Rotary Club. We are also running a project with Broadland school students who are setting up a fruit and vegetable production and sales operation. So far we have constructed 5 large vegetable frames and filled them with 24 tonnes of topsoil.

November 2017
International polio day took place on October 22nd and we took part in a collection outside of Roy’s in Hoveton. Norwich castle and City Hall were also be lit up in purple to highlight the “purple for polio” campaign – more information on both next month. The club will be planting more purple crocuses this autumn to further raise awareness. Progress continues to be made and we are getting very close to finally eradicating this terrible disease across the world.
Next date for your diaries – we are holding a quiz in Horning Village hall on Friday 17th November. It is for tables of up to 8 but don’t worry if you can’t make a whole table, just come along anyway. It starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £5 and jacket potatoes and a choice of fillings will be provided. Bring your own drinks and nibbles! The quiz is in aid of a range of charities supported by rotary, for tickets and further information contact hazel on 01692 670616.
We are also busy polishing up Santa’s sleigh ready for our Christmas collections in December, and once again we are delighted Santa has promised to come and join us and help us out…more details of where to see us next month!

October 2017

Our latest charity fund raiser took place on Sunday September 10th – a picnic in the park at Sloley Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, when Hayley Moss and Terry Adams both performed wonderfully. The weather could have been kinder but a good crowd enjoyed the entertainment and supported the sale of cakes, wine, teas and coffee. Proceeds from the charity event exceeded £1200 half of which will be going to Hope and the other half to charities supported by Rotary. It has been agreed that the Club will purchase a shelter box to be sent to one of the many needy international disaster areas at the current time, from its share of the proceeds. A shelter box includes tent, water purification and other essential supplies to support a family for several months as emergency accommodation.
    International polio day happens in October and on 22nd of the month look out for us doing a collection outside of Roy’s in Hoveton. Norwich castle will also be lit up in purple to highlight the “purple for polio” campaign, and the club will be planting more purple crocuses this autumn to further raise awareness. Progress continues to be made and we are getting very close to finally eradicating this terrible disease across the world.
Advanced warning of an event later in the year – we are holding a quiz in Horning Village hall on Friday 17th November….more details next time but keep the date clear!

September 2017

Our next big charity fund raiser takes place on Sunday September 10th from 2pm to 6pm– a picnic in the park at Sloley Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, when Hayley Moss and Terry Adams will be providing the musical accompaniment. It is bring your own picnic but cakes, wine, teas and coffee will be on sale. Proceeds from this charity event will be going to Hope and other local charities supported by Rotary. Tickets cost £10 for adults, children under 16 free, as is car parking.  Tickets are available from Hazel on 01692670616, Anne on 07887523071 and Abbotts Estate Agents in Hoveton 01603783838.
    We recently held a summer barbecue at the home of David Prichard for members, partners and guests, which District Governor Robert Lovick attended. We were delighted to present Paul Harris awards to two of our members for exceptional service to community projects, here and overseas. David Prichard and Simon Gorton were the deserving recipients and we congratulate them on their achievements.
    Advanced warning of an event later in the year – we are holding a quiz in Horning Village hall on Friday 17th November….more details next time but keep the date clear!

August 2017

Our latest community venture was running the barbeque at the Coltishall school fete, something we have done for a few years now, and an event we are always pleased to support. I’m pleased to say our new barbeque worked well and everyone enjoyed the food.
    Our next big charity fund raiser takes place on Sunday September 10th from 2pm to 6pm– a picnic in the park at Sloley Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, when Hayley Moss and Terry Adams will be providing the musical accompaniment. It is bring your own picnic but cakes, wine, teas and coffee will be on sale. Proceeds from this charity event will be going to Hope and other local charities supported by Rotary. Tickets cost £10 for adults, children under 16 free, as is car parking.  Tickets are available from Hazel on 01692670616, Anne on 01692630863 and Abbotts Estate Agents in Hoveton 01603783838.
    Our new president Joyce Plant has now taken over the reins and is promising us an exciting year ahead – you can read her thoughts on the President’s page on our web site.

July 2017

Towards the end of May, Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members hosted two days of rural activities for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich. On the first day the first group were taken out sailing on Wroxham Broad with the help of members of the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, followed by a farm visit to Willow Farm, Hickling and barbecue; and on the second day a second group spent the day at the Barton Turf activity centre. Norse generously helped with transport and packed lunches and the day was a real experience of life outside of the city. This year we had great weather and the children had a fantastic time. What makes it all really y worthwhile is the laughter and happiness and the unsolicited thank you’s at the end of the day before they get on the coach back to Norwich. One little boy this year said it was the “best day of his life”….wonderful.
    Our next big charity fund raiser is scheduled for September 10th – a proms in the park style garden party at Sloley Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, when Hayley Moss will be among the performers. Further information on times and tickets will appear next month.
    The end of June marks the end of the Rotary year and current president Rosemary Youngs will be passing on the presidential batten to incoming president Joyce Plant at our handover meeting on 26th June.

June 2017

Towards the end of May, Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members host two days of rural activities for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich. On the first day the first group are taken out sailing on Wroxham Broad with the help of members of the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, followed by a farm visit and barbecue; and on the second day a second group spend the day at the Barton Turf activity centre. Norse generously help with transport and packed lunches and the day is a real experience of life outside of the city and thoroughly enjoyed by all. A full report with pictures will appear next month.
Every year we give out Usborne dictionaries to pupils at the 5 primary feeder schools for Broadland High School in Hoveton: Coltishall, Tunstead, Hoveton St John’s, Hickling and Salhouse, and this year is no exception. We expect to receive our order of the Dictionaries in May and will be arranging delivery once we have them. The Usborne dictionary is a great tool for these youngsters and is now part of the primary school curriculum, so once again Rotary is leading the way in helping people within our local community.
    Our campaign to eradicate polio world-wide continues, and the good news is that there have only a couple of cases in all so far this year in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the only remaining countries with the disease. We are again planning to plant more purple crocuses this autumn to further boost the Purple for Polio message.
    Our next big charity fund raiser is scheduled for September – a garden party at Sloley Hall, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Gorton, when Hayley Moss will be among the performers. Further information on times and tickets will appear next month.

May 2017

Firstly a big thank you to all who attended the concert organised by Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club in Ludham Church performed by the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir. The church was full and with a well supported raffle as well, over £1300 was raised on the night in aid of local charities. Most importantly, everyone enjoyed an excellent night of varied music, which as well as the choir featured a solo spot from our own Rotarian, Pippa Bennett.
Equally as successful was the School Technology tournament recently held at Broadland High School. Almost 50 youngsters were involved from three local schools, all attempting to solve a practical challenge that this year involved building and operating a pipe clearing machine. There were three different levels of difficulty for various age groups and as ever all the youngsters had a great day working in teams and creating their solutions. The winners of both the basic and intermediate levels were teams from Flegg High School, while Cromer won the advanced level competition.
Every year we give out Usborne dictionaries to pupils at the 5 primary feeder schools for Broadland High School in Hoveton: Coltishall, Tunstead, Hoveton St John’s, Hickling and Salhouse, and this year is no exception. We expect to receive our order of the Dictionaries in May and will be arranging delivery once we have them. The Usborne dictionary is a great tool for these youngsters and is now part of the primary school curriculum, so once again Rotary is leading the way in helping people within our local community.
    We are delighted to have just welcomed Debbie Macdonald as a new member into the club. We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you.

April 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the displays of purple crocuses around the village signs in Wroxham, Hoveton and Horning during March. As you may remember we planted these in the autumn as a reminder of our Purple for Polio campaign as we continue our efforts to finally eradicate this horrible disease world-wide.
     March was also a busy month for us with our concert by the Derbyshire Constabulary male voice choir at St. Catherine’s Church, Ludham, on Saturday, 25th March. A full report next month, as there will also be on our School Technology tournament held at Broadlands High School on 17th March.
    We are delighted to have just welcomed Mary Cook as a new member into the club, and we have two other potential new members in the wings. We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you.

March 2017

Our Rotary year runs from July through to the following June and we delighted to report that so far this year we have already raised almost £19,000 for charity and so far have dispensed almost £17,000 to over 15 different charities, most of them local to East Anglia but also some overseas which we are pleased to support, especially the Rotary international effort to End Polio Now. This shows that even at local level an active Rotary club can really make a difference.
     Our next big event draws ever closer and it is an event not to be missed…have you got your tickets yet? We have a one off opportunity to hear the Derbyshire Constabulary male voice choir performing a varied selection of music at St. Catherine’s Church, Ludham, on Saturday, 25th March 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost just £10 and refreshments are available. Tickets are sure to sell out quickly so to get yours now contact Hazel Eady on 01692 670616, Thrower’s (Ludham), Abbott’s Estate Agents (Wroxham) or any Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club Member. All proceeds are in aid of Rotary Supported Charities.
Also in March we are organizing the School Technology tournament in conjunction with Broadlands High School – now in its seventh year this successful event is always well attended and very well received by all the youngsters taking part.

February 2017

May we start this month by wishing all our readers a prosperous 2017, and to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us and our charitable fund raising throughout the last year.
We had two incredibly successful fund raising events that raised big sums of money for our selected charities. Our “win a car” raffle was won by John Beck from Norfolk who had purchased his winning ticket, number 04939 at the Norfolk Show. After deducting the cost of the car itself which was generously reduced in price by suppliers NMG of Norwich, we made a superb £7528 to be split among our designated charities, East Anglia Air Ambulance, East Anglia Children’s Hospice Nook Appeal, End Polio Now, with the last quarter being shared amongst a number of other local charities supported by our rotary club. Equally successful were our Santa collections with almost £3000 raised, again split between EAAA, EACH and other local charities supported by our club. By the time you read this, presentations will have been made so there should be photographs next time.
     Now it is time to start looking forward to what 2017 has in store, and we have a special treat for everyone in March. We are fortunate to have a one off opportunity to hear the Derbyshire Constabulary male voice choir performing a varied selection of music at St. Catherine’s Church, Ludham, on Saturday, 25th March 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost just £10 and refreshments are available. Tickets are sure to sell out quickly so to get yours now contact Hazel Eady on 01692 670616, Thrower’s (Ludham), Abbott’s Estate Agents (Wroxham) or any Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club Member. All proceeds are in aid of Rotary Supported Charities.
Looking further ahead, we are planning a grand garden party and barbecue in the grounds of Sloley Hall with the chance to hear award winning Hayley Moss, supported by another local performer Terry Adams. This all takes place on 10th September – details about tickets will follow.
Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club support the Stuart Delf award, given annually by Broadland High School to a pupil when they leave for an outstanding contribution to the school and the local community, and congratulate this year’s winner Kelly Hendley. We are also busy with the organization for this year’s technology tournament at the school which takes place in March

December 2016

By the time you read this the draw will have been made in our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club, and hopefully the winner will now be proudly driving around in their brand new car. Full results including confirmation of money raised next time, but we certainly went out with a flurry of activity in November with appearances at Budgen’s, Poringland, Castle Mall (twice) and the Christmas craft fair at the Norfolk show ground. A huge thank you to everyone who bought tickets and even if you didn’t win this time we can all be happy knowing our contributions have gone to some great causes.
 Our collection at Roy’s in Wroxham in October in aid of our Purple for Polio campaign, done jointly with Broadlands rotary club, raised£551 – again many thanks to everyone who donated. We have also recently made donations to other local charities including Nelson’s Journey, the Benjamin Foundation, and the Nancy Oldfield Trust. We have also approved a project to supply a replacement water tank for a village we work with in Ghana, where the existing tank has recently sprung a leak.
Now we are into December we are active with our Santa and sleigh collecting for local charities including East Anglia air ambulance and East Anglian Children’s Hospices, so keep your eyes and ears open for our visits.

November 2016

Its last chance time to enter our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club, with the draw due to take place at Castle Mall in Norwich on 20th November. Tickets are available from members and also from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. Do try and have a go…it is all in aid of some great causes and someone will definitely be driving off in a brand new car ready for Christmas!
We were busy outside Roy’s in Wroxham on 22nd October collecting in aid of our Purple for Polio campaign and to coincide with Polio Day. We have also been out planting swathes of purple crocus bulbs in Wroxham, Horning and Hoveton, usually near the village signs, to give the campaign another boost in the Spring of next year.
We rolled out our Eyebox concept at the Rotary District Conference in October and plan to push this hard over the coming months. It is a box of assorted strength reading glasses to be sent to villages in Africa and other under developed countries to help improve sight and ultimately literacy in these areas. Initial research has shown there is a major need for this type of support and we hope to be at the forefront of this initiative.
Not long now until Christmas is upon us and the usual round of eating and drinking and celebrating is underway….but before then we will be out and about with Santa doing our Christmas charity collection so keep a look out for us from early December.
Finally, a bit late but everyone enjoys a good wedding and members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary and partners were delighted to celebrate the wedding of one of our former presidents and current Assistant District Governor in District 1080, Jonathan King to the lovely Christine…it was a perfect day and everyone had a fabulous time.

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Jonathan and Christine’s wedding at The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall

We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our exciting programme for 2016 and into 2017, or our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact our president, Rosemary Youngs on 01603 717272. There is no better way to give something back to the local community…and no better time than now.

October 2016

Our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club, continues apace, with the draw due to take place at Castle Mall in Norwich on 20th November. Tickets are available from members and also from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. Our September appearances included Wroxham Barns and Sainsbury’s at Longwater where we were supporting the East Anglia Air ambulance awareness week activity. Do try and have a go…it is all in aid of some great causes and someone will definitely be driving off in a brand new car ready for Christmas!
We are planning a fund raising effort for October to recognize Polio Day to support the Rotary “End Polio Now” campaign – we are very close to eradicating this terrible disease and just need to complete the task. The theme is “purple for polio” to reflect the colour of the ink placed on children’s fingers to show that they have received the oral vaccine, and amongst other activities we are planning to plant swathes of purple crocus bulbs this autumn in Wroxham, Horning and Hoveton. We will be out collecting on Saturday 22nd at Roy’s.
We are rolling out our Eyebox concept at the Rotary District Conference in October and plan to push this hard over the coming months. It is a box of assorted strength reading glasses to be sent to villages in Africa and other under developed countries to help improve sight and ultimately literacy in these areas. Initial research has shown there is a major need for this type of support and we hope to be at the forefront of this initiative.
We have started planning our Christmas collection activities and are delighted to announce that Santa has agreed once again to join us on our float and help us …more details next month
We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our exciting programme for 2016, or visit our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact our president, Rosemary Youngs on 01603 717272. There is no better way to give something back to the local community…and no better time than now.

September 2016

 After a busy summer with our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club, there is still time to buy tickets, with the draw due to take place at Castle Mall in Norwich on 20th November. Tickets are available from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. Our August appearances included Cromer carnival, the “Tour de Broads” cycle race at Coltishall air field, Wroxham Barns, and the Aylsham show and we are also planning to be at the Forum in Norwich, hopefully for the Rock around the Forum event on September 3rd. Tickets are also available from any of our members, so do try and have a go…it is all in aid of some great causes and someone will definitely be driving off in a brand new car!
We are planning a fund raising effort for October to recognize Polio Day to support the Rotary “End Polio Now” campaign – we are very close to eradicating this terrible disease and just need to complete the task. The theme is “purple for polio” to reflect the colour of the ink placed on children’s fingers to show that they have received the oral vaccine, and amongst other activities we are planning to plant swathes of purple crocus bulbs this autumn in Wroxham, Horning and Hoveton.
We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our exciting programme for 2016, or visit our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact our president, Rosemary Youngs on 01603 717272. There is no better way to give something back to the local community…and no better time than now.

August 2016

New president Rosemary Youngs is now well into her one year term of office. With three other lady members now in place chairing some of the committees it is very much a year of girl power, something our club is very proud to be able to do! It promises to be a busy year too with lots going on.

Our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club is now fully up and running. With the support of NMG, the Norfolk Motor Group we are offering a Kia Rio SR7 Sports model. Tickets are on sale now so look out for us at a number of local events – they are also available from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. We had a successful time at the Norfolk Show and by the time you read this we will have attended the Sea Scouts Car Show in Hoveton. Our next venues during August are Cromer carnival, the “Tour de Broads” cycle race at Coltishall air field, Wroxham Barns, and the Aylsham show – full details on our website. The draw for the winning ticket will take place in Castle Mall on 20th November.
We have recently, jointly with the Lions and with support from Roy’s, funded a defibrillator to be placed at the Lions shop in the precinct in Hoveton.
We are planning a fund raising effort for October to recognize Polio Day to support the Rotary “End Polio Now” campaign – we are very close to eradicating this terrible disease and just need to complete the task.
Over the past year we have been fortunate to have 7 new members join the club, the latest two being Mark Towler and Pippa Bennett. We welcome them all and are delighted with the extra energy new members always create within the club.
We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our exciting programme for 2016, or visit our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact our president, Rosemary Youngs on 01603 717272. There is no better way to give something back to the local community…and no better time than now.

July 2016

Our recent activities have included our two day activity and adventure programme for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich to let them experience sailing, a farm visit and barbeque, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre. Despite a bit of rain the youngsters had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed a unique experience.

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We have also in conjunction with other local Rotary clubs made a donation to the Memory Room at Norfolk and Norwich hospital, to enable Knapton Ward to be transformed from a Day room into a Garden Room.

N & N H Memory Room donation

Our recent Jazz Boat trip on Sunday 22nd May was a sell out – we had a pleasant evening weather-wise, the music was excellent and everyone had a great time. We managed to raise a total of £1280 which is being distributed to a number of local causes.
Our spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club is now fully up and running. With the support of NMG, the Norfolk Motor Group we are offering a Kia Rio SR7 Sports model. Tickets are on sale now so look out for us at a number of local events – they are also available from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. Our first appearance was at the Horning Boat Show, and this was followed by the Strumpshaw Steam Rally.

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At Horning Boat Show

We will soon be at the Norfolk Show, followed by Cromer carnival, the “Tour de Broads” cycle race through Coltishall, and the Aylsham show amongst other places – full details on our website. The draw for the winning ticket will take place in Castle Mall on 20th November.
At the end of June we get ready for our annual handover of the presidency to our new president Rosemary Youngs from 1st July – we thank outgoing president Barry Rumsey for all his hard work as he comes to the end of his successful year in office.

June 2016

Our recent activities have included our two day activity and adventure programme in May for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich to let them experience sailing, a farm visit and barbeque, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre. We were also delighted that Norman Lamb was able to pop along to see the for himself the great experience these two days was for the children involved. Full pictures next month.
Our Jazz Boat trip on Sunday 22nd May was a sell out – I hope the weather was kind for us on the evening, and there will be a full report next month.
Over the next few months we are planning a spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club. With the support of NMG, the Norfolk Motor Group we are offering a Kia Rio SR7 Sports model. Tickets are on sale now so look out for us at a number of local events – they are also available from NMG showrooms in Norwich and from Abbott’s estate agents in the Precinct, Hoveton. Our first appearance was at the Horning Boat Show, and we thank everyone for their support. Look out for us at Strumpshaw Steam Rally, the Norfolk Show, Cromer carnival and the Aylsham show amongst other places – full details on our website. The draw for the winning ticket will take place in Castle Mall on 22nd November.
Over the next few weeks we get ready for our annual handover of the presidency to our new president Rosemary Youngs from 1st July – this also involves the new sub committees laying out their plans for the forthcoming Rotary year

May 2016

As we get fully into spring it is a busy time for our Rotary Club. We recently completed another successful schools technology tournament, held at Broadland School. A great turnout from local High Schools, and some intense competition saw the host school Broadlands High win both the advanced and intermediate competition, while Cromer won the foundation level. As ever all the participants enjoyed a lively and challenging day and a lot of ingenious ideas were on display.

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Foundation Level winners Cromer

Intermediate Level winners Broadland

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Advanced Level winners – Broadland

 

 

 

 

 

On the same theme of challenging activities for children we are once again organizing a two day activity and adventure programme in May for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich to let them experience sailing, a farm visit and barbeque, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre.

Most importantly – an event for everyone. We are planning a Jazz Boat trip on Sunday 22nd May. The boat sets off from Wroxham at 5pm, returning at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy a great evening on the river listening to some excellent jazz. We are raising money for a number of local charities, including the above activity days. Tickets are available at £15 per head so get yours quick as there is a maximum number allowed on the boat. Contact Rod Stone on 01603782735 for more information and tickets.

Over the next few months we are planning a spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club. With the support of NMG, the Norfolk Motor Group we are offering a Kia Rio SR7 Sports model.

Kia Rio SR7 Sport

Kia Rio SR7 Sport

Tickets will be on sale shortly so look out for us at a number of local events. We will be launching the raffle at the Horning Boat Show on 30th April, and the draw for the winning ticket will take place in Castle Mall on 20th November. Full details are on our web site.

April 2016

A group of members from Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club recently attended the RIBI Annual Conference at Bournemouth. They are seen in the picture below along with K R Ravidran, current president of Rotary International.

As we get fully into spring it is a busy time for our Rotary Club. We have just completed another successful schools technology tournament, held at Broadland School, full results and pictures next time.
On the same theme of challenging activities for children we are once again organizing a two day activity and adventure programme in May for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich to let them experience sailing, a farm visit and barbeque, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre.
Most importantly – an event for everyone. We are planning a Jazz Boat trip on Sunday 22nd May. The boat sets off from Wroxham at 5pm, returning at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy a great evening on the river listening to some excellent jazz. We are raising money for a number of local charities, including the above activity days. Tickets are available at £15 per head so get yours quick as there is a maximum number allowed on the boat. Contact Rod Stone on 01603782735 for more information and tickets.
Over the next few months we are planning a spectacular “win a car” raffle in aid of EACH, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, the End Polio Now campaign and other charities supported by our rotary club. Tickets will be on sale shortly so look out for us at a number of local events. We will be launching the raffle at the Horning Boat Show on 30th April.

February/March

May I start by wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2016. We had a great end to last year, thanks to the generosity of everyone locally with one of our best Santa collections ever, raising £3600. As a result we have been able to donate substantial 4 figure sums to both our major beneficiaries, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the East Anglia Children’s Hospices. Not only that, the weather was generally kind and we had great fun doing it…and the younger children were very excited to see our special friend, Santa, accompanying us on his sleigh. Once again may we say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us. We were also able to send a prompt donation to the Cumbria flood disaster appeal to help with the provision of initial food and equipment requirements
We have a busy time coming up over the next few weeks for which we are all actively planning. In March we are organizing the annual Schools Technology tournament at Broadland School which involves a number of local schools sending teams to compete in a technical challenge. It is always a very rewarding day, much enjoyed by the participants, and which always shows a huge amount of creative and technical expertise among the teams. Once again we will be organizing the two day activity and adventure programme in May for children from Mile Cross school in Norwich to let experience sailing, a farm visit and barbeque, and a day at Barton Turf activity centre.
Most importantly – an event for everyone. We are planning a Jazz Boat trip on Sunday 22nd May. The boat sets off from Wroxham at 5pm, returning at 8pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy a great evening on the river listening to some excellent jazz. We are raising money for a number of local charities, including the above activity days. Tickets are available at £15 per head so get yours quick as there is a maximum number allowed on the boat. Contact Rod Stone on 01603782735 for more information and tickets.
In the last few weeks we have been fortunate to be able to welcome a number of new members into the club. Prior to Christmas Philip and Joyce Plant joined, closely followed by Mick and Hazel Eady, and then in January, Ray Moore joined us. We are delighted to welcome all our new members into the club… but there is still plenty of room for more! If you want to find out more or fancy meeting us, then please come along to any of our meetings.

December/January

By the time you read this Christmas will be less than 4 weeks away! At Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club our Christmas collections will be in full swing and once again we are delighted that Santa has agreed to join in and help us as we make a series of static and street collections in aid of local Norfolk charities such as East Anglia Air Ambulance and East Anglian Children’s Hospices. We start at Wroxham Barns for their Christmas open evening on Wednesday, December 2nd between 5 and 8 pm, so come and see us there or look out for us as we travel around the area.
We have recently had some extremely interesting and high quality talks at our weekly meetings including a lady from Norfolk Wildlife Trust talking about grey seals and the pupping season, and an educational talk on trees and tree maintenance from a local expert.
Our new initiative – the EyeBox – which involves supplying free spectacles to third world countries, particularly to help children gain more from the educational opportunities now being developed, is progressing well and the dedicated page on this project is now on the web site. We are currently presenting the idea to other rotary clubs in East Anglia as we expect they will also be interested in helping with this exciting project. I urge you to check out the information on the web site – these simple initiatives can have a huge impact on changing the lives of adults and children in less developed countries.
Finally we have recently welcomed four new members into the club Phil and Joyce Plant, and Mick and Hazel Eady. Both couples have recently moved into the area and we are delighted to welcome them and look forward to the contribution they will be able to make both to our charity fund raising efforts and to the social life of the club.

As always lots going on, including an exciting and varied programme of events and speakers going forward – for full details see the relevant page on the web site. If you want to find out more or fancy meeting us, then please come along to any of our meetings.

November 2015

Due to the absence of some of our senior members that evening, including our President we decided to postpone our Open Evening in October until April 2016. Full details will appear nearer the time along with strong publicity support. In the meantime as ever potential new members are always welcome at our Monday evening meetings at Wroxham Barns, in the restaurant, time 7 for 7.30 pm. We have an interesting programme of speakers over the next few weeks, so if you fancy coming along to meet us please do not hesitate.

Recently we held an outside collection at Roy’s of Wroxham to coincide with World Polio day on October 24th. With the good news that Nigeria is officially free of this dreadful disease only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain before the world can be declared a polio free zone. We thank everyone who contributed on the 24th – full details of the amount raised next month.
Our new initiative – the EyeBox – which involves supplying free spectacles to third world countries, particularly to help children gain more from the educational opportunities now being developed, is progressing well and we will shortly be putting a dedicated page on this project on the web site. We are currently presenting the idea to other rotary clubs in East Anglia as we expect they will also be interested in helping with this exciting project.
Close to home we are busy dusting down Santa’s sleigh ready for its famous passenger as Christmas is now fast approaching. Our first outing will be at the Wroxham Barns Christmas open evening on Wednesday 2nd December from 5.30pm. This will be followed by a series of street collections and static collections including an appearance at Tesco’s in Stalham. Santa always looks forward to his time with us, meeting the children and finding out what everyone wants for Christmas!
As always lots going on, including an exciting and varied programme of events and speakers going forward – for full details see the relevant page on the web site. If you want to find out more or fancy meeting us, then please come along to any of our meetings.

October 2015

Our main event this coming month was to have been our Open Evening on Monday 19th October. Although the open evening has had to be postponed any interested visitor is still welcome to attend. It coincides with our normal weekly meeting that evening and takes place at Wroxham Barns, in the restaurant, time 7 for 7.30 pm. We have a guest speaker from Norfolk Wildlife Trust coming to talk to us about the seal population in Norfolk, so it should be an interesting evening. The talk will be preceded by a two course meal for which we charge a very reasonable £13 per head. Primarily it will allow everyone who has thought they would like to do a bit more for local and national charitable causes and who would like to do it in a sociable environment to come along and find out a bit more about what rotary is all about and to meet the members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary club. We welcome people from all walks of life to our friendly open club, so come on – what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone to our secretary Anne on 07887 523071 to book your meal by Friday 16th and we look forward to seeing you on the night where we promise everyone will be made very welcome.

Recently we were delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to the Benjamin Foundation. We are planning an outside collection to coincide with World Polio day on October 24th, as further progress is made to eradicate this terrible disease world-wide. We are also about to start a new initiative – the EyeBox – which involves supplying free spectacles to third world countries, particularly to help children gain more from the educational opportunities now being developed. We are starting work on some of our 2016 projects including the successful Schools Technology tournament and the primary school Activity Days initiative. And Christmas is now fast approaching so we will soon be dusting down Santa’s float and planning our street collections.
As always lots going on, including an exciting and varied programme of events and speakers going forward – for full details see the relevant page on the web site. Our Open Evening is the ideal opportunity to come along and find out more but if you cannot make that, then please come along to any of our meetings. We meet Monday evenings from 7pm, usually in the restaurant at Wroxham Barns, which includes a two course meal. If you want to come along please contact our secretary Anne on 07887 523071 to book your meal. Visit our web-site on www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information, or contact our president, Barry Rumsey on 01603 465823.

September
With summer nearly over it is time to turn our attention to our autumn programme of activities, visits, speakers and fund raising. Over the past few weeks we have celebrated both our annual Charter night – to mark the original founding of the club, and our 10th birthday as a club. Charter night was particularly successful with almost 50 guests, who enjoyed a pleasant evening of mini-golf followed by a superb meal at Wroxham Barns. Then in late August we all enjoyed a more informal garden party and hog roast to mark the Club’s 10 year birthday. Also at our August business meeting we were pleased to welcome into the club two new members, Philip and Joyce Plant, who have recently moved into the area. We hope there will be further new members this autumn, and we are planning an open evening on the 19th October to coincide with one of our regular meetings, where anyone is welcome to attend and to come and find out a bit more about what Rotary is all about – so why not make a note of the date now and plan to come along.

We continue our regular good work and following a recent talk by NARS (Norfolk Accident Rescue Service) we were delighted to agree a donation of £250 to this worthy cause. We are planning an outside collection to coincide with World Polio day on October 24th, as further progress is made to eradicate this terrible disease world-wide.

August 2015

This is the time in the Rotary year when we enjoy a change of leadership of our club. After a successful year in charge outgoing president, Jonathan King stood down at the end of June and we are delighted to welcome incoming president Barry Rumsey into the position. At the same time we are also delighted to welcome Rosemary Youngs into the role of vice president, and we wish them both well in the coming year. On 20th July we celebrated our Charter night, the anniversary of the club’s founding.

While all this is going on we continue our regular good work – it is not just about fund raising, we also do a lot in the local community. We recently helped at Coltishall primary school annual school fete where we ran the barbecue, and an excellent evening was enjoyed by a large crowd. We were also delighted recently to present a cheque for £8ooo to EACH for the Nook appeal, being the proceeds from our masked ball in April.

 
July 2015

This is the time in the Rotary year when we enjoy a change of leadership of our club. After a successful year in charge outgoing president, Jonathan King stands down and we are delighted to welcome incoming president Barry Rumsey into the position. At the same time we are also delighted to welcome Rosemary Youngs into the role of vice president, and we wish them both well in the coming year. The official handover takes place at our regular meeting at Wroxham Barns on 29thh June. At this time of year too we celebrate our Charter night, the anniversary of the club’s founding. This again takes place at Wroxham Barns on 20th July with a formal black tie dinner plus entertainment. In addition this year marks our 10th birthday as a club so we are also planning a more informal garden party in August.

While all this is going on we continue our regular good work – it is not just about fund raising, we also do a lot in the local community. We recently completed the painting of the fence panels on Granary staithe in Hoveton, and every year around this time we take a group of primary school children from a local school – this year from Coltishall primary school. We give them a 2 day experience involving sailing, a farm visit and an activity day at Barton Turf activity centre including pond dipping and one of the highlights, raft building. It allows them to experience a range of local activities which many of them would otherwise miss and to gain a better understanding of their local environment. A big thank you to members of the Norfolk Broads Sailing club who give up their time and boats to make the sailing possible, to Heggatt Hall farms for the farm visit and to staff at Barton Turf activity centre.

 

June 2015

We must start with news of our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are shortly building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich, which took place at Dunston Hall in April. After many months in preparation the day finally arrived, masks were donned, we all dressed in our finery and made our way to Dunston Hall, hoping for a successful night fund raising for EACH and their nook appeal. What a splendid sight it was with over 170 revellers there.

Over a welcome drink we all had great fun working out who was who behind the masks and admiring some of the more sumptuous creations. We then sat down to an excellent three course meal and the wine and conversation flowed in equal measure.
Our excellent Master of Ceremonies, Rotarian Richard Butler, started the entertainment with a few table games to keep the money flowing. A raffle followed, and then came the auction, expertly conducted by Rotarian Nigel Horner Glister. There were some magnificent lots on offer thanks to some very generous sponsors.

Were we exhausted – far from it. The Lee Vasey Band took to the stage; everyone was up on their feet and the band played and people danced nonstop through to 1am. What a night!
All made possible due to the vision, hard work and perseverance of our secretary and social chairperson Anne Kittle plus help from members in sourcing auction and raffle prizes and selling tickets. We would like to thank all the Rotarians and guests who supported us. For those who weren’t there I can only say you missed a fabulous night – and for those who were there it will be night long remembered.
Oh yes, did we achieve our target of £5000 for EACH? … No – we shattered it and raised £8000 !!!

We have had some very successful and stimulating meetings recently at our regular Monday night sessions at Wroxham Barns, including Karen Finch from the Hearing Care Centre. We have also welcomed visiting Rotarians from other clubs, including Idle Rotary Club in West Yorkshire and Glen Waverley Rotary club in Melbourne, Australia. As is traditional in rotary we marked the latter with an exchange of pennants.
We also recently had a stand at the Horning Boat show and were delighted to meet a number of new potential members, some of which we look forward to welcoming into the club shortly.
We are now approaching the busy time of year when we hand over the club to our new president Barry Rumsey, when the various committees present their plans for the year ahead, and we also celebrate the anniversary of our founding with our Charter night. This year is special as it marks 10 years since the initial formation of the club, and we will be celebrating accordingly.

May 2015

By the time you read this our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are shortly building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich, will have taken place. A full report on the Ball which was held at Dunston Hall on 18th April will appear next month along with a report on the money raised for this wonderful charity.
We recently held our Schools Technology tournament which took place at Broadland High School, Hoveton on Friday March 20th. A record 19 teams representing local schools took part in what was a challenging task involving electric motors and pulleys to move items over a chasm. We were delighted to welcome Norman Lamb MP as our guest who managed to find time in his busy pre-election schedule to come along and say a few words as well as talking to all the teams individually. He thanked Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary club for organizing an event which stretched the technology boundaries and congratulated all the youngsters taking part for their enthusiasm and creative problem solving work.

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We were delighted recently to welcome back as a new member Peter Runagall – he had been a member previously, but has spent the last few years working in Australia, so it was great to see him back.

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Recent meetings have included outside visits to the East Anglia Air Ambulance at Norwich airport where we handed over a cheque from our Christmas collection, and a visit to the Jarrold’s print museum where we treated to a series of excellent and enthusiastic presentations from various former members of the print business. The highlight of our regular meetings at Wroxham Barns was held in front of a large turnout of members and guests when performance artiste Elizabeth Duffield treated us to an excellent evening’s entertainment as she took us through “the seven ages of woman”.

April 2015

This is positively the last chance to buy tickets for our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are shortly building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich. It takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey – it will be a great evening as well as raising much needed funds for this wonderful charity. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. Please contact her now if you are interested in coming along.
We recently held our Schools Technology tournament which took place at Broadland High School, Hoveton on Friday March 20th. 6 local schools were represented with a record number of individual teams participating. The challenge this year involved electric motors and pulleys – full results will appear next month.
We were delighted to welcome back as a new member Peter Runagall – he had been a member previously, but has spent the last few years working in Australia, so it was great to see him back. We also celebrated 110 years of rotary with a cake specially made by Sam Varley, the son of one of our members, and a delicious cake it was too.

March 2015

It is not long now until our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are shortly building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey – it will be a great evening as well as raising much needed funds for this wonderful charity. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. Please contact her now if you are interested in coming along. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.
Our next local event is the Schools Technology tournament which takes place at Broadland High School, Hoveton on Friday March 20th and involves teams representing at least 6 local schools competing to complete a technological challenge given on the day. Always a keenly fought and popular competition we are looking forward to another successful event this year.

February 2015

May we firstly wish all readers a healthy and prosperous 2015. Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary club certainly have a busy year ahead both with repeats of some of our existing regular events and also some big new initiatives.
It is not long now until our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich starting this year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey – it will be a great evening as well as raising much needed funds for this wonderful charity. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. Please contact her now if you are interested in coming along. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.
Once again many thanks to everyone who supported our Santa Christmas collections – we raised over £2500 and we have already made substantial donations to both East of England Air Ambulance and East Anglia Children’s Hospices
Our next local event is the Schools Technology tournament which takes place at Broadland High School, Hoveton on Friday March 20th and involves teams representing local schools competing to complete a technological challenge given on the day. Always a keenly fought and popular competition we are looking forward to another successful event this year.

January 2015

One of the great things about Rotary is not only the fellowship and the working together to help charitable causes; it is also the great variety of activities we cover. December was all about our Christmas street collections, helped by Santa, where we collected for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Each Anglia Children’s Hospices and other local charities supported by rotary. It is always great fun getting out and about and meeting so many generous people.
We also got together with North Walsham Rotary Club, to help with the food bank collection at Tesco’s in Stalham prior to Christmas, organised by the Trussell Trust. Again everyone was extremely generous and I know that as a result of our actions we were able to make Christmas a bit brighter for many disadvantaged families in the area.
One of our members has recently been out to Zambia to visit the Faith orphanage and farm to see what we need to do next following our successful tractor gift last year. Details of this to be announced soon but in the meantime we are pleased to report that the tractor is being put to good use and is being well looked after (it is even being washed down and cleaned after every use!). We also tested another club initiative about provision of reading glasses and this looks to be an extremely popular initiative and will make a big difference to literacy and the work of the local school.
We were also pleased to welcome back one of our past members who unfortunately now suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has lost some mobility. However she announced she is planning a wing-walking fund raising activity early in 2015 – an inspiration to us all and a cause we were delighted to support.
Planning is well advanced for our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich starting this year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.

December 2014

By the time you read this our pre Christmas street collections will be in full swing. Santa’s House will have had a new coat of paint and our special guest will be out helping us on our rounds! The collecting licenses are all in place and all the helpers are ready. We hope to see you on our rounds.
Planning is well advanced for our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich next year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.
We recently welcomed Bill Cox from Norwich South rotary club, talking about their smoke alarm project, which aims to provide smoke alarms for the homes of vulnerable people. Our club has agreed to support this project in our local area so if you know of anyone who might qualify, please in the first instance, contact our president Jonathan at the number below.
We also were pleased to welcome two guests at a recent meeting – Aljandio and Claudia Garcia from the Monteray Industrial rotary club in Mexico.

November 2014
We are now busy getting ready for our pre Christmas street collections. We will be giving Santa’s House a new coat of paint and making it all cosy for our special guest when he joins us on our rounds! The collecting licenses are all in place and we are currently making sure all the helpers are ready. At the same time we are working on some ambitious ideas for 2015.
Planning is well advanced for our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich next year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.
The club are working with our home venue of Wroxham Barns to install a coin collecting wishing well in aid of rotary charities, and we have also involved Broadland High School in a competition to design the actual wishing well. The final design takes the best elements from several submitted designs, all of whom are winners. Construction should be taking place soon.
We are planning to continue our neighbourhood gardening scheme, where we help selected deserving local people with a garden tidy-up.
We have recently donated £500 to Norman Lamb’s local fund raising cycle ride initiative, and are continuing our support of Granary Staithe in Hoveton with the provision of a bench. We have also agreed a donation of £500 to the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind following an excellent presentation from Max Mariner.

October 2014

We are now well into our busiest time of year. Holidays are over and we are planning and doing a lot of activities. Our joint open air concert with Broadland Rotary Club at Wroxham Barns, featuring The Blue Sueders in aid of the Benjamin Foundation and First Responders went well as the weather cleared and a good crowd turned up, meaning almost £2000 was raised, which was split 50:50 between the two charities. Also the club barbeque went well although passing showers slowed down some of the cooking!
Planning is well advanced for our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich next year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, but only £50 if purchased before end October and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com and are selling well. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.
The club are working with our home venue of Wroxham Barns to install a coin collecting wishing well in aid of rotary charities, and we have also involved Broadland High School in a competition to design the actual wishing well. We are now at the judging stage, and will shortly be announcing the winning design and moving on to the construction stage.
Our next big event will be our Santa house Christmas collection, and work is planned to repaint and smarten up the house during November in time for Santa to join us on our local street collections.

September 2014

One of the features of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club is our interesting programme with speakers, activities and outside visits. We were fortunate recently to have North Norfolk MP and Minister of Health the Right Honorable Norman Lamb attend one of our meetings. He gave us an excellent snapshot of his life as a Member of Parliament and government minister, and covered some of the key issues he is trying to address within his specific portfolio concentrating on mental health. It was a very lively session which a large turnout of members thoroughly enjoyed, and we greatly appreciated his finding time to come and see us in his busy schedule.
I write this with some trepidation as tonight we are jointly running an open air concert at Wroxham Barns featuring The Blue Sueders in aid of the Benjamin Foundation and First Responders…and it’s pouring with rain. However the weather forecast is better later so here’s hoping. A fuller report will appear next month.
We also have planned our club barbeque – again we hope for a fine evening, and this is followed by Scatter week when members visit other Rotary clubs in the area.
One of our key jobs in Scatter Week will be to spread the word on our spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich next year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, but only £50 if purchased before end October and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com and are selling well. We are aiming for a full house to ensure we maximise the money handed over to EACH.

July/August 2014

    There is plenty both to report on this month and to look forward to in the next few weeks. Firstly, a date for your diaries. Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club are joining with Broadlands Rotary Club to bring you a great evening of entertainment on Sunday 10th August at Wroxham Barns with The Blue Sueders playing some great 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s favourites. Tickets are £10 in advance (£12 on the night) £2.50 accompanied under 16’s, and are available from Abbotts Estate agents in Hoveton.
Last month we held our very successful Activity days for under-privileged children from Mile Cross school, the first day involving sailing at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club plus a farm visit at Heggatt hall, while the second group spent the next day at Barton Turf activity centre, including the popular but wet raft building and raft racing.

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At the end of June we held our usual handover meeting as outgoing President Simon Gorton handed over presidency of the Club to new President Jonathan King, and new vice President Barry Rumsey. This took place accompanied by a delicious barbecue at Wroxham Barns, and a great evening was enjoyed by all.

new President Jonathan King and new vice President Barry Rumsey
Looking forward the 2014-2015 team has some great plans both on the fund raising front and for projects to support and enhance the local communities. As an advanced warning we are holding a spectacular Masked Charity Ball in aid of EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospices) who are building a new hospice on the south side of Norwich next year. This takes place at Dunston Hall on Saturday 18th April 2015 and includes a three course meal and dancing to Lee Vasey. Tickets are £55, but only £50 if purchased before end October and are available from Anne Kittle, telephone 07887 523071, or annekittle@btinternet.com

 June 2014

     Once again the club supported the Macmillan Cancer sponsored walk along the Bure Valley Railway which this year took place in less favourable weather than 2013. Final monies are still being collected in so a final total is still unknown. We were also present at Horning Boat Show, flying the Rotary flag and talking to potential new members.
Our next big event is our summer “in a real barn” CHARITY BARN DANCE. This takes place on SATURDAY 28th JUNE, and tickets are now available. It is a great night out and features music with a proper caller from Willowspin, and tickets include a fish and chips supper. There is also a pay bottle bar. It will be raising funds for both local and international charities – this year Nelson’s Journey and Shelterbox. Tickets cost only £20 (held at 2013 prices) so it’s a great night out and great value, and tickets are available from any member of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club, and from Abbotts estate agents in the precinct, Hoveton.
June is also a busy time in the Rotary year as we count down to our handover meeting on 30th when we install our new president for 2014-2015. This meeting takes place at our regular Monday night home at Wroxham Barns, and weather permitting will include a barbecue.
Our annual Club Assembly took place on Monday 12th May, when the new committee chairpersons for 2014/15 presented their plans for the year ahead. Our Charter Night, celebrating the date when the club was first chartered takes place on 11thth July for members and guests – it’s a formal evening but should also be fun too as there will be surprise entertainment!
On the social front we also have a beach barbeque planned for 12th August for members, friends and guests.

May 2014

We recently held our annual Schools Technology Tournament, now in its fifth successful year. Youngsters from 4 different local secondary schools gathered at Broadland High School, Hoveton to take part in the 2014 Technology Tournament. This year sponsored by Jewsons who provided most of the materials used, the tournament involves building a solution to a technical problem revealed on the day. There are three levels of difficulty, foundation, intermediate, and advanced, making the event suitable for teams from different year groups. With over 40 children taking part it is a great experience for them all. We were delighted to welcome local Member of Parliament Norman Lamb who came along and met all the teams. He particularly praised the high levels of creativity invention and diversity of thought on display as well as the obvious enjoyment being experienced by all participants.
The winning teams were: Foundation – Aylsham High School; Intermediate – Broadland High School; and Advanced – Fleggborough High School

The next big event is our summer “in a real barn” CHARITY BARN DANCE. This takes place on SATURDAY 28th JUNE, and tickets are now available. It is a great night out and features music with a proper caller from Willowspin, and tickets include a fish and chips supper. There is also a pay bottle bar. It will be raising funds for both local and international charities – this year Nelson’s Journey and Shelterbox. Tickets cost only £20 so it’s a great night out and great value, and tickets are available from any member of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club, and from Abbotts estate agents in the precinct, Hoveton.

On the social side, at a recent Monday evening members some of our male members were let loose in the kitchen at Wroxham Barns to produce our scheduled evening meal – and as a large turn-out of members and guests agreed an excellent job they made of it, producing a stuffed chicken breast dish for main course and a tasty dessert.

 

April 2014

After a busy start to the year we are now concentrating on two major forthcoming events. The first of these is the annual and popular BURE VALLEY RAILWAY SPONSORED WALK in aid of Macmillan. This is takes place over the weekend of 26th AND 27th APRIL – more details on the special web-site www.bvw2014.co.uk , but all Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members and supporters are asked to mark their walk forms accordingly as this allows us to share some of the money we raise with other local charities supported by our club – we have a supply of pre- stamped forms so just contact any club member. Hopefully we will have good weather again this year and for 2014 we have a new initiative – we will be selling ice creams and cold drinks at Buxton Station, again in aid of charity.
The second event is our summer “in a real barn” CHARITY BARN DANCE. This takes place on SATURDAY 28th JUNE, and tickets are now available. It is a great night out and features music with a proper caller from Willowspin, and tickets include a fish and chips supper. There is also a pay bottle bar. It will be raising funds for both local and international charities – this year Nelson’s Journey and Shelterbox. Tickets cost only £20 so it’s a great night out and great value, and tickets are available from any member of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club, and from Abbotts estate agents in the Precinct at Hoveton.
We are also arranging a GRAND CHARITY COLLECTION on SATURDAY 12th APRIL in aid of The International Aid Trust based in Great Yarmouth. Please bring along any unwanted items of adult and children’s clothing (including coats and hats), bedding, curtains, rugs, toys, wool etc to Wroxham Church Hall between 11am and 3pm. All items go to poor families in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club were last night spotted at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road. It is believed a coup has taken place .. and this shadowy underground figure may now be the new Director of Footballphoto 1

There are also rumours of new players (although the one on the right looks a bit past his prime to me):

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Will it mean a change in fortunes or even a sudden glut of trophies…or is it all a hoax?

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March 2014

Back in February we had pleasure in presenting cheques from our Christmas collection to EACH and East Anglia Air Ambulance. Being able to help such worthwhile causes is a key part of being a Rotarian, and we are sure that all members of the public who contribute so generously to our collections will be pleased to see these results of our efforts (see charity events page for photos).
Looking ahead we are busy planning for the local secondary schools Technology Tournament which is scheduled to take place on 14th March at Broadland High School. Once again we look forward to some great ingenuity and problem solving from the participants, who never fail to impress us with their solutions to a complex technical teaser.
Approaching rapidly is the annual and popular Bure Valley Railway sponsored walk in aid of Macmillan. This is scheduled to run over the weekend of 26th and 27th April – more details on the Macmillan web-site, but all Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members and supporters are asked to mark their walk forms accordingly as this allows us to share some of the money we raise with other local charities supported by our club.
Our summer “in a real barn” Barn dance is also back by popular demand – this year scheduled for Saturday 28th June, so make a note of that date now. It will be raising funds for both local and international charities – last year was a really great evening and the band and fish and chip format will be repeated again this year. Keep the date free and look out for ways to get tickets which will be appearing shortly.

FEBRUARY 2014

The club is pleased to see the back of 2013. In the last three months of the year we lost three past presidents and founder members of the club. Following the loss of Ian Benson and Stewart Kemp, we were devastated to learn of the death of Tony Howard following a heart attack.  Our thoughts go to his wife Liz and the rest of the family, and the club hopes that as we move into 2014 will see us able to report more cheerful news.
As a good start we can report on a successful Christmas collection campaign, where with the help of Santa we collected over £2500. We thank everyone for their generosity in what is always an expensive time of year. As a result, following on from the £1800 to provide shelter boxes for the Philippines disaster from our November collection, we are now able to donate £625 to the East Anglia Children’s Hospices, £625 to East Anglia Air Ambulance, £877 to Papworth hospital heart unit, and £316 to the Norfolk flood disaster appeal.
Looking ahead we are busy planning for the local secondary schools Technology Tournament which is scheduled to take place on 14th March at Broadland High School. More importantly forward dates for the diary – a repeat of the popular Bure Valley Railway sponsored walk in aid of Macmillan is scheduled to run over the weekend of 26th and 27th April – more details on how to enrol as soon as we have them. Our summer “in a real barn” Barn dance is also back by popular demand – this year scheduled for Saturday 28th June, so make a note of that date now.

January 2014

The club will be pleased to see the back of 2013. In the past three months we have now had to say goodbye to three past presidents and founder members of the club. Following the loss of Ian Benson and Stewart Kemp, we were devastated to learn of the death of Tony Howard following a heart attack.  Our thoughts go to his wife Liz and the rest of the family, and the club hopes that 2014 will see us able to report more cheerful news.
As I write this our Christmas collections are in full swing, Santa and his house have already covered several local neighbour hoods and there is still more to do as we concentrate on our Christmas fund raising in favour of some of our key local charities. Following on from the generosity of local people when we held collections in response to the Philippines disaster we can only sincerely thank members of the public for their continued support of these worthwhile charities. Our Philippines collections took place on Saturday 16th November when members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club and Broadlands Rotary Club collected outside St Stephens church in Norwich, and on Sunday 17th when they were outside Roys of Wroxham in Hoveton. At both venues we displayed shelter boxes – specially designed boxes containing tents, groundsheets, water carriers and cooking equipment for a family of up to 10 people with the intention of raising money to send more shelter boxes to the Philippines. At £600 each, these boxes are not cheap, but provide a vital next step for disaster victims once immediate food and drink needs have been met. The response from the people of Norwich and North Norfolk was superb and over the course of the two days enough money was raised to allow us to send 6 shelter boxes with immediate effect
All that remains is for us to wish all readers a healthy and prosperous 2014

December 2013

The club has suffered a second major blow in the space of three months with the sad loss following a battle with cancer of long serving member and recent past president Stewart Kemp. Stewart was a great friend, a dedicated Rotarian and much loved in the local community where he was well known for all his tireless support. He will be sadly missed by all his fellow Rotarians and friends, and our thoughts are with Sue and the rest of his family.
Stewart was a keen supporter of our Christmas collections where we concentrate on raising money for mainly local charities – seeing the faces of the younger children as Santa helped us on our rounds and at our static collections is a huge reward. By the time you read this we will be about to start on our rounds – we cover a large area taking in Sprowston, Spixworth, Rackheath as well as collecting in North Walsham, and Hoveton. Please look out for us and support us if you can as our Christmas fund raising is particularly aimed at local charities here in East Anglia.
One of the things that makes Rotary great is that not only do we help raise vital money for both local and international causes, we have fun doing it – we have excellent weekly meetings on Monday nights at Wroxham Barns. Here we have a superb two course meal prepared (and if you have never sampled the cuisine at Wroxham Barns we can certainly recommend it!) followed either by a monthly business meeting or more often by a speaker. We draw on speakers from a wide range of fields and if you take a look at the current programme through to April 2014 which is now on our web site, we are sure you will be impressed with the breadth of subjects covered. We also have occasional outside visits, and we have a very active social programme with forthcoming events including our black tie 6 course Christmas taster meal and “panto and puds” evening in January. We also look forward to activities such as our Christmas collection, outside working parties and through the year collections as these all help build the camaraderie and friendship through the club.
We are starting planning for our first big activity in 2014, the Schools Technology tournament. This is part of a national initiative which tests and inspires youngsters with a technical challenge in a competitive environment. Last year was our best event so far and we will shortly be contacting local secondary schools in Broadland and North Norfolk to invite them to participate. In addition, we have already started thinking about our big summer barn dance – note for the diaries this is scheduled for 28th June – which was a great success this year and promises to be even bigger and better in 2014.

Money for the Philippines – November 2013

Over the week-end of 16th & 17th November members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club were out collecting on behalf of the victims of  Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. On Saturday we collected outside St Stephens Church in Norwich, on Sunday outside Roys in Hoveton. Over the two days, thanks to the generous support of the public we were able to collect over £1266, which will allow us to send two further Shelter boxes immediately. We thank everyone who took part and all those who contributed so generously.

November 2013

The club received a major blow last month with the sad and sudden loss of our secretary, past president and founder member Ian Benson. A great friend and a dedicated Rotarian he will be sadly missed by all his fellow Rotarians and our thoughts are with Janet and the rest of his family.
One of the activities Ian particularly enjoyed was a Christmas collections – seeing the faces of the younger children as Santa helped us on our rounds was a huge reward. The good news is that the Santa House has now been re-assembled and all the lights checked, ready for its illustrious occupant, who has promised to help us once again. By the time you read this we will be only a few days away from starting on our rounds – so please look out for us and support us if you can as our Christmas fund raising is particularly aimed at local charities here in East Anglia.
Our phase one work on Granary Staithe, Hoveton is now complete – doesn’t it look so much better? We now wait to see if our services are required for any further contribution to this community project.
We are starting planning for our first big activity in 2014, the Schools Technology tournament. This is part of a national initiative which tests and inspires youngsters with a technical challenge in a competitive environment. Last year was our best event so far and we will shortly be contacting local secondary schools in Broadland and North Norfolk to invite them to participate.
Our social programme continues as strongly as ever with many events planned, the next being our Christmas meal for members and partners at Wroxham Barns on December 16th.

October 2013

Our next big fund raising effort will be our Christmas street and static collections. We are delighted Santa has promised once again to come along and help us and also make sure all the children we see en route have been good so that he can visit them on Christmas Eve. We have therefore been busy getting everything ready for that including painting and repairing the Santa house ready for its important visitor. It is one of our main fund raising events of the year and we raise funds for EACH (the East Anglia Children’s Hospices), the East Anglian air ambulance and other charities supported by our rotary club. These efforts always require a lot of manpower so if you fancy helping us please come along and join us – details at the foot of this article.
By the time you read this we will hopefully have completed our contribution to tidying up Granary Staithe in Hoveton – a bit of fence painting remains to be done after our evening’s work earlier in the year, but overall it is already looking much better and has certainly been much enjoyed by residents and visitors alike during the recent good summer.
Our most recent social event was our beach barbeque for members, friends and guests – as usual a well attended and enjoyable evening out, although the later arrivals did have a short heavy shower to contend with which tried hard to extinguish barbecues!

September 2013

We recently celebrated our Charter night, a black tie event held each year to mark the founding of the club. Now in our eighth year we had a great night at Wroxham Barns with Pimms and canapés to start while we played crazy golf, followed by an excellent meal. A very convivial evening enjoyed by all and we were able to boost our charity funds by £170 with a successful raffle.
Our most recent charity donation was a donation of £250 towards the Wroxham, Hoveton and Belaugh Community Care Council which these days provides a vital service in those communities providing transport for those with no other options to assist with visits to doctors, chiropodists, dentists and so on.
During the school holidays we were pleased to be able to organise some activity days at the Norman Centre in Norwich for pupils of Mile Cross school. These offered painting; pottery and five-a-side football and all activities were well supported. Next summer we are already planning ways to extend our help to schools with high numbers of under privileged children to include some of the local rural schools in our area
We are already well on with planning and preparing for our major winter fund raising – our Christmas collections. Father Christmas has promised to come and help us so we are busy painting and tidying up his house so that he can travel in style.
By the time you read this we will hopefully have completed our contribution to tidying up Granary Staithe in Hoveton – a bit of fence painting remains to be done after our evening’s work earlier in the year, but overall it is already looking much better and has certainly been much enjoyed by residents and visitors alike during the recent good summer.
Our most recent social event was our beach barbeque in August for members, friends and guests – as usual a well attended and enjoyable evening out. We also recently enjoyed a wine tasting evening at Waitrose in North Walsham for which we thank the staff at Waitrose for a well organised and extremely pleasant evening.

August 2013

As we head into August we welcome our new president Simon Gorton, who succeeded previous president David Prichard in July. Simon will be looking to further build our successful club and increase activities particularly at local level, as well as increasing awareness of who we are and the many great projects we deliver. Our community projects include helping revitalise the Granary Staithe in Hoveton, plans to extend our work with local primary schools, and continuation of projects like the schools technology tournament held every Spring.   We will also be supporting a number of local charities such as East Anglia Children’s Hospices and East Anglia Air Ambulance.

To achieve this our fund raising activities are an essential part of our plans, but also aim to provide fun and entertainment for all who take part. Our recent barn dance was very successful, everyone had a great time and our band, Willowspin, was excellent. Many thanks to all who made the night so successful – we will certainly be repeating it next year. Our next event will be in the autumn and will involve a sponsored pub walk in Norwich. We are also already planning our major collecting campaign with the help of Father Christmas which happens in December – more details nearer the time.

Social events are another important part of our programme. Our next event is our beach barbeque planned for 12th August for members, friends and guests – let’s hope for a warm sunny evening!

 

July 2013

Well, did you spot us on the evening of June 10th? A group of members spent the Monday evening working at Granary Staithe in Hoveton. We spread a load more gravel, removed weeds, part painted the boundary fence, and cleared up the back corner so that there is now direct access through to the precinct. More needs to be done to complete the work in that corner and I am sure we will be out helping again in the future, but members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary club were delighted to be able to be part of this major local community project.

    By the time you read this our Barn dance on 29th June will have been and gone – you missed a great night – Willowspin, our band were excellent – and over £300 was added to our charity funds
Another recently completed event – we organised two days out for pupils of Mile Cross School in Norwich – the first to the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club to experience sailing followed by a farm visit, the second to the Barton Turf activity centre and nature trail. Many thanks to all who made these two days possible – and the reward was the delighted faces and the great thank letters received afterwards from all the children who took part.
Our Handover meeting took place on 1st July when the major office bearers for 2013/14 take up their new positions and the past year’s president steps down – a big thank you to outgoing president David Prichard for all his hard work over the past year.  Our Charter Night, celebrating the date when the club was first chartered takes place on 26th July for members and guests – it’s a formal evening but should also be fun too as I’m told crazy golf is included in the evening’s entertainment!
On the social front we also have a beach barbeque planned for 12th August for members, friends and guests, as well as a wine tasting evening on 29th July.

June 2013

We are approaching our busiest time of the year as we count down to our handover meeting on 1st July when we install our new president for 2013-2014. This meeting takes place at our new permanent Monday night home at Wroxham Barns, and will include a barbeque (British summer permitting!).
Prior to that on 29th June we are following up on our successful 40-s Night dance of 2011 with a charity traditional Barn Dance, dancing to the music of Willowspin. This takes place at  Mousehold Barn, Rackheath (yes a real barn!). Tickets including fish and chips will be priced at £20 and are available now from members or by calling Jonathan on 07764 839144. Order now to secure yours to attend what will certainly be a great night out.
As you may have seen reported, the Macmillan Cancer sponsored walk along the Bure Valley Railway was well attended and took place in superb weather. Almost £30000 was raised for Macmillan and the 10 members of our Rotary club who participated also raised almost £500 for our club charity funds.
Our Club Assembly takes place on Monday 3rd June, again at Wroxham Barns, when the new committee chairmen for 2013/14 present their plans for the year ahead. Our Charter Night, celebrating the date when the club was first chartered takes place on 26th July for members and guests – it’s a formal evening but should also be fun too as I’m told crazy golf is included in the evening’s entertainment!
On the social front we also have a beach barbeque planned for 12th August for members, friends and guests, as well as a wine tasting evening on 29th July.

May 2013

There is certainly a lot going on at the moment. Firstly a brief word about our recent schools technology tournament. This year was the most successful ever with16 teams from 5 different schools taking place. We were delighted local MP and cabinet minister Norman Lamb managed to find time to pop in and meet the teams and add his support to the event. This year the challenge was particularly tough but some great attempts were made, and the winners each of the three categories of foundation, intermediate, and advanced were respectively Aylsham High School, the Open Academy, and Broadland High School. Many congratulations to all the winning teams and everyone who took part.
By now we will have completed the combined sponsored walk with Macmillan Cancer support along the Bure Valley Railway. Not only did we have members walking we also ran a barbeque at Hoveton and Wroxham station on the Bure Valley Railway both days. Full report next time
Looking ahead, for our next big event we will be running our popular summer dance again, date has now been confirmed as 29th June, this time a genuine barn dance…in a genuine barn! So make a diary note now and we will have more information about tickets etc. next time.
On the social front we have a ten pin bowling event on the last Monday in April, our eighth birthday party (since the founding of the club) on 20th May, our annual Charter night on 26th July, and a beach barbeque in August.

April 2013

May we firstly wish a Happy Easter to all our readers.
Our next event is nearly upon us – the combined sponsored walk with Macmillan Cancer support along the Bure Valley Railway on the week-end of 20th/21st April. The arrangement is for all registration fees to go to Macmillan and then for the sponsorship money raised to be shared So if you would like to take part and raise money both for Macmillan and for Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club’s selected local and international charities, go to the special web site www.bvw2013.co.uk . When you register be sure to put Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club on the web form in the appropriate place (comments box), choose your preferred day and walk direction, and that’s all there is to it – apart from getting sponsors and completing the actual walk! We look forward to seeing as many as possible over the week-end, and if you want to support us but don’t want to walk we are also running a barbeque at Hoveton and Wroxham station on the Bure Valley Railway both days, so come and see us there.
The tractor for the Faith project in Zambia has now arrived at its destination and has already started to be put to use helping cultivate the 600 acres at the Faith project centre – a massive thank you to all who made this wonderful project possible.
The Schools Technology tournament took place at Broadland School, Hoveton on 15th March with almost 100 young people from various local schools competing to complete a technical task of differing difficulty depending upon age from a range of supplied materials. Full results next time.
Looking further ahead we will be running our popular summer dance again, date has now been confirmed as 29th June, so make a diary note now and we will have more information next time.


March 2013

By the time you read this we will have completed our collection day in Norwich at St Stephens in aid of Polio Plus, the international effort by Rotarians across the world to help eradicate polio. We are pleased internationally to be working with the Gates Foundation on this great cause, and some of you may have seen Bill Gates giving the annual Dimbleby Lecture on television recently, when he spoke passionately about this programme. In addition some of our members visited India recently to help with their National Immunisation day targeting over 100million children under the age of 5. There have now been two years without any polio cases in India and this major country is well on the way to being declared polio free
The tractor for the Faith project in Zambia was duly shipped late January – it should soon be at its destination and starting to be put to use helping cultivate the 600 acres at the Faith project centre – a massive thank you to all who made this wonderful project possible.
Our next big event is our sponsored walk along the Bure Valley railway will take place over the week-end of 20th/21st April. This is a joint effort with Macmillan Cancer charity, and we hoping for a great turn out to support this great cause. Please put the date in your diary now. Full registration details next month, but meantime further information can be found on the Macmillan web site www.bvw2013.co.uk . We will also be running a barbeque at Wroxham station to great walkers at the end of their exertions!
We are once again running the Schools Technology tournament which takes place at Broadland School, Hoveton on 15th March where we hope to have up to 8 local secondary schools competing.
Looking further ahead we will be running our popular summer dance again, date likely to be 29th June, so make a diary note now and we will have more information next time.
The Rotary Foundation Peace and Conflict Resolution Fellowship programme offers graduates, and young business and professional people the opportunity to study abroad.  Run by Rotary International, funding is available for academic study at six universities located in various parts of the world. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field. Tuition fees, travel and subsistence costs are covered by the fellowship. There are 60 scholarships available world-wide for the period 2014/2016 and applications are currently being invited through local Rotary Clubs. Any readers interested and eligible should make preliminary contact with Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club as soon as possible and in any case by 1st May 2013. The Club will then decide whether a full application should be sent to the District committee by 1st June 2013 for further consideration.

February 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Christmas collections raised just under £2000 which will be shared between East Anglian Air Ambulance, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and other local charities supported by our Rotary club. A big thank you to everyone who supported us – and the good news is that Santa so enjoyed his time with us he has already promised to join us again next year!
Our next event is our collection for Polio support which takes place in Norwich on 16th February – if you are in town that day look out for us neat St Stephens. Following this some of our members are off to India to help with National Immunisation day over there when some 5 million under 5’s will be given the polio vaccination
The tractor for the Faith project in Zambia was loaded aboard a container for shipment to Dar-es -Alam on Friday 16th January. A group of members along with wonderful support from the staff at Ben Burgess, Aylsham completed the task in under 2 hours – a massive thank you to all who made this wonderful project possible, and look out for photos and  a full report shortly on our charity events page.
Our sponsored walk along the Bure Valley railway will take place over the week-end of 20th/21st April. This is a joint effort with Macmillan Cancer charity, and we hoping for a great turn out to support this great cause. Please put the date in your diary now and we will let you have full details about registering next month.
We are once again running the Schools Technology tournament which takes place at Broadland School, Hoveton on 15th March where we hope to have 8 local secondary schools competing.  Looking further ahead we will be running our popular summer dance again, date to be confirmed next time.

January 2013 News (Yes its early – blame Christmas!)

We hope everyone reading this enjoyed a great Christmas. We loved having Santa’s support for our Christmas collections – a report on how much we raised will appear shortly.
Also last month we had an excellent talk by Dr Mark Andrews on renal transplants and were delighted to be able to present him with a cheque for £1000 towards the Norfolk and Norwich Renal Unit trust. (Picture shows Dr. Andrews on left receiving cheque from past president Stewart Kemp)

We also thank Jilly, Rosemary and Helen for all their hard work decorating our Christmas tree for the festival in St Mary’s Church. It featured our polio eradication theme with a creative link equating the cost of two packets of polo mints to one polio injection, and it looked splendid.

We are delighted to report that the tractor for the Faith project in Zambia has now been ordered and will be delivered early in the New Year – a massive thank you to all who made this wonderful project possible.
Plans for support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue – some of our members are off to India to help with the immunisation programme in February, and our collecting efforts will continue – with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort.
Our sponsored walk along the Bure Valley railway will take place over the week-end of 20th/21st April, more details next time, and we are also planning a Norwich hostelries sponsored walk, a summer dance, and we also have the Schools Technology tournament taking place at Broadland school on 15th March

December 2012 News

Our end of summer car boot sale and clay pigeon shoot at Salhouse Lodge at the end of October was, like many events in 2012, seriously disrupted by the weather. A combination of rain and high winds meant that there was no shooting, no barbecue, and no car boot activity. Disappointing but we may try again next year – watch this space.
Our fund raising now moves into Christmas mode and we look forward to Santa’s appearance to help with our efforts.
Plans for Support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue – some of our members are off to India to help with the immunisation programme, and our collecting efforts will continue – with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort.

November 2012 News

Another busy month for Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club, as we held our combined Clay Pigeon shoot, Car Boot sale and family fun day at The Lodge Salhouse, raising money for the Big C charity and the Ella Grace fund – final results of our efforts and full report next month.
Plans for Support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue – look out for us with our collecting cans later this month in conjunction with National Immunisation Day- with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort.
Our fund raising thoughts will soon be turning to our Christmas collections, when Santa will be joining us to support our efforts.
On the social side we are planning a meal and wine tasting at the newly extended Bijou Bottles on 21st November for members, partners and guests.

October 2012

Recently we took part in the District Rotary initiative “a Wheelie Good Idea”. This involves different rotary clubs in the district passing along a baton in the form of a book, using unconventional means of transport, while raising money for sports equipment for disabled athletes, both to celebrate the London Paralympics and help with preparations for Rio 2016. Our leg took us to Aylsham using a vintage tractor and trailer, having received the book from Great Yarmouth at our beach barbeque the previous week.

  Plans for Support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue – look out for us with our collecting cans in the autumn in conjunction with National Immunisation Day- with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort.

Our first big fund-raising will take place on Sunday 18th November at the Lodge, Salhouse with a Clay Pigeon shoot, car boot sale and barbecue. It all starts at 10am, and this promises to be a great day out with fun for all the family so make a note in your diaries now.

We held our annual Charter night on 21st September at Wroxham sailing club where we celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the club and a great time was had by all. We have also recently been pleased to make a donation to a local lady suffering from MS to help buy specialist equipment to make life a bit easier

September 2012 news

                We have had a busy start to the rotary year. During August we were pleased to be able to take various groups of pupils from Mile Cross school in Norwich out to various activity days including trips to Norwich City football club, UEA, Goal in Norwich and on a trip to a pottery.  For many of these children this will be their only outing during the school holidays.

Plans for Support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue – look out for us with our collecting cans in the autumn – with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort.

Our first big fund-raising will take place on the second or third Sunday in October with a Clay Pigeon shoot and car boot sale at the Lodge, Salhouse. This promises to be a great day out with fun for all the family – more details next month.

We hold our annual Charter night on 21st September at Wroxham sailing club where we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the club

We will continue to present an interesting programme of Monday night meetings with a host of guest speakers already lined up, and we also have a strong social events programme to include spouses and friends, the next of which will be a fifth Monday social at the end of October

August 2012 news

                We are now well into our new Rotary year and the new team are busy planning fund raising and social activities for the year ahead. Support for Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio will continue, and with the disease now restricted to 4 countries the eradication goal is within sight with one more big effort. Also internationally we will continue to support the education of our two sponsored Indian orphan children, continue to collect for the well project in Zambia, and most importantly continue to collect for aqua boxes and shelter boxes ready to respond to any international disaster appeals. Closer to home we will continue to support a range of local charities from the Air Ambulance and East Anglian Children’s Hospices, to other specific Norfolk charities.

Our fund raising activities will include a repeat of our successful sponsored walk along the Bure Valley railway, our Christmas collections with our own Father Christmas float, and then in 2013 a barn dance, and a new water based event utilising our Broads location. We will also be continuing to build on our local community activities, and during the school summer holidays we have arranged a series of activities for pupils from Mile Cross school in Norwich. Early in 2013 we will be repeating our successful Technology tournament involving secondary schools from north and east Norfolk, while this autumn we shall be repeating our activities to help the elderly less able members of the community through our gardening project.

We will continue to present an interesting programme of Monday night meetings with a host of guest speakers already lined up, and we also have a strong social events programme to include spouses and friends, the first of which is our beach barbeque at Sea Palling on 13th August.