Charity events

2019 Christmas Collections

A huge thank you to everyone who came out in December to support our Christmas collections in Sprowston, Spixworth, Hoveton, Old Catton and Tesco’s at Stalham. Santa was delighted to meet so many excited children getting ready for Christmas and thanks to everyone’s generous donations we collected just over £3000 which we are forwarding to our two main charities for the collection, the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and Nelson’s Journey in Norwich.

2018 Christmas Collections

Thank you to everyone who contributed during our street collections in Spixworth, Old Catton, Sprowston, and our static collection at Tesco’s in Stalham. Also grateful thanks to everyone at Tesco’s Stalham for their support. We collected almost £3000 and are splitting this between the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Nelson’s Journey, the Rotary End Polio Now appeal, and a further Shelterbox to help the recent tsunami victims in Indonesia.

2018 Broadland Youth Choir

Our concert with the Broadland Youth Choir at St Mary’s Church, Wroxham, 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.

2017 Santa Collections

A huge thank you to everyone who supported Santa and his elves with our Christmas collections in 2017. 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 viosits 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. And a great big thank you to Tesco in Stalham and all their lovely customers where we spent a wonderful three days. We collected an amazing £3100 and this is being distributed to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Nelson’s Journey and other local charities supported by our Rotary Club.


2017 Picnic in the Park

Our charity concert in the grounds of Sloley Hall enjoyed stunning performances by Haley Moss and Terry Adams. Although the weather was not great a large crowd enjoyed their picnics plus the chance to buy tea coffee cakes and wine. A great time was had by all and over £1200 was raised, split between Hope and other charities supported by Rotary.

2017 Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir

A big thank you to all who attended the concert organised by Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club in St. Catherine’s Church, Ludham, on Saturday, 25th March, 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.

2016 Car Raffle

This was our biggest fund raising event in the Club’s history. With tremendous support from the Norfolk Motor Group, we were present  at various venues over the summer of 2016, giving everyone the chance to win a brand new Kia Rio SR7 car. The draw was made on November 20th, with the winning ticket, number 04939 bought by Mr Beck of Norfolk at the Norfolk Show. Mr Beck collected his car on 25th November, and the club has subsequently made donations of £1882 to the three nominated charities: East Anglia Air Ambulance, East Anglia Children’s Hospices Nook Appeal, and Rotary End Polio Now. A magnificent achievement and a huge thank you to everyone who helped make it so successful.



Polio Appeal 2016

The club continues to support the International Rotary appeal to End Polio Now. With no new cases in India this terrible disease is now restricted to just Parkistan and Afghanistan nad total eradication is now a real and reachable goal.

Cumbia Flood Relief December 2015

Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club were delighted to be able to make an early donation to the Cumbria Flood relief appeal which went towards immediate emergency support for families affected by the recent flooding.

Nepal Earthquake disaster May 2015

Following the deadly earthquake in Nepal, we joined with our parent Rotary club to collect for Shelter Boxes for Nepal. These boxes are shipped out to disaster zones and contain a large sturdy tent, water purification kit, cooking stove, toys and games, assorted tools and blankets. Thanks to the generosity of everyone on the bank Holiday Monday , 4th May outside Roys we collected sufficient funds to provide 3 shelter boxes (at circa £600 each a tremendous effort)

Masked Charity Ball April 2015

Grand Masked Ball in aid of EACH nook appeal

After many months in preparation the day finally arrived. On Saturday April 18th 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 tickets sold. 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe 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 – you know who you are. 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh yes, did we achieve our target of £5000 for EACH? … No – we shattered it and raised £8000 !!!

Christmas Collections 2014

Our 2014 Christmas collection was as successful as the previous year. This time we used a sleigh instead of Santa’s House, but Santa was equally at home in it and everyone was as generous as usual. Again we collected for East Anglia Air Ambulance and East Anglian Children’s Hospices as well as other rotary charities and again were delighted to present both main charities with cheques for £650 each

Christmas Collections 2013

We are pleased to 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 £650 to the East Anglia Children’s Hospices, £650 to East Anglia Air Ambulance, £877 to Papworth hospital heart unit, and £316 to the Norfolk flood disaster appeal. Earlier in February 2014 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.





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.


Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club and the Tractor for Faith project – The Full Story

posted September 2013

Rotarian Robin Baines and his wife visited Liz Bennett (Hilary’s sister) in 2007 as she completed her 20 years as a missionary teaching nurse in Mukinge Hospital in the Northern Province of Zambia; as well as a little sightseeing they met many of Liz’s friends including Faith Liyena who Liz had trained at Mukinge Hospital as a paediatric nurse   Faith is passionate about the need for very poor families to move away from subsistence farming and benefit from modern agricultural methods and techniques and as a consequence she has been able to persuade some of the Chiefs to sign over legally to the Faith Orphanage Foundation small farms for her to cultivate. When they visited she tentatively suggested a tractor would be needed eventually as everything then was being done by hand.
Three years later Faith visited England and came to give a talk to Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club about the Faith orphanage project. The orphanage operates on a large scale basis, helping over 6500 local orphans. During the talk it was revealed that the orphanage has over 600 acres of land and has a long term goal to become more self sufficient through proper cultivation of this land. She described the extra land that she had been given and how she wanted to see it cleared, farmed and be part of an agricultural school to teach the youngsters she was supporting, they could then go back to their communities and not only farm their land properly but pass on their newly found skills to others who were still only practicing subsistence farming methods.  Clearly a tractor was still on the wish list as it would speed up the cultivations and help the second objective of growing food to be used within the ‘Orphanage’ and also to be sold to raise funds to buy material for school uniforms, wood for furniture making and other schemes working towards self-sufficiency of the Foundation.

Such was impact of the presentation that Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club members were inspired to do more to help and came up with the idea of providing a tractor and plough. We did the sums and realised that to achieve this we would need to raise around £15000-£16000.
The project was led by two of our members Robin Baines and Rod Stone, and at an early stage we succeeded in gaining the support of local agricultural suppliers Ben Burgess of Aylsham, agents for John Deere tractors. For the first stage Robin and Rod invited support from many members of their local farming community including farmers, supply merchants, contractors and machinery dealers.  The goal was to raise £5000 locally. There was a tremendous response from the local farming community and, thanks to this appeal plus our own fundraising efforts we were able to reach our goal early in 2012, with the £5000 plus enough to cover the shipping costs.

The next stage was to apply for Rotary matching grants which are available for approved projects both at District level and at International level, to raise two further £5000 sums. The international grant came from Rotary headquarters in the USA, and involved local rotary club support in the receiving country, which was achieved through the Kitwe North Rotary Club in Zambia. With all of this support, match funded by both the Eastern District fund of Rotary and the Rotary International Fund, and despite a few hiccups and hold-ups  we were able to purchase a new 65Hp4WD tractor with spare parts, boiler suits etc, in addition a 2 furrow reversible plough was donated by John and Brian Reynolds.

On a snowy morning on the 16th January 2013 a group of members of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary club along with Martin Fuller and his staff at Ben Burgess assembled at the Ben Burgess site to meet and load a container to be shipped to Zambia. Not only was a brand new John Deere tractor loaded along with a host of spare parts, we also found room in the container for a plough, a number of tables and chairs, sewing machines, clothing, materials, tools, and some carpets.









Further to sterling efforts by Hugh Hollis of Global Shipping of Felixstowe, Eric Britt from Tools with a Mission and Martin Fuller from Ben Burgess backed up by Hilary Baines it finally arrived in Kitwe, Zambia on 25th April 2013. All the way through the process from start to finish the Rotary Club of Kitwe North headed by William Nyirenda provided the necessary financial and administrative help to ensure safe arrival of the container.
On 9th July 2013 Rotarians Rod Stone and Robin Baines travelled to Kitwe, they were accompanied by Mrs Carole Stone and Mrs Valerie Smith (farmer and widow of Mr Sam Smith who had been a great supporter of this project and was to visit but sadly died suddenly before the project was complete).

Having arrived at Ndola airport they went straight to the Faith Orphanage Skills Centre in Kitwe where they met current students and staff.  The tractor was parked on site ready for work.  Robin and Rod officially cut a ribbon around the tractor and handed over the keys to Faith, Robin then drove the tractor around the Skills Centre and demonstrated the hydraulic turnover of the plough and carried out some basic training for Edward and James who were both to take responsibility for the tractor.

They then went to the new 30ha farm site recently signed over, where hand clearance had already begun and the first three classrooms of a farming school had been built.  Already there were sweet potatoes, maize and trees growing with pigs, goats and poultry on site, in addition a well had been sunk by hand securing water for the future. This enterprise was to form the basis of a farm school / demonstration site for up to 150 students.

They then went to the first 15ha site which is now completely cleared and cropped with bananas and maize. Trickle irrigation was operating and farm manager Casali was on site, but currently apart from a neighbour providing very basic cultivations, everything is carried out by hand.

The following day they accompanied Faith in her quest to obtain ownership of a further 200ha of land north of Kitwe surrounding several subsistence farming communities, this was successful once Chief Shimukunami had been made aware that we were supporting Faith’s  effort to develop farming and farming education which could help her Chiefdom become primary food producers based on modern methods and the use of good agricultural practice.  The area was clearly very fertile with access to water with a group of people who had a passion for farming and like Faith had the vision that all was possible particularly now they had a tractor.

The tractor therefore is going to operate initially between 4 sites:
1.    The Skills Centre at Kitwe
2.    The Farming School and 30ha demonstration farm at Kitwe
3.    The 15ha irrigated banana and maize farm at Kitwe
4.    The newly acquired 200ha site north of Kitwe at Chitekelo

1.    The tractor and plough will make a definite impact on the immediate development of The Faith Orphanage Foundation and ongoing tasks surrounding the farming ventures.
2.    The actual demonstration of significant tangible support to their projects has provided an enormous morale and physical boost to the efforts of all involved and to the students / families.
3.    The building of links with the local Rotary Club will result in much greater support and development in the future.
4.    We think that the vision of people like Faith in Zambia today, with a little practical help from farmers and others in the west, will go a long way to help alleviate some of the food security issues faced by millions of people in the future.

We say a huge thank you to all who contributed to make this project possible, and we look at this achievement as yet another of the many things that make us particularly proud to be part of Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club.





Walk for the Future is a 15km (9 miles) ‘fun’ walk, for all the family on the Bure Valley railway footpath.

Before the walk

It is arranged on the 1st Saturday in October(3rd Oct 09) by Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club

and it aims to raise money to fund prostate cancer research and patient care and treatment, in Norfolk.