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Spring has arrived so the team ably assisted by junior addition Orson were down at Isebrook hospital yesterday tending the garden in preparation for the arrival of a pergola aimed at providing an accessible, restful, sheltered seating area.


We are seeking exhibitors for our Classic Car and Bike show on July 13th! Showcase your vintage wheels in this exciting event. Contact us to reserve your spot now!” Click on the link below for an application form.


Exciting update! Our recent donation to Off the Streets NN CIC has funded 10 bleed kits now locally strategically placed, some of which are in existing Defibrillator Cabinets. We are proud to support a project that will save lives in critical life-threatening situations.
This is one of many projects we support we are seeking new members. Interested ? Then email info@hattonrotary.co.uk for more information.



In a commitment to community safety, Hatton Rotary proudly supports the Off The Streets initiative in Northamptonshire. Off the Streets focuses on distributing life-saving bleed kits strategically throughout the county, with over 1000 kits placed to date. These kits play a crucial role in saving lives during emergencies such as knife injuries or critical blood loss incidents.

Following an inspiring presentation by Samsons and Scott Fitzsimmons in October 2023, Hatton Rotary unanimously decided to purchase ten bleed kits. These kits will be strategically placed inside existing defibrillator boxes in East Northamptonshire. To ensure the community is well-equipped, training sessions on stopping critical bleeds are ongoing throughout the year in collaboration with Meditech Global. Hatton Rotary members will have access to these sessions in June, with plans to extend participation to other local Rotary groups and the general public.

The initiative aims to encourage other Rotary groups to sponsor bleed kits and participate in training sessions. Hatton Rotary’s recent purchase of ten bleed kits was presented by Rotary District 1070 Governor David Kendrick to Scott from Off The Street on January 16th. To further strengthen our community impact, Hatton Rotary is actively seeking new members. Interested individuals can email us at info@hattonrotary.co.uk. Join us in making a difference in Northamptonshire!


Two teams Tony and Jim, Nigel and Paddy from were part of the 90+ volunteers helping Cransley Hospice collect over 1000 Christmas Trees for recycling and raising over £14000 in donations.

This is the third successive year Hatton Rotary have supported the Christmas recycling programme.

Chester House, one of Hatton Rotary partnerships are one of the organisations to benefit from the shredded wood.




We raised £4,838 thanks to the efforts of the 23 people who took part made up of 16 members 4 partners and 3 friends all of whom contributed an amazing 155 hours out in the winter weather.   Special thanks go to; Tony who was Santa on all 5 nights of the sleigh run. David who did 5 Santa slots at Tesco and counted and banked the vast number of coins each day. Nigel and Jim who manoeuvred the sleigh through the tight streets of Wellingborough. John who was always available to look after the sleigh and fill vacant slots to help complete the Rota. Paddy, our newest member who spent 12 hours across 3 nights collecting donations. Dave Smith for lending us the critical sound equipment. Kelly who provided the eye-catching graphics.  Truck East who provided the all-important sleigh batteries and a particular special mention of Gail Hudson, Hatton Rotary Friend, who not only was out on 5 Sleigh run nights walking collecting donations but also filled 2 slots last Thursday to complete the rota.

This has been a tremendous achievement by the club with the money going to the worthy causes we support

Please click on the link to view the many pictures taken.





Good food, good company and a great atmosphere!

A big THANK YOU to Inner Wheel!

Those who did not go missed a tremendous evening!

By Alan Waller


Alan alias (Santa Claus) Brian and Duncan plus Jim on Sleigh delivery and pick up were at the Wellingborough Christmas Lights Switch on on Saturday. It was vey busy with lots of families wanting to meet Santa and we estimate to have collected £120 with £46 taken on the card reader. A big thank you to the team and especially Alan who despite his ailments braved the cold weather and created the magic for the children.





This might be our last Santa Sleigh Run! 🌟 Each year, we spread joy and raise funds for local causes, but we’ve hit an unexpected hurdle – we’ve lost our storage space for the sleigh. 😢 We need YOUR help! If you have, or know of, a space we can use,  please let Tony or Duncan know. Your help and support is needed .

Poppy Appeal

Thanks to Brian for again organising the Poppy Appeal  he only has a few slots left to fill to cover the whole week with volunteers.  This cause always strikes a chord and it looks like Wellingborough people are as generous as ever despite the hard times caused by the cost of living crisis.

The new roller banner looks very striking thanks to the efforts of Kelly and Duncan which is helping to promote the club.

Isebrook Hospital Visit 28th October

The team are down at Isebrook Hospital courtyard garden this morning trimming and tidying up for the winter. Thanks go Tony Jim Linda Duncan Paul and Gail. Courtyard looks much lighter and almost ready for Spring planting and pergola.

World Polio Day 24th October Coffee Morning

Many thanks Tony and Nigel & Carol for the support from Hatton Rotary for the World Polio Day coffee morning at the Hind Hotel, and the organisation provided by Zoe which is greatly appreciated by all the members of the Northamptonshire Branch of the British Polio Fellowship. It was an enjoyable morning and it was nice to raise £85.




To raise funds for the BPF Hydrotherapy programme it was suggested by Nigel Grimmitt in 2018 to organise a Quiz Night at Kislingbury Village Hall where he and his wife Carol organised the Quiz and Nigel was Quiz Master. It was so successful we have continued to organise a Quiz Night with the exception of covid lockdown years. This year on Friday 13th October our Quiz Master was Gareth Kingston and amongst the competitors were Rotarians from Hatton Rotary, Rotary Club of Northampton and Northampton Becket Rotary.  48 competitors took part including a joint Hatton Rotary and BPF team of Nigel and Sheila Cheetham and Virginia Olds with Eileen Kingston.

Race Night

We had a fabulous race night last Saturday in the The Hind Hotel with a great fun choosing the winners a even more excitement collecting the winnings .Thanks go to ACP Plastering and AJT Plumbing who kindly sponsored the evening and the Hind Hotel who hosted the evening. All the money raised will be donated to the Polio Foundation who support survivors of the long-term debilitating effects of polio. Well done to Zoe who hosted the evening and organised the whole event.



Rotary District Governor David Kendrick, and Carol, recently visited the hydrotherapy session at Moulton where he met the polio survivors taking part and those helping at the pool. David described the programme as a prime example of Rotary’s ‘People of Action’ supporting community activities.          

District Updates

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Stanton Cross Quiz night

Last Thursday’s Quiz night at the Old Grammarians Sports and Social Club was a great success. Approaching 30 people attended made up of 7 teams:
Lola’s Gang
You’re a Quized Harry
The Syringes
The Quizzee Rascals
Quizteama Aguilera
Parsley and Tyme
Our quiz master Nigel led the evening with some tricky and not so tricky questions new friends were made and everyone enjoyed the evening. We plan to hold other events focused on the Stanton Cross community in the forthcoming months so that we become part of the community and of course we will be there at Christmas with Santa on his sleigh.

Cransley 25th Anniversary Robins

Hatton  Rotarians  are so proud to have supported  Cransley Hospice in their efforts to raise £20,000 funds which will help people and their families in North Northamptonshire receive specialist end of life care and support at one of the most difficult of times in their lives.

Tony Frankland our Club President commented that we are delighted  to have supported Cransley in providing voluntary staff who really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to experience a very unique and fulfilling fundraising project.

Thanks goes to all the rotarians who supported the event and help make it a success.

By Nigel