Latest News from Wellingborough Hatton:
Hatton members were able to witness Bob Parfitt receiving a Paul Harris Fellowship with one Sapphire (if effect a double PHF) when President Nigel re-presented the lapel medallion to Bob at the club meeting on 21st January. The honour was originally presented by District Governor Rodney, on behalf of all the clubs in the District 1070 at a meeting of the District Council, in recognition of Bob’s contribution to district activities as well as his charity work with Refugee Relief over many years.
Congratulation Bob on a well-deserved award
By Nigel Cheetham
Tony makes our donation of £200 to the Welly Bus Shire Community Services Click to View Web Site
A Company Limited by Guarantee (5743952) and a Registered Charity (1113854). Shire Community Services recently changed it’s name from Wellingborough Volunteer Bureau Ltd.Background
Formed in 1973, the ‘Bureau’ as it was affectionately known has undergone many changes. However, our aim of supporting the elderly, disabled and vulnerable in the community remains the overwhelming objective. Presently offering a range of community transport services we continue to seek new ways of supporting people so they are able to manage their own affairs, attend all their medical appointments, shop for themselves, socialise and attend clubs and events with, if necessary, mobility aids appropriate to their needs.
We are grateful to the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire County Council and the Primary Care Trust for funding we receive for our community transport services
Once again the club turned out in their numbers in sometimes quite poor conditions to do the rounds in Wellingborough. We had a great reception with families out waiting for us to arrive and many making some exceptional donations to the cause. A big thanks go to all who took apart and especially Friends of Rotary Andrew Wainwright, and Paul and Gail Huson (The Elf). The total collected was £2,112 which given the conditions during the week was a great result. Thanks also go to Nigel G and Paul J who towed the sleigh which can be challenging in some of the tight Cul -De-Sacs we went down. We ended Friday night with a wee dram kindly provided by Denis.
Big thanks go to Nigel C for providing the organisation for the whole week.
An afternoon at the Cobblers organised by George which turned out to be a great event where we all had a great time and Tony and Derek had chance to show off their footballing skills David B won the Christmas jumper award and Nigel G won the raffle which as you can see was a signed Cobblers shirt.
Tony and Duncan attended the District Council Meeting to use the event to circulate the details of next year’s rally. Unfortunately we were not granted a slot to make a full presentation it did however feature in the Area Report and Dick Parsley clarified a number of points. Duncan with Tony’s help designed the handout circulated on the night and has been sent to all members of our club. Based on early responses we hope to have at least 3 teams entering from the Club.
On behalf of Wellingborough Hatton Rotary I was delighted to be present at the District Meeting last night when you received the Paul Harris award from our District Governor. It was a very well deserved award and it was obvious from the standing ovation from all those present last night that you are a very well known Rotarian and the work you have done selflessly over the many years has been fully appreciated.
Congratulations from all of us in Wellingborough Hatton Rotary.
The Santa Sleigh made another appearance at the Wellingborough Christmas Lights Switch On. Paul James had to be a last minute stand in for Santa who was expected to be supplied by WBC however he made great job of it judging by the ques of children waiting to meet him. It was very wet that night but this did not deter the crowds off people there and Nigel C Duncan Forbes and David Birkett collected over £100 to start this year’s Sleigh collection.
Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s collection which Bob thinks will exceed lat year’s record of £8,800. The community of Wellingbrorough once again proved very generous with many donating notes.
Sainsburys were very welcoming allowing to be inside in the warm making it more pleasant all round.
A big thanks to Bob who organised the whole affair and spent much of his time looking after things.
Thanks also go to Duncan and the Friends of Rotary Paul and Gail Husdon who helped with the signage which all looked very impressive.
On 10th September Hatton Rotary hosted members of the Northampton Branch of the British Polio Fellowship (BPF) to celebrate the completion of 100 session of hydrotherapy undertaken by polio survivors at Moulton College. The sessions are part funded and physically supported by Hatton members and their partners.
During the evening the Hatton marked the milestone by awarding Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the founder of Rotary, to Mike Jackson and Kirsten Good. The Rotary award is used sparingly by Hatton to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that individual non-Rotarians make to the community.
Mike Jackson was recognised for his unstinting work as Treasurer and Welfare Officer for the BPF branch. He has coordinated the attendance at each weekly session. I addition he is heavily involved in many activities of the branch and in his home village.
Kirsten Good is the lead hydrotherapist at the Chris Moody Centre, Moulton College and has designed, developed and supervised the complete therapy programme, not only for the pool sessions but also for a gymnasium-based exercise programme as well. Kirsten’s work is marked by her humour and compassion and an astute understanding as to how far to challenge each of her charges in order for them to get the most from the programme.
The Northamptonshire Branch of the BPF are always looking to find polio survivors new to them and can be contacted via Hatton Rotary.
Paul James and Nigel Cheetham were invited to see the the newly built and designed ‘Science bus’ which was the culmination of a lot of hard work and investment from various organisations in and around Wellingborough. There was a fantastic atmosphere on the morning when we visited and BBC radio Northampton were there and mainly talking to those that had designed and installed items within the bus such as tables, benches and science equipment.
This is not exclusive for just Wrenn to use but for any school within the surrounding area and anyone who would like a visit which could include our Rotary group if organised.
Post By Paul James
You will have seen Nigel C’s updates during this epic journey of the Hatton Wackey Racers Tony, Nigel and Duncan.
We completed 2,500 miles and went through 9 countries in 4 days. This was a gruelling journey leaving Wellingborough at 3.00 am on Friday 7th June arriving back at 11.45 on Monday 10th June. During the intervening days we were usually on the road by 7.30 am and arriving at where we were staying at 8.30 in the evening so enough time to have a meal and a drink then to bed ready for an early start the next day. We kept in touch with Nigel C through the day so that he could keep the club informed of progress. I made many posts on Facebook to keep the public and our followers up to date and we peaked at circa 6000 people reached and 2000 post engagement which helped to promote both the initiative and the club
The total raised through Just Giving stands at £3,867 we also had a donation from Print and Data Wellingborough of £125 and from a member of the public £20 bring total received to £4,012. We will be adding money raised from the other events run as part of the “Invest in Isebrook” campaign and taking account of costs and recovery of Gift Aid, which thanks to David Birkett’s efforts we are now registered to allow us to apply for.
A big thanks to Tony Frankland who was the initiator of the project and the rest of the team Duncan Nigel G and Nigel C ( base camp support).
By Duncan Forbes
Members of the Northamptonshire Branch of the British Polio Fellowship will complete their 100th hydrotherapy session in the specialist pool at the Chris Moody Centre, Moulton College, on 4th June. Each session lasting 30 minutes and is a progressive exercise programme conducted by Kirsten Good, a specialist physiotherapist from “Physiofunction”. All of those taking part had polio when they were much younger and now have the return of the debilitating symptoms known as Post-Polio Syndrome. Up to 5 members of the fellowship attend each session which are designed to strengthen muscle tone and improve mobility. A significant side effect is the freedom of movement gained from exercise in the warm water pool and the fun of the activity. Smiles are the order of the day.
The programme has been supported by the Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club for almost 3 years using matched grants from the Rotary Foundation to help fund the programme. Club members attend each session to provide physical support for those needing wheelchair assistance.
By Dick Parsley
Fellow Rotarians The Hatton Wacky Racers now have the car prepared, route planned, ferry and hotels booked ready for the off at 3.00 am Friday. They are trying to buy some much needed equipment for our local Isebrook Hospital we have raised £2,559 on their Just Giving site so we really need all your help to boost this figure to get us closer to hitting their target of £10,000. You can follow their progress on our Facebook page Click for the Facebook page
Please make a donation through the Just Giving link Click for their Just Giving page
What a fabulous day the weather was fantastic, the whole club pulled together, and provided a great community event with superb amusements and some great live music thanks to Dave Smith and we raised £420 for Isebrook Hospital.
Thanks to the organisers Dave Smith and Richard Brooks and all the members who contributed on the day especially those manning the Burger van Derek, John and David forgive me if I have missed any one out.
We must also mention the PR and signage provided by the IT and Comms team there was no doubt who was hosting the event!