Latest News from Wellingborough Hatton:
Past President Alan Waller held a BBQ in his garden on Sunday 30 July as a major fund-raiser for the Northants Polio Fellowship and as a Social event for Hatton Rotarians and our Ladies/Inner Wheel, with the Northants Polio Group as our guests.
The event raised £750 to help the Northants Polio Group to extend into the Autumn the successful Hydrotherapy sessions at Moulton College that Hatton Rotary has supported this year for Polio Survivors.
The CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill, and his wife Maggie, were also guests, as were former Hatton Rotarian and President of the European Polio Association, John McFarlane, and his wife Mary, who came over from Ireland for the event.
John took the opportunity to make a major announcement concerning the new PoPSyCLE charity that he is setting up.
PoPSyCLE (Post Polio Syndrome Centre for Learning and Education) will focus on supporting Polio survivors both in the UK and subsequently across Europe.
We had a fabulous day last Saturday the weather was great and excellent turnout of people from the area and a big thanks to all those of you who helped make it a success particularly Dave Smith and Richard Brookes whose committee organised the event the Communications Team who helped with its promotion and the club band The Symbolics aka Paul and Nigel . Thanks to Dennis whose pictures below tell the story.
Nineteen Rotarians and family members took part in the annual Waendel Walk over a variety of distances on Saturday 13th May; all of which were successfully completed. The group aimed to walk a cumulative 100 miles in this international walking festival to acknowledge the centenary of Rotary’s own charity, the Rotary Foundation. In the end the total for the team was 140 miles.
The following day the walkers turned supporters and operated a control and water point located near the Sywell Country Park on the long distance route where trade was brisk as the various groups passed through. This activity allowed the club service profile to be raised within the community.
The following are the winners of the programme draw who unfortunately were not at our Family Fun Day on Saturday when the prizes were awarded :
1st Prize ticket number 0150, winner Rachel Lee from Oundle
2nd prize, ticket number 0266, winner Joanne Woods from Rushden.
3rd prize, ticket number 0146, winner Elaine Smith from Northampton
Please make contact with us through firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to collect your prize.
“Those of you who supported our “Purple for Polio” campaign by donating and receiving crocus corms as our appreciation will have been seeing the results in their garden, window boxes or plant pots over the last month. Each pack should have produced vivid purple displays such as can be seen here from one of our members wild garden!”
This was the Annual Pub Games with the Ladies of the Inner Wheel at the Working mans club at Wilby AND…. for the first time in 6 years the Rotarians won the contest. Everyone had a great time with a lot of friendly rivalry however the boys were pleased to have broken their long standing run of defeat.
A visit by Susan Connor, and Chris Batchelor, both members of the management team for the charity ” Action for Children ” both attended to not only receive a cheque for £200 from Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club, but also to give us an insight into the work that they do locally to assist young people who have behavioural problems, and are challenged by varying physical disabilities. They also absorbed the Fun United group when they lost their funding this was an organisation very close to the hearts of both Nigel and Paul.
Although they receive a Council grant, it leaves very little to provide extra assistance that they need.This is a charity, initially supported by Nigel and Paul , and has become a charity that Hatton Rotary can and no doubt will support in many different ways Nigel and Ken Harrington intend to attend one of their youth club events held on a Saturday Morning at the Swanspool pavilion.
Please click on the pictures to see in high resolution.
10 finalists made it though over the number of weeks leading up to the final and the standard was extremely high, the 4 Judges (Former Mayor of Wellingborough and Rotarian Ken Harrington and Mark Short alongside Alison Kelly) included the principal were tantalised visually and subjected to helpings of amazingly prepared food from a vast array of year groups within the finalists.
The very worthy winner Jess was eventually chosen who will hopefully go on to the young chef competition held next year with Rotary.
Ken also helped with the presentation alongside myself and the Principal Steve Elliot.
With help from 17 Rotarians that took part, 8 of them on 3 or more nights, we have succeeded in yet another record collection of £2,316 and experienced a great welcome on the door step with many turning out to see us. Thursday saw us calling in at the Hart Brewery to join his beer and Carols evening. Santa was jazzed up this year joining in using hi mic to sing and spread Santa’s message.
President Alan and the Hatton Foundation team supported our friends from the Northamptonshire Branch of the British Polio Fellowship as they maned an information stand at the Weston Favell shopping centre to mark the International Day of People with Disability on Saturday 3rd December. We were able to talk to a number of people about both the Rotary campaign to eradicate polio from the world and also about the polio survivors hydrotherapy project which they will shortly start at Moulton College, Northampton. Whilst doing this the branch members made contact with 2 other polio survivors who up to that point were unknown to them.
Members of Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club met at their former meeting place at the Hind Hotel on the 22nd November as their usual venue was unavailable. The speaker was David Cernik on the subject of Dementia and how Dementia UK, a registered Charity and its Admiral Nurses, can help those diagnosed and their families, meet the challenges and changes that the illness brings into their lives. Included in the photographs between President Alan and David Cernik is the speaker is Hilda Hayo Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive of the Charity.