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Ken organised a very interesting visit to the Castle Theatre on Tuesday and  were able see back stage and learn about such things as how the lighting was operated we also saw the operation of the sound system and how  the scenery was moved around and many of the technical challenges in running a theatre . This concluded with a visit to the in house restaurant Franky’s whereas you can see everyone thoroughly enjoyed . It turned out they served enormous and Burgers where I discovered that an Express Tower was definitely too much to handle.




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Master Chef From Wrenn Goes through To The District Final

The Wrenn Academy winner from the Wrenn final on 20th December receiving his prize from Nigel. He beat six other Wrenn finalists all of whom had got through three previous local rounds.  The winner Norbert Chabros is in Year 9 and 13 to 14 yeas old.


The district (East) final was held on 3rd February at Queen Katharine Academy in Peterborough. There were 14 competitors with Norbert representing Wrenn Academy and Hatton Rotary. He was younger than most of the others and did really well. His three courses, cooked from scratch in two hours.

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The District Governor  Chris Davies presented  his certificate and we both felt that he must have been close to the top three.



By Mark Short




The Boys Enjoy a Great Snooker Evening

We had a great evening and whilst the standard of snooker wasn’t brilliant there was great hilarity had by all of watching members demonstrate their snooker skills after an hour of hard snooker we succeeding in potting all the balls and David Cernik who turned out to be be shade better than the rest of us won the competition of the highest break.P1080059

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The Film BREATH A Polio Survivors Tale


END POLIOWith the permission of the theatre management the Rotarians staged a display in the foyer, spoke to the audience before each showing not only about the eradication campaign which has helped reduce the number of cases worldwide from 365,000 in 1983 to just 16 this year so far, but also about the worPOST POLIO SYNDROMEk of the Polio Fellowship. A short reinforcing video was also included in the film programme and a collection was taken at the end of the show to help fund the provision of vaccine.

The Rotarians would like to thank the staff and management of the Castle Theatre for supporting this activity, and just as importantly to thank the members of each audience who gave so generously. The total sum raised was just over £260 which in real terms equates to the provision of vaccine that will help treat 1500 children.

Dick Parsley

Santa Sleigh Raises £2,068

Hatton Rotary Club held our annual Santa Sleigh collection and community project last week

Once again it drew a fantastic response and support from the public with children greeting Santa and his helpers on the three nights we were among the community. Special thanks to John and his customers at The Coach & Horses for their generous donations on Wednesday evening and our own member Rob Hart for his support at The Old House on the Friday.

Our thanks to Tesco, Victoria Park and Morrison’s, Sharman Road for hosting a collection night each and their customers engaging in the festivities we would also like to thank David Hall and his team at TruckEast Ltd, Scania, Wellingborough who supplied the power for our lighting and Festive music from the sleigh.


With the resources from our own club members and friends of Hatton Rotary we had record support and the club donated;

  • 61 shifts
  • 146.75 hours
  • 25 Hatton Rotarians participating
  • 3 friends of Hatton Rotary

It was a great way for us to engage with the town and we hope bring Christmas festivities to as many as we could, thank you all for your support.

If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian or ‘friend of Hatton, please visit our website for contact details.

Tony Frankland

Santa Sleigh committee 2017

Hatton Rotary Club of Wellingborough


A Big  Thanks to the Organiser Tony Frankland who worked tirelessly through out  the week.



Welcome To Dr Andrew Wainwright

A big Welcome to Andrew who was inducted to the Club as a full member at last Tuesday’s meeting.


Rememberance Sunday in Welingborough

We were once again present to pay our respects to all those who lost their lives who have suffered injuries to keep us free. President Nigel represented the club and laid a wreath on the cenotaph.




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The 34th Burdwall Golf Tournament was held at Wellingborough Golf Club on 18 September.DSC_0017 (Small)

The weather was unusually good to us, and although work had just started on re-engineering all the bunkers, the course was in excellent condition. Rotarian Alan Waller, who also Chairs the Wellingborough Friends of HFT, together with excellent team drawn from Hatton Rotary Club and Alan’s PA Lesley Robertson, wife Pat, Brian Hildreth and Lance Tomlin, again ensured a great relaxing day of golf and networking, culminating in a splendid prize-giving dinner.

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Special mention goes to Hatton President Nigel Grimmitt and Hatton photographer Dennis Randall.

And of course to WGC General Manager David Waite and all the team of caterers, ground staff and professionals across the whole club.

With the fantastic range of prizes donated, and the financial donations from golfers and non-golfers from Hatton and other friends of HFT, the day produced again a fantastic outcome of £1,200 shared between HFT and Hatton Rotary Charity funds.

The winners of the Hatton Cup were Tomlyns, and the Rotary Cup was won by The Grim Reapers.

Paul James won the Burdwall Trophy, and Peter Lloyd was the winner of the Timmy Waller Memorial Cup donated by Hatton Rotary.

The Burdwall Golf Tournament has raised over £34,000 over the years, so please look out for our announcement of the details of the 45th Burdwall Trophy in 2018!

A huge THANK YOU for all who played and all those who supported this event.

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Poppy Appeal-Volunteers Needed



Bob is once again organising the poppy appeal outside Sainsburys in Wellingborough between 28th October to 11th November and the whole club needs to support him again to make this another record year and exceed last year’s total of £6,800. Please lend your support!

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Snooker Social Evening

A very enjoyable evening was had by all at Tuesday’s club night as members watched with great hilarity each other attempting to play snooker. One or 2 members did have  hidden skills notably Paul and Barry.




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Purple For Polio Collection


Nigel and Dick organised a collection last weekend in Wellingborough by receiving donations for crocus bulbs the net proceeds of £243 will be increased by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contribution to £729.  As each vaccination costs 50p it means nearly 1,500 children will have been saved from the risk of catching polio. Dick Parsley will confirm the final figures to the club when he has banked the money. Thanks and well done go out to all who helped  to achieve this result.

This is part of a world wide initiative.Click to see Rotary’s National Campaign


Dementia UK

In his year as President of Wellingborough Hatton rotary Club Nigel Grimmitt has nominated Dementia UK as his principle Charity. Dementia UK is dedicated to provide practical help guidance and support to all persons diagnosed with the Dementia condition and to their close families and carers.

During the year the club will be working towards ways in which they can help raise the awareness of the public for the need to support this cause and its Admiral Nurses who are highly qualified specialist Nurses in dementia care.

Unless you are directly affected by a close relationship to a loved one with the condition it is easy to misunderstand how much stress the Dementia condition can bring into families lives and the Admiral Nurse can either visit their homes or be accessible by telephone or E-mail to give the assistance needed.

To have a better grasp of the Charities work a visit to their website is recommended. Hatton Rotarian David Cernik who cared for his late wife for the best part of 15 years is now a Volunteer Ambassador for the Charity and is willing to give talks  to any society or group in the Northamptonshire region that would like to learn more about the condition and how it affects those diagnosed and their families; also about the work of the Nurses and how the public can help Dementia UK in their cause.

His E-mail address is david.d.cernik@gmail.com Dementia is now the leading cause of death in the UK.

Research is of course vital but until a cure or the means by which to arrest its progress can be found, those in our community, currently estimated to be in excess of 850, 000, increasing on average, one every three minutes, will surely need the support of these Nurses.


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.




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President Alan Hands Over The Reins To In Coming President Nigel

The President’s handover went well and it was great to welcome Nigel’s wife and mother to the ceremony along with all the other wives and partners. As you can see as Derek was first in line he must have built up quite a hunger during the proceedings.

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Trip to Sywell Aviation Museum Organised by Dennis

Ben Brown our host and a founder member of the museum gave us a fascinating history of the museum then a tour of the exhibits within. Nineteen member turned up for what was a  great evening which closed with an enjoyable meal. provided by the Aviator Hotel.



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30th Charter Night

We had  a great night celebrating the club’s birthday and we were entertained by a magician who mystified us with his tricks.


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Over 2500 attended the Family Fun Day

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.


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The Waendel Walk

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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.

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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.

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President Alan is Interviewed

Alan was interviewed by Radio Northampton on the work we are doing to support post Post Polio Syndrome and the forthcoming Family Fun Day.