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We have now updated and extended the diary on the site to March 17.

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The Website has now been updated to show this year’s officers please check to make sure any information displayed is correct if not please let Duncan Forbes know.

We have made a further improvement to assist members in understanding if they have satisfactorily logged their apology. A new tab called Attendance  has been added to the members area so everyone can now see who has logged apologies on the site.

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It is the 100th Anniversary of Foundation

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The Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton, like most Rotary Clubs worldwide, is contributing to the eradication of Polio throughout the world.Untitled picture

Rotary’s contribution is arranged by Rotary International (RI) through its International Polio Plus Committee.  They are the leading non-governmental contributor and one of the spearheading partners of “The Global Polio Eradication Initiative” together with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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The total estimated cost of the programme is around $11billion.  Whenever possible most of the costs are borne by the polio-endemic countries themselves but many of the poorest, least developed nations on earth where polio is endemic, need help from this programme.

The programme started back in 1985 as PolioPlus and is likely to end in 2019 and by then Rotary’s contribution will have been in excess of $1.2 billion.



The transission of the poliovirus has now been controlled in the whole of the world apart from two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Shortly after the programme started in 1988 only 10% of the world’s children lived in polio free countries but that has now jumped to over 90%.  Perhaps more relevant, at the start of the programme we made a promise to children that we would rid the world of polio.  At that time there were some 360,000 new cases each year.  This year there will be fewer than 100.

The Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton is proud to be continuing to contribute to the worldwide Untitled picture1eradication of polio.  The latest stage is referred to as Purple4Polio because a purple dye is used on a child’s left little finger to indicate they have been immunised against polio.

Please support our Purple4Polio fund raising initiatives as we announce them during thecoming Rotary Club year so we can honour our promise to the children of the world.

A Delightful Trip To Elton Hall

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Elton Hall, the weather was kind to us on the day which showed it off in its best light. We had 2 superb guides who showed us around the Hall which was inspiring, we were particularly  impressed by the quality of the furniture and  famous paintings including Turner,Gainsborough & many more. All who came enjoyed the experience including the garden center & cafe. The trip  was then followed by lunch and a few ales, which Tony seems to be particularly enjoying, at The Crown Inn in the village.


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President Tony Handed over the Presidency To Alan Last Week

We had a very pleasant evening with the ladies to mark the transition of the Club Presidency from President Tony to the incoming President Alan. The evening clebrated the end of Tony’s year which has seen the club grow and the start of a new era for the club. This included the move to the 3 year rolling Presidency model allowing a long term and consistent strategy to develop as a result of the creation of the 3 Musketeers comprising the President, President Elect and Vice President.


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President Tony was delighted to present the Rotary International New…

President Tony was delighted to present the Rotary International New Membership Bronze Award at last week’s meeting.


The 30th Charter Night

Our 30th Charter Night was a great success, helped by an excellent speaker the Reverend Richard Coles, formerly of the well-known band The Communards. Thanks go to President Tony who created a spectacular night, the free marquee was a master stroke! Coupled with Rob Hart who did the video presentation, Dave Smith for providing the music and Paul James who sorted out the sound equipment.




Once again this event went extremely smoothly and thanks go to Alan Johnstone and Richard Brooks who were the driving force behind the event. Thanks also go to Dave Smith for organising the artists, Barry Rogers on the BBQ, Rob Hart in the beer tent, Ken for organising the Mayoral visit, Nigel for the Salvation Army Youth Group, Tony for marshalling the parking and thanks go to all the club members who turned out on the day to help.

The day went very well with over  2,500 people attending. The crowds seemed to enjoy the whole day and in particular the artists who performed on the day and the amazing show put on by the Kilburn Dance School.


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The Walking Weekend In The Yorkshire Dales

Everyone enjoyed a great time exploring the Yorkshire Dales and many thanks to David Birkett who organised and lead the whole event




The Shuttleworth Trip

Surprisingly David was last to arrive at the museum and didn’t get any stick for this even though he had emphasised the need to be on time.

The “Wellibus” unfortunately because of the weather had to remain in the hanger but all still had a good view of it.The group split, with the ladies thoroughly enjoying the garden tour, escorted by the head gardener Kevin, lucky chap!“The Collection”group had a guided tour of the museum  through a series of hangers to see many very historic aircraft and motor vehicles through the ages and included the Mark V Spitfire which after eight years was in the final stages of its four year re build !!!

Lunch, was at a country pub in a nearby village the pleasant atmosphere saved David from even more ribbing than he expected and probably deserve



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A Touching Thank You From Fun United

The letter received from the Papworth Trust along with the photograph really says it all. This is an organisation that is very dear to Nigel Grimmitt’s heart  and the Youth Service Committee who have behind this organisation and the good works they do. 

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Welcome to Dave Smith

We welcomed Dave Smith into the Club last Tuesday. Dave has been associated with the club for some time he has helped on a number of our projects and was introduced by Nigel.



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Waendel Walk

Seven took part in the Waendel Walk on Saturday, including 2 partners. Four walked the 15k route which turned out to be nearer 17 (not that our navigation was that bad but the route was just that long) and 3 walked the 10k route, which was nearer 12. All finished in good order and collected certificates and medals . The weather was perfect for walking. As you can see we went through some great countryside and met many people along the way definitely something you may want to take part in next year.


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The Sunday water point at Sywell Country Park was great fun – good fellowship and banter with the walkers who came from many different nations and in great numbers. This was probably the busiest we have seen this check point in the years we have been doing it.

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Charity Quiz Night – Orlingbury Village Hall – Saturday 28th May

The International Committee has organised a Charity Quiz Night open to the public and club members. Tickets are at £10 for Adults and £6 for Children under 12 years of age including Supper.

We look forward to your support and hope that you will bring along your family and friends to what promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are available from John Rowlatt on 07798 620855



Hatton Hobblers have been walking since 2008 so why not join them on 18th April for a walk around Summerleys ending at the Stags Head Pub Great Doddington. Derek Wingrave can provide further details.

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Dick Parsley is organising for 2 teams to take part in the 10 and 15 K walks please let him know if you would like to join one of the the teams.

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Visit to the Shuttelworth Collection on 25th May -Organised by David Cernick

David has booked the event for 25tSHUTTLEWORTHh May so all who have expressed a wish to attend, please make a note in your diaries and those who want to attend but have not yet contacted David please let him know ASAP so he can firm up on numbers. Please remember wives and partners are more than welcome

The more who attend the cheaper will be the price and an excellent lunch is also promised at a nearby pub afterwards. The party will need to leave Wellingborough by 9am as the tours have been scheduled for 10.15am. David will plan lunch for 1pm and hope the timetable doesn’t go pear-shaped !!!

One of the latest acquisitions of the collection is a 1913 Leyland double-decker open top bus which remarkable  has “Wellingborough” printed large as life on it’s side indicating its route as Rushden Higham Ferrers Stanwick and Raunds. It is beautifully restored and one of just a handful of surviving examples of pre WW1 buses of its type.

This will be an enjoyable day which you will remember for some time to come

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Bowls Evening With The Inner Wheel

A very enjoyable evening with both Hatton Rotary and the ladies Inner Wheel participating in a friendly match followed by buffet meal. The rivalry was very friendly with with the men triumphing making up for their defeat at the indoor games competition .


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The Hatton Hobblers 21st March Strole

18 walkers embarked on 4 mile walk was organised by new member Mark Short which took us to The Old Barn Bistro in Wadenhoe when Brian & Pat Cole were able join us for lunch. The alcoholics amongst us  brought their own booze as The Old Barn is alcohol free!  A very good lunch following the walk with quiz master John Collins only managing to get a draw.

The next walk is on Monday 18th April (our 75th walk) from Summerlees Nature Reserve followed by lunch at The Stags Head Great Doddington.

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