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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.

34th Annual Burdwall Charity Golf Day

Click to view……BURDWELL GOLF DAY



Please be involved with this fund raising Charity Golf Day. All proceeds will be split between Home Farm Trust and charities supported by Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club. You can enter as a team of 4 or as an individual.

The cost is £65 each ( £40 for members of Wellingborough Golf Club).

Over the years this event has raised over £34,000.

Please email lesley.robertson@efeso.com or phone Alan Waller 07802 170507 or Nigel Grimmitt on 07889 785322 for all the details you need to join this great day’s golf.


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.




The Family Fun Day Programme Draw



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 info@hattonrotary.co.uk to make arrangements to collect your prize.

Welcome To Philip – New Member

We welcomed Philip into the club last Tuesday at his Induction please make him feel at home and help him find his way around our club.  WP_20170523_012_edited-1


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Purple For Polio Is Flowering

“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!”

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The Annual Pub Games Rotarians v The Inner Wheel

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.P1070272


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Action For Children Receive A Cheque For £200

 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.


Presentation of The Rotary International Membership Development Award

Tony was presented with  the Rotary International Membership Development Award for achieving one of the highest retained membership levels in our district over the period of Tony’s presidency during 2015/2016.

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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.



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