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Scotland Banger Rally Round Up



Rally Teams

Paul and Mary James               Bill and Jane

Nigel and Tim                             Duncan and Richard

Minus day 1 One of the cars was in bits with some significant repairs needed before we set off the next day. So, some worrying moments for Paul as team member Bill (a mechanic) worked late in the night to fix his Citroen. Further problems when Nigel discovered he could not open the boot of his Vauxhall Tigra (a 2-seater) so ended up cramming bags in behind the seats.

Day 1 saw us complete 500 miles to Inverness having left at 6.00 am and arriving at around 5.30 without a hitch.

Day 2 we started the 500 miles comprising the NC500, the first leg being 300 miles to Ullapool. We   set off at around 8.00 am without time for breakfast. On the way we stopped at John O Groats where unfortunately, one of the cars failed to start. Bill once again came to the rescue and manged to solve the problem. On the way Nigel in their open topped car  lost Tim’s hat and Paul has a  wheel trim come off which Bill recovered. We continued our journey but only to find the road closed halfway to our destination. We had to regroup and figure out an alternative route to our destination and arrived there at around 5.30pm.

Day 3 was the second leg of the NC500 travelling from Ullapool to Inverness including the renowned Applecross Pass. On the way we encountered the inevitable highland cattle who seemed to have a mind of their own! plus the dreaded camper vans. We stopped at the Apple Cross Inn for a drink and some tasty fish and chips before tackling the Apple cross pass in misty wet conditions ending the day with celebratory dinner back at Inverness having completed the NC500 in just 2 days.

Day 4 saw us complete the arduous 500-mile journey back home taking over 9 hours.

The total distance we travelled over the 4 days was1500 miles and so far, we estimate we have raised £3,000 including an assessment for Gift Aid.

This all about raising money for Cransley Hospice our target is £5,000 so please continue to donate using this link.

https:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sbr21


Scotland Bangor Rally Update

The whole team met over the weekend to finalise plans for the rally. We will be leaving at around 6 am on Tuesday heading for Inverness a 500-mile journey for the first day. unfotuanatly Nigel and Tim could not be there but are still taking part.

We are doing this for CRANSLEY HOSPICE who do great work caring for people at their most difficult time in their lives . So please donate by clicking on the Just Giving link below https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sbr21

Progress at Isebrook Hospital

The Isebrook Hospital Sensory Garden and Rest Area took a big step forward as the Spire Group helped by the club members and  4 volunteers worked tirelessly on Saturday to transform them into areas of tranquillity. Whilst there is much more to do, they can now be brought into use by the patients and staff. A big thank you to all who helped especially the volunteers who gave up their time for us.

This what it looked before we started earlier this year


Spire – Group Scotland Banger Rally



The Spire Group are aiming to raise more than £5,000 for Cransley Hospice who provide caring end of life support free of charge to the local community.

We are doing this by completing a rally challenge of 1500 miles including the Scottish North Coast 500 in cars valued at £500 or less within 4 days.

Plus, we will be offsetting our carbon footprint through a local community project to plant trees.

Please help us to achieve our target by donating but as importantly share the poster emailed to you  with the Just Giving Link

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sbr21 to all your network of friends and encourage them to support this worthy cause.

Thank you

Spire Group Welcome Night at LaRocca

The Spire group will now be holding the event on 23rd July at La Rocca this is a bid to attract new members to join the group and to raise money for Cransley Hospice. Let us know if you want tickets.



Spire Group at Isebrook Hospital

Another day at ISEBROOK HOSPITAL and the Spire Group team have progressed the project the court yard is now really starting to look good and we have had some great reactions from the staff which make it all worth while. There is much more to do to turn this into a sensory relaxing space which we will continue to do over the next few week.






Avro Manchester L7314

On the night of 21-22nd June 1941 seven Avro Manchester aircraft of 207 Squadron, based at Waddington, Lincolnshire, were detailed to bomb the docks at Boulogne. Each carried 12x500lb general purpose bombs and they took-off between 01.00 and 01.42hrs. Approximately three hours later, at around 04.20hrs, six aircraft returned. The squadron operations record book records the fate of the missing aircraft:

“Waddington. 22/6/41 It was learnt that an aircraft that had been shot down by a Beaufighter at approximately 01.55 hrs. near Wollaston, Northants was our missing Manchester L7314 (‘Y’). Traces of five bodies were found and the identity tag of Sgt James. The aircraft was outward bound on track at about 6000 ft. It crashed in flames after the attack and some of the bombs exploded.”

On Tuesday 22nd June2021 (eighty years to the day) a memorial to the seven crew members was dedicated on land near Poplars Farm, Wollaston close to the crash site. The project was driven by the Wollaston Parish Council and the memorial was funded by public donations. Wellingborough Hatton contributed to the fund. Relatives of five of the crew members were present when the current commanding officer of No 207 Squadron unveiled the memorial.

By Dick Parsley



The Spire Group Welcome Evening – 2nd July

Unfortunately as a result of Boris not lifting restrictions as we had hoped we have had to postpone this event. We are currently seeking confirmation from La Rocca on the next available date which we hope will be 23rd July.


The Spire group will be holding an event at La Rocca in a bid to attract new members to join the group and to raise money for Cransley Hospice .


The Spire Group Start Work On Isebrook Hospital Garden

The Spire Group have been working with Isebrook Hospital to maximise the benefit of the money raised from the Euro Banger Rally in 2019. This money is being put towards creating pleasant sensory relaxation garden areas for both patients and staff. On Saturday after a lot of hard work at you can see the Spire Group team turned a jungle into something resembling a garden. There is much more to do to turn this into a sensory relaxing space which will be done over the next few weeks.



Donation to The Wellibus

Duncan,  on Saturday, presented a cheque for £500 from the Santa Sleigh Appeal to Dayn Freeman from the Wellie Bus organisation.

They provide a fantastic transport service helping people to overcome isolation or lack of transport. It is available to everyone and they are experienced in dealing with the elderly and people with disabilities. This enables them to get to a range of shops, clubs, and events in and around the town.

We are proud have helped to support this valuable service to the local community.






As a result of the efforts of Paul, Nigel, Tony, Duncan & Tm we raised approaching £2,500 including Gift Aid with approval of the club this has been  distributed amongst the following good causes:
Cransley Hospice
The Daylight Centre
Shires Community Services who run the much-loved Welli Bus…
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Plus, we recently supported Laptops to help educate a child in need.
A big thanks to the Santa Sleigh team and David Birkett who counted the money! Plus all who have generously donated to the appeal.




Covid 19 means we are not doing a door-to-door collection. Like all charities the pandemic has meant we have raised little money this year. The Santa appeal, which is for local good causes, normally raises well in excess of £2000 so, please help us better this figure by donating generously to our Just Giving page by clicking on the link below.

Just Giving Link




This year things were very different as there was no remembrance Sunday parade so it was a quiet and sombre affair as  Noel Howell President of the Wellingborough Club and President Paul laid wreaths at the war memorial this year.


The Spire Team Poppy Appeal

Last Saturday the Spire team lead by Tony, with the help of a number of volunteers, collected an amazing £1,420. Thanks to go to our volunteers and to the generosity of the public.


Keep Britain Tidy Campaign

As part of the Daily Mail Keep Britain Tidy Campaign Bob recently organised a litter pick in the alleyways between Winstanley Road and Knox Road and the carpark. Thanks go to:

Councillor Graham Lawman

Rotarian Brain Evans

Councillor Martin Griffiths

Rotarian Ken Harrington

Councillor Brian Skittrall

Who can been seen left to right in this picture.

You can see in the pictures the large amount of rubbish we collected which strangely included an exercise bike!

Thanks goes to Bob for organising the this litter pick and the team who turned out to help.


Fist Post Lock Down Meeting



We are back for our first post lock down physical meeting at Wellingborough Golf Club on 22nd September Celebration clipart confetti - Celebration Clipart

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You will now find the diary is live again, details of this and future meetings will be added as they become available.

The apologies system is up and running so please remember to log your apologies no later than the cut off time off time of  midnight on Sunday night prior to the meting.

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We have provided below information on last year’s successful event which supported both the Home Farm Trust the Northampton branch of the Polio Foundation and local charities  if you  are interested in joining us next year please contact us on info@hattonrotary.co.uk and we will send you more details.

For  information on the charities

this event supports click here




Worldwide EndPlasticSoup Action Day,


Our president suggested to Bob we should support this initiative.





So Bob took up the challenge and Nigel G and Tim took to the waters and Nigel C and Sheila operated a clean up in Higham  Ferrers you can see below the tremendous amount of plastic that was cleaned up in a relatively short space of time.

Well done to all!





Join us in helping to buy PPE for Care Homes in the Wellingborough area.We have already donated £1500 to Lancum House Care Home and we need donations to raise money for PPE in support of other Care Homes in the area and SAVE LIVES by going to our Just giving page and making a donation.




Donation To The Daylight Centre


In these difficult times homeless are often forgotten. We have donated £850 to The Daylight Centre in Wellingborough. This provides meals to 47 homeless, recently housed in basic accommodation, in 11 locations. These meals provide wholesome food while remaining housed and protected from COVID 19 infection. Each meal costs £3.50. “A total daily cost of £165 means the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton covers five days costs” said James Bellamy of the Daylight Centre.
Rotarian Brian Evans (on the left of the photo) assists in the actual distribution of the meals and received thanks from James for our donation.