Latest news from Rotary in Reepham

17 October: Our long-time Rotarian friend, Keith Tovey took us through the facts behind ‘fracking’ for natural gas. It could happen in Norfolk. He dismissed some of the scare stories and cast doubt on the claimed benefits and left us to make up our own minds – but with a great deal more information.

10 October: It was good to see so many guests from the town to hear about our plans for the Food Festival and contribute their own ideas.  Thank you to all who came and to Rotarians who helped with the evening.  Watch out for more Festival developments.

3 October: Our Business meeting got through a lot of important stuff.  Minutes are in the private area of the site.

26 September: Simon Cooper talked about a schools project for orphans in Tanzania which is beginning to tackle the enormous problems of many children.

19 September: We were entertained by part 2 of Arthur & Melanie’s cruising adventures. There may be a lot of hard work as a chaplain with Saga, but it looks a lot of fun as well. A very enjoyable evening – and thanks too to Andy our guest chef.

12 September: It was good to host a team from Swaffham Rotary – always welcome. We heard from Katy Jones about the excellent work done by the Mancroft Project with young people needing support.  Supporting a large team of counsellors and  support workers is a major operation. We hope that the Club will be able to help at some way in the future.

5 September: Thank you to Kellie and Rick Broadway for arranging an interesting tour of Reepham Fishery.  They already have done a lot of work to make a first class venue. Members now know where to go for a bit of peace and quiet. 

29 August: A massive Rotary turnout for the Aylsham Show. Thank you to all members and partners for their efforts – and to all our friends who came to visit us. The sun shone, there were crowds that we have not seen for years and we sold a lot of pictures, raffle tickets and teas. We will have more than £5000 to distribute to our charities.

22 August:  A businesslike business meeting – all ready for the Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Show on Monday 29 August.  Do please come and see us.

15 August: Another fascinating evening discovering Norwich with Barbara Miller. It is amazing how much you can find out about your own City when someone knowledgeable tells you where to look.

8 August: Paul Martin from the Matthew Project came to update us on the activities of a very worthwhile charity and explain how our contributions have been used.  President Arthur handed over the contribution from the third year of our association with the Project. We were very pleased to hear that it goes from strength to strength.

7 August: We met for canoeing and barbecue at Eddie Rust-Andrew’s. Brilliant barbecue from Elaine and Cliff Harmer – but not a lot of canoeing done as members sat about in pleasant warmth.  Wonderful to see Eddie and Jill again.

1 August: Norma and Rodney Howell told us about the brilliant work being done by medical assistance and detection dogs.  The Club was pleased to send a contribution to the work of training and housing these dogs.  Members will find a more from Norma here.

25 July: Members and partners enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Bishop’s Garden in Norwich and an excellent dinner at the Great Hospital (highly recommended).  Many thanks to our hosts at both events.

18 July: Our Business Meeting discussed many topics, including the forthcoming Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Show and the Reepham Food Festival.  Members can access documents in their area of the site.

11 July: Adrian Crotch told us about the workings of the Youth Enterprise Network.

2 July: We welcomed distinguished guests to our Charter Night at Stower Grange for fine food and excellent service.  Andrew Egerton-Smith  handed over the presidential reins to The Ven Arthur Hawes. John Tym’s photographs of the evening can be seen here.

27 June: Many thanks to President Andrew and Hilary for entertaining us all at their home. A tasty meal (thanks Avril) and a very convivial evening.

20 June: We welcomed our Assistant District Governor for our Club Assembly meeting where next president Arthur set out his plans for next year and the officers who will serve. Details in the members’ area.

19 June: Our static cycling for Prostate Cancer Support raised over £800.  Many thanks to our cyclists and to Bawdeswell Garden Centre for hosting the event and providing the hamper for the winner. Paul Savage correctly estimated that the three cycles would cover 319km in the day. More detail here.

6 June: Many thank to club members, friends and visitors who came to our 3rd Annual Golf Day at Costessey Park.  A good time had by all and over £3500 raised for our charities. Details here.

23 May: An entertaining evening of bowling, arranged by Michael Jones, showing off the varied skills of club members. Many thanks to Roundwood for an excellent supper.

16 May: Matt Willer from Reepham High School came to update us on his excellent allotment project for pupils.  The Club was pleased to give him a donation to help with his work.

9 May: Another of Paul’s excellent debates.  We agreed that Norfolk should have its own waste incinerator to generate power – but we did not get round to where it should be.

25 April:  Our AGM.  Much important business discussed along with news of officers for the year ahead. The minutes are in the members’ area.

18 April: Arthur and Mel delighted us with part 1 of their experiences as a chaplain to Saga Cruises.  Part 2 is eagerly awaited.

11 April:  Another of Paul’s carefully constructed debates about whether NHS treatment should be charged to those who cause their own problems.   Tricky.

4 April: We welcomed District Governor Dorothy Pulsford Harris with ADG Keith Tovey.  Dorothy told us about goings on in the wider world of Rotary.

21 March: Our business meeting covered useful ground.  Members will find the minutes in their area.

14 March: With too many members away our wine tasting had to be put off.  However Tony Williams stepped into the breach and entertained us with the story of his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro for The Big C.

11 March: The Club arranged a highly successful Technology Tournament at the Hewitt Academy in conjunction with other Norwich Clubs.  A full report will be posted shortly in Activities.

7 March: Since our planned visitor was unfortunately taken ill, we had one of our famous debates.  This one was about whether we should leave or remain in the EU (again).  We decided by a substantial majority that we should remain (again).

29 February: Matt Weller from Reepham High School came to tell us about an excellent project where students have constructed an allotment and are now beginning to produce their own vegetables.

22 February: We were delighted to welcome members of the Reepham Chamber of Commerce to hear about their work and to tell them about what we do.  Thank you to all those who came: we look forward to working with you in the future.

15 February: Members agreed an outline approach to the Reepham Food Festival which the Club will organise in 2017. The committee will now be talking to other interested parties.

12 February: Our Quiz Night at the 6th Form College raised over £1200 for our charities. Many thanks to all who came and spent their money.

8 February: Newest member Roy Sherlock entertained us with highlights of his career – a history of invention and perseverance – some of which had our ladies wincing at times.

1 February: Alvan Parker entertained and informed us about the history and secrets of beekeeping.  A fascinating evening learning about our buzzing friends.

25 January: MIND has been one of our Presidents’ charities for the last few years. Paul Daynes came to update us on the valuable work that they do and left with a cheque to support them.

18 January: Guy Jackson came to talk to us about the Tear Fund and the work that he will be doing for them with HIV/Aids sufferers in South Africa.  We wish him well.

11 January: Many thanks to Hannah Claxton for a most interesting look at alternative futures in farming. We look forward to the success of her new enterprise.

4 January: A productive business meeting where we talked about helping flooded areas, planning for the future and hosting speakers.  Minutes are in the members area.

21 December: We did silly things under the guidance of the Master at Arms while the ladies had a more sedate dinner over the road. A Merry Christmas to all.

14 December: A splendid festive meal with our partners.  Many thanks to Avril and team for tasty food under difficult circumstances. Thanks also to Hilary for leading carol singing.

7 December: Karen Reynolds talked to us about her extended travels in Russia and China and contact with different cultures.  With the end of Movember, the strange facial hair has been removed from participating members.  They and their sponsors have raised over £1800.

1 December: The Rotary sponsored Youth Speaks tournament at Reepham High School showcased the public speaking talents of students.  More news of an impressive evening here.

30 November:  An interesting business meeting looked at new ways of serving our community and some positive decisions.  Members will find the minutes in their area shortly.

28 November:  With help from the Chamber of Commerce we erected the main Christmas Tree in the town square and the many smaller trees around the square.  All this is in preparation for the Reepham Festival of Light on December 3rd.

 23 November: Great Beaujolais fun despite many members being ill or away – you were missed – but it was great to welcome visitors from Aylsham.  Many thanks to Andrew and team for superb organisation.  Well done to all in fancy dress.  John’s photos are at

16 November: The Visioning Team came along to tell us assistance available to help us plan the future of the Club.  Interesting discussions to come.

9 November: Val and Phil Saunders from St John Ambulance gave us an important and interesting demonstration of basic first aid. Everyone learnt something and the more ignorant of us may be encouraged to sign up for longer instruction.

We heard from Frank Rosenberg – our visitor from the Mesa West Rotary Club in Arizona – who has had to return home for family duties. In his short time with us Frank contributed to club activities in many ways and he will be much missed.

26 October: A fascinating and somewhat chilling talk about the unsolved murder of April Fabb from ex Chief Supt Maurice Morson. The way a girl vanished on a quiet Norfolk Lane was compared to other disappearances where perpetrators had been found.

23 October:  Members will be extending the cycle sheds at Reepham Primary School under the supervision of Gareth Homfray-Davies.  Please arrive at 8am with any useful tools, particularly buckets and hammers.

19 October: Gavin Paterson told us about his charity Yellobric which is providing digital reading materials to boost literacy in African schools. A thoroughly worthwhile cause.  You can see more and donate at

12 October: Roger Bassham from the Norfolk & Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group gave an interesting talk on the disease and prompted much shared experience.  Those members without experience will now be better informed, if a little unnerved.

This was excellent timing as John Tym then introduced Movember which now has sponsorships extended from  moustache growing to exercise.You can find out more and join the Reepham Rotary team at This year’s target for the club is £1000.

28 September:  A business meeting conducted in exemplary style by Vice President Trevor Nelson who was abandoned by both President and President Elect.  Minutes are posted in the members’ area.

21 September: Carole Samuel spoke to us about the plight of children in Belarus who have been severely affected by the medical and economic results of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.  New honorary member Frank Rosenberg pledged a donation from his club in Arizona which had been matched by Reepham Club – that total will then be doubled by international Rotary match funding to provide what we hope will be a worthwhile contribution.

14 September: A welcome return by Keith Tovey who spoke about the bombing of Coventry in WW2 and his family’s intriguing connections.

7 September: A fascinating visit to Langham Dome and a look at its history in the air battles of WW2. Well worth a visit.  Thanks to Michael and Stephen for organising

31 August: Another horribly wet day at the Aylsham Showground.  We had some determined visitors, sold plenty of pictures and raffle tickets, but once again the takings will be well down on previous years – both for our charities and the show as a whole.  Nevertheless a good time was had by members and partners who entered enthusiastically into the spirit of things.

24 August:  Mary Howard entertained us with reminiscences of a Norfolk childhood, probably bringing back many memories for those members who can understand the dialect.  

17 August: A businesslike business meeting saw planning well advanced for our art exhibition at the Aylsham Show and a range of charitable donations agreed.  Minutes are posted in the members’ area.

3 August: Another debate led by Paul Smith discussed the problem of migrants trying to reach this country via Calais.  By a narrow majority the meeting decided that the best solution was to let them all in.

27 July: John Pickering gave us his job talk, displaying his passion for engineering. We were well entertained by the team at Bawdeswell Garden Centre

20 July:  Frank Rosenberg bought his friend Alan Salinas who he first met as a Rotary Exchange Student.  Alan gave us an excellent talk on his time on exchange and answered questions on his native Paraguay where he is studying agriculture.

19 July: Many rotarians attended Margaret Tubby’s fund-raiser for the oncology unit at the Norfolk & Norwich.  Splendid lunch, great fun and over £15,000 raised. Well done Margaret, Ivan and many helpers.

13 July: Tony Cowles organised an excellent tour of Blickling Hall, with knowledgeable guides telling us about the history of the building and the people who owned it – followed by an enjoyable supper.

6 July: Thanks to Beverley Cooper we had an interesting talk on how she has followed up the experiences of her father and others after the D Day landings of WW2.

27 June: A very successful 26th Charter Night where an excellent dinner at Stower Grange was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to all who had a hand in the organisation. John Tym’s photos can be seen here.

Coen van Beuningen handed the presidential reins back to Andrew Egerton-Smith after an excellent job.  He will now have time for even more amazing cycling feats. We trust that Andrew can look forward to a productive and trouble-free year.

22 June: We welcomed Bill Redmayne from District who brought us news of Rotary developments.  We heard the plans of our incoming President and Committee chairmen.  Details will be posted here soon.

15 June:The meeting gave the go-ahead for our Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Show. More news will be posted soon.  With no agenda or minutes, Vice President Andrew decided that we would replace the business meeting with a further debate. It is doubtful whether the Greeks will be worried about our views on them leaving the Euro.

8 June: Steve Griggs started a debate about statutes of limitations in light of the old abuse claims now being brought.  On balance we decided that we did not like the idea of limitations and preferred to trust in the CPS and the judiciary to interpret each instance properly.  Many thanks to Scot Coulter for legal advice.

1 June: Our annual golf tournament was another great success, thanks to Andrew Hadley and his team. A convivial dinner followed the hard work on the course and a good deal raised for our charities thanks to sponsors, participants and members. More details and winners will be posted later. Some pictures from JT  here.

1 June: President Coen cycled 100 miles, from Norwich, round the coast and back.  Well done.  All monies go to the British Heart Foundation. Sponsors please cough up.

18 May: We welcomed Lt Col James Senior, the Commanding Officer of the Light Dragoons who are about to leave Swanton Morley. It was fascinating to hear how the modern army works. We wish the regiment well in their move north.

11 May: Richard Kemp showed off his Octocopter and it’s amazing possibilities for surveys and aerial photography. An interesting demonstration and talk afterwards. Who will be the first rotarian to buy one?

Thanks to John Tym for the new rogues’ gallery above. As you can see we are growing – welcome to the new faces.

27 April: Many thanks to Michael Jones for arranging our bowls evening at Roundwood.

20 April: This was our AGM and business meeting.  Much interesting discussion and plans for the year ahead. Members will find minutes and documents in the private area in due course.

13 April: We welcomed DG Nick Corke for a catch-up on what is going on in the wider Rotary world and a useful exchange of information.

30 March: A packed house heard Patrick Barkham enthusing about our relationship with the coastline. He read extracts from his new book which encouraged many to buy

23 March: Another interesting debate organised by Paul Smith.  With only one dissenter we agreed that immigration is good for the economy of the country.

16 March:Rachael Wright from Norfolk Wildlife Trust came to talk to us about the work of the Trust and their new education centre at Cley.

13 March: A very successful Rotary-organised technology tournament saw Norfolk pupils competing in an engineering challenge. See more here

9 March: Clive Casburn told us about his business in firework displays, with some instructive diagrams and amusing anecdotes.

2 March: Minutes of the business meeting will be posted soon.

23 February: Jim Fraser updated us on his visits to sand dams, the interesting low-tech way to provide year round water in drier regions of Kenya.

16 February: An interesting talk about chocolate and how it is manufactured, thanks to Malcolm Woods of  Kings Lynn Rotary. All the samples seemed to go quickly enough. 

13 February: Many thanks to all who came along to our quiz. Great fun had by all and a useful amount of money raised.

9 February: We welcomed the Ven John Ashe who explained the job of an Archdeacon and the role of the Church of England today – interesting and thought provoking.

2 February: Paul Smith arranged another of our serious debates. After an interesting and occasionally informed discussion we agreed that we thought that the UK tax system is fair.

26 January: So many joined in with Burn’s Night that it was great fun.  Very good haggis, authentic piper, poems, toasts and singing. How do we top that for St George?

19 January:  Minutes of the business meeting will be posted here soon.

12 January: Robert Briggs gave us an interesting insight into the military history of Antigua and what life was like in the navy in the Napoleonic wars.

5 January: Toby James took us through the latest thinking on the outcome of the general election and the reasons behind the rise of strange political parties – much to think about.

15 December: President Coen installed John Pickering as our newest member before we enjoyed the traditional silly games that mark our last meeting before Christmas. The Archdeacon’s paper aeroplane went furthest.

8 December: A very enjoyable Christmas Dinner with our partners with a pleasant surprise in a visit from Hilary and Andrew.  Once again, Avril and team excelled with a splendid meal and a festive time was had by all.

1 December: At our business meeting, Coen van Beuningen was installed as president while Andrew Egerton-Smith recuperates from surgery. The plan is for Andrew to resume his presidency at the end of the Rotary year.   We continue to wish Andrew a speedy recovery and send our thoughts to nurse Hilary.

29 November: An excellent turnout for the annual Christmas tree erection. A splendid large tree and many small ones around the square will form a fine backdrop for the Reepham Festival of Light on December 3rd. Many thanks to our electricians, members and other helpers.  You can see them at work here.

24 November: ‘Allo ‘Allo – Our Beaujolais Nouveau evening went down brilliantly.  Many thanks to Andrew and Peter for organising and Avril and her team for a splendid meal. Most members took up the challenge of fancy dress.  You can see John’s photos here.

17 November: Steve Syer told us about his heart transplant thirty years ago and his work for the British Heart Foundation. The continued need for more organ donors was one of the main conclusions of our discussions.

10 November: At our fellowship evening, John Tym explained the intricacies of accessing Rotary websites and the various electronic reservation and newsletter systems.  Gradually we approach the 21st century.

3 November: Helen Burrows game us an excellent talk on dementia and its various impacts.  Members are encouraged to sign up as Dementia Friends to each make one small difference to this growing problem.

27 October: After an interesting debate the Club decided by a substantial majority that we should remain in the EU despite its many shortcomings – and the French.

20 October: At our business meeting, Paul Smith reported that we had sent £1,100 to Aquaboxes which will pay for 12 life-saving boxes to be sent to disaster areas. Full minutes of the meeting will be in the members’ area shortly.

Alan Collier: We are sorry to report the death of Rotarian Alan Collier after a long and brave fight against cancer.  He will be mush missed and our thoughts are with Marilyn and his family and friends.  Service at Bawdeswell Church at 11.30 am on Thursday 30th October.

13 October: Our ladies joined us for a fascinating evening. We had a wonderful presentation from Mu Gurbutt who told us all about her successes at the Chelsea Flower Show while simultaneously making four arrangements.

6 October: Steve Munns explained to us the intricacies of the Rotary grant system and the work of our Foundation charity.

15 September: We heard Rotarian Hadley’s interesting business history.

1 September 2014: David Zelder spoke to us about writing for a living.

25 August 2014: Our annual art exhibition at the Aylsham Agricultural Show was a great success despite inclement weather.  Takings at £4534 were a little bit down on last year but a magnificent effort – see more here.

18 August 2014: With our partners we welcomed representatives from MIND, The Matthew Project and MacMillan Cancer Care.  They spoke about the excellent work done by their organisations and received cheques from our fund raising last year.

11 August 2014: Members and partners enjoyed a historic walk around Norwich – dodging the showers with our highly knowledgeable guide. Many thanks to Barbara Miller.

4 August 2014: John Lord talked to us about the prehistoric use of flint and then made a hand axe before our eyes.  Fascinating.

28 July 2014: We heard from Dale Curtis of Kickstart, one of our President’s charities for this year.  You can see more of what they do here.

21 July 2014:  At our business meeting it was reported that we have raised  £12,500 in President Robert Buxton’s year for distribution to our charities. Presentations will be made and details published in October

14 July 2014: Members and guests toured the gardens at Blickling Park with an excellent dinner in the house afterwards.  Many thanks to Tony Cowles for organising.

27 June 2014: Members and guests enjoyed an excellent dinner for Charter Night at Stower Grange.  Robert Buxton handed over the President’s duties to Andrew Egerton-Smith. You can see John Tym’s photographs here.

20 June 2104: Our incoming president Andrew Egerton-Smith and committee chairs presented their plans for the coming year.  News of charities, events and activities will be posted soon.

13 June 2014: News has reached us that the funds we sent to Matsangoni in Kenya have contributed to a much needed additional toilet block for the primary school.  We worked with Aylsham Rotary to gain additional District contributions to provide this basic facility which  makes such a practical difference to the school

9 June 2014: Members will find the minutes of the business meeting in their part of the website.

2 June 2014: An excellent golf tournament at Weston Park. Thanks to all those who organised, sponsored and participated. Over £5000 raised – see more here.

1 June 2014: Many thanks to Rita and Robert Buxton for entertaining us in their home and garden.  A great time was had by all.

14 April 2014: At our Annual Meeting the officers and committee chairmen for next year were agreed. Details of minutes will be in the members’ area soon.

24 March 2014: Members heard an excellent talk from David Moar,  founder of the Big C. It was agreed to send £500 to support the brilliant work of the charity.

14 March 2014: Local schools took up the challenge of the Rotary- organised Technology Tournament. Many ingenious ways were found of retrieving a ‘radio active’ object from a distance. You can see photographs by JohnTym here.

24 February 2014: At the Business Meeting, the Club agreed to send £500 to our Rotary Colleagues who are doing good work in the Somerset Levels after the flooding disaster.

7 February 2014: The annual Rotary quiz was held at Reepham 6th Form College.  Thank you to all who organised and took part.  Over £900 was raised.

20 January 2014: Members and partners enjoyed Burn’s Night celebrations arranged by Peter Williams.  Avril and her team produced wonderful haggis to be serenaded by our piper for the evening. We finished singing traditional Scottish songs led by Joss and Andrew.

7 January 2014: We were shocked and saddened by the death on 21st December of Rotarian Kevin Marles; Kevin was also a founder member of Lions and had been their president. At his funeral on 7th January both groups provided a guard of honour at St Faiths where the chapel was full to overflowing showing the regard felt for him.  Our thoughts are with Judy and the family.

6 December: Help is on the way to the Philippines.  The Club has sent £1570 to Aquabox for 11 Aquabox Gold and one Aquafilter Community. The donation comes from the 100 Club – see here for how to contribute.   Over £350 has been raised by collection in the town square and through our justgiving web site.

30 November:  Members erected the Christmas tree in the town square with help from the Reepham Chamber of Commerce.  As well as the main tree, twenty smaller trees with lights were placed on the front of buildings around the square.