Latest news from Rotary in Reepham

12 November: Judith Blackman, Head of the Norfolk & Suffolk Probation Service gave us an excellent talk on the background and work of the Service and potential future development.  The many questions from members were a good indication of the depth and quality of the talk.

5 November: Rotarian John Pickering explained what is going on with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and his part in designing measurement systems. Minds were truly boggled.

29 October: An evening of fellowship and general discussion. Should we be on Facebook and Twitter?  Watch this space for exciting developments. 

22 October: Anthony Perry gave us an interesting talk on the life and background of Edith Cavell, executed in WW1 for helping allied soldiers escape from Belgium.

15 October: An enjoyable fellowship evening with short debate initiated by Peter Day.  The conclusions cannot be discussed now, but the revolution starts here.

8 October: Sam James came to talk to us about Life Challenges and how we can help people, particularly the young. become more resilient.

7 October: Members were in the Reepham Market Square for the end of the Marriotts Way 10k with our charity Eating Matters.  Good visibility for both of us.

1 October: An efficient business meeting heard of reduced success at the Aylsham Show due to declining attendance, plans for next year’s food festival and a round up of our many activities.  Tony Cowells was reelected Secretary, Jim Fraser as Treasurer and John Pickering as Vice President.

29 September: We are sorry to report the death of Richard Hendry, a long time member of the Club. Richard is known to many through his work as a Funeral Director and as an expert of conservation building.

24 September:  Ron MacArthur told us about the astronomical observatory at Reepham High School. The state of the art equipment has been built and adapted for use by students who join in with enthusiasm.  We had a tour afterwards.

17 September: Simon Wright gave us an interesting insight into the life of an MP based on his five years of the coalition government.  He then talked about his new role as chief of Nelson’s Journey an excellent charity supporting bereaved children in Norfolk.

10 September: Yolande Russell from our new charity came to tell us about their work. Eating Matters provides support and counselling to a growing number of sufferers.  The incidence of eating disorders is on the increase and more work is always needed.

3 September: Dr Ian Rowe and his wife Sally came to tell us of their experiences supporting the Rotary polo eradication campaign in India.  It was fascinating to have first hand information from this highly successful programme.

26 August: We welcomed many old friends to our art exhibition at the Aylsham Show.  Thank you to all visitors and the members and partners who worked so hard to make the day a success.  We are still counting the proceeds but expect to have a healthy return for our charities.

20th August: A new record for a short business meeting which set us up for the Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Agricultural Show.

13th August: We had a highly informative tour of the Salle Estate thanks to Sir John White and Manager Paul Hoveson.  It was fascinating to see an agricultural enterprise at the cutting edge of modern arable management.  The Earle Arms entertained us to an excellent buffet supper.

6th August:  Professor Sue Fairweather-Tait explained the science of nutrition and tackled some common myths. We should now be better at seeing through food industry claims.

30 July: Ron Luton-Brown and Jo Tym took us through the detailed work they have been doing to trace the men and the families whose names occur on our WW1 memorials – a fascinating project which makes a splendid exhibition.

23 July: President Steve arranged an excellent afternoon of gliding at Tibenham which last week achieved the distinction of being the hottest place in the country. No doubt it was cooler for those circling high above the ground.

16 July: Our business meeting considered planning for the art exhibition at the Aylsham Show. All is on track for August 27.  The meeting review the successful food festival and agreed to hold another event in May 2019. Minutes available soon.

9 July: Paul Beale from Reepham High School told us about their recent exchange visit to schools in China.  It was fascinating to learn of the differences in education and lifestyle.  RHS was selected by the Chinese as the best school in the UK with which to build a relationship.  The school has been teaching Mandarin as part of its forward looking approach.

2 July: Steve’s first meeting as President was a convivial fellowship evening.

22 June: Charter Night saw Trevor hand over to our new president Steve Griggs. Cliff Harmer was presented with a well-deserved Paul Harris Award.  A splendid meal was enjoyed by all. John Tym’s photographs of the night are here

18 June: We were joined by ADC Jonathan King as incoming President Steve Griggs presented his plans for the year ahead.  More details elsewhere.

11 June: The petrol heads have returned from France.  An entertaining fellowship meeting with a presidential debate about whether we should aim to be a cashless society.  Penniless we thought possible – cashless not.

4 June: Chris Disspain gave us an authoritative talk on the history and structure of the internet – certainly opened some eyes as to how we got to where we are.

27 May: We held our food festival.  Once again the weather was great, the chefs interesting, the stall holders well worth visiting and the crowds arrived.  Thank you to all who took part.  So we were too exhausted for a meeting on Monday.

21 May: We welcomed back Barbara Miller who has been our knowledgeable guide around the back streets of Norwich on many occasions. This evening she took us through the origins and history of the Norwich Shoe Trade -just fascinating.

14 May: Members made detailed plans for our Food Festival coming up on May 27. It’s going well

30 April: An excellent evening of bowling organised by Michael Jones and Cliff Harmer. The regular players were separated from the incompetent before a fine  supper from Roundwood.

23 April: A productive and businesslike AGM smoothly conducted by President Trevor with budgets and policies put in place for next year with not too much debate. Papers are in the members area along with final agreed constitution and bylaws.

16 April: We welcomed Robin Wraight for a lively presentation of the workings and benefits of the Rotary Young Leaders Award. This is an affordable,  week long residential course that produces distinct benefits in the development of young people from 18-26.

9 April: Rotarian Steve Griggs took us through the background to the decline in the British aviation industry from its once preeminent position. Good job there weren’t any old politicians at the meeting.

26 March: We had an evening of fellowship with an update on the imminent Reepham Food Festival. All seems on track and members took publicity materials to spread the word. Another raffle with virtual prizes. Members may start buying in with virtual money soon.

19 March: Our business meeting covered a lot of detailed ground with constitution and membership practices. We also agreed to support Reepham Scouts with their new telephone connection. Minutes are in the members’ area.

12 March: An evening of fellowship with a scientific quiz from President Trevor.

5 March: We welcomed back Graham Duncanson who entertained us with tales about his life as a vet around the world.

26 February: Sam Steggles came to tell us about farming in South Africa following his recent trip which we part sponsored. He has helped a small farmer with marketing ideas for his goats cheese and will be maintaining this link.

19 February: Steve Griggs led a debate about the benefits of legalising drug use. We thought it was a good idea but we don’t often get listened to.

16 February: Our annual Quiz & Chips was well attended and raised some £950 for our charities. Many thanks to all who arranged and took part.

12 February: We learned about Norfolk Blood Bikes from Chairman Colin Farrington who kindly stood in for a colleague. This worthwhile team of volunteers keep vital medical products moving out of hours, saving the NHS a lot of money.

5 February: Nigel Fielding reviewed an interesting career in front line policing and gave us a different insight into the Tony Martin case in which he was closely involved. Some minds were changed.

29 January: Emily Vincent told us about the work she will be doing in Uganda building playgrounds.  The benefits of encouraging play seem well documented and we were delighted to contribute to Emily’s work.

22 January: Suitable Scottish silliness for Burns’ Night with a real piper and real haggis but some Norfolk poetry so we could understand it.

15 January: Matt Willer from Reepham High School came to update us with progress on their impressive allotment project.  Members will be looking to see how we can help with their new projects.

8 January 2018: We began the new year with a Business Meeting – suitably organised and efficient for an on-time finish. Minutes are in the members’ area.

18 December: A suitably silly night led by Paul Smith.  President Trevor’s Quiz challenged us to distinguish between Dorset villages and American footballers (harder than you might think). Then we played word games, built towers out of balloons and sellotape and saw who could fly a paper aeroplane the furthest. Just the right evening for a mature bunch of adults.

11 December: Avril excelled herself with an excellent Christmas dinner enjoyed by all. Good to see so many members and partners in festive mood.  Thanks also to Hilary for leading the carol singing.

4 December: John Pickering introduced a debate about nuclear power with some impressive facts and figures which bemused a few members.  On balance members felt that the green lobby had prevented new research which might solve some of the future technical problems.

27 November: Robert Briggs reviewed some sobering facts about the impact of war related to places he had visited.  Futility pretty much summed it up.

22 November: A businesslike meeting took some serious decisions. The Club looks in good order for the year ahead, with new members and lots going on. Minutes are in the members area.

13 November: Thank you to the movers and shakers of Reepham who joined us to look at plans for next year’s Reepham Food Festival.  Some good ideas were generated and some good contacts made.

6 November: An interesting debate led by Arthur about the issues surrounding gender reassignment – quite a stretch from our normal discussions, but stimulating and thought provoking.

30 October: We had a ‘job talk’ by our newest member – John Mason – who showed us that accountancy is not as boring as you might think.

23 October: Dr Michael Price, well known to many in Reepham came to talk to us about his charity work with with TWAM – Tools With a Mission. This brilliant charity takes and refurbishes tools – anything from a chisel to a sewing machine – and sends them to African countries where they enable people to learn a craft and develop a business. Members will no doubt be clearing out their workshops and garages.  Others can join in at

16 October: Susan Falch-Lovesey from Vatenfall came to tell us about the exciting potential of giant wind farms in the North Sea and the impact of bringing that electricity to the National Grid.  She gave us a lot of information about their consultation plans which members will be able to follow as they develop.

9 October: Prof Ian Renfrew from UEA told us about his work in weather research. Members were impressed by the science that tells us whether we can mow the lawn tomorrow but some of us were mathematically challenged.

2 October: Our business meeting covered a lot of ground. We agreed to explore sending funds to the Caribbean to help with reconstruction.  We elected Tony Williams as President for 2019/20. Minutes are in the members’ area.

25 September: We welcomed the Very Rev Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich Cathedral.  She explained the role of a Dean and her journey through many roles, including Westminster Abbey. We also welcomed two members from Sussex Vale Rotary.

18 September: Another of our interesting historical walks around Norwich – this time with a new guide, Jan King.  It’s always fascinating to learn more about the places you see so often.

11 September: A fellowship evening of discussion and debate.

4 September:  Chris Elliot of the Benjam Foundation came to tell us about the excellent work that they do with young people in the region.  This is one of President Trevor’s charities for the year.

28 August: A lot of hard work and great weather contributed to a happy and profitable art exhibition at the Aylsham Show.  Read more about it here.

21 August: Our business meeting finalised plans for the Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Show on August 28.  We also heard about progress with Food Festival, Primary School Gardens, Crocuses for polio and Malaika Kids, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – a busy time. Minutes are in the members’ area.

14 August: We discussed how the Club might be able to help with refuges in case of a disaster.  We then discussed the disaster in the White House and whether he should respond to North Korean threats in one of our strictly non-political debates.

7 August: We welcomed DG Robert Lovick who set out his plans for the year and answered a lot of questions about the UK Rotary organisation – but all seems well in Reepham.

31 July: We were joined by a team from Holt Rotary Club who were most welcome.  Our speaker was Trevor Eady who took us through the business of the North Norfolk Railway and its steady growth.

17 July: Our Business meeting discussed new work with Reepham Primary School on assisting with reading and fulfilling their plans for a Japanese garden. We agreed to increase the number of purple crocuses for polio.  Plans are in hand for the Art Exhibition at the Aylsham Show and we agreed to arrange another Reepham Food Festival in 2018.  Detailed minutes are in the members’ area.

10 July: Thanks to Presidents Trevor and Arthur we enjoyed a relaxing evening of Jazz on the Broads. Good food, a well stocked bar and plenty of conversation made for a very pleasant evening.

30 June:  Our Charter Night was held at the Royal Norwich Golf Club with excellent food and convivial company.  Wonderful to see many guests. The presidential reins were handed over to Trevor Nelson. John Tym’s photos are here

26 June: Catherine Ogle, Head Teacher at Reepham Primary School, told us about their long-standing links with a Japanese primary school and their plans to build a Japanese garden at Reepham.  Members will be seeing how they can help over the summer. President Arthur inducted John Mason into the Club.

19 June: Club Assembly: Incoming President Trevor Nelson set out his plans for the year. We welcomed our Assistant DG who seemed to think we were doing alright. Members will find Trevor’s plans in their area of the site.

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