THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUNTINGDON CROMWELL
Huntingdon is one of the four principal towns in the District of Huntingdonshire, the others being St Ives the home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neot's the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire and Ramsey which was built up around the gate of Ramsey Abbey. The Club adopted its name from Oliver Cromwell who was born into a family which was for a time one of the wealthiest and most influential in the area. Educated at Huntingdon Grammar School, now the Cromwell Museum, and at Cambridge University, he became a minor East Anglia landowner who made a living by farming and collecting rents. It was the civil wars of the 1640s which lifted him from obscurity to power.
The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell meets at 7.15pm on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) - at The George Hotel, George Street, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 3AB. Visitors are welcome and should contact the Club Secretary, Michael Edwards on 01480 350567 by 9am on the Friday.
The Club has over the past 10 years donated £124,731 to international, national and local causes. For a full list go to DONATIONS_AND_AWARDS_UP_TO_2017_1.xlsx. This money has, in the main, been raised through the efforts of Club members who have embraced the Rotary ethos of 'Service Before Self'.
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Just take a look below to see the events that have taken place in the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell throughout the Rotary year. These events have not only generated fun and friendship but have raised sigificant funds (see lists above) that have or will be donated to primarily local charities. If you are interested in making a difference and joining a fantastic organisation read the "Welcome to the World or Rotary" and contact us through this site.
A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FOR A DESERVING FAMILY
A carpenter and his family from Buckden have been given a helping hand by our club to get back on their feet. Simon lost his job making log cabins last year and was forced to sell his tools to pay bills and put food on the table. The stress of losing his job took its toll on Simon, after a visit to his doctor, was admitted to hospital with a disease to his heart muscles. He was put in a coma and spent a month in intensive care. To add to the family troubles the upshot was that they were evicted from the home in which the family had lived for 15 years. However, after hearing his plight, the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell stepped in to help. The Rotary Trade Aid organisaation that sends boxes to organisations in Africa was approached for help. They exceptionally agreed agreed to provide Simon with a box of tools seen in the photograph. Simon added "I was over the moon with the efforts of Rotary". The Club also provided a great deal of support to the family over the Christmas period. Another brilliant job by The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell in support in our local community.
ROTARY SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
Once again ou club is supporting local good causes. Last month we donated over £800 to the special accommodation at Coneygrear on the Oxmoor. The money provided soft play equipment for the children. Seen in this photograph are some of our Rotarians with residents and their children.
YOUNG CHEF 2017
YOUNG CHEF 2017 WAS ONCE AGAIN A GREAT SUCCESS WITH OUR LOCAL YOUNSTERS PRODUCING FOOD THAT WAS OUTSTANDING. THE EVENT SPONSORED BY OUR CLUB IS HELD ANNUALLY AND THE WINNER GOES ON TO THE DISTRICT COMPETITION IN 2018.
SANTA VISITS TOWN
Here we see Rotarian John Aked and President Elect Mim Piper supporting Santa in the Huntingdon Town Centre. They were out collecting funds to support local good causes in the run up to Christmas. Mim told the Hunts Post that all the monies collected will go to charity and this year we have made significant donation to Magpas and Coneygear Court. The team also opened Huntingdon's Christmas market when the lights were switched on. Last year Rotary and the Round Table made over £7,500 for local good causes during the Christmas charity collection rounds.
YOUNG CARERS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Young carers in Cambridgeshire were given a festive boost by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell. The Club handed over a cheque for £300 to the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire as the young carers were enjoying their Christmas Party on 3 December. The party was held at the Huntingdon Youth Centre with about 60 youngsters in attendance.
ROTARY SUPPORTING BRAMPTON VILLAGE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
On 25 November we supported the very first switch on of the Christmas Lights on the Green in Brampton. The day was a huge success and was attended by over 1,500 people. The Brampton Events Group thanked the Club for providing a float for the visit of Santa. Santa raised about £150 for the Rotary Kids Out event in June.
ROTARY PROUDLY SUPPORTING MAGPAS
Once again Rotary is seen as supporting major charities in the East Anglia Region. In October the Rotary Voices donated £1,000 from a concert. In November the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell supported MAGPAS in its unclaimed luggage sale - this raised a staggering £8,049.80.
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD
Every year Rotary takes youngsters from around the area to Grafham Water for a 4 day leadership award course. The participants take part in a variety of events that strengthen their leadership ability. This year the Club sponsored Joseph Drury who is seen here received his certificate from the President. Also to the left is John Alford and to the right Helen Swain - both of whom put Joseph forward for this character building course.
DONATIONS AUGUST 2017
The President of the Club, Nick Abell, is seen handing over a cheque for £250 to Jim Stephenson who is the Head Ranger at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. The Club has supported the work of the reserve in the past and Jim has visited the club to give talks on a number of occasions.
Grafham Water Sailabilty has recevied a specially designed wheelchair to help member as they enter and leave their boats. The donation was organised by John Beer who is one of the newer members of the club. The unique chair was donated by John's friends Ann and Chris Cannon whose daughter Tania was a member of the sailability programme in Oxfordshire before her death in 2010. Sailability is a charity which enable people with disabilities to enjoy geting out on the water. For further information on Sailabiltiy visit "grafhamwatersailability.org.uk"
Dozens of people packed into All Saints Church in St Ives on Friday 11 August for a fundraising evening of entertainment. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell the event started with a performance by the Rotary Voices Choir making its second appearance since it was formed in October last year. A number of artists also gave up their time to perform and you can see more in the photo gallery. All proceeds raised on the night were split between Magpas air ambulance and St Ives and Brampton Parish Churches.
TOLETHORPE HALL PLAY
Once again on Monday 31 July a number of club members, partners and friends visited Tolethorpe Hall for the Stamford Shakespear Company's rendition of "Much Ado About Nothing". The event was a great success and was preceded by a picnic.
Another year has flown by and on the 26 June 2017 President Chris Shannon handed over the Presidency of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell to Nick Abell. Nick is the Manager of the Waitrose Outlet in Cambridge and will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to this outstanding club
On the evening of the handover outgoing President Chris Shannon presented the Paul Harris Fellowship Saphire Award to Reg Dixon. Reg, who is now an honorary member, was a founder member of the Club and is a Past President. The award recognises his outstanding support to the club and to the Cambrdge Police Boxing Club over many years. A fully deserved award.
ROTARY KIDS OUT DAY 2017
On 14 June the Rotary Clubs of Huntingdon Cromwell and Huntingdon took 100 children from Thongsley Field Primary School to the annual Kids Out Day at Wicksteed Park. They joined 2,300 other children on what is a fantastic day out. Additional funding was raised through the Waitrose Green Token event and a donation from Rotarian Helen Swain raised when she raffled knitted toys at the night the Huntingdonshire Choir attended the club. Next year the event is on 13 June.
YOUNG CARERS DAY
On the 17 June the Young Carers Trust held a fantastic day out at the Hinchingbrooke Park. Once again we were there to help and support the bicycle part of the day. Here we see a mottley crew of Rotarians and others who were ably assisted by our MP Jonathan Djanogly. Also on the day a substantial sum was raised for the Yourg Carers Trust
THE ROTARY CLUB OF HUNTINGDON CROMWELL
35TH CHARTER CELEBRATIONS
On 28 April the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell celebrated its 35th birthday in style! Seen here is President Chris Shannon presenting a cheque to our Dirstrict Governor John Dehnel
A very important night for John Beer who was inducted in the family of Rotary at the 35th Charter Night. John, who lives in Stukely Meadows, will be a very welcomed and valuable asset to the Club. He is seen here being welcomed by the District Governor.
Past District Governor Geoff Blurton is seen presenting the Paul Harris Foundation Award to Rotarian Keith Baker. Keith has given years of valuable service to Rotary and is also very active as a Councillor and in the local community. The award is made for exceptional service to the community and to Rotary.
A second Paul Harris award was made to Rotarian Dee Wormald who, like Keith, has given years of valuable service to botht the community and Rotary. Laterly she has been active in helping the Coneygear homeless project and other local charitable organisation. A well deserved award. She is seen here with the President and the guest speaker Rotarian Ray Burnam
THE ROTARY CHOIR
Seen Here are members of the Rotary Choir performing at the Brampton Church on Friday 21 April. The choir is made up from members of our own club plus Huntingdon, St Ives, Kimbolton Castle and Peterboroough Ortons. The event raised just over £1500 that was divided between the Brampton Church and St Ives Parish Church.
Also taking part were Rhapsody - a ladies close harmony chorus from Peterborough. They were not alone as Alchamy Barbershop Quarter and Bad Randoms duo made up of the two sons of Alisdair Wotherspoon.(Duncan and Calum) also gave their time up free of charge. The event was also supported by Rotarians David Noble and John Aked who donated raffle prizes - the other 4 clubs also donated towards the evening.
For the second year running on the 26 February the members of the Club put on a Vaudeville Night in the Commemoration Hall that was fantastic. A number of entertainers gave a great deal of time to raise over £1500 for various charities. The Sandams project in Kenya was the main benificiary but the local Aphasia club (Speakabilty Huntingdon) received over £350.Seen here (again) is the President Chris Shannon singing for his supper.
Rotary is all about Service above self. It has more than 1.2 million men and women belonging to some 33,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world. In the main Rotary Clubs meet once a week to enjoy each others' fellowship and to discuss ways to help and serve others. However, it does not stop meetings themselves being full of fellowship and fun! On 13 Feb the Club held a Mardi Gras evening with partners at the Library of usual meeting place in Hinchingbrooke House. It was generally agreed that this eveing was an excellent example of the ethos of Rotary and great fun was had by all.
Once again on 27 January 2017 the Club in conjhuction with the Cambridgeshire Police Boxing Club the Club held a fantastic Boxing Dinner at the Burgess Hall in St Ives. The event raised money for local charities and seen here is the President, Chris Shannon presenting a cheque for £1000 to the wife of Mike Taylor who is one of the mainstays of the Boxing Club.A further donation has since been made by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell to this charity that seeks to give youngsters a aim in life.
Once again we see our President Chris Shannon out and about this time accompanied by Past President Lynda Ellis planting one of a thousand Crocus planats in support of the Rotary Polio campaign. Rotary members donate huge amounts of money in support of the World Polio campaign and this is just another example of the superb work done by Rotary.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
The George Hotel
Huntingdon PE28 3AB 0845 6085040