We are a friendly and active club with a wide range of community and fundraising projects and a full social programme. We support many local charities, and typically raise over £20,000 per year through annual events such as our Rotary Swimarathon, our Easter Egg Trail on the Sandringham Estate, and providing marshals for the Great East Anglia Run (GEAR) and Run Sandringham events.
We also participate in Rotary International projects such as End Polio Now, ShelterBox disaster relief, and Lend with Care which helps to start up sustainable businesses in poor countries. We meet regularly at King’s Lynn Golf Club, usually for a simple one-course meal (not compulsory), where we plan our events or listen to speakers on a wide variety of topics.
For more information, see our “What We Do” pages from the menu above.
If you would like to attend one of our meetings or are interested in joining the club please contact us here.
After another successful film – 184 people attended The Miracle Club over Monday and Wednesday this week – we now have a special showing for December. We have secured the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart.
Pre-bookings are already very healthy, so people need to book to avoid possible disappointment. Clink on the link below for more information.
STOP PRESS: Monday 18th December showing is now SOLD OUT. Still places for the Weds 20th showing.
SATELLITE GROUP CHRISTMAS MARKET£227 raised by our club's Satellite Group's stall at North Wootton Village Hall Christmas Market yesterday.
November 2023 Quiz Night
There was a fantastic turnout when Priory Rotary Club held their bi-annual quiz night at South Wootton Village Hall on Wednesday November 29th, with 15 teams of 6 taking part. Many thanks to Trevor and Jan Clutterbuck for acting as quizmasters and scorers on the night. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening with 8 quiz rounds and 2 marathons producing a wide range of challenging questions. Refreshments in the interval, provided by our very own Ann Pacini with help from Liz Eagling, were greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyone who came on the night, an incredible £483 was raised for Priory’s Benevolent Fund, which will be used to support some of the many charities supported by the Rotary club.
PRIORY ROTARY PRESENTS "DICTIONARIES FOR LIFE" TO PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN KING'S LYNN
Skydiving for Cancer Charities
After two postponements due to bad weather, Ken Johnson of King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club braved his first ever tandem skydive at the age of 69 to raise money for two major cancer charities. The jump took place on Wednesday November 22nd at the North London Skydiving Centre at Wimblington near Peterborough. Three more volunteers missed out on this occasion, and will do their skydives in Spring 2024.
The charities they are skydiving for are Children with Cancer UK and Norfolk’s Big C. Children with Cancer UK helps to fund significant research to improve the life chances of children who suffer from cancer, while the Big C helps and supports adults and the parents of children who are suffering from this devastating illness. So far Ken alone has raised over £1000 in sponsorship, and it is hoped the final total will reach their target of £5000.
After the dive Ken said “It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I would just say to anybody who is thinking of doing it just do it because it is an absolutely wonderful experience. The instructor totally put my mind at ease and allayed any fears I might have had, after all he’s going with you and he certainly doesn’t want to kill himself. Go ahead do it and enjoy it.”
David Mills of Priory Rotary organised this event, but he himself is unable to join the team as there isn’t a suitable harness available in the UK which would protect his pacemaker. However, he is dedicated to the cause and is leading the fundraising activity on behalf of Priory Rotary Club.
To donate to these two wonderful charities, please visit www.justgiving.com/page/prioryrotaryskydive
Ken's dive video is here...!!!!
Just click on video in the link below....
Press Contact - Phil Davies - 01553 631663
Priory Rotary donate £1500 for sports wheelchairs
Members of Priory Rotary attended a session of wheelchair rugby for children with disabilities at Lynn sport on Friday, and afterwards presented a cheque for £1500 to the leader of Ability Counts, Pete Lauder, to enable him to buy more wheelchairs for the group.
Ability Counts was started roughly 2 years ago by Pete, who is a Scottish International wheelchair rugby league player. He suffered a career ending injury, now with a disability himself, whilst in the armed forces, deploying to Kuwait, Kosovo, Iraq & Afghanistan. He currently only has 9 wheelchairs, which significantly limits the number of children who can take part, and has more children & adults/veterans wanting to take part. This donation should allow Pete to rapidly expand the opportunity by purchasing more chairs. Which up until this point the club has never been able to.
Jonathan Holmes of Priory Rotary said “it was humbling and heartening to see the enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of the children taking part in this session, which went by so quickly. The children were still buzzing as their parents picked them up. We are so pleased to be able to support this fantastic initiative and help it grow.”
Thanking Jonathan, Pete said “we are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by Priory Rotary, and the faith they have in us. This donation will have a major positive impact on children who otherwise would have had to wait for a chance to join us.”
Picture shows Ken Banks of Priory Rotary presenting a cheque for £1500 to Pete Lauda after one of the wheelchair rugby sessions.
Pictured (L – R): Mark Collins, Helen Gilbert (Food Bank Manager) and Rob Colwell.
For the second year running, King’s Lynn’s Priory Rotary Club has been pleased to support the local Food Bank by providing some seasonal items in the run up to Christmas.
The Club had set aside £600 for this project, which was organised by their Satellite Club, from funds raised at its successful Swimarathon back in February.
Satellite Club leader, Mark Collins, said:
“Inflation meant that many of the items we bought last year had gone up in price, some by as much as 50%, so we worked hard to source everything as cheaply as possible and were able to buy enough items to put together 50 packs for those most in need.”
Each pack contained a mixture of essential items such as tinned vegetables and gravy powder but also some festive extras.
Mark added: “When money is tight, the basics have to come first, so we hope that things like cranberry sauce, mince pies and of course Christmas pudding will help make the day itself a bit more special.”
Helen Gilbert, Food Bank Manager, said:
“We'd like to say a massive thankyou to Priory Rotary Club for their continued support to the Foodbank which makes such a difference to local people who are struggling. We like to give out Christmas extras to people well before Christmas so that it takes the stress away from people - particularly families - who are just trying to maintain a small feeling of normality when circumstances may be spiralling out of control. We had a record-breaking December last year and are anticipating that this year the need may be even greater, so this donation is very welcome in helping us to help others.”
To find out more about the Priory Rotary and Satellite Clubs and how to get involved with projects such as this please visit their website at: https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=483
To find out more about the Satellite Club, please contact:
Mark Collins, Satellite Club Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
David Mills, Deputy Satellite Leader Email: email@example.com Tel: 07985 945095
Priory Rotary hold competitions for local school children
Honours shared at Technology Tournament
18 teams from four secondary schools took part in the 7th technology tournament organised by the Priory Rotary club of King’s Lynn and sponsored by Recipharm on 14th November at King’s Lynn Academy.
The teams of 4 students in 3 age group categories had to construct a vehicle capable of crossing a deep river using a suspended cable. They all found the task challenging but in the end most teams produced vehicles which met the requirements. In the older age groups there were additional requirements including the ability to unload and reverse. In the Senior category, for students from years 12 and 13 the winning team was from King Edward VII Academy and the runners up were from Springwood High Schoool. In the Intermediate category for years 10 and 11 the winning team was from Smithdon High School and the runners up from Springwood, and in the Foundation Category for years 7-9 teams King’s Lynn Academy were both winners and runners up.
The awards were presented by Tony Mallett of Product Engineering from Recipharm. Darren Hodkinson, Site Director for Recipharm commented that the company was delighted to be able to sponsor the event again. He added that the challenges of working together as a team to build something and make it work were really important to companies like Recipharm and he hoped everyone had enjoyed taking part and learnt something useful from it.
Paul Batterham, President of Priory Rotary Club said that he was pleased that it had been possible to hold the event again and that schools had been able to make time to take part in their very demanding schedules.
Calling Young Environmentalists
Priory Rotary Club is also encouraging youngsters to enter a national Rotary Young Environmentalists competition. Young people have the opportunity to enter, either as individuals or teams of up to 4 in 3 age groups – 7-10, 11-13 and 14-17. Entries will initially be to a District competition covering East Anglia and the winners from that will go forward to the national competition. The theme for this year is Waste Minimisation. Entrants will need to carry out a project of their choice related this theme and their entry will need to describe what they did and what difference it has or will make to the environment. Ideas could include:
Adopting a local public space and keeping it clear of litter
Trying to promote recycling in a school or neighbourhood
Finding ways of reusing products or materials that would otherwise be discarded
Further information can be found on the Clubs Facebook page …..https://www.facebook.com/prioryrotarykingslynn
Full house at Priory Rotary Cinema Club
Priory Rotary celebrated the first anniversary of its Senior Citizens film club with full houses at the Corn Exchange cinema this week, when 200 people turned up to watch Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson in The Great Escaper. This reflects the growing popularity of this initiative since the first film, back in November 2022, which attracted just 58 visitors.
This is a monthly social event for older people in the community, with tea/coffee and biscuits before the film starts, and it now has a Monday and a Wednesday option available. Priced at just £3 per person, this is excellent value for money.
Phil Davies from Priory Rotary, reflecting on the year, said “This is more than just a film club. After nearly 3 years of restrictions during covid, the launch last November spurred many older citizens to start socialising again. Now many of them book to come every month, almost regardless of the choice of film, to meet up with friends they’ve made at the cinema.”
The next film will be The Miracle Club, starring Maggie Smith and Kathy Bates, on November 20th and 22nd. Thereafter, the Cinema Club will take place on the third Monday and Wednesday of each month. People are strongly encouraged to book in advance to ensure their ticket, by contacting Bharti Patel on 07375 375404 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured is the full house at one of the two screens on Monday.
Priory Rotary distribute Dictionaries for Life
As part of an ongoing national Rotary initiative to help with the education of young children, King’s Lynn Priory have teamed up with Kings Lynn, Kings Lynn Trinity and Downham Market Rotaries to distribute Illustrated English Dictionaries to Year 4 students in all the primary schools across West Norfolk. Priory Rotary will be distributing a total of over 200 dictionaries to children in 12 primary schools. Pictured are Priory President Paul Batterham and Elizabeth Eagling with Head Teacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton presenting the dictionaries to the Year 4 pupils at Holly Meadows Primary School in Pott Row. Jennie thanked Paul for the dictionaries, and offered to support the club in their future projects where possible.
Pictures submitted by the school, with permission to use them in the press.
Tuesday October 25th was World Polio Day, and several members of Priory Rotary, along with friends and partners, joined together in a charity walk as part of the International Rotary campaign aimed at eradicating polio worldwide.
Victims of polio frequently suffer paralysis and muscle wasting, requiring them to wear callipers to walk or even confining them to a wheelchair. To show solidarity with polio sufferers, Rotarians across Britain marked World Polio Day in many ways, often including walks, to raise money and awareness of this preventable disease.
The Priory Rotary End Polio Now Walk, well organised by Elizabeth Eagling, involved a walk around Roydon Common, followed by refreshments at the home of President Paul Batterham. 24 people took part, and when all the donations were collected the event raised £300. This total will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making a grand total of £900.
A global campaign of vaccinations spearheaded by Rotary has almost wiped out polio, with an estimated 16 million people walking today who would otherwise have been paralysed by this virus. The task now is to eradicate the last 0.1% of cases. So it is all the more important that Rotary continues to push hard to achieve the ultimate goal of eradicating polio for ever.
Picture shows the walkers about to set off, with Margaret Tasker holding Ollie, Priory’s well-travelled polio bear, in memory of Dr Peter Tasker who championed the End Polio Now campaign within Rotary for many years.
Contact - Phil Davies on 01553 631663
King’s Lynn’s Priory Rotary club are pleased to be supporting this year’s trip to Bewilderworld, organised by the West Norfolk Community Shop on the Fairstead.
The Community shop, run by Emma Brock, does a tremendous job helping the local community, and one of the highlights is an annual coach trip for local children and their families. This year, two coaches with around 50 children and 40 adults set off on August 30 th for a day out at Bewilderwood, the curious tree house adventure park at Hoveton near Norwich. The trip has been subsidised by a generous donation from King’s Lynn Priory Rotary club, thanks to funding accessed from the Rotary partnership with national charity Kids Out.
Thanking Priory Rotary, Emma said ”the kids have been eagerly looking forward to this day out. It is a great opportunity for the families, especially those that have no transport. The Rotary contribution has made a significant difference, reducing the cost of the trip and enabling more families to go on this adventure”.
Priory Rotary’s Satellite Club held a very enjoyable garden party on Saturday July 29th to raise funds for West Norfolk Autism Group. The event was generously hosted by David Mills, founder of the Satellite Club.
Around 100 guests were entertained by Lithuanian folk singers and dancers, living in the King’s Lynn area, who wore traditional dress, and later by Rowena Senido who sang a collection of favourite pop songs. David also provided sausages, jacket potatoes and beans kindly donated by Priory Rotary President Paul Batterham, who is a local pig farmer, and Bookers Cash and Carry.
Boosted by a raffle organised by the Rotary Satellite, £1,250 was raised on the evening. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable social occasion and very worthwhile for the charity.
Thanking David and the Satellite organisers, Karan McKerrow Chair of Trustees for WNAG said ”What a wonderful evening! Everybody I've spoken to was so complimentary about the evening and as one of the guests said nobody looked glum... a lovely friendly, happy atmosphere. We sold 1000 raffle tickets and the sun shone for us all! The money you raised will go towards supporting autistic people and their families who live in West Norfolk and will enable us to provide an adults’ meal out, swimming sessions, cinema tickets and bowling. Thank you all very much everyone for showing such kindness and generosity”.
Mark Collins, leader of Priory Rotary Satellite, said ”we are always looking for opportunities to support the local community, and were pleased in this instance to be able to help West Norfolk Autism. If anyone would like to know how they could help us do more, please contact me at email@example.com”.
New President for Priory Rotary
Paul Batterham has been installed as the new President of Priory Rotary, following a lively handover ceremony at Heacham Manor attended by 50 members, partners and guests. Outgoing President Jonathan Holmes, reflecting on his time in the chair, said “It’s been another busy but enjoyable year, when we’ve combined great fellowship with doing a lot of good. One way or another we’ve been able to raise over £35,000 for the benefit of over 40 charities, and also focussed on youth and environmental projects. I’m very proud of thesea chievements, but they could not have happened without the incredible support you’ve all given to me and our Committee chairs.”
Thanking Jonathan for his efforts, Paul set out his priorities: increasing social activities for members and partners and recruiting new members so that Priory can continue the good work the club does both Internationally and for the local community.
The evening was enlivened by a ditty from the Priory choir, a sketch based on the Two Ronnies about the Rotary hierarchy, and dancing to music performed by Rowena Senido.
If anyone is interested in joining this vibrant club, please visit www.prioryrotary.org.uk or get in touch with any member.
PRIORY ROTARY SUPPORTS EASTGATE ACADEMY WITH A JUNIOR TECHNOLOGY TOURNAMENT (see link below)Eastgate Academy - Rotary Junior Technology Tournament - 19.5.23
PRIORY SUPPORTS LOCAL SCHOOLS AT CRUCIAL CREW AT KINGS LYNN FIRE STATION
KINGS LYNN PRIORY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS!
The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn Priory celebrated its 50thAnniversary with a black tie dinner at the Town Hall on Wednesday, attended by over 100 members, partners and guests. Special guests included the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Lesley Bambridge, Garth Arnold, Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Chair of Board and Ian Elliott, District Rotary Governor 1080. Also present were the current Presidents of King’s Lynn, Trinity King’s Lynn and Hunstanton Rotary Clubs, plus 19 Past Presidents and 3 Past Presidents’ wives of Priory. We welcomed Dr John Burgess who was the only Founder member of Priory in 1973, and Don Linford, the oldest Past President serving in 1986/7. Musical entertainment was provided by Rowena Senido who sang a medley of popular songs from each of the 5 decades since Priory was awarded its charter on 21st March 1973.
President of Priory, Jonathan Holmes, gave a brief history of the club since its inception. The club has been involved in many projects and activities over the last 50 years supporting many individuals, groups and charities locally, nationally and internationally. The Rotary motto ‘Service before Self’ has guided our work as we try to support those less fortunate, disadvantaged in our communities. Over the last 50 years we believe we have raised at least £750,000 from our charitable activities, with some estimates indicating that this could be nearer £1 million. Priory is a progressive, forward thinking and modern Rotary Club with an active Satellite Club, and we seek to encourage many more members to join us on our journey helping and serving others.
Record numbers turn out for Rotary Easter Egg Trail
Priory Rotary club welcomed hundreds of families to their annual Easter Egg Trail at Sandringham on Easter Sunday, raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Blessed with good weather, there were long queues at the check in points stretching all the way back to the Visitor Centre before families and excited children set off with their clue sheets.
The trail started at the squirrel outside the newly extended children’s play area. From there, it wound its way through the woods, where participants had to find the 18 clues hidden along the way, leading them back to the finish where they collected their chocolate eggs generously supplied by Kinnertons Chocolates in Fakenham.
Bob Angell, team leader for Priory Rotary, confirmed that at least 2,000 people completed the trail, and over 1,500 eggs were given out. A grand total of £5,500 was raised, well in excess of previous years. In addition to the trail, the East Anglian Air Ambulance held a soft toy tombola which generated an additional £440.
Luke Abendroth, Community Fund-raiser at East Anglian Air Ambulance said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Easter Egg Trail. With every mission costing an average of £3,750, our supporters make the difference, ensuring that our crews can continue to deliver out-of-hospital emergency care at the scene of an incident. Thank you to King’s Lynn Priory Rotary who as always have been supportive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and to the many volunteers who have given up so much time to run this event."
Pictures below from the Easter Egg Trail on Easter Sunday. All our eggs went!Priory Rotary members Elizabeth Eagling and Bharti Patel giving out the eggs.
Members of Kings Lynn Priory 2022/23, celebrating 50 years of Priory Rotary
(missing 3 club members and 2 satellite group members)
PRIORY ROTARY'S CHARITY MARCH QUIZ
Our Quiz Night in March was held to raise funds for ShelterBox activity in response to the recent earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria. Priory member Andy Roberts, our new quiz master, set some tough and challenging questions on history, geography, music, sport, arts and literature, food & drink, science and general knowledge.
15 teams of 6 took part, and the winners were the Hungry Hamsters, featuring the club's own Tony and Sue Williams.
With the addition of a raffle to win giant Easter Eggs, we were able to raise in excess of £600, enough to ensure a complete ShelterBox could be shipped to the disaster zone. Thanks to Andy for keeping us under control, to Bharti Patel who ran the raffle and to Ann and Fred Pacini, who laid on sandwiches and sausage rolls.
ROTARY SWIMARATHON PRESENTATION NIGHT
Priory Rotary celebrates the success of Swimarathon.
A presentation evening was held at North Wootton Village Hall on Monday for the teams and charities that took part in last month’s highly successful Priory Rotary Swimarathon. Medals and cheques were presented by Priory President, Jonathan Holmes. Swimarathon organiser Ken Banks said “we are delighted to announce that this year’s event was our best ever, with 29 teams taking part, including 4 at the Hunstanton Oasis pool, and almost £14,000 raised for local charities. Thanks to all who made the event possible, and to our many local business sponsors”.
Overall team winners were Scarlett’s Sharks, a team of juniors from West Norfolk Swimming Club raising money to support Scarlett Cole, who is recuperating from an operation at Liverpool’s Alder Hay children’s hospital. The best non WNSC team was Alive West Norfolk. Best charity team was Team Tapping, and the best fund-raisers were the Wootton Boys, who obtained over £1,000 in sponsorship money. Medals were also awarded to Mr Bees, who managed 97 lengths despite having only two members in their team, Magpie as the charity who raised the most sponsorship for their teams, and Little Miracles, who had a group of young children in the learner pool as well as a full team of six in the main pool. A cheque for £2,000 was given to the headline charity, Break children’s homes, who had two teams swimming on the day. Other local charities who took part and received donations were West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, the Queen Elisabeth Hospital Physiotherapy Department, Little Miracles, Little Discoverers, the Gateway Church International Café, the Purfleet Trust, the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, the Norfolk Hospice, the 8:56 Foundation, West Norfolk Carers, St Faith’s Gaywood Church Council and Mr Bees.
Next year’s Rotary Swimarathon will be at St James pool, King’s Lynn on Saturday February 10th .
Priory Rotary’s fourth Swimarathon, held at the King’s Lynn and Hunstanton swimming pools,saw 29 teams taking part and has raised over £12,000 for local charities. Over a 7 hour period, around 150 swimmers covered a total of over 3,200 lengths of the 25 metre pool, equivalent to a distance of over 50 miles.
Business sponsors donated generously, while the swimmers raised over £6,000 from friends and families. Volunteers from Trinity, King’s Lynn and Hunstanton Rotaries joined the Priory Crew on the day to ensure everyone had a splashing good time. Our headline charity is Break Children’s Homes,who entered two teams. Other charities to benefit include West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Little Miracles, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Rehab department, Gateway Church International Café, the Purfleet Trust, the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, St Faith’s church rooms, Tapping House Norfolk Hospice, the 8:56 Foundation, West Norfolk Carers and Mr Bees family centres.
Priory Rotary Swimarathon 2023 – Sponsors and Donors
Contract Floor Services
Freebridge Community Housing
Hayes and Storr
MKM Building Supplies
Roythorne and Son
Ward Gethin Archer
West Norfolk Glass
Ella R Mills MCFHP MAFHP
Kings Lynn Auto Electrical
Stebbings Car Centre
William Coe Ltd
All Signs and Print
Bookers Cash and Carry
Priory Rotary has presented Illustrated English Dictionaries to around 60 Year 4 students at St Martha's Catholic Primary School, Kings Lynn. Pictured along with some of the students are Priory rotarians Andy Roberts and John Leonard.
New photos of the second distribution of dried food in December made to needy people in Sri Lanka by Mount Lavinia Rotary Club with Priory Rotary's support
Priory Rotary’s Xmas Gift to Night Shelter
Silver Mondays November Press Report
Priory Rotary held their first Silver Mondays Cinema Club at the Corn Exchange cinema on Monday. Attendance was very encouraging, with 56 people turning up to watch Emma Thompson in the newly released film, Matilda the Musical.
This is planned to be a monthly social event for older people in the community, with tea/coffee and biscuits before the film starts providing an excellent opportunity for socialising.
President of the Rotary Club, Jonathan Holmes, said ”What we are trying to do is offer a friendship group for older people of a similar age to meet more regularly. We are very pleased with the response from the film goers, several of whom have already booked for the next event”.
The next Silver Monday will be on January 30th, with the choice of film yet to be announced. Thereafter, the Cinema Club will take place on the last Monday of each month. Priced at just £3, this is excellent value for money. People are encouraged to book in advance by contacting Bharti Patel on 07375 375404 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured (L – R): Rob Colwell, Ken Banks, Mark Collins with members of the Food Bank team.
In a joint venture between King’s Lynn’s Priory Rotary Club and its Satellite Club, a large consignment of Christmas items has been delivered to King’s Lynn’s Food Bank on the South Quay. Spearheaded by Satellite Club member, Rob Colwell, it followed an earlier donation of over 100 blankets to help people keep warm as they faced falling temperatures and rising fuel prices. Mark Collins, Satellite Club leader said: “With support from some of the local supermarkets we were able to provide enough to make up 50 packs containing everything from sage and onion stuffing to Christmas puddings and mince pies. We hope these will help make Christmas a bit more special for those who are finding it hard to pay for essential items, let alone anything extra.”
Ken Banks has been co-ordinating weekly deliveries of food to King’s Lynn’s Night Shelter too and members of both clubs will be donating seasonal food items nearer the big day to provide some festive cheer to residents who will be spending time at the shelter over Christmas.
Ken said: “We recognise that the period after Christmas is going to be particularly challenging for those struggling in these hard economic times and Priory Rotary have already set-aside some further funds to support both the Food Bank and Night Shelter in the New Year.”
To find out more about the Priory Rotary and Satellite Clubs and how to get involved with projects such as this please visit their website at:https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=483
To find out more about the Satellite Club, please contact:
Mark (Collins), Satellite Club Leader Email: email@example.com or
David (Mills), Deputy Satellite Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07985 945095
...AND LATEST NEWS ABOUT HELP FOR UKRAINE.....
Monday October 24th was World Polio Day, and several members of Priory Rotary, along with friends and partners, joined together in a walk as part of the International Rotary campaign aimed at eradicating polio worldwide. Victims of polio frequently suffer paralysis and muscle wasting, requiring them to wear callipers to walk or even confining them to a wheelchair. To show solidarity with polio sufferers, Rotarians across Britain marked World Polio Day in many ways, including walks, to raise money and awareness of this preventable disease. The Priory Rotary End Polio Now Walk started and finished at West Norfolk Rugby Club in North Wootton, with a stop for tea or coffee and cake at Castle Rising. 20 people took part, and when all the donations were collected the event raised £600. This total will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making a grand total of £1,800.
A global campaign of vaccinations spearheaded by Rotary has almost wiped out polio, with an estimated 16 million people walking today who would otherwise have been paralysed by this virus. The task now is to eradicate the last 0.1% of cases. There are still small pockets remaining in hard-to-reach communities such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the current situation in Ukraine is preventing new-born babies there being given preventative vaccines including polio. So it is all the more important that Rotary continues to push hard to achieve the ultimate goal of eradicating polio for ever.
Picture shows the walkers about to set off from the rugby club, along with Dr Peter Tasker, chairman of the International Committee, with Rotary End Polio Now balloons and Ollie, Priory’s well-travelled polio bear.
Contact - Phil Davies on 01553 631663
Priory Rotary Harvest Lunch – Saturday October 22nd .
After a two year absence due to covid, Lynn’s Priory Rotary Club treated 80 elderly folk to a roast beef and apple pie Harvest Lunch at the William Burt Centre, a celebration event which the club has organised annually for over 30 years.
Catering was provided by Priory member Ann Pacini, and entertainment by Rotarian Peter Waddison, who sang many of the old favourites which the guests joined in with him. Other club members and partners served the meals and provided transport to and from the venue for those that needed it.
At the lunch, programmes were handed out for the Silver Mondays Cinema Club, a new Priory venture where over 70’s are invited to the Corn Exchange Cinema for tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a selected film. The first film will be Matilda the Musical on November 28th, with refreshments from 9.30 before the film starting at 10.30. Tickets are only £3.00, and can be booked by emailing email@example.com or phoning her on 07375 375404.
Speaking at the lunch, club President Jonathan Holmes welcomed the guests, and gave a brief talk on the many charitable activities undertaken by Priory Rotary, with significant donations given to many local charities and other good causes.
Treasurer and President of Mount Lavinia Rotary Club receiving Priory's donation to help their support for the distribution of food to people in need in Sri Lanka. Circumstances remain critical for much of Sri Lanka's population as the economy has all but collapsed through the effects of Covid on tourism and mismanagement by the previous Government. The new President has sought support from the IMF.
Priory's donation was very gratefully received and our help and support for the work of food distribution by Mount Lavinia Rotary Club is very much appreciated.
King’s Lynn’s Priory Rotary club are pleased to be supporting this year’s trip to Pleasurewood Hills, organised by the West Norfolk Community Shop on the Fairstead. The Community shop, run by Emma Brock, does a tremendous job helping the local community, and one of the highlights is an annual coach trip for local children and their families.
This year, two coaches with around 50 children and 30 adults are setting off for a day out at Pleasurewood Hills in Great Yarmouth. The trip has been subsidised by a generous donation from King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club, from the proceeds of their Swimarathon back in March, with additional funding accessed from the Rotary partnership with national charity KidsOut.
Thanking the Rotary, Emma said ”the kids have been eagerly looking forward to this day out, at a time when the cost of living is rising and times can be hard. Priory Rotary’s contribution has made a significant difference, enabling the trip to go ahead”.
Wed, Dec 13th 2023 6:30 pm
Special General Meeting to confirm officers for 24/25, followed by monthly Business Meeting
We meet on Wednesdays at 18.00 for 18.30Castle Rising Road.
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