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On this page is a round-up of some of the last 12 month's activities. We hope that as well as being informative our readers will see that we enjoy what we do. Want to come and join us? All you have to do is email and we'd be delighted to meet you.

Great fun was had by all at the 2018 HIlgay Raft Races on 15th July and substantial sums were raised for East Anglian Childrens Hospices (EACH) in the process.

and finally the flour bomb dwarfs hard at it the day before!


Outgoing president Martin Chilvers hands over the reigns to our new President, Stuart Dimmock, 2nd July.

Our new president, Stuart Dimmock, congratulates President Elect David Yabbacome


Tickets going fast - book yours now for our Murder Mystery evening

Ticket bookings now open.  Available from Independence Travel in Wales Court, or email us, or call Howard on 01945 430880 to book your tickets.


Our latest member, Chris Heath, was welcomed to the Club by President Martin Chilvers on 11th June 2018.  Chris' name will ring a bell locally with many (yes it is a pun - email if you've worked it out!)


Rtn. Roger Gee and Pat Dimmock taking a break from raising lots of money from our generous Downham Market residents at the 2018 Festival
Rotarian Jackie Westrop and president Martin Chilvers with the 'Three Norfolk Broads', Sandra Squire, Kate Palmer and Helen Hogan, the intrepid ladies preparing to row the Atlantic in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, who came along to the Club to tell us all about it. GOOD LUCK!
Club presents £1,000 to Downham Dementia Support Association

Martin Chilvers presenting the £1000 cheque to  Sarah Fisher, Cafe Mgr. D'ham Dementia Cafe.  This has allowed the facility to add further open afternoons for those suffering from dementia and their carers.


C'mon baby light my fire - well perhaps not!  Some of our Rotarians who  'manned the pumps' at the recent 'Crucial Crew' event in King's Lynn when we guided around 150 schoolchildren to the various safety talks.

Tandoori Tickle ends
 Customers of Downham Tandoori put their £1 coin in the Rotary envelope on their table and won themselves a £25 voucher for food at the Tandoori.  They are:

Winner 1:  Dr Girdler of Magdalen, Winner 2:  Miss Coles, Shouldham, Winner 3: Nancy from Downham Market and Winners of the final draw: Mr & Mrs Holley-Smith, Downham Market

Thank you to everybody who entered the draw.  The Tandoori Tickle has now ended and we are most grateful to Mr Anwar Ali of Downham Tandoori for agreeing to host the 'Tickle' to raise money for local good causes.

Our President, Martin Chilvers, with Mr Ali


Rotary International's 'Purple for Polio' campaign is to highlight the need to eradicate completely this horrible disease. We've almost done it - there are only a couple of countries left with small pockets of affected population. It's been a huge effort of innoculating children. Why purple? Because when the child has been given the medicine a finger is dipped in a purple dye so that those who haven't received treatment can be identified. So we've planted lots of purple crocus around Downham. Here is the display in the Memorial Garden, Lynn Road.


President Martin Chilvers with Rtn. Jackie Westrop greeting Lorraine and Alan Bliss at one of our recent meetings - Lorraine is CEO of St Ed's, a charity teaching life and work skills to young people who need help and guidance.

We were delighted to host Tim Jenkins, area fundraiser for East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH) at our meeting on 5th March.  Tim told us of the forthcoming developments at EACH - a superb charitable organisation.
If you would like to donate to EACH click here

Tim Jenkins with President Martin Chilvers
Another great Technology Tournament
On 22nd November we held another of the local school challenges in the Town Hall.   Terrington St Clement High School and Witchford Village College scooped the prizes this time round.  Best team effort prize presented by RAF Marham went to Witchford Village College.  A selection of pictures from the Tournament is shown below.

A Huge Thank-you to Tesco and its Downham Market Customers

We submitted our annual Technology Tournament project to the Tesco 'Bags of Help' scheme.  Customers receive a disc in store which they are invited to use in a voting box near the exit.  We are delighted to announce that we have won a grant which will cement the future of the annual Technology Tournament.  Thank you to Tesco for approving our submission and for the generous grant, and a special thank you to Tesco customers who voted for us.


Rotary members along with pupils from Nelson Academy and the Montessori School, and the gardens team from the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk planted crocus corms in the Community Orchard Garden.  These will produce a splendid display of purple crocus to celebrate the enormous success of Rotary International's 'Purple for Polio' campaign which together with the Bill Gates Foundation and the World Health Organisation has almost eradicated polio from the world.  We also planted some corms, with the help of pupils from Hillcrest on the Howdale.
Here are some pictures of the Memorial Gardens plantings and the Community Orchard to which we have donated three trees.


Our annual charity golf day was a roaring success.  This year it was at Swaffham. The winning team were K Clifford , I Osler , D Leake and B Sewell .  We had a nearest the pin competition on two par 3’s for a litre of whisky each . The individual prize winner was Maggie Ward with 38 points showing the men how to do it . Lots of raffle prizes were generously donated by our members , enough for 1 prize in every two tickets bought!  We introduced a special “ shot “ called a mulligan , basically you buy a voucher for £5 before you start to play and you can use this voucher once if you make a cockup of your tee shot , a lot were bought and used !!!  All in all a successful day.  Lots of enjoyment but more importantly lots of money raised for good causes.

A huge welcome to our 5 latest members; from the right Anne Guymer, Julian Snape, Jackie Westrop, Richard James and Robert Waring with President Martin Chilvers

This plaque proudly displayed at Koravatichi School in Belarus following Rotarian Carole Samuel's and her team's efforts to improve conditions for the descendants of the terrible Chernobyl nuclear disaster.