Latest News

On this page is a round-up of some of the last 12 month's activities and new announcements.  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.

Tandoori Tickle winners!

Two 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 Magdalene

Winner 2:  Miss Coles, Shouldham

Thank you to them and all the other customers entering the draw.  The money raised supports local good causes.


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 thos 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.


Date announced for 2018 schools Technology Tournament

The 2018 Tournament will take place in Downham Market Town Hall on Thursday 22nd November.  Local schools are invited to enter pupils in teams of four in the age range 12 to 17.  Please email for information.

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


Downham Tandoori supports good causes

From 1st March Downham Tandoori will have our envelopes on each table.  Just make a donation in the envelope to enter the draw for a £25 meal voucher!  Remember that when you donate to Rotary every penny goes to good causes - none to administrative expenses.


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.


Shelterbox is on the scene in the West Indies and in Mexico.  For updates visit their Facebook page


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


Once again our hardy crew looked after you at the car park entrance and exit.  We saw thousands of you at this fantastic annual charity event and your attendance helped raise money for local good causes.

Another great day at Downham Market Festival activities on the Howdale.


The crew at the recent Crucial Crew week at King's Lynn Fire Station where life and safety awareness scenarios are delivered to groups of 8 - 11 year olds.  During the week over 600 children pass through.  A very rewarding experience for both them and the Rotarians helping from local clubs.

The final winner of our £25 voucher draw  for Dent's Barn Cafe was Jean Bowman from March.  A special thanks to Dents for hosting our charity envelope competition for the last two months and congratulations to our winners during that time.  The money raised is going into our fund for local good causes so thank you to all those who donated.


This plaque will very shortly being 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.  You can read more about the project further down this page.