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 Hinchingbrooke House in Huntingdon PE29 3BN. Visitors are welcome and should contact the Club Secretary, Michael Edwards on 01480 350567 by 9am on the Friday.
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.
DONATION TO CHARITY
Seen here is Sophie Baker, who is the community fund raiser for the East Anglian Childrens' Hospice (EACH), receiving a cheque for Â£500 from Chris Shannon, the President of the Club at a meeting of the Club at Hinchingbrooke House where she gave a talk on the work of the charity. The award was made in acknowledgement of the outstanding work carried out by EACH in helping sick children. The Club has supported EACH for almost 20 years, To see the other charities we have supported over the last few years click on the link above.
VIKING WAY CHALLENGE
5 members of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell assisted the Viking Way Challenge cycle ride as Marshalls' on Sunday 3 October 2016. Altogether 1400 riders took part in this event that was to raise funds for the Stroke Association. Some riders were dressed as Vikings that added to the enjoyment of the Marshalls'
Another year has passed us by and on 1 July 2016 a new crew took over the helm of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell. The President Elect Chris Shannon (Centre) became the President and the Vice President (Nick Abell) became the President Elect and last but by no means least Mim Piper became the Vice President
At a BBQ held prior to the Handover a dummy run (no pun intended) was held where we see the then President Maggie Bailey handing over the chain of office to Chris Shannon who in turn was handing over the President Elect's chain of office to the Nick Abell.
At the BBQ the outgoing President Maggie Bailey presented a Saphire Paul Harris Award to Rotarian Michael Edwards. Michael was a founder member of the club and has done outstanding work in his 30 plus years in support of Rotary and the work of Rotary. The award is only given to those Rotarians who have done such work and he is only the second recipient of this award in the history of the Club. A fantastic achievement that has been earned through putting service above self.
34TH CHARTER CELEBRATIONS
President Margaret Bailey presided over the 34th Charter Dinner/Celebrations at the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon on 8 April 2016. The night was a hugh succes and seen below is District Governor Geoff Blurton presenting the presigious Paul Harris Fellowship award to Assistant Governor Elaine Sefton and Rotarian Eric Heads. President Margaret Bailey is on the right.
Also on the night she presented a further cheque for Â£1250 (see below for the previous donation) to the Cambridge Police Boxing Club (CAMPOL). Seen here are Reg Dixon (left) and Derek Gibbon who lead the club. The money was raised at the annual CAMPOL/Huntingdon Cromwell boxing evening in January. CAMPOL does a hugh amount of good work amongst local youngster who train with them.
We meet on Mondays at 7.15pm for 7.30pm Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon. PE29 3BN tel: 01480 434700