The More the Merrier

Over recent months, the articles about the Rotary Club of Hunstanton that have been so kindly included by the editor of Hunstanton Town & Around, Elaine Bird, have often mentioned the fact that the Club is about fellowship and fun, as well as fund-raising. The Club also works with other organisations to hold events that are very enjoyable, as well as creating some extra income for the charities concerned. This could not have been better demonstrated than at the recent Joint Presidents’ Dinner held on March 1 at Le Strange Hotel.

Rotarian President Richard Shaw MBE and President Coral Cambell of the Inner Wheel hosted a black-tie dinner for more than 60 Members in all, from both organisations, and Members’ own guests.

The gala dinner was held at Le Strange Hotel which is the meeting venue for both the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel. As usual, the food and ambience were a delight and diners were entertained throughout their lovely meal by pianist Matthew Preston who played a selection of familiar classics and some real ‘foot tappers’. Following the meal and a lively Raffle Draw with outstandingly generous prizes, guests were regaled with the tales of well-known TV valuer and professional auctioneer David Fletcher, who many people will know from the highly popular programme Flog-it.

In all, £370 was raised by the sale of Raffle tickets. The Inner Wheel will be donating their half of this amount - £185 - to BEAT, a charity specialising in providing support for those with eating disorders based near Norwich. The Rotary Club will also donate £185 to an eating disorder group in the KL area.

Everyone agreed that by bringing together Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Members, it gave everyone the opportunity to get to know each other’s organisations better and to celebrate the work done within the community either together or as separate organisations. Speeches by Coral and Richard reminded everyone of the many and varied ways that funds are raised and how being part of either Rotary or Inner Wheel can add so much to Members’ lives as well as those who are supported by donations.

The year ahead holds many events for the public to enjoy too, and the programme for our Rotary Club is available on our website –

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