President's Weekend Trip
Every year around 50 Rotarians and partners enjoy a weekend away, with the location chosen by the current President.
In 2017 the venue was Northern Ireland.
In 2018, the President's trip took us to Jersey.
In 2019, we visited Bristol.
In 2020, the intended trip to the Isle of Wight had to be delayed due to Covid, but was resurrected in September 2021. A smaller group enjoyed the rich, historical sites on the island.
Visit to Mercedes
A group of members visited the Mercedes factory at Brixworth that makes engines and transmissions for Formula One racing cars. The engines are supplied to the Mercedes Silver Arrows Team but they are also sold to 3 other teams: Force India, Williams and Manor. It was a fascinating and informative visit at a factory that was clinically clean, with manufacturing areas being temperature and humidity controlled and it was good to see that the sport is providing such a huge boost to our local economy. The evening was rounded off by an enjoyable meal at the Swan at Lamport.
Huxloe at the District Conference
Huxloe members attended the District Conference, held in Nottingham. Huxloe put a team in the Golf Tournament and the group started the weekend with a dinner at a fine Moroccan Restaurant in Nottingham on the Friday evening which also included a Belly Dancer. The Conference itself was very good and included thought provoking presentations on subjects such as Provision of Heart Defibrillators and training to use them, The Foundling Hospital, Calvert Trust and The History of Magic.
Club donation for Bungalow Project
Kevin Latham, Head Teacher at Isebrook Special Educational Needs College gave a talk to the Club about the “Bungalow Project”.
The purpose of the project is to create a space which can be used by all students, irrespective of their mental or physical limitation, to learn basic life skills, to be more self-reliant and to cope with everyday household tasks. This has involved refurbishing and adapting the old caretaker’s bungalow to make it suitable for the older students particularly the kitchen, where a donation of £2000 from the Club will be used to buy specialist kitchen equipment.
Club visits the Code Breakers
A large group of members and partners visited Bletchley Park, the centre for Britain’s codebreakers during World War Two. It was chosen because it was next door to Bletchley station on the main line to London Euston and also on the Varsity Line that linked Oxford & Cambridge whose universities supplied many of the code breakers.
It is now a flourishing heritage attraction and has over recent years been brought to the public’s attention by two great films – “Enigma” the film of the Robert Harris book and more recently “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Great weather for KidsOut
In spectacularly good weather the Rotary Clubs of Kettering and Kettering Huxloe hosted 345 children and 178 carers from the local special schools of Isebrook SEN College, Kingsley School and Wren Spinney Community Special School, along with some mainstream children with supported special needs issues. The participating Clubs in District 1070 hosted in total 2,400 children. We handed out a lunch of filled rolls, crisps, fruit and a selection of drinks.
Drugs Awareness plays go down well
We attended the Drugs Awareness plays at Pytchley School with 6 teams from Pytchley and Loddington schools. Loddington came out victorious. The Drugs boxes, which we donated to the PCSOs, are very well used and all Junior schools get a talk for Year 6.
Dragon Boat event success
38 teams raced over the 200 metre course on Wicksteed Park lake, with plenty to entertain the crowds of spectators, including face painting, craft and charity stalls. Corby Viking Re-enactment group set up their village over the weekend and provided a practice range for axe throwing and archery.
Club members supervised the railway crossing points and gave support to other sectors throughout the event.
The British Motor Museum
14 petrol heads visited the British Motor Museum which is based at Gaydon Warwickshire, just south of Coventry.
Until last year it was called The Heritage Centre and was basically a museum of cars from the companies that eventually became the British Motor Corporation – Austin, Morris, Wolseley etc.
It then merged with Jaguar’s Museum and now includes models from the constituent companies of the Jaguar Land Rover Group.
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