New members

We are very pleased to welcome two new members to the Club.  Firstly, Sheila Thompson, who was originally a member of the Rotary Club of Rushden Higham and has now rejoined.

and secondly, our first Corporate member, Liz Wykes of Wykes Engineering.

We are sure that both will be very valuable members of our club

Renewable Energy

On 23rd September, our new Corporate Member Liz Wykes, from Wykes Engineering, brought along her Project Manager to speak about the work they do with renewable energy and efficient ways of dealing with waste.

It was a very enlightening talk and there was much discussion from the floor, with all questions being answered very effectively.

Handbell Ringing

On 29th July, we all visited the Stanwick Community Centre for a lesson in handbell ringing.  Tuition was given by Samuel Davies, a very talented musician from Ferrers School, who had recently won our Young Achiever of the Year Award.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, although it has to be said that some were not shall we say as musically minded as others!  The tunes were just about recognisable……..

Speaker – Louise Darnell

Louise Darnell from Home Instead (an organisation aimed at keeping the elderly in their own homes) came to speak on the 22nd July about computer scams which target the aged.

Photo Gallery


As we near the end of the Rotary year for 2018/19. here are a few photos to show what we have been up to:


  1. Cake Decorating
  2. Speaker from Disaster Aid
  3. Lifesaving instruction from British Heart Foundation
  4. Classic Car Show
  5. Speaker from Can Do Care
  6. Crocus Planting for End Polio
  7. Funfest
  8. Higham Market
  9. Kids Out
  10. Murder Mystery
  11. Speaker from NCTLC Trust
  12. Speaker from Northampton Carers
  13. Speaker from Rushden Lakes Management














This is just a small selection of our activities, so as you will see we have been very busy, fundraising, being educated and most importantly, having fun.  Good look to our new President Mick Hill, who will take us through the next year 2019/2020.

Funfest 2019








On Sunday 19th May, our 8th Annual Funfest took place at Rushden and Higham Rugby Club and was, yet again, a resounding success.

Twenty teams entered the It’s A Knockout Competition, which was hosted by the usual We’re A Knockout team who are always very professional in their approach to the safety of the participants whilst making sure that everyone has a really good time.  The feedback was good and teams have already asked to be included in next year’s event.  After a hard fought battle the winners of the afternoon were Stephens Haulage from Luton, this being the fourth year they have carried off the trophy.

We were very happy to introduce Steve (Mr. Kinky Boots) Pateman, who presented the trophy to the winning team

As well as the It’s A Knockout Competition, there were plenty of other things going on with activities for the children including, spiderman, zorb balls, colour maze, bouncy castle, last man standing, etc., as well as trade and charity stalls, together with plenty of food outlets and, of course, the bar was open all day.

All in all, a fun day for everyone which was only dampened by a light shower at the very end of the afternoon.  The purpose of the event, of course, was to raise funds for local charities and this was achieved as we raised in the region of £7,800.00.  This will be split three ways as follows:

Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele, who is donating its share to NCTLC Trust (National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust)

Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Rotary Round Table, who is donating their share to NAB (Association for the Blind) and NDAS (Northampton Domestic Abuse Service).

All very worthwhile causes who do incredible work for our local community.

Thanks go to all club members, Friends of Rotary, the charities, participating teams, trade stalls and the general public who attended on the day, who all made the afternoon go smoothly and ensured that everyone had a great time.




Young Achievers Award

President Bill Randles presents the Andy Todd Award (donated by our club) to the Young Achiever at Wollaston School

Chichele Chat April/May 2019


Rotarian David Wilson does a sterling job of keeping everyone up to date with what has been going on within the club.  Just click on the link above and take a look at the latest Chichele Chat and see just how busy we have all been.

Classic Car Show

Our Annual Classic Car Show organised by our International Committee, will once again be held at Castle Fields in Higham Ferrers on Sunday, 4th August.  We look forward to another sunny day when there will be many classic vehicles and other attractions to keep the whole family entertained.


Rotarian Judy Webb had a dream that through the wonderful platform that is Rotary, she could create an annual event which could bring the whole community together where everyone could have a fun day out, but at the same time raise funds for people within the community who are less fortunate than ourselves, and Funfest was born! Here’s what it is all about.

What is Funfest?
As it’s title suggests Funfest is a day of fun for the whole family.

1. An It’s a Knockout competition involving teams from local companies and groups of friends of family, who compete against each other to win the Funfest trophy. The competitors have to negotiate large inflatable obstacles, dress in ridiculous, humiliating costumes, and get very wet in the process. It is great fun for those taking part, but also very entertaining for the spectators cheering them on.

2. Aside from the main competition arena, there is lots of entertainment for the children – bouncy castle, giant inflatable slide, an assault course, games stalls, as well as entertainment from Spiderman, and much more.

3. For the adults, there are many trade stalls selling everything from cakes to jewellery, cards to toiletries, and giftware to pet food.

4. And you will not go hungry or thirsty ……. There is a BBQ operating all day selling burgers and hotdogs, a hog roast, healthy wraps, doughnuts, teas and coffees, and of course, the bar is open all day.


Apart from providing a great day out for the whole community, the primary purpose of Funfest is to raise funds for local charities. It is jointly organised by three local groups – The Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele, Rushden Round Table, and Cynthia Spencer Hospice – and all proceeds are divided equally between these three groups. Obviously, the amount which goes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice is used for the continuance of the incredible work they do in providing palliative care. The other two groups subsequently distribute their shares to worthwhile local charities, with this ear’s Round Table share going to Northamptonshire Association for the Blind and Northampton Domestic Abuse Service; and the Rotary share will be donated to National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust (NCTLC Ltd) based in Earls Barton.


The money is raised in a number of ways:

1. Teams pay an entry fee to compete in the It’s A Knockout competition and also obtain sponsorship from friends, family, etc.
2. Trade stalls pay a pitch fee to attend the event, or donate a percentage of their takings on the day.
3. Sale of raffle tickets, with all prizes being donated by local companies or individuals
4. Advertising in the Funfest Event Programme.
5. Sponsorship where possible for Main Sponsor; Banner Sponsor; Safety Sponsor; and Programme Sponsor.
6. General donations


For a corporate team entering the It’s A Knockout competition, the company gets an amazing team building exercise for their staff, without the participants actually realising it. It is a good opportunity to meet outside the confines of “work” and enjoy the camaraderie that is a natural outcome of an event like this.

For the individual participants, it is great fun, competitive, and a chance to give something back to the community in which they live and work.

For any company who participates by way of sponsorship, it is a means of increasing brand awareness by having a positive association with a popular event with trusted local charities.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice, the Rotary Club of Rushden Higham and Rushden Round Table are extremely visible mediums for branding and sponsorship. All are well known and supported by every section of society. They are organisations that unite society irrespective of race, religion or political opinion. In terms of community relations, there are few better options. Also, sponsor advertising may be treated as allowable business expenses when working out your profits for tax.


Contact the Organising Committee via Judy Webb at or telephone 07593 581127