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King’s Lynn Rotary welcomes new president and presents award

The new president of the Lynn Rotary Club is Geoff Cheney who lives in Castle Rising.

Before retiring about 20 years ago, Geoff was a fresh produce merchant, supplying vegetables to Lynn’s processing plants.

He succeeds Dorothy Pulsford-Harris who unfortunately was unable to attend the transition dinner held at Middleton Hall Golf Club while recovering from Covid.

Geoff Cheney and Paula Hall with his award

In his place, Deputy District Governor Peter Harris conducted the handover. This is Geoff Cheney’s second time as president. The first dates back to 2004-05. This time, he’ll take on the role for six months before handing over to Derek Harvey, former owner of Office Wise.

On behalf of the club, Mr. Cheney presented a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary’s highest honour, to Paula Hall, chief executive of the Purfleet Trust, in recognition of her work for the charity established in 1993 to help singles. homeless in Lynn and West Norfolk.

Its services include housing advice, housing and job search assistance, provision of hot meals and a gym, as well as the opportunity to learn essential life skills. .

Under Paula’s leadership, the charity has gone from strength to strength and is widely recognized for the work it does. She was thrilled with the price which came as a total surprise. However, she stressed the importance of the work done by her staff and volunteers as well as herself.