Prestigious award for Fakenham Rector
2012 : The Revd Adrian Bell, Rector of Fakenham, has been awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional community service and charity fund-raising achievements.
During his 11 years in Fakenham, Adrian has seen the parish church transformed into a hive of activities for all ages, particularly following the major restoration work in 2002/3. The church has become a hub in the town with around 50,000 visitors a year. Adrian has supported every group in the town seeking development, and was a founding member of First Focus, a weekly information centre in Fakenham. The much publicised annual Christmas Tree Festivals have raised over a quarter of a million pounds for charity over the last ten years.
As a key member of Fakenham Rotary Club, Adrian Bell is a great supporter of their work in trying to eradicate polio in the world and he helps with fund raising. The Paul Harris Fellowship was created in memory of the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, to raise awareness of the work of the organisation, and to reward those, not necessarily Rotarians, who contribute towards the Rotary goal of 'Service above self''.
Since 1957, Fellowships have been awarded to Rotarians and others showing particular support for the community, especially raising money for Rotary Foundation which has been key partner with Bill Gates (also a Rotarian) in providing vaccines to fight polio. Only 600 cases of polio were reported in the world in 2011, down from millions in previous years.
The picture shows Adrian (left) receiving his award from Mike Coates, President of Fakenham Rotary Club.