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The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock

Grays Thurrock

Largest Rotary Club in Thurrock (est 1930)

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 1:00 PM
Orsett Hall Hotel
Prince Charles Avenue
Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Face to face meetings are currently suspended.
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John Walsham PHF

John Walsham was today awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship award.  This is the highest award that can bestowed on a Rotarian and recognises John’s continued service since 1973.  Despite being a member for 48 years John is still an active member and you will still see him walking the streets of Thurrock as we take Santa around on his Sleigh.
We had hoped to present the award to John at our 90th Charter dinner in October this year.  Unfortunately that dinner had to be cancelled due to Coronvirus.  We therefore made the presentation with just a few friends (within social distancing guidelines) at Orsett Hall today.
No one knows the club better than John being descended from Woody Walsham who was a founder member.  In fact there has always been a Walsham as a member of our club.
This is a well deserved award and we know that John will continue to serve the club as he has done over many years.

Clive Banbury

Grays loses a Rotarian, sportsman and a friend.
It is with great sadness that we must report the death of Clive Banbury.  Clive had been a Rotarian for over 30 years.  He was the Club's president in 1992-3, a Paul Harris Fellow and an active member.
Clive was a great sportsman.  He played football for Grays Athletic, cricket for Orsett and rugby for Thurrock.  The rugby club made him a life member in recognition of his services to the club where he was affectionately known as Dad.  I remember Clive's 80th birthday celebrations and his daughter calling him Dad.  The thought that immediately went through my mind was "Even his family call him Dad."  Then I suppose they would, wouldn't they!
Clive was always active and always took part in trips away or a meal out.  He was also a bit of a rogue.  Only on Monday evening he was regaling the story of how he spent three months in France because he wanted to meet Bridget Bardot.  Those of you that know the story will know why he spent so long there.  Then on Tuesday he was out with a group of ex-Round Tablers for dinner.  Clive always used to organise these dinners and this is one of the many jobs he did for his friends.  He was always taking numbers for a dinner or a night out.
Our thoughts go out to his two daughters, Debbie and Fran.  Clive you will be missed by us all.
Below are some memories of happier times. (Click for full size)

Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock celebrates 90 years

On 9th October 2020, the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock celebrates 90 years of service in the community. The club is as active today as it was when its Charter was presented back in 1930.
Our Youth Services section has provided to local youth, annual events for, Photography, Writing, Cooking, Public Speaking, Music, Art, Filmmaking, Mathematics and a Technology Tournament. Within the community, we have provided much support, including the provision of school dictionaries, foodbank funding, hampers at Christmas to the needy and equipment to Basildon Hospital Dementia Unit to fight this debilitating disease. We didn’t stop during the pandemic either, providing funding for the manufacture of gowns and visors which were distributed to local health professionals.
Residents will also know of the annual visit of Father Christmas and his elves on the Rotary Sleigh, collections outside local supermarkets and of course the annual Christmas Concert, (this year to be held virtually), all of which raised vital funds in support local and national charities. – this year four children’s charities.
Rotary supports the needy both at home and worldwide and our global efforts to eradicate polio were recently acknowledged by Parliament and the PM, a task which looks to be nearly complete. We have also been there with, water making facilities, shelter boxes and support in response to the world’s natural disasters.
Grays Rotary President, Elaine Stephens said, “We are proud of what our club has achieved over 90 years and we look forward to what we can do in the future. We welcome new members and for those interested, there is much detail about the club and our activities on our website”. The Club meets every Thursday and has substantial community projects on the go and a lively social programme for its members.

Our First and our Current President

Arthur W Boatman
President 1930-31
Elaine Stevens
President 2019-20
Well done Elaine!
Elaine completed her 150 mile walk and has raised £547 for Operation Smile in the process.  
Don't worry if you forgot to donate the Just Giving site is still open and you can donate using the link below.
Today, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region, has officially been certified free from wild poliovirus, signifying a major milestone in the battle to eradicate the disease worldwide.
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock are pleased to state the Local Heats were once again well supported for the third year of this competition. After much debate by the judging panel the three age category winners were selected and these were submitted to the District Competition. We are delighted to announce that from all those received by the District our junior age category entrant, Freya McCarthy, Orsett Primary School, was awarded First Prize and will now be entered into the National Competition. We are likewise pleased to note our intermediate age category entrant, Caitlin Murray, William Edwards School received a highly commended certificate.
Unfortunately due to the current issues the opportunities to present Local certificates by our Club president have had to be put on hold, although all Local Heat certificates of participation have been distributed wherever possible.
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a worldwide shortage of all types of personal protective equipment (PPE). To counter this, across the world, ordinary people have been producing replacements for these pieces of in-demand PPE.
Currently, across the UK, there are thousands of people collaborating and using their own 3d printing machines to produce the plastic headbands for shield visors that are required when treating potential COVID-19 patients.
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock have donated £500 towards the production of these visors and these are being distributed to local NHS workers who need them. Our gallant hero wished to remain anonymous but our thanks go out to him!
pictured trying out the PPE visor is local dentist Mr Iain Ramsay
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December 2020
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