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The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock

Grays Thurrock

Largest Rotary Club in Thurrock (est 1930)

Thursday Lunchtimes 12.45
Orsett Hall Hotel
Prince Charles Avenue
Orsett, Essex  RM16 3HS
United Kingdom
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Thurrock Community Leisure was pleased to benefit from a donation of £250 from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock to help with the provision of swimming classes for people recovering from differing medical problems
 
 

The classes help improve the fitness and wellbeing of people who suffer from, of have suffered, illness such as strokes and heart problems. One of the swimmers, Pete, told how much the classes had done for him both physically and mentally after an Aneurysm left him severely disabled and unable to walk. The cheque was presented by Elaine Stevens, Community Service Chairperson to Wendy Barnard, instructor. Wendy said “the classes are such a lifeline, and costs have to be covered by fundraising”. 

 
Thameside Primary School Academy has always been a great seat of learning and now it is sitting pretty thanks to a cash donation for books from Grays Thurrock Rotary Club.
 
The club donated a thousand pounds to the Manor Road, Grays school for them to further their literary resources and give pupils even greater reading material in their library.
 
The school has 45 different languages spoken and has a ratio of English as Another Language (EAL) of well over 50%, making the focus on reading and literacy very high among the school’s priorities.
 
President of Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock, Mark Dvorkin  said “The club is very keen to support the education of our town’s children and this is a fantastic school to engage with.
The people of Thurrock are very generous with their donations to our charity events, particularly the Christmas Concert, so it’s really satisfying to be able to encourage the pupils of Thameside Primary with their literacy skills so that they may grow to be equally supportive members of our community in years to come.”
 
Pictured with Mr. Dvorkin and keen readers Luan, from year 2, and Lily, from year 4, Head Teacher Mrs Joanna Bray said: “The school is very grateful for this generous donation from Grays Thurrock Rotary Club. The money will be split, £500 will be used to buy new thesaurus’ for classrooms and the other £500 will be spent on buying new books to further encourage the children in our school to read for pleasure.”
 
Thurrock Air Cadets ( who we helped with the purchase of a simulator earlier in the year) got real hands on experience thanks to Grays Rotary Club. 
11 cadets visited a local airfield and were given a briefing on the principles of flight by Rotarian and pilot Mr Alan Peaford and each was allowed to try out the cockpit. 
Grays Rotary Club is heavily involved in aviation with the largest membership of IFFR ( International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians) from any Rotary Club in the world
The Cadets were also presented with a copy each of Alan’s book, the Pocket Guide to Business Aircraft.
 
 
Follow in the footsteps of last years fantastic winners - Pianist Ellis Thomas, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay, 16 and vocalist Angelina Dorlin-Barlow, sponsored by the Southport Rotary Club, 17, stole the show with their incredible talents.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock will be holding the local heats here in Grays on Saturday December 1st - the information packs and entry forms are now downloadable from this site - go to the download section on the homepage to get started
Our new President has officially taken over, Mr Mark Dvorkin (pictured receiving the gong) will be the chair for the next year ably assisted by his Vice Mrs Elaine Stevens and the second Vice Mr Adrian Alsop
 
 
We wish him great luck and success at the head of a constantly busy Grays, Thurrock Rotary Club
 
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Budding tennis star Lenny Kitoko from Grays was recently handed a donation of £100 from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock to help him further his tennis career. The cheque was served to him by Elaine Stevens from the Rotary Club. Lenny has been playing at all levels, from County and Regional, to National and International, and could be the next Ace in the Hole!  Lenny has recently been selected to attend the ATP World Tour Finals in London where he hopes to meet up with current tennis Superstars, and perhaps even get the chance of a friendly game.
 
 
 
 
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