Meeting Information
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
A group of Grays Rotarians enjoyed an excellent lunch on 17 October at Smiths in Wapping
 
 
 
 
Our President and his wife hosted the annual Presidents Weekend in Kylesku, Scotland from 1st to 4th October and great fun and companionship was enjoyed by all. 
 
18 members and partners travelled up by car, train or plane on the Friday and met in Ullapool for a lunch and gin tasting followed in the evening by a fish and chip supper at the Kylesku Hotel.  
 
Over the next two days, the group enjoyed, walking to deserted castles and lochs; fascinating open air talks by a local historian in  Lochinvar and by the Assynt Ranger at Clachtoll Beach; a bracing walk along the coast to the Clachtoll iron age Broch; to the Stoer Lighthouse and view of the Outer Hebrides; spectacular minibus tours around the dramatic scenery of the Drumbeg Coastal Loop; a demonstration of pottery making and yes a bit of shopping at Highland Stoneware; locally made pies and shortbread in the newest of Eco built home in Assynt; and even a boat trip around the loch in front of the hotel.  Of course, throughout, everyone tasted the local fare, fantastic locally caught fish, crab and langoustine and partook in the local tipples – silly not to.  
 
On the Monday the President wished everyone a bon voyage after a hearty Highland Breakfast, which we had been served every day at the hotel.  
 
Special thanks goes to Iain and Hilary Ramsey and Phil and Jackie who organised the trip and ferried us around in Mini buses.  After so long in lockdown it was great for the Club to get away for a long weekend and enjoy each other’s company in this outstanding part of the UK
 
Today we celebrated the life of Rotarian Frank Harrison.  Frank was an active member for over 10 years.  Frankie was always a colourful character who enjoyed a laugh and a joke.  Frankie, you will be missed by us all.
 
Sunflower room for Grays Police Station
On 31 August club President, Adrian, met with Jules Bottazzi (Office Manager Investigations) & Sam Culf (A/DI) at Grays Police station following our £425 donation made during lockdown.
 
Sunflower rooms are friendly rooms full of soft furnishings, toys & games and are being set up in a number of areas including Grays so that young children & the vulnerable who find themselves temporarily in a Police station do not feel so stressed or traumatised.
 
Jules and Sam were very grateful for our Rotary support and once the Sunflower room is complete they will let us know.
 
 
 
On Saturday 25th June, a team of walkers from Grays Thurrock Rotary Club supported the Challenging MND charity by walking in their sponsored ‘Big Gibbo Walk’, in Thorndon Country Park.  The charities mission is to give those suffering from the debilitating motor neurone disease an opportunity to create amazing memories which will last with them forever. 
 
It was a hot summer’s day in a beautiful park and the walk, around a pre-determined route, was enjoyed by all.  Our 10 walkers each walked 10 km, achieving the 100Km target for Grays Thurrock Rotary Club.  The event itself raised over £20,000.  Our Club easily met its fund-raising target already raising £555.00 which increases to £672.50, with Gift Aid.  There is still time to donate to make that amount even more impressive (go to: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GraysThurrockRotaryClub).   Of course, this is in addition to the £250 already donated by the Club to Challenging MND following an excellent talk given us by the charity.  It was also good to meet members of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, who were on marshalling duties throughout the day. 
 
Grays Rotary Club President, Adrian Alsop said after the walk, “a great achievement by all for a worthy charity, showing the true spirit of Rotary”.   After the walk, many retired to a fellow Rotarians house for reviving food and drink.  Many thanks to all our walkers and to those friends and family who supported them on this sponsored walk.
 
 
Following an interesting & moving talk by Alex Gibson & Andrew Cappaert of Challenge MND, 10 members of Grays Rotary are walking 10km each at Thorndon Park on 26 June to support this worthy Essex based charity.
 
President Adrian Alsop who is leading the walk has set up the Challenge MND Virgin Giving page re the club and is hoping to raise a group target of £500.
 
He commented that Rotary does not just make charitable donations and in addition to the £250 already donated to Challenge MND can also provide local support where appropriate as ‘People of Action’. This cause resonates with us particularly as one of our members also suffers from Motor Neurone Disease.
 
If you would like to make a contribution to this worthwhile cause, our VirginGiving page link details are as below.
 
Grays Rotary help out with local gardening project.  A clip from the Thurrock Gazette below.
 
Ormiston Park Academy Garden Project
 
The club has recently made a donation of £250 to Ormiston Parak Academy to help start their Garden Project. A group of students, and teacher Sharon Grimmond, were welcomed at Thurrock Garden Centre last week to buy various items such as soil, plants and seeds to get started. Elaine Stevens, Chairperson of the Communty Service Committee was also on hand to help out with suggestions as to what to buy. The club will also assist on site at the school to give further advice.
 
We wish them well with their project!

New President for Grays

Adrian Alsop has taken over the reigns of the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.  
 
Elaine's year has come to an end.  It was probably one of the most difficult years for the club due to Coronavirus resulting in the cancellation of many events.  We are hopeful that 2021 will return to normal and that Adrian can lead the Club forward.
 
 
Elaine hands over to Adrian Alsop.
Adrian welcomes Clive Page as Vice President.
 
 

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 www.graysthurrockrotary.org.uk”. 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
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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