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
Face to face meetings are currently suspended.
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:   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.
Raj Mohile has been presented with a a Paul Harris fellowship.  This pays tribute to the work that Raj has put in over many years in Grays Rotary.  Well done Raj.
Raj said ‘I just wanted to say what an unexpected surprise and pleasure it was to see you all yesterday. Thank you for nominating me for the PHF. I am truly honoured and humbled’
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!

Alan Peaford PHF

It was a presentation with a difference as the new president of Grays Thurrock Rotary Club, Adrian Alsop was tasked with presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Alan Peaford.
The naming of a Paul Harris Fellow is a tribute to a person who has demonstrated shared purpose and support for the educational and humanitarian objectives of the Rotary Foundation worldwide. It is named after the founder of Rotary International who started the organisation in Chicago in 1905.
There are now more than 1.2 million members worldwide.
With Covid lockdown and meeting restrictions in place, it was impossible to announce the Fellowship and make the presentation at the club’s usual Orsett Hall meeting place, but Adrian decided to take the certificate on his morning walk around Orsett village and with the use of a long litter-picker was able to pass the award over while remaining socially distanced.
“This is the highest award that can bestowed on a Rotarian and recognises the work Alan has done representing the club internationally but also for masterminding projects like the virtual Christmas concert and of course the real concert when it happens,” Adrian said.
“I was really touched and honoured to receive this recognition with the nomination from the club – and it was great to see the new president in person, albeit for just a few seconds,” Alan said.






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.

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.
July 2021