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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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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
86 pupils and their carers from Treetops School, Grays enjoyed a fabulous day out by the seaside courtesy of the Club and the annual Kidz Out day in Southend. Accompanied by members of the Club and wearing their free lemon t shirts many happy faces were in evidence and many tired bodies made their way home on the coaches at the end of the day!
Stubbers Adventure Centre in North Ockendon recently benefited from a donation of £250 from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.
The money will be used to replace equipment which needs updating. The cheque was handed over by Elaine Stevens, Community Service Chairperson, to the Centre Manager, Bob Edwards, who expressed his gratitude to the Rotary Club for their generosity.
Stubbers Adventure Centre offers various events and activities including sailing, archery, rifle shooting, quad biking to everyone, from the age of 6 years (subject to site regulations). It has been a growing in popularity over the years, benefiting many groups and individuals from the local community. On presenting the cheque, Elaine said “she was impressed with the facilities on offer which included a coffee shop open to the public, offering drinks and snacks to people who visit”.         
Elaine presenting the cheque to Bob Edwards.
 Rotary District 1240 (Essex) recently ran the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) day at the Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre, South Ockendon. The event was co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock and 30 students were invited to participate from schools and youth organisations in the South of the County. The event was free for the participants all costs being covered by Rotary.
  Students testing out their raft which they built themselves.
Rotary members were delighted to have Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal join them at National Conference 2018.
Watch her speech in full where she praised Rotary's work in polio eradication, working with young people and promoting peace.
click through for Key Note Speakers Chris Tarrant on his memories of 'Millionaire' and Angela Rippon on her experiences with dementia.
They say a picture speaks volumes - well Chris Williams from Operation Smile had that startling message to get across today and he did it very well. 
At Operation Smile, they believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. They believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. That’s what drives each and every one of their team: Their global and local network professionals, who donate thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and their supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met. The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock thank Chris for his visit and we thank the whole team for their continued efforts.
Technology Tournament
In March 2018 a remarkable 52 students from Thurrock Secondary Schools took part in the first annual Technology Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock in partnership with the South Essex College and the Port of Tilbury. The students worked in teams as they designed and completed a technology based task, which they knew nothing about until they arrived on the day, from materials supplied.
Congratulations to Kamal Sud the latest Rotarian to be presented with his Paul Harris Fellowship and didn't he deserve it! The Fellowship named after the founder is the highest award with which a club can honour a member. Kamal has served Grays Rotary for many years and shows no signs of slowing up anyday soon. Here he is doing what Kamal does best - Joining in and participating
Congratulations and Well Done to Kamal
Yes our tenth Mystery Trip this year landed us in Prague, Czechin and what a trip it was too.
Congratulations to Alan and his team for a job well done.
Paul Draper the Community and Corporate Fundraiser at the Royal Association for Deaf People, raising money to improve the lives for Deaf people and providing access to better services.
Paul gave an insightful talk into the work of the Society now celebrating 175 years and having to fundraise for the first time in it's existence!

‘Snapping up some Winners’

the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock will once again be organising a Local Heat for 2019 - closing date for entries 31/01/19. If you would like to receive further details and an information pack when published please contact

The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock kicked off 2018 with a completely new but successful event for young people in Thurrock. The Young Photographer competition for 7 to 17 year olds received an extremely rewarding number of entries from primary and secondary schools across the borough. One of the organisers, Rotarian Alan Falder commented, “It’s no wonder that the judges had such a difficult task choosing the winners as I was really amazed by the high standards of entries around the theme – “A Different Perspective”.

  It all adds up!

20 primary schools from across Thurrock recently participated in the fifth annual Mathletics competition, hosted by the Gateway Academy and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock. 
October 2018
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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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