Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jun 18, 2019
President in waiting Elaine Stevens presents a cheque for £200 to Thurrock Play Network to assist in their work
The Pyramid Resource Centre collects re-useable waste from businesses that would otherwise be sent to landfill. These waste materials are available for art, craft, and design and technology projects or to be just creative. They are not only giving the community the opportunity to use our resources but also helping the environment become a little bit greener.
What they need from you!
Everyday companies will have to discard their waste products. Much of this is collected and may be put into landfill sites, normally  at a cost to the company, the environment or both………...there is an alternative…………..
The Pyramid Resource Centre will collect suitable scrap materials free of charge for re-use for their members. What may be rubbish to you can be re-used for arts, crafts, design and technology projects and creative play.
They need a wide range of clean, safe, versatile waste materials that could provide a valuable source of entertainment, play and stimulation for their members.
Examples of Scrap needed:
Card & Paper—all types
Containers with lids / boxes, clean new bottles
Fabric, Fur & Textiles
Bubble wrap
CD’s & CDR’s
Ex-display materials
Novelty goods
Foils & films
Production off cuts
Reject stock
Rope, cord, twine & wood
Tubes—card, plastic etc
Sample books
The list is endless… if you think you may have something that would benefit our    members please contact them……..don’t forget what you think is rubbish they may be able to use!
Rotary helps Play Time Iain Ramsay 2019-06-17 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 19, 2019
Member Adrian Alsop stopped off in Singapore recently on a cruise and joined up with the Rotary Club of Raffles City, Singapore at the famous Raffles Club - he kept the Grays end up and wished them well.
Here he is with wife Sandra and President Brian Tan receiving a club banner
Singapore Surprise Iain Ramsay 2019-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by iain ramsay on Feb 10, 2019
STOP PRESS - Sasha won the District Finals too and now goes forward to the Nationals so Well Done Sasha for cooking up a storm!
Last Monday saw ‘Young Chefs’ that live in Thurrock go head to head with each other. The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock together with the South Essex College (SEC) ran the Rotary ‘Young Chef’ competition and the competition was fierce.
The event is a four stage national competition designed to encourage the development of cookery skills and was open to all students in full time education aged 11 to 17. This was the first round with the winner moving to the all Essex competition. The aims of the competition were to learn how to cook a healthy meal, consider food hygiene issues, develop food presentation skills, develop organisational and planning skills and develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation. The goal was to prepare in two hours, a three-course healthy meal comprising starter, main course and dessert for two people costing less than £20.00.
The students used the cooking facilities at the South Essex College and the judges were Head Chef Steve Deal assisted by Chef Lecturer Phil Watson from the SEC who had the task of judging the food produced.  The winner was Sasha Martin from the Gateway Academy who will now represent the schools in Thurrock at the Rotary County event. 
Above picture shows Head Chef Steve Deal, Sasha Martin and Phil Watson.                    
Group picture of all the chefs and members of the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.
Sasha serves up a treat iain ramsay 2019-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by iain ramsay on Feb 10, 2019
At a well attended and busy meeting thursday last the Club gave away its takings from a very busy 2018 Christmas period - over £11,500 was collected and £2000 was given to each of the four main charities - Little Havens Hospice, Treetops School, Barnardos and Great Ormond Street Hospital while thank you cheques were given to our helper groups from Thurrock Air Cadets, Thurrock Sea Cadets and Thurrock Cubs while praise and certificates were heaped on our Supermarket friends from Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda without whom we could not achieve the figures we do. President Mark paid tribute to all those who had given up so much time to come together and make the superlative effort that was required to raise £11,500 and there is a bit left over in the pot to help others in need of our help throughout the rest of this year.
Pictured below receiving his £2000 cheque from President Mark Dvorkin on behalf of Treetops School is headmaster Mr Paul Smith 
and from GOSH Area Charity Coordinator - Judy Kuhl
and Little Havens' Area Coordinator Bob Jamieson
 and from Barnardos - Paul Beard and Ann French
and receiving their certificates of achievement - Bob James from Thurrock Sea Cadets, Mark Jones from Thurrock Air Cadets and Graham Tidman from Thurrock Cub Scouts
Christmas Giveaway iain ramsay 2019-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Wilkinson on Nov 18, 2018
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”. 

Rotary Makes a Splash Nicholas Wilkinson 2018-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Peaford on Oct 09, 2018
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.”
Rotary's Grand Delivery Alan Peaford 2018-10-08 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by iain ramsay on Sep 23, 2018
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.
Air Cadets Cleared for Take off iain ramsay 2018-09-22 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Wilkinson on Jun 19, 2018
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.
Stubbers Gets a Boost! Nicholas Wilkinson 2018-06-18 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nicholas Wilkinson on Jun 19, 2018
 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.
Splashdown RYLA! Nicholas Wilkinson 2018-06-18 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jun 14, 2018
The Club are delighted to present these magnificent illustrated dictionaries to 15 of the local primary schools all of whom will be receiving their boxes very soon
Dictionaries for Schools Iain Ramsay 2018-06-13 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jun 14, 2018
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!
Kidz Enjoy Day Out Iain Ramsay 2018-06-13 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 27, 2018
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.
Princess Royal on becoming Honorary Rotarian Iain Ramsay 2018-04-26 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 12, 2018
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.
Techno Kids On Form Iain Ramsay 2018-04-11 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 12, 2018
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
Kamal is The New Fellow Iain Ramsay 2018-04-11 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 12, 2018
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.
Operation Smile Iain Ramsay 2018-04-11 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 12, 2018
Greetings to our latest member Clive Ingram seen here in the grip of President Steve and his proposer Adrian Alsop
new member Clive Iain Ramsay 2018-04-11 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 29, 2018
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.
Mystery Trip Upgrade 18.10 Iain Ramsay 2018-03-28 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 29, 2018
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!
RAD Signs In Iain Ramsay 2018-03-28 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 14, 2018

  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. 
Mathematical minds from Thurrock pupils... Iain Ramsay 2018-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 12, 2018

‘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”.

New Wave Shutterbugs Iain Ramsay 2018-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 12, 2018
From left to right:  Ton Finkel, organiser, Lisa Shaw, judge, Tom Gardner, judge, and District Governor 1130 (London) , Michael Hodge with Sasha hold the certificate and cup.
Sasha heads off to the Young Chef UK National Finals.
Sasha is top of the chefs again Iain Ramsay 2018-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Great Ormond Street Hospital - our total so far Iain Ramsay 2018-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 04, 2018
Step forward messrs Wilkinson and Whymark - yes these two surprised gentlemen received Rotary's highest honour last week when they were both awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship.
Congratulations to both Nick and Corin for a prize well deserved and the recognition that goes along with it.
Nick and Corin receiving their Fellowship awards from President Steve at Orsett Hall Hotel last week
Double Top! Iain Ramsay 2018-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 12, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that in the district 1240 finals for the Rotary Young Chef event Sasha from the Gateway Academy (our club winner) won the event and will now represent the district at the regional event. We join together to congratulate Sasha and wish her all the very best in the regional heats next month



Sasha's winning dishes


crispy prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and blowtorched figs

(homemade focaccia, pea shoots with a balsamic glaze and basil oil)


pan roasted pork tenderloin, celeriac puree and parsnip crisps

(honey roast root vegetables and sprouts in a red wine gravy)


chocolate & banana, avocado mousse

(raspberry coulis, chocolate & pistachio soil with a pistachio tuille and fresh raspberries)


and we give additional thanks to Graeme Collie, Head of Commercial Catering at South Essex College, Grays who has mentored Sasha and contributed enormously to her success


Chef gets Just Desserts Iain Ramsay 2018-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 12, 2018

The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock, in partnership with the Gateway Academy, has organised the Thurrock Mathletics event for many years.

This year teams of four more able pupils from each Primary School across Thurrock will compete against each other on Thursday 8th March.

Which schools will be in the top three this year?


Mathletics 2018 - It All Adds Up! Iain Ramsay 2018-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 02, 2018
Grays Rotary Club gave away a massive £10,720 as a result of their 2017 Christmas Campaign collecting money around the streets of Grays, Tilbury and Chadwell and the major Supermarkets. 
The beneficiaries were of course charities and organisations providing services to the children in the local area.
  • Little Havens Hospice
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Barnardos
  • Treetops School
all received big donations
(President Steve Payne awarding representatives from both Treetops School and Great Ormond Street Hospital with their cheques for £2680 as part of the big cash giveaway)
Steve also gave thanks to the supermarkets Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys for letting us collect there in the first place and to the leaders and the youngsters of Thurrock Air Cadets, Thurrock Scouts and Thurrock Sea Cadets who helped us out so enthusiastically on the streets, all of whom received small donations from the club to further their goals and a big thank you to Orchard Garden Centre for doing all the coin counting - a huge task in the circumstances and of course a huge thanks to our Sleigh Captain Mr Mark Dvorkin for putting it all together.
A Good Christmas Iain Ramsay 2018-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 19, 2017
Friday night's charity concert at the Civic Hall was another huge success and close to 500 people turned out to enjoy the cream of our local talent.
The fabulous evening included turns from The Aveley and Newham Brass Band, The Mosaic Choir, The Little Thurrock School Choir, The Drumenagh School of Irish dance and the amazing young singer Teerna Mukherjee and the equally brilliant and internationally renowned flautist Amy-Jayne Milton. Brilliantly held together by the ever reliable Alan Peaford MBE it finished with a hugely entertaining rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas which was coordinated in spectacular style and used just about everybody in the hall!
They are counting the monies and a final total is yet to be confirmed but should be in the region of £5000 - all to be used on local causes.
To see for yourselves click on the link below
Another Great Christmas Concert Iain Ramsay 2017-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 04, 2017
The Club held a formal lunch last week to celebrate the successful installation of and completion of training on the new equipment purchased by the club and donated to Basildon Hospital Dementia Ward for use throughout the hospital. The total cost of the equipment was £7500 and was the largest single donation the Club has made.
Admiral Nurse Jane Gilby tells the Club what a difference the new equipment is already making
Dementia Care Nurses Spread Cheer Iain Ramsay 2017-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 14, 2017
Congratulations and welcome to our latest new member Alan Falder
seen here being inducted by President Steve Payne
Welcome on board Alan Iain Ramsay 2017-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Oct 16, 2017
The Club enjoyed another return visit to Smiths of Wapping last Sunday- organised superbly by Kamal Sud -  about 30 people enjoyed Sunday lunch 'up London'
A Fishy Tale Iain Ramsay 2017-10-15 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Oct 03, 2017
The Club recently played host to the District Governor Nick Sillitoe. Well known to the club Nick brought us news from District and we wish him a successful year
The DG Cometh Iain Ramsay 2017-10-02 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Oct 01, 2017
We are very proud to welcome back Mr Peter Hoche into the Grays fold. Work commitments meant Peter had to leave a few years ago but he couldn't stay away forever and as soon as the situation allowed he is back.
President Steve Payne extends the Rotary hand of fellowship here to Peter.
Good luck Peter.
Welcome Back Peter Iain Ramsay 2017-09-30 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Peaford on Sep 05, 2017
Grays Rotary Club reached out the hand of fellowship to East Africa with membership chairman Alan Peaford visiting Dar es Salaam Oyste rBay Rotary Club in Tanzania.
Grays Reaches Out with Hand of Fellowship Alan Peaford 2017-09-04 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by iain ramsay on Jul 05, 2017
Another new Rotary Year begins and these photos show the handover last week
Outgoing President Kevin Watkins (right) hands over the baton to new President Steve Payne
President Steve welcomes in his new Vice President Mark Dvorkin
and his new 2nd Vice President Elaine Stevens
Out with the Old and In with the New iain ramsay 2017-07-04 23:00:00Z 0
We were exceptionally pleased to welcome two members from the Interact Club of Grays Convent High School to our business meeting last week. They were accompanied by their teachers and were able to see the inner workings of the club in action. Lively debates, friendly arguments, presentations, plans and dates - having seen the oldies in action they definitely knew what not to do after this performance!
Learning the Ropes 2017-06-18 23:00:00Z 0
Tripartite in Grays-Thurrock vom 12 - 14 Mai 2017 incl President Kevin's translation Iain Ramsay 2017-05-27 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 28, 2017
Children like Tyler (pictured) at Thameside Primary School, who suffers with spastic paraplegia, now have a ticket to ride thanks to Grays Thurrock Rotary Club.
Rotary club President Dr Kevin Watkins (left) at the school with the wheelchair and pupil Tyler, Rotary’s Mr Peter Minter and Thameside Primary School’s Senior Deputy Headteacher Mrs Billinghurst
Rotary Wheels Turning to Support School Iain Ramsay 2017-05-27 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 22, 2017
It’s Ten out of Ten for Thurrock Primary Schools
This year was the fourth annual Mathletics Competition for Thurrock Primary Schools sponsored by The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock  and organised in partnership with The Gateway Academy Tilbury. Each primary school across the borough was invited to enter a team of their most able mathematicians. Many of these schools held their own in-house competitions to make sure that their most able pupils were selected. Each team of four pupils had to work in an organised way to make sure that they answered all of the questions in an allocated time.
Maths Quiz Scores Major Points With the Children Iain Ramsay 2017-05-21 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 17, 2017
There is nothing so good as messing about on the river! Well our friends from Germany and Holland thought as much during the culmination of Tripartite weekend. Departing from St Katherine's Dock the evening dinner cruise went up to Westminster Bridge and all the way back down to the O2 and all the while we wined and dined to the strains of the Jazz Duo on board. Conditions up top were brilliant, London at night being shown off at its best and it all made for a thoroughly good evening
Rolling Down the River Iain Ramsay 2017-05-16 23:00:00Z 0
Blood On Their Hands Iain Ramsay 2017-05-07 23:00:00Z 0
Mystery Trip - Can you guess the location? Iain Ramsay 2017-05-03 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 04, 2017
Over £10,000 was given away at Orsett Hall recently.
The proceeds of the sleigh and supermarket collections over the Christmas period were shared equally between Treetops School, Little Havens Hospice, Barnardos and Great Ormond Street Hospital whilst donations were given to Thurrock Scouts and Thurrock Air Cadets who helped out with the collections.
Santa's Christmas Giveaway! Iain Ramsay 2017-05-03 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 01, 2017
Once again the Club hosted the South Essex RYLA heats last Saturday at Grangewaters and over 30 children took part from six different schools teaming up to take part in four activities across the day from the climbing wall to problem solving. Many thanks to all the volunteers for helping out and making the day possible for the participants but most of all - thanks to all the young leaders who turned out and threw themselves into the challenges with so much enthusiasm - well done (check out the full gallery on website homepage)
RYLA is a big hit Iain Ramsay 2017-04-30 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 01, 2017
President Kevin Watkins visited The Grays Convent High School to officially award the winning team of Rotary Youth Speaks Senior Section
with their trophy. Congratulations again to Tasnim, Archisha and Zoe who won speaking on 'Ambition'
Presidential Visit Iain Ramsay 2017-04-30 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 01, 2017
 Congratulations to our latest member Clive Page who joined the ranks recently -we wish him a long and happy time in Rotary
New Member Clive Iain Ramsay 2017-04-30 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Peaford on Mar 31, 2017

Biggles and his chums Algy and Ginger have been at it again


Up Up and Away Alan Peaford 2017-03-30 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 27, 2017
The recent Mini Chefs competition at Tree Tops certainly brought out the creative side in our contestants. Judged over two courses our Michelin Wannabees impressed the judges but there had to be a winner - Macey Ewers (pictured centre with trophy)
All photos by photography student Jordan King
Mini Chefs Cook Up A Storm Iain Ramsay 2017-03-26 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 06, 2017
Total Raised .......£800
Well Done Eggheads Iain Ramsay 2017-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 19, 2016
The annual Christmas Concert returned to the Civic Hall last Friday evening and what a night it was. Showcasing local talent new and old, the names on show that night included Anna Marie Childs, Eliza Love,The Becontree Brass Band, The Little Thurrock Primary School Choir, The Mosaic Choir and the Drumenagh Irish Dance Troupe. The evening was a delightful reminder of traditional values and seasonal goodwill.
Christmas Concert a Huge Success Iain Ramsay 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 14, 2016
Congratulations to Sasha Martin who carried off the inaugural Young Chef of the Year trophy last week at SE Essex College Grays.
Rotary Young Chef of the Year 2016 Iain Ramsay 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 14, 2016
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock are proud to have helped local athlete Gemma Holloway achieve her dream for running in the GB team AND WINNING GOLD in the U20 Ladies Cross Country European Championships
Gemma (pictured 2nd from right) about to receive her gold medal
Gemma comes out shining! Iain Ramsay 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 30, 2016
Jingle Bells Jingle Bells!
Santa Has Been and Gone! Iain Ramsay 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 23, 2016
Tickets also available at :
Ice White Dental 87 Orsett Road Grays
01375 372111
Smith's Orchard Garden Centre Chadwell Road Grays 01375 372195
Thurrock Garden Centre South Rd South Ockendon 01708 851991
Christmas Concert Details Iain Ramsay 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 13, 2016
In a hard fought and well thought out debate the winners in the intermediate section were William Edwards School and the winners in the Senior Section were the Grays Convent High School. The competition, held in the Civic Chambers is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills. Well done to all participants
Thomas, Charles and Daniel proudly display their trophy debating 'Could it happen again?'
Zoe, Archisha and Tasnim with their trophy won speaking on 'Ambition'
Youth Speaks Local Heats 2016 Iain Ramsay 2016-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Sep 22, 2016
New member Adrian plainly fails to understand the rules of Hide and Seek...
while we close our eyes, he is supposed to run and hide!
1-2-3-4-5-6- Iain Ramsay 2016-09-21 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Sep 19, 2016
It is with much regret that I have to announce the passing of Peter Bookey. A very popular member, the former funeral director had suffered with a long term illness. He will be greatly missed by the club. Our condolences go out to his wife, Margaret and their family.
Former Member Passes Iain Ramsay 2016-09-18 23:00:00Z 0
Club mourns death of Ted Saxton Iain Ramsay 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Young Leaders still buoyant! Iain Ramsay 2016-05-10 23:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 22, 2016
The Winning Team in the Senior Section of this years Youth Speaks Competition..........
                                   Hathaway Academy
                          Well Done to all involved
Pleased As Punch Iain Ramsay 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 03, 2016
That's it then - no more now until we do it all over again!
The last cheque for £2000 from the 2015 Christmas Collections was today presented to Judy Kuhl from Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital
Smiling President Peter Minter hands over the cheque this lunchtime
The Coffers are Empty Iain Ramsay 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 15, 2016
The Christmas 2015 campaign came and went and here are some of the lucky recipients of this years efforts with their cheques proudly displaying the amounts
Good Luck spending it Terri Carroll from Treetops School, Peter Hall from Little Havens Hospice and Anne French from Barnardos
COLLECT with one hand and GIVE with the other Iain Ramsay 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Feb 15, 2016
 Thanks to another generous contribution form Grays Thurrock Rotary The Bar'n'Bus project just keeps rolling on
More Wheels on my wagon! Iain Ramsay 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 07, 2015
Filled to the brim with seasonal goodness our Christmas hampers are once again ready to be distributed across the borough to those deserving households.
Christmas Hampers for Christmas Joy Iain Ramsay 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Oct 05, 2015
Grays Rotary Club's IFFR (international Fellowship of Flying Rotarians) members organised the IFFR fly-in to famous World War II airport Biggin Hill. Club stalwart Alan Peaford (Left) joins IFFR chairman Alisma Clark to hand over an iconic piece of RAF artwork to Biggin Hill's marketing boss Andy Patsilides who had hosted the club's tour of the airport and a special Spitfire display with Pimms and sausages for refreshment.
Rotary Really Takes Off This Time Iain Ramsay 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jul 07, 2015
Another Rotary Year ends and a new one starts
Outgoing President Iain Ramsay congratulates incoming President Peter Minter 2015-16
Good Luck Peter
The Circle of Life! Iain Ramsay 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jul 07, 2015
On a blissfully hot weekend 27 people from Grays Thurrock Rotary travelled up to Stratford Upon Avon for the now annual Shakespeare pilgrimage
The Merchant of Venice is a scorcher! Iain Ramsay 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jun 02, 2015
Grays Thurrock RC travelled to Iserlohn during May and met with our German and Dutch counterparts for great weekend of FELLOWSHIP
Tripartite is a Winner! Iain Ramsay 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Tom Shiner - An Obituary to a Gentleman of the Club Iain Ramsay 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 03, 2015

On Sunday 26th April youngsters from Thurrock took part in the RYLA (Rotary Young Leaders Awards) held this year at Danbury Youth Centre

RYLA Result! Iain Ramsay 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 08, 2015
The 'Mathletics' competition was a huge success enjoyed by a whopping 27 out of possible 35 primary schools and Grays Thurrock Rotary were in the thick of it.
Mathematical Minds in Thurrock Iain Ramsay 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Frank Saunders 1921-2015 Iain Ramsay 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Concert Raises Over £6000 for Rotary Causes Iain Ramsay 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Grays Thurrock Rotary Donates Christmas Monies Iain Ramsay 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Burns Night Great Success Iain Ramsay 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay
Father Christmas Brings Goodwill to Thurrock
Many Thanks to all those people who came out to see Father Christmas and we thank you for your donations. We are delighted to announce that the sleigh collections raised £5000 for local children's charities
Iain Ramsay President Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock
Santa and His Sleigh Came to Town Iain Ramsay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Dec 01, 2014
Grays Thurrock Rotary Hosts another successful opening round of The Youth Speaks debating competition
Our Youths Speak! Iain Ramsay 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Christmas Charity Concert 2014 Iain Ramsay 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Final Artistes Announced for Christmas Spectacular Iain Ramsay 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
John Vesey 1933-2014 Iain Ramsay 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Sep 04, 2014
As the new Rotary Year shifts into gear we publish the teamsheet!
New Team Declared Iain Ramsay 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jul 30, 2014

Grays Thurrock Rotary take an August break from Orsett Hall

On the Road! Iain Ramsay 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
DG comes to town Iain Ramsay 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Year Gets Under Way Iain Ramsay 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Cucumber Sandwiches at Pimms o'clock! Iain Ramsay 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Tripartite Comes up Trumps 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Marathon Man Crosses the Line 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Moneytastic Giveaway! 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Burns Night Hailed Great Success Iain Ramsay 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Speaks Volumes! Iain Ramsay 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Mauled by a tiger! Iain Ramsay 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Boost for Leadership Award Scheme Iain Ramsay 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker highlights work of Sea Cadets Iain Ramsay 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Grays Rotary return to RST summer 2014 Iain Ramsay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Lunch with the President Iain Ramsay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Meals Out Series Iain Ramsay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Oct 02, 2013


Grays Thurrock Rotary Club will host local heats in national competition

Youth Speaks Iain Ramsay 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Is there anybody out there? Iain Ramsay 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Presidential Handover Iain Ramsay 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Garden party held today - invite all the debs to play Iain Ramsay 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jul 22, 2013

International golfing pros past and present flocked to France recently for challenging two day tournament.

Garlic and Golf Iain Ramsay 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
RSC tour 2013 Iain Ramsay 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Dutch Host Tripartite Iain Ramsay 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Apr 14, 2013


Grays Rotary Club fly out emergency cash to starving Spanish waiters and cafe owners

Rotary Aid to Spain Iain Ramsay 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Picka Pukka Tikka after Easter in Aveley! Iain Ramsay 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
District Quiz Masters! Iain Ramsay 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posh Fish Nosh with the Pres! Iain Ramsay 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Assist Woodside Academy Iain Ramsay 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Collections Donated Iain Ramsay 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jan 26, 2013

Great turn out for the club's annual Burns Supper held at Orsett Hall last thursday evening

Burns Night 2013 Iain Ramsay 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Jan 17, 2013

The Rotary Club of Chelmer Bridge will be holding a Charity Choral Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 9th February 2013, staring at 7.30pm.

Choral Concert for Rotary Charities Iain Ramsay 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian In Queen's New Year Honours List Iain Ramsay 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Christmas Concert a Huge Hit Iain Ramsay 2012-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Santa's Sleigh Shocks School Iain Ramsay 2012-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
'Tis the Season to be Jolly Iain Ramsay 2012-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Hampers Spread Seasonal Cheer Iain Ramsay 2012-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Last Few Remaining Iain Ramsay 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Concert Close to Selling Out! Iain Ramsay 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
St Luke's Hospice Staff Get Trolleyed! Iain Ramsay 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 29, 2012




Geoffrey Blyth Player PDG, LDS RCS(Eng) PHF .....kindly researched and submitted by Rotarian Ray Reynolds

Proudly displaying the following medals:

1. Order of St John "Serving Brother" awarded for being President of Grays Men's Division for many years

2. Originally awarded to the British Expeditionary Force 1939-1940

3. France and Germany Star given to all who gave active service in either country

4. Defence Medal for everyone who served in any of the Forces.

5. For Active Service in the 21st Army Group in Normandy and onwards into Germany. Incorporated Oak Leaf signifies "Mentioned in Despatches"

6. Territorial Army Long Service - joined 1938

7. The Normandy Star for Active Service in Normandy in early days of the Invasion

Obituary to Mr Geoffrey Player Iain Ramsay 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Dan Meyrick PHF 1912-2012 Iain Ramsay 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Geoff Player LDS RCS, PHF, PDG Iain Ramsay 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay on Nov 01, 2012

Pete the mint coolly snatches victory in tense last hole golf drama and takes Walsham Cup for Rotary once again.

Mintie is Cool Customer Iain Ramsay 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Scouts open new tower with Rotary help Iain Ramsay 2012-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
2012 Rotary Christmas Concert Details Released Iain Ramsay 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Thurrock Food Bank gets much needed Rotary help Iain Ramsay 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Grays Thurrock Rotary Website Goes Live Iain Ramsay 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! Iain Ramsay 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Iain Ramsay

An Obituary to Rotarian Dan Meyrick 1912-2012

Many thanks to Rotarian Tom Shiner for his kind words and extensive research

Dan Meyrick - an Obituary Iain Ramsay 0
Rotary: A Year of Major Accomplishments Iain Ramsay 0
Welcome to our new website! Iain Ramsay 0