Thurrock Foodbank Donation

Grays Rotary agreed yesterday to donate £500 to Thurrock Foodbank to help assist those in need over the Christmas period.
Although the funds were sent electronically for speed, President Adrian is shown below outside Thurrock Foodbank with a presentation cheque.
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Ormiston Park Academy Garden Project

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!
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 Clive Banbury

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)
 Clive Banbury David Hamilton 2020-10-21 23:00:00Z 0

90 Years of Rotary

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
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Miles for Smiles Success

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.
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Elaine's Miles for Smiles

Posted on Sep 17, 2020
President Elaine is planning on walking 150 Miles for Smiles raising much needed funds for Operation Smile.
Operation Smile provides free cleft surgeries for children around the globe. It trains local doctors to give them the expertise to carry out these surgeries long after they have gone. In as little as 45 minutes & for just £150 we can provide surgery that will transform a child’s life forever.
It is easy to take for granted the surgical care we have available. But for too many people safe surgery is not an option. Children born with cleft lip and palate in the developing world cannot access the surgery they desperately need for a healthy, happy future. Instead they face difficulty breathing, eating and speaking and are left to live in social isolation due to the stigma surrounding their condition. It costs as little as £150 and takes just 45 minutes to provide this life-changing surgery.
Please donate at Elaine's donation page - just click on
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Rotary Club pays £500 for more PPE

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a worldwide shortage of all types of personal protective equipment (PPE). To counter this, across the world, ordinary people have been producing replacements for these pieces of in-demand PPE.
Currently, across the UK, there are thousands of people collaborating and using their own 3d printing machines to produce the plastic headbands for shield visors that are required when treating potential COVID-19 patients.
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock have donated £500 towards the production of these visors and these are being distributed to local NHS workers who need them. Our gallant hero wished to remain anonymous but our thanks go out to him!
pictured trying out the PPE visor is local dentist Mr Iain Ramsay
click through to see how the process works
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Rotary World First for Grays Thurrock

In an historic move tonight the Rotary Club of Grays, Thurrock may just have pulled off a UK first or even a World first - we awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship  (the top honour in Rotary) VIRTUALLY!
During this evening's regular lockdown Thursday Zoom Meeting Derek Swan was surprised at home with his award by local colleague, Iain Ramsay - no rules were broken - social distancing was observed and wife Linda pinned the badge on the proud recipient for the rest of the Club to watch on the Internet
The proud and deserved recipient Derek Swan pictured here having just been surprised on the doorstep!
Derek joined our Club on 14 July 1983 - A busy year for the Club as we sponsored the formation of Mardyke Valley Rotary Club that year.
In the early years he was heavily involved in the work of the International Committee. 
Then, like now, he enjoyed travelling (for social purposes) - Skiing, holidaying, having a good time. 
He has always been at the front in everything that is happening in Rotary and has always been a very keen and active participant in Tripartite.

In 1985 he masterminded the raffle of a mini car (in those days you could buy one and have change from £500), it made £400 profit.

He served as President of the Club in 1995/96.
Following this he returned to normal duties, i.e. involved in everything, until he took over as Hon. Secretary in 2012/13 the  role he still occupies.
A retired Grays Dentist who has served the Club and the Community unstintingly for almost 40 years
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Virtual 70's Night

The Club will not be deterred by a Virus - Oh No!
We organised a 70's night for the President and a 70's Night WE WILL DO!
But not as you know it
we are VIRTUAL (virtually!)
At the point this news story went live dozens of Rotarians are at this very moment tucking into
Cheese on a stick and Vol au Vents
Prawn Cocktail
Chicken in the Basket
Black Forest Gateaux
accompanied by lashings of Blue Nun and Mateus Rose
Double Diamond or Tartan Bitter (Carlsberg Special Brew for the hard cases)
R Whites lemonade for the non drinkers
Remember the 70's - what a depressing time they were:

It was the decade of strikes, electricity shortages and piles of rotting rubbish on the street.

There was more to the 1970s, such as music, fashion and long, hot summers.

But the industrial unrest had a huge impact.

"I remember one time I had to wait two hours outside a fruit shop just to get some milk!"

"I used to love power cuts. We would have candles and mum made us all Bovril to drink. We would sit around the coal fire and my dad told me fairies lived in it. That kept me entertained for hours. Better than Crackerjack!!"
"Candles... I was about 8/9 during the three-day week. Mum made it sound exciting like the Blitz but it wasn't. Apart from that my abiding memories is of dreariness, decay and depression apart from the summer of 76 of course"
if you want to see what our 70's looked like then click through
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The Lockdown Quiz

So you are shut away with nothing to do
Well I am going to exercise those brain cells - over the next five days I will post 20 questions each day on different topics and you download the word doc or pdf  from our website homepage - answer the questions and return it to me however you can - The Webmaster - in the contacts list on the homepage if you don't already know my contact details - Sorry but GDPR rules and regs prevent me from giving my email address out publicly.
There is a pdf version in AVAILABLE DOWNLOADS on the homepage also if you cannot use the word doc file  - don't forget - the non Grays Rotary Club members can send them via the contacts list to the Webmaster (almost at the bottom of the list) 
Just a quick run through of the rules to avoid any complications:
I am the Quizmaster therefore:
1. I am right - even if I am wrong I am still right
2. There are no prizes
3. I am still right
4. The answers must get to me by 6pm
5. In case you thought there was room for misunderstanding - no there isn't - I am still right
6. If I can't understand your answers they must be wrong
Where are the questions - scroll down the page to the Download Files on the right hand side of the page and they will magically appear everyday and I will TRY to post the results also as we go along but no promises!
ps when you download any file it usually appears on the bottom left of your screen and you click it to open it - people are telling me it doesn't download - yes it does - you are just not looking for it - most downloads happen like this - this is not my doing! You see you are learning at the same time.
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Lockdown Quiz Results

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A lot of bovver to make them hover!

"Thurrock's Top Junior Scientists battle it out at the 2020 Technology Tournament

Nine teams from five schools in the area were entered at this year’s Technology Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock and South Essex College. 

The overall winners were Grays Convent High School (top photo) with their amusingly named hovercraft, "The Flying Nun".  There were also certificates for: the straightest running hovercraft, Treetops School (middle photo); the fastest hovercraft, Hathaway Academy (bottom photo), for the best Teamwork shown, Gable Hall School and for the best designed hovercraft, again Grays Convent High School


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Talented Brush Strokes - go one further

We are very pleased to announce that Lillian's winning entry in our local heat won the District Heat and will now go forward to the National Finals - GOOD LUCK LILLIAN
We now have the winners of the Grays Thurrock Rotary Young Artist Competition:
The Rotary theme this year was  "Through my Eyes".
The winning entry of the Senior Section was an oil on stretched canvas (30x40cms) and was painted by Lillian Tagg, a student at William Edwards School. This was Lillian's description as to how her artwork relates to the competition theme: "Seeing how people can view their own bodies compared to reality and how people can be blinded by things when seeing it through their own eyes"
The winning entry of the Intermediate Section was also an oil on stretched canvas (36x45cms) and was painted by Isabella Jasper, also a student at William Edwards School. Isabella's description of her composition was  "I decided to draw the World in an eye because I see the World as everchanging. The sunset background signifies my love of sunsets. This means that the World can be seen in many different ways depending on the person"
Well done to both of you-many congratulations and thanks to all our entries this year - it has been a fabulous experience just seeing the many varied variations on a theme - inspiring!
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SNAP Happy

SNAP informs, encourages and supports parents and carers, enabling them to provide the best possible help to their children via a range of online resources, together with activities and services at the SNAP centre and  the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock is proud to support SNAP
Rotarian Clive Ingram handing over a cheque to SNAP for £500 to help them continue their good work
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An Indian Tale

Club members taking a well earned break from all the stressful activities that makes Rotary so rewarding - of course someone needs to organise this too but thankfully we have Bob Paterson for such things
with kind thanks To Village Indiya also for allowing 30 Rotarians to eat them out of house and home!
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Budding Young Writer recognised

The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock was pleased to be able to present a Certificate of Participation to Ashley Palipana in recognition of his entry in the Young Writer Competition. His well written and thoughtful entry, whilst not selected as the winner, was one of several outstanding entries that the judges discussed for quite a while before selecting the successful entry. He has also participated in the Rotary Club Young Musician competition, and is also looking at further competitions running this year. The club wishes him well in his future activities, and looks forward to his participation next year.
President Elaine with Ashley
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Sean takes Runner up Spot at District

The winner of our local heat of Rotary Young Musician, Sean Corrigan (see below) has just taken Runner Up spot at the District Finals at Chelmsford Cathedral - in a closely contested competition the judges declared that it was difficult to separate the top three candidates but in the end awarded our young clarinettist second place - Well Done Sean
a delighted Sean with his Runner Up silverware
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Another First for the Club

The Club was delighted to award the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship to Owner of Smiths Orchard Garden Centre, Helen Bradwell in recognition of the many years of the help and assistance that she and her employees have given to the Club particularly in relation to the Christmas Collections and the never ending amount of coins they cheerfully count and bag up for us - remember this year alone we collected £12,000 in coins so this is no small task - not only is this the first time Grays Thurrock Rotary Club has awarded this to someone outside of the Club but it is also the first time a woman has been recognised so we are very proud to be breaking new ground on many fronts.
Helen receiving her surprise award last week from President Elaine
On receiving the award, Helen declared "Thank you so much for the honour given me and my company through the Paul Harris Fellowship award - I am very proud to be associated with Grays Thurrock Rotary Club, its charities and long term aspirations such as the eradication of polio -Thank you again for the honour
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Young Musicians Hit the Right Note

Posted by iain ramsay on Dec 07, 2019
The Gateway Academy hosted the Rotary Young Musician Competition local heat and what a turn out we got. 
The overall winner was judged to be clarinettist Sean Corrigan who performed Malcolm Arnold's Clarinet Sonatina.
Sean will go on to compete at the District Finals at Chelmsford Cathedral and hopefully will play at The Rotary Christmas Concert next year also.
for the other winners please click Read More
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Posted by iain ramsay on Dec 03, 2019
Fresh out of his Diary - Here are the first details of the Sleigh appearances
Friday 6th December Stifford Clays 6-8pm
Saturday 7th December Blackshots 4-6pm
Sunday 8th December Chadwell West 4-6pm
Monday 9th December Rectory Road North 6-8pm
Tuesday 10th December Rectory Road South 6-8pm..............................REARRANGED
Thursday 12th December Chadwell East 6-8pm
Friday 13th December South Grays 6-8pm
Sunday 15th December Grays Town 4-6pm
Monday 16th December King Edward Drive/ Parkside 6-8pm
Tuesday 17th December Rectory Road South 6-8pm
Thursday 19th December Tilbury 6-8pm
To see the routes in detail click Read More
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Thurrock Chef Cooks up a Win

Posted on Dec 03, 2019
This Rotary Club in Partnership with the South Essex College (SEC) once again ran the Young Chef competition at the SEC campus in Grays. The competition was fierce, and the judges had some difficult decisions to make. Each student had to produce a three-course meal costing no more than £20. A detailed menu and a costings sheet had to be submitted before the event started.
In the end there could only be one winner though and Head Judge, Graeme Collie, Head of Commercial Catering at the SEC declared Amreet Dhillon from Grays Convent High School to be top chef on the day. Standards were high and it was a close call. Amreet will now represent Thurrock at the Essex District Competition in the new year.
 all the student chefs with Head Judge Graeme Collie
The Victor Amreet with Rotary President Elaine Stevens (right) and her teacher from the Convent Louise Caruana (left).
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Strange Santa Sightings all over Thurrock

Posted by iain ramsay on Nov 18, 2019
 Our latest project bursts into life with the distribution of our fabulous new Christmas collecting tins
This picture on our new Christmas Charity tins will be an ever increasing sight across the Borough and many thanks to the following establishments for allowing us to collect in this way:
The Old Shant - 432 London Road, Grays
The Courtyard Inn - Clarence Road, Grays
The Wharf - Wharf Road South, Grays
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Concert Shows Thurrock at it's Best

Posted by iain ramsay on Nov 11, 2019
To see the show highlights please click here 
we are very grateful to our event photographers Trebor Photography
Who gave up their time and considerable experience for free


Telephone: 01376 786995

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Exclusive Limited Edition Calendar

Posted by iain ramsay on Nov 01, 2019
This Rotary Club is proud to launch it's first ever Charity Calendar - reflecting what the Club has been up to over the past 12 months the A4 sized wall hanging calendar is produced on high quality gloss card with pin sharp images to match. 
If you really still don't know what we do then come and browse the 12 calendar months to see for yourself but hurry because they really are limited edition and will sell out before Christmas and they are priced at £10 - all the profits raised will go towards the innumerable charitable causes that we help with during a typical Rotary year.
Click on Calendars in the contacts on this homepage and leave your details
JUST £10 EACH and
when they are gone they are gone!
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Matilda The Musical

Posted by iain ramsay on Oct 30, 2019
The Club gave a donation of £500.00 towards the cost of sending 95 year 3 pupils at Tilbury Pioneer Academy to see the stage show Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in London.
The cheque was presented to Megan Godfrey, English Lead, on the 18th October 2019. The smash hit play based on the book by Roal Dahl and produced by the RSC is now in its 9th year. This will be the first introduction to any theatre for the children and they will be focusing on it all term. We wish them a joyous evening watching Matilda outsmarting the dreaded Miss Trunchbull.
Pictured with Rotarian Clive Ingram are some of the children with Megan Godfrey
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The Journey Men

Posted by iain ramsay on Oct 25, 2019
Grays Thurrock Rotary Club was pleased to host a lunch for some very special guests this week - Roger Frank and John Taylor from Upper Eden and Appleby Rotary Clubs respectively would be travelling a total of 1240km in their classic Teal Bugatti in appalling weathers to arrive in district 1240 with us, in Grays, at exactly 12:40 on World Polio Day. They were raising awareness of the need to continue efforts to stamp out this dreadful disease and raise money to do so. Grays Thurrock Rotary chipped in to help their total and will be further holding a quiz on Friday November 1st in aid of the fight to eliminate polio. On their way down Roger and John had stopped with 'Bertie' at Rotary Clubs in Scunthorpe and Saffron Walden and they were able to report that they arrived back home 'Up North' at 5pm on Friday 25th - cold and wet but very happy.
our intrepid travellers sharing a joke over the bonnet of Bertie the Teal
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Recent Donations

Posted by iain ramsay on Oct 17, 2019
President Elaine has been out and about presenting cheques to people again
These lucky recipients who got in touch with the club with their requests included Thurrock Sea Cadets, The Majko School of Irish Dancing and Batias, The Independent Advocacy Scheme
On Monday 30th September President Elaine visited the training ship Dragon. She presented a cheque was to help with the purchase of a mini bus. The unit competes in many activities and transport is always a challenge so at the moment fund raising for this item is a major item. Elaine arrived as agreed towards the end of the evening and watched as the lowering of the flag and associated events occurred. The picture shows Elaine handing the cheque to the civilian support chairperson Sue Merrin. Sue is the chair of the civilian team (UMT) which manages the assets to allow the young cadets to get the most of their time at the unit. President Elaine commented “ she was pleased to visit the t/s Dragon and see what occurs. She hoped the cheque would help the Sea cadets reach their target which would enable them to purchase the mini bus”.
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Shannon's Story

Posted by iain ramsay on Oct 06, 2019
Our money helped send trainee nurse Shannon Crowley to Nepal and now she has returned read the highlights of her lifetime experience.
Here she is with paediatric surgeon Dr Dinesh Koirala following the surgery she assisted in
read on for Shannon's highlights
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Girl Power 

Posted by iain ramsay on Sep 06, 2019
The Club was delighted to host a luncheon for our new District Governor, Pauline Dean along with her husband, former DG Terry, and Assistant DG Alan Banks. The combination of Pauline and our President Elaine is convincing evidence that the Club and Rotary in general is keeping up with the times and meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
Thank you Pauline and we hope you have a great year!
The Chain of Command !
District Governor Pauline flanked by our very own President Elaine and VP Adrian
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A New Era for Grays, Thurrock Rotary Club

Posted by iain ramsay on Jun 28, 2019
2019 sees a new milestone in the Club's near 90 year history as we induct our first lady President - hopefully the flood gates are now open and we will see many more but for the moment congratulations to Mrs Elaine Stevens at the start of what will, we are sure, be a memorable year
Immediate Past President Mark Dvorkin handing over the reins to new President Elaine Stevens
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Rotary helps Play Time

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!
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Rain Doesn't Stop Play

Posted by iain ramsay on Jun 12, 2019
Kidz Out 2019 and it rained and it rained and it rained! But rain will never ruin their day!
While everybody else holds on for dear life there is always one in every crowd!
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Back-up for Max

Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 30, 2019
Young Grays lad, Max Clarke has been selected to play for the London Broncos Rugby League Academy and is working hard, even picking up a man of the match award recently, and looking forward to getting a full contract at some point in the near future. The  6'5'' Max trains with them 3 times a week and has a match once a week - he is weighed every week and is 94Kg and has to eat 1000's of calories just to maintain that weight!  Grays Thurrock Rotary have chosen to help him reach his goal by providing £200 towards his size 13 boots. Here is with mum, Alana - his chief supporter and main back-up she is tall so Max is a giant!
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2019 Tripartite Big Success

Posted by Iain Ramsay on May 20, 2019
Early signs show Tripartite 2019 in Holland was a big success - well attended and well organised - those involved had  a great time- see below for the full story
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Man the Boats

Posted by Nicholas Wilkinson on Apr 02, 2019
Last Wednesday 50 students from Thurrock schools met at the Thurrock Cruise terminal to take part in this year’s Technology Tournament.  The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock, the South Essex College and supported by the Tilbury Cruise Terminal.
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Tea for Two

Posted by Elaine Stevens on Apr 02, 2019
The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock was pleased to make a donation of £500 to Thurrock Contact the Elderly, a charity that hosts tea parties for elderly residents who live alone. Lorraine Coleman, the Area Co-ordinator, said she was “taken aback at the amazingly generous donation”, and it would go towards the summer outing in May for all 8 of the tea party groups. The cheque was presented to Lorraine by Elaine Stevens from the Rotary Club. She said “they do such a wonderful job, we are so pleased to be able to help”.
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Mystery Trip

Posted by iain ramsay on Mar 31, 2019
Number 11 and what a trip - well done Alan Peaford and his helpers
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Students Snap Up Their Prizes

Posted by Corin Whymark on Mar 28, 2019
Yet another success story from the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock.
The talented winners of the Young Photographer competition run across the Borough of Thurrock have gone on to win the Rotary District 1240 event in all three age groups. Their photos have now been entered into the Rotary National Finals. President Mark Dvorkin is seen presenting awards and wishing them all the best for the next stage of the national competition.
l-r:  Luke Merrigan (Harris Academy);  Freya McCarthy (Orsett Primary); Emer Cullen (Gable Hall)
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Golly GOSH

Posted by iain ramsay on Feb 26, 2019
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Singapore Surprise

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
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Sasha serves up a treat

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.
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Christmas Giveaway

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
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Rotary Makes a Splash

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

Rotary's Grand Delivery

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

Air Cadets Cleared for Take off

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.
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Stubbers Gets a Boost!

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.
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Splashdown RYLA!

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.
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Dictionaries for Schools

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
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Kidz Enjoy Day Out

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!
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Princess Royal on becoming Honorary Rotarian

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.
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Techno Kids On Form

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.
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Kamal is The New Fellow

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
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Operation Smile

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.
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new member Clive

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
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Mystery Trip Upgrade 18.10

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.
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RAD Signs In

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!
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Mathematical minds from Thurrock pupils...

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

New Wave Shutterbugs

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”.

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Sasha is top of the chefs again

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.
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Great Ormond Street Hospital - our total so far Iain Ramsay 2018-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

Double Top!

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
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Chef gets Just Desserts

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


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Mathletics 2018 - It All Adds Up!

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

A  Good Christmas

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.
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Another Great Christmas Concert

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
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Dementia Care Nurses Spread Cheer

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

Welcome on board Alan

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
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A Fishy Tale

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'
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The DG Cometh

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
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Welcome Back Peter

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.
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Grays Reaches Out with Hand of Fellowship Alan Peaford 2017-09-04 23:00:00Z 0

Out with the Old and In with the New

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

Learning the Ropes

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!
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Tripartite in Grays-Thurrock vom 12 - 14 Mai 2017 incl President Kevin's translation Iain Ramsay 2017-05-27 23:00:00Z 0

Rotary Wheels Turning to Support School

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

Maths Quiz Scores Major Points With the Children

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

Rolling Down the River

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
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Mystery Trip - Can you guess the location? Iain Ramsay 2017-05-03 23:00:00Z 0

Santa's Christmas Giveaway!

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

RYLA is a big hit

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)
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Presidential Visit

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

New Member Clive

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

Up Up and Away

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

Mini Chefs Cook Up A Storm

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
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Well Done Eggheads

Posted by Iain Ramsay on Mar 06, 2017
Total Raised .......£800
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Christmas Concert a Huge Success

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.
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Rotary Young Chef of the Year 2016 Iain Ramsay 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

Gemma comes out shining!

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
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Santa Has Been and Gone!

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

Christmas Concert Details

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

Youth Speaks Local Heats 2016

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!
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Former Member Passes

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.
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Young Leaders still buoyant! Iain Ramsay 2016-05-10 23:00:00Z 0

Pleased As Punch

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
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The Coffers are Empty

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
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COLLECT with one hand and GIVE with the other

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

More Wheels on my wagon!

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

Christmas Hampers for Christmas Joy

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

Rotary Really Takes Off This Time

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

The Circle of Life!

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
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The Merchant of Venice is a scorcher! Iain Ramsay 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

Tripartite is a Winner!

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

RYLA Result!

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

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Mathematical Minds in Thurrock

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

Santa and His Sleigh Came to Town

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

Our Youths Speak!

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
New Team Declared Iain Ramsay 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

On the Road!

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

Youth Speaks

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

Garlic and Golf

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

Rotary Aid to Spain

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

Burns Night 2013

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

Choral Concert for Rotary Charities

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

Obituary to Mr Geoffrey Player

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

Mintie is Cool Customer

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