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Service Above Self


Clacton Rotary works with local good causes to help financially and also with support through volunteering. Recent local projects have included the foodbank, a bursary scheme for a palliative care nurse and funding for Alexia Rose to receive a life saving operation.


Supporting overseas projects and working with partners agencies on the ground to ensure funds are utilised correctly. Recent projects include Tools With A Mission (TWAM) and schools and water supplies in Botswana

Young people

Clacton County High School hold an annual Art & Design Exhibition comprising work from the Art, Photography, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles students. Work is always of a very high and extremely impressive standard.

Social & members

Weekly lunch meetings at Clacton Golf Club, regular member trips and fun social activities in the local area.

Mens Health Check Coming To Clacton

CHAPS, More Info....

About us

Serving the local community since 1928

Weekly lunch meetings at Clacton Golf Club

Where to find us:
The Club meets at 12.55pm every Thursday at the Clacton Golf Club, West Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex , CO15 1AJ.

Visiting Rotarians are assured of a warm welcome but it would be appreciated if you would kindly contact Graham Syrett beforehand on 01255 431317 or email: so that we may book you in for a meal.

Please be aware that Clacton Golf Club has a dress code.

Purple for Polio

Working to eradicate Polio for over 30 years

Raising awareness in Clacton by planting Purple crocus bulbs on the town’s roundabouts. It’s time to get your green fingers at the ready because one strand of the Purple4Polio campaign is an exciting partnership between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

Planting Bulbs

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just two, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary. With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good.

Eradicating Polio

Donating your time or making a financial gift can help win the fight against polio. We need help planting the corms, contact us if you able to join in this autumn. We are accepting donations that will be used directly to end polio in the countries affected. Donations can be made via our online donation page with just giving or Virgin Money. For every £1 donated we can vaccinate one person. You can make a difference for less than the price of a coffee. We never pass on your details to third parties.

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Airshow Car Park

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President Steve welcomed all to the 90th plus one Charter Night of the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea. He especially welcomed the Rotarians from other Clubs whose attendance demonstrated the strong bonds in our Rotary family.

Christmas Celebration West Cliff Theatre, 8th Dec

An afternoon of carols and traditional songs, for your enjoyment featuring Colchester Military Wives Choir & Tendring Brass Band, service led by Rev Sharon Miles. SUNDAY  8th  DECEMBER 3pm (Doors open 2.15pm) FREE ENTRY

CHAPS Prostate Cancer Screening

Clacton Rotary Club’s, Past President Dick Farrow coordinated, its third CHAPS prostrate cancer screening with Chris Booth, Clinical Director of CHAPS Men's Health Charity. The Club raised £3,500 to fund the event and was supported by Masonic Lodges of Clacton and by Thompson Smith and Puxon Solicitors.

Roger Looker's Induction

Following our "Loyal" toast, jackets were donned for the induction of our latest new member Rotarian Roger Looker. Roger was introduced by Past President Robert Gillespie, and is well known by most members, having lunched with us over the past 6 weeks. Past President Brian Naylor read the "Object of Rotary" and President Steve read through the Induction process, welcoming Roger into the Club. Rotarian Roger gave a brief informal introduction to his background thanking all for accepting him into the Club.

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Officers for the 2019/20 Rotary year are

Steve Grimwood


Active member of the St Osyth community, he joined Rotary May 2015 after retiring from a hectic working life in the City of London

John Brett

President Elect

Born in Woolwich S.E.London in 1944. Educated at the first purpose built comprehensive school constructed after the war. Married to Pat since 1965, with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1965. Worked for Ford Motor Co. Ltd for 15 years then Britvic Soft Drinks for 15 years before going into Research and Development work for an engineering company in Hornchurch. Moved to St. Osyth in 2006 and joined Clacton Rotary Club in 2015. Currently Chairman of the Community Service Committee.

Ray Hansen


Gerry Atkinson

Vice President

I was born and brought up in Woodford Green which was notionally in Essex. I spent five years as an apprentice toolmaker and draughtsman designer, before heading off to The City University to study Mechanical Engineering. This led to my first post graduate job working for Davy Paxman in Colchester (then part of the English Electric Company). I lived in Weeley and then Great Clacton for a short while before heading back to London to follow a career in as a Quality Engineer. This I did initially with Hoover in West London and then with The Rank Organisation in Chiswick. Observing the rapidly demise of colour television industry in the UK I moved onto Dunlop Ltd., as a Senior Buyer in central London. Recognising the signs of change and decline once again (nothing to do with me in either case) I joined a family owned company in Tottenham, North London. The company had factories both there and in Glemsford, Suffolk. I Stayed with them for twenty-six years initially as their Chief Buyer, then Group Purchasing Manager and finally as Purchasing Director for the AVENT company which was spun off from the original business.

Committee Officers for 2019/2020

Secretary: Ray Hansen

Treasure: Nick Lee

Community Service: Mark Penn
International Service: Brian Henesy
Vocational & Youth Services:
Membership Service: Steve Grimwood, John Brett and William Stevens
Foundation: Keith Parham
Sports and Social: Clive Gowers
Public Image: Tony Burnside