Rotary club of clacton on sea

Service Above Self

Community Food Project

What We Do

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

Working with local schools and colleges to support reading, art, design and photography.

Social & members

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

£15,000 Raised For The Local Community Through The Air Show Car Park

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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 strict 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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Christmas Day Lunch Success!

200 FREE Lunches Served

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Food Project Going Well

A lovely note of thanks from our friends at Clacton Coastal Academy for the recent collection of donated food. The Food2Good2Waste project is going well!

TWAM Picture


Collecting tools on Saturday 20th May in Clacton. 9am to 4pm Tesco Car Park, Brook Park Clacton.


Strictly Air Ambulance

The speaker this week was our own Bill Wilson, hot footed from his Strictly Air Ambulance fundraiser. Bill took us through the whole experience from failure to success! A fascinating insight into what is takes to be a ballroom dancer in this great fundraising effort.


Spring Time in Clacton

Bloomin lovely in Clacton today. Spring time down on the Greensward with our crocuses planted for the Purple 4 Polio Campaign.

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Officers for the 2016/17 Rotary year are

Kevin Harkin


Family man Kevin a retired local authority officer in the sport, leisure and tourism sectors has been married for 28 years and has two children. His professional work has taught him the value of volunteers in local communities.

Tony Burnside

President Elect

A retired Military and Chartered Civil Engineer who moved to Clayton in 2012 joining Rotary the following year. Keen golfer and bridge player and a member of local clubs. Rotary does a great deal of good for the local community and proud to be a member of the club.

Mark Penn

Vice President

Working in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, Mark is CEO of Tendering Reuse and Employment Enterprise. A local reuse social enterprise employing vulnerable and disadvantaged local people throughout Tendring.

William Stevens

Hon. Secretary

Retired local business owner joining Rotary in 2002 and thoroughly enjoy my involvement. Have always taken a keen interest in community activities and was Chair of Governors of a local school for very many years.

Other Officers

Hon Treasurer: Past President John Crocker
Asst. Hon. Secretary: Raymon Hansen MBE

Committee Officers for 2016/2017

Community Service: Trevor Norris
International Service: Steve Grimwood
Vocational & Youth Services: Dick Farrow
Membership Service: Mark Penn & Tony Burnside
Foundation: Brian Naylor
Sports and Social: Clive Gowers
Public Image: Mark Penn