St Osyth C of E Primary School Gives Donation to Clacton Rotary Club

A Fantastic achievement made by the pupils of St Osyth C of E Primary School, who have raised £440 towards the Christmas Day meal from their two Carol Services. The money was given to President Tony Burnside, Secretary Willam Stevens, and Junior Vice President Steven Grimwood.

A big thank you to all those involved, especially the children and the audience watching.

St Osyth C of E Primary School

Goody Bags for Christmas Day

Christmas Goody Bags 2017

Rotarian Norman Byford and Angela Byford preparing the goody bags for Christmas Day

Christmas Goody Bags 2017

Christmas Goody Bags 2017

A very big thank you to our sponsors and our companies that help us supply the goody bags for Christmas Day

(Thompson Smith and Puxon, Farm Foods, The Clacton Lions)

89th Charter Night


Talk from Brainwave’s Gerry Gould

Gerry Gould and President Tony Burnside

Gerry Gould and President Tony Burnside

Gerry Gould and President Tony Burnside showing some of the items used in rehabilitating children.

Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.

The first time their therapists meet you and your child they encourage you to discuss your child’s development.  They will get to know and understand your child, their current abilities and the goals they will be aiming to achieve.  They welcome close liaison with all professionals involved with your child’s development.

To read more about Brainwave, visit their website

Celebrating 100 Years

Rotary Foundation is celebrating 100 years of making a difference in communities around the globe.  Watch the video now…

By giving to The Rotary Foundation during our centennial year, you joined more donors than ever in empowering our Foundation to take on larger projects with greater impact. From developing nationwide literacy programs to training tomorrow’s peacemakers to helping push polio to the brink of eradication, your donation is Doing Good in the World.

Thank you for celebrating this tremendous milestone by giving. The Foundation’s second century — and the future of all who depend on its work — will be brighter because of you.

Find out more about our work with the Foundation here

Mad About Theatre

What a pleasure to meet Indi and Emily from the Mad About Theatre Company.  So great to hear about the work they are doing with local young people in the performing arts.

13 Year old Emily gave a passionate presentation about the work the Theatre Company do and the value it brings to local young people.

The Rotary Club of Clacton was pleased to present them with a cheque for £500 towards their ongoing productions and work in the community.

Find out more about their work at


Pictured below left to right:  John Brett (Rotary Community Service) Emily and Indi (Mad about theatre) and Mark Pen (Rotary President Elect)



Winners and Losers

Thanks to the sports & social  committee and especially Clive Gowers for organising another fantastic opportunity at Chelmsford City Race Course.

A great evening for friends & family to mix and enjoy in a brilliant venue.

Just one of the great social outings at Clacton Rotary.

Rotary 2

Dennis Spiller, the President for Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland 2017 introduces Rotary 2.

Our latest growth initiative seeks to form 250 brand new Rotary groups across Great Britain and Ireland as part of the plan which I have called Rotary 2.
This programme will generate opportunities for like-minded adults and People of Action to join one of many new and flexible Rotary groups.
These groups will meet and deliver Rotary in a less traditional style and in line with lifestyles we know have changed over the past decade. Many of you are already in such a club and many other clubs will follow suite.


Annual Art Exhibition

The club was very pleased, once again, to sponsor the Annual Art Exhibition at Clacton County High School.

The Principal, Neil Gallagher, in welcoming those present expressed thanks to the Rotary Club for their continued support and interest.

He introduced President-Elect Tony Burnside who, after congratulating all those students participating, presented the prizes to the winners of the various sections, art, design, textiles and photography.

All the exhibits were from the GSE and A Level coursework and demonstrated once again a very high standard of work.

Inaugural Ken Lewellen Award


Our newly named award in memory of Ken Lewellen  was presented to President Elect Mark Penn for his “Service Above Self” to Rotary over the last 12 months.

Mark has been instrumental in bringing new ideas and change to the club, particularly with his work on Public Image, Membership and the Food2Good2Waste project.

The Public Image team picked up two awards this year with both National and District recognition, read more about those here.

Other areas of change have included an online ticket shop for the air show and introducing the first lady member of the club in 89 years.  Keeping the traditional values of Rotary whilst engaging with our modern online life will ensure a prosperous future for the club and its impact on the local community.

Thank you Mark for all you do in support of the Rotary Club of Clacton, the local community and beyond!


The Ken Lewellen Trophy 

Ken joined the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea in May 1969. The motto “Service above Self’ appealed to him, and for the next 47 years he threw himself into Rotary life with great vigour.

Ken was at the forefront of many major projects including chairmanship of the Ad-Hoc committee setting up the Clacton Mental Health Association in 1972.

He became Club President in 1975/76 during which time a 24hr sponsored swim raised money for the new Essex Burns Unit, and the template for the Christmas Day meals was started, becoming a major success over the ensuing years. He led the formation of the Probus Club, which remains extremely successful and active.

In 1988 he played an integral part in the formation of the Rotary Club of Clacton Jubilee and was always proud and delighted by their many achievements over the subsequent years.

Ken was also involved internationally, travelling to Romania in 1993 with much needed X-Ray equipment and giving on-the-spot assistance.

It was not surprising that in 1996 the Club honoured Ken by making him a Paul Harris Fellow for services to Rotary, the local and international community.

Ken took part in all club activities playing a major role in the famous “mock wedding” in the late 60’s and performing one third of the Andrew Sisters at the Conservative Club! He was the only member good enough to sing the Rotary grace as well as enticing those present to join in!

Ken was not only a leader but also very much a team player, always eager to take on any task. It is both fitting and appropriate that the Clubman of the Year award is to be known as the “Ken Lewellen Trophy.


Paul Harris Fellow Award


Congratulations to our friend and colleague William Stevens on receiving a Paul Harris Fellow’s Award.

William has served the people of Clacton and the Rotary for many years.  He joined Rotary in 2002 and has served on many committees.  As our current Hon. Secretary William is a rock to our presidents and keeps the whole club well organised and informed.

As well as many duties and services to the wider community, William has served the Rotary Club with the following:

Past President: 2007/8

Hon Secretary since 2013

Chaired:  Youth Activities, International and Club Service

Committee Membership: International, Resolution, Club Service, Disaster, Speaker Finder

William has served the wider community outside of Rotary too:

He was a member of St Clare’s Primary School PTA

He was a School Governor of St Clare’s School for 18 years and the Chair of Governors.

Treasurer of Friends of St Osyth Parish Church 6 years

Chairman of Jaywick Local Historical Society for 12 years.

Property manager at Tendring Talking Times.

Assisted in fund raising for Our Lady of Light Church at Jaywick.

Supporter of Benin Christian Aid.

Thank you William for your outstanding service to the people of Clacton and beyond!



First of many

We formerly welcome our first lady member in 89 years!

One of the last formal duties for our out going President Kevin Harkin was to formerly welcome our first lady member, Sarah White a solicitor with Thompson Smith and Puxon.

Sarah has been associated with Rotary clubs through previous employers and is a welcome addition to the Clacton Rotary, we look forward to many other ladies joining the club to serve the local community.



Old Boys Take It All


Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea who have taken both a national and regional award for its online presence and website.

Well done the PI team Mark Penn and Richard Huckett for all the hard work in keeping the world informed of the excellent work the Rotary do in Clacton, Tendring and internationally too!

The club picked up both the National Online Presence Award and the Stan Keller District 1240 Trophy for Best website.


Race Night

And they’re off!  Clacton Rotary supporting the fund raising efforts of Cann Hall Primary PTA by putting on an exciting race night.  Well done team in helping raise £680 for the schools funds.

Mid and North Essex MIND


It was our privilege to hear from Jenny MacPherson of Mid and North Essex MIND at lunch this week.  

They do such an important work in our part of the county.  the need of our community out strips the availability of services and the team at MIND do an amazing job of looking after so many people in very difficult circumstances.

Show your support by following them on Facebook and taking part in local events.


Lung Cancer Awareness

Karen Tedder-Ward (CVST), Keith Parham (Rotary), Rhona Gilder (ECC Public Health), Trevor Norris, Ray Hansen (both Rotary)

We are proud to sponsor and support a new “Know The Signs” Lung Cancer awareness campaign at Golf Green Hall, Jaywick.

There was also an opportunity to get a health check at the session which was supported by Rotary Club of Clacton who paid for the venue and refreshments.

The campaign came about after it was identified that the area had a higher amount of suspected lung cancer per 1,000 people than the rest of the country as a whole.

Essex County Council Public Health Team has now joined forces with the Green Elms Medical Centre in Jaywick Sands and local survivors to raise awareness.

Staff at the centre are also concerned that patients are presenting later for lung cancer, meaning they were diagnosed later and therefor the condition was more advanced with limited options for treatment.

20170426_120938_resized Nurse Yvonne Preston with Jaywick resident Steve

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Partnerships – with responsibility for health and wellbeing – welcomed and praised the initiative.

“Figures in 2016 showed that Jaywick Sands had four more cases of suspected lung cancer per 1,000 compared to the England average,” she said.

“I fully support the event held today and thank all those that took part in helping to raise awareness.

“It educated those who attended on the signs and symptoms they should look out for with the message to get to their GP should they have any of them.”

The signs include a cough most of the time (and for more than three weeks); a change in a long term cough; shortness of breath; coughing up phlegm with signs of blood; an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder; loss of appetite; tiredness and loss of weight.

More information on the ‘Know the Signs’ campaign can be found at and follow #jaywickKTS on twitter.


Nurse Yvonne Preston tests the lug capacity of Jaywick Sands resident Steve Peterman.

Karen Tedder-Ward (CVST), Keith Parham (Rotary), Rona Gilder (ECC Public Health) Trevor Norris and Ray Hansen (both Rotary) help spread the message.

Food Project Going Well

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

Firstly may I say thank you to you all for the service and contributors of food2good2waste.

On a Tuesday and Friday our organisation the Coastal Community Centre, come to your premises and take away food for our service users.

On both days we have various groups that benefit hugely from the food donations.

We cater for all ages but mostly the groups that benefit from this scheme are disadvantaged children and people with mental health issues, and also our older generations.

This scheme gives students from the school Clacton Coastal Academy who attend the centre for breakfast club and after school clubs, a chance to have something to eat, and the cakes and pastries are a treat that they wouldn’t get at home.

Thank you once again


Collecting tools on Saturday 20th May in Clacton

Strictly Air Ambulance










Bill and President Kevin watching the action!


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.

You can watch Bills performance here

waltz from TREE on Vimeo.



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.

Find out more here


Ladies Gala Evening

16th February at the Avenue Bistro.

46 Rotarians and partners enjoyed themselves on a traditional Ladies evening. Unusual that we had to invite people to leave as there were still Rotarians hanging around at 11pm!!! The night was enjoyed by all and the restaurant staff served us excellently with food and drinks throughout the night. The president’s wife Sheila or should I say the first lady or in Kevin’s terms the current Mrs Harkin did fantastically well in her reply to JVP Mark Penn’s speech. The entertainment seemed to go down quite well until we brought on the surprise guests which happened to be PP Bob Welton and PP John Crocker. They took to the floor like pros and gave us a rendition of their holiday karaoke song, “King of the Road” which I believe they normally sing at the end of the night once they have been lubricated with alcohol.

I am sure the Ladies found this an amusing interval and then back to Tracey Moorhouse our entertainer.  The evening finished with our President Kevin thanking everybody for supporting the evening and a very special thank you to the staff of the Avenue Bistro. Everyone left taking their gift and the table decorations saying that they had enjoyed themselves immensely.

Food Project

We join forces with T.R.E.E. to deliver a brand new food project for our community.


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Rotarians will be collecting surplus food from local retailers and ensuring it gets to local good causes and those in need.  

Organisations that can register to be part of the food hub via the F2G2W website

This week we delivered the first batch of donated produce to Boo’s Community Kitchen in Jaywick.  There will be more every day, help spread the word by liking the new facebook pages.


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Pride of Tendring Award

A fabulous well done to our very own Trevor Norris for his well earned Pride Of Tendring Award.

Trevor received his accolades in front of more than 200 people who packed into the glittering ceremony at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on Friday 3rd February.

Trevor Norris has been nominated for his longstanding devotion to community service and in particular his work organising a Christmas Dinner for up to 200 elderly residents on Christmas Day. This work Trevor undertakes is part of his role as a member of the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea.

He is currently the Chairman of its Community Services Committee. Trevor has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2000 and is a Past President. It is fair to say that Trevor’s passion is Community Services. The Community Services team raise £15,000 every year and it is all reinvested in good causes and targeted at those in need in Clacton.

Trevor co-ordinates the Christmas Dinner and the first task is to raise around £5,000 in cash or in-kind to fund it. This is achieved by the now traditional collections outside supermarkets around Clacton in December. It requires up to 40 Rotarians volunteering about six hours each. Then the provisions are sourced and volunteers organised to cook lunch and serve Christmas Dinner.

All in all, 30 volunteers are required. Each of the diners receives a ‘goody bag’ worth in the region of £7. On top of this, transport, together with volunteer drivers, is arranged to chauffeur the elderly residents to and from their homes.




jam 1We are delighted to announce that, following a request from a Rotarian in District 1240, Tiptree Jam (Wilkin & Sons Ltd) will be making and donating 52,000 jars of Purple4Polio jam!

A jar of either Greengage or Early Rivers Plum Jam will be donated to every single Rotarian across Great Britain and Ireland.

The aim of the scheme is to raise 1,000,000GBP for Purple4Polio.

By donating a minimum of 2GBP per jar (worth at least 3GBP in store) and collecting donations in the empty jar, that target can be reached. Each district is making its own arrangements for the receipt and distribution of the jam which they will be telling you about separately.

A Rotary Club Briefing Sheet for the jam will also be available shortly, giving you more detail, some ideas for using it and how to process donations to maximum advantage. In the first instance we do hope you will use some of it for a Purple4Polio tea party!

New Year Message

We were delighted to have Rev’d Logan Crawford visit us on 12th January to deliver his New Year message.

He kindly expressed the thanks of all those that we, as a club, had helped and supported. He said, however, that carrying out good deeds did not always go as intended and proceeded to tell, in his own inimitable way, a wonderful personal story as way of illustration.

In the same context he quoted the famous American television lawyer Judge Judy – “no good deed goes unpunished”, followed by a biblical quotation from the Book of James – “freely give as you freely receive”.