Drinks with the President, was again kindly hosted by Past President William and Pam Stevens in their delightful home. The sports and social committee ably led by Past President Clive had organised the magnificent event, and a special thanks has to go to all the wives who did so much work in preparing the delicious spread, setting it out on the day and then clearing and washing up afterwards. A special mention should also be made of the scrumptious deserts that had been prepared and it should be mentioned that a number of Rotarians were seen returning to the table more than once despite the calorie count warning!
President Mark, resplendent in his cheery tan, from his recent hols in the sun, addressed the gathering and thanked all Rotarians and their partners for their support over his first 6-months in office. He spoke of the first-rate work all had achieved over the summer period, including car parking duties and more recently with the Carol Concert, the Santa Grotto, the numerous street collections and the Christmas day meal served to some 200 elderly locals and helpers. He mentioned that it was not only Rotarians who were involved in these events but we had received a good deal of support from local organisations and individuals. To mention a few it included:
The West Cliff Theatre management and all staff who helped host the Christmas Carol Concert, raising over a £1,000 and to St James’ Church, who allowed the use of there excellent hall for the performers to change in and for the celebrations afterwards, both a no cost!
The Principal and staff of the CCHS for their help and support together with Pinnacle for the use of the kitchen and dining room and all the Caretaking staff that contributed so much to making the day a great success.
The staff and children of Engines Primary School that raised over £450.
President Mark finished by presenting bouquets of flowers to our host Pam Stevens and the main power behind the organisers of the event Margarett Gowers and Pam Norris. All receiving well deserved rapturous support from the throng.
Christmas Day Lunch
On Christmas Day, the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea was able to serve Christmas lunch and entertain over 160 local elderly and lonely folk at the Clacton County High School. Some 50 Rotary members, their partners and other local supporters gave up their Christmas Day to assist in welcoming the guests, preparing, cooking and serving a traditional Christmas lunch and assuring that they were well looked after throughout the event. Most of the guests were transported to the venue by a fleet of Tendring Community buses manned by volunteer drivers.
Without the support of all the helpers the function would not have been possible.
The event was organised by the Rotary Club and funded by the generosity of the local community. Over the past 4 weeks the Rotary Club has been organizing local events to raise funds, the biggest of which was the Christmas Carol Concert at the Clacton Theatre, raising over £1,000 on the day. You may also have seen Rotarians collecting money outside of cold, wet and windy local supper markets and on the high street to make the event possible. Support came from many directions, including the catering staff of Clacton’s Golf Club, cooking the turkey breasts in advance and provision of the christmas cakes beautifully decorated by Tendring Creative Sugarcraft of Holland-on-Sea.
Engines Primary School also made a very generous donation of £450.24, raising the money from collections after their Christmas performance. A big thank you to their Head, Jackie Irwin and their Finace Assistant, Debbie Cole, and of course to the pupils of the school who were the stars of the show.
Past President Kevin Harkin planned and coordinated the whole event and said …. “it was a great example of Rotary acting as a catalyst to draw together organisations and businesses in the town and in doing so giving joy to some less fortunate people”. His very busy and stressful day was well rewarded by the smiles and congratulations from all the guests.
Our main thanks must go to the Principal and staff of the CCHS for their help and support together with Pinnacle for the use of the kitchen and dining room and all the Caretaking staff that contributed so much to make the day a great success.
And finally, a big thank to Councillor Mark Platt, Chair of Tendering Council for finding time in his busy schedule to visit the event; it was much appreciated by all.
With a target of £3,000 Christmas Collections started at the end of September and along with Santa’s Grotto were completed on 23rd December.
Engaines School Donation Helps Christmas Day Meals
President Mark Penn with Debra Cole of Engaines Primary School and a selection of pupils who helped raise over £450.
The pupils of Engaines Primary School and Nursery have raised over £450 from their Christmas performances this year. The money was handed over to President Mark Penn by Debra Cole of Engaines.
The money will go towards feeding up to 200 people who are either disadvantaged or isolated during the Christmas period. This will take place at Clacton County High School on Christmas Day, where the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea will serve them dinner, entertain them, and give them a goody bag to take home with them.
President Mark Penn said this was an amazing achievement by the school, and thanked everybody involved, including the teachers who organised the performances, the pupils who took part, and the parents who donated the money. Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea would like to wish all involved a Very Merry Christmas!
Prostate Cancer Collections
In aid of Movember Bob Welton organised a week of collecting in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. In all a total of £987 was raised.
Celebration of Christmas
The Club’s Celebration of Christmas at the Clacton Theatre on Sunday 9th December was a great success, ably led by The Rev Crawford Logan. His relaxed, joyful and inclusive manner put all at ease and a thoroughly good time was had by not only the audience but also by the performers.
The Tendring Brass Band performed very professionally throughout the evening, supporting the Tendring Male Voice Choir and Clacton County High School Choir. The choirs’ enthusiasm shone through and it was a delight to hear them sing such a wide range of popular songs and hyms.
Readings were by the Rotary District Governor, Lesley Sulley, Jordan Hatherley, Penny Smith & Sonia Grantham. The Night before Christmas was read by Megan, Louise & Grace Penn and the Christmas Message was delivered in style by Rev Crawford. No-one fell asleep!
President of the Rotary Club Clacton on Sea thanked all of the performers and the whole of the audience for making it such a memorable event. He went on to thank all of the team that put in a great deal of hard work and enthusiasm, making it such a joyful occasion. A special thank you should also be made to the West Cliff Theatre management and their staff who kindly allowed us to use their excellent facilities, and to St James’ Church, who allowed the use of there excellent hall for the performers to change in and for the celebrations afterwards, both a no cost! A special thanks to Past President, Clive Gowers, who coordinated all the support and to Margaret Gowers who coordinated the kitchen. A great day.
Rev Crawford thank all for their generosity. The collection, raising over £1,000, will go towards the Christmas Day meal that the Rotary Club members and helpers will prepare and serve to the local elderly and disadvantaged at Clacton High School on Christmas Day.
90th Charter Night Celebration
The Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea celebrated its 90th Anniversary in great style at the local Golf Club on Thursday 22nd November. Over 110 guests and members dressed formally for the occasion, enjoyed a sumptuous meal, great fellowship and were royally entertained.
Speakers included Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, Councillor Mark Platt, Chair of Tendring Council, President of the Club Mark Penn and Past President Dick Farrow.
All spoke of their experiences and support for the Club and the great work Rotary does both locally in Clacton and Internationally. Dick Farrow’s trip down memory lane said it all: “Rotary has the finest motto ever created “Service Above Self” that goes hand in hand with Fellowship”.
Guest also included Immediate Past District Governor Nick Sillitoe and his wife Jane, Assistant District Governor Dave Willis and his wife Angela, President of the Inner Wheel Eva Lewellen, President of Clacton Lions Jim Godden and his wife Liz and Chairman of Probus Robin Smith and his wife Margaret.
It was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended.
Presentation of Paul Harris Awards
Past President Dick Farrow and Past President Graham Syrett were deservedly presented with Paul Harris Fellow Awards at the Clacton Rotary Clubs 90th Anniversary celebration.
The PaulHarris Fellow award is a Rotaryaward dating back to 1957 that recognises individuals who have contributed greatly to the Club and to Foundation of Rotary International.
Trinity Methodist Church – £5k Donation
President Mark Penn and Vice President John Brett were delighted to present a cheque for £5,000 to Trinity Methodist Church, Pier Avenue.
The Church applied for a donation towards refurbishing its kitchen. Many groups use their facility, every day of the week and it is also used to feed and support people in need. This is an on going refurbishment project by Trinity Methodist Church, and Clacton Rotary Club was delighted to be in a position to support the Churches excellent work in the local community.
Both Mark and John said the application had been received by the Club’s Community Committee, and that the request had been strongly supported by its members.
President Mark said, “This wouldn’t have been able to be funded without the excellent work carried out by Rotarians and our supporters at the Clacton Air Show Carpark in August each year. The proceeds from the carpark generate funds that enable the Club to support deserving projects such as this, both locally and within the international community.
Induction of Rotarian John Tingey
Born in Chelmsford in 1949, I lived in and around the town and now a City, until moving to Clacton in 2005.
I finished my education at the King Edward IV Grammar and started work in a construction design office specialising in reinforced concrete. Apprenticeship served I then moved away from that career path and eventually joined Essex Police in 1978.
23 years service followed before I was forced to retire on medical grounds due to a lower back injury that I had nursed since my school days.
The move to Clacton came about through working part time for the original Crusader Holidays coach company and I remained with them during the transition to its current ownership with Motts Coaches of Aylesbury – in total some 10 years.
Outside of employment I have been and remain a member of the Scout Association, The International Police Association, The National Association of Retired Police Officers [for which I am the Secretary/Treasurer of Colchester & N.E.Essex branch, responsible for 294 members] and in July 2018 I “retired” from the voluntary posts of Education/Presenter and Visits Officer linked to Walton & Frinton RNLI Station.
Becoming a Rotary member is a progression of the “service” that has been a way of life for me and will give me new challenges no doubt, whilst at the same time providing me with a whole new circle of friends.
Induction of Paddy Bellis
Paddy is a yoga instructor and her yoga journey has seen her develop her skills as a personal fitness trainer into a qualified yoga teacher. She understands that Yoga is so much more than just movement and that it connects one to a deeper source within oneself which we can be draw upon when one need’s strength and or tranquility. It’s a never ending journey because around each corner we find a part of us that we never knew existed. “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self” (The Bhagavad Gita).
Yoga for Paddy is a blend of poses that takes one on a journey inwards to discover “new”, always with a smile on ones lips because Yoga shouldn’t be hard, it should be enjoyable.
Her journey into Rotary allows her to help the local and international community.
Induction of Sarah White
Sarah White becomes a Member of the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea
Sarah White was inducted as a full member of the Rotary Club of Clacton on Sea. This is a historic moment for the Clacton on Sea branch of the Rotary Club as Sarah is the first lady member in its 89 year history. Sarah was introduced to Rotary by her previous employer who was a Rotarian and has given talks as a guest speaker at the Clacton Rotary Club lunches. After visiting the club and hearing more about the activities they are involved with Sarah decided she would like to become a member of the club and was kindly invited to join as an associate.
In addition to Sarah joining, Thompson Smith and Puxon are supporting the club by sponsoring their Clacton Air Show Car Park Appeal. The idea of the scheme is to offer guaranteed parking close to the air show with all funds raised going to local charities. Last year the car park scheme raised over £15,000 for local charities. The car parks are all manned by Rotary members and Sarah will be joining them as a volunteer this year. You can find out more about the scheme and book your parking here.
Induction of Gerald Atkinson
I was born and brought up in Woodford Green which was notionally in Essex. I spent five years as a 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.
I retired in 2007 and moved to Frinton-on-sea for four years before moving to Somerset to be near family that had settled there. I returned to the East Coast of Essex in July of this year 2018.
My Rotary journey started in Frinton in 2008/2009 and continued in Frome, Somerset for seven years where I was invited to become President for the year 2016/2017. I am now delighted to be able to continue my Rotary journey by becoming a member of The Rotary Club of Clacton-on -Sea which I did as soon as I could when invited to do so in October of this year.
Presentation to Benin
Hazel and Deniz gratefully accept a cheque for Benin from President Mark & Past President Brian Presentation to Ben
International Night – 8th March 2018
President Tony welcomed everyone to International Night.
He was delighted to welcome our special guests Ray Clark and his wife Shelley and Eva Lewellen. It was also good to see Colin Hance, IPP Harwich RC and his wife Gillian, and members of Clacton 41Club, Simon Anselmi, Matt Bareham, Richard Weeks and John Kemp, not forgetting, of course, the wives and partners of members.
PP Dick Farrow was called upon to say Grace, which was appropriate for the occasion.
Before a pleasant meal, efficiently served as ever, PP Brian Naylor explained the need for generosity in the purchase of tombola tickets in the hope of winning some of the impressive array of prizes. As one would expect from BN this was an efficient and seamless exercise and raised £256.
Although an informal occasion your traditional and old-fashioned correspondent was delighted to see PP Hollis arrive in a dinner jacket – old habits die…..!
The raison d’etre of the evening was to raise funds for the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. Our very own Paddy Bellis gave an excellent and very inspiring presentation on her involvement with the school. The aims of the school are, against incalculable odds, to provide free, high quality education by instilling “Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness” into gifted children who come from very poor, socially deprived backgrounds. Inevitably the running of the school depends on voluntary donations with no government funding. Let us hope that with Paddy’s guidance we can continue to support this most worthwhile project.
PP Brain Henesy, chairman of International was able to announce that the evening has so far raised in excess of £900, including a very generous gift of £500 from the family of the late Ken Lewellen, a much missed member of the club.
President Tony introduced our guest speaker, Ray Clark of BBC Radio Essex talking on “Memories of Pirate Radio”. Ray, with over thirty years experience as a DJ and radio presenter, demonstrated, not only his gift for public speaking, but also his abundant effervescent enthusiasm for his topic.
He took us on a journey from the beginning of offshore pirate ships to the present day. Much emphasis was inevitably about Radio Caroline and it’s near proximity to our own coastline, and his own experience of being a DJ on that iconic vessel.
If you were unable to be present on Thursday and are interested, I suggest purchasing Ray’s book: Radio Caroline-The True Story of the Boat that Rocked”.
After some interesting questions PP Graham Syrett gave an appropriate vote of thanks on behalf of all present.
Congratulations and thanks are due to PP Brian H and his committee for all the hard work in organising a super and successful evening.
Although it was encouraging to resurrect International Night, especially when one of our own members is closely involved in the charity. It was, nevertheless, disappointing that less than 40% of the members were present.
Rotary Club Supports Cancer Centre Bid
Clacton Rotary Club Supports Cancer Centre Bid
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.
Goody Bags for Christmas Day
Rotarian Norman Byford and Angela Byford preparing the goody bags for Christmas Day
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 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.
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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 http://www.madabouttheatrecompany.com/about.html
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.
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.