Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary continue their support for Yatton House


Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary members moving the potting benches . The Centre refurbishment work can be seen in the background

Club members digging in preparation for spring planting

Good progress on the dig.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary members returned to Yatton to continue their support for the Day Centre. Yatton House situated at Great Ayton, North Yorkshire provides opportunities for Adults with Learning and Physical Disabilities. David Jackson , Yatton House Chairman of the Centre and Immediate Past president of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary said “The Centre provides a caring and learning environment which is appropriate to the needs of individuals and which utilises a variety of resources within the Centre and Community. The Trustees have made a commitment to redevelop and refurbish the existing Centre and site. The Rotary clubs of Middlesbrough Erimus and Guisborough and Great Ayton have raised monies to purchase a second poly tunnel which will have the benefit of developing members gardening skills and at the same time helping raise income”

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary plant 5000 crocus bulbs supporting Purple4Polio

The photo shows the president of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary , Chris Gent, on the right hand side along with other members and spouse.

The photo shows Sue Gent, David Jackson in the background and Bryan Sloper planting the bulbs.

5000 crocus bulbs have been planted by members and spouse at the junction of Dixons Bank and Guisborough Road.

This purple splash of colour every year will help to remind people of the fight against Polio by  Rotary International and the Bill Gates Foundation, by vaccination of vulnerable people worldwide . Each year Rotary will plan a polio awareness campaign using the crocuses as a focal point. The effort over the years has had a fantastic outcome regarding the aim to eliminate Polio.

Latest Polio Position

As at October 8th 2018,

In the last three endemic countries-

Pakistan no new WPV cases this week. 4 cases so far in 2018 (7 cases in 2017)

Afghanistan one new case reported this week. 15 cases so far in 2018 (14 cases in 2017)

Nigeria no cases in either 2017 or 2018 with the last case reported in August 2016

Action packed month at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club

Late September and up to mid October has been a busy 4 weeks. There has been the Council and Business meetings and a Rotary at Home attended by 33 members , spouses and friends at Geoff and Jean Taylors house with excellent food , drink and fellowship. The Rotary District Governor visited the club on 2 October to hear the clubs plans and to present updates on key Rotary initiatives such as “end polio”, there has been excellent progress on this initiative , as of 8 October 2018 , in Pakistan  there have been only 4 polio cases  this year, Afghanistan 15 cases so far this year and Nigeria no new cases with the last reported in August 2016 .
32 Members and spouses attended a dinner at Whinstone View with either two or three course meals available with a varied menu. There was plenty of food and refreshments and talk around the tables.
On 20 October the club is holding the annual Big Quiz for International charities  then on 23 October the Special General meeting will be held to elect officials for the 2018/19 Rotary year. More about these later.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary attend Rotary Conference

The photo shows, front row from left , Mavis Hiscox, Sue Gent, Liz Sloper and Teresa Whittaker.

Back row , from left, Dave Whittaker, President, Chris Gent, Bryan Sloper and Bryn Hiscox.

Members and spouses attended the North East England Rotary Conference at the
Majestic Hotel Harrogate.
the Theme’ was Inspiring Each Other’ which complements the Rotary International Presidential theme ‘Be the Inspiration’
The speakers had each inspired others less fortunate than themselves.
Members particularly enjoyed the presentation by Tricia Stewart, the original Calendar Girl. Her presentation was incredibly inspirational, motivating and amusing.
Other presentations enjoyed from Mercy Ships and  Kynren.
Members and spouses also enjoyed the fellowship and wine whilst dancing the night away.

Members and friends visit Hitachi


19 members and friends had a factory visit to the Hitachi Rail assembly plant at Newton Aycliffe . The 3.5 acre building was opened in 2015 at a cost of £ 85 m. and produces 500 carriages and traction units per year . The shells are imported from Japan and the bogeys from Hitachi in Italy and over 70% of the supply chain is sourced locally which is great for the local economy . The factory is immaculately clean and noise free ( no ear protection worn ) and the target is to produce a carriage every 32 days . We were shown inside the carriages at various stages of production and were amazed at the maize of wiring that goes into the trains . The factory employs 750 permanent staff and 300 contract workers who all go through a rigorous training programme and it was good to note that they take on apprentices in conjunction with the local college . The current contracts they have are for Scotrail , Southernrail and West and East Coast main lines . Our members were most impressed with the size of the operation and we wished them all the best for future contracts .

Brilliant effort in Tanzania

The photo shows Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club  President, Chris Gent , on the right of photograph presenting the cheque for £3500 to Peter Swan, Chairman, The Meserani Project.

Children of Meserani and the surrounding area attending class in the classrooms provided by the Meserani Project

Children in a local village

The ongoing effort by Peter Swan and his team to provide health and educational support to people in Meserani, Tanzania was the subject of his talk to members and spouse’s of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club. Several club members are sponsoring children through primary, secondary and University education. The project is now planning  the building of a secondary school and is providing health care supplies.

The £3500 has been provided by the four clubs linked through an international twinning. Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and the rotary clubs of Groningen in Holland, Limburg in Germany and Inowroclaw in Poland.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club members say ” We need you”

Club members have started to develop an action plan for membership growth and need new members to ensure all the charitable and community projects continue for the years to come and that the great fellowship within the club continues. There will be an open evening soon to show potential members what we do and how new members can contribute. Anyone interested in coming along to see and hear what Rotary is all about please contact us through our web page, twitter or Facebook page.

Charity Golf Day. Cheque presentation to Middlesbrough Golf Club Captains



The photo shows Eric Oliver in the centre presenting the cheque to the club captains.

Eric Oliver  , Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £500 to the Middlesbrough Golf club Ladies and Gents  Captains. Geoff Bollands, the Gents Captain accepted the cheque and said the £500 would be donated to local charities. The golf day raised £1000 with the remaining £500 being donated towards care beds at Wheatfields Hospice for cancer patients. The golf day was supported by 12 teams of rotary members, friends and local business people.

Fellowship Walk

20 Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Members and spouse’s  enjoyed a walk from Stokesley to Angrove Park, lead by Neil Glover and Geoff Taylor. The group then had a meal and return  Stokesley after . They enjoyed a pleasant walk in good weather along the banks of the River Leven with stunning views up to the Cleveland Hills.