Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club go Nuclear

Club members , wives and guest Noel Wright visited Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday afternoon. The visit was an excellent opportunity to see the heavy engineering that was necessary to build the power station and the impressive safety systems to ensure effective control of the process. All the visitors were impressed by the scale of the power plant and the dedication of the employees in all departments visited. The visitors centre has excellent visual aids, working models and video programmes showing the process and safety testing. Overall an excellent afternoon.IMG_2278

Yatton House : Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary members and guest fired up and dig deep

IMG_2286Members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club are giving their support to Yatton House . The photo shows club members , guest Noel Wright and Claire Goodison (on the right of the photograph ),a support worker employed at Yatton House. The challenge for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club members is to clear the site, build raised beds for planting and offer ongoing support to the members of Yatton House. One skip was filled with broken concrete slabs, steel frames and old tables to get ready for club members digging and rotavating the land in 2 weeks time.
The Yatton House Centre at Great Ayton provides day care for Adults with a learning or physical disability. The Centre is committed to developing individuals by initiating and organising activities aimed at maximising their individual development, incorporating activities which develop personal growth, community knowledge, fellowship, self help, social skills, leisure activities, craft work, home economics and much more.

One activity which the Society is keen to develop at the Centre is a small market garden, where the Members and Staff will grow and sell flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables. First though the area has to be cleared, prepared and made fit for purpose which will be completed by the volunteers from Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club after which there will also be support from Guisborough and Great Ayton Rotary Club.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club visit AV Dawson

DSC04207The photo shows 11 members and guests visiting the AV Dawson site in Middlesbrough.
Members were given a tour of the AV Dawson business by Rob Turnbull, Commercial Manager. AV Dawson was started in 1938 by Arthur Vernon Dawson and his wife Eleanor delivering coal by horse and cart to local people in Middlesbrough. Since then the company has grown into a multi million pound business offering , stockholding, logistics, shipping and warehouse space for assembly processes. Maurice Dawson succeeded Arthur, his father, and then became Chairman in 2000 when his son Gary became Managing Director. The company now employs 250 people and is always looking for new business opportunities. The club members were very impressed with the professionalism, excellent approach to safety and the world class IT systems managing warehouse movements and outbound logistics. The business is a great advert for the Dawson family and Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club Guest Speaker Ben Mayo presents on the future of Fuel Cells

The photo shows Ben standing, presenting to the club members.
Ben Mayo FREng, presented on the future of Fuel Cells to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.
Fuel Cells: Will they finally break through as a practical new energy alternative?

For many reasons, the search for new energy alternatives is becoming urgent. Fuel Cells may be a part of the answer – they are at least twice as efficient as conventional engines, operate silently, and emit little more than water.
Initially developed as far back as 1839 by Sir William Grove, fuel cells only began to emerge as a practical option in the 1960’s following their use by NASA to provide in-flight electrical power for the Apollo spacecraft. They are now finding many different applications in back-up power supplies, in domestic combined heat and power, and in portable applications. However, the most alluring possibility is their use in vehicles, as illustrated by the recent launch of the Toyota Mirai.
Fuel cells will help reduce global warming and are far more efficient than battery cells currently used. They often use hydrogen to create the energy and produce water rather than harmful hydrocarbons and particulates. Governments need to push this technology and increase the penalties on existing carbon emissions to ensure a better future.
After many questions Neil Glover, a club member, offered a vote of thanks.

Middlesbrough Erimus host dinner for cheque presentations to charity


The pictures show Joe Guerin presenting a cheque to David Chadwick and to the Golf Club Captains Mick Davidge and Gail Saunders.
Fifty six Rotarians, wives and guests from several local rotary clubs attended a dinner on Tuesday evening at Middlesbrough Golf Club where cheques were presented to charity and to hear David Chadwick , guest speaker from James Cook University Hospital. Joe Guerin, the Rotary Club President, presented a cheque for £650 to the golf club captains Mick Davidge and Gail Saunders as a contribution to their selected charities. Joe also presented a cheque for £650 to David Chadwick as a contribution to the ” Cutting Edge ” charity involved in Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery. The money was the proceeds of the Rotary Club charity golf day . David Chadwick gave a detailed presentation on prostate cancer and the evolution of prostate robotic surgery which has significantly improved the speed and effectiveness of recovery . Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club have selected Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery as the charity for this Rotary year and are planning several fundraising events.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary host Chernobyl children

The picture shows Fire Officer Blood operating the hose with help from some of the children.DSC04096
Ten pin bowling, the winner scored 129 points !!
Members and wives of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club spent Thursday with 14 children and two interpreters from Belarus. The group visited the Middlesbrough Community Fire Station where fire officer Chris Blood spent time showing the group around the station and let the children see the fire engines and operate the hoses. Time was also spent in Albert Park skating, boating , playing in the playground , face painting and having lunch. Then off to ten pin bowling and a Burger King. All involved had a great day.
John and Margaret Cundall have been organising the visits for 14 years with the children visiting for a month and being looked after by local families. Every week four events are arranged to give the children many and varied experiences. Over 200 children have visited during the 14 years , this is a great achievement by two very dedicated people.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club visit Dorman Museum

DSC04046Twenty four members and wives of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club visited the Dorman Museum on 5 July and Phil Philo pictured in the centre of the group gave a highlights tour of the many interesting exhibits spanning from the Bronze Age up to today. Exhibitions visited include the history of Middlesbrough, the Extinction exhibition which includes fossils, geological specimens and the meteorite that hit near Middlesbrough Penny Siding in march 1881. Another highlight was the Christopher Dresser gallery where many pottery and glass exhibits highlight Dressers work including Linthorpe art Pottery.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club New Team

DSC04040Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club have a new president and senior team for the coming year. Joe Guerin in centre of picture is the new President, Dave Jackson on the left hand side is the new Senior Vice President and Chris Gent the new Junior Vice President. Joe thanked the outgoing President Paul McLaughlin for his contributions during his Presidential year and wished him and his family well for his new career in Cheltenham.
Joe emphasised the need for membership growth during his year and Neil Glover outlined a strong programme of events to help attract new members. The other club chairmen outlined their plans which included the Chernobyl children’s day, working with young people in local schools and
International events and fundraising for the next charity initiative with our twin clubs in Germany and Holland.
The major charity fundraising during the year will be Prostate Cancer Robotics Surgery supporting James Cook University Hospital with several fundraising events being planned.
If you are interested in joining our club to get involved in the community and fellowship contact through www.erimusrotary.org

twinning visit to Limburg

A group of Rotarians from Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, and Rotary Clubs from Limburg, Germany and Groeningen,Holland met in Limburg as part of their annual twinning arrangement to meet and discuss and fund particular projects that enhance the lives of the less fortunate, within Europe and beyond. Many projects have been sponsored over the last 24 years in Africa and Eastern Europe . 3,000 Euros has been raised for this years proposed project which is to provide X-ray equipment to a Bulgarian Hospital.
There was excellent hospitality from Limburg members and several visits to local places of interest.
Members of the Rotary club of Inowroclaw Poland also attended the twinning weekend . They have asked to be considered as a fourth member of the twinning initiative.

It’s an active time for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and there are some exciting projects on the go this year. Not least our main fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Robotics Surgery. If you are interested in joining please contact erimusrotary.org

Jim Wight at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary

Jim Wight presenting to club mambers and guests

Jim Wight presenting to club mambers and guests

Jim Wight, son of Alf the author James Herriot gave a presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club about the life of his father and living with the great and famous author in Thirsk. Alf was a vet all his career as was his son Jim. Alf  created the character James Herriot and originally set him  working in the Yorkshire Dales to try to prevent people finding out that Alf’s real  practice was in the area around Thirsk. However soon after the first book was published many Thirsk farmers realised it was based on their farms and on local characters. Alf’s writing had a profound impact on people around the world. The books used to lift people when they were down and he was a great ambassador for the veterinary profession. Alf was a very modest man and in the 1970’s he made a lot of money from book sales but was taxed at 83% with tax on investments at 98% !!!

Alf was awarded the OBE and was invited to Buckingham Palace to a lunch , he expected hundreds to be there but there were only 6 , it was a private audience as Queen Elizabeth said his books were the only books that made her laugh out loud.

Alf picked the name “James Herriot” whilst watching a football match between Birmingham and Sunderland. The Birmingham goalkeeper was named James Herriot so he picked that name as there were no vets listed in England with that name.

AS soon as the cat was out the bag on the location of the vet practice we were swamped with visits to the surgery especially from the USA . Any local farmers who went on holiday to the USA were treated like royalty when the Americans realised they new Alf and the vet surgery.

One local farmer told Alf he had read the book , Alf asked what he thought and the farmer said “ it was all about nowt”

A typical comment from a Yorkshire farmer!

The books were all about people , very vivid full of characters such as Siegfried and Mrs Pumphrey. The books are still selling because they were ageless but farming has changed dramatically. When Alf was working and Jim used to go out on farm visits with his father from the tender age of 3 ,there were 92 dairy farms around Thirsk, today there are only 2 !!

Although James Herriot books were seen as fiction Alf’s son Jim knew all the characters , all the funny incidents really happened with many eccentric people such as Siegfried adding colour and fun to the books.

His father taught Jim a great deal, gave tremendous support and was a very appreciative, self made man.

At the end of the presentation the Club gave a vote of thanks to Jim for an excellent insight into the life of Alf Wight.