Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club Father Christmas and sleigh raises £3500 for local charities


Over 10 evenings before Christmas Day an intrepid bunch of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club members supporting Father Christmas  on his sleigh, collected £3500  around Acklam and Marton for local charities including,   food parcels for the needy, area contribution to special Olympic Games , Macmillan nurses and the Salvation Army. The support from the local communities was fantastic with some remembering first seeing the float 30 years ago when they were children and now bringing their children to see Father Christmas on his sleigh. Each child was given sweets and there were really generous contributions from the parents.


Up on The Roof


on the roof050As part of our fundraising for James Cook University Hospital Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery we have organised an excellent concert at the Alexandra Auditorium , Yarm School at 1930 pm on 12 February 2017. This is a Carole King and James Taylor tribute concert. Please arrange to purchase tickets from the sources on the attached flyer of contact Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club by email on enquiries@erimusrotary.org.

Discover Rotary

membership049We are an organisation that puts focus on charity work and fellowship . There are plenty of opportunities for male and female members and guests to attend speaker nights, visit local businesses, attend theatre trips and a variety of other activities. If you are interested in our organisation please contact Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on enquiries@erimusrotary.org

James Cook University Hospital excel using robotics. Open Day shows off the great skills of the hospital Consultants and nurses using the latest technology.


The picture shows the “Davinci” demonstration robot , with Middlesbrough and Redcar Rotary Club members viewing the demonstration 66 people involved in charity fundraising attended the open day at James Cook University Hospital on Saturday. Presentations by expert hospital consultants and demonstrations of the robotic equipment highlighted the excellent results being achieved since the installation of the Davinci robot in 2014. The equipment is used in operations to remove cancerous tumours in, for example, prostate cancer ,colorectal, throat, mouth, lung , and renal cancer .
Mr David Chadwick , consultant urologist, hosted the event with Surgical “specialists” presenting lectures and video recordings showing how effective the operations are.
The key benefits were described as
Better control of instruments used in the operation
Faster operating time
Minimally-invasive surgery
Reduced length of stay in the hospital and faster recovery time
Joe Guerin, President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club said, “the dedication , skill and innovative techniques being developed in robotic surgery by the hospital consultants and nurses are a credit to the James Cook University Hospital team”.
Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club aim to raise between £10,000 and £15,000 to support Mr Chadwick in prostate cancer robotic surgery. The first event is a concert on 12 February at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium at Yarm School with Carol King and James Taylor tribute bands

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary dig

Tea break on the dig. Malcolm and Trevor having a well deserved tea break. Good progress on developing the site so it can be used to grow flowers and vegetables to earn income for Yatton House from next year. The team this week were David Jackson, Trevor Atkinson, Malcolm Bareham , Neil Glover and Joe Guerin. Back next Wednesday


Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club Guest Speaker Peter Hoey on UK agriculture

Peter Hoey was the guest speaker at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club this week . His career included farm management , ICI Fertilisers Sales Department and running his own agricultural training business. He gave an excellent presentation on Agriculture in the UK explaining the structure of Agriculture in the UK highlighting the volatility in output and hence price which is affected by many variables such as seasonality, imports/ exports and soil quality. There are around 100,000 farmers in England with 85% significant commercial businesses. Farmers get area payments and environmental payments from the EU through the Common Agricultural Policy. The environmental payments are vital to maintain the countryside to ensure wildlife habitats and beautiful scenery . There is a lot of technology in farming ranging from computer controlled fertiliser application to automatic harvesting . These will change the face of farming in the next 10 to 20 years. Peter gave the example of farmers in Germany having (robotic) automated milking and feeding which allows the farmer to take an extra job in for example the local BMW factory. The future will see more of the medium size farmers merging or being taken over but many of the small farmers continuing to subsist. Bryn Hiscox gave a vote of thanks for an excellent and informative presentation. If you are interested in Joining Rotary to get involved in raising money for charity, fellowship and interesting visits/ guest speakers please visit www.erimusrotary.org

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.