Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club support Chernobyl children

Practice on the fire hoses and hosing down Firefighters

Fun at Albert Park boating lake


President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, Chris Gent, standing left on photo , bowling with the children from the still contaminated regions of Belarus.

Once again members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club have supported the annual visit of children from Belarus. The 20 children and 2 interpreters are on Teesside for 4 weeks and the club entertained them for a day including a visit to the Cleveland Fire Station where they hosed down some of the firefighters, roller skating , boating and face painting at Albert Park, ten pin bowling and a pizza meal at Teesside park. The children are in need of respite care from the radiation which still affects their country following the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion in 1986. The Rotary members, translators and children had a great day.

Anyone wanting to know more about the charity can email margaret.cundall@ntlworld.com or visit F/B Chernobyl Children’s Life Line Teesside Link.



New Team at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary




David Jackson handover to Chris Gent



Chris giving Bryan Sloper his chain of office as Senior Vice President

Chris and the new Treasurer Ray Wallin

Chris and the new secretary Eric Johnson

Chris Gent is the new President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary having taken over from David Jackson . There is a new team, new approach and a determination to grow the club in the local communities of Nunthorpe, Marton and Coulby Newham.

International weekend

  • Vintage Bus to Whitby
  • On the bus with our friends from Germany, Holland and Poland
  • International Business meeting
  • Staithes en route home
  • Nick Walton putting for England and the triumphant Dutch team

Farewell on Sunday

  • Visitors from Rotary clubs in Holland, Germany and Poland attended the events in Middlesbrough over the weekend . On Friday there was an evening reception,  Saturday started with a vintage bus ride to Whitby and Staithes then a dinner in the evening at the Treebridge hotel followed by the International putting competition .Visitors were taken to the Transporter Bridge and shown some of the Industrial landscape The  business meeting of the clubs agreed to donate a total of €4000 to a project in Tanzania.
    Every year the weekend is hosted by one of the clubs and that club decides which charity will receive the €4000.
  • The Maserani Project (meserani@hotmail.co.uk) is a unique ‘home grown’ charity, inspired by the pupils, staff and parents of Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough, in the Meserani area of Tanzania. This is an area of East Africa where secondary and further education is not easily accessible to the young people of the region due to extreme poverty and family circumstances.
    Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club have long been associated with this project, mainly by sponsoring children into, and through, secondary education. We are now teaming up with our sister clubs from Groningen in Holland, Limburg in Germany and Inweroclaw in Poland, by providing €4000 for the provision of water harvesting systems, as there is no piped water in the region, thus allowing adequate amounts of water to be collected and stored in the rainy season. Additionally solar power systems will now be installed, giving pupils the opportunity to engage in private study each evening, as there is no electricity supply to the area.
    The project uses volunteers from the UK to work with local craftsmen and is overseen by a recently retired teacher from Acklam Grange, Peter Swan and his wife Diane.

Donation to James Cook University Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Unit

The photograph shows Mike Overy, Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club Special Projects Chairman with Pauline and Clare.

Pauline Singleton and Clare Lord, from James Cook, gave an excellent and informative presentation. They described how debilitating CF is and how our donation of 5 nebulisers, which cost just below £600 each, would transform the lives of 5 young people.

The nebuliser is a pot that holds liquid medication and attached to a compressor changes the medication  into a fine mist to be breathed in. The mist produced is a very efficient way of getting the medication into the patient and improves effectiveness with significant reduction in the amount of medication required.

Middlesbroufh Erimus Rotary night out at the Museum

The photo shows members and spouces outside the museum.

Over 30 members, spouces and friends visited Captain Cooks Museum in Stewarts Park for an evening buffet and museum visit. Excellent food and the new museum displays were fascinating. Captain Cook was a brilliant navigator and leader who discovered many islands, New Zealand and Laid claim to Australia. Great evening with friends. David Jackson, President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, thanked the museum and restaraunt staff  for an excellent evening.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary on the Tetley Tea tour

Rotary members, spouse’s and friends getting booted and suited ready for the tour

The club members and spouse’s and friends had an excellent tour of the Tetley Tea factory in Eaglescliffe hosted by Denise Graham one of the Tetley Tea senior management team. (Denise thanks for the tea and biscuits’ and the excellent introduction). The factory is the biggest brew base in the world owned by TATA and produces 350 million tea bags each week and now manufactures many different varieties of tea. Denise acted as guide and explained the process and the guests met many of the plant operatives. All were enthusiastic and took time to explained their jobs. This high tech factory is a credit to the team working there and TATA.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary AGM

Example of giving to charity during David Jackson’s Presidential year.

Presenting a cheque to Captain Mark Anderson of the Salvation Army.

The president, David Jackson, thanked all council members and members for their support during the year. The programme was high quality throughout the year, good publicity had been achieved and over £11,000 had been raised for charity. The Father Christmas float collections in December raised a record £5000 with money raised from street collections and two weekends collecting at Teesside Park .There were many charity sponsorship and charity events supported or organised by the club including the disabled games, Chernobyl children’s day, purchasing of 5 ventilators for james Cook University Hospital and contributions to Teesside Hospice and Social Services  for the support of needy families.

Membership growth was reviewed and several initiatives are planned to increase the membership.

There was plenty of fun during the year with organised walks, race night, wine tasting, the Blue Jays charity concert, guest speakers and visits to factories, museums and gardens.


Majestic Wine Tasting

The photos show Rotary members and friends enjoying the food and wine.

An excellent evening at Middlesbrough Golf Club, Brass Castle Lane, with around 70 Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club members , spouse’s and friend enjoying wine tasting and food. Six wines from all over the world and a desert wine were tasted with the help of experts from Majestic wine. The two Majestic Wines experts, Rebecca Slater and Chris Lamb gave excellent descriptions and tasting information on all the wines.
The event raised £415 for Rotary Foundation and the money will be used help eradicate polio.

Tetley Tea top of the world

The photo shows Denise, during the presentation, describing tea plants.
Denise Graham, part of the senior management teal at the Tetley factory in Eaglescliffe which is the biggest tea factory in the world making 350 million tea bags every week. Denise travels the world inspecting other tea factories owned by Tata and has wide ranging responsibilities in the group including health and safety, energy , technical and legal compliance.
Denise explained the complexity of tea blending with 800 tea types used in making black, green red fruit and many other teas. The role of shift tea tasters was explained and the tasters are critical to ensuring consistency of taste day after day. The product is supplied to over 60 countries worldwide . The cartoon “Tea Folk” since coming back are very popular and get many letters every week. Tata the international owners say that this factory is the jewel in the crown and has major initiatives in energy management , community support and employee welfare. The factory logo is Perfect Execution and Denise perfectly executed the presentation to members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.

Presentations to Teesside Hospice and the Salvation Army

President, Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, David Jackson on the right in the photographs is seen presenting cheques of £1400 to the charity representatives . The money is part of the proceeds of the Father Christmas float collections at Teesside Park over two weekends and around streets in Nunthorpe, Acklam and Marton in December 2017.
Leanne Irvine, left hand side in photograph, fundraiser for Teesside Hospice thanked the club for their generous contribution. Teesside Hospice has running costs of £2.8m every year to keep the hospice open. The hospice also run 22 charity shops to support the 10 bedroom hospice and 16 day patient hospice. The NHS provides about a third of the total which means that the charitable efforts need to raise £6000 every day. The shops have 200 volunteer helpers and there are 50 volunteer councillors.
Captain Mark Anderson, left hand side in the photograph, represented the Salvation Army at the presentation of the cheque for £1400. Mark thanked the club and explained that the money would be used by the three Middlesbrough Salvation army groups over the Christmas period to help families struggling to make ends meet. The money will be used next Christmas to buy toys for the children of these families. Also £1400 was donated to Middlesbrough Social Services to support needy families.