Alistair Hudson talks MIMA

The photos show  MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Alistair Hudson Director of MIMA presented his views on art and how MIMA is being reshaped to be fit for the 21 st Century. His presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club was thought provoking and incredibly informative.
Alastair showed how Art has been used by society for thousands of years to develop the community of interest and inspire generations. The main point Alastair made was the importance of Art in the community demonstrated all over the world not just by sculptures or pictures but by a communal desire to create and enjoy the results either by display or by sale of the art produced and returning the proceeds to the local community. Alistair explained that art is not just commercial art produced by a relatively small number of famous artist’s it is a global phenomenon generated at all levels in society. Eric Johnson, member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club thanked Alistair for an excellent presentation.

From Russia with Love



Members and guests at the presentation


Market in St Petersburg. Some daily basic foods were very different to the UK


Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club were delighted to welcome Dr Catherine Reid, Curate at St Francis of Assisi Church Ingleby Barwick. Catherine spent 4 years in St Petersburg, Russia, studying for a PhD and completed this all in Russian !! Catherine gave an excellent presentation of her time in this very grand city. The talk ranged over her experience in the Russian education system , friendships made and the wonderful food in many restaurants and from some excellent shops. Catherine made the point that the people she met really liked the English for their understated approach to life and felt very safe during her time there. David Jackson a club member thanked Catherine for the excellent presentation and all members and guests enthusiastically applauded. David noted that Catharine had said that as a young girl she had competed in debating and public speaking competitions organised by Rotary and that she felt that this was an enormous help in her speaking development.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club. Oh what a night !!

“Up on the roof ” at Yarm School Alexandra Auditorium last night was fantastic. Brian Dales and his group Sweet Baby James played the songs of Carole King and James Taylor to an almost full house with around 650 people attending the concert in aid of Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery. Joe Guerin , President of Erimus Rotary Club thanked the main sponsors Alastair Powell of The Keys in Darlington and Yarm and AV Dawson who contributed through the Philanthropic Society and also the staff of Cleveland Cable who raised £500 through internal raffles and Stockton Rotary who contributed £250. Joe mentioned that through the generous support of the sponsors and all the people attending on the night an amount in excess of £10,000 has been raised for prostate cancer robotic surgery at James Cook University Hospital. Dave Chadwick, consultant Urologist at the hospital thanked the sponsors and Rotary clubs involved and explained the way in which the new surgical techniques are significantly improving results in surgery.
The music was great . the audience enjoyed the tunes and “My ears were ringing the next morning” Ah, is that a title for a new song !!

Members go to the theatre


Members and friends of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club went to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle on Tuesday 7 February and enjoyed the musical “the commitments ” a fantastic celebration of soul music with all the greats being performed by a great cast. The plot was thin about a group of young people in Dublin (also one oldie trumpet player who had a lot of experience performing around the world) . They form a group do well but then disintegrate due to rivalries within the band. Fortunately the plot did not get in the way of the music and singing which were brilliant.
Special thanks to Mike Overy for organising the unforgettable event .

A good time was had by all

Rotary at Home last Tuesday attended by 37 members, honorary members and wives.

The photo shows members, wives at the party.

Fantastic hospitality from Sue and Chris G and excellent food and drinks. Great effort by Sue G on the main courses and Jean, Mary, Liz, Carol and Shirley for the sweets. Looking forward to the next Rotary at Home in May.

Speaker night the history of Ormesby Hall


The photo shows members and Phil Burton the guest speaker from the National Trust. Phil spent many years working at Ormesby Hall and now after his retirement still visits organisations to present on the history of the hall.

The history of the hall spans from the 14 th century to today. The Pennyman family have been associated with the hall for over three centuries and built the Ormesby Hall mansion in 1740. The hall was extended and a Georgian stable was built in the 1890’s. The hall was given to the National Trust in 1965 when Jim Pennyman died. Ruth lived in the house until her death in 1983. The hall has many antiquities and is well worth a visit.

Rotarians at the christmas party

Members of the club and guests has a great evening at their Christmas party at Middlesbrough Golf club with great food and great entertainment ranging from a quiz to balloon car racing and an adaptation of the pantomime Cinderella
Five budding thespians performed an adapted version of Cinderella at the Christmas party. The participants had fun performing the very short play which consisted of each
character saying one sentence in a dead pan voice .Suitable props (wigs ,wands and crowns)helped complete the performance. The red wig was outstanding.
Fun was had by all !

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

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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