Lots of winners at the Race Night


Members, wives and friends enjoying the races

Eighty three members, wives and friends of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club attended a race night at Middlesbrough Golf Club, Brass Castle Lane, on Saturday night. Trevor Russell was the organiser for the night and provided all the races which included commentaries . Eight replays of horse races were televised and all races and horses had sponsors. Horse owners, whose horse won a race,  won a bottle of wine. The punters who bet on the winning horse came away with amounts up to £6 . The Golf Club staff were fantastic in providing meals and serving many thirsty, well dressed, racegoers. Thanks to Rotarians, Bryan Sloper, Stuart Souter and Mike Overy for the excellent organisation of the event. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed lady and the best dressed man. The event was a great success with all present having great fun and raising £750 for Rotary Charities.

Pimm’s and Puddings for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club

Members enjoying the Pimm’s, Pudding’s and Sun in the well manicured gardens.

Around 40 members ,wives and friends enjoyed a Pimm’s and Pudding evening at Judith and Neil Glover’s house in Great Broughton last Tuesday. A very impressive spread was laid on and the Pimm’s flowed freely. A great time was had by all including new members who had the chance to get to know members and enjoy the event. As well as having a great time the event raised £90 for Rotary charities.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club have Fun in Holland


Members of the four Rotary clubs on a boat trip on the lake near Groningen.

Eleven Rotarians and wives attended an international meeting in Groningen, Holland. We met members , friends and spouses from Groningen Rotary Club, Holland, Limburg Rotary Club, Germany and Inowroclaw Rotary Club, Poland. Social events included a museum trip, boating on a lake, mini golf and a visit to a farm where disabled people are helped by becoming involved in outdoor activities such as gardening. The four clubs agreed to support a project proposed by Groningen Rotary Club for the supply of equipment for prosthetic limb and gait analysis to a hospital in Indonesia. Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary club is contributing 1000 Euros to the initiative.

Fifth new member to join this year

The photo shows Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club president Joe Guerin welcoming Dave Whittaker as the newest member of the club.

Dave Whittaker becomes the fifth new member to join Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club this year. Dave is Assistant Vice Principal at Kings Academy, Middlesbrough. Dave has been involved in fund raising activities over many years and his enthusiasm, leadership ability and experience will be a great benefit for the club.

Yatton House Episode 4


The photo shows the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club volunteers on their fourth visit to Yatton House this time to replace raised garden wooden surrounds and start to level the land. The Chairman of Yatton House and incoming President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, Dave Jackson, is keen to start the horticultural business to give the disabled members attending Yatton House the chance to get involved in gardening and running a small business. It was a hot day but the team enjoyed the work on the raised gardens.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotart Club and friends visit MIMA

Members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club and friends visited MIMA the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and were hosted by the Assistant Curator, Giles Maffet . The visitors were shown a very interesting exhibition by the artist Stephen Willats who examines connections between personal narratives and social conditions. In the exhibition he highlights five local people who are charity workers or involved in voluntary organisations. The second exhibition was about asylum seekers and economic migrants and the terrible conditions they live through which sometimes results in death. The exhibition was provocative and thought provoking. The final exhibition was a more traditional art gallery with many paintings by artists such as L S Lowry , ceramics and sculptures. The visit was completed with a meal in the MIMA café.

Photos show members of the club and friends during the visit.


SIRIUS presents at Guest Speaker Evening


Asher Haynes presenting at Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club.

Asher Haynes a geologist employed by SIRIUS gave a presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on the new Polyhalite mine being constructed below the North Yorkshire Moors. Asher was one of the first students sponsored by SIRIUS during his geology degree at Durham University and has been one of the full time geology team since graduating three years ago . Asher gave an excellent presentation explaining the geology of the area which resulted in the poyhalite seam being laid down due to evaporation of the sea over millions of years creating a seam up to 75 meters deep extending out across the North Sea. He also explained the plans to help local communities and the National Park.
When the mine is fully operational it will employ 1000 people on site and 1500 additional jobs locally and produce 20 million tonnes of Polyhalite every year. This is a world beating product which will help fertilise poor land and has already achieved orders from China and Brazil.

Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club AGM


The photo shows the new team for 2017/18 with the incoming president, David Jackson, third from the right.

The AGM covered all the club activities and highlights included the membership growth in the club which by May 2017 will have 5 additional members and a potential lady member and the first associate member. The calibre and experience of these new members will bring extra drive and capability to the club.
Charitable donations during the year amounted to over £19,000 with in excess of £11,000 being donated to the Presidents charity Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery. An extremely successful concert at Yarm School raised £10,800 towards the Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery appeal.

Club members were involved organising the Chernobyl children’s day, father Christmas float collections , raising funds for a project in Tanzania and raffles at events to raise further charity funding.

There were many visits and guest speakers during the year all details can be seen on the www.erimusrotary.org web page.

The president thanked all the members for their contribution during the year.



The house built on love and chocolate

Guest speaker, Glennis Whyte is a National Trust volunteer and an experienced guide at Treasurers House and Goddard’s house in York.The photo shows an interior shot of Goddard House in York an arts and crafts house built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry of the famed chocolate manufacturing family. Terry’s was founded in 1767 but in 1993 it was taken over by Kraft foods. Noel became Chairman of Terry’s in 1960 and served in that capacity for 10 years. The main claim to fame is the chocolate orange which has been popular for many years. The house was designated a world heritage site in 1983. The house has many excellent rooms with period furniture and also has beautiful gardens.




Prostate Cancer donation



The photo shows Joe Guerin, President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club presenting the cheque to David Chadwick

Consultant Urologist at James Cook University Hospital, David Chadwick, attended the Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club meeting and was presented with a cheque for £10,825 which represents the proceeds of the charity concert ” Up on the roof” featuring Brian Dales and his group “Sweet baby James” . David thanked the club for the fantastic amount collected and said it would be spent on consultant training to further extend the prostate cancer surgical capability of the newest member of our team.