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.

This Exploited Land, Victorian entrepreneurship in North Yorkshire

Rosedale Railway

Warren Moor Mine

Geoff Taylor a past President and member of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club gave an excellent presentation about Iron ore mining in North Yorkshire over 150 years ago.

Middlesbrough was the world centre of Iron and Steelmaking with many technological innovations leading to 150 years of world class manufacturing.

He described  the successful effort to gain heritage Lottery Funding to enhance and protect, for example, some of the mine workings and calcining kilns still to be seen on the North Yorkshire Moors.

The photo of Rosedale shows the remains of the calcining kilns and the railway embankment to and from the kilns.The first construction of Rosedale railway was in 1858 when The Ingleby Ironstone & Freestone Mining Company constructed a narrow gauge line to link existing mining operations with the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway at Battersby (then known as Ingleby Junction). The length of the incline was 1650 yards (1510 metres) and the wagons descended at an average speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) which resulted in a journey time of 3 minutes from top to bottom.

By the middle of the 19th century the iron-making industry in the northeast was expanding rapidly, especially in the Middlesbrough area. As a result, the search was on across Cleveland and North Yorkshire for ironstone deposits to feed this expanding industry. Warren Moor Mine, as seen in the photo above, was one of these ventures but the planned shaft mine never started actual production and the site was closed by 1874.The mine is still there today in the North Yorkshire Moors.

The protection of these sites and many others is essential to ensure that the area can be proud of its industrial heritage for years to come.

Dave Whittaker, Junior Vice President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, gave a vote of thanks and expressed his view that the presentation was packed with fantastic information and  insights into the past and the work today to protect the future.

Membership Drive

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Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club  hope to have their first Associate member within the next month. Associate membership  gives a potential member the opportunity to see the club and what it does without early commitment and gives the opportunity for time to decide about becoming a full member . The ideal time limit for staying an Associate member should be 12 months but this can be extended if the candidate wants longer .

Mark Anderson made the point that promotional materials and members approaching potential members should emphasis that our club is helping charities, organises good quality speakers, visits interesting places, has good night outs, helps to avoid boredom and in particular it is about enjoying yourself and putting something back into the community.
We need to be more proactive in getting new members. Our programme is good, we should be able to attract more members.

Anyone interested in considering membership please contact the club via our Facebook or twitter page.


The Spice Road

The photo shows the President of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club, standing,  introducing the guest speaker Mr Bryan Sandforth seated on his right.

Bryan Sandford gave an excellent presentation on aspects of the Spice Road which included the impact of European rulers such as Henry VIII, Isabella, Ferdinand and Charles 1. The devastating impact of conquest on local populations such as by Christopher Columbus in the West Indies and the opening of the eastern routes by explorers such as Vasco Da Gama whose voyage to India in 1497 to 1499 was the first ocean route link between the Europe and the Orient. The Portuguese found the significant ocean routes but the Spanish found the gold. A very thought provoking journey into Tudor times when major European countries were vying for supremacy.

Blast from the Past

The photo shows Eric on the left presenting the jewel of office to Ed.

At a recent talk by Peter Cook on his career in journalism he had copies of the Now and Then magazine from 2009. Inside was a photo of Eric Oliver handing the Presidency of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club to Ed Levie.

BlueJays rock on for Rotary Charities


The Bluejays offer the UK’s finest vintage rock ‘n’ roll experience.
The group formed in 2013, after years of performing together in West End rock ‘n’ roll theatre shows such as ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’
They performed at a charity concert in aid of the Paediatrics Cystic Fibrosis Centre at James Cook University Hospital and other Rotary Charities. The concert was at Yarm Princess Alexandria Auditorium attended by 460
rock fans and organised by Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club. The event raised £4500 for the charities. A fantastic night was had by all with an excellent performance by the Blue Jays.

R C Davison memorial childrens home, Danby 1915 to 1984

Colin and Heather Mather gave an excellent presentation to Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on the history of the R C Davison memorial children’s home. The Davison Children’s Home in Danby offered respite care to 16,000 needy children, mostly from Middlesbrough, between 1915 and 1984.
Many children with disabilities such as rickets and polio were sent to the home by train from Middlesbrough. The children were put in a rail carriage, unaccompanied, and locked in until the train reached Danby! Many thought they were in a different country and many were scared after the trip but thoroughly enjoyed their time there. Normally a child would spend two weeks at the home. In the early 1900’s a support network was set up to develop the home by a number of philanthropists with qualities of giving, kindness and service to others. The home was highly successful until its closure in 1984. Colin and Heather then purchased the property and made it into their home. They then did detailed research on the history of the home and published a book to celebrate the success of the home over seven decades.

Guest Speaker Evening “Lost on the Titanic”

The photo shows the president of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club ,David Jackson, on the left and Chris Lloyd on the right hand side.

Chris Lloyd the Chief Features Editor for the Northern Echo and Darlington and Stockton Times gave an excellent , enthusiastic and entertaining talk entitled ” Attacking the Devil and Sinking the Unsinkable : W T Stead and the Titanic ”
W T Stead an English newspaper editor who started his career at the Northern Echo and at the age of 22 as the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette was the pioneer of investigative journalism becoming a controversial figure in the Victorian era . He was instrumental in the Act of Parliament to raise the age of consent from 13 to 16 . Steads new journalism paved the way for the modern tabloid in Great Britain . He was influential in demonstrating how the press could be used to influence public opinion and government policy .
Stead died aboard the Titanic in its sinking and was considered to be one of the most famous Englishmen on board .

Robotic Surgery . Current practice and the future

The picture shows Bhavan on the left of President David Jackson and in conversation with Geoff Taylor

Bhavan Prasad Rai, Consultant Urologist and Robotics Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital gave an excellent presentation to members of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club on robotic surgery current and future. The ability to perform precision surgery using robotic surgery with small incisions allows the patient to recover rapidly from the surgery and often allows return home within 1 to 2 days. James Cook University Hospital are one of two leaders in the field in the UK . Bhavan is a Senior Fellow in Robotic Surgery and has studied in Scotland, Germany and London prior to his appointment on Teesside. His enthusiastic presentation showed how surgery is assisted by extensive training of the team, use of dyes to highlight areas for surgical intervention and precision surgery to save the surrounding structures such as the nerves which transmit body functions ensuring a healthy future for the patient. The future will see further reduction in equipment size and a reduction in robotic arms on the machine from 4 to 1. But it must be remembered that this machine is only an aid to the surgeon. Mike Overy thanked Bhavan for an excellent presentation.