jam 1We are delighted to announce that, following a request from a Rotarian in District 1240, Tiptree Jam (Wilkin & Sons Ltd) will be making and donating 52,000 jars of Purple4Polio jam!

A jar of either Greengage or Early Rivers Plum Jam will be donated to every single Rotarian across Great Britain and Ireland.

The aim of the scheme is to raise 1,000,000GBP for Purple4Polio.

By donating a minimum of 2GBP per jar (worth at least 3GBP in store) and collecting donations in the empty jar, that target can be reached. Each district is making its own arrangements for the receipt and distribution of the jam which they will be telling you about separately.

A Rotary Club Briefing Sheet for the jam will also be available shortly, giving you more detail, some ideas for using it and how to process donations to maximum advantage. In the first instance we do hope you will use some of it for a Purple4Polio tea party!

New Year Message

We were delighted to have Rev’d Logan Crawford visit us on 12th January to deliver his New Year message.

He kindly expressed the thanks of all those that we, as a club, had helped and supported. He said, however, that carrying out good deeds did not always go as intended and proceeded to tell, in his own inimitable way, a wonderful personal story as way of illustration.

In the same context he quoted the famous American television lawyer Judge Judy – “no good deed goes unpunished”, followed by a biblical quotation from the Book of James – “freely give as you freely receive”.




Marks & Spencer Donation

Christmas Day Lunch And Essential Food Packs
Boosted By Generous Donation!

A huge thank you to the team at Marks & Spencer Clacton for their donation of food items for our Christmas Day lunch.  157 local old and lonely people received a free Christmas Day lunch and goody bag.  The supplies were boosted by the generous donation of items from the Clacton store.  40 volunteers from the local community gave up their Christmas Day to help with the huge task of providing a cooked lunch, entertainment, transport and goody bags for everyone attending.

This is the first year Marks & Spencer have been able to donate to the Rotary Club of Clacton and it made a tremendous difference to all the recipients.

Club President Kevin Harkin said “Clacton Rotary has successfully drawn together local business and volunteers to provide this fantastic service for local people, the generosity of donations of goods and peoples time is astounding, we look forward to doing even more next year!”

Pictured below are Rotarians collecting donated food from the Clacton Marks and Spencer after closing on Christmas Eve, plus the team of volunteers who helped on Christmas Day.

Over £15,000 raised through Air Show car park

£15,000 raised for local good causes through the 2016 Rotary Club of Clacton Air Show the official charity car park in conjunction with Tendring District Council.

Figures released today show just what can be done to support the local community on the back of the popular air show event.

Now in its 5th year, the two day parking event is supported with 355 man hours of volunteering by Clacton Rotarians and supporters. Club President Kevin Harkin said “2016 has been the busiest year yet with over 2,600 cars parked over the two days. We had very successful Orange Priority online ticket system available for the first time and the evening fireworks presented some new challenges, the team of Rotarians and volunteers coped really well”


Rotarians start planning the event and meet with Tendring District Council in the spring.  Linking in with local organisers and police, the valiant team of volunteers ensure the safe and secure parking along with a free shuttle bus for disabled visitors.

The fund raising effort is made possible through the fantastic support of Penny Smith who owns the field, costs associated with the fund raising event are kept to a minimum and all proceeds go to the local community.

Previous benefactors from the money raised have included:

CHAPS Men’s Health Charity

Alexia Rose – Help Alexia walk

St Helena Hospice

Clacton Food Bank

Westcliff Theatre

Sea Cadets

Tendring Brass Band

Dot com Children’s Foundation

Salvation Army                                                            

The fundraising committee will be reviewing support for more local good causes over the next few months.  A big thank you to all those that have made this possible!

Celebration of Christmas

On Sunday 11th December 2016 over 400 local residents, family and friends gathered at the West Cliff Theatre, Clacton, for the annual Celebration of Christmas Carol Service, organised by the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea.

This year the event was led by Reverend Crawford Logan from the Clacton Methodist Church circuit, who provided a traditional, but light hearted atmosphere also attended by Tendring District Council Chairman Jane Chapman.  Throughout the afternoon music was provided by members of Harwich Brass Band, conducted by Julie Harmer, with a special piece “Feliz Navidad” being played to a silent audience, who, judging by the applause they received clearly enjoyed it.  Scripture readings this year were read by four members of Clacton-on-Sea Rotary Club, Rotarians Dick Farrow, Nick Lee, Tony Burnside and Hollis Drake.


A medley of seasonal songs were this year sung by the children of Great Clacton (C of E) Junior School, under the direction of their musical co-ordinator, Mrs Shirley Gooch, who all appeared by permission of the Head Teacher, Mrs Syred-Paul.  With a break in tradition the audience were also entertained by the Frinton Community Singers, under the direction of their Musical Director, Shirley Bennett, who sung a selection of four seasonal songs to a clearly delighted audience.

Addressing the audience, Rotary club President Kevin Harkin, thanked all the participants for their involvement in this years’ event before outlining some of our achievements during the past 12 months. Prior to Rev Crawford delivering his Christmas Message, a collection was made to assist in financing a Christmas Day meal for the elderly, lonely and disadvantaged residents of the area, raising over £800.

The event would not be possible without the co-operation of St James Church PCC, who allowed us to use the St James Church Hall as an assembly point for the school children of the choir and afternoon tea for our V.I.P guests and other participants after the event and the Trustee’s and staff of the West Cliff Theatre, Clacton.  To them all the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea extend a very special thank you!

3 Kings Trip

Another successful evening at the Three Kings on stage at the West Cliff Theatre on Friday 9th December. A party of 24 enjoyed the performances with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Billy Fury.  Even our President Elect Tony Burnside was reported to be tapping his foot and moving his head in time to the music!

After the performance we were lucky to have Elvis and Buddy Holly come into the bar and meet Rotarians and Rotary wives.
Have we found a possible new Affiliated Member in Elvis Presley. Ah ha!

Well done Clive and Team from Sports and Social, keep up the good work and let’s enjoy more of the social events that your team puts on.



Charter Night

Happy Birthday Clacton Rotary Club – 88 years young!

A fantastic night celebrating our 88th year.  We were joined by representatives from other local Rotary clubs and the Clacton Jubilee club sporting some very snazzy orange bow ties.  A great night of fellowship and laughter and sets us up nicely for the intensive Christmas period that will see the members out on the streets in all weathers collecting for local good causes.

100 Children meet Victorian Santa

Saturday 12th November in suitably wintery conditions and driving rain – over 100 children ventured out to the Victorian Christmas Market at the Tendring CVS, Clacton.

Funds raised from all the Christmas Grotto’s over the festive period will be going to local good causes.