Rotary National Conference 2018
An inspiring conference reminding all how much Rotary achieves, through the conscientious effort and work of club members from across Britain and Ireland. Then add in eradicating Polio and you see the power for good that Rotary represents worldwide.carousel view
Celebrating the Best - Torquay April 5-8
A Royal Presence, Award Winners Again, And Make Mine A Hophouse 13!
Hardly the weather to live up to its nickname, “English Riviera” but that did nothing to dampen the enjoyment of five trusty members and spouses at this year’s Rotary National Conference in Torquay.
The Greenes, Rothons, Woods, Acors and Kettles enjoyed the evening’s chosen restaurants, an excellent Pub called the “Hole in the Wall” dating from 1554 (before and after our meal) and a couple of us found a delightful new beer called Hophouse 13. As a result, we enjoyed each other’s company even more than usual! So much so that one member was asked to leave for making too much noise – by the other four!
The Conference itself was, as always, inspiring. It was good to be reminded just how much Rotary achieves. And to realise these achievements are made possible by the conscientious effort and work of club members from across Britain and Ireland. Then when you talk about our key objectives such as eradicating Polio - the power for good that Rotary represents worldwide.
Just some examples of causes supported by Rotary and individual clubs: - Shelter Box, Aqua Box, Water Aid, Shoe Box, Send a Cow, Roll Out the Barrel Trust, School in a Bag, Guildford Rotary Eye Project, Alzheimer’s/ Dementia, Sand Banks, Dentaid, Macular Society Sight Box, World Child Cancer, Smile International, Literacy in a Box Trust, eliminating Malaria in Africa etc. etc. Plus of course every club’s local causes such as our own for Little Havens and St Luke’s Hospice.
The Conference couldn’t cover all the causes but rightly just concentrated on the key aims and objectives for 2018. Those relating to the organisation of Rotary were presented to us by Rotarians from RI -President Ian Riseley, Rotary GB&I - President Dennis Spiller, Inner Wheel President - Liz Thomas, Tom Silverson - Chair of Rotaract and members from local clubs such as Bishop Stortford.
The charitable causes were presented by a variety of celebrities, no less than royalty.
HRH Princess Anne spoke warmly about her respect for Rotary and the sterling work the organisation was doing and achieving towards eradicating Polio. A major achievement to have someone of Princess Anne’s stature acknowledging the continuous charitable works by Rotary for over a hundred years.
Passion and Humour
Many celebrities from all walks of life gave up their time to come and add weight to the specific causes they supported. To name a few: Phil Bennett of Rugby Union fame, Angela Rippon CBE, Chris Tarrant, Liz Johnson Olympian, Alex Ledger from Blue Peter and Pam Rhodes from the BBC. They all spoke with a mix of passion and humour.
One highlight personally were the Awards to the Young Citizens of the Year session, again covered live by the BBC, a moment to sit back and be impressed at the drive and effort shown by young people in setting up initiatives to help various needs within their local communities. Young people seldom get a good press yet this 10 -year- old Rotary initiative showed what contribution many of them do make.
Huw Boucher who had won the Rotary Young Musician of the Year award treated us to a showcase of his talent. He can play various instruments but chose the harp. I never quite realised how versatile the harp can be in a most impressive performance
There were other talks covered at the Conference and in the break out “Workshop Shop” sessions but to mention one. Detective Sergeants Gary Brown and Ian Kellaway from the Police Fraud Squad and Cyber Prevention Team respectively gave talks and advice on the growth of crime in these areas and actions we can all take to lessen the chances of becoming victims. Informative but worrying. An area we all need to take more seriously and identify how best to take preventative action.
Have kept this next item to the end of the business coverage of the Conference so we finish on a real high.
Another special moment for our club as Peter Greene and Trevor Bond won for the second year running the National Rotary GB&I Award for the for the best Club Bulletin. What an achievement when you consider how many clubs there are in Rotary GB&I. Deserved recognition for all the hard work and conscientious effort that the two have put in to making such a professional communication document. Well done to them both.
After the business, back to the pleasures. On the Friday night we went to the Music Concert at the Conference Centre and were entertained by the Welsh Bridgend Male Voice Choir, an illusionist act called Matrix and finally three young men who did a medley of hits, appropriately from the 60s and 70s and supported by some sharp choreography. A good evening.
We missed the Saturday evening beach party dinner and dance, as Sarah doesn’t like me standing on her toes! Instead we went for a final team meal in another excellent restaurant, aptly named the Elephant and then back to our own watering hole, The Hole in the Wall, to have a nightcap or two.
As usual the conference was enjoyable, inspiring, different and shared with good company. A few format changes are planned for next year. More of that later.
New Club Officers for 2020-21
Virtual Handover of Presidents and Vice-Presidents in the Gardendetails
Zooming Into View 2020
Forced to end Club face-to-face meetings by Government “Lockdown”, the club has continued AND THRIVED using on-line tools.details
Visiting our Mother Club 2019
Of the 60th. anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Billericay, members visited our Mother Club in celebration of this acheivementdetails
Christmas Partners' Lunch 2019
Our annual opportunity to host wives and partners at our Christmas Lunch goes well.details
Attracting New members
Social interaction and fellowship, and valuable information on a club with a very successful recruitment historydetails
Christmas Charity Lunch
Our annual Partners Christmas lunch at Reids on Monday, December 10 - fun for all and money raised for St. Lukes Hospicedetails
Morris men at the Menin Gate
Club member Ken Smith and his fellow Morris Dancers travelled to Ypres in the WWI 100th anniversary year to lay a wreath for fallen Morris Mendetails
2019 Rugby Trip
A great social visit to see two England teams face the Barbarians at Twickenhamdetails
2019 President's Day
Over 20 Club Members and partners celebrated IPP Les Sheppard’s year of office with a tour of Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal and a matinee.details
Trip to Twickenham 2018
Social outing to Twickenham for England vs. Japan, and perhaps a little food and drink...details
President's day 2018
The day was built round a trip through the most picturesque areas of northern Essex and south Suffolk, with lunch at the Fox in Finchingfield and a traditional champagne cream tea at the historic Swan Hotel in Lavenham.details
2018 Basildon Handover Dinner
Club members enjoyed a terrific evening out at the Presidential Handover meal from Kevin Howard to Mike Barrettdetails
2017 Basildon Charter Celebration
A great evening out celebrating the Charter Anniversary of our fellow Rotarians at the Rotary Club of Basildon.details
Plant a Tree for Rotary 2017
On his visit DG Nick Sillitoe motivates us all with news of the Rotary Wood, membership trends and international charity.details
Royal Opera House Tour 2017
Club members, partners and friends visited the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden London for an official back-stage tour on May 27, 2016.details
Charter Lunch 2016
The club congregates to celebrate its 57th year since it received its charterdetails
Visiting Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club
A group of our members - Mike, Keith, Peter, Ed, and Ben - visited the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay to socialize and share experiences and plans.details
2016 President's Day
Members, partners, family and friends gave retiring President Ed Harrison a great farewell for the annual President"™s Day at a garden party and barbecue on June 19, 2016details
Partner's Dinner - A Fun Night
The club took over the top floor of the "Giggling Squid" restaurant for a Fellowship dinner with Partners and Rotary friends. A great time was had by all.details
Spreading the word
Club members help other Rotary clubs with the why and how to use websites, Facebook and Twitter to get the message out about Rotary's achievements etc.details
Associate with Us!
Only a few months after adopting a new category of membership, Associate Membership, the club welcomes its first Associate memberdetails
President's Day Bluebell Line trip
Members of the club will celebrate President Mike's year of office with a trip on the Bluebell Railway steam trains departing 09.30 from The Coach & Horses. Bluebell train between Sheffield Park Station and East Grinstead. Carvery at Sheffield Park Statidetails
All Publicity is ...
The District Media Workshop on May 16th, 2015, promoted new ways to get our events and good works publicized. Better publicity, more public involvement, better fundraising .... and more membership?details
Making a Production out of it
The majority of club members, their partners and friends, visited the new Royal Opera House Workshops to experience this great institution.details
2014 Charter Lunch
A very successful Charter Lunch celebrating 55 years of service to our communitydetails
OF Britain, not IN Britain
Great Fellowship and a heartfelt and erudite talk from the first female President of the Islamic Society of Britaindetails
The Clash of Empires
A Fellowship visit to Stort Valley Rotary Club and a brilliant talk by Baroness Shirley Williamsdetails
Pioneer of Progress
A Company Plane before a Company Car! - Member Norman Wilson regales us with tales of his life with the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Company (1939-65).details
President's Night 2014
We celebrated President Keith's successful year as our President with a formal meal in this local restaurant, accompanied by partners and our fellow Rotarians from Billericay Mayflower and Basildon Clubs.details
Paul Harris Sapphire Award
Past President Malcolm Acors was awarded his Paul Harris Sapphire in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Rotary in general and the Rotary Club of Billericay in Particular.details
Ben pulls out another Plum
Plum Valley event - the club members and their partners get together for a convivial meal out.details
A Royal Treat
We were privileged to have Arthur Edwards at one of our lunch time meetings. Arthur has a unique insight on the Royal family. He been royal photographer at The Sun since 1977. He has photographed 7 royal weddings, 4 funerals, and 6 royal births.details
Fellowship at Basildon
A fellowship visit, three weeks before our joint twining visit to Beausoleil and a talk by Harry Payne, Secretary of the "Rotarian Action Group against Child Slavery" which left us all moved!.details
Our club is one of those recognised by Rotary International's Board of Directors for its membership development.details
It's the 5th Monday so ....
On a very few times in the year, there is a fifth Monday in a month, so the club tries to do something different from its usual lunch time meeting. In July, nearly forty of us met for a convivial evening meal at a local restaurant.details
Christmas Celebration 2013
Open House to Club members at President Keith Wood's house thanks to the hospitality of Keith and Gill.details
Christmas Lunch 2013
The final meeting of the year saw club members, partners, and guests, celebrate their achievements during 2013, and handover a cheque from the proceeds of their October Concert to St Luke's Hospice.details
2013 Charter Lunch
Rotary Club of Billericay's Charter Lunch celebrated its 54th. year with Lunch at "The Chichester" Rawreth. District Governor Peter Dowse, and Honorary member The Lord Petre (who also gave a talk about his early family history) attended.details
A New President for 2013-14
Members, wives and visiting Rotarians meet to celebrate the successes of outgoing President Trevor Stansfield and welcome new President Keith Wood and Vice President Michael Ginn to their new roles.details
President's Day 2013 - Canal Trip
We celebrated the end of Trevor's successful year as president with a trip on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal for members, partners and friends. A great day was had by all.details
Christmas Lunch 2012
A final lunch of 2012 to celebrate our work during the year and, with Inner Wheel, to present cheques to the beneficiaries of our joint fundraising Autumn Musicfest.details
2012 Charter Lunch
Rotary Club of Billericay's Charter Lunch to celebrate its 53rd. year was held at "the Chichester" Rawreth. Honorary member The Lord Petre and District 1240 Governor Ian McMeekan also attended along with members and friends.details
Winter 2012 Wine Festival Trip
A trip was organised to attend the Laithwaites Wine Festival at Vinopolis in London. Transport left Billericay at 4 p.m. members tasted a multitude of wines followed by a great steak meal afterwards at a local restaurant before returning home.details
Clay Pigeon Shoot 2012
A Group of members went to the Essex Shooting Ground at Fyfield Essex on October 24th, for a very enjoyable day's shooting, including a tasty buffet lunch.details
Rugby (Twickenham 2012)
Some of our members planned an outing to Twickenham to see the London Derby matches between Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens and London Irish. Two great games for the price of one.details
RIBI Annual Conference 2012
The 2012 RIBI Conference returned to Bournemouth this year, with nearly 2,000 delegates attending the event under the chairmanship or our District's own - President Ray Burmandetails
Wine Festival Spring 2012
A very enjoyable social event - a day out at the Sunday Times Wine Festival.details
Paul Harris Fellowships 2012
The club has nominated six people for Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Rotary and to the wider community.details
Handover Meeting 2011-12 & Paul Harris Fellowships
Trevor Stansfield accepted the honourship as 2012-2013 President of The Rotary Club of Billericay from Malcolm Acors, and 2 further Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.details