Forty odd Rotary members and friends enjoyed a major exerience, sailing from Tilbury to the Tower of London on a Thames Barge - the Thistle - for a great President's Day. (The Thistle was built on the Clyde in 1895 but spent most of her working life within the Port of London. This was a chance to spend Father's Day on a memorable trip on a unique vessel.)
The wind blew, the sun shone, almost everyone who braved wind and sun reported wind or sun burn - but what great fun.
Great crew, great food - coffee and biscuits, hot two-course lunch and tea and cakes on voyage back.
Last year it was up river to witness the Southend Air Show. This year, down river to see the sights of London, wharf-side - the 02 Centre, Greenwich Park, Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, St Katherine's Dock, and finally Tower Bridge, the newly built, magnificent Shard building - everyone reaching for their cameras (my batteries ran out at this moment!!) - a wonderful river view.
Back to Tilbury spot on 5.00pm. Last year we went downstream for the Southend Air Show - this year we saw London at its best.
Thanks are due to current president Malcolm Acors for organising the event and for all the members and friends who came along.
Next year, new president Trevor Stansfield suggests a canal cruise for a day along the Chelmer - major buffet lunch, drinks bar - a great idea. But it is very popular, we will need to fix a date and book early if members agree.
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Our President's Report
On arrival at the old Tilbury Cruise Terminal we were greeted by the staff of that smart and venerable old building and the crew of The Thistle.
We assembled inside whilst being reminded of all the happy and memorable embarkations, departures and arrivals of the past. The models, pictures on the walls and embroideries told the stories of the majestic
more National KidsOut Day - We took a party of disadvantaged children from Thriftwood School, Galleywood to Marsh Farm Open Park at South Woodham Ferrers. A great time was had by all.
more The Annual Art Exhibition held for local school children in the Church of St. Mary Magdalen in Billericay High Street.
more An Exciting Year fulfilling the aims defined in President Keith's "manifesto" of July 2013.
more Another year of achievement for the Club
more Address by outgoing President Malcolm Acors.
more Major Achievements under President Ed Harrison in 2010/2011.
more Planting crocuses in Lake Meadows
more A report on the local Billericay Heat of the Young Chef of the Year competition.
more A retired sports journalist gives his views on the subject
back The page links to Club Community Service, Social and Foundation & International Activities in previous years where more recent similar activities have now taken place.