Working with our friends in the local Community
Southend Round Table are proud to be supporting the Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay, and the Foulness Bike Ride in 2019.
The Rotary Club Foulness Bike Ride
The Foulness Charity Bike Ride is BACK for 2019!
Join the fun and register now to cycle this idyllic Island not normally open to the public.
There are 3 classes of entry for this ride: Adult, Child or Family:
Adult £15.00 Entry Fee
Child £7.50 Entry Fee
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children under 16) £39.50 Entry Fee
Register before 31st May to benefit from last years prices.
There are 8 start times for the ride, from 9:30am to 1:00pm at half-hour intervals. To reserve your time slot, please select from the drop down box in the registration form. If your chosen start time is not available, please select a later start time.
Make Your Booking for the Foulness Bike Ride
The Unique Foulness Island
Foulness Island is Essex’s best kept secret. A 6,000-acre nature magnet of scrub and marshland, which is only a short range rocket launch from the hustle and bustle of Southend. But for most of us, it doesn’t even register as a blip on the radar.
It is however, a paradox.
Owned by the Ministry of Defence, who for good reasons, do not welcome casual visitors on the island and a place which is home to a small and extremely proud community renting their homes from military landlords. A totally unique and unconventional arrangement, breaking all rules. For nearly a century, the MoD has used Foulness as a testing centre for military weapons, propelling all manner of deadly devices into the Maplin Sands.
“In contrast, the island is surrounded by the Rivers Crouch and Roach, plus the North Sea, Foulness may be out of bounds to most civilians, but it has five working farms, producing wheat, barley, peas and linseed.”
It’s an extremely unique island and, despite the paradox, each facet is complementary to the other marrying the extraordinary with some might say, the most ordinary of lives. Far from it.
Thorpe Bay Rotary Club
Chartered on the 14th December 1991, The Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay (District 1240, Club 1765) is a mixed gender club, based near Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Thorpe Bay has always been strong as a “sporty” and fun loving club, partly because the average age is lower than many (just below 50) and partly because its mixed gender brings a liveliness into Rotary.
The club has raised over £400,000 since 1991 by putting on great local events.