Rotary District 1240
THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 1240
A District of England in Europe
Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History
Our District covers most of Essex, (the best) part of Hertfordshire and now London has crept in to our Western boundary. The District has around 1750 Rotarians spread over 57 Clubs. District 1240 is a District of some contrasts. Comprising in the main, the whole of Essex touching the eastern boundaries of London and including arguably the best bit of Hertfordshire. The diversity of the clubs reflect the contrasting areas but the warmth and fellowship of the Rotarians is legend.
The southern boundary is the River Thames stretching from Romford to Southend, although of course Romford is not a riverside town. Along this stretch you will find the areas of industry and commerce and quite likely the larger populated towns in the county. The eastern boundary is again water, this time the Thames Estuary and the North Sea. In fact water has an influence on many of the Clubs in the District with forty-one clubs having an association with water of some kind, either by locality or name. Our northern boundary is shared with the southern part of Rotary District 1080 and there are no doubt Rotarians in both Districts who can remember when we were as one in 108. To the west is the rest of England and the District boundary meanders its way south till it reaches the Thames passing through Romford where we started.
We have two motorways in the District the infamous M25 is in the Western side and of course, having joined the M25 and headed north will bring you to the M11. If you wish to fly out or in, there is the major air terminal at Stansted. Rail travel too is well catered for and quite a lot of the services that snake out of London come into this part of the country.
Chelmsford the county town and central to the 1240 District supports four Rotary Clubs. Colchester a historical town and once the capital of England, is not too far along the A12, it has four clubs too. In the south of the District Clubs seem closer together but fall into different districts of the urban development along the Thames. In the extreme South East of the District and County there are the three Southend clubs, plus Thorpe Bay, Leigh on Sea, Westcliff, Canvey Island, Rochford and Rayleigh Mill.
As a visiting Rotarian you are certainly spoilt for choice. There are facilities within the Club pages for clicking on to location maps for Club venues.