Rotary all Around

Believe it or not, there are four Rotary clubs in Swindon and between them, they offer breakfast, lunch, or evening meetings. This is Swindon spoiled for choice…

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown many of these clubs are meeting online. To find out where they will be meeting in person contact any of the Presidents listed below for information.

You will be welcome to visit all or any of them… this is because Rotary welcomes people of all ages and from all walks of life who have a desire to help others, make friends, and have some fun.

Rotary Club of Swindon

The oldest club in Swindon is the Rotary Club of Swindon founded in June 1926. The members and their guests meet for lunch each Thursday at 13.00, venue to be confirmed, except on the fifth Thursday when they hold an evening meeting. They support many charities around the town their biggest fundraisers are the Charity Ball, High Sheriffs Charity Concert, and the now-famous Swindon Cares.

President for 2021 – 2022 is Sue Frawley (frawleys@aol.com) and the secretary is Steve Brain (sbrainstev@aol.com) More details about their meetings and activities can be found on their website or visit their Facebook page for all their latest news.

Rotary Club of Swindon North and Thamesdown

RC Swindon North was chartered in September 1966 and is based at Blunsdon House Hotel. The club merged with Thamesdown in July 2021. The members meet on Mondays from 18.45 for 19.00 for a meal and chat. Partners of members attend on the 5th Monday in the month and there are no meetings on bank holidays. The club is renowned for its popular annual Swimarathon attracting contestants from all around the town. They also host the magnificent Rotary Young Musicians of the Year competition.

The President for 2021 – 2022 is Kathy Hobson To contact the club please use the CONTACT button on their website. More details for their fundraising and fun activities can be found on their website and their Facebook page for their latest successes. Follow them too on Twitter @SWINDONNORTHRC

Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town

RC Swindon Old Town, our club, is a pretty ‘young’ club having started in March 1990. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 7.15 am for 7.30 am starting with a full English breakfast. Venue to be confirmed. Famous for Swindon’s Famous Duck Race which we have hosted for the past 20 years we also have an amazing ongoing relationship with the Desai Memorial School in Nairobi. The club is involved in the annual Rotary Young Photographer competition and is working on a number of other youth activities in the coming months.

Our President for 2021 – 2022 is Peter Elliott (p.elliott234@tiscali.co.uk). You can read all about us here and follow us on Twitter @oldtownrotary and on our Swindon’s Famous Duck Race Facebook page

We also have a satellite group, the Thursday Morning Welcome. It is based in the Parks area of Swindon at Goddard Park School. The Chair for 21 -22 is Graham Miles (grahammiles285@gmail.com) Email him for more information.

Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix

Last but not least is Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club chartered in February 2012. It’s the newest club in Swindon and plays an active role in the area. They meet on the first Wednesday of the month; meetings are in the evenings and all will start at 6.30pm.  New for this Rotary year, the third Wednesday of every month will see the Club spread their wings and go out and about-on tour, there is a planned series of social events with local independents, with the main aim of getting to know the local community and to encourage new members. Some of the events will include Gin Tasting, a Spooky Walk, a Las Vegas Night and a local Artist talk at the Oink Gallery.  The Club is probably best known locally for their annual Christmas Santa Vs Rudolph Run that attracts entrants from all over the county and of course they are famous for their spectacular Dragon Boat Race which takes place at Coate Water in June each year.  Brighter Futures will be their chosen charity for 2021/22, but as a Club they will still proudly support the funding of a Guide Dog from puppy (now incredibly on their tenth funded guide dog).  As part of their planning strategy, they will also look to launch an important Club campaign – A Club at the ‘Heart’ of the Community, where they will plan and provide Know Your Blood Pressure surgeries at key events through the Calendar year.  Internationally they will provide support for the Children of the Dump in Manilla and they still work very closely with the Swindon Epilepsy Support Group.

Adam Wainwright adamwain2@googlemail.com is RC Phoenix’s President for 2021 – 2022. and the club secretary is John Fisher rtnjohn@btinternet.com More details of their meetings and fundraising activities can be found on their website. They also have a Facebook page so you can keep up with their latest achievements.