Rotary all Around

Believe it or not, there are five 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 none of the clubs listed here are meeting in the normal way. However, many of them are now meeting online. This could be a perfect time for you to visit a meeting or virtual get-together to find out what they are up to and meet some of the members. To find out more 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 at The Kings Hotel, Wood Street Old Town 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 2020 -2021 is Debbie Vincent (rotarydebbie@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

RC Swindon North was chartered in September 1966 and is based at Blunsdon House Hotel. 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 2020 – 2021 is Kathy Hobson (Kathy.hobson1@ntlworld.com). 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 Thamesdown

RC Thamesdown was chartered in December 1978. The members meet every other Tuesday at 19.30 at Chiseldon House Hotel, New Road, Chiseldon so if you want to go along please check out the days with the contact on 07867 980340. The annual Poppy Ball at Steam is one of Thamesdown’s most successful fundraising activities. Others include the famous annual Walkley Walk named after a former member of the club Brian Walkley.

Royal Marines at the Poppy Ball

Robert Humphries (roberthumphries10@btinternet.com) is the president for 2020 – 2021 is Their website is here but their events do not appear to have been updated recently. Contact is available by email thamesdownrotary@gmail.com. or call 07867 980340.

Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town

RC Swindon Old Town, our club, is a pretty ‘young’ club having started in March 1990. We meet at the Kings in Wood Street Old Town on Wednesday mornings at 7.15 am for 7.30 am starting with a full English breakfast. 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 2020 – 2021 is Ray Norman (lucerne50@hotmail.com). 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 20 -21 is Carmen Franklin (carmenfranklin@hotmail.co.uk) Email her 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 too meet at the Kings Hotel in Wood Street on Wednesday evenings at 19.15 for 19.30 to start. Probably best known locally for their annual Christmas Santa Run that attracts entrants from all over the county and of course they are famous for the spectacular Dragon Boat Races that takes place at Coate Water in July each year. They provide support for the Jaipur Limb project and at home they working with Swindon’s Epilepsy Support Group.

Darien Crannis (darien@crannis.co.uk) is RC Phoenix’s President for 2020 – 2021. 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.