Rotary all Around

Because of the Covid 19 pandemic none of the clubs are meeting in together as described below. However many are now meeting online, so a perfect time for you to visit a meeting or virtual get-together to find out what they are up to at this time and meet some of the members. Contact the Presidents for information.

Five Rotary clubs in Swindon offering breakfast, lunch or evening meetings. This is Swindon spoiled for choice…

And you are welcome to visit all or any of them… 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.

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.

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. 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

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. Thamesdown have a number of successful fundraising activities including the annual Poppy Ball at Steam and most famously the Walkley Walks named after a former member of the club Brian Walkley.

Royal Marines at the Poppy Ball

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

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 7.15am for 7.30am starting with a full English breakfast. We are famous for Swindon’s Famous Duck Race which we have hosted for the past 20 years as well as our amazing ongoing relationship with the Desai Memorial School in Nairobi. We are involved in the annual Rotary Young Photographer competition and working on a number of 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 club, the Thursday Morning club. 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.

Last but not least is Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club chartered in February 2012. They are the newest and a very active club in the area. They too meet at the Kings Hotel in Wood Street on Wednesday evenings 19.15 for 19.30 start. They are probably best known locally for their annual Christmas Santa Run attracting entrants from all over the county and the spectacular Dragon Boat Races in July each year at Coate Water. They are currently supporting the Jaipur Limb project and at home they working with Swindon’s Epilepsy Support Group.

RC Phoenix’s President for 2020 – 2021 is Darien Crannis (darien@crannis.co.uk) More details of their meetings and fundraising activities can be found on their website They also have a Facebook page