About us

Barrow-in-Furness lies at the southern tip of Cumbria, north of Morecambe Bay and set against the spectacular backdrop of the English Lake District Mountains.

Surrounded by beautiful beaches and inspiring scenery, the Furness area also has a strong manufacturing economy incorporating marine and nuclear engineering, electronics, offshore engineering and power generation.

Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 and despite what some people think none of the original members are still around! For many years Rotary was a male only organisation, but we now welcome ladies with open arms – if you’ll pardon the expression!   


We are changing!


Earlier this year we had a little bit of soul searching amongst our members and we came up with several initiatives to make Rotary more appealing to more people.


Many people think that Rotary is a roomful of old men sitting around eating and drinking. That may have been so in the past but it isn’t now.


We have changed!


Although our club meets every week on a Tuesday lunchtime we realise this will not suit everyone, which is why Rotary changed its attitude to attendance, making it far more flexible and attractive.


We have also started a Friends of Rotary group where people who may not be able to make the meetings can still assist with the events that we organise to benefit people locally and further afield.


Be in at the start of something new.


We are looking to establish a group that will meet whenever and wherever they choose, in perhaps a less formal way – it’s up to them. We will be encouraging people of all ages, male and female, to come along and see what it’s all about.


There’s no pressure – just come along – if it’s not for you no worries.


What we can say is that we think you will enjoy yourself like we do, not just doing the ‘charity type things', but also having a good time at our social events, perhaps making new friends along the way. Take a look at the speakers we have lined up and if you fancy coming along to hear one just let us know.


Rotary does some fabulous work throughout the world with 1.2 million helpers.


If you'd like to do your bit we’d love to see you -  so please get in touch.

The short address for this website is www.barrowrotary.org.uk 


We are a group of friends who meet each Tuesday lunchtime at the Lisdoonie Hotel in Barrow.

Most weeks we have a guest speaker who might be representing a local charity or presenting some general information about something of interest.

We have also been known to convene in local hostelries, have a flutter at the races, or go to the theatre!

The reason the club exists is to give service where it's needed, be it at home or abroad, and as you may gather we get a great deal of fun whilst doing it.

If you're interested in finding out more just let us have a few details about yourself and we'll be in touch. 

President Dave Simms

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 26th February 12.30

Business Meeting

Business Meeting

Tuesday 5th March 12.30



Tuesday 12th March 12.30

South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Speaker Jayne Wilkinson
South Cumbria Rivers Trust

Tuesday 19th March 12.30



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Lisdoonie Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow In Furness We meet on Tuesdays at 12.30
Lisdoonie Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow In Furness LA14 5LF  01229 827312

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