About us


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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Chard which was chartered on 7th November 1945 by a group of local businessmen who felt a need to provide a way of giving service to the local community in the aftermath of the war.

The Club currently has 20 members of varying ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Rotarian Mike Trott has taken on the role of Club President, from outging President Robin Williams, for the 2018 /2019 Rotary Year.

Mike, who is one of the younger members of the Club, has just (August 4th) married Tracey, a former member and Past President of the Club, so has plenty of experience of what Rotary is about to fall back on.

For many years Mike has been employed by Air Control Industries (ACI) in Axminster but has recentlyjoined the team at Oak Lodge Residential Home in Chard.

The Club has been involved in many activities over the years, both at home and abroad. Our most important home activity has been in organising an annual QuadKids sporting event with local primary schools.

When we first started this we had 4 schools and around 40 children involved. Our last event involved 9 schools and 105 children, an obvious success story.

Internationally we have been active in disaster relief and inter club visits, our latest being to Sri Lanka and following this we have established a link with a Limb Replacement Centre in Kandy.  This is significant because of Chard's historical links with James Gillingham, a leading pioneer in limb replacement.

 We are always keen to support other local organisations and regularly help Chard Town Council, Chard Town Team, the Royal British Legion and Chard Carnival Committee with their activities.

We meet at the Phoenix Hotel, in Chard, on the second,  fourth and fifth Tuesdays of the month and are always pleased to welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more about Rotary.

Does the sound of any of this interest you. If so why not get in touch with us, using the 'Join Rotary' link on our home page, and arrange to come along and meet us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at 1800 hrs for 1830hrs
(The Rotary Club of Chard holds a Speaker Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The 5th Tuesday is a Partners Evening. The 1st Tuesday will be a Sports / Social Evening and Club Council will be held on the 3rd Tuesday.)
The Phoenix Hotel
Fore Street
Chard TA20 1PH  01460 66444

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