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Thought for February

“An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”

Charles Darwin

"End Polio Now" Events raise over £600

A busy weekend for the RWBTRC members saw a street collection on a gloomy Saturday morning followed, on the Monday, by a Curry Supper courtesy of the Ganges Restaurant in RWB, where a tidy sum of £374 was raised.  The event included a raffle of a range of enchanting and 'bad for you' prizes and........featured the return to the table of the famous "Scented Drawer Liners".  Not the original set - because they have been lost in history - but nevertheless, a welcome return of these highly desirable items that we will, no doubt, see back on the prize table at future raffles.  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to this fund raising which will result in over 1500 children receiving a polio vaccination.

Christmas Charity Events Raise over £5000

RWBTRC is proud to announce that its Christmas Charity Events raised over £5000 for the Brighter Futures GWH Radiotherapy Unit Appeal.  Our Father Christmas sleigh raised £2095; our Luxury Hamper Draw raised nearly £600; and our 2017 Charity Calendar is expected to raise in excess of £2400.  This is a truly phenominal effort by our local community and our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who contributed in any way.....and that includes folks who have sent our calendar to relatives and friends overseas.

Very soon we will start our 2017 programme of fund-raising - starting with our regular "END POLIO NOW" street collection on 18 February.  We are so close now to eliminating polio world-wide, but we still need to make a final 'push' in a couple of difficult areas.  Please come and support us in February and talk to us about what Rotary is all about.  Maybe it is something that you would like to become more involved in yourself.

Happy New Year to all our Rotary Friends and Supporters in Royal Wootton Bassett and around the globe

2017 Charity Calendar Launch

At 10am on Saturday 17 September the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town launched their eighth Annual Calendar.  This year’s colourful photos of the Town and surrounds were chosen from the many pictures submitted by local residents. The presence of the Mayor, Cllr Mary Champion, joined by a host of Town Criers in Town for the Bi-annual Crier Competition stirred up even greater interest and generated some surprise early sales.  Thanks to the generosity of sponsors all the production costs have been covered meaning that, at £5 each, every penny  raised this year will go to charities supported by Rotary including  Swindon-based ‘Brighter Futures’ which is raising £2.9 million pounds for a targeted radiography unit to be based at the GWH.    In the last five years a grand total of £21,800 has been raised and donated to charities such as the Wiltshire Air Ambulance through the sale of our charity calendar.  Everyone needs a Calender and you can find Rotary’s on sale in the Post Office, Londis, Dandelion and Sainsbury’s.

The Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town is already looking forward to hosting the Senior Spring Tea 2017, for further information please contact us at  

We're Supporting "Brighter Futures"

 RWBTRC will be supporting Swindon's Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Each year hundreds of Swindon Cancer patients travel on average 2,500 miles to receive essential Radiotherapy treatment. At one of the most vulnerable times in their lives they make this journey away from their support network.

The appeal needs to raise £3 million in order to equip Swindon with 2 specialist linear accelerators.

Brighter Futures, the charity for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are running an appeal in order to provide this equipment onsite in Swindon. This is in partnership with Oxford University Hospital who will build the facility. Your donation directly, or through a RWBTRC fund rasing event, will be used to purchase the equipment required to provide local people with radiotherapy in Swindon.

With eight people every day being diagnosed with Cancer most of us either know someone effected or have been personally affected-this is our chance to support the biggest improvement in Cancer care in Swindon for over a generation.

Please help when you see the Brighter Futures logo


 Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town.   We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community.  We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.

RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs.  Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham.  As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy.   Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the military in general and has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project.  More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.


The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.

We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations.  This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures (the GWH Radiotherapy Unit Appeal), and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf.  The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures.  In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music.  The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during ther 3 weeks leading up to Christmas.  

In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness.  We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course.

But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions.  Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families.  Recently we have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, a Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Barbecue at one of our Member's home.  We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.

Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation.  These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.

 An Invitation to You 

The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership.  Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic. 

The direct access website address is and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here

As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett.  This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.

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The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts We meet on Mondays at 1930 (for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary) The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER tel: 01793 842800

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