About us

Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Manchester


Since the formation of our club in 1911, we have been helping worthy causes and others who are less fortunate;

Guided by the Rotary Maxim of "Service above Self "

The club actively supports the Rotary End Polio Now  campaign and the Disaster Aid UK campaigns. We also support the Christie Hospital , Francis House Children's Hospice , The Stroke Association , Narrowgate Homeless Shelter & Pettypool Oudoor Activity Centre  -amongst others.

We welcome new members interested in having fun while "Giving Something Back " to the community. Fresh ideas and enthusiasm are the lifeblood of any organisation.



UK Rotarians have been challenged to raise £1 million for Polio Eradication through the generous gift of 50,000 jars of jam.


The idea is simple – you buy a pot of jam from your Foundation representative (Bill Laidlaw) for £2. You then fill it with coins and give him it back. It is expected that the jar will take about £20. However since the £ Coin is going to be withdrawn this year it has been pointed out that the simple solution is to let Bill have £20 by paper money or cheque.


YOUR MONEY WILL MULTIPLY!!  For each £1 you give Bill Gates will give £2. Thus the £1 million UK target could  become £ 3 million.




Give Bill a ring and collect your jam jar. Soonest possible – we want to complete the exercise by end June.

 PS. Taxpayers can contribute even more by completing a Gift Aid form. Visit rotarygbi.org/gift-aid.                  





Revd Steve James, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Platt Field  11 August 2016



Steve added to President Chief George"™s introduction by in his words "˜doing a little crowing"™ about his welsh roots and recent soccer successes, having been born of Welsh parents, he added that he also is a passionate supporter of welsh rugby. "“Steve is an accomplished speaker, sometimes on BBC Radio 4 and a musician, having written a hymn or two!  He is married to Rachel and they have three adult children.  Steve initially worked in HR for Rolls Royce and Lesney Products before being ordained in the Anglican Church and has served in Norwich, Vancouver, the Wirral and now at Holy Trinity Platt, from where he has"™ planted"™ 3 other churches.  He has started and supports Christian work both on the curry mile and the city centre.

He has a young cosmopolitan congregation and activities include Bible Study and he has formed a new company "˜Ministry for Business"™.  He mentioned that he had met Theresa May MP "˜Daughter of the Vicarage"™ when she was Home Secretary at his sister"™s home, likewise the late 6th Duke of Westminster"™ 

He quoted the former Prime Minister, David Cameron"™s strapline of "˜Together we can change things"™ which he considered could well be applied to his work "“ he admired Rotary"™s motto of "˜Service above Self"™ and went on to explain how his work could also have the strapline of Faith, Hope and Love and how we ought to have more Mercy and Forgiveness and of course, also, sadly there is a Human Perplexity to Mess things up!   Those members not present also missed some good stories and humour. We were delighted to be joined by Eve Conway, President of RIBI and her husband Robert Conway-Ghazi.


John N Abbott

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Chocolate Workshop to raise funds for WOW Water Charity

Saturday 23rd September 11.00

Chocolate Workshop to raise funds for WOW Water Charity

Learn about New Koforidua and Ghana and cocoa, have a light picnic lunch, make chocolate, and be away by 3pm. The workshop donation is £25 per person including the lunch. Names to Peter Hartley , pse or via Contact us page from website

Thursday 28th September 12.30

Anna Bullock -Ronald McDonald House

Update regarding Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Thursday 5th October 18.15

Fellowship evening details TBA

No lunchtime meeting today

Club Council meeting

Tuesday 10th October 17.15

Club Council meeting

at Hough End , Chorlton. Club members are welcome to attend

Thursday 12th October 12.30

Barry Matley - Narrowgate Night Shelter, Salford

Latest updates regarding this charity that our Club has supported for the last couple of years

Masquerade Ball

Tuesday 17th October 19.00

Masquerade Ball

Fund raiser for WOW Water Project -see attached poster

Thursday 19th October 12.30

No meeting today due Masquerade Ball

No meeting today

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Rotary News

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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

Watch coverage of the 2017 'Rotary Young Citizen Awards', highlighting outstanding young people.

Details on RotaryGBI.org

How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

Find out more about Rotary fighting disease

Details on Rotary.org

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, We meet on Thursdays at 1230
Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT  0161 832 6256

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