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Welcome, we raise funds and we do lots of community work in Ramsbottom. We link with our local High School, we work with local PTA groups & the local business group. Would you like to join us?

Ramsbottom Rake

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Flying into Ramsbottom

The Flying Scotsman passes through Ramsbottom - photo by kind permission of Joel Yates.


The Railway

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Ramsbottom Town Centre



Peel Tower

Art work by Kevin Thomas


Young Chefs begins this month for finals in 2019.

Young Chef Starts again in September


About us


Our Theatre Evening 

Come and join us for a fab night out.

Our Annual Duck will be held on Sunday 26th 2019  

Tickets available soon, You buy a ticket with a number and race time and we then put that duck in the race. Usually there are two or three small duck races.
The giant ducks are purchased from us at £25, you decorate & then enter your beautiful looking duck in the Best Dressed Competition & the Giant Duck Race.  Prizes for all races, 
Sponsors, would you like to help a world wide charity which changes lives around the world, Ramsbottom Rotary Duck Race is just one tiny cog in the world wide wheel, but it all makes the wheel go around. Want to help, we would love to have you on board. 

Tickets available soon, enquiries to ramsbottomrotary@gmail.com 


Would you like to help our Rotary in Ramsbottom

Coming soon: A Race Night, a theatre night in January, a Food Festival and lots more  

We need help with IT, with this website, with socail media, with publicity. If you have a hour to spare please get in touch. 

Rotary membership is changing, there are no obligations any more, do as little or as much as you wish. One thing for sure you will make new friends, you will be able to do things or organise things. Threre is lots going on in Rotary. 

If you are interested in helping in any way, please click Trevor Hoyle and send me an email. 

Thanks Trevor  

We attended the local Charities Evening at the Civic Hall the other night. If you took a form and want to know about us, please click Trevor Hoyle and send me an email 

Thanks,  Trevor.

Would you like to donate to Rotary charities?

Unlike all the big charities all our monies raised goes to good causes. We also are involved with Community Activities and help local, national & international charities. So your donation will be going to were it is needed.

If so, use the "Donate" button below.  You can use your PayPal Account or debit or credit cards.

Young Chef Cookery Competiton 2018

Young Chefs at Woodhey 2019

Amelia at the District Finals with her Father.

Amelia has won through again, off to the district finals very soon, good luck Amelia & hope you get to the National Finals  

Amelia at the District Final with her personnel assistant - her Dad.

Amelia Tweddle is our Ramsbottom Rotary Young Chef from Woodhey High School, who came from 120 competitors at Woodhey Highschool through to the District Finals and is now on the way to the Regional Finals on the 17th of March.

We have recently completed a record breaking 120 entrants taking part this year. Claire Gallie Head of Food Technology was amazed at the number of pupils taking part, said it's a wonderful experience which Rotary bring to Woodhey High school. 

Ramsbottom Rotary's Chair of Vocation, Keith Crane has been liasing with Claire for five years now. Said the standards were as high as ever. We had ten heats and a Final Cook off to find two winners, which was an exhausting time for everyone involved, especially the two Judges, Trevor Hoyle & 

Last Year the School Winner  - Rebecca Wilkinson went onto win the District final, then the Regional final and came third in the National final. The judges at the National Final said her Smoked Haddock Soufflé was outstanding.    

Mrs Claire Gallie, the Head of Food Technology, said the interest is growing year on year, pupils are showing a greater interest in food and cooking, the quality and variety is outstanding for year nine pupils. The entrants had to choose a two course healthy meal for two people, provide their own recipes & ingredients, cook and present the food on their “ dressed”  table all in one and half hours.
Two winners were chosen and one person in reserve. Will all be mentored by local restuarants in preparation for the next stage. 

“Double the Love” & provide “Bags of Love” for Mary’s Meals

The story begins in 2002, in a lopsided shed in the Scottish Highlands, where Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow started a small charity which grew into a massive organisation helping millions of children fulfil the simple ambition of “having enough food to eat & be able to go to school”.

Mary’s Meals now feeds a nutritious meal to more than 1.25 million children every school day in 13 of the poorest parts of the world, including India, Thailand, Burma, Lebanon, Haiti, Ecuador and 7 African countries. Wherever possible the meal is made using local ingredients produced by small-holder farmers, thereby supporting the local community.  Being educated and fed enables children to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.

Between now and the 31st December every donation to Mary’s Meal’s “Double the Love” appeal will be matched by a supporter-led match-funding campaign (up to £1.9 million), so for every £13.90  donated two children will be fed and educated for a whole school year, the very best  present you could give.  Go to www.marysmeals.org.uk to make some hungry children in the world very happy.

Many children receiving Mary’s Meals do not have basic learning tools such as pencils & notepads. The Backpack Project helps the children get the most out of their learning by donating a backpack full of the things they need.  For many children, a Mary’s Meals backpack will be the first gift they have ever received.

Janice & Hilary began their “Bags of Love” project this summer under the Rotary Ramsbottom umbrella, and have been asking schools and organisations to provide backpack items, new or good condition pre-owned. We have 65 completed backpacks ready for collection by Mary’s Meals and many more which are almost complete.  It’s a great way to recycle school bags, uniforms, sandals, PE kits, towels and spoons. Other items required include A4 lined and unlined notepads, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, sharpeners, erasers,  pencil cases, rulers, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. They would really appreciate it if you or any school, organisation or club you know could contribute. Financial donations are also very gratefully received to purchase those “hard-to-come-by” items such as sandals and boys’ shorts. A brief presentation for younger children or a more detailed one for those interested in the fuller benefits of the project can be given. Current participants include Holcolme Brook Primary School, 38th Rossendale (Open) Scouts, Speakeasy, Holy Cross College, Ramsbottom Rotary, family and friends.

Janice & Hilary are delighted at the enormous response and good-will they have encountered and know that the smiles on the faces of the children participating will be multiplied many times on those receiving these “Bags of Love”.  If anyone wants to help with this worthwhile project, has items to donate, or is part of a group which may want to get involved, please contact Ramsbottom Rotary or email Janice Conley at :  janiceconley21@gmail.com.

Les Norris

Les Norris, died aged 86, at North Manchester Hospital on November 2 following a five-month battle with cancer.

Mr Norris was born in Mossley on September 7, 1931, but moved to Ramsbottom when he was just six months old.As a child, he lived in the former police station next to the railway line in Bridge Street, where his father worked as a policeman. The family later moved down the road to the new police station, formerly the vicarage of St Paul’s Church, and now the site of Peel Chapel opposite the church. He attended primary school at St Paul’s before embarking on a career as a legal executive at George Haworth Chappell & Whitworth Solicitors in Square Street, where he worked until he retired, aged 80.

During this time, he met many of the people of Ramsbottom, drafting wills, acting as executor and administrating estates.
Mr Norris continue to live in the town throughout his life, except for a short period when the family moved to Nelson upon his father’s retirement from the police. Even then, Mr Norris continued to travel to Ramsbottom on a daily basis to work.
The Christian faith played an important part in Mr Norris’s life, and he is widely recognised around the town for his roles as warden, treasurer, and lay preacher at St Paul’s.
In addition to his involvement with the church, a love of the theatre led to him being instrumental in the formation of the Edenfield Players, and, later, the Summerseat Players.
He remained involved with the Players for over 50 years until his death, even carrying out the roles of chairman and president.
He also acted, produced, worked at the front of house, and did much to obtain funding and build the group’s reputation and profile.
A proud Rotarian for many year, he also held the position of president at Ramsbottom Rotary Club in 1981.
Mr Norris eventually settled in Greenmount, where he lived until his death. He leaves three nephews and a niece.

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