About us


Welcome to Beccles, a market town on the River Waveney and the southern gateway to the Broads. Beccles was a major fishing port until the estuary silted up but the river in many ways is still the centre of this market town. Beccles has many interesting places to visit and good venues to eat and drink. Founded sometime in the 900s its history surrounds the visitor. From the many gates - 'gate' being the Viking word for street - to the idiosyncratic church tower built separately from the church there is something of interest round every corner.

Club members meet onThursdays for a meal and often enjoy a talk on a subject of general interest by a Rotarian member or invited guest.  The current Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Beccles benefit from friendly good humour and this feature helps the meetings and other fellowship events to be enjoyed by all. Events include the successful "Young Musician" Competition which is held each February enabling young vocalists and instrumentalists to perform in front of a public audience.  Funds for the club's charitable trust are raised by organizing various events each year such as the 'Beccles Cycle for Life' in May - please see website becclescycleforlife.org for details and an application form and the 'Hospital Fete' on the last Saturday in June.  

We have a twinning arrangement with the Dutch Rotary Club of Naarden-Bussum where we alternate in visiting each other once a year, usually in September.

February 2019 saw the club celebrate it's 70th Charter Night a black tie event when a special guest joined with members of the local community over a 3 course dinner. This year our speaker was Peter Aldous, MP. We also hold an anuual Community Dinner in November each year when members of the community are honouted for the work they do for Beccles and the surrounding district.

On Monday 29th April we are holding an open evening for potential Rotarians where we will explain what we do both locally and internationally. For further information please visit our website, www.rotaryclubofbeccles.org where you will find pictures of our various events.

On each fifth Thursday, an event is organised when partners are invited to attend and may be skittles, bowls, crazy whist or some other "action packed and fun evening".


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 25th April 18.30

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held followed by a brief Business Meeting (If required)

Monday 29th April 18.30

Open meeting

An open meeting when Rotarians will be on hand to explain what Rotary does, both locally and internationally to invited guests and to attendees from general enquiries from the public.


Thursday 2nd May 18.30

Speaker meeting

Speaker will be either Rotarian, Brian Taylor or an outside speaker at Brian's invitation

Thursday 9th May 18.30

Club Meeting

Briefing for Beccles Cycle for Life will follow dinner.

Beccles Cycle for Life

Sunday 12th May 10.00

Beccles Cycle for Life

A charity cycle ride through the countryside around Beccles for all cyclists from the experienced to families and casual riders.

Thursday 16th May 18.30

Club meeting

Rotarian, John Swanbury or his guest will be speaking

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 1800 for 1830 hrs
(Every Thursday at 1830 and 5th Thursday with partners or as notified.)
Bear & Bells, 11 Old Market, Beccles NR34 9AP  01502 712291

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