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Some of the things that we do

An engineering challenge for school children who bravely craft their materials into ingenious solutions. Rotarian Graeme Minto, founder of Domino Printing Sciences, led the judging. Picture from Cambridge News.


What is our Club all about?


Recent new members

Over the past year a number of new members have joined the Rotary Club of Cambridge


About us

"Making connections whilst working for local and international community projects."


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Editor's note: Visiting Cambridge with USAF interests in the Second World War then please scroll down to find the research that our member Robin Davies has done on local airfields that were operational at the time.



At our meeting on 31 July we were delighted to welcome as our guest speaker James Palmer, the elected “Metro” Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Having been in post for only a little over a year he said he was happy to say something of the problems he was tackling and how far he had got on what was undoubtedly going to be a long and difficult journey.

In short the problem was to sort out the County`s infrastructure and build more houses, especially affordable houses. This meant having to change the housing market and to improve physical communications across the whole County. In his view this could only be done by controlling the cost of land and building new garden villages, not just adding to existing villages or to Cambridge itself. Cambridge and the necklace villages were to be preserved; the jewel in the crown..

What was needed to unlock the solution to our problems was a new metro rail system linking St Neot`s to Haverhill passing under Cambridge, and serving the various science and business parks already in existence and capable of further expansion.

Mayor Palmer reckoned that if building land could be acquired at say £80,000 per acre then a viable financial system could be devised to make it possible for first time buyers to get onto the home owning ladder. He pointed out that if you took a long enough view all our homes were on land which at some time in the past had been green. All of Cambridgeshire was experiencing growth at a rate higher than the national average, and somehow we had to tap into this wealth and use it to fund continuing development.

The Mayor told us he was in negotiations with a number of possible financial backers for his ideas and whilst he couldn`t say more at this stage, he came over as someone who was confident he was getting somewhere.

We thanked him warmly for a fascinating and very encouraging talk. We all want to see the problems he had so clearly defined tackled and solved, otherwise the future could be very bleak indeed. We wished him well in his endeavours.

Rotarian Jim Stewart

President's Night at Fitzwilliam College

This was an informal debate on the evening of 22 May with wine and buffet supper in the Upper Hall, Fitzwilliam College.

"What is the future of music in state schools"

It was acclaimed an unbridled success by the large audience who attended.

Those taking part included:

Suzi Digby OBE, Lady Eatwell who is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trail blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades. 

Sally Alexander, founder and Principal of Kimichi School Birmingham who started her own music school in order to escape the state system.

 Ryan Kelsall, principal of Impington Village College.

  interviewed the main participants and the podcast can be found on their website.



We help with mock interviews..

A group of members recently conducted Mock Interviews with students on the Foundation Course at Cambridge Regional College. These are students whose previous educational experience has been unsatisfactory, many leaving school with few or no qualifications, and consequently with very low self-esteem and little confidence in their ability. In the Foundation Year, they focus on improving their English Language and Maths, usually with the intention of trying a GCSE at the end of the year, and also developing their personal and social skills with a view to being able to apply for a College FE course/apprenticeship and/or part-time or full time work. 

The purpose of these Mock Interviews was to help students overcome their fear of an interview and improve their presentation of themselves to people they didn’t know. Rotarians interviewed in pairs, interviewing students for 15/20 minutes and then giving the students feedback and advice. Subsequent feedback from the students suggested they had appreciated the experience and learned from it. We will be undertaking a further session of Mock Interviews on 25 April. 

John Barrett, Chair, Youth Service Committee


Rotarian Philip James, member of the Rotary Club of Cambridge, received a letter from MAGPAS AIR AMBULANCE on 27 February warmly thanking him for donations totalling £1,060 from the Club and inviting him to visit their helicopter base at RAF Wyton.

"Every pound you give helps Magpas Air Ambulance bring essential lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies....."


More about our Club

Serving the Cambridge community since 1922, the Rotary Club of Cambridge is a mix of business people, entrepreneurs and professionals making connections whilst working for local and international good causes.

We could use your skills, knowledge and input to take part in local, national and international humanitarian opportunities to help others. 

We meet every Tuesday, mainly for lunch, but once a month for breakfast and also for an evening meal, at the Gonville Hotel Cambridge.

If you are interested in finding out how to join us please email our Club Secretary cambridgerotaryuk@gmail.com


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If you are a visiting Rotarian you are welcome to come and see us for lunch on Tuesdays.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 14th August 07.30 -

Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Cashier - Jeremy Waller

Tuesday 14th August 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Francis Hookham "Changes to the website and GDPR impositions"
Host - Patsy Glazebrook; Cashier - Graeme Minto; Reception - Gillian Coe; Equipment/projection - Clare Waterhouse


Tuesday 21st August 12.00 - (members only)

Public Image Committee meeting

Tuesday 21st August 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Meeting details TBA
Host - John Mott; Cashier - Paul Henry; Reception - Graham Sanderson; Equipment/projection - Morris Chudleigh

Dinner meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Tuesday 28th August 19.00 -

Dinner meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Peter Warwick - 'THE GREAT SAILOR - The Life and Times of Admiral Lord Nelson'
Host - Edward Thackray; Cashier - Gillian Coe; Reception - Rob Hook; Equipment/projection - Andrew Priest

Tuesday 4th September 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Jenny Chapman - 'My Job';
Host - David Ball; Cashier - John Parry; Reception - Peter Jones; Equipment/projection - Morris Chudleigh

Tuesday 4th September 18.00 - (members only)

Council meeting

Sunday 9th September 10.00 -

Bridge the Gap walk

A walk round and through some of the Cambridge Colleges


Tuesday 11th September 07.30 -

Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Cashier - Philip James

Tuesday 11th September 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

District Governor will speak;
Host - David Spreadbury; Cashier - Jim Stewart; Reception - Graham Sanderson; Equipment/projection - Nigel Neville

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Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at
at the Gonville Hotel, Cambridge. Times vary so see the Programme for time and details. Please give notice of intention to attend before noon on the Friday before the meeting by phoning Coulson Reception on 01223 423800

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