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Talks we Enjoyed

This page gives a synopsis of some fascinating recent talks at our club including those by Sir Anthony Brenton, Professor Christopher Dobson and Dr Andy Williams VP of AstraZeneca in Cambridge.


What we do outside Rotary

Rotarian Julian Landy started Homes for the Homeless in 2017 with a mission to reduce rough sleeping in Cambridge


What is our Club all about?


About us

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

LATEST CLUB NEWS......................

President's Night at Fitzwilliam College

Tuesday 22 May 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Suzi Digby will speak on "What is the future of music in state schools?"

In an informal debate to which guests are welcome.

Suzi Digby OBE, Lady Eatwell, was born in Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London and Cambridge. She 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. Digby is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California (Choral Studies). In 2014, she launched her Californian professional vocal consort, The Golden Bridge.

Our President, Julian Landy maintains:

"The music industry is one of the biggest export earners for the UK, and has been for years. Not just the Beatles. Think of all the performers, pop and classsical, the musicals, the CDs and downloads from British performers. All over the globe they have appreciative customers. The vast majority of the talent began their musical journey at school. Mostly at state schools. Now the possibility of continuing this tradition is under threat from the trend away from teaching music in schools. Why?"

The principal of Impington Village College and the head of music education at the County Council will both speak for the status quo. IVC is the one school locally that uses the EBACC, the English Baccalaureate, which cuts music teaching completely from the curriculum. 

Lady Eatwell (Suzi Digby) will speak against the current provisions and a head teacher from Birmingham who started her own music school in order to escape the state system will speak likewise. 



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

Dr Ian Calder

A pathologist by training,  and after a career in the Coroner’s court, Dr Calder has become a renowned expert on the pathology of diving deaths. He spoke to the Rotary Club of Cambridge about his work investigating the cause of death among divers, and showed some gruesome pictures of various causes.

His work is much about trying to discover a pattern which can help improve safety for the future. 43% of deaths are caused by asphyxia. Little is known about decompression sickness. Divers can die from hypothermia, and also excessive heat in the diving suit. Deaths occur because amateur divers do not follow instruction and wander off alone, but there was a surprisingly high number of murders and suicides. Determining the cause of death was never simple: it was necessary to look at the health of the victim, his personal actions, the environment and any technical issues such as equipment failure.

There are now some 3,000 professional divers, from North Sea oil rigs for example, and some 250,000 recreational divers with sub aqua clubs. Regular diving affects every organ in the body. 

Report by Rotarian David Spreadbury


Dr Calder with our President Julian Landy


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....."


A well known local journalist is welcomed into the Rotary Club of Cambridge as a member by our President Julian Landy.

Jenny Chapman -Hay was Business Editor of the Cambridge News for twenty years from 1997 to 2017, she was also Editor of the Cambridge Business Magazine during that same period. Prior to these positions Jenny started her career as a trainee journalist with the Westminster Press, then as a reporter with the Coventry Evening Standard before taking a break to have a family. Jenny won a number of journalism awards both local and national during her long career.

Jenny retired in 2017 and is now writing a new novel following the republication of 1980’s novels this year and the publication of her 2003 novel in Germany. She has recently started a new business venture trading in antiques.

Jenny is particularly interested in all aspects of homelessness.

Rotary supporting young people  click to find out more


Cambridge 105 radio's Christmas Day broadcast of our Carol Concert at Great St Mary's Church attracts an audience of 10,000 listeners!

More about our Club

Rotary International is an association of business and professional men and women, committed to using their time, training and experience to serving the community.

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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Meetings and events happening soon

Whist Evening

Monday 26th March 19.00 -

Whist Evening

At the home of Patsy and Clive
Glazebrook - contact Patsy to book a place

Tuesday 27th March 19.00 -

Dinner meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Polly West - 'East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)… 30 years on'
Host - John Mott; Cashier - Rosemary Turner; Reception - Peter Jones; Equipment/projection - John Grieve


Tuesday 3rd April 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Meeting details TBA
Host - David Ball; Cashier - Paul Henry; Reception - Edward Thackray; Equipment/projection - John Martin

Tuesday 3rd April 18.00 - (members only)

Council meeting

Quiz Night at Masonic Hall, Bateman Street

Wednesday 4th April 19.00 -

Quiz Night at Masonic Hall, Bateman Street

Open to all. Teams of about 6 people. Light supper will be provided.
£10 per person.

Tuesday 10th April 07.30 -

Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Cashier - Anthony Nix

Tuesday 10th April 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Zachary Beecher - 'From Nassau Hall to Mosul: A Perspective on Service'; Host - Peter Jones; Cashier - Jim Stewart; Reception - Sally Stewart; Equipment/projection - Andrew Priest


Tuesday 17th April 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Annual General Meeting - members only
Host - Sylvia Pryer; Cashier - Joshua Vanneck; Reception - David Spreadbury; Equipment/projection - Clare Waterhouse

Saturday 21st April 10.00

District Assembly

Usually held in Diss

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