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What is our Club all about?


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 Rosemary Turner helps with Victim Support for those who have experienced criminal incidents.


About us

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


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Elise puts commitment into practice out in Kenya

Each year the Rotary Club of Cambridge offers sponsorship to one or two sixth formers who intend to undertake some significant community work abroad during a Gap Year. On 12th June Elise Moore, formerly at Hills Road, spoke to the club about her time in Kenya. She was concerned to do something which has a lasting effect for the community.

As well as organising community events such as mountain bike rides and football matches, she and her companion volunteers had to assist young Kenyan entrepreneurs to develop their businesses. Thirteen British and thirteen Kenyan volunteers worked together. First they had to undertake some business training of their own and to try out ideas. She soon learned that selling shoe polish to shoe shiners would not work. Then they worked with six people who wanted to improve their businesses to suggest small changes that could make real difference to their activity. These six included a taxi driver who started doing deliveries, a dress maker who opened a boutique, and a market stallholder, who eventually branched out into selling caps. It was not always easy to get these people to change their habits.    

Elise had learned much from her placement, about the country and its people. She was surprised at how much like England and Cambridge her Kenyan town was. She had to accept that her purpose was to make a difference in the community not think first of personal gain – ‘work for a cause not for applause’.-; that one cannot force someone to do something if they don’t want to, and that despite widely different cultures individuals have so much more in common than their differences. There was plenty of social interaction and fun together, but  though it rained every day only the British volunteers would go out in it.

A very assured delivery made it clear why this student was going to study drama at university

Rotarian David Spreadbury


The speaker at the lunchtime meeting of the Rotary Club of Cambridge on the 5th June was David Barnes from the British Antarctic Survey, who entertained us all with an in depth study of his work in the Southern Ocean.

Despite being the smallest of our oceans, what happens there has a profound effect on the climate of the whole of planet Earth.

There has been a pronounced change in sea ice in the Southern Ocean in the last 70 years, much greater change than in previous periods

Put in perspective, such changes in the Earth’s temperature are very unusual as the planet is subject to gradual change owing to orbit, tilt, and wobble, all of which take millions of years and four different timescales.

More dramatic change is being brought about by the growth in greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane, a third of which is being absorbed by the sea, especially around the continent of Antarctica.

The sea surrounding the continent is deep and super cooled a property that permits it to be full of oxygen. Only the top layer of water is affected by temperature changes.

Unfortunately, most maps feature Antarctica as a white strip on the bottom of the sheet whereas it is a huge ice and snow capped island surrounded by an extremely wild and at time windy sea that because of its situation has an effect on all the three largest oceans.

David left us all with the feeling that we are all fortunate to have such a world class research organisation as British Antarctic Survey keeping a watchful eye on things. 

We can only hope that world leaders are able to take heed of the dangers caused by climate change.

Rotarian John Holroyd.  

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....."


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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Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Sunday 24th June 12.00 -

President’s Farewell Party has been CANCELLED

Tuesday 26th June 19.00 -

Dinner meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Club Assembly - members only
Host - Jim Stewart; Cashier - Paul Henry; Reception - Graham Sanderson; Equipment/projection - John Martin

IMPORTANT meeting for all members

Tuesday 3rd July 12.00 - (members only)

IMPORTANT meeting for all members

Discussion about RIBI with Amanda Watkin General Secretary of RIBI and 2018-19 District 1080 Governor David Simpson
[Administration Committee meeting cancelled]

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Tuesday 3rd July 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Patrick Colquhoun - Update on MSR
Host - John Holroyd; Cashier - John Parry; Reception - Graham Sanderson; Equipment/projection - Robert Ransom

Friday 6th July 10.00

District Handover

Usually held in Diss and to hand over to new District Governor

Tuesday 10th July 07.30 -

Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Cashier - Anthony Nix

Tuesday 10th July 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

David Short - Talk details TBA
Host - David Spreadbury; Cashier - Rosemary Turner; Reception - David Ball; Equipment/projection - Robert Ransom

Tuesday 10th July 17.00 - (members only)

Youth Service Committee meeting

Committee meeting at Leys School

Tuesday 17th July 12.00 -

Christmas Concert Planning Committee (members only)

Christmas Concert Planning Committee meeting

Tuesday 17th July 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Frugal lunch and Business Meeting - members only
Host - Edward Thackray; Cashier - Paul Henry; Reception - David Spreadbury; Equipment/projection - Nigel Neville

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