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Welcome to the Gloucester Severn Rotary Website! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Kids Out 2018!

KIDS OUT! 13th June 2018. Vounteers required to help protect the vulnerable and generally help out on the day.


Sporting Dinner

The 2018 Sporting Dinner was another success!


Rotary in Gloucester Awards Scheme

A joint project of the 4 Gloucester Clubs to assist organsations with small donations.


Annual Dragon Boat Regatta

The Annual Dragon Boat Regatta returns to Gloucester Docks!


Club Tenpin Finals

A select few gathered for the finals of the Club's first Tenpin bowling event.


About us

The Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn - Registered Charity No. 1068951

Formed in 1983, we are a very active Rotary Club, supporting local, national and international causes through a programme of fund raising. We also have a very active sporting and social calendar.

Our club, of over 50 members, meets weekly at the Bowden Hall Hotel in Upton St. Leonards, in the evening, and our ethos is based on the three core principles of fun, fellowship and fundraising. We have a wide variety of interesting speakers, as well as Vocational talks from some of our own members. 

We also augment our Rotary experience with a number of social events thoughout the year.

Why not come along and hopefully join us? You would be made very welcome.  If you are interested, click on the 'Join Rotary' graphic above we will arrange for someone to accompany you.

For more info, look at the 'Joining Rotary' tab under 'What we do' above.

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Forthcoming Events

Dragon Boat Regatta - 12 May 2019 - details see below:

The Event - Click HERE

Booking Form - Click HERE

Sponsorship Forms - Click HERE

FAQ's - Click HERE

Completed Events

Sporting Dinner - Thursday 12th July 2018

Another stunning good weather event ably organised by Jeff Roberts and his team.  Speakers Tessa Sanderson and Mike Tindall kept us all entertained and compered by Ian Robertson.

See report and slide show here


Dragon Boat Regatta - Sunday 13 May 2018

Dragonboat day again! Sunday May 13th,
thankfully oncemore dry and more or less sunny for the most part. The great Gloucestershire public turned out again to support our popular, colourful event, though a few late cancellations left unfilled holes in the team competitors’ list.  Nevertheless some 27 determined crews battled it out to win the much coveted “Gloucester Dragonboat Shield”, the eventual victors being the strangely named “Stinking & Sinking”.

Apart from the races themselves we had, as usual, Danters funfair in full swing, and a goodly number of stalls, plus some live entertainment, so much to keep families and youngsters interested for the duration of their visit to the Docks.

This was the 21st year of the Dragonboat Regatta, some record indeed, and its popularity shows no sign of waning…preparations for May 2109 loom on the horizon!  My thanks, as ever, to my cohorts, Rog Barrett and John Barnes, whose efforts and enthusiasmin the background go unseen but are vital to the success of this fundraiser. Thanks to to Derek Thomas for keeping me updated on a regular interval as to how we stand financially;  to Roger Hart and Richard Allison and their team for supervising the “yellowboards”; to all Club members and, not forgetting, wives, for their support on the day stewarding, selling programmes, and making delicious home made cakes!

Our Dragonboat Regatta has developed into one of Gloucester’s foremost family “day outs” and, I’msure, does no harm from a PR  perspective for the existence and work of our Club. Finding teams to enter gets no easier, and Club’s help with this in future would be much appreciated…but we truly have a charity fundraising event here which ticks all the boxes!

Steve Markham

Boxing Evening - Friday 16 February 2018

Our 34th Boxing Night proved another successful evening which our 200 attendees all enjoyed.

The Red Bus Bar provided excellent ale and service and got the evening off to a good start and as ever South West Catering’s team delivered their usual high quality beef meal. The boxing organised by the Gloucester Amateur Boxing Club was of a high standard with many close run bouts and even a knockout. None of the boxers was seriously hurt although one had to go to the accident unit with a possible dislocated shoulder. With the talented non-swearing comedian Bob Webb the overall entertainment package was received very well and popular on the night.

Sadly our numbers were down to 200 which reflects our Rotaries lack of suitable contacts for this largely corporate event, excepting the ever enthusiastic Jerry. I doubt the Presidents Club event made much impact this year but the continued  public negative perception of ‘men only’ events isn’t going to help. This year our ring girls were advised to dress up a little more than usual to the approval of most of our guests.

As usual the school offered us great support and where would we be without our sponsors Keyway and Bunsdon. A big thank you to them and all the other companies that advertised, sponsored and attended the event. As ever, thanks to all the Rotarians who worked so hard setting up the event or working on the night.


Go to the tab 'What We Do' and then 'Where do we spend our money?'

 End Polio

Rotary International has been instrumental in trying to eradicate Polio for many years.

We are very close!

It was annouced at the District Conference 2015 that that India is now declared Polio Free!

Click on this video below to see some of those involved:

What can you do?

Why does it matter?  Can you help?

 Look at the video below


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wednesday 27th March 18.00

Council Meeting 5

Council Meeting

Wednesday 27th March 19.30

Weekly Meeting - Defence of the Drift (Paul Barnett)

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Wednesday 3rd April 20.30

My Life as a Scarlet Man (Ray Pearson)

Speaker's Friend: TBA
Vote of Thanks: TBA


Wednesday 10th April 19.30

WeeklyMeeting - The Nkokoto Link (Rod Harris)

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Wednesday 17th April 20.00

A Year Under Water (Richard Levinge)

Speaker's Friend: TBA
Vote of Thanks: TBA


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Bowden Hall Hotel, Bondend Road Upton St Leonard, Gloucester We meet on Wednesdays at 1945
(No meeting following a Bank Holiday)
Bowden Hall Hotel, Bondend Road Upton St Leonard, Gloucester GL4 8ED  0844 815 9077

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