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Arkells Brewery Tour - 22nd August

A very enjoyable evening was had at Arkells Brewery


Our (Gallant) Skittle Team

Well done Rotary Club of Swindon on our skittles win against Royal Wootton Bassett and District club "” with Debbie Vincent, Christopher Firth, John Woodcock, Haydn Beer and Ian Sharpe.


The latest news from our club

Visit from our District Governor Joan Goldsmith and our President being given a 'special' club banner from the Rotary Club of Portland


Peter Wells receives a Paul Harris Fellowship award

Peter Wells receives a well deserved Paul Harris Fellowship award on the 3rd September


Swindon Cares

Swindon Cares aims to engage all areas of Swindon's community, schools, businesses, groups and individuals, to support people in our town.


District Governor Joan Goldsmith visit

District Governor Joan Goldsmith will visit our club


About us

Welcome to the home page of the Rotary Club of Swindon

Now, you may be asking...

What is Rotary??

Rotary is a truly international organisation, with some 33,000 clubs and over a million members represented in more than 200 countries worldwide.  Its aim is simply to provide humanitarian assistance and to help promote goodwill and peace both at home and abroad.  Have a browse through our 'what we do' pages and see..... well, er.... what we get up to - Whether you are a Rotarian or if you are just interested in finding out more about the global Rotary movement please feel free to come along and join us.at one of our Thursday lunchtime meetings and see just what goes on  - You will receive a very warm welcome

If you don't already know a Swindon club member and want to find out more information, get in touch with our club Secretary Leslie, who will be happy to advise and provide you with any further information you might need. 

If you decide Rotary is not for you, we really won't be offended - promise!


Rotary in Swindon - the latest....

....a roundup of this week's notice board announcements :-

Dear all

     Please see items below that were discussed in the meeting today.  

Lunch Summary - Thursday 14 March 2019

Business Meeting and SGM

Welcome by President Martin Groombridge

Host; Cliff Puffett

Members Announcements 

Cliff Puffett; Cliff spoke to us about  ‘lotsofsocks’ ,  a fund raiser for World Downs Syndrome day ‘ Debbie  was selling pairs of odd socks for £3.50 a pair on behalf of the Swindon Downs Syndrome group . We would like you to wear these socks to lunch next week to show your support, there may be ‘fine’ if you don’t ?

There is a VIP ticket for tomorrows Swindon game available for £25, proceeds to go to the charity, if interested contact Cliff

Michelle Leighton; Brighter Futures fund raising events 

1. Coffee morning at Rick Steins Marlborough raised £600

2. Handbag amnesty at The Outlet village raise just under £3000

Michael Morse 

District conference this weekend, The E Club will be running a virtual balloon race to raise funds for Roll out The barrel, £ 5 per balloon 

Byron Caron, Almoners update

Derek Austin and Mike Bawden are undergoing chemotherapy treatment 

Gerald Greenaway has slipped a disc 

Gary Herbert has hurt his back and will be unable to attend conference this weekend

The club wish them all a speedy recovery and hope to see them back at lunch very soon 

Byron noticed on his Lloyds bank that he had a cheque debited twice and after speaking to the bank he discovered he wasn’t the only one this has happened to, so he urges everyone to check their accounts 


Our guests today were 

Jamie Denver and his mum Nicky from the Swindon Downs Syndrome group 

Drago Pausek from the R.C of Zagreb 

President's Announcements 

After 6 months of hard work by Ian Dobie with input from Club Council the constitution and byelaws of this club were approved by Club Council for submission to club members. There was discussion by some members that the constitution should be approved by club and not council. If on receipt of the constitution and byelaws any member feels that there should be changes can they please contact Martin Groombridge   before the next Council meeting on Monday 8th April? 

Many Thanks to Ian Dobie for all his hard work 

Charity Ball; there are still unsold tables for this event, as this is the biggest fund raiser for the club we would appreciate support ,by members attending this event ( bringing friends and family would help even more ) 

Secretary’s Announcements

Next weeks meeting our speaker will be Nicky Alberry looking back on her year as High Sherriff , Simon Stevenette will be host

Birthdays this week; Mike Hillier on 17th March, Byron Caron on the 18th march and Ian Sharpe on the 20th. If I don’t mention your Birthday it is because it’s set to secret on the RIBI website 

Gerald Greenaway. My emails to Gerald are bouncing back to me, if anyone is in contact with Gerald could you please let him know and maybe contact me with an alternative email 

Election of JVP for 2019/20

Invitations were sent to club for nomination for JVP 2019/20

Debbie Vincent was nominated by David Pratt and seconded by Lesley Hutchings, there were no other nominations Debbie was voted in as JVP 2019/20 by a unanimous show of hands 

Treasurers Report / Presentation of Club accounts 

Peter Barefoot wasn’t able to be at lunch today so there was no report, however the accounts for 2018 were submitted to club for approval 

A question was raised as to a surplus of £4500 in club accounts. It was suggested that some of it could be transferred into a club general fund as we don’t at the moment have one, it was also suggested it could be used to offset subscription charges.

Lesley Hutchings suggested that the club should have a budget / cash flow forecast to determine whether the club will be accruing surplus funds from subscriptions going forward 

Due to Peter’s absence other questions couldn’t be answered and the club was asked to vote on accepting the accounts as true and correct. Unanimous vote 

Committee reports

Club Admin;

David Pratt has put to Club Admin a project to deal with the problem of waste plastic and its disposal with the aim to involve other local clubs .Club Admin to look into this further

David also has areas of the club he feels may need changing and he has asked for members input as to what they feel needs to change to improve the club . His plans are to implement this during his presidential year 

Community and Engagement

1. 12th June, Kids Out, once again hoping to take them to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, funds will need to be raised to enable this to happen. Martin said there were still some funds left in the Presidents Funds from Nicky Alberry’s year when she sold copies of her book 

2. Twigs ; Open day on 28th April

3. Defibrillator: District can match fund up to £750 to be put towards the purchase of a defibrillator for Wood Street. To be able to take advantage of this we need to raise more money to get to £750 , and are hoping we can get other clubs to contribute 

4. John Palmer is hoping to arrange a club visit to Buscott and Coleshill , the cost will be approx. £5/ head and a board will go round club 


1 The Chinese night raised around £1100, it was felt that in the future they would only hold one Chinese meal event per year 

3. The Rock and Roll bingo has been postponed , Chris hopes to get the organiser to speak to club to explain how the night works in the hope of drumming up more support

4. A race night is still planned for some time in the future

Any Other Business


Raffle Winner Martin Groombridge   who kindly donated it to the Swindon Downs Syndrome group 


Hon Secretary
The Rotary Club of Swindon 

Rotary 'Tax Disc'

Put your 'defunct' tax disc holder to good use and help 'drive' Rotary forward   

EDU Fun SA - Diepsloot Combined School

Edu Fun is a charitable organisation that teaches English to Grade 3 and Grade 4 students at Diepsloot Combined School in South Africa and is one of our International projects....  

For more info'  have a look at their Facebook page

(link on this page)



and if that's not enough...

Or if you want to find out more information or are looking for support for your charity or event please do get in touch with us today

If you would like to make a donation to support our Rotary Charities you can do so here - It's very easy.... 

Join Rotary and 'Make a World of Difference'  -  for more info, see the video below....

Nigeria One-Year Milestone from Rotary International on Vimeo.

On July 24th, the West African nation will have gone one full year with no new cases of wild-polio virus.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 2nd May 13.00

Speaker Event - John Miles

Today, our speaker is John Miles from the Guilford Eye Project


Thursday 9th May 13.00

Speaker Event - Open Door

Today, we have the 'Open Door Center' as our guests giving a 5 minute talk followed by a song from the OD Choir

Club Council

Monday 13th May 18.00 - 19.00 Monday 9th July

Club Council

Club Council meeting tonight for all Council members
6pm at the Kings

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Rotary News

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Kings Arms Hotel, Wood Street, Swindon, We meet on Thursdays at 1300
Kings Arms Hotel, Wood Street, Swindon, SN1 4AB  01793 522156

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