Keynsham Rotary

Rotary in Keynsham is represented by Keynsham Rotary Club. The work undertaken by Keynsham Rotary includes work in the community and fundraising for supporting International and local Charities. New members are welcome; we meet on Wednesday evenings.

President Norman James

Who we are 

Keynsham Rotary is a small friendly club of 20-30 members including both ladies and men. We come from diverse backgrounds and occupations. We meet socially, to establish long term friendship and to serve the community in a number of ways

We meet weekly Wednesday evenings from 6.30-8pm at Saltford Golf Club, Golf Club Lane, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3AA.  

Norman James is the Club President for 2017 / 2018 (picture above)

Our meetings

Venue - Saltford Golf Club

Wednesday evening meetings 6.30pm at Saltford Golf Club

General meetings have a format including a two course meal (optional), informal conversation and business of the day with input from president, secretary and various officers. Many meetings include a speaker with subject matter being predominantly local such as local government, education, business and charitable issues. 

Business (Council meetings) meetings are held every four weeks. This is when members with responsibilities within the club (President, Secretary, Treasurer etc.) report back to the membership alongside discussion and agreement of club policy.

The club also runs "Guest nights" when it welcomes members, their friends and family plus "Friends of Rotary" and guests. A meal precedes a guest speaker for an enjoyable evening. These events take place approximately three times in the year and are announced in advance on the club programme (see home page for details). 

New Members are welcome

Both men & women play an important part within Rotary. The Keynsham Rotary club warmly welcomes women both in full membership and as speakers at our meetings. If you are interested in joining please contact  the club on thr e- mail address below.

Why not come along to a meeting and meet us? There is no obligation to join; we hope you will have fun.

For new membership enquiries please e mail Adrian at;

Club Responsibilities 2017/18

Club responsibilities are allocated across the membership on an annual basis (from June each year). The current responsibilities are as follows: 

President               Norman James      Community          Graham Hoyle               

Sen. Vice Pres.      Roger Spooner      Foundation          Nigel Hutchings

Treasurer                Rob Thurston        Health & Safety   John Angus

Secretary                Jenny Eaton          Sports                  Jane Thurston

Vocational               Graham Hoyle      Membership         Roger Spooner

Club Service           Roger Spooner     Speaker Secty.     Alec Pike

International           John Pike              Web site / PR       Adrian Dodd

Archivist                  TBA                       Youth                    Lynne Pike

Environmental        Jane Farley            Meetings             Geraldine Kirk

Attendance             Ken Cookes

Our Committees

Rotary club business is driven by a committee structure. The Keynsham Rotary Club committees are as follows:

Committee                                               Chair

Club Service                                          Roger Spooner 

Community Service / Vocational           Graham Hoyle

International Service                             John Pike

Foundation (under International)           Nigel Hutchings

Youth Service                                         Lynne Pike


Visiting Speakers

A regular feature of Rotary Club meetings is a guest speaker.  Speakers at Keynsham Rotary have been:   

     Kevin Slater                     Freewheelers or "Blood Bikes"

     Clive Brain                       The Pyronaut at Bristol Docks

      Lesley Bowes                               Syrian refugees

      Stuart Walker                               Living with Diabetes

     Sam Walker                     Coal - A History     

     Penny Wear                     Great Western Ambulance Service 

     Sally  Griffin                      History of lead mining in the Mendips

     Councillor Appleyard        Keynsham developments

     Frack free Somerset         Fracking and implications

     Sandy Hollinghurst           Bujagali Trust Uganda

     Don Cameron                   Childrens' Hospice SW

     Michael Eavis                   Glastonbury - supporting CHSW                                        

Our Donations

Keynsham Rotary Club supports the local community and good causes both directly and via Rotary Foundation (Rotary Club's own charity). In recent months we have supported Prostate Cancer UK, The Hive,Bristol, St Peter's Hospice, Children's Hospice South West,  Jinja Educational Trust (Uganda), Water Aid, Shelter Box and the RUH Forever Friends Cancer Care Appeal.

Our Twinning


Keynsham Rotary club is proud to be twinned with Argentan Rotary club in Normandy France. This relationship has prospered over recent years with both club's Rotarians and their spouses enjoying social visits to each other's towns. Such a twinning  extends friendship and understanding across national boundaries in the true spirit of Rotary International...the photograph below illustrates our recent visit, together with our friends and hosts to the Pegasus Bridge war memorial at Ranville Benouville, Normandy.

Social Activities 

The social and fun aspects of the club are important to its success.

We hold social meetings when there is a 5th meeting in the month. Spouses, partners and friends are very welcome and we enjoy a meal plus a speaker. Other activities include pub skittles, quiz nights, bowls and boules against other Rotary clubs in our District, plus social meals and attendance at concerts/music events. From time to time we arrange trips and guided tours around interesting locations and very occasionally club trips abroad. Members are free to be as involved as much or as little as they wish.

Pencils poised..its Quiz night!