About Us

A bit history about our club

The Rotary Club of Darwen formed in 1933 and brings together men and women to give service to our community and to enjoy good fellowship. We also raise funds to support local, national and international good causes.

The Club is active in all avenues of Rotary Service.  Darwen Rotarians have played leading roles in establishing Darwen's Old People's Welfare Centre, the Abbeyfield Society and our Probus Club.  The Club has a wide range of activities supporting local and international charities. The club is currently undertaking a project to build a Lego© model of Darwen tower to raise £25,000 for local good causes, charities and community groups. The club runs other fund raising activities and these are distributed annually to local charities.

The club, in conjunction with the W.M. & B.W. Lloyd Charity, organises annually a Lloyd's Award for Initiative. This is open to young persons between the ages of 16 - 19 who have not undertaken full time employment.  It funds up to two weeks in the UK to help a young person achieve an ambition that they may not have otherwise realised.  There are two winners each year and it is keenly contested.

Internationally the Club sponsors the education of a child in Sri Lanka. In the last year we have organised the funding of  Shelterboxes and Aquaboxes for Nepal.

In 1959 proceeds from a Home Trade Exhibition formed the basis of the Rotary Club of Darwen Educational Fund.  Subsequent legacies from past Rotarians have helped this fund to grow and it assists young persons and educational establishments in the Darwen Area.  The Club is a supporter of Life Education Lancashire and there work in local primary  and secondary schools.  We have also established RotaKids groups in primary schools in the town.

Members are also active in many other spheres of local life, fulfilling the Rotary motto 'Service above Self'.

If this were not enough, Rotarians meet regularly to enjoy an evening together.