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This croquet evening is open to all Club members, their partners and friends. £15.00 per head includes Green Fees and Buffet and refreshments available at the end of the evening. Any profits will go to Age Concern, Colchester more
Open-Air Charity Concert in gardens of Ingatestone Hall more
Alan hands over the District 1240 reins to Terry Dean at Chelmsford City Racecourse

Welcome to the Website of Rotary District 1240

District 1240 is the Rotary District covering Essex - well most of Essex and just part of Hertfordshire and a little bit of Greater London. Rotary District 1240 has around 1700 Rotarians in our 60 Clubs.     

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million members, who, through their clubs, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

This website and those to be found on the Club List tab above, are open for the public to browse. If you are interested in the Rotary Organisation and in the work it does, you will find opportunities to view more of what the Rotarians in the Rotary Clubs in Britain and Ireland get up to here.

We’re for Communities

The video below shows the kind of projects we get involved in

Rotary Foundation

Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which throughout the world, funds improvements in health, supports education and helps to alleviate poverty. One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme. From a staggering 125 polio endemic countries in 1988, Rotary's efforts have reduced this to just 2 in 2015. Eradication of polio from Pakistan and Afghanistan would rid the world of this crippling disease forever. More information is here

Send A Cow



Rotary and Send a Cow have worked together for many years. District 1240 in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kisumu Winam in Kenya and Rotary Foundation are providing livestock for families in this remote part of Africa. SAC provides families with an alternative source of income which enables them to work their way out of poverty and malnutrition. The sale of milk, crops and calves generates income used for schooling, and healthcare. This simple idea has an incredible effect on the lives of people in Africa. 

Youth Competitions

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (R.I.B.I.) offer a range of youth activities / competitions and in District 1240 offers many of those activities and competitions.  

YOUTH SPEAKS– This competition offers a team of three young people aged between 11 to 17 years the opportunity to experience speaking on a public platform. Schools have been supporting this activity for many years. Intermediate Teams – 11-13, Senior 14-17 years old.            

YOUNG CHEF– Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill. Sponsored by Filippo Berio, contestants prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and a time limit, which is judged by an expert panel. 

YOUNG MUSICIAN– Music is an international language and we at Rotary encourage talented and young people by providing this opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER– Photography is a talent and an ever popular art form.  Entrants submit three photographs on a theme in black and white or colour, along with a description of the inspiration for their photographs.

YOUNG WRITER– A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people who show talent. The winning writers are subsequently published in Rotary magazines.

YOUNG TECHNICIAN– Teams of students interested in engineering and science compete in a one day event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task.  Solutions are tested and judged against competing teams.

YOUNG CITIZENS AWARD– These showcase the citizenship and responsibilities demonstrated by people under the age of 25.  Winners receive a cash prize of £500 at the Rotary Annual Conference where the awards are presented live on the BBC News Channel.

R.Y.L.A.– Rotary Youth Leadership Awards allows young people the chance to show their skills over a weekend at the Essex Outdoor Centre on Mersea Island.  Leadership qualities are rewarded with certificates and some prizes.  

New Generations Service Exchange– for young people who wish to travel alone or in a group to visit another country for the purpose of humanitarian or vocational criteria. The age group is for those over 18 and under 30 years of age.

YOUTH EXCHANGE– These exchanges, which are very safe, offers ages from 15 and 25 a chance to travel almost anywhere in the world and immerse themselves in a foreign culture and it won’t cost a fortune.  Young people will return home full of confidence, with valuable experiences to add to a CV for both university or job applications.  There are Long and Short Term Exchanges and Camps and Tours.

For full details of these competitions and opportunities please click here.

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