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

Rotary Video Showcase


Videos showcasing modern Rotary

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Blackburn with Darwen Brass Band Hymn & Marching competition


23 brass bands from across Lancashire and Yorkshire competing in an open competition on the new Darwen Market Square

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Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project


Raising £100,000.00 to fund the restoration of Darwen's iconic tower

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Books for Gambia 2020


6,4OO books sent to the children of Gambia

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Charitable Trust Funds


Charitable Trusts adminstered by Darwen Rotary.

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Lego Darwen Tower


Building a scale model of Darwen Tower at £1 per brick

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About us

As part of the Nation's fight against  Covid-19 all physical meetings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We continue to meet electronically and are active in the community.

A bit of history about Rotary in Darwen

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 recently undertook a project to build a Lego© model of Darwen tower to raise £25,000 for local good causes, charities and community groups. Currently we are raising £100,000 for the restoration of Darwen's Jubilee Tower. The club runs other fund raising activities and these are distributed annually to local charities and good causes.

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, School books to Gambia and have supported Mercy Ships.

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.

Darwen Tower

The most easily recognised symbol of Darwen. It stands on the moors overlooking the town and was built in 1897/8 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign.

 

On 11th November 2010 the dome and top section of the tower were blown off during a night of very strong winds that caused much damage across the area. Local businesses volunteered their services in repairing the tower and it was hoped to finish the work by the end of March but we waited until May 2011 for English Heritage's blessing. 

The replacement has been manufactured from stainless steel by apprentices at WEC engineering, a Darwen firm.

The new dome was lifted into place on Friday 13th January 2012 by helicopter.  There is a spectacular video of this operation on UTube (although you may wish to fast forward the first 25 seconds).

   


November 2019 bullein.pdf

Dec.Jan19-20 Bulletin.pdf

February 2020 bulletin.pdf

March 2020 bulletin.pdf

July August 2020 bulletin.pdf

September 2020.pdf

October 2020 bulletin.pdf  

November 2020 bulletin.pdf

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Mon, Dec 7th 2020 6:30 pm

Business meeting


Mon, Dec 7th 2020 8:00 pm

Council after ordinary meeting


Mon, Dec 21st 2020 6:30 pm

Christmas Message


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 18:00 for 18:30
(No meetings on Bank Holidays. We meet twice a month. Please check future events section for details of dates etc. what3words: cloud.moss.trim )
Darwen Masonic Hall
Hawkshaw Avenue
Darwen
Lancashire
BB3 2PS  01254 772033

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