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.
Books for Gambia
Darwen Rotary has been collecting books from local primary schools to be sent to The Gambiadetails
Darwen Moors Fires
Recently the Rotary Club of Darwen along with the Salvation Army has been helping to provide refreshments for the firefighters and workers helping to extinguish the terrible fires on the moors of Darwen.details
Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project
Raising £100,000.00 to fund the restoration of Darwen's iconic towerdetails
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.
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).
To find out more click on the What We Do button at the top right of the web page
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 17th August 18.30
General meeting on Zoom
Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.
Flexibility creating new opportunities for new members
RotaKids supporting their local community
Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(No meetings on Bank Holidays. We meet twice a month. Please check future events section for details of dates etc. )
Dolly's Tea Room
386 Bolton Road
BB3 2PS 01254 772033