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Refurbishment of St Barnabas School Peace Garden

Refurbishment of St Barnabas School Peace Garden

Rebuilding the Peace Garden in the grounds of St Barnabas School

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Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project

Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project

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

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Charitable Trust Funds

Charitable Trust Funds

Charitable Trusts adminstered by Darwen Rotary.

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Crocus planting

Crocus planting

Planting 20,000 purple crocus corms on Borough Road

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Darwen Rotary Arts Competition

Darwen Rotary Arts Competition

“The Darwen Rotary Art Competition was this year entitled “Colours of Nature”.

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Lego Darwen Tower

Lego Darwen Tower

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

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About us

We continue to meet electronically via Zoom and are active in the community. We will continue to do so for at least one meeting per month.  The second meeting will be of a social nature.

If you would like to attend one of our meetings, please use the contact button at the bottom of this page to request the link.

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. 

The Tower has suffered from the ravages of the weather over the years. We organise fund raising to have it repaired (see project details above)

Repairs are now under way with scaffolding going up.

October 2021 Bulletin.pdf

November 2021 Bulletin.pdf

December 2021 January 2022 Bulletin.pdf

February 2022 Bulletin.pdf

March_2022_Bulletin.pdf

April_2022_Bulletin.pdf 

June 2022 Bulletin.pdf

July 2022 Bulletin.pdf

Aug 2022 Bulletin.pdf

Sept_22_Bulletin.pdf

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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. ) Meeting on Zoom for the foreseeable future.


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