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.
Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project
Raising £100,000.00 to fund the restoration of Darwen's iconic towerdetails
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 Squaredetails
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 via Zoom and are active in the community.
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.
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
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 6:30 pm
Speaker - Helen Smith
Community Projects & Activities Officer
Ribble Rivers Trust
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 8:00 pm
Council after ordinary meeting
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 6:30 pm
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Rotary serving communities through supporting foodbanks
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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. what3words: cloud.moss.trim During the current lock-down, meeting are on Zoom. Contact button below. )
Dolly's Tea Room
386 Bolton Road
BB3 2PS 01254 772033