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Colchester. Britains 1st City and Oldest Recorded Town


The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum was Chartered on the 29th April 1975


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In accordance with  Government advice, normal meetings were suspended until the 19th July 2021. Since then meetings have resumed at 12.45pm for 1pm at the Best Western Rose and Crown, Colchester. (See "where and when" on the right of this page), To see the list of speakers go to "Meetings and Events" in the Main Menu and select "Happening Soon". Visiting Rotarians may join these meetings by requesting the access code at rotaryforum@gmail.com 



   President Harvey

and the Members of The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum




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Rotary Forum Create a Beautiful Oudoor Space for Next Chapter


Next Chapter (the Women’s Refuge in Colchester) asked Forum to create an outdoor space of which to be proud. Teams of Forum members showed up in force over a three-day period to cut grass, weed beds, plant flowers, shrubs and containers, hoist a hammock and sail shade, install solar powered lights and garden furniture and turn a sad looking space into an area the women will be able to enjoy and use throughout the year. 


The Rotary team, under the leadership of Vice President Jon Neill, also installed high grade outdoor gym equipment to help the residents keep fit together with an all-weather shelter for them to sit with a cup of coffee and relax in a calm area.

Before and After


The money to build and create this amazing garden came from club funds, a district grant and another Colchester Rotary club in all in excess of £7000. Support also came from the local garden centre “The Barn” who generously supplied the flowers valued at over £500. Colchester Skip hire provided a free skip.


Lorna Preece, the Refuge Services Manager said “You don’t realise just how important this is to us. You have given us a relaxing, calming space which all the women can use and with the fitness equipment, promote their wellbeing and health. It’s been three years to get this far and all of a sudden, with Forum’s work, we’re here at this point. It’s so wonderful”


Organiser Jon Neill said “we had so much fun creating the garden.” This is just another example of what Rotary does for communities.


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Happening soon...

Thu, Oct 21st 2021 1:00 pm

Meeting - Speaker Julian Lord - ‘Mersea Week’

12.45pm for 1pm at the Rose & Crown

Thu, Oct 21st 2021 6:30 pm

Council Meeting

Thu, Oct 28th 2021 1:00 pm

Meeting - Business Meeting

12.45pm for 1pm at the Rose & Crown

Thu, Nov 4th 2021 1:00 pm

Meeting - Speaker - Philip Regan, Kelly Bronze Turkeys ‘How to cook and carve a Turkey’.

12.45pm for 1pm at the Rose & Crown
Recommended as an ‘invite your partner’ meeting.

Thu, Nov 11th 2021 1:00 pm

Meeting - Possibly 'Colchester Borough Council Planning' - Speaker TBA

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12.45pm for 1pm at the Rose & Crown

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We meet on Thursdays at 1245 for 13.00

(On 5th Thursday meeting Venue/style may change. Contact Secretary before attending. - michael.jones1940@gmail.com: Tel 01206 510941. ) Rose & Crown Hotel
East Street

CO1 2TZ  01206 866677

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