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Duck Race Should Be Back 2022

Duck Race Should Be Back 2022

The Carnival Day Duck Race is run in July every year. The ducks enter the River Brain after the Carnival procession has passed along Bridge Street about 215 PM.
But, of course, the race did not happen in 2020 or 2021 but we intend to be back in 2022.

Typical Donations

Typical Donations

Selected photos of recent presentations of typical donations to various charities and that virus has not stop us making donations this year.

Dictionaries for Schools

Dictionaries for Schools

Every Year-5 or Year-6 child at a junior school in Witham is presented with a dictionary. And Autumn 2021 is no exception despite covid-19.

Senior Citizen's Christmas Tea Party December 2021

Senior Citizen's Christmas Tea Party December 2021

For 68 years seniors living in Witham have come to a tea party given by the Rotary Club of Witham. Unfortunately we had to cancel the Party for 2020 and 2021because of the covid-19 but hope for some similar event in 2022.



Rotary has a World-wide programme to eradicate polio.
This work has continued despite the pandemic when the World has been thinking about a new disease.

Santa Visits Witham

Santa Visits Witham

Santa is around Witham this December as usual but with a sleigh tracker!
For donations we accept cash and the popular cards.


About us

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It came as no surprise that the Rotary Club cancelled its meetings and events whilst the various Covid Regulations were in force.  

So for nearly 2 years we have missed the Community Day in the Witham Town Park, the Witham Carnival, our Duck Race and the Santa Street Tours of Witham.  But the Santa collections at supermarkets and the street collections should go ahead this year (2021) although the other events and the Seniors Tea Party have been also cancelled.  

We hope these events will be back again at around the same dates that  were planned for 2020.

However, what happens will depend on the state of the Covid-19 regulations at the time.

Watch this space for  further announcements.

Now for some history....

Duck Race 2019

The Carnival Day Duck Race went ahead as usual but with more corporate ducks, coloured red, taking part this year.  Several hundred ducks entered the River Brain upstream of the finishing post in Bridge Street.  This year, although the judges word is final, there was no need for them to make difficult decisions as there was a clear winner, duck number 136 was first past the line. The photo shows the judges waiting for the ducks.....

Christmas Tree for 2018

The photo shows last years tree, the current in a line stretching back 60 years all of which have been provided for the town by personal contributions from members the WItham Rotary Club.      

Pudding Presentation

On 10 December Witham Rotary presented five Rotary Christmas Puddings to Karen at the Witham Lunch Club.  Elsewhere, proceeds  from sales of the puddings supports research into prostrate cancer.  The photo shows Rotarians Brian Olley (left) and John Mellerio with Karen Dillane at the pudding handover.

Wednesday 24 October was World End Polio Day and all Rotary Clubs were  asked to mark the day with a special event using purple, purple being the polio eradication programme theme colour.  Witham Rotary arranged to floodlight St Nicolas Church with purple light for the evening, as the photo below shows.
Purple St Nicolas

The Community Day in the Park (Saturday 09 June 2018) saw our gazebo in use along with Guess the Number of Ducks in the Bucket and the sale of Duck Race tickets.  Weather was fine and we thought the day was a useful publicity event.

For over sixty years the Rotary Club of Witham has been supporting local, national and international charities.

Recently the Club has supported the Boys BrigadeBrainwave, Essex Air Ambulance, St John Ambulance, Home StartShelter Box and the International Red Cross,  as well a dozen other local charities.  Also, every junior school pupil receives a dictionary in year 5.  

Here is a picture of pupils at Templars School , November 2017, showing off their  dictionaries.

Funds are raised in many ways.  People in Witham know about Santa and his sleigh and its tour round the town just before Christmas collecting for the charities the Club supports.  There is also the duck race, seen at the start,  below, in Bridge Street, on Carnival Day.

So funds come from events like steet collections, sponsored walks, hot chestnut sales and so on.  Keep an eye on the Charity Window in Richards Funeral Services in Newland Street for the latest details on all Witham

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at Usually

(We hold two face to face lunch meetings on Tuesdays each month at the Rivenhall Hotel but have in alternate weeks virtual meetings via Zoom.on Tuesday evenings.) Twice a month at the Rivenhall Hotel for lunch and the other Tuesdays the meetinga are at your place!

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