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Duck Race Was Successful on 8th July 2023

Duck Race Was Successful on 8th July 2023

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.



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.

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 2023 was no exception.

Typical Donations

Typical Donations

Here are a few logos of some charities we have recently supported and selected photos of recent presentations of typical donations.

2024 is our 75th Charter Anniversary

2024 is our 75th Charter Anniversary

2024 - A Year for us to Celebrate. Our Club was formed on 12th January 1949 so many Memories and Experiences to Share and Celebrate at our 2024 Charter Lunch on Sunday 7th April 2024

Santa Visits Witham

Santa Visits Witham

Santa is already planning his Sleigh Routes for December 2024.


About us

Welcome to the Witham Rotary Club Home Page


A Very Big Thank You to all the local community who donated a total of £4,516.97 to our 2023 Witham Rotary evening Santa Sleigh Runs round the streets and daytime static store collections during the run up to Christmas.

Your generosity is benefitting local charities, good causes and organisations.

Also a Big Thank you to members, friends, volunteers and local stores who made the 7 evening street Santa sleigh and our 12 days static store collections possible and helped with logistics.

Especially Thank you to the Witham and Rivenhall Air Training Corps, whose enthusiastic support helped make our 7 evening Santa Sleigh Runs possible. Last week our Community Service leader, Rodney Cullum, made a presentation at their 8th of February 2024 meeting, to thank them formally.

If you would like to be involved with or find out more about Rotary and the work it carries out then please drop in at one of our weekly meetings.

We meet in the Pavilion function room at The Oaks Golf Club, Rivenhall, Witham each Tuesday 1.00pm.
Through volunteering their skills, time and resources, our members make a positive difference to the lives of others.

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 1:00pm

(We now hold weekly lunch meetings on Tuesdays at the Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club, Oaks Pavillion, Witham12:30pm for 1pm.) Rivenhall End
Forest Road
Evans Way

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