Rotary Chelmsford Phoenix - welcome!

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Rotary Roundup

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Chelmsford Rotarians have a two-hour slot, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm every third Sunday of the month on Chelmsford Community Radio (CCR). You can listen ‘live’ in the Chelmsford area on 104.4FM, via the internet, or here on demand at any time.

Winter Quiz Answers

Winter Quiz Answers

The answers to our Winter 2022 Quiz

Rotary - working with young people.

Rotary - working with young people.

Supporting Local Charities

Supporting Local Charities

Recently we supported the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity by taking part in their Rural Ramble.

Rotary - eradicating polio.

Rotary - eradicating polio.

One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme.


About us

Welcome to the Chelmsford Phoenix Website

About Chelmsford Phoenix

The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Phoenix is one of several Rotary clubs in Chelmsford. It is a fairly informal club which welcomes both men and women as Rotary members from all backgrounds and all age groups. The mixed demographics of the members makes it an ideal portal to Rotary membership for older members of Rotaract or indeed people who have never previously had any involvement with Rotary before.

Chelmsford Phoenix was established and granted its charter on 23rd July 2009. The club is a twilight club which meets on a Thursday evening 6.30 for 7.00pm. During college term times It meets at the Princes Room Restaurant at the Chelmsford College of Further Education. This is our way of putting something back into the community at a local level by allowing the young people the opportunity to get work experience in preparing, cooking and service a meal as well as running the bar.  A very worthy cause. The current cost of the meal is £15.00 per week for an excellent 3 course meal. The venue for meetings during college holidays varies so please check for latest details which can always be found on this website.

Join Us

Being a member of Rotary can be very rewarding. You can get involved in community projects which make a real difference to people in Chelmsford. There are the opportunities to serve the people of Essex and to help with initiatives nationally or internationally. The larger projects can involve Rotarians from other parts of the Essex, the UK or from other countries around the world.

Rotary is not only about serving and helping, it is also about having fun and making friends within the club. You do not have to wait to be invited to join Rotary, if you have read this far then consider yourself invited. All our meetings are open so if you are interested in finding out more why not come along to see what we do. Please feel free to get in touch either via this link or by emailing the President via .


Rotary Foundation

Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which throughout the world, funds improvements in health, supports education and helps to alleviate poverty. One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme. From a staggering 125 polio endemic countries in 1988, Rotary's efforts have reduced this to just 3 in 2015. Eradication of polio from Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan would rid the world of this crippling disease forever. More information is here

President's Charity 2022

Little Edi Foundation


The Little Edi Foundation is an Essex based non-profit where children and young people are at the heart of the organisation.  They believe all children should have equal access to education and learning development enabling them to reach their full potential.  Valuable help is given to families living below the poverty line.  The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Phoenix will be supporting the charity again this year with their Donate A Dinner campaign to provide families in need with all the ingredients for a Christmas Dinner.


Porridge and Pens

Porridge and Pens provides seventy children from poor backgrounds with a space at the Brightlingsea Free School, Mampongteng, Kumasi, Ghana. Children receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch at school, sadly its the only food children will eat all day. 90% of the children who attend our school are underweight.

They also have a small nursery at their school to help vulnerable families who are desperate to work to put food on the table for their family. Porridge and Pens offers a nursery place to the most needy families and works with them to end the cycle of poverty.

Other Charities

In addition to Foundation and Walk for Water, there are also all the international causes such as Mary's Meals and Shelterbox which are being supported. We should not forget of course, Youth, Community, Vocational and Environmental projects nearer home.

Youth Projects

Junior School Choir Competition

After a break due to the Pandemic, the Junior School Choir Competition will be back for 2023 with heats and the final in March. This year the competition will be held at New Hall School, Chelmsford. 

Other Youth Projects

The club is also supporting youth projects in the Chelmsford area including the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. For more details click here

The Rotary Family

Being part of Rotary is not just being part of a club, but being part of a family - with a district and a national side to it. There are four district meetings a year, normally held at Writtle College. There are also both district and national Rotary Conferences which are fabulous events. The District website can be found here.


Bellboat racing on the River Chelmer

A varied programme of events and activities is organized. Many events raise money for a range of charities but the aim also is for them to be fun!  There is also and extensive programme of social events. Full details can be found under the 'Programme' tab at the top of this page. 

About Rotary

Rotary describes itself as the world's first service organisation, as exemplified in the motto "Service above Self". In this context the word "service" has nothing to do with the armed forces, but refers to a non-profit organisation where members meet to perform charitable works, either by direct efforts or by raising money for other organisations. Rotarians are volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities at home and overseas, men and women from business and the professions who share a common interest in helping others. A large part of Rotary is the fellowship and friendship which results from the shared enjoyment of business and social networking opportunities.

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (known as RIBI) has over 55,000 members in over 1850 clubs and is an integral part of Rotary International, which has about 1.2 million members world-wide in over 200 countries and geographical regions.

To contact us by e-mail; please click here. Details of all the Rotary clubs in Chelmsford can be found here. Click here to see a video all about Rotary in Britain and Ireland.

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Happening soon...

Thu, Feb 2nd 2023 6:30 pm

Club Meeting at The College

Future of Phoenix - Changes to ensure growth of Club

Mon, Feb 6th 2023 7:00 pm

Club Council via Zoom


Thu, Feb 9th 2023 6:30 pm

Speaker Meeting at The College

Jemma Williams will be updating us on Porridge & Pens

Thu, Feb 16th 2023 6:30 pm

Business Meeting by Zoom


Thu, Feb 23rd 2023 6:30 pm

Scatter Week

Some of us are scattering to the 5 Clubs Dinner

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 6.30pm

Chelmsford College
Princes Rd.

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