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Rotary Chelmsford Phoenix - 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.

Quiz Night at Writtle Sports and Social Club

Come along to our next Quiz Night at Writtle Sports & Social Club Paradise Road, CM1 3HP and Support Local Rotary Charities. Just £7 per person. Bar is available but bring your own nibbles!


Welcome to Rotary


Rotary Roundup

The Rotary Clubs of Chelmsford have a 2 hour slot from 10.00am to 12.00pm every third Sunday of the month on Chelmsford Community Radio. You can listen live in the Chelmsford area on 104.4 FM


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.


Choir Competition Final at KEGs

The Final of our Annual Choir Competition was held on 4th April 2019 and the winners were St Mary's Primary School Shenfield. The Runners Up were last year's winners St Michael's Junior School Galleywood.


Rotary - responding to disasters.

Shelterboxes are distributed around the world following natural or man-made disasters.


About us

Welcome to the Chelmsford Phoenix Website

We hope that you find all the information you need.

About Chelmsford Phoenix

The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Phoenix is Chelmsford's newest Rotary club in England's newest city. 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.


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

Essex Search and Rescue

Essex Search and Rescue is a charity which was founded in 2002 and is a purely voluntary organisation. They rely completely on funding and donations from generous organisations like the Rotary Club. They are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and whatever the weather, they will respond to a request from the Police to look for a vulnerable missing person in the County of Essex. They could be looking for someone who is elderly and confused, suffering from dementia, despondent (people who are intent on committing suicide), lost children and people with mental health issues. ESAR work closely with families and the Police to ensure everything is done to find a families loved one. More information can be found here.

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

The club is again organising a Junior School Choir Competition during March 2018 with the final being held on Thursday 4th April 2019 at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. 

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.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 17th October 18.30

Social with Rob Peters at The College

Thursday 24th October 18.30

My Life as a Diplomatic Protection Officer - at The College

Monday 28th October 19.30

Club Council Meeting

Club Council Meeting

Thursday 31st October 18.30

Afternoon Tea at the Scout HQ in Meteor Way, with a show and tell on the Amercian Jamboree

Thursday 7th November 18.30

DG Visit at The College

Thursday 14th November 18.30

Speaker from Little Edi Foundation at The College

The Little Edi Foundation are a Chelmsford based charity working with schools and youth groups in Essex to help children in the poorest parts of Moldova and Romania.

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Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

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RotaKids supporting their local community

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 6.30pm
We normally meet in the restaurant inside Chelmsford College where catering students cook us a delicious three course meal for £15. When the college is closed we meet at various venues. Please check the programme for details.

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