About us

Located in the picturesque market town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England we are a thriving and friendly Rotary Club which welcomes visitors from all over the world. We are proud of our club and the contributions Rotary makes to communities both locally and abroad by living up to its motto "Service above Self".

We are a group of local men and women who work together to make other people's lives better. We do this as one branch of the world-wide family of Rotary with over 1.2 million members. We work in an atmosphere of dedicated service, coupled with fun and fellowship to the highest ethical standards.

In 2011 we held our first SwiMarathon, a community fundraising event held at the Harborough Leisure Centre. This was a fantastic success raising enough money for us to be able to give a total of almost £70,000 to good causes between 2011 - 2019. It is not an endurance swim, rather a fun team activity, for all ages, where each team swims relay style in one lane of the pool for just one hour, getting sponsorship for doing it. 

The 2020 Swimarathon was a huge success with with 42 teams comprising 186 swimmers swam 5008 lengths which is nearly 125km.



A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to our business sponsors, without whom we couldn't put the event on:-

Brooke House College, Dunham's Jewellers, Dunleavy's hairdressers, ET Peirson, Everyone Active Leisure Centre, Harborough FM, Harborough Mail, Lexington's Heating Engineers, Mayday Finance, Mistry's Pharmacy, PJD design and print, Specsavers, J Stamp and sons, Stephen Sanderson Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Tim Thornton Jewellers, Wade's Glass, Walker Forestry Conservation, Wilkinson Goldsmith, Wingates Galleries.

TO APPLY FOR A GRANT for a local good cause or Charity email Carole at carolebaldam50@gmail.com. 





Local news bonus for Rotary

Local newspapers are important to spread the word about Rotary. In Market Harborough recently, the Rotary Club got double value in its weekly newspaper The Harborough Mail.

The club runs an annual SwiMarathon fund raiser. In 2020 it happened just before lockdown, in March. That was fine, and there was good coverage in the newspaper. The money raised is given away to local organisations, and this had to be delayed. There were many reasons. The swimmers could not collect all their sponsorship money, and organisations did not meet to plan their application for a grant.

However, the grants were finally awarded in September, mostly using bank transfers. The club were proud to publicise this and submitted an article to the local paper and radio station. The picture sent with the article was from the event itself back in March.

It was excellent publicity to get the story printed on two facing pages. The two stories were similar, but not the same, and the two photos were similar, but not the same. So, the report sent in by the club’s publicity officer was only used once, and the newspaper re-produced the item they published in March. Importantly, the list of grant recipients was includedwith one story, and news of Rotary giving local service to the community was clear!

Good, old-fashioned journalism, perhaps.


Hilary Hearnshaw

Publicity Officer

Market Harborough RC


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 6.00pm for 6.15pm
(These meeting details apply to the traditional group. For detail of the Market Harborough Rotary Club 'Inspire' group meetings see ..... )
The Waterfront, Union Wharf, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

LE16 7UW  01858 434702

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