About us


Welcome to Beccles, a market town on the River Waveney and the southern gateway to the Broads. Beccles was a major fishing port until the estuary silted up but the river in many ways is still the centre of this marke town. Beccles has many interesting places to visit and good venues to eat and drink. Founded sometime in the 900s its history surrounds the visitor. From the many gates - 'gate' being the Viking word for street - to the idiosyncratic church tower built separately from the church there is something of interest round every corner.

Club members meet on Thursdays at the Fox & Hounds Club in Ravensmere for a meal (optional) and often enjoy a talk on a subject of general interest by a Rotarian member or invited guest.  The current Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Beccles benefit from friendly good humour and this feature helps the meetings and other friendship events to be enjoyed by all. Events include the successful "Young Musician" Competition which is held each February enabling young vocalists and instrumentalists to perform in front of a public audience.  Funds for the club's charitable trust are raised by organizing various events each year such as the 'Beccles Cycle for Life' in May - please see website becclescycleforlife.org for details and an application form and the 'Hospital Fete' on the last Saturday in June.  

On each fifth Thursday, an event is organised when partners are invited to attend and may be skittles, bowls, crazy whist or some other "action packed and fun evening".

On 11th  November 2022 we held our annual Community Dinner at The Fox & Hounds, Beccles when we focussed on youth in sport. We heard from speakers for Beccles Football Club, Beccles Rugby Club and Beccles Sailing Club. 

On 16th February 2020 we held our annual Young Musicians Competition at Beccles Public Hall from 5pm to 9pm. There were 3 vocalists who took part along with 14 performances from instrumentalists comprising the piano, clarinet, trumpet, tenor saxophone, and violin. This event is designed to give young people the chance to perform in front of a live audience. Regrettably this has been unable to be held in 2021 or 2022 but is planned for October 2023.

On Saturday 24th June we held a successful Beccles Hospital Fete with many stalls, games ,Inner Wheel teas and performances from The June Glennie dancers and various music genres from The Sir John Leman School.

Sunday 14th May 2023 saw our Beccles Cycle for life event held with just over 200 riders taking part. The weathe was ideal for cyclists and we had a good number of families riding as children were able to ride for free this year. We anticipate at least £4000 being raised, shared equally between The East Anglian Air Ambulance and our own Chritable Trust. The funds are held to enable us to respond to local requests for support or to international disasters.

On Saturday 1st July we held our delayed annual charter night combined with handover to inc,ing officers. Over 50 people enjoyed a three course meal followed by a talk on historic buildings in Beccles by Councillor, Barry Darch.

Membership continues to be a priority and anyone interested in helping with a project, have a project of their own that they think Rotary could manage with them or simply want information on joining the organisation, please contact the secretary, Paul Randle, p.randle270@btinternet.com.


Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 1800 for 1830 hrs

(Every Thursday at 1830 and 5th Thursday with partners or as notified.) Fox & Hounds, Ravensmere, Beccles


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