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 market 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 onThursdays for a meal 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 fellowship 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.
We have a twinning arrangement with the Dutch Rotary Club of Naarden-Bussum where we alternate in visiting each other once a year, usually in September.
February 2020 saw the club celebrate it's 71st Charter Night a black tie event when a special guest joined with members of the local community over a 2 course dinner. This year our speaker was Tim Jenkins of EACH. This was followed by dancing to music from The Austin Beats.
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".
Sunday 12th May 2019 saw our 18th Beccles Cycle for Life take place, based at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles. 307 riders took part on a day with ideal weather for riding. A presentation of half the amount raised (£3500) was made to The East Anglian Air Ambulance in October.
On 22nd November we held our annual Community Dinner at The Waveney House Hotel when guest speakers from the charity Emmaus updated us on their activities.
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 is designed to give the young people the chance to perform in front of a live audience. We are currently planning to hold this on 25th April 2021, subject to restrictions regarding Covid-19.
As of 16th March 2020, all club meetings are suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Both the Beccles Cycle for Life event and The Hospital Fete were cancelled as is the Community Dinner, normally held in November.
We are now holding fortnightly meetings via Zoom and these will continue until we are able to physically gather for a meeting.
Meetings and events happening soon
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 7:00 pm
AGM and Business Meeting
Election of Committee Chairs and individual roles including Council members
Thu, Apr 29th 2021 7:00 pm
A fifth Thursday
To be advised
Thu, May 6th 2021 7:00 pm
Thu, May 13th 2021 7:00 pm
Mary Elwood speaking on "The School for Peace in Congo"
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