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 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 on 1st and 3rd Thursdays for a meal and often enjoy a talk on a subject of general interest by a Rotarian member or invited guest.  On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, we have an informal meeting comprising of a chat and a drink. 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

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. The event was cancelled in 2020 and an abridged event held in September 2021 when £3500 was raised. Plans are now firmly in place to return the event to its usual HQ and format on 15th May 2022.

On 12th  November 2021 we held our annual Community Dinner at The Club in Beccles when we had presentations on the hard work that was undertaken by local groups to support people during the pandemic.

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.

Following the move to meet on-line via Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic, we reverted to our meetings at The Bear & Bells on Thursdays. Unfortunately in February 2022 the pub closed for a second time and we are now meeting at The Fox & Hounds social club in Ravensmere, Beccles.

Although we  had to cancel the Beccles Hospital Fete in 2021 we sold raffle tickets for this cause with the draw held in September.

Membership continues to be a priority but this cannot be progressed until our venue and meal provision is sorted.


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Thu, Jun 2nd 2022 6:30 pm

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No meeting Queen's Jubilee holiday

Thu, Jun 9th 2022 6:30 pm

Speaker meeting - Informal

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Planned speaker - confirmation of details awaited

Thu, Jun 16th 2022 6:30 pm

Business meeting

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Business reports and year end review

Thu, Jun 23rd 2022 6:30 pm

Speaker meeting - informal with no meal

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Rotarian or guest speaker

Beccles Hospital Fete

Sat, Jun 25th 2022 2:00 pm

Beccles Hospital Fete

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Traditional fete with stalls, sideshows and games to raise funds for Beccles War memorial Hospital and other local medically related charities

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

NR34 9AP

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