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Rotary Club of Swindon - 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.

Annual North Star College Dinner

A great evening was had by all


Handover Day 2019

Today, we handover the reigns of power to our new President David


Arkells Brewery Tour - 22nd August

A very enjoyable evening was had at Arkells Brewery


Swindon Cares

Swindon Cares aims to engage all areas of Swindon's community, schools, businesses, groups and individuals, to support people in our town.


New member is welcomed to the club

Rtn Jane Le Coyte is welcomed by our President Ian


Attention Big Ship Lovers

Where the BIG cruise ships go when there are no cruises


About us

Welcome to the home page of the Rotary Club of Swindon




If you like Cruise Liners, Cruising or just like ships...

Click here to see some great and unusual pictures you wouldn't have seen if it wasn't for the pandemic!!
In 'normal' times , you won't see this again!


Now, you may be asking...

What is Rotary??

Rotary is a truly international organisation, with some 33,000 clubs and over a million members represented in more than 200 countries worldwide.  Its aim is simply to provide humanitarian assistance and to help promote goodwill and peace both at home and abroad.  Have a browse through our 'what we do' pages and see..... well, er.... what we get up to - Whether you are a Rotarian or if you are just interested in finding out more about the global Rotary movement please feel free to come along and join us.at one of our Thursday lunchtime meetings and see just what goes on  - You will receive a very warm welcome

If you don't already know a Swindon club member and want to find out more information, get in touch with our club Secretary Leslie, who will be happy to advise and provide you with any further information you might need. 

If you decide Rotary is not for you, we really won't be offended - promise!


Rotary in Swindon - the latest....

Knitting cushions for the Ridgeway Breast Care support Group

Rotary Club of Swindon are supporting the Ridgeway Breast Care Support Group and we are hoping to knit six cushions a week, so if there is anyone who is able to help us with the knitting of these it would be greatly appreciated.  For the pattern  and contact details,  click here to view or download


The Rotary Charity Ball's 2020 sponsor ‘Wasdell Group’, supports:-

Swindon Night Shelter
Open Door Centre
Click here for full story...



Please see items below that were discussed in our lunchtime meeting today.  

Business Meeting - Thursday 16th July 2020


Business Meeting Thursday 16th July 2020

   Lunch time meeting via Zoom

Typical view of the Zoom screen  

Today, 25 Rotarians Zoomed into our Thursday meeting     

Lunch Notes, Thursday 16th July 2020

Business meeting 

25 members in attendance 

Welcome: President Debbie Vincent 

Host was: Sue Frawley; 

Smiling is infectious,

You catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.

Members Announcements 

Michael Morse: Commenting on the hosts quote …The trouble with face masks is no one can see you smile 

Peter Wells: Was told you can see a smile in the eyes 

Presidents Announcements; 

Apologies received from Rob Gillespie and Russ Stein

Further to last week’s suggestion that we could start meeting at the Kings , which social distancing , 

after taking further advice the decision has been made to wait until we meet inside 

Nicky Alberry has suggested that we could meet outside for a socially distance picnic in one of the parks, 

possible date 16th August

The 100 Club;

For clarity, the made that is raise from the 100 club, the President would like 20% to go into club funds and the rest to be distributed at the end of the year to 10 nominated charities

Voted and agreed by members in attendance 

It was confirmed that we are unable to claim gift aid due to the nature of the fund raising 

Sue Huck asked for a summary of the rules in writing, Sue Frawley said the rules were on the form sent out to all members 

We have 20 people already signed up , to be entered into the first draw in August payment must be received by 31st July , please email Ian Sharpe / Sue Frawley when you have made a payment 

Highway Signs: We have enquired with the Borough Council, about the possibility of having a Rotary Club sign(s). The council are going to look at possible locations and come back to us

Secretary’s Announcements 

Next week is a speaker meeting. We are hoping to have a speaker and I will update club accordingly

Next Week’s host should be Sheila Harrod, unfortunately she will not be available, and could I have a volunteer please 

Birthdays; Simon Stevennette on 21st July

Treasurers Report 

The Rotary Club of Swindon

Treasurers Report - 1 July 2020

1. Account Balances:

Club (Working) Account A/C 90786373





Trust (Working) Account A/C 30054569


Current £831.37



A/C 30825786 (Reserve)

Savings £3,614.04




Charity Ball (Working) A/C 40389781


Current £1,033.28



A/C 60375330 (Reserve)

Savings £4,222.04





A/C 13366014 Radiotherapy Equipment

Savings £85,562.80




Worldpay A/C PO4013548529 for

The Swindon Marriott Annual Charity Ball

Card Reader


2. Pledged Commitments:

Club Account Balance includes: £3,325 new Rotary year pre-payments (mainly Subscriptions £3,180); & assume £1,675 Centenary Fund; leaving net Club reserve funds available of say £1,997.

Trust Fund – No outstanding commitments (excluding Charity Ball and Radiotherapy Equipment accounts), i.e. £4,445 available but mostly held in reserve.

3. Barclays Bank:

New Mandate Authorities for Debbie V, Sue F and Ian S are awaited. 

Pending: New Mandate Authorities for Nigel H and Peter W (District 1100 reps) for the Radiotherapy equipment account to be set up.

4. Gift Aid

HMRC application is being prepared. Ian Sharpe & Peter Barefoot

Questions for Treasurer

Lesley H. There is a balance in the Trust account, and has been for a few years, where has it come from and should we be holding a balance, or should we be making a decision to spend it?

Martin G, replied that it was used as working capital for the Charity Ball

There was a discussion at this point about money held in trust accounts, as Ian is new to the role as Treasurer he asked that he referred back to Peter Barefoot

The point was raised that the trustees should be holding a meeting once a year, and that somehow this has been overlooked 

Committee Reports 

Club Admin (Sue Frawley)

Club Admin hasn’t met

In two weeks’ time we will be having an evening meeting, and our speaker will be Sharon Tombs from Dressability, we would like a good turnout please 

International (Nigel Henham)

The committee hasn’t met, we are corresponding by email at the moment

Community and Engagement (Martin Groombridge)

The committee has not met, corresponding by emails 

Foundation (Peter Wells) 

The committee hasn’t met, but trying to set up a zoom meeting

Youth (Jan Blankenstein)

The committee hasn’t met, but will be arranging a meeting in the next week 

We will be continuing to support Kids Out, Ryla and Youth competition. Brenda has suggested we can support deprived children in our area, if anyone has any contact details, can you please pass them on 


Debbie Vincent ; According to trustee rules there is a document I need to read , Bill Fishlock is sending it over

Confirmation there will be no lunch meeting on the 5th Thursday of this month, we will be meeting (via zoom) in the evening 

Debbie Vincent asked if anyone had anything they would like to share?

Sheila H announced that our President, thanks to the purchase of a piano, and an excellent teacher ;), could well be preforming at the Christmas concert 

Gary Herbert, announced he was going to drive for the first time in 6 months (after knee op) 

President Debbie, wished everyone a good week 

Rotary around the World 


Hon Secretary

 The Rotary Club of Swindon 

Rotary 'Tax Disc'

Put your 'defunct' tax disc holder to good use and help 'drive' Rotary forward   

EDU Fun SA - Diepsloot Combined School

Edu Fun is a charitable organisation that teaches English to Grade 3 and Grade 4 students at Diepsloot Combined School in South Africa and is one of our International projects....  

For more info'  have a look at their Facebook page

(link on this page)



and if that's not enough...

Or if you want to find out more information or are looking for support for your charity or event please do get in touch with us today

If you would like to make a donation to support our Rotary Charities you can do so here - It's very easy.... 

Join Rotary and 'Make a World of Difference'  -  for more info, see the video below....

Nigeria One-Year Milestone from Rotary International on Vimeo.

On July 24th, the West African nation will have gone one full year with no new cases of wild-polio virus.

Our Social Media

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.

Flexibility creating new opportunities for new members

RotaKids supporting their local community

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Kings Arms Hotel, Wood Street, Swindon, We meet on Thursdays at 1300
(5th Thursday an evening meeting only , contact secretary for details)
Kings Arms Hotel, Wood Street, Swindon, SN1 4AB  01793 522156

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