Community & Vocational


This Committee centres on organising various initiatives to help both the local and wider community.

Its current activities include:-

a)      Calvert Trust

Every year a disabled person along with a carer is selected to go to the Calvert Trust Centre  at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District, for a one week activity holiday. It is adventure based and provides the person with opportunities to take part in activities that normally they would be unable to participate.

b)      RYPEN

One or two young persons are selected each year from local secondary schools to take part in a week long course to help them build their confidence and leadership skills.

c)       Life Education

This organisation, which visits both primary and secondary schools in the town to educate children in healthy living, is supported financially and members help with the moving of the caravan to and fro to the schools. The ultimate aim of the organisation is to educate children away from drugs and toxic substances

d)    Rotakids

Members help to organise Rotakids in local primary schools. These are mirror images of an adult Rotary Club which give children in years 5 and 6 an opportunity to understand cooperation and to see how society works. Recently a new initiative has been pioneered introducing children to engineering. The first school in the UK to experience this was Ashleigh.

e)    Wrap Up Lancashire

For the 2nd year running Rotarians in Lancashire are collecting your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few).  

Any size, style, colour of men’s, women’s and children’s coats will be greatly appreciated.

All donations will then be sorted and delivered to our nominated charity partners, for distribution to those in need just in time for winter.

Help us keep vulnerable people warm this winter by donating a coat this Winter!

f)      Darwen Tower Restoration Find

Darwen Rotary is currently raising £100,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the iconic Jubilee Tower on the hill above Darwen.  This was built by public subscription to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.  Time and the weather have taken their toll and the tower is in urgent need of repairs and restauration.

g)      Visits

Occasional visits are made to places of interest by members to help extend their knowledge of our varied society.


Members are encouraged to initiate new ideas for the committee to consider and if appropriate develop and take forward

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Refurbishment of St Barnabas School Peace Garden

more Rebuilding the Peace Garden in the grounds of St Barnabas School

First placed picture

Darwen Rotary Arts Competition

more “The Darwen Rotary Art Competition was this year entitled “Colours of Nature”.

Darwen's iconic Victorian Jubilee Tower

Darwen Jubilee Tower Restoration Project

more Raising £100,000.00 to fund the restoration of Darwen's iconic tower

Ukraine Appeal

more Darwen Rotary are making a general appeal for funds to help with the refugee situation in the Ukraine. Donations can be made by cash at the collection boxes by the LEGO Tower in the Annexe to Darwen Market.

Mayor's Charity Bonfire flyer

Darwen Town Bonfire

more Darwen Town Bonfire in aid of the Mayor's Charity. Held at Darwen Cricket Club to raise funds for Cancer Relief.

Darwen Moors Fires

more Recently Darwen Rotary along with the Salvation Army has been helping to provide refreshments for the firefighters and workers helping to extinguish the terrible fires on the moors of Darwen.

Denise with President Tony

Visit from Denise Gee of ELHT&Me

more Denise visited the club to invite us to a breakfast event for the East Lancashire Hospital Trust's Charity and to tell us about its work.

The National Finalists

Young Musician 2015 Competition

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Miriam Thompson, winner of the instrumental section

Young Musician 2013/14

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Summer Fun 4 All
Daonation of £1,000.00 to provide out of school activities over the summer holidays.

Donations to local groups

more Donations to local groups from money raised by the sale of bricks in the Lego tower

Anson Engine Museum at work

Visit to Anson Engine Museum

more A small group of Rotarians visited the Anson Engine Museum at Poynton, Stockport.

Entrance to the gardens at Gorse Barn, Tockholes

Garden Open Day in aid of Life Education

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President John presents a banner to Bolton Mountain Rescue

Bolton Mountain Rescue

more Following Darwen Rotary Club's visit to Bolton Mountain Rescue headquarters, President John presented them with a banner when they attended the Tower Trudge in June.


more Darwen Rotary supports RYPEN

School Heads find out about Rotakids

Rotakids Presentation

more Presentation to school heads on the benefits of having a Rotakids group in school.

Club members at Boton Steam Museum

Outside Visit to Bolton Steam Museum

more Darwen Rotary Club's visit to Bolton Steam Museum

Garden Open Day

more This event together with the concert the week before raised over £3,000.00 for Cancer Research UK and other charities supported by Rotary