Chesham Rotary Meetings

Chesham Rotary has one or two speakers or visitors each month during our meetings. Have a look at what has been happening recently.

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Chesham Riding for the Disabled – a local treasure

more Anne Coney spoke to the Rotary Club of Chesham in April

Speaker - Helen Salisbury, Spanish Paradors

more Thanks to those who saw my presentation on Spanish Paradores recently. There are 96 in Spain and 1 in Portugal – all of them worth a visit.

Speaker - Tom Way, Professional Photographer

more Club were really pleased to have Tom Way, a professional photographer, talk to us at our evening meeting on the 25th May

24th March 2023 - Induction

more Our newest member - Michael Simpson-Jones. Inducted by President Laurence Sharp

Speaker - Fiona Miles, Global Sight Solutions

more Club welcomed Fiona Miles, ambassador for Global Sight Solutions

Speaker Beth Sawyers 28th October 2022 – Carers Bucks

more Club welcomed Beth Sawyers, A Fund Raiser from Carers Bucks paying a second visit by the Charity

Speaker Emily Toettcher 7th October 2022 - The Chesham Museum

more Club welcomed Emily Toettcher from Chesham Museum to talk on an initiative launched to provide Loan Boxes to local Chesham schools.

Speaker - Kamran Irani - Blood Bikes

more After being welcomed as our guest speaker, Kamran Irani, explained the acronym of his charity in full – Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Northamptonshire.

Speaker - Chiltern Music Therapy, Kasia Sikora-Black

more Club were treated to an excellent talk by Kasia Sikora-Black from Chiltern Music Therapy. This was a face to face lunch meeting at our usual venue, Chartridge Park Golf Club.

Speaker Margaret Vincent 15th October 2021 - The Chesham Sick Poor Fund

more Chesham Rotary was glad to welcome Margaret Vincent on a return visit coinciding with one of its first face to face meetings following the easing of COVID restrictions.

Video Speaker 14th September 2021 - Keith Hoffmeister, Engineering aspects of HS2

more A HUGE white elephant . . . a cost of well over £100 billion . . . but fascinating to see how they do it . . .

Video Speaker 27th August 2021 - Emily Culverhouse, Chesham Town Mayor and Patron of The Theatre Shed

more Club welcomed Emily to a video meeting where she talked generally about her mayoral role, being a Buckinghamshire and Town councillor, and about The Theatre Shed, a charity of which she is a very supportive patron.

Video Speaker 30th July 2021 - Annette Davies from Mary's Meals

more Annette joined our video meeting to refresh the contact with Chesham Rotary and bring members up to date on the work of Mary's Meals.

Video Speaker 23rd July 2021- Rotary Global Scholar Bethany Carter

more Bethany Carter is from Pelham, Alabama USA, a graduate in political Science and Classics, and sponsored by her home Rotary Club to study a Masters in Public Administration at the London School of Economics.

Video Speaker 18th June 2021 - David Jordan, Chair of Excellent Development

more David started his talk with the claim that 1.1 million of the world’s poorest people have transformed their own lives with sand dams.

Video Speaker 11th June 2021 - Kevin Patrick, Principal, Chiltern Hills Academy

more Rotary Club of Chesham were glad to welcome Kevin Patrick to the Friday Zoom Meeting.

Video Speaker 20th May 2021 - Neil Salisbury on The Countryside Charity

more The Countryside Charity, is the only national charity covering all aspects of the countryside and the urban environment and that by dint of the strength of its membership and research backed campaigns it has had a major impact on Government policy.

Solinda Morgella

Video Speaker 23rd April 2021- Rotary Global Scholar Solinda Morgella

more Solinda is a Swiss National sponsored on the Rotary Global Scholar programme by the Rotary Club in her home city of Basle and hosted in the UK by the Rotary Club of Buckingham.

Anson Tong

Video Speaker 19th February- Rotary Global Scholar Anson Tong

more Anson Tong spoke to the club about Behavioural Science which she is studying for a post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics.

Video Speaker 29th January Stuart Ottley Caracol – Youth Community Development

more The Rotary Club of Chesham donated funds to this project in 2014 and Stuart’s talk to Club revisited its history and outlined its progress.

Daniel Herres

Video Speaker 22nd January 2021 - Rotary Global Scholar Daniel Herres

more Daniel gave an inspirational talk of his life contributing to humanitarian causes, and his desire to continue developing his skills for the benefit of others.

Video Speaker 11th December - Rotary Global Scholar Jessica Winters

more Jessica spoke about the support the Rotary movement worldwide provided in enabling her to contribute to international development and community support in developing countries.

Mark Urwin

Video Speaker 30th October - Stuart Ottley for the Mark Urwin Fund

more On Friday 30th October 2020 Club welcomed Stuart Ottley to bring Members up to date on Mark Urwin’s progress.

Video Speaker 16th October - Mike Storr 'Masters of Mirth'

more Mike gave an affectionate look at some of his favourite Music Hall laughter makers.

Video Speaker 25th September - Colin McGregor, Oasis Partnership

more Colin is CEO of the Oasis Partnership which aims to help individuals to address their substance misuse problems and get their lives back on track

Video Speaker 28th August 2020 - Matt Metcalf, HART

more Club welcomed Matt Metcalf, grandson of a member, to talk on Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)

Tall Ships Trust

Video Speaker 21st August 2020 - Chas Cowan, Tall Ships Trust

more Club had the pleasure of welcoming Chas Cowan from TSYT to its virtual Zoom Club meeting to present on the trust’s activities.

Chiltern Society

Video Speaker 14th August 2020 - Keith Hoffmeister, Chiltern Society

more Keith Hoffmeister, a Society volunteer, spoke via ZOOM to update Club members on the impact of the construction of the high-speed rail link, HS2.

Howard Elson

Video Speaker 7th August 2020 - Howard Elson

more Our Speaker, Howard Elson (an independent publicist), enjoying a cooling drink with Miriam Margolyes

Rennie Grove

Video Speaker 17th July 2020 - Rennie Grove

more On 17th July 2020 members were joined in their ZOOM meeting by Hazel Bendon from Rennie Grove Hospice


Video Speaker 15th May 2020 - PACE

more On 15th May 2020 members were joined in their ZOOM meeting by Caroline Bennet from the PACE centre.

APS Support

Video Speaker 3rd April 2020 - APS Support UK

more Phil Godfrey, of the Rotary Club of Solihull, presented to members of our Club using Zoom on 3rd April

Speaker 31st January 2020 - Mercy Ships

more The evening meeting on Friday 31st January with members and guests welcomed Ken and Coralie as speakers

Ruth Spurr

Speaker 24th January 2020 - Ruth Spurr, Dog Aid

more Ruth Spurr, from Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability - established in 1992)

Bucks Young Carers

Speaker 25th October 2019 - Bucks Young Carers

more ​Sandy Briscoe a fundraising manager for Bucks Young Carers was our speaker on 25th October.

Sandrena Frischer

Speaker 23rd August 2019 - Rotary Global Scholar, Sandrena Frischer

more Sandrena is a Rotary scholar who is studying a post-graduate course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Speaker 16th August 2019 - Rachel Clarke, Toolshed

more The ToolShed is a growing social enterprise developed by New Meaning which is a social enterprise and behaviour change consultancy.

Hospice Nepal

Speaker 26th July 2019 - Project Hospice Nepal

more Patricia Newland and Rachel Wang spoke about a project is to raise funds for a new hospice and palliative care programme in Nepal


Speaker 31st May 2019 - Emma Burgham, Chiltern Citizens Advice

more Emma Burgham, Chief Officer of Chiltern Citizens Advice joined us together with Tom Lee, an experienced CA Adviser

Mike O'Farrell of the MCCC

Speaker 15th March 2019 - Mike O'Farrell, Chairman of the MCCC

more Chesham Rotary was pleased to welcome Mike O’Farrell, Chairman of Middlesex County Cricket Club, to speak on “Professional Cricket”.

Speaker 22nd February 2019 - Tom Broom from School Aid

more Tom Broom School Aid Operations Manager for the UK and South Africa visited the Rotary Club of Chesham to give an update on how school aid has developed over 20 years.

Sue Walton

15th February 2019 - Sue Walton of the Red Kite Schools Trust

more Chesham Rotary was pleased to welcome Sue Walton Chair of the Red Kite Schools Trust a Multi-Academy Schools Trust and the second largest employer in Chesham.

Carly Induction

14th December 2018 - Carly Induction

more On the 14th December our newest member, Carly, was inducted by President Kalpesh.

Paul Brooks

30th November 2018 Speaker

more Paul Brooks was our inspirational speaker on 30th November when he came to tell us about the party of young people from Chesham churches that spent 2 weeks in a South African township.

Monty Dunn and Grace Beckett

23rd November 2018 Speakers

more Monty Dunn and Grace Beckett, Head boy and head girl of Chesham Grammer School.

Dr Yvonne Edwards

16th November 2018 Speaker

more Dr Yvonne Edwards of the Chess Valley Archeological and Historical Society gave a talk about a recent excavation in Great Missenden.

Old Metropolitan Railway

26th October 2018 Speaker

more Our Speaker on 26th October was John Gurney, a member of a Local Area History Group, who has an interest in the history of the railways stimulated by his own trainspotting days in boyhood.

Walking the Beat to Nirvana

28th Sept 2018 Speaker

more ​On Friday 28th Mervyn Edward relayed to us, in his own inimitable style, how his recently published book ‘Walking the Beat to Nirvana’ came about.

Speaker Heather Alcock

21st Sept 2018 Speaker

more Heather Alcock, from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) was welcomed by Rotarian Ron Gordon

Dave & Kalpesh

District Governor's Visit

more 6th July visit to club by the new District Governor Dave Ford and his wife. This was the first meeting chaired by our new President Kalpesh Patel.