Welcome to the Rotary Club of Leicester!


The Rotary Club of Leicester is one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the United Kingdom, with approximately 70 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business serves, the City of Leicester.

In today’s increasingly busy working environment where lunch breaks are rarely taken, it is pleasant to get away to lunch and interact with fellow members of the local business and professional community on a regular weekly basis, for just a short time.


The Club’s accent is on fellowship, and on service projects for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves. Directly, and through the worldwide Rotary movement, our Club cares for the local community and for the world through our international service, particularly in developing countries such as water purification and supply projects. Equally, Rotary cares for the people of the world through programmes such as the Rotary Foundation which among many other things provides scholarships for young people to study in other countries.

If you are interested in  coming along to one of our  meetings, which are usually held on Mondays between 12.15 and 13.45, then use the contact us facility to send an e mail and we will respond to make sure you are looked after for your visit. The cost of our lunch time gatherings is £11.00



Bell Foundry visit

A group of club members made a visit to the Bell Foundry in Loughborough in April.

Everyone appears to be very attentive – probably wondering how big the Christmas tree needs to be to accommodate one of these whoppers.






Bluebell Service in Swithland Wood

This year’s service will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th May 2018. Contact Robert Collins for further details, or check your e mails if you are a member.



Victorious team in the minor sports

The club beat Grantham Sunrise in the quarter final of the minor sports competition, winning by 45 points to 13.











For details of our collection on behalf of RNIB, see the Charitable Activities page. The sum raised was £234.96.











Leicester Gondar Orthopaedic Partnership.

The Rotary Club of Leicester have agreed to support an Appeal for the year 2017/18 to raise the necessary funds to build and equip an Orthopaedic Trauma Theatre in Gondar, Ethiopia. It is hoped that the UHL Orthopaedic Department will also be actively involved in fund-raising activities.


For more details visit https://www.lgop.org


Technology Tournament

On the 21st February 2018, Leicester Rotary  organised a Technology Tournament,  kindly hosted by the Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen. There were 10 schools taking part, 10 from across the County, and from one just across the border, in Lincolnshire. There were  140 students, across key stage 3,4, and 5, and 12 teachers taking part in an unseen challenge, which involved engineering, technical, and design skills. The teams were composed of 4 students and there were three different levels of complexity at each key stage. This is a highly regarded competition,it sits at the heart of STEM subjects, is awarded Crest accreditation by the British Science Association, and is particularly challenging, but has fun at the heart of it.

The task required the teams, using materials provided, to build a launch platform, and send a capsule (a golf training ball) 3 metres into the air. At the simplest level, the capsule was required to land in a designated circular area. At the next level the teams had to bring the capsule down by parachute. At the most difficult level the teams had to send the capsule skywards in a vehicle (a cup) which had to separate from the capsule at a metre from launch. The capsule,launch vehicle and parachute had to land within the designated circle.

These tasks, that were set by Rotary, put the participants’ STEM skills to the fore, involving teamwork and testing their ability in planning, design, ingenuity and innovation, along with manual and presentation skills. Competitors can apply for a Crest Certificate from the British Science Association.

The competition was sponsored firstly by a local charity,The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity,whose Vice Chairman, John Waite,  presented trophies to the three winning teams at each key stage level. Sir Thomas White  offer loan support to young artisan entrepreneurs from Leicestershire and Rutland,along with scholarship opportunities, again, to local students. 
Leicester Rotary were also grateful for the support from local companies, Pick Everard, and Hodges & Drake, who enhance the trophies awarded to the winning teams, by offering an opportunity to visit their respective premises to see and understand how design applies in the workplace.
Colin Davies, Head of the School of Design at DeMontfort University was in attendance, as well as a senior lecturer, also from the University, the President of Leicester Rotary, John Waite, Vice chairman of Sir Thomas White, Rotarians from other clubs, both across Leicester, and as far afield as Telford in Shropshire.
This was a special day…with a real joint effort to involve young people in design and technology.
The schools taking part were :-
Uppingham School
Rawlins Academy
Ratcliffe College
Lancaster Academy
Stamford Endowed
Beauchamp College
Sir Jonathan North
Leicester Grammar
Bosworth Academy
Manor High

John Waite, pictured left, presented the winning teams with a trophy and certificates




An invitation to take up the challenge.





Rotary club members round the table.






A team discussing the project





The winning senior team (Advanced Level) from Stamford Endowed Schools


Intermediate Level winners – Uppingham School

Foundation Level winners – Oakham School


Motoring day at Bruntingthorpe

Make a diary note that on Saturday 12th May 2018 there will be an opportunity to test drive a variety of vehicles, including a truck at this event. There will also be the facility to drive on the racing circuit, both in your own car and/or some of the display vehicles.

More details to follow.



AM-AM golf at the Leicestershire golf club

This year’s competition will be held at The Leicestershire on 23rd May 2018. Teams of 4 persons with official club handicaps are invited to enter. The cost will be £200 per team which will include a meal prior to the presentation.


More details coming soon


RIBI National Golf Championships


 The 31st National Final was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club , on Monday  4th September 2017. An entry form and the Rules for the 2018 event are included below.

 The competition raised £11,100 towards the End Polio now campaign including Bill and Melinda Gates contribution of £2 for every pound raised by Rotary

 Once again, in order to widen participation from smaller clubs, entries of teams comprised of members of two different clubs within a District are permitted.

In addition this year there will be an INDIVIDUAL competition for which any golfing Rotarian is welcome to enter, and GUEST PLAYERS are also welcome. The number of available tee times may be limited (depending on your response) and will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis.

You can make a provisional reservation by e mailing the organiser, Simon Gravett, at ribigolfcomp@gmail.com

Once again, the event will be held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on Monday 3rd September 2018.


RULES 2018



Round Leicestershire Walk

As part of the Club’s fund raising activities, President Richard is keen to go out on a high.

Two years ago we organised a walk to raise money for our Centenary project at Bradgate Park. This year’s walk will take place on Friday 29th June at 7.00pm and finishing 48 hours later.

All are welcome to take part, family, friends, children ,pets etc

Make a note in your diary as further details will be given nearer the date.


Christmas lunch at The Grand

Guests of honour were the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Rashmikant Joshi, supported by his wife,Mita, the Lady Mayoress, along with Jennifer,Lady Gretton,DCVO,JP, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicester, and Rosemary Conley,CBE,DL, business woman and author, as members of the Leicester Rotary Club,came together for a splendid Christmas lunch at the Grand Hotel, in the centre of the City.

It was a very jolly occasion,replete with crackers,tinsel and paper hats, even the odd joke or two, as Rotarians,their partners, and other guests, enjoyed a sumptuous Roast Turkey dinner,followed by an excellent plum pudding, all washed down with a glass or two of Bucks fizz.
The icing on the cake, was a talk given by Rosemary Conley. Rosemary had lost her voice that very morning, but the fact that she stood up,to carry on,and entertain the audience, epitomised, the very grit that has driven her to such success in her business and charity affairs over many years. This was a story that took us through her fundraising exploits for Steps,which was poignant and moving. It was, she said, “the biggest excitement, the biggest thing in my life”. Rosemary didn’t duck any issues in her business life, there were highs and lows, insolvency, loss of business, “disappointments as well as fun and frolics”
She is of course, still there, and still fighting…and of course, being Rosemary, we had advice about diet and exercise!
Simon Gravett can be seen being presented with his Paul Harris award for his outstanding contribution to the club with fundraising for charitable causes, and in particular his organisation of local and national golf events over several years.
In short then, a true message of Christmas.










































Age Concern 2017

An arresting moment as Bob Rawlinson, Babs Marson, and Colin Derrick of Leicester Rotary, join members of the City police force, who together are eagerly waiting to serve excited senior Citizens, who have gathered at AgeUk’s Clarence House, in Humberstone Gate for a special Christmas Lunch.
 There was a band playing Carols, everyone singing along, crackers, decorations, and mince pies, along with a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and followed by a scrumptious Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
 Pensioners,Police, and Rotarians all had a jolly good time, and left full of Christmas cheer.
 An excellent day!




Visit to the Caterpillar plant at Desford

On 29th November 2017,  18 members of the club went on a visit to the Caterpillar plant at Desford. This proved to be a really interesting trip which included a tour of the production line and a demonstration of the power and versatility of several of the vehicles.







DMU hosts Rotary contest spotlighting designers of the future

A canny invention for the motorsport world scooped the top prize in a young designers’ showdown hosted by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

A-level student Oliver Warner was named ‘Young Designer of the Year’ at the competition organised by District 1070 Rotary Clubs, after impressing the judges with his neat idea for a maintenance lift to make it easier to service go-karts.

The event was a great sucess and will be repeated in 2018



Forthcoming Public Event.

Weekly Meeting 30th April 2018
Apr 30 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Lady Gretton, our Honorary Member, will tell us about her role as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire.

Weekly Meeting 14th May 2018
May 14 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Canon Brian Davis, who is the Priest in charge of Gaulby Group of Parishes, will speak about ‘A Vicar’s life: you have got to laugh’

Weekly Meeting 21st May 2018
May 21 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Mike Piper, our very own member, will give his job talk which is entitled ‘Private Equity and the family business’

Please note this will be a M4B meeting and members are encouraged to bring a guest.


For Members-Only events see the members calendar by clicking here


Latest Presidents Newsletter

  • President’s Newsletter July 2017

    Welcome to my first news post as your Club President. As we enter a new century as one of the oldest clubs in the UK we can look back with pride over our first 100 years. Our Centenary year was a tremendous success due in large part to all the efforts of Past President David Brunton, who will be a very hard act to follow as President.We live in turbulent times and Rotary is not immune to those pressures. However, using the 17/18 theme of RI President, Ian Riseley, “we know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.”

    The greatest challenge facing all clubs is that of falling membership. Although our membership numbers have stayed largely unchanged over the last few years, if we are to remain an active club we have to attract new members who are committed to the principles of Service before Self. As well as all members actively recruiting, we will be exploring the option od setting up a Satellite Club and also working more closely with the other two members of the Leicester family, De Montfort and Novus.

    As well as raising and allocating funds to our local Charities, we will be embarking on a major fund-raising campaign to provide equipment for an Orthopaedic Operating Theatre in Gondar, North-west Ethiopia. A number of events are planned for the year, starting with your President running in the footsteps of the legendary Haile Gabrselassie in The Great Ethiopia Run at the end of November. Much training needed!
    As you know Rodney Spokes is moving to a higher plane and Jonathan Kerry will be taking on membership for this year. Nick Thomson will be taking over as Club Secretary—a role he has been carrying out over the last few months in any case.
    If you have any ideas on how to improve the Club or contribute to fundraising activities then please share them with me.
    I look forward to working with you all over the coming year and would encourage you all to both contribute as much as possible to the Club, but also make the most of what Rotary has to offer.


    Richard Power



For previous versions of the Presidents Newsletter please click here