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 oursleves. 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.



Welcome to three new members who joined the club in October/November

Lee Senescal                                                                                           Mark Esho

73 Tewkesbury Street                                                                          Withheld

Leicester, LE3 5HQ

Tel 0116 2243942

Mob 07946 724872


Lee SenescalMark Esho








John Knight

33 Main Street


Derbyshire DE72 3ES

Tel 0116 2318420

Mob 07583 026965





Centenary dinner at the Grand Hotel

Our Centenary celebrations continued with dinner at the Grand Hotel, Leicester on Monday 10th October. Guests from 43 visiting clubs, including the first Rotary club in the UK, Edinburgh, were present. A further four guests came from our twin club in Portugal, and we are grateful for the effort and support from fellow Rotarians on this very special occasion.

Guests were given a pack of purple crocus bulbs in connection with the End Polio Now appeal. Just 23 cases of polio have been diagnosed in the world in this calendar year and there is a good chance that this dreadful disease can be eliminated soon. When the campaign began way back in the 1980’s, more than a thousand cases a day were arising.

For those not familiar with how to plant the bulbs, the growers instructions are shown below.

Crocus Ruby Giant is a popular and reliable crocus with rich purple flowers, yellow anthers and fine narrow leaves. They are one of the strongest specie crocus varieties, so will settle in and come back year after year.Ruby Giant is suitable for a wide range of applications. They will grow just as happily in grass as they would in containers, the blooms can cover large areas beneath deciduous trees or be grouped together in flower beds.

Planting can vary depending on the look required. For large areas, scatter the bulbs at a rate of about 100 – 150 per square metre and use a dibber to plant them where they land. They can also be planted in groups of 15-20 or more. The bulbs will need to be at a depth of approximately 3 inches (7-8 cm) and no less than 1½ inches (4cm) apart.

Flowers will appear in late February or early March.

After flowering allow the leaves to die back before mowing over.




Picture courtesy of the Gee Tee bulb company.


For more details follow the link:-

Rotary Crocus Ruby Giant


  President David Brunton and his top table guests before dinner.

Group photo

  District Governor, John Dehnel                                          Vice President, Richard Power


John Dehnel

Richard Power









President of the Rotary Club of Leicester, David Brunton receiving a letter of congratulations from Rotary International President, John Germ presented by RIBI President, Eve Conway at a well-attended Centenary Dinner yesterday evening. 


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The President of twin club Guimaraes ,Portugal, makes a presentation to Leicester President, David Brunton


Portuguese president



  Lars Tharp, of The Antiques Roadshow, gave an excellent after dinner speech.


Lars Tharp




Official opening of the Bradgate Park visitor centre

Sir David Attenborough  opened the centre on Thursday 22nd September 2016 between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm.

Invited guests enjoyed a light buffet before the opening ceremony

The club wishes to thank all those who have generously contributed to our fund raising and we are delighted to confirm that we have reached our target of £170,000.

Videos of the opening may be seen via following this links




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The official opening ceremony, Sir David cuts the tapes.


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Sir David’s daughter with a bouquet of flowers

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 President,David Brunton, with Bradgate management team







President David Brunton with Sir David



















Kids Out

This years outing to Wicksteed Park  took place on 8th June 2016. Over 2,000 children were entertained by Rotary clubs from all over the UK . The weather was warm and sunny and the children had a great day out.


Rotary golf

For the RIBI National Championships go to the About the Club button and RIBI Golf Championships page.

This years winners pictured below.





Winners 2016




And runners up


Golf winners 2016


Bluebell Service in Swithland Woods

Planning well ahead, next year’s service will be on Sunday 7th May 2017, also at 3.00pm


Forthcoming Public Event.

Weekly Meeting 5th December 2016
Dec 5 @ 15:00 – 01:45

Our speaker is Douglas Pattison, Director of Spire Leicester Hospital. Douglas will talk about ‘The place of private healthcare in the overall Health economy’

Weekly Meeting 12th December 2016
Dec 12 @ 16:10 – 17:10

Helen Hayes, an outreach worker with the homeless, will be speaking about the project known as ‘Sound Cafe’, a weekly drop in service at St Martins House.

Weekly Meeting 19th December 2016
Dec 19 @ 12:30 – 01:45

Ian Stringer, Radio Leicester football commentator will speak about following Leicester City from the third division to Premier League champions.


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


Latest Presidents Newsletter

  • President’s Newsletter November 2016

    It is now four months since I took over from Immediate Past President Paul Bonnett, and what an exciting four months it has been!  Being President of the Rotary Club of Leicester is always a great honour but to have been invited to be President in the Centenary year is particularly special. 


    During my first four months we saw the culmination of three years of planning and fundraising to create a Visitor Centre in Bradgate Park, when on 22nd September Sir David Attenborough officially opened the new facility.  The Visitor Centre unofficially opened in July and by the official opening, 25,000 people had passed through its doors.

    The Visitor Centre is a great example of Rotary Serving Humanity and Rotarians are encouraged to visit and see what has been achieved.

    Shortly after the official opening of the Visitor Centre we held our Centenary Dinner at the Grand Hotel.

    The event took place on the 10th October, with 230 Rotarians and guests attending.  Over 40 Clubs were represented on the night, including the Edinburgh Club, which is the mother Club of Leicester, and the Rotary Club of Guimaraes, Leicester’s twin Club in Portugal.

    Guests included the RIBI President Eve Conway and her husband, and District Governor John Dehnel, both of whom spoke and proposed toasts on the night.  Responding on behalf of the guests was antiques expert Lars Tharp who was interesting and stimulating and recounted his memories of his Grandfather as a member of the Leicester Club and his Father who is still a member of the Oadby Club.  It was a splendid evening of fellowship enjoyed by everyone.

    Our most recent celebration took place at Leicester Cathedral when over 50 Rotarians and guests attended a special Evensong service on 16th October to celebrate the Centenary of the Club and the achievements of Rotary worldwide.  The service was conducted by the Dean, David Monteith. The Bishop, Martyn Snow, spoke of the great achievements of Rotary locally, nationally and internationally.

    Looking forward to the rest of our Centenary year we already have plans in place to deliver all the events we support.  These events include numerous young person’s competitions, RYLA, Kids Out and blood pressure awareness, Christmas lunches and many more.  I hope we can organise another theatre trip similar to last year’s visit to The Curve and another special Centenary event towards the end of my term as President.

    I am grateful for all the support I have received from the Club members during my four months in office, and with continuing support I will continue to do my best in leading the Club for the remainder of my year.

    David Brunton


For previous versions of the Presidents Newsletter please click here