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.


Welcome to three new Rotarians who have joined our club


Lee Senescal

Lee Senescal








Mark Esho

Mark Esho








John Knight








Official opening of the Bradgate Park visitor centre

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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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Sir David’s daughter with a bouquet of flowers

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 President,David Brunton, with Bradgate management team







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Technology Tournament

This years Technology Tournament will be held at the Leicester Grammar School on Friday 24th February 2017. Colin Derrick and Derek Sadd will be happy to hear from members wishing to help on the day.


Crocus Sunday

This event, in Aid of the Stop polio campaign, will take place at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby. Volunteers are needed to stand for an hour at a time with collection buckets. Entry to the event is free, but we hope visitors will contribute, and that the flowers will be in bloom by Sunday 26th February 2017.



Young Musician Final

Moira Bartlett is looking for willing helpers amongst members to assist at this event which will be held at the Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 19th March 2017.


Kids Out

This years outing to Wicksteed Park  will tale  place on 14th June 2017. Over 2,000 children will be entertained by Rotary clubs from all over the UK . We hope the weather will be warm and sunny and the children have a great day out.


Rotary golf

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

The 2016 winners are pictured below.

Winners 2016




And runners up


Golf winners 2016


If you wish to enter a team in 2017, the rules and entry form can be found below.





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 27th February 2017
Feb 27 @ 12:30 – 13:45

Roy Botterill, a partner in Shakespeare Martineau solicitors, will be talking about “the pitfalls of gifting shares in the family company to the next generation.”

This will be a meet for business (M4B) meeting and members are encouraged to bring along a guest.

Weekly Meeting 6th March 2017
Mar 6 @ 12:30 – 13:45

Kathy Carter and Pat Mendes, both volunteers, will be doing a joint presentation to us on the Anthony Nolan cancer charity and Hollie’s life saving legacy.

Weekly Meeting 13th March 2017
Mar 13 @ 14:30 – 13:45

Barry Cridland Dip CBH of Dreamtime Hypnosis, a stop smoking expert, will be talking to us about “Understanding Hypnosis”.


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