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.


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


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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


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  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







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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 31st October 2016
Oct 31 @ 12:30 – 13:45
Mike Kapur, Chairman of the National Space Centre.
Mike will talk about “A Journey into Space” Please note: this will also be a ‘M4B’ Meeting
Weekly Meeting 7th November 2016
Nov 7 @ 12:30 – 13:45

Verity Hancock, Principal and Chief Executive of Leicester College will be talking about “Leicester College at the heart of the City”

Weekly Meeting 14th November 2016
Nov 14 @ 12:30 – 13:45

Revd Dr Tom Wilson, director of St Phillips Centre in Evington, a Christian foundation interfaith centre will give a talk entitled “living together”.


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


Latest Presidents Newsletter

  • President’s Newsletter May 2016

    This is my last President’s Newsletter that I will write before handing over to Rotarian David Brunton as the incoming President on the 27th June 2016.


    It is with both sadness and joy that I write this newsletter, sadness that my year has gone all too quickly and joy to reflect on what has been achieved during the year.

    I set out our plan for my year which some said was too ambitious to achieve in the space of one year. I am delighted to confound those who thought that! Much has been achieved although there is always more to be done. I had to leave David something to do during his year!

    I take this opportunity to recap on what has been achieved during the year and to sincerely thank all those involved in making, for me, a memorable year as President. Firstly we have raised in excess of £6,000 for my chosen charity, The Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

    Rotarian Rodney Spokes and his Membership Team have done a great job to encourage new members to join the club and I am delighted to report that two new members have been recruited and three potential members have been identified. A first class membership leaflet has been produced and I am sure that this will pay dividends in the months ahead.

    Rotarian Mark Sandall and his Club Service Team have been busy throughout the year arranging a number of both social and fund raising events, enjoyed by all those who attended. Of particular note was the Christmas Carol Concert, the social evening at Zephs, the evening at Sands Restaurant and the night at Curve in March. All these events have contributed to my chosen charity.

    Rotarian Moira Bartlett and her Service Projects Team have been tireless in their activities, numerous youth service events, ranging from the hugely successful Technology Challenge day in February to Youth Speaks, Young Writer, Young Musician, Young Designer, Young Chef and many others. We can also not forget RYLA, Kids Out, Calvert and the Rotary Am Am golf tournament taking place in June. At this point I must pay special thanks to Simon Gravett and the golf section for their work on all golf related activities. Special thanks must also go to Immediate Past President Stuart Almond for all his efforts with the Super Hero Fun Run which now appears to be a regular annual event.

    Thanks to Rotarian John Saunders and his Rotary Foundation and Benevolent Team for all their efforts. In excess of £4,000 was raised in one evening at the Auction of Promises, which has meant that we have been able to donate £3,470 to the Rotary Foundation Annual Appeal and £247.50 to Polio plus. Additionally donations have been made to a number of local charities.

    Rotarian David Howard and his Communications Team have done a sterling job in producing and managing a new website which has significantly increased the level of enquiries being received by the club. Great work has also been done by Assistant Secretary Scott Gallacher on social media activity with both tweets and blogs!

    Finally and by no means lastly, Rotarian David Brunton and his Centenary Project Team have been able to surpass the £150,000 target set to refurbish and equip the new Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park. The work does not stop here, however, the Midsummer Meander is taking place on the 17th to 19th June to raise additional funds with the official opening of the Visitor Centre taking place on the 22nd September. To mark the Centenary of the Club a dinner is being held on the 10th October and a Centenary Service is being held on the16th October at Leicester Cathedral.


    My grateful thanks must also be given to Rotarians Roger Bowden, Adrian Keen and Scott Gallacher without whose help and support would have made my year much more difficult.


    None of the above could have been achieved without the support of every member of the club, which for me, will be the lasting memory that I shall take with me to the “back benches” and for once I will be able to sit and enjoy my lunch without getting indigestion!


    I take this opportunity of wishing Rotarian David Brunton all success with his year as President and know that we will all give him the support and encouragement that has been given to me to make our Centenary Year one to remember.


    My sincere thanks and appreciation to you all.


    Paul Bonnett


For previous versions of the Presidents Newsletter please click here