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


On 9th July 2018 President Colin welcomed  Ed Cufflin as a new member of the club.


















The President’s chosen charity for this year is Leicester Charity Link. The target is to raise £20,000 via events arranged throughout 2018-2019. Colin is pictured with Sue McEniff of Charity Link and club secretary Clive Smith.

On the 16th.June 2018, some 60 or so students from schools across the City, County, Rutland,Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire  gathered on campus at Leicester’s DeMontfort University to take part in the Rotary District 1070 finals of the Young Designer of the Year competition. Students  have taken part in competitions and/ or a selection process at school level, and so there were probably 600 or so students who initially took part in this process.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Leicester, and hosted by De Montfort University, this is an important showcase for the design and technological skills of the young designers taking place,and there are some valuable rewards for the winners.
Judges, who like the contestants, come from across the City,County, and indeed, Cambridgeshire,  looked at student’s work and projects, produced during their GCSE and A level studies.  There are a multiplicity of designs, which can be either in textiles, electrics, hard resistant materials,( wood, glass, metals etc), or graphics, and this complexity adds to the challenge of choosing  winning entries. 
There were a number of opportunities for students to win a prize. Within each study group,and awarded separately i.e ‘G.C.S.E’ and ‘A’ level there are prizes donated by Rotary District 1070 of 1st…£100.00, 2nd £75.00, 3rd £50.00.
In addition to the Rotary prizes, and adding to the occasion, students could be awarded one or other of the following prizes;
The overall winner of the ‘Rotary District 1070 Young Designer of the Year Award’, carried away a stunning Rotary trophy, a £500.00 Amazon Voucher awarded by De Montfort University, who also provide  Mentorship support to the victorious student.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity, who support many young entrepreneurs in the City and County, and recognising the need to  promote design amongst emerging talent,   also presented a £500.00 Amazon Voucher, which was awarded to the Young Designer of the Year from Leicestershire and Rutland.
Jack Masters Hosiery were presenting two prizes, both of £50.00, and awarded to the ‘Most Innovative Textile Designer of the Year’, and the ‘Most Promising Textile Designer of The Year’
Top Dog Marketing have given four trophies, and to be awarded to and recognise the level of skills and craftsmanship that some students demonstrate, so the ‘Craftsman of the Year’, both at GCSE and A Level. And again, at both levels, to the ‘Innovative Young Designer of the Year’ award.
Also attending the event were competitors who have taken part in the ‘Young Photographer’, and ‘Young Writer” of the year competitions, again sponsored by Rotary District 1070
The President of the Rotary Club of Leicester, Richard Power opened the day’s events, and Chris Davies, District Governor of Rotary 1070  presented certificates and prizes to winners.
Simon Bradbury MA (cantab) DipArch RIBA ARB FHEA, Interim Pro Vice Chancellor, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities  presented the Prize to the ‘Rotary Young Designer of the Year’
Pictured below are Sam Walker, winner of the Rotary Young Designer of the year ward, for his apple press design, and winner of the Sir Thomas White award, Lucy Ring ,for her temporary shelter for refugees.









More funds for Gondar Project

Mark Woodland of Leicester de Montfort Rotary Club presented a cheque for £5000 toward our Gondar project. We are most grateful for their contribution towards this ambitious plan.


Past President Richard Power giving a cheque to Tim Beacon of Medical Aid International for £155,950 for the operating theatre equipment for our project in Gondar, Ethiopia. The equipment will be loaded into a container later this month for shipping to Ethiopia ready for installation in October. 


Rotarians Richard Power, John Saunders and Stuart Almond together with LRI surgeon Laurence Wicks visited the premises of Medical Aid International near Bedford to help pack the surgical equipment destined for Gondar, Ethiopia. The £160,000 worth of orthopaedic surgical equipment will shortly be shipped to arrive in Addis Ababa in early October and then on to Gondar by road ready for installation in the new operating theatre in early November, the unit should be ready for orthopaedic surgery in early 2019. Both Richard Power and Laurence Wicks will help with the installation of the equipment and the training of the surgeons and staff in Gondar.



















President’s trip to Portugal

Guimaraes 70th Charter

In March President Richard and partner Trish travelled to Portugal to attend the 70th Birthday celebrations of the Rotary Club of Guimaraes, D1970, our international twin Club. His report follows.

Having stayed overnight in an airport hotel outside Porto, we drove up to Guimaraes via coffee and a visit to the fantastic Thursday market in Barcelos.  We were met in our hotel by Rtns Antonio Pousada (who set up the Leicester/Guimaraes link) and Jacinto Teixeira who took as for a typically Portuguese lunch.  We then went on a brief walking tour of Guimaraes University before attending a tree planting ceremony in central Guimaraes attended by D1970 DG Alberto Carneiro and other dignitaries.

We then went on a tour of the  European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.  With our Orthopaedic backgrounds Trish and I found this very interesting, particularly as it was in English!  I’m not sure what our Portuguese colleagues made of it.

While Trish was taken off to tea with the ladies I attended a Club business meeting which was dominated by the DG and all in Portuguese so of limited value to me other than I was able to talk to them about the Gondar Project.

In the evening the Birthday Party was held in the ‘Pousada’ we were staying in.  It was a mix of formal speeches and otherwise very informal dress, eating etc.  I managed to deliver my piece in Portuguese kindly translated beforehand by Antonio.  We exchanged banners and gifts.  It was a very enjoyable evening despite the language limitations.

The following day was spent in Porto including the obligatory Port tasting prior to Ryan Air (on time) back to Stansted.

As an addendum to the visit Guimaraes have provisionally offered to support the Gondar Project with a $7,500 donation which will also be hopefully supported by a D1970 Grant.



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.




Forthcoming Public Event.

Weekly Meeting 22nd October 2018
Oct 22 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Geoff Rowe, CEO of The Big Difference Company, will be speaking about the unique Leicester Comedy Festival

Weekly Meeting 29th October 2018
Oct 29 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Rotarian Chris Mitchell, our own member, will give us his recollections of “The Golden Years of Motor Accessories, 1960 – 1990”

Weekly Meeting 5th November 2018
Nov 5 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Rotarian Ian Sharpe, President of the Rotary Club of Loughborough Beacon and a Chartered Accountant, will be talking to us about ‘Young Enterprise Leicestershire’


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



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