Rotary Chester


Making a difference in our community.

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Call:  01244 679945
Visit: (meetings currently suspended)

The Rotary Club of Chester was founded in the City in 1921. We are part of Rotary International, an organisation which brings together business and professional people to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

If you are interested in Rotary please look at the "About Us" page on this website. If you would then like to talk to us, please contact us - or (in normal times!) come to one of our meetings.

Note - meetings are currently suspended.

"Rotary consists of a cross-section from every business community and its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others. Membership of Rotary develops leadership, public speaking, social, business, personal and vocational skills as well as improving cultural awareness".

Our News

Rotary Speakers 2020

Rotary Speakers 2020

At our bi-monthly zoom meetings we invite a speaker from the Chester area to update members on current initiatives, activities and topics of interest in our City.  Speakers for the last 3 months have included: Speaker Meeting 20 July 2020 Andrew Bentley CEO of...

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Rotary Supports Foodbank in the local area

Rotary Supports Foodbank in the local area

The Rotary Clubs of Chester, Saughall and Chester Deva have been involved in a joint initiative to supply Foodbanks in the area. The warehouse or hub for Foodbanks in the Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston areas is near Cheshire Oaks and the original project,...

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Raft Race 2020

Raft Race 2020

Sadly, the 2020 Raft Race has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. We hope to create a fundraising opportunity and we will advertise this shortly - and look forward to the 2021 Race.

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98th Charter Night

98th Charter Night

  The Club's 98th Charter Dinner was held on 8 February in Chester Town Hall in the presence of the Lord Mayor, District Governor and over 100 Rotarians and guests. These included four members of Lorrach Rotary Club in Germany with which Chester has developed a...

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Community Award Fund donations

Community Award Fund donations

  Our Community Award Fund has to date donated £1396 to the charities listed below: Diversity Ball Diversity Ball in Chester Cathedral £200 Chester scouts Gang show £200 Friends of Mulberry Garden Bench for day care center £229 BIRD 25 Resource books @£15 £375...

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Raft Race 2020

Raft Race 2020

The annual Raft Race will be held on the River Dee on Sunday 5 July 2020. This year's theme is Blockbuster movies - and our fly boarder will again be entertaining the crowds.

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In addition to our regular meetings and social events, we host a number of events in our City each calendar year.  These activities help to fund our charitable donations.

Chester Raft Race

The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July in the Groves on the River Dee and organised by the
Rotary Club of Chester.

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Golf Day

Each year we organise a Charity Golf Day one of the Chester golf courses. Teams of four entered with the best two Stapleford  scores to count on each hole. 



The Rotary Club of Chester has a range of speakers who entertain or inform us at our regular lunches as well as special events.
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1 week ago

We're not meeting at the moment, but we are still active and our aim remains the same - we are volunteers who are working to benefit
 our local and international communities.

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1 week ago

An excellent presentation for our Zoom meeting tonight. Rachel from WaterAid UK explained the role of the charity - when a community gets clean water for the first time, it’s the start of ... See more

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Rotary is 1.2 million passionate individuals in worldwide who are leading change in communities around the world through volunteering.

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The Rotary Clubs of Chester ( Chester, Riverside, Deva and Centurion) have planted crocus bulbs around the City. They flower every spring so - any day now!

In recent years we've planted at ... See more

Reasons to Join The Rotary Club of Chester

 Whether you are volunteering by helping your local community or responding to local and international disasters, there is a project or activity to suit everyone.

By joining The Rotary Club of Chester, you know that you will be changing people’s lives for the better.

Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community by volunteering. It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help it thrive, whilst making some great friends along the way.

The Rotary Club of Chester invites speakers from a wide range of backgrounds to share their knowledge, increasing your social and cultural understanding. Members also share a common interest in friendship and if you visit any of our clubs around Great Britain and Ireland you will immediately feel the sense of camaraderie and fun.

Why not get in touch for a chat to find out more "straight from the horses mouth"!

Prof Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn

President, The Rotary Club of Chester 2020-2021

Rotary Chester’s new president is Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn who has recently retired from full-time work after holding professorial posts in UK and international Universities over the last ten years and before this undertaking management consultancy work in aviation and high-tech industries in the Middle East, South East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Simon continues as a specialist External Examiner in the UK and in Nepal in addition to advising on new course proposals in the HE sector.

rotary club of chester community award fund

The Rotary Club of Chester Community Award Fund

The Community Award fund is intended to assist small organisations and good causes from Chester and surrounding areas.

The Community Award fund is intended to assist small organisations and good causes from Chester and surrounding areas.   In the last 12 months we have donated over £10,000 to local charities.

Any charity, voluntary organisation or good cause can apply.

More details and application form here.

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