Rotary Club of Chester

We are volunteers who are working to benefit our local and international communities. With you we can accomplish even more.

Contact Us

Call: 01244 382523
Visit: Trinity St. Chester CH1 2BD

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 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester . We meet on 1st and 3rd Monday's for lunch at 12:50 pm but gather in the bar from 12:15 pm.

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".


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

Many thanks to Jane Moran of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity for tonight's presentation (via Zoom of course). We continue to "meet" as a Club, fortnightly, and have a range of interesting and ... See more

3 weeks ago
Place For Art

Another excellent Zoom meeting today, with a presentation from . They are utilising empty shops in Chester "to make it a more attractive and interesting place to work in ... See more

Identifying exhibition, educational, performance and studio space in Chester for visual and performing artists and to publicise exhibitions.

1 month ago

We are again inviting applications for funding for small community projects. We are supporting Chester charities and worthy causes with small grants that will “make a real difference”.
It is ... See more

1 month ago
The Rotary Club of Chester - active in your City

We are volunteers who are working to benefit our local and international communities. With you we can accomplish even more. Visit us at

2 months ago

Another excellent Zoom meeting yesterday, with Chester MP Chris Matheson giving us an update on local issues and life in Parliament at present.

In recent weeks we have had presentations from the ... See more

2 months ago
Timeline Photos

The Rotary Club of Chester - active in the community

3 months ago
Chester Raft Race July 1988

Like Wimbledon, we are re-showing classic Chester Raft Race videos. Here is the 1988 version

Chester raft race on the 10th July 1988

3 months ago
Chester Raft Race July 12th 2009

We can't give you a Chester Raft Race this year - here is the 2009 version

R.J.Jones Group

3 months ago
Real Housewives of Cheshire take part in Chester Raft Race

Our Raft Race got some great publicity last year when the Real Housewives of Cheshire entered

Footage was shown on episode one of the latest series of the ITVBe show

3 months ago
Chester raft race 2018

No Chester Raft Race this year - here are the highlights of the 2018 race -

yearly raft race at Chester july 1 2018

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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. 

Any charity, voluntary organisation or good cause can apply.

More details and application form here.

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 youwill 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"!

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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