The Rotary Club of Bath will consider requests for donations from organisations and projects within Bath and North East Somerset. We particularly welcome applications from smaller charities within our area.
Guidance on our priorities, the procedure for seeking support, and what we will need from you ,can be found via the
The Rotary Club of Bath raises funds for the benefit of charities in and around the City of Bath, and for selected projects our Club is directly involved in overseas.
Fund-raising events organised throughout the year include:
- the Bath Festival of Motoring at Lansdown, (next event June 2018).
- one of the largest Charity Golf Days held in the West of England
- a huge public Fireworks Display on The Rec in Bath City Centre
- Christmas collection around Bath Abbey
You can donate to our community based charities via the My Donate link below.
BATH’S OLDEST INTERNATIONAL LINK TO BE CELEBRATED IN MUSIC
Concerts will commemorate tragic events which have inspired
70 years of international friendship
Two concerts to celebrate Bath’s oldest official international link will be held next month in the City,
telling the half-forgotten story of how tragic events from the 1940s have inspired seven decades of
Bath first formed a bond with the historic city of Alkmaar, in northern Holland, during the Second
World War, when a young Jewish activist named Elias Prins escaped from his hometown as the
German Army overran the Netherlands. He came to Bath, quickly becoming a well-known figure
locally through the many talks he gave to community groups and schools about the plight of his
home country, and his people.
In 1944 the Dutch government-in-exile launched an appeal asking the British people to donate food
and clothing to help counter the effects of a terrible winter famine in the parts of the Netherlands
still under Nazi rule. Bathonians, inspired by Eli and his new friends in the local Rotary Club and Air
Raid Wardens, decided they would help the home town of their adopted son – and so Bath launched
its own Alkmaar Appeal.
In early 1945 formal approval for the “adoption” of Alkmaar by Bath was granted by the Dutch
sovereign, HRH Queen Wilhelmina, making Bath’s ties with Alkmaar the oldest official “twinning” link
of any which came out of the War.
The story of Eli Prin’s daring escape and how the two cities came to be friends, set against the
tragedy of the War, will be re-told in music and readings in two concerts featuring the 80-strong
Alkmaar Youth Orchestra. The outstanding young players will be joined by young musicians from
Bath for the second half of the concert, which features music from Parry, Mahler, Beethoven – and
an arrangment of the favourite wartime song, “Lili Marlene” written specially for the event.
Martin Broadbent, chairman of the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association, said the ongoing links
between the two cities have a special resonance, even now:
“Eli Prins was a refugee, escaping war and persecution, who was welcomed into our City. His story
contains terrible tragedy, as the family he left behind, like many Jews across Europe, were killed in the
Holocaust. But the abiding friendship between our cities, and the many groups of people who travel
back and forth, including many children, are a living rebuke to the evil behind those terrible events.”
The two concerts will be the cumination of a special “Alkmaar Week” being held in Bath, during
which the Mayor of the Dutch city will pay a formal visit, and the Dutch national flag will be flown
from the Guildhall.
Tickets for the two concerts, being held over the weekend of the 15th and 16th July, can be bought
online from www.eventbrite.co.uk, or via the twinning association website www.bath-alkmaar.eu