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About us


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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Chard which was chartered on 7th November 1945 by a group of local businessmen who felt a need to provide a way of giving service to the local community in the aftermath of the war.

The Club was formed by the already existing, Rotary Club of Taunton (our Mother Club) and has maintained links with that Club over the years. In 1971 the Club was instrumental in forming the Rotary Club of Ilminster (our Daughter Club) and it continues to retain a good working relationship with the Club, as it does with the local Rotary Clubs of Crewkerne and Crewkerne District.

There are currently 19 membersin the Club covering a wide range of ages.

The present President of the Club is Rotarian Barry Gibbs, who is a local funeral director and this is proving to be a busy year for him as his wife, Claire, is also President of the Inner Wheel Club of Chard.

The Club has been involved in many activities over the years, both at home and abroad. Our most important home activity has been in organising an annual QuadKids sporting event with local primary schools.

When we first started this we had 4 schools and around 40 children involved. Our last event involved 9 schools and 105 children, an obvious success story.

Internationally we have been active in disaster relief and inter club visits, our latest being to Sri Lanka and following this we have established a link with a Limb Replacement Centre in Kandy.  This is significant because of Chard's historical links with James Gillingham, a leading pioneer in limb replacement. We are also currently working with other Clubs in the district, and the Rotary Club of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), on a project to supply bicycles which will enable children in the area to attend school more easily. 

Does the sound of any of this interest you. If so why not get in touch with us, using the 'Join Rotary' link on our home page, and arrange to come along and meet us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at 1800 hrs for 1830hrs
(The Rotary Club of Chard holds a Speaker Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The 5th Tuesday is a Partners Evening. The 1st Tuesday will be a Sports / Social Evening and Club Council will be held on the 3rd Tuesday.)
The Phoenix Hotel
Fore Street
Chard TA20 1PH  01460 66444

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