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 currently has 20 members of varying ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.

President Robin Williams took over presidency of the Club from Rotarian Barry Gibbs at the end of June 2017. Robin is President of the Club for the second time in 3 years. The main part of his career was spent in the  Food Industry but he has also spent periods as Town Clerk for both Langport and Chard Town Councils. He is supported by his wife Chris who has been involved with the Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Group for the past 25 years, leading it for the last 17 years.

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 always keen to support other local organisations and regularly help Chard Town Council, Chard Town Team, the Royal British Legion and Chard Carnival Committee with their activities.

We meet at the Phoenix Hotel, in Chard, on the second,  fourth and fifth Tuesdays of the month and are always pleased to welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more about Rotary.

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.


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 28th November 18.00

Speaker Meeting at Phoenix Hotel

Fortnightly Club Meeting

Tuesday 12th December 18.00

Speaker Meeting at Phoenix Hotel

Fortnightly Club Meeting

Wednesday 13th December 19.30


Chard Rotary Club's Annual 'Carols by Candlelight' Service returns to St. Mary's Church after a 2 year absence. Join us to sing favourite carols and to listen to the children from a local Primary School.


Tuesday 19th December 18.00

Partner's Christmas Dinner

Club Members will entertain their partners at the annual Christmas Meal.

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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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