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Rotary Chelmsford Phoenix - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Rotary Roundup

The Rotary Clubs of Chelmsford have a 2 hour slot from 10.00am to 12.00pm every third Sunday of the month on Chelmsford Community Radio. You can listen live in the Chelmsford area on 104.4 FM


Rotary - eradicating polio.

One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme.


Rotary - responding to disasters.

Shelterboxes are distributed around the world following natural or man-made disasters.


Rotary District Sports - Bill Gets A Bull!

In the recent District Darts Match against Rochford C, Bill Jordan got one of his darts in the bullseye helping the club through to the next round.


President’s Night at The Ivy Hill Hotel.

Black tie event. Tickets cost £35 each.


About us

Welcome to the Chelmsford Phoenix Website

We hope that you find all the information you need.

About Chelmsford Phoenix

The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Phoenix is Chelmsford's newest Rotary club in England's newest city. It is a fairly informal club which welcomes both men and women as Rotary members from all backgrounds and all age groups. The mixed demographics of the members makes it an ideal portal to Rotary membership for older members of Rotaract or indeed people who have never previously had any involvement with Rotary before.

Chelmsford Phoenix was established and granted its charter on 23rd July 2009. The club is a twilight club which meets on a Thursday evening 6.30 for 7.00pm. During college term times It meets at the Princes Room Restaurant at the Chelmsford College of Further Education. This is our way of putting something back into the community at a local level by allowing the young people the opportunity to get work experience in preparing, cooking and service a meal as well as running the bar.  A very worthy cause. The current cost of the meal is £14.00 per week for an excellent 3 course meal. The venue for meetings during college holidays varies so please check for latest details which can always be found on this website.


Rotary Foundation

Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which throughout the world, funds improvements in health, supports education and helps to alleviate poverty. One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme. From a staggering 125 polio endemic countries in 1988, Rotary's efforts have reduced this to just 3 in 2015. Eradication of polio from Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan would rid the world of this crippling disease forever. More information is here

Walk for Water

Walk for Water in Chelmsford

Walk for Water is an awareness and fundraising initiative. School children aged 10-15 are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack. Kids learn about global water issues, and raise funds to help solve them. The club organizes an annual walk around central Chelmsford, this years event was on Saturday 6th May. More information is here.


InterAct is an innovative, enterprising and is President Richard's chosen charity of the year. A local Essex based charity that delivers support where needed most – in the heart of the community, they are forward-thinking and fast-paced. Their work is challenging and the environment can be pressurised but… they enjoy it!

Promoting creativity and empowerment InterAct is dedicated to improving the emotional well-being and opportunities of young people and young adults with disabilities, primarily learning disabilities/difficulties and autism, and individuals, families and communities who experience barriers through disability, challenging mental health, other disadvantage and social difficulties.

The club has been helping InterAct to create a garden at the charity's premises behind Moulsham Mill in Chelmsford. Photos can be found here.

Other Charities

In addition to Foundation and Walk for Water, there are also all the international causes such as Mary's Meals and Shelterbox which are being supported. We should not forget of course, Youth, Community, Vocational and Environmental projects nearer home.

Youth Projects

The club is supporting youth projects in the Chelmsford area including the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. For more details click here

The Rotary Family

Being part of Rotary is not just being part of a club, but being part of a family - with a district and a national side to it. There are four district meetings a year, normally held at Writtle College. There are also both district and national Rotary Conferences which are fabulous events. The District website can be found here.


Bellboat racing on the River Chelmer

A varied programme of events and activities is organized. Many events raise money for a range of charities but the aim also is for them to be fun!  There is also and extensive programme of social events. Full details can be found under the 'Programme' tab at the top of this page. 

About Rotary

Rotary describes itself as the world's first service organisation, as exemplified in the motto "Service above Self". In this context the word "service" has nothing to do with the armed forces, but refers to a non-profit organisation where members meet to perform charitable works, either by direct efforts or by raising money for other organisations. Rotarians are volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities at home and overseas, men and women from business and the professions who share a common interest in helping others. A large part of Rotary is the fellowship and friendship which results from the shared enjoyment of business and social networking opportunities.

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (known as RIBI) has over 55,000 members in over 1850 clubs and is an integral part of Rotary International, which has about 1.2 million members world-wide in over 200 countries and geographical regions.

To contact us by e-mail; please click here. Details of all the Rotary clubs in Chelmsford can be found here. Click here to see a video all about Rotary in Britain and Ireland.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

SGM and Business Meeting at The College

Thursday 23rd November 18.30

SGM and Business Meeting at The College

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in the City Centre

Sunday 26th November 09.00

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in the City Centre

We will again be selling Mulled Wine etc. in support of the Mayor's charities (City of Chelmsford Mencap, Age Concern Chelmsford and Columbus School and College) on the day that the High Street Christmas lights are switched on.

Tuesday 28th November 19.00

Rotary Pre-Christmas Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral

We are helping with the refreshments for this festive event at the Cathedral.

Thursday 30th November 18.30

Origami Social at The College

This will be a chance to make something out of folded paper to take home with you.

Thursday 7th December 18.30

Christmas Party at The College

Christmas Dinner at The College

Thursday 14th December 18.30

Christmas Dinner at The College

Sunday 17th December 11.00

Carol Singing in High Chelmer

Raising funds for our Rotary Charities

future events completed calendar district events local events

Our Social Media

Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Rotary Young Citizen Awards

Watch coverage of the 2017 'Rotary Young Citizen Awards', highlighting outstanding young people.

Details on RotaryGBI.org

How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

Find out more about Rotary fighting disease

Details on Rotary.org

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 6.30pm
We normally meet in the restaurant inside Chelmsford College where catering students cook us a delicious three course meal for £14. When the college is closed we generally meet at The Rose and Crown in Writtle. Please check the programme for details.

Meeting venue's web site

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