About us

Who are we?

40 or so individuals from all walks of life with a close association with our local community of Horwich. We have been an active part of this community since 1944. We are also part of a worldwide organisation of over 1 million members and 35000 clubs - click for more info>

What do we do?

We raise in excess of £20,000 of charitable funds each year and distribute them to worthy local and International causes. We also meet each week for a meal and some social interaction.

How are we organised?

We conduct our business through six small committees; 

2 focused on fundraising - Beer Festival > and Christmas Collection >

3 on distributing those funds - Community >,  Vocation / Youth Development > and International >

1 to organise club events - Club Service >

Santa Is Coming To Horwich!

At 6.00 on 1st December Santa & Horwich Rotary’s Christmas sleigh will be at the Crown for the switching on of the town’s Christmas tree by the Town Mayor, Councillor Steve Rock this year accompanied by Horwich RMI Brass Band and Fr. Richard Howard from St Mary’s.

So Santa and the Rotary sleigh will begin Horwich Rotary’s Christmas collection for local community groups as well as international support for the Rotary Foundation’s ‘Ending Polio Now’ campaign. Look out for Santa who is coming soon.

New Rotarians Welcomed

Vic and Denise Silcock were welcomed as members of our Club at the start of October.

Denise and Vic have been established for many years in Horwich as the proprietors of that excellent local newspaper ‘Living in BL’. They were proposed by Pat Byrne who has known their support and professionalism in so many ways. They will make an excellent contribution to the life of our Club.

Rotary and Ironman's help for Hospice Care

President David, Vice President Margot and Secretary Phil were much moved when they recently visited Derian House children’s Hospice at Chorley to present a cheque for £1,130.

The cheque was presented to Derian House staff members Caroline, Claire, Daryl and Kirsty who provide respite care for families with very sick children.


Horwich Rotary Works to End Polio Now

At the beginning of November President David Griffiths, & Vice-President Margot Mather and friends met with children from Horwich Parish School Eco Council and member of staff Mrs. L Magilton.

They met to explain what Rotary International is doing, with the support of the Gates Foundation, to end Polio forever in places like Pakistan.

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Bolton Schools Music Festival

Children from across Horwich took part in the week long Bolton School’s Music Festival in June.

Choirs from St Catherine’s School and Claypool sang on the first night. Chorley New Road Primary School choir sang on the Wednesday, whilst Horwich Parish School choir, sang on the Thursday evening.

All the children also joined with choirs from other schools in excellent Massed Choirs. FIND OUT MORE>

Kids Out 2017

Every year, Kids Out, called the 'Fun and Happiness Charity' team up with Rotary International (RIBI) to take over 25,000 children from up and down the UK on a fun day out.

This year Horwich Rotary Community Committee organised and funded our trip to Blackpool Zoo, with additional financial contributions from other Rotary Clubs in Bolton. The trip took place on Wednesday 14th June. It was a glorious sunny day and 41 children, 10 school staff and 2 Rotarians went by coach and mini bus to Blackpool Zoo. FIND OUT MORE>

Senior Citizens Party 2017

The 10th holding of this very popular event was yet again a great success and enjoyed by over 150 of our local senior citizens.

Bussed and taxied in from all over Horwich and Blackrod, our guests enjoyed excellent entertainment from Singer/DJ and comedian Tom Scott ably assisted by his wife.

Audience participation was his speciality and several guests were persuaded to take part. A pasties and cake supper followed by a Free raffle plus Bingo with cash prizes were enjoyed by all.


Horwich Rotary Sponsors The 2017 Pike Race

The Rivington Pike Race at Horwich on Saturday 15th April 2017

Horwich Rotary Club were delighted to sponsor the event again this year, donating £600 towards the prizes and supplying several Stewards on the day, which was a great success.

With a record entry of 371 runners and a big supporting crowd the race was held in ideally cool weather conditions. Winner for the second year was Horwich Harrier Chris Farrell ( nephew of John Farrell, a Friend of Rotary ) in a very creditable time of 17 mins 27 secs.


Ladies Fashion Show

Horwich Rotary embarked on a new idea to raise funds for our Charity Account. 

On 23rd March we organised a ladies fashion show, with an entrance ticket cost of £5 per person.

200+ tickets were sold and the main hall at the RMI club was packed to capacity.

The show was run by a firm called Colours who took control of the fashion side of the evening after bringing their own clothes and models.


Horwich Rotary Helps Make Mary's Meals

Thanks to Duncan Hamlett of Lunesdale Rotary Club, who gave a great talk at our showcase evening on Mary's Meals.

Mary's Meals is another fantastic International charity that Rotary Club of Horwich supports.

Visit their website here: www.marysmeals.org.uk

Follow them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/marysmeals


Grahamstown Eye Clinic Update

Through our International Committee, Horwich Rotary Club works in partnership with the Rotary Club of Port Alfred in South Africa provides an eye clinic in an area surrounding Grahamstown.

The eye clinic project is ongoing and is overseen by Rotarian Bev Radue on our behalf. Clinics are held twice a month at a town called Nkwenkwesi and treats local vulnerable people who would otherwise be completely blind within a short period of time.


Breaking Barriers With Horwich Rotary

Breaking Barriers is a twofold organisation founded by 3 parents of disabled children with various requirements.

It aims to:

  • - Support & reassure with a listening ear

  • - Promote, improve & advance the emotional wellbeing of Parents, Carers & Families of disabled children & young people aged 0-25 years old and adults


Thank You Village Water

Just one of the great projects that Horwich Rotary's International Committee supports.

Horwich Rotary Community Works

For the past few years, Sparrow Park, in the centre of Horwich, has been looked after by the Rotary Club of Horwich.

After many years of neglect, the park needed a complete makeover, and a number of Rotarians cleared the ground, put many bedding plants and bulbs in the gardens, cleared and weeded the turfed area and re-laid part of the pathways.

In addition they repainted the seating, railings and lights.



Rotary Supports Bolton Young Parents Service

Meriel from Bolton Young Parents Service came to speak to Rotary Club of Horwich before Christmas, about the support that the Organisation is able to bring to young parents.

Young mothers who have babies, or pregnant Mums, sometimes find themselves in difficulty arising from a range of issues e.g. no parental support, problems with young fathers, and financial problems.


Italian Evening

Horwich Rotary invite you to a fantastic Italian Evening at Max Italia, Horwich.

Open to all, including non-rotarians. Join us for a fantastic Italian Evening at Horwich's own Max Italia restaurant. Wednesday 18th January, 2017 - 7 for 7.30pm.

Any starter, pizza/pasta or chicken dish plus dessert and coffee for only £15pp - Message us to book your place today!


Christmas & Carols

Students at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form hosted a Community Christmas Party on Wednesday 21st December 2016 for members of the local community.

Celebrating the festive season with homemade Christmas food, the party included performances by the Music and Performing Arts Departments, and a personal appearance by Santa Claus.

Residents of local care homes and members of the senior citizen’s community groups were invited to attend. 


Rotary Supports Lagan's Foundation

Community Chairman, Keith Maher, was able to hand over a Cheque for £400 to the Lagans Foundation Founder Carren Bell.

The foundation provides Volunteer help to mothers who have given birth to babies with Congenital Heart defects.These babies are very difficult to bring up and need 24 hour care. Most of these babies have multiple defects and many cannot feed normally and need stomach tubes to survive. Young mothers find the situation so difficult that they cannot cope, especially if they have other young children to bring up.


Rotary Supports Stanley Grange

Stanley Grange - a homely and fulfilling community for adults with learning difficulties.When Horwich resident and member of Holy Trinity Jenny Dagnall found Stanley Grange for her son Andrew it was a prayer answered.

That was in 2004 – twelve years on, 32 year old Andrew continues to enjoy life at Stanley Grange. Members of Horwich Rotary very much appreciated Jenny Dagnall’s moving and informative talk about her experience of finding a safe, friendly, secure and supportive community for Andrew who has learning disabilities.


Youth Achievement Awards 2016

The Youth Achievement Award Scheme run by the Rotary Club of Horwich is designed to foster the development of individual talent for young people, under the age of 19, who live or attend school in Horwich or Blackrod.

The scheme is not means tested and is concerned solely with identifying and developing individual talent in all forms of activity, regardless of family circumstances. This year the scheme attracted a large number of quality applicants, who live, or go the school in, the Postal District of BL6.

Find out who recieved awards this year - click below


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Horwich RMI, Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton. Contact Brian Gittins 01942819383 to book for meal or to apologise before 4pm on Wednesday. 
We meet on Thursdays at 2nd and 4th Thursday 12.30pm
(First, third and fifth Thursday of the month - 6.30 for 7.00pm meeting)
Horwich RMI, Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton. Contact Brian Gittins 01942819383 to book for meal or to apologise before 4pm on Wednesday.
BL6 5NH  01204 468395

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