Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad. Please explore further to find out more about us and what we do.
We are one of two clubs in this small but historically interesting cathedral city in Staffordshire and have been serving the community since our Charter in 1980. We are a dedicated, enthusiastic club within the Rotary International movement, which itself is a worldwide network of 1.2 million men and women of all ages and from all occupations who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad while enjoying real fellowship.
Although a small club (currently numbering 23 members) we punch well above our weight, with our main annual events enabling the raising of over £30,000 each year for charities and other good causes.
Our major fundraiser is Rotary Cars in the Park, an annual extravaganza held in Beacon Park every July, which attracts over 1,000 cars and vehicles of every age, shape and size together with their proud owners and an estimated 20,000 interested visitors over the two days of the show. This year (2018) saw the 21st anniversary of the show, which began in 1997 with just 28 cars in a cormer of the park! Visit the Rotary Cars in the Park website here.
The Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run is an annual charity event organised jointly between the two clubs of Lichfield and the two clubs of Tamworth, usually in early April. Attracting well over 1,000 runners, it is a multi-terrain run from Beacon Park in Lichfield, with a challenging 10-mile route to Tamworth Castle. At the Castle ground in Tamworth the runners, their families and supporters can also enjoy an action-packed family fun day. Visit the Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run website here.
Our third main activity is the Rotary Ride 4 Health. Now in its third year, cyclists of all ages and abilities (we have one 85-years-young lady!) can do a 6 mile round trip from Market Square to the Curborough Sprint Track, where they can cycle as many laps as they wish, to raise money for charities, or the cyclists might choose to just do the track - it’s that flexible! Visit the Rotary Ride 4 Health website here.
Of course, it’s not all about raising funds; we enjoy a wide-ranging number of fellowship events too, and apart from an annual celebration of our charter and the usual Christmas get-together we have interesting speakers and presentations at our weekly club meetings, a thriving book club, visits to places of interest, walks, outings to sports events and many more activities.
We also support an Interact Club at the Friary School, where a group of young people have fun in organising events to raise funds for their chosen charities.
Also on the cards for this year is an initiative to start a Rotary Young Citizen Award, so watch this space!
How you can get involved with Rotary
Your skills, experience and enthusiasm are the very assets that helps Rotary 'tick' - we welcome ladies and men of all ages and you do not have to be a business person - people from all walks of life have something to offer. There are many ways in which you can help Rotary:
- You could volunteer to help the club in one of its events or initiatives, without becoming a Rotary member - we always welcome Friends of Rotary.
- You could support the club by simply going to or participating in one of our fundraising events.
- You could volunteer to speak at one of our regular Tuesday evening meetings, particularly if you have a special passion or topic you might like to share, or indeed you might be involved in another charity or organisation.
- You could support our Interact Club at the Friary School in Lichfield.
- You could join the club as a member. You can be assured of a very warm welcome to our meetings, just come along to the George Hotel on a Tuesday evening and enjoy the company of like-minded people - we have a full programme of speakers and other interesting activities.
- You could join as a corporate member (with all the benefits of full membership) - just one of our more flexible categories of membership for companies and organisations who actively encourage staff and colleagues to engage with voluntary work, perhaps as an element of their own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes and initiatives.
Meetings and events happening soon
Tuesday 27th November 17.15
Venue: George Hotel
Tuesday 27th November 18.45
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Oates, Lichfield Benefactors
Tuesday 4th December 09.00
Rotary KidsOut Festive Fun Day
Venue & details to follow
Tuesday 4th December 18.45
Guest Speaker: Nina Dawes, Lichfield Pathway Project.
Tuesday 11th December 18.45
Guest Speaker: Director Sally Clough from the Lichfield Memory Cafe. Followed by the club AGM.details
Wednesday 12th December 15.00
Entertaining the staff and residents at the Spires Care Home - all members, friends and family welcome to join in.
Saturday 15th December 08.00
Check out your Prostate!
Free checks for Prostate Cancer. This 10 minute check could be a life saver.details
Tuesday 18th December 18.45
St Chad’s Christmas Dinner
At Whittington Heath Golf Club. Entertainment by Eric Newton.
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