About us


Huntingdon is one of the four principal towns in the District of Huntingdonshire, the others being St Ives the home of the Chapel on the Bridge, St Neot's the largest town in the County of Cambridgeshire and Ramsey which was built up around the gate of Ramsey Abbey.   The Club adopted its name from Oliver Cromwell who was born into a family which was for a time one of the wealthiest and most influential in the area.   Educated at Huntingdon Grammar School, now the Cromwell Museum, and at Cambridge University, he became a minor East Anglia landowner who made a living by farming and collecting rents. It was the civil wars of the 1640s which lifted him from obscurity to power.

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell meets at 7.15pm on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) - at The George Hotel, George Street, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 3AB.   Visitors are welcome and should contact the Club Secretary, Michael Edwards on 01480 350567 by 9am on the Friday.

The Club has over the past 10 years donated £124,731  to international, national and local causes. For a full list go to  DONATIONS_AND_AWARDS_UP_TO_2017_1.xlsx.   This money has, in the main, been raised through the efforts of Club members who have embraced the Rotary ethos of 'Service Before Self'.     

 We  welcome new members and if that could be you please visit the 'Contact' section of the website and get in touch.   For a flavour of the day to day workings of the Club please go to:


Just take a look below to see the events that have taken place in the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell throughout the Rotary year.   These events have not only generated fun and friendship but have raised sigificant funds (see lists above) that have or will be donated to primarily local charities.   If you are interested in making a difference and joining a fantastic organisation read the "Welcome to the World or Rotary" and contact us through this site.




Once again Rotary is seen as supporting major charities in the East Anglia Region.   In October the Rotary Voices donated £1,000 from a concert.   In November the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell supported MAGPAS in its unclaimed luggage sale - this raised a staggering £8,049.80.   Another example of "Service above Self".



Every year Rotary takes youngsters from around the area to Grafham Water for a 4 day leadership award course.   The participants take part in a variety of events that strengthen their leadership ability.   This year the Club sponsored Joseph Drury who is seen here received his certificate from the President.   Also to the left is John Alford and to the right Helen Swain - both of whom put Joseph forward for this character building course.



The President of the Club, Nick Abell, is seen handing over a cheque for £250 to Jim Stephenson who is the Head Ranger at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.   The Club has supported the work of the reserve in the past and Jim has visited the club to give talks on a number of occasions.   


Grafham Water Sailabilty has recevied a specially designed wheelchair to help member as they enter and leave their boats.   The donation was organised by John Beer who is one of the newer members of the club.   The unique chair was donated by John's friends Ann and Chris Cannon whose daughter Tania was a member of the sailability programme in Oxfordshire before her death in 2010.   Sailability is a charity which enable people with disabilities to enjoy geting out on the water.   For further information on Sailabiltiy visit "grafhamwatersailability.org.uk"



Dozens of people packed into All Saints Church in St Ives on Friday 11 August for a fundraising evening of entertainment.   Hosted by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell the event started with a performance by the Rotary Voices Choir making its second appearance since it was formed in October last year.   A number of artists also gave up their time to perform and you can see more in the photo gallery.   All proceeds raised on the night were split between Magpas air ambulance and St Ives and Brampton Parish Churches.



Once again on Monday 31 July a number of club members, partners and friends visited Tolethorpe Hall for the Stamford Shakespear Company's rendition of "Much Ado About Nothing".   The event was a great success and was preceded by a picnic.



Another year has flown by and on the 26 June 2017 President Chris Shannon handed over the Presidency of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell to Nick Abell.   Nick is the Manager of the Waitrose Outlet in Cambridge and will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to this outstanding club


On the evening of the handover outgoing President Chris Shannon presented the Paul Harris Fellowship Saphire Award to Reg Dixon.    Reg, who is now an honorary member, was a founder member of the Club and is a Past President.   The award recognises his outstanding support to the club and to the Cambrdge Police Boxing Club over many years.   A fully deserved award.



On 14 June the Rotary Clubs of Huntingdon Cromwell and Huntingdon took 100 children from Thongsley Field Primary School to the annual Kids Out Day at Wicksteed Park.   They joined 2,300 other children on what is a fantastic day out.  Additional funding was raised through the Waitrose Green Token event and a donation from Rotarian Helen Swain raised when she raffled knitted toys at the night the Huntingdonshire Choir attended the club. Next year the event is on 13 June.  



On the 17 June the Young Carers Trust held a fantastic day out at the Hinchingbrooke Park. Once again we were there to help and support the bicycle part of the day.  Here we see a mottley crew of Rotarians and others who were ably assisted by our MP Jonathan Djanogly.   Also on the day a substantial sum was raised for the Yourg Carers Trust



Again Rotary is making a major contribution to the local Huntingdonshire community.   Seen here is President Chris Shannon presenting a cheque for £500 to Billie Smith who is the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Leonard Cheshire Disabilty in Brampton.



Over the weekend 6-8 May club members and partners once again had an away trip at a Warners Hotel - Bodelwyddan Castle. They are seen here at Carrog Railway Station that is on the original Llangollen to Corwen railway that was meticulously rebuilt by colunteers in the 1950s.   Once again Rotarians and partners having fun and fostering friendship.



On 28 April the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell celebrated its 35th birthday in style!    Seen here is President Chris Shannon presenting a cheque to our Dirstrict Governor John Dehnel



A very important night for John Beer who was inducted in the family of Rotary at the 35th Charter Night.   John, who lives in Stukely Meadows, will be a very welcomed and valuable asset to the Club.   He is seen here being welcomed by the District Governor.


Past District Governor Geoff Blurton is seen presenting the Paul Harris Foundation Award to Rotarian Keith Baker.    Keith has given years of valuable service to Rotary and is also very active as a Councillor and in the local community.   The award is made for exceptional service to the community and to Rotary.


A second Paul Harris award was made to Rotarian Dee Wormald who, like Keith, has given years of valuable service to botht the community and Rotary.    Laterly she has been active in helping the Coneygear homeless project and other local charitable organisation.   A well deserved award.   She is seen here with the President and the guest speaker Rotarian Ray Burnam


On 20 April Rotary Clubs held "know your blood pressure" events in towns and villages throughout the UK.   Seen here is our medical specialist Rotarian Anitha Matthews taking the blood pressure of our MP Jonathan Djanogly.   A large number of local people took part and a number were advised to contact their GP.   A very worthwhile event that in the long term helps to save lives.    Yet another way that Rotary helps in the local communities throughout the country.

Hunts Post Article 3 May       

                 THE ROTARY CHOIR                                                    


Seen Here are members of the Rotary Choir performing at the Brampton Church on Friday 21 April.   The choir is made up from members of our own club plus Huntingdon, St Ives, Kimbolton Castle and Peterboroough Ortons.   The event raised just over £1500 that was divided between the Brampton Church and St Ives Parish Church.

Also taking part were Rhapsody - a ladies close harmony chorus from Peterborough.   They were not alone as Alchamy Barbershop Quarter and Bad Randoms duo made up of the two sons of Alisdair Wotherspoon.(Duncan and Calum) also gave their time up free of charge.   The event was also supported by Rotarians David Noble and John Aked who donated raffle prizes - the other 4 clubs also donated towards the evening.


For the second year running on the 26 February the members of the Club put on a Vaudeville Night in the Commemoration Hall that was fantastic.  A number of entertainers gave a great deal of time to raise over £1500 for various charities.   The Sandams project in Kenya was the main benificiary but the local Aphasia club (Speakabilty Huntingdon) received over £350.Seen here (again) is the President Chris Shannon singing for his supper.   


Rotary is all about Service above self.   It has more than 1.2 million men and women belonging to some 33,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world.   In the main Rotary Clubs meet once a week  to enjoy each others' fellowship and to discuss ways to help and serve others.   However, it does not stop meetings themselves being full of fellowship and fun!   On 13 Feb  the Club held a Mardi Gras evening with partners at the Library of usual meeting place in Hinchingbrooke House.  It was generally agreed that this eveing was an excellent example of the ethos of Rotary and great fun was had by all. 


                                   BOXING DINNER

Once again on 27 January 2017 the Club in conjhuction with the Cambridgeshire Police Boxing Club the Club held a fantastic Boxing Dinner at the Burgess Hall in St Ives.    The event raised money for local charities and seen here is the President, Chris Shannon presenting a cheque for £1000 to the wife of Mike Taylor who is one of the mainstays of the Boxing Club.A further donation has since been made by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell to this charity that seeks to give youngsters a aim in life.


Once again we see our President Chris Shannon out and about this time accompanied by Past President Lynda Ellis planting one of a thousand Crocus planats in support of the Rotary Polio campaign.  Rotary members donate huge amounts of money in support of the World Polio campaign and this is just another example of the superb work done by Rotary.


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:

The George Hotel
George Street 
Huntingdon  We meet on Mondays at 7.15pm for 7.30pm
The George Hotel
George Street
Huntingdon PE28 3AB  0845 6085040

Get Directions

Enter your Postcode or Town