Rotary Club of Market Harborough - welcome! One Club but with distinct traditional and modern groups, a lively Rotaract Club and a developing 'family of Rotary' presence.
Located in the picturesque market town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England we are a thriving and friendly Rotary Club which welcomes visitors from all over the world. We are proud of our club and the contributions Rotary makes to communities both locally and abroad by living up to its motto "Service above Self".
We are a group of local men and women who work together to make other people's lives better. We do this as one branch of the world-wide family of Rotary with over 1.2 million members. We work in an atmosphere of dedicated service, coupled with fun and fellowship to the highest ethical standards.
In 2011 we held our first SwiMarathon, a community fundraising event held at the Harborough Leisure Centre. This was a fantastic success raising enough money for us to be able to give a total of almost £50,000 to good causes between 2011 - 2018. It is not an endurance swim, rather a fun team activity, for all ages, where each team swims relay style in one lane of the pool for just one hour, getting sponsorship for doing it. This is now a brilliant annual community event and you can join in - find out about it by clicking on this banner to see our Swimarathon pages.
The Club was formed in 1957 as an expansion of the Rotary Club of Northampton with Maurice Saunders as our first President. In 1987 we expanded with the creation of a daughter Rotary Club of Kibworth and Fleckney and in 2013 we had a second birth and welcomed the Welland Valley Rotary (breakfast) Club. We have two distinct groups within the Club - one group that meets weekly and maintains a traditional approach and a new ‘Aspire’ group that meets less frequently and with less formality.
In 2015 we re-started the Market Harborough Rotaract Club . Rotaract is for 18-30 year olds and this now forms the junior section of the club. Now famous for their fund raising charitable quizzes the Rotaract club provides a great foundation for future Rotary membership with its strong focus on fun, fellowship and dogoodery.
In keeping with the Rotary motto 'Service above Self', we give emphasis to a wide range of community projects at local, national and international levels. Harborough Rotarians have taken a leading role in forming the local branch of several established societies such as the Civic Society, the Probus Club and the University of the Third Age. We helped to extend the town's Cottage Hospital to house a consultant outpatient clinic named after the late Doctor C T Scott, who for many years was a GP in the town. In 1973 we helped to provide a vehicle for the CARE village in the nearby village of Shangton and in 2000 a CARE residential home in Burnmill Road in the town. For over 20 years until 2003 we gave active support to delivering the local Meals on Wheels provision. More recently, we worked actively with the Market Harborough in Bloom volunteers to plant trees in the Welland Park play area and provide picnic tables and benches. Our Rotary Club members work in groups, each of which is responsible for specific Rotary areas or events.
For Community Service, we support local charities. We have a street collection every Christmas Eve and serve mulled wine and mince pies at Market Harborough's local late night shopping event in December. We help to run the Market Harborough Carnival each year, which raises money to benefit several charities. The Club supports the local Dementia Cafe, a monthly group for sufferers and carers, by attending meetings. We have also supplied "Memory Boxes" of items to help prompt memories of childhood. An annual "Know your blood pressure" day in the market hall, gets lots of interest.
The members support international projects and charities such as clean water projects in Africa, disaster relief through Aqua Boxes and Shelterbox and support for schools in areas where without outside help, there would be little or no education. A long term special project is our Polio Plus Campaign (Thanks for Life) in which Rotarians all over the world have raised many millions of pounds to rid the world of Polio, through vaccination of all children everywhere.
Our activities aimed at young people include such events as the annual competitions for Young Musicians, Young Chef, Young Designer, Young Writer and others. Rotarians conduct mock job and university admission interviews for senior pupils at The Robert Smyth Academy. We are expanding our links and contribution to all local schools and pupils of all ages. We give especial financial support to the Rotary Charity Life Education Centres Project. This provides mobile exhibition vehicles throughout Leicestershire and Rutland using modern audio-visual education methods and an educator to teach the benefits of healthy lifestyles and the dangers of drug abuse. We provide guidance on overcoming the problems associated with bullying and the positive development of personal standards of citizenship.
New for this year, we will be providing a 'Santa's Grotto' for the Taste Harborough Christmas event!!
We meet most Monday evenings between 6.00pm and 8.00pm at the Waterfront Restaurant - See our Meetings and Events pages for details
Interested in joining us?
Please choose the 'Membership' option on the 'Contact Us' page and fill in your details - we'll get straight back to you
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 7th January 18.00
Traditional Club Meeting - Swimarathon Planning
Monday 14th January 18.00
Traditional Club Meeting - Rotary talk - Michael Charlesworth - Loughborough Charities Together
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(These meeting details apply to the traditional group. For detail of the Market Harborough Rotary Club 'Aspire' group meetings see ..... )
The Waterfront, Union Wharf, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. LE16 7UW 01858 434702