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WW2 operational airfields in the UK

Read the story behind this map and visit any of the operational WW2 UK RAF and USAAF airfields


Talks we Enjoyed

This page gives a synopsis of some fascinating recent talks at our club including those by Sir Anthony Brenton, Professor Christopher Dobson and Dr Andy Williams VP of AstraZeneca in Cambridge.


Some of the things that we do

An engineering challenge for school children who bravely craft their materials into ingenious solutions. Rotarian Graeme Minto, founder of Domino Printing Sciences, led the judging. Picture from Cambridge News.


What we do outside Rotary

Rotarian Ed Coe was a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a partner of Davis Langdon which became one of the foremost QS firms in the UK and latterly worldwide.


What is our Club all about?


Two very special Christmas events at Gt St Mary's Church

Carol Concert and Christmas Tree Festival for the homeless and the Arthur Rank Hospice


About us

"Making connections whilst working for local and international community projects."

LATEST CLUB NEWS......................

Things are happening fast and furious in the lead up to Christmas.

Our spectacular Christmas events at Great St Mary's Church are now approaching (see below for more details).

Our Vice President, Rotarian John Martin, has put out an urgent appeal for 10 more decorated Christmas trees to make the display a mammoth success.

Please contact John by phone on 07831 219228 to find out how you can help.

Meanwhile 18 members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge raised an amazing £785 through collections outside Cambridge railway station for Children in Need!

The event this Christmas


Great St Mary's Church

Get more details by looking at our highligted page above.

Listen to the jingle from Radio 105 by clicking here

Tickets available (£10 and £5) from Cambridge Live  and search "carol concert"


If you have a business please join Marks & Spencer and Premier Travel and dozens of other local business organisations in taking part in the Rotary Club of Cambridge's Christmas Tree Festival in Great St Mary's Church in the centre of Cambridge.

You simply need a decorated tree for this fund-raising event and are welcome to place an A3 size advertisement beneath the tree.

This year we would also like to ask families to supply a commemorative tree to remember a family member or to celebrate an event in their lives over the past year.

Please contact our Vice-President John Martin for full details



Penny Walkinshaw

At our evening meeting on 31 October our guest speaker was Penny Walkinshaw, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire whose talk was entitled “An opportunity round every corner”. This positive sounding title accurately presaged a very upbeat, uplifting and entertaining presentation, all without electronic visual aids.

Penny told us about her family’s military background in India and about idyllic summer holidays in north Northumberland with her three sisters and lots of animals and her excellent education in the state school system in Cheshire. There she had learned “to greet the unknown with a cheer”and subsequently gained a place at Sussex University to read Politics and French.

In her long summer vacs she used her expertise in French to work as a tour guide. After graduating in 1983 the tour company she had worked for employed her full time and she ended up with an apartment in Paris but working in the USA and then Bruxelles.

Penny is seen with Rotary Club of Cambridge president Julian Landy

Read more on our "Talks we enjoyed" featured page

Agrieneth Mascule, an African woman who came to speak to our Club recently, has by her own efforts and with help from her local Rotary Club been able to come to this country in order to promote international understanding and help education in Botswana.

Agrieneth is a teacher from a rural area in Botswana who has been working with the Rotary Club of Gaborone for several years.

District 1080, the Rotary district for East Anglia, was looking for a suitable candidate for a Rotary scholarship and the Rotary club of Cambridge Sawston agreed to sponsor Agrieneth and apply for a Global Grant.

The third member of Cambridge's business community joins us this year.

Welcome to venture capitalist Robert Hook

Robert was born in Cambridge and has lived here and in the surrounding villages all his life.

After joining Cambridge Consultants he took time off to do research at Cambridge University Engineering Department, joining Trinity College and obtaining a PhD in 1973. Returning to the business world he rejoined Cambridge Consultants, shortly thereafter joining the board, where his focus migrated to the commercial exploitation of technology, principally through the creation of new businesses.

In 1985, with the support of his colleages at CCL, he left to form Prelude Ventures, a venture capital company financing early stage technology businesses. He counts himself extraordinarily lucky for being part of the evolving high tech scene, sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Phenomenon, before selling his interest to Esprit Capital Partners and retiring in 2010.

He is married with four children and 9 grandchildren. Aside from parenting and grand parenting in his own family, he has also supported for some years an African boy Okeyo and through him his family and village.

He has a strong interest in classical music and about 10 years ago became Chairman of the Cambridge Philharmonic. 

Our photo shows Robert on the right with President Julian Landy

More about our Club

Rotary International is an association of business and professional men and women, committed to using their time, training and experience to serving the community.

We could use your skills, knowledge and input to take part in local, national and international humanitarian opportunities to help others. 

We meet every Tuesday, mainly for lunch, but once a month for breakfast and also for an evening meal, at the Gonville Hotel Cambridge.

If you are interested in finding out how to join us please email our Club Secretary cambridgerotaryuk@gmail.com


Visiting Cambridge?  You may find these links helpful during your stay: 

Local news   

Local museums and collections

If you are a visiting Rotarian you are welcome to come and see us for lunch on Tuesdays.

Why not contact us?

Use this link to do so.

Click this for the list of meetings.


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 21st November 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Business meeting and Frugal lunch
Host - Edward Thackray; Cashier - Paul Henry; Reception - Mona Forsberg; Equipment - Robert Ransom; Projection - Robert Ransom

Tuesday 28th November 19.00 -

Dinner meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Andrew Hill: 'Life and Business in Cambridge and Beyond';
Host - John Grieve; Cashier - John Parry; Reception - Patsy Glazebrook; Equipment - Morris Chudleigh; Projection - Morris Chudleigh

Tuesday 5th December 12.00 -

Administration Committee meeting

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Tuesday 5th December 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Andrew Priest: 'My Life and Job';
Host - Rosemary Turner; Cashier - Philip James; Reception - John Barrett; Equipment - Anne St Ives; Projection - Anne St Ives

Tuesday 5th December 18.00 - (members only)

Council meeting

Rotary Club of Cambridge Christmas Tree Festival Great St Mary’s Church

Monday 11th December - 23.00 Friday 15th December

Rotary Club of Cambridge Christmas Tree Festival Great St Mary’s Church

Annual festival of Christmas trees donated by local charities and businesses. Do come and see this wonderful and varied collection of traditional and imaginative trees which get better and better each year.

Monday 11th December 19.00 -

Christmas Charity Carol Concert at Great St Mary’s Church

Christmas Charity Carol Concert - proceeds to Arthur Rank Hospice and Cambridge Churches Homeless Project. Click 'Details' for ticket application.


Tuesday 12th December 07.30 -

Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Cashier - Charles Fraser

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Tuesday 12th December 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Dr Irit Katz Dept of Architecture, University of Cambridge “Inclusive, Urban Architecture for transient people”
Host - David Spreadbury; Cashier - Jim Stewart; Reception - Suzanne Sutton; Equipment and Projection - Jo Chan

Tuesday 19th December 13.00 -

Lunch meeting at the Gonville Hotel

Christmas Lunch
Host - John Mott; Cashier - Dee Hutley; Reception - Edward Thackray; Equipment - Morris Chudleigh; Projection - Morris Chudleigh

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