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Rotay Logo  Hello from Sawbridgeworth and District Rotary

Come and join us BIG TIME, EVERY YEAR,  at Carols on Fair Green 6.30pm on Christmas Eve

or meet us at the May Fayre.  Or give us a call and we will book you in for a meal with us.


This year's President is Chris Webb:


Chris Webb

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


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As well as helping to eradicate polio as part of END POLIO NOW, we have recently been helping towards six young people travel abroad on overseas voluntary/educational trips.


Thank you to everyone for coming to Rotary's Carols on Fair Green last year (Christmas Eve 2017), we raised 2640 for local charities. - Fantastic.


Rotary Carols on Fair Green



Some of our achievements over the years...


The Club bought two more tents for ShelterBox to help them with the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake.


SEND-A-COW Charity.

Rotary's stall at May Fayre raised 114.50. Mint Cafe owners Michele and Rob Jones sponsored our stall and have generously agreed to double the money.raised.  This will lift a family in Kenya permanently out of poverty by providing suitable livestock and training for sustainable farming.


Four fishing boats in India Rivers Neurocentre Speakers

 John Ireland finds out all about Rivers Neuro Centres in Sawbridgeworth from Mrs Celine Austin and Prof. Shiela Henderson.  .
Sawbridgeworth Neuro Centres website –


Sawbridgeworth & District Rotary Club administers a Registered Charity called the Sawbridgeworth and  District Rotary Club Trust Fund, Registered Charity 802915.

Rotary International is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people with some 1,180,000 members in 163 countries world-wide.

There are now over 59,000 Rotarians in 1834 Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace.   


If YOU want to know anything about Rotary or would like to come along to one of our meetings, please call the Secretary, Peter Clark on 07770 978256 or e-mail.

Special feature:  CLICK HERE for the Rotary link for World War II veteran US airmen visiting MATCHING AIRFIELD (391st)

In immediate response to the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Sawbridgeworth & District Rotary Cluballocated 1,200 to fund two Shelterboxes

CAROLS ON FAIR GREEN 2012: Thank you to David Wood, the Choir, Epping Forest Band and Di Kitson for leading the singing and prayers at our annual event on Christmas Eve. Thank you too for all who took part. 1,800 was raised for blind and visually impaired charities. 

We raise a little money for Rotary Charities each year at May Fayre. This year we sold joke books. Last year we used the theme of water pumps to draw attention to the PlayPump Scheme where children in Africa spin on roundabouts to raise water for the village community. (Click here for details).  With a pump attached to a bicycle, we challenged visitors to the Fayre to see how much water they could pump in a minute. The photo shows the bike being tried out by Rotary members before the competition started:
Mad Bike Pump at May Fayre

We recently provided Hailey Centre with the cash to buy some garden furniture for use in the small garden at the back of the centre.  We hosted Hailey Centre users for a service and afternoon tea and entertainment in a home in Pishiobury Drive.

Hailey Centre Tea

At 6.30 pm on every Christmas Eve the Rotary Club invites the people of Sawbridgeworth to come to Fair Green to sing carols. Fair Green was again packed on Christmas Eve 2011.  The ice under foot for the second year running added to the atmosphere. Profits go to charities for the blind and visually impaired - 2,300 shared between to RNIB and the Herts Society for the Blind.

An early morning collection at the Station enabled the Club to purchase a seat for shoppers waiting for the Sawbobus in Budgens car park. A thank you card was received from 25 users of the service. Here Jim Barrie, the President of the Club (right), hands the bench over to the Town Mayor Cllr Eric Buckmaster and Emma Cameron Budgens Marketing Manager.

Bench in Budgens Car Park

Street Collection for Shelterboxes after the Haiti earthquake: With a generous donation from the staff and customers of Toplines salon and funds raised from its own members, the total amount raised was nearly 1,200 - enough to send two Shelterboxes on their way to Haiti and start on a third.

Each Shelterbox costs 490 and contains a tent to house ten people, a small stove, cooking utensils, tools, bedding and plastic sheeting. Most importantly, the plastic box in which it is all contained acts as a water tank and there are purification tablets to supply safe water to the occupants of the tent. Even the children are given books and pens to help keep them amused while the adults get on with rebuilding their lives.

Here are some of the other people and organisations we have supported, with your help,...

We raised 275 in a street collection for local charities. 250 of this goes to Youth CREATE.

Bike Bengal - 475 for Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong

Youth Create - 100 for the Christmas Lights in Bell Street

Don Patel - 150 for climbing Kilamanjaro in aid of Breast Cancer

Emma Sullivan - 350 Leventhorpe pupil in Madagascar

Banin Foundation – Douala - 500 to Educate boys to ‘job application level’

Joseph Ahuja – Dodoma - 150 towards his trip to Dodoma, to work in a school

Jessica Foster – Tenacious - 250 for Sail training on board the Tenacious for a local girl with disability

Miles Carpenter – 250 towards replacing a stolen Quad bike for a local boy with disability

Sheering Youth Club - 200 towards giving them something to do in the evenings

Previous support has been given to...

Massage Chair for Isabel Hospice out-patients at the St Barnabus Centre in Thorley and Hoist for the Rehab Unit at Bishop's Stortford hospital (the hoist was a joint donation with two neighbouring Rotary Clubs).

Raising money for Sawbridgeworth Orphanage in Sri Lanka.  A Pooh Sticks Race with about 500 numbered sticks on the River Stort.  The race was started by three year old Heidi. First Prize (100) went to Gillian Melling and the Bear went to Gill Hawkins.


Carols on Fair Green Christmas 2005 More people there than ever before were there and a record collection of 1,900 was raised (950 for the RNIB plus 950 for the Herts Society for the Blind). The carols were led by Gt St Mary's Choir and Epping Forest Band members, conducted by Derek Harrison. 

Carols Girl with torch reading carol sheet
Crowd by torchlight

EARTHQUAKE: We have  donated 1000 for two Shelter Boxes plus a little bit extra to replenish stocks sent to an earthquake area.

To celebrate 100 years of Rotary International, the Club decided to renovate the War Memorial which was looking bedraggled. It raised the money and obtained permissions from interested parties before engaging local stonemasons Day & Son to undertake the work. Here are the results...

Before:   War Memorial covered in lichen   and after:  Cleaned up War Memorial

SE ASIA DISASTER/TSUNAMI The Club collected enough to send 4 Shelterboxes to Sri Lanka region for a local Rotary Club there to dispense. Each shelterbox contains a tent for ten people, ten sleeping bags, tools, sheeting, ropes, a stove, a torch and water purification facilities to supply them for three months.  It also had four fishing boats made in India and given to fishing families in Andra Pradesh:

Four fishing boats in India

Other recent donations have included 350.00 for Dogs for people with Epilepsy, 500.00 to sponsor a pupil at the Limaru Agricultural College Kenya,  500.00 to Rotary Foundation (the worlds largest international educational exchange and aid charity), 100 to HEAL, 50 to the Perennial Garden Charity. It also gave awards for the best piece of work of a pupil at  Reedings School.

Carols on Fair Green Christmas 2004 had a record attendance and raised a record collection 750 for the RNIB plus 750 for the Herts Society for the Blind. 

JIM Mark's Memorial: Organised the unveilling of a Memorial panel commemorating the life of Wing Commander Jim Marks by his sister Mrs Joan Walters. The event included a fly past by a Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.   

  Lancaster flying over Memorial Hall

Click here for Jim Marks' life story and more pictures.

Group Study Exchange visitors from Sri Lanka, hosted by the Club in 2004 ...


Here are a few of our charity results from 2002-3 

Phone Number Cards: These cards were originally provided for the elderly but are useful for everyone. They enable you, your friends and relatives to save time when getting help by phone in a hurry in all sorts of minor and major emergencies.




As part of the work for SAWBRIDGEWORTH 2000 we provided the hall for the Indoor Street Party and decorated it. We also had various roles behind the scenes in the staging of the Millennium Beacon on Fair Green, the Medieval Mystery plays, the Schools Procession etc.  The sound of the bells and fireworks were captured on the Rotary CD, featuring music from local schools, church choirs, and musicians. 

Here is a picture of Emmerdale star Stephen McGann (Sean Reynolds) holding Rotary's 'Sounds of Sawbridgeworth' CD with two young stars from Youth CREATE. Former President Norman Grimes presents the digital recording equipment to Carol Russell of Youth CREATE.

Carol and Norman pose for the local press, on stage at the Rhodes Centre, with some of the younger stars of Youth CREATE...

WHO are we? 

Our President changes every year (see top of page) 

Our Secretary is Peter Clark of 10 The Stables, Great Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9JA.If you would like to find out anything about Rotary please phone Peter on 01279 726108 or 07770 978256 or e-mail……………………………………………………..or ask any local Rotarian.

Where do we meet?

At the Crown at Sheering on Monday Nights. If you are already a Rotarian you will know that you are welcome to attend any Rotary meetings and we will be delighted to see you. If you run a local business or are a professional or do a lot in the community who would like to know more and perhaps would like to be invited to sample Rotary, please contact us. 

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For more information….

Visit the main web site of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL or click HERE for information about Rotary Clubs in the UK.

To find out more about our Rotary District 1240, which covers Essex and a part of Hertfordshire, click HERE

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