Rotary Club of Rochdale

The Rotary Club of Rochdale


The Rotary Club of Rochdale, founded in 1926, is a member of Rotary International.

We meet every Thursday.

The 1st,3rd (& 5th) in the evening, 6 pm for 6:30,

and lunch time on the 2nd and 4th, 12 p.m. for 12:30.

The first meeting of the month is also for Friends of the club and visitors.

Currently, owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, all face to face group meetings have been suspended but online meetings are taking place.


93rd  President for 2019/20 is Ravi Sharma

There are 29 Members from all walks of life, 3 Hon Members and 20  Friends who help at fundraising events. Being a service organisation, much of the activity is helping local & international charities. There is also a strong social programme with day trips, crown green bowling and book group. Restaurant and musical events are held regularly.

Rotary is a service organisation and spends much of its activities helping raise funds for its local charities including Petrus, NSPCC, Rochdale Food Bank,Springhill hospice, and Rochdale Connections Trust and International Charities such as  Polio Plus,Mary's Meals,Sand Dams and Medic Malawi.Hands on support is given to Petrus People,Food Bank and Shoebox packing for the poor in Eastern Europe.A Classic Car show has been a popular charity event to raise funds.

There are links with local schools with Most Improved Student Awards ,career talks and Speech making competition(Youth Speaks). 

An UrbanFarm concept has been developed allowing growth of plants in small growbags with water conservation - a worldwide project is underway with desalination as a new part of the system.

A regular Cricket dinner with celebrity guest speakers has funded extra cricket coaching for amateur youth cricketers in the area.

A Seniors out event at Castleton bowling club is for the elderly vulnerable group in our community with musical entertainment and afternoon tea.

Project Just Music involves Members  producing musical CDs of Thrum Hall Methodist church choir concerts for free distribution to nursing and care homes in Rochdale.

The Rotary sponsored Pennine Art Gallery in Rochdale Exchange -Geoff Butterworth is Artist in residence and  gives our community great watercolours to see also helping to  fund our charities.


International Perspective

Worldwide there are 1.2 Million Rotarians in  more than 33000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries and geographical regions. Nearby clubs include Rochdale East, Heywood, Middleton, & Bury. Oldham has 2 clubs. United by the District 1285 organisation multiclub events are held to raise funds for Polio eradication and socially there is an inter-club quiz most years.

The first Rotary Meeting was held in February 1905 in Chicago, USA. The Rotary Club of Rochdale was formed in 1926. We are a group of  friends, business and professional people who enjoy fellowship and volunteer our time and talents to serve our community at home and overseas.

The overseeing body in the UK is RIBI

Our local district infomation is here

The President this Rotary year 2019/20 is Ravi Sharma, who can be contacted by e.mail at:

His chosen charities are Lend with Care, Chai Project, Malaria No More & Jaipur Limb Project.

Secretary is Bob Chadwick  email

The Immediate Past President is Keith Banks email:-





Contact Information

Rotary Club of Rochdale

Masonic Buildings
Richard Street
OL11 1DU

Tel: 01706 767409

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