Rotary Club Of Warwick

About Us

Rotary Warwick

We share the aims of  every Rotary Club across the world, which is to serve the community both locally and nationally, and as a community organisation we aim to make Warwick a better, happier, and friendlier place in which to live or to visit.

We meet every Wednesday lunchtime at 12.45 for a 1.00 pm start, at The Hilton Hotel, Stratford Road, Warwick – CV34 6RE , which is on the edge of Warwick, adjacent to Junction 15 of the M40Click here for location

But we are not just a luncheon club – this is just where it starts

Where does it end??         Read on:

Our meetings are designed to cultivate and develop friendship, combined with community activities.

We have a light lunch, which is normally followed by a speaker who will talk on a variety of topics be it anecdotes about adventures, different types of occupation, unusual interests and hobbies or indeed anything of general interest.   At least once a month we have a speaker from a charity, be it local or national, who will talk about their particular cause.   Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and contrary to popular belief you will also find ladies among us.

On the fifth Wednesday of a month we have an evening meeting instead of lunchtime, to which guests are particularly invited and we meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.   The location of this may vary so please contact the secretary, Graham Suggett, on 01789 841420 to confirm.   At this meeting we try to get the services of a speaker or an entertainer with slightly more time to develop their theme.

Throughout the year we organise many activities and events to suit people of all ages,and we work closely with other organisations on many more.   Listed below are  some of the events we are involved with, and through our fund-raising we are able to support the Rotary aim of helping and assisting others, both at home and overseas, in the form of charity giving and physical help.

  1. Thai Festival at Warwick Racecourse
  2. Carols at the Castle
  3. Warwick Town Bonfire & Fireworks Display  
  4. Schools Concert in St. Mary’s Church
  5. Pancake Races in the Square
  6. Lights of Love Tree at Christmas, enabling people to remember loved ones

We also support many other less high profile, but equally valuable and enjoyable activities. These are grouped together by activities:

Youth – (Chairman – John Taylor)

  1. Schools  Concert – Every June we organise a concert by the pupils from local primary and secondary schools, which is held at St Mary’s church.   Money raised at these concerts is given to the schools to help them develop their musical ambitions.
  2. Youth  Speaks – This is a public speaking competition for secondary schools.  This is a valuable opportunity for young people to learn skills that will help them develop and improve their prospects in life.
  3. Travel Scholarships – Support is given to young people who intend travelling abroad to undertake work of a charitable nature, which will also help to develop their personal skills.   To apply for help or to make further enquiries please go the contact page.
  4. Young Enterprise  – Our members act as Business Advisers in local schools which are participating in the national Young Enterprise initiative.
  5. Young  Writer – Application forms go out to all Warwick Schools for this national competition and entries have to be in by the end of January in each year.
  6. Pancake Races –  The  pancake races are held on Shrove Tuesday each year for local schoolchildren, as well as adults, and they attract great support.
  7. Kids  Out – Once a year the club arranges, in conjunction with other clubs in Rotary, for a day out at a theme park for local schoolchildren who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
  8. Chernobyl children – Our members host a visit by children from Chernobyl  and take them to see local attractions – including time at Warwick Castle.
  9. Dictionaries – The club arranges each year for children in the town leaving Infants School and going on to Junior School to have their own personal dictionary.
  10. Young Photographer. – This is a competition designed to encourage young people to explore further the wonders and possibilities of photography.

Community – (Chairman – Jackie Crampton)

  1. Trips      Once or twice a year the club arranges for Theatre Trips for the elderly, providing the tickets and door-to-door transport.
  2. Stroke awareness.   Great emphasis is put on this campaign, with local doctors and nurses carrying out checks on the public in a  caravan provided by our club and located in the Market Square.
  3. Fundraising.      Collections are carried out at various locations throughout the year to raise money for local and national charities.    In addition help is provided to other local charities by assisting with marshalling and offering general support at their events.
  4. Lights of Love.   At Christmas each year the tree in the Market Square is illuminated and the public are invited to make a donation to remember loved ones by purchasing a light.
  5. Prostate Cancer checks.     The actively supports the Graham Fulford Trust in making people aware of the need for regular PSA testing and supports the Trust.
  6. Defibrillator.   One of the first defibrillators in the town was funded and fitted in the Market Square by Warwick Rotary.

International – (Chairman – Jon Wassall)

As well as supporting Rotary Foundation we support various overseas projects. Recent projects include:

  1. Raisingfunds for dialysis machine.     Provision of a hemodialysis machine in Thailand
  2. A Water  project in Bo, Sierre Leone
  3. Flood disaster relief in Thailand
  4. Shelterboxes.   Sending Shelterboxes, containing a tent and essential clothing and equipment to disaster-stricken areas of the world
  5. Earthquake aftermath relief in New Zealand
  6. Mercy Ships.   The Mercy Ships mobile hospitals bringing medical aid to developing countries.
  7. Eradication of Polio.   The most vigourous campaign being carried out by Rotary throughout the world, and supported wholeheartedly by the Rotary Club of Warwick is the eradication of this disease.   Articles on this appear frequently throughout this web-site and we urge you to read them.   With everybody’s support we aim to complete this mammoth feat within the next five years.

All these events, that enrich the life of our community, only happen because people are prepared to give some of their time to support them.  Click on the links to find pictures and details of ‘Past Events’ on this page.   Do also look at the News page.

If you wish to be part of all this then come and join us.   You will find it very rewarding and a lot of fun in good company.


The efforts of the club and it’s members are, and have been in the past, generously supported by local businesses and organisations.   We are very appreciative of this support which helps us to do the work that we do.

A full list is given on our LINKS page, together with a link to their various web sites, and we hope that you may be able to support them as they have supported us.

“Be involved in your community”

If you would like to join us or would just like to find out more about the activities we organise please check the rest of the website or contact us by visiting the Contact’ page

We hope you will join us at one of our meetings to meet our members and if you would like to do so please contact John Taylor by 12 noon on the day before the meeting on 07856 650606

Rotary is the largest service organisation in the world.   Through it’s Foundation Charity it encourages many worthwhile developments overseas and encourages better communication or co-operation between communities.

During the Rotary Year 2016-2017, the Club completed 67 projects involving 405 volunteers in 3343 hours of commitment, worth $42,250, and made a financial contribution of $63,441.

i.e. over $105,000 contributed to the local community and some overseas projects.


Since 1985 Rotary Foundation has put over $1 billion into the eradication of polio, a battle that is nearing completion.   For further information about it, visit this site and play the video.

John Hibben President 2017-2018

John Hibben
President 2017-2018

 Club Officers and Appointees 2017-2018
President John Hibben
Immediate Past President John Taylor
President Elect David Smith
President Nominee Paul Jaspal
Vice President Elected at Oct. SGM
Second Vice President Elected at Oct. SGM
Secretary Graham Suggett
Treasurer Peter Clayton
Archivist Bill Howard
Assistant Secretary Richard Ashley
Assistant Foundation Officer Alan Bailey
Blue Book Editor Roy Joyner
Chief Steward Keith Hinton
Club Protection Officer John Taylor
Examiners of Accounts Graham Fuller
Eric Evans
Fellowship Officer Paul Jaspal
Health and Safety Officer David Brain
Hundred Club John Taylor
Members Directory Editor Richard Ashley
Press and PR Officer Jackie Crampton
Quartermaster Denis Rowley
Speaker Secretary Laurie Day
Trustees of Charities Trust Fund John Hibben (President)
David Smith (President Elect)
Graham Suggett (Secretary)
Peter Clayton (Treasurer)
Webmaster Richard Ashley
Welfare Officer Phil Harris
Committee Chairmen
Club Service David Smith
Community Service Jackie Crampton
Foundation Graham Suggett
International Service Jon Wassall
Membership Jackie Crampton
Thai Festival; Alan Bailey
Youth Service John Taylor
Liaison Officers
Bonfire Jackie Crampton (John Taylor)
Carols at the Castle Jon Wassall (Phil Harris, )
Marathons Alan Bailey
Former Inner Wheel & Hon. Members, and Friends Richard Ashley

The Rotary Club of Warwick had its inaugural meeting on 7th April 1965, with an initial membership of 29, and on 7th October in the same year the Founder Club President received the Club Charter.   Being situated in The Heart of England we are part of District 1060.  The current membership stands at 29, and we also have several Honorary Members.

If you wish to learn more about Rotary worldwide more information is available on the Rotary International and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland websites.