Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of South Ribble

Merry Christmas to all

However you got here, we hope that you enjoy your visit and that you find what you need.  If you would like more information please let us know using the Contact page and we’ll do our best to help.

Audience with Santa

We have had an amazing response to this as far more families took up the offer than we expected. And we have had some great feedback such as:

“The girls loved it and made us all feel festive. ……… the call was brilliant.” Laura “…..the kids really enjoyed their chat and are even MORE excited for Christmas than they were before!  Great effort, thank you.”  Anna “From all of the children and staff at Kingsfold – thank you so much.” Mrs Tierney, Headteacher, Kingsfold Prmnary School

We raised a great deal for local children’s charities too.

We offered young children an amazing opportunity to have an on-line chat with a real Santa via Zoom or Microsoft Teams about their hopes for Christmas. . Thanks to all those who took part.

Special Announcement

Sad Santa ………………….. but you can help!

For well over 30 years, the Rotary Club of South Ribble’s Sleigh has taken Santa round the streets of South Ribble and to local supermarkets, delighting children and parents and at the same time collecting much needed funds for children’s charities from the kind and generous residents of the area. 

Sadly, despite strenuous efforts to devise ways to operate the Sleigh safely for the public and for Santa’s helpers and following consultations with the supermarkets, we have very reluctantly reached the conclusion that under the current Coronavirus restrictions our Sleigh cannot bring Santa to see you this year.

Unfortunately this means that we will have less money this year to donate to children’s charities which are already suffering from loss of revenues through Coronavirus, at a time when their work is more vital than ever.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP – make a donation to our Trust Fund

President Tony (2020-21)

On this Home page you will find brief information about the Rotary Club of South Ribble and about Rotary in general, both locally and worldwide.  On the Events page we let everyone know about activities organised by the Club which are open to all, such as competitions and community events.  The News page includes items about the activities of our Club which we think may be of interest to the wider community and also news of other organisations and charities we like to support.  If you may be interested in helping with any of our projects or events, have a look at the What Can You Do? page where you’ll find some options.

Under the current Coronavirus conditions our Club’s normal activities have had to be considerably modified so please be aware that some of the general info on this website may not be applicable at present.

What is Rotary?

Our club is part of Rotary International which is a global network of service volunteers.  It is one of the world’s largest service organisations with some 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. There are over 55,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland, in 1,855 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace.

The Rotary Club of South Ribble

The Rotary motto is “Service above Self” and our members welcome opportunities to help established charities and other worthwhile causes, in our local community and further afield, by both fundraising and practical help.  Our Club raises over £20,000 each year enabling us to respond to a wide range of needs, making all the hard work worthwhile.

To donate now to the many charities we support as well as to our community and youth projects

The Club normally meets at the Leyland Lion, on at least 2 Wednesday evenings each month for an informal meal, often followed by a speaker or other entertainment.  On other Wednesday evenings we often go out and about, sampling different venues, visiting interesting places and trying a variety of activities, which have included archery, curling and go-karting.  Through the year members, families and friends also enjoy a range of Club social events. 

Coronavirus restrictions have curtailed most of our usual activities in 2020 but we have remained active, helping charities and the community in various ways, including our popular South Ribble Garden Competition, whilst maintaining communications within the Club through Zoom meetings, email, phone and a WhatsApp group.  We have also been producing a fortnightly Club Newsletter for members and friends of our Club and you can see some examples of past issues on the Archive page of this website.

The Rotary Club of South Ribble is one of several Rotary Clubs in the Preston, Chorley and Leyland area, which are all part of Rotary International but are run by their members as independent clubs carrying out their own projects and activities.  Clubs often work together on particular initiatives, share some social occasions and also enjoy friendly rivalry through various competitions.