Calne Rotary Club – What’s happening?

Why not join us on Sunday 15th September to help plant 4000 purple crocuses

Celebrating In Calne

Those in the photo, (l to r) Verity Clarke, Community Fundraiser Dorothy House; Calne Town Mayor Robert Merrick; Calne Lions’ President Phil Viles; Calne Rotary President Denise Addison; Marden Belles WI President Sonia Calvert

The Mayor Robert Merrick hosted an amazing quiz night and supper with Calne Rotary Club, Calne Lions and Marden Belles WI to celebrate raising over £3,400 for Dorothy House and raise even more money.

Kate Tompkins with Fran Godwin organised the annual Calne Rotary Classic Car Run with over 65 Classic Cars setting off from Calne to explore 70 miles of wonderful Wiltshire countryside. Calne Lions provided breakfast as the drivers and passengers checked in, North Wilts Friends welcomed everyone to the halfway stop at Seagry with amazing refreshments and Marden Belles WI served a fabulous lunch at the wonderful gardens of Dorothy House. 

Kate Tompkins said ” We had a fantastic Classic Car Rally which would not have been possible without the support of our  Mayor Robert Merrick our friends from Marden Belles, Calne Lions and North Wilts Friends of Dorothy House. Robert donated his much loved Mazda MX5 for auction and together we raised over £3,400 for Dorothy House”

Dorothy House Hospice provides care for all patients with a life limiting illness and 21% of patients live with an illness other than cancer, such as motor neurone disease, heart failure and dementia. Most of the care is in people’s own homes, the  outreach centres and the community with 10 beds at Winsley for respite care and symptom control. 

The specialist doctors, nurses and therapists are supported by over a 1000 volunteers, such as the amazing people at the Dorothy House Shop in Calne. For every £1 received from the NHS Dorothy House has to raise £5 to continue to provide their services.

Our next Calne Rotary Classic Car Rally is on Sunday 17th May 2020 for information email or see website

Past Presidents Sue Peskett and David Dillamore of Calne Rotary handed over the reigns to the new President for 2019/20, Denise Addison.

Denise moved from Charlton Down, Dorset to Calne in April last year to be closer to family, transferring from Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary.  She says that although Calne club has a much smaller membership than Dorchester, it’s aims are the same – to unite together and create change.  She is determined that the Bowood Fun Run and Classic Car Run will continue to be the two major fund raising events of the year together with an emphasis on ‘service above self’ for the community.  She has found in Calne a very friendly welcome and particularly in her fellow members.  She says that Sue and David worked tirelessly over the past year, always with a smile and she would encourage anyone interested in serving their community, to look at joining Rotary and particularly the Calne Club.


So what is Calne Rotary Club about?
• Giving something back to the community.
• Making new friends and networking contacts.
• Learning about the community at large through our extensive speaker programme.
• Helping to make a difference to things that matter to us (locally, nationally and internationally).

Calne Rotary Club are a group of people from all walks of life and professions aiming to contribute to the well-being of local national and international communities through fellowship, using our experiences to make a difference.

As part of Calne Rotary Club, you can help build communities, bridge continents, stimulate minds, eradicate polio, meet friends, pump water, bring hope, have fun!

Join 1.2 million Rotarians around the world in 32,000 Clubs in over 200 countries and help make a difference to things that matter to you.