About Romford Rotary Club

The Romford Rotary Club is one of the older established clubs, having started in 1922, just 17 years after the International Movement began. It is however very much a young at heart club and over the years has benefitted the local community with projects to help different groups. In 1930 it provided the initiative for the setting up of the Romford Social Services Association – a self help group in the days before much of the Welfare State was in being. It also promoted the case for a public library in Romford over a number of years, resulting in this being opened in the old Charity School buildings in 1930. Another 1930s venture was providing a visit to the seaside for children recovering from tuberculosis.

In the interim help has been given at different times to the local hospitals, St Francis Hospice, First Step, the Roger Reede Almshouses and the Women’s Refuge among others. More recently the club has sponsored competitions such as the Rotary Young Musician event from which successful competitors can go on to compete regionally and nationally. Similarly the Youth Speaks Competition for teams of three pupils from local secondary schools are also provided with this opportunity. Mock Interviews arranged by our members at local schools can give youngsters confidence in approaching these stepping stones into the adult world.

Another international string to our bow is to provide Emergency Boxes which provide help in areas of the world where disaster strikes – the boxes provide everything for survival. Through the strength of Rotary International the worldwide network enables lots of projects such as the initiative to eradicate polio without funds being swallowed up in administration costs. It is individual Rotarians who give their time in other countries to provide all that is needed, vindicating Rotary’s motto “Service above Self”.

Romford is a lively club with its own social events, speakers at meetings, quizzes, guided walks, participation in sporting events, so that members can choose what appeals to them when they attend our weekly )except Bank Holiday) meetings.

We meet on Mondays at 1830 for 1900  ( No meetings on Bank Holidays ) at

Romford Golf Club,
Heath Drive,
Gidea Park,

Tel: 01708 740986