Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys

Rotary (RGBI) Club Number 1576 – District 1070

Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings (except following a Bank Holiday) – 7.00pm for dinner at 7.30pm at:

St Neots Golf Club
Crosshall Road
PE19 7GE

Tel No: (01480) 472363

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If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the Club Secretary:

Mike Truswell -Tel No: 01480 474512 E-mail: Click to email Mike





Another very successful St Neots Mayor’s Charity Golf Day

After a break of two years the Twenty Second St Neots Mayor’s Charity Golf Day was held recently at Wyboston Lakes Golf and Leisure Centre.

This year’s event was as always generously sponsored by Wyboston Lakes, Barclays Bank, Premier Plus, Cromwell Stoves, Giggs and Co and SMG Architects. Despite being cancelled for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic it was pleasing to see that the event attracted 23 teams of four competing over 18 holes to win very attractive prizes of golf days at local clubs as well as numerous individual prizes.

The weather on the day was beautiful with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze creating perfect scoring conditions and an excellent day’s golf was enjoyed by all the competitors, and the winning team were Giggs and Co with a team score of 119 points.

Unfortunately, Mayor Stephen Ferguson was unable to attend at the last minute due to being ‘pinged’ two days before the event and therefore was in isolation, but Club President Richard Shaw thanked all competitors for their generosity in supporting the event and said that all the money raised will be distributed amongst local charitable causes,

The day will raise in excess of £5000 for the Mayor’s Charity Fund which will be distributed to local charities chosen by the Mayor, and The Red Balloon of the Air Charity nominated by President Richard.

Since inception the event has now raised well over £100,000.



At the first face to face meeting for many months the President’s Jewel was handed over from Nigel Appleton to Richard Shaw, the President for Rotary Year 2021/22 .

Richard is keen to make the environment a key emphasis of focus for the coming 12 months and through his efforts the Club is in contact with a number of local groups including the Ouse Valley River Trust where it is hoped that the Club can get involved in some of the work along the Ouse Valley Way.

Richard is also hoping to increase membership and increase the diversity of members via our involvement with local issues

The Club members wish him well for his year in office.



The Club of has recently held this year’s Young Writer’s competition to which all 12 local Primary Schools were invited, however, due to pressures created by the Covid 19 pandemic only three entered. The subject of this year’s competition was ‘My Happiest Day’, approximately 100 children entered and the entries were of a good standard.

The winning pupil was Stephanie Pickering from the Round House Primary Academy. She received a prize of a book token and a shield. The presentation was made by her Head Teacher Mrs Tracy Bryden

A larger shield with the names of previous winners for the school to display for a year was also given and the school also received a prize, for being the winning school.

Organiser Mike Matthews commented ‘despite the problems created by the pandemic the Rotary Club is grateful to the schools and teachers who entered the competition and to the judges who had some difficult decisions to make when choosing the winner’

Additional prizes for the winners and runners up in each of the individual schools that entered were also given.



WE did it. 3 days riding, over 150 miles covered, and in that heat too.

Many thanks to the other riders that joined in. John Gimblett sends his regards.

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President Nigel presented the first of two ‘kissing gates’ installed by volunteers at The Pightle in Eaton Socon thanks to the Club being able to obtain a grant of £1000 from the Killik Stockbrokers Sharegift scheme which seeks to award funds to charities doing good work in the community.

As our Club is becoming far more focussed on the environment the grant  was applied for and we were pleased to learn that it was awarded.

The Chairman of the Trustees Peter Bradford said that he was delighted to receive the funds and the first ‘kissing gate’ will enable prams and pushchairs to enter the Pyghtle giving much easier access to the public as well as keeping the grazing cows from entering.



Founder President Simon Adlam was awarded the ‘Five Avenues of Service’ award by President Nigel. Simon who was the club’s first Paul Harris Fellow, was instrumental in forming the club with the late John Pigg in 1985. Since then he has remained totally involved with all aspects of the club keeping a watchful eye over the rest of the members to ensure they uphold the ideals of Rotary, whilst always ensuring the levels of wit and repartit, particularly with the club secretary, at weekly meetings are maintained.

In his usual modest style he rarely mentions that he was the Founder President and it is quite possible that many members did not realise this until he was given this prestigious award.



Peter Smith became the latest club member to be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Peter, joined the club in 1996 and was President in 2006/7 and has chaired club committees on nine occasions. President Nigel on giving Peter the award said his work for the club in particular in supporting Sailability at Grafham over a number of years, as well as the many other contributions he has made to the club,  made him very worthy of receiving this honour.



President Nigel recently handed over the new mixing desk purchased for Black Cat Radio with the help of a matching local Foundation Grant. The club matched a £1000 grant given by District 1070, Black Cat also provided funds in order to buy the new equipment which replaced the old mixing desk which had become unreliable. Apart from giving much improved sound quality the new desk has a whole host of new features previously unavailable.

This is the second item of equipment the Club has donated this year, the first being a system enabling presenters to record and broadcast their shows remotely which since lockdown has proved to be invaluable and without it the radio station would probably been unable to operate its 24 hour seven day a week schedule.

Presenter Ste Greenall shown in the picture broadcasting on the new deck said how grateful he and his fellow director Tony Gillham, also shown in the picture, were to the club for providing this equipment.


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The Club held is Annual Sportsman’s Night on Thursday 5th March with ex England, West Ham and Everton footballer Tony Cottee as the main speaker with Yorkshire comedian Lea Roberts as the supporting act.

Tony kept an audience of 300 spellbound with many stories of his footballing career and of the well known players and managers he played with, followed by Lea’s funny stories of life in Yorkshire.

Thanks to the generosity of all present the evening was another financial success and will raise in the region of £10,000 for the Club’s charity account, most of which will be spent on supporting good causes in and around St Neots.