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) – 7.30pm for dinner at 8pm 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




The very existence of a functioning Rotary Club is founded on its members being able to get together and enjoy the fellowship of a group of (more or less!) like-minded people; whilst at the same time instigating and taking actions that benefit others less fortunate in life.

This Rotary Year of lockdowns and limitations has, of course, seen a great decrease in the service aspects of our Club, with virtually all fundraising events and activities cancelled.

Nevertheless, as President during this difficult time, I have been amazed by, and extremely grateful for, the way in which members have rallied round to support me and the Club. I know that it has not always been easy for us to get to grips with Zoom meetings, and I admire the sheer doggedness of members in coping with new and unfamiliar ways of doing things.

The work of the Club HAS been able to continue, albeit in much reduced form; and my heartfelt thanks go out particularly to the Officers who, with others,  have managed to secure interesting speakers and to arrange some highly enjoyable entertainments; and also to Committee Chairs, who have kept things alive in their own inimitable ways. I truly believe we have led the District in these matters.

At the time of writing, it’s beginning to look as if we will be able to resume some form of face-to-face normality later this year. I have every confidence that I will be able to hand over to my successor a Club in good heart and raring to go. I know that there are innovative and exciting things in the pipeline, and I wholeheartedly believe that there are exciting and enjoyable times to come. Let’s bear this in mind as we grimly shiver in cold, windy pub gardens watching the grease congeal on our chips!

Nigel Appleton

President, Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys




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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This Year’s Event will be held on Thursday 12th August 2021



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.



Over the last ten years club members have undertaken a bike ride to raise funds for the Club’s Charity Account. This has been highly successful and has raised in excess of £25000 over the period and has taken the participants to many parts of the British Isles as well as France and Holland.
Imagine the dismay this year when faced with a virus pandemic and lockdown it seemed likely that, along with many other of the Club’s events, this year’s ride would have to be cancelled. However, thanks to some lateral thinking by the organiser Alan Hurst the event has taken place with three rides on consecutive days taking place all starting from members’ homes and riding a 50 to 60 mile route in the St Neots area. The routes took the riders to Royston, Oundle and Castle Ashby.
Despite living in a relatively flat part of the country one of the participants was claiming that Alan had managed to find all the ascents in this part of the world and very few of the descents, at least he said that’s how it felt.
Thanks to ever-generous sponsors and supporters, the event raised about £2500 for local charities, a welcome boost at a time when so many events have had to be cancelled.



At a delayed meeting due to the COVID pandemic new President Nigel Appleton was presented with the President’s Jewel by Immediate Past President David March at a socially distanced St Neots Golf Club, the first time the club has held a face to face meeting since March 16th. Club meetings in the interim period have been held via Zoom video conferencing which has kept  members in touch but members have missed the friendship and fellowship of the weekly meetings and have now started to tentatively attempt to get back to a new normal.


Click this link for the Young Photographer Results for 2020




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.