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:

Glynn Osborne -Tel No: 01480 472183 E-mail:








Richard Shaw handed over the President’s Jewel to new President Steve McCallion who will lead the Club for the next twelve months. Steve joined the club in 2016 and is a company director in Eaton Socon. He is hoping to attract new, younger members to the club during his year and his first two major functions will be to attend the Mayor’s Golf Day on Thursday 8th August and the St Neots Dragon Boat Event on Saturday 20th August, both being jointly organised by the club and St Neots Town Council.

We hope that Steve has a fruitful and enjoyable year in the role


The Young Photographer awards were made recently to the winners from Longsands and Ernulf Schools. The competition, organised by Bob Southall, was a joint venture between both schools.

The standard was reported as being very high and the overall winners were James Lawson from Longsands Academy in the Senior Competition and Emily Lamb from Ernulf Academy in the Intermediate Competition.

President Richard Shaw MBE presented the prizes together with President Elect Sue Shaw and Chair of the Youth committee David March.




Rotary supports Life Education

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Life education mobile classrooms have been visiting primary schools in Cambridgeshire over the last 15 years teaching students about the dangers from misuse of drugs, alcohol, and solvent abuse. Mobile classrooms are the ideal venue to hold such cosy gatherings and Rotary invested in these some 25 years ago and operated by Cambridgeshire Education PHSE Department as Life Education.

With the onset of Covid 19 in early 2020 the use of the two mobile classrooms was temporarily halted due to the necessity of ensuring the circulation of air to keep a safe environment.

This problem was overcome by introducing ventilation units into both classrooms in order to get sufficient air changes per hour to meet rigid Government regulations.

The Rotary Clubs of Huntingdon, St Neots St Marys and St Ives joined forces to fund the cost and installation of two units at a cost of £7000. To achieve this cost target support of £2000 was given through Rotary District grants.

The first classroom has been in use again since September 2021 and is fully booked by local schools for the remainder of the current school year and well into 2023.




After a break of two years the Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys were able to hold their 32nd Sportsman’s Night at the Priory Centre attended by a reduced number of 230 guests due to Covid restrictions.

President Richard Shaw MBE welcomed guest speaker Neil Back, ex Leicester, England and British Lions rugby player who was part of the winning 2003 England World Cup team. Neil brought his winners medal and was happy to pass it round among the audience for them to see it individually. The audience were greatly entertained by Neil’s account of his journey from school to gaining sixty-six caps, going on 3 British Lions tours, and ending up as a World Cup winner., the only occasion England have won the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Richard also welcomed comedian Jed Stone who supported Neil and special guests Mayor Stephen Ferguson and Assistant District Governor Moira Penney.

As always those present were very generous in their support of the evening which has raised nearly £6000 all of which will be used to support local charities in and around St Neots.



Ian Payne recently joined the Club and treated members to a look at the Official Uniform that he wears as St Neots Town Crier when representing the Town on official occasions.

Although the last two years have meant that many of these occasions have had to be cancelled Ian is expecting to be using his vocal chords much more frequently in 2022.

President Richard added that Ian is a very welcome, and younger, addition to the membership and will bring many useful contacts to the club through his involvement with the Town Council.



Two members were recently honoured by the club with the award of Paul Harris Fellowships.

David Lawrence was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship at the recent Christmas meeting of the Club and it was presented to him by Moira Penney the Assistant District Governor of our area in District 1070 of RGBI.

David Lawrence joined the Club in 2006 and has been largely responsible for overseeing the Mock Interview procedures for years 11 and 13 at the two local senior schools as well as being a former secretary and was President of the club in 2014-15. He has also served on the District Leadership and Training committee for four years, being Chairman for two of those years.







Mike Matthews joined the club in 1989 and has served on all Club committees during his time in the club, chairing a number of them, was President of the Club in 2011-12 and has been given the award for over 30 years of service in all areas of the Club. President Richard presented Mike with the award at a recent Club meeting.



The Club held its 36th Annual Charter Dinner at St Neots Golf Club recently hosted by President Richard Shaw who entertained Assistant District Governor Moira Penney, the Mayor of St Neots and Honorary member of the Club, Stephen Ferguson and late stand in speaker Lynn Wilson who spoke to the many Rotarians and guests attending about the recent COP26 gathering of delegates from almost 200 countries in Glasgow which she attended, she was ably assisted by her colleague Joel Weaver, who are both members of the Kimbolton Castle Rotary Club. They gave a fascinating insight into what really happens at these major conferences

After a lapse of 2 years due to the pandemic it was good to be able to enjoy the annual birthday of the club with so many friends and fellow Rotarians from clubs in the area.


President Richard presents cheque to The Newton School in Eltisley

The Youth committee continued its ongoing support of primary schools in the St Neots area for the Life Education mobile classroom visits. President Richard attended the school recently with Secretary Mike to present a cheque for £392 which represents the sponsorship of 1 day’s teaching in the classroom.

We were also shown the new ventilation system now installed in both classrooms which has enabled school visits to resume.

LE teacher Louise said how pleased and excited the pupils were to be back in the classroom with all the visual teaching aids which she had found difficult to recreate in a school classroom.

The school’s Deputy Head Sarah Card in receiving the cheque expressed her gratitude to the club for the donation and said that it was good to have the service back after a break of five years.

There is no doubt that this service is highly valued by the schools it visits and how much they appreciate the input of Rotary help.


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.


President Richard Shaw takes Office


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.