The Rotary Club of Bracknell was inaugurated on 7 July, 1962, our Mother Club being Ascot. Our Charter was presented in March, 1962. In 2012 we celebrated our Golden Jubilee.
The Rotary Club of Bracknell has a membership of around 20 men and women. The Club has always been run on Rotary International guidelines and over the years we have helped very many deserving causes. From these activities have sprung longer commitments. Currently our main event is the Three Counties Cycle Ride which attracts some 600 riders and has over the years raised over £400,000 for a variety of deserving charities such as Freedom from Hunger, the Air Ambulance, Thames Hospice, Heart Radio Children’s Charity (Have a Heart), Age Concern (Bracknell Forest) , Motor Neuron Disease Association and many other local and national causes.
Other ongoing commitments include a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols held in the Chapel at Wellington College and we take part in a literacy programme providing dictionaries for local Primary Schools. We organise a Stroke Awareness programme annually in Charles Square in Bracknell, and support the Rotary Young Chef Competition.
We were responsible for the formation of Easthampstead Rotary Club, with full support of Ascot and Wokingham Clubs.
Over the years we have also been instrumental in forming a Probus Club, a Retirement Association and also a Victim Support Group.
We are particularly proud of our past contribution to Polio Plus a world wide project of Rotary International which has virtually eliminated Polio in all except a very few countries. We also support projects jointly with Rotary Foundation.
On the social side we have consistently supported the District Darts’ Competition by entering two/three teams each of 4 players. We regularly have an International meal at various local restaurants, enjoy days out to places such as Oxford, have enjoyed an evening of skittles, and a canal boat ride. We have organised weekends away to places such as Crickhowell in South Wales, Luxembourg, Calais, Bruges, Rye and Whitstable.
We have participated in and supported many Civic occasions and each year a large part of our membership joins the Royal British Legion in their annual Act of Remembrance (wreath laying ceremony and procession) at the Town War Memorial and at the Civic Service which follows, for Remembrance Sunday.