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The Club meets at 7.30 pm each Monday at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. Members enjoy a pleasant meal together usually followed by a visiting speaker. Fellowship is at the heart of the Club and this does much to ensure our 80% average weekly attendance. Members tramp the hills, enjoy theatre and cricket trips, visit other clubs, give service to the community and work on rotary projects to raise funds for good causes.

The Club is supported by an enthusiastic ladies’ Inner Wheel Club which is very much a part of our fraternity and gives much valued assistance in helping out with our various fund raising initiatives.

Chorley Astley is keen to support Rotary District 1190 projects and each year participates in a variety of Youth Service Projects. The Club values Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award and to date fourteen members and six non-Rotarians have been honoured for services to Rotary and the local community respectively.

International service is diverse. Most years a group of members make a visit to a foreign Club. Each year we provide several hundred Rotary Shoe Boxes for filling by local school pupils and community organisations.  The Club has received a Presidential Citation for the key role undertaken each year of sorting and packing many thousands of filled shoe-boxes prior to onward transport to Eastern Europe.

Whenever and wherever disaster or famine strikes, the Club invariably responds with emergency aid such as Shelter Boxes, Aquaboxes or financial grants. We provide ongoing support to The Zuri Project Uganda which supports the education of school children, and also to Rotary’s own Polio Plus project which is on the verge of eradicating polio worldwide.

In addition to the work done for international aid projects, members give service to the local community in several ways supporting other voluntary organisations. Each year the Club provides significant financial support to numerous local and national charities amounting to several thousand pounds. Local youngsters are chosen to benefit from our Youth Services programme and good relationships are established with the Chorley schools. The Club has founded a Rotakids Club based at one of the local primary schools, and is presently pursuing the opening of a second Club.

Fundraising is achieved through several events spaced through the Rotary year. Important projects are the Santa’s Sleigh at Christmastime and a grand Oktober Bierfest which is held over three days during each October.

These events and activities are an important stimulus to the ethos of warm fellowship which exists between members. New members are always welcome and you can find out how to join here.  Find out more about Rotary and its work here.

The Rotary Club of Chorley was founded in 1981. The Club is led by President David Holland and presently has 35 members on roll including 12 founder members.