About Us

About The Rotary Club of Bristol

Meet our President

John Hirst


Hello & thank you for looking at our website.
My name is John Hirst & I am the President of our club for the Rotary year starting in July 2021. The world has changed so much in the last 18 month & throughout the world everyone will be beginning the process of rebuilding. Covid -19 has had a devastating impact, in some places much worse than others. there is so much to do to recover & that work has started.

This will undoubtedly be one of our biggest Rotary challenges in the next year & we will be working together with all our members & partners with a view to trying to improve the current situation, not only in Bristol but across the world. I welcome the opportunity to discuss our plans for the future, not only with members of Rotary but also with people who are interested in the work that we do. Please do make contact with me if you would like to discuss our plans. We are always looking our for new members of our Rotary Club - now is a really good time for you to consider joining the Rotary family & being part of a world wide Rotary team who are all united in the aim of helping others.

The Rotary Club of Bristol is now 104 years old and we have achieved so much. During my year as President I am hoping that we can not only begin to recover from Covid-19, but also make some really positive steps forward to help people who are in need. We do need more members & I do look forward to having the opportunity to discuss our plans with all potential new members. I have been a member of the Rotary Club in Bristol for almost 20 years & this is the second time that I have been given the privilege of being the President. My aim over the next 12 months is to begin the recovery from Covid & to focus our efforts on helping those who are in need & really making a positive difference during these very difficult times.

I look forward to working with everyone. Your support is vital & will be very much appreciated.You can contact me via the contact page of this website. I look forward to hearing from you!


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We are People of Action

Where others see problems, Rotary International sees solutions. Our 1.2 million members see opportunities and possibilities in their communities around the world.

Our Club

'Looking Back, Moving Forward'

A Recent Club Project

2018 saw the opening of the refurbished Meadow Vale Community Centre, supported by RC Bristol. The refurbished building was Phase1 & was never going to be large enough to provide the full range of services & facilities so badly needed. In 2019 the small community group, supported by RC Bristol, made an audacious bid for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. We emerged victorious, securing £200,000 enabling us to move forward on Phase 2. Rotary living up to its claim "We're for Communities" & being "People of Action"

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Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

As a global network Rotary works hard to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

We're creating an organisation that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change. Rotary & the Rotary Club of Bristol have no tolerance for racism.Through Bristol Rotary Club, you'll find unique opportunities to get involved. Everyone is welcome in Rotary come and join us and find out!

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Our History

Our club was the first Rotary Club formed in the south west. We celebrated our centenary in style in November 2017 with a thanksgiving service and champagne reception for 100 and a Centenary Ball for 500. We commemorated our first 100 years with a special centenary project raising £100,000 for refurbishment of a community building in Meadow Vale, Bristol.

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Major Projects of the Past

We have been involved in several major projects both locally and internationally including Run For The Future.

Raising awareness about Prostate Cancer, Run For The Future was an annual 5k family fun run on the Downs from 2006 to 2015 raising over £280K for research at local hospitals & universities and more importantly increasing awareness & changing perceptions amongst men so that many more now seek advice.

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Our Partners

We want to thank The Rotary Club of Bristol's partners for their continued support.