Belper and Duffield

World Heritage Site

- a Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution


The Rotary Club of Belper was formed in 1930 and it has played an active part in the life of the town ever since. A number of the present members live and work in Duffield and in recognition of this and the fact that some of the club’s activities involve the schools and other organisations in Duffield, the club was formally rechristened ‘The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield’ in 2006. The makeup of the club has also changed over the last four years with the presence of lady members; currently, there are 34 members, 5 Honorary Members and 4 ‘Friends of Rotary’ of whom eight are ladies.  

We meet most Monday evenings at the Lion Hotel, Belper for a meal together and discuss progress on various projects and activities. This is usually followed with a talk or presentation by an invited speaker organised in turn by the members. This pattern is varied by the occasional outing to somewhere of local interest, a factory visit or a trip to the theatre and restaurant.

Rotary has a long tradition of serving both the local community and international causes and our Club is no exception. A considerable proportion of the funds raised is ploughed back into the local community – we have supported the Drop Inn, Belper Disabled Club, Belper Stroke Club, the Penguins, Street Angels, Strutts Centre, the Cottage Project, Marie Curie, Macmillan, the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre and many more. This year, we will again recognise the achievements of some youngsters with the presentation of our Pride of Belper and Duffield Awards at a special Celebration Luncheon in October.

We also make donations to International Aid Initiatives. Rotary International has been an active supporter of the long running campaign to eradicate Polio completely from the face of the earth. This has nearly been achieved and we continue to raise funds which are matched by donations from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation. Our neighbouring Club at Wirksworth has organised the production of thousands of Aquaboxes over the last 18 years and many individuals and organisations in the area have joined us in financing and fitting out these plastic boxes used for purifying water in disaster zones around the world.  

The Belper and Duffield Club has been particularly involved in supporting the Happy Home Orphanage in Kenya and one of our members, David Harris, is a trustee.  We donated £7500 for building a new toilet block and water storage facilities, we have raised funds for a poly-tunnel and we continue to make donations towards sourcing a water supply for the orphanage and the local community.

But it isn’t just fund raising. The Rotary motto is ‘Service above Self’ and many of the members are quietly working away in the community offering their help with the local schools through Mock Interviews, Cycle Proficiency Training and Mentoring and supporting local social clubs for the elderly and disabled. This year, 2018, we have started a Memory Cafe for people with dementia and their companions, meeting at the Belper Baptist Church on the last Thursday of the month.

So, if this account has opened your eyes to what goes on at the Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield and you want to learn more, contact Secretary John Horwood on 01455 612052 or send an email via the link at the foot of this page.

You can contact the Club by sending an email -  CLICK HERE

Some more information about our Club …