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Our club and Town

The Rugby Rotary Club was founded in 1922 and on July 22nd of that year the club was affiliated to Rotary International in Britain & Ireland and became it's 85th member and the 1317th club in the world (see club's history). We are one of the few Clubs to meet fortnightly (on 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of each month, for lunch),

Since the Club's inception it has been extensively involved in community work in Rugby and can claim a number of' firsts' such as "Sport for All" in Rugby in 1975 and "Sports for the Disabled" in 1985 which has become a annual event. These and many other projects enable us to follow the Rotary mission of "Service Above Self"

The Warwickshire Air Ambulance Trolley Dash Raffle Has Raised Over £10,000

In addition to many local and international service projects, we also believe in enjoying ourselves and have a varied programme of social events and fund-raising activities throughout the year.

Rugby, The home of Rugby Football, is located on the north-east side of the Warwickshire countryside in the heart of England and has excellent road and rail connections through the M6/M1 motorways and Rail Network to Birmingham, London, Coventry, Leicester and other major cities. The National Exhibition Centre of the UK is located on the East side of Birmingham next to the International Airport. Other local attractions such as Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa and the outstanding Cotswold countryside can be explored from the town.

At the time of the Great Domesday survey of 1086 , Rugby was known as Rocherbie – 'roche' meaning stone and 'berie' important place. At its formation it had 19 inhabitants and went on to be known as 'Rokeby', and it wasn't until the 18th century it became known as Rugby. Today a modern and vibrant market town, reminders of the past can be seen in its beautiful buildings and parks.

Rugby has become world famous for the game of Rugby, originating from the story of William Webb Ellis' act of picking up the ball and running with it at Rugby School. The game is played world-wide with a World Cup every four years. Walk the Pathway of Fame in the town, and celebrate the history of rugby football and the names of some of its most notable players.

Rugby School is one of the most famous independent schools in the world. It was the inspiration for the novel 'Tom Brown's School Days', written by Thomas Hughes MP in 1856. Hughes was a former pupil of the school who went on to found another Rugby in the state of Tennessee USA. When he was a boy at Rugby School he studied under Dr Thomas Arnold, whose ideas changed educational thinking even beyond this country, and whose son was the poet Matthew Arnold. Another famous poet and pupil of the school was Rupert Brooke, one of the great First World War writers - "If I should die, think only this of me, that's there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England".

The town is also famous for engineering. In 1936 Sir Frank Whittle, the 'father of the jet engine' , began working at the British Thomson-Houston factory in Rugby, and on April 12th 1937 the first jet engine ran on a test bed. Within a few years he had developed the prototype for the engines that made world-wide travel available to everyone.

Sir Frank Whittle, Whittle Memorial, Rupert Brooke, Thomas Hughes

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