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The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 is one of two clubs in the small Warwickshire town of Southam. Southam 2000 meet every Thursday evening. Rotarians visiting the area and anyone else wanting to find out about Rotary will be welcome at our meetings.

Southam 2000 is a lively club of women and men with a busy program of meetings and activities. During this Rotary year we will be continuing our varied programme of projects working directly with the young and old in our local area, partnering Rotary clubs in Asia and Africa on international projects and supporting local and international charities. 

If you are in the Southam area and looking for some help, see our Here to Help scheme.

We support a local Interact Club for 16 to 18 year olds, based in Southam College and our local Rotaract Club of Leamington and Warwick. Southam 2000 will be focussing in this year on attracting new members, so if you would like to know more about Rotary and Southam 2000 please contact us via the web contact form. You will be very welcome.

Rotary Club supports The Shakespeare Hospice in Southam

Annette Jackson, President Rotary Club of Southam 2000 with the Hospice at Home nurses, displaying the new Syringe Drive

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 has raised £1185 to buy a Syringe Drive for The Shakespeare Hospice. The Syringe Drive allows the hospice nurses to regulate a constant feed of medicine to a patient over a 24 hour period in their own homes.

A Syringe Drive is often used towards the end of a patients’ life and helps them to feel more comfortable. Hospice at Home Nurse, Chrissie MacDonald says “Although they are very expensive items, they are invaluable to the team and to the patients that use them. This is the third Syringe Drive our hospice has.”

5,000 crocus bulbs planted at Tithe Lodge in Southam in support of Purple4Polio

The Crocuses in Bloom

On Tuesday the 25 October, in celebration of World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Southam 2000 paid for and planted 5,000 crocus corms in the grounds at Tithe Lodge in Southam, and independent living with care scheme owned and managed by Orbit Heart of England.

Another Great Run for Rotary

This morning's 10km Run for Rotary marks our fourth successful event.

Results are available on our web site:

Southam College Eco Club Nature Reserve

Mike Brooks and Jeremy Wright reveal the commemorative plaque

The Rotary Club of Southam 2000 has been supporting Southam College Eco Club Nature reserve since its inception.

On the 15th July the Nature Reserve was officially opened with glowing endorsements from MP Jeremy Wright and Councillor Mike Brooks, Mayor of Southam.

Club Meeting - CO2 Headwinds

Simon gave us a really informative talk on the future of vehicle emission legislation although I had to work hard to keep up with the technical aspects. The key points he made were

Club Meeting - Windsurfing

BEN McCANN.   When you look at the list of medal winners for windsurfing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will you seen Ben McCann’s name amongst them?  

Club Meeting - The Graham Adams Centre

The Centre was originally set up by the Congregational Church as a community centre and a base for their own national meetings.   The problem was that there is no railway station in Southam, with the nearest in Leamington or Rugby so this part of the project went belly up.   15 years ago it became the “Southam Church and Community Project Ltd, or SCACP for short, who lease the property from the Church.   This really went very well until about 5 years ago when the owners of the buildings, the Congregational Church, put the £6,000 p.a.

Club Meeting - Guiding for Adults Goes Wild

What a let-down!   With a title like that I was expecting a salacious expose of the escapades of older guides – drunken hen parties, intimate affairs, Email sexting, nude calendars  – how wrong I was!   Not quite what I hoped for but very interesting nether the less.   Had you heard of Trefoils, no I hadn’t either, but they are a G.G. group for the over 18s although it seem that it really the over 30s going on 80!   What you must not say though is “Oh, that’s for older guiders” and if you do and Mary’s there – Duck!

Club Meeting - Sean Kelly – Power Distribution

Sean Kelly – Power Distribution

Sean, Sarah’s husband, just In case you are completely doolally, has talked to us a good few years back on a project he was working on laying a power cable between the Netherlands and the UK   Although he moved on from that project to Advising on cables to bring electricity ashore from offshore wind Farms he stated by updating us on the UK / Netherlands cable.

Gary Dancer – Nepal Building Project, a Report

News Update

We are still around 6 people short on our team to marshal the “Run For Rotary” on 27th. September. If you can Help or find others to help would you phone Dave asap as he is planning the allocation of duties this weekend.

Enterprise Day, 1st October, Southam College. At the moment it looks as if we will be rather thin on the ground. There are a few people who have not yet committed either way – we could really do with a few more on the day!

3rd October. Tin shake at the shell garage.  Annette is organising this but there are still 2 slots to fill.

Club Meeting - Roger Horsley, Chaplain to JLR Gaydon

News update

AM is on the mend although they have not sorted out the “why” and is still undergoing tests. All being well he Will be back with us next week.

Maggie sends her thanks for all expressions of concern/support. She also insists on apologising for not giving the talk! (Why she feels the need to apologise I do not know.)

Business Meeting – Main Topic Club Development

Thursday 20 August 2015

We had a discussion on reducing formality at club meetings.   A majority feel that grace and the loyal toast were seen at outdated at meetings such as our and could be a deterrent to younger, potential members.   There was some feeling that “Rotary and Peace the World Over” might be a concluding statement but not linked to a toast.  

Tea at the Old Manor

Lovely day, lovely weather and lovely people.  A delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

And what's more, a collection for Cancer Research UK which topped £400 pounds.


Dave Roberts

Jointly with the Southam club, our club supports an Interact Club (Rotary for 16 to 18 year olds) in Southam College. This is proving very popular with up to 30 members taking apart in their regular activities.

Blackpool Holidays

Rod Dyer

Each year, normally in May, we organise low-cost holidays for some of the older citizens of Southam and the surrounding villages.  We arrange a coach and accommodation, and help with local transport.

Southam Young Chefs Excel

On Wednesday Southam College hosted the first round of the Rotary Young Chef competition. 

Bourton Hall Music Festival

A few photos from our event at Bourton Hall taken by Club members. (view as slideshow)

Another collection taken by one of our visitors, Gary Hadden

Pictures Show Olympic Spirit

The shadow of a cyclist depicts the Olympic spirit.

Daniel Spence led the field when he won the Rotary Young Photographer of the year competition in Southam. This is the first stage of a National competition organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  

Young Chef Winners

Emily and Chloe

Twenty-three young people from Southam College took part in the first round of the Rotary Young Chef competition.  Students were asked to cook and present a two course meal costing less than £10.  The presentation had to be timed to perfection as the judges gathered.  These included Mike Gaffney (Rotarian and Mayor of Southam), Mr Eadon (representing the College) and others from the Rotary clubs involved.

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The Fox and Hen, Bascote Heath, Southam CV47 2DN at 20:00 on Thursday.


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