Grantham is a market town in the South of Lincolnshire, England. The population is about 47,000 and has two Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Grantham and the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven.
The Rotary Club of Grantham was founded on 23rd April 1931 by 22 members of the town's business community. Today the Club has 50 members and during it's history has founded three other clubs in Grantham, Sleaford and Bourne.
A Founder Member was Alfred Roberts father of the first UK lady Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. The town is also famous for being the home town of Sir Isaac Newton. He attended the local Grammar school between 1655 and 1660
Like most Rotary Clubs its activities benefit people around the world and also on a local basis - we are are involved in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards , Rotary Young Photographer and New Generations, Mock Interview Programme, Party for the Blind, Outward Bound activities for the disabled, Group Study Exchange.
In 1953 the Club helped to start The Grantham Lynx Swimming Club for disabled persons and this Club still continues today.
Since 1990 we have run the RotarySwimarathon which has raised over £550,000, 90% of which goes directly to local charities and good causes.
Recent activities include raising £28,000 in 2010 to build six houses in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami and collecting £20,000 for Shelter Boxes following the Haiti Earthquake.
It is an active Club and is always focused providing "Service Above Self"
Why not take a look at our official web site to see what we get up to. Presidential Change over 2010. Left to Right. Vice President Irvin Metcalf, President Courtney Finn, Immediate Past president Rosalba Bertram and President Elect Peter Berry
Grantham, on the border with Leicestershire, a town with its roots in the old stagecoach route from London to Newcastle and Edinburgh. Once a great railway junction but the scene of the world steam locomotive speed record when the Mallard achieved 125.88 mph (202.58Km/h) just south of Grantham on 3 July 1938. The record still stands.
There are still several coaching inns, including the famous Beehive Inn at Castlegate, it has a real beehive as its sign, and the Angel Inn, where King Richard III signed the death warrant of the Duke of Buckingham in 1483.
We also have a very famous person in the town who is a member of our Rotary Club.
2010/11 Town Mayor Rob Hearmon and the Mayoress, Delia