At the end of 1923, two men active in Rotary, Mr. W L Threlfold (later a Sheriff of the City of London) and Arthur Barrett (Mayor of Paddington in 1942-44 and 1949-50) visited the Mayor of the Borough of Paddington, Alderman (later Sir Harold) Kenyon. As a result of this meeting the Rotary club of Paddington and St Marylebone was formed.
The inaugural meeting took place on the 9th October 1924. The presentation of the Charter a little later, was described by Sir Harold, Founder President, as a “wonderful occasion and one long to be remembered by those who were privileged to be present”. Within its first year the membership rose to 49 members and amongst the many projects undertaken by those early founders was the Helping St Mary’s Hospital and the Paddington Tuberculosis Dispensary.
In 1928, the Club generously helped the Lord Mayor’s Fund for Distressed Miners. Later, the Club supported the ‘Spend for Employment’ Campaign to aid full employment. The Club also gave prominence to International Service and Supported the League of Nations.
In 1947, it was decided to split the Club in two. Paddington retained the Original Charter, and the first President of the Paddington Rotary Club was Sir Harold Kenyon. A new Rotary Club was formed in St. Marylebone.
In 2015, Paddington Rotary Club continues to play an important role in the local community and district. Key achievements for our 90th birthday in 2014 include the welcome addition of two new Club members, and the Clubs’ first Corporate Membership , with three designated members.
Other contributions by Paddington Rotary Club include:
- £1180 raised for 2 Shelterboxes, in response to the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
- Table collections of £500 for Zoological Society London “Lions 400”
- Partnership in a Foundation grant of US$130,000+for joint international project, refurbishing a sheltered employment centre in Italy
- 400 Illustrated Dictionaries distributed to Year 7’s to improve literacy in two local Academies
- £250 donation to Pimlico Puffins swimming club for people with disabilities
- £400 collected for Chelsea Community Hospital School
- £400 raised together with and for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
- Two Water Survival Boxes (valuing £300) donated through World Waterworks
- Contributed £150 to 1130’s District Governor’s project providing a bus for Chernobyl, Ukraine
- 100% Sustaining Membership award for donating to Foundation over US$100 per Club member per year, (valued at over US$5400 including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contribution)
- Rotary International Presidential Citation 2013-2014
- End Polio Now funds raised by our new Interact Club at Quintin Kynaston Academy (£200) and our first Interact Club at Westminster Academy Interact Club (£1225+)
We are proud of our Club’s Achievements, and we continue to put service to others above ourselves. We plan to achieve even more in the next 10 years, as we move toward the Paddington Rotary Club Centenary.
To help us continue our service work, click here to donate to our Club’s Charitable Trust Fund