CHELTENHAM ROTARY

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Our History

Cheltenham Rotary Club was founded in 1921. Unfortunately any records that were kept of the initial meeting and the founder members has long since disappeared. What we do know is that the first President was a leading figure in the town, William Welstead KSG (1847-1929


William was born in London, the son of a ‘gentleman’ and after serving in  Sussex Artillery as a volunteer, at the age of twenty-two he moved to Cheltenham.


He was invested as a Knight of St Gregory in 1918. The ceremony was spoken of as “unique” in the Clifton diocese.


William was Chairman and President of several bodies and we are very proud that he was our founding President.




Other history of our club will be added in due course

List of

Club Presidents

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