Rotary support for Chatteris retailers

Chatteris Rotary Club campaign to get people to use local shops.
Chatteris Rotary Club campaign to get people to use local shops.

THE Rotary Club of Chatteris is the driving force behind a new initiative in the town to get residents shopping locally.

More than 50 premises in Chatteris have signed up to the ‘Shop Locally First’ scheme and are now proudly displaying window stickers advertising their participation.

In the present nationwide economic downturn, every trader has had to make extra efforts to promote themselves, and the Rotary Club of Chatteris, one of 77 clubs in East Anglia, has been pleased to help to improve trade with this promotion.

It is hoped that more shops will introduce loyalty schemes to add to those already in operation, further enhancing the shopping experience in Chatteris.

The ‘Shop Locally First’ scheme follows on from a successful Jubilee window dressing competition that saw 24 shops taking part.

The Rotary Club of Chatteris is mostly recognised for the annual Father Christmas Float touring the streets during December, raising thousands of pounds for the benefit of local schools and organisations, as well as supporting international relief for the world’s disaster areas, and several on-going humanitarian projects.

However, Rotary is not just about collecting money.

The club has produced five editions of the Chatteris Town Guide, collects unwanted spectacles for re-use in Africa and makes awards to local citizens who make a difference to life in the community, as well as to primary school children showing leadership skills in the classroom.

Rotary organises the annual music concert for primary schools at Cromwell Community College and has supported many youth projects during the 36 years it has been operating in Chatteris.

To promote the ‘Shop Locally First’ scheme, Chatteris Rotary has a £50 shopping voucher to give away, to be spent in shops in the town centre.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question: How many editions of the Chatteris Town Guide has Chatteris Rotary produced?

Put your answer on the back of a sealed envelope or postcard, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and send it - marked ROTARY COMPETITION - to the Citizen at 11 Union Street, Wisbech.

Entries can also be emailed to

Closing date is 10am on Tuesday, July 17.