The History of
Whitchurch Rotary Club
1938 - 2008

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We meet in the Dodington Lodge Hotel every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening at 6:30pm for Dinner, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 12:45pm for lunch, and if there's a 5th Tuesday, we meet at 7:00am for Breakfast. Visitors are welcome.

Presidents of Whitchurch Rotary Club


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E.P.Eaton, known as Percy,

was born on 14th February 1988 in Oakengates His parents moved to Whitchurch around the turn of the century when his father acquired the men's outfitting business that came to be known as Eaton & Co. Percy was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School during the headship of Mr Croft, and following an apprenticeship with a city clothier in Manchester the First World War broke out and he served for about three years mostly in France.
On returning to civilian life he set up in an outfitting business in Malpas, and married Ethel, a teacher at the High School. About 1928 they moved to Whitchurch. He took over control of Eaton & Co when his father retired to N. Wales, and continued in business joined by his son Roger at 24 High Street until he himself retired to N. Wales in 1955.
In Whitchurch he became a Town Councillor, a deacon of the Congregational Church and during the war was a Special Constable for a number of years.
He resigned from Rotary in Whitchurch in 1955. but he immediately joined the Rotary Club of Conway where his brother and a nephew were already members. Another brother was a member of Newtown Rotary Club. His son Roger took up membership in Whitchurch and another son, Philip, became a Member of Church Stretton. Percy died inn 1975 aged 87 years. He joined Rotary on 13/6/1944. His wife was president of Inner Wheel 1951/2
His son, Roger, who joined him in the family business, became a member of the Whitchurch club in February, 1956, resigning in February, 1968. He died on 29/3/86.