Prize Giving

All sponsorship money has now been received, and we are proud to announce that the 27 teams who competed in this year’s event raised the magnificent total sum of £42,261.85. One team broke all records by raising an incredible sum in excess of £5000.00.

Entry forms will be sent out to all contacts early in the New Year. Any new parties interested in entering the 2020 event on Sat 11th July should contact Rotarian Chris Naylor on

Members and friends of Huddersfield Rotary Club recently enjoyed a visit to Olympus Technologies on Firth Street Huddersfield, whose principle line of business is manufacturing robots. The party was welcomed by Adam Swallow, who told us that their main product was a welding robot, but that recently they had launched a new robot for loading pallets,which had opened up a new market. They had increased their workforce from 8 to 14, despite Brexit!!

A Welding robot.

Adam and Dan, Production Manager, then showed us round their premises, where we saw the pallet loading robot in action.

The Palletiser robot.

Huddersfield President, Ann Denham, brought the visit to an end by thanking Adam and Dan for a most informative and interesting tour of Olympus Technologies.

The visiting group.

Members then adjourned to The Keys Restaurant for their evening meal and Club meeting.

During the last 12 months, Huddersfield Rotary Club have been helping Greenfield Family Centre to raise funds for their NEW WINDOWS PROJECT.

Over the recent half term weekend, the new windows were fitted, and Lesley Stephenson (Centre Manager) says she is delighted with the result, and wishes to express most grateful thanks to Huddersfield Rotary Club for their support.

From the pictures below, you can see the ‘before’ condition of the windows and frames, and the ‘after’ effect of the new windows.


Huddersfield Rotary Club look forward  to maintaining our connections with Greenfield in the future, supporting them in further projects they may be planning. Our involvement in this very worthwhile Centre ticks all the boxes in our Club commitment to support the local Community.

The first ‘official’ meeting of Huddersfield Rotary Club was held on Monday 4th November at The Keys Restaurant, Byram Street, Huddersfield.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Mike Page, who gave a Powerpoint presentation showing the development of the chemical industry in Huddersfield from 1830 -1930, and included many references to local firm L.B. Holliday & Co.

AG Hazel Brindle was in attendance, along with a number of guests, two of whom had worked in their younger days for Hollidays, and the Vote of Thanks was given by Rotarian Raymond Butterworth, who thanked Dr. Page for a most interesting and informative talk.

Members of Huddersfield Rotary Club recently sold raffle tickets for a hamper kindly donated by Morrisons. A sum of £141 was raised for the Greenfield Family Centre window appeal, and further tickets were sold at the Centre. The winner, Mr. Brian Pinder from Lepton, pictured below, attends computer classes at The Centre, and bought his winning ticket whilst attending a class. Greenfield have announced that the new windows are being installed during the half term week.

On Monday 14th October, in lieu of their normal Club meeting, Huddersfield Rotary Club held their popular Snooker evening at The Borough Club Lockwood Park. 16 members and friends attended. Huddersfield Pennine sent a team of 4 members to take part in a match  against our Club 4 man team. Huddersfield ‘A’ won a close fought final against Pennine ‘A’. An alternative competition, organised by Rtn. George Webster, was won by Lisa Hoyle – a ‘Friend’ of Rotary. All enjoyed a meat and potato pie supper.

At our Club meeting on Monday 16th Sept, our RYLA candidate, Elliott Butterworth gave us his post-event presentation of his experience at the RYLA camp at Hebden Hey in August.

His presentation was extremely well prepared, and confidently delivered. He thanked Huddersfield Rotary Club for sponsoring him and giving him the opportunity to gain much experience in leadership skills, which will stand him in good stead in his vision of becoming a regular soldier.

Elliott Butterworth giving his presentation

Huddersfield Rotary Club, in conjunction with Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club, held their 11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, when 27 teams competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy.


Although the day started off dull and damp, the clouds soon rolled away, and the sun came out. After all the teams had established their Team Bases, and registered, racing started shortly after 10.00am. Each team raced three times during the day, and 5 teams qualified for the ‘predominately ladies crews’ trophy, and 6 teams for the overall final, which was held at approx 4.15pm.


The Ladies final was won by Stuarts Big Kiss in a time of 56.86 secs. This was followed by the most exciting Grand final, with only 4.24 secs separating the 6 boats,and only 1.66 secs between the first 3. Stuarts Big Kiss also qualified for the Grand Final and finished a very commendable fourth, and the overall winner of the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy was CHAPPERS LEGEND (who were 4th last year) in a time of 54.82secs.


The Prize Giving ceremony was MC’d by Bob Guard from Wakefield Chantry Club, and Chairman of the joint organising Committee, and the prizes were presented by the two Presidents, Moray Bissett from Chantry and Ann Denham from Huddersfield. All teams and volunteers, together with Gable Events, were thanked for their involvement, and teams were asked to raise lots of money for the chosen Charity, and come back again next year, when the event will be held on SATURDAY 11TH JULY 2020.

Huddersfield Rotary Club continued their support of Greenfield Family Centre by collecting at Morrisons Waterloo, who kindly donated a hamper for us to raffle. Six of our members collected for 6 hours, and £156. 71 was raised for their appeal to fund the fitting of new windows and doors in their premises in Dalton.

Picture shows President elect Ann Denham, and Rotarian Ian Fillan

Huddersfield Rotary Club celebrated its 98th birthday with an afternoon tea party at The Vineyard, Holmfirth. Around 30 members and guests, including our Assistant Governor Rotarian Hazel Brindle, and the Presidents of Pennine, Holmfirth and Wakefield Chantry Clubs, enjoyed excellent fare, convivial fellowship, and the expansive views over the Holme Valley in the bright spring sunshine. A member of the vineyard staff gave a short talk about the history and function of the Vineyard.