Club news

During December 2021 Huddersfield Rotary members will be helping to run a Santa’s Grotto. This will be held courtesy of ex member and Friend Tony Coletta, in the Cafe in the Park Greenhead Park.

All proceeds will go to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue (The Mayor of Kirklees Charity for the year.) and our Club Charity Account, for distribution to worthy local charitable projects.


In July, President Ian launched a fundraising event for our Centenary year, calling it  The 100 Challenge. Members were challenged to perform a task relating to the number 100, and a target of £2000.00 was set with the money to be  donated equally to The Kirkwood and Forget me Not hospices. The target was met in mid September, and £1000.00 has now been donated to the two hospices. Members are still actively carrying out tasks, and more money will be collected through our JustGiving platform. Grateful thanks to all those who have contributed to reaching this target.


 Huddersfield Rotary have launched a campaign by distributing a Public Relations brochure to  a number of businesses in Huddersfield Town Centre and surrounding areas. The covering letter concentrates on the help the club needs to successfully carry out the events arranged to celebrate its Centenary year, which runs from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022. The inserts in the brochure highlight the good work Rotary does both locally nationally and internationally, and explains how a Rotary Club operates in the modern environment. Anyone wishing to know more about Huddersfield Rotary should visit our website  or email

On Sunday last, September 5th, Huddersfield Rotary had a presence at the Ravensknowle Park Motor Bike Rally, and collected for The Kirkwood Hospice. A combination of a tombola, which Kirkwood ran, and a bucket collection which Rotarians carried out, a total of £216 was raised for The Kirkwood.

Our gazebo along side the Kirkwood stand. From left, volunteer Chris Wilkinson and Rotarian Chris Naylor.






This annual event will be held in Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield HD5 8DB on Sunday 5th September, commencing at 10.00am. Huddersfield Rotary and The Kirkwood Hospice  will be in attendance, and we will be collecting for the hospice. All are welcome. Entry is free, and there will be an extensive display of motor bikes from all over the region.

On Monday 16th August, Huddersfield Rotary held a Club meeting via Zoom. President Ian opened the meeting by calling for a few moments silence in remembrance of their member Barrie Schofield, who passed away on Sunday 15th August.

Their Guest speakers represented MedAid UK (London) and CART (Albert Street Huddersfield).   with Simon to inspect the work in progress. Simon from MedAid gave a presentation, illustrating the fantastic work they and CART have been doing in Northern Uganda. Glenn from CART described his visit to Uganda with Simon to inspect the work in progress. Together they have built a hospital from scratch, so that villages in the area could more easily access health care. The unit houses a general hospital, a maternity ward, and shortly a dental practice. They have installed solar panels to provide electricity, equipment has been shipped out from UK, and they are currently working towards providing a clean water supply. The vote of thanks was given by Ann, who promised ongoing support for the project.

 On Sunday 1st August, members of Huddersfield Rotary attended the Yorkshire Day Gala in Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield. They collected for Forget me Not Children’s Hospice, one of the chosen beneficiaries being supported in our Centenary year . Despite the damp start to the day,  and a general lack of public attending the gala the day was declared satisfactory. Our thanks are due to all who bought tombola tickets and gave generously.

On Saturday 10th July Rotarians Ann Denham and Ian Fillan were invited by Shaun Weatherhead to attend Westend Junior Football Club at their training ground at Salendine Nook. They had been shortlisted for a National FA Grassroots Football Award in the category ‘Project of the Year’. As supporters of two of their projects, we were invited to represent Huddersfield Rotary Club to take part in a film interview  conducted by the Football Association.

Initial contact with Westend was made before Xmas 2020, when we were looking for an organisation that could distribute toys to needy families. We were impressed with the organisation but in particular with the enthusiasm clearly shown by the children and volunteer helpers. So, we delivered over 1400 toys to The Focal Centre , which we had collected from our family and friends, and Westend distributed them to the local community on our behalf.

When after Xmas, we were approached by Westend to see if we could support their next project, which was to provide pamper bags for front line staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, we readily agreed to fund the purchase of 50 bags with a donation from our Charity Account.

Again,we were so impressed with the enthusiasm and willingness of the young footballers to help their community   and we as Rotarians also derived much pleasure from being able to assist in this project.

In the interview on Saturday, Ann & Ian were able to express all these sentiments, and wish Westend Community Group all the success they deserve in any future projects, in which we hope we will also be able to help.


On Monday 5th July, at the start of our Centenary Year, outgoing President Ann Denham handed over the President’s badge to incoming President Ian Fillan. As face to face meetings were still restricted, it was decided to hold this meeting outdoors in Ravensknowle Park. After a few days of deliberation, it was decided that the weather would be ok, and it was.

As our Hon. member for his year in office, the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Nigel Patrick attended along with the Mayoress Judith Patrick.

From left:  President Ian Fillan, The Mayor of Kirklees, Vice President Chris Naylor.

During the meeting President Ian launched the Club’s major fundraising project for the year THE 100 CHALLENGE. For further details and how to donate, see our previous post in Club News, where at the bottom there is a link to our JustGiving page. Also Ex President Ann Denham launched a Marmalade project. Anyone wishing to purchase a jar of marmalade to swell our charity funds should contact

                                             After the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a picnic in the warm, but dry, summer evening, and looked forward to an exciting and busy Centenary year..




Posted by Martin Shaw | Jul 1, 2021 | Your Community | 

Huddersfield Rotary Club is emerging from the pandemic with renewed vigour and determination as members prepare to celebrate its centenary.

The club, part of a national and international network, works for the benefit of the local community with members raising money and donating their time to deserving causes.

Though club members haven’t met in person since March 2020 they have used technology to meet face-to-face on Zoom.

While members haven’t been able to hold events it hasn’t stopped the fundraising effort and what members would have spent on meals at meetings during the course of the pandemic they have donated to charity instead.

In total more than £4,000 has been given to the Welcome Centre Food Bank in Huddersfield.

Last Christmas the club collected toys for needy children and this year they provided a climbing frame to Greenfields Family Centre in Dalton and provided pamper bags to nursing staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

      Nurses received pamper bags for Huddersfield Rotary Club

Retired retail jeweller Ian Fillan will become president of Huddersfield Rotary Club at its meeting on July 5, the start of what is hoped to be a busy centenary year.

“We are very excited to launch the centenary year and while the last 15 months has been difficult, as it has for many similar organisations, we are ready to move forward once more,” said Mr Fillan.

“We have been meeting via Zoom and have kept in touch throughout with regular news bulletins.”

As well as fundraising and support for the local community, fellowship is the other major feature of Rotary so keeping in regular contact has been vital during the pandemic.

The plan is for the first in-person meeting to be held on July 5 in a gazebo at Ravensknowle Park. It is there Mr Fillan will officially launch Challenge 100, a major fundraiser to mark the centenary

READ MORE: How the pandemic put more demands than ever on Huddersfield charity Uniform Exchange

“Every member will be asked to participate and think of something they can do as a task,” he said. “They will then contact all the people they know and ask for donations to a fundraising page.

“The money raised will be split 50-50 between The Kirkwood and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. I have great hopes but I’m not going to set a target although I would hope we can raise several thousands of pounds.”

Though membership of Huddersfield Rotary Club has declined somewhat, current members remain very active and one of Mr Fillan’s aims for the next year is to expand the membership. New members are welcome.

READ MORE: Royal seal of approval for volunteers at The Kirkwood

Some of the highlights for later this year and in 2022 include a Christmas Dinner on December 13, the anniversary of the first meeting in 1921, a Centenary Concert on May 8 next year followed by the 100th Charter Dinner on June 6.

In ‘normal’ times the club meets every Monday at The Keys restaurant underneath Huddersfield Parish Church.


             The climbing frame and toys donated by Huddersfield Rotary Club






What are the benefits of membership of Rotary?

In an increasingly complex world, Rotary maintains a simple philosophy – make friends in your own community and throughout the world.

Giving back to the community
Through Rotary, service to local and overseas communities is well organised and rewarding. If you like helping others, here is your chance to do something worthwhile and make a real difference.

Fun and entertainment
Rotary is fun. Every Rotary club and district arranges parties and activities that provide a welcome distraction to a hectic business life.

Business development
Networking opportunities are endless. Rotary consists of a cross-section from every business community and its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

Personal growth and development
Membership of Rotary develops leadership, public speaking, social, business, personal and vocational skills as well as improving cultural awareness.

Continued learning
Clubs organise programmes and weekly meetings to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, the country, and the world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers on a variety of current topics.

Travel opportunities
Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 33,000 clubs around the world.

For more information on joining Huddersfield Rotary Club go to

Visit their JustGiving page HERE.



Upcoming Events

6:00 pm Club meeting @ Whisket Green
Club meeting @ Whisket Green
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Business meeting. All welcome.
6:30 pm Club meeting @ To be announced.
Club meeting @ To be announced.
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Social event for a pub meal.  Venue to be announced. All members and friends welcome.
11:00 am Santa’s Grotto. @ Cafe in the Park
Santa’s Grotto. @ Cafe in the Park
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nigel Patrick, will officially open our Santa’s Grotto at 11.00am. All members and friends are invited to attend. Your support will be most welcome.