Club news

We took delivery of 100 face masks, kindly offered free from District, and have delivered 50 to The Welcome Centre on Lord Street, Huddersfield, and 50 to Methodist Homes for the Aged whose headquarters is in Bradley, Huddersfield. Both were most grateful for the gift.

During July, members have again been donating their Meal Money, and a sum of £255.00 was handed over to The Welcome Centre in Huddersfield. They tell us that demand is greater than ever, and they see no sign of any reduction.

During June, our members continued to donate their meal money.

At the beginning of July, we donated a further £530.00 to The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield.

Donations by members in lieu of Meal Money totaled £240.00 in the month of May, and this amount was sent to the Welcome Centre at the beginning of June. 

Since our last Club meeting in mid-March, our members have been donating the equivalent of their meal money at our weekly meetings to our Club Charity Account. At the end of May, we had collected a total of £450.00 and this amount was sent to The Welcome Centre in Huddersfield.

Once again, the four Rotary clubs of Huddersfield, Huddersfield Pennine, Denby Dale and Holmfirth, came together to run the 2020 Technology Tournament. According to the feedback reports, the young students, teachers, and judges found the day both interesting, somewhat challenging, and at the same time, very gratifying.

In the final analysis there were 23 teams representing 9 different schools and colleges in the Huddersfield area.

The challenge was to build a weight powered vehicle.

The results were as follows.


Foundation.                    Salendine Nook 

Intermediate.                 Honley High

Advanced.                        New College


Gold Award.                     Salendine Nook

Silver.                                North Huddersfield Trust

Bronze.                              King James’


Gold Award.                      Honley High

Silver.                                 King James’

Bronze.                               North Huddersfield Trust


Gold Award.                       New College

Silver.                                   Greenhead College

Bronze.                                 Greenhead College

Thanks to all Rotarians and helpers who contributed to another successful event. Thanks also to the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nigel Patrick, and our Rotary district 1040 District Governor Manoj Joshi, whose attendance was very much appreciated.

We hope to see you all again next year. 

A group of pupils and staff in front of new windows and doors.

Huddersfield Rotary Club, the Huddersfield Common Good Trust, and a number of other organisations, have come to the aid of Greenfield Family Centre, situated next door to Dalton Junior School in Dalton Green Lane, to help them raise funds to replace all the doors and windows at the Centre.

A target of £18,500.00, the total estimated cost of the project, was set by Greenfield. Huddersfield Rotary Club raised money by holding, courtesy of Morrisons, a couple of collections as well as running a tombola at Ravensknowle Park Motor Bike Rally. In addition, they sponsored a team from Greenfield to enter their annual Dragon Boat Race, which enabled Greenfield to raise an exceptional amount of £2148.00. The Common Good Trust made a donation from their distributable fund, which enabled Greenfield to reach their target, and the doors and windows were fitted before Christmas 2019.

Greenfield pupils and staff are now enjoying the benefit of reduced heating bills and a greatly improved working environment.


Huddersfield Rotary Club celebrated the first of their weekly meetings in 2020 by inducting a new member. Frank Adimola is employed by Huddersfield University as a researcher in marketing, and lives in Barnsley.  President Ann Denham welcomed Frank in to the fellowship of our Club and Rotary worldwide.


President Ann inducting Frank Adimola

We also listened to a representative from the Welcome Centre, who gave us a most enlightening account of the wide ranging activities of the Huddersfield Welcome Centre. We were all most impressed by the size and professional organisation of this local Charity.  Rtn Bright Justice expressed the thanks of  the Club.

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.