Club news

At a recent meeting of Huddersfield Rotary Club, members voted in favour of sending a donation to Shelterbox (a Rotary sponsored charity which provides help to overseas countries following a natural disaster). We have sent £350.00 which will provide a tent which will provide accommodation for a family of four.

If any of our readers feel they could offer some of their time to join a ‘modern style’ Rotary Club, and thus help us to raise money for this sort of worthwhile disaster, and live in the Huddersfield area, please get in touch by emailing for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.



After a gap of two years, the 12th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge, organised by Huddersfield Rotary in conjunction with Wakefield Chantry Rotary, was held at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield on Saturday 9th July 2022.

22 teams from all over the West Riding entered and competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy. The sun shone all day, the crowds packed in, and a great day of Dragon Boat Racing was enjoyed by all.

The two closely fought and exciting 4 boat finals were won by The Ella Dawson Foundation, a charity based in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, who won the Ladies Final, and the overall final was won by Camel Concrete Ltd from Pontefract. The first event in 2009 a total in excess of £360,000 has been raised for a variety of charities, and it is hoped that the proceeds from this years sponsorships will lift that total to near £400,000 or beyond.
The winning numbers in the prize draw were. 1st Prize – Brochure No 179. Second Prize – Brochure No 520. Third prize – Brochure No 1019. The 3rd prize has not to date been claimed, and was sold at Pugneys around the lakeside on Saturday. To claim the prize, anyone holding this brochure should follow the instructions on the back page.

NOTE. Next year’s event will be held once again at Pugneys Country Park on SATURDAY 8TH JULY 2023. We look forward to welcoming new teams in addition to those already on our database. To keep in touch with plans for 2023, please visit our website at which will be updated on a regular basis.

Huddersfield Rotary Club has held its penultimate event of its centenary year, The Centenary Charter Dinner. 49 members,  Distinguished Guests, and Friends attended at the Waterloo Suite, Lockwood Park, when President Ian presided over an informal and relaxing Charter night. No evening dress, only two short speeches, and musical entertainment to round off the evening. All congratulated the chef on the excellent fare and the evening was enjoyed by all.  Some say the highlight was the President dancing with the Assistant Governor Hazel. The President did not agree!! although he thoroughly enjoyed the dance.

We are definitely going ahead with our 2022 event, which will be held on SATURDAY 9TH JULY at PUGNEYS COUNTRY PARK, WAKEFIELD. Teams can raise money for the charity of their choice. So far, over 9 years, in excess of £360.000 has been raised and donated to hundreds of charities both locally and nationally.

We currently have 17 teams entered, and another 4/5 in the pipeline. We will welcome a few more teams, so if you are interested, please contact Rotarian Chris Naylor on and he will provide you with all the details and an entry form. We look forward to hearing from you.

The next feature Centenary event in Huddersfield Rotary club’s calendar will be our Centenary Concert, which will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Huddersfield on Saturday 30th April starting at 7.00pm. All details, including how to apply for tickets, are on the flyer below.  Surplus funds after covering all expenses will be donated to the Mayor’s Charity, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue.  We look forward to hearing from you. You will be most welcome.



The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Nigel Patrick, generously invited Huddersfield Rotary Club to a Civic Reception on Thursday 10th March in Huddersfield Town Hall to recognize their 100 years of service to the community.

Approximately 30 members, friends, and guests, attended a most enjoyable evening. The Mayor welcomed us all by referring to the 100 years of service the Club had provided to the community. President Ian responded by asking all present to join him in thanking The Mayor for his generosity, and then condensed 100 years of history in to approx 5 minutes. He finished by presenting a cheque for £1000.00 representing money raised at our Santa’s Grotto in The Coletta family’s cafe in Greenhead Park and payable to the Mayor’s Charity Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, 

                                                               The Mayor of Kirklees and President Ian Fillan.

An excellent buffet followed, and a most enjoyable social chat rounded off a memorable evening.




Members and Friends of Huddersfield Rotary.



We have made with regret the decision to close Santa’s Grotto in the Cafe in the Park in Greenhead Park early due to the Covid situation. When Santa saw his last visitor at 2.00pm today Sunday 19th December the Grotto closed it doors and will not open again this year.

We apologize to all unhappy kids who were planning to visit the Grotto in the next few days, but Santa wants to make sure he is fit and well to deliver all your presents on Christmas Eve, so remember to stay good.

We wish all our supporters a Happy and safe Christmas.

Huddersfield Rotary Club.

On Monday 13th December 2021, Huddersfield Rotary met to celebrate to the day the very first meeting of the Club at Whiteley’s Cafe in Huddersfield on 12th December 1921.

43 members, Friends and guests, including our Hon member Nigel Patrick (Mayor of Kirklees) and District Officers,  attended a dinner at Meltham Golf Club. The evening consisted of a three course meal, with the menu replicating the luncheon served on 12th December 1921. During the evening, members read out narratives of the history of the Club decade by decade from 1921 to 2021. Each narrative was preceded and followed by an appropriate piece of music, expertly played by our guest pianist Kim Kaye. Most members, not so expertly, joined in with singing such favorites, amongst others, as White Cliffs of Dover, (1940’s) and Dancing Queen (1970’s)

The evening concluded by all joining in the singing of carols. The President thanked all who had helped to organize the evening, also all members, friends and guests who had joined us in our celebrations, and wished everyone a safe journey home.


On Saturday 4th December, the Mayor of Kirklees kindly came to open our Santa’s Grotto at The Cafe in the Park in Greenhead Park. This weekend in excess of 50 children have visited Santa and received their present.


The event will run for the next two weekends, and then the first four days in Xmas week. Each day the Grotto is open from 11.00am – 2.00pm. Bring your kids down to see Santa, and help Huddersfield Rotary Club to raise money for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue and other local Rotary charities. You can pre-book on or phone on 01484 532561, or even just ‘drop in’


Santa is looking forward to seeing you.



Reservations to see Santa Claus on any of the dates shown on the poster can now be made on line at

Book now to avoid queuing. Santa is waiting for your call.

Upcoming Events

5:30 pm Club meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Business meeting followed by optional meal.
5:30 pm Club meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
RYLA candidate Chloe will relate her experience of attending her course in July 2022. An optional meal will follow.