, Macmillan Cancer Support entered a team in our 2018 Rotary
Dragon Boat Challenge. They raised the most commendable amount of £1819.85 in personal sponsorship. They also qualified for the Ladies Final, and came an equally commendable 2nd in a time of 79.2 secs.

In addition, they were nominated by Huddersfield Rotary Club as a principal beneficiary for the year, as a result of which, two of their organisation were guests at our Club Meeting on Monday 11th February 2019, when they received a cheque for £2000.00 which they pledged to spend on the care of cancer patients in the Huddersfield/Holmfirth area.

The picture shows members of Huddersfield Rotary Club, and Stacey Rhodes, – fundraiser in the area – and Heather Wheatley, vice chair of Holmfirth Branch at the cheque presentation.

Stacey said. ” I would like to thank Huddersfield Rotary Club for giving us the opportunity to enter your Dragon Boat Race, and to experience the day, which was just amazing. This generous cheque, added to the sponsorship money we raised, will make a huge difference to the help we can give cancer patients in this area. Thank you so much”

Huddersfield North Scouts.

When there was a shortfall in the funding, due to an unexpected increase in air fares, Huddersfield Rotary Club were delighted to step in to the breach, and save the trip.

Forty Scouts from the Birkby, Sheepridge, Fartown and Bradley areas of Huddersfield were going on a self funded trip to Poland and Austria, to include a visit to Auschwitz.

On their return, their leader Darren Wood,came to a club meeting to describe the harrowing experience of the visit to Auschwitz. The horrors of WW2 were left indelibly fixed in the minds of both Scouts and Leaders alike.

Darren remarked ‘It was certainly an experience we shall never forget, and we were all torn between ‘shutting out’ the horror, and ‘seeking to learn more’.

Picture shows the whole group on tour.

The Frank Shaw Golf Trophy was presented to Huddersfield Rotary Club by Rotarian Frank Shaw in 1929, for annual competition among the members of the club, and has been competed for almost every year until 2016. At this point, only 3 members of the club were still playing golf and competing for the trophy, so it was decided to offer it to other clubs in the area.

As a result, on Wed 16th January 2019, Rotarians Ian Fillan and Chris Naylor attended the Halifax Rotary Club lunchtime meeting at The Shay Halifax, and presented the trophy to President Rotarian Lucy Hodgson. The only condition was that the Trophy should only be won by Rotarians, and with this in mind, Lucy confirmed that, either at their charity Golf Day, or on another suitable event, this would be upheld.

Picture shows, from the left, Rotarians Chris Naylor, Lucy Hodgson, and Ian Fillan at the presentation ceremony.

Huddersfield Rotary Club held their Annual Christmas Dinner at Meltham Golf Club on Monday 10th December.

19 members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal and first class fellowship.

The ‘Christmas-themed Fancy Dress’ contest was won by PP Julian Holdroyd, and he is pictured here ‘clutching’ his well deserved prize!

Our next event is on Monday 17th December, when President Narrell will be At Home from 1.00 to 3.00pm. She looks forward to welcoming all members and Friends.

This will be our last meeting before Christmas.

A very happy Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2019 to all our readers.


On Sunday 9th September, members of Huddersfield Rotary Club manned our gazebo in Ravensknowle Park on the occasion of a Motor Bike Rally.

The money raised through a raffle for a hamper kindly donated by Morrisons, and a tombola, amounted to £142.00, which, when added to previous funds raised, will enable Greenfield Family Centre to purchase a new climbing frame for their playground.

Our grateful thanks to members of the Motor Bike fraternity, and to the general public, for making this amount of money possible.

BELOW  Our Rotary Kiosk and display.                                                                                                                                             BELOW. Debbie Creaser, Community                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Champion of Morrisons,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          presenting the hamper


HUDDERSFIELD ROTARY CLUB recently presented a cheque for £500.00 to FORGET-ME-NOT CHILDREN’S HOSPICE.

In accepting the cheque from President Narrell, their fundraiser  expressed her gratitude for our donation, and explained that the money would be used to boost the £3.8m required annually to cover the cost of running the Hospice.


Here are the official final positions in the Dragon Boat Challenge held at Pugneys Country Park on Saturday 7th July 2018.




Wednesday 18th July 2018.

Members of Huddersfield Rotary Club sold raffle tickets for a hamper, generously provided by Morrisons, Waterloo. The funds raised have been donated to Greenfield Family Centre in Dalton to purchase a new climbing frame for their playground.

The presentation was made at Greenfield Family Centre to the winner Mrs. Janet Brook of Shelley.

Picture shows from left – Rotarian Ian Fillan, Janet Brook, and Centre Development Manager, Lesley Stephenson.


Lucky Number Prize Draw.

The winning numbers are.

1st Prize. 12 month membership of Iveridge Health Club         848

2nd Prize. Flight over Yorkshire                                                      882

3rd Prize.  Shark Ninja Equipment.                                                1794

Ticket No 1794 was sold on Race Day in the Field Car Park between 10am and 12 noon. If YOU were there – check your brochure number!

Prizes can be claimed by phoning Bob Guard on 07881 510093.



SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2018.The 10th Anniversary Dragonboat challenge was blessed with fine, sunny, and hot weather. 37 teams entered, and provided a great spectacle both on the water and at the lakeside.

The World Cup quarter final match caused the organisers Gable Events  some problems to overcome, as one team pulled out the day before, and a few teams opted to retire after the first two heats, including one that was leading at the time.

However, this opened up the opportunity for other teams to qualify for the final. 2 teams qualified for the Ladies final, and 6 teams competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Shield. 

The Mayor of Kirklees presented the prizes to the winners of the ladies final LAURA CRANE YOUTH CANCER TRUST – sponsored by Huddersfield Rotary Club – and the winners of the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy to  HUDDERSFIELD DOWNS SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP shown here.

Full results will be published shortly. In the meantime, we thank all who contributed to another fantastic day out, when a massive amount of money will have been raised for a large number of charities, thus illustrating the immense amount of good work Rotary achieves to the benefit of both local and national charities.

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Club Meeting @ The Woodman Inn
Club Meeting @ The Woodman Inn
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This meeting will be a SCATTER NIGHT to Denby Dale R.C. who meet at The Woodman, Thunderbridge, at 7.00pm. All members are encouraged to attend.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  John Denham  Subject tba
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Business meeting.
6:30 pm Snooker Evening @ Huddersfield RUFC
Snooker Evening @ Huddersfield RUFC
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Fun and games evening. Snooker tuition and play. Competition for Snooker Tankard. Pizza takeaway supper at 8.00pm. All members, friends and guests welcome.