At our weekly meeting on 7th August, the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr. Christine Iredale visited the Club, and accepted the invitation to become an Honorary Member of Huddersfield Rotary Club during her year in office.
She and her consort, then joined in a lively discussion following a talk by Emma King entitled “The Holocaust and its legacy in Yorkshire – a new Heritage Centre for Huddersfield.
This will be a substantial permanent exhibition in the University, and is intended to encourage visitors from all over the North of England and beyond.

Although it is in its early stages, it is clearly something on an impressive scale and should be a welcome addition to visitor attractions in the town.


Huddersfield Rotary Club, in conjunction with Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club held their 9th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.

The event was blessed with perfect weather, and 40 teams competed throughout the day in 3 heats, and the climax was a 4 boat Ladies Final, followed by a 6 boat Grand Final.

The results were.

GRAND FINAL.    1st.    Team GME

2nd.   Musical Mariners.

3rd.   Stuart’s Big Kiss.


LADIES FINAL.  1st.  Paddleshaw Goddard

2nd.  Resuscitators

3rd,   Wakefield Trinity Ladies.

The fancy dress competition, judged by the Mayors of Kirklees and Wakefield, were Beaumont Zoomers.

The Prize Draw results were as follows.

1st Prize.     Brochure No   220   (membership of Iveridge Health Club)

2nd Prize    Brochure No   272   (flight over Yorkshire)

3rd Prize   Brochure No    511    (Shark Ninga Prize Bundle)

Prizes can be claimed by contacting Rotarian Bob Guard on 07881 510093 or [email protected]

It is estimated that the event will raise in excess of £40,000.00 for more than 30  different Charities.

Huddersfield Rotary Club would like to express their sincere gratitude for all Teams, supporters and all volunteers for their contribution to yet another very successful event. Also grateful thanks to the Company, Gable Events Ltd., who provided the professional expertise to ensure the day was a smooth and efficient event.

And by the way, next year’s event will be on SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2018. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.


On Monday 19th June, as part of our Vocational programme, and along with members from Denby Dale and Holmfirth Rotary Clubs, our members visited the Engineering Centre of Kirklees College, situated on Turnbridge Road, Huddersfield.

This Centre, along with the recently opened Process Manufacturing Centre extension, offers apprenticeships in all facets of engineering and is currently engaging over 600 students, the majority of whom are between 16 and 18 years old, and who are all employed by Companies in Kirklees and beyond.

Our members were very impressed with the vast range of equipment available to students, and the general facilities provided.  Our President-elect Julian Holdroyd thanked our host Gary Bates for a most enlightening tour of the premises.

At our weekly meeting on 5th June, 29 members and guests assembled in the Waterloo Suite at Lockwood Park to hear our guest speaker, Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

    Paul spoke for 30 minutes and then answered questions from his audience. All aspects of War Against Terrorism and How to Avoid Future Wars were covered.

The vote of thanks was given by President Elect Rotarian Julian Holdroyd, and the audience responded with rapturous applause.


President Rotarian Chris Wilkinson MBE

with Paul Rogers.                                                               







Earlier in the evening, a presentation  – a cheque for £500.00, – was made to Mike Shaw, a Trustee of Wharfeside House, a Charity which Huddersfield Rotary Club have supported for many years.


President Chris with Mike Shaw.

At our last Club meeting, our guest speaker was a quite remarkable gentleman. Robert Knight suffered serious brain injury following a motor bike accident in Thailand in 2002. He ‘read’ his story to us, and we listened in awe and admiration to what he had achieved. 

Following the accident, he could neither talk or walk. Because of the remoteness of the area where the accident happened, he did not receive any specialist treatment for 24 hours, thus increasing the amount of damage to his brain.

After a lengthy stay in hospital in Bangkok, he was transported by air ambulance back to UK. Treatment in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, and a specialist hospital in Chapel Allerton Leeds followed. He was eventually able to live on his own and gradually learnt to talk and walk again.

He was then introduced to a National Charity – Headway the Brain Injury Charity – who have a branch based at The Elms in Milnsbridge. They specialise in supporting patients to improve their life style following brain injury. Two of their volunteers, Ian and Dee Blackwell, along with the Treasurer of Headway Huddersfield, Mrs. Stephanie Jessop, attended with Robert.

Our members were deeply moved by his story, and Rotarian Margaret Fearnley, a nurse by profession, expressed our appreciation in her vote of thanks.





                                                                                                                                                Above.   Robert and Stephanie Jessop


Below  President Chris Wilkinson, Robert, and Rotarian Vivienne Murphy.


Huddersfield Rotary Club held it’s 95th Anniversary Charter Night in the magnificent surroundings of Woodsome Hall Golf Club.

Principal guests were the Mayor of Kirklees Councillor Jim Dodds BEM accompanied by the Mayoress Carol Dodds, and Rotarian Philip Poole, District Governor of District 1040.

From left to right.  Rotarian Philip Poole, President Rotarian Chris Wilkinson MBE, Mayor Councillor Jim Dodds BEM, Lady Mayoress  Carol Dodds,  and President elect Rotarian Julian Holdroyd.

The principal speaker was Councillor Dodds, who entertained us with his experiences of a 35 year career as a soldier in the British Army. His story was laced with anecdotes which kept us all highly amused.






The assembled gathering in the beautiful oak panelled dining room of Woodsome Hall Golf Club.


Two members of Huddersfield Rotary Club, Rtn. Narrell Leffman and Rtn. Ian Fillan took part in the Navigation Walk organised by 6 Rotary Clubs in aid of 4 Hospices. Narrell and Ian walked the Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath from Marsden to Aspley Basin in glorious spring sunshine.

Below.  Ian and friends at Milnsbridge.

Right.  Well earned refreshments at 

Table Table at Aspley Marina.



In lieu of our usual weekly meeting on 27th March, we held a ‘fun event’ on the snooker tables of the Huddersfield Borough Club.

17 members and wives participated. Rtn Ian held a tuition session for those who had never held a cue before, and after a pie and pea supper, the semi finals of the Club Knockout Competition were held on one table, and on the other table Rtn. George held a competition for the beginners, to see how well they had heeded the tuition session. The winner of this was Rtn Narrell Leffman and the runner up was our President Rtn. Chris Wilkinson. The evening was voted a huge success by all. Thanks were expressed to the Borough Club for the use of their premises.

Students working on their project

The 2017 Technology Tournament, again organised jointly by the four Huddersfield Rotary Clubs, was held at Kirklees College, and 17 teams competed in three ‘age group’ categories.


                 Prize giving.

The winners were:-

Foundation          Shelley College

Intermediate      Huddersfield Grammar School

Advanced             Kirklees College ‘A’


General view – competition in progress

The Rotary Clubs are most grateful to Kirklees College for allowing use of a room, and to all the schools for taking part.

Huddersfield Rotary Club are seeking a team to sponsor in the 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge which takes place at Pugneys Country Park Wakefield on SATURDAY 8TH JULY 2017.

A team consists of between 12 and 20 men and women, boys and girls (16 or over) to paddle a Dragon Boat and raise £1000.00 in personal sponsorship for a Charity of THEIR CHOICE.

Huddersfield Rotary Club will fund the entry fee of £350.00, which covers the entire cost of a fantastic day out for colleagues, family and friends.

This offer is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so if you are interested, don’t delay –  just visit our website at for further information or contact Rotarian Ian Fillan at [email protected] or on 01484 603918.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm
SCATTER NIGHT.  Members to visit other Clubs in the area.
all-day Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Aug 28 all-day
NO MEETING — Bank Holiday.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Army Reserve Centre
Club Meeting @ Army Reserve Centre
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
VOCATIONAL VISIT. Army Reserve Centre.  (Drill Hall) Talk on history and current function of the ARC. Display of silver and armoury etc. Buffet supper and bar.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Club Business Meeting. NB. ALL members have a vote. Please attend if possible.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Roz Rowe.  Subject.  Music and the Deaf.
5:00 pm Wine tasting and Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Wine tasting and Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Sep 25 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet at 5.00pm at Hoults Wine Merchants St. Johns Road HD1 5AN for Wine Tasting, then on to Lockwood Park for evening meal.