In 1985 Rotary International launched a campaign to rid the world of Poliomyelitis. Now, some 30 years later, Rotarian volunteers from across the world including the UK, have inoculated millions of children in countries across Africa and Asia (specifically Afghanistan and Pakistan), and the task is almost complete.

In support of this campaign, and to help with the final push towards complete elimination, Huddersfield Rotary Club commandeered a flower bed in Ravensknowle Park and in November 2017 planted out approx 3000 purple crocuses – the adopted emblem of the campaign.

The fruits of their labour  came into view last week, despite the snow and cold weather, and on Tuesday 20th March a photocall was arranged to record the display.

We invite anyone who is visiting the Park to stroll up the right hand side of Tolson Museum,  read the poster in the Museum window,and enjoy the spectacle.

Shown from the left are President Julian Holdroyd, Vice President Ann Denham, and Rtn Ian Fillan. The photograph was taken Rtn Chris Naylor.


On Saturday 10th March, Huddersfield Rotary Club were involved in two events at Ravensknowle Park in Huddersfield.

The first was the official unveiling of a defibrillator, to which Huddersfield Rotary Club, along with Friends of Ravensknowle, and the Bowling Croquet and Running Clubs, had all contributed towards the overall cost.

Picture shows representatives of all contributing groups, and those who had attended the ‘Operators Course’ proudly showing their certificates.







Then attention moved to the flower bed in the park, where Huddersfield Rotary Club had planted 3000 croci in November to draw attention to the Rotary International campaign to totally eliminate Polio worldwide. The word Rotary is spelled out in purple crocuses, and the banner explains the achievement of Rotary International. There are two countries in the world where Polio is still present, and this year will see a final push to complete the total worldwide elimination.

If you feel you can contribute to this enormous achievement, why not contact us via our website

Pictured are President Julian Holdroyd, Vice President Ann Denham, and members Chris Naylor and Ian Fillan.

A better picture will be posted in a week or so when the croci are in full bloom!!

To all our readers.


As of Monday 8th January 2018, Huddersfield Rotary Club will be meeting each week at


Meetings will be at 6.30pm for 7.00pm 2 course meal, followed by usual speaker/business meetings in the private Meeting Room.

See our website at for meeting details.

Please advise our Secretary Barrie Schofield on [email protected] of your attendance for catering numbers.

We look forward to welcoming all visiting Rotarians and others.


Huddersfield Rotary Club has planted 3000 croci in a cleared flower bed in Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield.

The croci will spell out the word ROTARY, and a plaque highlighting the achievements of Rotary International in eliminating Polio worldwide, and the drive to complete the task, will be in  place in time for flowering in Spring.


The gang of 4.







ROTARY in bulbs.

For our Dragon Boat Challenge Event 2017, Huddersfield Rotary Club nominated MacMillan Cancer Support Holmfirth Branch as the main beneficiary.

At our Club meeting on Monday 19th November 2017, Stacey Rhodes, Fundraising Manager for MacMillan Cancer Support in Kirklees and Wakefield, and Angela Nall, Treasurer of the Holmfirth Branch were presented with a cheque for £2000.00 by our President Elect, Narrell Leffman.


From the left. President Elect Narrell presenting the cheque to Stacey Rhodes and Angela Nall, with Club members in attendance.


Again this year, members of Huddersfield Rotary Club volunteered to sell poppies  on behalf of Huddersfield Branch, Royal British Legion.

They staffed the table from 10.00am until 6.00pm at Sainsbury’s Market Street, Huddersfield, and collected around £600.00 for a most worthy cause.




Tuesday 24th October 2017.


I have just read District Governor Robert Morphet’s excellent article in this morning’s Yorkshire Post headed ‘The War Against Polio hasn’t been won yet’

It highlights more than adequately the contribution Rotary International has made since 1985 in almost eradicating Polio worldwide. It describes the risk to which Rotary volunteers expose themselves, when they deliver vaccine to remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and quotes the amount of money raised by Rotary Clubs in Yorkshire this year as being in excess of £100,000 for the polio eradication fund.

Huddersfield Rotary Club has contributed to this fund over the years, and this year has purchased 5000 purple crocuses, the symbol of the campaign, which have been planted in both public and private locations around the town.

If you are inspired by reading this, or the article in the Yorkshire Post, and would like to help in the final push towards complete eradication of Polio worldwide, then why not go to our website, and press the JOIN NOW button on our home page to get further information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

From Rotarian Ian Fillan. Webmaster – Huddersfield Rotary Club.


10 members, 3 Rotarians from Huddersfield Pennine RC, and a further 15 Friends attended a Vocational visit to The Huddersfield Army Reserve Centre in St. Paul’s Street.

Presentations were made by 4 Trustees of the building. We learned about  the building and funding of the Drill Hall in 1901, the units that occupied the building from 1902 to the present day, the archives and War Memorials, and the silver collection.

The evening finished with an excellent buffet served in the Officers Mess Dining Room.

Pictured above. Supper in the Officers Mess

and below.  Rotarians and guests showing their appreciation.

and below right.  Members gathered in the Main Hall to view the War Memorials.


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.


Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC
Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
ANNUAL SNOOKER EVENING. Meet in the Borough Club room at 6.30pm for snooker. Pie and Pea Supper will be served at 8.00pm.
all-day Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Apr 2 all-day
6:30 pm cLUB mEETING @ The Foxglove
cLUB mEETING @ The Foxglove
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Business meeting.  All members are welcome.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
PRESIDENT’S QUIZ. Come and test your general knowledge skills.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Bob Edinburgh.  Subject.  Bob & Pip’s Coast to Coast Walk. PS.  Pip is  the family dog!!
all-day Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Apr 30 all-day