Huddersfield Rotary Club continued their support of Greenfield Family Centre by collecting at Morrisons Waterloo, who kindly donated a hamper for us to raffle. Six of our members collected for 6 hours, and £156. 71 was raised for their appeal to fund the fitting of new windows and doors in their premises in Dalton.

Picture shows President elect Ann Denham, and Rotarian Ian Fillan

Huddersfield Rotary Club celebrated its 98th birthday with an afternoon tea party at The Vineyard, Holmfirth. Around 30 members and guests, including our Assistant Governor Rotarian Hazel Brindle, and the Presidents of Pennine, Holmfirth and Wakefield Chantry Clubs, enjoyed excellent fare, convivial fellowship, and the expansive views over the Holme Valley in the bright spring sunshine. A member of the vineyard staff gave a short talk about the history and function of the Vineyard.

Huddersfield Rotary Club recently recruited, inducted and welcomed two new members.

Mr. Precious Amadi, (currently Post-graduate Researcher in Law at the University of Huddersfield) and his colleague Mr. Bright Justice, (Sales Leadership and Marketing Researcher) were inducted by Assistant Governor Hazel Brindle.

In their introductory remarks, Precious and Bright both expressed their longstanding wish to become Rotarians. They thanked Huddersfield Rotary Club for giving them that opportunity, and were looking forward to becoming involved in the Club’s many projects.

However, they announced that their second priority was to form a Satellite Club in Huddersfield Town Centre, with the object of attracting younger members, and ultimately to form a new Rotary Club. They have already started on this project, and an inaugural meeting has been arranged for WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY at The Central Lodge, Beast Market, Huddersfield, commencing at 6.00pm.

Anyone interested in attending this meeting, please contact Precious Amani on [email protected] or 07440 406850.

He will delighted to hear from anyone who feels they would like to learn about Rotary, and maybe to be involved in Rotary. All will be welcome.

Assistant Governor, Hazel Brindle (back to camera) handing Rotary badges to Precious Amadi and Bright Justice, with Club President Rtn. Narrell Leffman in attendance.

Once again, courtesy of Huddersfield Borough Club, a snooker evening for members and friends took place in their premises at Lockwood Park on Monday 18th March. In a variation from previous events, Huddersfield Pennine Rotary were asked to send a team of 4 to play against Huddersfield Rotary. Led by Rotarian Tony Dann ( also current President of Borough Club) their second team lost in the final to Huddersfield first team. A total of 19 members and friends enjoyed the pie and pea supper, and the general activities of the evening. The competition for those not in the two teams above was organised and run by Rotarian George Webster, and the eventual winner, after a four way play off, was Rotarian Chris Naylor.

Below. The winning Huddersfield Rotary Club Team. From left to right are

Rotarians Ian Fillan, Raymond Butterworth, Guest Mike Shaw, and Hon. Rotarian Alan Booth

Also shown are the members and guests present.


Once again, Huddersfield Rotary Club combined with Huddersfield Pennine, Holmfirth, and Denby Dale Clubs to organise the Annual Technology Tournament. 22 Teams from 6 different schools entered the 2019 event, held at the Kirklees College Engineering Centre.

Thanks are due to all the teams who entered, the judges, and the volunteers from the 4 organising Rotary Clubs. Also grateful thanks to Kirklees College for hosting the event.

The winners of the Gold Medal in the Advanced category were


, 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


Upcoming Events

6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Jul 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Details to be announced.
all-day 11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge @ Pugneys Country Park
11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge @ Pugneys Country Park
Jul 6 all-day
Come and join us and enjoy the atmosphere of a fantastic day out. Watch the teams racing, and cheer them on to success. They will be raising money for Charities of their own choice. Last[...]
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
PRESIDENTIAL HANDOVER. Followed by Business meeting.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Club Meeting @ Foxglove Inn
Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Hazel Brindle (Assistant Governor)  Subject. Rucksack Scheme.