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.


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.

Upcoming Events

5:30 pm Club Meeting @ Odeon cinema
Club Meeting @ Odeon cinema
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Visit to Odeon Cinema to see live performance of Royal Ballet’s Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Details about pre-performance meal and timings to follow.
all-day Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Oct 30 all-day
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Rtn. Narrell Leffman.  Subject.  Travel Update
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ 56, Daisy Lea Lane, Lindley
Club Meeting @ 56, Daisy Lea Lane, Lindley
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Business meeting. PLEASE NOTE.  As neither Len (our caterer) or his assistant are available on this date, Raymond has kindly agreed to hold this VERY IMPORTANT Business meeting at his house.    
6:30 pm @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
@ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Stacey Rhodes.   Subject  Macmillan Cancer Support. Stacey will be presented with her cheque as the Club’s principal beneficiary at 2017 Dragon Boat challenge.
12:00 pm Club Meeting @ Christine Wilkinson
Club Meeting @ Christine Wilkinson
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rtn. Chris At Home.  Proceeds to Mary’s Meals.
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Club Meeting @ Huddersfield RUFC Presidents Bar
Dec 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Sandra Rout.   Subject. Send a Cow.
12:00 pm Club Meeting @ Tolson Museum
Club Meeting @ Tolson Museum
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Tour of Museum followed by lunch
6:30 pm Club Meeting @ Meltham Golf Club
Club Meeting @ Meltham Golf Club
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas Meal and Entertainment.
all-day Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Dec 25 all-day