On Monday 14th October, in lieu of their normal Club meeting, Huddersfield Rotary Club held their popular Snooker evening at The Borough Club Lockwood Park. 16 members and friends attended. Huddersfield Pennine sent a team of 4 members to take part in a match  against our Club 4 man team. Huddersfield ‘A’ won a close fought final against Pennine ‘A’. An alternative competition, organised by Rtn. George Webster, was won by Lisa Hoyle – a ‘Friend’ of Rotary. All enjoyed a meat and potato pie supper.

At our Club meeting on Monday 16th Sept, our RYLA candidate, Elliott Butterworth gave us his post-event presentation of his experience at the RYLA camp at Hebden Hey in August.

His presentation was extremely well prepared, and confidently delivered. He thanked Huddersfield Rotary Club for sponsoring him and giving him the opportunity to gain much experience in leadership skills, which will stand him in good stead in his vision of becoming a regular soldier.

Elliott Butterworth giving his presentation

Huddersfield Rotary Club, in conjunction with Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club, held their 11th Annual Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, when 27 teams competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy.


Although the day started off dull and damp, the clouds soon rolled away, and the sun came out. After all the teams had established their Team Bases, and registered, racing started shortly after 10.00am. Each team raced three times during the day, and 5 teams qualified for the ‘predominately ladies crews’ trophy, and 6 teams for the overall final, which was held at approx 4.15pm.


The Ladies final was won by Stuarts Big Kiss in a time of 56.86 secs. This was followed by the most exciting Grand final, with only 4.24 secs separating the 6 boats,and only 1.66 secs between the first 3. Stuarts Big Kiss also qualified for the Grand Final and finished a very commendable fourth, and the overall winner of the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy was CHAPPERS LEGEND (who were 4th last year) in a time of 54.82secs.


The Prize Giving ceremony was MC’d by Bob Guard from Wakefield Chantry Club, and Chairman of the joint organising Committee, and the prizes were presented by the two Presidents, Moray Bissett from Chantry and Ann Denham from Huddersfield. All teams and volunteers, together with Gable Events, were thanked for their involvement, and teams were asked to raise lots of money for the chosen Charity, and come back again next year, when the event will be held on SATURDAY 11TH JULY 2020.

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.

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Club Meeting @ Berties Restaurant
Club Meeting @ Berties Restaurant
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
This is a joint meeting with Huddersfield Pennine Rotary Club. Speaker.  James Minden   Subject. Rotary Sailing Experience. NOTE. Change of venue and date.  This is in lieu of our normal meeting on 21 Oct.
6:00 pm Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Dr. Mike Page.  Subject.  Story of the Pioneer Read Holiday. NOTE  New venue and timings.
6:00 pm Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Business Meeting.  All welcome.
6:00 pm Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker.  Huddersfield Film Society
6:00 pm Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Club Meeting @ The Keys Restaurant
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7:00 pm Club Meeting @ Meltham Golf Club
Club Meeting @ Meltham Golf Club
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
CHRISTMAS DINNER. Times to be confirmed.