HUDDERSFIELD ROTARY CLUB recently presented a cheque for £500.00 to FORGET-ME-NOT CHILDREN’S HOSPICE.

In accepting the cheque from President Narrell, their fundraiser  expressed her gratitude for our donation, and explained that the money would be used to boost the £3.8m required annually to cover the cost of running the Hospice.


Here are the official final positions in the Dragon Boat Challenge held at Pugneys Country Park on Saturday 7th July 2018.




Wednesday 18th July 2018.

Members of Huddersfield Rotary Club sold raffle tickets for a hamper, generously provided by Morrisons, Waterloo. The funds raised have been donated to Greenfield Family Centre in Dalton to purchase a new climbing frame for their playground.

The presentation was made at Greenfield Family Centre to the winner Mrs. Janet Brook of Shelley.

Picture shows from left – Rotarian Ian Fillan, Janet Brook, and Centre Development Manager, Lesley Stephenson.


Lucky Number Prize Draw.

The winning numbers are.

1st Prize. 12 month membership of Iveridge Health Club         848

2nd Prize. Flight over Yorkshire                                                      882

3rd Prize.  Shark Ninja Equipment.                                                1794

Ticket No 1794 was sold on Race Day in the Field Car Park between 10am and 12 noon. If YOU were there – check your brochure number!

Prizes can be claimed by phoning Bob Guard on 07881 510093.



SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2018.The 10th Anniversary Dragonboat challenge was blessed with fine, sunny, and hot weather. 37 teams entered, and provided a great spectacle both on the water and at the lakeside.

The World Cup quarter final match caused the organisers Gable Events  some problems to overcome, as one team pulled out the day before, and a few teams opted to retire after the first two heats, including one that was leading at the time.

However, this opened up the opportunity for other teams to qualify for the final. 2 teams qualified for the Ladies final, and 6 teams competed for the Stuart Wardell Memorial Shield. 

The Mayor of Kirklees presented the prizes to the winners of the ladies final LAURA CRANE YOUTH CANCER TRUST – sponsored by Huddersfield Rotary Club – and the winners of the Stuart Wardell Memorial Trophy to  HUDDERSFIELD DOWNS SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP shown here.

Full results will be published shortly. In the meantime, we thank all who contributed to another fantastic day out, when a massive amount of money will have been raised for a large number of charities, thus illustrating the immense amount of good work Rotary achieves to the benefit of both local and national charities.


With just one day to go to our Annual Dragon Boat Challenge, all is in place for another fantastic day on the lake at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield,  – and we have ordered amazing weather. Make sure you all bring lots of sunblock and water with you.

38 teams are entered, and despite the so called counter attraction of a World Cup football match, we are confident that teams will  turn up as usual to raise lots of money for their chosen Charity.

Racing will start at approx 10.00am and the final at around 4.30pm followed by prize giving.

The public are invited to visit Pugneys on Saturday to experience the excitement of Dragon Boat Racing. There is a free car park, marshaled by Rotarians, in a field approx 300 yds from the roundabout on the A636, up Asdale Road on the right hand side, heading towards Sandal. Food stalls will be available in the Park, and the miniature railway will be open, along with additional children’s attractions. Do come and join us for a great day out.

Huddersfield Rotary Club recently volunteered to collect in Morrisons Waterloo, Huddersfield, to help them raise funds for their Charity of the Year, CLIC SARGENT.

Morrisons provided two hampers as raffle prizes, and the collection raised £339.00 for which Debbie Creaser, Morrisons Community Champion, was most grateful.

From the left. Rtn Ann Denham, Rtn. Chris Naylor, Debbie Creaser (Morrisons) and President Rtn. Julian Holdroyd

In appreciation, Debbie has generously offered  a date in a few weeks time, when volunteers from Huddersfield Rotary will on this occasion collect and retain  all the proceeds.  The collection will be in aid of Greenfield Family Centre at Dalton. Rotary will donate the total amount collected to help purchase equipment for a new play area currently under construction at Greenfield. Again, Morrisons will provide two hampers as raffle prizes.

We will announce the date for this collection when it is confirmed.

Preparations for our 10th Anniversary Dragon Boat Challenge on SATURDAY 7TH JULY at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, are now well in hand. To date, 37 teams are entered, and invitations have gone out to them to attend our Pre-Event Reception on 14th June at Heath Cottage Hotel, Dewsbury. This Reception is particularly useful for new teams. Further information, if required, can be found on our dedicated website

If you are planning a visit to Pugneys on 7th July to experience the fantastic atmosphere created by Dragon Boat Racing, we recommend you take advantage of the FREE PARKING provided and marshaled by Rotarians, which is situated in a field 300 yards up Asdale Road, and well signposted from the roundabout adjacent to the entrance to Pugneys. Racing will take place throughout the day, commencing at around 10.00am and the Prize Giving will conclude the event at approx 5.00pm.

Last year, the teams participating raised in excess of £47.800.00 which was distributed to around 20 different Charities of the team’s choice. This year’s teams are aiming to beat that figure.

Huddersfield Rotary Club looks forward to seeing you there.



This year, Huddersfield Rotary Club decided to celebrate their 97th Charter in a different way. Instead of the traditional evening dinner with formal dress and guest speaker, we held an Afternoon Tea Party at the Spiced Pear, New Mill.

35 members and guests, including District Governor Robert attended. All enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the background piano entertainment, and the excellent selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes served on 3 tier stands on each table. In addition, a birthday cake was provided to celebrate our Charter and a member’s birthday. Pictures show


A general view

The cake

The sumptuous food.


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.


Upcoming Events

all-day Club Meeting
Club Meeting
Aug 27 all-day
6:15 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Sep 3 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker Finder  Rtn R. Butterworth.  Subject  TBA
6:15 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Sep 10 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Business Meeting.
6:15 pm Club Meeting @ The Woodman Inn
Club Meeting @ The Woodman Inn
Sep 17 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit of District Governor. Joint meeting with Denby Dale R.C.
6:15 pm Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Club Meeting @ The Foxglove
Sep 24 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Cheque recipients’ evening.