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.


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.