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Welcome to the The Rotary Club of Barnard Castle (founded in 1940), serving Teesdale. (RI No. 18829)


The Rotary Club of Barnard Castle is part of Rotary North East (District 1030) serving North-East England. 

Our club actively supports LOCAL CHARITIES - Please contact us.




Rotary is all about having fun and promoting good causes locally and internationally. 
Meet the Rotary group who underwent a revolution, to diversify their membership and make themselves relevant for the community they support. 
Get involved with Rotary today at: https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/


Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2020

On Sunday November 17th 2019 the first round of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2020 will take place.

If you are a singer or instrumentalist of any style, Classical, Jazz, Music Theatre or Pop, you can apply, in your age group. Please consider entering this wonderful competition. It is on your door step, and it is a fantastic experience to compete in such a Music Festival.

  • Who can take part?

     The competition is open all schools and college communities including those that are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

    The age and instrument categories are as follows:

    Instrumental (include acoustic Guitar)


    Age 8 – 11 

    Age 12 – 15 

    Age 16 – 17 

There are so many outstanding musicians and singers in our Community I hope you will enter and show the local community your talents of our young people.

This year the Entry Form is ONLINE only, and the link is : https://forms.gle/eezotnjn2znWf3wc6

This year’s Adjudicator is Dr. Duncan Brown is a former professional orchestral musician who has  worked in the UK with the BBC and in Europe for  Stuttgart Opera, an arts administrator, and university lecturer. He teaches piano and composition  

at the Sage Gateshead's Centre for Advanced Studies, is a published composer of works for choir and conducts several choirs in the North-East  region.


The Closing date is Monday 12th October 2019




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Barnard Castle Rotary Interact Clubs - An Interact Club is an organisation for young people which is run by the youngsters themselves with support from the local Rotary Club.  At both Teesdale School, and, since 2018 - Barnard Castle school, they are run by the students with Sixth formers undertaking the roles of the principal officers.  

Teesdale School Interact Officers for 2019/2020

Ellie Wilkinson - President

Grace Tarpey - Vice President

Caleb Baker - Treasurer

Izzy Semley - Secretary

Their exciting plans for the first term of the school year include: 

  • A recruitment drive
  • A Pianos for Polio event
  • A Halloween themed bake sale
  • A Christmas quiz raising money for an environmental charity.
  • Food bank collections




At Barnard Castle School, the current officers of the Interact group are:


Emilia-Rose Rowland  and Niamh Robinson - Joint Presidents


Emily Kelly - Vice President


Liliane Keita  - Secretary


George Walton - Treasurer


Mark Nicholson - Vice Treasurer

They already have a raft of new, exciting ideas to help serve the local community.


Barnard Castle

                                                                                                     Barnard Castle School


Barnard Castle Rotary Club has close links with the Local Primary & Secondary Schools in the Teesdale Area.



The Rotary Club of Barnard Castle has funded a number of Shelter Boxes.  

Click on the logo to the left to read more about Shelter Box

A shelterbox is a piece of first response kit used in many many disasters over the last twenty years or so.

Each Box is equipped with vital emergency equipment, including: a ten man tent, a stove, cooking utensils, blankets, water purification equipment, tools and even a few toys for the very young children.

Shelterbox is one of the major Rotary programmes that Barnard Castle Rotary Club supports as part of its International programme.


Contents of a ShelterBox

Rotary always welcomes new members.

If you feel that you would like to be involved in the sort of activities mentioned above "“ Rotary operates on a local, national and international scale "“ why not come to one of our weekly meetings at The Redwell Inn? Phone our secretary, Pauline Loughran-Hanby on 01833 630102 and you will be made most welcome.

 Checkout our Facebook page - Veg Out In Barney for details of the Community planting project  in Barney inspired by the Incredible Edible project in Todmorden

- Contact Ann Barmby Tel: 01833 630812  to register your interest in this exciting project.


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 What is Rotary?

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. These are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others. 

Thanks to Ron Duxbury for this link which takes you to an archive of issues of the ROTARIAN back to 1910 !


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Business Meeting

Tuesday 15th October 19.00

Business Meeting

Monthly business meeting

Tuesday 22nd October 19.00

Darlington & District Samaritans

Darlington and District Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
Every six seconds we respond to a call for help. Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help.


Thursday 24th October 18.00

Pianos for Polio

An evening of piano music from students at Teesdale School in aid of "End Polio Now". Further details to follow.

Tuesday 29th October 18.45

Speaker - TBA

Weekly meeting

Mock Interviews at Barnard. Castle School

Tuesday 5th November 11.30

Mock Interviews at Barnard. Castle School


Tuesday 5th November 19.00

St Cuthbert’s Way a step to far? - Peter Harding

Barnard Castle Rotarian Peter Harding undertook a sponsored walk of St Cuthbert's Way - a 62 mile long-distance trail between Melrose in the Scottish Borders and Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland – to raise funds for the YMCA homeless project.

Mock Interviews at Barnard Castle School

Wednesday 6th November 11.30

Mock Interviews at Barnard Castle School


Thursday 7th November 19.00

The World’s Oldest Shipwreck - Professor Jon Adams

Public Lecture - Raising Funds for Charity
Venue: Barnard Castle School
Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: £10


Tuesday 12th November 19.00

A joint talk on their work with Chernobyl - Alan & Vera Wade

It will be both heart wrenching and inspiring to learn about the work their district is doing for the "Chernobyl Children" who live in a radioactive wasteland in Belarus.

Council Meeting

Wednesday 13th November 16.00

Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of Club Council members

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at 18.30 for 19.00
The Jersey Farm
Darlington Road
Barnard Castle DL12 8TA  tel: 01833 638223

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