Welcome to the Rotary Club of Calverley
The Rotary Club of Calverley
What is Rotary ?
Rotary International is a global network of service volunteers. It is the world's largest service organisation for business and professional people, with over 1.2 million members operating in 200 countries world-wide.
There are some 58,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. It's a fulfilling role, and Rotarians can get involved as much or as little as their time will allow.
But there is much more. Clubs meet on a regular basis, which allows members to build firm friendships.
Every Rotarian has a right to attend any Club meeting anywhere in the world, so there is always somewhere to go, and people to meet, wherever business or leisure travel may take you.
Rotarians, men and women alike, volunteer their efforts to improve the quality of life in their own communities and beyond their communities' borders. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders.
Rotarians initiate community projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as violence, drug abuse, youth, AIDS, hunger, the environment, and illiteracy. Rotary clubs are autonomous and determine service projects based on local needs. Rotarians work with and for youth to address challenges facing young people today.
The main objective of Rotary is service, in the community and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self"
Where is Calverley ?
Calverley is one of those blackened stone Pennine villages like Haworth and Thornton. It hasn't outgrown itself and merged into its neighbours like Pudsey and Horsforth. It is leafy and still surrounded by fields. It lies between Leeds and Shipley. Though closer to Bradford it is officially part of Leeds. It is on high ground above the River Aire opposite Rawdon. Once it had woollen mills providing work for its people; now, as elsewhere, the old work has gone but the village prospers as a prime residential address. It is an old village, mentioned in the Domesday Book as an area of waste like so much of the North of England after William the Conqueror's ruthless subjugation of the area.
There are many old cottages, some fine Victorian and Edwardian family houses and, as always, newer properties on the fringes of the village. There are some allotments and unmade roads, both of which could feature in Disappearing Yorkshire. There are two golf courses in Woodhall Hills and spectacular views across Leeds and Bradford and beyond. There are good walks in Calverley Woods, down by the river and one which circles around the village "The Millennium Way" which was constructed by the Rotary Club of Calverley. The village is served by three public houses, the Thornhill Arms, The Calverley Arms and the New Inn