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Seamus Matlack our Rotary Global Scholar arrives in the North East today

Durham Elvet Rotary Club is the host club of Seamus, our Rotary Global Scholar. He will be completing a Master's Degree of Science in Defense, Development, and Diplomacy at St. Mary's College of Durham University.


Swimathon 2014

This year the Swans will swim again for their chosen charity 'Breast Cancer Campaign' at the Swimathon at the Freemans Quay swimming pool in Durham on Saturday 22 November at 11.30am with fond memories of one of their pens, Alex Ayton -


Car Boot Sale Seaham Coast Road

The boat sale raised £220


Continuous donations for the Rotary's Shelter Box project

Peter Bramwell's continuous support for the Shelter Boxes distributed by Rotary across the world disaster areas


Strawberry and sparkling night at the home of Ann & Jeff

There is a £10 fee for the evening. Money will be raised for an autistic unit in Szazhalombatta, Hungary. The evening starts at 7pm. The event raised £520


About us

Elvet is part of the City of Durham and is one of the oldest settlements in the Durham City locality.  It is first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles in 762 AD as Aelfet ee (trans: Elvet or Swan Island).  The 'island' is believed to be the site of what became the City of Durham on the hill in the large 'swan neck' loop in the River Wear.

It was within this 'swan neck' meander, in 995 AD, that St Aldhun settled with his monks and the relics of the Christian Saint Cuthbert.  The construction of the famous cathedral that dominates and characterises the city was begun in 1092 AD.

The original Elvet Bridge on this site was built by Bishop Hugh Pudsey in about 1160 AD.  It was added to in 1228 and later by Bishop Fox in 1495.  There were  originally 14 arches, of which only 10 now remain, two of which are overbuilt.  In 1771 the bridge was severely damaged by floods.  In 1804-5 the width of the bridge was doubled.  The bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic.

In 1986 the Cathedral and Castle, high on this famous river site, was designated a World Heritage Site.


Foundation - Thought of The Week

I was a Rotarian for many years and never contributed to The Rotary Foundation, because nobody ever asked me. Then one year, our club president made a plea for support for PolioPlus. Since my generation was hit hard by polio, I made a commitment to contribute every month. By the end of the year, it had become a habit to contribute each month, just like paying rent. That habit continues today, many years later, and each year I become more aware of how much good the Foundation does.
Rotarian Dave Berry

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Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 24th October 19.00

World Polio Day


Friday 25th October 19.00

Broth Night Ann and Jeff


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Where and when:

The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham We meet on Thursdays at 7pm for 7.15pm
The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB  0191 372 1188

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