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Art Sale New College Durham
Art Sale - prints of local artist Colin Richardson, on Sunday the 8 March from 9am to 4pm at New College Durham.details
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 areasdetails
Outgoing President Peter Bramwell hands over President's insignia to incoming president Tom Sharples.details
Ann Southren MBE receives Paul Harris Fellowship
President Peter Bramwell congratulates Ann Southren MBE, who has been chosen for this year's Paul Harris Fellowship award by the club-members.details
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
Meetings and events happening soon
Saturday 16th February 11.00 - 15.00 Sunday 17th February
Leadership Assembly - Warwick
Thursday 21st February 19.00
Spk: Rt. Rev Malcolm Jones – PCDC – Serving children in crisis in the Holy Land
Saturday 23rd February 01.00
Paul Percy Harris (1868-1947), lawyer, created the first Rotary Club on February 23, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois with three friends Silvester Schiele, coal merchant , Gustave E. Loehr, mining engineer, and Hiram E. Shorey, tailor.
Thursday 7th March 19.00
Committees and Business meeting
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