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Rotary Club of Durham Elvet - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

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.


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


Mike Robson RC

Talk by Mike Robson from Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club - Special Project


Club Handover

Outgoing President Peter Bramwell hands over President's insignia to incoming president Tom Sharples.


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.


Charter Celebrations

2016 sees the tenth anniversary of Durham Elvet Rotary Club receiving its Charter ...


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

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Saturday 16th February 11.00 - 15.00 Sunday 17th February

Leadership Assembly - Warwick


Spk: Rt. Rev Malcolm Jones – PCDC – Serving children in crisis in the Holy Land

Thursday 21st February 19.00

Spk: Rt. Rev Malcolm Jones – PCDC – Serving children in crisis in the Holy Land


Rotary Day

Saturday 23rd February 01.00

Rotary Day

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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Rotary News

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Family Rotary club use skills to kick-start local charities

Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

Meetings & Venue

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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