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Speaker Bob Crocker on English Ceramics


Bob Crocker will be talking about English Ceramics. He has spent years as a notable antique dealer down on the south coast and should give a fascinating insight into the world of antique porcelain, etc. The meeting takes place at Chilton Country Pub.

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Sedgefield Day


Sale of Art work

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Club Assembly


Dave

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Committees


Meeting of Committees

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The Reg Vardy Band


The Reg Vardy Band plays at Brandon Welfare Hall. They are 35 times North of England Brass Band Champions. Entrance is free.

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Wine Tasting Event


The Languedoc Winetasting Event Thursday 11th June 2015, 7pm for 7.30pm at Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU Tickets 15 pounds (including 3 glasses of wine from the region's vineyards), from Wendy Byatt, tel.: 0191 5861362

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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

Polio.
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 3rd May 18.30

District Assembly or Scatter


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Thursday 10th May 19.00

Committees & Business meeting


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Sunday 13th May 13.00

Swimathon – Spennymoor Leisure Centre


The swans will swim again for Breast Cancer Care and the chosen charity of Spennymoor Rotary Club

Thursday 17th May 18.30

Fish & Chips Supper


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Monday 21st May 09.00 - 18.00 Thursday 24th May

Purple4Polio Grand Tour


May 21st – 24th District checkpoint Beamish Museum

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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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