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Planting crocuses on Rotary Way
Eileen and friends planted crocuses on the roundabout in Rotary Way Durham in support of eliminating Polio from the worlddetails
Official Visit DG Terry Long & Rtn. Marion Long
The District Governor Terry Long and his wife Marion visited the clubdetails
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
Thursday 1st February 18.30
Committees & Business meeting
Sunday 11th February 13.00
Sponsored walk around Durham
An exciting 3 mile walk along Durham river bank with hidden clues along the way organised by Peter Atkinson. All money raised will got to the Treetops Ward, University Hospital of North Durham. Gathering at 1pm by the statue of the Marquess of Londonderry
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