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Committees and Business meeting



Strawberries and sparkling wine at Ann's



The Baby Bereavement Support Group

Joanne Morton-Lake who is the Chairman of voluntary community group called The Baby Bereavement Support Group which is based in Hartlepool, will talk about their valuable work. The group covers the whole of the North East and down as far as Peterborough.


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.


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.


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 -


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

Thursday 23rd November 19.00

Speaker PDG Terry Long - RYLA


Thursday 30th November 19.00

Durham 3 clubs meeting

Speaker Abi Atkinson

Thursday 7th December 19.00

Committees and Business Meeting


Sunday 10th December 11.00

Collection at Sainsbury's

Community and Vocation

Thursday 14th December 19.00

Club Christmas Meal at Hallgarth


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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

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How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

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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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