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Pages last updated on Friday 17th November 2017



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We meet at The Bingley Arms, (The Oldest Inn in England!),

Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds.  LS17 9DR.

 7.00 pm. for 7.30 pm., every Thursday(except two Thursdays around Christmas).

For directions and map,  CLICK HERE. 


Our President for 2017-18 is Rotarian Peter Whelan. Peter is a retired Surgeon who worked at St James's University Hospital, Leeds (Jimmy's) as a Consultant Urologist until his recent retirement. This is Peter's second go at being President (previous term of office: 2002-03). 

President Peter and Members will be delighted to welcome visiting Rotarians and guests to our meetings. (Please advise by phoning 0113 267 2925).


Two of our members attended the District Conference in Scarborough this year. They just had a 'day registration' for the Saturday, but were able to meet up with some old, and new, friends in the "House of Friendship" on the Friday afternoon too.

The weather was unseasonably mild (22oC) and sunny (normally it is cold, wet or even icy), and we could sit out in the Spa Complex to enjoy our Tea/Coffee or ice-cream! Our 'Leaky Taps and Jerry Cans' project in Kenya was mentioned in the the Rotary Foundation Showcase presentation. We left late on Saturday afternoon feeling inspired and informed since all the Conference presentations were excellent - illutrative and deserving of the Rotary Moto label 'Service above Self'. 

We also brought back the crocus bulbs we had ordered in support of "Purple for Polio"  - part of Rotary's End Polio Now Campaign - ready to plant next week. 


The day after the storms caused by the remnant of Hurricane Ophelia, 4 members of the Club and 4 members of Bardsey Parish Council braved the gusty wind and planted 4000 purple crocus corms on the grassed area at the end of Woodacre Lane, Bardsey. We had planted some there last year. A notice will be erected in the spring, when they start to flower, to tell people about this effort and Rotary's 'End Polio Now' Campaign. We have also given Bardsey Primary School 1000 bulbs to add to those we planted with the children's help at the school last year.


In the afternoon of Saturday 2nd September, about nine of our members (and a good number of spouses) attended the Bardsey Horticultural Society (72nd) Annual Show in Bardsey Village Hall. It was a great show with lots of interesting things and people.

The objective of our presence was to raise awareness in the village about Rotary, and that our Club meets at the Bingley Arms there (the oldest Inn in England) every Thursday. We  were hopeful that we might recruit a new member or two….

We took an exhibition table on the lawn behind the Village Hall where the Show was taking place. Fortunately, the weather was perfect – sunny most of the time. We had a display of “Rotary” posters and various information leaflets (including one giving a summary of some of our projects last year). 

We held a ‘Champagne Draw’ with 3 prizes: A bottle of Champagne (won by our Secretary Brendan – the Luck of the Irish!), a bottle of Prosecco (won by Lucille Vincent) and a bottle of Asti (carried off by Lucie Swallow). 

Pictured are Lucille and Lucie with their prizes. (Lucie is being 'cuddled' by President Elect Alastair Henderson, PHF.)

It was a lovely afternoon, and we will probably want to do the same next year, weather permitting. Our thanks go to the Society for making us so welcome this year.


Leeds Elmete has had a good working relationship with Ireland Wood School in North Leeds for many years. This school accomodates children with special educational needs and integrates them into mainsteam. We work particularly with the physiotherapy department. To fulfil a need to reduce strain on carers, and to aid the comfortable transfer of children/young adults unable to stand safely, we purchased of a 'Birdie' Folding Mobile Hoist as illustrated in the picture, in May 2017. We are delighted to provide the funding for this eqipment, knowing it will be put to good use for the benefit of the staff and students.


Here is Immediate Past-President Bill presenting the cheque to Mr Blackburn the Headteacher:

PRESENTATION OF PHYSIO PRIZES AT                                         IRELAND WOOD SCHOOL,  12th July 2017

It was, yet again, a great pleasure for 4 of our Rotarians, along with President Peter, to attend the afternoon Assembley at Ireland Wood School on 12th July 2017. We were reminded that we have being going, on an annual basis, for many years now to present prizes to the students judged to have made outstanding progress with their physiotherapy to help their mobility, while also making progress with their studies. We were also able to perform the 'official handover' of the hoist we purchased a couple of months ago. It is always a delight to see the children, how well behaved they are, and to see the pleasure on the faces of the winners of the awards. 

The awards are named in memory of one of our past members, the late Jack Transport, who initiated the scheme.

Below is a photograph of 3 of the 4 successful students (the missing young lady was visiting the school she will be studing at next term on the day we attended), as well as a photo of Past President Bill and the hoist.



A teacher from Ireland Wood School attended one of our meetings recently to give us a talk about the School and how the children with Educational Special Needs are incorporated into the daily life of the school. A talk appreciated by all. 

During the meeting, we had to pass around an empty sugar bowl, since 'The Pig of Good Fortune' had gone AWOL. The pig - a large orange piggybank - has been passed around at our meetings weekly for some time now. If a member has some good news, information, joke etc. to impart, a coin or two is then put in the pig. This raises a suprisingly large sum that the President is able to send to one or more chosen charities at Christmastime. Last year, Rotary's Polio Plus and Brain Cancer Research benifitted from the proceeds of the 'Pig.'

When we went to Ireland Wood to present the Physio Prizes in July, knowing we were bereft of a collecting vessel, the Teacher who had talked to us presented us with a ceramic Owl to replace the missing animal. So from now on 'Olly' the Owl of Good Fortune will do the collecting. Thanks Jane.


Following a presentation to the Club in September last year by two medical students, we awarded £200 to the Carolina for Kibera NGO to buy taps to be attached to jerry cans to provide basic handwashing facilities for people in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya (if not Africa). The students had undertaken a research project in Kibera and found that lack of hand washing contributed to higher rates of diarrhoeal illness, especially in children. We were so impressed by the students and their project, that President Bill presented the project at a meeting of the Leeds Rotary Club presidents in October, and by Christmas an aplication for a District Matching Grant of £1000 was submitted. Four of the Leeds Clubs matched our further donation of £200. The grant was approved and the money, now £2,000 has been despatched, meaning that in the near future nearly 10,000 people in the slum will be able to wash their hands before eating of preparing food.

 To go to the full story with more pictures:  CLICK HERE

PURPLE 4 POLIO - Our crocuses

Here is a picture of flowering crocus corms that were planted by members of Bardsey Parish Council, Students from Bardsey Primary School and ourselves in November. A grand show around the village and infront of the school, and of course in aid of Polio Plus. (Also see more pictures in 'Events 2016-17' in 'What We Do' or CLICK HERE



    Click on the Aquabox logo to go to their website.

Our Club members filled three Aquaboxes in the last Rotary year (2015-16).   We have done the same number this year (2016-17), and they were delivered to the Aquabox Depot in Derbyshire on Friday 9th June 2017. We have 3 to fill this year (2017-18).

Below is an extract of an email received by Aquabox with a quote from one of the recipients in Somalia of the boxes we sent in 2012: "When I was pregnant, I had worries to cloth my babe. We dont afford food most times so monies for cloths is hard to get. I thought the box was just for water and was happy when I found the towels and the clothes. I cried and hided them for after the delivery. This is the first time I ever had something new to wrap my baby in. My oldest son Ahmed will not leave the shelter without his new books and bag. He is too proud when he carries them with the other boys. Even me, I can share the cooking utensils with my neighbors. It feels like being home again. Truely these are blessings for all of us!"

Makes you feel good that the efforts of a few people in Yorkshire can have such an impact on the lives of people in need so far away! 


A number of our members continue to help out at two local schools by hearing children read once a week. This initiative started in September 2013, and is proving to be a very valuable and rewarding experience for the students, the schools and the Rotarians involved.To read more about this initiative: Click Here.

Leeds Rotary Clubs Technology Tournament for Schools

The 2017 Technology Tournament for Schools was held on Tuesday 28th February 2107, at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, and our Club was represented by two members as part of the of the Judging Teams, as well as helping with the organisation of the day. A new record number of teams took part.

  The ten Rotary Clubs in Leeds Area join forces to put on the Tournament. 

Next Year's Event is scheduled for Tuesday 13th March 2018, and we have made a donation of £100 towards the expense of running the event. 


Once again, a number of our members gave a donation to Lifestraws in lieu of sending Christmas cards to each other in 2016, and may well do the same in 2017.

To read more about this life saving Rotary Project click HERE 

Our Webpages

Our Club is one of 1198 clubs currently using the RIBI website template, each club being required to make an ANNUAL payment of £50. This is raising approximately £59,900 for The Rotary Foundation each year!

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Thursday 30th November 19.00

Club Meeting SGM followed by Business Meeting


Thursday 7th December 19.00

Club Meeting BC


Thursday 14th December 19.00



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No Meeting This Week


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 19.00 pm. for 19.30 pm.
(No meeting on two Thursdays around Christmas.)
The Bingley Arms,
(The Oldest Inn in England),
Church Lane,
LS17 9DR.  01937 572462

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