About us

Pages last updated: Friday 4th October 2019


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).

email: leedselmeterotary@btinternet.com   

For directions and map,  CLICK HERE or scroll to bottom of page. 


Our President for 2019-20 is Rotarian Dr Ken Garrett. Ken recently retired from his work as a Family Doctor with a practice in Oulton, Leeds. He has also been the "Crowd Doctor"  at Headingley stadium for many years. Ken has enjoyed many avenues of service to Rotary and the Club over the years, having been a member of the Club since December 1986. This will be his third term as Club President.

 Past President Alastair handed over the President's regalia to Ken on 4th July 2019.

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


On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, five of our members, including President Ken, attended Ireland Wood Primary School in North Leeds. They went to present awards to the four children with special needs who had been chosen by their teachers and physiotherapists for making good progress during the year. Also, this year we have been able to provide a grant of over £500 to help to buy additional equipment for the 'Sensory Room' to be used and enjoyed by the children

The school accepts several children with educational special needs into mainstream education. All the children we meet on these visits are delightful and accept the awards with great pleasure. 

We have been involved with the school now for over 10 years, and presenting these Awards (now in memory of one of our members, the late Jack Transport, who was responsible for setting up this initiative). 

We consistently say that “This is the best and most rewarding thing we do”. We will be back next year…… 


It's that time of year again, and we are seeing the fruits of our labours. The Purple crocuses we have planted in and around Bardsey Village and The Primary School are beginning to bloom.

 CLICK HERE to read about our efforts last year.


Once again, as in many previous years, a number of our members gave a donation to Lifestraws (or other worthy Charities) in lieu of sending Christmas cards to each other in 2018. To read more about this life saving Rotary Project click HERE 


    (Click on the Aquabox logo to go to their website.)

Our Club members are again looking to fill three Aquaboxes in this Rotary year (2019 -20).   We have completed this number of boxes each year for a number of years now. We deliver the completed boxes  to the Aquabox Depot in Derbyshire.
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! 

Used Spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas.

UPDATE 8th August 2019:

In 2018-19, 13 boxes of used spectacles were sent to VAO. 

So far this year we have already sent 2 boxes.


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 2019 Technology Tournament for Schools was held on Tuesday 12th March 2019, at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, and our Club was represented by a member 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 Rotary Clubs in Leeds Area join forces to put on the Tournament. 

Next Year's Event is scheduled for early March 2020.

Our Webpages

Our Club is one of very many clubs in Great Britain and Ireland currently using the RIBI website template, each club being required to make an ANNUAL payment of £50. This is raising approximately £60,000 for The Rotary Foundation each year!

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 17th October 19.30

Club Meeting BJ Alex Johnson - A Trip to India Part 2


Thursday 24th October 19.30

Club Meeting No Speaker


Thursday 31st October 19.30

Club Meeting No Speaker


Thursday 7th November 19.30

Club Meeting CH


Thursday 14th November 19.30

Special General Meeting and Discussion evening


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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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