Rotary plant stall at Community FairCountdown to: Community Fair - Sat 12th Aug at 07.00

This will be the 15th year that the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers has organised the town`s Community Fair. It enables local charity & community groups to raise their profile with the public and generate much needed cash for their organisation.

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Rotary Scarborough Cavaliers - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Working with young people

Our three main activities with young people are the Youth Speaks Competition held in Pickering, the Technology Tournament held at Scarborough Rugby Club and the Young Chef competition - the first heat of which is held at the Yorkshire Coast College.


Polio Awareness: International food tasting

Polio awareness fund raising event with tasting of food from around the world. Harry Gration hosting the event. At St Augustine's school.


Around the world

As a whole Rotary is involved in numerous international activities - the flagship project is the programme to eliminate the disease of polio. As well as contributing to this our Club joins in several important smaller projects.


Eliminating polio - Ten facts to know

Visionary, sustained, ambitious and multi faceted project enduring over twenty five years to eliminate polio. A successful end may be in sight.


Ghana - Upper West Region, T"‹ractor available to Women"™s Groups

The long dry season in the Upper West Region of Ghana results in only a short growing season for farmers, growing yam, maize and millet. A low tech tractor is now available to speed ploughing and ground preparation.


Sand Dam at Kpaloworgu in Ghana

Collaborative venture by the Kpaloworgu community, Coalition for Change, funded by the Rotary Clubs of Scarborough Cavaliers and Stainborough, with Ghana Outlook providing water for irrigation and for domestic use.


About us

DRAGON BOAT Cheque presentations to local charities Wednesday 17th October at the Downe Arms


 Click here for more Dragon Boat Event details AND to continue  fundraising

A bright and breeezy dayon June 11th  was enjoyed by 26 paddler teams and many hundreds of spectators. 


19 local chariies to benefit:

Racing outcomes

The first two qualifying races involved all boats entered. Based on their times the teams were divided equally into a gold division and a silver division who will then competed in a third round of heats and the four best times in a gold and silver final. 

Silver FInal :

  1. Cirrus Research
  2. Barrowcliff Pharmacy Belles
  3. Foxy Ladies
  4. YMCA Team # 1

Gold Final

Very tightly contested with the following result

  1. Wold Top Brewerey
  2. Barons Health and Fitness
  3. Scarborough Rowing Club
  4. Fashionable Fitness

Rotary in a nutshell - the "in the lift" description

The Rotary network extends all over the world with headquarters in Chicago.  In the UK all clubs are under the umbrella of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), and are grouped into geographical districts. Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers is within district 1040 covering Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire and having over 100 clubs and 3,000 members.

A shared mantra is the aim of "Service above Self". In practice this means individual clubs working to contribute to their local community often supporting local causes financially or 'in kind' with practical help, for example, acting as a trustee. 

Influence can be spread farther afield by working in co-operation with othe clubs in the same geographical district and indeed on an international scale by contributing towards worldwide projects (led by Rotary Foundation) - perhaps the most well known of these is the campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary have been a leader of this aim for many years.

Our major fund raising (and fun) events are Community Fair, Dragon Boat races and (recently) tombola/games at the CAMRA Real Ale Festival. Other events (focussing on youth and in liaison with other local Clubs) include Youth Speaks, Technology tournament and Young Chef. We are holding a special event in the spring of 2017 to raise funds to contribute towards the last push towards eradicating polio from the world. 

Our club meets weekly at the Downe Arms in an informal and welcoming atmosphere with good fun, fellowship and food.

Link to informal history of Scarborough Cavaliers (follows later!) 

Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers F A Q's

CAVEAT: The information below is accurate for our Club BUT may not apply 100% to other nearby Clubs.

When do you meet?

Weekly on a Wednesday

Do you need to come every week?

No. Come when you can and contribute when you come.

Where is it?

Usually - Downe Arms, A170 Wykeham.

What is the dress code?

'Smart casual' - interpreted by menfolk as jacket but not necessarily tie.

Can ladies join?

Very welcome indeed at our Club, although there are still more men than ladies.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Secretary, or another member and come along to a couple of meetings as a visitor; then give us the nod if you want to find out more.

Do I have to pay to be member?

Yes. There is an annual subscription plus an optional donation to the Rotary Foundation (funding larger international projects).  Plus we need to pay the Downe Arms for feeding us !!

Are there induction 'rituals'?

Never have been never will be.  A new member is formally introduced to the Club and says a few words if they wish. All new members are just asked to give a short talk about their work &/or hobby interests, at an agreed date.

How many members are there?


A nice picture of Scarborough :-

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wednesday 26th July 19.00

Social evening

Raven Hall

Wednesday 2nd August 19.00

The Power of Patches

At the Downe Arms. Talk by Dorothy Baird about quilting, an activity pursued by both men and women for generations.


Wednesday 9th August 19.00

Fracking - An engineers view

At the Downe Arms. Speaker John Dewar, Operations Director at Third Energy


Wednesday 9th August 19.00

Fracking - An engineers view

At the Downe Arms. Speaker from Third Energy

Saturday 12th August 07.00

Community Fair

This will be the 15th year that the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers has organised the town`s Community Fair. It enables local charity & community groups to raise their profile with the public and generate much needed cash for their organisation.


Wednesday 16th August 19.00

The disappearance of Agatha Christie

At the Downe Arms. Talk by Tim Tubbs


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Rotary News

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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

Watch coverage of the 2017 'Rotary Young Citizen Awards', highlighting outstanding young people.

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How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

Find out more about Rotary fighting disease

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 1900 for 1930
(Visitors are welcome; please contact John Dudley on 01723 366 375 if you'd like to attend.)
The Downe Arms Country Inn,
Main Road,

YO13 9QB  01723 862471

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