Scarborough Community ChoirCountdown to: "Welcome to Christmas" concert - Sun 3rd Dec at 14.30

The Scarborough Concert Band and The Scarborough Community Choir. Westborough Methodist Church. All proceeds in aid of Dial-a-Ride; SASH; Scarborough Survivors and Springhead School.

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First meeting in November

Talk by District 1040 Rotarian - Brenda Wood, safeguarding law practice - meeting notes follow.

BUSY OCTOBER - with all these activities 

Brompton by Sawdon Community Primary School – Purple for Polio -  Crocus planting

On a wet afternoon on Thursday 19th October in Brompton over sixty pupils aged 6 to 11 of the local Community Primary School gathered to hear a presentation by Headmaster Mr John Logue, garden Supervisor Mrs Helen Wright and Peter Howgate from the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers. 

This was part of the school’s focus on encouraging pupils and their families to regard the school as not just a place to learn but also to connect with the community at large.  The objective was to raise awareness of the disease of polio and especially the prospect of its elimination. 

Mr Logue led the presentation centring mainly around a world’s map which graphically highlighted the reduction of polo from 125 countries and 350,000 cases a year30 years ago to (nowadays) 10 cases and three countries. 

Peter Howgate explained to role of the Rotary Clubs (worldwide) and in Scarborough as the leading voluntary organisation in the project over all these years.

The pupils were extremely interested and came up with a host of relevant and perceptive questions – in many cases they were then able to work out the answers for themselves; including the reasons why the project was called ‘Purple for Polio’ which turned out NOT to be because it was the colour of their school uniform!

After the presentation one class ventured into the garden area where, earlier in the week and with some guidance from the Gardening Supervisor Mrs Helen Wright they had made ready a heart shaped bed in which to plant the purple crocuses as part of the polio awareness project. The bulbs will surely make a delightful show in the spring and act as a lasting reminder of the many children who have enjoyed a healthy life thanks to polio immunisation.


Presentation to Charities arising from fund raising at Dragon Boats Event June 2017

Over 60 people attended a 'celebration evening' to hand out cheques to local Charities raised at the Dragon Boat races in June of 2017.  Over £7,500 was raised.  Boat sponsors, paddlers and local charties had an enjoyable evening as cheques were handed out to a dozen local Charities, by the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant.


Fund Raising tombola at CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Arts Festival 12th to 14th October atthe Old Parcels Office at the station.

Along with CAMRA funds over £1,100 was raised for three charities and cheques handed out at the Dragon Boat Presentation evening :-

  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Basics Plus
  • Rainbow Centre

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?


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Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Friday 17th November 18.00

Wine tasting fund raiser

At Geoff and Jean's

Tuesday 21st November 18.00

Dragon Boat committee

At 18.00 at JGB

Wednesday 22nd November 19.00

Diplomatic Service in Australia

At Downe Arms - talk by Jean Harrod.
Reception: Malcolm and Ramaswamt
Grace & Host: David Mortimer
Vote of thanks: Peter

Monday 27th November 18.00

Council Meeting at CC

Please submit agenda items to JD

Wednesday 29th November 19.00 - 22.00 Thursday 29th November

Visit of District Governor Robert Morphet

All about the goings on in our Rotary district.
Reception: Richard G and Kavita
Grace & host: Geoff
Vote of thanks Richard C

Sunday 3rd December 14.30

"Welcome to Christmas" concert

The Scarborough Concert Band and The Scarborough Community Choir. Westborough Methodist Church. All proceeds in aid of Dial-a-Ride; SASH; Scarborough Survivors and Springhead School.


Wednesday 6th December 19.00

Feedback from recent Council meeting

Reception: David Francis
Grace and host: John Bradley

Wednesday 13th December 19.00

Christmas meal

Festive meal and festivities at Cober Hill.
Reception: George and Janet
Grace: Jonathan
Vote of thanks: Peter

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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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