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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.


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.


Help & support to projects ...& fundraising

We aim to support selected, local, national and international projects either in kind with practical help, or financially.


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.


Social and fellowship activities

Great visit followed by BBQ


Youth Speaks event

This Public Speaking competition is run in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Pickering who do the main organisation whilst the Cavaliers provide stewarding and timekeeping.


About us


Those were the words of International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, speaking after the UK Government’s 100 million GBP funding pledge towards the eradication of polio.

The funds will help immunise as many as 45 million children from the disease and continue the push for 2017 to be the year we see the final case of polio.

Hear from Bill Gates, polio survivor Ade Adepitan and Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President Denis Spiller on our website, and watch our video interview with Priti Patel on our Facebook page.




At the Downe Arms on Wednesday 9th August. Talk by Third Energy about fracking - an engineers viewpoint.

Excellent detailed talk by senior engineer. Plenty of useful information and a balanced and moderate perspective.  (An example of one of the many interesting and informative topics that are covered at our meetings).

Previous week,

Mrs Baird was the Vice Chair of the committee for the “Talking Quilts” a Heritage Lottery Funded Project and a former chair and current committee member of the Scarborough Heirloom Quilter's group.
This group has over 50 members, meets up regularly and raises thousands of pounds for local charities. The current charity supported by this group is the RNLI of Scarborough and Filey.

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 20th September 19.00

Social Evening

Visit to Pomodoro at 24/5 Newborough

Wednesday 27th September 19.00

Feedback from Council meeting

Feedback from Council meeting of 11th September

Wednesday 4th October 19.00

Dial a ride


Wednesday 11th October 19.00

Amelia's chocolate

Well.. - Amelia and her chocolate!

Thursday 12th October 12.00

CAMRA Beer Festival

Beer Festival in the Old Parcels Office. Food, music and fund-raising area by Rotary Cavaliers.

Friday 13th October 09.00

Rotary Conference at the Spa

District 1040 conference at the Spa - more details follow

Friday 13th October 12.00

CAMRA beer Festivl

Beer Festival in the Old Parcels Office. Food, music and fund-raising area by Rotary Cavaliers

Saturday 14th October 12.00

CAMRA beer festival

Beer Festival in the Old Parcels Office. Food, music and fund-raising area by Rotary Cavaliers.

Wednesday 18th October 18.05

Cheque presenations

Presemntaion of cheques to local charities from Dragon Boat fundraising paddlers. TIMING TBC

future events completed calendar district events local events

Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Rotary Young Citizen Awards

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

Details on RotaryGBI.org

How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

Find out more about Rotary fighting disease

Details on Rotary.org

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

Meeting venue's web site

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