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Lovely tulips for sale at "Gardeners question time" - panel headed by Roger Burnett. (Spring 2019)


Community Fair annual event in August

30 - 40 local causes display their wares and raise funds for their charity at tables organised by the Club in the pedestrian precinct, at this annual event in August.


Scarborough Fair Collection then Ox inn at Lebberston

Stunning collection of vintage fairground rides, organs, vehicles and arcade games opened up from 6.15 to 7.45; we then moved on to the Ox Inn at Lebberston.


Hedge-Hoggers Cider, Beer & Music festival

8 volunteers needed during event; plus Set up Friday 14th. Tidy Sunday 16th. Also tombola prizes.


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 Scarborough TEC.


Ghana - Upper West Region

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.


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Hull Fish Trail





                                Cavaliers trip to `ULL!


Sixteen intrepid travellers set off from Scarborough Railway Station at 10.13am on Sunday, September 15 to walk the Hull Fish Trail.


But before the group arrived in the current UK City of Culture tour guide Mike Wilkinson tested them on questions about the Hull dictionary.


For example, what does “Yerolidiz” mean (your holidays)? Or “Fern” obviously your phone or “Arse in yer Kirk”, ice in your coca cola with the Grunwells winning the star prize scoring 17.5 out of 20.


So arriving at Kingston upon Hull after an hour and half train journey we headed to the Philip Larkin statue in Paragon Station for a group photo, where we were joined by Mike`s friends Roy and Gill.


Larkin is the City`s most famous poet and novelist, declining the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 and was the librarian at the University of Hull for 30 years.


We then headed off to Queen Victoria Square to start the trail, which starts outside the City Hall, and is a public art initiative around Hull`s old town following the line of its medieval walls.


Mike began by explaining how the trail had been devised as one of Humberside County Council`s contribution to the 1992 Hull Festival, that commemorated the 350th anniversary of the city`s involvement in the English Civil War in 1642.


The project was managed by the County Council`s Leisure and Tourism Department, which Mike headed and was part of the “Gateway Europe” project - a unique cultural tourism partnership, funded by the Arts Council of England and the English Tourist Board, led by our very own John Munro.


The group then headed off at noon to trace the 41 sculptures, starting with “A” for anchovies outside the City Hall, finishing with “Z” for zander.




The first port of call was Beverley Gate, where in 1642 Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the City – an act of defiance widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.


The decision to stop the king entering the City was made in the plotting room of the Ye Olde White Harte pub but more about that later on.


The third installation at this point on the trail was “cod” a fish synonymous with the fish and chips dish.


We steadily moved along Princes Dock Street, beside the Prince Dock Shopping Centre and down Posterngate to Trinity Square.


At the square Mike described the history behind the Hull Trinity House charity which founded a school in 1369, which is now academy with the charity known for serving seafarers and their families.


Hull Minster, formerly the Holy Trinity Church – England`s largest parish church – was built using fine medieval brickwork with a 17th-century organ and was a popular staging post for the group on the walk.


Hull Grammar School too in the square was built in 1683 and boasts William Wilberforce and Andrew Marvell as its famous old boys.


Next on the trail was Corporation Pier, having walked along Prince Street and Hull Marina to a welcome refreshment stop, with a reminder engraved on the benches of the Minerva pub of some of the city`s key phrases.


The pier was where the ferry used to cross the Humber from Hull to New Holland in Lincolnshire and houses three more of the fish sculptures with grayling branded into the timbers of the Victorian pier.


From here we moved along the River Hull to our lunch stop at the Sailmakers Arms on High Street, with some of the group crossing the river to the east bank to view the salmon over a new bridge.


Arriving here to view a crab as number 27 on the trail, we were now more than half way on completing our journey.


Despite our lunch booking and pre-ordered food order we had to wait for an hour for our food but at least it allowed us time to catch up on our experiences so far on the walk and enjoy a few drinks.


Lunch taken we were chasing Shrimp, Whitebait, and Electric Eel to arrive at Alfred Gelder Street and passed William Wilberforce`s House on High Street in the city`s museum quarter.


Here Mike explained that the White Hart Hotel has one of only eleven surviving ceramic bars in the whole of the country – astonishingly there is another in the city at the Polar Bear on Spring Bank.


Five more fish where identified before our pursuit of excellence staled failing to trace fish numbers 36 Squid and number 37 Oarfish in Manor Street.


However, we did find the pub with the smallest window in the Land of Green Ginger – the George Hotel.


Another hostelry was our next location – Ye Olde White Harte – the place where Sir John Hotham and his associates plotted to deny the King entry to the city in this infamous public house, with a human skull behind the bar.


Two Hake are cut in steel as you approach the pub down an alleyway.


It was obviously time to explore the pub and have a final drink before carrying onto the finish line at Zander on Whitefriargate, passing a further two fish along the shopping street – Monkfish and Shark.


The trail complete there was just time to walk to the railway station to catch the 5.00pm train back to Scarborough, having experienced the delights and mysteries of the UK City of Culture.


Mike Wilkinson





Community Street Fair August 10 2019

Our annual street fair in Scarborough was another successful event organised by Rotary Cavalier members Lyndsey and Keith with help from many other members. The day went well, with over 28 stalls hired out at £25 each to other charities who joined in the fun and serious business of collecting cash for their own good causes. Despite the dramatic weather change after lunch the day was considered to be a great success. Cavaliers raised about £1000 from stall hire, their own plant and bric-a-brac stall all for distribution to local charities.

Job Talk

Yorkshire and its Dialects July 10 2019

Presidential Handover Night July 3 2019

The Sawdon Golf Classic 26 June 2019

The annual Sawdon Golf Classic is held at Snainton Golf Course (don’t ask!)

This event is always popular open to golfers and non golfers. John Bradley ( member) organises the event which runs very well. The idea being each team of four comprises of members who can hit the ball and those who supposedly can’t hit the ball however it is not always clear who is who? Its all good fun and the missed chances are replayed back at the Downe Arms over a drink and hearty meal. Prizes are awarded to the winners and losers.  

Raven Hall Fellowship Gathering June 2019


International Food Fare June 2019

Our annual fund raising event raising much needed monies to sponser school text books and clean water for communities in Africa. Nearly £1000 collected will go a long way for these projects. Fabulous food and company, a well organised and enjoyable evening.

Hedgehoggers Cider Fair Seamer June 2019

We were invited to attend/help at this annual event organised by Dan the owner of the Hedgehoggers Cider company Seamer. Some 150 'prizes' were collected by members for the tombola and together with balls in a bucket, shove halfpenny and a raffle we collected just short of £1000. Dispite the damp ney wet conditions the 450 plus attendees enjoyed themselves drinking and dancing until late in the evening.

Pupil Referral unit : Talk by George McIntyre 24 March 2019 brief summary

The unit in Scarborough is one of many scattered throughout the Country
Their objective is provide, and support the provision of education for pupils who have difficulties fitting in to mainstream education system without specialised support.

Often the children – typically age from 11 to 16 – come from disadvantaged or dysfunctional families. 

The school has 50 pupils at any one time (although originally planned for 30!).

At the same time as directly providing schooling; services are provided to help mainstream schools support in helping ‘difficult’ pupils.

The objectives in Scarborough are nicely summed up by Headteacher Elaine  Mallen

 “our dedicated staff and I are committed to making a difference for pupils who are, for a variety of reasons, currently unable to access main stream education.
We work hard to offer the best service to young people, families and schools.  Our small, calm and welcoming environment allows young people to feel safe and valued and we support individual needs through a personalised and flexible provision.  Our aim is to enable our pupils to gain the skills and confidence that will allow them to become more successful within education and to maximise their prospects in later life”

Whilst , in general, Referral units have a mixed reputation, Scarborough Pupil Referral Service sets an example of a Service, acknowledged by outside bodies as providing services which fulfil and exceed their objectives. They demonstrate that their pupils are young people who manifest measurable success and achievement in ways that are often way beyond perceived expectation.

It is proposed that Scarborough Cavaliers commit to working with and supporting the services continued successful efforts.
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Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource - update by Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson gave an interesting and enlightening talk about the very broad range of services offered by the Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource.

She was particularly keen that we spread the word about the availability of the “Home from Hospital” service which has been introduced recently. 

This helps people coming out of hospital (where everything is done for you) to an environment where even if you are lucky enough to have a carer much more self sufficiency is needed.

The Carers Resource will help to bridge the gap and act as a gateway to other practical services which may be useful – to the carer and the cared for. 

 Spirit of Yorkshire, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire

Club members, guests and hangers on were expertly conducted through the process of producing a fine single malt whiskey at the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery, Hunmanby on 10 April, a fine balmy evening.   The Spirit’s target is to produce, from locally grown barley and from local spring water, Yorkshire’s first single malt. The distillate can truly be called whiskey once it has lain undisturbed in barrels for three years; a date now fast approaching.  Towards the end of the tour we were given the opportunity to sample the work in progress at several stages of its maturity.  Immediate comments indicated a wide range of opinion; useful for paint brushes says P, an acquired taste says PP, coming along nicely says the Caledonian duo, indeed, a semblance of the true stuff.

Next, being fortified, it was onward and upward to the Piebald Inn along Sands Lane to gorge on our personal selection from the list of 51 pie recipes, all made on the premises. Generous servings left us all unable to tackle a desert. 
You can judge the success of one of our away days by the noise through dinner; it was deafening.  Well done Tom and thanks for organising all this.

Report by John Walker, club member.

Members could not believe how small the samples were!

Rotary in a nutshell - the "in the lift" description & FAQ's

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. Every August we orgaise Commu nity Fair - taking over the pedestrian precinct in Scarborough son tha local charities can showcase their work - and often raise some money as well.

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

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Introduction: Scarborough Cavaliers - What do they do? 

Frequently asked questions about Rotary - (accurate for this club but may not apply to other nearby clubs)

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.

Can ladies join?

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

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 !!

Do you need to come every week?

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

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.

How many members are there?


What is the dress code?

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

When do you meet?

Weekly on a Wednesday

Where is it?

Usually - Downe Arms, A170 @ Wykeham.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wednesday 16th October 19.00

Dr Anna Reay - GR20 in Corsica – the most difficult trek in Europe

Reception : Ramaswamy & David F; Grace & host : Geoff Mountfield Thanks & Media report Richard G. Meeting organisers for October = John Bradley and Kavita

Wednesday 23rd October 19.00

Murder Mystery evening with Limelight Company

.Normal location at Downe Arms. £25 including entertainment & food.

Wednesday 30th October 19.00

District Governor visit of Manoj Joshi

Joint meeting with Scarborough Rotary

Wednesday 6th November 19.00

Business meeting dialogue arising from Council meeting on 31st Oct

Meeting Organisers for November = George R & Chris C

Wednesday 13th November 19.00

Visit Coventry University then Scarborough Tandoori

Jane Harper & Kay Fraser host us at Coventry Uni. Meeting organisers for November Chris C & George R

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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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