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Welcome!. Please scroll through this page to see a few words about recent activities, general info.about the Club & FAQ's. Look at the menu top left - includes programme of future meetings & events.

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.



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 other important projects in Africa.


Modern pentathlon - talk by Ann Marshall. At the Downe Arms

Talk by Ann Marshall District development manager and ETP Manager Pentathlon GB.


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.


Dragon Boats 2018

Day of brilliant sunshine FUN and FUNDRAISING


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.


About us

To see recent copies of Cavalcade the Bulletin of our Club - click here > Cavalcades under 'Club Affairs' , or navigate to "what we do" > "Club affairs". 

SEE BELOW, for Recent Happenings; Happening soon;

Recent Happenings 

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Volunteering at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park


Great talk on October 1st at Scarborough Rugby Club by David Bream a volunteer ranger at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.  The Park was Founded in 1952, covers, 554 sq. miles and has 445 Active Volunteers.

The volunteers are organised in over 20 Groups, including for example, working in the Visitor Centre; Gardening (Danby-Thornton le Dale); Young Rangers; Administration; Water vole surveying; Land of Iron project and First Aid.

The volunteers receive appropriate training on the aspects of the work they are to be involved in, for example; Stile design and construction; Boardwalk construction; River and Flood Awareness; Ditching and Drainage; Daffodil Path Maintenance.

As David pointed it can be hard work – but truly worthwhile and he is proud to :-

  • Be a small part of a great team
  • Be associated with the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
  • Leave something behind

Joint meeting c/o Pickering Rotary Club

Interesting insights into the role of Women in World War II in Scarborough
Talk by local historian and author Steve MacDonald at a joint meeting with Pickering Rotary Club on Wednesday 26th September. An enjoyable evening along with Pickering Rotary at the Forest and Dale in Pickering – some sixty members and guests.
Fascination presentation by Stewart MacDonald.   Seemingly many of the activities of women in world war ll throughout the country and in Scarborough we channelled through the WVS (Women’s Voluntary Service). 
The WVS was established by the Dowager Marchioness of Reading in 1938 to fully engage women in the role of civil defence during World War Two, at its height 960,000 women were involved in the Service, working alongside local authority personnel and the Air Raid Precautions Service. Their work became vital to the war effort on the home front, with women from all walks of life volunteering to undertake a range of duties – from the collection of green waste in “pig bins” and the co-ordination of metal salvage to the running mobile canteens and rest centres in the blitz-torn streets of Britain.
In Scarborough there were 1,500 volunteers in 1940 and by 1942 222 ‘departments’ – specialisms.
These specialisms included support after air raids; medical help; clerical work; salvage; – and VAST amounts of sewing.  In Scarborough 4,500 badges were sown onto uniforms and innumerable pairs of socks darned in one year.
WVS provided workers to work at the Trinity Chair Works – manufacturing hundreds of utilitarian chairs for us by British forces in the UK as well as - on a sombre note -thousands of commemorative wooden crosses for supply to the US forces.
The WVS also joined up as firefighters and Stewart showed an old photo of four women handling a hose to douse a fire in the annex of the Grand Hotel – one of the 3,000 buildings damaged by air raids on Scarborough
Stewart briefly mentioned the “Y” Stations (“Wireless telegraphy” stations) intercepting German morse code signals with the WVS transcribing these messages for deciphering in Bletchley , vital and excruciatingly tedious work for the forerunner of GCHQ as we know it today.
WVS archives are being digitised so a to be available on line- to take a quick look at the information up to 1941 click this link:- WVS archives to 1941

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

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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.

Two nice pictures of Scarborough

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Wednesday 24th October 19.00

Kavita's friend at the Downe Arms

Reception: Malcolm Armstrong and Sam Ramaswamy. Grace and Host: Peter Howgate. Vote of thanks and report for Club media: Roger Chapman


Wednesday 31st October 19.00

Willows Lull - all about - talk by Jo Parrott at Downe Arms

Reception: TBC. Grace and Host: TBC. Vote of thanks and report for Club media: TBC

Wednesday 7th November 19.00

John & Jim - The Water duo at the Downe Arms

Reception: TBC. Grace and Host: TBC. Vote of thanks and report for Club media: TBC


Wednesday 14th November 19.00

Scarborough Tandoori

Reception: TBC. Grace and Host: TBC. Vote of thanks and report for Club media: TBC


Friday 16th November 09.00

Bucket collection for International disaster relief

Courtesy of Morrisons supermarkets.
Collection by Rotary members - rota and details from John Walker

future events completed calendar local events

Our Social Media

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.

Family Rotary club use skills to kick-start local charities

Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

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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