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Rotary Club of Durham Elvet - 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.

Peter's party

in Peter's style...


Strawberries and sparkling at Ann's

Ann presents Reet Kangro, Principle Võru Jarve School, Estonia, with our donation from the strawberry night for an iPad to give to the Russian orphanage


Official Visit DG Len Burns and Valerie and the induction of Lis Robson as new member



The Reg Vardy Band

The Reg Vardy Band plays at Brandon Welfare Hall. They are 35 times North of England Brass Band Champions. Entrance is free.


Official Visit DG Terry Long & Rtn. Marion Long

The District Governor Terry Long and his wife Marion visited the club


Strawberries and sparkling wine at Ann's



About us

Elvet is part of the City of Durham and is one of the oldest settlements in the Durham City locality.  It is first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles in 762 AD as Aelfet ee (trans: Elvet or Swan Island).  The 'island' is believed to be the site of what became the City of Durham on the hill in the large 'swan neck' loop in the River Wear.

It was within this 'swan neck' meander, in 995 AD, that St Aldhun settled with his monks and the relics of the Christian Saint Cuthbert.  The construction of the famous cathedral that dominates and characterises the city was begun in 1092 AD.

The original Elvet Bridge on this site was built by Bishop Hugh Pudsey in about 1160 AD.  It was added to in 1228 and later by Bishop Fox in 1495.  There were  originally 14 arches, of which only 10 now remain, two of which are overbuilt.  In 1771 the bridge was severely damaged by floods.  In 1804-5 the width of the bridge was doubled.  The bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic.

In 1986 the Cathedral and Castle, high on this famous river site, was designated a World Heritage Site.


Foundation - Thought of The Week

I was a Rotarian for many years and never contributed to The Rotary Foundation, because nobody ever asked me. Then one year, our club president made a plea for support for PolioPlus. Since my generation was hit hard by polio, I made a commitment to contribute every month. By the end of the year, it had become a habit to contribute each month, just like paying rent. That habit continues today, many years later, and each year I become more aware of how much good the Foundation does.
Rotarian Dave Berry

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 3rd May 18.30

District Assembly or Scatter


Thursday 10th May 19.00

Committees & Business meeting


Sunday 13th May 13.00

Swimathon – Spennymoor Leisure Centre

The swans will swim again for Breast Cancer Care and the chosen charity of Spennymoor Rotary Club

Thursday 17th May 18.30

Fish & Chips Supper


Monday 21st May 09.00 - 18.00 Thursday 24th May

Purple4Polio Grand Tour

May 21st – 24th District checkpoint Beamish Museum

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Rotary News

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Family Rotary club use skills to kick-start local charities

Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham We meet on Thursdays at 7pm for 7.15pm
The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB  0191 372 1188

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