Completed meetings and events 2019-2020


A Group 5 social get-together with DG Jacqui Molyneux has been organised as part of the Bishop Auckland Rotary Club meeting. Venue: Park Head Hotel, Bishop Auckland.

Sat 21st March 2020 Induction of our new Rotary Satellite Club and members POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

An informal reception to welcome members of our new satellite club - the Rotary Satellite E-Club of Barnard Castle (Teesdale) - into the world of Rotary. Venue: Stainton Village Hall.


Emeritus Professor Peter Atkins (Durham Univ) will explore why milk, bananas and McDonald's can can tell us a lot about society and about ourselves. He will ask whether you trust your food and try to untangle notions such as food miles. read more...

Tue 17th March 2020 - Tue 10th March 2020 Business Meeting

Monthly business meeting


Tue 10th March 2020 Pat Chambers - CDDFT 2020 Campaign - Cancer Care Unit Host Barry Proctor

CDDFT Fundraising Darlington Memorial Hospital

Sat 7th March 2020 Annual Swimathon - Teesdale Leisure Centre

Fund Raising for Local Charities

Tue 3rd March 2020 Richard Witham -“The Ornithologist and the Geologist“ Host Roger Stanyon

The connected lives of John James Audubon and Henry Thornton Maire Witham.

Wed 26th February 2020 District Quiz

Teams of 4 – either one or two per club. Peter Atkinson from Durham Elvet is the Quizmaster. There will be pie & peas served and £5 per head will be charged to cover the costs of the venue and food.
Venue: Darlington Rugby Club, DL1 5NR

Tue 25th February 2020 Barnard Castle School Interact annual charity quiz

Teams not to exceed 8 members.
Cost: £6 pp - to include food.

Tue 25th February 2020 Mock Interviews - Teesdale School


Sun 23rd February 2020 Bag Pack at Tesco, Bishop Auckland

A new venue for this Fundraiser, with the Brownies and Interact.

Sat 22nd February 2020 Boldron Fun night to celebrate World Rotary Day

A 60's inspired fun night at Boldron Village hall with bring and share food. Games, music and fun to celebrate the world of Rotary.

Tue 18th February 2020 Business Meeting

Monthly Business meeting

Wed 12th February 2020 Teesdale School Interact Quiz

Teesdale School Interact Club's annual quiz.
Raffle and food.
£5 per ticket.

Tue 11th February 2020 Stephen Brenkley-The Life and Times of Barnard Castle Cricket Club. Host Keith Miles

Thu 6th February 2020 Pianos in support of the End Polio Now campaign

To be held in the Vibrancy area at Teesdale School. 22 students with ability ranging from grade 1 to 7. Tickets £4 on the door. Refreshments available plus a raffle.

Tue 4th February 2020 Gary Blenkinsopp- Technical Manager Flymo - Robotics, Host Phil Johnson


Sat 1st February 2020 Interact Debating Competition

Teesdale School are hosting this year's Interact Debating Competition - with teams of sixth-formers from Barnard Castle, Darlington and Ingleby Barwick taking part. An opportunity to hear young people discussing real world issues.

Tue 28th January 2020 "A Journey of How not to Act!"

Susan Coffer, Centre Manager at The Witham, will open the meeting with a few words about what is happening at the arts centre.
Our main speaker, budding actress Phoebe Lorenz, will talk on the trials and tribulations of breaking into the world of acting.

Tue 21st January 2020 Business Meeting

Monthly Business meeting

Wed 15th January 2020 Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of Club Council Mmbers

Tue 14th January 2020 Trish Pemberton - Darlington & Stockton Railway, Host David Yeadon


Tue 7th January 2020 Tees Valley Youth Orchestra - Evie Brenkley, Host Ian Hodgson

Tue 31st December 2019 No meeting

New Year's Eve - No Meeting

Tue 24th December 2019 No Meeting


Tue 17th December 2019 Special General Meeting followed by Business Meeting

Monthly business meeting

Thu 12th December 2019 Christmas Party

Christmas Party - Startforth School.

Wed 11th December 2019 District Quiz: Group 5 POSTPONED

This event has been postponed until the new year.
Further details to follow.

Tue 10th December 2019 Club Council meeting

Monthly Council

Tue 3rd December 2019 .Special festive quiz - Colin & Hilary


Tue 26th November 2019 Group 5 social get-together

An opportunity to meet with District Governor Jacqui Molyneux whilst enjoying the company of Group 5 Rotarians.
This event will take place at Woodham Golf Club and will be incorporated into a Newton Aycliffe Rotary evening meeting.

Tue 19th November 2019 Business meeting

Club business meeting

Sun 17th November 2019 Rotary Young Musician Competition - Club Heat

Barnard Castle School 6th Form Centre

Wed 13th November 2019 Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of Club Council members

Tue 12th November 2019 A joint talk on their work with Chernobyl - Alan & Vera Wade

It will be both heart wrenching and inspiring to learn about the work their district is doing for the "Chernobyl Children" who live in a radioactive wasteland in Belarus.

Thu 7th November 2019 The World’s Oldest Shipwreck - Professor Jon Adams


Wed 6th November 2019 Mock Interviews at Barnard Castle School


Tue 5th November 2019 St Cuthbert’s Way a step to far? - Peter Harding

Barnard Castle Rotarian Peter Harding undertook a sponsored walk of St Cuthbert's Way - a 62 mile long-distance trail between Melrose in the Scottish Borders and Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland – to raise funds for the YMCA homeless project. read more...

Tue 5th November 2019 Mock Interviews at Barnard. Castle School


Tue 29th October 2019 Speaker - Members Night

Contributions from our members.

Thu 24th October 2019 Pianos for Polio at Teesdale School on World Polio Day


Wed 23rd October 2019 Purple for Polio crocus corms on sale at Barnard Castle market

Buy crocus corms and bowls at the Wednesday market. All proceeds to go to End Polio Now.

Tue 22nd October 2019 Darlington & District Samaritans

Darlington and District Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
Every six seconds we respond to a call for help. Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help. read more...

Tue 15th October 2019 Business Meeting

Monthly business meeting

Wed 9th October 2019 Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of Club Council members

Tue 8th October 2019 Ian Blake - Toilet Twinning Host Keith Miles

Further details see -

Tue 1st October 2019 RYLA Presentation by this year’s Student Mark Nicholson - Host Hilary Dunnighan

Parents & Friends invited

Sun 29th September 2019 Rotary Peace Project for Young People

A project to help youngsters who are having difficulty making choices when faced with daily problems which may manifest itself in violent behaviours within themselves, their families and their communities. Delivery in conjunction with Teesdale YMCA.

Sat 28th September 2019 Bag Packing - Morrisons Barnard. Castle


Sat 28th September 2019 Rotary Peace Project for Young People

A project to help youngsters who are having difficulty making choices when faced with daily problems which may manifest itself in violent behaviours within themselves, their families and their communities.
Delivery in conjunction with Teesdale YMCA.

Tue 24th September 2019 Business meeting

Wed 18th September 2019 Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of Club Council members

Tue 17th September 2019 Dragon's Den: an inside perspective (Host: Colin Dunnighan)

Peter Smith will tell how he sought a £100,000 investment for a 15% share in his vegan-friendly company Besos Food and Drinks. A fascinating behind the scenes insight into the Dragon's Den tv programme and the world of business.

Mon 16th September 2019 Visit to Spennymoor Rotary

Speaker is Gordon Bacon OBE. He worked for Durham police.Also investigated corruption in Hong Kong,fo a children's charity in former Yugoslavia, on the Srebrenica massacre and in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami.

Tue 10th September 2019 Heather Brown - Presentation International Guide Camp, Host Ian Hodgson


Tue 3rd September 2019 The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

Ken Threlfall will give a presentation dealing with the origins of the Order and it's work over the centuries.
Host: Hilary Dunnighan

Tue 27th August 2019 No meeting after the Bank Holiday

Tue 20th August 2019 Business Meeting

Thu 15th August 2019 Council meeting

Monthly meeting of club Council members.

Tue 13th August 2019 Dr Grenville Holland - Apollo 11 mission

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20 1969 Dr Grenville Holland (Durham University Geology) has agreed to talk to us about the Apollo 11 mission, the moon, and his part in analysing the moon rock sent to Durham.

Tue 6th August 2019 The Jaipur Limb Project - Speaker Rtn. Josey George.

To improve the life of people in countries where there is a need by facilitating the provision of appropriate prosthetic limbs and mobility aids, thus allowing them to lead a normal and independent life

Tue 30th July 2019 Poverty, deprivation and homelessness in Teesdale

Rachel Dyne, Operations Director at Teesdale YMCA, will outline the projects her organisation are undertaking in an attempt to help alleviate problems being experienced by the disadvantaged.
Host: Colin Dunnighan

Tue 23rd July 2019 Speaker: Sue Campbell

Sue, co-owner of Media Messages, a journalist and journalism trainer will give a presentation on working with a variety of media outlets - including social media. We will be joined by Spennymoor Rotarians. Host: Colin Dunnighan.

Tue 16th July 2019 Burmese Days Speaker - Ross Law

A brief look at the people and modern history of Burma / Myanmar.

Tue 9th July 2019 Business meeting

Wed 3rd July 2019 Council Meeting

Monthly meeting of club Council members

Tue 2nd July 2019 Phil Johnson - "Toy Trains" Host David Yeadon

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