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Welcome to Barnard Castle Rotary (founded in 1940), serving Teesdale. (RI No. 18829)

 Barnard Castle Rotary is part of Rotary North East (District 1030) serving North-East England. 

Our club actively supports LOCAL CHARITIES - Please contact us.

Rotary is all about having fun and promoting good causes locally and internationally. 
Meet the Rotary group who underwent a revolution, to diversify their membership and make themselves relevant for the community they support. 
Get involved with Rotary today at: ttps://www.rotarygbi.org/join/

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A group of dynamic, community-oriented people, networking together, to help the local community and those in need throughout the world.  Developed to accommodate the needs of potential Rotarians who are unable to commit to attending a regular weekly meeting.

For information contact: 

Secretary: Lesley Taylor at  rotarysatbc@gmail.com

or follow the Rotary Satellite e-club of Barnard Castle (Teesdale) on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TeesdaleRotarySatellite/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Ian Hodgson, 1946 - 2020

Rotarian Ian Hodgson, aged 74, died suddenly, in Barnard Castle, on March 22nd.

A biochemist, Ian had lived in the town for over 40 years and was known to many through his involvment in, and commitment to, several community groups.  Her joined the Rotary Club of Barnard Castle in February 1998 and, during his long and distingished service, undertook several senior roles which he performed with diligence, good humour and a dash of common sense.  He was made a Paul Harris Fellow - one of Rotary's highest awards - in recognition of the substantial contribution he made to the organisation and in 2002/03 undertook the role of club President.

Ian travelled widely through the Rotary Friendship Exchange programme and made long lasting friendships with fellow Rotarians from New England, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.  As one of those American friends said, "Ian's actions and involvement in the local community and internationally furthered Rotary's mission in building world understanding, goodwill and peace.  It is with Rotarians like Ian who demonstrated "Service Above Self" that helps our organization do good in the world".

In Barnard Castle, he will be remembered by many young musicians who, over the years, competed in the local heats of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition held at Barnard Castle School.  Supported by his wife, Christine, Ian ensured that this event ran smoothly and encouraged musicianship of the highest standard.

Ian was also something of an IT wizard and was webmaster for both the local Rotary club and for Rotary NE England.  His computer skills were also in demand from Teesdale U3A where he served variously as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and committee member.  He had been one of a small group of people who, in 2007, had established U3A in Barnard Castle.  During his membership, Ian helped found several interest groups - including one dealing with his main interest of photography.

His computer skills were always in demand by groups of often self-confessed technophobes. Latterly Ian became the main pillar of an iPad group, encouraging many novices and sharing skills with others; he could make an iPad sing and dance!

A kind and gentle man, Ian will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Colin Dunnighan,

President Barnard Castle Rotary


Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2020

On Sunday November 17th 2019 the first round of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year 2020 took place.

The Instrumentalist Winner was Evie Brenkley

  • The Vocalist Winner and Overall was Beth Stenlake

  • Congratulations

This year’s Adjudicator was Dr. Duncan Brown is a former professional orchestral musician who has  worked in the UK with the BBC and in Europe for  Stuttgart Opera, an arts administrator, and university lecturer. He teaches piano and composition  

at the Sage Gateshead's Centre for Advanced Studies, is a published composer of works for choir and conducts several choirs in the North-East  region.


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Barnard Castle Rotary Interact Clubs - An Interact Club is an organisation for young people which is run by the youngsters themselves with support from the local Rotary Club.  At both Teesdale School, and, since 2018 - Barnard Castle school, they are run by the students with Sixth formers undertaking the roles of the principal officers.  

Teesdale School Interact Officers for 2019/2020

Grace Tarpey  - President

Caleb Baker - Treasurer

Gabi Howey - Secretary

Their exciting plans for the first term of the school year include: 

  • A recruitment drive
  • A Pianos for Polio event
  • A Halloween themed bake sale
  • A Christmas quiz raising money for an environmental charity.
  • Food bank collections


At Barnard Castle School, the current officers of the Interact group are:

Emilia-Rose Rowland  and Niamh Robinson - Joint Presidents

Emily Kelly - Vice President

Sam Carling - Secretary

George Walton - Treasurer

Mark Nicholson - Vice Treasurer

They already have a raft of new, exciting ideas to help serve the local community.


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Barnard Castle Rotary Club has close links with the Local Primary & Secondary Schools in the Teesdale Area.

The Rotary Club of Barnard Castle has funded a number of Shelter Boxes.  

Click on the logo to the left to read more about Shelter Box

A shelterbox is a piece of first response kit used in many many disasters over the last twenty years or so.

Each Box is equipped with vital emergency equipment, including: a ten man tent, a stove, cooking utensils, blankets, water purification equipment, tools and even a few toys for the very young children.

Shelterbox is one of the major Rotary programmes that Barnard Castle Rotary Club supports as part of its International programme.

Contents of a ShelterBox

Rotary always welcomes new members.

If you feel that you would like to be involved in the sort of activities mentioned above "“ Rotary operates on a local, national and international scale "“ why not come to one of our weekly meetings at The Redwell Inn? Phone our secretary, Pauline Loughran-Hanby on 01833 630102 and you will be made most welcome.


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 What is Rotary?

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. These are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others. 

Thanks to Ron Duxbury for this link which takes you to an archive of issues of the ROTARIAN back to 1910 !

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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.

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at 18.30 for 19.00
Shaw Bank,
Barnard Castle,
Co. Durham DL12 8TD  01833. 690150

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