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Please look down the site to see all our Rotary
events this year.
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President Mary welcomes you to the website of
Birstall Luddites




Club President 
Mary Wallace


Home of 3 past Rotary District 1040 Governors
Robert Jackson, Keith Davison and Nigel Arthurs.


The purpose of a local Rotary Club is to connect people who
then work together to help the community and promote
goodwill and peace.

 The Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites has a current membership of 25 men and women
who raise money locally from Christmas Santa Sleigh and Tesco collections,
social and fund raising events through the year.

Money raised allows us to make donations locally, nationally and internationally.

Joining Rotary is your opportunity to make a difference and you will
have fun and make some great friends along the way!

Live around Birstall/Batley/ Heavy Woollen District ?     
Come and Help us at Birstall Luddites  (Contact Sec Nigel 0113252890)
This is some of what we do annually in the local Community and Internationally. 













Sunday July 2nd
President Marys first event is to present Past President Steve his President award at Steves last event of President at home BBQ.
Sunday July 2nd
Pres Mary passes Pres Elect chains of
Office to Margaret
Fri 14th July
Club visit to Skipton for
a canal boat trip
Mon 7 Aug
Speaker David Hoyle with Pres Mary.
Davids guitars on shown.
More info
John Tilson  with President Mary
after Johns Battle of Waterloo talk
More info
Rotarian Robert Jackson with President
Mary after their Polio Frugal meal fundraising evening Mon 4th Sept.
see more
 Mon 18th Sept
Luddites took young people and carers to
Castleford for 10 pin bowling.
more info 
Sat 23rd Sept
Luddites collected at Tesco Batley
for the Morocco Earthquake appeal.Collection was over £200.
Mon  25th Sept
Club Speaker Ashley for
Funzi and Bodo Trust.
more info 
 Mon 2nd Oct
Club Speaker Helen Murray-Sharpe
Yorkshire Air Ambulance 
more info
Andrew pictured above   
spoke about his life in Africa.
He needs shoes and books
.more info
Pres Mary with Tony and Dave on duty
at the Oakwood Annual Art Exibition
Sat Sun 28/29 Oct
More info. 

Mon 30th Oct
President Mary at the 
35th Charter Celebration at Howley Hall
Golf Club
 6th Nov
Batley Food Bank and Birstall Community Share organisers visit the club.
more info     
10 Nov
Annual Quiz Night at Batley
Grammar School
.More info
 Rotarian David Mullins laying our Rotary poppy 
wreath at Birstall Memorial
Nov 12th
more pictures
Nov 28th President Mary
thanking the Rock Choir. 
Rock Choir Concert at St Thomas Batley
in aid of Kirkwood Hospice. more pics and info
 Tues 28th Nov
Birstal Lights switch on 2023
Santa ready to do switch on.
more pics and info
Santa Sleigh street
collections started 29 Nov in 
Hillhead Drive
more pics
Sat 9 Dec
Xmas Party & Carol Concert
Howley Hall Golf Club
more info & pics
Sat 23rd Dec 
Santa ends his Christmas
2023 Tour
more Tour info 
"The  Kirkwood" cheque presentation 
and The Kirkwood talk.
Judith and Joe on left
with Past Pres Steve and President Mary.
Club Speaker Rotarian John Broadhead
The Travels of a Civil Servant.
here with Pres Mary
more info
Club Speaker  Chris Tomes
Citizens Advice a personel view
 Sun 25 Feb Luddites, partners, and
friends visited Carol and Jeremys home
for a SoupaSun social afternoon.
more pics
Mon 4 Mar The Club visited
West Yorks History Centre Wakefield,
here organiser
David with West Yorks Archivist   
see more, pic and maps      
 Mon 11th March Club Speaker
Martinand Donna talked about their
garden railway in Birstall.
President Mary giving a cheque for
£250 to David Garfield and Dennis from the
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue.
More Info     
 President Mary helping in the kitchen on Sat 6th April for RotaKids Coffee Morning at birstall Community Centre.
more info
 Thurs 18 Apr
Race Night funding for
Yorks Air Ambulance
.at Birstall Irish Nash
More info
 April 22
 Club visitor Artist Christine Gerard
painted a watercolour for the club
More Info
13th May
District 1040 Exec Secretary
Robert Morphet with on left Pres Mary
with on right Pres Elect Margaret
Robert standing in for DG.
Fri 17th May
Rotary Charity 60s night for
"Forget me not trust" Hospice Charity 
more pics
 Mon 20 May, Speaker Joe from      
Tong garden Centre.
How to plant a flower basket.
more info




This is Rotary at its best giving life altering help to people who have little hope in life. 
Wheelchair Foundation UK 



Birstall Luddites supports 2 local Food Banks.
Batley Food Bank and Birstall Food share
they received a Rotary grant to help them survive through the uncertain Coronavirus crisis.
Howden Clough Community Center
Birstall Food Share
Birstall Luddites Food Bank donations was reported on 
Rotary GB & Ireland TWITTER

Luddites donation was the 50th national
Twitter project
to aid Coronavirus aid. 

Big thanks to our NHS     


Birstall Community Centre    
Birstall Chamber of  Trade    
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Howden Clough Community Centre    
Oakwell Hall Country Park    
 Birstall Shopping Centre J27 M62    
 Birstall Comunity Partnership Food Share    
 Showcase Cinema J27 Birstall Leeds  




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The Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites was Chartered in 1988

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Mon, May 27th 2024 7:15 pm

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Mon, Jun 10th 2024 7:15 pm

Speaker - Jim Morton

Speaker - Jim Morton - Long distance walker

Tue, Jun 11th 2024 8:30 am

Fairfield School trip to Bridlington

Fairfield School trip to Bridlington.
details to follow

Mon, Jun 17th 2024 7:15 pm

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