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Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
Club President
Helen Wall

  Club President
Helen Wall

Home of two past  District 1040 Governors
Robert Jackson & Keith Davison.
Home to District 1040 Governor Elect Nigel Arthurs.

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    RIP Past President
Rotarian David Goldthorpe PHF
Oct 28th1948 - 9 Feb 2018
From all your friends in Rotary
You will be sadly missed David.


    Mon 3rd July 2017 Club Handover and Presentations.  

Past President Bill crowns President Helen
with her chains of office for 2017/18.
   Past President Bill with
President Helen.

President Helen passes chains of
office to President Elect Jeremy.

Past President Bill accepts a gift of
Rotary cufflinks.

President Elect Jeremy presents Keith the
Vice President his chain of office.

President Helen congratulates Bill  the new
Birstall Luddite Treasurer.

The first Rotary/Fairfield Sports Day held on July 11th
A very successful day at Fairfield School.

17th July Club Speaker Tony Noble
Local Artist.

July31st. Club Speaker Rotarian John Broadhead.
John spoke to the club about the WW1 battle of Passchendaele and Ypres

Aug 7thy Club Speaker Rotarian Margaret
Arthurs spoke
to the club about What
made me want to be a Dentist


 Aug 14th Club Speaker Rotarian
John MacKail.
John is trying his very best to spread the
values of Facebook to the Rotary community.
values of Facebook to the Rotary community.
 John gave a video presentation 
 highlighting the advantages of Facebook to
Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.


above     1st Sept..
Luddite Rotarians Keith and Ian pictured
auctioning horses for the Auction Race.
The Race Night a joint

was a joint Luddites / Kirkwood
support group event held at 
Batley Irish Nash club in Batley.
The night was very successful raising just
over £3400

Monday 4th Sept. 1040 DG Robert Morphet visited the club here pictured with club past DGs
Robert Jackson and Keith Davison.

On right club DG nominee Nigel Arthurs.
Left to right Keith, Robert M, Robert J, and Nigel.
Luddites doing a bucket collection for the Hurricane
Irma disaster at the Mill Batley to fund  Shelterboxes.
The Impromtu collection raised  £177
Britany has looked after Luddites at Healds Hall 
mealtimes for many years. Here seen accepting
a gift and cheque from Sergeant at Arms 
  Carol Parkinson. 
 Mon 2nd Oct "Frugal Meal for Polio" speaker
Rotarian Martin Simpson.
The evening meal of soup and sandwiches
run by Rotarian Jobert Jackson
and raised 
 RYLA 2017
From left Rotarian Tony chair of Club New 
Generations, Lucy Hodgson course 
Director of RYLA,
 Joshua Davison 2017 RYLA pupil,
Nev Joshuas Mentor, and President Helen.


Oakwell Country Park.
Burning team led by Jim Pilkington.
from left Jim John Jeff Bll and Tony.


 The Lily Foundation is President Helens Charity.
On 16 Oct the club watched a Lily Foundation video
and Helen gave a short talk about the charity
and her sons connections with Mitochondrial.

Blenheim House Friday 27th October.
Birstall Luddites 29th Charter Celebration. President Helen seen with fellow Presidents from local Rotary  clubs. 

Mon 6th Nov Club Speaker was Lydia Kroger who attends Bradford University as a  Peace Scholar .
Pictured above left to Right Robert Jackson, mentor Ken Robertshaw RC Halifax, Lydia Kroger and President Helen.

Sunday 12 Nov President Helen lays a poppy wreath on behalf of Birstall Luddites at the Birstall War memorial after a Remembrance service at St Lukes Church.

 Luddites at the club  Christmas Party showing their festive clothes.
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Birstall Luddites seen at Birstall Xmas lights switch on Nov  30th
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 Club speaker Adrian Ellwood after joint meeting with RC Batley.
Adrian spoke on Dementia.
President Helen pictured with Valentines evening singer Kathie Ryan

 Guest speaker Peter Swinsoe talked about Jaipur Limb Charity.
Left to right Liz Peters daughter President Helen Perter and John Logan International Chair.

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LINK to Peters visit to Birstall Luddites
Mon 26th Feb 71 Rotarians and friends gathered for the 26th
Seat of Knowledge Quiz at Healds HallThe winners pictured
were Luddites 1. The raffle made  £192
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 Whats this - a wagon full of Birstall Tour de Yorkshire bikes on
route to the Piece Hall Haliax for the start of this years Tour.
All organised by Luddie Rotarian Ian Blamires.
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The Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites was Chartered in 1988

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Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites are very pleased to have presented, for the 5th year, all Year 6 Pupils at Brownhill C of E, Fieldhead, St Peters, St Patricks, Birstall County and Carlinghow Junior Schools.

Luddites 200 year Aniversary
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Meetings and events happening soon

The Lily Foundation Presentation

Monday 19th March 19.15

The Lily Foundation Presentation

The Lily Foundation Presentation

Club Council

Monday 26th March 19.15

Club Council

Club Council after meal


Monday 2nd April 19.15



RIBI Conference - Torquay

Friday 6th April 09.30

RIBI Conference - Torquay

RIBI Conference - Torquay

Monday 9th April 19.15

TBA Trevor Brown Police

TBA Trevor Brown Police

Scatter Week

Monday 16th April 19.15

Scatter Week

Rotarians scatter to other clubs out of district

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Road, Liversedge, West Yorkshire, We meet on Mondays at 19:00 for 19:15
(Not on Bank Holiday Mondays or December)
Healds Hall Hotel, Leeds Road, Liversedge, West Yorkshire, WF15 6JA  01924 409112

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