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President Steve welcomes you to the website of
Birstall Luddites

  Our meetings are now back to face to face
 at the Batley Community Centre 
(see Meetings and Venus for details)




Club President 
Steve Gooder


Home of 3 past Rotary District 1040 Presidents
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 24 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. 













Fri 1 July

Luddites helping at Fairfield
Sports Day President Steve on right.

Sun 3 July
End of year BBQ and Handover 2022.
New President Steve with chains of office
with Past Pres Nigel on right
more info and pics
Mon 4 July
President Steve inducting new member Mary into Birstal Luddites
Mon 11th July
Start of year walk led by Robert
Club speaker
Rotarian Makhan talked of his
fund raising for an Indian school
St Thomas Church venue
for Church Organist
Ken Wright talk and recitals

more info 

 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth  II
1926 - 2022

Birstall Luddites Rotary Club join
the Country and Commonwealth
in paying tribute to her Majesty,
The Queen Elizabeth II.

Club Speaker Mary Wallace
50 years in Education
more info
On 5th Sept the club enjoyed a Frugal
meal at Batley Community Centre.
more info
Our thoughts are with The Royal Family
at this difficult time.
May she rest in peace.
Rotary Tribute

Wed 14th Sept 
Club visit to Oxfam distribution centre
in Batley. Led by Rotarian
John Broadhead.
King Charles III Proud Rotary member
wearing his Rotary pin.
pic from RC Northalerton M
Sat 17 Sept
Rotarians collected £500  for the
Pakistan Flood disaster.
Terry, Colin and Jeremy at Tesco.
Mon 26th
Christine Beal gave talk on her Charity
My Mito Mission
More info
Sat/Sun 29/30 Oct
Luddites manned the tea & coffee bar for
Birstall Art Exhibition as part of
the Club Community service.
pic shows Rotarian Mary at the bar.
Charter 2022     Mon 31 Oct
Dr Jung for MND receives cheque for
£1000 (plus £337 from evening collection) 
from past DG Nigels year
President Steve.
More Info & pics

Joint Quiz was held at Batley Grammar School
Fri 11 Nov. Rotarians friends and
School Batelians and friends took part in the quiz.
President Steve laid a poppy wreath
at Birstall war memorial Sun 13 Nov
SANTA arrived in Birstall
at lights switch on .

Tues 29th Nov
See all santa pics 2022


Dec 2nd 
President Steve and Maggie
hosted Luddites and friends
to his Xmas at home
More info and pics 
 Dec 10th
Party Organiser Rotarian Jeremy
introduces the Emley Brass Band
at the club Xmas party
at Batley Comm Center.
More info and pics        
     Jan 23rd Club Speaker
Eve Hayes Leeds Childrens heart Surgery Fund.
above Eve with President Steve.





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

Rotary magazine Oct/Nov 22


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     


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 Birstall Comunity Partnership Food Share    
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The Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites was Chartered in 1988

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Mon, Feb 6th 2023 7:15 pm

Business meeting

Business meeting

Mon, Feb 13th 2023 7:15 pm

Seat of Knowledge Quiz

Seat of Knowledge Quiz

Mon, Feb 20th 2023 7:15 pm

Club speaker - Peneloe Milner - Leeds Rotaract

Club speaker - Peneloe Milner - Leeds Rotaract

Mon, Feb 27th 2023 7:15 pm

District Governor Club visit

District Governor Club visit

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 19:15

(Not on Bank Holiday Mondays ) Batley Community Centre
Upper Comercial Street
WF17 5DH   07726 771936

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