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Birstall Luddites

The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on the daily lives of everyone in and across the country and the world.
Rotary is no different. Currently our meetings are are held remotely using Zoom



Club President 
Margaret Arthurs



Home of 3 past District 1040 Presidents
Robert Jackson Keith Davison and Nigel Arthurs.

ZOOM Handover Night Mon 29th June 2020

Message to all in Howden Cliugh / Birstall / Batley
 Dear friends and supporters, during December we would normally be touring the streets of Birstall and Batley with Santa on the Rotary sleigh. Sadly, because of Covid-19 restrictions, and for the first time in more than 20 years, we are unable to carry out our usual visits and collections this year. The Santa Sleigh tours are the highlight of our Rotary year and we'll very much miss seeing you all. Like so many charities, our fundraising efforts have been severely curtailed this year so our focus has been to support the local food share groups in both Birstall and Batley providing much needed help to those families who find themselves in financial difficulties during the pandemic. We all hope that life will return to normal during 2021 and very much look forward to seeing you all in and around town. In the meantime, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year, from all at the Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites 

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!


***All meetings now on Zoom until further notice***

Live around Birstall/Batley/ Heavy Woollen District ?     
Come and Help us at Birstall Luddites  (Contact Sec Paul 07761537811)
This is some of what we do annually in the local Community and Internationally. 














 Mon 6 July Club Zoom Speaker - Life talk 
President Elect Rotarian Nigel Arthurs 
  Mon 13th July Zoom Speaker Life Talk  
Rotarian John MacKail      
 Mon 20th July Zoom Speaker 
Tom Donahue West Yorks police
 Mon 3rd Aug Club Zoom Speaker - Life Talk
Rotarian Ian Blamires.
Zoom Race Night 
Mon 17th Aug  expertly run by
Rotarian Paul Barnes
Zoom speaker Janet Crampton 
District Polio
 Club speaker Peter Waite Wright 
"talk about Grandparents"
Mon 14th Sept
District Governor Andrew Bateman 
Mon 21st Sept
Club Speaker Steve Gooder
Job talk "Leeds United "
 Mon 28th Sept 
Club Speaker Gerry 
"My battle with bladder cancer" 
Mon 5th Oct
Club Speaker
Ian "being a landlord"
Club Speaker
Dereck Kirby 
"Disability Games" 

Mon 26 Oct 
Club Speaker Ken Robertshaw
Fundraising for his Charity
2nd Nov 
Birstall Luddites
32nd Charter celebration led by 
President Margaret
Zoom Charter 2020  
Rotarian John Keen 
Free Training for people who care
more info

 Nov16th Lisa Holmes and John from the Birstall
Community Partnership talked to the club

about their food sharing in the
Howderclough and Birstall area.
see more
Nov 30th Club Speaker Rotarian 
Keith Davison - Office of nation Statistics 
 Mon 1st Feb
Club Zoom Scatter to
York Ainsty.
speaker Lord Mayer of York
 Club watched Video by Rotarian Habib Saba   President of Beirut Cosmopolitan RC.
Video Presentation LINK
Mon 22nd Feb Birstall Luddites ran their annual Seat of Knowledge Quiz 2021
The winners were Dewsbury RC
runners up York Ainsty
See results 
Mon 1st March  Murray Jacobs gave the club a Walking video tour of King Steet Cambridge.
Taster vide
Murrays web siteo 

Rotarian John Keen with Hazel successfully run Free Mental Health courses throughout Covid pandemic 
more info
Mon 6th March
Video Speaker Dave King
read the Myth Busters and join
Birstall Luddites 
call Paul 07761 537811
Read Myth Busters
 Mon 29th Mar Club Zoom video speakers
Mark and Richard 
for Nepal Trust.
read more




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

 Coronavirus Pandemic

 ROTARY life goes on within the self isolating Coronavirus world imposed to protect us from this deadly virus. 
Birstall Luddites are now using our WhatsApp group "Rotary" to keep Rotary business going forward and keeping
social life active between Rotarians.  
To improve meeting capabilities the club is useing ZOOM video meetings 
There are a few Rotarians not up to the WhatsApp world  who are still in touch via email. 
Members are also being "buddied to able to join Zoom meetings. 
Important decision from the first WhatsApp Group meeting
Birstall Luddites to support 2 local Food Banks.
Due to donations from local Supermarkets drying up.
Batley Food Bank and Birstall Food share
will receive 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 Center    
Birstall Chamber of  Trade    
PPG in the Birstall Community    
Birstall in Bloom    
Howden Clough Community Center    
Oakwell Hall Country Park    
 Birstall Shopping Center 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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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.


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Sat, Apr 17th 2021 9:01 pm

District Assembly

District Assembly

Club Zoom Speaker - Rotary Mercy Ship

Mon, Apr 19th 2021 7:15 pm

Club Zoom Speaker - Rotary Mercy Ship

Club Zoom Speaker - Mercy Ship

Club Zoom meeting - prep for Club Assembley2021/22

Mon, Apr 26th 2021 7:15 pm

Club Zoom meeting - prep for Club Assembley2021/22

Club Zoom meeting - prep for Club Assembley 2021/22 Groups meet together via Zoom breakout rooms to discuss the coming year 2021 22

Bank Holiday - no meeting

Mon, May 3rd 2021 4:11 pm

Bank Holiday - no meeting

Bank Holiday - no meeting

Club Meeting - Birstall Landmarks competition

Mon, May 10th 2021 7:15 pm

Club Meeting - Birstall Landmarks competition

Club Meeting - 'Birstall Landmarks' competition via Zoom.
Club Challenge' - Identification of local landmarks

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Gomersal, Cleckheaton
BD19 4L  01274 869386

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