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President Nigel welcomes you to the website of
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.
 Currently our meetings are now back to face to face.
Meeting at our new venue The Needless Inn. 
(see Meetings and Venus for details)




Club President 
Nigel Arthurs


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 John 07802176233)
This is some of what we do annually in the local Community and Internationally. 













 July 5th Annual Golf Competition held at Manor Golf Course winner Jeremy 
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Mon 19th July Luddites walk Roberts start
of year annual walk.ending with a meal
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Mon 23rd Aug Luddites Birstall
History walk ending with Needless meal.
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Polio Frugal meal End Polio
evening .4 Oct 2021.
Pic speaker Denise Adlard left
Robert center
and Districy Gov Stephen Ellis on right.
more info
Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater visited
the club Mon 11 Oct.President Nigel
on her left with Rotarian
John Broadhead on right
See more info
8th Oct 
Birstall Luddite Keith Davison running the Zoom District Conference from remote location in Bradford Very impressive Keith.

Luddites working in Oakwell Country Park cutting hedges led by Jim Sat 23 Oct
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Generous Donations from 
Knights Pharmacy, Blackburn Road, Birstall towards Rotakids in Birstall and Batley
bigger pic and info
Mon 1st Nov
33rd Anniversary CHARTER DINNER

left to right  DG Stephen Ellis, Dep Leiutenant David Pearson and President Nigel Arthurs. 
more info 

Nov 14th President Nigel laying poppy wreath at Birstall Cemetery.
on Rememberance sunday.
more pictures
30th Nov 2021.
Santa is here at Birstall lights switch on.
Dec 4th
Luddires and friends enjoying a Turkey dinner and carols with Emley Brass Band
more pics of the evening

Team photo - Luddite collectors with sleigh driver Ian also very kind lady who every year supplies hot muld wine and mince pie refreshments
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Sat Dec 11th
President Nigel and Margaret hosted
Christmas at Home.
Luddites enjoyed their hospitality with lunch
and drinks... 
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Santa visits Fairfield School
more photos

 Rotakids Lydgate School 8th Charter
more info
Birstall Luddites help at Technology
Turnament Wed 2 Mar
more Info
on right President Nigel with Rotarian John Broadhead collecting at Tesco Batley
for Rotarys aid appeal for Ukraine
hospital medical supplys 

Sat/Sun 12/13 March.
Total raised £1668 with Gift Aid
Mar 24th
Oakwell Country Park Luddite
work party
club SCATTER to York Ainsty RC
Luddites visited Hotel Mercure
York . 
11th April
more pics
Rota Kids and Interact in Batley and Birstall Schools. manged by Rotarian Patricia Taylor.
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May 9th
Club speaker
Rev Sally Wallace Jones
Sun 14th May President Nigel and Margaret attended the Naming and Service of Dedication
of the new Lifeboat  The Rotarian
in Filey
Mon 16th May
Annual Seat of Knowledge Quiz
winners trophy presented by Pres Elect Steve
Godder to Birstall Luddite David Mullins
More info




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

 Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus world imposed to protect us from this deadly virus is nearly over. 


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 Center    
Birstall Chamber of  Trade    
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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

Dictionaries for Life

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 Anniversaries
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The Luddites History  LINK




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Happening soon...

Mon, May 23rd 2022 7:00 pm

Club Meeting Batley Community centre

Assembly AG Visit

Mon, May 30th 2022 7:00 pm

Club Meal Guests welcome.

Venue TBA.

Sun, Jun 5th 2022 11:00 pm - 1:00 am Mon, Jun 6th 2022

Jubilee Event - Birstall Village.

Agenda TBA

Mon, Jun 6th 2022 9:00 pm

Jubilee - No meeting

Jubilee - No meeting

Fri, Jun 10th 2022 7:00 pm

Annual Quiz

Batley Grammar School Rotary/School joint Quiz

Mon, Jun 13th 2022 7:00 pm

Club Meeting

Prep for Club AGM
Jubilee event feedback.

Mon, Jun 20th 2022 7:00 pm

Club Meeting.

Club AGM

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 19:00 for 19:15

(Not on Bank Holiday Mondays ) Batley Community Center (Temp)

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