Durham Elvet Rotarian Tom engaging in an interesting conversation and getting advice from "new member" Mr Potts about Rotary's views on sustainability, recycling and the organic growth of Rotary membership !Details
Welcome to Jeremiah Bear who has just received his name.
Jeremiah helped Elvet Rotary raise nearly £150 in the fight to eradicate polio. This amount is matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Elvet is part of the City of Durham and is one of the oldest settlements in the Durham City locality. It is first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles in 762 AD as Aelfet ee (trans: Elvet or Swan Island). The 'island' is believed to be the site of what became the City of Durham on the hill in the large 'swan neck' loop in the River Wear.
It was within this 'swan neck' meander, in 995 AD, that St Aldhun settled with his monks and the relics of the Christian Saint Cuthbert. The construction of the famous cathedral that dominates and characterises the city was begun in 1092 AD.
The original Elvet Bridge on this site was built by Bishop Hugh Pudsey in about 1160 AD. It was added to in 1228 and later by Bishop Fox in 1495. There were originally 14 arches, of which only 10 now remain, two of which are overbuilt. In 1771 the bridge was severely damaged by floods. In 1804-5 the width of the bridge was doubled. The bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic.
In 1986 the Cathedral and Castle, high on this famous river site, was designated a World Heritage Site.
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Durham Elvet Rotary - District 1030.
We meet on Thursdays at 7:30pm via ZOOM(Our next meeting is on Thursday 18 MARCH. During the COVID 19 pandemic the Club is hot holding face to Face meetings, but we are meeting via Zoom. If you would like to join any of our meetings just contact Peter Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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