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Rotary Club of Durham Elvet - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Fundraising Quiz Night Pittington Village Hall - Community Fundraising event (Defibrillator )

Thanks to our President Tom Sharples funds have been raised to install defibrillators in Brandon and Pittington


Committees and Business meeting



Stroke Alert

FAST Suspect a stroke? -act fast! Call 999 when there is Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, then it is Time to ring 999


The planting of 5000 purple crocus corms in aid of Polio

On Tuesday, 10th October as part of Rotary International's ongoing campaign to raise awareness of Polio and to work towards eliminating the disease, the three Durham Rotary Clubs got together to plant a further 5000 purple crocus corms on the roundabout.


Club Handover

Outgoing President Tom hands-over to incoming President Ian


Social Night and Homage to Seamus

Unfortunately Seamus needs to go back to the USA for personal reasons but he has written his experience in Durham for us in his reflections below.


About us

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.


Foundation - Thought of The Week

I was a Rotarian for many years and never contributed to The Rotary Foundation, because nobody ever asked me. Then one year, our club president made a plea for support for PolioPlus. Since my generation was hit hard by polio, I made a commitment to contribute every month. By the end of the year, it had become a habit to contribute each month, just like paying rent. That habit continues today, many years later, and each year I become more aware of how much good the Foundation does.
Rotarian Dave Berry

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 20th February 19.00

Speaker Brian Stobie- International Officer DCC

Raffle Prize donation: Margaret

Sunday 23rd February 00.05 - Monday 24th February

Rotary Day


Thursday 27th February 19.00

Spk: Pres. Joy Palmer Cooper Alnwick – Update on our Club’s first overseas project

Raffle prize donation: Tom

Sunday 1st March 10.00

New College Antiques Fair

We will be collecting for the Durham Defibrillar project (DDP)

Speakers David Carter & Susan Tyson from Durham Pointers

Thursday 19th March 19.00

Speakers David Carter & Susan Tyson from Durham Pointers

Durham Pointers: Visitor Assistance
Are you visiting Durham? Looking for places to go? Things to do? You need a Pointer!The Pointers provide information for locals and visitors in the heart of Durham City.

Raffle prize donation: Peter Bramwell

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham We meet on Thursdays at 7pm for 7.15pm
The Hallgarth Manor Hotel, High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB  0191 372 1188

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