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Official Visit DG Terry Long & Rtn. Marion Long
The District Governor Terry Long and his wife Marion visited the clubdetails
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.details
A total of £477.87 was donated by the general public for our Aquabox project. Thanks to all who helped collecting!details
FAST Suspect a stroke? -act fast! Call 999 when there is Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, then it is Time to ring 999details
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
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 28th May 19.00
Fish & Chip Supper
Annual Fish and Chips Supper at Hallgarth Manor, Pittington in aid for Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
Raffle prize donation: Dave
Friday 12th June 19.00
Annual Strawberry and sparkling night at the home of Ann & Jeff
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