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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.

Treasure Hunt – Newcastle City Centre –

Meeting up at Greys Monument at 1.30pm. From 2.30-4pm a café has been booked for coffee and cakes at the Café Royal in Nelson Street just off the Monument to enjoy time together after the Treasure Hunt.


District Conference

Rendez-vous Hotel, Keighley Road, Skipton BD23 2TA North Yorkshire


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


Peter's party

in Peter's style...


Donations 'Pay for a Day' St Cuthbert Hospice

Support for the Living Well Centre in loving memory of John Sinclair, Howard Pattinson and Jerzy Kowalczyk. To raise the funds Tom Sharples, Mark Sinclair and Maja Kowalczyk took on a sponsored Lake District walk from Glenridding to Helvellyn – and back.


Fundraising quiz night in Pittington

The night raise £350. £200 will go to Foundation and £150 will be used for the Village Hall Roof Appeal.


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

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

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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