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We need your unused spectacles!

We need your unused spectacles!

Recycling of unused, unwanted spectacles

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CPR/AED Familiarisation session at Sunderland Bridge

CPR/AED Familiarisation session at Sunderland Bridge

Club president Tom Sharples visited Sunderland Bridge this evening to deliver a CPR/AED familiarisation session for local residents.

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Support for Ukraine

Support for Ukraine

Supporting local Ukrainian families and sending aid to frontline communities.

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Ukraine Support Gala Afternoon

Ukraine Support Gala Afternoon

An afternoon of events at the Brandon Community Hall

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'Young Writer' Competition 2023-24

'Young Writer' Competition 2023-24

The winners of this years competition are announced!

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Meeting at Hallgarth 'The Manor House'

Meeting at Hallgarth 'The Manor House'

Guest speaker was Charlotte Stow from TeleEEG - providing remote interpretation of EEG files for patients across the globe

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About us

Durham Elvet Rotary is one of 45 Rotary Clubs that are in Rotary District 1030 which covers the North East of England. We are a small, friendly group that is focused on projects to help improve the lives of others in communities - locally, nationally, and internationally, whilst at the same time enjoying the social and fun aspect of what membership of Rotary can offer.

So Where is and What is 'Elvet'

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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We need your unused spectacles!

Sat, Jul 1st 2023 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Sun, Jun 30th 2024

We need your unused spectacles!

Recycling of unused, unwanted spectacles

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Thu, Jun 20th 2024 7:00 pm

Club Meeting

Meeting at 'Sixty-One' - Durham

Games for People with Disabilities

Sun, Jun 23rd 2024 10:00 am

Games for People with Disabilities

Rotary North East Games for People with Disabilities at the Middlesbrough Sports Village

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District New Year Celebration & Handover

Sun, Jun 30th 2024 1:30 pm

District New Year Celebration & Handover

Celebrating the achievements of this year and looking forward to the start of the new Rotary year - 'The Magic of Rotary'.

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Thu, Jul 4th 2024 7:00 pm

Club Business Meeting

Our monthly business meeting using Zoom Conferencing

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 19:00

(Our Business meeting is held on ZOOM on the 1st Thursday of the month. On the 3rd Thursday we meet at ) 'Sixty-One Durham'
Pittington
Pittington
Durham
DH6 1AB  0191 372 1188

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