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Welcome to Rotary in Knaresborough Owing to the Coronavirus health emergency, the club is currently meeting on a weekly basis via Zoom at 6pm on Mondays. Contact our secretary for an invitation.

Supporting Young People

World Scout Jamboree and RYLA


Planting purple crocuses for Polio campaign

Knaresborough Rotarians have been out planting crocuses as part of their work in educating children about Polio.


Memorial First World War Centenary Peace Wood tree planting, Saturday 17th November 2018


Rotary and PhysioNet working together to help people with disability in developing countries.

President Elect and Chair of Rotary in Knaresborough’s International Committee, Helen Westmancoat, was at PhysioNet’s depot at Gelsthorpe Farm, North Yorkshire recently to present a cheque for £500 to PhysioNet Chairman Mike Adams towards transport costs.


Rotary Shoeboxes will bring joy to many this Christmas

Staff and pupils at local schools and Scout groups have been busy filling shoeboxes as part of Knaresborough Rotary’s annual collection for orphanages and children’s homes in Eastern Europe.


57th Charter anniversary

Knaresborough Rotary Club has celebrated its 57th Annual Charter Anniversary Dinner at The Bridge Inn, Walshford.


About us

WElcome to Rotary in Knaresbor

Our President for 2019-20 is Leslie Couldwell

Michael Dixon has stepped down as President of Knaresborough Rotary Club and handed over to Leslie Couldwell at the start of the new Rotary year.

Harrogate born, Leslie Couldwell is a retired Chartered accountant and is married to Thea. He has four children and four grandchildren with another on the way. Educated at Ashville College he was a member of Ripon Round Table and played Rugby and Cricket for Ripon Cricket and Hockey Club. He now tries to keep fit through Pilates and a geriatric keep fit club known as the ‘Aspin Gaspers’!

Leslie is also a ‘thespian’ and has appeared in nine recent pantomimes for the Whixley Players. Memorable roles include Captain Smellit in Treasure Island, Rhum Baba in Ali Baba and the Faulty Thieves, The Tin Man in The Wizard of Ouse and Nurse Nora in Babes in Whixley Wood. He is looking forward to Puss in Boots in 2020! 

Crocus planting at Queen Ethelburga's

Cheque presentation for Young Carers

Rotary in Knaresborough has presented a cheque for £800 to the Carers’ Resource in Harrogate. This is the fourth year that the Rotarians have given support to the organisation which supports young people who are caring for family members. Previous grants have provided for teenage carers, but this time the carers are in a younger group, aged seven to eleven. ‘Budz’ is a youth club for young carers to have a regular break, away from their caring responsibilities and to make new friends who are in a similar situation to themselves.

The grant will pay for the group to attend a performance of ‘Wind in the Willows’ at York Theatre Royal and to take part in an exclusive workshop before an afternoon performance of the show. 

‘Wind in the Willows’ is new British musical, with soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, starring Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe (Guys & DollsTracy Beaker), deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer), Seann Miley Moore (X Factor) and Matt Knight (Let It Shine). With ballads, beats, and backflips, this fresh new musical will be fun for everyone.


Photograph shows:- Knaresborough Rotarian David Robertson (centre back) presents a cheque for £800 to Sarah Beard (left back) for the Young Carers at the ‘Budz’ Youth Club in Bilton

Find out more at www.carersresource.org or telephone 01423 500555



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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Nidd Hall Hotel,
North Yorkshire We meet on Mondays at 6.00pm for 6.30pm.
(No meetings on Bank Holidays. The hotel is close to the village of Nidd on the B6165 between Knaresborough and Ripley,)
Nidd Hall Hotel,
North Yorkshire HG3 3BN  01423 771598

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