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.
Skydiver lands at Knaresborough Rotary Club
The new President of Knaresborough Rotary Club is sky diving scout commissioner Helen Westmancoat, who has taken over from Leslie Couldwell.details
57th Charter anniversary
Knaresborough Rotary Club has celebrated its 57th Annual Charter Anniversary Dinner at The Bridge Inn, Walshford.details
Planting purple crocuses for Polio campaign
Knaresborough Rotarians have been out planting crocuses as part of their work in educating children about Polio.details
Back on time … Rotary Clock repaired The landmark Rotary millennium clock on the former Nat West Bank building on Knaresborough high street has now been repaired and is once again showing the correct time.details
Skydiver lands at Knaresborough Rotary Club
The new President of Knaresborough Rotary Club is sky diving scout commissioner Helen Westmancoat, who has taken over from Leslie Couldwell. Yorkshire born Helen went to school at the Bar Convent in York before taking a degree in librarianship and German, at Aberystwyth University. Helen met her husband, John, in London, they moved to Knaresborough in 1991 when John’s job at the British Library moved to Boston Spa. Helen and John have a son and 2 grandchildren. Helen worked for the then College of Ripon and York St John, eventually becoming Deputy University Librarian of York St John University, until retirement at Christmas 2014.
In 2014, having been involved with the Scouting movement since 1983, Helen took on the role of District Commissioner for Harrogate and Nidderdale District Scouts until 2018, when she became Assistant County Commissioner (Air activities), a role she still holds. Helen was given an Award for Merit for services to Scouting in the District, going beyond the call of duty, and growing the movement by initiating Beaver colonies at 1st Scriven, Knaresborough and Upper Nidderdale in Pateley Bridge. Helen introduced skydiving to Scouts in the County and raised funds for the World Scout Jamboree by doing a skydive. Having completed 42 tandem jumps since 2011, with more scheduled when lockdown ends, she has raised in the region of £7,000 for various charities. Other interests are yoga, craft work - sewing and embroidery, walking, cooking, and recently family history.Helen said, “It is a difficult time for everyone, Rotarians have an important role to play. In recent weeks financial support has been given to both Harrogate Foodbank and Resurrected Bites. The club has been involved in setting up and operating Knaresborough Connectors and Disposable Face masks are being donated to Community groups. For the time being the club will continue to meet online and respond to the challenges that the pandemic has created”.
Helen said, “It is a difficult time for everyone, Rotarians have an important role to play. In recent weeks financial support has been given to to Rotary in Knaresbor
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 & Dolls, Tracy 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 BiltonFind out more at www.carersresource.org or telephone 01423 500555
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Where and when:
(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