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Rotary works all round the world

Rotary works all round the world

Rotary supports dozens of projects around the World. - the most long lasting & ambitious is the project to eradicate polio. Cavaliers contribute to this and are owners of projects in Ghana & India supporting schools & delivering clean water.

Working with young people

Working with young people

Overcoming challenges of public speaking or technology tournaments, or a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course helps young people develop tools for success such as self-confidence, planning & team building.

Fund raising, funding & fun

Fund raising, funding & fun

- not our core business; but we have rattled buckets in aid of disasters; run tombolas at music events, organised car parking at shows,sold plants at (our own) community fair, run raffles, organised events such as Dragon Boats – & had fun!

DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE at North Yorkshire Water Park

DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE at North Yorkshire Water Park

Interested in : Sponsoring a boat? mustering a team of 17 paddlers;? joining another team to paddle? Raising ££ for a charity?? See below - or get info. from Scarborough.Cavaliers@GMail.com -- Dave

Part of the local scene - Community support

Part of the local scene - Community support

Many members are trustees or active supporters of several local causes. Local organisation reach out to their public at our events such as at our community fair, dragon boat races - and keep us up to date on visits to our weekly meetings.

Social happenings - fellowship & fun

Social happenings - fellowship & fun

At our convivial weekly meetings we welcome speakers - we learn of many varied interests. ‘Special events’ such as Burns night, Christmas celebrations and visits to places of interest (and refreshment) add to the opportunities for fellowship and fun.


About us

CLICK to SEE: Future meetings programme   We meet on a Wednesday, usuallly at the Downe Arms - during winter 3 meetings a month only. 

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Recent happening

Wednesday 24th January

Our annual Burns Supper was well supported as usual, entertainment was provided by, Rachel on the bagpipes, Paul on the string section, George with the Haggis, Mary who gave the response on behalf of the Ladies and Alan who was the MC. Thank you to all involved.

Not so recent - but some will remember the talk by Rach Drew and Shan Baker about Arcade back in July. They mentioned their annual "Grue" fantasy experience which is now on the top floor of  Library in Scarborough. Well worth a visit specially for younger folk. A few pics from visit 17 Dec.  More info & bookong:-   https://www.hello-arcade.com/grue-2023 

Annual carol service and carvery had over seventy folk enjoying the festive carols  (lovely service guided by Rev Joe Kinsella) and food athe Downe Arms. 

Emily Gaskell



he Cavaliers were suitable entertained on Wednesday, November 29 by a local singer-songwriter, who played an acoustic guitar set for around 20-minutes. A self-taught player Emily Gaskell performed with lots of style and flair, featuring 4 of her own written songs.

She has been writing and playing her own music from an early age and is still only 15 years old. Club members heard original songs that had thought provoking messages and clever musical forms that drew you in.

Emily’s set was really fresh and included a classic cover of her favourite song and a more “dark” single appropriately entitled “Monster”. Her music is available on Spotify with the

3-minute long single “Silver” showcased on-line.

It is the first time the club has had an acoustic guitar player singing for them and Emily put on a fantastic, confident performance for one so young. The Cavaliers wish her ever success in her future career and would be only to pleased to see her return when she “hits” the heights!


Mike Wilkinson

22nd November 2023.   The Downey Arms Wykeham   Katie Braidie, Sculptor

Kati’ gave us a fascinating talk about the inspirations that influence her sculptures - formed by hand modelling of clay. She had also brought a selection of her work showing the variety of forms and colours.

 I Hear a Symphony

 The club were ably entertained by members of the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra at its meeting held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Downe Arms Country Hotel. The orchestra is one of the leading amateur orchestras in the north of England, performing four concerts each season. Their conductor, Shaun Matthew, has continued the tradition of bringing new, unusual and ambitious repertoire, including several world premieres to the area, alongside well-loved orchestral classics. They open their 2023/24 season on Saturday, November 25 with a programme from Panufnik, the Polonia Suite; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 and Saint-Saens Symphony No 3 ‘Organ Symphony’.

However, an orchestra of around 60 players representing strings, woodwind and percussion sections could not fit into the hotel’s function room; so five members of the string section  played a chamber music piece by Mozart. The group of five musicians, led by Tony Mason on violin, are known as the St Hilda’s String Quintet. Other members are Liz Hydes, Ellie Whitehead, Steve Rosteric and Martin Hall, who play the violin, viola and cello.

There is no doubt that listening to live music far outplays listening to a record. The quintet gave a fantastic rendition of Mozart’s work and the club members present certainly enjoyed the performance. The Scarborough Symphony Orchestra has been in existence for 74 years and has Lady Ayckbourn as its patron. It has players from around the locality, including Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Driffield and Beverley and they rehearse weekly with music being their main hobby as amateur musicians.

For their main programme the orchestra brings in soloists and their 2023/24 season will see soloists on piano, trumpet, bassoon and cello. The town is very fortunate to have such an orchestra in situe and you can find more information on their website   www.scarborough-orchestra.org

I would definitely check them out and make a date for Saturday, November 25 at 7.15pm when their new season opens at the Methodist Central Hall on Queen Street. Thanks to Geoff Mountfield for organising the string quintets visit to the club. Mike Wilkinson


LOOKING BACK on some earlier activities (for which we have meeting reports) in Rotary year July 2022 to July 2023. 

Robert Halstead a retired Chartered Surveyor and avid mountain biker gave a most interesting and informative presentation about the various types of Rights of Way August 30 2023).      SEE Details

Stephen Joseph Theatre  has staged many outstanding productions over its long life in Scarborough, but “Blonde Bombshells” must rank as one of the best ever. Based on a true story it was  brilliantly written by one of the country’s best known  playwrights, Alan Plater. (A|ugust 9 2023See details

Vanessa Milner of the Scarborough Archaeological and History Society, gave us a fascinating talk on the history of ladies’ underwear (April 26 2023)SEE Details

 Cavaliers celebrate their 45th birthday in style (April 2023)SEE Charter images

A fun-packed evening of entertainment at the SJT - Shakespeare’s most bonkers farce “The Comedy of Errors” brought to life in the eighties in the era of big phones and even bigger shoulder pads. (April 12 2023). SEE report

His Honour Judge Paul Worsley KC gave an informative and entertaining talk ‘Courtroom Trials and Tribulations. (March 22 2023). CLICK for details

Cirrus research of Hunmanby were introduced to us by Craig Storey. Impressing us to see a local company produce noise measurement meters helping companies to adhere tol legislation – and protecting people from hearing loss. (March 15 2023).  SEE Cirrus details

Wagoners Special Reserve of Sledmere: Martin Watts gave a fascinating talk highlighting in first hand anecdotes the experiences of the Yorkshire Wold farm lads who played such a key part in the First World War. (March 1 2023)More details

Wendy Craig-Tyler stepped in at short notice (due to illness) to tell us about Dementia Friends.  And what a great job she did! Summarised by one of our medics  “An impressive insight into the causes of dementia, the emotional effects and the support that can be given by carers” (February 8 2023). More of Wendy's talk

Paul Harris Award for Trish Kinsella for her lifelong contribution to local charities particularly the local Rainbow Centre.

Gemstones and the care of jewellery craftsman jeweller John Hazelwood brought some sparkle to a winter’s eve (February 1 2023). SEE more details

Robbie Burns Supper Burns Night Celebration on the actual Burns night itself (January 25 2023). Images a plenty
Angela Edwards braved the November air 
to talk to us about the Soroptimist organisation. It was a most enlightening and enjoyable evening (November 30 2022). SEE details

Missing our visit to Plaxtons (Alexandar Dennis) was missing a real treat, and an education. We saw a highly skilled and professional business, with distinguished market-leading products, and a strong order book. We are fortunate to have them in Scarborough, and we should make more noise about their successes (October 10 2022).Visit Plaxtons

Town’s maritime heritage under the spotlight.We had a fantastic insight into Maritime Heritage Centre with its a wealth of fascinating artefacts and records of Scarborough’s seafaring past. (September 21 2022). Take a look

Dragon Boat Challenge 2022 presentation evening. Many of the teams came along to receive their cheques and to hand them over to their chosen charities.  (July 13 2022).  Many images

Coventry University – Scarborough. Eamon Byrne Eamon, who is part of the Talent Team at the University, responsible for business development, gave an informative talk about the university’s plans for the town. (July 6 2022). Seat of learning


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Wed, Feb 28th 2024 7:00 pm

Saint Catherine’s - past present and future by Ray Baird CEO

Check in : Jim; Grace & Host : John Wi; Vote of Thanks & media report : Richard Gr

Wed, Mar 6th 2024 7:00 pm

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards : Talk and Update by James Drury

Location : = EAST AYTON LODGE. Check in : Peter; Grace & Host : Mike; Vote of Thanks & media report : Jim

Wed, Mar 13th 2024 7:00 pm

Hackness Grange - away day

Details of timing and food ordering (?) TBC. Thanks & media report tbc

Wed, Mar 20th 2024 6:00 pm

Council meeting

Pls submit agenda items to JD by 16 March .NOTE any member is welcome to sit in at a Council meeting. Any outcomes of this meeting will be reported next week.

Wed, Mar 20th 2024 7:00 pm

Gallows Close : Update from Kim Avison & following the King's Award.

Location: THE MAYFIELD (Seamer): Check in : George McI; Grace & Host : Roger C; Vote of Thanks & media report : David J

Wed, Mar 27th 2024 7:00 pm

Business meeting – it is not all fun and games! {{ Easter Sunday 31 March}}

Includes feedback from last week's Council meeting. Check in : Roy; Grace & Host : Richard Cr; Report : Secretary

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We meet on Wednesdays at 1900

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