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Youth Speaks competition

Public speaking competition - usually of a very high standard


Newby and Scalby Community Library

For the last two and a half years sixty plus volunteers have run the library and run a range of activities and events.


International projects: Provision of clean water in Ghana ..AND MORE..

Lining up for water from the boreholes. We work on a number of projects to provide clean water to villages in Ghana, including provision of aquabox filters and boreholes.


Visit to Coventry University

Fascinating! Learnt about the array of courses, geared to the needs of the Scarborough area and local employers; and new ways of educating to degree standard.


Work with young people

Concentration & craftsmanship at the annual technology tournament in February- one of our main Youth Activities.


One of our fund raising events, : Hedge-Hoggers festival in June

We try to help some of the many local causes deserving support - . Our first effort with Hedge-Hoggers was in torrential rain - however we raised a decent sum for Alzheimer's Society, Singing for the brain and Irton Village Hall


About us

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Annual Carol Service and Christmas Dinner 2019

Our annual Christmas Carol service and dinner was a huge success again this year. It was organised by our own John Wilson. The church service was taken at All Saints Church, Wykeham which is handy because it is just across the road from where we have our regular meetings and Christmas buffet, The Downe Arms.

Almost 100 members, partners and friends attended and enjoyed not only a very fine xmas buffet but very good company as well. A good night was had by all. 


Group Visit to CU Scarborough (Coventry University)

13 November 2019

Group visit to CU Scarborough (Coventry University)

Chris Case and George Roberts (Rotarians) organised a visit to the new teaching facility which is alongside Scarborough TEC and the football, swimming pool, fitness centre in Weaponess Valley Scarborough.

Thirty members and guests attended the presentation given by Kay Fraser, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor of the University. Our immediate impression of the premises, once we had parked our transport in the large car park, was one of space and airiness, a huge atrium appeared to rise up from the reception area, well illuminated and quiet.

We were ushered into a lecture room and helped ourselves to teas and coffees which suited us as we all needed a catchup with each other before the proceedings began.

Kay welcomed us all and started by explaining how and why the Coventry Group had decided to come to Scarborough. They had done their homework and felt there was a need from local employers for certain groups of people which were not catered for from other education centres.

Scarborough also offered good facilities for students, reasonable lodging costs, part time work opportunities, sports facilities, shopping, arts, history, eateries, themed pubs etc.

CU also offered lower fees which was another plus factor for students.

Kay went on to explain the array of courses offered which have been geared to the requirements of the Scarborough area and employers needs and the ‘new’ ways of educating to degree standard which offers no exams at the end of term, is all geared around continuous assessments, 6 week modules and a 20 hour week.

Some of the courses offered include acting, adult nursing, business management, counselling, cyber security, digital studies, electro mech. engineering, health and social care, law, policing, primary edu. teaching and public health and community studies.

As can be seen from the list certain areas are recognised. Nursing is important for our area, we have an growing  elderly population. Teaching we used to have a teacher training college. Cyber security, GCHQ Irton Moor is a big employer.

Kay introduced us to Jane Harper who was to lead the group around the building. Several classrooms were opened for an inspection which were all very large and tidy. Of note was the hospital set up complete with beds and life monitoring equipment which amused a certain group of Rotarians with careers in the medical profession.

A truly inspiring visit thanks to Kay Fraser and her staff for a very interesting insight to CU Scarborough.

Our evening was completed with a fine meal at The Scarborough Tandoori curry house.

Thanks to Chris and George for organising a really interesting evening.




Hull Fish Trail





                                Cavaliers trip to `ULL!


Sixteen intrepid travellers set off from Scarborough Railway Station at 10.13am on Sunday, September 15 to walk the Hull Fish Trail.


But before the group arrived in the current UK City of Culture tour guide Mike Wilkinson tested them on questions about the Hull dictionary.


For example, what does “Yerolidiz” mean (your holidays)? Or “Fern” obviously your phone or “Arse in yer Kirk”, ice in your coca cola with the Grunwells winning the star prize scoring 17.5 out of 20.


So arriving at Kingston upon Hull after an hour and half train journey we headed to the Philip Larkin statue in Paragon Station for a group photo, where we were joined by Mike`s friends Roy and Gill.


Larkin is the City`s most famous poet and novelist, declining the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 and was the librarian at the University of Hull for 30 years.


We then headed off to Queen Victoria Square to start the trail, which starts outside the City Hall, and is a public art initiative around Hull`s old town following the line of its medieval walls.


Mike began by explaining how the trail had been devised as one of Humberside County Council`s contribution to the 1992 Hull Festival, that commemorated the 350th anniversary of the city`s involvement in the English Civil War in 1642.


The project was managed by the County Council`s Leisure and Tourism Department, which Mike headed and was part of the “Gateway Europe” project - a unique cultural tourism partnership, funded by the Arts Council of England and the English Tourist Board, led by our very own John Munro.


The group then headed off at noon to trace the 41 sculptures, starting with “A” for anchovies outside the City Hall, finishing with “Z” for zander.




The first port of call was Beverley Gate, where in 1642 Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the City – an act of defiance widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.


The decision to stop the king entering the City was made in the plotting room of the Ye Olde White Harte pub but more about that later on.


The third installation at this point on the trail was “cod” a fish synonymous with the fish and chips dish.


We steadily moved along Princes Dock Street, beside the Prince Dock Shopping Centre and down Posterngate to Trinity Square.


At the square Mike described the history behind the Hull Trinity House charity which founded a school in 1369, which is now academy with the charity known for serving seafarers and their families.


Hull Minster, formerly the Holy Trinity Church – England`s largest parish church – was built using fine medieval brickwork with a 17th-century organ and was a popular staging post for the group on the walk.


Hull Grammar School too in the square was built in 1683 and boasts William Wilberforce and Andrew Marvell as its famous old boys.


Next on the trail was Corporation Pier, having walked along Prince Street and Hull Marina to a welcome refreshment stop, with a reminder engraved on the benches of the Minerva pub of some of the city`s key phrases.


The pier was where the ferry used to cross the Humber from Hull to New Holland in Lincolnshire and houses three more of the fish sculptures with grayling branded into the timbers of the Victorian pier.


From here we moved along the River Hull to our lunch stop at the Sailmakers Arms on High Street, with some of the group crossing the river to the east bank to view the salmon over a new bridge.


Arriving here to view a crab as number 27 on the trail, we were now more than half way on completing our journey.


Despite our lunch booking and pre-ordered food order we had to wait for an hour for our food but at least it allowed us time to catch up on our experiences so far on the walk and enjoy a few drinks.


Lunch taken we were chasing Shrimp, Whitebait, and Electric Eel to arrive at Alfred Gelder Street and passed William Wilberforce`s House on High Street in the city`s museum quarter.


Here Mike explained that the White Hart Hotel has one of only eleven surviving ceramic bars in the whole of the country – astonishingly there is another in the city at the Polar Bear on Spring Bank.


Five more fish where identified before our pursuit of excellence staled failing to trace fish numbers 36 Squid and number 37 Oarfish in Manor Street.


However, we did find the pub with the smallest window in the Land of Green Ginger – the George Hotel.


Another hostelry was our next location – Ye Olde White Harte – the place where Sir John Hotham and his associates plotted to deny the King entry to the city in this infamous public house, with a human skull behind the bar.


Two Hake are cut in steel as you approach the pub down an alleyway.


It was obviously time to explore the pub and have a final drink before carrying onto the finish line at Zander on Whitefriargate, passing a further two fish along the shopping street – Monkfish and Shark.


The trail complete there was just time to walk to the railway station to catch the 5.00pm train back to Scarborough, having experienced the delights and mysteries of the UK City of Culture.


Mike Wilkinson



Community Street Fair August 10 2019

Our annual street fair in Scarborough was another successful event organised by Rotary Cavalier members Lyndsey and Keith with help from many other members. The day went well, with over 28 stalls hired out at £25 each to other charities who joined in the fun and serious business of collecting cash for their own good causes. Despite the dramatic weather change after lunch the day was considered to be a great success. Cavaliers raised about £1000 from stall hire, their own plant and bric-a-brac stall all for distribution to local charities.

Job Talk

Yorkshire and its Dialects July 10 2019

Presidential Handover Night July 3 2019

The Sawdon Golf Classic 26 June 2019

The annual Sawdon Golf Classic is held at Snainton Golf Course (don’t ask!)

This event is always popular open to golfers and non golfers. John Bradley ( member) organises the event which runs very well. The idea being each team of four comprises of members who can hit the ball and those who supposedly can’t hit the ball however it is not always clear who is who? Its all good fun and the missed chances are replayed back at the Downe Arms over a drink and hearty meal. Prizes are awarded to the winners and losers.  

Raven Hall Fellowship Gathering June 2019


International Food Fare June 2019

Our annual fund raising event raising much needed monies to sponser school text books and clean water for communities in Africa. Nearly £1000 collected will go a long way for these projects. Fabulous food and company, a well organised and enjoyable evening.

Hedgehoggers Cider Fair Seamer June 2019

We were invited to attend/help at this annual event organised by Dan the owner of the Hedgehoggers Cider company Seamer. Some 150 'prizes' were collected by members for the tombola and together with balls in a bucket, shove halfpenny and a raffle we collected just short of £1000. Dispite the damp ney wet conditions the 450 plus attendees enjoyed themselves drinking and dancing until late in the evening.

Pupil Referral unit : Talk by George McIntyre 24 March 2019 brief summary

The unit in Scarborough is one of many scattered throughout the Country
Their objective is provide, and support the provision of education for pupils who have difficulties fitting in to mainstream education system without specialised support.

Often the children – typically age from 11 to 16 – come from disadvantaged or dysfunctional families. 

The school has 50 pupils at any one time (although originally planned for 30!).

At the same time as directly providing schooling; services are provided to help mainstream schools support in helping ‘difficult’ pupils.

The objectives in Scarborough are nicely summed up by Headteacher Elaine  Mallen

 “our dedicated staff and I are committed to making a difference for pupils who are, for a variety of reasons, currently unable to access main stream education.
We work hard to offer the best service to young people, families and schools.  Our small, calm and welcoming environment allows young people to feel safe and valued and we support individual needs through a personalised and flexible provision.  Our aim is to enable our pupils to gain the skills and confidence that will allow them to become more successful within education and to maximise their prospects in later life”

Whilst , in general, Referral units have a mixed reputation, Scarborough Pupil Referral Service sets an example of a Service, acknowledged by outside bodies as providing services which fulfil and exceed their objectives. They demonstrate that their pupils are young people who manifest measurable success and achievement in ways that are often way beyond perceived expectation.

It is proposed that Scarborough Cavaliers commit to working with and supporting the services continued successful efforts.
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Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource - update by Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson gave an interesting and enlightening talk about the very broad range of services offered by the Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource.

She was particularly keen that we spread the word about the availability of the “Home from Hospital” service which has been introduced recently. 

This helps people coming out of hospital (where everything is done for you) to an environment where even if you are lucky enough to have a carer much more self sufficiency is needed.

The Carers Resource will help to bridge the gap and act as a gateway to other practical services which may be useful – to the carer and the cared for. 

 Spirit of Yorkshire, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire

Club members, guests and hangers on were expertly conducted through the process of producing a fine single malt whiskey at the Spirit of Yorkshire distillery, Hunmanby on 10 April, a fine balmy evening.   The Spirit’s target is to produce, from locally grown barley and from local spring water, Yorkshire’s first single malt. The distillate can truly be called whiskey once it has lain undisturbed in barrels for three years; a date now fast approaching.  Towards the end of the tour we were given the opportunity to sample the work in progress at several stages of its maturity.  Immediate comments indicated a wide range of opinion; useful for paint brushes says P, an acquired taste says PP, coming along nicely says the Caledonian duo, indeed, a semblance of the true stuff.

Next, being fortified, it was onward and upward to the Piebald Inn along Sands Lane to gorge on our personal selection from the list of 51 pie recipes, all made on the premises. Generous servings left us all unable to tackle a desert. 
You can judge the success of one of our away days by the noise through dinner; it was deafening.  Well done Tom and thanks for organising all this.

Report by John Walker, club member.

Members could not believe how small the samples were!

Rotary in a nutshell - the "in the lift" description & FAQ's

The Rotary network extends all over the world with headquarters in Chicago.  In the UK all clubs are under the umbrella of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), and are grouped into geographical districts. Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers is within district 1040 covering Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire and having over 100 clubs and 3,000 members.

A shared mantra is the aim of "Service above Self". In practice this means individual clubs working to contribute to their local community often supporting local causes financially or 'in kind' with practical help, for example, acting as a trustee. 

Influence can be spread farther afield by working in co-operation with othe clubs in the same geographical district and indeed on an international scale by contributing towards worldwide projects (led by Rotary Foundation) - perhaps the most well known of these is the campaign to eradicate polio. Rotary have been a leader of this aim for many years.

Our major fund raising (and fun) events are Community Fair, Dragon Boat races and (recently) tombola/games at the CAMRA Real Ale Festival. Other events (focussing on youth and in liaison with other local Clubs) include Youth Speaks, Technology tournament and Young Chef. Every August we orgaise Commu nity Fair - taking over the pedestrian precinct in Scarborough son tha local charities can showcase their work - and often raise some money as well.

Our club meets weekly at the Downe Arms in an informal and welcoming atmosphere with good fun, fellowship and food

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Introduction: Scarborough Cavaliers - What do they do? 

Frequently asked questions about Rotary - (accurate for this club but may not apply to other nearby clubs)

Are there induction 'rituals'?

Never have been never will be. A new member is formally introduced to the Club and says a few words if they wish. All new members are just asked to give a short talk about their work &/or hobby interests, at an agreed date.

Can ladies join?

Very welcome indeed at our Club, although there are still more men than ladies.

Do I have to pay to be member?

Yes. There is an annual subscription plus an optional donation to the Rotary Foundation (funding larger international projects). Plus we need to pay the Downe Arms for feeding us !!

Do you need to come every week?

No. Come when you can and contribute when you come.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Secretary, or another member and come along to a couple of meetings as a visitor; then give us the nod if you want to find out more.

How many members are there?


What is the dress code?

'Smart casual' - interpreted by menfolk as jacket but not necessarily tie.

When do you meet?

Weekly on a Wednesday

Where is it?

Usually - Downe Arms, A170 @ Wykeham.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Burns Night

Wednesday 29th January 19.00

Burns Night

Traditional celebration of the immortal bard - a great evening with all the trimmings! Look forward to Jan 29th 2020.Rachel Blueman on the pipes; Paul de V on the fiddle (!) "Cockleroy" with orchestral effects and vocals.

Wednesday 5th February 19.00

North Yorkshire Moors Railway developments & plans. Talk by Marcus & Amanda Aldrich

Insight into the direction of travel of our local steam railway by Marcus & Amanda Aldrich.
ALSO brief introduction to Motor Neurone Association, talk by Jenn Dodd and photos re Reindeer cheque presentation

Wednesday 12th February 19.00

Out & about locally - details TBC


Wednesday 19th February 19.00

Proudfoots - all about. Talk by Valerie Aston @ Downe Arms


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 1900 for 1930
(Visitors are welcome; please contact John Dudley on 01723 366 375 if you'd like to attend - or to come and speak to us.)
The Downe Arms Country Inn,
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YO13 9QB  01723 862471

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