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Ghana - Upper West Region

The long dry season in the Upper West Region of Ghana results in only a short growing season for farmers, growing yam, maize and millet. A low tech tractor is now available to speed ploughing and ground preparation.


Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource - update by Claire Robinson

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


Social and fellowship activities - many & varied

visits to the Hull Fish Trail; Sea Life Centre; fund raising film show; BBq's; golf for non golfers .....


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


Youth Speaks competition

Public speaking competition - usually of a very high standard. At Lady Lumleys School in Pickering


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PRESS RELEASE              

  6th February, 2020

 Rotary club’s reindeer appeal raises funds for Motor Neurone Disease

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers latest reindeer appeal has raised £5,780 with £4,375 going to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and £1,405 to local Rotary supported charities.

Club members worked throughout the Autumn making over 400 wooded reindeer and other animals to sell in various outlets around the Scarborough area.

Twenty-seven outlets sold the animals in the run up to Christmas with the highest sales going to Cober Hill; Dalby Forest café; Deans Garden Centre; Downe Arms Hotel; Falcon Inn and Killerby Stained Glass Centre, which sold several hundred pounds worth of animals.

Rotary President Tony Graham said: “The project has been led for the past two years by a club member, who has sadly been diagnosed with the disease.”

“This year more club members have been involved in carrying the project forward but a special thanks must go to all the local outlets that have sold the wooden animals,’ he added.

Of the funds raised for the MND Association, £500 will go to the Scarborough & Bridlington Branch of the Association, which provides support to local people with MND, their families and carers. 

The Association will spend the remaining funds on MND research including research taking place at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN).

Jenn Dodd, Regional Fundraiser for the MND Association attended the Rotary Club’s meeting at the Downe Arms on February 5 to give a short introduction into the Association’s work and to receive the cheque

MND has recently hit the headlines nationally with Doddie Weir, a former Scottish rugby union player receiving the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019 and Rob Burrow, the ex-Leeds Rhinos star, being diagnosed last month with the disease at the very young age of 37 years old.


For further information or to set up interviews please contact Mike Wilkinson on tel : 01723 870670 or mobile 07500 354825 or email : michaeljwilkinson7@gmail.com

and/or Barry Foster, Scarborough & Bridlington Branch of the MND Association tel: 01946 604881 email: barryfoster5939@aol.co.uk.

Motor Neurone Disease Association

The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND.

They are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support. They have over 7,000 active volunteers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with 170 paid staff – all dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future. There is an active local support group covering the area from Whitby to Bridlington – the Scarborough & Bridlington Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


 Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)

SITraN is an essential development in the fight against motor neurone disease and other common neurodegenerative disorders of the motor system. As yet no single institution anywhere in the world has developed the necessary critical mass and facilities to exploit the potential of modern neuroscience, the ‘post-genome’ era, and exciting developments in biomedical therapeutics with specific focus on this devasting group of illnesses. Centres of excellence for neurodegeneration research across the globe have achieved considerable progress, but none are effectively poised to develop these advances in full. The establishment of SITraN in Sheffield offers the opportunity for a coordinated approach to the development and clinical trialling of new therapies based on rational targets of proven preclinical effectiveness

Local Outlets List

Alan Campbell        Ayton Dental Practice      Barons Health & Fitness Club

Burniston Garden Centre       Cober Hill       Coachman Inn     Combe Hay

Dalby Forest Café       Deans Garden Centre      Derwent Hunt Christmas Fair

Downe Arms Hotel       Falcon Inn     Hardwick Agricultural Engineers   

Harris Shield CollectionKillerby Stained Glass Centre   Rotary District Conference  Scalby & Newby Library   Scarborough 6th Form College   Scarborough & District MND   Scarborough Inner Wheel    Scarborough Rotary Club      Snainton Antiques      Snainton Christmas Lunch     Snainton Golf – Bay 19     Stephen Joseph Theatre     Stepney Hill Farm    Wrea Head Hotel.

              Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey


Meeting: Wednesday 5th February 2020


Speaker: Marcus Aldrich Esq., NYMR Volunteer Development Officer.


The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, formed 1967 in the aftermath of the ‘Beeching Cuts’ is owned by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd (a Charitable Trust and Accredited Museum) and is operated by its wholly owned subsidiary North Yorkshire Moors Railway Enterprises Plc. It is mostly operated and staffed

by volunteers. It provides both a commercially viable passenger carrying rail service for about nine months each year and further operates as a ‘visitor attraction’. It has a paid staff of approximately 100, and a volunteer force of more than 1000, mainly middle aged and elderly enthusiasts who share an interest in running a working vintage railway operation carrying up to 350,000 passengers each year. There is also a very active ‘Junior Volunteers’ scheme who help at weekends and during school holidays.

The annual financial turnover is around £8,000,000.

During 2017, the NYMR announced it was applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of a new appeal to keep the whole preserved railway running for the next 50 years. The bid attracted £4.4 million in HLF funding which had to be match funded by the NYMR’s own appeal for donations, legacies and from other funding streams such as the Rural Payments Agency, who donated £1.97 million. At the moment £800,000 has still to be raised.

The current and planned activities of the PLC during the next five years can be summarized under seven headings:

1.     Recognize that passengers of all ages and physical abilities wish to travel in comfort and use the facilities on board. Work is in progress to adapt 3 coaches from the ‘50’s and a fourth teach coach from the 30’s to allow easy access from platforms and have user friendly facilities on board.

2.     The rolling stock is stored in the open and this causes damage both from the elements and vandalism. A purpose built under cover facility is scheduled for construction costing £4.200,000.

3.     An ancient carriage constructed for the transport of racing pigeons is being converted into an Education Centre for use by visiting school parties.

4.     Situated in a major National Park the PLC has a responsibility to address track side environmental concerns with the preservation of habitat and wildlife.

5.     Accommodate within the work force an apprentice scheme mainly providing a training programme in heavy engineering. This scheme has proved to be popular, with applicants far exceeding the places available.

6.     Three bridges carrying the track over watercourses are well over 100 years old and showing signs of wear. A replacement programme is in place and work on the first one at Goathland is under way at a cost of £1.000,000.

1.     Develop initiatives to recruit a new generation of volunteers.

Eight key words summarize the modus operandi:

             Inclusive                  Balanced

             Flexible                    Enjoyable

             Impactful                 Voluntary

             Connected                Meaningful

As part of the recruitment drive a large property has been purchased from the Rowntree Trust that will be converted into a hostel to accommodate volunteers who travel long distances to fulfill their duties.  

The speaker in conclusion makes a plea for the whole community to continue to support this major tourist attraction 

Thanks to Tony Stevens and John Bradley

All photographs courtesy NYMR

Burns Night Celebrations

29 January 2020

A very convivial but orderly evening was enjoyed by over seventy members and guests,
including a very welcome visit by seventeen members from the Rotary Club of Scarborough.
The evening followed the traditional format ;

Introduction & The Selkirk Grace
Piping in the Haggis by Rachel Blueman, who also played some Scottish tunes during the pre-dinner drinks
Toast to the Haggis (first verse reproduced here as a reminder)

”Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.”

Dinner including  Cock-a-Leekie soup, Haggis stuffed chicken; Raspberry cranachan (with special diets catered for by the Downe Arms)

A few Bagpipe tunes from Rachel
“The Immortal Memory” Eulogy to Robert Burns by Alan Campbell
A Few Scottish Tunes – Cockleroy : Ian Proudfoot and Neil Macdonald with Paul de V on the fiddle
Toast to the Lasses by Alan Campbell
Response to the toast by MichelleWilkinson
Finish with Auld Lang Syne

The raffle was very well supported by members' generous donations (many liquid ones!) and by customers buying over £200 worth of tickets to benefit the 

Motor Neurone Disease Asociation (local support group and research in Sheffield).


Photos by Roger

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. 


.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.

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

Youth Speaks competition

Tuesday 25th February 18.00

Youth Speaks competition

Public speaking competition - usually of a very high standard. At Lady Lumleys School in Pickering

Wednesday 26th February 19.00

Insight into Scarborough Borough Council by Michael Greene Chief Executive

Downe Arms. Reception: Tony S and Roger C. Grace and Host: George Roberts. Vote of thanks and media report: Rhen C.

Wednesday 4th March 19.00

Talk by Club member Venkatesh

Reception: Sam R and Richard C. Grace and Host: Paul de V. Vote of thanks and media report: Geoff M.

Thursday 5th March 11.00

CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa

Annual CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa 5 - 7 March 2020. Possible fund raising on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th.

Friday 6th March 11.00

CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa

Annual CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa 5 - 7 March 2020. Possible fund raising on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th.

Saturday 7th March 11.00

CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa

Annual CAMRA Real ale & Cider Festival - Ocean Room @ the Spa 5 - 7 March 2020. Possible fund raising on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th.

Wednesday 11th March 19.00

Walkers Fish Restaurant - social/fellowship evening

Reception: David M and Keith D. Vote of thanks and media report: TBC

Wednesday 18th March 19.00

Mental health awareness - talk by Amita V

Reception: George Mc and David F. Grace and Host: Andrew G. Vote of thanks and media report: Jim Martin.

Thursday 19th March 18.00

Council meeting

At Deepdale Avenue

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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.)
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