About us

Who We Are

The Club is based above the Calder Valley village of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. we serve the surrounding villages of Ripponden, Rishworth, kebden, Pye Nest, Norland as well as other small residential areas in the Calder Valley. 

The Club is part of Rotary International, a global network of community volunteers.  Members are those like minded people who want to serve their local, national and International communities.  

Club members are both female and male whose sole dedication is to improve the lives of others.  The Club was founded in 1955 and has continuously served the local communities, Nationally and overseas in so many different ways.  We support many local events and good causes through funds raised and man power. 

Rotary Sowerby Bridge raises funds for its Trust Fund which is a registered charity.  Registration number 1116582.

We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at Sportsmans Inn, Greetland, West Yorkshire,  HX4 8PLat 1845 for 1900 hours.  If you are interested in coming along to meet us please email:  rhm@maknetic.co.uk

Want to Get Involved?

For general enquiries about helping at any of our events, or have ideas about potential projects  or maybe you want to know about what Rotary does or you might have some ideas about projects, activities that you want help with please contact us on rhm@maknetic.co.uk

if your enquiry is related to our Rucksack4Homeless project please contact Hazel on hbrindle@rocketmail.com

Some of our projects and Activities 

Being a socially responsible person involves actively participating in your community's welfare. Whether it's raising awareness about pressing issues or helping people in need, every little act counts. One of the best ways to give back to your area is through community service. And that's where Rotary Sowerby Bridge comes in. This charitable organization is known for its unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the community. In this post,explore some of the Rotary of Sowerby Bridge's initiatives, including Rucksacks4Homeless,  Rush Bearing Festival, 

Rush Bearing Festival:

Rotary Sowerby Bridge marshall this event over two days  The Rush Bearing Festival is an annual tradition held every September in Sowerby Bridge. It celebrates a time when rushes were collected from the River Ryburn to be used as carpets in churches and homes before disposable carpets were available. The festival features parades, music bands, and other exciting activities.Why not volunteer to help Marshall next year, enquiries to rhm@maknetic.co.uk

Sand Dams in Kenya:

In addition to helping the local community, Rotary Sowerby Bridge also engages in humanitarian activities in other parts of the world. One such project is the construction of sand dams in Kenya. Rotary has supported the construction of multiple sand dams, which are small walls built across seasonal rivers. The dams trap and store rainwater, providing a sustainable water source for local communities that previously had no access to water.

Helping the Homeless:

Rotary Sowerby Bridge recognizes the need of the Homeless/Rough Sleepers plight in Calderdale.  In collaboration with the Homeless organisations in Calderdale we set up Rucksacks4Homeless project.  The rucksack contains all the needs for those sleeping out in the Calderdale area.  We desperately need help in packing these rucksacks as we deliver approximately 100 rucksacks yearly in the Caldedale area. 

The Future of Rotary of Sowerby Bridge:

 For nearly 70 years Rotary Sowerby Bridge has been passionate about helping our local community The Club welcomes members from all walks of life, proving that giving back to society doesn't have an age, race, or gender limit.

Joining our Club as a member or volunteering for one of our events is an excellent way to give back to he Communities. Why not get involved and help bring about change for the better?  

Contact: barry.small@gmx.com 

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 1845

(For further information or to join us as a guest of the club on any Monday, please feel free to contact Robert on 07802 242111, or email rotaryofsowerbybridge@gmail.com. ) Sportsmans Inn
Rochdale Road
HX4 8PL  07802242111

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