WENSLEYDALE WANDER 13th April 2024 - Sat 13th Apr at 09.00

This popular Walk/Run was back to normal in 2023, so we hope to see many new entrants in 2024, as well as our regulars, some of whom have been coming for 20 years or more! This year, we are again supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Welcome to Wensleydale Rotary Club's website! We meet at Leyburn Community and Arts Centre. - visitors are welcome

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Quiz and Pie & Pea Evening

Quiz and Pie & Pea Evening

Monday 25th March 2024 at Leyburn Arts and Community Centre



Now a popular annual event with runners coming from all over England

Rotary North Group School Technology Tournament 2023

Rotary North Group School Technology Tournament 2023

Wensleydale Rotary Club members helped steward and judge the efforts of students at the Rotary Technology Challenge 2023



This popular Walk/Run was back to normal in 2023, so we hope to see many new entrants in 2024, as well as our regulars, some of whom have been coming for 20 years or more! This year, we are again supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Wensleydale Young Musician of the Year

Wensleydale Young Musician of the Year

As part of the Rotary National Young Musician of Year competition, Wensleydale Rotary Club joined with BlueBoxt Creative and Performing Arts in Leyburn to hold the Wensleydale Area heat of the competition held on the 2nd December.

Visit to Theakstons Brewery

Visit to Theakstons Brewery

Club members went to Theakston's Brewery at Masham for a tour


About us

We have changed our venue for more space, have monthly business meetings without a meal, and have guest speakers or excursions in other weeks.

Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, including farming, banking, business, education, and health. All enjoy the fun and friendship that Rotary offers, while also helping their  own communities and those farther afield. To learn more about what we do, please explore this site and click on the links on "What we do". If you wish to know more about Rotary International, click on About Rotary. INTERESTED IN JOINING  ROTARY? Please use the Contact Form in the menu at the top. We will then invite you to attend a meeting as a guest, with no commitment! If you have just moved into the Dale, you will find a ready-made group of friends who will help you settle into the community.

Our President is David Spashett

If you are a Rotarian visiting Wensleydale, you will be very welcome at one of our weekly meetings- please check the "Meeting Information" section on this website, or contact us through the Contact Form in the Join Us section

This website short address is www.wensleydale.rotary1040.org .

Our registered Charity Fund number is 1046181

To comply with the new Data protection regulations, we have updated our Privacy Policy

 Some of our activities and achievements in pre-Covid years


• Supported the Rotary International Stop Polio campaign with fundraising events.
• Donated to Action Aid, Shelter and Syrian refugees.
• Donated to Nepalese Goat project.
• Donated to a charity funding computers to remote Nepalese schools.


• Supported the national Kidsout Day. It’s when Rotarians across the country take disadvantaged kids for a fun day out. Whether they live with critical health issues, in refuge, with a disability or facing a tough domestic situation, are taken on a fun day out to the zoo, a theme park or even the seaside, often for the first time in their lives. Over 500 children were taken to Lightwater Valley for the day, accompanied by Rotarians across Yorkshire.

Regional / Local community

• Organised the annual Wensleydale wander where funds raised benefit local good causes.
• Organised the annual James Herriot Country Trail Run which raises money for Rotary charities
• Annual Technology Tournament, this year hosted at Catterick Garrison. The object of the tournament is to give children aged 12 – 18 an unseen Design and Technology problem to be completed in a fixed time.
• Sponsored a student from Wensleydale School to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) where for a week they participate in team building programmes to build confidence, motivation and leadership skills   

• Support Children attending Kings Club during the summer holidays.
• Ran a Stroke Awareness tent at the Wensleydale Show.
• Pay and transport a carer in the region for a week’s holiday in Scarborough.
• Give local schoolchildren a Dictionary for life, to aid literacy.
School Bursary. We were able to support 19 children in the area to attend courses and residential trips.

  Interschool Challenge, a small sum of money to each Primary School in the Dale and challenges them to increase it by whatever means for charity. This year the children have chosen Cancer Research UK

Our Facebook page ran a Twelve Myth days of Christmas campaign to bust all the myths surrounding Rotary.

We also had lots of fun with quiz nights, lawn bowls, quoits, visiting other Rotary clubs in the area, dominoes and a pancake evening.

President of Rotary International Club Citation presentedClub citatiion award to Wensleydale Rotary. This is awarded to clubs in recognition of making an especially positive difference in our communities.

A further Citation with Silver Distinction was awarded in December 2019

Since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have continued to meet either by Zoom or, more recently face to face, and to organise those activities that could occur safely under the right conditions.

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Happening soon...

Mon, Mar 4th 2024 7:30 pm

Joint Meeting with Richmond Rotary & DG

Visit by District Governor. Joint Meeting with Richmond Rotary at TOSH, including a meal and wines. Partners included. £12 per head.

Mon, Mar 11th 2024 7:30 pm

No Meeting- Tech Tournament Preparation


Tue, Mar 12th 2024 9:30 am

Tech Tournament

Details TBA

Mon, Mar 18th 2024 7:30 pm

Guest Speaker David Muscroft

Fun Quiz

Mon, Mar 25th 2024 7:30 pm

Fund Raiser- Quiz & Pie & Peas Supper


Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 19.30

(FORTNIGHTLY MEETINGS with social excursions on other dates .No meetings on Bank Holidays) Leyburn Arts & Community Centre,
Old School House
Richmond Road
DL8 5DL  01969-624510

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