JAMES HERRIOT COUNTRY TRAIL RUN 31stJuly 2022 - Sun 31st Jul at 11.00

After a successful Run in 2021 despite the difficulties, we hope that we can hold the event more normally in 2022!

onto Black Hill

Welcome to Wensleydale Rotary Club's website! Members have been meeting on Zoom during the pandemic, but are now cautiously meeting in person at our new venue.

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After a successful Run in 2021 despite the difficulties, we hope that we can hold the event more normally in 2022!

Wensleydale Wander 2022 Report

Wensleydale Wander 2022 Report

Despite reduced numbers due to Covid, 225 Walkers and Runners took part in ideal conditions to enjoy the magnificent views.

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 24th September 2022

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 24th September 2022

This is a new walk we are arranging that is similar to the Wander but over a different route and to take place in September, following suggestions from participants in last year's Wander

Wensleydale Rotary collect for Ukraine

Wensleydale Rotary collect for Ukraine

Today (Friday 11th) Wensleydale Rotarians hit the streets of Leyburn with specially decorated collection buckets and hats in aid of Ukrainian charities

Rotary Technology Challenge

Rotary Technology Challenge

Wensleydale Rotary Club members David Spashett and Howard Binks judge the efforts of students at the 2022 Rotary Technology Challenge.

A big thank you to Yorkshire Air Ambulance !

A big thank you to Yorkshire Air Ambulance !

A huge cheque symbolises our long term commitment to supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


About us

We are organising our fundraising events in as Covid safe a way as possible, and have changed our venue for more space, meeting fortnightly for business or speakers, without a meal. In addition we now have a programme of excursions which are proving very popular.

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 current President Ray Wilkinson has chosen Caring for Life as her chosen Charity

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

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

Our registered Charity Fund number is 1046181

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 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, May 23rd 2022 7:30 pm

Annual General Meeting

Mon, May 30th 2022 9:30 am

Excursion to Skipton Castle & Canal Cruise

Afternoon Tea during Cruise. Details later

Mon, Jun 6th 2022 7:30 pm

Business Meeting

Mon, Jun 13th 2022 7:30 pm

Visit to Fountains Abbey

Details TBA

Fri, Jun 17th 2022 7:30 pm

Annual Charter & Handover evening

Details TBA

Mon, Jun 20th 2022 7:30 pm

NO Meeting

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 Centre
The Old School House
Richmond Road
DL8 5DL  01969-624510

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