JAMES HERRIOT COUNTRY TRAIL RUN 28th July 2024 - Sun 28th Jul at 11.00

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

James Herriot Trail Race

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

Wensleydale Wander 2024 Report

Wensleydale Wander 2024 Report

This year we had 433 entries and 391 runners and walkers starting, taking numbers back to pre-covid levels. They enjoyed much better weather and ground conditions than were predicted!

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.

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 21st  September 2024

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 21st September 2024

We were pleased with the increased entry for our second Saunter, particularly how much people enjoyed the route. So the 2024 Saunter will be over the same route.

Visit to Theakstons Brewery

Visit to Theakstons Brewery

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

Visit to Markenfield Hall

Visit to Markenfield Hall

Members visited Markefield Hall, near Ripon. Built in the 13th century this moated house has remained much as it was when it was built


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

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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

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Sun, Jul 28th 2024 11:00 am


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


Mon, Jul 29th 2024 7:30 pm

Club Meeting - Herriot Trail Run de-brief

Mon, Aug 5th 2024 7:30 pm

Business Meeting

Mon, Aug 12th 2024 11:00 am

Excursion to Skipton - Canal Trip and Afternoon Tea

Times and Details tbc

Mon, Aug 19th 2024 7:30 pm

Guest Speaker - RYLA Candidate

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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