SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 23rd September 2023 - Sat 23rd Sep at 09.00

We were pleased with the response to the first Saunter in 2022, particularly how much people enjoyed the route. So the 2023 Saunter will be over the same route.

Plaque showing Coverdale

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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Collecting for Physionet

Collecting for Physionet

Wensleydale Rotary Club's President Ray Wilkinson brandishes crutches which were part of the vanload of mobility aids collected in the dale by the club.

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

Charter and Handover 2023

Charter and Handover 2023

Members and guests enjoyed a talk by Tom Orde Powlett about his family history and their environmental efforts.



Over 200 Runners enjoyed this year's Run despite a blustery wind

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 23rd September 2023

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 23rd September 2023

We were pleased with the response to the first Saunter in 2022, particularly how much people enjoyed the route. So the 2023 Saunter will be over the same route.

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


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

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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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SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 23rd September 2023

Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 9:00 am

SEPTEMBER SAUNTER 23rd September 2023

We were pleased with the response to the first Saunter in 2022, particularly how much people enjoyed the route. So the 2023 Saunter will be over the same route.


Mon, Sep 25th 2023 11:32 am

Jenny's Quiz in Richmond

Details TBA

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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