Community Projects

The Club supports a number of projects within our local community.

  1. Right to  Read;            Members regularly visit four Primary Schools in the Dale to hear children reading and help them progress. Much valued by the children, teachers, and Rotarian
  2. Interschool Challenge; Wensleydale Rotary Club gives a small sum of money to each Primary School in the Dale and challenges them to increase it by whatever means for charity. 
  3. Flowers at Christmas;            Members take around 80 flowering plants to old people living on their own who appreciate a visit and chat.
  4. Christmas Meals on Wheels;            The Club pays for the Christmas meals distributed throughout the Dale by the WRVS.
  5. Christmas Cards;            The Club runs a competition amongst Year 7 (1st year) at Wensleydale School for the design of a Christmas Card suitable to accompany the Christmas Meals and flowers. Prizes are given and the best design used for printing the cards, with a message from the President and the winners name on the back.
  6. Carer to Scarborough;            Every year the Club arranges for a carer to have a week long holiday in a hotel in Scarborough after helping them find somewhere for the cared for person to be looked after. The carer is taken to and from Scarborough by a Rotarian, and while there, he/she has the opportunity to meet many other carers in the same position as themselves, who have also been taken by many other Rotary Clubs in Yorkshire. The Rotary  Club of Scarborough arranges a full programme of entertainment. The carers are always very appreciative of the well earned break from all responsibilities.
  7. School Bursary Fund;            The Club initiated and continues to provide funds for Wensleydale School to use for the express purpose of allowing children from disadvantaged families to experience extra-curricular activities such as trips abroad, which would otherwise be denied them.
  8. Helping the Environment;            In 2004/5 the Club provided and helped plant 122 trees in 21 villages as part of the Rotary International Centenary. The previous year, 200 daffodil bulbs were planted on the approaches to Leyburn.
  9. Deserving local causes;            Every year the Club receives requests from local people for help with funding a huge variety of projects which will help either individuals or whole communities.

Annual report from Chairman Rtn George Chadwick 20/5/14  

School Bursary.
Only 6 Primary Schools required a bursary this year. Cost £2,040 + £1500 to Wensleydale School.                 TOTAL COST £3,540.
(24 Children were able to attend Residential Trips ,who would otherwise Not been able to attend)

Christmas Plants.
Ordered and delivered 44 Plants to widows in the community. Didn't have Wensleydale School design the Christmas Cards which accompanied the plants, this year, so had to purchase some                                        TOTAL COST £151.80p

 Carer to Scarborough.
Find a suitable carer.
Fund the Carers Holiday.
Arrange Transport to Scarborough
Arrange Carers return transport after the holiday
Ensure substitute carer at home
Arranged through RC Scarborough.(Mr Ward enjoyed his holiday very much) NOT as easy as it may seem to find Carers. TOTAL COST £440.
BOOKED one place for this years Holiday, later than usual AUG/SEPT. at a cost of 45O (To be paid before end of June 2014.

Inter-Primary School Challenge 

All 7 Primary Schools in Wensleydale participate annually for a shield purchased by Rotary at a cost of £31.50
Each School given a small amount £40. TOTAL COST £280+31.50= £310.50
To make as much money as possible by whatever means for a Charity ,named by Rotary Last year RABI Royal Agricultural Benevelant Institution
Received £l,217.15p Presented Shield and cheque to school and Charity Chairman at winning School.
Reporter from Darlington and Stockton Paper attended,published details together with a photograph of event.Good publicity for Rotary,School and Charity
This years challenge is on the agenda at the next Cluster Heads meeting later in the term. TOTAL COST £310.15.

 One Off Payments.
Club has made many one off donations to local Charities/worthwhile Causes.
£250 Donated to Herriot Hospice Homecare.
£150 to Askrigg Playgroup To tidy over a temporary shortfall problem (Significant drop in attendance until after Easter
£100 donated to 'Just the job appeal .Environmental Enterprises Ltd
£430 donated to Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme - Sarah Kowalski over booked and participants dropped out
£200 donation to St Teresa Hospice to Mary Lovell
£10 for a bunting of Wensleydale Rotary Club, to be flown whenever Askrigg display flags on whatever occasion the village has.
£100 donated to National Search & Rescue Dog Association NSARDA Ellie Stansfield African Project donation of  


            In order to raise money for the Club Charity Account and therefore be able to fund the above, the Club holds several regular events;

  • Wensleydale Wander every April
  • James Herriot Country Trail Run every July
  • Night Watchmen at Leyburn Food and Drink Festival every May
  • Tombola at Wensleydale Show every August

Community Projects sub-pages:

President Ray with crutches

Collecting for Physionet

more 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.

Dave Spashett plants the tree

Wensleydale Rotary sponsor and plant a tree in Leyburn

more Rotarian David Spashett planted a tree at Leyburn Arts Centre

Donation to YAA

A big thank you to Yorkshire Air Ambulance !

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

Rotary marshalls

Wensleydale Rotary provide marshals for Jubilee Beacon at Leyburn

more They attended the lighting of a Jubilee beacon on The Shawl in Leyburn. Pictured are ; Jeremy Burchill, David Milner, Howard Binks, Ray Wilkinson, John Morton, David Spashett and David Blakeley. The beacon was lit by Councillor Mandy Spenceley

Members at St Matthews Church

Wensleydale Rotary donate soup to St Matthews Church Leyburn

more St.Matthews Church Leyburn witnesses its community spirit in action as Wensleydale Rotarians donate bulk packs of soup mix at last Mondays Soup and sweet lunch.

The main tent

Rotary at Wensleydale Show 2021

more Wensleydale Rotary volunteers served tea/coffee to Show organisers before the Show started then manned a tent raising funds for charities.

Wensleydale Rotarians after litter pick

Aysgarth Falls volunteer litter picking

more The superb early summer weather continued as Wensleydale Rotarians volunteered on Tuesday to pick up litter after the busy bank holiday weekend.

Wensleydale Rotarians John Morton & David Blakeley guiding arrivals

Rotarians help marshal at vaccination centre

more Wensleydale Rotarians helped to marshal arrivals as the covid vaccination programme began at Tennants auction room in Leyburn.

David Blakeley and John Morton packing sticks

Rotary helps Chopsticks Charity

more Rotarians from several clubs in North Yorkshire helped at the charity Chopsticks to pack bags of kindling


Charity Auction

more Wensleydale Rotary held a Charity Auction to help compensate for having to cancel major fundraising events due to Covid-19

Rtn Wendy in charge

Rotary Tombola at Wensleydale Show

more The Rotary Club held a tombola stall at Wensleydale Show to raise funds for its community projects. All prizes were won despite the rain!

Support for Herriot Hospice Homecare

more President Susan Rogers has chosen Herriot Hospice Homecare as her principal charity for her year in office.

Winning School with cheque

Inter-school Challenge 2019

more Wensleydale Rotary Club gives a small sum of money to each Primary School in the Dale and challenges them to increase it by whatever means for charity.

Blood Pressure Screening at Wensleydale Show 2018

more Wensleydale Rotarians were out in force taking blood pressures at the Wensleydale Show,as part of STROKE awareness

Inter School Challenge 2017

more Wensleydale Rotary Club gives a small sum of money to each Primary School in the Dale and challenges them to increase it by whatever means for charity.

DG Robert Morphet and Prof Lynnette Rhodes-Home

Rotary at Wensleydale Show 2017

more Wensleydale Rotarians ran a Know Your Blood Pressure session as well as a fundraising tent at this year's Show, helped by District Governor Robert Morphet

Wensleydale Rotary does Ice Bucket challenge for MNDA

more Seven Wensleydale Rotarians, and a Rotarians wife, accepted the Ice Bucket challenge thrown down to them by Northallerton Mowbray Rotarians.

Mural in Children's waiting area in A&E


more THE CHIILDREN'S waiting areas at the Friarage Hospital's accident and emergency department have been transformed into a magical wonderland thanks to the Rotary Club of Wensleydale.

Inter School Challenge

more Primary Schools in Wensleydale were given a small amount of money and challenged to make as much money as possible, by whatever means.

Yellow Bikes go to Charity for Recycling

more Following the recent Tour de France Grand Depart, there remained a large number of yellow bikes scattered about Wensleydale. The Rotary Club has been collecting some of them to be recycled and sent to third world countries.

Audience listen to description of a wine

Wine Tasting in aid of MND

more Around 50 Rotarians, partners and friends attended a wine tasting to raise funds fro Motor Neurone Disease

The tent with Rotarians

Rotary at Wensleydale Show 2015

more The Rotary tent at the Show was well manned and attended, with around £300 being raised from a bric-a-brac sale for the club Charity fund, and £165 from rafle tickets in aid of a MRI Scanner for the Friarage Hospital.

Rotary at Wensleydale Show 2016

more Wensleydale Rotary members fundraised for local and international charities, and raised awareness of Rotary International's drive to eradicate Polio.

cheque presntation

Inter School Challenge success

more Wensleydale Rotary Club gives a small sum of money to each Primary School in the Dale and challenges them to increase it by whatever means for charity.

President David alongside photo of new minibus

Wensleydale Rotary Club thanked for donation

more While President David Pointon was attending the Low Mill outdoor centres annual meeting,the Club was thanked for donating funds towards the cost of the new minibus.

Club treasurer Peter Nattress

Rotary Club of Wensleydale 2010 -2011 Review

more A review of projects supported in the year to 30th June 2011 and of events and fund raising activities. David Pointon was Club President for the year, Peter Nattress (pictured here) is Club Treasurer.

Help for Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for Wensleydale School

more Mr Phillip Benages, Headmaster of Wensleydale School spoke to members on progress with improving standards and achievements at the school.