Community and Vocational

This committee organises several yearly community events including Dictionaries4 Life and Kids Out as well as the social Interactive Quiz. It also supports the Friends of Guiseley Cemetery and reading in schools.

Change of venue for the enthusiastic Jake and friends

                         ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORT 27 APRIL2021
This is almost the end of my third year as Chairman and I am most thankful to all the Club members for their support and to those who have helped in various activities in our local community before lockdown due to Covid on 23 March 2020.

TREE PLANTING - 21 March 2020, took place at Nunroyd Park with the help of some police cadets, Friends of Nunroyd Park and of course Rotary personnel. It was our last event and 30 saplings were planted. As of February 2012 - 25 could be found. A working party will soon be needed to remove the grass around the saplings as directed by the Woodland Trust's instructions when planting.

160 RING BAGS were delivered to Pinderfields Hospital as a call went out from the senior sister to replace the envelopes currently used for the jewellery of deceased patients.

DICTIONARIES4LIFE - took place in June/July but not as we know it! The dictionaries were delivered by 3 Rotary members to the schools in boxes for the teachers to give out as we were not allowed over the threshold. They have been ordered for this year with delivery in May and it is hoped that we will be able to present the dictionaries individually to the children this year. 

PLANNED EVENTS CANCELLED  included a Community and Vocational Social event at the end of March, the Easter Egg Hunt stall and mamoth tombola, Houses of Parliament visit and KIDS OUT has been offered to Aireborough Children's Centre as there has been no response to emails and telephone calls from Meadows Park/Green Meadows.

JAKETHON took place over the usual Conference weekend in October 2020 but at Golden Acre Park in Leeds. with five Rotary and Inner Wheel members taking part in the walk. The competition this year was how many dogs Jake would pass during his hour's walk. Roger and Carol Ward took the prize with their correct guess of 25. Jake will be pawing his way again this October for Rotary, all are welcome to accompany him - he loves company.

EASTER EGG JAR COMPETITION Barrie Oldam and Roger Ward shared the prize with their correct guess and a number of the eggs were donated to the Healthy Holidays project.

Other unique ideas are in the pipeline to raise funds so watch this space.

Sally Mohan - Chair

At June 12 2019 Club Assembly Committee Chair Sally Mohan outlined her programme for the year as follows. Working with the Thursday Group (originally Nomads) the Committee will continue particularly on fund-raising events and involvement in Community Projects to the benefit of the Club and Guiseley, Rawdon, Yeadon and Horsforth – our areas of Aireborough.

We will continue to organise two main events – Kids Out (19 June) and Dictionaries4Life around 19 July. We will also work closely with the Education and Youth Service Committee when opportunities arise. Budgets of £1000 for Kids Out and £1500 for Dictionaries4Life are based on latest available information from last year. Sponsorship will also be sought. A possible contingency plan will be worked on if Kids Out does not go ahead given Loghtwater Valley's current financial situation.

Our other major event – Stroke Awareness will have to be put on hold because of re-organisation within District 1040.

A number of fund-raising/ self supporting events have been discussed at the C & V Committee and we believe it would be beneficial for the Club to consider supporting the following events:

A)    Talk to Business, Industry and Schools about Rotary – Phoenix Club members and their companies to be invited – January/February 2019

B)    Club events: March/May 2019

Sheepstakes/Race Night at Horsforth Golf Club

Actual visit to a Race course – Ripon, Wetherby, Pontefract or York?

Canal boat trip with fish and chips and entertainment – a singer?

C)    Dog Show – also incorporating Ready Teddy Jump – or Yeadon Tarn – late June 2019

D)    Table top sale and/or Rotary valuation of antiques – October/November 2019    –

We will again support Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign with the planting of crocus corms in November 2018 near where the trees at Nunroyd Park were planted and in any other places deemed suitable with only 1000 being ordered at a cost of £30.

‘Jakeathon’, estimating how far he walks will again take place on the Saturday of the Scarborough Conference this October for dementia and the purchase of a robotic therapy cat (cost £100). Club members will decide who gets the cat so sponsorship from as many as possible will be required.

Goblets will be bought and placed in strategic places, potential income for little effort.

Friends of are now in its 13th year and Barry Bootland will give the Club a presentation particularly for the benefit of recently joining members.

This plan is flexible and is subject to change since there may be other events in the pipeline. Our local M.P. Stuart Andrew has offered to attend any future events subject to his availability.

I look forward to my first year chairing this committee which I hope will keep members engaged and which above all will benefit our local communities.

Sally Mohan

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Receiving the final applause

Annual Brass Band Concert at Yeadon Town Hall

more 'Musicianship of the highest order and one of the best concerts for a long time' were the comments expressed by those leaving the Town Hall, coupled with praise for the choice of programme and a virtuoso guest soloist in Jonathan Bates

President Brian Whitham surrounded by Horsforth newlaithes pupils

Dictionary presentations July 2012

more Seven schools were invited to take part this year and a good time was had by all the Rotarians who got up early to deliver the goods.

John Knaggs and Brian Hall 'marshal' Patrick Glenn towards the finish

Charity Walk 2012 in pictures

more More than 50 walkers from both the Club and local groups took part raising funds for different charities

Broadgate Lane pupils show their delight exuberantly!

Everyone's a winner - June 2013

more For the fifth year running, the Rotary Club of Aireborough has presented Dictionaries4Life (and thesauri!!) to Primary Schools in Guiseley, Rawdon, Yeadon and Horsforth

Ready for the off!

Kids Out 2013

more Lightwater Valley once again welcomed Clubs from District 1040 with their proteges for one day of excitement only. Aireborough was as usual to the fore with pupils from the Meadows Park section of Benton Park

Boisterous community singing

Proms Night

more Following last year's resounding success we will be doing it all again with the same cast Joanne Dexter Classical Soprano and Opera North member and the Olicanian Brass Quintet.

Great British Fish and Chips Supper

more This event hosted by the Wetherby Whaler proved a great success raising over £250 for the Spinal Injuries Association

President Bill is surrounded by pupils at Rufford Park Primary

Everyone's a winner

more For the fifth time more than 350 dictionaries (plus 20 thesauri) were presented to eight local primary schools by Rotarians including Bill Braker, Barry Bootland, John Moorhouse,Barry Mills, Brian Whitham, John Knaggs and Robert Mirfield.

Peter Long and Barry Bootland delivering the goods

Smiling faces at books arrival

more Rotarians swarmed in to share in the handing over of dictionaries and thesauri to excited pupils in 6 schools with 2 more still to come

Dictionaries4Life 2011


Jean Arnott and Tony Scaife raffle prize winners

Aireborough out in force

more 40 members and guests supported the new venture of the Wetherby Whaler taking over from the long established Harry Ramsdens in Guiseley

Kids Out and Rotarians About...

more Kids Out 2012 proved just as enjoyable as the previous 4 or 5 bringing a lot of pleasure to a deserving group of young people.

Stroke awareness morning

more Our annual Stroke Awareness morning took place at Morrisons Yeadon on 18 April with 75 people having their blood pressure tested and 25% resultantly advised to see their doctor. Thanks to Barrie King and his team for another successful community venture.

Schools out for summer

more Dictionaries4 Life - year 3

Rotary sponsorship helping Guiseley sisters

more Emily and Katherine Fishers' quests for Olympic selection gains support from the Aireborough Club.

Marvellous Maggie

more On 9 December a cheque for £100 will be presented to President Barry, a result of the continuing tireless efforts of Maggie Braker to raise funds for the Club's charity projects. One of these is 'Kids Out' where Maggie has been an enthusiastic supporter.

Springing into action in more ways than three


Kids Out 2009

more Annual visit to Lightwater Valley with the young people from Benton Park School.

Dr Sarah and Sister Sue augmented by Tony, Gerald and John. Brian Waite was holding the camera!

Double trouble

more Enthusiastic teams accomplished their tasks on both Friday and Saturday with Gerald Long, Tony Scaife and Brian Waite delivering on both occasions. The Morrisons Guiseley bag pack saw a generous public donating £591 with power to add through gift aid.

Fine result for Children's Air Ambulance Bag-pack

more M & S customers donated a magnificent �454.37 in 6 hours to an energetically helpful band of Rotary bag-packers and their wives.

Friends of Guiseley Cemetery on a recent working party morning.

Friends of Guiseley Cemetery

more Friends of Guiseley Cemetery on a Saturday morning working party.