One of the principal aims of the Club is to identify ways in which it can support the local Community.
This may be a specific Rotary initiative, or may be linked to supporting other organisations to help deliver worthwhile projects in the Community.
Each year the Club undertakes a range of activities. Some have been running for a number of years. Others are new ideas.
Many of these activities are coordinated by our Community and Vocational Group, with other initiatives being organised on a "whole club" basis, or linked to particular fundraising social events.
Recent events that have taken place include:
- In April 2022 a successful Race Night organised by the Youth Group raised £650 for the Friends of the Friarage, towards future developments at the Hospital.
- In November 2021 a Quiz Night with Pie and Pea Supper organised by the Fellowship Group raised £630. Half went to support an international charity Aquabox, with the balance providing part of the funding for our support to the costs of setting up the new Community Garden in the Applegarth, where we provided one of the picnic benches.
- In October 2021 and April 2022 we were able to restart our Bedale Book and Postcard Fair, a project involving many members from across the Club, raising funds that can be applied generally across our projects, including local community schemes.
- In September 2021 we provided a workparty to help clear and tidy up the planting around the underpass between the Library and the High Street.
- In February 2020 we held a succesful Murder Mystery Afternoon in aid of Herriot Hospice Homecare and the Rotary Polio Eradication initiative.
- In October 2019 we held the Bedale Book and Postcard Fair. We hope this will become a regular biannual event each April and October, although unfortunately the next three planned dates had to be cancelled because of the Covid crisis.
- In 2018 and 2019 we raised monies for the Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Centre at the Friarage Hospital by holding a very succesful "Red, White and Blue" Dinner in 2018 and a masked ball in 2019.
- We continue to provide marshalling at a number of town events, including those organised by the Northallerton BID. The picture below shows part of the team at one of the successful Classic Car Shows.
- Providing part of the team that collects donations at the annual Northallerton Firework Display. Money collected in the buckets goes towards the cost of the fireworks for the next years event. Members of the club were involved as part of the team again in 2021, and good crowds turned out for another wonderful display. Judging by the weight of our buckets, plenty of money was collected on the night towards next years event.
- The Club provides marshalls to ensure that Santa makes a safe arrival in the town and his grotto in the Town Hall.
- For a number of years we have been pleased to provide an activity day for the group of children from Chernobyl, who are hosted in the area for a month each year by the Northallerton Branch of Friends of Chernobyl's Children. In recent years this has usually taken the form of a day out at Teeside Park at the ten pin bowling alley. A picture below is from the 2019 event. Once again this was a great success, and all the children, and indeed the helpers, enjoyed their day. Unfortunately the Covid crisis meant the group were not able to come in 2020 or 2021. The war in Ukraine has meant that nothing has been possible in 2022. We will have to see whether this initiative will restart in the future.
- Helping out with the Hambleton Foodshare Scheme in Northallerton, including providing funding of over £2000 during the Covid period to shop for shortage items. In previous years members gave practical support to the Soup and a Roll sessions held on Wednesday lunchtimes. These were not able to continue during the main Covid period and the Foodshare has decided not to relaunch this for the future.
Through vocational service, Rotarians are expected to adhere to, and promote high ethical standards in all their business and professional lives, recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contribute their professional expertise and skills to addressing the problems and needs of society. This is a cornerstone of the Rotary movement.
These skills are available to the Club when it develops a range of projects to help the Community.