Beauty and the Beast

Fri, Jan 20th 2023 at 7:15 pm - 9:50 pm

Chance for our Ukrainian friends to see an English pantomime

Enjoying the show

                                UKRAINIANS’ PANTOMIME ENCOUNTER A REAL TONIC

District 1040 funding has helped the Aireborough Club fund English classes for Ukrainian refugees living locally for the past three months. At Christmas the grant enabled £30 vouchers for toys to be given to every individual child. In January a surprise visit was arranged for the whole group to attend a production of Beauty and the Beast in Yeadon Town Hall with tickets provided free of charge by Yeadon Charities. President John Kitching also arranged for sweets for all the children to be provided by the Sweet Shop.

Our Friday night language Course leader Julia Zarubinska-Toepritz sent the following message to the Club:-

''I got so many messages of gratitude asking to be sent to the Club. Both parents and children really enjoyed it. One dad said that it felt like he completely forgot the situation they are in for two hours and laughed and sang along. Even when the Ukrainians were not able to get the jokes, they still laughed because everybody else did and it was contagious! It was such an important evening for them at a brilliant venue. If you are able to pass this on to the performing team, it would be great. Are they really all amateurs?’’

The Aireborough Club was also involved in the show’s run with Club President John Kitching playing the comedic role of Frenchman Alphonse Artois and our Sergeant-at-Arms Peter Long having both written the script and as prompter ensuring that everyone stuck to their lines.

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Enjoying the show

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The Rotary Club of Aireborough owes a great debt to the fine efforts of this committee. Traditionally recruitment begins via personal contact with a member and with meetings now held on both Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday evening there are more options.

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This committee organises community events some yearly including Dictionaries4 Life, Easter Egg Hunt, Jakethon and Kids Out as well as the Social Interactive Quiz. It also supports the Friends of Guiseley Cemetery and the Beer Festival.

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This Committee supports activities financially and through hands-on help, with Aquaboxes for disaster areas, micro-loans for budding entrepreneurs, partnering the Bambisanani project and providing menstrual care kits for pupils.


Foundation is Rotary's own charity and close to home funds the Peace Department at Bradford University and in previous years helped many Global grant Scholars including Mark Maccuzzo and Kayono Nakajima to study in Leeds and be hosted by our Club.

International Litter Picking Day takes place in Yeadon for Aireborough Rotary

This is a new category of service activity supported by global grants beginning on 1 July 2021


The Thursday group initially the Nomads began as a satellite group meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Horsforth Golf Club between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. on an informal 'drop-in'basis. Periodically other venues are also explored.

But life suddenly changed under lockdown

Tuesday lunchtimes was the only weekly meeting when the Club began in 1953 originally meeting at the then Yeadon Airport. Since then as times have changed so have the venues but we are now firmly ensconced at Horsforth Golf Club