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Tree Planting at West Park

Club members joined up with pioneer members of Leeds Rotaract Club, based at Devonshire Hall, to plant seven trees at West Park Fields. In the pouring rain, we were led by Rachel Todner a skilled ranger from Leeds City Council. A few weeks later, in better weather, we met again to place the protective poles and chicken wire around the saplings.

This row of rowan and birch trees will enhance the top of the field on the path from North Parade to Parkview Place. The project was led by former joint Presidents Keith Crowther and Peter Woodhead. and their firm belief that Rotary must invest in the future has fine proof in this well-established line of trees. Our thanks go to all the  volunteers who gave of their time and effort to complete the task, especially John Hafseth, Adrian Simmons, Colette Crossen, Chris and new member, Marion Walbank. Job well done!

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Club Donates £1000 plus 28 knitted Teddies to Zarach

Paul Kennedy, Tracey Parle (Centre) and Julia Marshall with some of the teddies

At our meeting on 1 March, Tracey Parle gave an inspiring talk on the work of the Leeds based charity Zarach, (Hebrew for “Let there be light”). Click here

Bex Wilson, a young teacher at a Leeds inner city school, became aware that her pupils’ education was suffering because some were always tired. Investigation showed that many families were so poor that the children had no beds, many having to sleep on the floor, on cushions or in the bath.
Initially Bex, assisted by her father Mark, delivered beds at her own expense. She has now developed a charity which has provided 1,400 beds, duvets and sheets since 2018. Zarach now wishes to do for beds what Marcus Rashford did for school meals and we are asked to sign their petition. The aim is 100,000 signatories for discussion in parliament.
All Rotary Clubs in Leeds are supporting Zarach. We presented Tracey with a cheque for £1,000  and our President Elect Julia presented her with 28 brightly coloured knitted teddies to give to the children.

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£2000 raised towards Autism Room at St Peter’s Primary School, Burmantofts, Leeds

Headteacher Liz Holliday has been presented with a cheque for £2000 towards the development of the new Autism roomat St Peter’s. Presidents Peter & Keith were greeted by Liz and Sarah, her deputy, and shown round the nearly finished building. Sarah has been the driving force behind the project and she was delighted with the new facilities and the club’s generous donation. We were joined by some staff and children as shown.

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Leeds University Vice Chancellor becomes Honorary Member of Club

We are delighted to announce that on 26 January 2021 Professor Simone Buitendijk was inducted as an Honorary member of the Club. Member, Fred Archenhold spoke as her proposer and Joint President Keith Crowther led the ceremony. Our members were joined on Zoom by several Rotary guests from the area and heard from the Vice Chancellor that she had been a Rotarian when she was working at Leiden University in The Netherlands. She spoke briefly about herself and her vision for the University of Leeds. Andrew Bateman welcomed her on behalf of our Rotary District and the induction ended with the Rotary Toast. We look forward to welcoming Prof Buitendijk to a meeting in person when conditions allow.

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Join our 100 Club!

We have launched a 100 Club Lottery for Friends and members of the club. The draw is made on the fourth Tuesday of every month with three money prizes. Continue reading

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Becoming a Friend of Headingley Rotary Club provides an opportunity for those who have time and energy to share with us our commitment to helping others but without the responsibility of full membership.

Being a Friend of Headingley Rotary Club means that besides helping with local fund raising events there will be social activities organised for everyone to meet together when conditions allow.

As a Friend of Headingley Rotary Club you will be kept up to date with club activities. You will be invited to participate or contribute to Rotary activities which may simply involve giving some of your time.

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