Talks & Events

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2017.10 Creating a cosmic ray observatory the size of West Yorkshire in Argentina!

As Fred Archenhold pointed out in the Vote of Thanks, it was a first for Headingley Rotary to have a Fellow of the Royal Society as guest speaker… a great privilege. Our speaker was Prof. Alan Watson of Leeds University and his subject was “Creating a cosmic ray observatory the size of West Yorkshire in …

2017.10 Titus Salt & Saltaire, some lesser known facts

We were treated to a superb illustrated talk on Titus Salt and Saltaire by local historian Dave Shaw after their October 3rd lunch. He focused on a few little-known facts – the first that Titus Salt and his son were not in fact responsible for all of what we today think of as Saltaire – …

2017.12 Adel Dam Nature Reserve

Final 2017 Rotary Meeting (19th December). As the previous meal had celebrated Christmas, it was decided to pay homage to the Jewish Festival of Lights –  Chanukah. Martin Berger said a Hebrew Grace, followed by an English interpretation. It is not often that this traditional Grace said on Friday nights is followed by a pork …

2018.01 Headingley Community Hub

Headingley Rotary club for their final January 2018 meeting welcomed Tom Booth whose subject was the Headingley Community Hub. The idea of Community Hubs was formed back in 2013 as part of the Leeds Citizen Agenda of putting residents first. There were four main objectives: to provide accessible services, to help people with financial/debt issues, …

2018.02 “My Life in Rugby League” by Stephen Boothroyd

The talk was an enthralling account of Stephen’s life as a coach, referee and administrator of the sport he loved and which had rewarded him with fund of anecdotes and memories, plus an award – the John Holmes Award for service to Rugby League. It was clear as the talk progressed why he deserved this …

2018.03 “Intellectual Property” by Ged Doonan

Ged had retired from the Leeds City Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre (bipcleeds@leeds.gov.uk) and was well versed in what could have been a very dry subject. But Ged’s superb talk was anything but – interesting, informative, beautifully illustrated and in places, laugh-out-loud funny! What probably none of us knew was quite how important his …

2018.03 “What’s new in Benefits Advice?”

I had wondered how interested Rotary members might be in the subject of this talk by fellow Rotarian, Robert Gee. “Very interested” was the conclusion, based on my own interest, the questions asked and from the fact there was not a spare seat at lunch – even though it clashed with the technology tournament. Robert, …

2018.03 Concert in aid of Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Charity

“Songs from the Shows” a concert in aid of Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Charity, The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr. Jane Dowson’s chosen charity Performed by St. Mary’s Youth Theatre, Garforth in celebration of their 25th Anniversary. Promoted by Headingley Rotary Club and hosted in the Great Hall, by the University of Leeds. Saturday 17th March …

2018.04 The Positive Diagnosis of Non-Disease

The meeting on 17 April coincided with members going on a holiday to Gdansk, Adrian Simmons, one of our members, gave an in house talk on “the Positive Diagnosis of Non-Disease”. He explained that he had been a hospital consultant physician – in those days a more general physician than the super specialists of today. …

2018.05 Birding at Adel Dam

Following an after-lunch talk by volunteer warder Dave Johnston in December 2017, a walk in the Adel Dam Nature Reserve was arranged for Tues 29th May 2018. It was dry but considerably cooler than the previous couple of days when the first group met at 9.00am at the Reserve. The first surprise was how many …

2018.05 Global Grants, Stroke Awareness & Devonshire Hall Students Jazz Group

At our meeting on 1st May, John Hafseth announced that five members of the club had attended the Regional Assembly – an excellent turn-out. Also that one of the five, Peter Woodhead, was a speaker on the subject of Global Grants. Peter said it appeared to go well and he was gratified afterwards by the …

2018.05 Visit to Leeds Arium

Visit to the Arium, Thorner Lane, Whinmoor LS14 3FB on 8th May 2018 21 Headingley Rotarians and guests had a fascinating guided tour of the Leeds City Council’s new plant growing facility with Manager Andrew Culloden and his assistant, Lee Cawood. The name Arium is a protected brand with its own artwork used on labels, …

2018.06 Lawnswood Cemetery

The History of Leeds in 53 Acres Lawnswood cemetery was founded in 1876 – a Victorian wooded 10 acre plot. Much extended, it was taken over by Leeds City Council from the Headingley-cum-Burley Burial Board in 1972. It is now tended by four full-time gardeners helped by the Friends, a volunteer group of enthusiasts, who …

2018.06 Northern Powerhouse – Cllr Andrew Carter

On 5th June Cllr Carter immediately gained our attention by giving us some impressive regional statistics. This 30 mile wide band of industrial towns and cities that runs from coast to coast, Liverpool to Hull, had a GDP higher than many countries – on a par with that of Sweden and Belgium.  It exports £50 …

2018.07 St Vincent’s Support Centre – Sheena Eastwood

On Tuesday, 10th July, the Club welcomed Sheena Eastwood, the Central Manager of St Vincent’s Support Centre in York Road, Leeds. Sheena gave a detailed and moving presentation about the work being done at St Vincent’s drop-in centre, which exists to help people who are struggling with poverty, deprivation, or immigration issues. All those seeking …

2018.10 HMS Hood

Our speaker Philip Ashe kept his audience spellbound whilst he told us about this iconic ship whose sinking in 1941 was as much a shock to the nation as was President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. He explained how this ship had become such a well-loved symbol of Britain’s power. It entered the Royal Navy’s service …