About Heckmondwike Rotary Club

President: Derek A. Ashton

The club meet every Thursday at Healds Hall Hotel, Liversedge (except after Easter, Spring and August Bank Holidays) to eat, to socialise and on most weeks to listen to a guest speaker. The first and third meetings of each month are held in the evening starting at 7.30pm with the other meetings at lunchtime starting at 12.30pm.

Guests and New Members

The club always welcomes prospective new members so if you live or work in the area, are in business or a managerial role or retired, then why not come along and find out what we are all about? Contact the Sectretary and he will arrange for you to visit as a guest - you will be most welcome. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds to share their knowledge with us and there is always something of interest to learn from them.

The History of the Club

The Rotary Club of Heckmondwike & District was formed in 1931 by members of Dewsbury Rotary Club who were businessmen in the Heckmondwike area. The founding president was Dempster H. Lister, a local baker, who did a lot of community work in Heckmondwike. In his time he was a special constable, founded the Heckmondwike Players amateur dramatic society, was the chairman of Heckmondwike Urban District Council for many years, was a Justice of the Peace, organised charabanc trips to the coast for under-priviledged children and ran a successful business. I don't know how he found the time! His son, Rhodes, was a member of the club for many years and his grand-son, Michael, is a current member so keeping up the tradition of service to the community.

He died in 1952 and in 1959 the club created a small park in the town in his memory. The Dempster H. Lister Memorial Park is located on the corner of Market Street and Beck Lane. It was improved with major renovation work by Kirklees Council a few years ago.