Photo of a formal dinner dance Photo of a Christmas party Photo of a classic car Photo of a cheque being presented Photo of a gift stall Photo of a summer barbeque

Coronavirus Notice

Unfortunately, due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic it has been decided to suspend meetings of the club. This has been done following advice from the government regarding social gatherings and with regard to the health of our members. No one knows how long this will last but meetings will start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Serving the community - locally and wordwide.

The Rotary Club of Heckmondwike & District was formed in 1931 and has been serving the local community and getting involved in international projects ever since.

We are a small and friendly club and welcome new members who share an interest in helping others and enjoy the friendship of others. Rotary members are fun-loving and active volunteers from business and the professions who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas.

Helping Charities

Over the last year the club has raised money for many charities including Kirkwood Hospice, Macmillan Nurses, Farm Africa, Children's Air Ambulance and many others.

The main fund raising event is our annual Classic Car Rally with up to 70 vehicles gathering for a run through the lovely Yorkshire countryside to iconic venues for prize-giving. Other fund raising events have included a Christmas grotto and stalls, parties, barbeques and formal dinners.

Find Out More

To find out more about our club and Rotary you can contact the secretary Mike Lister on 01274 865928 or email who will be pleased to help. You can also see more information on the R.I.B.I. website.


Classic Car Rally

Image of classic cars at Theakeston's breweryThe 2019 Charity Car Rally took place on Sunday 22nd September. It began with breakfast at The Star, Roberttown followed with a run through beautiful countryside into North Yorkshire finishing at Theakeston's visitor centre in Masham.

See the photographs

The winning raffle ticket numbers that were drawn on the day are:
364, 491, 331, 147, 461, 252, 500, 205, 441, 454, 270, 370, 82, 450, 360, 292

The plans for a rally this year will depend on the government's advice on holding events such as this. For further information contact
Mike on 01274 865928 or email

Latest News

APS Support UK

27th April 2021

The club had its first speaker for almost 18 months at the meeting this evening. Phil Godfrey of the Rotary Club of Solihull gave a talk on Zoom about the condition Antiphospholipid Syndrome and his endeavours to support the charity APS Support UK. This condition affects more women than men and as the club consists mainly of men, several of their wives were also took part.

It was interesting to learn about APS, a condition that can cause blood clots and lead to miscarriages and strokes, as all but one of us had not heard of it and apparently that applies to many doctors too! Phil started his fundraising by walking from the Isles of Scilly to Shetland but had to abandon that attempt due to injury, so intead travelled round the UK by rail visiting Rotary clubs and giving talks about APS Support. He has now travelled over 42,000 miles by train and raised almost £238,000 towards his target of £300,00. Due to Covid he is no longer travelling but now gives his talks to clubs on Zoom.

Find out more about APS Support UK
The APS logo of a hand holding a drop of red blood

Club Meetings Suspended

16 March 2020

Due to the current situation with the Corona virus epidemic it has been decided to suspend meetings of the club. This decision has been taken following advice from the government and English Health that social gatherings should not take place and is to protect the health of our members.

Contact will be maintained by email, social media and telephone and hopefully we will be able to resume our normal schedule before too long.


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