Brigantes Walking Group - Studley Deer Park 13 January 2020

First walk is for the New Year 2020 and took place on Monday 13th January. Peter Wood led  a very pleasant but straightforward walk of 5½ miles from Ripon; up the river Skell, taking in the Valley of the Seven Bridges and the Studley Deer Park. This is a short walk to Studley Roger and back to Ripon and short enough to ease us back into full expedition fitness and to ensure I can get round.

(Graham Chilvers, Bruce McKenzie, Peter Wood, John Wood, David Russell, Kelvin Burkinshaw and 'Jet'!)


Brigantes Christmas Grotto - Asda Supermarket 12-22 December 2019

As everyone is aware, Brigantes Christmas Grotto took place at Asda Supermarket, Harrogate

between 12 – 22 December 2019, having been organized by David Russell. The collections are as follow,

which are shared between the below mentioned charities:


Charity                                                 £                              Days

Parkinsons                                             1487.00                  3

Yorkshire Air Ambulance                        885.00                  2

Dementia Forward                                   929.00                  2

Rotary Charity Account                          823.00                  3 (short days)

Total Collected                                    £4,124.00


Thanks, are extended to those club members who helped, to the Charity volunteers, from the sponsors and staff of ASDA. Happy New Year


New Member - Moya Prichard - 10 December 2019

We had a very special evening with President Peter Wearmouth, welcoming Moya Prichard as a new member of Brigantes. There was  rousing support by all our Club Members; oh! - and not forgetting Keith!!  Moya is a much needed member, playing an 'elf'' at the annual Asda Grotto fundraising event. A challenging time Moya!

Volleyball Training Courses in Nepal - 3 December 2019


Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club have been involved with projects in Nepal, which include ‘technology’, teaching and provision of a Volleyball Court. (International Friendship Court) These projects were managed by a number of Rotarians (Barry Pollard, Andy Morrison, Gill Poole and Trevor Dale (Sherburn-in-Elmet). One of the projects, a Volleyball Court has been completed and taken into use. Major Lil sponsors  an annual volleyball competition, and now keeps us updated, of the exciting times which are following at Gaun Pharka Primary School, Panchamul Valley. In October 2019, a team of coaches from the Nepalese Volleyball Association visited the school and carried out training courses, with a view to trials for National squad in Kathmandu.

(See a selection of pictures relating this continuing development – ‘area cleared; new court; trials; official opening; first final National squad trials’)

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Brigantes Book Club Meeting 28 November 2019

The Book Club discussed “Stoner” by John Williams over a merry dinner at Oakdale Golf Club. There was plenty to say about the book, which was written in 1965 and has had something of a chequered history since then, and was well liked by all of the readers.

The club will now read “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson and meet to discuss on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Speaker Jocelyn Brooks - 26 November 2019

Our speaker this evening was Jocelyn Brooks, who talked about ‘Egyptian Odyssey’. It became clear that this subject was enormous  starting out dealing with The Nile ‘Life Blood’ which is the longest river in the world, stretching some 4.000 miles to Lake Victoria and Jinja.