private lives 

Come along and enjoy a 'Night at the Theatre'. Contact sec for details

Sent on Behalf of President Chris

Thanks to all who stood and packed bags today.

The total raised is £375.

And those who helped at the Beer Festival the Lions were most grateful.

design build 18 photo1

The annual Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club young engineers’ competition has taken place with the support of a grant from the Sirius Minerals Foundation.

36 primary school students, aged 10 and 11, from seven schools in the Whitby area took part in the project, which involved designing and building a miniature working lighthouse.

The teams, from St Hilda’s, St Hedda’s, Airy Hill, Castleton, Seton, Ruswarp and Glaisdale schools, spent several weeks each constructing a lighthouse in preparation for showcasing during a testing day at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale.

The entries were judged by volunteers from the H.M Coastguard in Staithes, who gave a presentation about water safety, and prizes for the winners and runners up were awarded by a representative from Sirius Minerals.

The ‘sea-themed’ event marked the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition to the South Seas from Whitby.

Chris Overton, President of the Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club and a former school teacher in the area said:

“The lighthouse testing day was fantastic event and a wonderful opportunity for schools to get together.

Because of the smaller size of some of the primary schools, teaching STEM subjects can be quite a challenge, so we were delighted with the high standard of entrants which really showcased the fantastic skills of young people in the area.

Choosing a winner was not easy, but Seton Community Primary School in Staithes took the prize.

We would like to thank the Sirius Minerals Foundation for the grant, which enabled us to purchase the building materials, build kits, and trophies for the students to take part."

The Sirius Minerals Foundation is an independent charity which has been set up to support a wide range of projects that benefit the local community.

The Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club was one of seventy-five local charities, educational establishments and community groups which shared a pot of around £300,000 as part of the Foundation’s first round of funding. 

Future rounds, funded by an annual royalty of 0.5% of sales from the mine, could be as much as £13 million at full production

David Archer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sirius Minerals Foundation said:

“We are delighted that the grant has been used to help enrich the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) curriculum in local schools and we hope the competition has helped to inspire the next generation of engineers.”

Members of Endeavour Club spent a very enjoyable evening last week at a Quiz Night in aid of The Brains Trust and other local charities. The Brains Trust raises vital funds for brain tumour research.

Many teams took part and a good supper was provided by members.

A very good event.

Looking forward to another  Quiz Night in 2018.

Santa is coming to Town.

The Endeavour Sleigh rides again.

Our Santa Sleigh led to Whitby Town Parade on Friday 17th for the Town  Christmas Fare.

Members of Endeavour collected all week end with the Sleigh  supporting local Charities.

Other outings for the Sleigh this year are:

Friday 1st December the Sleigh is visiting Hinderwell and Staithes.

Wednesday 6th Whitby east Side and the East Side community centre family  club.

Saturday 9th Station car park, Saturday Sunday 16th 17th Whitby dock end  .

Santa's Sleigh

Young Carers Film.

The young carers film is finally finished after a year's work with the Bradford University Film and T.V. professionals.

The Young Carers had a very exciting day at the T.V. studios and the final outcome had it's 'red carpet' launch at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough last week.

The film explains the daily lives of young carers and is soon to be launched on 'the web' and then used by the 'We Care' organisation to promote understanding of the hectic lives of Young Carers.

Young Carers

Young Carers

Club president and Endeavour members attended the Remembrance Day service  and laying the Club wreath at the Town memorial.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day


are organizing  a collection of warm clothing for all ages and sizes at Burniston Methodist church. They can receive the clothing, new or good quality secondhand from 9.30a.m. It should be clearly labelled ( e.g.  4 womens medium size jumpers,  skirts etc.)
These will be collected at 1p.m. They will then become part of a larger load going to Thessaloniki, Greece. Here they will be distributed to the refugees who are living in tents and warehouses with little or no facilities in sub-zero temperatures.
Ideally it would help if people shared car space to take the items to Burniston.
However, Endeavour Rotary Club Whitby have volunteered to pick up and transport items to Burniston from the Coliseum.
Anyone wanting to help with the sorting or to give  continuing support go to
Scarborough Friends of Refugees on Facebook.

Thanks to the people of Whitby and the many visitors who helped with all our efforts. Overall we raised £1,153 for charities supported by Rotary.

The sleigh was a great success and many adults as well as children climbed aboard and had photos taken with Santa. We saw many happy and smiling faces on young and old, especially on the night we toured Whitby's East Side and so many children came racing out of their houses.


What an exciting time of year for all of us! We have recovered the costs of building the sleigh and are now raising cash for charities supported by Rotary. 

The families on the East side of Whitby really appreciated seeing Santa and his sleigh touring their streets and we collected £105.49. 

Thanks to all.  Our display outside the Co-op (with thanks to Northern Rail for the use of their car park) raised £523.60. Families and all those out shopping were full of smiles!!

Santa's Sleigh

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but this year our members have been especially busy. Sleights has echoed to the sound of woodworking, painting, electrics and installing a sound system into SANTA'S NEW SLEIGH.

Santa sleigh

The sleigh's first outing is on Friday November 18th at the Whitby Christmas Festival. Members will be acting as stewards for the procession thro' town from Pannet Park to the Marina Car Park where Santa, his sleigh and an illuminated reindeer will be waiting to entertain the children.

We will be there all day Saturday and 10.00 til 4.00 on Sunday. 

Further outings over the Christmas season will be held on the dockside, railway station and a tour around the streets of East Whitby on Wednesday December 7th.

All proceeds to charities supported by Rotary

Theatre outing to

Esk Valley Theatre.

Come along to support this community venture with professional actors.

Always a good night out!

Wed 17th August.

Contact Sec (details on contact us page) for details.

International Night

Wed August 24th.

Cosa Nostra 6.30

Come along to an informal meal with a friendly atmosphere.

We are in the planning stages of a community project called

Whitby Winter Fest

to be held in

Whitby Spa on 2nd, £3d and $4h of December.

Designed to showcase Whitby, producers and crafts we will be involved with stewarding, exhibiting Rotary and as many other aspects as we can manage.

Design and Build

A fun competition for all local Primary schools.

All local schools have been invited and those taking part will be sent their kit of parts and an explanatory pack in early May.

Schools are studying the Olympics, Ancient Greece and electricity this term and the task is to include elements of each aspect.

Motors, batteries, LED's, wheels and pulleys are all supplied.

Each year pupils come up with the most imaginative ideas and we are sure this year will be no exception.

After work in schools the 'Grand Final' will be held at Sneaton Castle on Thursday June 23rd.

Charity Bag Pack

Co-op Whitby Saturday July 23rd.

This is one of our major fund raising events of the year.

Can you spare an hour to help?

Contact sec. Details on About Us page.

Technology Tournament

A very successful day.

The feed back sheets from pupils were very helpful.

All pupil sheets rated enjoyment, fun, organisation 9/10.

Staff likewise thought pupils gained a considerable amount of knowledge and worked together in teams very well.

As a follow-up Rotary is organising a follow up visit to the Electricity turbine in the River Esk at Ruswarp for all pupils who took part in the event.

Charity Bag Pack

at Sainsbury's.

thanks to all who worked so hard on the day.

Over £300 was raised for Rotary Causes.

Do you have CRAFT SKILLS?

Come and join us at this community event held in


to provide a lively CRAFT DAY for local youngsters

Saturday December 12th

Contact sec (details on Contact Us page) for details



Come and join us to celebrate our Ninth Charter.

Friday 19th June 2015

We will be taking the Esk Valley Line "Music Train" from Whitby to Lealholm for a buffet supper at the Shepherd's Hall Lealholm.

Cost £20. Trian leaves Whitby at 19.19, arrives Lealholm at 19.47. Live music and a bar on the train.

Retrurn train leaves Lealholm at 21.43, arriving Whitby at 22.20.

Buffet includes tea and coffee. There is no alcohol licence. Parking in public car parks is free after 19.00. The station car park IS NOT FREE.

Please respond by Wed 10th June. Sec LES Overton. Tel 01947 811107


a festival of world music held at the Spa, Whitby

 will be the scene of an Endeavour display

 about Sand Dams and the benefits they bring to the 3rd world.

Join us and enjoy a few hours of fascinating music and company from around the world.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11th, 12th and 13th October.

Contact the sec, Les Overton Tel 01947 811107

Endeavour is working with Jewsons,

the building merchants to raise awareness of the dangers of High Blood Pressure.

On Tuesday 7th October we are manning a stand in Jewsons, Whitby, with the help of a qualified nurse inviting customers to check their B.P. 

Charter Night

The club  celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the


with an unusual night where guests were invited to the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby for a private tour of the museum followed by a buffet supper.

Charter Night Invitation 2014

Enquiries to Les Overton, Sec 01947 811107

Design and Build Competition.

Sneaton Castle 1.30

Thursday 19th June.

A competition for local Primary Schools.

12 local schools have been issued with a challenge!

 Given a kit of bits and pieces they have to design and build a launcher.

The theme of this year's competition is a space capsule launcher.

The winning team will have launched their capsule (an 'air' type golf ball) highest, and produced a portfolio of their work.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for pupils, teachers and Rotarians!

Endeavour Club welcomes Rotarians and supporters from Beverley Club  at the end of their cycle ride in aid of Emergency Boxes for victims of East Coast Floods.

Sneaton Castle approx. 3.30p.m.

Sunday June 8th.

Bag Pack.

Coop Whitby.

One of our main fund raising events.

Saturday July 19th.

From 9.00a.m. til 6.00p.m. approx.


At our AGM which marked the end of President Elsie Smith's year in office, we listed the Club's activites for the year. As always, much of our work supports the local community . Below is just a selsction of the work which Enbdeavours members have been involved in.

 Bag Pack for Rotary Charities at Whitby Co-op

Barbecue for resident of  Fairways Court

Painting the furniture store room for 'Network'

Help for the lady whose home collapsed because of flood water on Aelfleda Terrace

Esk Valley Olympics: support and provision of T shirst for all the contestants

Wheelchairs for those in need (via Rotary Foundation)

Sister Abba's Eye Clinic in Africa: collection of pairs of spectacles

Salvation Army: Christmas gifts/hamoers for families in need

Involvement in the Youth Speaks competition, Whitby

British Legion: Poppy Appeal and wreath

Supporting Dalewood House, cafe and garden centre

'The Empty Chair' Pat Charlesworth's bereavement counselling organisation

'Mary's Meals': £600.00 collected and sent

Our annual Christmas tree at St Mary's church

Rotary Schools Technology Tournament (with Whitby and District Club)

Music Port international Festival: collecting for Shelter Boxes

Great North Air Ambulance: Fund raising

Endeavour Rotary Club display in Whitby Gazette's window

Heather Hopper bus Service in the Esk Valley

Design and Build Competition for Whitby Primary Schools - a first and successful competition  SEE BELOW!

Whitby Honours 'Major Pat'

Pat Charlesworth is a member of Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club and a holder of Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship, She and Harry Collet of Whitby and District Rotary Club were recently granted Honorary Citizenship of Whitby by the Town Mayor at a ceremony in Whitby's Coliseum. Pat spent 37 years as an officer of the Salvation Army, working in some of the most deprived areas of England, and in Northern Ireland at the height of the bombing campaign.

In 1992 Pat and a colleague set up an intensive support centre in Whitby which works with disadvataged families and childre, providing support, lunch clubs, hobby classes and children's clubs as well as a partuy on Christmas day. Although 'retired' and suffering bouts of ill health, Pat continues to serve the community in mnay ways including running the bereavement counselling group known as 'The Empty Chair' which has helped thousands of people through this most distreesing time. Because of her selfless work in the community, which embodies all Rotary stands for, she is much loved and values by countless numbers of the those she has helped.

Hands On Rotary!!

On Friday 31st May a large group of Endeavour members met to paint and renovate a warehouse that is being made available as a furniture store for Whitby Network charity. Rollers, paint, dustsheets and overalls to the ready for a day's hard work. Laughter and chat freely available from club members!!!


This year we have promoted a new DESIGN AND BUILD competition for local primary schools.

We have been involved, jointly with Whitby and District, with 1040's Technology Tournament for several years and regard it as a very worthwhile youth project, and certainly one that the young people enjoy.

All local primary schools werecontacted. The task involved building a structure from paper, card, balsa and everyday materials to bridge a gap between tables.

The best entry from each school was brought to Sneaton Castle for a GRAND FINAL on Thursday 20th  June. Seven Schools were involved and all the pupils and teachers throroughly enjoyed their day.


New Generations project in the Whitby area.

Primary and Secondary Schools have been circulated with details and enquries are positive so far. The theme of 'PEACE' can be interpreted in many ways: from 'a state that exists in the absence of war' to 'making Mum smile'. We look forward to some interesting entries!



Esk Valley Schools get the Olympic Spirit!

 Opening ceremony 

Several small village schools in Whitby's Esk Valley cooperate in a cluster group to enhance the overall education of the primary children within their schools.

On Thursday July 5th 2012, the schools held a celebration of all things Olympic at the North York Moors National Park Centre, Danby.

Schools assembled

Endeavour Rotary club was involved from the beginning as part of our Youth Work. The youngsters from all 7 schools were mixed into teams representing twelve competing nations. To enhance the day and provide publicity for Rotary, Endeavour paid for over 250 tee shirts in 12 colours.

Endeavour giving our Tee shirts 

The weather was kind, in the middle of a very wet season.  Parents, Rotarians, teachers, other staff and children enjoyed a fabulous day which included drumming, dance and lots of BBQ food as well as races.   All in all, a great day!

Bag Pack at CO-OP in Whitby

Sat 21st July 2012 9.00a.m. ----6.00p.m. In aid of Rotary Good Causes

We had a spendid day! All were exhausted by 7.00p.m. and ready for a trip to the nearby Indian Restaurant.

Magnificent sum of £1,100 raised. Thanks to all for such a great effort!!

Endeavour Rotary display in  Whitby Gazette Office Window  

In May 2012 Endeavour staged an exhibition of the various activities we help with, both in the Whitby area, and projects we are involved in the wider world Many people took a moment when walking through town to see the variety of worthwhile and fun activites we have helped with recently.

Macmillan Walk May 12th 2012  

Endeavour joined forces with Macmillan for a sponsored walk from the Leisure Centre in Whitby round a circular route via Sandsend. Members manned checkpoints and a few adventurous types did the walk.

Do you have CRAFT SKILLS?Come and join us on December 12th at Eskdale school when many local organisations provide activities for local youngsters

Technology Tournament


Young Carers filmThe young carers film is finally finished after a years work with the  Bradford University Film and TV professionals.The Young Carers had a very exciting day at the TV studios and the final  outcome had its Red carpet  launch at the Stephen Joseph theatre last week.  The film explains the daily lives of young carers and is soon to be  launched of the web and used by the “We Care organisation” to promote  understanding of the hectic lives of Young carers.


Sent on Behalf of President ChrisThanks to all who stood and packed bags today.The total raised is £375.And those who helped at the Beer Festival the Lions were most grateful.

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