Northallerton Rotary Club members were part of the Tuesday weekly market at Bedale recently, with an erected Shelterbox tent and a display of its contents, which include blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights, tools, cooking utensils, water purification, and even toys for children. Several Rotarians were on hand to talk to interested shoppers, including the Mayor of Bedale, Andrew Hallett, and explained that Shelterboxes are positioned in depots around the world in order to be delivered immediately to families made homeless by natural disasters or conflict. Rotary International has been partnered with Shelterbox for many years, and the Northallerton Rotary Club has funded many Shelterboxes over those years.

Bedale was selected as the location for the display because the Town has no Rotary club, and residents are perhaps not aware of the worthy support which Rotarians give to the community locally, nationally and internationally. The Club would particularly like to attract new members from Bedale, and perhaps even to help form a new Rotary Club in Bedale. The Northallerton Rotary Club meets weekly for a Friday lunch at the Allerton Court Hotel in Northallerton. Apart from the obvious benefits of regular fellowship, both male and female members of the Club regularly take part in events in the local area, supporting a wide variety of projects for the young, not so young, and elderly, contributing to all aspects of community life, helping other charities, and raising money to help those in need.

For more information, contact the Club Secretary, Les Crelling, on 01609 770692, or visit

Photo, left to right: President Duncan Davison, Rotarians Phil Roser, Tom Banfield and Andy Brereton, in front of the Shelterbox display.