All smiles despite the rain

Torbay Weekly

Rotary Round-up by Torbay Rotarian Kathy Uglow:

Paignton Rotary members braved the elements to help marshal at the fourth English Riviera Triathlon, which was held earlier this month.

A team of dedicated members met at a wet and windy Young's Park at 6.45am where they were assigned to various duties around Paignton.

The marshals worked hard throughout the morning to ensure that runners, cyclists and swimmers were safely separated from traffic, pedestrians and dogs.

By 10.45am, the rather bedraggled Rotarians had finished their duties and were able to seek shelter and some well-earned refreshment.

The Rotary Club of Paignton, along with fellow Rotary clubs in the Bay, like to take a proactive approach in supporting the local community.

Therefore, if you are organising a local event and need assistance, it might worth while contacting your local Rotary club for help and advice.

The Rotary Club of Paignton supports a number of schools in the area, as well as Paignton Larder with Rotary of Preston, the town’s annual Christmas tree and festive lights Palace Park.

Members also organise an annual trip to Dartmouth by steam train, a lunch plus a boat trip down The River Dart for Mayfield School.

If you’d like to learn more about The Rotary Club of Paignton, visit their website at or email

Rotary day is a fundraising success

Brixham’s Old Fish Quay was alive with the hustle and bustle of near-normality when Brixham Rotary Club hosted its Rotary Day at the Quay on July 6.

Members were delighted to be given the green light go ahead with their first fundraising event for the community since the start of the pandemic.

The day offered a wide selection of stalls to browse including bric-a-brac, crafts and a tombola.

Club’s president Roy Tuttle said: “We have tried our best to raise funds for Brixham charities during the lockdown, managing to raise over £7,000 for local charities, but now restrictions are being eased our members are really looking forward to going out more to fund raise with things being almost back to normal.”

The day at the quay proved very successful and this will now enable the club to help those people and organisations that have had a difficult time over the past year.

Roy added: “I would like to thank David Sharpe and his team for all their hard work in organising this event.”

Brixham Rotary Club is also arranging a summer fayre at the Scala Hall in Brixham on August 18 where all local charities and trade craft businesses will be invited to have a stall.

Those interested should contact the club via their website at