All go at Rotary club with new president, vaccines, golf and a chicken run!

Rotary Club chain handover

President handover Tracey Cunningham and Phil Millichap - Credit: Malcolm Granger

The Rotary Club of Newton Abbot has resumed meetings at Dainton Park Golf Club with a new president at the helm.

Phil Millichap handed over to Tracey Cunningham with Tracey acknowledging the 'superb' work Phil had done in the most trying of years.

During Phil’s year the club managed to support 50 charities, individuals, and local organisations, distributing nearly £30,000.

The club have been active marshalling the car park for over nine months at the vaccination centre currently at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Coordinator Martin Smith confirmed that it couldn’t be done without the fantastic support from over 50 volunteers bolstering the ranks of the Rotarians. Over this period over 72,000 doses have been delivered and visitors to the centre have donated to date £5,500 which has already been distributed to local charities, including the No Limits Café, Kingsteignton Swimming Pool, Abbotskerswell Repair Shop and Newton Abbot Community Transport.

The club held its delayed spring golf day at Stover Golf Club and raised £3,000 towards the club’s main initiative, the Meadowside Hall Project.
The club have launched a photo competition in partnership with Newton Abbot business Harrier LLC who have offered to create wall art for the winners of the five categories – details on Rotary Club of Newton Abbot Facebook page.

The club continues to support the Meadowside residential home in Highweek Road and its 11 disabled residents.

Membership chair Martin Smith is in dialogue with several local businesses who are looking to be more involved in the Newton Abbot area and see Rotary as a perfect way to contribute.

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The club are also trying to develop their connection with the younger generation by engaging with students in further education who show an interest in community service. A number of U18’s helped with the marshalling at the vaccination centre.

One local company JJB electrical based in Kingsteignton came up with the novel idea of collecting milk bottle tops which will be recycled by Devon Contract Waste and the proceeds to Children’s Hospice SW.

Businessman with bottle tops

Kevin Sherwood with Milk Bottle Tops - Credit: Submitted

Collection points have been set up throughout the town – Dawes Accountants, Lemon Jelli & No Limits Café.

Rotarian Nick Taylor and his wife Jane both keen gardeners organised a tour of gardens in Abbotskerswell with the National Garden Scheme. The event raising more than £600.

When lockdown eased in mid-July club members were given a tour of the new special needs school at Buckland the Glendinning Academy, by members of the Friends of Glendinning.  A request to give assistance in building a chicken run for the school’s chickens was quickly organised under the supervision of President Elect and architect Jeremy Newcome. Corporate Member Sherwoods organised the materials with support from Travis Perkins and the result was a high end chicken run completed six weeks later.