Members from five Bay Rotary clubs gathered for a summer barbecue at Culvertor Farm in Marldon. Photo: Pyramid Torbay Photography

Rotarians unite over summer barbecue

Torbay Weekly

Rotarians from five clubs in Torbay gathered on a sunny Sunday afternoon for fun and friendship.

As we enter the new Rotary year, presidents and president-elects are busy planning for their club’s activities, events and charities for the year ahead. Although we have seven Rotary clubs in Torbay, they will very often team up and work together on many projects. Therefore, members from each of the Bay clubs were invited to meet up for a summer barbecue to share ideas and pledge their support.

Rotary is a volunteer organisation that supports communities, both locally and internationally, but it also offers the opportunity to form long-standing friendships and enjoy many fun social events too. If you would like to know more about Rotary, please visit or you can email Kathy Uglow at

Special day out on steam train

The Rotary Club of Paignton recently treated the children of Mayfield School in Torquay to a special day out.

A number of the students, along with their parents and carers, enjoyed a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton to Kingswear. They then visited The Royal Yacht Club where they attended a party with face-painting and balloon modelling, followed by a complimentary lunch.

Paignton Rotary Club has strong ties with five local schools and this event has now become an annual event in their club calendar.

Paignton Rotarian Robbie Clymo said: “We had also planned a Dartmouth riverboat trip, but unfortunately this had to be cancelled on the day. However, the event was a huge success and was enjoyed by all.”

Robbie added: “We strive to support the local community including the Royal British Legion, the Community Larder and the Devon Air Ambulance. We also have a project in Uganda working with Rotary Dokkum and are part of Physionet alongside fellow Bay Rotarians.

“We are always looking for new members who are keen to serve and promote Rotary within Paignton.”

Dates for the diary:

Coach trip to British Fireworks Championship in Plymouth on Thursday,  August 10. Organised by Tormohun Rotary Club. Tickets cost £17 per person (£13 for under 13s, accompanied by an adult). Bring your own picnic, chairs and warm clothing. The coach departs from Torquay at 5.45pm. For more information email

Family barbecue and Fun Day in aid of ShelterBox, organised by Paignton Rotary Club. On Saturday, August 20 from midday to 6pm. Activities will include Boules, clock golf, croquet, football and table tennis. Guests can enjoy the use of a swimming pool and there will be a licensed bar on the day. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £5 for under 14s. The venue will be Alston Farm in Churston Ferrers. For more information call 07826 099580.