Rotary Round-up: Anita commended for service to community 

Torbay Weekly

Preston Rotary Club have presented their 2021 Community Award to Anita Davies of Paignton Community Larder.

Anita is the coordinator at Larder and she received this award in recognition of her hard work and service to the community.

This Food Bank has been helping local families for four years. They estimate they have served 180,000 meals and provided 7,000 food parcels over this time.

The Larder is based at Southfield Christian Centre and is open Monday to Thursday.

There is an on-going need for donations and, therefore, members of Preston Rotary Club were delighted to also make a donation to this worthy cause.

Mike Ford, president of Preston Rotary Club, said: “We have been pleased to support the Larder over this time by making donations and delivering food parcels.

"Central and local funding is gradually reducing and we are pleased to donate another £750 to support their good work.”

New ramp for Sailability

Members of Paignton Rotary Club were invited to Dart Sailability’s newly completed headquarters at Galmpton earlier this month to see how their donations have helped to improve facilities.

The club were pleased to be able to fund the new slip-proof ramp which allows access to the newly refurbished unit.

On behalf of Paignton Rotary, president Sue Kirkham and Neil Hockaday attended a champagne reception opened by the Dartmouth town crier and presented by Neil Strevens of Dart Sailabilty.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Sailability member Daisy Holt.

Dart Sailability, based at Dartside Quay in Galmpton, welcomes people with disabilities to enable sailing and boating on the River Dart.

They have specially adapted boats to enable anyone to participate in sailing or motorboating.

Their biggest motorboat can accommodate up to 10 including wheelchairs, with future plans for specially adapted kayaks to add to their facilities.

Paignton Rotary enjoy supporting local charities while also committing to global issues.

The club is currently looking at supporting the building of schools in Kenya.

This would be a joint project with Rotary Dokkum, Paignton’s twin club in the Netherlands.

Raft Race proves a triumph

Crowds of spectators cheered on 28 entries in this year’s Rotary Totnes Raft Race which took place on Sunday, October 10.

Each team raced down the River Dart on the 13km course from Buckfastleigh to Totnes in their home-made rafts negotiating tricky weirs and rapids along the way.

Twenty-five teams finished the race with the fastest time of 2 minutes and 18 seconds clocked up by Usain Boat (pictured).

Second place went to the Wild Swim Club (2mins, 35secs) and third was Sue’s Boys (2mins, 45secs).

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Totnes and raises thousands of pounds for local charities.

For more information and to see the full results of the Totnes Raft Race, visit