Rotary Round-up: Santa will be coming to town

Torbay Weekly

Despite the limitations of lockdown in the run-up to Christmas last year, Rotarians pulled out all the stops to make sure Torquay had its traditional Christmas Santa’s Grotto and this year Father Christmas assures us that he’s definitely coming to town again!

Preparations are well under way at Fleet Walk in Torquay and I’m reliably informed that its going to be a spectacle of colour this year with an exciting circus theme.

The elves have also been extremely busy packaging all of the presents and ticket sales are already being snapped up.

Organiser Rotarian Andy Uglow said: “Last year brought about a number of changes in the way we ran this event and, in fact, this meant we could streamline the organisation and make it an even better experience for those attending.

"Therefore, we will be continuing to offer advance ticket sales again this year which can be purchased easily online.”

Last year, more than 2,500 people visited the grotto and this popular attraction enabled Rotary to raise more than £4,000 for local charities.

In addition, bucket collections at the attraction also raised £240 for the Children’s Hospice South West.

The grotto will open on Saturday, November 20, when Santa will arrive in style to welcome his first visitors.

The grotto will then be open every weekend, as well as the last week running up to Christmas Eve.

To book tickets, visit the Rotary Santa’s Grotto Facebook page @fleetwalkgrotto or for more information email

Crab supper

One of the highlights of the Paignton Rotary Club’s calendar of events is its annual crab supper and after its absence last year, the club is geared up for a fine feast on Saturday, October 30.

The event, which originally was held at Oldway Mansion, will now take place at Churston Ferrers Grammar School in Brixham and, as well as fresh crab, the three-course menu also boasts a vegetarian pilaf tart and a selection of homemade desserts.

Tickets cost £25 per person and all proceeds from the event will go to The Rotary Foundation - Rotary’s charity whose money transforms lives with service projects which eradicate polio, promote peace and improve developing communities.

Over the past four years, TRF has given in excess of 500 grants with contributions from the World Fund of around £7million.

For further information on the crab supper and to obtain tickets, contact Tony Smyth on 07826 099 580.

Splashing time at the raft race

Brave fundraisers battled it out in the annual Totnes Raft Race last Sunday and, luckily, the weather stayed fine for them.

Read the full report and photos in the next Rotary column.