Rotary round-up: Save your bottle tops for charity 

Torbay Weekly

Kingsteignton business JJB Electrical have launched an eco-initiative to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West.

They are collecting plastic milk bottle tops which will be weighed and recycled by Devon Contract Waste in Exeter.

The Rotary Club of Newton Abbot have partnered up with JJB and have agreed to match their donation of the value of the milk tops at the end of the year. The target is 30,000 bottle tops.

If you’d like to help and have any plastic bottle tops to donate - they can be any colour - but they must be clean, foil and sticker free.

Here are the collection points:

  • JJB Electrical, Unit 7, Swift Business Park, Kingsteignton
  • Sample Mills, Bank Street, Newton Abbot
  • H20 Hand Car Wash and Valet, Jetty Marsh Road, Newton Abbot
  • Educated Recruitment Ltd, Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot
  • Born N Bread, Exeter Road, Kingsteingnton
  • Co-Op Funeral Care, Teignmouth, Paignton, Torquay and Exeter
  • Dawes Accountants, Queen Street, Newton Abbot
  • Lemon Jelli, Queen Street, Newton Abbot
  • No Limits Cafe, opposite Halcyon car park, Newton Abbot.

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Fruitful day with the Lions

The Lions Fun Day at Goodrington offered the perfect opportunity for Paignton Rotary Club to bring out their Human Fruit Machine.

Members had a fantastic day fundraising and meeting the community.

Rotarian Robbie Clymo said: “This was the first time the Lions held the event and they hope it will run for many years.”

At the event Sue Kirkham, president of Rotary Club of Paignton, presented an annual family pass for Paignton Zoo, sponsored by the club, to John Bruce, secretary of Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), for the use of families holidaying in the area.

THNN provide free holidays for families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved with a loss of parent or sibling and families with terminally ill parents. They create memory-making holidays and receive donations from big-hearted accommodation, travel and tourist business operators.

Marking 100 years’ service

Torbay Civic Society chairman Ian Handford was the special guest at Torquay Rotary Club's weekly lunch meeting at the Headland Hotel, marking the publication of the latest local history pamphlet in the society's long-running series.

The leaflet honours the 100 years of service to the local community by Torquay Rotary Club, which celebrated its centenary in 2020-2021.

Rotary president Gerald Arnold presented Mr Handford with a club banner marking the centenary, which the club eventually intends to celebrate next year with a dinner at the Grand Hotel on Friday, February 27.