Rotary round-up: There's still time to visit Santa! 

Joseph Bulmer

Grab those last-minute tickets to see Santa before he sets off on his Christmas deliveries.

The Rotary’s charity grotto stays open right up to 5pm on Christmas Eve so if you haven’t seen this sparkling festive treat at Fleet Walk, there’s still time if you’re lucky.

This year’s theme is a colourful circus feel with animated teddy bears and some wacky fun-loving elves assisting the main man in red.

For tickets, visit or Facebook @fleetwalkgrotto.

Funds raised for charities at Christmas Fayre

Members of the Rotary Club of Brixham held a very successful Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 10, at the Scala Hall with 24 organisations having stalls selling all manner of Christmas gifts.

Brixham president Chris Bryson said: “I would like to thank club members and their other halves, along with friends of Rotary, for their fantastic support in helping us hold this event.

“The club helped raise hundreds of pounds for local charities and I am sure that all who attended agreed what a success the event was.”

Last week, Brixham Rotarians also helped Santa travel to various locations around the port in his festive trailer to add some Christmas joy and enable local children to see him in a safe environment.

Rotary on global environment map

Rotary International president Shekhar Mehta attended COP26 and certainly put Rotary on the global environment map.

He was able to engage with government ministers and heads of NGOs to create opportunities for action by developing environmental service projects with partners, as well as strengthening relations with delegates from United Nations agencies including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Rotarians in attendance received numerous comments from delegates about how pleased they were to see Rotary participating, and many requests to work with Rotary going forward.

The delegation aims to build on these relationships at COP27 in Egypt in a year’s time.