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Exmoor Rotary: Club News

Club News on this page follows the main events in which the club has been involved this Rotary year - from July 2014 to June 2015.

Visit to the Dogs Trust

Exmoor Rotary visit the Dogs Trust

A number of our members visited the Dogs' Trust in Ilfracombe and saw the facilities and heard about the work the Trust undertakes.

Amazingly, the Dogs' Trust as a whole rehomed nearly 15,000 dogs last year in 20 centres across the country.

President's Night


President's Night on 9th June was a very much enjoyed evening with a lot of club members and visitors attending.

It took place in Dulverton Town Hall, and the scrumptions buffet catering was provided by one of our members, Frances.

Shown here are President terry and Denise, and a view of the assembled diners.


President's Night

President's Night

Youth Challenge Presentations

Youth Challenge Presentations Dulverton

President Terry with Alan at Dulverton School.

The Winner of the Junior Girls Shield (Dulverton 6) are at the back and the first winners of the British Legion Cup for the best Dulverton School team (Dulverton 5) are in front row.


Youth Challenge Presentations

Here two of the Challenge shields are presented to two teams from Hazlegrove School.

The top photo is President Terry presenting the Junior Boys Runners-Up trophy to Hazelgrove Team 4 (89).

Hazlegrove presentation

The lower photo is the Junior Mixed Team Winners trophy being presented to Hazelgrove Team 1 (67).

Hazlegrove presentation

Bampton Spring FestBampton Spring Fest

May 30: The club members were involved in various activities such as Whisky Galore and the Golf game.

It is always the Duck Race which draws the most enthusiasm, and fortunately the weather and river level were ideal this year.

Duck Race at Bampton Spring Fest


New Members

On 7th April at Club Council we inducted three new members to join us.

Shown here is President Terry with Tony Skilton, Andrew Mogford, and Trevor Blackshaw.

Rotary members being inducted

Devon Freewheelers

Devon Freewheelers

Immediate Past President Gillie presents a cheque to Devon Freewheelers - they take emergency supplies of blood to where it is needed in the shortest possible time.

The money was raised by the club be helping out with Ironman 70.3 UK at Wimbleball last year.

Rotary Shelterbox lunchShelterbox Lunch

The 11th Rotary Community Sunday Lunch in aid of Shelterbox was held on 18th January.

Although there were fewer taking part than in the past, everyone had a lovely meal prepared and served by members and friends, and a substantial sum was raised from tickets and from the raffle. This amounted to £1200, enough for 2 Shelterboxes.

Rotary Shelterbox lunchRotary Shelterbox lunch





The annual Christmas collections made by our Santa Sleigh in Dulverton, Bampton, Brushford, Morebath and Shillingford raised £1540 which includes £500 of local business sponsorship. We are extremely grateful to all who contributed. The moeny will all go to good causes in the area.

Visit by DG

Our District Governor visited the club on 11th November and was welcomed at our regular lunchtime meeting.

'Lighting up Rotary' is this year's Theme for Rotary International: "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, and every country we serve."

The DG lit a lantern to illustrate the point and also wore a very bright tie. Could be jolly useful if we go a-wassailing at Christmas, or have a power cut.

Lighting up Rotary

Bampton Charter Fair

Bampton Charter Fair - Exmoor RotaryExmoor Rotary again supported Bampton Charter Fair in a big way organising the Craft Fair, the Local Produce and Traditional Crafts, all the street entertainments and music, and the publicity. Some were also in the Mummers Play.

Three of our members needed to be revived by pints of local cider in order to carry on with the business of being stewards!

The Fair raised approximately £1800 for the club to be allocated to Bampton projects.

Blonde BombshellsFilm Night!

A new venture for the club is a film night including a two course dinner in Dulverton.

Over 75 people were attracted to the event and £550 was raised. These profits will be going to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and to Exmoor Search & Rescue.

Exmoor Rotary Film Night

New Member

Michael Scott

New member Michael Scott was inducted into the Exmoor Club by President Terry.

Michael lives in Shillingford and designs and makes fine furniture, and runs courses in order to pass on his skills to others.

ISCA Presentations

Here Past President Alan is seen presenting trophies at ISCA College in Exeter following their success in the Rotary Exmoor Challenge earlier in the year.

ISCA work very hard and do a lot of training for the Challenge, and have an incredible success rate. They also raise a considerable sponsorship sum for Children's Hospice SW.


This year, of the 12 trophies awarded (Seniors and Juniors, Boys, Girls, and Mixed teams), ISCA won 8 of them!

ISCA presentations
ISCA presentations


Robert, one of our two sponsored Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, came to the club to tell of his experiences during the week of activities.

Team-building was the name of the game, and as can be seen here, some of it required getting pretty wet!


Open Day


Bampton Open Day

August Bank Holiday was a very wet affair when usually all sorts of activities take place at Bampton Open Day.

A brave face was put on things, and although the Rotary Duck Race could not be 'run' in the monsoon, it was drawn out of a hat and prizes awarded.

Rotary Dictionaries

Rotary dictionaries were presented to 11-year olds at their leaving assemblies on July 25th at Bolham School, and also at Bampton School.

Shown here are President Terry and Past President Humphrey with the vicar conducting the assembly in Bampton church.

Exmoor Rotary dictionaries at Bampton School

Rotary Dictionaries

Rotary Dictionaries being presented at Dulverton School

Rotary 'Dictionary 4 Life' books were presented to all Year 6 pupils at Dulverton School as part of an annual scheme.

President Terry can be seen lurking at the back left!

Youth Challenge Trophies

Youth Speaks - Exeter

  Youth Speaks - Hazelgrove

The shield for the Junior Mixed Runners up was presented to Team 101 by Alan Woolley on 2nd July at Hazelgrove School, Sparkford (right). This will be Chris Smith's last year as their trainer and we wish him well in his retirement. The shield for the Junior Boys Runners up was presented to Team 96 at Exeter School on the 3rd July following their morning service in the Chapel (left).

Exmoor Rotary handover 2014Handover

The end of one Rotary year, the start of another.

Shown here is Gill passing the presidential chain of office to Terry, who is passing the President-Elect medal and ribbon to David.

Best wishes to all of them especially Gill who has had a splendid year and deserves a break!

Cheques were also presented to Abbeyfield Home, and to Morebath Village Hall from money raised by the 2013 Ironman.