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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 2016 to June 2017. Do check out far more info via our Bulletins available on-line.



At the meeting of the club at the beginning of July, the short but significant ceremeony of the handover took place.

New President Jane had just received the chain of office, the President-Elect Mike is on the left, and immediate past president Derek is on the right.

President's Night

President's night, this year a black-tie affair, was held on 7th June at the Hartnoll Hotel.

We are not sure why Preident Derek was on his knees talking to Past President Barney! Whatever the reason, President-Elect Jane seemed to be enjoying it.

President's Niught

Bampton Spring Fest

Bamptonh Duck RaceAlways a very popular event: The Duck Race held at SpringFest on May 27, part of various activities throughout the day.

As you can see, the Rotary Duck Race attracts many supporters who are not afraid to get their feet wet in support of rescuing ducks before they get swept out to sea!

£285 was raised - less than last year perhaps because of the weather.

Exmoor Youth Challenge

A great day with over 400 young people managing the 16 mile course and getting their medals at the end.

Check out Youth Challenge page for much more information and team results!

Quiz Trophy Presentation

The trophy for the Brainiest pub of the seven taking part in our inter-pub quiz was presented to the Red Lion at Oakford.

They won by just one point from The George, Brompton Regis, with the others close behind.

Money raised at the event will be going to Calvert Trust (Exmoor).

Exmoor Challenge

Rotary Exmoor Challenge

This annual event challenges Rotarians and friends to a 6 or 12 mile walk across part of Exmoor. A shield is awared to the winning District, and again this year it was 1200 (Somerset). Money raised went to Calvert Trust (Exmoor) and local causes.

Exmoor Challenge presentation of shield


As part of a Rotary initiative, purple crocuses were planted in Bampton churchyard (shown here) and also in Dulverton and Brushford.


Crocuses in Bampton

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks

In January the annual 3-school Youth Speaks competition took place at Bampton School. The winning team (Bolaham) are shown here with President-Elect Jane.


Shelterbox Lunch

On 15th January the Club held its annual charity community Sunday Lunch in aid of Shelterbox. This has happened every year since the SE Asian tsunami in 2004, and in that time we have raised money for over 80 Shelterboxes. Final figures are not yet available for this year, but we should be able to donate enough for another 2 Shelterboxes.

This is a wondeful charity which provides tents and basic essentials for those made homeless by natural disasters or conflicts.

Shelterbox Lunch 2017
Shelterbox Lunch 2017 Shelterbox Lunch 2017

Club Xmas

Xmas Card

Left: Signing the Club Xmas Card at the Christmas meal.

Below, at the Club Christmas Breakfast at the Swan which included many guests, a cheque for £4900 (raised by the Exmoor Challenges) is presented to Eddie Farwell, founder of Children's Hospice SW. At the breakfast £500 was raised for Devon Air Ambulance.


Kids' Xmas Party

Exmoor Rotary sponsored the Bampton kids Xmas party and everyone had a whale of a time.

Seen here is the group with the entertainer Ozzy-D who brought a spot of magic and mayhem to the proceedings!

Rotary Kids Xmas Party

No party is complete without Santa and his little elves! Those eyes behind the beard may be familiar...



Santa's Sleigh Collections

This year a RECORD £2600 was raised from donations made in Dulverton, Bampton, and the surrounding villages. Many thanks to all for their generosity. This figure includes £800 from local business sponsors.

Bampton Charter Fair

Boogie Band at FairAgain our Club helped with tyhe orgnaisation of some of Bampton Charter Fair. The Craft Fair, Local produce and Trad Skills, all the publicity material, and of course the entertainers - seen there the Bottletop Boogie Band!

Our part of the profits from the Fair tolls came to about £1800, all to be spent for causes in this local area.

Dictionary 4 Life (3)

On July 20, we attended the final assembly for Bampton School and presented the Y6 leavers with Dictionaries 4 Life.

President Derek is on the right, Head-teacher is on the left, lurking among the children is President-Elect Jane.

In all 56 books were donated to the three schools.

Dictionaries - Bampton School

Dictionary 4 Life (2)

Rotary Dictionaries- Bolham

The Year 6 leavers at Bolham School were presented with dictionaries at their end of year assembly on July 19. Lurking back left is President Derek.

Many other awards were made, including a special achievement award from Tiverton Rotary Club.

Youth Challenge cup-DulvertonYouth Challenge Cup

On the same occasion as the dictionaries being presented, President Derek handed over the special silver cup to two of the four members of the team.

This cup is awarded to the best of the Dulverton teams who took part in the Rotary Exmoor Youth Challenge in the spring.

Dictionaries - DulvertonDictionary 4 Life

On 13th July Dictionaries were presented to all Y6 leavers at Dulverton School. This is part of the national Rotary Dictionary 4 Life scheme.

These books will also be presented at two other schools, Bolham and Bampton (see above).

New Member

New Member of Exmoor RotaryNew member David was inducted into the club by President Derek. David has many skills including professional photography - we look forward to his enthusiasm resulting in pictures here!

Marie Curoe tea partyMarie Curie Tea Party

Edward T organised a (cream) tea party for the club and many friends, to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

It was very well attended and the sun shone!

Handover - Part 2

At the first Council Meeting of the Rotary year, outgoing President David handed over to Derek, and Derek handed over to Jane as new President-Elect.

We wish them all the best for a successful year.

Exmoor Rotary Handover 2016