Baywatch, March 2019 -with Jillian & John Clemison-

Bay clubs’ get-together

Chris Sumner, President of Paignton Rotary Club, is hoping the nine clubs in the Bay will join up in promoting this year’s National Rotary Event for the Rotary Prostate Cycle Fund Raiser, due to take place on June 15 (10am to 4pm).

This is the first time the Bay clubs have worked together for many years, but funds raised will help the fight against prostate cancer, increase awareness and promote the rotary movement. Two meetings were held at the Paignton Club in February and the June event is likely to be based at the Velodrome in Clennon Valley Leisure Centre, near Goodrington.

Torquay Rotary Club has already booked a stall at the event 

Eggstravaganza planned

The Rotary Club of Brixham is planning an Easter Eggstravaganza for Saturday, April 13 (10am till 4pm).

The Marina Car Park on Berry Head Road will be divided into three – trade and charity stalls; a car boot sale; and refreshments. Charity and trade organisations are being invited to take 2.4 metre square pitches, at a cost of £30 (trade) or £10 (charity and car boot). There will also be children’s games.

Stallholders will retrain any profits from their pitches, while all proceeds received by Rotary will be distributed locally.

You can book a pitch by emailing Or ring 07853 96 85 32.

From Brixham with love

Meanwhile, Brixham Rotary Club ran a Valentine’s Dinner at South Devon College, Paignton, on February 14 and raised enough money to make sure 4,200 children are inoculated against poliomyelitis.

The evening was timed to coincide with Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s push to eradicate the disease. The plan was to “fill your plate for polio” and so raise money locally that could be boosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation.

Torbay Times can report that it was a wonderful evening, where staff and students at the college produced a three-course meal for scores of Rotarians and others in the Horizons Restaurant.

Rotary International has set a target of eliminating polio around the world. If it succeeds, the disease will be only the second one in history to be eradicated – the first was smallpox, which exists now only in a laboratory in Birmingham. Polio is 99 per cent eliminated and exists today in only a handful of countries in the world, having been endemic when Rotary began its campaign in the 1980s. 

Guests wore something purple at the dinner, the symbolic colour of End Polio Now, or they bought lapel crocus badges.

Brixham Rotary President Maldwyn Evans said: “Amazing to think that the risk of polio is taken away from more than 4,000 souls by one small social evening.”

Youth speaks

The opening round of Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition got under way in Torbay early in January, when participants were welcomed and briefed by local organiser Geoff Coop, past president of the Tormohun Club, at St Matthias Church Hall in Torquay (January 12).

Sound preparation and delivery were evident as the intermediate teams began, with the trio from Paignton Community Sports Academy being declared the winner. Outstanding speeches from the two senior teams then held the audience in rapt attention from beginning to end. Torquay Academy were the winning team, while excellent speakers from both Torquay and Paignton shared the individual award. Supporting the event with Tormohun and the Rotary Club of Torquay were the Clubs of Preston and Paignton.

Preston’s part

Preston Rotary Club’s involvement with young carers goes back many years. An often-forgotten part of society, they are youngsters aged from six years to 16 years old who play a major part in caring for a member of their family. It’s surprising that there are more than 600 of them registered in Torbay.

A spokesman for Preston said: “The responsibilities they take on can often make them quite isolated and we try to help by providing them with days out including taking them to attractions, which they might otherwise be unable to enjoy.”

During the past year these have included a day out at Crealy Adventure Park, a ride on the Dart Valley Steam Railway and River Trip, visit and lunch at the Donkey Sanctuary and just before Christmas an evening 10 pin Bowling followed by a meal.  The club has also helped in running their Fun Day at Parkfield in the summer, by providing a barbecue and games. 

The spokesman added: “In previous years we have taken them to Kent’s Cavern, gone Horse Riding at Finlake and letter boxing on Dartmoor. We have now been given the opportunity to become official volunteers, which will help Social Services reduce the number of staff they need to provide and give cover in the event of illness.” 

The Young Carers are looked after by Andrew Wright, who said they have benefited greatly from their outings. These have helped them make new friends among those in similar circumstances and with members of the club.

Babbacombe group takes off

Although still small, Babbacombe & St Marychurch Satellite club Sputnik are developing as a team and have as much enthusiasm as ever.

Several team members come to both Sunday and Wednesday meetings, giving the group a real connection to the club. At a recent meeting in Babbacombe, Sputnik welcomed the District Governor, Graham Carey, and they discussed their projects, the forthcoming Angels’ Ball and how they can develop and grow as a team. 

Sputnik continue to give dictionaries to  local primary schools and they feel strongly that this helps to bring them into the community and will help to increase the familiarity of Rotary to the children, parents, guardians and teachers.

Plans for Angels Ball 2019 are in full swing and tickets are now on sale from the website The charities that we are supporting this year both help those with mental health issues; The Lions Barber Collective is a collection of barbers which have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide the biggest killer of young people in the UK, three quarters of whom are men. 

Farm Able supports veterans, emergency service personal and their families who have suffered trauma, post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues, by providing a therapeutic programme based on rural crafts and skills. 

The ball will be help on Saturday March 30 at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay, from 7pm. 

Fifty years and counting

Ted Tuckerman has just celebrated 50 years of continuous membership of the same club – Babbacombe & St Marychurch. At a special housewarming party held in his honour at Hamilton’s Restaurant on Babbacombe Cliffs Road in January, Ted heard tributes paid to him by the club’s President Sian Doyle, District Governor Graham Carey and a personal letter from RI President Barry Rassin.