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Foundation and End Polio Now



Supporting our Community

The Opportunity to help those in need with fundraising or with the time and experience of our members is important to the whole club.


Water Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta

From 12.30 for a fabulous, fun-packed day on Bideford Quay, Why not build a cardboard boat yourself this year and really get involved? ALL funds raised go back into the local community.


Fundraising for our Community

We organise events throughout the year to raise funds but also to raise awareness of other charities and good causes.


Working with Youth in the Community

Encouraging young people to become confident, accomplished, valuable members of our community will always make us proud.



We support Shelterbox as this charity can really move quickly to get assistance to desperate communities around the world where and when it is needed.


About us

We are a friendly group of men and women who want to make a difference in our community and around the world

Do get in touch if you want to find out more about our club or about Rotary: President Elect, Brian Sims: 01271 343607 would love to hear from you

The Club of 2017/18 (New Officers take over on 1st July each year)

Some of the Club of 2017/18 (New officers take over on 1st July each year)...   Photograph taken by Graham Hobbs on the stairs of our regular meeting venue, The Royal Hotel, Bideford. 

We traditionally meet on Thursday lunchtimes but at least one meeting a month is an evening meeting and often at an altrenative venue so please do check if you would like to join us


A very enjoyable Sunday morning was spent building cardboard boats for the Water Festival on 12th May, followed by lunch at The Stags Head, Filleigh.

For full details see the Water Festival page of the website where you can download a plan and instructions how to build your own boat! The more the merrier.... challenge friends and family to join in! Cardboard supplied by Atlas Packaging, Barnstaple.


   £1200 was sent to Shelterbox in Jan 2019 following collections at The Big Sheep Christmas Markets. This brings the club’s total Shelterbox contribution over £112,650.00 - WOW!

Our Big Sheep collections at the Saturday Farmers Markets throughout December were well supported again this year. We are pleased to collect funds for such a good cause. Thank You to The Big Sheep and everyone in North Devon for your continued support

Memory Cafes

We were pleased to welcome in October, Julia Hadley, co-ordinator for Northam and Bideford Memory Cafes and organiser of a 'Singing for Health' group for people with memory issues in Torrington. She gave us a fascinating insight into dementia and some alarming statistics: In Bideford 25% of the population is over 65 but it is estimated that by 2025 this will have doubled! Those of us diagnosed with dementia has doubled in recent years and it is now the number one cause of death. 

At the end of the talk Rotarian Mike Plamer, presented Julia with a cheque for £720 to support the ongoing development of the memory cafes.

Club History:

The Rotary Club of Bideford was formed in 1925, the Club Charter being granted from 27th May 1925. The Mayor of Bideford, Dr E J Toye was appointed the first president of the Club. A cable expressing congratulations and best wishes was received from the Biddeford & Saco Rotary Club in Maine, U.S.A. 
In 1955, using the spade which the Duke of Edinburgh had used to plant a tree to commemorate his visit to Bideford in 1952, President of Bideford Rotary Club (D.W.Friendship) planted the first of five trees at the rear of the Port Memorial Gardens to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Movement. 
In 1975 in celebration of Bideford Rotary's 50th anniversary, a new �5,000 ambulance was presented to the St. John Ambulance Association.
2005 was the year of Rotary's Centenary, and Bideford Rotary's 80th anniversary. Visitors from Biddeford & Saco were hosted, and at the special luncheon there was a display of photos relating to the relationship between the American and Devon Clubs. President Ron Blick dedicated a bed of 100 roses in Victoria Park. 
In addition to the links with the namesake club in the U.S.A.,there are similar links with the Rotary Club of Uelzen in Germany. Despite the looming Brexit problems we really enjoy maintaining close links with our European partners. Visits are made to both clubs, and we host members of those clubs in return. This year we are delighted to be working with the Uelzen club on a major project for the Children's Hospice South West. By working together we can apply for a Rotary Global Grant to boost funds raised and hope to reach a target of £40,000.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 20th June 13.00

Club Meeting - a 'Parlez'

A trial of a more relaxed format with the chance to talk and put forward ideas

Friday 21st June 18.45

President's Night

A celebration at The Pier House.

Thursday 27th June 13.00

Club Meeting: End of the Year

Morris will review his year and award special prizes!
Come and enjoy the excitement!

Thursday 4th July 12.55

Club Meeting: Hand Over

A new president takes control: Brian Sims takes over for his second Presidency!

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 12.55 or 19.00
(At least one Thursday a month is an evening meeting )
The Royal Hotel, Bideford
NOTE: evening meetings are often at other venues (please check) EX39 4AE  (01237) 472005

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