Nestled between Dartmoor and Exmoor, and close to the city of Exeter, the town of Crediton is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Within a very short time you can be on either Dartmoor or Exmoor, or even travelling to the rugged Atlantic coast of North Devon or the deeply wooded valleys of the South. The town is known historically as Kirton and has been a market town since the Doomsday records were written
The club actively supports many local, regional, national and international charities and is a very keen supporter of the Cornwall based Shelter Box disaster aid organization.
Our recent achievements include:
- Our Literacy (Starfish) programme: Over 80% of the adult polulation have well developed literacy skills however, turn that figure on its head it is generally agreed that between 15 and 20% of young people leave school at sixteen functionally illiterate.
Our Starfish Project targets the children who are behind in literacy and with ages of five to seven and gives them intensive one on one support to a level where they can manage as independent learners. The project started with just 4 children in Haywards School and has been so successful (the 4 children jumped 1 year in reading ability) that we are now committed to a total of 12 children in a term.
Our Club has now agreed to support this programme at Haywards Primary School in Crediton for a full year, until September 2017. This is a significant commitment and has only been made possible by Haywards agreeing to fund 75% of the cost. The Head Teacher, Emma Summerfield stated “It is vital that this programme continues. It has become one of the great success stories of our school, and shows what happens when the community works together to help each other. None of this would have been possible without Rotary support and many children will be grateful to the Rotary Club of Crediton for the rest of their lives.”
- Together with Morchard Bishop Primary School, The Woodland Trust and CO2 Balance we were instrumental in planting 30 trees as part of the 50 trees by 50 clubs campaign. This project was awarded the 2014 national Rodney Huggins Environmental Award (Schools Category) and was supported by Mel Stride MP.
- Our club has instigated a Membership Drive to encourage more people to join Rotary and start assisting those who so desperately need our help. We have very recently iniated a Corporate Membership class where businesses can nominate a number of representatives who are able to attend and join in our functions and meetings.
- Shelter Box. In November 2013 we raised funds for sending 9 shelter boxes to The Philippines in response to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster. We continue to support Shelter Box in times of International disaster emergencies
The club, which numbers about 30 members, was founded in 1948 and meets usually on the first two Thursday lunchtimes every month in the delightful Sandford Cricket Club. which is just outside Crediton.
We meet on Thursdays at 1300 (Exceptions: Last Thursday in month 1900/1930 at other venues or external visits) Fellowship Meetings and Business Meeting are NORMALLY held at Sandford Cricket Club - but please check as this can vary! tel: 01363 774092