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Partner event – Walking Rugby at NA Rugby Club


Rotary Legacy Fund

Leaving a legacy to the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot. Doing good in Newton Abbot beyond your lifetime…


President's night - murder mystery evening

Enjoy a meal and help catch a killer!!


Supporting South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership

As part of Safer Devon, South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership (CSP) works closely with agencies spread throughout South Hams, Teignbridge and West Devon.


Rotarians visiting Newton Abbot?

Local meeting info for Rotarians of other clubs


Newton Abbot Carnival 2019!!

Starting Monday 8th July; a week-long event packed with games, rides and headlined by the carnival procession itself.


About us

Rotary Club of Newton Abbot (RCNA) founded in 1922 still has a thriving membership of over 60 men and women from a wide range of professions, businesses and organisations who all share a common interest in helping others. Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and joining in on social evenings with partners. With over 95 years of serving the local community, the club has raised and donated many thousands of pounds, shared skills and knowledge to charities and social organisations.

Rotary Golf Day donations to local charities

In May, the Rotary Club played host at Stover Golf Club to just over 100 golfers from across the County for the Club’s annual Spring Golf Competition.  So popular is the well-organised golf competition that it is now in its 23 year.

Prizes were presented at the end of the day covering the various events during the day, but it’s also run to raise funds for Rotary charities and this year two were chosen to receive a cheque for £1,000 each. 

The two local charities were Home Start Newton Abbot part of one of the UK’s leading family support charities especially aimed at the support of young families.  Andy’s Man Club was the second charity and they are there to support especially young men and is aimed at halving the number of suicides in men under 45 – suicide being the main cause of death of men in that age group.

 The club also held a raffle for the golfers and they were generous in buying tickets, and as a result, a smaller donation of £500 was handed to Newton Crisis Aid, aimed at providing relief for refugees and those suffering as a result of natural or other disasters.

 Winding up the busy day, Club President, Richard Morgan, said that these charities provided valuable support in our community and running such a golf day was the perfect win / win situation; the golfers had a great day and the charities gained so much in order to help fund their important work.


Walking Rugby a rousing success

20 Rotarian would-be rugby players gathered at the Newton Abbot Rugby ground to see a demonstration on walking rugby. A new tri- initiative between Devon Rugby Union, Active Devon and the Newton Abbot Rugby club.

The goal is to get the over 55’s back into exercise, not limited to male only players and some leeway on the age is allowed.

After a demonstration by Exeter based ‘Fossils’ walking rugby team and a short warm up, 4 teams were formed and a half hour of fun and exercise took place. It took a while for the players to understand the ‘no tackling or running’ element, offside rules etc. but by the end of the session everybody understood what it was all about, and much hilarity ensued.


The players retiring to an excellent buffet and a social drink in the clubhouse with some partners and friends, told tales off spectacular tries and mis-haps. Everybody agreed that it was good fun and the hope for another go later in the year. Three of the local Rotary clubs took part Totnes, Dartmoor Vale and Newton Abbot.

President-Elect of Newton Abbot Martin Smith commentated “ It was around 50 years since I last played rugby – the more sedate speed did not dilute my memories of the enjoyment of playing the game, I can certainly recommend walking rugby, my main activity is now golf, so it was great to do something different – albeit I found some long forgotten muscles the following morning!”

Rotary Club President Richard Morgan, thanked the Fossils team from the Topsham RFC, Brian Smith of NARFC and Rob Masters for organising the event.

More details about Walking Rugby can be found on the Devon Rugby website or contact local co-ordinator Mike Brook. 



Members of the Fossil Team with Richard Morgan (RCNA) and Brian Smith (NARFC)


Easter goodies!

Newton Abbot Rotarians decided to share some Easter goodwill and donated over 50 Easter Eggs of all shapes and sizes.

President Richard Morgan presented to Rotarian Lynn McElheron a box of eggs for the residents of Meadowside , Lynn is also the chairperson of trustees for the home.

The balance of the eggs are to be donated to The Junction Youth Centre, to do an Easter Egg hunt for the youngsters.


Latest Corporate member inductions

Welcome to the two new members of Newton Abbot Rotary. 

President Richard  had the honour of enrolling, as corporate members, Claire Landricombe and Nadine Stroud from The Training Partnership in Torquay. 

Nadine explained how the company was set up by her mother to provide host families, training and work experience opportunities for foreign students - and they often have hundreds of people available for placements.


Supporting Buckland Surgery

A group of members met with Rosemary Whitbread and Yvonne Maybury from Buckland Surgery Support to learn about the range of initiatives they provide – and the new projects about to start – aimed at supporting the work of the Health Surgery in this more deprived area of Newton Abbot.  

President Richard handed over a cheque for £100 and Rosemary said that the money would be put to immediate use with their activities.  Richard hoped that the Club would build on this contact and develop stronger links to support the community group.


New Corporate Members

President Richard introduced 4 new Corporate Members to the Club at a recent February meeting. 

Daniel Wood is the lead member for Dainton Park Golf Club; alongside is Maddison Turvey, the new lead for Jelf Insurance Brokers, and her two Jelf colleagues, Holly O'Neil and Rosie O’Neil.


Christmas street collection

The Rotary Club held its Christmas street collection in the town centre with the help of Santa in his sleigh.  Once again, Newton Abbot Community Transport kindly lent the Club a Shopmobility scooter which we converted to a very colourful sleigh pulled along by a spritely Rudolph. 

Over the weekend before Christmas, Santa gently travelled around the town centre accompanied and helped by a team of elves winning the smiles of shoppers and children and raising £640 for Rotary local charities!


Laptop & Laser Printer presentation

Recently the club was glad to be involved in the donation of a Laptop and Printer to Chudleigh Youth Centre.

Organiser Bill Keen was equally glad to accept! 


Teign Trophy - Pitch & Putt Golf

RCNA Rotarian Hugh Anderson organised a most enjoyable evening of golf and fellowship at Bovey Golf Centre. Joined by Rotarians from Totnes and Paignton, people were able to take part in ladies, mens and/or team rounds.

 Congratulations to all those who participated and particularly winners - Clare Born for the ladies, Nick James for the men. Nick was also a winner in the team competition, alongside Jonathan Wharmby and Nick Taylor.

Wheelbarrow Race at Newton Abbot Carnival

Rotary Club President, Richard Morgan declared the second Wheelbarrow Race a huge success already becoming a much anticipated part of the Town Fete.The Town’s annual carnival week culminates in the fete at Courtenay Park and the centre of the park becomes a course for Rotary’s Wheelbarrow Race. This year, 8 teams competed to win the Rotary Wheelbarrow Race Shield, a relay around a 230metre course to complete the most laps in 60 minutes. Two challenges were positioned to test the teams (and slow them down!) including two water pistol stations, letting youngsters cool the competitors down.

  Through sponsorship, the teams raised money for the chosen charity or their own organisation and Race Organiser, Rotarian Martin Smith, said that the teams raised a grand total of £2,265 for the different charities with The Rotary Club adding a further £300 in prize money. He said that the race was keenly contested, with last year’s champions, local business Sherwood’s completing an exhausting 64 laps and retaining the Shield; they were closely followed by Buckland AFC ladies team and in third place were the team from SPACE (The Junction).

At their recent Club meeting at Hannahs, the teams were congratulated and thanked by Club President, Richard, for competing in the Race and making it such fun for the whole Town – in an almost desert heat! Well done all!  He handed cheques for the money each of the teams raised.

The year, the teams were:-

Sherwoods – raising funds for Meadowside Residential Home

Newton Abbot Fire Station – raising funds for the FireFighters Charity

Charles Royle IFA – raising funds for Rowcroft Hospice

Jelf Group – raising funds for Hannah Rogers Trust

Meadowside - raising funds for Meadowside Residential Home

Space - raising funds for Space

Buckland AFC Ladies Team – raising funds for the Under 13’s team trip

Citizens Advice Teignbridge – raising funds for the CATCH project 

Accolades for the Club

The Devon and Cornwall Rotary Governor Graham Carey visited the Club for an evening meal recently and while he was with us handed out certificates to commend the work we have been doing to foster both our Club and the spirit of Rotary. He noted particularly the long service (45 years!) of Rotarian Alan Partridge and recent Corporate membership addition Maddison Turvey of Jelf Group - giving lapel badges in recognition. They represented the embodiment of Rotarians as people of action and the statement "Be The Inspiration", represented nicely by Graham in a quote from Mark Twain: "Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

  Rotarian Paul Haighney received a certificate from District Governor Graham Carey noting Paul’s work for services to young people. He was very much the driving force behind Devon and Cornwall Rotary clubs supporting the recent Rotary SW Youth Games.

 A further certificate was awarded our Club’s webmaster, Ben Sellick-Tague and our Club President Richard, for the District’s best Rotary Club website. The District Governor said that it was not only clear, lively and informative but provided an excellent face to the public and Rotarians alike, perfectly showing how active our Rotary Club was in the community.

RCNA Presidential Handover - June 2018

At the end of the Rotary year, Kerry Larbalestier handed over the President's Chain to Richard Morgan who takes over for the 2018/19 year. Kerry said that she was very pleased with what the Club had been able to do over the year.

 Looking forward, Richard said that he was excited to work with his Vice President, Martin Smith and his aim this year was to build on earlier successes and to concentrate very much on projects aimed at developments among children and young people.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 25th June 18.00

Club handover

Saturday 29th June 19.00

President's night - murder mystery evening

Enjoy a meal and help catch a killer!!


Tuesday 2nd July 18.00

Fellowship & first Club Council

Sunday 7th July 14.00

President at Home - Devon cream tea for Rotarians and partners

Cream first, then jam!


Tuesday 9th July 18.00

Fellowship & Business Meeting

Wednesday 10th July 18.30

Newton Abbot Carnival Tractor Pull

Newton Abbot Town centre

Saturday 13th July 11.00

Newton Abbot Carnival Wheelbarrow Race

Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot

Tuesday 16th July 18.00


Tuesday 23rd July 18.00

Fellowship & Guest Speaker (partners welcome!)

Mike Temple of Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.org.uk)

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Dainton Park Golf Club
Totnes Rd
Newton Abbot
We meet on Tuesdays at Meet for 18:00 - Meal 18:30 pm
(On the 5th Tuesday in a month we sometimes "scatter" and visit other clubs.We meet on the 4th Thursday for a breakfast meeting - check the club diary for venue and times. [TO CONTACT CLUB - email lauraevansrcna@gmail.com / martrcna@outlook.com])
Dainton Park Golf Club
Totnes Rd
Newton Abbot
TQ12 5TN  01803 815000

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