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Rotary Club of Tavistock - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Supporting Young Carers

Supporting the West Devon Young Carers


Making Tavistock a dementia-friendly community



2016 Christmas Day lunch at The U.R.Church

Aims to reduce loneliness, have fun and a good meal on the day!


Quiz in Parish Rooms, with food & a raffle, for local Leukaemia fund for infusion pumps



Polio - This Close

Nov. 2016 St Eustachius Christmas Tree Festival - we decorate our tree for 'Purple for Polio' with RI's teddy as the fairy


June 2013 Young Carers national festival

The Rotary Club’s from Tavistock, Okehampton, Ivybridge and Totnes supported the Young carers from Young Devon to gather at the biggest ever national festival to enjoy a break from caring at the end of June 2013.


About us

Club newsheet

22nd April Quiz night - proceeds to our 'Chemotherapy Challenge' provinding infusion pumps via the Plymouth & District Leukaemia Fund: Tickets: click here

10th April newsheet

29th March Newsheet

20th March newsheet

6th March: Mount Kelly School's Senior Team got through to the District Finals, where they were  unable to progress further - but congratulations on getting that far!

14th March Concert was excellent, & enjoyed by a packed hall!

6th March newsheet

17th Jan YouthSpeaks Junior 1st Round

2 winners out of 12 excellent teams go through to the next area round.

Tavistock Community Primary and Nursery School,

topic A day in the Life of a school bag.

Lifton Community Primary, topic Giants really do exist.

17th Jan

11th Jan Skittles vs Kingsbridge Rotary Club - a last minute victory!  click for Details

Jan 9th 2017

Christmas Day lunch at The United Reformed Church - for those who would otherwise be on their own.

Wonderful! Thankyou to Sponsors Tesco, Abode, Dolans & A-Scentsation and others.

Christmas Collection = £3,134 total!  Fantastic!

19th Dec

12th Dec

17th Dec: Grocery

Draw winner is Mrs Perse

Santa and Morrison's General Manager, James Lloyd, presented the £250 worth of vouchers on Saturday morning to a very happy Mrs Perse!

We sold 1,458 tickets and raised a net for our local charities of £1,208.

Many thanks to all of you who bought tickets and helped with the ticket sales over the 3 days at Morrison's in November

The Sensory Garden in The Meadows - with other organisations - awarded £12,500 by Tesco's Bag for life Charity!  Click here for details

Tree decoration 'Purple for Polio' as we really are 'so close' to it's eradication!

Newsheet 7th Nov

2nd Nov: Quiz at The Whitty raised £140 for Purple for Polio

31sts Oct: our 70th Charter Night, MC Graham. See 7th Nov newsheet.

Goosie Fair 12th October

We enjoyed hosting the two geese, who together weighed 10.6Kg, = 23lb 3 and 2/3rds ounces, correctly guessed by Tina Hemmings of Brixham.
Thanks to the geese who seemed contented, their owner Mr Richard Gibbins, and Abbey Surgery and Staff for the use of their grass and the supply of tea and coffee, and not least all of you who had guesses!
The other Rotary Stall selling books and 'this and that' did well for Rotary Charities,  as did the sale of crocus bulbs in aid of eradicating Polio.
The Shelterbox display meant several people found out how to become long-term supporters of this.

The Inner Wheel selling cuddly toys successfully sold out by early afternoon!

Oct 9th: Sensory Garden

preparatory work lifting the 246 paving slabs so that the Contractor can start work.  Working with the Lions, Tavistock Town Council, Roots for Transition, and Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance

July 4th and start of Catherine's year 

26th June, inc Presidential handover from Tony Parker to Catherine Bailey for the year from 1st July 2016

 GOLF DAY 18th May: A successful day! photos

Young Photographer 2016     Photos
Tavistock College's Amy Brimacombe won the Intermediate Portfolio with her 
'Bee' photo which goes forward from the Regional round to the National
- please see 'what we do', then 'Youth Services' & click on the Y.P. 2016 heading
Regional Round: Tavistock College's Intermediate Team and Mount Kelly School's Senior Team won through to this round, competed excellently but didn't win through to the next round.
Youth Speaks Local Round - 15 Junior Teams on 26th Jan,  winners: Lifton & Tavistock Community Primary Schools.
Intermediate on 27th, winners: Tavistock College First and Second teams.
Seniors on 27th, winner Mount Kelly School.   Click here for more details
Next round on 23rd Feb at Tavistock Community College.
Father Christmas visiting homes and and collecting in the Square and at Tesco collected around £2,000 for Rotary Charities.
Thankyou to all for your generosity!
'Chicks' Charity Santa Run with 253 Santas: - we helped in a small way - they raised £3,800 & it was a great event.

10th Jan 2016

30th Nov. 2015

23rd Nov. 2015

5th October 2015

24th August 2015

20th July 2015

Heritage Festival great pics

Goosie Fair Oct 14th 2015

Great day!  This-and-That sales added to the Book Stall did very well, &

guess-the-weight-of-the-geese on Abbey Surgery grass went well. The geese enjoyed it we think! Together they weighed 22lb 1.6oz at sunrise, the we had our first ever winner using the metric: 10Kg 7gm, so the cheque goes to a visitor from Teignmouth.

Thankyou Farmer Richard Steer & your geese

Congrats. to Norrie for organising it all & his team on the Stall, David & team for caring for the geese, & Abbey Surgery Staff for their support & coffee!

Golf Day 20th May

Click here to see photos, Sponsors (thankyou!), etc.  A great day, and £3,000 raised.  Young people in Tavistock and the surrounding area will benefit through the donation to Devon Young Carers, & all ages via TASS, Tavistock Area Social Services.  

1st & 2nd May Shelterbox Collection for Nepal  at Morrisons (thankyou, Morrisons & your Customers) raised the fantastic £2,643.93.

March Shelterbox collection = £1144.04

Goosie Fair: The 2 Geese kindly lent by Farmer Richard Steer = 29lb 2oz = 13.15Kg

Nov 10th: page 1   page 2  for a summary of this year so far

13th Oct re Busoga Trust, Marathon, etc.

6th Oct re helping with Dementia

  14th Aug       7th Sept      8th Sept

Devon at its Best

Gateway to Cornwall and West Devon mining World Heritage sites.

Straddling the fast flowing river Tavy below the Western edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock stands in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a classic West Country Market Town, with a population of 11,000 and a shoppers delight. Whatever your fancy - old books, bold cooks, the art scene or smart jeans - there is enormous variety and choice.

Interested in becoming a member of Tavistock Rotary Club?

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. These are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others

If you are interested in Rotary and would like further information or be considered for membership, please do not hesitate to contact Guy Talbot or any member of The Tavistock Rotary Club.


The Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock - we are pleased to be associated with this Club, and have posted details under 'What we do' at the top of this page

News - see & click on Newsheets above fo

r more details

SHELTERBOX Collection on 28th & 29th March raised �1144.04 which will increase once Gift Aid comes in.  Fantastsic! Thankyou to all donors, and to Morrisons for allowing us to collect under the cover of the outer part of their entrance after the forecast for the weekend was dire!

NEW MEMBER from 16th February 2015 - We're delighted to

welcome  Mrs Sheila Downs to Tavistock Rotary Club.


The first round with six schools and 17 teams of 3 pupils each went well.  The winners spoke in the next round at Callington School. The winners from that round were Mount Kelly Senior Team and Tavistock College Intermediate Team, & they are in The Area Finals held at Bodmin Community College on 7th March 2015 at 1pm

Dec 2nd to 20th: Father Christmas' Round & Collection

Lots of excited children met him outside their own home, and their Parents were very generous. The total donated was �1905.13 for Rotary Charities. Thanks to organiser Martin Webb and Sleigh builder Clive Fairchild.

Nov 10th  "Tavistock Rotary Club members welcomed many guests to their meeting on Monday evening to hear from our distinguished guest speak Ann Widdecombe. Ann not only gave us her views as a politician but also gave us her insight to her time in Strictly Come Dancing. A great evening was had by all."

Oct 8th 2014 Goosie Fair: the two geese together weighed 29lb 2oz = 13.15Kg.        The cash prize was won by Mrs Johnson, her name being drawn from a hat with 3 correct guesses in. Thanks to Abbey Surgery for the pitch, and Richard Steer for lending the calm goose and gander for the day!

Oct 3rd West Devon   Young Carers & Trevor's Marathon  run to raise their funds

�1300 was raised by Trevor running the Barnstable Marathon, with help from The Okehampton Rotary Club

Aug: Quiz night at The Half-way House

raised �215 for Rotary Charity funds

Aug: Croquet vs Yelverton in Plymouth - great evening. See newsheet Aug 14th



14th June street collection with open shelterbox for all to check out  We met lots of interesting people & raised nearly �300, more with Gift Aid. Thankyou all the donors in Tavistock.


The Club Charity Golf Day on 21st May raised nearly �3,900.  Golfers' support by paying to play, raffles and a 'silent auction' plus sunshine made this an excellent day.  Payments were made of �1,800 to The Triangle Centre, the Chemotherapy Outreach centre in Tavistock and �900 to the Golfers' Guide Dog Society.  This leaves �1,200 to support other charitable causes during the coming months.

Fantastic sponsorship from many people, especially:

  • Abode Property Agents

  • Fairway Furniture            cheques to The Triangle Centre & Golfers Guide Dog Soc

  • Francis Clark Chartered Accountant

  • Hogs Bottom Garden Delights                    David wins the gin

  •  Lynbridge Dental Practice

  • Mansbridge and Balment

  • Specsavers                  Organiser David Puzzled

  • The Original Pasty House

  • The Tavi Friar

    The Whitchurch Inn     High wind

    destroys gazebo, Pres. cross!

  • Members of the �club� Tony Sherlock, Tony Everitt and John M

    orton were pleased to be able to be present for this event held

    at Tavistock Golf Club. Our �club� was the joint major sponsor and helped the GGDS raise some �2,400. The GGDs generously gave credit for our earlier financial support which had gone towards committing to buying and paying for the training of a new guide dog �Eddie�.  

    �Eddie� was the star of the day.


On May 17th, Dr Geri Parlbywas presented with a 'Paul Harris Fellow' as an appreciation from the Rotary Club of Tavistock for all Geri's ongoing works in helping carers and patients in the area of dementia. Geri was awarded a certificate and pin with sincere thanks from her friends at The club, for her commitment to 'Service above Self'.

The night that was thoroughly enjoyed by all centred on 'younger people' with a presentation from the Tavistock College Senior Rotary Youth speaks team; and then 45 minutes of laughter

enjoying farming stories from Lydia Stack. Lydia is a twenty-two year old hill farmer's daughtert from The Peak District in North Derbyshire.  Lydia gave an entertaining insight into what it was like to grow up surrounded by hills, animals and not many people. A beautifully constructed, beautifully told and absolutely hilarius tale of growing up in the countryside.

The event was held at The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock in their 'Gallery 26' where guests were well catered for, complimenting the whole evening.


Last year's Senior Team nearly won the National Finals.

This year: details are under 'what we do' & then 'Youth Services'

This year's 1st round had good teams competing at Kelly College.

Winners were: Lifton Primary School Juniors,    Kelly College's Intermediate Team and Tavistock School's Senior Team.
Fuller Results and photos.

A successful TROLLEY DASH 12th Jan

We sold tickets at �1 each in November (thankyou Morrisons, just inside the front door from the cold weather).  Claire Trewin won to collect �250 of groceries & the (gentle) 'Dash' raised �700 for Rotary Charities and some good simple fun!


Clean Water for Ugandans: click here for more. (or see what we do in  'International'). 


visited lots of areas in Tavistock during December as well as being in the town square Fridays and Saturdays.  A busy person even before Dec 24th!

Children seemed to have a great time, and their parents were very generous towards Rotary Charities that we collected �1,700 for.   Thankyou.


 13th Oct. �546.14 collected: more -click here

GOOSIE FAIR 9th Oct 2013:

1.  The two geese weighed 33lbs 2oz together (15.06 kg)
2.  Winner: Mrs. F. Menadu of Tavistock at 15kg who chose the option of �40 cash rather than a goose!
3.  ï¿½512 take on the geese (less a few expenses)
4.  ï¿½230 income on the bookstall


Rotarian John Morton takes on the baton

from athlete Trevor Williams

For a brief resume of Trevor's year click here

and for John's comments click here

The Club continues to be engaged supporting communities, locally and internationally, under the banner of Rotary, making a difference physically and financially.

We are always delighted to hear from more people interested in joining. Have a look at www.ribi.org or www.tavistockrotary.org.uk 


Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RotariansEPoD

or Click here to read more, or Read more on Tavistock's Memory Cafe or scroll down several headings below!


14th July 2013 Tavistock Athletic

Club with our Club: Carnival Ladies

& Men 5 mile Races

& Children's 1.2 mile Fun Run

Read more here


Rotarians in the South West of England are rising to the challenge of dementia following the startling news that the condition has been branded the health and social care challenge of the 21st Century. Read More.                                  Read more on Tavistock's Memory Cafe

Tavistock Dementia Action Alliance 

The Alliance was launched on 17th Dec 2012 to make Tavistock a dementia-friendly town.   Angela Rippon is the Patron.  

Click here to read more

National Dementia Award for Tavistock Rotarian

Rotary International bestowed its highest honour for an individual on Tavistock Rotarian Geri Parlby in December 2012, as founder and chair of REPoD (Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia) and she was recognised for her work in dementia support around the UK.

 Click here to read more

Rotary District Governor Maxine Stoyel and Past District Governor John Pearce present the Service Above Self Award to Geri Parlby (at left of photo) 

Thanks for Life Website

A campaign from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th February and Rotary Day on Tuesday 23rd February to raise �1m for Polio Eradication through the Thanks for Life initiative.
To maximise public awareness of the Rotary Polio campaign, the Gates Challenge and Rotary in general and to increase membership. Video

Rotarians take up dementia challenge

Rotarians in the South West of England are rising to the challenge of dementia following the startling news that the condition has been branded the health and social care challenge of the 21st Century. Read More. Tavistock's Memory Cafe.

Left: Geri Parlby & Graham May accept a cheque for  'Rotary easing the Problems of Dementia' = REPOD, as above, from Geoff Luckock, President of Roborough Rotary Club. Below left: Tony Whitehead presents a cheque for �200 to head teacher Ann Mitchell of Lamerton Primary school. This will go towards the installation of an additional Soundfield system for the school. Below: Goosie Fair 2009. Report


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Monday 31st July 18.00

Walk with Simon Dell, then Supper at The Cornish, NOT at The Bedford,

Then Supper at The Cornish. It's a 5th Monday of the month.
Only 25 people can be on the walk, but do come to the meal even if not walking.

Saturday 5th August 12.00

Bring and Braai at Christine and Robin's


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Rotary News

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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

Watch coverage of the 2017 'Rotary Young Citizen Awards', highlighting outstanding young people.

Details on RotaryGBI.org

How Rotary is Funding Polio Immunization in 2017

Find out more about Rotary fighting disease

Details on Rotary.org

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 18.30 (except 5th Mon where venue & time may vary)
(For apologies and extra attendees including guests - visiting Rotarians are very welcome - please phone The Bedford or email reception@warm-welcome-hotels.co.uk by 10am on that Monday. )
Meetings will be at The Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock at 6.30p.m. The 2nd Monday of the month meeting is usually a business meeting.
(except for any 5th Monday in a month when we look for a different venue). PL19 8BB  01822 613221

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