Dawlish Water is a very friendly club that welcomes new members - men and women - who feel they would like to 'put something back into the community.'

We like to have fun, combined with great fellowship and the satisfaction of helping others.

The wide range of activities includes speaker evenings and fun sports such as boules, bowls, skittles, golf and sailing. There are also regular social events including special evenings for wives, husbands and partners.

Fundraising supports numerous local and Rotary charities - a twice-yearly pub quiz and an annual team swim form the backbone of this. Regular support is given to Shelterbox - the successful emergency aid charity -  the Children's Hospice South West, Chestnut appeal, Hospiscare, Devon Air Ambulance as well as other worthy causes.

In the community, the club provides support for local organisations, and has close links with local schools. This year the club donated over £400 in cash prizes to schools taking part in an annual schools' quiz which was won by Kingskerswell Primary School and the club continues to present illustrated dictionaries to Year 6 pupils locally to help further their education
. Support continues to be given to Dawlish Red Rock youth centre.

If you would like to find out more about Rotary or membership, please contact: Ray Williams, secretary, Dawlish Water Rotary Club on 01626 888807 or email: bevray@outlook.com


The West Exe Family Cycle Challenge takes place on Saturday, June 17 2017, starting between 9.30pm and 12pm and finishing at approx 4.00pm.

This is the first such cycle day organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club and is in aid of charity – the main beneficiary being Prostate Cancer UK.

Choose from two routes:-

* St. Mary’s Hall, Dawlish Warren, EX7 0NA to Exeter Quay and back - or choose to ride and return from various shorter stages.

* Exeter Quay to St. Mary’s Hall, Dawlish Warren, and back -  or choose to ride and return from various shorter stages.



To register in advance and for more information go to:


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or contact secretary@dawlishwater.rotary1175.org


Cockwood Primary School recaptured the top trophy in Dawlish Water Rotary Club's annual schools' quiz on March 28.

They took top position with a great score of 168 out of 196 possible points over three wide-ranging sections. Neighbouring Starcross Primary School came a close second, scoring a total of 164 points.

Other schools taking part were Kenn/Kenton, Kingskerswell, Our Lady and St. Patrick at Teignmouth and Westcliff in Dawlish. Each school received from Rotary a cheque for £50.00 and individual certificates for each of the pupils taking part.


Forty-six teams and over 700 players took part in another successful pub and club quiz in March held by Dawlish Water Rotary Club – a twice-yearly charity event.


Over £2,600 will have been raised from the evening. In addition, over £1000 has gone out to

charities chosen by the various winning teams from the night, and the balance of funds will go to other Rotary sponsored local charities over the next few months.


The winning team – with 30 players -  was The London Inn, Teignmouth, with an amazing score of 191 out of 195 . They win a half-case of wine and the Top Team trophy.

The next PUB/CLUB Charity quiz is set for Thursday 19th October 2017.  If you have a Pub/Club team of at least 10 players and wish to enter next time, then please contact Rotarian  Peter Harrison on 01626 891878 (or by e-mail to reliancefinance@talktalk.net)   Come and join us!


A Christmas coffee morning organised by Peter and Wanda Chislett of Dawlish Home Aid Group was again a huge success raising £740 for the ShelterBox disaster relief charity, which is regularly supported by Dawlish Water Rotary Club.

A special Christmas cake competition devised by Dawlish Rotary for Oaklands and Ratcliffe Special Schools in Dawlish was keenly contested by the students at both centres with some very fine cakes designed and presented by the students themselves.

Rotarian Roger Pickering presented each student with a certificate and bags of chocolate coins and there was a Rotary cheque of £100.00 towards kitchen equipment.

A Christmas cheque of £100.00 also went to the Teignbridge Food Bank.

 CABARET EVENING raises over £860.00

A major fundraiser for our major overseas water project - Sand Dams - was held in the Lincoln Suite at the Langstone Cliff Hotel on Friday November 25 when a cabaret was performed by the Mark Price Electrical Theatre. Nearly £900.00 was raised thanks to the generous support of Mark Price and the Langstone Cliff. For more on Sand Dams - see below....


John Petherick, a former Mayor of Dawlish, who was born in the town, is the new President of Dawlish Water Rotary Club. In our photograph above, former President Richard Hayes (right) congratulates John at the club formal handover.


Dawlish Water Rotary Club has adopted a new fun fundraiser - a Spiral Wheel for collecting money through the year to support Rotary's highly-successful worldwide polio campaign and other causes.

Like a modern designed 'wishing well,' the colourful spiral wheel - organised by Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones - will be used by the club at various locations this year to boost the club's other fundraising efforts.

The spiral wheel was in action last year at Cofton Country Holidays Park by kind permission of Helen Scott and her family and The Boat House, Dawlish Warren, by kind permission of the owners Nigel and Jayne Cousens there.

The idea springs from America and has been developed by nearby Exmouth and District Rotary Club- and now adopted by Dawlish Water Rotary Club - not only to raise money but also promote Rotary within the wider community.

When money is slotted into the display, coins spin round furiously making it a great fun activity for children and adults.

Pictured above : Dawlish Water Rotarians Ray Moore, John Seaborne and Peter Harrison pictured with the Spiral Wheel fundraiser at The Boat House, Dawlish Warren


A collection in October for the Haiti disaster raised over £240.00, which included  a generous donation from a local lady of £70. Rotary organiser Bill Hande has sent this money to the disaster aid charity ShelterBox, together with £147.60 given to him by the Dawlish Women’s Guild, to whom he had previously spoken on the work of ShelterBox.


Members of Dawlish Water Rotary club visited Dawlish Warren for an on-the-spot explanation of the work being carried out to maintain the Warren as a barrier to storm waves.

Martin Davis (seen centre above) Team Leader for Devon and Cornwall for the Environment Agency, which is working with Teignbridge Council, explained the complexities of the £10 million scheme, which deals with concerns about maintaining the attraction for tourism, the nature reserve and the golf course.

The Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy identified that the narrow part (or neck) of Dawlish Warren is at risk of being breached as a result of sea level rise and storms. If this happened, it would increase the risk of flooding to the railway line and estuary communities such as Starcross, Lympstone and Exmouth.

The first three groynes have had to be replaced as a matter of urgency and the remaining nine will be repaired or replaced. Sand will be dredged offshore to replenish the beach, a flood retention area created and a reinforced sand barrier set at the neck of the estuary. Part of the Warren will be allowed to return to nature and overall the scheme will improve the quality of the beach and allow the sand dunes to recover.

A complex timetable of operations is now planned for the coming months, taking care to protect the fragile ecology of this nationally important nature reserve.


Two members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club, Brian Hodge and Bruce Pell (above), have been recognised for "exceptional work" in promoting a major overseas project.

Both have received the Rotary International Service Award from Rotary District 1175 which covers clubs in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - the first time these have been presented in the club's history.

The award certificates mark " exceptional work in presenting and promoting the Sand Dams project in Kenya across the Rotary district and beyond."

The two Rotarians have been leading the District project, which encourages communities to create their own sustainable water resources through building concrete dams across sedimentary rivers where rains come only once or twice a year. (See Sand Dams article below).


Exactly 100 people queued up for free blood pressure tests organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club  at the Dawlish Community Fayre in August. At least one person was advised to see their doctor immediately with a number of others advised to have their blood pressure checked again in a month. The confidential tests  (part of the Stroke Association's awareness campaign) were carried out with the kind assistance of Dr Wheeler and Dr Wong and nurses Carin and Amanda from the Starcross GP practice. The Rotary club also had on display a Shelterbox tent, of the type used to help people affected by disasters around the world.


This could be a momentous year for Rotary and the eradication of polio. After steadily reducing cases of polio through a worldwide vaccination programme, we are on the brink of eliminating one of the most tragic diseases in history.

"Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio is still spreading naturally. They were responsible for 74 cases last year, and the nine cases reported so far this year. This is an incredible result and testimony to Rotary's huge influence around the world. Undoubtedly it is our greatest achievement," says Bill Hande, Polio representative for Dawlish Water Rotary Club, which contributes over £1000 each year to the campaign.

The success is the result of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative — a partnership principally between Rotary International, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, backed by billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

As recently as 1988, polio was paralysing more than 1000 children every day. Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than $11 billion dollars (£7.5 billion pounds).

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.5 million children's lives have been saved and 13 million people are able to walk today because of the public health push to eradicate polio.

Dawlish Rotarians, planted thousands of purple crocus bulbs in the town in late October 2015 and in October 2016 planted thousands more to mark an historic moment in Rotary's worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, The crocuses are the symbol of Rotary’s greatest achievement, tackling polio - their purple colour matching the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.

  • If you wish to help in the fight against polio, please contact us through secretary@dawlishwater.rotary1175.org or through any Rotarian.


Congratulations to Jen Wheeley, of Dawlish, sponsored by Dawlish Water, who has received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) which identifies young people who have shown leadership potential and who are likely, as adults, to become future leaders. 

Students are placed in challenging situations to help develop leadership and team bonding skills and to increase personal confidence on the RYLA course.

Jen was selected from Dawlish Community College and is one of several College students to have achieved the award over the last few years. Below Jen is seen second right after receiving her award.

Jen talked about her experiences to the club on Tuesday December 13.


Dawlish Water Rotarians have again distributed over 100 illustrated dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in local schools as part of the club's educational stimulus. Others will receive them in the autumn term.

Below Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones is pictured below with pupils who received their dictionaries at Kenton Primary School.


The remarkable team that organised the highly-successful Dawlish Air Show was recognised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club with the award of the club's Community Service Award.

Three of the recipients - Jenny Connor, Kevin Wills and Ali Aitchison - received the framed award at a special evening at the Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren, and two others, Emma Nankervis and Matt Simmons,  also earned the award.

Club Rotarians have willingly helped the Air Show to collect tens of thousands of pounds through programme sales and bucket collections over the last few years and will be helping at this year's Red Arrows and Carnival event.

Pictured below: Three of the recipients of the Dawlish Water Rotary Community Service Award - Jenny Connor, Kevin Wills and Ali Aitchison pictured with former Rotary President Richard Hayes.


Pupils at Westcliff School in Dawlish now enjoy an extended outside play area thanks to a donation of £700 from Dawlish Water Rotary club and £500 from the Rotary Foundation.

The extra equipment provides more of a facility and better access to all children during their breaks.
In our first picture below :  Children enjoying the new play area.

In our second picture below :  Rotary Youth committee members Graham Shaw and Barry Rendal-Jones with Gemma Saich, Chairperson of the Friends of Westcliff, Anna Grim, treasurer, and Corinna Muir, Vice-Chairperson.


Is there a need for food banks in Teignbridge? The answer quite defintely is 'yes,' members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club heard at a weekly club meeting.

Rotarians were told by their speaker Bob Newton, Vice-Chair/Co-ordinator of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) that up to a tonne of food was distributed in the area every week . This included up to 60 food bags "to fulfil a great need out there."

The Rotary club continues to actively support the food bank through donations. Two members of the club, John Seaborne and John Evans, also presented Mr Newton with a cheque for £100.00 on behalf of the Cosens Institute,  a local charity which makes small donations to local groups each year.A further £300.00 was raised from a Christmas raffle.

HITS is a local charity supporting local people, working with the homeless and those in crisis and need. Toiletry, food and household crisis packs are issued along with baby packs and sometimes pet packs. If you wish to assist the food bank, you can call 07990 515125 or email: hitscharity@yahoo.com

Pictured below: Bob Newton, Vice-Chair/Co-ordinator of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) receives a cheque for £100 from Dawlish Water Rotary club members John Seaborne (right) and John Evans on behalf of the Cosens Institute.


The Christmas shoebox appeal for the children and families in Moldova, organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in association with Christian Response to Eastern Europe (cr2ee), brought in over 1600 shoeboxes plus scores of bags of clothing and toys.

The gifts were distributed before Christmas and were gratefully received.

These Christmas gifts, which make a huge difference to needy families, came from various primary schools, church groups and local organisations as well as individuals. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this another highly successful appeal.

Often with deep snow and freezing temperatures the final delivery of shoeboxes to the scattered villages is extremely challenging. 

  • Christian Response for Eastern Europe (CR2EE) Charity director Hugh Scudder (seen left above with Community Service Chairman Peter Gibbs and President Richard Hayes)  receiving a previous donation cheque of £250.00 when he visited the Dawlish Water club.


Dawlish and Dawlish Water Rotary Clubs celebrated the inclusion of two local students in the UK’s annual Rotary Young Musician competition. 

Henry Buckland,15, and Zac Ward,14, students at Dawlish Community College, were each presented with a £25 voucher by the two club Presidents, Mel Boon and Richard Hayes.

Both played the piano in the Rotary area final in Plymouth – Henry chose classical pieces while Zac performed jazz numbers. They each received afterwards a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative mug. The competition was tough and neither was chosen to go through to the District final, but were complimented on their performances by local Rotarians. 

“The two clubs were delighted to sponsor Henry and Zac and hope that more students will be encouraged to enter the competition in future years,” said Past Rotary District Governor Barry Rendal-Jones after the presentations at the school assembly.

In our picture below - Mel Boon, President of Dawlish Rotary Club, Henry Buckland, Zac Ward and Richard Hayes, former President of Dawlish Water Rotary Club.


A club fundraiser, a Pig Racing Night on November 13 2015 at St. Mary's Hall, Dawlish Warren, proved a great fun evening for Rotarians, partners and guests alike - and raised a fantastic £829.00.

Profits were shared between the FORCE cancer charity and Rotary supported charities.


Dawlish Water Rotarians helped with the setting up of the very successful 'Little Ruckers' event on Dawlish Lawn to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Seen in our picture below is Rotary organiser Ray Moore, the Mayor of Dawlish Howard Almond and his escort and granddaughter Mollie, Rugby's Mr England Peter Cross, Rotarian and former Mayor Terry Lowther and the Wooden Spoon mascot.


Last year, Dawlish Water Rotary Club presented their 'community personality of the year' award to Peter White, a Kenton man who has immersed himself in the village in voluntary and charity work for more than 30 years.

Peter was active for many years in the Starcross sailing club, teaching many youngsters to sail. For many years, too, he served as Chairman of the Parish Council in Kenton and whenever there was an emergency (flooding, snow) he would be out clearing the roads, drains etc – very much hands on. While Parish Council chairman, he was one of the principal people involved in Kenton Twinning with Linkebeek in Belgium and St. Lambert du Lattay in France.

He has been chairman of the Village Hall Committee for several years and is also host chairman for an informal breakfast club in the village. Peter is pictured below with his award.


Dawlish Water Rotarian Robert Coates braved his head being shaved -  all in aid of the Children's Hospice South West. Over £800 was donated by the hair-raising event  - and club members made this up to a £1,000 donation for the Children's Hospice.
  • The Children's Hospice South West was founded in 1991 by Eddie and Jill Farwell after they experienced for themselves the urgent need for hospice care for children in the South West. Their two eldest children, Katie and Tom, had life-limiting illnesses.

There are now three centres in the South-West helping to complete a chain of children's hospices covering Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon, Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.


An audience of over 100 enjoyed a superb, polished performance by the younger and older sections of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish, during 2015.

The event was organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in aid of a major international initiative to provide clean water to villages in arid areas of Kenya through building sand dams (see below).  Over £450 was raised.

Rotary organiser Brian Hodge also arranged for an afternoon's workshop at the Shaftesbury Theatre which was greatly enjoyed by enthusiastic youngsters from Kenn, Kennford, Gatehouse (Dawlish) and Cockwood. The workshop was led by the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra Ambassadors (see photo below).



Dawlish Water Rotary Club has reached a milestone with the construction of its first sponsored sand dam to provide clean, safe water in Eastern Kenya. The club has been leading a joint Rotary project to sponsor sand dams in Kenya, enabling farmers and their families to gain access to clean water and grow more food and improve their environments. Sand dams provide that clean water year round.

A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built in a seasonal riverbed to capture and store water beneath sand - thus filtering and protecting it. A great self-help scheme!

With the aid of other clubs across District 1175 (largely in Devon) we have now raised over £25,000 and donated over £15,500 of this already.  The money raised is part match-funded by the District and also attracts global grant from Rotary and Government aid, thus more than tripling the initial value of the money raised.

We are set to form part of a scheme to build 13 sand dams this year and next.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact us.

Reading Rotary Club in Berkshire are expecting to raise initially some £5,000 for a parallel Sand Dams project, following presentations by the Dawlish Water club.

Previously, Torrington Rotary Club were one of the clubs to donate £1,000 to boost Devon Rotary's involvement in promoting the Sand Dams project. Below - Ray Harris and David Large, of Torrington Rotary, presenting the cheque to Bruce Pell and Brian Hodge of Dawlish Water's Sand Dams Co-ordinating Committee.


Dawlish Water Rotary Club has also helped Operation Imprezza, a UK charity, which helps provide education for Kenyan children who can't afford to go to school.  

The club paid the costs of installing mains electricity at Imprezza Academy, making a huge difference. The Academy was founded in a Nairobi slum in 2001 and had to be re-established after the election riots of 2007. It is aiming to become self-sufficient by 2020 with 750 students on the roll.

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Curry evening and presentation in aid of Mercy Ships at St. Mary's Hall, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, to support project led by Helston-Lizard Rotary Club.