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. The club donates over £300 in cash prizes to schools taking part in an annual schools' quiz which was won by Kenn and Kenton 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: Richard Hayes, secretary, Dawlish Water Rotary Club on 01626 438761 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Redwing, Lympstone, triumphed once again in Dawlish Water Rotary Club’s pub
quiz (March 14). They amassed 186 points our of a possible 195. They won £200
for their nominated charity, The Avocet Trust.
close pursuit were two Teign Valley teams – the Bridford Inn with 185 points and the Teign House Inn, Christow,
with 183 points, respectively nominating their £150 and £100 wins for
Hospiscare and Alzheimer Research UK.
teams took part with over 700 people taking part and it is hoped to raise over £2000.00.
fourth place was the Jolly Sailor at East Ogwell with 179 points. The prize for
the highest number in the team went again to the Highweek Inn, Newton Abbot,
who fielded 42 players. Their charity is to be decided. The second largest team
was fielded by the Church House Inn, Stoke Gabriel ,whose £50 will go to
trophy and top prize was kindly sponsored by Heavitree Brewery.
Another great pig race evening was held Friday, February 15 at St. Mary's Hall, Dawlish Warren, and raised a magnificent £700.00 in aid of Rotary charities.
Thanks to all those who supported this event.THE NEXT PUB/CLUB QUIZ is in October.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT
Dawlish Water Rotary Club celebrated the 30th anniversary of its charter with a special event at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren.
Two past presidents of the club, Richard Hayes and Robert Coates, were also presented with certificates to mark their 30 years as founder members.The event was attended by District Governor Graham Carey from Dawlish club.
Richard is currently secretary of the club and Robert, founder treasurer, is currently honorary auditor.
During its 30 years, Dawlish Water Rotary has helped scores of local community groups as well as having a significant role in overseas projects. Overall, these groups and charities have benefitted from hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Below in our picture: Richard Hayes and Robert Coates cut the first slice of the anniversary cake.
Many thanks to all those who supported 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). The boxes were packed into a large lorry along with clothing and other items on the evening of December 5 by Rotarians and other volunteers and will reach Moldova in plenty of time for Christmas distribution.
There was another great response from local people, primary schools and local organisations and we are grateful for the help from David Force of Force and Sons, at 9, Queen Street, Dawlish, which kindly offered to accept local shoebox donations.
In all we collected over 1800 shoeboxes - a superb effort by everyone.
A big thank you to all who supported December's Home Aid coffee morning in Dawlish. The wonderful Chisletts and their magnificent helpers presented me with a cheque for ShelterBox for £750," reports Club International Chairman Bill Hande. See article on Home Aid Community Awards below.
Four local charities benefited from a successful Jumble sale run by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in late June.
Dawlish Community Transport were presented with a cheque for £250.00 by Rotary organisers Eunice Everard and Robin Buchanan.The money will help them to continue to provide accessible, affordable transport services for those who are unable to use public transport over a wide area including Dawlish, Cockwood, Teignmouth, and Shaldon.
Devon Young Carers, the HITS food bank project and AIMS, the Dawlish group for families who have special needs, have each received £50.00.
"Many thanks to all those who came along to the sale. We are delighted to have been able to support these local charities that do so much for other people in the community," said Rotarian Eunice Everard.
In our photograph below: Rotarian Eunice Everard presents the cheque for £250 to the Dawlish Community Transport Manager Sally Preston. On the left is Marion Phillips and on the right Paul Cooper.
** Dawlish Water has again voted to give a £100 cheque to HITS to help with the pre-Christmas demand on its services.
Which was the hottest sporting event at the weekend? Well for nearly 1,000 youngsters it was the South West Rotary Youth Games, held at Dawlish during the summer for the very first time.
Looking out across the various sporting centres and playing fields at Dawlish on Saturday, the event presented a fantastic and rewarding sight as teams of young people between 8 and 18 from all over Devon and Cornwall battled it out across 13 different sports on one of the warmest days of the year.
There was a treat in store, however, as the organisers had a large outdoor screen for the England World cup match against Sweden.
Teignbridge became fifth time winners of the Rotary Youth Games shield. Second were last year’s overall winners West Devon and third were South Hams. In fourth place were Torbay.
The presentations were made by Graham Carey, newly-elected Rotary District Governor and a member of Dawlish Rotary Club, who praised the enthusiasm of the competitors and the great spirit in which they entered the competitions. Also giving her support and transmitting her enthusiasm for sport was Team GB cyclist Lauren Dolan, who is also an official ambassador for the Games.
A rousing 'Three Lions’ chorus provided a lively start to the 2018 Games centered around Dawlish Leisure Centre and neighbouring facilities including the Red Rock Centre, Dawlish Tennis Club and Dawlish Community College. Three young women international rugby players - Clara Nielson, Poppy Leith and Hollie Cunningham - were also at the opening ceremony to add their support to the major event as well as running the rugby sessions.
A lively ‘flossing' dance breakout then gave the youngsters a chance to further 'warm up' after all the teams paraded Olympic-style before the watching crowds.
It is amazing to think that the region’s largest annual youth community sports event is in its 20th year and still attracting up to 1,000 enthusiastic youngsters and encouraging them into a variety of sporting activities.
The Games carry even more importance today when concerns are steadily increasing about the rising levels of obesity and mental health issues among young people. The legacy goes far beyond the event itself as it acts as a catalyst for a whole range of continuing sporting activity across the region.
Organiser Chris Broadbent praised the turnout and said: " it was a wonderful day which everyone seemed to enjoy. However, we could not have organised such a day without the help of numerous volunteers including club representatives who ran various sessions, to the team coaches, umpires and referees. We can build on this success for next year."
Dawlish Water Rotary Club has received a generous £4,000 cheque from Paignton Rotary Club towards their ambitious and successful project to provide clean water for life in the Third World through river dams. Already the District Sand Dams project, led by Dawlish Water, has sponsored three dams - two in Kenya and one in Rajasthan in India. Plans are under way to support a fourth dam. Above: Immediate Past President of Paignton club, Marion Smith, presents the cheque to Bruce Pell of Dawlish Water.
For more details of the project, see below...
Teignbridge Young Carers
have received a major boost after pub and club teams from around South Devon
competed against each other in a charity speed pool competition organised by
Dawlish Water, Teignmouth and Dartmoor Vale Rotary clubs.
A cheque for £2050.00 was
handed over to South Devon Young Carers' Lead Practitioner Tom Humphreys at a
special presentation at the Teignmouth Inn in Dawlish.
The Teignmouth Inn also received
the winners shield for collecting most sponsorship – nearly £450.00 - while the
trophy for the highest individual score went to one of their team, Scott
Hellier, who raised an amazing £210.00.
Rotarians from the three
Rotary clubs helped to tot up the scores from a total of 18 pubs and clubs in
Dawlish, Teignmouth, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Highweek, Christow, Chudleigh
The Rotary perpetual shield
for the highest score went the Courtenay Arms A team from Teignmouth with a
great score of 1305 points after completing 87 frames on the pool table. Second
were the Conservative Club in Dawlish (1255 points from 83 frames) and third
were The Globe at Chudleigh (870 points from 58 frames).
Special framed certificates
were also presented to participating pubs and clubs.
"It was a great fun
night, though very competitive, and all the players did us proud by raising so
much money for a very worthy cause," said Rotary co-ordinator Richard
Hayes. Pictured below - one of the competing teams from the Dog House in Dawlish with President-elect Peter Gibbs on the right of the picture.
Powderham Castle in Kenton was a rendezvous point for a national Purple4Polio Rotary Grand Tour which is raising money for Rotary's highly-successful End Polio Now campaign.
Car and crews checked in by members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club at the Powderham Castle checkpoint included the national Rotary President, Denis Spiller. Also represented were the Rotary clubs of Yeovil, Ashburton/Buckfastleigh, Launceston, Guernsey, Morriston (Swansea), Strood in Kent, East Sutherland, Appleby and Upper Eden, Tower Hamlets and Wakefield.
Crews were also welcomed by local District Governor George Eamer and his Rotarian wife, Jan.
The End Polio Now global Rotary initiative has virtually eliminated polio from the world. "With only eight new cases reported this year we are on the threshold of achieving the eradication of this dreadful disease that has blighted people, families, and communities for centuries, " said Dawlish Water Rotary President Barry Rendal-Jones.
Over 50 teams registered for the event and were expected to complete the entire 1500 miles by visiting all the checkpoints around the country. In our photos - Rotarians checking in at Powderham Castle and Dawlish Water President Barry Rendal-Jones checking in another group of Purple4Polio crews.
For the first time Dawlish Water Rotary Club has
awarded its community award to a whole group of fantastic volunteers who make
up Dawlish Home Aid and who have raised more than £50,000 for charity.
The award was made at a surprise presentation at
the group’s coffee morning on Friday, 27 April, which was held in aid of the FORCE
The group, mainly retired Dawlish citizens, was
established by Peter and Wanda Chislett (past recipients of the award) over 15
years ago in order to raise funds to support a number of local good causes.
Early success prompted the group to become
formally established and it extended its support more widely. While events
such as concerts have been promoted, the basis of the fundraising has been
monthly coffee mornings and the sale of cakes, jams and preserves.
Their Christmas coffee morning has for many years
raised funds for Rotary’s partner charity ShelterBox – more than £5,000 in total.
“As with many local organisations, its members
are getting older and fewer in number. Although the group has cut down on
their commitments, they continue to raise much-needed funds for several
charities and well deserve this recognition,” says Rotary co-ordinator Robin
Coffee mornings in future this year will raise
funds for AIMS, Rowcroft Hospice, the Salvation Army and ShelterBox.
Pictured above, left to right, with their award
certificates are: Frances Young, Rotary co-ordinator
Robin Buchanan, Elsie Pike, Bergitte Clatworthy, Judith Holmes, Peter Chislett,
Sheila Coates, Joy Read, Veronica Dann, Jeanne Powell, Barry Rendal-Jones,
Dawlish Water Rotary Club President, and Wanda Chislett.
The largest number of players for
five years took part in the spring pub and club quiz held by Dawlish Water
Rotary Club. More than 700 customers participated in the three round challenge
and in so doing raised more than £1500 for Charities, including Children’s
Hospice, The Polio Eradication programme and Shelterbox.
addition, over £1000 has gone out to charities chosen by the various winning
teams from the night, as listed below.
For the first time the
quiz was sponsored and the club is grateful to Heavitree Brewery PLC. Their support is very much appreciated and means
that all associated expenses are covered and 100% of the cash raised will go to
worthy causes. The club is also confident that the Charities being supported
can guarantee that every donation will directly support the work of the charity
winning team was The ‘Artichoke’ Christow, who went one better than their
previous runner-up place in October with an amazing score of 186 out of 195. They
have chosen the Exeter Leukaemia Fund to receive their £250 prize . The team
also win a half-case of wine and the Top Team trophy.
other prize winners were:-
2nd - Teign House, Christow, with
£200 going to assist Rowcroft Hospice. (180points)
- ‘Two Mile Oak’, Newton Abbot with £150 going to assist National Coastwatch.
- Church House Inn, Stoke Gabriel,
with £125 again going to Rowcroft Hospice.
- Team Asterix, France won £100
- Castle Inn, Holcombe (£75)
- Anchor Inn, Cockwood (£50)
the prize for the largest team on the night went this time to regular Quizzers,
The Highweek Village with an amazing crowd of 55 players, raising from one team
a total of £175. They win £100 for their preferred charity, Teignbridge Young Carers.
My thanks go to all the teams and players on the night for making this another
successful charity quiz. I must
also thank the support of other Rotarians from Teignmouth , Dartmoor Vale ,
Otter Valley , Crediton and Seaton Clubs, as well as various guest quizmasters
and ladies on the night , who gave up their time to help run this event” , says
Rotary organiser Peter Harrison.
The next Charity quiz is
set for Thursday October 11th
Brewery PLC.have, once again, kindly offered to sponsor the
event so that all proceeds will go to the nominated charities. 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 862731 or by e-mail to email@example.com) Come and join us!
Kenn and Kenton Primary School, with an excellent final round, just managed to claim the Dawlish Water Rotary Schools' Quiz trophy.
Eight local schools took part in the annual event and each earned a £50 cheque from Rotary for their school councils to use for the school.
There were three rounds on People, Places and General Knowledge and although each group of pupils was in their own school the electronic scoreboard kept them up to date on the scores.
"Kingskerswell Primary School were the leaders in rounds one and two but Kenn and Kenton, with their excellent final round, came up to tie with the leaders on 175 points and so were declared winners based on countback and Dawlish Water President Barry Rendal-Jones (seen below) presented them with the trophy.
"Cockwood Primary School, last year’s winners, finished third this time. Over 150 pupils from Exminster, Gatehouse, Westcliff, Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Starcross and the three schools mentioned above took part in the competition and were enthusiastic quizzers," says Rotary organiser Brian Hodge.
The beach clean, held with the support of Teignbridge District Council at Dawlish main beach and Coryton Cove on Friday February 23, was a success attracting a dozen or more volunteers to join the Rotary party (about 30 in all) - a very good effort considering the given the bitterly cold weather conditions.
A group of schoolchildren from Westcliff School in Dawlish also turned up to help although their efforts were a little hampered by the conditions and higher seas whipped up by the wind.
Nevertheless, the rubbish collected - including quite a lot of it plastic - filled four wheelie bins provided by Teignbridge District Council.
Dawlish Water Rotary club will be considering further beach clean initiatives this year to maintain the momentum.
Rotary organiser Gordon Peacock says: " The extent of pollution of the oceans and beaches, particularly by plastic, has horrified many people. It seems unbelievable that plastic is being ingested by wildlife in such remote places as Antarctica. It really is a wake-up call to us all.
"We are delighted to be doing our bit to clean up local beaches and supporting voluntary efforts and we hope others will follow."
A second environmental initiative by Dawlish Water Rotary Club is well under way. Following the recent beach clean to celebrate Rotary Day, the club has acquired 50 trees to be planted in the local community
A total of 10 silver birch, 10 alder trees have already been set in Crockwells Meadow in Exminster through the offices of the Parish Council, who are developing this area as a forest zone with many trees. Rotary's contribution will add to that and we have yet to plan in 10 oaks, 10 beech and 10 hornbeam.
A few of these will be used to replace damaged trees in public spaces.
Rotary spokesman Gordon Peacock says: "We are keen to find ways of supporting our communities and work jointly with them to improve our local facilities.The trees have been supplied free under the OVO Energy 'I Dig Trees' scheme - a national scheme by this new energy provider where they have set half a million trees nationwide over the last three years.
"We also welcome potential new members who may join us in these activities and feel they can contribute in a wider sense. We meet weekly at the Mount Pleasant Dawlish Warren on a Tuesday at 1930. Supporters can follow us on our Dawlish Water Rotary home page or Facebook page."
Dawlish Water Rotarians collected over 2000 shoeboxes for the children and families of Moldova from schools, church groups and other organisations. These were transported in early December along with a host of clothing and other useful goods by Christian Response to Eastern Europe.
Dawlish Water has refurbished a number of musical instruments and gifted these to Dawlish Community College to help and encourage music students. Two guitars, a violin and two keyboards donated through members were presented to Jonathan Waterworth ( Head of Expressive Arts at the College (seen left below) with Dawlish Water President Barry Rendal-Jones, Youth lead Chris May and another member of staff (see also article below).
Dawlish Water inducted as a Rotarian in its third lady member, Anne Harrison, wife of former President and District officer Peter Harrison. Anne is a counsellor and was warmly welcomed into the club by President Barry Rendal-Jones.
Street collections organised by Dawlish Water Rotarians in September, with the help of the Dawlish club, to help Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma drew a huge response from local people - raising over £860.00.
Further donations from individuals, the Catholic Church and St. Gregory's Church raised nearly £600.00 and this, with a contribution of £500.00 already earmarked by the Dawlish Water Rotarians, took the total raised to £2,000.00.
"That is a fantastic effort from a town the size of Dawlish - a hugely generous response to a terrible situation. All at ShelterBox are extremely grateful," said organiser Rotarian Bill Hande.
After winding along its destructive route through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma finally relented. Many homes have been destroyed by fierce winds, massive storm surges and floods. Now families urgently need shelter to survive.
Some 500 ShelterKits will have reached St. Kitts and ShelterBox's expert Response Team will be setting up a base of operations in Antigua. The focus now is on the first islands that were affected by Hurricane Irma, like Barbuda, where helping families who are finally returning to the island will be a priority
Dawlish Water Rotarian Bill Hande is available for shelterBox talks and presentations - please contact him by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The cast of the TV series Doc Martin, filming in Port Isaac, also showed their support for ShelterBox last week - see Martin Clunes below...
West Exe Family Cycle Challenge took place on Saturday, June 17 2017 - the first such cycle day organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in
aid of charity – the main beneficiary being Prostate Cancer UK. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men - one in eight men are likely to suffer from it and over 40,000 are diagnosed every year. Funded research is vital - help to boost the battle to find new and more effective treatments.
Along the route for refreshments there were the Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren, The Anchor Inn at Cockwood, Turf Lock pub, Double Locks pub and, at the quay in Exeter, Bar Venezia and Lutzys.
We are grateful to the numerous sponsors for this major event - including M&D Hire, and the Mount Pleasant Inn, and those shown below:
A fun pig race evening at the Manor in Dawlish attracted nearly 80 people and raised £400.00 for Dawlish Celebrates Carnival as well as money for Rotary charities. " It was a great success and we have our own pig-race equipment now which can be hired out at reasonable cost. It provides a great fundraiser," says organiser Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones. For more details :
A cheque was presented to Geoff Wills, Vice-Chairman of Dawlish Celebrates Carnival, by former Club President John Petherick at a May meeting (see below).
Another pig race took place on The Lawn in Dawlish on Monday August 14 again supporting Dawlish Celebrates Carnival.
A major overseas water project led by Dawlish Water Rotary Club continues to go from strength to strength. Just over £33,000 has now been raised to support dams providing clean water.
This will be turned into nearly £100,000 worth of investment through the addition of further Rotary and UK Government grants.
The project - which principally funds community dams in Kenya - has been supported by 26 other Rotary clubs. In one presentation below a cheque for £1000 was presented by Newton Abbot Rotary Club. Further more recent support has come from Crediton Boniface, Bude, Barnstaple and Bideford and Mount's Bay.
Two dams - known as Sand Dams because they lie across sedimentary rivers - have been complete and contributions given towards the first Rotary Sand Dam in India as HSBC bank have stepped into Rotary's shoes and funded 45% of the cost. For more details see further article below..
Below former Dawlish Water President John Petherick receives the cheque from Newton Abbot President Martin Smith and International Chairman Richard Morgan.
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
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....
CLUB PRESIDENT FOR 2017-18
Barry Rendal-Jones from Kenton took over as Club President from John
Petherick, a former Mayor of Dawlish. In our photograph above, John (right) congratulates Barry at the club
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
ANOTHER BOOST FOR SHELTERBOX
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.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS
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 Â£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.
LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR JEN
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.
HELPING LOCAL EDUCATION
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.
AWARDS FOR DAWLISH AIRSHOW TEAM
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.
ROTARIANS SPONSOR LOCAL PLAY FACILITY
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.
ACTIVE SUPPORT FOR TEIGNBRIDGE FOOD BANK
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: email@example.com
Pictured below: Bob Newton, Vice-Chair/Co-ordinator of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) receives a cheque for Â£100 from Dawlish Water Rotary club members John Seaborne (right) and John Evans on behalf of the Cosens Institute.
FANTASTIC RESPONSE TO SHOEBOX APPEAL
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.
REWARDING YOUNG MUSICIANS
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.
PIG RACING BRINGS HOME THE BACON!
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.
HELPING HAND FOR RUGBY YOUNGSTERS
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.
COMMUNITY AWARD FOR KENTON MAN
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.
RAISING £1000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPICE
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.
YOUTH JAZZ CONCERT A GREAT SUCCESS
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 Â£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).
FIRST DAMS BUILT IN SAND DAMS PROJECT
Dawlish Water Rotary Club has now sponsored three sand dams - two in Kenya and one in India. The club has been leading a joint Rotary project to sponsor sand dams enabling farmers and villagers to gain access to clean water and grow more food and improve their environments. Sand dams provide that clean water year round for little or no maintenance.
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 as communities have first to agree to build the dam under supervision!
With the aid of other clubs across District 1175 (Devon and Cornwall) we have now raised over £30,000 and donated over £23,000 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 wider 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 raised £10,000 for a parallel Sand Dams project, and clubs in Cambridgeshire have raised over £6,000 following presentations by the Dawlish Water club.
On a club club visit, 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.
HELPING KENYAN CHILDREN
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.