Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas

We are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who 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 having a huge amount of fun!


The St. Michael’s Way Challenge took place on 21 May 2017 but it's not too late to support this event so please see more details elsewhere on this page.

In April we held a karaoke evening at the Kings Arms in Paul. This was in memory of our much missed fellow Rotarian George Hawken. David Barron kindly helped organise the evening and we were pleased that George’s widow Mary could attend.

The club is active in supporting projects abroad. This includes a water project in Ecuador and an educational project in Kosovo. In April £2,000 was donated to the Ideas Project in Kosovo which provides education to the poorest communities. We are also able to draw on Rotary funds more widely for our International work. 

Our joint shop project with the Rotary Club of Penzance enables both clubs to support activities in the local community. The whole of the profits raised from the shop are used to benefit local people of all ages. Please continue support of the shop by purchasing our goods and donating items for resale.

Thanks to club members, other helpers and supporters.

Eric Bilkey (President Rotary Club of Mounts Bay)


The St Michael's Way Challenge is one of Mounts Bay Rotary Club's main fundraising events of 2017. 

The 12 mile Challenge started and finished at Marazion and included steep climbs and wonderful views over the Penwith peninsula, as well as following in the footsteps of long-forgotten pilgrims on route from and to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Since 2003 this annual event has raised more than £100,000 for charity. This year, the funds raised will be divided equally between Children’s Hospice South West and The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay who support local and international charities. 

It's not too late to make a donation

A very enjoyable evening was had at The Kings Arms in Paul. A packed pub was royally entertained by copious amounts of fizzy water and fine food, interrupted every few minutes by people who were under the misapprehension they could sing.....

Just under £150 was raised on the night.....and at Mary Hawken's suggestion this was given to Interact, one of George's favourite projects.

Thanks to all who gave their support on the night, those who donated raffle prizes , and those who didn't get up to sing..... 

(artist in residence: Iain Bevis-Hole)

The guest speaker at a recent Mounts Bay Rotary Club meeting was Rotarian Clare Greenwood in her role as Executive Officer for Cornish charity, Hearing Loss Cornwall.

What's it like to be relatively old?

That was the question put to Mounts Bay Rotarians  by students from the Health and Social Care course at Penwith College.


A great day for the family of Rotary!

The Rotakids Club of Marazion School raised £228.56 at their "Tea at the Ritz" event.

Rotary International Presidential Citation presented by Rotarian Del James to the Interact Club for "Supporting the work of Rotary throughout the world." 



Since being chartered in 1989 The Rotary Club of Mount’s Bay has been an integral part of charity fundraising in the Penzance area.

In it’s 28th year that tradition is being carried forward, not only with the annual St Michaels Way Challenge and a Festival of Remembrance, which will be raising money for both International Charites and local causes, but also a sponsored circumnavigation of the Cornish boundary by Rotarians and their supporters.

The Boundary Bash

Round Cornwall Boundary Bash begins at Lands End

Circumnavigation of the Cornish boundary by Rotarians and their supporters 

This event is in aid of St Petrocs and Cornwall Air Ambulance

12 November 2017

Festival of Remembrance

St Mary's Church, Penzance

Remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since. 

December 2017

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

The Mounts Bay Rotary Club organises an annual Christmas Party for local senior citizens. Normally around 100 invited guests attend at the Marazion Community Centre to enjoy the party atmosphere, some festive food and drink, and of course entertainment.

Regular Activities

Some of the things we do on a regular basis. Click on a picture to find out more.

Rotary Shop

Memory Cafe

Contact the Elderly

Senior Citizens Christmas

Helping our Local Community

We support a wide variety of projects in the local community. Click on a picture

Sea Cadets
West Cornwall Hospital
Newlyn Fish Festival
The Cove Macmillan Support Centre

Fund Raising

Some of the things we do to raise money for the many causes we support. Click on a picture 

Colour Run

Sponsored Walks

Cycle Rides

Information & Collections

Mounts Bay Rotarian Walks 100 miles for Charity         

Earlier this year, Rotarian John James walked the entire Cotswold Way (104 miles) for charity. The walk lasted eight days and John carried everything he needed on his back, staying at small B&Bs every night. Fellow Rotarian Alan Wilson accompanied John for the last six days, whilst his daughter Emma walked with him for the first two days.

“I think they came with me to ensure I didn’t cheat!” John commented, “But I was glad of their company. The weather was odd: we started out from Chipping Campden in the middle of a blizzard, but most days it was warm and sunny. It was also surprising how steep many of the sections were – the walk certainly tested my fitness to the limit! I enjoyed it all, but I was really pleased when we got to the Abbey at Bath, which marks the end point of the Cotswold Way.”

John managed to raise £700 for the End Polio Now campaign, which will be boosted to £2,100 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The money raised will help to vaccinate hundreds of children. When polio is finally eliminated, our job will be done.”


Helping Overseas

We support a wide variety of projects overseas. Click on a picture

Delivery to Kosovo
Water in Africa
Project Ace
Polio Eradication

Many thanks to the students and staff at Penwith College for supporting the Rotary Shoebox scheme so generously. Thank you too, Rtn Rob Murdoch for organising the scheme and the support of Marazion, Gulval, Trythall, Sennen and Alverton Schools in our area. A lot of children in Romania had a fantastic Christmas to remember!

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in 1,855 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.     

Being a Rotarian is very fulfilling. You can do as much as your time allows, have fun and enjoy fellowship with others. 
The club is always keen to welcome new members.


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Chapel Street
Penzance We meet on Thursdays at 6.00pm for 6.30pm (Exceptions: the 1st Thursday which is Committee Meetings at 5.45pm for 6.15pm and the 5th Thursday with start times published on this website ) Union Hotel
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