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This year, Mounts Bay Rotary Club is working with an NGO called The Ideas Partnership to support an education project in Fushë Kosovë, a town in Kosovo.


Boundary Bash Blog

Throughout 2017 MBRC Rotarians will complete a stretch of the path around Cornwall, following the southern coastline, the Tamar Valley and then return to Lands End via the North Coast.



The Humphry Davy Interactors were met at the Ugandan border by members of the Rotary Club of Kabale, and taken to Kisoro where they will spend two weeks helping to teach at the Vision School.


About us

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay

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!


Happy New Year fellow MB-ers, Firstly, many thanks to Eric for his leadership, kindness and devotion to duty during his term of office; it is a hard, probably impossible act to follow.

I have been your President for nearly a whole day now and, frankly, I’m a touch disappointed. No sign of Mr. Secretary humping red boxes overflowing with important documents to read and sign. Barely a communique from other world leaders and worse, I had to make my own early morning cup of tea!

The chain of office became tangled up in the duvet during last night and I did spill a little toothpaste on one of our previous leaders, however it came off after a bit of a scrub.

As your president for 2017- 2018 I have been mugging up from Rotary Central and The Leader’s Manual so am now in a position to inspire and motivate you to even bigger and greater achievements for the year ahead.

Frankly, you magnificent members need no inspirational blather from me or anyone else to do what you do so well. In the six or so years of membership in MBRC it is me that has been inspired by your ethos of selfless giving of your time, not to mention cash, to those less fortunate both in our locale and abroad. Before I joined Mounts Bay I had led a fairly cloistered life with no idea at all of the good stuff that folk like you practised on a daily basis. Thank you; you have opened my eyes.

I know that this year you will do more of the same. Continuing with existing projects and searching for new opportunities to raise funds and find ways to help others.

We all have our areas of special interest; my favourites, if that is the word, are homelessness and mental health. Both of these issues have become a blight on our society and I very much hope that we may direct some of our energies into helping them, albeit in a necessarily modest manner. For the former we can, if we wish, help to raise funds for St. Petrocs, however the problems of mental health are diverse and complex. I aim to set up a sort of mini task force to address and define a specific area where we can, with luck, provide some local assistance. To this end I invite you to tell me of any areas where you think we might venture.

It is the committee leaders and members who are the stars of our club and, as I see it (so far), the president’s role is to act as a cohesive support unit, an anchoring chorus line to the principals and I will do my level best to support you in all your activities and projects in the year ahead.

Very Best Wishes and Good Luck!



Dear all

Presidents Night took place on 1st July at the Union Hotel, Chapel St., Penzance. Fifty two attended including representatives from the St Ives and Hayle Rotary Clubs. We also welcomed back three former members.

Following a fine 3 course meal, toastmaster Jim Blain ably led proceedings.

I summarised the year, by first paying tribute to George Hawken and Noel Michell who we had sadly lost.

I highlighted some of the events and thanked the club’s committee chairs, officers and members for their support and efforts over the year. I also thanked spouses, partners, friends and relations of members for there contributions.

Stephen Lay, the outgoing District Governor, responded by applauding the club’s achievements.

As 1st July is the start of the Rotary Year, I handed over the Presidency to my successor, Iain Bevis-Hole and wished him well. I am sure the club is in good hands and I see by his “New Year” message (above) that he is off to a flying start!

It was also good to welcome new member, Jon Matthews, to the club and we invite anyone who might be interested in becoming a Rotarian to join us for a meeting one Thursday evening to find out more.

For the remainder of the evening we were entertained by the excellent duo Hobson’s Choice and I for one enjoyed a bop on the dance floor.

Thanks to everyone including the Union staff for making it a memorable occasion. Another celebration in the last month was the three year anniversary party for the Rotary shop with drinks; nibbles and a cake for all helpers. Our joint 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 for all you have done over the past year.

Eric Bilkey (Now immediate past President Rotary Club of Mounts Bay)

The St Michael's Way Challenge supported by Jack Nowell was one of Mounts Bay Rotary Club's main fundraising events of the year.

Shree Navajyoti Tham Secondary School - a project to build four classrooms.


A fun singing group for those with memory problems and their carers. Vice President Jerry Drew was delighted to be able to present the group with a cheque representing 6 months' rent.

The Ideas Partnership

A very fruitful day for John and Del James in Prishtina, where they have been visiting The Ideas Partnership. 

They first delivered 23 kg of donated children's shoes, baby clothes, school books and crayons!

They also met with Veton, Fjolla, Agron, Valentina and others at the project and had a long discussion about the progress of the project that has been funded by Mounts Bay Rotary Club with the help of a District Grant.

Interact in Action!

Well done to Humphry Davy School Interact Clubs (yes, they have two Interact groups), fundraising for their four chosen charities. 

Having fun and doing good in the world - just like Rotarians!

Scatter Week Winners!

Club members took part in a “scatter week”. Groups of 3 members visit other clubs. One of the 3 decides which club to visit and makes arrangements; another drives to and from the meeting and the 3rd reports back the following week. The picture shows the winning team celebrating their victory.

Karaoke evening raises £150 for Interact
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....

Hearing Loss Cornwall

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.

Presidential Citation 

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

December 2017

 Festival of Remembrance

 Senior Citizens Christmas Party

 St Mary's Church, Penzance

Marazion Community Centre  

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Rotary Foundation BBQ

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Where and when:

Union Hotel
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
Chapel Street
Penzance TR18 4AE  01736 362319

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