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About Us

Find out more about our Club History, Our Officers and Our Committees

Who Are We?

Are we just another Rotary Club. Certainly not!! We are the friendliest, most generous and supportive club in the west of England. Active for over 80 years, and as busy as ever, we are highly supportive in looking after the disabled, young people and old alike, and, what is more we have fun doing it. We try to evolve to meet the needs of modern society, but we do ask for commitment to help from members.

We respond rapidly to local and international crises through Shelter Box appeals, aqua boxes and generally help where and when needed. Think of us as community glue. Not boastful just quietly getting on with the job of helping others. One current major local effort is to help raise literacy standards.

Partners? We have them too, and most enjoy our very active social programme and many couples make lifelong friendships and go on holiday together. Insular? Not at all! We have an active twinning with a club in Dokkum, Holland. We are not an exclusive club, but rather an inclusive one and welcome new members representing all sections of society.

We have sporting connections with other clubs in the Bay which leads to a wider circle of friends. We work on projects with these clubs too, which increases our ability to help.

Around on a Thursday lunch time? Come and be welcomed at the Harbour Light Restaurant in Paignton. 1.00pm for good food and a chat. Want to make contact?

Call Richard Innes-Lumsden 01803812654

Serving the Community and Enjoying Fellowship, whilst looking to the Future

Paignton Club has 40 members representing many professions and businesses.    We meet every Thursday at the Harbour Light Restaurant next to  Paignton Harbour. Two of the meetings in each month deal with business matters whilst a two further meetings feature guest speakers covering a wide range of subjects.

We support many activities in the local community . Much of our community support reflects the Club’s commitment to the future, our young people.  For several years we produced photocopyable books to support teachers working with primary pupils with mild learning difficulties. This was done by employing a teacher to write the material. These books are now found in hundreds of schools across the U.K. and beyond.  At present we are developing a project in partnership with  a local primary school to help selected pupils improve their reading skills. More details can be found in the ‘Our Projects’ part of this website. We also run a Digital Arts Award Scheme for schools in Devon involving young people from 5 to 18 years.   

If you are a Rotarian visiting the Paignton area you will be more than welcome to join us at our Thursday Lunchtime meeting.