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Curledge Street Academy Playground Project

This is the new water feature in the playground at Curledge St. Primary school, this was financed by the Rotary Club of Paignton and is a well liked local community project which our community chairman Lee Cochran organised.


Rotary Young Photographer Competition 2017

Rotary Club of Paignton is currently working with White Rock School in Paignton as they will be entering the Rotary Young Photographer Competition 2017.  The school are hoping to enter approximately 50 students into the area completion sponsored by Rotary Club of Paignton.

This competition aims offer young people the chance to:

  • Experiment with Photography
  • Use digital or traditional methods of Photography
  • Show interpretation of their chosen topic
  • Express their ideas through the medium of photography
  • The winners of each age group will be invited to attend a photographic workshop with Ross Hoddinott at and around his studios in Kilkhampton

The Club will be providing a venue and have sourced a suitable panel of judges for this area heat.  The winning 3 students will then be forwarded onto the district finals and hopefully from there to the national finals………..come on White Rock you have great students and we are behind you all the way!

The Interact Club about to start their new project (2016)

The Interact Club are now embarked upon their most recent project – to redevelop a neglected area of garden at Primley House.

Called “The Secret Garden” the project aim is to clear and replant a walled garden which has come to light in the grounds of Primley Residential Home.   This very overgrown area had been cleared to reveal old stone walls and an even more densely hidden area beyond the small garden (through the stone archway) which appears in the photograph.

Both areas have now also been cleared and tidying up ready for spring planting is in progress.    Club members have written to local Garden Centres to ask for donations of plants suitable for this Secret Garden, particularly for sensory plants with strong scents and / or vivid colours as some of the elderly residents of the home have poor eyesight.   Some of the residents have been venturing forth to see what is going on. It has been good to see that interest has been aroused and we look forward to being able to show the residents more progress in the spring.    We hope that with planting in the early weeks of next year there will be a lovely display for the residents to enjoy in the summer / autumn.

The Interact Club are conscious that a lot more needs to be done in making safe the entrance to the second area at the rear of the garden.   They are talking about using some of the skills within the school to make a wheelchair ramp and possible hand rails for access to this section.  However as Primley is a listed building consent / approval of design will have to be sought from the Trustees.   Another project for another day??

In the meantime more planting is taking place at the school.   On 1st December the Interact Club will be planting some 250/300 purple crocus bulbs at the entrance to the school car park.   These are being planted as part of the “End Polio Now” campaign – with the school raising some funds towards this.   The Interact Club prepared a power point presentation which they showed at School Assemblies to inform their fellow pupils about polio and the End Polio Now campaign.   The outcome is that the school are having a “mufti” day for Children in Need combined with a “wear something purple” day – the proceeds of the day to be shared between the two charities.   

We have an on-going agreement with Devon Studio School to support the update training of the THRIVE practitioner for 3 years and plan to work with the school on other projects in the future.

THRIVE Project at Devon Studio School – 2016/2018

The Rotary Club of Paignton is proud to support the THRIVE project within the Devon Studio School at Torquay and this partnership has proved to be a great success.  The Club has sponsored the room used by the THRIVE practitioner to help develop her work with children and young people through creativity and play to support their emotional and social well-being. The total raised by the Club was £1150 and with the addition of £850 via a Rotary District Grant we were able to achieve a total of £2000 to furnish and equip the THRIVE room at the school.

Rotary Club of Paignton believes that all children and young people especially those with troubling or challenging behaviour should be entitled to access resources that will help them to develop their emotional resilience and engage or re-engage with learning. Devon Studio School also uses this same ethos and aims to provide their young people with the emotional resilience needed to cope with life’s trials and their transition into adulthood, giving the young people solid a foundation on leaving the school.

We have an on-going agreement with Devon Studio School to support the update training of the THRIVE practitioner for 3 years and plan to work with the school on other projects in the future.

The Rotary club of Dokkum

The Rotary Club of Paignton is twinned with the Rotary Club of Dokkum.   Dokkum is situation in Friesland in Northern Holland. For many years it has been a source of fellowship and friendship.

Following and visit to Dokkum in 1960 by a Paignton Rotarian, in 1961 a group of six Rotarians from this Club went to visit the Rotary Club of Dokkum and consequently the two clubs became twinned. Sadly none of those twinning pioneers are still with us, but they gave this club a great foundation to build on. Today the friendship between the clubs is as strong as ever with regular visits with spouses and partners in both directions.

In 2012 Paignton visited Dokkum . We attended their Rotary Meeting, visited an island of the coast of Holland, made cheese, climbed windmills, rode bikes and were entertained by Rotarians in their own homes.

Our friendship with them has shown the true meaning of international fellowship amongst Rotarians

Dokkum visited us in October 2014 and joined with us in or 90th Anniversary celebrations of the granting of the Charter to this Club. We are looking forward to returning the visit in October 2016

Help Everyone Read OK (Hero) – Rotary Global Grant Project 2015- 2016

Building on the success of several literacy projects with three local primary schools, the Rotary Club of Paignton, working with its long term partner club in the Netherlands, the Rotary Club of Dokkum, has joined with Torbay School (a four centre community special school) in a unique literacy project at secondary level – the HERO project.

Help Everyone Read OK (HERO) sets out to support those in our local community with the most pressing literacy needs by using specialised training, a comprehensive one-to-one teaching strategy and the most innovative software available.

Following an approach from Stephen Kings of the Rotary Club of Paignton the project was conceived by the school under the leadership of Executive Headteacher, James Evans.   The Hero Project has been written by Lead Teacher of English, Hannah Gadd.  The project formed the basis of a bid for a Rotary Global Grant and in March 2015 we believe we became the first UK education based project to receive this prestigious grant support.

What does the strategy look like?  Dedicated 1:1 literacy rooms have been created and the work carried out here as part of the special provision for the students is already surprising the most dedicated professionals in this field.

The completely individualized learning that is possible using the techniques that are core to the project is key to the ongoing success of the HERO concept.

The club and the school are developing links with Exeter Chiefs to really strengthen the sporting Hero’s theme of the project – the hope is that this sort of powerful experience with such a successful club in the local area will act as a really strong example and incentive for the young people involved.

Parents of pupils involved are being offered a home visit so that they can fully appreciate the benefits of the scheme on their own terms.  Parents and carers have been very positive about the scheme and what it offers specifically to their children.

One of the most significant steps forward has been the use of specialized literacy software that is capable of diagnosing very specific gaps in student knowledge and then putting together a learning package designed to plug these gaps.  Not only does the package provide targeted work both on-screen and off but it also records data at a level which enables teachers to state with absolute confidence what progress has been made over time.

We have appointed a research associate from Exeter University to provide an independent evaluation of the project. Her first interim report was extremely encouraging and it will be followed by another in early 2015 before a summative evaluation report becoming available to all Rotary clubs in in September 2016.

Click here to find out about our long term projects.

We welcome visitors from other Rotary Clubs  and our members  often visit clubs when away from Paignton.

The Rotary Club of Beijing

Rotary Club of

Woodstock, Canada

Rotary Club of

Glenwood, Colorado

We remain in contact with Clubs in areas where we have given support in the past

Christmas Greetings from the Rotary Club of Kandy.  We helped supply them with a fishing boat after the 2004 tsunami

A Christmas letter received this Christmas from the President of the Rotary Club of Cluj–Napoca Cetatuie Rumania.

In the past we have helped them with their vision project where we have collected and sent them spectacles no longer in use.  This has been led by the Rotary Club of Brixham.

‘It is my pleasure to write to dear Rotarian friends. Our community gained a lot of help and support due to our common projects, lots of people will have a happy Christmas, lots of patients got, and also will get, improved medical care, lots of children are healthy now and close to their families because you are willing to help people in need in Romania.

Romania passed a difficult transition period of many, many years of communism and we are still working hard to improve education, medical care, sanitation and many other fields that require a long time to improve.  Our club is deeply involved in this work and very conscious about the impact of this involvement.

So I have to thank you and your Rotarian friends for the important help provided in 2013, and I wish you on behalf of my club a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Adela Hilda Onutu MD, PhD    Club President’

The Rotary Club of

Hout Bay, Cape