About us

We are a friendly group of men and women who want to make a differrence in our community and around the world

Do get in touch if you want to find out more about our club or about Rotary                                (Tel: 01237 424066)

Westward Ho Ho Ho Dip Poster - Boxing Day


Do come and join us on BOXING DAY (26th December 2017) for our Westward Ho Ho Ho Dip!  

Bring a Santa hat and your sponsorship form and come and join us for a dip in the sea to wash away the excesses of the day before. (You know if you have collected sponsors you can't back out!) Or just come on down to the beach for some fresh air and to watch the fun. EVERYONE welcome

Download a Sponsorship form HERE


Congratulations to the new members of the RotaKids Club of St Mary's C of E Primary School Bideford

Bideford Rotarians were thrilled to be invited to meet the fourteen children who have joined the new RotaKids Club at the school with the help of Miss Ashton (Melissa). Rotarian Peter Bassett and Bideford President Jacquie Willoughby who made a delicious cake to celebrate were made really welcome and were delighted by the enthusiasm. The Rotakids were delighted that their St Mary's school uniform matched exactly the blue and yellow of Rotary colours!



  The year, as usual, is a busy one.  Please send in your photos and articles so that we can put them here.

Bideford Raises £1200 for Shelterbox

Our Big Sheep collections the Saturday Farmers Markets through out December are coming up again. We are looking forward to collecting for such a good cause again. Thank You!





Club History

The Rotary Club of Bideford was formed in 1925, the Club Charter being granted from 27th May 1925. The Mayor of Bideford, Dr E J Toye was appointed the first president of the Club. A cable expressing congratulations and best wishes was received from the Biddeford & Saco Rotary Club in Maine, U.S.A. 
In 1955, using the spade which the Duke of Edinburgh had used to plant a tree to commemorate his visit to Bideford in 1952, President of Bideford Rotary Club (D.W.Friendship) planted the first of five trees at the rear of the Port Memorial Gardens to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Movement. 
In 1975 in celebration of Bideford Rotary's 50th anniversary, a new �5,000 ambulance was presented to the St. John Ambulance Association.
2005 was the year of Rotary's Centenary, and Bideford Rotary's 80th anniversary. Visitors from Biddeford & Saco were hosted, and at the special luncheon there was a display of photos relating to the relationship between the American and Devon Clubs. President Ron Blick dedicated a bed of 100 roses in Victoria Park. 
In addition to the links with the namesake club in the U.S.A.,there are similar links with the Rotary Club of Uelzen in Germany. Despite the looming Brexit problems we really enjoy maintaining close links with our European partners. Visits are made to both clubs, and we host members of those clubs in return but this year we are delighted to be working with the Uelzen club on a major project for the Children's Hospice South West. By working together we can apply for a Rotary Global Grant to boost funds raised and hope to reach a target of £35,000.


Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Rotary supporting young people

Rotary on the brink of polio history

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 12.55 or 19.00
(At least one Thursday a month is an evening meeting (19.00))
usually The Royal Hotel, Bideford although evening meetings are often at other venues (please check) EX39 4AE  (01237) 472005

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