Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Launceston
Sat 29th June Rotary Victorian Market
If your organisation would like a stall please contact Rotarian Richard Ilsley – 01566 775649
Sat 22nd June Car Treasure Hunt organised by Paul Smith
Sat 1st June President Dave will host a BBQ at his home as his Presidential year comes to an end.
Over £35,000 has so far been donated to Community Organisations from the Rotary Community Shop profits.
The latest round of cheques are now being presented.
We always need stock - please help!
Fri 21st June On this evening, in this arena we will thrash the Lions - again! Names to Adrian or Kim
What does Launceston Rotary Club actually do?
Take a look below to see some of what we've achieved in the past few months.
The Rotary Club of Launceston
was formed in 1947 and although relatively small it is particularly active and well respected for its local and international projects. We are a dual gender club and visiting Rotarians and their partners will receive a very warm welcome at any of our meetings - please advise the secretary via the contact form.We always welcome enquiries from prospective new members
Whilst membership of the club is by invitation only, at the discretion of the members, please don't let that put you off. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact us.
ROTARIANS - people who care, people who make
a difference, people like YOU!
President's Night 2013 - (180513)
District Governor John James presents the Paul Harris award to Rtn Alan Rainsley
An evening of fun at President Dave Shrimpton's President Night was marked with the presentation of a Paul Harris Award to Rotarian Alan Rainsley, the gift of a 'thankyou' plate to Rotarian Moira Wilding and the vist of Elvis - well two actually! More photo's here
Fun Day at Launceston College - 28/4/13
Launceston Rotary Fun Day on Sunday 28th April, in partnership with Launceston College, where 120 members of Gateway Clubs across Cornwall took part in 'It's a Knockout' type games and were fed with pasties, burgers, hot dogs and bacon butties donated by local businesses. The Girl Guides helped out with the games and with serving the food and the 120 were sent off with smiles on their faces and full stomachs!. DG John James and his wife came along and joined in and a good day was had by all. Well done Rtn John Barnes for organising this year's event.
President of RIBI (top Rotarian in the UK and Ireland) visits Rotary Community Shop
On Thursday 25th April RIBI President John Minhinick and District Governor John James visited Launceston to see the work of the Launceston Rotary Community Shop. At the shop they met the Vice President of the Launceston Rotary Club Kim Kinvig and Chair of the Rotary Shop Committee Rotarian Alan Rainsley, together with Alan’s wife Hilary who is a helper in the shop. They were also introduced to some of the other community volunteers who help run the shop.....continued
Happy Birthday to all our supporters
The Rotary Club of Launceston celebrated their first birthday in their Community Shop on Monday with a wonderful cake that had been baked by Cicily Bailey and iced by Alison Sleeman two of the shop supporters.
Rotary would like to thank them and everyone who has supported the shop as a volunteer in the shop, a donor of stock or as a customer. Happy birthday to you all!
Picture: Cake / Shop treasurer and rota lady Rotarian Moira Wilding and Chair of the shop committee Rotarian Alan Rainsley.
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Egloskerry Primary school kit car project. 18/4/13
Launceston Rotarians were delighted recently to visit Egloskerry School to present them with a cheque for £200 from the Rotary Community Shop to help them with their ‘GOODWOOD’S GATHERING OF GOBLINS 2013’ project....continued
Know your Blood Pressure Day – Launceston - 21/4/13
By kind permission of Enis, Derek and Rob Broad the Rotary Club of Launceston held its annual ‘British Heart Foundation’ Know Your Blood Pressure Day (formerly known as Stroke Awareness Day) at Homeleigh Garden Centre on Saturday 20th April.While Rotarians approached the members of the public and explained that High Blood Pressure was the main cause of stroke, members of the Launceston branch of St John Ambulance actually did the work and took the blood pressures and also gave advice to people if that was necessary.Of the 142 people tested 42 were advised to visit their GP’s, with some being told that this should be treated as a matter of urgency.Rotary would like to thank Enis, Derek and Rob Broad for allowing their premises to be used again and a special mention must go to the members of St John Ambulance for their professional assistance.
Visit to Launceston by a group from Romania - 10/4/13
For many years District 1290 of Rotary International has hosted a Group Study Exchange team from abroad and it is almost a tradition that the team’s first port of call is Launceston to be hosted by members of the Rotary Club of Launceston. Past visits have involved Nepal, India, Korea, Australia etc........continued
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Coads Green - 6/4/13
Week St Mary lady helps Overseas Countries
Rotary Community Shop cheque for The Unit Skatepark - 2/4/13
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Barefoot Volunteers - 2/4/13
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Stourscombe Residents Association - 30/3/13
Launceston Rotarian Adrian Bailey recently presented a cheque for £100 to the Stourscombe Residents’ Association ...... continued
Profits from the Rotary Community Shop presented to Yeolmbridge Village Hall and
Shop make appeal for stock. - 20/3/13
Launceston Rotarian Peter Casey recently presented a cheque for £300 to the Yeolmbridge Village Hall Committee from the Rotary Community Shop. more
Profits from the Rotary Community Shop presented to Launceston Day Centre - 13/3/13
Launceston Rotarian Alan Rainsley recently presented a cheque for £500 to Launceston Day Centre from the Rotary Community Shop.
The centre is for adults with a learning disability and provides a range of activities promoting independence, living skills and leisure. They needed the funds to purchase equipment to be used by the clients to help them progress and communicate.
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Riding for the Disabled - 6/3/13
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Launceston Cricket Club - 6/3/13
Rotary Community Shop cheque for Tregadillet Guides - 27/2/13
Launceston Rotarian Alan Rainsley recently presented a cheque for £250 to the Tregadillet Guides from the Rotary Community Shop.
The guides needed help to afford a camp at Torquay later this year and to purchase equipment needed for the camp.
Shop cheque for Launceston College 'Duke of Edinburgh Award' team - 27/2/13
Last week Rotarians from Launceston Rotary Club presented a cheque for £500 from the profits of the Rotary Community Shop to the Launceston College Principal Jack Jackson to help the Duke of Edinburgh Award canoeing group.
Rotary Shop cheque for Launceston Football Club - 15/2/13
Launceston Rotarian Barrie Boundy recently presented a cheque for £250 from the Rotary Community Shop to Keith Ellacott the secretary of Launceston Football Club to assist with the cost of redecoration of the club house following a recent flood.
Rotary Shop Cheque for Junior Golfers - 11/2/13
President Dave presents a cheque from the Rotary Community Shop to Launceston Golf Club Junior section - for full story click here
Olympic talk for Rotarians - 28/1/13
President Dave (wearing a hat from the closing ceremony of the Olympics) with Olympic dancer Mim Spettigue. Read full story here
Burns night celebrated - 21/1/13
A great evening thanks to Jeff McJamieson - read more here with photos
Launceston Rotary support local Paralympian - 15/1/13
The Rotary Club of Launceston is proud to donate £100 to help a local Paralympian to achieve her dream.
Profits from the Community Shop presented to Southgate Colts - 21/12/12
Launceston Rotarian Peter Casey, from the Rotary Community Shop, presented a cheque for £250 to Geoff
Burns, the Treasurer of Southgate Colts recently. Peter said that it was a pleasure to support a local
organisations, the members of which supported the shop with the donation of stock. Geoff said, "Thank you very
much for this donation which will go to great use."
Christmas Carols around the Residential Homes - 10th - 12th Dec. 2012
Rotarians and their wives and friends visited 6 retirement homes around Launceston and sang carols with the residents. They were joined by the Mayor of Launceston Rob Tremain.
Christmas Lunch for Pensioners - 11/12/12
photo courtesy of Paul Hamlyn more photos
Launceston Rotarians were pleased to spend some of the profits from the Community Shop to host 20 local pensioners, who live on their own, to a Christmas Lunch at Homeleigh Garden Centre last Tuesday.
Enis Broad and her staff served up a sumptuous turkey meal with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pud, with clotted cream, or gateau. Then they were off to visit Santa in his grotto where they each received a Christmas gift.
An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and Rotarian John Barnes, who had organised the lunch, thanked them all for coming and wished them all a very Happy Christmas, before they were chauffeur driven home by Rotarians and the Little Red Bus.
Launceston Rotary Club would also like to thank Enis, Derek and Rob Broad and all the staff at Homeleigh for their hospitality.
Rotary Christmas Concert - 8/12/12
The Rotary Club of Launceston, by kind permission of the Mayor of Launceston, held its annual Christmas Concert in the Town Hall on Saturday 8th December 2012.
The Mayor Councillor Rob Tremain and his wife Pat were the guests of honour and the Town Hall was full for an evening of Christmas Music and entertainment....continued
Profits from the Rotary Community Shop presented to Memory Cafe - 7/12/12
Launceston Rotarian Peter Casey from the Rotary Community Shop recently presented a cheque to Angie Harris of Launceston Memory Cafe.
Angie is a helper at the Memory Cafe and also helps out in the Rotary Community Shop. .......... continued
Pensioners' Christmas Tea at Launceston College - 3/12/12
The Rotary Club of Launceston, in partnership with Launceston College, held their annual pensioners' Christmas tea party on Monday 3rd December at the College. The Principal Mr Jack Jackson welcomed the 80 + guests and they were entertained by the College orchestra and choir under the direction of Head of Music Mr Rob Strike.
The citizenship students working with Head of Citizenship studies Mrs Joe McNeela conducted a Christmas Quiz and the winning team from St Stephens Court were presented with a tin of chocolates and sweets by Mr Jackson. Each of the pensioners .........continued
New Rotarian gives talk on Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline - 26/11/12
Last Monday saw a new member joining the Rotary Club of Launceston. Brian Morgan, a retired teacher who lives at North Petherwin, was inducted into the club by Vice President Kim Kinvig.
Later Brian gave a very interesting talk on his work with the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline who help the children still living with the after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Each summer the North Cornwall group brings a number of children from Belarus to Cornwall for a month of rest and recuperation. The children live with host families in and around Cornwall and are provided with a full programme of outings and activities during their stay.
Rotarian Moira Wilding proposed the vote of thanks after Brian’s very interesting and thought provoking talk.
Profits from the Rotary Shop presented to Launceston Youth Partnership - 19/11/12
Last week Rotarian Alan Rainsley of The Launceston Rotary Club presented a cheque for £250 to Kim Kinvig, the treasurer of the Launceston Youth Partnership.
Unwanted Christmas Presents? - please donate them to the shop!!
Rotary at Remembrance Parade
Rotary Community Shop profits presented to Dunheved Bowls Club - 11/11/12
Launceston Rotarian Dennis Howson recently presented a cheque to the Dunheved Bowls Club from the Rotary Community Shop. The photo shows Dunheved Bowls Club President Mr. Peter Prynne, being presented last Friday with a cheque for £250 from the Launceston Rotary Community Shop. continued
Profits for Launceston Eventide Trust & Launceston Municipal Charities - 19/10/12
Last week Rotarian Barrie Boundy presented 2 cheques to 2 local charities who care for local elderly people. Barrie presented a cheque for £250, from the Rotary Community Shop, to Bill Roberts and Dr De Glanville who are both trustees of the Launceston Eventide Trust. The money will be used to help with the cost of providing chiropody care to local people in need.
He presented a further cheque for £250 to Town Clerk Rita Skinner and Bill Roberts who are trustees of the Launceston Municipal Charity an organization that dates back to the 18th century and helps the needy at Christmas time. Rotarian Barrie Boundy said, “It is a great pleasure to present these cheques because these types of organizations are exactly the sort of organizations that the Community Shop was set up to support.”
Rotary Shop profits presented to North Petherwin Sunbeam Nursery - 9/10/12
Last week Rotarian Moira Wilding presented a cheque for £250 to North Petherwin Sunbeam Nursery to enable them to help purchase an indoor wooden climbing frame. The Sunbeam Nursery caters for youngsters who are under the age of 5 years from the North Petherwin and Launceston area. full story
Cheques for Launceston Money Advice Centre & Launceston Foodbank - 5/10/12
On Friday 5th October the President of Launceston Rotary Club Dave Shrimpton made two presentations to Reverend Keith Roberts. Keith is Chairman of a new project for the town the Launceston Money Advice Centre and Chair of Launceston Foodbank. Dave presented a cheque for £2000 to the Advice Centre and £250 worth of food vouchers for the Foodbank. Full story and other donations click here
Money from Rotary Community Shop for Lewannick Primary School - 29/9/12
The pupils of Lewannick CP School were very excited to receive a donation from the Rotary Club Community Shop of Launceston to increase their collection of outdoor musical instruments. These instruments are permanently outdoors and can withstand all weathers, they are used by the pupils daily whilst at school and are also accessible to the wider community outside of school hours.
Two Launceston Rotarians are part of Kosovo bound convoy - 29/9/12
On Saturday 29th September 2012 a convoy of vehicles driven by Rotarians from this District, including two from Launceston Barrie Boundy and Mike Wilson, set off for Kosovo. A report from Rotary District Governor is below. We wish them a safe journey and a speedy return.
Profits from the Community Shop presented to Little Red Bus - 18/9/12
Rotarian Barrie Boundy recently presented a cheque for £250 to the Chair of the Launceston Community Transport Partnership, Lavinia Archer. The money was from the proceeds of the Rotary Community Shop.
Profits from the Community Shop for St John Ambulance - 10/9/12
Picture courtesy of Paul Hamlyn
Rotarian Alan Rainsley recently presented a cheque for £250 from the Rotary Community Shop to the Launceston branch of St John Ambulance.
Alan said, “Launceston St John Ambulance provide excellent training for the young people of the area and they always support us at events such as the Victorian Market and the Fun Day we run for people with severe learning difficulties and of course they take the blood pressure of people when we run Stoke Awareness Day. They are a superb organization and we are delighted to make this donation.”
Superintendent Barry Gibson said, “We would all like to thank the Rotary Community Shop for their help and support.”
Profits from the Rotary Shop presented to Launceston Monday Club - 4/9/12
Rotarian Moira Wilding recently presented a cheque for £250 from the Rotary Community Shop to the Launceston Monday Club.
Launceston Monday Club helps people with a learning disability take part in leisure, social and creative activities in the community, and provide opportunities for personal development
Rotarian Moira Wilding said, “The Monday Club does such an important job in our community and it is always a pleasure for the Rotary Club Community Shop to help them. Rosemary O’Brien helps us to run the shop and without people like her the shop would not be able to operate.”
Pictured left to right – Rtn Moira Wilding, Chris Gunn, Dawn Vanstone and Rosemary O’Brien
Community Shop presentation to Friends of Launceston Hospital - 31/8/12
Rotarian Peter Casey was delighted to present a cheque for £250 to Enis Broad representing The Friends of Launceston Hospital. For full story click here
Launceston College computers enroute to Kosova - 23/8/12
Launceston Community College have generously donated approximately 100 computers to the Overseas Project Team (OPT) of Rotary District 1290 for delivery to schools in Gjakova, The Republic of Kosova. These computers have been replaced by more modern ones within the College.
From left to right: Rtns Hugh Pendray and Mark Jewell (Overseas Project Team), Rtns. Barrie Boundy, Graham Facks-Martin and Leighton Penhale (Launceston Rotary Club).for full story see here
Rotary Shop Cheque to take Town Band to National Final - 18/8/12
On Saturday 18th August, in Launceston Town Square, the President of Launceston Rotary Club, Dave Shrimpton, presented a cheque for £1100 to Launceston Town Band, on behalf of the Rotary Community Shop, to help them with the cost of getting to and contesting in the National Brass Band Final.
Pictured – left to right – Rotarian Alan Rainsley (Chair of Rotary Shop Committee), Town Band member Ann Brown, Rotarian Peter Casey, Director of Music Town Band David Dobson and Rotary President David Shrimpton.
New President for Launceston Rotary Club - 9/7/12
Application form for funding from the Community Shop - download here
Diamond Jubilee Rotary Victorian Market - 30/6/12
“The Rotary Club of Launceston held its Annual Victorian market on Saturday 30th June and a good day was had by all the visitors with a remarkable absence of rain, although it was very windy. The Market opened at 9.00am in the Town Square but, because of other commitments, the Mayor, Councillor Rob Tremain, did not make the official opening until 10.30am when the Mayor, also doing his duty as our expert Town Crier, gave a rousing speech welcoming the visitors and thanking the Rotary Club for all its work............more
'Rotary' give 'Lions' a good thrashing More photos (courtesy of Dennis Howson)
Stroke Awareness Day - 30/4/12
By kind permission of Enis, Derek and Rob Broad the Rotary Club of Launceston held its annual ‘British Heart Foundation’ Stroke Awareness Day at Homeleigh Garden Centre on Saturday 28th April.
While Rotarians approached the members of the public and explained that High Blood Pressure was the main cause of stroke, members of the Launceston branch of St John Ambulance actually did the work and took the blood pressures and also gave advice to people if that was necessary.
Of the 106 people tested several were advised to visit their GP’s for further investigation and one gentleman was sent, by ambulance, to Derriford Hospital as his condition was judged to warrant immediate medical attention.
Rotary would like to thank Enis, Derek and Rob Broad for allowing their premises to be used again and a special mention must go to the members of St John Ambulance for their professional assistance.
Pictured is Rob Broad from Homeligh Garden Centre having his blood pressure checked by Linda Mallett of St John while Rotary President Leighton Penhale looks on.
ShelterBox award – Thank you Launceston - 16/4/12
The Rotary Club of Launceston were delighted to receive a gold award from the ShelterBox organization for presenting over 100 ShelterBoxes housing over 1000 people over the past few years.
The ShelterBox organization have recently started making these awards and they present a bronze award for 25 boxes, a silver award for 50 boxes and a gold award for 100+ boxes.
Launceston Rotary would like to emphasize that, as in most of their fund raising, this would not have been possible without the tremendous support they receive from schools, church groups, WI’s, village committees and a host of other organizations and individuals in the Launceston area.
For more information on the work of ShelterBox please visit their website at http://www.shelterbox.org