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About us

Rotary Club of Newton Abbot (RCNA) founded in 1922 still has a thriving membership of over 60 men and women from a wide range of professions, businesses and organisations who all 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 joining in on social evenings with partners. With over 95 years of serving the local community, the club has raised and donated many thousands of pounds, shared skills and knowledge to charities and social organisations.

Laptop & Laser Printer presentation

Recently the club was glad to be involved in the donation of a Laptop and Printer to Chudleigh Youth Centre.

Organiser Bill Keen was equally glad to accept! 


Teign Trophy - Pitch & Putt Golf

RCNA Rotarian Hugh Anderson organised a most enjoyable evening of golf and fellowship at Bovey Golf Centre. Joined by Rotarians from Totnes and Paignton, people were able to take part in ladies, mens and/or team rounds.

 Congratulations to all those who participated and particularly winners - Clare Born for the ladies, Nick James for the men. Nick was also a winner in the team competition, alongside Jonathan Wharmby and Nick Taylor.

Wheelbarrow Race at Newton Abbot Carnival

Rotary Club President, Richard Morgan declared the second Wheelbarrow Race a huge success already becoming a much anticipated part of the Town Fete.The Town’s annual carnival week culminates in the fete at Courtenay Park and the centre of the park becomes a course for Rotary’s Wheelbarrow Race. This year, 8 teams competed to win the Rotary Wheelbarrow Race Shield, a relay around a 230metre course to complete the most laps in 60 minutes. Two challenges were positioned to test the teams (and slow them down!) including two water pistol stations, letting youngsters cool the competitors down.

  Through sponsorship, the teams raised money for the chosen charity or their own organisation and Race Organiser, Rotarian Martin Smith, said that the teams raised a grand total of ¬£2,265 for the different charities with The Rotary Club adding a further ¬£300 in prize money. He said that the race was keenly contested, with last year’s champions, local business Sherwood’s completing an exhausting 64 laps and retaining the Shield; they were closely followed by Buckland AFC ladies team and in third place were the team from SPACE (The Junction).

At their recent Club meeting at Hannahs, the teams were congratulated and thanked by Club President, Richard, for competing in the Race and making it such fun for the whole Town – in an almost desert heat! Well done all!  He handed cheques for the money each of the teams raised.

The year, the teams were:-

Sherwoods – raising funds for Meadowside Residential Home

Newton Abbot Fire Station – raising funds for the FireFighters Charity

Charles Royle IFA – raising funds for Rowcroft Hospice

Jelf Group – raising funds for Hannah Rogers Trust

Meadowside - raising funds for Meadowside Residential Home

Space - raising funds for Space

Buckland AFC Ladies Team – raising funds for the Under 13’s team trip

Citizens Advice Teignbridge – raising funds for the CATCH project 

Accolades for the Club

The Devon and Cornwall Rotary Governor Graham Carey visited the Club for an evening meal recently and while he was with us handed out certificates to commend the work we have been doing to foster both our Club and the spirit of Rotary. He noted particularly the long service (45 years!) of Rotarian Alan Partridge and recent Corporate membership addition Maddison Turvey of Jelf Group - giving lapel badges in recognition. They represented the embodiment of Rotarians as people of action and the statement "Be The Inspiration", represented nicely by Graham in a quote from Mark Twain: "Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

  Rotarian Paul Haighney received a certificate from District Governor Graham Carey noting Paul’s work for services to young people. He was very much the driving force behind Devon and Cornwall Rotary clubs supporting the recent Rotary SW Youth Games.

 A further certificate was awarded our Club’s webmaster, Ben Sellick-Tague and our Club President Richard, for the District’s best Rotary Club website. The District Governor said that it was not only clear, lively and informative but provided an excellent face to the public and Rotarians alike, perfectly showing how active our Rotary Club was in the community.

RCNA Presidential Handover - June 2018

At the end of the Rotary year, Kerry Larbalestier handed over the President's Chain to Richard Morgan who takes over for the 2018/19 year. Kerry said that she was very pleased with what the Club had been able to do over the year.

 Looking forward, Richard said that he was excited to work with his Vice President, Martin Smith and his aim this year was to build on earlier successes and to concentrate very much on projects aimed at developments among children and young people.

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Thursday 24th January 07.30


A trial meeting to give members an opportunity for fellowship and update on club business and still get to work.
To include Rebecca Hewitt, TDC Community Safety & Safeguarding Manager, who will give a short talk on how Rotary can help in the community.


Tuesday 29th January 18.00

Courtenay Centre partners event

Rotarians and partners an opportunity to see the Courtenay Centre and offer support.
Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA ...


Tuesday 5th February 18.00


The Club Council will follow at the end of the meeting.


Tuesday 12th February 18.00

Business Meeting & Report form Group chairs

SGM: approval of Standard Operating pro

Tuesday 19th February 18.00

Fellowship & Guest Speaker

Kate Willet - MET Office

Thursday 21st February 07.30


A joint meeting with the NEWTON ABBOT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.


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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

Dainton Park Golf Club
Totnes Rd
Newton Abbot
We meet on Tuesdays at Meet for 18:00 - Meal 18:30 pm
(On the 5th Tuesday in a month we sometimes "scatter" and visit other clubs. [TO CONTACT CLUB - email lauraevansrcna@gmail.com / martrcna@outlook.com])
Dainton Park Golf Club
Totnes Rd
Newton Abbot
TQ12 5TN  01803 815000

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