The Rotary Club of Padstow No.1262, District 1290 was elected to membership of Rotary International in 1976.

Padstow Rotary Club has always played an important part in the life of the local community,it is active in fundraising for charity, and has been very supportive of local causes, particularly those involving the young and the old. An average of £15,000 is distributed annually to local charities..  

The Club has a full and varied social calendar with speakers attending club meetings, visits to places of interest and in the past had a special entente cordial with Rotary Club of Concarneau in Brittany. It is hoped that in the future a relationship might develop with Padstow NSW.

Previously, perhaps the most unusual (and time-consuming) activity of Padstow Rotary Club was its involvement with the Christmas lights that brighten up the town and harbour from Advent Sunday to Twelfth Night. Club members designed and made the animated illuminations  which gave a remarkably festive feeling to the harbour. These, together with the strings of coloured lights around the town were erected and maintained by club members and their friends. In all, some 4,000 coloured bulbs were used. In 2011 the club handed over the lights together with funds which had been raised locally to a town committee.

Last year the club has had a busy summer.  Music in Park at Prideaux Place  held in  July  was a "Sell Out" so make sure you get your tickets early this year!  

The club has always been a keen supporter of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course. This course develops the potential of young people by a series of physical activities and lectures during a week at a specialist training facility on Dartmoor.

 Jodie Briggs from Padstow was jointly funded by Padstow Rotary Club and the Richardson Hotel Group  whose Metropole Hotel was until recently the popular venue of the club for many years. The RYLA event takes place each year early in July.

The club has also purchased sets of Dictionaries to be given to the four local primary schools (Padstow, St Issey, St Merryn and Trevisker) to provide a copy for each of the pupils in the top class of these schools



On Tuesday 19th October, at the Treglos Hotel, Constantine Bay, members of the Rotary Club of Padstow invited Tamsyn Thomas from Cornwall Hospice Care to accept a cheque of £3000. The money had been raised from the Music in the Park event at Prideaux-Place in June and at the Rotary Club's Charity Golf Day held at the Merlin Golf Club. 

Tamsin was accompanied George Kessell who gave a very touching speech on how caring all the hospice staff had been when he lost his partner. 

On behalf of the NSPCC, Mrs Elizabeth Prideaux-Brune again thanked the Rotary Club for the £3000 handed to her on stage at the concert. 

At the meeting, President Martin Rickard announced that a Sir Rod Stewart tribute band would be headlining the next music event at Prideaux-Place on Friday 28th July 2017

 The Rotary Club of Padstow continues to raise funds, with their Christmas Raffle, for the Padstow Christmas Lights and other charities. 

Pictured L-R

Mrs Elizabeth Prideaux-Brune,President  Martin Rickard, Tamsin Thomas, George Kessell, Sarah Rickard and Rtn. Richard Sandry.


On 23rd February the Rotary Club of Padstow celebrated 40  years since it was chartered in 1976.

A dinner was held on 23rd February  to commemorate the occasion at the Budock Vean Hotel attended by present and past members of the club.

During the evening a slide show showing many of the activities of the club over past forty years was shown.


Tickets sold out for Music in the Park at Prideaux Place!

That was the news three weeks before the evening last year leaving large numbers of locals and visitors disappointed and wishing they had bought their tickets early!

Thanks again to the generosity of Peter and Elizabeth Prideaux Brune this year the event was held on 22nd. of July in the grounds of Prideaux Place.  

The price was held at £20 on the night (if there were any left!) or £18 if bought more than a week before.

This year’s headline act was ‘Totally Tina' with Stars in Your Eyes winner Justine Riddoch performing her tribute to Tina Turner.    

Justine had her own backing band and dancers.

 Also back again this year was the ever popular Johnny Cowling, and his support band, who always manage to get Prideaux Place up and dancing.

New feature this year was local band ‘The Friday Night Band' who are rapidly building a loyal band of local supporters.

As always, Padstow Rotary gave you one of the best evenings of local entertainment while raising significant funds for local charities. Don’t miss out in 2017– get your tickets early!


Once again Padstow Rotary Club organised the local heat of the annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition.  The winners this year were the team from Padstow School of Phoenix Murt, Scarlet Barnes and Issey Maguire.

Issey gave an excellent speech on the subject of ‘Sleepovers’ and was well supported by the other members of the team. Runners up were the St Merryn team of Anya Durkin, Isobel Hawken and Coco Kuhnzack-Richards talking on the Subject of ‘Is food waste getting out of hand?’ All the teams spoke excellently giving the Judges of Jane Haytread, Marion McDonald and Chairman Graham Renwick the very difficult task of picking a winner.

Padstow Rotary would like to congratulate all the teams on their performances and thank everyone involved for their efforts.

















At the end of the evening the Padstow Rotary President Phil Dixon presented a Cheque for £1000 to the Childrens Hospice South West which was received by local fund raising coordinator Marion McDonald.

This was part of the proceeds from the Christmas Raffle organised by Padstow Rotary Club..




Once again in 2015 the Rotary Club of Padstow organised the Padstow in Bloom completion.

The  event was well supported and on on 1st December 2015 at an open eving at the Golden Lion, Padstow Mrs Elizabeth Prideaux Brune  presented trophies to the winners.

This year’s overall winner was the Custom House Hotel. 


At a Ladies Evening of the club held on 17 November 2015 at Treglos Hotel, Constantine Bay a presentation of cheques was made to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Hospice Care by President Phil Dixon.

This followed a very successful Music in the Park held at Prideaux Place in July.

Arrangements are now well advanced for the 2016 event.


The Rotary Club of Padstow:s annual musical event held in the grounds of the historic manor house of Prideaux Place overlooking the Camel Estuary is now one of Cornwall:s leading outdoor musical events.

2015  proved to be one of the best yet with three first class groups on stage.


Held on the evening of Friday 24th July 2015, Music in the Park featured:



Abba Gold  perhaps the best Abba Tribute Band.

The Fishermens Friends  the famous  Shanty Group from Port Isaac

Johnny Cowling   Cornwalls greatest comedy export!

Tickets were available from either the Padstow Tourist Information Centre, North Quay, Padstow PL28 8AF, tel 0841 533 449 , or from The Golden Lion, Lanadwell Street, Padstow - This year they were  £20.00 but if purchased in advance only £18.00.



A recent interclub skittles match was held with Wadebridge Rotary Club.



At a  gathering of club members and their wives outgoing President Graham Haytread handed over the chain of office to the new President of Padstow Rotary Club for the year 2015/2016 Phil Dixon. 


At a recent meeting of the club President Graham Haytread presented  Captain John Hinchliffe with a cheque for £250.00 for the Padstow Sea Cadets.
















The Rotary club has supported the Local Sea Cadets for many years.


The local heat for this year's competition was between 6 teams from Padstow, St Merryn and Trevisker schools. The event was held at Padstow Social Club on 5th February 2015. and the competitors delivered their speeches to an audience of about 80 people.. The judges, commended all the teams on the standard achieved but decided that the St Merryn team came second and the winners were the Padstow team of. All competitors were presented with a certificate and the winning teams received a book token presented by Padstow Rotary Club.

The winning two teams went forward to the area competition held at St Columb Minor Church. This time a different set of judges decided that the St Merryn team was the best over all and they won the area shield. St Merryn went forward to compete in the competition final for all of Cornwall and Plymouth

The Winning team is seen with Rotary Club President Graham Haytread, Vice President Phil Dixon and Rotarian Andrew Hamilton who organised the competition.


Padstow in Bloom has been organised by the Rotary Club of Padstow for over twenty years with both domestic and commercial classes. The colourful displays are judged annually in July.

The 2014 presentations were made at an open meeting at the Golden Lion, Padstow on Tuesday 25th November 2014.


Midsummer Music 2014 took place at Prideaux Place Padstow on Friday 20th June 2014 starting at 6.30pm.

Three fine acts performed:

 Mick Jogger and the Rolling Zones,                                             

Johnny Cowling and Friends

and the

Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra.


The proceeds from this event were donated to the  Cornish Hospices, NSPCC and Rotary charities at a special meeting of the club on Tuesday 26th August 2014 held at Prideaux Place.


  Over past years Padstow, St. Columb, Wadebridge, Bodmin, St. Austell Rotary Clubs have enjoyed inter club Fun Sporting events, but sadly over time they have become less popular, only Golf has survived. however, The Rotary Club of Padstow wished to test the water and challenged the Rotary Club of St.Columb's members and their wives to a Lawn Bowls match.

President Nick Brown of St Columb accepted President Graham's of Padstow challenge and the gloves were off. The Match was held at the St. Columb Bowling green on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 on a warm sunny day. 

The organiser of the day was Paul Spencer with kind support of past President Max Haughton of St. Columb.  This was followed by a buffet meal at the 'Ring 'O' Bells' in St Columb.

The Four rinks were tightly matched and the thirty-two players had  muchfun and the skill produced was outstanding, which at the close of play a great surprise, the result being a draw!



 On the evening of Friday 21st June 2013 the grounds of Padstow's historic manor house Prideaux Place were transformed when our annual Midsummer Music took place.

For over ten years Mr & Mrs Peter Prideaux Brune have welcomed us to their 400 year old ancestral home and during that period over £100,000 has been raised most of which has been donated to local charities.

This year the three groups  performing were Re Take That, leading tribute band, the Helston School Jazz Orchestra and a welcome return of singer Shane Solomon supported by local live band Rhythm Roulette .



 Padstow Rotary Club again held their annual Youth Speaks Competition in Padstow Social Club on Thursday 7th February.

This year only St Merryn and Padstow schools had teams in the competition but as usual the standard was astonishing. All the young people taking part spoke with real authority and conviction and provided excellent performances.

The judges had a real problem deciding which teams were the best. The final decision was that the two St Merryn teams came first and second. The winning team went forward to represent Padstow Rotary Club in the further stages of the competition.

Book tokens were given to the winners and runners up and a donation will be made to the winning school to encourage children to develop communication skills.

 Following on from this competition the winning team from St Merryn came second in the intermediate round and went on to the final for teams from all of Cornwall and Plymouth. The competition was held before a packed audience at the Rotary District 1290 Conference at St Ives.  In an extremely closely competed final, in which all nine teams achieved a memorable standard, St Merryn triumphed and lifted the trophy  for the second time in 5 years. Our proud congratulations go to the successful team and all those who helped them to this great win.   St Merryn Winning Team

The winning team visited the club at their meeting on 26th March 2013 and are pictured with President Richard Sandry and New Generations Chairman Andrew Hamilton.


 At the club's weekly meeting on March 19th President Richard Sandry surprised member Paul Spencer when on behalf of the club members he presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Paul has been an active member of Padstow Rotary Club since its formation in 1976.

He served as President in 1987/1988 and has since held various offices. At present he is Foundation Chairman.


Part President Richard Sandry was one of thirty brave volunteers who took part in a sponsored firewalk on the harbour beach in Newquay on Friday October 12th.

The temperature of the red hot fire embers was measured by UK Firewalk Instructor and twice firewalking Guinness World Record Holder Scott Bell as a scorching 566˚c. He then led the way as the firewalkers lined up to courageously take their turn, cheered on by around two hundred spectators.

Over £6000 was raised for charities including Childrens' Hospice South West at the event.


The 2012 Midsummer Music took place place on Friday 22nd June.

 We had booked some great entertainment.

First off we had not one but two Jazz Orchestras - Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestras

- made up of the cream of Cornish young talent.


Following them we had 'Company B' - a well-known jump jive band from St Austell.


Finally we had Rhapsody, an excellent Queen tribute Band, who  provided a Grand Finale.

All of this at the stunning location of Prideaux Place lawns.


The surplus raised was presented to local charities at a club function held at Treglos Hotel on 20th November 2012.  These included the NSPPC, Little Harbour, Cornwall Hospices and the Phoenix Stroke Appeal.










After another successful Midsummer Music at Prideaux Place and the 25th Annual Charity Golf Day at Merlin Golf Club, the club held a Ladies Evening at Treglos Hotel, Constantine Bay on 20th November 2012 when presentations were made to local good causes. These included the NSPCC, Little Harbour at St Austell and the Phoenix Stroke Appeal.


President Richard was interviewed by Daphne Skinnard for Radio Cornwall when he emphasised the commitment the club had in continuing to support local good causes as well as Rotary International charities.









Since 1987 Padstow Rotary club has donated over £5,000 towards the Rotary International aid organization Polio Plus


When Assistant District Governor Ross Jerome visited the club in February, President Elect Richard Sandry handed him a further cheque for the charity of £500.




Judging of last year's Padstow in Bloom organised by the Rotary Club of Padstow  took place during the third week of July .    

The poor summer weather resulted in fewer entries than usual.


The overall winners in 2012 were the Golden Lion and the London Inn.

                                                                                                Last year's winner, The London Inn









The presentation of awards took place at a meeting held by the club on Tuesday 13th November 2012 at the Golden Lion, Padstow to which all the award winners were invited










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The Golden Lion, Lanadwell Street Padstow. We meet on Tuesdays at 17.45 (17.45pm for 6.00pm but during the month of August Informal Meetings only at 17.45pm without a meal. Some meetings will be at an alternative venue. Check website for latest details.) The Golden Lion, Lanadwell Street Padstow. PL28 8AN tel: 01841 532797

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