Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. We are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others.

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in 1,855 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.

Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun!

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay organises community events and projects each year including the St Michaels Way Walk in May, the Penwith Peninsula Cycle Ride in September and the Senior Citizens' Christmas Party in December. We run competitions and schemes for young people. We support International aid projects, and campaign for the eradication of Polio.

Being a Rotarian is very fulfilling. You can do as much as your time allows, have fun and enjoy fellowship with others. 

The club is always keen to welcome new members. Please contact the Membership Officer Rtn. George Hawken on 01736 366187 or email membership@mountsbay.rotary1290.org

Current fundraising events ...


Advance notice that this year's annual St. Michael's Way Walk organised by Mounts Bay Rotary Club will take place on SUNDAY 17th MAY.

As with last year's event we will be raising funds for The League of Friends of West Cornwall Hospital, a most worthy cause, and just like last year aside from the main 12 mile route from Lelant to Marazion there will be a shorter 3.5 mile circular walk from Marazion.


This event since its inception around 13 years ago has raised upwards of £100,000 for local causes as well as Rotary causes both nationally and internationally. 


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The Rotary Shop

A joint venture between the Rotary Club of Penzance and the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay


This is a true community effort: the Shop accepts goods donated for resale from the community,  members of the community volunteer and man the Shop, and profits from the Shop are ploughed back into the local community.

Penzance and Mounts Bay Rotary Clubs are combining forces in this project, and both clubs have a long history of supporting the community, having helped the Fishermen’s Mission, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Penlee Judo Club, the Trelya Project, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Pengarth Day Centre, Merlin MS Centre, and many, many others.

There is a huge selection of goods for sale!

The Rotary Shop

1 Market Place, Penzance.


Supporting our local community

Junior Youth Speaks Final

Congratulations to Nancledra CP School, who won the Junior Youth Speaks Final at the beginning of March, against eight other teams - really tough opposition from all over Plymouth, West Devon and Cornwall. This was the second year running - a fantastic result! Congratulations also to Alverton CP School, who came 3rd - a brilliant effort by them, too


Cape Cornwall School

In January 2015, Rotarians from Mounts Bay and Penzance Rotary Clubs gave mock interviews to over sixty Year 11 students from Cape Cornwall School.

The students varied from potential high flyers who know exactly what career they want to follow to others who have not made up their minds yet. However, they all benefited in some way from this opportunity to practise their interview techniques.

Following each 15 minute interview, the Rotarian interviewers were able to give feedback to the students on what they had heard, and passed on tips on how to prepare for and respond to questions in an interview.

All agreed that it had been a highly worthwhile exercise, and both Rotary Clubs are looking forward to doing the same next year. Rotary, helping young people in the community to get on.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

 The Mounts Bay Rotary Club Christmas Party was held for local senior citizens on 12 December 2014. About 100 invited guests turned up at the Marazion Community Centre to enjoy the party atmosphere, some festive food and drink, and of course entertainment. The Rotarians were ably helped by students from Penwith College, who took charge of decorating the hall and serving the food and drink; and a brilliant time was had by hosts and guests alike!.

Mounts Bay Rotary once again organised the Penwith Peninsula Cycle Ride back in September 2014. This was the fourth year the club had taken on the organisation of the event, which was raising money for Cancer Research UK and Mounts Bay Rotary Charities. At the Union Hotel Penzance in November, one of the prizes awarded to anyone who raised over £350 was presented to Jane Barlow from Newlyn. This was the first year Jane had taken part in the cycle and not only did she complete the 40 mile route but she also raised over £1,300 in sponsorship!! The result of this mammoth sponsorship total is that Jane won a brand new bike kindly donated by Marc Oberhansli, the owner of The Penzance Cycle Centre New Street Penzance. Graham Calderwood congratulated Jane on her achievment and also thanked Marc for his generosity in donating a cycle for each of the past two years. Pictured are Jane Barlow, Graham Calderwood, Marc Oberhansli, members of CRUK and four of the six man team from MBRC who organised the event.


Not only were the staff at Penzance Post Office Counters raising money for Children In Need in November but they were also handing the sum of £581 to Mounts Bay Rotary and Cancer Research UK as their effort towards this years Penwith Peninsula Sponsored Cycle Ride Total. The money was raised when a number of Cake Bake Days were held throughout the year and collection tins made available. The staff set about baking there own cakes and buns and the public chose the amount they wished to pay. This effort by the Post Office Staff will take the total raised from the cycle ride to over £4,000 which will be split fifty - fifty between Cancer Research and Mounts Bay Rotary Charities. Mounts Bays President Graham Calderwood thanked Ray Trewern, the former manager, and the staff for their wonderful support during the past two years. ROTARIANS ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL AREAS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FOR THE GOOD OF ALL

Cancer Research

One thousand eight hundred pounds, that was the sum on a cheque, handed to Ann-Marie James of Cancer Research UK by Ed Bufton from The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay at The Yacht Inn, Penzance in November.

The money represents fifty per cent of the sponsorship money raised from this years Penwith Peninsula Cycle Ride, which was organised by the Rotary Club for the fourth year running. With a number of participants still to hand in their sponsorship money it is hoped this figure will swell to over £2,000.The remaining fifty per cent of money raised will be distributed to Mounts Bay Rotary Charities. Over the four years that the Rotary Club has organised the event more than £16,000 has been raised for CRUK and other charities. ROTARIANS ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE WORKING ALONGSIDE OTHER CHARITIES TO DEFEAT DREADFUL DISEASE AND SUFFERING.

Penzance Sea Cadets

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay continued with its support of local good causes when Club President Graham Calderwood and Chairman of Community Services Russell Whitlock met with the Penzance Sea Cadets and presented Lieutenant Rob James with a cheque for £1,000. The money goes towards the cost of two new Topper Sailing Dinghies which are an integral part of teaching the enthusiastic sea cadets how to sail.

Part of the cost of the new dinghies was donated by the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay with the remainder awarded under a Rotary District grant.

Mounts Bay President Graham Calderwood said "members of our Rotary Club are so impressed with the work and training offered by TS Grenville that we are very pleased to be able to offer our support to an organisation that offers young people in our local community amazing opportunities for personal development"

Young Carers

Did you know that we have 450 young people in Cornwall who have a caring role with their families?

After a very informative talk given to Club members by Ms Dawn Maddern, the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay made a public collection and raised £200 to help support these young people.

We give a big THANK YOU to all the Sainsburys customers who contributed to the collection. The young man receiving the £200 cheque, outside the Rotary Shop in Penzance, is Andrew Wynne, who cares for his brother and sister.

The presentation was made by Club President Graham Calderwood accompanied by Alun Howells, Chair Person of the Club's Youth Committee and Dawn Maddern from Young Carers.

League of Friends

Caroline Rowe, Chair of the The League of Friends of West Cornwall Hospital and Marcus Wilkinson their Treasurer, gave a talk on the work funded by them over the past few years at the Hospital

During the last five years the League has provided more than £600,000 in funding for a whole range of facilities and equipment including a grant that allowed one of the previously closed medical Wards to be re-opened to provide care for older patients and those suffering from Dementia.

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay President Graham Calderwood presented a cheque for £3,000 from the money raised by this year's St Michaels Way Sponsored Walk.
Pictured left to right are Marcus Wilkinson, MBRC President Graham Calderwood and Caroline Rowe.

Penzance Sea Cadets

Continuing our support for young people and the community in Penzance, the Club was able to present a cheque to Tristan Lane of the Penzance Sea Cadets for £1,000 to enable them to buy two “Topper Class” dinghies so they can learn skills of seamanship. 

Rotary in the South West


Some events in 2014 ...


In October, John James, a member of the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay returned from Kosovo, where he helped deliver three fire engines and an ambulance to the hard-pressed emergency services out there. The ambulance, which had been prepared for it's trip by local Rotarians in St Ives Bay was filled with redundant school uniforms, an operating table, stretchers, an inspection bed and other medical equipment. "It was quite a journey" said John on his return. We had a number of breakdowns on the way, but the mechanics we took with us were fantastic!" The journey from Cornwall to Kosovo took six days and then the team split into four, each group delivering their vehicle to where it was required, in different parts of the country.

Third World Supper

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay held its annual Third World Supper on 16 October at Landithy Hall, Madron.  80 Rotarians and guests attended the evening and enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from around the world, such as African Bobotee, Bombay potatoes, Indian Dhal and Mexican Hotpot. 

The main speaker was Peter Reid, a member of the Rotary Club of Plympton. Peter spent 3 years in Kathmandu, Nepal working with VSO in the Nepal Ministry of Education. He spoke about the use of 

data to improve understanding of the world and to dispel preconceptions about population, health and education issues. He emphasized the huge changes that had taken place during the last 50 years. Except in Sub-Saharan Africa, incomes, infant mortality rates and birth rates had all improved dramatically and improved education meant that 80% of the world population was now literate.

The evening raised about £1,000 towards the £6,000 needed to complete the rebuilding of 4 classrooms at a school in Nepal.  The school was a good example of the advances made in education in that part of Asia having started in 1998 as a small primary school and grown to secondary level with over 300 students and 17 teachers covering 10 year grades. The original 4 classrooms had become so dilapidated that they needed replacing and the money raised would enable a new block to be built that would be more substantial, earthquake proof and capable of expansion as the school continues to grow.


Having fun and raising money towards the life saving work of Cancer Research UK and West Cornwall Hospital League of Friends

It was a very wet start especially for those erecting our gazebo at 8am, however the sun came out and the usual large crowd attended. Lots of interest in the work we carry out in the local community and further afield.


Regular activities

The Penzance Memory Cafe was opened in June 2009 to enhance the well being and quality of life of those who have memory problems. diagnosed or undiagnosed together with those who are carers.

The Cafe offers opportunities through activities such as Music, Dance, Entertainment, Exercise, Paper Therapies and the all important social time together.

The Memory Cafe is Fun, Friendly and Free.


The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay provides drivers each month to take groups of people to Sunday afternoon tea parties.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Contact Rotarian Ed Bufton at info@laidback-trails.co.uk for more information.



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