MBRC President Eric Bilkey

with Immediate Past President Dee Lucking

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.

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!


Mounts Bay Rotarians celebrated Burns Night in the Trafalgar room at the Union Hotel. The haggis was ceremonially piped in and formally addressed by our resident Scotsman Jim Blain. Readings and poems followed, some difficult to understand by Sassenachs like myself. Robbie himself would have been pleased.

Also in January we had a fun quiz night.

The local heats of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition have been held at Penwith College. The successful teams were invited to the Pirates premises where they gave a practice performance for Rotarians. We were all very impressed by the high standard. It was also good to see the support given by parents and teachers.

Further progress has been made on the circumnavigation of Cornwall (Boundary Bash), and we look forward to warmer and dryer days to enhance our enjoyment. Do see our blog.

Plans are going ahead for the St. Michael’s Way Challenge which takes place on 21st May. See the poster for details, we are hoping for a good turnout.

The Rotary shop managed jointly with Penzance Rotary Club has been busy for the time of year with profits distributed to local good causes. We appreciate contribution of items to the shop by the public.

Thanks to club members, other helpers and supporters.

Eric Bilkey (President Rotary Club of Mounts Bay)



Once again we’re walking! After a break of 12 months, The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay is organising  the St Michaels Way Challenge as one of its main fundraising events in 2017. This 12 mile walk will take place on Sunday 21st May. 

The walk starts at and finishes at Marazion. Along the way you will experience steep climbs and wonderful views over the Penwith peninsula, as well as following in the footsteps of long-forgotten pilgrims on route from and to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Since 2003 this annual event has raised more than £100,000 for charity. This year, the funds raised will be divided equally between Children’s Hospice South West and The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay who support local and international charities. 

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Rotary Youth Speaks Competition


Pictured above are team members from

 Alverton, Pendeen and Mounts Bay Schools

The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition is a well-established and successful competition organised and promoted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills and giving the young people experience of speaking in public and working as part of a team.

Mounts Bay Rotary Club organises the annual heats in the West Penwith area, which sees entries of teams from local primary and secondary schools.  Each team member takes on one of three roles: chairperson, speaker and vote of thanks. 

There is a time limit for each, and the teams are judged on the Chairperson’s management of the meeting, the Speaker’s ability to present and develop a topic and ability to answer the questions, quality and courtesy of the vote of thanks and finally Team work.

The winning teams, from Alverton, Pendeen and Humphry Davy schools, reprised their speeches to an invited audience of Rotarians, parents and teachers at the Pirates Rugby Club in February. 

All teams put in a splendid performance and showed great confidence, receiving rousing applause from the audience of around 50 people. 

Topics ranged from Bottle Flipping, Mental Health and Young People, the disappearing Rainforest, and whether Geeks are cool. 

At the end of the evening Rotarian Alun Howells, who chairs the Youth Committee, and Eric Bilkey, President of Mounts Bay Rotary Club, congratulated the young people on their truly excellent speeches, and thanked the parents and teachers for their support.  The teams now go on to the area competition later this month. 

Since being chartered in 1989 The Rotary Club of Mount’s Bay has been an integral part of charity fundraising in the Penzance area.

In it’s 28th year that tradition is being carried forward, not only with the annual St Michaels Way Walk and a Festival of Remembrance, which will be raising money for both International Charites and local causes, but also a sponsored circumnavigation of the Cornish boundary by Rotarians and their supporters.

On Now!

Round Cornwall Boundary Bash begins at Lands End

Circumnavigation of the Cornish boundary by Rotarians and their supporters

This event is in aid of St Petrocs and Cornwall Air Ambulance

21 May 2017


St Michael's Way Challenge  

After taking a break, this ever popular walk is back! Put the date into your diary now: 21st May 2017, walking (or running) the 12 miles from Lelant to Marazion. Not only is this a spectacularly beautiful walk, but you will also be raising money for two important charities: Children’s Hospice South West and Rotary projects (helping less fortunate people all over the world). Over the years the event has raised more than £100,000 for good causes.


12 November 2017

Festival of Remembrance

St Mary's Church, Penzance

Remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since.


December 2017

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

    The Mounts Bay Rotary Club organises an annual Christmas Party for local senior citizens. Normally around 100 invited guests attend at the Marazion Community Centre to enjoy the party atmosphere, some festive food and drink, and of course entertainment.

Regular Activities

Some of the things we do on a regular basis. Click on a picture to find out more.

Rotary Shop

Memory Cafe

Contact the Elderly

Senior Citizens Christmas

Helping our Local Community

We support a wide variety of projects in the local community. Click on a picture

Sea Cadets
West Cornwall Hospital
Newlyn Fish Festival
The Cove Macmillan Support Centre

Fund Raising

Some of the things we do to raise money for the many causes we support. Click on a picture 

Colour Run

Sponsored Walks

Cycle Rides

Information & Collections

Mounts Bay Rotarian Walks 100 miles for Charity         

Earlier this year, Rotarian John James walked the entire Cotswold Way (104 miles) for charity. The walk lasted eight days and John carried everything he needed on his back, staying at small B&Bs every night. Fellow Rotarian Alan Wilson accompanied John for the last six days, whilst his daughter Emma walked with him for the first two days.

“I think they came with me to ensure I didn’t cheat!” John commented, “But I was glad of their company. The weather was odd: we started out from Chipping Campden in the middle of a blizzard, but most days it was warm and sunny. It was also surprising how steep many of the sections were – the walk certainly tested my fitness to the limit! I enjoyed it all, but I was really pleased when we got to the Abbey at Bath, which marks the end point of the Cotswold Way.”

John managed to raise £700 for the End Polio Now campaign, which will be boosted to £2,100 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The money raised will help to vaccinate hundreds of children. When polio is finally eliminated, our job will be done.”


Helping Overseas

We support a wide variety of projects overseas. Click on a picture

Delivery to Kosovo
Water in Africa
Project Ace
Polio Eradication

Many thanks to the students and staff at Penwith College for supporting the Rotary Shoebox scheme so generously. Thank you too, Rtn Rob Murdoch for organising the scheme and the support of Marazion, Gulval, Trythall, Sennen and Alverton Schools in our area. A lot of children in Romania had a fantastic Christmas to remember!

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.     

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