Rotary is for Communities

Launceston Rotary is different. It is not a large club, but we are one of the most effective in the area. Why? Because we have our own Community Shop.

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This is a charity shop where everyone is a volunteer and so overheads are very low. Most of the tens of thousands of pounds we raise every year goes back into the local community in the form of grants. Many of the Rotarians enjoy being at the till in the shop and having a chat with the customers, while other non-Rotarian volunteers sort and process the donations of goods. The shop gives a valuable service to the community and at times resembles a social hub with friends and acqaintances meeting and greeting each other. See below for grant applications.



Youth Speaks

The first round of a National Public Speaking competition was organised by Rotary Clubs.   The themes chosen were Launceston College:  “Should school uniform be compusory?” :  Bright Sparks; “Manners, Manners”;   St. Catherines; “Are video games a healthy activity for primary schoolchildren?”. 

Winning teams from St. Catherine’s and Launceston College who will both go on to the next round in Callington.   The Judges were the Launceston Mayor, Councillor Margaret Young and Miss Julie Nettle who told the large audience at Launceston Golf Course that the result was very, very close, and very difficult, having taken a very long time to make their decisions.  They added that this was due to the good quality of the presentations and the work involved.

Each team was comprised of three children,a Chair who managed the presentation. a Speaker on a chosen subject, and a Proposer to comment on the team’s talk.   

              Launceston College                                          St Catherine's School


              Bright Sparks Youth Club



An application for financial help was received by the Launceston Rotary Community Shop from Mrs. Angela Holman and Mrs. Celia Knight who run a very worthwhile charity called The Launceston Club for the Visually Impaired who do what they can to help people who have serious sight problems and who often live alone.   They take them for lunch to various venues throughout the year with transport being provided by their DHS checked Volunteer Drivers.   They visit as many as 20 different local restaurants.

The Launceston Rotary Community Shop were able to donate £250 to assist these ladies and Honorary Rotarian June Down, who looks after our Shop  Volunteers, is seen in the Photo presenting the cheque to Mrs. Angela Holman.


Two grants have been made to Launceston Library to start a Lego Club for children.

This has proved so popular that requests are being made by clubs and schools for it to be taken there as well. Rotary has bought all the new Lego for the library to set up this club, and is always credited for doing so.

Of course we support the town in other ways as well: we have a stall at the Launceston Show:

We run the Victorian Market in the town square which gives other organisations and charities a showcase, and we provide stewards for the Carnival:

The shop gave a grant to the Lanstephan Play Area for the refurbishment of a derelict piece of ground, and it was used to provide this sturdy swing mounted on a safety surface. Past President John Barnes is enjoying testing it out!

At Christmas we sell hot chestnuts and mulled wine outside our shop and provide a decorated tree for the tree festival in the church.

Every April we run a Fun Day for handicapped people which attracts over 100 participants and helpers. More details under "Youth".