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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot (RCNA) - founded 1922


This is a joint project by the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot and the Meadowside Trustees. Meadowside is a care home for adults with learning disabilities.


Glendinning House Therapy Dog

sponsorship updates


Rotary Legacy Fund

Leaving a legacy to the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot. Doing good in Newton Abbot beyond your lifetime…


Donations 2019-20

Our fundraising and beneficiaries.


The Rotary Effect - Our Story

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWTON ABBOT -- Together, we can see a world where people unite and act to create lasting change; across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


RCNA Corporate Membership

RCNA is 'Open for Business'


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. In nearly 100 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.






The RCNA Centennial approaches

As we look towards celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot in 2022 we are keen to hear from anyone who knows or knew past or deceased members to add some contents to our planned 'Centennial Book'.

RCNA thanked for local support

Animals in Distress

We were extremely grateful to receive a donation of £150 from Newton Abbot Rotary Club to fund a 12 month subscription to Sendinblue – an email marketing system.

Sendinblue allows us to easily and professionally email 5000 supporters with charity news, upcoming virtual events, animal stories and appeals. 

The donation has allowed us to continue to communicate with our supporters in a professional way over what has been an extremely difficult few months.  It was invaluable when we had to appeal to our supporters for financial assistance, following the pandemic and subsequent closure of our shops and postponement of fundraising events.  

As a result we have been able to continue looking after the animals in our care including the lovely Ollie the Collie and going forward will play a vital role in ensuring we are able to look after thousands more in the future.  We would say it is £150 very well spent and are so grateful to Newton Abbot Rotary Club.

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Newton's Place
(Twitter: @NewtonsPlace, Facebook: @Newton.Abbot.Museum)

The donation from the Rotary Club means that anyone can visit our wonderful town and museum, safe in the knowledge that we have a toilet that meets their needs. As well as the elements of a standard accessible toilet like handles and wheelchair turning-space; we can now offer a full-sized changing table and electronic hoist to our visitors. Huge thanks again to the Rotary Club

The project was a response to visitors to our social media mentioning that day trips to the museum, and even the town itself, were impossible as members of their family could not access a suitable toilet. Standard toileting facilities only offer changing facilities for babies, forcing older children and adults to either keep visits to places very short so that a toilet visit isn’t needed or face being changed on the floor of a public toilet- this is uncomfortable, unhygienic and dangerous. 

It’s estimated that over two hundred thousand people in the UK need assistance to use the toilet that isn’t fully served by standard accessible toilets, this is not just those with mobility difficulties but also intellectual/developmental disabilities.  

Extended toileting facilities gives people more freedom as they are able to visit not just the museum, but also our town for longer periods because they know that they can visit a safe bathroom that meets their needs. Meeting the needs of disabled people is not only the right thing to do but also financially adept: if people can spend longer in Newton Abbot the more chance they have to enjoy our shops cafes and other services, fuelling the local economy to help us make Newton Abbot even better for the future.

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President praises members for Newton Abbot gardening 'team effort'

RCNA President Phil Millichap thanked members Jacky, Nick, Nick, Kieth, Tony and Ron for using a very seasonable day to spend time cleaning up and gardening at the Newton Abbot Quay.

He said; "This hardworking Team of volunteers have transformed the place and there was lots of fantastic support from the many people enjoying the good weather and the Quay" adding that Rotary had been promoted by these volunteers in a "fantastically positive way".

There are some fantastic pictures of their efforts but of course, you can always go and see for yourself!

The RCNA Centennial approaches

As we look towards celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot in 2022 we are keen to hear from anyone who knows or knew past or deceased members to add some contents to our planned 'Centennial Book'.

The Rotary Club of Newton Abbot [RCNA] was formed at a meeting on 14th March 1922 and was chartered on the 1st July 1922 . It is  fifth In seniority in Devon & Cornwall behind Torquay & Plymouth founded in 1920, Truro 1921 and Exeter also in 1922.

The inaugural meeting gathered under the chairmanship of Mr. Charles Lane Vicary, a prominent businessman and personality in the Town and the biggest employer apart from the Great Western Railway.  Bradley Mills was the family business. 8 local businessmen attended the first meeting which was held at The Courtenay Restaurant, Courtenay Street (where Boots and Smiths now stand).

RCNA Presidential Handover

As the new rotary year comes around from July, outgoing president Martin Smith and incoming president Phil Millichap found a novel way to accomplish the official (and socially distanced!) handover:

 Martin addressed the online meeting, highlighting the club’s achievements over the previous 12 months. Since July 2019 up until the end of last month the club distributed £22,500 to 43 Individuals, organisations, and charities, 81% of this locally.

Martin Smith said "There has been so much accomplished despite the challenges, members have dug deep into their own pockets giving over £4000 in personal donations to fill the gap of cancelled Rotary fund-raising events. As a club we have not only maintained membership but grown to over 60 members. Our district leading corporate membership scheme is going from strength to strength and our average age is much lower than the national average. The clubs age range is 16 years to 91 years young with a quarter of the membership female, there has never been a more open and diverse Rotary in Newton Abbot".

He went on to say before handing over to Phil Millichap the incoming President.

"I am particularly delighted with our purchase of Rory a Portuguese Water Dog who will be a Therapy dog for Glendinning House a special needs school opening at Buckland in the Autumn. It has been a significant and ongoing financial commitment for the club, but the benefits will be worthwhile.

 We have supported the THAT foodbank throughout the pandemic and made donations to many innovative people dealing with the crisis , such as David Dayman in Kingsteignton making face visors in his front room and paying for ZOOM licences so organisations can stay in touch. The Covid Camera competition in the  Mid Devon Advertiser a new initiative was popular, a donation of £3,850 to pay for the disabled toilet in the eagerly awaited Newtons Place and we have not given up in assisting Meadowside Residential Home with its access issues and are actively looking to see it through.

President Phil Millichap and  the membership are  keen to continue this work, we are all hoping that when this crisis  is over , Newton Abbot will be a more caring place and I hope those who have found that volunteering in whatever form has been fulfilling  may consider joining Rotary or other voluntary organisations."

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Mon, Nov 9th 2020 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Wed, Jun 30th 2021


This is a joint project by the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot and the Meadowside Trustees.
Meadowside is a care home for adults with learning disabilities.


Tue, Dec 1st 2020 6:00 pm


A new enterprise for Newton Abbot
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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Tuesdays at Meet for 18:00 - Meal 18:30
(On the 5th Tuesday in a month we sometimes "scatter" and visit other clubs. We also meet on the 4th Thursday for a breakfast meeting - check the club diary for venue and times. [TO CONTACT CLUB - email: martrcna@outlook.com / fredalloyd.51@gmail.com )
Dainton Park GC
Newton Abbot
TQ12 5TN
Newton Abbot
TQ12 5TN  01803 815000

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