About us


The Rotary Club of Dartmoor Vale is based in and around Newton Abbot and prior to Covid 19 used to meet at The Recreational Trust , Marsh Road , Newton Abbot . TQ12 2AR

With the lockdown our normal weekly meetings with a meal have been replaced with fortnightly online meetings with Zoom.

During previous times our signature project was raising sponsorship with the help from pubs and clubs who entered a two hour speed darts competition. This raised funds to allow us then to organise our Christmas steam Santa Special where we take some 800 disadvantaged local children and their families on a steam train trip from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back again with a gift for every child from  Santa who kindly joins us on the  return journey. We very much regret that the latest Covid restrictions have prevented us from running the Santa Special in 2020 but we are looking into alternatives which we plan to organise for the benefit of deserving local children.

Our present operations with Zoom meetings is our best effort to continue with our fellowship and sociability whilst complying with the social distancing recommendations.

Although not perfect Zoom does have the advantage that we can mute any over noisy members, once we have managed to show members and guests how to turn off their own mute buttons. We have also learnt that shouting the loudest, as in previous  normal meetings, is  not the way to make ourselves heard and we have gone back to raising hands in front of our cameras to catch the Chairman’s attention.

Zoom has also allowed us to have guest speakers to entertain us and we have one such speaker joining us from Switzerland to tell us all about how The Swiss have dealt with Covid 19.

A major disadvantage is that we miss out on the excellent meals at The Recreational Trust  as well as the fellowship and friendly banter around the room. We will of course endeavour to return to our original venue for our meetings as soon as it’s safe to do so. We will state this here on our website when it happens!

For details of our future programme please go to the  “ Future Programme “ tab on this webpage or to join a meeting on line contact our secretary via email    dvrc.secretary@gmail.com

For further Information about any of our Club Activities please contact Mike Beer on 01803 875572

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Meetings and events happening soon


Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 8:00 pm


Annual speed darts competition with pubs & clubs raising sponsorship to raise funds for Rotary Club of Dartmoor Vale Santa Steam Train trip.

WITH REGRET WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL FOR 2020 BUT WE HOPE TO BE BACK IN 2021. Many thanks to past supporters.

Speaker via Zoom

Thu, Nov 12th 2020 7:30 pm

Speaker via Zoom

Mike Storr RC Carlton," Master of Mirth."
An affectionate look at some of the Music Hall laughter makers such as Stanley Holloway, Bernard Miles & Rob Wilton.
Visiting Rotarians are welcome to our Zoom Meetings please email

Thu, Nov 19th 2020 6:15 pm

Council Meeting

Council Meeting by Zoom.
Details to follow

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Meetings & Venue

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We meet on Thursdays at 1915 for 1930 Eating
(Exceptions: first Thursday when we meet at 6:30 p.m. and there is no meal and we may meet at a different venue.)
Newton Abbot Recreational Trust
Marsh Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2AR

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