About us

Dawlish Water is a very friendly club that welcomes new members - men and women - who feel they would like to 'put something back into the community.'

We like to have fun, combined with great fellowship and the satisfaction of helping others.

The wide range of activities includes speaker evenings and fun sports such as boules, bowls, skittles, golf and sailing. There are also regular social events including special evenings for wives, husbands and partners.

Fundraising supports numerous local and Rotary charities - a twice-yearly pub quiz and an annual team swim form the backbone of this. Regular support is given to Shelterbox - the successful emergency aid charity -  the Children's Hospice South West, Chestnut appeal, Hospiscare, Devon Air Ambulance as well as other worthy causes.

In the community, the club provides support for local organisations, and has close links with local schools. The club donates over £300 in cash prizes to schools taking part in an annual schools' quiz which was won by Cockwood Primary School and the club continues to present illustrated dictionaries to Year 6 pupils locally to help further their education
Support continues to be given to Dawlish Red Rock youth centre.

If you would like to find out more about Rotary or membership, please contact: Richard Hayes, secretary, Dawlish Water Rotary Club on 01626 438761 or email: a2r4hayes@talktalk.net


A big beach clean-up is being headed by members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club on Friday February 23 with the support of Teignbridge District Council.

Rotary organiser Gordon Peacock says: " The extent of pollution of the oceans and beaches, particularly by plastic, has horrified many people. It seems unbelievable that plastic is being ingested by wildlife in such remote places as Antarctica. It really is a wake-up call to us all.

"We are delighted to be doing our bit to clean up local beaches and supporting voluntary efforts and we hope others will follow."

Local school children are also expected to help the Rotary clean-up, including those from Kenton Primary School.

Rotarians will be scouring the beach at Dawlish between 1.30pm.and 3.30pm. Teignbridge District Council are providing gloves, bags and pickers, etc and will take away the collected rubbish afterwards.

Dawlish Water Rotary Club is also taking on another initiative to improve the environment by taking in a consignment of 50 parkland trees which will be planted in the local area in the next few weeks. Details to be announced. The trees have been donated through an environmental initiative by Bristol based OVO energy company.


Dawlish Water Rotarians collected over 2000 shoeboxes for the children and families of Moldova from schools, church groups and other organisations. These were transported in early December along with a host of clothing and other useful goods by Christian Response to Eastern Europe.


Dawlish Water has refurbished a number of musical instruments and gifted these to Dawlish Community College to help and encourage music students. Two guitars, a violin and two keyboards donated through members were presented to Jonathan Waterworth ( Head of Expressive Arts at the College (seen left below) with Dawlish Water President Barry Rendal-Jones, Youth lead Chris May and another member of staff (see also article below).


Dawlish Water inducted as a Rotarian in its third lady member, Anne Harrison, wife of former President and District officer Peter Harrison. Anne is a counsellor and was warmly welcomed into the club by President Barry Rendal-Jones.


Over forty teams and 560 players took part in another successful pub and club quiz held by Dawlish Water Rotary Club – a twice-yearly charity event.


More than £2,000 will have been raised from the evening. The Dawlish Water Rotary Club itself will be donating part of the proceeds to ‘Children’s Hospice South West’, with the remainder going to the Rotary Foundation's ‘End Polio Now’ campaign to eradicate polio worldwide and other Rotary charities.


In addition, over £1000 has gone out to charities chosen by the various winning teams from the night, as listed below.


The winning team – with 26 players -  was ‘Asterix’, a team based in France who have taken part for many years. They had  an amazing score of 186 out of 195 . They have chosen the ‘League Against Cancer (Loire – Atlantic)’ to receive their £250 prize. The team also win a half-case of wine and the Top Team trophy.


The other prize winners were:-


2nd-  The ‘Artichoke’ Christow, with £200 going to the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (score 185)

3rd -   The ‘Church House Inn’, Stoke Gabriel with £150 going to assist Rowcroft Hospice (also 185)

4th -   The ‘Bishop Lacy’, Chudleigh, with £125 also going to Rowcroft Hospice.

5th -   The ‘Two Mile Oak’, Newton Abbot, won £100

6th -   The ‘Wild Goose’, Coombeinteignhead (£75)

7th –  The ‘Redwing’, Ottery St Mary (£50)


Finally, the prize for the largest team on the night went this time to first-time entrants the Redrock Brewery, based in Bishopsteignton, with an amazing 42 players, raising from one team a total of £126. They win £100 for their preferred charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the national charity that helps patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families make the most of every day.

“ My thanks go to all the teams and players on the night for making this another successful charity quiz.  I must also thank the support of other Rotarians from Teignmouth , Dartmoor Vale , Otter Valley , Crediton and Seaton Clubs, as well as various guest quizmasters and ladies on the night , who gave up their time to help run this event” , says Rotary organiser Peter Harrison.


The next Charity quiz is set for Thursday March 15th 2018.  If you have a Pub/Club team of at least 10 players and wish to enter next time, then please contact Rotarian Peter Harrison on 01626 862731 or by e-mail to reliancefinance@talktalk.net.   Come and join us!


Street collections organised by Dawlish Water Rotarians in September, with the help of the Dawlish club,  to help Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma drew a huge response from local people - raising over £860.00.

Further donations from individuals, the Catholic Church and St. Gregory's Church raised nearly £600.00 and this, with a contribution of £500.00 already earmarked by the Dawlish Water Rotarians, took the total raised to £2,000.00.

"That is a fantastic effort from a town the size of Dawlish - a hugely generous response to a terrible situation. All at ShelterBox are extremely grateful," said organiser Rotarian Bill Hande.

After winding along its destructive route through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma finally relented. Many homes have been destroyed by  fierce winds, massive storm surges and floods. Now families urgently need shelter to survive.
Some 500 ShelterKits will have reached St. Kitts and ShelterBox's expert Response Team will be setting up a base of operations in Antigua. The focus now is on the first islands that were affected by Hurricane Irma, like Barbuda, where helping families who are finally returning to the island will be a priority

Dawlish Water Rotarian Bill Hande is available for shelterBox talks and presentations - please contact him by email - b.hande@btinternet.com

The cast of the TV series Doc Martin, filming in Port Isaac, also showed their support for ShelterBox last week - see Martin Clunes below...



The West Exe Family Cycle Challenge took place on Saturday, June 17 2017 - the first such cycle day organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in aid of charity – the main beneficiary being Prostate Cancer UK. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men - one in eight men are likely to suffer from it and over 40,000 are diagnosed every year. Funded research is vital - help to boost the battle to find new and more effective treatments.

Along the route for refreshments there were the Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren, The Anchor Inn at Cockwood, Turf Lock pub, Double Locks pub and, at the quay in Exeter, Bar Venezia and Lutzys.

We are grateful to the numerous sponsors for this major event - including M&D Hire, and the Mount Pleasant Inn, and those shown below:


A fun pig race evening at the Manor in Dawlish attracted nearly 80 people and raised £400.00 for Dawlish Celebrates Carnival as well as money for Rotary charities. " It was a great success and we have our own pig-race equipment now which can be hired out at reasonable cost. It provides a great fundraiser," says organiser Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones. For more details :

contact secretary@dawlishwater.rotary1175.org

A cheque was presented to Geoff Wills, Vice-Chairman of Dawlish Celebrates Carnival, by former Club President John Petherick at a May meeting (see below).

Another pig race took place on The Lawn in Dawlish on Monday August 14 again supporting Dawlish Celebrates Carnival.


A major overseas water project led by Dawlish Water Rotary Club continues to go from strength to strength.

A further boost to the project - which funds community dams in Kenya - came in May with the presentation of a cheque for £1000 from Newton Abbot Rotary Club. Further support has come from Crediton Boniface, Bude, Barnstaple and Bideford.

More than £23,000 - which will be more than tripled by further grants - has been donated. Two dams - know as Sand Dams because they lie across sedimentary rivers - have been complete and contributions given towards the first Rotary Sand Dam in India as HSBC bank have stepped into Rotary's shoes and funded 45% of the cost. For more details see further article below..

Below former Dawlish Water President John Petherick receives the cheque from Newton Abbot President Martin Smith and International Chairman Richard Morgan.


Cockwood Primary School recaptured the top trophy in Dawlish Water Rotary Club's annual schools' quiz on March 28.

They took top position with a great score of 168 out of 196 possible points over three wide-ranging sections. Neighbouring Starcross Primary School came a close second, scoring a total of 164 points.

Other schools taking part were Kenn/Kenton, Kingskerswell, Our Lady and St. Patrick at Teignmouth and Westcliff in Dawlish. Each school received from Rotary a cheque for £50.00 and individual certificates for each of the pupils taking part.


A Christmas coffee morning organised by Peter and Wanda Chislett of Dawlish Home Aid Group was again a huge success raising £740 for the ShelterBox disaster relief charity, which is regularly supported by Dawlish Water Rotary Club.

A special Christmas cake competition devised by Dawlish Rotary for Oaklands and Ratcliffe Special Schools in Dawlish was keenly contested by the students at both centres with some very fine cakes designed and presented by the students themselves.

Rotarian Roger Pickering presented each student with a certificate and bags of chocolate coins and there was a Rotary cheque of £100.00 towards kitchen equipment.

A Christmas cheque of £100.00 also went to the Teignbridge Food Bank.

 CABARET EVENING raised over £860.00

A major fundraiser for our major overseas water project - Sand Dams - was held in the Lincoln Suite at the Langstone Cliff Hotel on Friday November 25 when a cabaret was performed by the Mark Price Electrical Theatre. Nearly £900.00 was raised thanks to the generous support of Mark Price and the Langstone Cliff. For more on Sand Dams - see below....


Barry Rendal-Jones from Kenton has taken over as Club President from John Petherick, a former Mayor of Dawlish. In our photograph above, John (right) congratulates Barry at the club formal handover.


Dawlish Water Rotary Club has adopted a new fun fundraiser - a Spiral Wheel for collecting money through the year to support Rotary's highly-successful worldwide polio campaign and other causes.

Like a modern designed 'wishing well,' the colourful spiral wheel - organised by Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones - will be used by the club at various locations this year to boost the club's other fundraising efforts.

The spiral wheel was in action last year at Cofton Country Holidays Park by kind permission of Helen Scott and her family and The Boat House, Dawlish Warren, by kind permission of the owners Nigel and Jayne Cousens there.

The idea springs from America and has been developed by nearby Exmouth and District Rotary Club- and now adopted by Dawlish Water Rotary Club - not only to raise money but also promote Rotary within the wider community.

When money is slotted into the display, coins spin round furiously making it a great fun activity for children and adults.

Pictured above : Dawlish Water Rotarians Ray Moore, John Seaborne and Peter Harrison pictured with the Spiral Wheel fundraiser at The Boat House, Dawlish Warren


A collection in October for the Haiti disaster raised over £240.00, which included  a generous donation from a local lady of £70. Rotary organiser Bill Hande has sent this money to the disaster aid charity ShelterBox, together with £147.60 given to him by the Dawlish Women’s Guild, to whom he had previously spoken on the work of ShelterBox.


Members of Dawlish Water Rotary club visited Dawlish Warren for an on-the-spot explanation of the work being carried out to maintain the Warren as a barrier to storm waves.

Martin Davis (seen centre above) Team Leader for Devon and Cornwall for the Environment Agency, which is working with Teignbridge Council, explained the complexities of the £10 million scheme, which deals with concerns about maintaining the attraction for tourism, the nature reserve and the golf course.

The Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy identified that the narrow part (or neck) of Dawlish Warren is at risk of being breached as a result of sea level rise and storms. If this happened, it would increase the risk of flooding to the railway line and estuary communities such as Starcross, Lympstone and Exmouth.

The first three groynes have had to be replaced as a matter of urgency and the remaining nine will be repaired or replaced. Sand will be dredged offshore to replenish the beach, a flood retention area created and a reinforced sand barrier set at the neck of the estuary. Part of the Warren will be allowed to return to nature and overall the scheme will improve the quality of the beach and allow the sand dunes to recover.

A complex timetable of operations is now planned for the coming months, taking care to protect the fragile ecology of this nationally important nature reserve.


Two members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club, Brian Hodge and Bruce Pell (above), have been recognised for "exceptional work" in promoting a major overseas project.

Both have received the Rotary International Service Award from Rotary District 1175 which covers clubs in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - the first time these have been presented in the club's history.

The award certificates mark " exceptional work in presenting and promoting the Sand Dams project in Kenya across the Rotary district and beyond."

The two Rotarians have been leading the District project, which encourages communities to create their own sustainable water resources through building concrete dams across sedimentary rivers where rains come only once or twice a year. (See Sand Dams article below).


Exactly 100 people queued up for free blood pressure tests organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club  at the Dawlish Community Fayre in August. At least one person was advised to see their doctor immediately with a number of others advised to have their blood pressure checked again in a month. The confidential tests  (part of the Stroke Association's awareness campaign) were carried out with the kind assistance of Dr Wheeler and Dr Wong and nurses Carin and Amanda from the Starcross GP practice. The Rotary club also had on display a Shelterbox tent, of the type used to help people affected by disasters around the world.


This could be a momentous year for Rotary and the eradication of polio. After steadily reducing cases of polio through a worldwide vaccination programme, we are on the brink of eliminating one of the most tragic diseases in history.

"Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio is still spreading naturally. They were responsible for 74 cases last year, and the nine cases reported so far this year. This is an incredible result and testimony to Rotary's huge influence around the world. Undoubtedly it is our greatest achievement," says Bill Hande, Polio representative for Dawlish Water Rotary Club, which contributes over £1000 each year to the campaign.

The success is the result of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative — a partnership principally between Rotary International, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, backed by billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

As recently as 1988, polio was paralysing more than 1000 children every day. Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than $11 billion dollars (£7.5 billion pounds).

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.5 million children's lives have been saved and 13 million people are able to walk today because of the public health push to eradicate polio.

Dawlish Rotarians, planted thousands of purple crocus bulbs in the town in late October 2015 and in October 2016 planted thousands more to mark an historic moment in Rotary's worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, The crocuses are the symbol of Rotary’s greatest achievement, tackling polio - their purple colour matching the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised.

  • If you wish to help in the fight against polio, please contact us through secretary@dawlishwater.rotary1175.org or through any Rotarian.


Congratulations to Jen Wheeley, of Dawlish, sponsored by Dawlish Water, who has received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) which identifies young people who have shown leadership potential and who are likely, as adults, to become future leaders. 

Students are placed in challenging situations to help develop leadership and team bonding skills and to increase personal confidence on the RYLA course.

Jen was selected from Dawlish Community College and is one of several College students to have achieved the award over the last few years. Below Jen is seen second right after receiving her award.

Jen talked about her experiences to the club on Tuesday December 13.


Dawlish Water Rotarians have again distributed over 100 illustrated dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in local schools as part of the club's educational stimulus. Others will receive them in the autumn term.

Below Rotarian Wendy Rendal-Jones is pictured below with pupils who received their dictionaries at Kenton Primary School.


The remarkable team that organised the highly-successful Dawlish Air Show was recognised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club with the award of the club's Community Service Award.

Three of the recipients - Jenny Connor, Kevin Wills and Ali Aitchison - received the framed award at a special evening at the Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren, and two others, Emma Nankervis and Matt Simmons,  also earned the award.

Club Rotarians have willingly helped the Air Show to collect tens of thousands of pounds through programme sales and bucket collections over the last few years and will be helping at this year's Red Arrows and Carnival event.

Pictured below: Three of the recipients of the Dawlish Water Rotary Community Service Award - Jenny Connor, Kevin Wills and Ali Aitchison pictured with former Rotary President Richard Hayes.


Pupils at Westcliff School in Dawlish now enjoy an extended outside play area thanks to a donation of £700 from Dawlish Water Rotary club and £500 from the Rotary Foundation.

The extra equipment provides more of a facility and better access to all children during their breaks.
In our first picture below :  Children enjoying the new play area.

In our second picture below :  Rotary Youth committee members Graham Shaw and Barry Rendal-Jones with Gemma Saich, Chairperson of the Friends of Westcliff, Anna Grim, treasurer, and Corinna Muir, Vice-Chairperson.


Is there a need for food banks in Teignbridge? The answer quite defintely is 'yes,' members of Dawlish Water Rotary Club heard at a weekly club meeting.

Rotarians were told by their speaker Bob Newton, Vice-Chair/Co-ordinator of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) that up to a tonne of food was distributed in the area every week . This included up to 60 food bags "to fulfil a great need out there."

The Rotary club continues to actively support the food bank through donations. Two members of the club, John Seaborne and John Evans, also presented Mr Newton with a cheque for £100.00 on behalf of the Cosens Institute,  a local charity which makes small donations to local groups each year.A further £300.00 was raised from a Christmas raffle.

HITS is a local charity supporting local people, working with the homeless and those in crisis and need. Toiletry, food and household crisis packs are issued along with baby packs and sometimes pet packs. If you wish to assist the food bank, you can call 07990 515125 or email: hitscharity@yahoo.com

Pictured below: Bob Newton, Vice-Chair/Co-ordinator of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge Support) receives a cheque for £100 from Dawlish Water Rotary club members John Seaborne (right) and John Evans on behalf of the Cosens Institute.


The Christmas shoebox appeal for the children and families in Moldova, organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in association with Christian Response to Eastern Europe (cr2ee), brought in over 1600 shoeboxes plus scores of bags of clothing and toys.

The gifts were distributed before Christmas and were gratefully received.

These Christmas gifts, which make a huge difference to needy families, came from various primary schools, church groups and local organisations as well as individuals. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this another highly successful appeal.

Often with deep snow and freezing temperatures the final delivery of shoeboxes to the scattered villages is extremely challenging. 

  • Christian Response for Eastern Europe (CR2EE) Charity director Hugh Scudder (seen left above with Community Service Chairman Peter Gibbs and President Richard Hayes)  receiving a previous donation cheque of £250.00 when he visited the Dawlish Water club.


Dawlish and Dawlish Water Rotary Clubs celebrated the inclusion of two local students in the UK’s annual Rotary Young Musician competition. 

Henry Buckland,15, and Zac Ward,14, students at Dawlish Community College, were each presented with a £25 voucher by the two club Presidents, Mel Boon and Richard Hayes.

Both played the piano in the Rotary area final in Plymouth – Henry chose classical pieces while Zac performed jazz numbers. They each received afterwards a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative mug. The competition was tough and neither was chosen to go through to the District final, but were complimented on their performances by local Rotarians. 

“The two clubs were delighted to sponsor Henry and Zac and hope that more students will be encouraged to enter the competition in future years,” said Past Rotary District Governor Barry Rendal-Jones after the presentations at the school assembly.

In our picture below - Mel Boon, President of Dawlish Rotary Club, Henry Buckland, Zac Ward and Richard Hayes, former President of Dawlish Water Rotary Club.


A club fundraiser, a Pig Racing Night on November 13 2015 at St. Mary's Hall, Dawlish Warren, proved a great fun evening for Rotarians, partners and guests alike - and raised a fantastic £829.00.

Profits were shared between the FORCE cancer charity and Rotary supported charities.


Dawlish Water Rotarians helped with the setting up of the very successful 'Little Ruckers' event on Dawlish Lawn to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Seen in our picture below is Rotary organiser Ray Moore, the Mayor of Dawlish Howard Almond and his escort and granddaughter Mollie, Rugby's Mr England Peter Cross, Rotarian and former Mayor Terry Lowther and the Wooden Spoon mascot.


Last year, Dawlish Water Rotary Club presented their 'community personality of the year' award to Peter White, a Kenton man who has immersed himself in the village in voluntary and charity work for more than 30 years.

Peter was active for many years in the Starcross sailing club, teaching many youngsters to sail. For many years, too, he served as Chairman of the Parish Council in Kenton and whenever there was an emergency (flooding, snow) he would be out clearing the roads, drains etc – very much hands on. While Parish Council chairman, he was one of the principal people involved in Kenton Twinning with Linkebeek in Belgium and St. Lambert du Lattay in France.

He has been chairman of the Village Hall Committee for several years and is also host chairman for an informal breakfast club in the village. Peter is pictured below with his award.


Dawlish Water Rotarian Robert Coates braved his head being shaved -  all in aid of the Children's Hospice South West. Over £800 was donated by the hair-raising event  - and club members made this up to a £1,000 donation for the Children's Hospice.

  • The Children's Hospice South West was founded in 1991 by Eddie and Jill Farwell after they experienced for themselves the urgent need for hospice care for children in the South West. Their two eldest children, Katie and Tom, had life-limiting illnesses.

There are now three centres in the South-West helping to complete a chain of children's hospices covering Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon, Somerset, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.


An audience of over 100 enjoyed a superb, polished performance by the younger and older sections of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish, during 2015.

The event was organised by Dawlish Water Rotary Club in aid of a major international initiative to provide clean water to villages in arid areas of Kenya through building sand dams (see below).  Over £450 was raised.

Rotary organiser Brian Hodge also arranged for an afternoon's workshop at the Shaftesbury Theatre which was greatly enjoyed by enthusiastic youngsters from Kenn, Kennford, Gatehouse (Dawlish) and Cockwood. The workshop was led by the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra Ambassadors (see photo below).



Dawlish Water Rotary Club reached a milestone in February 2016 with the construction of its first sponsored sand dam to provide clean, safe water in Eastern Kenya. The club has been leading a joint Rotary project to sponsor sand dams in Kenya, enabling farmers and their families to gain access to clean water and grow more food and improve their environments. Sand dams provide that clean water year round.

A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built in a seasonal riverbed to capture and store water beneath sand - thus filtering and protecting it. A great self-help scheme!

With the aid of other clubs across District 1175 (Devon and Cornwall) we have now raised over £25,000 and donated over £23,000 of this already.  The money raised is part match-funded by the District and also attracts global grant from Rotary and Government aid, thus more than tripling the initial value of the money raised.

We are set to form part of a wider scheme to build 13 sand dams this year and next.

If you would like to help in any way, please contact us.

Reading Rotary Club in Berkshire raised £10,000 for a parallel Sand Dams project,  and clubs in Cambridgeshire have raised over £6,000 following presentations by the Dawlish Water club.

Previously on a club visit, Torrington Rotary Club were one of the clubs to donate £1,000 to boost Devon Rotary's involvement in promoting the Sand Dams project. Below - Ray Harris and David Large, of Torrington Rotary, presenting the cheque to Bruce Pell and Brian Hodge of Dawlish Water's Sand Dams Co-ordinating Committee.


Dawlish Water Rotary Club has also helped Operation Imprezza, a UK charity, which helps provide education for Kenyan children who can't afford to go to school.  

The club paid the costs of installing mains electricity at Imprezza Academy, making a huge difference. The Academy was founded in a Nairobi slum in 2001 and had to be re-established after the election riots of 2007. It is aiming to become self-sufficient by 2020 with 750 students on the roll.

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Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren We meet on Tuesdays at 1915
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