Supporting our Community

The Opportunity to help those in need with fundraising or with the time and experience of our members is important to the whole club. Our motto is "service before self"

Supporting our Local Community

Raising funds and awareness to support local (and some international) chariities but particularly local needs and local people. 

£40,000 to CHSW

In 2019 we have made a major contribution to Littlebridge House for CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST. With help from our twin club, Uelzen in Germany, we accessed a Rotary Foundation Global Grant which enabled us to donate nearly £40,000 to the Hospice . This paid for a complete electrical re-wiring of Littlebridge House and the installation of new surveillance and monitoring equipment, entrance security and a system of mobile alarm calls. It also funded a brand new, special, cot-type bed whech has enabled the care of very sick children in our community to be managed just a little more easily.

McMillan Coffee Mornings

This is a charity traditionally supported by The Rotary Club of Bideford as for years we have assisted the local McMillan group with their annual bucket collection at Morrisons. The World's Biggest Coffee Morning in September is something that is too good to miss and who can resist home made cakes?. Always popular and always an easy way to get friends together and to make new friends, the generous donations are really appreciated and enabled us to donate another £800 to McMillan in October 2021.

McMillan Coffee Morning at Moreton House

This year our President's chosen charity is North Devon against Domestic Violence. 

We are proud of the long list of other organisations we have helped in the last couple of years too. Some funds were raised for a specific named cause (Shelterbox Disaster Relief, Children's Hospice South West, Bideford Bay Surf Lifesaving, RNLI etc) but the distribution of funds from the charity account (from our annual Water Festival, the Bideford wishing well, the Westward Ho Ho Ho New Year dip, quiz night funds to name just a few) is decided on the recommendation of a committee of Rotarians who look at each application for funding on its merit. 

£1000 presented to Northam Lodge

To apply for some of these funds, send an application in writing to President Moirag Clarke c/o The Royal Hotel, Bideford or by Email: (We would prefer applications to be from organisations rather than individuals and preferably not from political or religous groups) 

Local community donations made recently 

 2018 Donations


 2019 Donations




2021 Donations 

RNLI Appledore
600 316 Energy
Bideford Bay Surf Lifesaving 600  Alwington Village Hall
     100 Bideford Work Club
Northam Lodge 1,025  Amegos
     100  Northam Lodge
North Devon Hospice 500 North Devon Hospice
     225 North Devon Hospice
TTVS Carewise 433 TTVS Carewise
Harbour 500 North Devon Biosphere
     250 Bid Community Fridge
 200 Bid Community Fridge
N Devon Foodbank
N Devon Foodbank
     482 N Devon Foodbank

Foodbank Xmas
 500 Foodbank Xmas
N D Animal Hospital 90 British Naturalists N Devon
       25  Calvert Trust (Young Carers)
Families in Grief 235 Cruise Berievement
     200 Home Start Xmas Party
 250 Noah's Place (Woolsery)
Rotakids 703
Dictionaries for Torridge Primary Schools
1,176 Dictionaries for Torridge Primary Schools
   1,176 Westcroft School
 450 Appledore School (for tablets)
1st Edgehill & Torridge Scouts 275 Encompas Rough Sleepers
     800 Torridge Friendship &VIPs
 100 Woolsery School (for tablets)
Tarka Tennis Centre 500 Children's Hospice S West
 38,826 Children's Hospice S West
N Devon Yacht Club Cadets 500 N Devon Young Gymnasts
Bideford Street Pastors 500 N Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
     250 Devon Freewheelers (blood bikes)
Bideford Amateur Athletics Club 250 Bideford Canoe Club
Abbotsham Village Hall Trust
250 Appledore Hall Trust
Torridge Scouts 250 Chemo Hero
       25  Chemo Hero
Muddy Boots Preschool  250 Snapdragons Preschool
Appledore Book Festival   250 Appledore Book Festival
     250 Appledore Book Festival
 - Appledore Book Festival
Flying Fish Artists  250 Freedom Com. Alliance
     279 Growth Project Westward Ho!
Grow@Jigsaw  250 Freshspring      250        
Bideford College  250 Sounds Different
Help for Heros  25 Help for Heros
Lions of Bideford  25 Lions of Bideford
Northam Twinning  25 Edukid      250  Edukid  250    
Torridge Volunteer Cars  25 Exmoor Search & Rescue
     150 Exmoor Search & Rescue
Bideford & District Sea Cadets  25 Bideford & District Sea Cadets
       25 Bideford & District Sea Cadets
    Surfers Against Sewage
       25 Royal Marines Charity
    N Devon Sustainable Fish
    TTVS Memory Cafes
  TTVS Memory Cafe
    Victoria Park Bowls Club
    Appledore Gig Club
       25  Bideford Gig Club
    Devon Wildlife Trust
       25 Devon Wildlife Trust

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What we have been up to.... We write a monthly bulletin highlighting some of the things we have done in the previous month. Looking back over The Bulletins gives a historical record of the club's activities

Bank details for further contributions to Ukrainian Refugees

Bideford Rotary Clubs have together raised nearly £15,000 There is still time to donate!

Supporting our Local Community

The Opportunity to help those in need with fundraising or with the time and experience of our members is important to the whole club. Our motto is "service before self"

Shelterbox Disaster Relief

£115,000 RAISED IN 20 YEARS! We support ShelterBox as this charity can really move quickly to get assistance to desperate communities around the world where and when it is needed.

Bideford Water Festival 2022 - Pirate Theme

A Pirate Theme for the 2022 Bideford Water Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta

Rotakids show off the new kit provided by Bideford Rotary

Encouraging young people to become confident, accomplished, valuable members of our community will always make us proud.

Bideford Rotary Club Logo

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Table Tennis Challenge with Bideford Bridge Club
(Colin Taylor Trophy 2018)

Throughout the year there are several inter-club sporting competitions, including the infamous Skittles League, a multi-disciplined pub sports evening organised by Torrington Club at Langtree and last year both a table tennis and beach Petanque challenge.

Bideford Rotary help the End Polio Now Campaign