All About Ilfracombe Rotary

Rotary Opens Opportunities for All - Help us make a difference in our Community - we welcome anyone from 18-80


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Our club is a proud part of Rotary International and even prouder to be part of this community. We are in the unique position of being rooted within our own community for the past 97 years.

Ilfracombe Rotary Club offer opportunities for all our members — and those interested in making a difference — to get involved. We learn about the issues facing our community through our meetings, social events, and volunteer projects. While doing all these we are able to form lifelong friendships and business connections.

We do realise that, nowadays some of us want to commit to organisations, and the vital projects they support, but our busy schedules can make it hard to attend local meetings but that should not stop us from benefitting from joining Rotary.

Locally, our experience in community work and volunteering allows us to help organisations such as local businesses, charities, universities, schools, hospitals, youth groups and event planners in supporting a wide range of projects.  

Ø  Our well known annual StarTrek, raised almost £1m running the event 27 times. Over the years major benefactors of those funds have been Children’s Hospice South West, North Devon Hospice and many other benefactors displayed around the room.    

Ø  We are proud to say that we are probably the only Rotary Club that manages a Grade 1 listed building. We are custodians of St Nicholas Chapel on Lantern Hill which help us to raise about £6,000 per year. These fund local groups and causes as can be seen on the attached posters.

Ø  Our annual pop-up Charity Shop in the town is always well supported and in past years has raised over £5,000 annually. We have no overheads with the shop which is staffed by us with the help of our Friends and volunteers and all our goods are donated.

Ø  Through a local Charity Amigos, based in Barnstaple, we support the education of children in Uganda. Some of us have, in the past, visited Uganda to see the projects we support.

Ø  Each year we introduce our Rotary Youth Competitions to all the schools in our area and have had amazing success with the students’ entries at District and National level.

Ø   We support a junior Rotary Club called Interact at the Academy for students aged 12 – 18 years.

Ø  We’ve also helped to equip Delta, a youth drop-in space in Ilfracombe where children can meet and socialise after school.

Ø  The Calvert Trust provides accessible activity holidays for youngsters with all disabilities. We continue to support them in their needs.

Ø  We also support the food banks, we clean up the local beaches, fundraise for local hospices, and support youth groups in sport.

Ø  Recently, our Rotarians have been planting and maintaining boats, barrows and planters around the harbour and wild flower seed planting in various areas around the town. The poppies on the verges of the road between Ilfracombe and Mullacott for Remembrance Day were definitely a show stopper.

We meet weekly at lunch or in the evening. Apart from the business that we do, we have FUN!!  

When we are approached with any idea or request, we work in small groups or committees within Club which enable us to cover a wide range of voluntary work at any given time.

Our Committees are:

Membership and Vocational

Community and Social

International & Foundation

Youth Services

Media & Publicity

“Friends of Rotary” Rotary is more flexible than ever before. With a variety of ways to get involved with us, there is bound to be an opportunity to suit you, your lifestyle and your commitments.

In the current global crisis situation, where Rotary is being dependent upon by local governments and health authorities for managing supplies, supporting vaccine rollouts and tackling hunger.

The biggest challenge we as Rotary Clubs, face is the threat to our free movement, our fundraising, and motivating ourselves for on-the-ground action.

But we do and have risen to the challenge!!


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Here are the details of the recent Young Chef Area Final at Petroc College, Barnstaple with photographs of the District Final.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall talking to Rotary Paul Williams at the 30th Anniversary of CHSW

Rotarian Paul Williams was invited to represent Ilfracombe Rotary Club at a recent visit by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to Children's Hospice South West for their 30th Anniversary

Members at our 90th Charter Lunch at Ilfracombe Golf Club.

This is a brief overview of our club and its history. Please feel free to explore additional pages.


Ilfracombe Rotary hold a 'pop-up' Charity Shop each year to raise money for local good causes.

President Jan Parkin as bingo caller

For World Polio Day 2021 we organised a fund-raising Bingo night with a purple theme


So many local community groups have benefited from funds raised by Ilfracombe Rotary

Rotary Citation Award 2019-2020

Our club were delighted to receive the Rotary Citation for presidential year 2019-20, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for our commitment to achieve our goals, helping strengthen Rotary and shape our future.


We raised money to help finance the Kira Farm Training Centre Project in Uganda. Empowerment through Education

St Nicholas Chapel perched on Lantern Hill

St Nicholas Chapel, restored in 1962 by Ilfracombe Rotary and run by volunteers during the season.


The youth committee and club have been supporting Ilfracombe Youth Football with the supply of their new strip.


Rotarians carried out a beach clean at Hele Bay as part of Environment Week 2021.

Ilfracombe Interact Club organised 25 boxes for the Rotary Shoebox Appeal

Ilfracombe Rotary Club is the sponsor Club to Ilfracombe Academy Interact Club and we act as mentors and guides as they carry out projects

President Ann Doody

President Ann Doody taking on the role of President of Ilfracombe Rotary for the second time

Our 'Pirate' Theme stall at the Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival

We had a fund-raising stall at the recent Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival with Treasure Hunt, Name the Pirate and raffled a Luxury Hamper


Short clip of our activities / fund-raising / fun events

Honey Farm Project in Swaziland

Ilfracombe Rotary Club provided finance to kick start a honey Farm in Swaziland

New 'Friends of Rotary'

A new initiative 'Friends of Ilfracombe Rotary Club' has been introduced.


Ilfracombe Rotary joined in the Rotary International Billion Seed Challenge


Supporting Ilfracombe Academy, Ilfracombe Interact and local junior schools at ilfracombe and West Down

The photo shows the two essential Oxygen concentrators being unpacked at Kagando Hospital alongside two local Rotarians are Canon Dr Benson Baguma the hospital Director and with the stethoscope is Dr Kemigisha the emergency doctor.

A recent delivery of essential medical equipment was couriered from North Devon to a remote Hospital in Western Uganda.


Rotary Opens Opportunities for All - Help us make a difference in our Community - we welcome anyone from 18-80

Ilfracombe R C Treasurer Rtn Nigel Vince; ilfracombe Academy Associate Member Deputy Head Steve Rogers; Ilfracombe R C President Pam Cox; ilfracombe Academy Associate Member, Principal Sharon Marshall; Rotarian Ian Stuart; Ilfracombe Academy Assistan

Ilfracombe Rotary Club is branching out in offering Corporate Membership to organisations, corporations and Schools, inviting them to participate in giving back to the community through the well-organised systems and structures of Rotary.


Disaster aid and Sustainable Projects

May Pole Dancing

The Club is involved with many local community events. This can be in the form of marshalling at the Ilfracombe Jack in the Green procession for May Day, The Carnival in August, Lighting the Lights and other major events.

Presentation of cheque to North Devon Hospice

Organised by Ilfracombe Rotary Clubs, Startrek was an annual orienteering event which raised in excess of £900k, most of which has been donated to North Devon Hospice and Children's Hospice SW


Looking after the welfare of the club

Kira Farm Project 2010

Ilfracombe would like to hear from other District Clubs on any project they are undertaking and would like partners to help with funds and achieving matching grants