Rotary Pop-up-Shop Raises £13,000 for Charity

Jan 2, 2022
Over £13,000 raised for charity

The Pop-up-Shop, a brain child and inspiring idea from The Rotary Club of Taunton was a great success. Selling bric-a-brac and promoting Rotary the shop opened in late November and recently closed as 2021 ended. The shop was also supported by a partner organisation, ‘Action for Climate Change’, and hosted a popular Santa and elves grotto which was visited by over 64 children. Rotarians, their family, friends and volunteers all contributed to raising over £13,000 for the Club’s charities, amongst which are the Conquest Centre and the Musgrove Park Hospital League of Friends.

Thanks are extended to all those who visited the shop and purchased goods ad also to those who helped out throughout the shops short life.

If you want to find out more about becoming a member of Rotary of helping out as a ‘Friend’ of Rotary, please do get in contact with the Club.


Caroling for Christmas

Dec 17, 2021

Rotarians, family friends and Sea Cadets joined together to carol in the Christmas message.  Standing outside the Rotary Pop-up-Shop in Taunton Town Centre the band of carolers entertained shoppers on this late Christmas shopping night.

Thanks to all passers by who gave generously to Rotary charities, amongst which this year is the Conquest Centre and League of Friends (Musgrove Park Hospital)

Christmas Pop-up-Shop Last chance to bag a bargain

Dec 14, 2021
Families enjoy meeting Santa in his Grotto

It’s the last chance to bring the kids to see Santa and his elves at the Rotary Christmas Pop-Up shop that opened in November. The shop has already raised over £9,000 for local charities, the Conquest Centre and the Musgrove Park League of Friends. This remarkable success is down to Rotarians and volunteers who have brought Christmas cheer to many through the sale of donated quality items.

There are still bargains to be snapped up and prices have been reduced so get along to the shop and buy for charity.

Santa and his elves will be there on the last Saturday before Christmas, between 11am and 3pm giving presents to children, with toys gifted by the toy shop, ‘The Entertainer’. For a donation of £5 per family it’s not too late to give your children the gift of Christmas wonder.

The Taunton Rotary Club Pop-Up Shop is in North Street (near Lloyds Bank), and open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm up until Christmas.

SANTA comes to Taunton

Dec 3, 2021
Families enjoy meeting Santa in his Grotto

Taunton Rotary Club is providing children of all ages with an opportunity to meet Santa during December Saturdays in the run up to Christmas.

Santa has kindly agreed to take a few hours off from present preparation to meet young people whose adults would like to make a donation of £5 per family to Rotary Club charities. The children will have the chance to have a photograph taken and will receive an early gift thanks to generous support offered by The Entertainer Toy Shop.

The special grotto will be open to visitors to the Taunton Rotary Club Pop-Up Shop in North Street (near Lloyds Bank), between on:

Saturdays 4th, 11th and 18th December – Between 11.00am and 3.00pm

Santa will be accompanied by one of his Elves who will chaperone the children although young people remain the responsibility of their parents or guardians at all times.

The temporary shop has proved a great success, raising in excess of £7,000 for charities so far. Local beneficiaries include the League of Friends of Musgrove Park Hospital and Conquest Riding Centre. Action for Climate Change group volunteers are partnering with the Rotarians and have been pleased to dispense advice on recycling and sustainability.

The store will remain until the end of the year selling a wide range of quality donated items every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the prospect of some additional opportunities to buy during late night shopping on Thursday evenings.

A Rotary Pop-up Shop for Christmas

Nov 2, 2021
Over £13,000 raised for charity

Taunton Rotary Club today opened a Pop-up Christmas shop in the vacated premises of the previous store, Topman in the centre of Taunton. The shop will sell a variety of bric-a-brac in the run up to the festive season, opening three days a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The opening ceremony attended by the Mayor of Taunton, Sue Lees, heralded the start of trading and a celebration of the hard work and commitment from all involved.

The shop is served by Rotary volunteers and Friends of Rotary who will ensure all visitors get a warm welcome. The Club hopes to help the public learn about the Rotary movement and encourage others to get involved in the Club’s many charitable activities and events. The shop hopes to host a Santa’s Grotto in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Don’t miss out, come along, find out more and keep up-to-date with rotary ativities.

The premises are provided free from the leaseholder, Taunton Heritage Trust who own and run a number of Alms houses throughout Taunton.

Partnership and collaboration feature highly as other voluntary sector partners join together to make use of this town centre venue. Action for Climate Change are also based temporarily in the shop to increase public awareness about the actions that individuals and organisations, both public and private can do.

If you want to volunteer as a Friend of Rotary to help out, then contact us through this website by logging your details as a Volunteer Sign-Up. Donations of items of bric-a-brac are welcome (no clothes).

Call in, find out more and take a look around. You never know, you may find a real treasure.

Taunton Flower Show is back and looking for Volunteers

Jul 13, 2021

The Taunton Flower Show is back in business and takes place from 6th – 7th August. This fabulous event is a great reminder of all the things we have most missed during our ‘Lockdown’ year. Getting out, meeting others, attending events, viewing the amazing creations and stalls and enjoying ourselves alongside others.  Although it’s a scaled down event this year we’re sure the buzz and bustle of this much loved Flower Show will be heartily welcome.

The Flower Show organisers are keen to recruit VOLUNTEERS, so if you’d like to help out contact the organisers through the Flower Show website or email the organisers: . Alternatively contact us and we’ll pass on your contact details.

Christmas is Coming! – Volunteers needed

Jul 13, 2021

Don’t know what to do with that Christmas Tree when the festivities are over? For several years St Margaret’s Hospice has been offering their local communities a Christmas Tree Collection Scheme. This involves organising a pre-arranged roadside collection service of Christmas Trees in early January. In return residents are encouraged to make a donation to the Hospice. What a great service which is this year being run with their partner Children’s Hospice South West.

The Hospice are calling for VOLUNTEERS to help run this charitable service. If you think you can help either as a driver or someone who can load and unload, then do get in touch with the or make contact through this website and we’ll pass on your contact details.

Dene Barton Community Hospital needs your help

Jun 15, 2021

Wanted: A new Chairperson and Secretary for The Friends of Dene Barton Community Hospital.

The Friends of Dene Barton Hospital were established to raise funds for patient resources at the Dene Barton Community Hospital based in Cotford St Luke, near Taunton.  The Hospital has a Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and an outpatients section of the Musgrove Park Hospital Physiotherapy Department. Also based at the hospital is a District Nurses Hub, an Integrated Rehabilitation Team, a Pain Team and a Rapid Response Team. The Friends are urgently in need of a new Chairperson and Secretary. This very active and successful group may have to fold if they can’t find committed volunteers to take these roles.  Please help if you can. You can contact the current Chairperson, Alan Sutton, for more information. All enquiries will be confidential.

The group meets every five weeks and has tremendous support from the local community and especially the primary School.



Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Preparations

Jun 9, 2021

Join other organisations in Taunton and make preparations for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations taking place in 2022.

Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old she is now the longest serving monarch. There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. Across the four days the celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflections on The Queen’s 70 years of service. Taunton expects to celebrate with style.

The Rotary Club of Taunton is running a Queen’s Jubilee Forum and facilitating the exchange of ideas and event information.  Get in touch if you want to be involved by contacting Taunton Rotary.

‘Pieced Together’

May 25, 2021
Pieced Together

Go-create are the architects for this tremendous arts initiative.  Jigsaw pieces have been created by individuals and organisations across Taunton during the Lockdown period and are soon to be displayed.  Take a look at the current Brewhouse exhibition ‘Pieced Together’ to get a flavour and contribute. This project was partly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton.