Exmouth rotary club recognises Sea Cadets chair for work with youngsters

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 December 2017

Lt Cdr Tony Griffin has been named Rotary Club of Exmouth and District's citizen of the year. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn

Lt Cdr Tony Griffin has been named Rotary Club of Exmouth and District's citizen of the year. Picture: Frank Hart-Venn


Lieutenant Commander Tony Griffin was given the citizen of the year award by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

An Exmouth man was left ‘speechless’ after being recognised for his work with young people in the community.

Lieutenant Commander Tony Griffin, chairman of the Exmouth Sea Cadet Corps management team, has been given the citizen of the year award by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District.

Lt Cdr Griffin was presented with an inscribed bowl and a certificate by former chairman David Matthews at one of the rotary club’s meetings.

He told the Rotarians that he was ‘speechless’ and thanked the club for recognising the sea cadets for their work with Exmouth youngsters.

A spokesman for Rotary Club of Exmouth and District said: “Lt Cdr Tony Griffin was recognised for his work for the youth of our community.

“He was instrumental in bringing the new Exmouth headquarters into focus at a cost in excess of £500,000 - a building that he insisted in its design could be used not only by the sea cadets but by other members of the community.”

At the meeting, Mr Matthews read out a letter from a 13-year-old who claimed that joining the sea cadets had given him ‘discipline, purpose and a meaning for success’.

Mr Matthews also said that the work of the sea cadets for the young people in the community was a ‘worthy cause’ and was recognised by the rotary club in its quest to do good in the world.

Lt Cdr Griffin’s latest project is to replace the sea cadets’ aging minibus and club president Linda Wilson presented a cheque for £2,500 towards the cost of the vehicle.

This funding means that the sea cadets will now be able to buy a new minibus.

At the same meeting, three new members – Gill Smith, Tracy Meyer and Graham Holmes – were welcomed into the club, sponsored by former presidents Simon Wood and Frank Hart-Venn.

• The club’s Father Christmas and helpers will be a Tesco, in Salterton Road, and in the Magnolia Centre where their Christmas tree is also in place.

Other News Stories

An Exmouth fish shop has made the shortlist for a prestigious national award – but whether it wins could depend on your vote.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:20

Staff at the Exmouth branch of Specsavers wore hats and raised more than £200 for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:54

A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:51

Llamas Ollie, 13, and 15-year-old Golly paid a visit to residents at an Exmouth care home for some animal therapy.

Read more
Thu, 17:00

The dad of an Exmouth teen whose moped was trashed and dumped in a stream has been ‘amazed’ by the kindness of strangers who have helped to buy him a new bike.

Read more
Thu, 15:22

Have a look at all the pictures our readers have been sharing with us of Exmouth in the sunshine.

Read more
Thu, 13:20

People in Budleigh surprised by loud noises which sounded like fireworks late last night were actually hearing the sound of MoD gunfire.

Read more
Thu, 12:00

A bid to save a pair of iconic Exmouth seafront sites for future generations has been dealt a blow by town councillors.

Read more
Thu, 08:00

Model dinosaurs being stolen, women vomiting over the sea wall and ‘boy racers’ crashing their cars – who would live in a town like this?

Read more
Wed, 17:24

Festival fever is in the pipeline for Exmouth as businesses back two free live music events.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather



max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications