National award for Exmouth Kite Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 April 2016

Rotary Club of Exmouth and District kite festival team Mike Wethral-King, past president Norman Hawkins, founders and past presidents Malcolm Pressey and Frank Hart-Venn, and current festival chairman, Dirk Leonard, pictured with the Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland Community Service Cup.

Rotary Club of Exmouth and District kite festival team Mike Wethral-King, past president Norman Hawkins, founders and past presidents Malcolm Pressey and Frank Hart-Venn, and current festival chairman, Dirk Leonard, pictured with the Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland Community Service Cup.

John Thorogood

The organisers of a major Exmouth charity event have received a prestigious national award.

The Rotary Club of Exmouth and District was awarded the Community Service Cup at the Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Conference.

This is awarded annually to recognise a club that has established a project or scheme in its community for the benefit of that community. It was presented to Exmouth and District for its work on the Rotary Exmouth Kite Festival, beating entries from across the British Isles for the honour.

Exmouth and District’s Frank Hart-Venn said: “The kite festival was established in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, yearly, with the support of the Archant press [Journal/Herald] and other local businesses.

“It is raising the awareness of rotary in our community, bringing friendship and fun, supporting education, whilst raising many thousands of pounds to help local causes and charities, not least the Children’s Hospice South West and the Rotary Foundation.”

The Community Service Cup was presented to Exmouth and District club president Simon Wood, and festival founder and former president Malcolm Pressey, by the President of RIBI, Peter Davey, at the conference in Bournemouth.

Exmouth and District recently presented Children’s Hospice South West with a cheque for £2,300 – money raised at last year’s kite festival, which was attended by around 4,000 people.

This year’s kite festival will be taking place at the usual venue, Imperial Recreation Ground, on a slightly later than usual date - August bank holiday weekend, August 27 and 28.

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