What is Rotary?

Rotary is a Global network of neighbours, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – in our communities and across the globe.

Rotary Club of Taunton Vale is group of philanthropic people primarily, though not exclusively, in the business world.  We meet most weeks to discuss projects already underway or the need and means to create new solutions to local and global problems.  All actions and manpower carried out by us for any organisation or charity is conducted completely free of charge with most of the cost of materials or needs being met by our Club’s fund raising events.  Please ask any of our members, many of who will be at the Moonraker event in some capacity.

Go here to find out more about our Club: Rotary Club of Taunton Vale

Come join us and help us change lives locally and around the world.

What is Moonraker?

A night time orienteering walk of varying distances, either 8 or 15 miles. Solve questions by finding clues and orienteering your way between checkpoints.  It’s not a race – the idea is to get round inside the bogey time and solve the clues.  The main objective – after having fun – is to raise money for the year’s chosen charities.  These change each year so we are able to support as many worthy local causes in the best way possible.
Why Enter?

Because it’s great fun!  Most teams come back year after year to try their skill at that year’s route.  Teams enter because they really enjoy the challenge of navigating the route and solving clues in the dark, while raising substantial sponsorship for important local charities. Many teams have been doing it for ages and look forward to a new route challenge every year but it’s quite possible for new or inexperienced teams to start early and complete most of the shorter course before it gets too dark if that’s what you want.  You have a choice of start times so you can be last out(if you book early enough) or first out(same applies).  It’s up to you.
Who Benefits?
One of our two main charities this year is Arc: a local homeless charitable organisation. Arc has 15 properties housing 174 people. As well as providing accommodation Arc aims to ensure no-one has to spend more than  one night homeless, with our Outreach Team woking hard to support rough sleepers.  Arc understand that it is not just about having a roof over your head, so we help clients on a road to recovery, inspiring and assisting them to move forwards through a positive journey to independence.

The second of our two main charities is St Margaret’s HospiceSt Margaret’s has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for almost 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.  With two hospice sites, one in Yeovil and one in Taunton, as well as five community based teams caring for people in their own homes, the charity cared for over 3,800 people last year.

Where, When and How Long?

Every year the route changes.  Our expert route planners seek an area vast enough to give several miles of interesting and sufficiently challenging walking while keeping it safe and manageable. This year the walk will commence from an area adjacent to the West Somerset Steam Railway at Broadgauge Business Park, Bishop’s Lydeard. More experienced walkers will enjoy the challenge of the 15 mile course; the 8 mile course will appeal to all and is suitable for less experienced walkers who’ve not done a night orienteering exercise before. An early start time should enable you to complete most of the course in daylight if you and your team are more comfortable with that.
Main Admin and Safety notes

Please see Terms and Conditions (These are really really important!)

Ample secure parking at Broadgauge Business Park. First start 5pm, last 8pm. Refreshments at half-way (cost included in the registration fee) provided by Inner Wheel. Minimum team of four, maximum eight. Under 18’s need parental permission, children under 12 by special arrangement – ring to discuss.
You need suitable footwear and visibility – Click on the Kit Checklist tab at the top to see what is expected.
There is full first aid cover and experienced Search & Rescue teams to keep tabs on your progress. An ambulance is on stand by at the Control Centre throughout the event. All these can be contacted by mobile phone or from any of the many check points along the way.
Enter Online, Sponsorship.
Highlight the relevant link at the top of this page to enter on-line, download forms, etc
Thank You
Our sincere thanks to all our sponsors and supporters without whom this event just couldn’t run.
Any Questions?
Ask Jas Shorney on 01823 451532 or email


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