The Rotary Club of Thornbury
President Richard Hiscock
President 2016/17
Thornbury Rotary Club has contributed to the life of the town and surrounding district since 1971. In that time it has raised around £400,000 and donated it to many local, national and international charities, projects and appeals.
For almost 30 years its Swimarathon has annually attracted hundreds of swimmers to a sports and social event which is the Club's major fund-raiser, and its high-visibility yellow jackets are a familiar sight at food fairs, the Carnival and many other local events.
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Rotary President Ben Bradley has completed his rewarding tenure - July 2016
Thornbury Rotary Clubs Presidential "Change Over" for the 2016/17 year has taken place. New President Richard Hiscock (on the left of picture) took over from "Immediate Past President" Ben Bradley. The new team (from July) have planned a programme for the coming months.
The Past President commented "This last year at the tiller my eyes and ears have been opened to the energy and enthusiasm of numerous volunteers in other organisations who enrich all our lives. Thank you to all of you".
Rotary has been in Thornbury since 1971 welcome to our Club’s Sapphire Year!
In his address to the club President Richard outlined his year thus...
We have already supported Thornbury Carnival, our yellow tabards prominent on the top gate; Rotary tabards will continue to be seen at the Food Fair, the Christmas Lights Switch-on as well as our Christmas bucket collections.
Rotary in Thornbury is heavily involved with youth programs and we are a premium partner at Marlwood and Castle Schools.
Internationally we continue to support local community projects like Tools for Self Reliance and Sandra’s Baby Clothes and the new school being built by Butterfly Space in Malawi is being part furnished by Thornbury Rotary.
I am very pleased to announce that “St Peters Hospice” and the very local charity “Incredible Kids” are the two charities we are supporting from funds raised during our Swimarathon in March next year.
We have recently Promoted, Supported or Organised:
Young Photographer, Food Fairs, Young Chef, Remembrance Day Parade, South Cotswold Young Musicians, Thornbury Carnival, R.Y.L.A., Bosom Buddies, T.C.L., Avon Music Awards, Jessie May Trust, Life Skills, Kids's Out, Rotary Foundation, Stroke Awareness day, End Polio Now, Tools for Self Reliance, Hearing Loops, Inspire Arts Trust, Cumbrian Flood Appeal, Thornbury Lip Readers, National Eye Research, Young Golfer, Marlwood School Borneo Project, Shelterbox, Brownies and Scouts Packs, Community Composting, Swimarathon, Young Innovator, Thornbury In Bloom, Premium Partners in local schools, Youth Speaks, Butterfly Space, Sandra's Baby Clothes and finally Northavon Youth Theatre.
"It's what we do well"
Youth Speaks Report for July 2016, our first event for the year, can be found here on the Youth Page: Click here
Anybody reading this page couldn’t fail to be impressed by the variety and vitality of this club’s activities. The gratitude we receive from the public and the fun we experience in each other’s company gives value and purpose to what we do. We connect with our community through numerous initiatives and help with local events sponsored by other voluntary groups. We also sponsor projects benefitting people abroad using Rotary International’s world-wide network; a uniquely efficient vehicle for channelling relief to the poor, under-privileged and victims of disasters.

If you’re fired up by this, or you’re looking to use your latent talents to help others, or you simply want to contribute to our community and have a lots of fun doing it, why not join us?
For more information on Rotary activities and membership please contact the following:
Peter Moreton - 01454 600986 /
Chris Fairhead – 01454 413990 /

Immediate Past President Ben's year was truly successful and is outlined below.
Kid' Out Success for June 2016
Once again with the generous support of Rolls Royce Thornbury Rotary not only took a party of students from New Siblands School to Slimbridge W.W.T. but also provided a Playbus and Bouncy Castle at the Primary school. See full detail on the YOUTH PAGE here.
Swimarathon 2016 Swimarathon March 2016
The 60 teams that took part this year are to be congratulated!
Total funds received from the teams and sponsorship has reached a staggering...
Thanks to all swimmers the Club has already donated £4000 each to the Jessie May Trust and to the National Eye Research Centre. Rotary are now in a position to make substantial further donations as and when required.
President Ben had great pleasure in presenting cheques to Jessie May Trust and the National Eye Research Centre representatives at the end of May.
Thornbury Rotary Club has completed a survey of the availability of hearing loops in the town's business and public premises as part of the Hearing Link charity's "Let's Loop the UK" campaign and have published a leaflet listing all identified loops.
For more information and a link to view and download the leaflet, please click here.
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