The Rotary Club of Thornbury
President Ben Bradley
President 2015/16
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 is Raising and Donating Funds - May 2016
The Thornbury Club has recently 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.
Swimarathon 2016 1 weekend in March
60 teams, 360 swimmers
6594 lengths completed - 164 Kilometers
over £15,000 pledged and mostly all now received
£15,442 already received - 10% above complete pledges
Thanks to you, swimmers, the Club will donate £4000 to the Jessie May Trust and to the National Eye Research Centre, individual teamss will fund their local charities, and Rotary will be able to make substantial further donations as and when required.
Thornbury Rotary Club annually makes donations to charities and needy causes large and small - anything from international and national disaster appeals, famine relief funds and medical aid projects to small donations to local groups or charities in need of short-term financial help.
Thornbury Rotary Young Photographer 2016
Recently, President Ben Bradley awarded the Young Photographer Competition 1st prize to Jade White and second prize to Ben Bennett in the company of Head Teacher Peter Smart, all from Castle School.
Young Golfer Thornbury Rotary Cup
After a very long and arduous competition, organised by Thornbury Golf Club, on Tuesday 29th March that had 47 competitors. President Ben Bradley presented the Rotary Cup for 2016 to the overall winner Matt Cradock who received the Cup and some golfing equipment as part of his prize. The organiser David Weeks thanked our Club again for it's ongoing support.
In his address President Ben said "16 year old Matthew Cradock who started playing at aged nine under his father’s tutelage was overheard to say “he’s my pension now you know!”
School Children's Newspaper - "Charfield Chatter"
Last month saw another Rotary sponsored venture in the form of a children’s newspaper produced by the Charfield School and distributed as an enclosure with the Gazette. Hopefully this will raise awareness of the many and various ways in which this club contributes to community events throughout the year.
President Ben's reference to an advertisement that Thornbury Rotary had placed in the Charfield Primary School's “Charfield Chatter” news sheet. This news sheet appeared as an insert into each of the 46,000 Gazette newspapers circulated on 14th April. The opportunity arose given our membership of the Castle School Premium Partners scheme. Charfield Primary School is one of the schools in the Castle School Education Trust group.
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