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 over 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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through our Secretary Peter Moreton
Thornbury Rotary Club Trust Fund
Charity No: 1035557
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Rotary has served Thornbury and District since 1971
Welcome to our Club’s Sapphire Year!
In his inaugural address to the Club, President Richard commented:
"We have already supported Thornbury Carnival, our yellow tabards prominent on the top gate - they'll next be on show at the Christmas Lights switch-on and 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 community projects like Tools for Self Reliance and Sandra’s Baby Clothes, and part-furnishing the new school being built by Butterfly Space in Malawi.
"I am very pleased to announce that my chosen charities for the year are St Peters Hospice and the very local charity Incredible Kids. They will be the principal beneficieries of the 2017 Swimarathon."
Swimarathon 2017
We’re pleased to announce that our main fund raising event for 2017, the Swimarathon, will run for 3 evenings from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 5th March. The two main charities we’re supporting are St Peter’s Hospice and Incredible Kids .
Please click Swimarathon 2017 for all the details.
Local Rotary Clubs invite you to:
The Grand Final on Friday 3 February 2017
at 7.30 pm (admission from 7.00pm)
The Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School
University Road, Bristol BS8 1SR.
Tickets at £10 (£5 students under 18) can be obtained from Rotarian Richard Craddy tel: 01454414842 or using his email address: or youth at, or any member of your local Rotary Club. Wine and soft drinks included.
Sandra’s Baby Clothes
Sandra’s Baby Clothes, a Rotary Charity, has been sending clothes and shoes for children to North East Romania for at least ten years. To date clothes to the value of approx. £250,000 have been sent to Romania and Moldova.
Please click the "title link" above to contact the Club organiser David Thomas and more details.
Thank You.
Southern Cotswold Rotary Clubs Young Musician Competition 2017
Thornbury, in partnership with other local Rotary Clubs, is now embarking on our Young Musician of the Year competition for 2017, which will take place at Sibly Hall, Wycliffe College on 19 February 2017. This will be the fourteenth year of the event that has become well established in the local musical calendar.
The competition is open to all musicians of school age, 18 years old or under, who are of Grade 6 standard or above on their instrument. They must either live or attend school in the area covered by the nine Rotary Clubs of the Southern Gloucestershire region who organize the event. Over £1000 in cash prizes (£300 first prize!) and a number of trophies are to be won.
A copy of the competition rules, an application form (and contact details) which should be submitted by 30 November 2016 can be downloaded from this link, or by contacting any local Rotarian.
Flora's Trike
I am writing to say a huge thank you for the grant Thornbury Rotary gave us towards a special needs trike for my daughter Flora. The trike has arrived in the last couple of weeks and she is absolutely delighted with it. Already it has enabled her to play outside with her sister and friends.
It is great for developing the strength in her legs and the "tag along" component causes great excitement and allows us to go a bit further than we would manage under her own steam.
With many thanks Sian, Flora & Family
We have recently Promoted, Supported or Organised:
"It's what we do well"
Community Award to Gillian Holmes - Citation
In 1994 Gillian, as head of music at the Castle School, created a steel band and over the years it has evolved into what we know today as “Panache”.
From the start it was her capacity to engage in musical activity in imaginative and exciting ways that has led a number of pupils taking up musical careers.
Gillian’s career ranged from running an orchestra at Lockleaze School, the North Bristol Music Centre, teaching “A” level music at Cotham and a regular programme on Thorbury FM “Music at the Castle School”
She retired in 2010 but continues to run two younger bands in training. Panache continues to play regularly in the Thornbury area, not least of which has been Club’s Swimarthon.
Through her vision the band has achieved acclaim, winning the best Ensemble Trophy for two consecutive years in the Thornbury Eisteddfod.
Nine visits to France and Germany and three to Barbados have established the band overseas.
Gillian’s teaching has created a musical legacy that The Castle School recognises; the benefits diffuse through the school increasing pupil’s musical ability, creating ambassadorial students, and widening their world experiences.
In November 2015 for services to music she received an award from The Baroness Shirley William’s of Crosby. Gillian’s career as a teacher has created a tangible legacy to be proud of and one which continues to evolve during her retirement.
This Community Award reflects that the Rotary Club of Thornbury is proud to be associated with Gillian and her work with the Steel Band “Panache”
The Club says a sad farewell to member Tom Hall (Paul Harris Fellow) a member since 1986.
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 /


Our skittles team have won the 2016 District Skittles Competition and for the first time have the Club’s name on the Challenge Cup. Having won all our six preliminary matches we beat Cirencester Rotary Club in the final.
David Thomas, team captain.
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 March 2016
The 60 teams that took part this year are to be congratulated!
Total funds received from the teams and sponsorship has reached £20,052.
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.
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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