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Thornbury's Rotary Club has served the community since 1971, and has sponsored many local projects.
We help and support our community by making use of members' personal skills and professional experience. We raise funds to donate to local, national and international projects and charities.
We meet Wednesdays (excluding Bank Holiday weeks) at Eastwood Park, Falfield. On the first and third Wednesdays a 45-minute business meeting starts at 6.30pm - on others there is a dinner meeting, usually with guest speaker, at 7.30pm.
Each year The Rotary Club of Thornbury sponsors a young achiever to join other 16 to 18 year olds on an all expenses paid six day long Leadership Course held in the Forest of Dean.
Whether you are a student or have started work the course offers a memorable, enjoyable and unique opportunity to learn and develop leadership and communication skills, as well as self confidence, through a series of outdoor practical exercises supported by theory and classroom discussion, with some forty like-minded young people.
Now over ten years old, the RYLA Course has proved to be a valuable and rewarding experience for all who have participated.
The RYLA Certificate awarded at the end of the course is a valuable addition to your CV.
Full details of this exciting opportunity and application forms are available on the RYLA website or by contacting Rotarian Guy Rawlinson Tel. 01454 885056 M. 07806 790795 or email - , to whom applications should be sent by end of March.
Members of the Rotary Club of Thornbury carried out a survey in 2016 of hearing loops available in the town. The purpose of the survey was to identify and encourage installations that operate to the benefit of those with hearing aids.
People with hearing aids can have a problem hearing accurately or understanding speech, particularly in the presence of other noise. This is because the aids, while amplifying the sound, do not compensate for the reduction in discrimination that also occurs with deafness. A hearing loop provides an additional signal, detected by t-coils in hearing aids, which greatly assists the understanding of speech.
As well as encouraging managers of facilities and business premises to consider installing loops, a leaflet has been produced to make hearing aid users aware of where useful loops are. You can click here to download your copy of the leaflet, and it is now available generally in the town, at the town hall, library, hearing aid dispensers and other premises. Clear advertising of the availability of a hearing loop is a great benefit to otherwise reticent hearing aid users, of which there are many!
This survey has been carried out very much as a one time activity. Any information on new loops or other observations can be advised to the Rotary Club by email to: or text to 07902 291401.
Further information and a copy of the leaflet can be obtained on the Rotary Website.
Tools for Self Reliance
Thornbury Rotary Club continues to support "Tools for Self Reliance". This charity established in 1980 has a mandate to work with local organisations in developing countries to relieve poverty amongst local populations.
It helps in practical ways, giving Artisans and Craft Workers the necessary basic hand tools and providing vocational skills and business training in rural areas to allow them to earn a living and survive.
There are of course tools that cannot be used, things like imperial spanners, hydraulic jacks, typewriters, domestic power tools, most gardening tools except for heavy duty spades and shovels.
They require basic hand tools from the carpentry, plumbing, building, engineering and electrical repair industries.
If you can help please call Bob Rawlings tell 01454418673 or any Rotarian to arrange collection or delivery.
Wanted - 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.
Thornbury Rotary Club continue to support this simple but effective charity and once more are seeking good quality, clean clothes for infants age up to 2 years and bedding for cots and clothes for use for up to 11 years old. These could be knitted or crocheted.
If you are able to contribute to this very worthwhile project we can arrange collection. Please call David Thomas on 01454 613962.