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Wednesday 21st April 2021

9am: Thornbury Rotary Network Get-Together

You are warmly invited to join the Thornbury Rotary Network, a satellite of Thornbury Rotary Club.

This new initiative is about making a difference in our local community and around the world, and about meeting and creating connections with people active (in whatever way) within the Thornbury community.

Thornbury Rotary Network benefits from the local and international reach and expertise of Rotary through the Thornbury Rotary Club and Rotary International.

Join us if you want to use your skills and experience to enable us to be effective in supporting good causes locally and abroad. There is no age requirement for membership.

We will achieve our aims through regular get togethers within which we will:

- Identify Projects to help...


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Thornbury Rotary

Thornbury's Rotary Club has served the community since 1971 and sponsors 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 usually 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.

How to Contact Thornbury Rotary Club

  • Visit the website for more information: www.thornburyrotary.org.uk
  • See the facebook page: www.facebook.com/ThornburyRotary
  • Follow on Twitter: @ThornburyRotary
  • Contact the secretary by email:

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The Rotary Walkathon: May 24 - June 6th 2021

A Major Charity Fundraising Event to celebrate Thornbury Rotary's 50th Year

Thornbury Rotary

Each year the Club organises a major fundraising event such as the Swimarathon.

In this its 50th year of service to the community of Thornbury, we are launching the Thornbury Walkathon Challenge.

Join in this fun sponsored walk and help us to raise monies for local charities and good causes. This year’s primary charity is JIGSAW Thornbury.

Click here to make a donation.

Email to register your interest. Full information packs and forms will be available soon.

Sign up for free! You can enter as an individual, a couple, a family, or a group of friends (up to six people.)

Complete your challenge at any time between Monday 24th May and Sunday 6th June.

It's Time to Walk, Thornbury!

Thornbury Rotary Local COVID-19 Appeal

URGENT appeal for donations to help local organisations.

Thornbury Rotary

This appeal is established to deliver grants quickly to small community groups, voluntary organisations, and charities in the Thornbury area who are finding it difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current situation puts a significant strain on these organisations, causing real problems.

Many are finding their resources stretched by unprecedented demands on their services.

They have been starved of their traditional sources of funding, their ability to raise funds is severely restricted, and the effects of COVID-19 will be felt long after the pandemic has subsided.

Thornbury Rotary

Your donations will help those most in need in our community. The number and size of these grants will depend on your generosity.

All funds will be donated to local charities and organisations.


Please DONATE NOW by clicking the Virgin MoneyGiving icon.

Click the"Rainbow" icon above to see how to apply for a grant.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards D1100


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program.

Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants.

The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
  • Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship

For more information please use this link.

Candidates who aspire for a fun time while learning please contact Thornbury Rotary Club Secretary via the Club website (www.thornburyrotary.org) for information.

Thornbury Rotary Youth Committee annual projects

“Kids Out” as part of a National Rotary day out for children with special educational needs held in June.

Competitions such as Youth Speaks, Young Musicians with activities Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA and many more.

For more information visit our website: www.thornburyrotary.org.

Rotary Club of Thornbury supporting International Projects

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 contact Rotarian Robin Cole-Morgan on 01454 414281 or contact the Secretary using the Club website.

The Iron Lung

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio.

Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated US$2 billion to the eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes. Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988

This remarkable partnership which includes Rotary, World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention and, more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary members continue to be key players in many aspects of the polio programme including on the ground in several countries as well as fundraising and advocacy. Failure to eradicate polio could result in as many as 200,000 new cases worldwide every year within a decade. Rotary members in Great Britain and Ireland have been huge supporters of End Polio Now and you can be part of making history.

For our part Thornbury Rotary is helping to educate people and youngsters in particular about Polio by making available a replica Iron Lung.

Thornbury Rotary

The Iron Lung exhibit was built by Roger Frank of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden in Cumberland and exhibited by him all around the north of England for many years, educating the modern generation about the scourge of polio and raising funds for Rotary's "Polio Plus" and successor compaigns.

Thornbury Rotary exhibited it at the local Tesco store in February 2018, attracting the interest of hundreds of shoppers and raising over £1200 - far more that a bucket collection would have netted. In collecting and returning the trailer it was discovered that Roger was about to retire it, having served its purpose in his area.

The Club has acquired it with financial assistance from Rotary District 1100 and is making it available for exhibition and educational purposes.

Exhibiting the Iron Lung

  • The exhibit can be reserved for your event up to 1 year in advance.
  • Your event can be 1 to 4 days; extended periods may be available on request.
  • The days before and after the event will be reserved for delivery and collection.
  • The trailer can be collected by you or delivered by Club members.
  • The hiring fee is £75 per exhibition day. Optional delivery / return is £50 each way.
  • Hiring fees will be donated to Rotary Foundation. Delivery fees will be used to defray maintenance costs - any excess to the Foundation.

The photograph above shows the Iron Lung Exhibit in its trailer. The exhibit is totally self-contained including an electricity generator.

It can be towed by any vehicle capable of towing a light caravan or trailer. On arrival just lower the stabilisers, open the doors and switch on!

Hearing Loop Survey in Thornbury

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.

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