Crickhowell is set within the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park with a population of approx 3,000.
Crickhowell Rotary is a very active club with currently 32 members supporting Youth, Community and International activities.
We meet every Thursday in a delightful 12th Century coaching inn, The Bear Hotel, in Crickhowell.
New members sharing our ethos of service are actively encouraged to join.
We welcome Rotary members visiting the area to come to our meetings and if you would like to visit us, then either just turn up at approx 6-30pm in the Bear Hotel bar area where members gather and introduce yourself or e-mail our secretary Brian Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you.
The club supports local and international needs through three primary groups as follows:
Supporting Our Young People: we provide multiple development opportunities for young people in the area including: public speaking opportunities for high school and junior school children, mock interviews for university and work place entrants, competitions to encourage young people to excel in non academic skills including Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Artist, Young Writer, Young Interviewer. We provide a football and netball competition for the local schools. We support the local High School in an Entrepreneurship day for school leavers and provide Leadership Training for young people through our Rotary Young Leaders Award. We provide an annual technology day for the High School and Primary Schools and draw on the the professional skills in the area.
Supporting International Charities: we support a wide range of international charities and over the last 6 years have donated over Â£21,000.Most recently we have donated ShelterBoxes and Aquaboxes to support the Nepal earthquake victims and refugees in Syria. Shelterbox is a charity run by a Rotary Club in Cornwall. A Shelterbox provides a tent and all the water containers and cooking equipment needed for 10 people in a disaster situation. In Nepal these were some of the first items of aid to arrive and the tents were so useful that the first 100 were used as an emergency hospital as the Katmandu hospital had collapsed. Rotary worldwide has been sponsoring a Polio Eradication campaign which has removed polio from 121 countries where it was endemic in 1985 to just 3 today.
Each October we sponsor a Polio Eradication campaign to raise awareness of polio by providing purple crocuses to all the Primary and High Schools. The significance is that once a child is vaccinated they have their finger dipped in purple ink. Follow this link to see which international charities we have supported.
Helping Our Community: we support our local community through active involvement. One example is that we manage the recycling centre in Crickhowell car park on behalf of Powys CC which raises funds for the community through the sale of recyclates. All the funds raised are then donated to local and international charities.Over the last 5 years we have provided over Â£21,000 of support to the local community including: Powys Young Carers, Usk House hospice care,youth groups including scouts, guides, youth training and many more.We are supporting a Food Bank for those who have hit "hard times". In 2013 we donated a specialist system to help children with reading difficulties in Gilwern School Follow this link to see the support we have provided to our community
As part of our fundraising activties we hold an Annual Duck Race where ducks are floated down the River Usk and the fastest duck wins (no animals are hurt by this activtiy as they are all plastic) to raise money for community activities. You may well see us selling Duck Race tickets in the High St.
This year we are trying to grow the event as a major community activity to allow all the organisations in the town to take part and raise funds for their activtiies. This short video explains our plans.
Our Programe of events: as well as providing service to the community and internationally, we also are a very friendly club and have many social and fun activites. Click on tnis link to see the "fun" activities we do.
We meet on Thursdays at 1900 The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BW tel: 01873 810408