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Thornwell Football Club - July 2013

Thornwell Football Club was established over 20 years ago to provide an exciting and structured activity for a wide age group of young people in this area of Chepstow. 


Their new Pavilion, just 18 months old, provides loos for all, including disabled, a well equipped kitchen, TV, snooker, table tennis and a large clubroom for meetings and parties. 

Under the guidance of Chairman Steve PARKER, Secretary Rob MURDIN, and the support of several coaches including Adrian HILL, Steve BIDMEAD and Jeff DAVIES of 11 RIFLES, the youngsters are trained and encouraged to improve their performance as a team. 

They have teams for all ages from under 8 up to 16 plus 2 teams for more senior members.


The Club has won The Queens Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community.  The citation reads "Running a football club for young people living in an area recognised as socially deprived". 

The teams have also won the Under 16's Junior Cup, the East Gwent AFL Cup and were also the Thornwell Tug-o-War champions for 2013.   In the winter, when the pitch is unsuitable, the teams train on the Astroturf pitch at the Chepstow Liesure centre. 


Training takes place at their Tenby Lane, Thornwell Club every Saturday between 10 and 12 and they are currently looking for new players in all age groups, especially the under-12's with a Registration Day taking place on Sunday 4th August .  Contact the Club on 077-035-589-29.


Rotary Club President Christopher WILSON said that Rotary supports communities and were pleased to support this most worthwhile venture that provides a real focus for large numbers of local youngsters.  

While the Thornwell club had excellent facilities it lacked medium sized goal posts sets and more footballs.  We have therefore responded with 2 sets of goals and 60 footballs of various sizes to suit the varying age groups at a cost of some £640.00 that were presented to the Thornwell Club on Saturday 27 July. 

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We have just made a £1,000 donation to a local charity called ALLHIM to improve a Ugandan orphanage in a particularly deprived area. 

Abundant Life Living Hope International Missions (ALLHIM) is a UK registered charity, started in response to an immense need to help the orphans, widows, poor and needy in the communities in and around their remote village of Mukoko in the Bukulula Kalunga district of Uganda in East Africa.  

Uganda, like so many African countries, suffers from the effects of AIDS, the disease which has killed (and continues to kill) many, leaving children as orphans and a great number of widows.  Although medication can help prolong an AIDS sufferer's life, AIDS cannot be cured. 

Extreme poverty in the region often means that sufferers are unable to obtain medication for this or any other illness, since they do not have the funding to do so.   

Mr Gareth WHITCOMBE, Deputy Head Teacher of Caldicot School, has been actively supporting the ALLHIM charity and specifically their Mother Janet orphanage in Mukoko.  

Thanks to support from ALLHIM this facility has been developed from a rough timber structure with a banana leaf roof into a proper brick building where the education standards are now amongst the highest in the area. 

The aim of ALLHIM is to develop the facility so that it may teach up to 700 pupils to Secondary education level.  The Rotary Club is a strong supporter of community events both here in the UK and overseas and fully appreciates the very good work undertaken by  ALLHIM.   

In recognition of this work, the President of Chepstow & District Rotary Club, Rtn. Christopher WILSON, presented Mr WHITCOMBE with a cheque for £1,000 towards the cost of the new developments at the Mother Janet orphanage in Mukoko

Classroom Mother Janet orphanage in Mukoko