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Llangollen Rotary News

We invitation to present #SaveSoil to our members Oct 2022



Conscious Planet is an effort to raise human consciousness and bring a sense of inclusiveness such that multifarious activities of our societies move into a conscious mode. An effort to align human activity to be supportive of nature and all life on our planet.

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The Save Soil Movement will work toward this by:

1. Turning the world attention to our dying soil.

2. Inspiring about 4 billion people (60% of the world’s electorate of 5.26 billion) to support policy redirections to safeguard, nurture and sustain soils.

3. Driving national policy changes in 193 nations toward raising and maintaining the organic content of soils to a minimum of 3-6%.

Vale of Llangollen Rotary  in Operation Pollination May 2023

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Vale of Llangollen Rotary and the Rotary Community Team has installed its first bee garden and bug Hotels in the gardens of Tan-y-Garth Hall Retreat, a retreat near Llangollen.

We have been working with 1st Enable, who Support Adults with Learning disabilities who have been working very hard to make theses Bug Hotels for us.

These are first installation for Vale of Llangollen Rotary  in Operation Pollination and recognises the importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands. 

Both organisations are essential when disaster strikes to provide shelter and drinking water to help people survive.

Rotary member Mike Lade said, “The cubs were very attentive and seemed to really enjoy working the demonstration Aqua Box to turn the filthiest water into clear water fit to drink. We were very grateful for the presentation of a cheque that will be put to good use on one of our community projects.

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Bra recycling 2022/2023


It’s time to bin your bra!

Our bra recycling scheme takes your unwanted or unloved bras and through our network of bra banks raises vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research.

Currently, Against Breast Cancer receive £700 per Tonne for the collected bras to help their vital breast cancer research.
The same bras also help to support small businesses in developing countries in Africa and around the world.

Together with recycling partners, our textile recovery project prevents these bras going into landfill before giving them a new lease of life in countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain expensive to produce locally.

Successful ventures like this provide an income for families in developing countries whilst providing employment for people living in the UK.

Any bras that are genuinely beyond redemption are dismantled into the component parts of textile and metal and goes into recycling.

Llangollen Tractor Run 2022

Over a 1000 people braved the cold and rain to watch 22 tractors, festooned with Christmas lights, from the local farming community make their way from the Llangollen's Eisteddfod's Pavilion field to make a nearly 30mile circular route from Llangollen, through seven other towns and villages through the Llangollen Vale and back again to raise money for two good causes and Rotary projects..

The event was jointly organised by the new Vale of Llangollen Rotary Club and the Llangollen & District Young Farmers. 

On the field, the best-decorated tractor was judged by a group including the Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Keddie, Rotary President John Clifford and Rotary District Governor Paul Dutton who then waved off the convoy to start the very first ever Llangollen Illuminated Tractor Run.
People lined the route through the towns, villages and every layby on the route to cheer the tractors as they passed by, each sounding their air horns in acknowledgment.
Money raised will go to Wales Air Ambulance and the DPJ Foundation, a Welsh charity which supports those in agriculture and rural communities with poor mental health and other Rotary Projects.


                                The Borrow Bus June 2023


Rotary supports the Borrow Bus

The Vale of Llangollen Rotary had a talk from Janine Cusworth from reSource. Janine is the founder and director of resource and is responsible for the day to day running of the project and developed reSource CIC in Ruthin. She understands the need for inclusive, eco-sustainable activity that makes people feel good about themselves.

One of the allied projects is the Borrow Bus, the large green vehicle that many of you will have seen in Market Street in Llangollen, as well as other towns around the area.

The motto for the Borrow Bus is “Borrow instead of buying!” and sums up its mission and a very good range of tools and equipment is available. With the Bus you can borrow from the travelling storeroom. You can find sewing machines, carpet cleaners, food mixers, garden equipment and so on. If you only want a tool to do a specific job for a short time, need a piece of equipment but can’t store it permanently or want to try some equipment before buying then this “hiring” arrangement is perfect for you.

To find out more about the Borrow Bus then go to, on Facebook go to Bws Benthyg/Borrow Bus @BwsBenthyg (Borrow Bus in Welsh) or


Last Rotary year 2022/2023

Such a positive meeting of the 

Vale of Llangollen Rotary last night, with a recap of all the projects we were involved with in the last Rotary year. Followed by a great presentation by our new President Lee Todd outlining the exciting changes in how the group will move forward

The River Dee's Wildlife and Healthy Future event July 2023


It was the first community speaker evening at our new venue, St Collen's Community Hall in Llangollen.

A big thankyou to Gareth Jones the speaker from the Welsh Dee Trust who shared information about the work the Trust has been doing monitoring the River Dee.

It was an informal event with a question and answer session and people could take a closer look at samples from the river, and spot the invertebrates that were present.


£100 Donation to Rotary international  August 2023


The Langollen Rotary Club has Donated £100 to Rotary International By donating to Rotary International, we are helping to fund projects that provide clean water, healthcare, education and other essentials to communities around the world.  

Bug Hotel went into the Grounds of Old Vicarage Care Home August 2023

One more bug hotel was put into the grounds of The Old Vicarage Care home Llangollen on Wednesday night, by Members of Vale of Llangollen Rotary ,Lee Todd and June Claybrook also community member Steve Todd fromTorquay who helped, I would also like to say thanks to Peter Claybrook who help us get it into the ground.


2nd Community Speaker Llangollen Food Share August 2023



A big thank you to our 2nd community speaker 

Llangollen Food Share

It was an informal event with a question and answer  

 Food Share  provides food parcels for people struggling with food poverty and shares supermarket surplus with the community to stop food waste


Dog Toilet bag Boxes Donated to Plas Newydd August 2023


President Lee Todd and one of our Events Leads June Claybrook met up with Paul Evans the manager at Plas Newydd Historic House & Gardens in Llangollen to donate two dog toilet bag boxes to put around the gardens for visitors to use when out with their Dogs, The Boxes were made by 1st Enable skill centre in Deeside.


EPay Merchant Services give new zettle card reader



EPay Merchant Services in Ellesmere Port has made the Vale of Llangollen Rotary able to get Donations for all the Charities easier with a new zettle card reader.

Thank you, Gary and Sam.

All Things Llangollen September 2023


I would like to say a big well done to the Rotary team for putting this event on and to everyone who had a table in the hall and a big thank you to everyone who came on Saturday to St Collens Community Hall, it was a Day for the Community to come and see what Voluntary Groups are available in Town and around the area of Llangollen.


The Tea room was giving a dog bag Dispenser September 2023 



President Lee Todd and secretary Kurly Marwaha and Events lead Sue Corcoran went to The Tea room in Llangollen to meet with the manager to give a dog bag dispenser that were made by the 1st Enable Skill Centre in Deeside, the box will be good for all dog owners to take a bag from when needed.

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