The Rotary Club of Rugby Community Award is presented to people who have provided outstanding service for their local community
1) Philip Bianco, a voluntary Leader in Rugby for 30 years at the Gateway Club (an 18+ leisure activities club for people with a moderate or severe learning disability) nominated by Paul Smith.
Award by President Tom McCoy On Friday 18/05/2007
2) Dorothy Bancroft, for her many years of voluntary service with Clifton C of E Primary School and St Mary's Church, Clifton, also at Rugby Music Centre. Nominated by Mike Palmer
Award by Acting President Martin Ridgway On Friday 01/06/2007
Dorothy Bancroft came to Vicarage Hill in Clifton in 1954 she was married to George, their three boys were born there, and she became involved with St. Mary’s Church Clifton and her voluntary work started. Sadly, George died in 1968. Since those times over fifty years ago she has helped with fund raising at Lawrence Sherrif School, she has taught less able adults. Dorothy has been a member of the Clifton Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council, she is an invaluable member of the Local History Group. She caters for village events, providing the refreshments.
Dorothy is a governor at Clifton School. Where she has voluntarily helped for nearly 20 years, She teaches cooking with the children. She organises and helps the children do a Senior Citizens tea. She assists with music teaching, organising peripatetic instrument teachers, she normally teaches recorders on a Friday lunch time, she was able to receive her award as it was half term, she arranges Concerts both in school and St. Mary’s Church. Involved for many years with the County Music Service’s, Chamber Music Festivals - she now takes children from Clifton School to these Festivals.
Dorothy is a member of the Parochial Church Council, helping with all the running of a village church.. Most importantly though she has raised a large sum of money for the extensive repairs to St. Mary’s Church Tower and the windows, by holding lots of fund raising events, coffee mornings, carboots, music recitals and grand draws. Now that these repairs ar finished, Dorothy is at present engaged in raising £100,000 for an extension to the Church to provide access and facilities for the disabled. She even makes five hundred mince pies at Christmas for various groups.
Dorothy always says this is my life, its just what I do, but without Dorothy’s enthusiasm and her community involvement, we would be the poorer.
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