Thornbury RFC founder Iva Hall passes away

September 03 2020
Thornbury RFC founder Iva Hall passes away

ONE of the five founders of Thornbury RFC, Iva Hall, has died.

Were it not for the hard work, determination and vision of Iva, Alan Hodgkinson, Alan Drinkald, Mike Jeffries and Cliff Barrington, Thornbury Rugby Football Club would not exist.

They were greatly focussed on providing a rugby club for the growing population of Thornbury and in 1963 the club was formed, beginning their history with a match against Whitehall on the Mundy Playing Fields. Only Alan Hodgkinson now remains from the 'Famous Five'.

Iva ran the line for the First XV until 2010 and was the club’s first treasurer, a role he fulfilled until 2007. He continued to help raising funds for the club until recently, and was also involved in Thornbury tennis club.

Away from rugby Iva was a senior aero engine designer with Rolls-Royce, and had to temporarily suspend his retirement to assist solving problems with the dust-filled engines of RAF Tornado aircraft during the Gulf War.

Our deepest condolences go to Joan and James.

Iva’s funeral took place on August 24. With attendance limited to 30 under coronavirus restrictions, club members and supporters stood to applaud the hearse as it passed through the town, including 15 club captains who gathered outside Iva's house.

There are plans for all Thornbury supporters to be given an opportunity to attend a celebration of his life when restrictions are lifted.

Dave Fox