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Cheque to Children Heard and Seen


Today a cheque of almost £2600 was presented to Rod Diaz of charity Children Heard and Seen.
The cheques was part of proceeds from the 2019 Children Singing for Children Concerts which went towards supporting four different charities.
Children Heard and Seen is a charity which provides support and interventions for children with a parent in prison. The charity was set up in 2014, with a focus on reducing intergenerational offending, and mitigating the impacts of parental imprisonment for children and young people. This support is primarily across Oxfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

In 2019 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the exceptional service within their communities.

2020 Banbury Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to Jessica Foxwell, Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2020.

On Saturday 1st February a capacity audience at Tudor Hall School enjoyed excellent musical performances by over 50 local young musicians giving the professional adjudicators an extremely hard task following which they unanimously selected Jessica as the best young musician in the Banbury area.

Together with Arthur Kemp and Teddy Sealey, she now goes forward to the District Finals on Sunday 1st March in reading. Good luck to them all.

Banbury Young Musician – Sat 1st Feb 2020

 

A chance to see local musical talent compete in the Young Musician of the Year Competition.

  • Juniors start at 4:00pm.
  • Intermediate and Seniors at 6:45

Finalists for the Competition

Order of the Programme
Juniors Competitors 4.00pm Start

Beginners Piano – for the Budd Trophy

  • Levi Varghese -Filr Elise by Beethoven
  • Sophie bennett – Les Elephants qui dansent by Janet Vogt

Junior Brass – for the Brooks Trophy

  • Robin Ashe – Lucky to be me from ‘On the Town’ by Leonard Bernstein Junior Singing – for the Fred Timms Trophy Eva Davies -1 Dreamed a Dream by Claude-Michel Schonberg Noel Liju – Kinderwacht by Robert Schumann
  • Ava Lea-James – When I am Older by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Junior Piano – for the Tony Rye Memorial Trophy

  • Megan Carey – The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss
  • Romilly Mason – Arabesque Op 4 No 6 by Genary Karganov
  • Freddie Charles – Arabesque by Burgmiiller

Junior Duets – for the Inner Wheel Trophy

  • Rose and Owen Anderson – Somewhere Only We Know by Oxley, Chaplin and Hughes

Junior Woodwind – for the Pearson-Smith Trophy

  • Evie Brunham – When Paddy Met Bella by Sarah Watts

Junior Strings – for the Cherwell Trophy

  • Laura Scott-Brown – Intro and Polonaise from Arabesken by Carl Bohm Ava Lea-James – Chanson Triste by Peter Tchaikovsky

Intermediate/Seniors/Ensemble Competitors 6.45pm Start

Intermediate Woodwind – for the Worrall Trophy

  • Samuel Ellis – Allegro from Sonata in C major by Francesco Barsanti
  • Jessica Foxwell – Mazurka Op 16 by Franz Doppler

Intermediate Percussion – for the Laport Trophy

  • Poppy Guy – Jump by Van Halen, Anthony and Roth

Intermediate Duets – for the Rotary Trophy

  • Christina Wang and Suzanne Wu – March Militaire by Franz Schubert
  • Emily Russell and Chloe Hurworth – Andante from Concerto for Two Mandolins by
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Jessica and Sebastian Foxwell – Inspector Gadget Theme by Saban and Levy

Intermediate Singing – for the Banbury House Hotel Trophy

  • Hana Benlalam – Bring Him Home by Claude-Michel Schonberg
  • Izzy Kenny -1 Feel Pretty from ‘West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein
  • Lily Butler – Don’t Rain On My Parade from ‘Funny Girl’ by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne

Intermediate Strings – for the Anthistle Trophy

  • Jasmine Skowronski – Hungarian Dance by Johannes Brahms
  • Lillianna Webb – Allegro from Concerto in A minor by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Samya Salha – Salut d’ Amour by Edward Elgar

Intermediate Brass – for the Featherstone House Trophy

  • Hana Benlaham – Rondo from Horn Concerto by Mozart
  • Sebastian Foxwell – Fantaisie Caprice by Gabriel Pares

Intermediate Guitar – for the Chitzy Trophy

  • Samuel Cavanagh – Promise by Yvonne Bloor

Intermediate Piano – for the Ena Grubb Trophy

  • Jessica Foxwell – Deux Arabesques by Claude Debussy
  • Diego Sunga – Elegie by Rachmaninoff
  • Sebastian Foxwell – The Man I Love by George Gershwin

Ensembles – for the Hoods Trophy

  • Village Violin School – Lord of the Rings Medley by Howard Shaw Kayt Griffin Recorder Ensemble – Little Brown Jug American trad. Arr Mike Prescott Tudor Hall School String Quartet – Kanon und Gigue by Johann Pachelbel Stowe School Woodwind Ensemble – Trio in F major by Georg Telemann Tudor Hall School Trio – Flying Free by Don Besig

Senior Competitors

Senior Brass – for the Jeremy Trophy

  • Jack Phillips – Trumpet Concerto Movement 1 by Haydn

Senior Duets – for the Herrington Salver

  • Shona Wilby and Iris Kirk – Found Tonight by Hamilton and Hansen

Senior Strings – for the Randolph Webb Trophy

  • Grace Sale – Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens

Senior Piano – for the Banbury Charities Trophy

  • Fedora Li – Allemande from Suite No 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Venetia Moir – Poeme Erotique by Edvard Grieg

Senior Singing – for the Woodruff Trophy

  • Alexa Thanni – Mama Who Bore Me by Duncan Sheik
  • Jasmine Davis – Anywhere But Here by Jason Robert Brown
  • Arthur Kemp – If I Loved You from ‘Carousel’ by Rogers and Hammerstein

Senior Percussion – for the Anker Trophy

  • Fedora Li – Black and White Rag by George Botsford
  • Teddy Sealey – War Pigs by Iommi, Osbourne, Butler and Ward

 

Banbury Rotary Young Chef – Jan 2020

As a result of totally unpredictable circumstances the Banbury Rotary Young Chef competition got off to a somewhat faltering start this year but entrants were unphased and when we eventually proceeded they demonstrated their skill and resilience by producing some superb dishes.

After an extremely hard adjudication by the judges Holly Brigden was crowned the 2020 winner with Isabella Ellis as runner-up. Both are students at Bloxham School.

 

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) – July 2019

What are the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is a leadership development programme run by Rotary for young adults. Whether you are a secondary school pupil, university student or young professional, RYLA will help you discover your potential and develop the skills needed to be a leader in your community, career and everyday life. Each RYLA course is sponsored by a local Rotary club or group.

What does RYLA offer?

RYLA programmes run between three to ten days and give participants the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
  • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
  • Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve
  • Meet new people and make lasting friendships
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects at locally and internationally

Being a leader is not just about being confident enough to speak out and knowing what to say, it is knowing when to listen to others and understand. RYLA teaches this, and other soft skills, to help everyone to be the best they can be. Teamwork exercises bring people together from different walks of life in a safe environment where everyone can get to know each other without fear of exclusion or negativity. As with all Rotary programmes, Rotary members are appropriately DBS checked and risk assessments are carried out for all activities.

Who eligible?

The courses are open to people aged 14 to 30. You don’t need to be a high achiever with outstanding academic grades, just be willing to try something new through activity-based learning and discover new talents along the way, as well as having fun. RYLA programmes involve physical challenges so can be demanding. Some degree of fitness is required. More information can be found at the following website: https://www.rotarygbi.org/projects/young-people/rotary-youth-leadership-awards/

The Calvert Trust

Under the RYLA auspices, each year since 2012 the Rotary Club of Banbury has sponsored two students from the Griffiths Centre, Frank Wise School to attend the Calvert Trust, Exmoor.  This programme enables people with disabilities to achieve their potential through experiencing exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities. Students are transported to and from Exmoor by a Rotarian accompanied by a mentor from Frank Wise.  Their course starts at 4pm on Friday and they are collected at 10am on the following Monday.

The immediate challenge for participants is that, although the course is fully accommodated and catered, they have to be individually independent outside the carefully supervised daytime activities.  They are shown around the facilities for 30 mins by their accompanying Rotarian and escort before being left to fend for themselves ahead of their evening briefing by Calvert Trust staff. Griffiths Centre student do not generally have previous experience of living in a single room away from their family or school, nor organising themselves to such an extent. They are issued with mobile phones to record their experiences and, of course, contact their parents and school staff if necessary.

Over the weekend the students take part in adventures such as archery, canoeing, zip wire and abseiling, cycle riding and assisting other less capable participants in organised and social group activities both during the day and evenings.  After attending the course students have shown greater confidence, communication and independence and these skills have a direct influence on their subsequent selection for further educational or practical courses of instruction after leaving Frank Wise.

The Club is extremely proud to have worked with students and teachers from the Griffiths Centre at the Frank Wise School, and the Calvert Trust, Exmoor, and we know that our continued support is also much valued by them.

Nigel Randall, 29 July 2019

 

 

 

 

Children Singing for Children Concerts – Nov 2019

 

The CSFC Concerts are now an established part of the Banbury Calendar.

Typically they consist of around 25 primary schools performing over a period of 4 evenings in St Mary’s Church, Banbury. The massed finale’s each evening are something not to be missed!

Organisational aspects are dealt with by Banbury Rotary who donate all the surplus from the admission fees to children’s charities. (Decisions on which are pending.)

The admission fee has been held at £5 / person for several years which is what it will remain at for the 2019 concerts on November 11th -14th.

So – if you want to inject an uplifting event into the potential gloom of the approaching winter, then get those dates into your diary!

The following dates are currently tentative

Allocated Evening
Monday 11 Tues 12 Wed 13 Thur 14
St Johns Priory Bishop Loveday St Mary’s Dashwood
Harriers Hill View Queensway St Joseph’s
The Grange Hanwell Fields Wroxton Orchard Fields
Carrdus School Deddington Christ’ Rawlins St Leonard’s
Shenington Middle Barton Bishop Carpenter King’s Sutton
Cropredy Greatworth Sibford Jnr Frank Wise
Chacombe NewBot-Charlton St John’s Prim (tbc)

 

Rock-Face Challenge for Charity – July 2019

Charity Challenge

Banbury Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn is planning a challenge to ascend the 1,000 metre sheer rock face of the Daubenhorn (Leukerbad, Switzerland). An 8 hour via ferrata route.

Why? To raise money for two charities – a building project for a school in The Gambia and Katharine House Hospice, Banbury.

Education in The Gambia

Three years ago the Rotary Club of Banbury along with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge engaged in a project – spearheaded by Andrew and his wife, Marilyn – to fund a borehole at Prospects Upper Basic School, Mariama Kunda Village, The Gambia. It aimed to provide improved quality water thereby reducing health risks to pupils and staff.

The school is currently expanding and has a two-storey building under construction but this can only continue as funds become available.

This project is being overseen by the Rotary Club of Bijilo and the ground floor and some of the walls are in place taking it to the stage of needing the structural concrete floor of the second storey to act as an interim roof over the three classrooms and examination hall to make it useable in the rainy season.

The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.

Banbury Rotary has donated £5,030.68 but is now seeking to fundraise a further £5,600 towards the approximate £10,600 needed.

 

Katharine House Hospice

Many people have cause to appreciate the services provided by this hospice in supporting a family member or friend. It not only provides accommodation and day treatment but is also active in care in people’s homes. More information is available on the following website – www.khh.org.uk.

 

Fundraising

If you wish to sponsor Andrew on the ascent of the Daubenhorn, you can choose for your donation to go to either or both recipients. If you are a tax payer then a Gift Aid form can be forwarded to you for you to complete in order that an additional 25% can be added to your generous donation.

Please contact Andrew on either 07711 142887 or via e-mail at andrew@whitecommercial.co.uk if you wish to have a guest speaker and/or are willing to make a donation to these deserving causes.  100% of your donation will go to the recipient(s). No amount will be deducted for expenses.

Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn, Rotary Club of Banbury