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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

 

 

 

Final Crocus Concert – June 2019

On June 11th we had our last Crocus Concert of the Rotary Year at St. Mary’s.

The singing was provided by BGN, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s choirs – it was a great evening and many congratulations and thanks to the choirs and their teachers and accompanists.

This was our third Crocus concert this year all in aid of Helen and Douglas House Hospice for children and our own Polio Eradication work.

 

Crocus Concerts – March 2019

The Rotary Club of Banbury presents

 

MARCH CROCUS CONCERTS 2019

at St Mary’s Church, Banbury

Choirs and Musicians from Local Schools
7.00pm – admission £5 at the door
accompanied children free
(No advance ticket sales)

Tuesday 12th
Bloxham, Sibford and Tudor Hall

Thursday 14th
Chenderit, North Oxfordshire Academy, The Warriner,  and Wykham Park Academy

Final Concert
…. ****Postponed  until 11th June 2019***** ……
Blessed George Napier, St John’s and St Joseph’s

Proceeds in aid of
HELEN & DOUGLAS HOUSE
and
END POLIO NOW!

Registered Charity No. 274108

Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019

A capacity audience at Tudor Hall School on Saturday evening was treated to an exciting and enjoyable variety of first-class musical talent from local young people, following which 13 year old Sam Hallett was crowned Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019.

With over 60 young musicians giving many outstanding performances the adjudicators had an exceptionally hard task in selecting not just the overall winner but also the winners of the various competition sections.

Gareth Jeremy, the Rotary Club of Banbury organiser of the event said “I never cease to be amazed that year on year the talent and musical skills of the young contestants seems to increase exponentially making it harder each year for the adjudicators to select the winners. Sam is the youngest overall winner we have had in the 29 years that the competition has been held and I have no doubt his musical ability will take him to the highest professional level.”

As well as Sam, Sebastian Foxwell, Sophie Lagden, and Polly Walters are going forward to the Rotary District 1090 Finals Competition being held on 17 March at Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JT, where if successful they could do on to the Regional and National Finals.

Young Musician Finals – 2nd March 2019

We very much look forward to hearing the excellent performances of the finalists on Saturday 2nd March at Tudor Hall School, Banbury.

Date:  2nd March

Place:  Tudor Hall School Bloxham Road Banbury.

Time:

Juniors — 4.00pm

           Intermediate / Seniors. — 6.45pm

Admission

including refreshments,

Family £12,  Adults £6

                    OAP  / under 18’s  –£3

Competitors & accompanists — Free

 

Congratulations to all those who have been successful in getting to the Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019 Finals.

Banbury Young Musician of the Year Heats

The very best of luck to all those taking part this evening and tomorrow in the heats of the Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition 2019 at Tudor Hall School.

Young Musician of the Year 2019

The heats for this year’s Banbury Young Musician of the Year take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January at Tudor Hall School. The very best of luck to all the entrants, the successful ones of which will go thorough to the Finals on 2nd March.