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The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.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

Children Singing for Children Concerts

At Banbury Rotary Club’s Children Singing for Children Concerts earlier this month 600 children from 25 local primary schools raised £7,000 for children’s charities!

Organiser Jonathan Meredith said, “Many, many thanks and congratulations to all the children and staff involved in making this year’s concerts another resounding success. The spine-tingling finales were matched once more by the individual school performances, which get better every year.”

Of the total raised for the chosen charities 70% will go to Banbury Sunshine Centre and 20% will be shared equally between Banbury Rotary Club’s Schools Projects in Sierra Leone and The Gambia. The remaining 10% will go to other local Rotary Children’s Charities in the period up to June 30th 2019.

Each school that took part receives a commemorative certificate and each individual child a smaller version of the same certificate.

Young Chef of the Year Competition

Background

In line with the last 10 years of the local competition, plans for this year’s competition were developed in September, starting with discussions with Banbury & Bicester Campus of Active Learning Colleges regarding the hire of the kitchens and restaurant as a venue. Once the venue and date for use of the College for the Banbury heat cooking final were agreed all the secondary schools in the Banbury area were approached with full details of the competition asking for the appropriate staff members to encourage their students to take part and we were on the way!

Most of the schools expressed interest back in September and have taken part in the past but of course each year there is no certainty they will support the event again! As ever we await applications to see whether there is sufficient interest for the competition to take place.

Applications

The first stage of making an application with written details of their menus is required by the closing date – Friday 14th December.

Applicants are asked to cook two three-course meals in a two-hour period. On receipt of an adequate number of applications the normal paper assessment of applications will take place to select the most promising candidates with healthy menus. The eight finalists for the big day are then selected.

At last there will be certainty and we will carry on making the remainder of the arrangements for the final scheduled for Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The Main Event

After 2 hours of time-pressured cooking by the finalists the 3 experienced judges who have agreed to take part will then select a winner and runner-up. The evening will be concluded by the presentation of certificates for each Finalist and the trophies for the winner and runner up by the Town Mayor.

These two successful students are invited to take part in the next round of the overall National competition that takes place in Newbury on Saturday 19th January 2019.

The top three placed finalist in the National Competition will receive major trophies.

Full details of the competition and arrangements are available from Rotarian Bernard Goodchild youngchef@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk

Warriner Practice Interviews 2017

The final part of the Practice Interview Programme (PIP) conducted by Club this year was concluded on Wednesdays 5th July when 5 students from the Warriner School were interviewed for a second time as part of the competition to find the student who most impressed.  All 5 students were worthy of their second interview, and each performed well.

In the end the 3 interviewers (Ashley and Rosemary Bedding, and Nigel Randall) easily agreed that Bethany Parish came across as the most impressive student, mainly because she showed that she was able to take full part in her school education whilst following her love of both stage and technical aspects of the theatre in school and AmDram productions, girl guiding and maintaining a social life whilst at the same time juggling her complex young carer duties for her single mum (who had mental and physical difficulties) and younger brother. In addition, she was already discussing with Oxford Brookes how she could study for a future career in the theatre whilst fulfilling her carer responsibilities. It was a very humbling experience speaking to her, more especially as she was only 15 years old.

My thanks go to all Rotarians and Friends of Club who volunteer to conduct the PIP interviews at BGN and the Warriner each year, and without whom this scheme would not be possible.  Older Club members may recall that the late Rotarian John Meeres imported PIP from his previous Club ‘up North’ over 12 years ago. Below is a recent email from the Careers Leader at the Warriner that will hopefully endorse why the programme remains so important:

Nigel,

I would like to formally thank you and your colleagues for your valuable contribution to the careers education of our new Year 11 students. The interviews are the final careers activity of the year, following work experience and an enrichment day, and I have received a resounding positive feedback from all students which I would like to pass on to you. 

Students commented that your team made them feel at ease and that they have developed a greater understanding about the purpose of an interview. This education is invaluable in terms of developing the confidence of young people to progress in the big wide world. Many students admitted to feeling very proud of themselves at have conducted themselves well and really appreciated the verbal and written feedback that was sensitively given. The certificates were well received and I don’t think we should underestimate their value either as there was a palpable sense of pride as students received them.

I framed the certificates for the finalists and these students gained a lot of respect from their peers who were pleasantly surprised that it was not ‘the expected’ finalists and that the ultimate winner was perhaps in their eyes now someone who has risen significantly in the whole school’s estimation.  Bethany burst in to tears when accepting the news she had won and if you and your colleagues look on the Warriner Facebook page for will see (as well as pictures) that the comments from her relatives are a pleasure to read. Her personal confidence will no doubt have received a significant boost. She no doubt has a fantastic future awaiting her.

Finally, my apologies for the Mock exams inconvenience: no one was more disappointed than myself at the problems it caused but thank you for the flexibility and patience demonstrated by your magnificent team. Your work is much appreciated by students, the wider Warriner community and myself. 

Yours sincerely, Nigel Smith, Careers Leader