Charles Pollard Talk – 2nd June 2017
7.00 pm for 7.45 on Friday 2 June 2017
Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park,
(with kind permission of the Headmistress, Wendy Griffiths).
Sir Charles Pollard has been an eminent figure in policing, both nationally and internationally, and still works in the Justice system today. Retiring in 2002 from Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan police force in the country, he had earlier progressed through the middle police ranks in London and Sussex during one of the most turbulent periods of recent history, during which time he was personally involved in many of the key policing events:.
Sir Charles began his career at the age of 19 in 1964 as a constable in the Metropolitan Police and was selected for the ‘fast-track promotion course’ at Bramshill Police College. From there he took an LLB at the University of Bristol. Through the 1970s and 1980s he pursued an eventful and successful policing career in London and Sussex and in 1991 was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, covering 3 counties with a population of over 2.5 million.
The talk will include, among other things, his personal experiences of the policing of public disorder, crime and terrorism. We look forward to welcoming Rotarians, local Parishioners and the General Public
Guru Aasra Trust Talk – 18th Jan 2019
Rotarian Surinder Dhesi spoke as about the Guru Aasra Trust providing homes for the homeless in India.
She explained the background of the Trust’s formation and how it helps to provide care to children and prepare them for their life ahead.
Guru Aasra Trust in Mohali, India. The Trust was set up when four Sikh women were arrested and imprisoned after the 1984 Sikh massacre in Punjab,India and they made a pact with each other.
They promised whoever would survive should look after all of their children and two ladies survived and the other two did not.
The main objective of the Trust is to shape the lives of destitute children and give them a good education and enable them with skills to be
The Trust also looks after older people who have no other relatives and spouses and children who are victims of drug abuse partners.
You can read more here http://guraasratrust.org/activities/
Brodey Scholarship Talk – 14 Sept 2018
Gemma Rowe-Jones is recipient of a Brodey Scholarship from Banbury Rotary to encourage young people into high-quality engineering courses.
She is studying Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath.
After two years she took a one year placement with ACOM in St. Albans who are an international firm of structural consultants. Among other things the firm
were working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel which is being designed to divert surface water from the Thames.
Gemma told us that she is also involved in the Northern Estate Programme to revitalise large circa 1900 blocks of residential houses.
After returning to Bath University to complete her three year degree she will stay on for an extra year to obtain a MEng.
WarHorse Event – 20th Oct 2018
Ruth Rogers explains the genius puppetry behind War Horse, bringing ‘Joey’ to life!
Saturday 20th October
6.45 for 7.00 pm
Tudor Hall School , Wykham Park, Banbury OX16 9UR
Ruth Rogers is an actress and puppeteer whose notable performances include operating Joey’s Head in War Horse in the West End. Her fascinating talk includes an account of the auditions and rehearsals, a detailed look at how the War Horse puppets work and tips on how to perform as a horse.
Ruth is the Artistic Director of The Canvas in East London, a cafe and arts space that hosts workshops, live arts events and ongoing debates. She is also the founder of the Body Gossip arts and education campaign and produces all of their theatre shows and short films.
Funds raised by the evening will go to support:
- The Alzheimers Society
- Katharine House Hospice
- The Rotary Foundation
Remembering WWI – Talk
Simon Batten, History teacher at Bloxham School, spoke to Club on 2 Nov 18 about Remembering the Great War.
He examined some of the misconceptions which surround this formative event in our national history.
Among the myths he addressed were slaughter, sacrifice and futility. He quoted that 89% of those who served actually survived. He also described how new tactics and war fighting machinery evolved throughout the war, and that these ultimately led to victory. Although a terrible human tragedy, it was not pointless for those who fought in it, nor was it uniquely bloody in world or British history.
Stephen’s Summer Steaming
The sun shone on Stephen’s Summer Steaming Sunday last. A BBQ, train rides, tennis or croquet all helped to make the afternoon a special time for our members, families and friends. Even President Alan was entrusted with being the train driver, which he did with much aplomb.
As well as a fantastic social afternoon, the event raised over £500 for Rotary Foundation.
Having fun and helping others is truly a Rotary activity.
The West End comes to Banbury
Last Saturday, to celebrate the start of a new Rotary year, 200 people packed the theatre at Tudor Hall School, and witnessed a “West End” concert. Simon Adkins (originally from Banbury and currently the resident choreographer of 42nd St in the West End), Alison Dormer & Clare Rickard accompanied by Rob Cousins performed a wide and varied range of songs from the Musicals, many of which the three have performed in during their time as Musical Theatre professionals.
Newly installed President of Banbury Rotary Club, Alan Wolstencroft, who was instrumental (pardon the pun) in setting the concert up stole a line from Jersey Boys (Simon was in the original West End cast) and said “Oh What a Night”!
All four performers donated their time, appearance fee and expenses to support Banbury Rotary Club’s concert which was raising funds for Alan’s Africa Sierra Leone schools projects and Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Simon said “it was great to be back in Banbury, seeing family and friends, performing with three great people and helping Alan & Rotary raise funds for two great causes”.
Alan said “Rotary’s theme this year is “Rotary – Making A Difference”. The concert was a great way to start my year as President and I owe an immense debt of gratitude to the four professionals for putting on such a great show, and giving freely of their time, and I must also acknowledge the wonderful support we received from Tudor Hall School and the local businesses who donated items for the raffle and auction”.
PHOTO: From left to right: Alan Wolstencroft, Clare Rickard, Alison Dormer, Simon Adkins and seated Rob Cousins
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:
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
A Night at the Musicals
featuring West End performers Simon Adkins & Alison Dormer
Saturday 8th July
7.30pm Tudor Hall School
Raising funds for
Banbury Rotary’s Sierra Leone Education Projects
Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign
To book tickets click here for the Ticket Ordering Page