lan Brodey, a former member of the club and the Chairman of one of the town’s major engineering enterprises, Norbar Torque Tools Ltd, was a practicing mechanical engineer who, in his will, left a sum of money to the Rotary Club of Banbury for the club to use at its discretion.
The Rotary Club, with the support of Ian’s family, decided to use his bequest to help students who propose to attend a recognised British university full-time for three years to study for a first degree in any Engineering Discipline, e.g. Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Process Engineering. The first award was made at the end of the school year commencing September 2006, since. when there have been a further ten holders of the bursaries studying at universities. The Rotary Club plans to award up to two bursaries annually.
To be considered for any award, a student must be a British citizen with a main home lying within a ten mile radius of Banbury Cross and to have lived at that address for the whole of the two years spent studying their A levels, which should preferably, be in a school also in the defined area. Consideration will also be given to otherwise qualified students who need to study outside the ten mile zone because of the unavailability of their chosen course within it.
Application forms giving full details of the procedure for obtaining the awards, will be provided to Heads of Science Departments in all local schools and colleges where A level students planning to study engineering disciplines are taught. These forms may also be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They should be completed no later than the time when the A level entry forms are completed and then returned.
Awards to suitable, selected candidates will be made, following a short interview, soon after the publication of A level results and the confirmation of places at universities i.e. in early September.
Applicants will be required to supply proof of both their results and offer of a place before the interview.
On 21st March Banbury teenager, Christina Welz, our Banbury Young Chef and District 1090 winner took part in the Rotary Young Chef Regional final at Westminster Kingsway College.
Out of 8 finalists she was awarded runner-up prize, only one point behind the winner, after cooking an impressive 3 course meal which won high praise from the judges.
Christina was runner up of 8 contestants from 4 Districts, all 8 had come through from around 1,000 entries at Club & District Final levels.
The judges were Tony Tobin (well-known TV Chef), Christopher Basten (Chair of Craft Guild of Chefs and Chef Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College), and Stuart Williams (Operations Manager for Thomas Franks Contract Caterers).
Contestants brief was to cook a healthy 3 course meal for 2 people for £15 or less.
Congratulations to Christina and to the winner Lewis Wilson from Horsham.
Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015
Tavia Lewis was crowned Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015 on Saturday 28th February when 50 talented young musicians came together at Sibford School to perform for the Finals of this year’s Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Starting at 4.00pm we were treated to some wonderful performances by the “Junior” competitors in the competition (8 to 11 year olds). It was wonderful to see so much talent in such young people, and after much debate the adjudicators awarded the prize of Junior Young Musician of the Year 2015 to Jessica Foxwell.
By 6.30pm a packed audience had gathered for the start of the “Intermediate” (12 to 15 year olds), and “Senior” (16 to 19 year olds), competitions. We were then given a potpourri of musical performances ranging from improvised rock, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Andrew Lloyds Webber show tunes to Sibelius, Schumann and Liszt, something for everyone’s taste.
With so many talented and varied performances the adjudicators had an extremely difficult task in selecting the winners of each section, and even more so this year’s overall winner.
So very many congratulations go to Tavia Lewis Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015.
Our thanks go to our adjudicators at the Finals, Mark Paine, Michael Bochmann and Marcel Zidani, as well as competition organiser Rtn. Gareth Jeremy and his supporting team of fellow Rotarians.
Banbury Young Musician Heats
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th January saw over 70 talented young musicians competing in three age ranges with eight different categories to win places in this year’s Young Musician Finals on Saturday 28th February.
As in previous years the standard achieved by the young musicians gets higher and higher giving the adjudicators and extremely hard task of selecting those who would go through to the finals.
The Finals being held at Sibford School on Saturday 17th will be a showcase event of the many extremely musically talented young people in the Banbury area, so make sure you have the date in your diar
Practice Interviews at the Warriner School
Warriner School Practice Interviews.
Forty volunteers – 18 Rotary Club of Banbury members and 22 other volunteer colleagues – have just conducted practice interviews with 225 students from Year 10 at the Warriner School over three days.
The scheme requires 14 to 15 year old students to submit their CV and a practice letter of application, for a job or course of instruction ahead of facing a panel of two interviewers during a 30 minute session.
From the outset, interviewers focus on gaining the student’s confidence so that they talk as freely as possible about themselves, their interests, experience, skills and ambitions. Being as positive as possible, students are assessed and provided with appropriate feedback (both verbally and in written form) all with a view to improving the future performance of these young individuals under interview conditions.
There is a competitive element to being interviewed for a job in real life, and we try to replicate this – at the schools’ request – by identifying a few outstanding candidates and inviting them to come to a second interview. This leads to the selection of a star interviewee who receives a £50 book token prize. This photo shows five of the six students invited for second interview this year, together with Rotary interviewers and a Warriner teacher.
The Practice Interview Programme (PIP) was introduced to the Banbury Club over 10 years ago by the late Rotarian John Meeres, who imported it from his previous Club in Thornaby & Yarm. Blessed George Napier was the first school in Banbury to participate, covering some 140 Year 10 pupils each year. The scheme was later extended to include a similar annual interview for 225 students at The Warriner School in Bloxham.
Recent spin-offs include, a regular programme of interviews conducted as part of a Banbury Young Homeless Project mentoring scheme for disadvantaged young people, and individual practice interviews for suitable Frank Wise school 6th form students.
We currently have nearly 60 regular volunteer interviewers on our database, all of whom feel that taking part in the PIP process is an enlightening experience, and a good opportunity to observe how the new generations are coping with current educational, social and employment environments.
There are only just enough Club Members and volunteer interviewers to run PIP in its current form, without placing too much commitment on individuals. So, if you are interested in supporting this worthy programme, or know of suitable individuals with business or HR experience that might be interested in taking part, please contact the Hon Assistant Secretary at the Rotary Club of Banbury by email
Rotarian Nigel Randall