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.
Katharine House receive cheque – March 2019
A St David’s Day treat for staff from Katharine House.
Having talked to members about their goals – including replacing old beds with ones that better serve the comfort of patients and those caring for them – they were presented with a cheque for almost £4000 derved from the Christmas Organ Collections at local supermarkets.
One more example of Rotary serving its local community. 🙂
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.
Juniors — 4.00pm
Intermediate / Seniors. — 6.45pm
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.
Walking the beat to Nirvana Talk -15 Feb 2019
Mervyn Edwards was a fascinating speaker and gave us an insight into how he moved from being a bus driver in Banbury to a firearms office charged with protecting Margaret Thatcher!
Mervyn was born and bred in Banbury and joined the Thames Valley Police after being a bus driver for Midland Red. In his talk he gave us a summary of his book “Walking the beat to Nirvana” starting with his first posting with TVP which took him away from Banbury and spending 15 years in three different ranks as a specialist firearms officer.
His book details his experiences which include protecting Margaret Thatcher when she returned to Chequers after the Brighton hotel bombing in 1984.
Hegave us a fascinating account of his career ending up with him being responsible for developing the UK’s tactics for dealing with Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) terrorist threats, ending his career as a Chief Superintendent. He was also earlier in his career responsible for the policing of the Newbury Bypass protests.
Recruiting Gurkhas Talk – 18th Jan 2019
Rotarian Rupert Kipping took us through a series of photos taken in Nepal. These included remote villages hanging on the edge of mountains with houses perched on ridges. and a a sick lady being transported in a basket on the back of a Nepalese man with the help of a forehead : a local ambulance!
Gurkha pensioners took on as many as sixteen youths as potential Gurkha recruits and trained them up.
Rupert’s general medical duties included carrying out a grading physical and mental fitness: a classification system that meant potential recruits needed to achieve 100%, if they were not to be rejected as so many wanted to become Gurkhas.
Gur Aasra Trust Talk – 18th Jan 2019
On Friday 18th January Rtn. Surinder Dhesi gave a talk about the Gur 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 self-reliant.
The children when they grow up still come back to the Trust to visit as they consider it as their family.
The Trust also looks after older people who have no other relatives and spouses and their children who are victims of drug abuse partners.
The Trust instils Sikh values of sharing, respecting people of different faiths and equality of women and that by believing in oneself anything can be achieved. It has helped children reach their goals with many becoming doctors and engineers.
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.
Street Organ Collection for local charities
A total of just over £4,000 was collected for local charities whilst bringing Christmas cheer to shoppers outside Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Thanks to the supermarkets for accommodating us and the public for their generosity
There was much interest in the street organs from adults and children alike.
Three-quarters of the money raised will go to Katharine House Hospice, up to a maximum of 15% to cover any deficit for the Xmas Food Parcels project and the remainder will be allocated to other charities and good causes in due course.