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AlansAfrica News 10In 8 weeks from a piece of wasteland to this!

Today it is the new 2 classroom block of the new Good News Pentecostal Community School, Waterloo, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

A huge thank you to the 2 sponsors of the project: Brethertons Solicitors and The Rotary Club of Woodstock & Kidlington 100 Club

All the desk & bench sets will be made on site and the blackboards fitted very soon.

Alan would like to express his sincere personal thanks, on behalf of the children, teachers and community in general for your fantastic support.

You have “made a real difference” to this small impoverished rural community.

Car Treasure Hunt

huntA number of us had fun today on a Treasure Hunt starting in Bloxham and finishing at the Masons Arms for a pleasant Sunday Lunch where any who had become lost could regain their dignity. The winner naturally was the President’s car which did have the advantage of having a four member International team from Brazil (Gabi), Wales (Peter) and even jolly old England (Ian & Pat).

A Successful Year

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During the last Rotary year we donated a total of £44,818.31 to worthy causes. Past President Phil Cavill said “the members of the Club have again put their heart and soul into helping and supporting others and shown what can be done when you set out to “Light up Rotary”.

Support was given to the following:

  • Methodist Church £60.00
  • Laura Guile Zambia £100.00
  • Student Bursaries £3,000.00
  • Food for homeless £200.00
  • Ebola Appeal £741.24
  • Handicap Cycle £327.00
  • One Eighty Charity £2,800.00
  • Katharine House Hospice £5,000.00
  • Sierra Leone Schools project £14,050.00
  • R.Y.L.A. £662.58
  • Frank Wise School £2,000.00
  • Educaid £100.00
  • Rotary Foundation £4,700.00
  • Safewater Aquafilter £1,273.00
  • End Polio Now £5,000.00
  • Shelter Box £590.00
  • Leukaemia Research £135.00
  • Biker Response Charity £100.00
  • Shelterbox £2,360.00
  • Street Pastors £250.00
  • BGN Tall Ships £500.00
  • Party for Blind £69.49
  • Roll out the Barrel Charity £600.00

Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert

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As a result of the success of our Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert we will be donating £2,500 to Katharine House Hospice.

This year celebrates 25 years of running the Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition under the expert guiding hand of Rtn. Gareth Jeremy, who has undertaken this task with the impressive enthusiasm and commitment that we have come to expect from him.

Thanks to the great success of the event, our Club has benefitted from some great publicity in producing winners that have moved on to great things in the world of music.

To celebrate these achievements, Gareth organised a Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert held at Tudor Hall School on Sunday 21st June.

Past Young Musician of the Year winners who are now professional or semi-professional musicians entertained us with a potpourri of musical genres from the avant-garde to classical in recognition of the role that the Young Musician Competition has played in their musical career.

Performances were given by:

  • Marcel Zidani – winner in 1991
  • Bethany Porter – winner in 2000
  • Lucy Downer – winner in 2003
  • Kris Reader – winner in 2004
  • Umito Choji – winner in 2007
  • William Dibble – runner up in 2012 District 1090 Competition
  • Tavia Lewis – winner in 2015

Emergency Disaster Collection

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Thank you so much Banburyshire folks for your generous donations last Friday to help send Shelterboxes to Nepal, etc. £1795 was raised from our street collection in Banbury town centre which is a fantastic result and will make a real difference to those needing our support.

We were even joined on the day by Peter King, RIBI President, and his wife, and also Tim Cowling, District 1090 Governor and his wife.

Brodey Bursary

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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 secretary@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk. 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.

Young Chef

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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

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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.

The Dome Challenge

Up at the Dome Group AMonday 23rd February, and Fred Riches and Alan Wolstencroft braved the cold in Greenwich, but the sun was shining and just a few clouds in the sky as the first group gathered in the anteroom to watch the safety DVD before donning our safety gear – jacket, shoes, harness and link which we needed to attach to the chest-level wire that’s mounted beside the canvassy, bouncy walkway that leads up to the top viewing platform and down the other side.

We hadn’t realised the Dome measurements and positioning were all planned in relation to time. It’s 365 metres circumference and 52 metres in height, with twelve of those spikes sticking out – and all as close as possible to 0 degrees longitude.

We were a group of about 16 with a leader. The first bit goes up a one in three slope, so you’re digging your toes in and leaning forward while pushing the link along the wire with one hand and holding on to another safety wire/rail with the other.

Then it evens out gradually till you reach the top. There you’re allowed to unchain yourself and look around on all sides of the viewing platform. Highly recommended for the summer! Brilliant views over the Thames and across London.

However, the weather decided to do the dirty on us and just as we reached the top a large black cloud chucked a mixture of sleet and hail at us through the rising gale. I have a lovely video of two ladies who helped organise the event reading a congratulatory message from a leading international Rotarian. Picture’s great. Sound = loud crackling wind… Hey ho!

Then it was back onto the wire link for the clamber down, perhaps the most strenuous bit, because the last bit is one in three slope as well and pulls on your thighs while you try to keep your balance.

Overall a really good experience – and thank you very much for helping use reach our sponsorship targets.

Dome Walk

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Two of our intrepid members, (Fred Riches and Alan Wolstencroft), will be walking the O2 Dome to mark Rotary Day and raise funds for good causes.

February 23 marks the 110th anniversary of Rotary and our two colleagues will be raising funds for the “Roll Out The Barrel Trust” (www.rolloutthebarrel.org), the Rotary End Polio Now campaign (www.endpolio.org), and our Sierra Leone School projects.

You can sponsor them on the Just Giving (https://www.justgiving.com/Fred-Riches) & Virgin Giving Money (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=alanwolstencroft), websites.

We wish them both every success.