Supporting Youth in the Community

Rotary Clubs support young people in many ways, which can be by providing funding but also through involvement in various school activities.

Nailsworth Rotary Club is active in supporting young people through our Local, District and National competitions such as Young Photographer, Youth Speaks, Young Writer, Young Musician and Young Chef. We are always amazed at just how talented and gifted our young people are. We know young people are wonderful, but sometimes they just go the extra mile.

Here are just some of the activities we have been involved in recently or will be this year:

South Cotswolds Rotary Young Musician of the Year

Details of the 2018 competition are now available.

This event is held every year and follows the competitors through playing in one of two heats, at either Katharine Lady Berkeley School or Westonbirt School in January, to reach the final at Wycliffe College in February where they were expected to play one, two or three pieces of their own choosing. Both heats and the final aim to offer the competitors a realistic live performing environment, in front of an audience and a panel of experts, which for some will be a new experience - one which can only broaden their talent and playing ability.

As part of the 2017 competition Will Jones from Sir William Romney's School started the proceedings playing the cornet. He offered two pieces by Dvorak and Goedicke in contrasting styles. Then we heard Jemima Price from Westonbirt School on violin, with works by Franck and Copeland. This was followed by Andrew Chen from Rendcomb College on piano. He played three pieces from Rachmaninov, Chopin and Schumann.

Then followed the two guitarists: Simon Crew, from Cirencester Deer Park, played pieces by Sanz, Villa-Lobos and Montoya; then Luke Field from Sir Thomas Rich's played pieces by John Dowland, Rodgers and Hart, and Gary Ryan.

After an interval Beth Hiatt from Wycliffe College, on clarinet, played a piece by Andy Scott and one by Mozart. We then had three students from Castle School in Thornbury. Aggie Barnes on violin, played a traditional Irish piece, followed by ones by John Williams and Monti. Ellen O'Brien on a highly polished French horn played Bozza, Damase and Abbott. Then her sister Lizzie, on violin, played Vivaldi, Massanet and Brahms. The last competitor, Edwin Ward from Rendcomb, rounded off the afternoon by demonstrating his mastery of the piano by playing three contrasting pieces from Schubert, Liszt and Errol Garner.

After about twenty minutes the judges returned to announce the results:

  • First place and the Mervyn Norris Trophy went to Edwin Ward
  • Second place, and the Hughes Trophy for best stringed instrument, went to Aggie Barnes
  • Third place, and the Jenner Trophy for the best woodwind player, went to Ellen O'Brien.

Ed Ward has been invited to take part in the Rotary District Final at Dean Close School on 12th March and, if successful, will be invited to take part in the Regional Final. We wish him good luck. At the end of the evening the contestants were loudly applauded by a very appreciative audience, both for their talent and their performances. We left looking forward to the next competition in 2018.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Nailsworth Rotary Club sponsored a young person, aged 16 to 18, to take part in a six-day residential leadership course running from Tuesday July 25th to Sunday 30th 2017.

The course, called the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, took place at the Dean Field Studies Centre in the Forest of Dean, and included canoeing, caving, climbing, abseiling, orienteering and other challenges to develop leadership potential. There was a talent show, a barbecue and lot of opportunities to make new friends and work as a team. There are 40 places on this annual course, and in 2017 Nailsworth Rotary Club sponsored one candidate, whose costs for the week were fully funded. Candidates were selected by interview. If you would like to apply for this Award in the future please contact Mike Carter on 01453 8865400 or by email.

Young Photographer Competition

Congratulations to Sebastian Turner of Woodchester Primary School. Sebastian was runner up in the Junior competition in the District 1100 final. Stunning photo Sebastian - Well done!

Youth Speaks Competition

The Youth Speaks Competition supports and encourages the development of communication skills by providing those involved an opportunity to speak in public as a member of a team. GCSEs demand practical speaking and listening skills - what better way to start learning than by practising for a Rotary competition.

Nailsworth Club President Anne Terranova was delighted when she was approached by English teacher Caroline at Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury regarding the Youth Speaks competition. The school’s local Rotary Club had been unable to support the competition this year and so, in true Rotary spirit, Nailsworth was happy to take the school forward for the competition.

Anne and District Governor-in-waiting, Joan Goldsmith, visited the school to hear the first presentations by young people at the school. They provided feedback and certificates for those who were brave enough to stand up and give their presentations to the daunting audience of Rotarian strangers! Anne and Joan were impressed and certificates were well deserved.

Ellie, Alana and Jack went on to represent the school and the club at the District semi-finals and did incredibly well. They were confident and so impressive as first-time entrants. They represented their school brilliantly, showing just how well they had been supported and how much they had practised.

The school was not placed this time but, having seen what other more seasoned schools were doing, the participants picked up a few hints, tips and ideas. We certainly look forward to seeing them again for 2017-18.

Young Writers competition

Young Writers Competion Certificates were awarded at Nailsworth C of E Primary School by Rotary Vice President Eve Blundell and Rotary member Colleen Rothwell who agreed that the standard of writing was really excellent.

Young Writers Competion Certificates were also awarded at Amberley Primary School. What a wonderful group of young writers with so much potential. Founder member Mike Cooper and past Club President Frank King were impressed!

Well done to all these young writers, their skill and enthusiasm is inspiring, and we look forward to seeing you again as you progress with your writing skills.

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