Vocational

The Role of the Vocational Committee


Chair

Don Howard, Robin Sinclair, Tony Ridge, Jo Banks, Christopher Perry, John Neave


Vocational Committee

The role of our Vocational Committee is to encourage members to share their work experiences with other members and to be aware of the variety of areas of work in the local environment and, where possible, share this experience with the local community.

Much of our interaction is with young people in the community and our first event in the 2018-2019 calendar is "Youth Speaks" which takes place on Thursday 6th December at Moreton Hall School. The event is open to all local secondary schools.


Mock Interviews at The Marches

Our annual "Investment Competition" for local schools and colleges, run with the assistance of HSBC, will start on November 1st and run until the end of April.

In the New Year, towards the end of January, we have the "Mock Interviews" for Year 11 students from The Marches Academy. Most of our members, as well as ‘Friends of Rotary’, participate in this event and their experience enriches the interview.

For the benefit of our own members a popular annual "Focus Interview" is arranged in April when a member of our Club is interviewed about their life and work experience.

Trips to local businesses are popular. In May 2018 we visited Dinorwig Hydroelectric Plant at Llanberis. Another trip will take place in the spring of 2019.

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Mike Griffiths with his speaker Gary Braybrooke

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Gary Braybrooke

more Mike Griffiths speaker today is Gary Braybrooke, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Awards Lunch : Traditional fish pie and garden peas .

Jon Fynes

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Group Captain Jon Fynes RAF (Retd)

more Mike Jones' speaker today is Group Captain Jon Fynes RAF (Retd).

Mock Interviews @ The Marches

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11s

Winning team from The Marches

Rotary Youth Speaks Competition - Club Round @ Moreton Hall

more This year's Youth Speaks Competition starts off with a first Club round at Moreton Hall School. 5.30 for a 6.00pm start.

Moreton Hall Intermediate team (l-r) Charlotte Pryce, Grace Naylor and Eloise Bowyer who spoke on ‘Sexism Not Solved Just Changed’

Youth Speaks District Round @ Glyndwr University Wrexham

more District Round saw teams from Moreton Hall and The Marches represent our Club in the Intermediate and Senior sections.

Concorde

Trip to the Aerospace Museum @ Bristol

more Vocational trip to the Aerospace Museum at Filton, Bristol to see Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Thanks to Graham and Lynette Moss, Dave Griggs, Jo Banks and Dave Davies for the photos.

The Marches 2 - winners of the Senior competition.

Youth Speaks Club Round @ The Marches

more The first round of this year's Youth Speaks competition

Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11s

Update 30th January 2020

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - November 2019 - April 2020

more Our annual investment competition for local secondary schools begins 1st November!

Focus Evening

Focus Evening - 6.00 for 6.30pm @ The Wynnstay

more Our guest 'victim' tonight was one of our own - Professor Wagih El Masri. A fascinating evening! MEETING TONIGHT IN THE PADDOCK ROOM - OFF THE MAIN BAR

St Martins winning team

Investment Competition Winners!

more St Martins seal a hat trick!

Investment Competition

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - April 2019 Final Valuations

more The final figures are in!

Moreton Hall Intermediates (l-r) Eloise Bowyer, Grace Naylor and Charlotte Pryce

Youth Speaks Regional Final @ Catrin Finch Centre Glyndwr University

more Teams have battled through to the Regional round of the Rotary public speaking competition. Moreton Hall Intermediates will represent our Club.

Investment Competition

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - March 2019 Valuations

more Herewith the final interim results for the current Investment Competition of The Rotary Club of Oswestry as prepared by our Invigilator Sean Meakin of HSBC Bank.

First Valuations are in!

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - December 2018 Valuations

more The first snapshot of the 2018-19 Investment Competition

Investment Competition

HSBC - Rotary Club of Oswestry Investment Competition 2018-19

more Thanks to the hard work of Robin Sinclair we have a record entry from local secondary schools. 5 schools have entered a total of 27 teams. The students are now busy investing their money and it will prove interesting to see how they get on.

Focus Evening

Focus Evening - 6.00 for 6.30pm @ The Wynnstay

more Helen Hughes, wife of Richard Hughes, a member of our Club since 1989, was John's 'victim' tonight.

Dave tells us how not to take an interview . . .

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker David Griggs

more Dave will tell us something of his previous interview experiences.

President David Davies (L) and Chairman of The Marches Local Governing Body Mark Liquorish (R) present the award to Rebecca Manford

Presentation of The Rotary Club of Oswestry

more President David Davies and Chairman of The Marches Local Governing Body Mark Liquorish present the "Service to the School" Award to Rebecca Manford

(Back L-R) St Martins teacher Hayley Smith, President Dave Davies, HSBC's Shirley Rodgers and St Martins teacher John Holmes
(Front L-R) Jamie Jones, Cai Williams, Charleigh Penrose and Rhys Evans

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker St Martin's School Investment Competition Winners

more Sadly CHALK had to withdraw from their speaker slot today so we enjoyed the prize-giving for the Investment Competition as the winning team from St Martins were our guests Lunch: Seared fillet of salmon with confit tomatoes, gem lettuce & saffron potatoe

Jenny's speaker today was Chris Jones of Castle Fine Arts Foundry

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Chris Jones from Castle Fine Arts Foundry

more Jenny's speaker today will be Chris Jones from local business Castle Fine Arts Foundry Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant. Lunch: Roast breast of chicken with potato rosti, wilted greens and a forestiere sauce

Dinorwig Power Station

Vocational Tour of Dinorwig Power Station, Llanberis

more Vocational Tour of Dinorwig Power Station, Llanberis

Oswestry School Senior Winners (L-R) Valeriia Chertilina - Speaker, Masie Evans - Chair and Tsveta Stratieva - Vote of Thanks

Youth Speaks District Round @ Glyndwr University, Wrexham

more District round of this year's Youth Speaks competition held at Glyndwr University - NOT at Catrin Finch Centre because of large number of teams. STOP PRESS - Postponed from Friday 2nd March

Justin Soper interviews

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11s

Oswestry School Seniors

Youth Speaks Round 1 @ Moreton Hall

more First round of this year's Youth Speaks competition hosted by Moreton Hall.

President Dave gets into the spirit!

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Chris Toller of Henstone Distillery

more Introducing Stonehouse Brewery's new venture. Hazel's speaker will be Chris Toller from Henstone Distillery - a brand new distillery being established on the Welsh border of rural Shropshire.

Helen Pocknell on Autism

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Helen Pocknell

more Ruth Thomas' speaker today will be Derwen College's Marketing & Pre-entry Assessment Officer Helen Pocknell talking about Autism and Autism friendly communities. There will also be a presentation to the winners of the Club's annual Investment Competition

Rev Harry Edwards of Mulberry Alpacas

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Rev Harry Edwards of Mulberry Alpacas

more Robin's speaker today will be the Rev. Harry Edwards of Mulberry Alpacas who will talk to us about Alpaca Farming. Harry is also Spiritual Care Coordinator/Counsellor of Severn Hospice.

Final Investment Comp

Winners of Rotary Club/HSBC Investment Competition Declared

more The Club's Investment Competition for secondary schools comes to an end and the runaway winners declared!

Oswestry School winners of the Senior National Youth Speaks Competition 2016-17

Youth Speaks National Final - Thomas Telford School, Old Park, Telford, TF3 4NW

more Oswestry School pupils are judged ‘best in the country' for public speaking in the national final of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

April valuations

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - April 2017 Valuations

more The penultimate snapshot of the Investment Competition

Pres Ian with James Hennie

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker James Hennie from Tesni Homes and Developments

more Dave's speaker today is James Hennie MD of Tesni Homes and Developments will be speaking about Tesni"™s passion for environmental sustainability and partnering with Marches School to help fundraise for three eco-domes to be installed for use by pupils.

Oswestry School Youth Speaks Regional senior winners (L-R) Matthew Cooper, Adelina Creciun and Seb Banks

Regional Final of Youth Speaks, Darwen Vale High School, Darwen

more The Rotary Club of Oswestry were represented in the senior competition by District winners Oswestry School

District 1180 Senior winners Oswestry School (L-R) Seb Banks, Matthew Cooper and Adelina Creciun

District 1180 Final Youth Speaks 2017 - Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr Uni, Wrexham

more District 1180 Youth Speaks Final

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - February 2017 Valuations

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - February 2017 Valuations

more Latest valuations

Investment Competition

Rotary Club of Oswestry HSBC Investment Competition - January 2017 Valuations

more The latest valuations for the Rotary / HSBC Investment Competition

Pictured are some of the teams members, back, from left, Bruce Smith, George Henson, Cai Williams, Abi Evans and Dylan Bolton,
front, Rhys Llywarch, Harry Turner, Tyler Williams and Ellie Reynolds

The latest valuations for the Rotary / HSBC Investment Competition

more Some impressive performances here from St Martins School who occupy the top four positions in the Rotary Club of Oswestry Investment Competition.

Mock Interviews 2017

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11s

President Ian Haigh

Focus Evening - 6.00pm @ The Wynnstay

more Tonight's willing 'victim' was Club President Ian Haigh

Investment Comp

Annual Investment Competition for Local Schools

more The Rotary Club of Oswestry has been running an investment competition in conjunction with the Oswestry Branch of HSBC Bank for a good many years for local schools.

Speaker Shane Parr, Director and Owner of Stonehouse Brewery

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Shane Parr, Director and Owner of Stonehouse Brewery

more Shane Parr, Director and Owner of Stonehouse Brewery, is Dave Foden's speaker today

Guy Davies' farm

Vocational Trip to Guy Davies' Anaerobic Digester, Little Ness

more G C Davies & Co are a family partnership farming in Shropshire since 1896.

OsLitFest Cover Story Competition Presentation @ Oswestry Library

more Presentation to the winners of this year's literature competition for Oswestry's primary schools

Moreton Hall Senior Team

Regional Youth Speaks Final @ Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham 11.30am

more Moreton Hall Senior team represented The Rotary Club of Oswestry in the Regional Finals of Youth Speaks at the Catrin Finch Centre today

Moreton Hall Seniors

District 1180 - Youth Speaks Final @ Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham 5.30pm

more Moreton Hall represented The Rotary Club of Oswestry in the District 1180 Final of Youth Speaks

Tonight's 'victim' Maureen Powell talks to John Ward

Focus Evening

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Event co-ordinator Heather Rodenhurst

Closing Date for 'Cover Story' Primary School Literature Competition

more Our annual writing competition for schoolchildren has been launched in Oswestry.

Mock Interview process for the Year 11s

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy - All Day

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11s at The Marches Academy

Final leaderboard

Rotary Club of Oswestry Investment Competition

more Three schools have entered this year's Rotary Club of Oswestry Investment Competition for senior schools in the Oswestry area.

Moreton Hall winners of the Senior Competition

Youth Speaks Competition - 24th November 2015 - Marches Hall

more RIBI encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people

D1210 Vocational Study Exchange Presentation Evening 1

Invitation to D1210 Vocational Study Exchange Presentation Evening @ RC Stafford Knot

more Invitation to D1210 Vocational Study Exchange Presentation Evening

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Stephen Jones

more Hazel's speaker today was Stephen Jones of The British Quinoa Company, Ellesmere

'Front Lines'

Young Writers Competition Presentation - 11.00am, Oswestry Library

more Presentation of Rotary Young Writers Competition 'Front Lines' @ Oswestry LitFest, Oswestry Library

WWI Trench Art Is Now In The Library for OsLitFest 2015

more As part of the sixth Oswestry LitFest, a stunning and very special installation inspired by the World War I trenches has been moved from the window of Tanners Wines on Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury to Oswestry Library.

Moreton Hall Senior team

District 1180 Final of Youth Speaks Competition - Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

more The Final for the District round was held at the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndwr University, Wrexham on Friday 6th March 2015

John Cleaver is interviewed by John Ward

Evening Meeting - 6.30-7.00pm - Focus Evening

more Vocational Cttee's annual getting to know the members of our Club continues with David Lloyd's apprentice John Ward taking over the reigns to find out more about John Cleaver.

Mock Interviews for the Year 11 students at The Marches Academy

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11 students at The Marches Academy

Moreton Hall Senior Team - Winners of the Senior section

Youth Speaks - Tuesday 25th November 2014, 5.30pm, Oswestry Library

more RIBI encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people.

Trip to RAF Cosford

Vocational Trip to RAF Museum Cosford

more Club outing to RAF Museum Cosford

Pictured with Borderland's Cliff Wood from the left are finalist Chloe Bonnello, District Winner Amy Younger and finalist Jenny Cyffin-Jones.

Rotary Young Writer Competition Winners

more Rtn Cliff Wood (from Borderland club) meets the entrants who represented the Oswestry Club at Final Assembly at Oswestry School to receive their awards.

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Club Assembly

more Club Assembly

Beast Quest Literary Competition Prize Giving 3pm Oswestry Library

more Pres Stuart presents the prizes for the winning entry in our "Beast Quest" competition. We will be there from 2-4pm to publicise our Club, Health Awareness Day, polio eradication campaign and, in particular, our stand at the Memorial Hall on 26th April.

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks - District Final, Friday 7th March, Glyndwr University

more Youth Speaks District Final

Mock Interviews @ The Marches Academy

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11 students at The Marches Academy

Rotary Youth Speaks is a public speaking competition for young people organised by Rotary.

Youth Speaks - Tuesday 26th November 2013, 5.30pm, Oswestry Library

more RIBI encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people.

Club Essay Competition for primary school pupils.

Young Essay Competition

more Club Essay Competition 2013 for primary school pupils.

Marches School Team Are Champion Investors

Marches School Team Are Champion Investors

more Marches School Team Are Champion Investors

Dear Mr Morpurgo competition prize winners presentation in Oswestry Library

Dear Mr Morpurgo - Prize Presentations @ Oswestry Library 5.30pm

more Presentations of Booka Book vouchers and Michael Morpurgo books

Dear Mr Morpurgo

Dear Mr Morpurgo - Junior Letter Writing Competition

more Prize Giving to winner of the "Dear Mr Morpurgo . . " Competition by Michael Morpurgo at The Marches

Club visit to the Airbus 380 Wing Assembly Plant.

Club Trip to the Airbus 380 Wing Assembly Plant at Broughton

more Club Trip to the Airbus 380 Wing Assembly Plant at Broughton

James and John

Presentation of Shield to Marches School for Rotary

more Dr John Cleaver catches up with James Evans to present him with the shield to accompany his "Service to School" award originally presented last November.

Mock Interviews @ The Marches to March 11th

more Mock Interviews for the Year 11 students at The Marches start.

The winners of the Senior Competition - Oswestry School

Youth Speaks - Tuesday 27th November 2012, 5.30pm, Oswestry Library

more Rotary Youth Speaks is a public speaking competition for young people organised by Rotary.

Rotarian Dr John Cleaver attended the evening to present

"The Oswestry Rotary Club Service to School Award" at The Marches

more Rotarian Dr John Cleaver attended the evening to present "The Oswestry Rotary Club – Service to School Award" to Jamie Evans.

Emily with Dr Cleaver after the award ceremony.

Walford and North Shropshire Student Wins Rotary Award

more Walford and North Shropshire Student Wins Rotary Award

Youth Speaks - Tuesday 22nd November 2011, 5.30pm, Oswestry Library

more Rotary Youth Speaks is a public speaking competition for young people organised by Rotary.

Vocational Trip to the Jaguar Factory - Tuesday 6th September

more Guided Tour of Jaguar Heritage Museum and a visit to the works. Depart 8.30am Cae Glas Park gates

Royal Wedding Essay Competition - Presentation of Prizes - Friday 22nd July

more As part of the Vocational Committee’s Literacy Programme, pupils from local primary schools were invited to write essays on the subject of the recent Royal Wedding.

Winners of the Read It Write It Competition 2012

Read It! Write It! 2012 Competition Prizegiving, Tuesday 1st May 2012

more Oswestry Library and The Rotary Club of Oswestry joined forces to launch the fourth annual book review competition for children.

Read It! Write It! 2011 Competition Prizegiving, Monday 6th June 6.30pm

more Oswestry Library and The Rotary Club of Oswestry joined forces to launch the third annual book review competition for children.

Evening Visit to Chirk Castle - Wednesday 11th May

more A guided tour of Chirk Castle followed by fellowship in a local hostelry.

Junior Reporters - Young Cubs Receive Awards

more Pupils Praise Rotary’s Lifeline Event Pupils attending Oswestry Rotary Club’s Lifeline to alert youngsters to the risks they might encounter in everyday life have given the event their seal of approval.

Youth Speaks 23rd November 2010

more Rotary Youth Speaks is a public speaking competition for young people organised by Rotary.

"Youth Speaks" Competition - Oswestry Library, 5.30pm-8.30pm

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2007/8 : the final countdown!

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Shortcut to The Final Countdown

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Hitting the ground running in 2008/9

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2008/9 programme well on track

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A good year nearly done...another one coming soon!

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Read it! Write it! Competition Launched

more Read it! Write it! is a competition for Key Stage 2 pupils, that is those in Years 3-6 aged between 7 and 11, to choose a book to read and review and enter their review into a competition presented by Oswestry Library and the Rotary Club of Oswestry.

A Trip Down That Memory Lane Also Known As The Vocational Avenue of Service

more Steve Thomas looks back on 7 years as Chair of the Vocational Action Group as he prepares to step down. Talk given to Club on 22/3/10.