Youth Services 2021- 22

Despite Covid the club has maintained its competitions and projects with local schools Hundreds have taken part and enjoyed some success at local, District and National levels!


GRYFFE VALLEY ROTARY WINNERS IN WEST OF SCOTLAND AND GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND YOUNG WRITER COMPETITIONS
- hundreds of local children participated!

YOUNG WRITER is one of several annual competitions organised in three stages, Club, District and National -  open to all Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. This year’s theme was ENVIRONMENT and pupils were challenged to write up to 550 words of prose or up to 40 lines of poetry, fact or fiction.

Six schools in the Gryffe Valley Rotary area took up the challenge, some as a class exercise, others as an extra-curricular activity. We can’t be sure how many pupils this involved, but we estimate around 500 - there were 250 in Bridge of Weir alone! To avoid overwhelming the three Gryffe Valley judges, schools were invited to enter up to six of their best works in each of the three age groups - we received 44. The judges assessed them, picking out prizewinners in each school, then overall winners who progressed to the District 1230 (West of Scotland) Final. 

In the District event we had two winners, Lana from Bridge of Weir Primary in the Juniors and Jennifer from Gryffe High, in the Seniors. We also had two runners-up, Holly, from Houston Primary in the Intermediate category and Eilidh from Bridge of Weir Primary in the Junior category. Lana and Jennifer progressed to the RGB&I Final where Lana was picked out as the winner of the Juniors  - a remarkable achievement when considering how many pupils must have been involved all over the UK and Ireland. 

The National Final was sponsored by Matthew James Publishing and Kenilworth Books. 

Congratulations to Lana, Jennifer, Holly and Eilidh ....  and especially to Lana who is our first National Champion in this event.

Click here to read Lana and Jennifer's winning pieces and here to read Holly’s and Eilidh's .

(ALL fields required)

Your email address will not be displayed, once the comment has been approved.

To reduce spam, http:// and www. are not allowed.

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Review of the Year 2022- 23

Summary of the activities of Gryffe Valley Rotary during the year 2022-23 as presented at the handover of the Presidency from Mike Farley to Ian Jackson

more  

Climate Change series- eminent speakers from around the UK in the months leading up to and following the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021

more  
Gryffe Valley Rotary Christmas Baking Challenge

Classes in First to Third Years at St Benedict’s and Gryffe High School were challenged to design, bake and decorate Christmas fare which included truffles, cupcakes, biscuits and Yule Logs.

more  
Young Writer - Gryffe Valley winners at District and National
2022-23 event now underway!!

Despite Covid the club has maintained its competitions and projects with local schools Hundreds have taken part and enjoyed some success at local, District and National levels!

more  
Local competitions lead on to the District competition

Six teams from Gryffe High and St Columba’s competed in the first round of this national Rotary competition

more  

Long distance walking route - the length of the Gryffe Valley from the source of the river near Loch Thom to Linwood

more  
Lucy's winning combination -  Tofu Stir-fry followed by Cherry, Orange and Almond Towers with cream

Nine competitors from Gryffe High School, St Benedicts and St Columbas achieved superb standards in the local heat of this national competition

more  

To encourage walking in the local environment, we are promoting local walking groups, publishing local walking routes and creating the Gryffe Valley Way, a walking route the length of the River Gryffe.

more  

The club has now spent more than £278,000 since its formation in 1995.

more  

To support disabled sailing for wheelchair users at Castle Semple Loch Gryffe Valley Rotary purchased a special powered Wheelyboat to enabled those in wheelchairs to get out onto the water.

more  
Getting ready for the Climbzone!

The club organises outings for groups of Renfrewshire Young Carers, with activities followed by a meal and drink. Some years we visited Xscape at Braehead, Hillington for the electric go-karts, and then Castle Semple Loch

more