Youth Service

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Rotakids and Interact

District 1240 have a new Facebook Group for our Rotakids & Interact clubs – District 1240 Rotakids & Interact. It is there for our Rotakids Clubs to share their projects, ideas and achievements.  If you are a Rotarian, school staff member, parent  then we would love you to join our group and see what is going on in Essex, East Herts. and the London Borough of Havering. You might find some good ideas for your own Rotakids Club!

Non Face to Face Competitions

Please don’t forget that non-face to face competitions are still possible.  Yes, schools may not want too much interference at present but try your families, grandchildren, outside bodies such as scouts, brownies, and youth clubs etc; I have already circulated the Youth Competition Booklet online but if there is a need for more please email me.  This online booklet with a copy of a letter may interest schools especially those with Interact and RotaKids.

The Non Face to Face Competitions are shown below and at this time all entries should be submitted to the respective Youth Coordinator by Friday 5th MARCH 2021.  This could change once the final date for National Entries is announced.

As the National Young Photographer Coordinator, I have received requests for answers about changes in view of Covid-19.  Please note the Information Leaflet which I have circulated to Club Secretaries.

To ensure you are all aware of the themes for the competitions they are repeated as follows:-


YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER – THEME = ‘WILD NATURE’. More Information is here




Please encourage young people to enter the Young Environmentalist as this sits well within school syllabus and I am sure there are many young people working in small groups to complete a project such as litter picking and they could report on this and may win a prize.

All Information Leaflets are downloadable from the Rotary GB&I website but any problems let me know.

More information can be found here and a guide to send out to schools is here

Please do not forget the ‘Nessie Comes to Essex’ Writing Competition which is due in November.  If extensions are required I could make it 1st December but please push this competition.

Face to Face Competitions

Young Chef, Young Musician and Youth Speaks (Debate) may go ahead depending how this virus clears up.  Speaking to other Districts and Regions, some are going ahead with dates and venues hoping for a change.

Region 3 which is our Region have decided to wait any decision until January 2021 so I will update from now until then with any news as I seem to be on Zoom every night at present. 

I am aware of two clubs trying to get a face to face off the ground via Zoom.   Excellent and we would like the feedback please.


Please note that we are still considering this but it depends on how Covid 19 affects us.  Both Steve Wallbank and I have been involved in RYLA meetings on zoom with Regional Representatives and we await a point of restrictions lifted.

Youth Exchange and NGSE  

This Youth Project has been put on hold and no new applications are being processed.  I am attending a meeting (on Zoom) with our two young people who should have been at a Camp this year and have agreed to attend next year. This meeting brings together all young people in this position.

RotaKids/Interact; Once again this project is on hold unless clubs are able to contact schools.  Having had a meeting with District Youth Coordinators it was agreed that we would set up a Face book Page for RotaKids/Interact.  We are also asking that we have Interact Clubs from feeder RotaKids Clubs were possible so that we may have a clear run from Junior School to Secondary School and hopefully inspire new Rotarians eventually.  This of course needs a big helping hand from Clubs.  Details for RotaKids Clubs will be circulated and once Covid 19 goes we may look to visit Secondary Schools to establish an Interact Club or vice versa.


Chairman: PETER DOWSE (Brentwood Breakfast)


Youth Exchange / New Generation Service Exchange Co-ordinator: PETER DOWSE (Brentwood Breakfast).  


For information about the Duke of Edinburgh Partnership and the Schools Shakespearean Partnership, please contact Peter DOWSE.

District Interact Chairman:  STEVE WALLBANK (Braintree Rivers)


Young Musician Co-ordinator: ANDREW ALLEN


Youth Debate Co-ordinator: JOHN VERSEY (Dunmow)


Young Chef: MARTIN NELSON (Colchester)


YoungWriter: /Young Photographer: JENNY VERSEY (Dunmow) 

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RYLA Co-ordinator: PETER DOWSE (Brentwood Breakfast)


Rotakids Co-ordinator: Bryan Davenport (Heybridge Blackwater).


Young Artist:  Awaited. (Contact Peter Dowse)

Young Technician Co-ordinator: Awaited. (Contact Peter Dowse)

Under 12’s Football Competition Coordinator: BOB BARCLAY 


Life Education Support Team:  Chairman; PETER DOWSE (Details as Above).

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Youth Service pages:

District 1240 UK Young Chef Victory

more Sacha Martin sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock wins the National Final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019-2020

Young Musician 2019-2020

more Information on the Rotary Young Musician Competition (1 page below this)

RYLA - Youth Leadership Awards

more RYLA is a fun based activity course designed to introduce students to and build on their existing leadership skills to enable them to grow as young people and accept responsibility within their own community.

GLC Mathletics 1st Place Tudor Court & Rotary Club President

It’s Ten out of Ten for Thurrock Primary Schools

more This year The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock held their fourth annual Mathletics Competition for Thurrock Primary Schools.

Poem for the Queen's 90th Birthday

more A competition was run in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday. In this young people had to write a Poem

RYLA 2016 (Southern Heat)

more The Rotary Young Leadership Scheme is designed to help young people identify and develop their leadership skills and at the same time be a fun day

Rtn. Peter Minter with the members of the Interact Club

Chartering of the Interact Club of Grays Convent High School

more The July 6th saw the Chartering of the Interact Club of Grays Convent High School.

Youth Speaks Intermediate Finals

more Colchester Royal Grammar School were the Winners. Gorak Rajesh from Colchester Royal Grammar School won Best Speaker

Youth Speaks Finals: good luck to our teams: Colchester Royal Grammar School and the Ursuline Convent School

more Brentwood School, Brentwood, Essex Dining Hall: Tower Hall/Weald Hall Hall: Auditorium - Senior category (Ages 14-18 years) Memorial - Intermediate (Ages 11-13 years)

Young Musician Regional Competition, St. Faith's College Cambridge

more District 1240 entrants Fleur, Paul and Stephen performed brilliantly in an extremely high standard competition. They were just pipped but we are proud of all the finalists and good luck to the winners in the National Final

District 1240 entrants Fleur, Paul and Stephen

Young Musician Regional Competition, St. Faith's College Cambridge

more District 1240 entrants Fleur, Paul and Stephen performed brilliantly in an extremely high standard competition. They were just pipped but we are proud of all the finalists and good luck to the winners in the National Final.

Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock supports the youth of Thurrock

more On Sunday 26th April, a group of youngsters from Thurrock took part in the RYLA (Rotary Young Leaders Award) which was run at the Danbury Youth Centre

Congratulations to our Youth Speaks Teams

more Wins for both our Intermediate and Senior Youth Speaks Teams at Rotary Regional Youth Speaks finals in London. Well done to Colchester Grammar School and Brentwood Ursuline Convent School. Now to the national finals on 10 May at Brentwood School.

Youth Speaks District Finals – Intermediate and Senior winners

more Another successful year for our Rotary Youth Speaks District finals held in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Chelmsford. This year eight schools were competing in the Intermediate Category and seven in the Seniors, a record attendance.

Youth Speaks - Senior


Youth Speaks - Intermediate

more This competition will be held at the Council Chamber, County Hall in Chelmsford

Young Musician District Final

more Again a triumph for the young people of our District with amazing talent on show from our eight finalists: six instrumentalists and two singers performed excellently for trophies and certificates.

Young Musicians Competition

more The 2015 finals of the District Young Musicians competition will be held at Chelmsford Cathedral

Grays Thurrock 'Youth Speaks'

more The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock 'Youth Speaks' competition

Sea Cadet gets an opportunity to join the Rebels

more On Thursday evening the Thurrock Sea Cadets T.S. ‘Dragon’ held their annual carol service at St Clement Church, West Thurrock which concluded with the presentations of awards..

Kids Out in Southend

more Once again, members of local Rotary Clubs sponsored special needs children and carers from their local areas to have a day out in Southend on Sea.