Colwall Rotary’s Youth Night showcasing the club’s work with local young people and organisations that work with young people throughout the year was a fantastic occasion. Our new and larger venue at the Colwall Park Hotel allowed us to invite many more people and the hotel staff could not do enough to help the evening run smoothly.
We started with a recital from Ava Tame who won the Young Musician of the Year Competition Rotary held at Colwall Primary School. Ava sings and plays guitar and composes her own music. For someone so young she is certainly very polished and earned rapturous applause from the audience.
Abigail Knight, the winner of our local round of the National Rotary Young Chef Competition cooked the meal with Richard Dixon. the head chef of the Colwall Park Hotel. Her mum also joined us along with Faye Borthwick her teacher at the Chase Academy.
Jenni Griggs, the Head Judge of the competition said, “she thought the competition was the highest standard she had seen and congratulated Abigail on her simple but beautifully cooked meal.”
Then we had 5 mini talks with questions and answers
Lois Hornby told us of her planned GAP Year firstly working in a refugee camp in Calais before going onto work for a French Charity overseas. Rotarians marvelled at her enthusiasm and her zeal.
Francesca Watson told us how she is progressing to raise the funds to go on World Challenge 2020. It’s super to see young people with a social conscience who want to make a difference in the world they live.
Coincidentally Francesca was told that she was the winner of our local round of the National Rotary Young Photographer Competition and her photographs would now be entered into the District Competition
The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford is Colwall Rotary’s President’s chosen Charity this year. The Principal Mark Fisher along with one of his student governors told us of the College’s work not only helping students to gain qualifications, but also giving students who have previously been isolated because of their blindness the confidence socially to go into the outside world.
Rotarian Peter Key and Helen Webb, the Head of Colwall CofE Primary School talked of the myriad of links that have blossomed this year.
Then finally but not least Neil Hornby talked to us again about the changes that have been made at the Bridge Development Centre this year. Colwall Rotarians have long admired the work done with children with SEN including Autism, ADHD, ODD and a range of complex learning difficulties and are always looking for ways to help and support. Neil told us that this year 3 companies had been set up in Barnards Green where Bridge students could go and work to help them on into the world of employment.