There was a full house at the Colwall Rotary Club’s Youth Night and a packed agenda for the evening aimed at celebrating the Club’s support of Youth organisations and young people in the last 12 months.
Julia Evans and Liz Kershaw from Longlands Care Farm and Neil Hornby from the Bridge Training and Development Centre joined us as our guests - representing two local organisations doing fantastic work providing vulnerable young people with educational opportunities outside the mainstream - which the Rotary Club has been supporting over the past 12 months. An additional cheque for £500 was presented to Julie Evans for Longlands Care Farm on the evening.
Faye Brock, from the Chase Academy and the winner of the Young Chef Competition worked with the chef of the Malvern Hills Hotel to cook the meal - Mushroom and Leek Filo Pastry Parcel followed by a Raspberry Souffle. Faye gained many plaudits from the diners for the superb standard of the meal.
Following the meal we had four young speakers
Matilda Williams spoke of the Rotary Youth Exchange she had undertaken with a girl in Japan. She had previously taken a GCES in Japanese, but said how much spending time in Japan had helped to develop her language. After A levels she now hopes to take a GAP year in Japan. She thanked Colwall Rotary for helping to provide an opportunity she would not otherwise had had.
Adam Ali talked about the week he spent at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp in the Forest of Dean, the friends he had made, the skills he had developed and how it had helped to increase his confidence.
Charlotte Eyre and her friend Grace talked about their experiences undertaking the National Citizenship Service course, the fun parts, the hard parts and what they gained from it
.. and finally, but not least Francesaca Watson talked about World Challenge Expedition she hopes to go on in 2020 and the fund raising she is required to do to do so, thanking Colwall Rotary for the contribution they already made. In turn it was pointed out that club members would be pleased to help her via their time and expertise in any future fund raising activity she wished to do.
In summing the evening up President Simon Thompson said, “It was a showcase for what Colwall Rotary does to help young people and the importance the club places on it. I would encourage all young people to investigate the opportunities provided by Rotary and other organisations, such as the National Citizenship and World Challenge, that help to broaden their horizons and develop their values and character.”
Thanks must go to the Malvern Hills Hotel for all their help and support, and the standard of the service and meal on the evening
The President Simon Thompson, Matilda Williams (Rotary Youth Exchange), Simon Williams, Sara Williams.
Simon, Francesca Watson (World Challenge), SVP Chris Mill.
Simon, Saad Ali, Adam Ali (RYLA), Sonia Ali, Rtn Russell Horton
Simon, Rob Eyre, Charlotte Eyre and Grace (National Citizenship Service), Liz Eyre
Simon, Julia Evans and Liz Kershaw (Longlands Care Farm), Neil Hornby (The Bridge Training and Development), Rtn Philip Knowles.
Julia Evans speaking to the audience
Matilda Williams speaking
Jenni Griggs (Young Chef Chief Judge) praising Faye's meal
Philip Knowles and the Longlands Care Farm team
Faye Borthwick (teacher), Simon, Jenni Griggs (Young Chef Chief Judge), Faye Brock (Young Chef winner)