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Accent on Youth Rotary KidsOut Big Day Out adventure

All across Britain, a new record was set with more than 29,000 children taking part in this year’s 26th National Big Day Out, an initiative jointly delivered by Rotary and KidsOut, which allows disadvantaged and disabled children to enjoy exciting visits and trips. This national event was elicited with the support of over 10,000 Rotarians and corporate volunteers.


or Newbury, this day was co-ordinated by Rotary District 1110 who organized the day at the newly revamped Paultons Park where Rotary clubs from across Hampshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight & Berkshire assembled with 1,586 children with special needs. In excess of 2500 attended and an exciting fun day out was had by the children (and some of the adults) on all the rides and amusements available.

The owners and staff at Paultons Park make sure the children all have a good day and luckily this year the weather was good. Lunch was provided by the organising Rotary clubs as a huge community picnic.

Noticably, the coach was very quiet on the return journey home. All the children respond very positively, even those with severe communication problems. On return to school they make use of

their experience in lessons, improving their basic skills, telling stories and often sending lovely thank you letters to the clubs. As well as teachers, parents also report positive reactions too.

Kevin Mosley, the Newbury Rotary organiser said. “We in Rotary get a huge pleasure from running this event, not just from the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the children, but also from their incredible follow-up drawings and thank you notes”

Youth Competitions

Last year, our District was very successful in the RIBI Youth Competitions, with national winners in both the Young Musician and Youth Speaks competitions.

Unfortunately the judging for the Young Photographer and Young Writer with the theme of Our World is Beautiful, came much later than the other competitions. We are delighted to report that James Stiger, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Faringdon and our District winner in the Junior section of Young Photographer, was placed third in the National competition. This is a tremendous achievement in the face of strong competiton, so warm congratulations to James. One of his images appears on the left.

District Young Photographer Winners

Junior Winner: James Stiger, (Faringdon) Highly Commended: Arabella Durkin (Gerrards Cross) Intermediate Winner: Emily McMahon (Pangbourne) Highly Commended: Mia Shah (Ascot) Senior Winner: Millie Dodds (Ascot) Highly Commended: Jack Jesseman (Maidenhead) Highly Commended: Zahra Hall (Newbury) Highly Commended: Shelley Knight (Oxford Spires)

Anyone involved with the Youth Competitions will attest to what a wonderful Rotary programme this is. Although it can be quite hard work at times,any effort is rewarded with sheer joy at enabling these amazingly talented and enthusiastic young

The Reverend Peter Ball

It was with immense sadness that in June we learned of the sudden death of Peter Ball, our District Youth Service Chairman, who joined the team only a short year ago.

Autumn 2016 District Young Writer Winners

Junior Winner: Molly Roberts (Wokingham) Highly Commended: Arabella Durkin (Gerrards Cross) Intermediate Winner: Thomas Phillips, (Ascot) Highly Commended: Flynn O’Leary (Maidenhead) Senior Winner: Christopher Thomas (Ascot)

Congratulations to All What are you waiting for?

people to reach their full potential. The application forms for this year’s competition and dates for the Regional and National finals can be found on the RIBI website. If your club has yet to participate in any, Alistair Knox and team will be pleased to help.

Peter was the most wonderful colleague to work with – kind, diligent, generous of spirit, and unbelievably caring. Beloved by all who knew him, he will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family. Such a loss. RIP page 12

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