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Youth Speaks 2015.16

Who says youth today is rubbish!

On Saturday 06 February the District Finals were held of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition in Maisemore Hall, Gloucester. 

The winning Intermediate (age 11-13 years) team, comprised Chair Ellie Drake, Speaker Sienna Jackson-Wolfe and Vote of thanks Kai Darmai of Redland Green School, Bristol.  They spoke on “Should 16-18 year olds be given the vote”. 

The winning Senior (14-17 years) team from Red Maids School, Westbury-on-Trym, spoke on “Introvertism” and was Chaired by Neha Meta with Speaker Bea Bacon and Vote of Thanks Georgie Scott.   The large audience very much enjoyed both presentations that were both contentious and amusing. 

The photographs shows the Intermediate winning and runner up teams having received their certificates from Rotary Youth Officer Cirri Pridding    (L to R Kai Damani, Sienna Jackson-Wolfe, Ellie Drake, Cerri Pridding,     Eleri Jarrold, Ella de St Croix and Alice Barrell together with the Senior    winners( L to R Neha Meta, Bea Bacon and Georgia Scott)


This four stage competition is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills. It offers young people:

 Experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team.

 An incentive to formulate ideas on topical subjects.

 Discipline in dealing with a topic in a limited time.

 The opportunity of learning and practicing high standards of expression, presentation and appearance.

 Impartial feedback and assessment of performance by experienced adjudicators.

At the same event prizes were awarded for the Rotary Young Writer and also the Young Photographer competition where Saskia Wood of Chepstow School won Second place.

Rotary Clubs are 'service' clubs whose members try to help where needed in their local or worldwide communities. 

This Youth Speaks competition in just one of the events organised by Rotary for young people and are intended to develop their extra-curricular skills. They are also useful to future employers in showing above average enthusiasm and interests. [See photographs]

New President

On 05 July 2016, our annual handover event took place at Chepstow Racecourse.

Retiring President Rtn Chris Rastall, thanked everybody for their hard work for a very successful year.

His final duty for the evening was to welcome Mrs Ann Martin as Chepstow & Districts first Rotary Associate member. [ See photographs]

Rtn. Chris Rastall then handed over the chain of Office to Rtn. Mac McCarty. Rtn. Mac McCarty is is principal architect at MacCarty Associates, in Chepstow.

The new president then handed the chains of office for senior vice to Rtn. David Burr and Junior Vice to Rtn. Richard Wickhman.

The new president then gave an outline of his programme for the next year.

Following this Rtn Mac presented the Paul Harris Fellowship to Rtn. Brian Shepherd for his outstanding contribution to Rotary ideals over the last few years.   

Following this Rtn. Mac presented the immediate past president Rtn. Chris Rastall also with the Paul Harris fellowship. [See photographs].

Young Writer 2015-16

The National Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

It is a three-stage competition designed to support and encourage development of writing skills.The competition aims to encourage young people to:

         Use their writing skills

         Write with imagination and creativity

To produce a written or typed story in prose entitled this year:

                       ‘Our World is Beautiful’

The written entry can be fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem, as long as the piece relates to the theme.

Chepstow & District Rotary club each year support the many Rotary Youth competitions.

Chepstow & District Rotary Club congratulate  Rosanna Pagliaro from Wyedean School and Sixth Form College our Club round winner this year.

[See Rosanna’s Poem]



On Wednesday 20 July 2016 at Thornwell Primary School, in Bulwark, Chepstow, Rotarian Christopher WILSON of the Chepstow & District Rotary Club, presented Rotary illustrated dictionaries to those children that the school determined had tried the hardest during the year. 

Head Teacher, Mr T APPLEBY thanked the local Rotary Club for their ongoing support and their encouragement of learning. 

Following a short talk on the aims and ideals of the international Rotary organisation the students who were selected to receive the  dictionaries were,(L to R) Rhys BEARD, Lucas GRIFFITH, Ashton WELDON, Cerys WHEELER,  Fay SMITH and Keiah HUNTLEY. 

The Chepstow Rotary Club continues to support many community initiatives, including several competitions for young people for speaking, music, writing and technical ability. 

It also includes this annual event, where a total of 60 dictionaries were presented to10 local primary schools.   The Club considers that presenting the dictionaries to children in the local schools encourages a love of reading and learning in the young.

[See photographs]