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Junior Community Awards

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Representatives of 14 organisation that received awards from Ludlow Rotary Cares

Representatives of the 4 main beneficiaries of Dog Day 2017

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Junior Community Awards 2016

Ludlow Rotary Club Junior Community Awards

Fiona Jacklin - Rotary President, George Barker - Bishop Hooper School and the Mayor of Ludlow

Fiona Jacklin – Rotary President, George Barker – Bishop Hooper School and the Mayor of Ludlow

On July 8 fifteen excited youngsters and their families gathered at the Ludlow Mascall Centre for the presentation of the awards to the pupils of Bishop Hooper, Brown Clee, Clee Hill and Stokesay schools who had successfully completed their diaries recording work over their last year in primary school.

The awards cover Community Service, such as regular assistance to a person such as an elderly neighbour. Some children regularly visit a grandparent or neighbour, help with gardening, shopping, cleaning or just sit and chat. Others help parents with younger siblings on a regular basis, taking responsibility for organizing craft activities or playing with them. These activities have to be planned and agreed with the school, and then recorded weekly in a diary provided by the scheme, and confirmed by an adult. Several of the children this year had regularly walked dogs for elderly or infirm neighbours.

Physical Recreation involves developing and/or improving a physical skill or learning a new one such as football, swimming, cycling, dancing, martial arts for at least a ten-week programme of two hours a week. Girls from Clee Hill had won the High 5 Netball league and George Barker played golf, representing the county and competing with 17 and 18-year olds. The idea of this part is to encourage children to continue or begin with a regular activity which will help them with fitness, co-ordination and perhaps introduce them to a new activity which they will continue. It is important that the children show progress over the period, not merely take part.

The 10 week Skills section asked children to develop a known skill or learn a new one such as model making, computer skills, gardening, pet care, cooking, painting or playing a musical instrument. Some of the photographs and recipes illustrated by those who had chosen cookery were mouth-watering. Clee Hill School had worked on photography with great success.

Social Experience required pupils to take part in a community activity. A Remembrance Day Service was a popular choice, but others attended Parish Council and PTA meetings.

The religious beliefs section included reports by children who had visited the Craven Arms Mosque and a Sikh gurdwara, or had interviewed ministers or Buddhists.

The Arts section included visits to galleries, museums, pantomimes, theatrical performances and dance displays.

Finally under Social Experience pupils had to engage with another culture. Several spoke to people from other parts of the world, including Poland, Bulgaria, Tobago and Bangladesh.

After a brief introduction from Angus Kerr, Ludlow Rotary Vice-President, Fiona Jacklin, the club’s new President, and Councillor Paul Draper, Mayor of Ludlow, presented the awards. The children all wearing mini academic gowns, each received a certificate, a medal and a dictionary to celebrate their hard work.

Bishop Hooper VA CE George Barker

Brown Clee CE Zara Cartwright, Joe Markall, Fern Massey, Lydia Steele

Clee Hill Community Bethany Albert, Maddy Chassar-Hesketh, Cerys Coleman, Tilly Evans, Will George, Harriet Harding, Sammy Harper, Stanley Prescott, Emily Steele

Clee Hill Community School

Clee Hill Community School

Stokesay Primary Maks Dzierzawski

Andrew Spreadborough, Head of Brown Clee School, presented the Hazel Jeavons award for the best diary. He spoke of how inspirational Hazel, who had worked for many years as Administrator at Brown Clee School, had been. Hazel had supported Junior Community Awards for many years. This year the award to the owner of the best diary presented in her memory was jointly given to Maddy Chassar-Hesketh of Clee Hill school and Joe Markall from Brown Clee school.

Roger Whittaker, District Co-ordinator of the Young Photographer competition, was there to present the results of the competition which attracted entries from 33 schools from all over District 1210 whose 55 Clubs cover most of Staffordshire and Shropshire and part of the English West Midlands. Clee Hill Community School has been taking part in the photographic competition, with the support of their teachers, Mrs Julia Hilton and Miss Ruth Pickford. This year as well as entering a portfolio the school had entries in the Black and White and Colour Primary sections which had made the final shortlist of four in the District competition. Everyone was thrilled when Roger announced the final results with Sammy Harper coming second in the Black and White section and Harriet Harding being the overall winner in the Colour section. He presented both girls with mounted enlargements of their photographs, Harriet’s being framed too.

All these activities were encouraged and supervised by the schools and Sue Fleetwood, Ludlow Rotary’s Youth Services Chair, thanked Mrs Pam Price of Stokesay, Mrs Liz Markall of Brown Clee and Mrs Hilton and Miss Pickford of Clee Hill for their commitment. She also thanked her Rotary colleagues, Philippa Kerr, Sue Rew and Fiona Jacklin for their support of Junior Community Awards. Rotarian Raf Moya took photographs and Christine and Geoff Tutt co-ordinated the refreshments. Other Rotarians were there to help and to chat with the award winners, their friends and families.

Some photos of the event can be found in our Gallery