Now most of us see our contact clubs once in a while but not before have I heard of a school from a contact club’s town taking part in a Youth Competition. Recently Bexhill High School hosted a heat of ‘Youth Speaks’ jointly organised by the the Rotary clubs of Battle and Bexhill. There were five schools from the Bexhill Battle and Robertsbridge areas participating. Claverham community college (who won the Intermediate), Vinehall (a local prep school), Bexhill high, Battle Abbey and St. Richard’s Catholic College; but what’s this? The eagle Anything eye spots the name of ‘De Laage Waard’, now this is not a name I know. They come from Papendrecht, in the Netherlands where Battle have a contact club.
The team from the De Laage Waard school took part but did not compete with their piece: ‘Early Birds and Night Owls’, a member of the audience who was there commented: “impeccable English and with a great touch of humour” – who knows, Youth Speaks may go international! And I know that the Dutch are often tri-lingual, but how much Dutch or Flemish can you speak? Let’s give them a ‘name-check’ – left to right, Wouter Sterrenberg, Mireille van der Stoep, Suzanne Heij. Their stay was hosted by Battle club and they stayed with Rotarian Michael Peacock, a member. They also spent the following morning with Battle Abbey School, and joined in classes there.
Who did win, Anything? Battle Abbey won the Seniors, and Claverham, Battle, won the Intermediates, and they both go forward to the District Final in Maidstone on this Saturday 1st. March at the New Line Academy, Loose, in Maidstone. It starts at 1.30 and is free to enter, all Rotarians and their guests are welcome.