Category Archives: Rotary Club of Battle

Battle and Bexhill ‘go Dutch’ for ‘Youth Speaks’ heat

Bexhill - Youth Speaks de la waard

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.


Genuine Talent at Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

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Although all participants have demonstrated exceptional talent, two groups were named as the winners of Rotary Youth Speaks for the South East: Cranbrook School: Juno Platt-Higgins,  Harry Lantham-Coyle, Will Turner:          “Wrestling”.  Main speaker: Harry Lantham-Coyle Dover Grammar School for Boys: Peter … Continue reading


YOUTH SPEAKS COMPETITION 2013- District 1120 Finals

Venue:New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane, Loose, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9QL Date: 2nd March 2013 ROTARY encourages speaking and presentation skills in young people and the Youth Speaks competition showcases some superb quality speakers aged from 11 to 18.  Thirty young people … Continue reading

Sussex Rotary Clubs welcome President and District Governor at ‘Showcase’

press release – ‘Showcase’ event 3 3 12- Francis Hodge


‘Showcase’ is the name of the Rotary Awareness event held in the Arndale Centre Eastbourne on Saturday 25th February and Wednesday 29th February. On Wednesday, the display and Presidents of all the clubs represented were visited by the U.K. Rotary President Ray Burman, and District 1120 Governor Lynn Mitchell.

The Showcase event was an opportunity for the twelve Rotary clubs in the area to show what achievements they had made in the last year, and to continue the ‘#End Polio Now’ campaign which has raised over 200 million dollars worldwide in the last four years.

The twelve clubs from Hastings to Eastbourne, and including Battle, Heathfield and Hailsham have over 350 members and are involved in both local and overseas fund-raising and charitable projects, which were clearly illustrated.

Also on show was a ‘Shelterbox’ tent and equipment.  This is a British Rotary initiative to supply accommodation for disaster victims, which is strongly supported by clubs in the Sussex area.

During the two days, members of the public talked to Rotarians about their voluntary work, and contributed to the fund raising appeal.

(Presidents in the line-up were:  Lloyd Hammer, Battle; Michael Garner, Beachy Head; Simon Dodds, Eastbourne; Hilary Lewis, Eastbourne a.m.; John Cheeseman, Eastbourne Sovereign;  David Ashdown, Hailsham; Brion Purdey, Hastings; Trevor Goldsmith, Heathfield; Tony Leslie, St. Leonards; Robin Poll, Senlac; Peter Thomas, Sovereign Harbour, Liz Wilton, Area Governor)

FH – 2.3.12