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RYLA Presentation Mon 12th Sep 2016.

As you know the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development programme run by Rotary to benefit potential young leaders. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals and are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: leadership fundamentals and ethics; communication skills; problem solving and conflict management; and, community and global citizenship. In our District the programme is conducted at the Avon Tyrell Activities Centre using a combination of Rotary volunteers and Avon Tyrell staff to guide the participants through the diverse programme. In conjunction with Arnewood School we select candidates to attend the RYLA courses which are held towards the end of July and the beginning of August. This year, with the support of Salisbury Rotary Club we were able to select 3 students: Louis Giron, Jessica Fields, and Melissa Green. On Mon 12th Sep our successful students were able to give us details of their experiences on the course and how they felt it has benefitted them. After their short oration and answering questions from Club members President Debbie and Rotarian Steve Marriott (Salisbury Rotary) presented them with their certificates acknowledging their successful completion of the course.

Visit to Highcliffe Castle – Tues 13th September 2016

On Tuesday 13th September a small group of members accompanied by wives met at the entrance to Highcliffe Castle ready for an informative tour of the restored rooms and those areas being prepared for restoration to be conducted by our very own tour guide Rotarian Jean Bell.

Jean decided that she would brief us on the terrace so that as she gave us some background and history of the building we could marvel at innovative construction of the Castle utilising large quantities of carved medieval stonework salvaged from the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Jumieges and the Grande Maison des Andelys. The castle is strictly not a castle but the locals named it as such as a figure of speech poking fun at those people in the big house on the cliff top. The castle was built between 1831 and 1835 by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay in a Gothic Revival style near the site of High Cliff House, a Georgian Mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens) with the gardens laid out by Capability Brown and designed by William Donthorne, a founder member of RIBA. Soon Jean led us through the shop and down the stairs to firstly inspect the old wine cellar and then further into the bowels to marvel at the original kitchens and evidence of the alterations made by the one-time residents - the Roman Catholic Claretian Missionary who used the building as a seminary – they also built that breeze block building now used as a café and like the castle is a listed building! From the bowels we then climbed to the top of the building to inspect bedrooms and the views over Christchurch Bay towards the Needles. After lunch those of the party that remained were then enthralled  by Jean’s knowledge of the main rooms on the ground floor and her infinite store of anecdotes of the activities in the life of the Castle.

Jean, from all who attended,  thank you for a most informative visit and for making all the arrangements including reserving a table for lunch and privileged car-parking.