Young Writer and other Youth Initiatives
Update of activities in Youth Service 2018
This year we have already held a 10 Pin Bowling Event at "The Venue" which was judged to be a great success. As a result we have another event on 6th March where the participants will also enjoy a buffet of Sausage & Chips. We look forward to supporting this group in different ways in the future.

We have not been involved in this competition this year; principally due to staff illness in some schools and at District Level. However, next year we hope to have involvement at Marches School, Oswestry School and St. Martins School.

Both Oswestry School and Marches School intend to submit entries. The winning entry will be entered in the district competition.

This competition is based on the project work completed by students at GCSE and A level in Design & Technology. This will, thus, be judged in this forthcoming summer term. Oswestry School have already expressed interest.

These are aimed not at absolute academic achievement, but at young people who have achieved, at whatever level, despite circumstances which have not been in their favour. These might include, for example, acting as a carer, personal ill-health, dealing with the death of a parent or sibling, or a whole range of circumstances. This is being explored at all three schools.

Young Carers with members of the Borderland Rotary Club.
Rotary Young Writer 2018
For the third year running a pupil from Oswestry School has won The John Cranwell Trophy in this year’s Oswestry Borderland Rotary Young Writers Competition. Year 8 pupil Abigail Ellis-Lowe has been awarded 1st prize along with Trophy with Sixth Form pupil Erin Thorpe-Downey receiving a 2nd place certificate.

This annual trophy is presented for the best submission to Borderland Rotary Club in the local round of Rotary’s Young Writer Competition. The first winner in 2015 was Jenny Cyffin-Jones, (there was no award in 2016) and last year’s winner was Rachel Roberts, both girls hailing from Oswestry School. The certificates and trophy were presented by Oswestry Borderland Rotary President Sherie Soper and Rotarian Peter Martin.

Abigail Ellis-Lowe and Erin Thorpe-Downey who were presented with their certificates by Rotary President Sherie Soper and Rotarian Peter Martin.
Read the winning 2018 essays here:
Rotary Young Writer 2017
Writing on the theme of Reflection, in the local round of the Rotary Young Writer competition the winners in the Intermediate and Senior sections were both from Oswestry School and each was submitted into the District competition against entries from schools in an area bounded by Southport, Nantwich, Llanidloes and the coast.

From around 400 initial entries Rachel Roberts was judged winner in the Senior section and Noah Kynaston-Evans was the Intermediate section winner. Both entries were submitted to the Rotary Young Writer national competition where they were both judged to be Highly Commendable.

Of Rachel’s entry the judges commented,- A powerful and upsetting piece that leaves the reader with a genuine sense of loss. The image of the final phone call and the phone being thrown away is particularly strong. The piece seemed polished and complete.

Of Noah’s entry the comments were - A mature piece with some excellent reflective phrases - not to do better, but to be better- and - because they have become me.

After presentation of the certificates to Rachel and Noah for their success in both District and National levels of the competition at Oswestry School, Rachel was also presented with the John Cranwell Young Writer Award for the best local entry into the Rotary Young Writer competition June 2017

Paul Crosby, Rachel Roberts, John Croft and Noah Kynaston-Evans. Photograph by the Shropshire Star
Read the winning essays here:
The John Cranwell Young Writer Award
The late Rtn John Cranwell PHF was a founder member of Borderland Rotary and, for many years, an antique bookseller trading as “Bookworld” in Beatrice Street, Oswestry.

After John’s death in 2014, members of Borderland Rotary in Oswestry decided that, in keeping with John’s passion for the literary arts, a fitting memorial would be to recognise young people for their creative writing skills.

A trophy for The John Cranwell Young Writer Award was commissioned.

This annual trophy is presented for the best submission to Borderland Rotary Club in the local round of Rotary’s Young Writer Competition.

The first winner in 2015 was Jenny Cyffin-Jones from Oswestry School.
There was no award in 2016.

The competition is for an essay of around 500 words with entries welcomed in each of three age groups (7-10; 11-13; and 14-17).

The winning entry in each age group is entered into the District competition with the potential to further progress through a Regional stage to the National final.

Contact about this page: Paul Crosby, Young Writer Award coordinator

Borderland Rotary