Soapbox Schools Competition 2017

Collaboration between the town's Reading Rooms Committee and our Rotary Club leads to an innovative design competition for our senior schools.

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A Senior Success for the Reading Rooms and a Soapbox Derby plus for us

The Rotary Club of Billericay endeavours to build good relationships with all the local and very good schools in our area and has two RotaKids Clubs - at  Quilters and Buttsbury junior schools.

Now, thanks to the efforts of the Reading Rooms on Billericay High Street, and, with the Rotary Club’s second Spectacular Soapbox Derby to be staged on May 1 as the target, between us, we have aimed higher.  The Chairman and Treasurer of the Managing Committee are both members of our Rotary Club and helped to bring about this collaboration to the benefit of the town.

Andy Maddocks, vice-chair of the Reading Rooms takes up the story:

“The Trustees of the Reading Rooms ran a competition in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Billericay’s Soapbox Derby for the three senior schools in Billericay, inviting them to be involved in designing a car for the Derby with a generous prize of £250 which included the entry fee of £55  towards the cost of construction of their Soapbox entry.  Mayflower and The Billericay schools agreed.
We also agreed to pay the entry fee for the runner-up but, since only two schools accepted the challenge, we are delighted to announce that both Mayflower School and Billericay School will have their entries fees paid by the Reading Rooms.
“Our judging panel of Malcolm Acors and president Mike Sinclair, both from the Rotary Club, and myself decided that Mayflower School’s entry was best. Their head of Design & Technology, Simon Fowler was advised and discussions have since taken place with Simon and the students.”

PS:  Latest information - Billericay School entered two karts, from their Sixth Form and from Year 10, and Mayflower one.