Our Eynsham Rotary Club has been hosting a Rotary Global Scholar from California who is being sponsored to study at Oxford University. Kelsea is a very special young woman who is studying "access to law" here in the UK, as in the US affording any sort of legal advice is beyond the means of so many people. They don't have anything like our Citizens' Advice Bureau, so she is hoping to go home with ideas that can alter this situation. One of our members is involved in the CAB so he was able to show Kelsea how this system works.
She has been unlucky enough to be here throughout the pandemic so her time in the UK has been somewhat different from what we would all have hoped. She has been a regular and very welcome guest at our twice monthly meetings conducted via Zoom, but as soon as we were allowed, we arranged a visit for her and another Rotary scholar to come and explore a little of the English countryside.
Bluebell woodland is special in the UK, but rare to non-existent in other parts of the world, so we thought they would enjoy seeing this spectacular sight at its peak. They arrived in Hanborough by train and we walked through Pinsley Wood to take tea in an English country garden, (as allowed by Covid restrictions). I think they were suitably awed by the carpet of blue and hopefully enjoyed the tea almost as much.
Kelsea returns to the US next month, but we are intending to keep in touch to hear how her plans unfold and to offer any help we can.