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As Christmas approaches, Club members are busy organising two annual community activities. Firstly it’s ‘all systems go’ to make around 280/300 Christmas parcels for local families in need. We have sufficient funds to create the parcels and a factory unit to prepare them in. We aim to deliver the parcels during the second week of December. Secondly we have our annual collections for Katharine House Hospice at local supermarkets. Once again Rotarians Webb and Fairbairn will be greasing their elbows for lengthy stints on street organs to entertain shoppers and create a festive spirit while their fellow Rotarians collect. The dates and venues are:  Sainsbury’s (15th and 24th December); Tesco (23rd December); Waitrose (16th and 22nd December).

Our daughter Club, The Rotary Cub of Banbury Cherwell, held their “Youth Speaks” event at Bloxham School on Wednesday 21st – an inspiring evening with Bloxham School winning the Intermediate Section (subject “Teenage Depression”) and the Senior Competition (subject “Saving Ourselves from Increased Sexualisation”) won by Chipping Norton School.  Both teams go forward to the Zone final to be held in Witney.

Last Friday (23rd) Rotarians Ian Rodrick and David Sullivan gave short presentations on attracting new members, communications and improving our image. Club Members were urged to try and make the Club better known and more attractive to the community – and to encourage new members. Anyone wishing to find out more about Rotary should visit our website – banburyrotaryclub.org.uk – or contact the Club Secretary through secretary@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk.

Children Singing for Children Concerts

At Banbury Rotary Club’s Children Singing for Children Concerts earlier this month 600 children from 25 local primary schools raised £7,000 for children’s charities!

Organiser Jonathan Meredith said, “Many, many thanks and congratulations to all the children and staff involved in making this year’s concerts another resounding success. The spine-tingling finales were matched once more by the individual school performances, which get better every year.”

Of the total raised for the chosen charities 70% will go to Banbury Sunshine Centre and 20% will be shared equally between Banbury Rotary Club’s Schools Projects in Sierra Leone and The Gambia. The remaining 10% will go to other local Rotary Children’s Charities in the period up to June 30th 2019.

Each school that took part receives a commemorative certificate and each individual child a smaller version of the same certificate.

Young Chef of the Year Competition

Background

In line with the last 10 years of the local competition, plans for this year’s competition were developed in September, starting with discussions with Banbury & Bicester Campus of Active Learning Colleges regarding the hire of the kitchens and restaurant as a venue. Once the venue and date for use of the College for the Banbury heat cooking final were agreed all the secondary schools in the Banbury area were approached with full details of the competition asking for the appropriate staff members to encourage their students to take part and we were on the way!

Most of the schools expressed interest back in September and have taken part in the past but of course each year there is no certainty they will support the event again! As ever we await applications to see whether there is sufficient interest for the competition to take place.

Applications

The first stage of making an application with written details of their menus is required by the closing date – Friday 14th December.

Applicants are asked to cook two three-course meals in a two-hour period. On receipt of an adequate number of applications the normal paper assessment of applications will take place to select the most promising candidates with healthy menus. The eight finalists for the big day are then selected.

At last there will be certainty and we will carry on making the remainder of the arrangements for the final scheduled for Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The Main Event

After 2 hours of time-pressured cooking by the finalists the 3 experienced judges who have agreed to take part will then select a winner and runner-up. The evening will be concluded by the presentation of certificates for each Finalist and the trophies for the winner and runner up by the Town Mayor.

These two successful students are invited to take part in the next round of the overall National competition that takes place in Newbury on Saturday 19th January 2019.

The top three placed finalist in the National Competition will receive major trophies.

Full details of the competition and arrangements are available from Rotarian Bernard Goodchild youngchef@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk

Tour de Trigs


On the Weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of December sees the famous Banbury organised 49th Tour de Trigs take place. Competitors from 14 to 60+ years will navigate in teams of three over the 50 mile cross country course, nonstop within 24 hours. Younger and new to the event teams may take the option of the 30 mile (shorter) and 15 mile (Taster) distances. Special trophies are awarded to Duke of Edinburgh teams, Scout and school teams. Main trophies to classes and overall winner of the 50 mile event.

Competitors have entered from all over the country from as far afield as Norwich, Cambridge, Yorkshire, , Derbyshire, Lymington, local and all points in between. There are a number of school teams from Warriner school Bloxham competing

They will be competing for the main coveted Tour de Trigs trophy, and other category trophies. Certificates are awarded for those who finish the arduous course, and to those who complete the shorter routes

They will set off at 1 minute intervals from 9.30 a.m on the Saturday from the Warriner School.

Competitors will be given a detailed route 30 minutes before they start requiring them to visit manned Check points where drinks are available and unmanned Check points where they have to punch their cards with a unique orienteering punch.

The event is large with a volunteer staff of over 200 manning check points, emergency services, transport vehicles for retirees, communications, off road rescue teams and catering for all.

Presentation of Trophies will be on Sunday at 1 p.m by the President of Banbury Rotary Club

Crocus Planting 2018

The Rotary Club of Banbury planting Crocus Corms around Banbury to bloom next spring as part of the End Polio Now campaign.

Planting this autumn will bring the total number of ruby giant crocus corms planted to over 100,000 in the past five years.

 

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BANBURY TOWN HALL GOES PURPLE FOR POLIO


On Wednesday 24th October a purple glow lit up Banbury Town Hall to mark World Polio Day.

Rotary Clubs across the world have been raising awareness and funds since 1985 to make polio the second disease to be totally eradicated from the world. (Smallpox was the first.) Both of our local Rotary Clubs (Banbury and Cherwell) have been actively promoting the cause in recent years.

Local schools – primary, secondary and special – have formed a partnership with Rotary to carpet Banbury with drifts of purple crocuses and stage concerts each spring to celebrate the new year’s growth and raise funds tor vaccinations.

Over the past five years the local Rotary Club Crocus Projects Partnership involved 43 schools. Planting this autumn will bring the total number of ruby giant crocus corms planted to over 100,000. Since the concerts began in 2014, the local partnership has raised sufficient funds to immunise a third of a million children.

Both Cherwell District and Banbury Town Council have supported the schools and Rotary in this local contribution to the worldwide effort. Local churches, businesses, community groups and individuals have backed the events and a certificate to commemorate the achievements of the past five years was sent to all involved during summer and autumn this year.

The purple lighting of Banbury Town Hall will celebrate the whole community’s participation and commitment to continue the battle until the disease is finally defeated.

One extension of the local crocus concerts initiative in the coming year is a challenge to local adult choirs to match the efforts of primary school and secondary school choirs by staging concerts next spring. “We’ve had a very positive initial response from local choirs to our invitation,” commented Ian Rodrick, one of the organisers. “The secondary schools concerts will again take place in March – with proceeds shared between Polio Eradication and Helen and Douglas House Hospice. We’re still seeking a date for our adult choirs event – so watch this space!”

Ruth Rogers “War Horse” talk 20th October 2018

War Horse

Ruth Rogers explains the genius puppetry behind War Horse, bringing ‘Joey’ to life!

Saturday 20th October

6.45 for 7.00 pm

Tudor Hall School , Wykham Park, Banbury OX16 9UR

To order tickets click here

Ruth Rogers is an actress and puppeteer whose notable performances include operating Joey’s Head in War Horse in the West End. Her fascinating talk includes an account of the auditions and rehearsals, a detailed look at how the War Horse puppets work and tips on how to perform as a horse.

Ruth is the Artistic Director of The Canvas in East London, a cafe and arts space that hosts workshops, live arts events and ongoing debates. She is also the founder of the Body Gossip arts and education campaign and produces all of their theatre shows and short films.

Purple4Purple Crocus Concerts 2018

This years Purple4Purple Crocus Concerts to raise funds for the eradication of Polio are being held at St. Mary’s Church Banbury on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th March for full details follow this link.

Young Musician Competition 2018

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Entry to the 2018 Banbury Young Musician of the Year is now open. Full details, including guidance for preparing for the competition, the rules, and entry forms are available by following this link.

Stephen’s Summer Steaming

The sun shone on Stephen’s Summer Steaming Sunday last. A BBQ, train rides, tennis or croquet all helped to make the afternoon a special time for our members, families and friends. Even President Alan was entrusted with being the train driver, which he did with much aplomb.

As well as a fantastic social afternoon, the event raised over £500 for Rotary Foundation.

Having fun and helping others is truly a Rotary activity.