Crocus Concerts – March /June 2019

The first of this year’s Secondary School Crocus Concerts took place in March on Tuesday 12th. Bloxham, Sibford and Tudor Hall Schools entertained a small audience and on Thursday 14th Chenderit, NOA, Warriner and Wykham Park Academies played to a much larger gathering.
Both concerts were extremely well received – the performers offering a wide variety of musical styles with soloists, duettists, ensembles, orchestras and choirs amazing us with their talents. Our thanks go to all staff and students for the time and effort they have given to the preparation of these events in partnership with Rotary.
This year it was decided that 45% of the surplus would go to Polio Eradication and 45% to Helen and Douglas House Hospice with 10% for other Rotary Charities.

To date the door takings have amounted to £930 and the retiring collections £175 (eligible for gift aid).

Further donations from Chenderit and Tudor Hall gave almost £200 towards the causes.

The third schools’ concert, involving BGN and its partner primary schools St John’s and St Joseph’s, originally scheduled for 21st March, will now be held on June 11th. A new venture by the Crocus/Polio Working Party is a concert involving local adult choirs. This is taking shape and is scheduled for Saturday 28th September.

Medical Detection Dogs Talk – April 2019

Fraser Liversage spoke to the club about “Medical Detection Dogs” and he brought his two dogs with him.
It was an incredibly interesting presentation and a taster for a longer talk he will be giving us on a Fifth Friday evening meeting in August in the next Rotary Year.
You can learn more about these dogs here.

Cotswold Distillery Visit – 20th April 2019

There was no club meeting on Good Friday but on Saturday 20th a group of members went to the Cotswold Distillery for a very enjoyable visit and tour – many thanks to Nigel Yeadon for arranging the trip.

Rotary Disaster Fund

Introducing our new Disaster Response Fund

When disaster strikes, Rotarians around the world come together as people of action to help those in need.
To support communities in their rebuilding efforts, The Rotary Foundation is proud to announce our new Disaster Response Fund.

Donations to the Disaster Response Fund help Rotary clubs provide disaster recovery and support relief efforts where the need is greatest by funding and providing access to disaster response grants.

Learn more about disaster response grants and Rotarians’ disaster response efforts by clicking here.


World Immunisation Week 24-30th April

The week 24-30th April is World Immunization Week! Spread the word about the work Rotary is doing to end polio.

In 1988, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. Last year it paralyzed just 33 children. Only two countries continue to report polio cases.
Rotary’s progress in the fight to enpolio shows that vaccines work.

Through the effort to end polio, we now have found better ways to immunize children against diseases like measles, Ebola, and yellow fever.

Check out  VaccinesWork   at


Introducing Banbury Rotary Club

If you’ve ever wondered what Rotary does then read this updated leaflet about the Banbury Club.

Click here to download

Better still – contact us and arrange a visit to see if you’d like to become a member.




Sunshine Centre receives cheque – March 2019


At a lunchtime meeting on Friday 15th March 2019 Banbury Rotary Club handed over a cheque for £4,445.92 to Jill Edge, the manager of Banbury’s Sunshine Centre.

The centre, which is based in Edmunds Road Bretch Hill, provides practical help and emotional support to families who need a little extra help. You can read more about their work here.

The money was raised by twenty-six primary school choirs that performed at St Mary’s Church, Banbury  last November in the Children Singing for Children Concerts.

We thank the school staff, the students and their parents and the many people and organisations that helped make these concerts the usual resounding success.

World Water Day – 22 Mar 2019

March 22nd was World Water Day

The Banbury Rotary club has played a special part in provision of clean water to schools in Sierra Leonne and we share in celebrating such progress this World Water Day.

Lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems — and one of the hardest to solve.
Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets.
Below is a short video about Rotary and the provision of clean water.

Crocus Concerts – March 2019

The Rotary Club of Banbury presents



at St Mary’s Church, Banbury

Choirs and Musicians from Local Schools
7.00pm – admission £5 at the door
accompanied children free
(No advance ticket sales)

Tuesday 12th
Bloxham, Sibford and Tudor Hall

Thursday 14th
Chenderit, North Oxfordshire Academy, The Warriner,  and Wykham Park Academy

Final Concert
…. ****Postponed  until 11th June 2019***** ……
Blessed George Napier, St John’s and St Joseph’s

Proceeds in aid of

Registered Charity No. 274108

AGM Mon 18th March 2019


Monday 18th March 2019
7:30 pm

Freemasons Hall
Marlborough Rd, Banbury OX16 5DB, UK