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.
Katharine House receive cheque – March 2019
A St David’s Day treat for staff from Katharine House.
Having talked to members about their goals – including replacing old beds with ones that better serve the comfort of patients and those caring for them – they were presented with a cheque for almost £4000 derved from the Christmas Organ Collections at local supermarkets.
One more example of Rotary serving its local community. 🙂
Young Musician Finals – 2nd March 2019
We very much look forward to hearing the excellent performances of the finalists on Saturday 2nd March at Tudor Hall School, Banbury.
Date: 2nd March
Place: Tudor Hall School Bloxham Road Banbury.
Juniors — 4.00pm
Intermediate / Seniors. — 6.45pm
Family £12, Adults £6
OAP / under 18’s –£3
Competitors & accompanists — Free
Congratulations to all those who have been successful in getting to the Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2019 Finals.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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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Young Chef Winner
High standards were set at the Rotary Clubs of Banbury Young Chef competition on the evening of Tuesday 20th January, when five young chefs prepared 3 course meals for Judges Jim Cunningham and Joy Webb.
The winner Christina Welz’s main course was Saffron scented Monkfish tail, pea risotto, green beans, roasted courgette and cherry tomatoes on the vine. Runner up was Keaton Ward and both are students at Banbury and Bicester College.
Many thanks to the college for hosting the event, Bernard Goodchild for organising, Town Mayor Sean Woodcock for presenting the prizes and all the amazingly talented young chefs.
We wish Christina well as she progresses to the District Final in Surrey on 28th February
- Young Musician of the Year Competition
- Young Chef Competition
- School Practice Interviews
- Children Singing for Children Concerts
- supporting Tour de Trigs
- Family Christmas Festival of Music Concert
- Christmas Street Organ Collections
- Party for the Blind and Partially Sighted
- Crocus Concerts