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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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Young Chef Winner

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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

2014

helping-handsA huge thank-you to everyone who helped us during 2014 to donated to deserving causes a magnificent total of £43,027 and organised the following events:

  • 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
  • RYLA

Tour de Trigs

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Banbury Rotary Club is proud to be associated with Tour de Trigs a long standing event, start originally by Bodicote Rover Scouts in 1966.

On Saturday 6th December the teams set off from Warriner School, Bloxham in beautiful morning sunshine for North Oxfordshire’s toughest non-stop cross country navigation exercise.

The Tour de Trigs takes in a number of Ordnance Survey Triangulation, (Trig), Points, and competitors use maps and compasses only, no GPS allowed.

The courses are 50 miles in 24 hours for seniors and 30 miles in 15 hours for juniors.

Banbury Rotarians manned checkpoint 24 at Brailes Sports Pavilion throughout the night, 35.4 miles into the hike. Paul Shea kept spirits up by feeding the team Sausages, Onion Gravy, Mash and Veg in the evening and a full monty breakfast for those that stayed into the early Sunday hours.

Meanwhile John and Joy Webb helped with the competitors and organisers catering back at the Warriner.

Well done to all teams that entered Tour de Trigs 2014 and congratulations to those that completed this testing exercise.

Winners of the 50 mile senior’s event were the Midland Marauders who completed the course in 16 hrs 36 mins, winners of the 30 mile junior course were Crusaders Winchester.

There was some great feedback about organisation and support from competitors.

The Rotary Clubs in Banbury wish you every success for Tour de Trigs 2015.

Party for the blind

 

On Monday 19th May the Club hosted our annual party for 30 guests at the Methodist church in Marlborough Road.

The advance troops of Rotarians and other volunteers arrived promptly at 3pm to be drilled, by the boss, Helen Braisby, into a smooth, efficient team of multi-taskers who showed that it is possible to be skilled at erecting and laying tables as well as acting, later in the day, as supremely confident food servers/washer-uppers.

Thanks to the other team of Rotarian chauffeurs our guests all arrived in time to have a really fabulous tea of, amongst other things, freshly made sandwiches and fabulous varieties of cakes including a scrumptious, hot from the oven, Cornish heavy cake. Our sincere thanks go to Pat and Malcolm Dibb for all the enormous work in providing the catering.

The mayor of Banbury, Cllr. Sean Woodcock, was kind enough to attend the whole event and spent a great deal of time circulating amongst the party- goers and hearing some truly fascinating stories. He was particularly thrilled to meet George who had played for Stockport County as a professional footballer from 1936-38 being paid the princely sum of £10 per week.

A full hour of entertainment was provided through the auspices of Fred Riches who called upon his family and Florence the winner of our Young Musician of the Year. What a superb show and these sentiments were expressed in a vote of thanks both from the guests and the Mayor.

Of course behind the scenes the hall was cleared, the washing up done and everything put away and once the carriages had returned to take our guests home, we were able to reflect upon a very successful evening. Our thanks go to all the Rotarians who helped make the party truly special.

A very special thanks should be extended to Helen Braisby who pretty much did all the organising plus making the posies of flowers for each attendee to take home.

Here’s to next year – Simon Bion

 

Music to honour the brave 1914-1918

BSO A4 poster 28 JuneS

Music to honour the brave 1914-1918
By Banbury Symphony Orchestra in aid of the Royal British Legion and the Army Benevolent Fund
Saturday 28 June 2014
St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30pm.
Tickets adults £10; Children £4.
Available from www.wegottickets.com ;Tourist Information Centre, Banbury or tel no 01608 645589
1 Elgar Polonia: A Symphonic Prelude
2 Kelly Elegy for strings and harp: ‘In Memoriam Rupert Brook’
3 Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
4 Elgar Enigma Variations
5 Elgar ‘Land of Hope and Glory’

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