Organ donations of another kind!


Thanks to all the kind people who donated funds that will go towards Katharine House Hospice and other Rotary Charities at the annual organ fundraising at Banbury supermarkets.

Thanks also to the supermarkets themselves for agreeing to the collections and to Rotarians – maybe especially Andrew Fairbairn and John Webb for their parts in making it all happen. (John Webb also brings along his own street organ in December to complement the Club’s.)

Funds raised this year amounted to the following:


Friday Tesco £1096.81
 Saturday  Sainsburys  £1536.12
 Sunday Morrisons  780.75
 Monday  Morrisons  £1046.03
 Tuesday  Sainsburys  1145.83
 TOTAL  £5605.54

This money will be distributed 75% to Katharine House Hospice, 15% to Banbury Air Cadets and 10% to other charities.

Rotary assists in Tour de Trigs – 7th Dec 2019


Members of Banbury Rotary Club actively supported the 50th Tour de Trigs night navigation walk on Saturday 7th December by manning Checkpoint 4 which was located at Farnborough Village Hall.

Members page – Have you checked it?

If you are a Banbury Rotarian you can log-in to the members section of the site where you will find a wealth of useful information.

This includes copies of Club documents including rotas , leaflets, council minutes.

We are also trying out adding the “clipboard notices” to this section.

Give it a try.



Charities benefit from “Six of the Best” concert – Dec 2019

On Friday 22nd November cheques for the profits from the ‘Six of the Best’ choirs at St Mary’s Church, Banbury (28th Sept)  have been presented to the benefitting charities:

  • Helen and Douglas House Hospice who support children and their families who have cancer
  • The Rotary Foundation (End polio now) that strives to and has almost succeeded in finally eradicating polio from the planet.

Many thanks to all those who organised, took part in or supported the concert.

Talk on avoiding scams! – 29th Nov 2019

On Friday 29th Banbury Rotary Club hosted a fifth Friday dinner at Banbury House Hotel. Guest speaker was Christine McElhill, Community Banker for Berkshire and Oxfordshire, who gave an interesting talk about being aware of telephone, postal, online and doorstep scams and what to do.   A summary of this might be:

Telephone Scams

If you ever get a call from someone who says they’re from your bank or the police and asks you to transfer funds to another bank, to a safe account or withdraw cash, they’re scammers.

Postal Scams

Criminals use all kinds of fake letters. They may claim to be about lotteries or prize draws, investments or inheritance windfalls health cures or clairvoyance. Whatever it is, don’t send them money.

Online Scams

Fake emails can be disguised to look as though they’re from your bank, but however convincing they may look, never give away your personal details and don’t click links with the emails. Go direct to the bank’s website instead.

Doorstep Scams

Never let someone you do not know into your home or sell you a service on your doorstep. If you need work doing around your property, ask a friend or family member for advice about traders you can trust.

Reporting Scams

Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and your bank. You can also ask for help from Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 040506.

Rotarians at Banbury Remembrance Day – 10th Nov 2019

Banbury Remembrance Day on Sunday 10th November was a glorious bright and cold day compared to the heavy torrential rain the previous day. There was a good turnout of hundreds who  lined the High Street and St, Mary’s Church.

It was a proud moment honouring our fallen heroic men and women from all over the world who served the Nation:  a day to remember the past and pray for peace for mankind for the future.

Banbury Rotary Club was represented by President Surinder Dhesi and Rotarians David Richardson with his wife Jan, John Webb and his wife Joy, Peter Wilkins and his wife Sandra, Maurice Humphries and his wife Rita.


Rotarians brighten up Banbury – Nov 2019

Part of awareness raising for Rotary’s efforts to rid the planet of polio is the “purple for polio” campaign.

Millions of crocus bulbs are planted by Rotarians across the UK.

As well as brightening up the days of late winter the carpets of purple  also draw attention to the effort going into finally rid the planet of this dreadful disease.

Some of you may be old enough to remember the epidemics we used to have in the UK.  Now it’s only Afghanistan and Pakistan where the virus still survives.

Banbury Rotarians take a break from planting duties!

Cherwell resettles refugees – 1st Nov 2019

On 1st November Banbury Rotary Club members received a talk about how Cherwell is participating in the “Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.”

In September 2015 the UK Government agreed to resettle 20,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria who have registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey,Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt

As part of the Government’s efforts to achieve this, Cherwell District Council agreed to accommodate 12 families within the district.There are currently 9 families resettled in Cherwell District with the 10th family arriving soon.

Cherwell District Council have worked via an organisation called ‘Connections’ to help new families sort out accommodation, school places, language classes, employment and health issues.

Numerous Rotarians or their partners are engaged with this scheme.

If you are interested in making property available for such families  please make contact on 01295 753766 or 01295 227004 or via e-mail

If you are interested in volunteering for the scheme please contact Connection Support on 01865 711267 or .


Concerts will help children at home and abroad.

Funds raised at the forthcoming Children Singing for Children concerts will all be going to children’s charities.

The largest share will be going to a local charity, Children Seen and Heard. 

Money will also go to other local childrens charities and to third world education projects.

One such project, overseen by Banbury Rotary member Alan Wolstencroft, is taking place at at Kunduma School in Sierra Leonne  where 150+ kids currently have NO toilets, let alone a Blenheim Palace style GOLD one !

Work has begun at the school to build a 3 cubicle toilet block and the progress is going well.  EVERYTHING is done manually but the benefit of this is that local guys are earning a wage which will help them provide for their families and it also gives them a sense of ownership of the project.