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SIR CHARLES POLLARD QPM – MY PART IN POLICING : 40 MOMENTOUS YEARS THAT CHANGED THE UK

Sir Charles Pollard QPM – 40 Momentous Years that Changed the UK

7.00 pm for 7.45 on Friday 2 June 2017

Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park,

Banbury, OX16 9UR,

(with kind permission of the Headmistress, Wendy Griffiths).

Sir Charles Pollard has been an eminent figure in policing, both nationally and internationally, and still works in the Justice system today.  Retiring in 2002 from Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan police force in the country, he had earlier progressed through the middle police ranks in London and Sussex during one of the most turbulent periods of recent history, during which time he was personally involved in many of the key policing events:.

Sir Charles began his career at the age of 19 in 1964 as a constable in the Metropolitan Police and was selected for the ‘fast-track promotion course’ at Bramshill Police College. From there he took an LLB at the University of Bristol. Through the 1970s and 1980s he pursued an eventful and successful policing career in London and Sussex and in 1991 was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, covering 3 counties with a population of over 2.5 million.

The talk will include, among other things, his personal experiences of the policing of public disorder, crime and terrorism.  We look forward to welcoming Rotarians, local Parishioners and the General Public.

Tickets – Talk only £10.00

Talk and drinks reception hosted by Sir Charles £20.00

To book tickets click here – Ticket Ordering Page

To view video trailer  click here – Video Trailer

 

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals.

Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the competition and securing a place in the forthcoming regional finals to be held at the end of March.
The Tudor Hall student impressed the judges with her virtuosity by singing “Vedrai Carino” by Mozart, “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (the piece she sang at one of this month’s Purple4Polio Concerts at St Mary’s Church Banbury) and “Per La Gloria D’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.

Mary Wins District Finals

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals.

Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the competition and securing a place in the forthcoming regional finals to be held at the end of March.
The Tudor Hall student impressed the judges with her virtuosity by singing “Vedrai Carino” by Mozart, “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (the piece she sang at one of this month’s Purple4Polio Concerts at St Mary’s Church Banbury) and “Per La Gloria D’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.

Purple4Polio

crocusesPurple4Polio Update

In spring 2014 and 2015 we hosted collaborative “Crocus Concerts” involving all local secondary schools. In each of these years our Rotary Club worked together with the schools to plant some 6,000 crocus bulbs and to send £5,000 to Rotary Foundation, where our donation was tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In each of the first two years of the project we raised sufficient funds to immunise 45,000 children.

Last autumn we initiated work on the third year of our five-year local contribution to this worldwide effort. Under the guidance of John Bennett & Ron Barnett and with the support of Cherwell District Council, Banbury Town Council and Sanctuary Housing, secondary students, local primary school pupils and Rotarians planted an incredible 19,000/20,000 crocus bulbs! Although circumstances prevented a third series of collaborative crocus concerts, individual secondary and primary school fundraising efforts together with Rotary Club commitments have so far raised almost £2,500.  A concert at Broughton Church by the Oxford Male Voice Choir on Saturday 2nd July gave the Purple4Polio Campaign and this fourth year’s crocus projects a brilliant start – raising over £1,600. Many thanks to Alan, Ron and the Foundation Committee.

This coming year Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has decided to celebrate the centenary of Rotary Foundation by planting five million crocus corms throughout the United Kingdom to raise awareness of the fact that we are on the verge of a tremendous achievement. RIBI has established a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society on this national project – PURPLE4POLIO. Each pack of 5,000 crocus corms purchased by local Clubs through the scheme costs £85. In June we ordered one pack so that each secondary school will again receive 500 corms to plant on your grounds – adding to the 1,000 they each received during the first two years of our local project. In July – after consultation with Cherwell District and Banbury Town Councils about further planting in public spaces this autumn and Whitley Stimpson’s generous sponsorship of a further pack, we ordered a further seven packs. In partnership with secondary schools, community groups and the councils involved John Bennett will be leading as many volunteer Rotarians as possible in the planting of 40,000 bulbs this autumn.

Also, Ron is repeating last year’s Primary Schools Project. Club has requested a District Grant of £300, enabling us to match-fund and order ten packs for Primary Schools. In addition to planting 500 corms each, secondary schools will again be participating in collaborative Crocus concerts in early spring 2017. Our PURPLE4POLIO Working Group will oversee our Club response to the RIBI/District Projects which coincide with the fourth year of our own local Crocus Projects.

Current state of Polio: Just two countries remain where polio is endemic. Internet links for further details: www.polioeradication.org and www.endpolio.org. Here are a couple of headline facts:

  • In 2015, a total of 74 cases of polio were reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the only two remaining polio endemic countries, down from 334 cases worldwide in 2014.
  • “We’ve come a long way since the establishment of the GPEI in 1988, from 125 polio-endemic countries to just two,” said Chris Maher, manager of WHO’s regional polio eradication unit in Amman, Jordan. “We are at the final frontier of eradication. A lot of work is still needed, but if we can stop polio transmission in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the close of 2016, the whole world will finally be free of wild poliovirus.”
  • Latest statistics on Wild Polio Virus: This year to date Afghanistan 5, Pakistan 11 (compared with totals in 2015 of 20 & 54 respectively).

 

Oxford Male Voice Choir Concert

Male Voice Choir

A capacity audience filled Broughton Church on the evening of Saturday 2nd July to be entertained by the Oxford Male Voice Choir and soloist Tavia Lewis.
Under the baton of Musical Director Helen Swift, the choir entertained us with a varied programme ranging from traditional Welsh songs such as ‘O Gymru’ and ‘Myfanwy’ to more modern pieces like ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘Rhythm of Life’, which were all very much appreciated by the audience.

The evening also saw our very own Young Musician of the Year winner, Tavia Lewis, give excellent renditions of pieces ranging from Fauré’s ‘Pie Jesu’ to ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables.

The Church Concert was followed by an impromptu performance in the Saye and Sele Arms much to the delight of all present.
The evening was a double success for as well as being a most enjoyable piece of musical entertainment, it also raised the magnificent sum of £1,500 for the End Polio Now Campaign.

AlansAfrica 10

AlansAfrica News 10In 8 weeks from a piece of wasteland to this!

Today it is the new 2 classroom block of the new Good News Pentecostal Community School, Waterloo, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

A huge thank you to the 2 sponsors of the project: Brethertons Solicitors and The Rotary Club of Woodstock & Kidlington 100 Club

All the desk & bench sets will be made on site and the blackboards fitted very soon.

Alan would like to express his sincere personal thanks, on behalf of the children, teachers and community in general for your fantastic support.

You have “made a real difference” to this small impoverished rural community.

Car Treasure Hunt

huntA number of us had fun today on a Treasure Hunt starting in Bloxham and finishing at the Masons Arms for a pleasant Sunday Lunch where any who had become lost could regain their dignity. The winner naturally was the President’s car which did have the advantage of having a four member International team from Brazil (Gabi), Wales (Peter) and even jolly old England (Ian & Pat).

A Successful Year

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During the last Rotary year we donated a total of £44,818.31 to worthy causes. Past President Phil Cavill said “the members of the Club have again put their heart and soul into helping and supporting others and shown what can be done when you set out to “Light up Rotary”.

Support was given to the following:

  • Methodist Church £60.00
  • Laura Guile Zambia £100.00
  • Student Bursaries £3,000.00
  • Food for homeless £200.00
  • Ebola Appeal £741.24
  • Handicap Cycle £327.00
  • One Eighty Charity £2,800.00
  • Katharine House Hospice £5,000.00
  • Sierra Leone Schools project £14,050.00
  • R.Y.L.A. £662.58
  • Frank Wise School £2,000.00
  • Educaid £100.00
  • Rotary Foundation £4,700.00
  • Safewater Aquafilter £1,273.00
  • End Polio Now £5,000.00
  • Shelter Box £590.00
  • Leukaemia Research £135.00
  • Biker Response Charity £100.00
  • Shelterbox £2,360.00
  • Street Pastors £250.00
  • BGN Tall Ships £500.00
  • Party for Blind £69.49
  • Roll out the Barrel Charity £600.00

Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert

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As a result of the success of our Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert we will be donating £2,500 to Katharine House Hospice.

This year celebrates 25 years of running the Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition under the expert guiding hand of Rtn. Gareth Jeremy, who has undertaken this task with the impressive enthusiasm and commitment that we have come to expect from him.

Thanks to the great success of the event, our Club has benefitted from some great publicity in producing winners that have moved on to great things in the world of music.

To celebrate these achievements, Gareth organised a Gala Mid-Summer Evening Concert held at Tudor Hall School on Sunday 21st June.

Past Young Musician of the Year winners who are now professional or semi-professional musicians entertained us with a potpourri of musical genres from the avant-garde to classical in recognition of the role that the Young Musician Competition has played in their musical career.

Performances were given by:

  • Marcel Zidani – winner in 1991
  • Bethany Porter – winner in 2000
  • Lucy Downer – winner in 2003
  • Kris Reader – winner in 2004
  • Umito Choji – winner in 2007
  • William Dibble – runner up in 2012 District 1090 Competition
  • Tavia Lewis – winner in 2015

Emergency Disaster Collection

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Thank you so much Banburyshire folks for your generous donations last Friday to help send Shelterboxes to Nepal, etc. £1795 was raised from our street collection in Banbury town centre which is a fantastic result and will make a real difference to those needing our support.

We were even joined on the day by Peter King, RIBI President, and his wife, and also Tim Cowling, District 1090 Governor and his wife.