Archive for Month: July 2019

Children Singing for Children Concerts – Nov 2019


The CSFC Concerts are now an established part of the Banbury Calendar.

Typically they consist of around 25 primary schools performing over a period of 4 evenings in St Mary’s Church, Banbury. The massed finale’s each evening are something not to be missed!

All the organisational aspects are dealt with by Banbury Rotary who make no charges for the club and donate the surplus from the admission fees to children’s charities.

The admission fee has been held at £5 / person for several years which is what it will remain at for the 2019 concerts on November 11th -14th.

So – if you want to inject an uplifting event into the gloom of the approaching winter, get those dates into your diary!


Rotarians help out at Park Anniversary – July 2019

Last weekend Banbury Rotary played their part in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the town’s first real park: the People’s Park.

The town council had organised a well balanced mixture of celebrations of the past whilst providing plenty activities (several free of charge) for children and adults of the present.
As usual Rotarians lived up to their reputation as ‘people of action’ by assisting with the event

Surinder Dhesi (current president of Banbury Rotary and Town Mayor Elect for 2020/21 ) noted that that the Park holds happy memories for  generations of Banbury families.

Mark Recchia (Town Clerk and  retiring Honorary Secretary of the Rotary Club of Banbury) was also present helping ensure things went smoothly.

Sir Tony Baldry attended in his role as High Steward of Banbury.


Tony Baldry, Surinder Dhesi and Mark Recchia at the celebrations.
Rotarian Alan Wolstencroft assisted with traffic control.

Welcome to Banbury Rotary’s new President – July 2019

The Rotary New Year begins on 1st July!
We’ll spare you the explanation of why – but this is the date when each club changes the roles for its members including the important position of club president.
So – Banbury Rotary Club recently thanked Mr Paul Gardiner for his year as president and welcomed into his place Surimder Dhesi.
We all look forward to your leadership Surinder as we head into another active Rotary Year engaging with the community at a local, national and international level

So – remember:

  • The western New Year starts on January 1st.
  • The Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.
  • But the Rotary New Year starts on July 1st

Rock-Face Challenge for Charity – July 2019

Charity Challenge

Banbury Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn is planning a challenge to ascend the 1,000 metre sheer rock face of the Daubenhorn (Leukerbad, Switzerland). An 8 hour via ferrata route.

Why? To raise money for two charities – a building project for a school in The Gambia and Katharine House Hospice, Banbury.

Education in The Gambia

Three years ago the Rotary Club of Banbury along with the Rotary Club of Tonbridge engaged in a project – spearheaded by Andrew and his wife, Marilyn – to fund a borehole at Prospects Upper Basic School, Mariama Kunda Village, The Gambia. It aimed to provide improved quality water thereby reducing health risks to pupils and staff.

The school is currently expanding and has a two-storey building under construction but this can only continue as funds become available.

This project is being overseen by the Rotary Club of Bijilo and the ground floor and some of the walls are in place taking it to the stage of needing the structural concrete floor of the second storey to act as an interim roof over the three classrooms and examination hall to make it useable in the rainy season.

The school had sourced a donor offering 50% of the funds for this phase but that donor has withdrawn.

Banbury Rotary has donated £5,030.68 but is now seeking to fundraise a further £5,600 towards the approximate £10,600 needed.


Katharine House Hospice

Many people have cause to appreciate the services provided by this hospice in supporting a family member or friend. It not only provides accommodation and day treatment but is also active in care in people’s homes. More information is available on the following website –



If you wish to sponsor Andrew on the ascent of the Daubenhorn, you can choose for your donation to go to either or both recipients. If you are a tax payer then a Gift Aid form can be forwarded to you for you to complete in order that an additional 25% can be added to your generous donation.

Please contact Andrew on either 07711 142887 or via e-mail at if you wish to have a guest speaker and/or are willing to make a donation to these deserving causes.  100% of your donation will go to the recipient(s). No amount will be deducted for expenses.

Rotarian. Andrew Fairbairn, Rotary Club of Banbury




Thanks from APS Support UK – June 2019

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a disorder of the immune system that  increases the risk of blood clots and therefore of a range of major problems including deep vein thrombosis, heart attack and strokes but may also manifest in a range of more minor symptoms.  For more information check the APS Support UK website here.

Rotary recently made a donation to this society: here is part of the text of thank you letter dated 4 June 2019  from APS Support UK

On behalf of APS Support UK, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Banbury for the kind and generous donation of £100 towards Phil Godfrey’s APS awareness and fundraising campaign.
As you know, Phil is fundraising in memory of his lovely wife Christine who had APS and his efforts have allowed us to launch the first ever GP e-Learning training courses about antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) with the Royal College of GPs.
Thanks to the support of people and groups like yours, we have been able to set up our new research fund to further scientific research into APS.
Your generous donation will help us continue with this project, so thank you again.
With Kindest Regards  Kate Hindle  Charity Manager

Rotary help at Banbury Show – June 2019

The Banbury Show was held on the second Sunday in June and Rotary had a stall and also a Shelterbox display.

Members spoke to many people about the club and distributed some of our Membership leaflets.

They also provided a presence on the huge site offering a safe option for returning lost-children to their parents.

Many thanks to all involved in planning and manning the stall and patrolling the grounds.

Final Crocus Concert – June 2019

On June 11th we had our last Crocus Concert of the Rotary Year at St. Mary’s.

The singing was provided by BGN, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s choirs – it was a great evening and many congratulations and thanks to the choirs and their teachers and accompanists.

This was our third Crocus concert this year all in aid of Helen and Douglas House Hospice for children and our own Polio Eradication work.


Rotary Help with Katharine House Walk – June 2019

Various Club members were involved helping with the Katharine House Hospice Midnight Walk on 22nd June.

The start changed to 9pm and there were nearly 600 walkers.

The event was a great success and the organisers are hoping to have raised up to £65,000.