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.


Rotary UK gives another million dollars to eradicate polio.


The Rotary Foundation UK has this year contributed $1,941,555 US to the Annual Fund almost half of which has gone to the fight to elimiate polio worldwide.

  • Africa is poised to be certified polio-free in early 2020.
  • There are three types of polio-types 1, 2 and 3. Type 2 was certified eradicated in 2015. Type 3 will likely be certified eradicated in early 2020.
  • To date, 18 million lives have been saved because of polio eradication efforts.
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to a lesser extent Nigeria, are essentially the last remaining areas where the disease survives. This is because of rumours about the vaccine’s safety spread online and by word of mouth, ultimately leading to boycotts of the vaccinations, protests and even violence.

So far, in 2019 we have seen 21 cases in Pakistan (12 cases in 2018) and 8 cases in Afghanistan (21 cases in 2018) giving a total so far this year of 29 cases of Wild Polio Virus type 1. (33 cases in 2018)   This represents a reduction of over 99% from an estimated 350 000 case that killed and crippled people in 1988.    We are within a gnat’s whisker of eliminating this dreadful disease and Rotary has played a leading role – suipported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  in achieving this.

Crocus Concerts – March /June 2019

The first of this year’s Secondary School Crocus Concerts took place in March on Tuesday 12th. Bloxham, Sibford and Tudor Hall Schools entertained a small audience and on Thursday 14th Chenderit, NOA, Warriner and Wykham Park Academies played to a much larger gathering.
Both concerts were extremely well received – the performers offering a wide variety of musical styles with soloists, duettists, ensembles, orchestras and choirs amazing us with their talents. Our thanks go to all staff and students for the time and effort they have given to the preparation of these events in partnership with Rotary.
This year it was decided that 45% of the surplus would go to Polio Eradication and 45% to Helen and Douglas House Hospice with 10% for other Rotary Charities.

To date the door takings have amounted to £930 and the retiring collections £175 (eligible for gift aid).

Further donations from Chenderit and Tudor Hall gave almost £200 towards the causes.

The third schools’ concert, involving BGN and its partner primary schools St John’s and St Joseph’s, originally scheduled for 21st March, will now be held on June 11th. A new venture by the Crocus/Polio Working Party is a concert involving local adult choirs. This is taking shape and is scheduled for Saturday 28th September.

Medical Detection Dogs Talk – April 2019

Fraser Liversage spoke to the club about “Medical Detection Dogs” and he brought his two dogs with him.
It was an incredibly interesting presentation and a taster for a longer talk he will be giving us on a Fifth Friday evening meeting in August in the next Rotary Year.
You can learn more about these dogs here.

Cotswold Distillery Visit – 20th April 2019

There was no club meeting on Good Friday but on Saturday 20th a group of members went to the Cotswold Distillery for a very enjoyable visit and tour – many thanks to Nigel Yeadon for arranging the trip.

Rotary Disaster Fund

Introducing our new Disaster Response Fund

When disaster strikes, Rotarians around the world come together as people of action to help those in need.
To support communities in their rebuilding efforts, The Rotary Foundation is proud to announce our new Disaster Response Fund.

Donations to the Disaster Response Fund help Rotary clubs provide disaster recovery and support relief efforts where the need is greatest by funding and providing access to disaster response grants.

Learn more about disaster response grants and Rotarians’ disaster response efforts by clicking here.


World Immunisation Week 24-30th April

The week 24-30th April is World Immunization Week! Spread the word about the work Rotary is doing to end polio.

In 1988, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. Last year it paralyzed just 33 children. Only two countries continue to report polio cases.
Rotary’s progress in the fight to enpolio shows that vaccines work.

Through the effort to end polio, we now have found better ways to immunize children against diseases like measles, Ebola, and yellow fever.

Check out  VaccinesWork   at


Introducing Banbury Rotary Club

If you’ve ever wondered what Rotary does then read this updated leaflet about the Banbury Club.

Click here to download

Better still – contact us and arrange a visit to see if you’d like to become a member.




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.