Community

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’

Club Outing to Cosford

RAF Cosford Visit

The Club Outing on 22nd April was attended by 13 members and partners. It was superbly organised by Nigel Yeadon and our thanks go to the Sports & Entertainment Committee for arranging a very interesting day.

RAF Cosford, along with Hendon, are the keepers of the country’s aviation heritage and the history and traditions of the Royal air Force. Housed in four buildings, Hangar 1 covers Transport & Training Aircraft and the Engine Collection. Our own qualified pilot, Ian Anthistle, gave a very knowledgable explanation of the workings of a jet engine in language even I could understand.

Building two focused on the Cold War with a display of 3 nuclear bombers, the Valiant, Vulcan & Victor and the Missile Collection. There was a great exhibit of how post 2nd World war Europe, the Berlin Blockade and the Iron Curtain affected relations between East & West.

Refreshed by lunch it was good to see and read about the Warplanes housed in building three, Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmitt & Mitsubishi fighters and a collection of bombers including an Avro Lincoln and De Havilland Mosquito.

Building Four had a great collection of test flight aircraft including the infamous TSR2 and the HS Harrier Jump Jet. For the brave there was a flight simulator and 4D Dog Fight Experience and an interactive centre.

An excellent visit, Nigel will be keeping up the high standards in the next Rotary year, so do make the effort to come along.

Sierra Leone update

“making a real difference in Sierra Leone”

Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown.

I apologise if there is a little repetition in the Newsletters BUT I am constantly adding people to my mailing list and need to make sure they have some background regarding the current project.

The project plan is to build and equip 8 classrooms, an office/storeroom, & 2 toilet blocks.

The first block of 4 classrooms was built & equipped with furniture in just 10 weeks.

Work began on the second block of 4 classrooms, incorporating the office/storeroom, on March 27th and this was the progress after just ONE week!!

Now, 5 weeks after starting, the block is built

& TODAY they finished the roofing.

As a direct result of my presentation at Torquay Conference I have received donations of £2,170 and with the donation of £3,000 from Banbury Rotary Club I now have ALL the funding in place to complete the building of the 4 classrooms.

Rendering, fitting the ceilings, installing the windows & doors, screeding the floors will all take place in the next couple of weeks and the last stage will be painting internally & externally.

We are well on track to complete the building before the rainy season starts at the end of May !!

With donations from a couple of recent talks, some local donations and a pledge for £500 I will also have adequate funding to pay for all the furniture for these 4 classrooms.

The next phase will be the building of 2 toilet blocks which will happen after the rainy season giving me time to raise more funds.

Currently I haven’t had to take advantage of the loan I was offered but it’s still there IF I need it.

To everyone who has contributed to this project and enabled so much to happen in such a short space of time – I am truly grateful for your help.

If what “WE CAN” do helps change the lives of just a few people then the effort is well worth it.

THANK YOU for helping me to continue to “make a real difference”.

 

Sierra Leone 2

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End Polio Now

‘End Polio Now’ is an international campaign where all Rotary clubs around the world are coming together with the Gates foundation to raise funds to end the curse of this terrible disease.

Waterloo School in Sierra Leone



This is another test posting by Ron “making a real difference in Sierra Leone” Liverpool Community School, Waterloo, Freetown.

I apologise if there is a little repetition in the Newsletters BUT I am constantly adding people to my mailing list and need to make sure they have some background regarding the current project.  The project plan is to build and equip 8 classrooms, an office/storeroom, & 2 toilet blocks.

The first block of 4 classrooms was built & equipped with furniture in just 10 weeks. Work began on the second block of 4 classrooms, incorporating the office/storeroom, on March 27th and this was the progress after just ONE week!! Now, 5 weeks after starting, the block is built & TODAY they finished the roofing.

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As a direct result of my presentation at Torquay Conference I have received donations of £2,170 and with the donation of £3,000 from Banbury Rotary Club I now have ALL the funding in place to complete the building of the 4 classrooms.Rendering, fitting the ceilings, installing the windows & doors, screeding the floors will all take place in the next couple of weeks and the last stage will be painting internally & externally. We are well on track to complete the building before the rainy season starts at the end of May !!

With donations from a couple of recent talks, some local donations and a pledge for £500 I will also have adequate funding to pay for all the furniture for these 4 classrooms. The next phase will be the building of 2 toilet blocks which will happen after the rainy season giving me time to raise more funds. Currently I haven’t had to take advantage of the loan I was offered but it’s still there IF I need it. To everyone who has contributed to this project and enabled so much to happen in such a short space of time – I am truly grateful for your help. If what “WE CAN” do helps change the lives of just a few people then the effort is well worth it.

THANK YOU for helping me to continue to “make a real difference”.

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