Helping Communities

YOBOS ‘Lockdown Lookback’

If you like musicals – or if you’d just like to see some remarkably positive local young people performing – take a look at the Youth of the Banbury Operatic Society “Lockdown Look Back.”
It’s free to view but if you enjoy it you are encouraged to make a donation via “JustGiving.”  Money raised will go to YOBOS, Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project: all organisations that Banbury Rotary Club is happy to support

Go on! Cheer yourself up 🙂 Click here to visit the Lockdown Look Back

Cheque to Children Heard and Seen


Today a cheque of almost £2600 was presented to Rod Diaz of charity Children Heard and Seen.
The cheques was part of proceeds from the 2019 Children Singing for Children Concerts which went towards supporting four different charities.
Children Heard and Seen is a charity which provides support and interventions for children with a parent in prison. The charity was set up in 2014, with a focus on reducing intergenerational offending, and mitigating the impacts of parental imprisonment for children and young people. This support is primarily across Oxfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

In 2019 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the exceptional service within their communities.

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.

Christmas Food Parcels – 11th Dec 2019


We made our normal Christmas parcel deliveries on Sunday 11th December and huge thanks to John Hansford and Alan Wolstencroft for their very hard work on this. Also thanks to all those Club members that turned out to help make the deliveries on the day proving once again that many hands make light work.
246 parcels were distributed, each parcel having a basic value of £27.80 and containing 33 items.

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.

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.

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.

 

Polio Campaign brightens 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 syrianrefugee.resettlement@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

If you are interested in volunteering for the scheme please contact Connection Support on 01865 711267 or  enquiries@connectionsupport.org.uk .