Archive for Month: March 2015

Past President Bill Trinder

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On Saturday 28th March Mrs Cynthia Turner, Bill Trinder’s daughter, helped the Banbury Civic Society and Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society with the ceremonial unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the birth of the world-wide railway preservation movement at 84 High Street, Banbury.

Bill Trinder is shown above cutting the tape at Wharf Station in Tywyn on the first day of TRPS operation 14th May 1951.

You may be wondering what a small shop in Banbury High Street has got to do with The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and steam railways all around the world.

The answer is that Banbury may fairly lay claim to be the birthplace of the Railway Preservation movement because of the endeavours of local businessman, enthusiast and committed Rotarian, Bill Trinder, who ran his radio and gramophone record shop from 84 High Street.

It was a defining moment in the bid to save the Talyllyn Railway, when Bill Trinder’s friend Tom Rolt walked into the shop at 84 High Street and showed him a copy of the Bill to nationalise the railways in the winter of 1947/8. The two men were gripped by this news and it transpired that the ancient but failing Talyllyn Railway in Mid Wales was to fall outside the net of state control. During discussions in Bill’s flat above the shop, Trinder and Rolt resolved not only save the Talyllyn Railway, but to run it using volunteers. Following the inaugural meeting of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society in 1950, Bill Trinder was appointed its first Chairman.

Following the success of Talyllyn -the Talyllyn Railway turns 150 years old this year and remains a leading example of its kind – there are now countless heritage railways around the world, most of them wholly or substantially staffed and run by volunteers, following the model pioneered by Trinder and Rolt. Every one of them can trace its origin to Trinder and Rolfs decision to save the Talyllyn, and thus to 84 High Street, Banbury.

The Banbury Civic Society and Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society have jointly commissioned the commemorative plaque which is situated just above the shop where everything started – 84 High Street – now occupied by The Men’s Room hairdressers.

Bill Trinder and Tom Rolt made their first visit to the Talyllyn Railway in the last weekend in March 1948, hence the chosen date for the unveiling.

As a past President of our Club, Bill was a definite trend setter as it was Bill who first made the first approaches to our Contact Club partners in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, starting an international circle of Rotary Fellowship that is still thriving today.

Young Chef

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On 21st March Banbury teenager, Christina Welz, our Banbury Young Chef and District 1090 winner took part in the Rotary Young Chef Regional final at Westminster Kingsway College.

Out of 8 finalists she was awarded runner-up prize, only one point behind the winner, after cooking an impressive 3 course meal which won high praise from the judges.

Christina was runner up of 8 contestants from 4 Districts, all 8 had come through from around 1,000 entries at Club & District Final levels.

The judges were Tony Tobin (well-known TV Chef), Christopher Basten (Chair of Craft Guild of Chefs and Chef Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College), and Stuart Williams (Operations Manager for Thomas Franks Contract Caterers).

Contestants brief was to cook a healthy 3 course meal for 2 people for £15 or less.

Congratulations to Christina and to the winner Lewis Wilson from Horsham.

End Polio Now Crocus Concerts


The two “Crocus Concerts” this year will be held in St Mary’s Church Horsefair on Thursday 5th and Tuesday 10th March, both beginning at 7.15pm.

The 6500 additional crocus bulbs planted by students and Rotarians on school sites, in Princess Diana Park, Bridge Street Park, at Sanctuary Housing’s Retirement Living Schemes and in St Mary’s Churchyard will hopefully be in bloom. The fundraising target is again £1 per crocus planted.

The venue is booked. The schools have chosen their music. Harry has delivered posters, flyers and tickets to each school. Roger has sent invitations to all on our guest list. Heads and Chairs of Governing bodies have all been invited.

We planted some 6,500 crocus bulbs back in the autumn and our fundraising target is once again £1 a crocus. Last year the project enabled 45,000 children to be immunised. This year it would be nearly 60,000 if we reach the target.

The challenge for each school is to sell 75 tickets. That leaves us with 50 tickets to sell through Rotary for each night and 50 to sell to the public via the box office at Fashion Fabrics. So – please support if you can by taking posters/flyers, buying tickets, letting people know how enjoyable last year’s concerts were and inviting them to come along. Just £5 a ticket!


Thursday 5th March


St Mary’s Church, Banbury

featuring Choirs from Banbury Academy, Chenderit School, and Sibford School

Tuesday 10th March


St Mary’s Church, Banbury.

featuring Choirs from Bloxham School, North Oxfordshire Academy, Tudor Hall and The Warriner School.

Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015

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Tavia Lewis was crowned Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015 on Saturday 28th February when 50 talented young musicians came together at Sibford School to perform for the Finals of this year’s Banbury Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Starting at 4.00pm we were treated to some wonderful performances by the “Junior” competitors in the competition (8 to 11 year olds). It was wonderful to see so much talent in such young people, and after much debate the adjudicators awarded the prize of Junior Young Musician of the Year 2015 to Jessica Foxwell.

By 6.30pm a packed audience had gathered for the start of the “Intermediate” (12 to 15 year olds), and “Senior” (16 to 19 year olds), competitions. We were then given a potpourri of musical performances ranging from improvised rock, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Andrew Lloyds Webber show tunes to Sibelius, Schumann and Liszt, something for everyone’s taste.

With so many talented and varied performances the adjudicators had an extremely difficult task in selecting the winners of each section, and even more so this year’s overall winner.

So very many congratulations go to Tavia Lewis Banbury Young Musician of the Year 2015.

Our thanks go to our adjudicators at the Finals, Mark Paine, Michael Bochmann and Marcel Zidani, as well as competition organiser Rtn. Gareth Jeremy and his supporting team of fellow Rotarians.