Archive for Month: April 2015

Brodey Bursary


lan Brodey, a former member of the club and the Chairman of one of the town’s major engineering enterprises, Norbar Torque Tools Ltd, was a practicing mechanical engineer who, in his will, left a sum of money to the Rotary Club of Banbury for the club to use at its discretion.

The Rotary Club, with the support of Ian’s family, decided to use his bequest to help students who propose to attend a recognised British university full-time for three years to study for a first degree in any Engineering Discipline, e.g. Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Process Engineering. The first award was made at the end of the school year commencing September 2006, since. when there have been a further ten holders of the bursaries studying at universities. The Rotary Club plans to award up to two bursaries annually.

To be considered for any award, a student must be a British citizen with a main home lying within a ten mile radius of Banbury Cross and to have lived at that address for the whole of the two years spent studying their A levels, which should preferably, be in a school also in the defined area. Consideration will also be given to otherwise qualified students who need to study outside the ten mile zone because of the unavailability of their chosen course within it.

Application forms giving full details of the procedure for obtaining the awards, will be provided to Heads of Science Departments in all local schools and colleges where A level students planning to study engineering disciplines are taught. These forms may also be obtained by e-mailing They should be completed no later than the time when the A level entry forms are completed and then returned.

Awards to suitable, selected candidates will be made, following a short interview, soon after the publication of A level results and the confirmation of places at universities i.e. in early September.

Applicants will be required to supply proof of both their results and offer of a place before the interview.

Tour de Trigs


Tour de Trigs

As a Club we have an abundance of formal events dependent upon Rotarians  getting involved throughout the year in the planning so critical to their success. Saturday 18th April saw our septuagenarian 1st Vice President adopting a ‘hands-on’ approach on the road (or more accurately primarily fields, tracks and cross country) checking out first-hand what it is like for entrants who have the following options for this test of orienteering, logistical and team skills allied to mental and physical stamina:

  • A 15 mile taster;
  • A 30 mile tester ; or
  • The full 50 miles challenge (within 24 hours).

In addition to enjoying some fabulous and hidden views of the local countryside (i.e. only available to those prepared to don their walking boots), en-route Ian Calderbank met up with, amongst others, school children from Warriner School undertaking their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition (77 out over the weekend), some of whom are considering entering the Tour de Trigs (the club is giving a presentation to the students later this year and, together with the Tour de Trigs committee, is arranging training days to provide advice on what is involved and what to expect).

Although not experiencing the more severe conditions likely to be prevalent in December (when the event takes place), nor undergoing the full 50 miles, Ian looks pretty fit in this photograph having just completed 21 miles in 7 hours. Keep an eye out and you may see him as he seeks to increase the mileage throughout the year.

More information on this Rotary supported event is available on