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As Christmas approaches, Club members are busy organising two annual community activities. Firstly it’s ‘all systems go’ to make around 280/300 Christmas parcels for local families in need. We have sufficient funds to create the parcels and a factory unit to prepare them in. We aim to deliver the parcels during the second week of December. Secondly we have our annual collections for Katharine House Hospice at local supermarkets. Once again Rotarians Webb and Fairbairn will be greasing their elbows for lengthy stints on street organs to entertain shoppers and create a festive spirit while their fellow Rotarians collect. The dates and venues are:  Sainsbury’s (15th and 24th December); Tesco (23rd December); Waitrose (16th and 22nd December).

Our daughter Club, The Rotary Cub of Banbury Cherwell, held their “Youth Speaks” event at Bloxham School on Wednesday 21st – an inspiring evening with Bloxham School winning the Intermediate Section (subject “Teenage Depression”) and the Senior Competition (subject “Saving Ourselves from Increased Sexualisation”) won by Chipping Norton School.  Both teams go forward to the Zone final to be held in Witney.

Last Friday (23rd) Rotarians Ian Rodrick and David Sullivan gave short presentations on attracting new members, communications and improving our image. Club Members were urged to try and make the Club better known and more attractive to the community – and to encourage new members. Anyone wishing to find out more about Rotary should visit our website – – or contact the Club Secretary through