Archive for Month: October 2019

Concerts will help children at home and abroad.

Funds raised at the forthcoming Children Singing for Children concerts will all be going to children’s charities.

The largest share will be going to a local charity, Children Seen and Heard. 

Money will also go to other local childrens charities and to third world education projects.

One such project, overseen by Banbury Rotary member Alan Wolstencroft, is taking place at at Kunduma School in Sierra Leonne  where 150+ kids currently have NO toilets, let alone a Blenheim Palace style GOLD one !

Work has begun at the school to build a 3 cubicle toilet block and the progress is going well.  EVERYTHING is done manually but the benefit of this is that local guys are earning a wage which will help them provide for their families and it also gives them a sense of ownership of the project.





Primary School Concerts – 11th to 14th Nov 2019


If you’re in need of something uplifting then try coming to one of the Children Singing for Children Concerts at St Mary’s Church, Banbury.

On each of four evenings several schools will sing two carefully chosen songs of their own choice followed by around 175 children singing their hearts out to three rousing finale songs.

Tickets are currently available to parents from the schools but any unsold ones should become available from Henry’s menswear in the HIgh Street nearer the event.

The following schools are taking part:

Harriers Banbury Academy
The Grange Community  School
Carrdus School
Cropredy Church of England Primary School
Shenington Primary School
Hill View Primary School
Hanwell Fields Community School
Deddington Primary School
Middle Barton Primary School
Greatworth Primary School
Chacombe C Of E Primary School
Orchard Fields Community School
Bishop Carpenter Primary School
Christopher Rawlins Primary School
Newbottle & Charlton Primary School
Queensway School
St Mary’s Primary School
Wroxton Primary School
Dashwood Banbury Academy
St Josephs Primary
St Leonard’s Primary School
King’s Sutton Primary Academy
Frank Wise School

World Polio Day – 24th Oct 2019


Banbury Town Hall goes Purple for Polio tonight!

Thursday 24th October is World Polio Day.

Banbury Rotary Club says “Thank you” to all the schools and adult choirs that raised funds for Polio Eradication at the four concerts staged at St Mary’s Church this year

Thanks also to Cherwell District Council, the Town Council and Bloxham Parish Council for supporting the planting of another 32000 corms this autumn ready to turn Banburyshire purple again next spring!”

….and another poliovirus eradicated!

Also today, on World Polio Day, Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners announced that wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide.

WPV3 is only the third infectious human disease-causing pathogen to be eradicated in history, following smallpox and wild poliovirus type 2.

This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out, an important marker of progress against the disease.

The announcement comes on the heels of recent news that Nigeria has gone three years without a case of wild poliovirus, which means that the entire African region could be certified wild poliovirus-free in 2020.

Choirs raise £4000 for Charities


To experience an evening of superb music in a packed St Mary’s Church is a rare pleasure for Banburyshire dwellers! “Six of the Best” was one of those occasions.

On behalf of everyone at Banbury Rotary Club – thank you so much to everyone involved  for taking part in what was – by common audience and participant acclaim – a highly successful concert on Saturday evening.

Congratulations to every single member of the six performing groups and to your conductors, accompanists and admin/tech support people. The sheer variety of performance pieces turned out in itself to be a piece of accidental brilliance – and the high quality of each group’s performance of its particular genre of song or anthem must have made every one of the conductors/musical directors really proud.

The evening also owed its success to everyone who pushed and facilitated ticket sales – so thankyou again to everyone in your choirs involved in this and to Malcolm Douglas and his staff at Henry’s. The concert was a sell-out!

And many thanks to the sound and lighting team, Ashley and Richard, whose expertise in their fields ensured smooth continuity and enhanced the whole atmosphere, and to Marilyn and Andrew Fairbairn and their teams of stewards at St Mary’s, who organised the stage setup on Friday evening and Saturday morning, assisted throughout the afternoon’s rehearsals, ran the bars in the evening and were there to reset the church afterwards ready for Sunday worship.

Once again – many thanks to all involved – especially to the co-ordinators for the singing groups. We know how much is involved in preparation for events like these on top of people’s own personal and society schedules!

We’re delighted to report that the concert surpassed our financial expectations as well. Final calculations have still to be made but you will be pleased to hear that after taking ticket sales, choir member contributions, retiring collection and donations + gift aid into account, adding £1000 matched funding from the concert’s main sponsor, Barclays Bank, then subtracting necessary expenses – First Aid, Advertising, Programmes – (everyone who took part in any way from choirs, Rotary Club and St Mary’s Church gave their time and talents freely) – we have raised a round figure of £4000 to share equally between Helen and Douglas House Hospice and Rotary International’s Flagship Polio Eradication Charity.

In addition, as most readers will be aware, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation doubles every £1 that Rotary Clubs across the world raise for Polio Eradication, so this means that with their help we shall have contributed £6000 to this cause.

What a great finale outcome! Well sung everyone!!!

Once again – many thanks to all involved!