Archive for Month: November 2019

Talk on avoiding scams! – 29th Nov 2019

On Friday 29th Banbury Rotary Club hosted a fifth Friday dinner at Banbury House Hotel. Guest speaker was Christine McElhill, Community Banker for Berkshire and Oxfordshire, who gave an interesting talk about being aware of telephone, postal, online and doorstep scams and what to do.   A summary of this might be:

Telephone Scams

If you ever get a call from someone who says they’re from your bank or the police and asks you to transfer funds to another bank, to a safe account or withdraw cash, they’re scammers.

Postal Scams

Criminals use all kinds of fake letters. They may claim to be about lotteries or prize draws, investments or inheritance windfalls health cures or clairvoyance. Whatever it is, don’t send them money.

Online Scams

Fake emails can be disguised to look as though they’re from your bank, but however convincing they may look, never give away your personal details and don’t click links with the emails. Go direct to the bank’s website instead.

Doorstep Scams

Never let someone you do not know into your home or sell you a service on your doorstep. If you need work doing around your property, ask a friend or family member for advice about traders you can trust.

Reporting Scams

Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and your bank. You can also ask for help from Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 040506.

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

If you are interested in volunteering for the scheme please contact Connection Support on 01865 711267 or .