Archive for Month: May 2020

Community Fridge Talk – May 2020

Yasmin Kaduji joined club members at the Friday Lunchtime Zoom Meeting last month to give a short talk about the Banbury Community Fridge. She explained that it is situated at the Mosque on Merton Street in Grimsbury.

It began when members of the Mosque community contacted Tesco to discuss how they could help address the issue of food waste from supermarkets. A partnership with Tesco began and Banbury Community Fridge was born. Since then links have been established with the Food Bank and the CAB. A Hygiene bank was also set up through a link with the Post Office.

Once the Pandemic resulted in lockdown the Community Fridge had to close. As people were no longer able to collect food, the organisers began creating food parcels and delivering these to people in need. At the height of the pandemic they were delivering 400 parcels a week. Once government food parcels were issued, the Fridge volunteers linked with the kitchen staff at Tudor Hall to support local Food Banks.

The work of the Community Fridge, alongside a number of other voluntary groups, to support our local community was recognised by a letter from the Queen and celebrated through reports in local media. To discover more about the Fridge visit their Facebook Page.

Yasmin’s enthusiasm for the cause shone through her talk. What struck me as rather lovely was Yasmin’s Facebook post in response to the recognition by the Queen: “Wow” Wasn’t expecting that!”

Speaker Report by Fred Riches

Medical Detection Dogs and Covid-19

Back in those halycon pre-Covid-19 days Banbury Rotary used to have what we called “5th Friday Meetings” in  which included members partners could accompany them for an evening  meal and a talk. One memorable talk was given by the charity “Medical Detection dogs.

If I recall correctly they could be trained for two rather different roles:

  • diagnosis of a disease in a patient alerting medics to the presence of the condition – e.g. prostate cancer
  • management of diseases – alerting the patient to the need to amend their medication dosage  – e.g. diabetes

So – you may be interested to hear that the canine nose is now being investigated as a potential sniffer of Covid-19.

No swabs or needles or 2+ day waits for the results: just a friendly dog basically giving an immediate “Yes” or “No” response.

Obviously it’s early days to know whether Covid-19 induces a change in odour of humans that dogs can detect but we certainly wish them well in their efforts.

Click below to see the page on the Medical Detection Dogs site.



Club Pilates Classes – 19:00 Mondays

Pilates Classes for beginners – with Sakine

 A great Opportunity to stay physically and Mentally toned -Whilst raising money to help with the Pandemic Internationally

 Mondays 7-8pm on Zoom

Suitable for all ages and abilities


Rtn Sakine Faulkner is qualified to teach Stott Pilates matwork, and equipment Pilates.

Pilates is a safe exercise routine if instructions are followed correctly. Every participant should listen to their body and not complete an exercise if it creates any discomfort. However, after the first few sessions your muscles will ache as the muscles are beginning to strengthen.

 Peter Wilkins will send out the Zoom invites to all members prior to each session- just click on the link as normal just before the session. You will also find the link by logging in to the club members section of this website.

This is open to non-Rotarians too; such friends, family etc. that club members may choose to invite. (but take care not to spread the link openly).



In return we ask for donations to the Rotary Trust Account International Pandemic response, with a suggested donation of £5 per session (although more always welcome!)

Donations can be given by BACS or cheque. You should have received details in the emails from Peter.


  • Ideally you will need a yoga or Pilates mat and a cushion for under the head.
  • A ball of 20 cm diameter is also useful; (a towel or similar could be wrapped up in a bag and used instead).
  • Gym clothes or similar should be worn, with colours that don’t merge into the background.
  • The screen should be placed on the floor and perpendicular to the floor. So that Sakine can see you on the mat. The mat should be placed parallel to the screen so that you can see Sakine by turning your head only, and Sakine can see you from head to foot (about 2.5 meters from your screen should be the right distance).


‘Everyone should do Pilates until the day they drop’- Sakine

Zoom Advice – May 2020

Besides the main meetings a lot of sub-groups are meeting using Zoom.

Rotary has highlighted advice on how to set up and run these meetings safely.

You can download the full document here but some key points include:

  • Ensure you have downloaded the latest version of Zoom. Updates were made early April 2020 onwards to upgrade security functions.
  • Use a strong password and not the same one as you use for other online accounts.
  • Never share meeting details on social media or public forums, it allows public access into your meetings. Send your meeting invitations only to the people you want to attend.
  • Protect meetings with a ‘Generate Automatically’ Meeting ID (don’t use the personal one)
  • Always use a ‘Meeting Password’.
  • Always use ‘Waiting Room’ – Take control of who joins your meetings. Set this as a default, it allows the Host to see who’s in the waiting room and allows you to ‘admit’ them to the meeting.
  • Host to consider using ‘Mute everyone’ to block out any inappropriate noise during presentations.
  • Share Screen option – set “who can share screen” option to ‘host only’. This will give added control as to who can share screens, otherwise any participant can start sharing their screen during your presentation!
  • Screen sharing – As host, if you share your screen bear in mind what else you have open, close other windows/applications not required. If used, don’t forget to switch off Outlook pop up messages for email.
  • When in a meeting, think about your surroundings and what people can see and hear around you. i.e. family photos (particularly of children), loud music, TV etc. Why not experiment with adding a ‘virtual background’ for complete confidentiality (specific system requirements are needed to support this, so depending on your device/OS system, virtual background may not be a best option for you). Generic Rotary backdrops for use with online meeting platforms are available below under ‘Resources’.
  • Use the ‘Lock Meeting’ facility. When everyone is in the meeting, lock down the meeting room to prevent others from entering. To do this, click ‘Manage Participants’ on the on-screen tool bar. At the bottom of the listed participants, there are 3 options (Mute All, Unmute All, More), select ‘More’ and then select ‘Lock Room’ from drop down options.
  • Chat function and recording – If the meeting is being recorded, the ‘chats’ between participants can be recorded and downloaded. Even a private chat between two people can be downloaded by the host.
  • Inclusivity – remember, not everyone will be tech savvy. Offer help to members/participants to ensure they can participate in online meetings safely and stay fully inclusive in Rotary activities.

As many clubs are using Zoom it’s also feasible for you to visit some of their meetings if you contact them.