Archive for Month: November 2020

Talk: You and Your Hormones – Nov 2020

Prof. John Wass, Professor of Edocrinology at Oxford University and consultant physician at the Churchill Hospital gave a talk entitled “You and Your Hormones.”
He commenced with a quick summary of the the significance of hormones and the medical conditions that can be created in the event of hormone imbalance.

Next he focussed upon the effects of some particular hormones upon the body. These included growth hormone and the way that it’s extraction from human sources had given way to safer biochemically engineered hormone.

He also discussed sex hormones and their use in ameliorating  conditions including sexual dysfunction  and some transgender issues associated with unusual gene sequences.

The importance of the thyroid and its associated hormone thyroxine upon weight, energy, mood etc was described and the surprisingly high prevalence thyroxine imbalance  in women over 60.

The role of insulin in diabetes was more widely known but the fact that losing 10-15 kg often has the effect of controlling type 2 diabetes was a surprise to some.

After a lively and wide ranging Q&A session the speaker was thanked in the normal way for a talk that had commanded full attention despite the vagaries of Zoom!

Talk: Cancer Research UK – Nov 2020

Sue Robertson, Community Legacy Manager and Rachel Shaw, Research Information Manager gave us an update on the work of Cancer Research UK.

Sue told us that, although 1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with cancer, survival rates have increased. In the 1970s the survival rate was 1 in 4, currently it is 2 in 4 and Cancer Research UK is aiming for 3 in 4 by 2035 through working on prevention, early diagnosis, new treatment and optimisation of treatments.

There are around 200 different types of cancer. C.R.UK is the worlds largest Cancer charity funding the work of 4000 Doctors, Scientist and Researchers.

Four in ten cases of cancer can be prevented by lifestyle changes involving diet, quitting smoking and sun protection.

Early detection of cancers is important and Cancer Research UK fund healthcare facilitators to educate GPs, a cancer nurse helpline and interactive website advice. They are looking at ways to design better and kinder treatments. Sue said that 49% of cancer patients will have surgery and 40% will have radiotherapy.

Cancer Research UK fund a range of drug trials and have been responsible for pioneering 8 out of 10 new cancer drugs. Medicines can now be tailored to the individuals DNA and the charity is developing new Radiotherapy machines that target cancer cells more accurately.

Sue said over £400 million was spent on the charities programmes last year. A third of the funding comes from legacies and Cancer Research UK have a free will-writing service for anyone over 55 and without any obligation.

Sue’s message was one of positivity and hope for the future and that “together we can beat cancer”.

Many members have themselves or had close family and friends affected by cancer, so there were many interesting questions with answers provided by Sue and Rachel.

Christmas Appeal – Dec 2020

Our fundraising efforts have not been immune from the difficulties experienced by most charities in this pandemic year!

Whatever we raise from the Rotary Club of Banbury Christmas Appeal this year will be shared between Katherine House Hospice and other local charities. 

You can easily donate anything from £1 upwards to this by clicking here to visit the donation website.

Rotarians will also be entertaining you with street organ Christmas Carols on Tues 15 Dec outside the old Moss Bros shop, on Sat 19 Dec at the Market Place, Tues 22 Dec in Castle Quay and on Thur 24th Dec, Christmas Eve, at the Market Place.

Discover Rotary for yourself – 24th Nov 2020

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Rotary Supporting Children in Need Raffle – Nov 2020

Rotary GB&I is supporting BBC Children in Need through the promotion of a prize draw hosted by Raffolux to win a F-Type Jaguar.

The national raffle is now live and open to anyone over the age of 18. The raffle will close at midnight on the 30th November. The draw will be announced, 3rd December 2020

This 2016 Jaguar F-Type in Santorini Black with a supercharged V6 engine could be yours to drive home this Christmas. With just 20,069 miles on the clock, the 340BHP sportscar boasts eight speed auto transmission and adaptive dynamic suspension.

Every ticket sold helps an amazing cause, as 92% of the net proceeds will be donated to BBC Children In Need, who strive to ensure that every child in the UK grows up safe, happy, and able to reach their full potential.

BBC Children in Need’s mission is to help ensure that every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure, and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential. We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive.

Rotary – brightening up Banbury Oct 2020

More crocus corms planted in Banbury

Crocus Planting to highlight the Purple for Polio Campaign

Ignoring the possibility that Friday 13th could be an unlucky day to venture outside, we needn’t have worried – we were lucky!!

The weather was fine and Rotarians Malcolm Dibb, Phil Cavill, Malcolm Douglas and John Bennett teamed up with some Cherwell District Council park rangers to plant this year’s consignment of crocus corms.

Our partnership with CDC and BTC has seen way over 100,000 purple crocus corms planted around the Banbury area in the last seven years, to publicise Rotary International’s on-going mission to eradicate polio worldwide.

The planting this year was on the site of the old Admiral Holland pub, in the bank opposite the shops, so don’t forget to look out for them in early spring time. They should add a welcome splash of colour!

Talk – Carbon Income and Carbon Tax – Nov 2020

Ccl climate dividend cycle english

“Carbon should not flow unpriced into the atmosphere any more than you should be allowed to toss your garbage into the street!”  This was Nigel Deakin’s headline quote as he explained that we are potentially on the cusp of a new, challenging but just and fair plan to tackle one major aspect of climate change.

“Between 1970 and 2019 the use of coal in the UK shrank from 156 million tons to 0.9 million.”  With facts such as this Nigel urged Friday’s lunchtime zoom audience to recognise past success and join the increasing public effort to address the issue in the UK.

It is widely recognised that a tax on carbon is needed for us to reduce carbon emissions to acceptable levels. However, where carbon taxes have been introduced by governments, they have not proved popular with voters, even to the extent that rioting has ensued as in the France (the Yellow Vest protests) and Ecuador, as a result.

Nigel explained that many top scientists and economists across the world are currently promoting the idea of a tax on carbon matched by a dividend that would flow back into the economic cycle of each country participating in the scheme. Carbon would be taxed at source and the money raised paid back as a monthly dividend to all citizens equally. The vast majority of people would receive more from the dividend than they would have to pay through increased fuel prices due to the tax, with the least well-off (lowest carbon users) benefitting the most.

On the introduction of the carbon tax, fuel prices would increase with the knock-on effect of a more rapid transfer to the use of sustainable energy and low carbon sources.

The world is now watching Canada and Switzerland to see how these countries fare as they introduce the scheme so that everyone becomes aware that it is transparently a more just economic system for all.

As Nigel rounded off his talk, audience members  joined in a lively Q&A session highlighting the need to avoid the scheme becoming a party-political football, looking to the strongest economies such as China to take a lead, and clarifying the need for a trade balance across the world with no tariffs between countries participating in the scheme.

This excellent talk concluded with everyone looking forward more positively to the Global Climate Change Conference to be hosted by the UK next year.  Many thanks from us all to our Speaker.

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Talk – Opera Anywhere – 6th Nov 2020

Opera Anywhere

Mike Woodward told us about the highly impressive creation of Opera Anywhere: an organisation aimed at providing relaxed access to opera and operetta bringing joyous, family-friendly, high-quality live music available to as many people as possible.

Additionally they engage in a significant number of outreach work, community events and educational projects. around the country.

Opera Anywhere’s professional singers and musicians give performances all over the UK. These may take place and are to be found in theatres, concert halls, churches, festivals, museums, galleries or the great outdoors!

Pre-pandemic they were notching-up 65 live performances per year!

After responding to various questions the speaker was thanked in the normal way.

Town Hall Lit up for Remembrance

Sadly  Remembrance Day activities will be highly constrained by the prevailing pandemic but Banbury Town Council have gone to considerable effort to make sure it is not forgotten.  You can see bigger photos of the projections here on the town council website.

…. And remember that almost all charities are going through a rough time because of diminished donations so do try and donate to the Poppy Appeal.