Social Media Workshop – 30 Jan 2021

The Rotary Public Image Team is offering a Social Media Workshop on Sat 30th Jan at 9:30 am.

To sign up for this please visit the members section for the registrattion link (or see the email sent from Peter W)

Talk: The Sunshine Centre – Jan 2021

On Friday 8 th January 2021 John Bridgeman Chairman of Trustees of the Sunshine Centre gave a very interesting talk about the Sunshine Centre.
It was created to act as a hub for a range of family and childcare support services for the Community in Bretch Hill and surrounding areas.
Ofsted has awarded the Sunshine Centre outstanding nursery which provides childcare for children from 3months to 5 years, organise classes and courses for families in the Community, and host a range of baby and toddler groups.

It also works in partnership with other organisations such as NHS to provide weekly antenatal clinics and drop in sessions with health visitors

In January 2020 as a result of the expansion of services a new extension was opened.

The extra space has enabled the Sunshine Centre to offer additional activities and services in the Community.
There are English and maths classes for parents and children, English as a Second Language (ESOL)courses, and healthy eating classes.

The Sunshine Centre aims to support and help families in the Community by creating the foundation to reduce inequality and provide support that will prevent problems from escalating or reaching crisis point.
The Sunshine Centre was awarded The Unsung Hero in Oxfordshire Award by Victoria Prentice MP, Cherwell Business Award overall winner.

When might we get back towards normal activity? Jan 2020


The roll-out of the Oxford vaccine is obviously good news for when we get back to normal activities will depend significantly upon the speed of this roll-out.

A link to a calculator referenced in the Independent Newspaper – based upon government priorities and likely vaccination rates – is given below.

It’s worth a look at but do treat it with proper skepticism given the wide confidence limits around vaccination rates (  you can change various parameters to explore other scenarios within the calculator.)

Some people express surprise at how long this seems to take. You have to remember that if you’re giving the second ‘booster’ injection but keep the numbers injected per week the same the no-one new would be vaccinated for the next 12 weeks etc. Doubtless we can have faith that our leaders have thought this all of this through as part of their strategic planning.

Thank you Banbury – Christmas Collection Final Day

Thank you Banbury for the £2307.26  donated over the three days of the Rotary Christmas Collection..

All charities have been struggling this year and so the generosity is even more welcome than usual.

Collections will as usual be donated 75% to Katharine House Hospice and 25% to other Rotary Charities supporting local causes.

The Club would like to express its sincere thanks to Castle Quay Management and Cherwell District Council for permission to proceed with this year’s collections.

What I should know about the vaccine roll-out – Dec 2020

Rotary – like every organisattion – has been hard hit by the Covid-19 situation.
The return to normal looks a long way off – probably the other side of summer 2021 but the vaccine roll-out may bring limited improvement earlier than this.
There is an NHS leaflet that tells you pretty much all you might want to know about the vaccine roll-out short of precise dates.
You can download a copy by clicking here.

Happy Christmas 2020!

Have a Safe Christmas2020

It’s not too late to make your donation in lieu of Christmas Cards

See information in Members section or ring Phil Cavill

Street Collections are still happening

See here for times or members section for rotas

…in lieu of Christmas Cards Dec 2020

Donate to Rotary in lieu of giving cards

As is now the club tradition, members are invited to make donations to the club in lieu of exchanging Christmas Cards.

This year would be a particularly appropriate one to consider given the current pandemic induced difficulty of raising funds..

Members who have not yet got around to doing this should log in to the member section to find out more or contact Phil Cavill



Local Charity receives awards – Dec 2020

The Rotary Club of Banbury is one of several organisations that have supported Children Heard and Seen in their work to mitigate the effects of parental imprisonment on children, young people and their families.

This year has raised unprecedented challenges for the charity and the families that they support but their ability to quickly adapt service provisions at the beginning of lockdown and beyond has allowed them to celebrate great success.

From using online support to drastically extend the reach of their work, to moving in to an exciting new office space and being honoured with an award by the Criminal Justice Alliance, they have reason to be  proud of the work they have done this year in supporting families impacted by parental imprisonment.

In 2020, they supported 225 children impacted by parental imprisonment.

You can read more about Children Heard and Seen using one of the links below.







Changed Christmas Collections – Dec 2020

Banbury Rotary Club Christmas Collections for KHH and other Charities: Bad News – Good News!


Bad news:  😳 This year Banbury Rotary Club’s annual Street Organ Charity Collections at local Supermarkets are not permitted because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Good News:  😉 The Club is delighted to announce it has been able to negotiate alternative collection venues in Banbury Town Centre.  There will be four days of Christmas Tunes on the street organs at the following venues:


  • Tuesday 15th December from 10am to 4pm: shoppers will be entertained at the corner of Church Lane and High Street (old Moss Bros)
  • Tuesday 22nd:  between the same times in Castle Quay.
  • Saturday 19th and Christmas Eve: our street organ grinders will add to this year’s muted Christmas Cheer in Banbury Market Place from 10am to 3pm.


Collections will as usual be donated 75% to Katharine House Hospice and 25% to other Rotary Charities supporting local causes. We will be collecting donations in cash or using contactless card readers.

The Club would like to express its sincere thanks to Castle Quay Management and Cherwell District Council for permission to proceed with this year’s collections.

We hope shoppers – especially those with young children – will note the times and enjoy just a touch of traditional merriment in this difficult year.