Activities

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.

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!

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.

 

Three Peaks, Three Choirs,

Most members of Banbury Rotary will know Helen Swift and Jonathan French who have played a pivotal role in enabling the club’s hugely successful work with schools on Children Singing for Children and other concerts.

The pandemic has stymied club efforts to run these concerts this year but, ever resourceful, Helen and Jonathan have found other ways of raising funds for charities – many of which are facing cash shortfalls to meet escalating demands during these strange times!

You can read more about their project below or for more detail go to their page that also allows you to donate.

One Voice, One Mind!

150 singers are participating in climbing the 3 Peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon…. some physically and some virtually (à la Captain Tom) singing at the summits to raise their voices and money for “Mind” and other choir charities.  

Helen Swift (MD) and Jonathan French (pianist) are leading the challenge climbing Ben Nevis (4,413 feet) and Scafell Pike (3,281 feet) on 25th/26th September and Snowdon (3,560 feet) on 11th October with a keyboard to sing at the top!!  Hundreds of singers are joining to walk the 22,110 steps either in person or virtually in their homes, villages and towns.  Socially distanced fundraising, all taking up the mantle of working together for a common cause, support!

The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, Towcester Choral Society and Thame Choral Society are all combining with one common goal to raise their voices and funds to support the mental health charity “Mind” and their choirs.

Three Peaks, Three Choirs,

One Voice, One Mind!

150 singers are participating in climbing the 3 Peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon…. some physically and some virtually (à la Captain Tom) singing at the summits to raise their voices and money for “Mind” and other choir charities.  

Helen Swift (MD) and Jonathan French (pianist) are leading the challenge climbing Ben Nevis (4,413 feet) and Scafell Pike (3,281 feet) on 25th/26th September and Snowdon (3,560 feet) on 11th October with a keyboard to sing at the top!!  Hundreds of singers are joining to walk the 22,110 steps either in person or virtually in their homes, villages and towns.  Socially distanced fundraising, all taking up the mantle of working together for a common cause, support!

The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, Towcester Choral Society and Thame Choral Society are all combining with one common goal to raise their voices and funds to support the mental health charity “Mind” and their choirs….. Visit their page to read more

Track Trace App Available – Sept 2020

Covid-19 infections are back in a state of near exponential growth. The daily infection rate over the last three weeks has gone from 3000/day two weeks ago to 6000/day last week and 10,000 a day this week. i.e near doubling every week.

Without appropriate action within a month it could be back towards the 100,000/day seen at the peak of the crisis.

Those two actions are:

  • more rigorous social distancing
  • isolation of those infected during the infectious stage.

To better achieve the latter the government / NHS has introduced its contact tracing app: the NHS COVID-19 app to install on your smartphone. You download it from the Apple App Store (i-phones) or Google Play Store (Androids.)

It’s the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

Click here to visit details of the app on the NHS site.

YOBOS ‘Lockdown Lookback’

If you like musicals – or if you’d just like to see some remarkably positive local young people performing – take a look at the Youth of the Banbury Operatic Society “Lockdown Look Back.”
It’s free to view but if you enjoy it you are encouraged to make a donation via “JustGiving.”  Money raised will go to YOBOS, Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project: all organisations that Banbury Rotary Club is happy to support

Go on! Cheer yourself up 🙂 Click here to visit the Lockdown Look Back

Cheque to Children Heard and Seen


Today a cheque of almost £2600 was presented to Rod Diaz of charity Children Heard and Seen.
The cheques was part of proceeds from the 2019 Children Singing for Children Concerts which went towards supporting four different charities.
Children Heard and Seen is a charity which provides support and interventions for children with a parent in prison. The charity was set up in 2014, with a focus on reducing intergenerational offending, and mitigating the impacts of parental imprisonment for children and young people. This support is primarily across Oxfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

In 2019 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the exceptional service within their communities.

Organ donations of another kind!

 

Thanks to all the kind people who donated funds that will go towards Katharine House Hospice and other Rotary Charities at the annual organ fundraising at Banbury supermarkets.

Thanks also to the supermarkets themselves for agreeing to the collections and to Rotarians – maybe especially Andrew Fairbairn and John Webb for their parts in making it all happen. (John Webb also brings along his own street organ in December to complement the Club’s.)

Funds raised this year amounted to the following:

 

Friday Tesco £1096.81
 Saturday  Sainsburys  £1536.12
 Sunday Morrisons  780.75
 Monday  Morrisons  £1046.03
 Tuesday  Sainsburys  1145.83
 TOTAL  £5605.54

This money will be distributed 75% to Katharine House Hospice, 15% to Banbury Air Cadets and 10% to other charities.

Christmas Food Parcels – 11th Dec 2019


We made our normal Christmas parcel deliveries on Sunday 11th December and huge thanks to John Hansford and Alan Wolstencroft for their very hard work on this. Also thanks to all those Club members that turned out to help make the deliveries on the day proving once again that many hands make light work.
246 parcels were distributed, each parcel having a basic value of £27.80 and containing 33 items.