Young Chef Winner


High standards were set at the Rotary Clubs of Banbury Young Chef competition on the evening of Tuesday 20th January, when five young chefs prepared 3 course meals for Judges Jim Cunningham and Joy Webb.

The winner Christina Welz’s main course was Saffron scented Monkfish tail, pea risotto, green beans, roasted courgette and cherry tomatoes on the vine. Runner up was Keaton Ward and both are students at Banbury and Bicester College.

Many thanks to the college for hosting the event, Bernard Goodchild for organising, Town Mayor Sean Woodcock for presenting the prizes and all the amazingly talented young chefs.

We wish Christina well as she progresses to the District Final in Surrey on 28th February


helping-handsA huge thank-you to everyone who helped us during 2014 to donated to deserving causes a magnificent total of £43,027 and organised the following events:

  • Young Musician of the Year Competition
  • Young Chef Competition
  • School Practice Interviews
  • Children Singing for Children Concerts
  • supporting Tour de Trigs
  • Family Christmas Festival of Music Concert
  • Christmas Street Organ Collections
  • Party for the Blind and Partially Sighted
  • Crocus Concerts
  • RYLA

Tour de Trigs


Banbury Rotary Club is proud to be associated with Tour de Trigs a long standing event, start originally by Bodicote Rover Scouts in 1966.

On Saturday 6th December the teams set off from Warriner School, Bloxham in beautiful morning sunshine for North Oxfordshire’s toughest non-stop cross country navigation exercise.

The Tour de Trigs takes in a number of Ordnance Survey Triangulation, (Trig), Points, and competitors use maps and compasses only, no GPS allowed.

The courses are 50 miles in 24 hours for seniors and 30 miles in 15 hours for juniors.

Banbury Rotarians manned checkpoint 24 at Brailes Sports Pavilion throughout the night, 35.4 miles into the hike. Paul Shea kept spirits up by feeding the team Sausages, Onion Gravy, Mash and Veg in the evening and a full monty breakfast for those that stayed into the early Sunday hours.

Meanwhile John and Joy Webb helped with the competitors and organisers catering back at the Warriner.

Well done to all teams that entered Tour de Trigs 2014 and congratulations to those that completed this testing exercise.

Winners of the 50 mile senior’s event were the Midland Marauders who completed the course in 16 hrs 36 mins, winners of the 30 mile junior course were Crusaders Winchester.

There was some great feedback about organisation and support from competitors.

The Rotary Clubs in Banbury wish you every success for Tour de Trigs 2015.

Party for the blind


On Monday 19th May the Club hosted our annual party for 30 guests at the Methodist church in Marlborough Road.

The advance troops of Rotarians and other volunteers arrived promptly at 3pm to be drilled, by the boss, Helen Braisby, into a smooth, efficient team of multi-taskers who showed that it is possible to be skilled at erecting and laying tables as well as acting, later in the day, as supremely confident food servers/washer-uppers.

Thanks to the other team of Rotarian chauffeurs our guests all arrived in time to have a really fabulous tea of, amongst other things, freshly made sandwiches and fabulous varieties of cakes including a scrumptious, hot from the oven, Cornish heavy cake. Our sincere thanks go to Pat and Malcolm Dibb for all the enormous work in providing the catering.

The mayor of Banbury, Cllr. Sean Woodcock, was kind enough to attend the whole event and spent a great deal of time circulating amongst the party- goers and hearing some truly fascinating stories. He was particularly thrilled to meet George who had played for Stockport County as a professional footballer from 1936-38 being paid the princely sum of £10 per week.

A full hour of entertainment was provided through the auspices of Fred Riches who called upon his family and Florence the winner of our Young Musician of the Year. What a superb show and these sentiments were expressed in a vote of thanks both from the guests and the Mayor.

Of course behind the scenes the hall was cleared, the washing up done and everything put away and once the carriages had returned to take our guests home, we were able to reflect upon a very successful evening. Our thanks go to all the Rotarians who helped make the party truly special.

A very special thanks should be extended to Helen Braisby who pretty much did all the organising plus making the posies of flowers for each attendee to take home.

Here’s to next year – Simon Bion


Music to honour the brave 1914-1918

BSO A4 poster 28 JuneS

Music to honour the brave 1914-1918
By Banbury Symphony Orchestra in aid of the Royal British Legion and the Army Benevolent Fund
Saturday 28 June 2014
St Mary’s Church, Banbury at 7.30pm.
Tickets adults £10; Children £4.
Available from ;Tourist Information Centre, Banbury or tel no 01608 645589
1 Elgar Polonia: A Symphonic Prelude
2 Kelly Elegy for strings and harp: ‘In Memoriam Rupert Brook’
3 Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
4 Elgar Enigma Variations
5 Elgar ‘Land of Hope and Glory’