Adderbury Community Food Market.

Thursday 12th April, 6pm to 8pm. The Institute, The Green, Adderbury, OX17 3NE.

Adderbury’s own not-for-profit food market. The market is a volunteer run event with the aim of bringing a wide selection of local food to the village. With stalls selling vegetables, meat, breads, cakes, chutneys, yoghurt, honey produced in the village, locally distilled gin, coffee and more.

At every market a hot meal is available to purchase (with a vegetarian option) together with a licensed bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks.

So why not come along to eat, drink and shop. The volunteer committee is delighted that it is able to give any proceeds from the market back to the local community by way of grants. In the last year grants have been made to Adderbury Guides, Christopher Rawlins School, Lucy Plackett Activity Centre and the Adderbury Party in the Park.

Katharine House Hospice. The committee is delighted that at the April Market they will have a stall for Katharine House Hospice giving details of their forthcoming events. The market will be giving £1 to the hospice for every customer. So please do come along to the market and at the same time help to raise funds for the hospice.

Future markets on 10th May and 14th June.

Adderbury Library, FOCAL Event. Meet the Ballerina - Isabel McMeekan.

Saturday 12th May, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Christopher Rawlins (C of E) Primary School, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury OX17 3NH.

Isabel McMeekan trained at Elmhurst and The Royal Ballet School and has danced as First Soloist with The Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet. Isabel will be interviewed by Emilie McMeekan about life as a ballerina. Emilie has worked in magazines and newspapers for the last 20 years, most recently as Features Editor of the Evening Standard and Deputy Editor of Tatler. This is a must not miss event for all interested in ballet! Adults £10, children £3 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink). Tickets from the library or by email from Keith Mitchell on

Age UK Oxfordshire.

The Community Information Network.

Providing you with information on local support services and activities, money matters and social care. Whether you want to meet people, get help at home, find out about benefits and support, discover a computer or exercise class, or volunteer in your local community – the Community Information Network is here to help you. If you can’t find what you are looking for call 0345 450 1276 or email Here’s a taste of 3 local activities for you to enjoy:

Orchard Meadows Cinema Club. 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2pm. Orchard Meadows, Prescott Close, Banbury, OX16 0FE. Open to members of the public. Call Troy Bryan on 07957981381 or email

Robbins Nest Lunch. 3rd Monday of the month, 12.30pm - 2pm. Stanbridge House, Ruskin Road, Banbury, OX16 9FZ. A freshly cooked lunch in good company. Please book by the prior Wednesday by calling  Helen Sollis on 01235 849434.

The Spencers Social Club. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30am - 12pm. Banbury United Clubhouse, Station Approach, Banbury, OX16 5AB. Enjoying retirement but miss the company of your workmates? Why not come along to this social group? Themed quizzes, indoor floor games, talks and more. Free entry and refreshments. Transport in the Banbury

area (book in advance). Call Libby Griffin on 07827 235410 or email

ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children).

Volunteers Needed.

Could you help a child to read and change their life forever?

Operating in Oxfordshire primary schools to help children who are struggling with reading. All it takes is 1.5 hours twice a week during the school day. Full training is given, ongoing support and all travel expenses reimbursed. The charity obtains enhanced DBS checks on all volunteers before placement. To find out more call 01869 320380.

Aynho History Society - The Portway.

Wednesday 25th April, 7.30pm. Aynho Village Hall, Croughton Road, Aynho, OX17 3BG.

Welcoming Bob Hunter to present one of his interesting researches - the ancient Porters Way, which ran through Aynho. It was walked many hundreds of years before the Romans came to Britain and probably ran from Southampton Water north all the way to York, maybe with a spur running to the lead mines of Derbyshire. Any queries to Peter Cole 01869 811261. Entry £2.







Banbury Floral Art Workshop.

Monday 7th May, 7.30pm. Bodicote Church House, Church Street, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4DW.

The theme will be a contemporary design. The stall will sell oasis etc. just bring along your flowers. For more information call Pam Stayton on 01295550276.

Banbury Social Dancing Club.

Tea Dance. Sunday 8th April, 3pm to 6pm. General Foods and Social Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PA. Ballroom, Latin and popular sequence dancing. All abilities from beginners to accomplished dancers welcome. Admission £4.

Spring Ball. Friday 11th May, 8pm. General Foods and Social Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PA. All abilities welcome for a relaxed evening of Latin, Ballroom and sequence dancing to the live music of Sugar and Spice. No booking required, just come along.

Banbury Soul Club presents a night of Northern Soul and Motown.

Saturday 28th April, 1st September and 3rd November, 8pm. Banbury Trades and Labour Club, 32 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9RR. Main room entrance via car park.

Playing original vinyl records. Really friendly atmosphere.

The Club is now in its 15th year and has been supporting local charities over this time with donations to local charities, groups and people - including Easington Sports & Social Club and the Hands of the Horton Hospital Campaign.

£5 on the door.

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Banbury Stamp Society present Bosnia Stamps and Postal History - John Anthony.

Tuesday 17th April, 7.30pm. Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Banbury, OX16 1ER.

If you have any queries, please call 01295 255831.

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

Just get in touch...

Can help with form filling for benefits, bus passes, benefit advice, general advice, education course advice and career counselling.

They can refer you to a wills and power of attorney expert for free initial advice. If you are retired and have tax problems they can refer you to an expert.

They can also arrange home visits if you are retired and need help applying for attendance allowance or pension credit.

Operating out of three venues across Banbury. Banburyshire Advice centre can be contacted on 01295 279988 (leave a message and they will get back to you) or email

Banbury U3A.

Meetings on 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays each month (except August), 2.30pm. Banbury RUFC, Bodicote Park, Oxford Road, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AF.

Come and hear interesting talks and  meet new friends.  You can join a special interest group or set up a new one if you have a talent or hobby to share.

11th April - Martin Damon will talk on Wood Carving.

9th May - Andrew Baxter will talk on the Roman Hoard found at Warmington.

More information at

Banbury Friendship Festival.

Sunday 20th May.

See more on page 30. Email to get involved or for more information.

Banburyshire Song and Ale Event.

From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April at Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, OX15 4BN.

A weekend, in sing-around format, of traditional, comic and contemporary songs, and the occasional story or poem. Special guest appearances and music sessions in the downstairs bar. Accompanied by fine ales and food.

Any, and all, profits from this event will be donated to The Friends Of The Horton charity, the League of Friends at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital. Tickets (prices from £5 to £15) can be ordered online from or contact Jules Procter on 01295 266735.

Barn Farm Plants Events.

Easter Bunny Hunt. From Tuesday 3rd until Friday 6th April, 10am until 3pm. No charge.

English Spring Garden Evening. Thursday 12th April, 7pm until 9pm.

Barn Farm Plants, Wardington, Banbury OX17 1SN.

Brackley History Society.

Athina Becket will talk about The Restoration of the Buckingham Canal.

Wednesday 2nd May, 7.30pm.   Brackley Methodist Church Hall, High St, Brackley NN13 7ZX.

Refreshments will be served.  Members free, visitors £3 (and very welcome). Annual membership £15 per person.All enquiries to  Karen Gees (Secretary) on 01280 702837 or email

Brackley Inbetweeners Group.

A fun singing session from Sweet Harmonies.

Thursday 19th April, 7.30pm. St. Peter’s Church Extension, 26 Old Town, Brackley, NN13 7BZ.

Sweet Harmonies will get everyone singing in harmony!  Even if you think you can’t sing, just go along you’ll be amazed at what a beautiful sound you can make together. If you would like to join or for more information, email

Brackley Wildlife Trust.

Farthinghoe Nature Reserve - A Year in the Life (plus Brackley Wildlife Trust Group AGM).

Monday 23rd April, 7.30pm. Brackley Methodist Church, Brackley, NN13 7DT (on the corner of Hill Street). Parking available.

Find out more about your local Wildlife Trust group, what they do and the work they carry out at the local Farthinghoe Nature Reserve. The AGM will be followed by Tim Pridmore, Volunteer Warden, taking you on a journey of what has been happening at the reserve, what work as been done, highlights of wildlife spots and plans for the future. Go and get involved!

Admission charge - £2.

Brailes 3 Hills Walk.

Monday 7th May (Bank Holiday), 9am to 11 am.  Starting at Brailes Village Hall, Castle Hill Lane, Upper Brailes, Banbury, OX15 5AS.

A family event, dogs welcome on leads. Following the walk - BBQ, bar, teas and cakes.

Profits to Brailes Primary School and Brailes Sports Pavilion.

For further details email £5 adults/£1 children.

Breathe Easy Banbury.

Monday 9th April, from 1pm (or 2pm without singing) to 4pm. The Army Reserves Centre, Oxford Road, Banbury, OX16 9AN.

The afternoon will start with a ‘Singing for Breathing’ session to be followed by the main meeting from 2pm. The speaker will be Captain Kevin Taylor from the Army Reserves Centre. During the afternoon refreshments will be served giving members time to chat with each other.

This group is open to anyone with breathing problems, their family members, carers and friends. They also warmly welocme fit and interested volunteers.

There will not be a meeting in May as the group will be going on a visit.

For more information contact Jeni on 01295 259912 or

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 2.30pm. Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury, OX16 1ER.

With speakers, lunch club and outings. veryone welcome. For more information call Sue on 01295 252304.

Evenley Gardening Society.

Fruits Throughout the Year from Andrew Howard. Tuesday 17th April, 8pm.

Plant Sale. Saturday 12th May, 10am to 12pm. Shrubs, hanging baskets, herbs, perenial and annuals will be on sale.

Visit to Bob Cropley’s Garden in Evenley. Tuesday 15th May, 6pm.

Evenley Village Hall, The Green, Evenley, Brackley NN13 5SQ.

Katharine House Hospice.

Blenheim Gala Dinner. Thursday 26th April, 6.45pm to 11.30pm. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP.

Patrons, The Rt. Hon. Lord Heseltine and The Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry invite you to the Katharine House Hospice Gala Dinner on Thursday 26th April at Blenheim Palace.

On arrival, guests will be welcomed to the Marlborough Room with canapes, drinks and music, before moving to the stunning setting of The Orangery for a four course dinner with wine.

Dining in the most elegant of surroundings, and overlooking the Duke of Marlborough’s private Italian garden, the guest host will lead the evening and after speeches by special guests you’ll have the opportunity to bid on some truly money-can’t-buy items in the auction.

Tickets are available for £250 per person or £2,500 for a table of ten and include drinks and canapes on arrival, three course dinner, wine and entertainment.

To book tickets or for more information please contact Jessica Hill (Major Partnerships Manager) on or 01295 816494.

Care for a Royal Cuppa?!

Get together with friends, family, and colleagues for a coffee morning or afternoon tea party and raise money for Katharine House. This May the Care for a Cuppa campaign is being given a special royal twist. What better way to celebrate the Royal Wedding than with a Great British tea and cake party? Help raise much needed funds by holding a royal-themed cake sale in your work place or invite your friends over to watch the Royal Wedding together with a slice of cake (or two!). Hold a coffee morning, a traditional afternoon tea, or even a ‘Care for a Curry’ evening and help raise money for people and their families facing life-limiting illnesses in the community.

For more information visit

Twilight Walk.

This year, the summer fundraising challenge will be a Twilight Walk taking place on Saturday 7th July.

For more information, please visit

Could You Be A Bereavement Volunteer?

KHH are looking for caring people who are interested in training to become volunteer bereavement support workers. Their bereavement service provides support to anyone who has lost someone special to them, offering a trained person to talk to who is outside of the circle of family and close friends. You’ll be helping to support bereaved people through a difficult time in their lives.

The foundation training programme will start in September. For more information please contact Alison Mares (Volunteer Coordinator) on 01295 816477 or email

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 25th May, interviews will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 21st June.

A Preview of Upcoming Events...

Bike Oxford. Sunday 20th May.

Broughton Castle Sportive. Sunday 8th July.

Iceland Lava Trek. July.

Ben Nevis Trek. September.

Autumn Wolf Run. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.

Virgin Sport Half Marathon. Sunday 7th October.

National Three Peaks Challenge. Various dates.

Tandem Skydive. Various dates.

London to Paris Cycle Ride. Various dates.

Kathy’s Charity Dance in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Friday 20th April, 7pm to 12am. Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 2PA.

Dancing to Bill James. Dresscode - evening/cocktail. £18 to include a buffet.

For tickets call Kathy on 07961 396172.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Banbury Group.

Guest speaker Sue Snelling, Pharmacist will present ‘Taking over the counter medication with RA’. Wednesday 11th April.

Guest speaker James Love, Chiropractor from Restore Banbury will present ‘Exercises to help Mobility’. Wednesday 13th June.

6.30pm to 8pm. The Training Room, Horton Hospital, Oxford Road, Banbury, OX16 9AL.

NRAS provides support and information for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; and their families, friends, carers and health professionals with an interest in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Freephone 0800 298 7650.

Piece Together - Jigsaw Library/Club.

Meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month, 2pm. St Hugh’s, Ruskin Road, Banbury, OX16 9HU.

The next meeting is Tuesday 24th April at 2pm.

Thinking of starting your own club? St Hugh’s Club now has a surplus of puzzles and are keen to help other clubs get started. If you think your neighbourhood or village would like a to have their own club call Sue on 01295 270371. You would be surprised how many people enjoy jigsaws, all through the year!

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Sulgrave Manor - Volunteers Needed.

House Volunteers. Bringing heritage to life for the visitors during opening season - Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays (until 30th September). Ideally volunteers will offer one day a week/fortnight.

Garden Volunteers. Assisting the Head Gardner in developing and maintaining Sulgrave’s eclectic grounds. They are looking for a team of volunteers for each day; Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm.

Learning Engagement Volunteers. To assist the team with both the schools programme and activities for school holidays/open seasons. This role is really flexible and can suit your needs.

All roles are suitable for anyone over 18 with an interest in history and gardens. No experience necessary, all training given.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Sally on or 01295760205.

Waitrose Banbury Community Room.

A flexible space with meeting facilities, a large tv, Wi-Fi and a casual seating area. The room is free for local charities and community groups to use and Waitrose is keen that all members of the community feel welcome to use the space.

Food and drinks, and other equipment can also be provided on request. The room is available during trading hours.

If you are interested in using the community room contact Clair Brewster-Kerby via

ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children) - Volunteers Needed.

Could you help a child to read and change their life forever?

All it takes is 1.5 hours twice a week, during the school day. Full training is given, ongoing support and all travel expenses reimbursed. To find out more call 01869 320380.

Bicester Art Club.

Joining Oxfordshire Art Weeks!

Visit their exhibition from Saturday 5th to Tuesday 15th May in Bicester Library, Franklin’s House, Wesley Lane, Bicester, OX26 6UJ (during normal library hours). Free admission. Look out for the Bicester Art Trail and also find 10 other artists and groups with exhibitions.

Annual Summer 3 Day Exhibition.

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. Venue to be announced.

With art work and handmade cards for sale.Refreshments available. Free admission.

Bicester Community Hospital Legaue of Friends.

Their volunteers continue to support Bicester Community Hospital with bed making and tea/coffee rounds.

If you could spare a few hours to join their team, you will be very welcome. They are always looking for volunteers. Please email Rose on for more information. Bicester Round Table recently gave £150 which will be used to buy games promoting patient interaction.

Kidlington Evergreen Club.

Meeting on alternate Wednesday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm. We meet at Exeter Hall, 1AB, Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5.

Welcoming new members, both male and female, age 50+. A very friendly social club with a speaker or musical entertainment, raffle and tea/coffee/biscuits at every meeting. If you are interested please go along one afternoon as a visitor. For further details contact Rose on 01865 376539 or

18 th April  - Paul Dumas, Ventriloquist etc.

2nd May - Peter Crumpton, Victorian Pottery Family.

16th May - Jackie Faye, Vocalist.

30th May - Troy Bryan, Kurling.

Kidlington Rambling Club.

Sunday 15th April. Adderbury Village Green meet, 10am.

A figure of eight walk. First going to the countryside to the west of the village, ending with a historical trail. Then around Adderbury lakes. Bring refreshments. Approximately 5.5 miles. Contact Sue on 01865 553800 or 07711 564311.

What is Rotary and why should I be interested?

What’s in it for you?

Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Rotary members have a lot of fun - arranging parties and activities, giving members the chance to forge friendships with like-minded people. By joining Rotary, you become a member of a vast international family of 1.2 million members worldwide.

Giving back to the community - joining Rotary gives you the chance to make a difference. Fundraising for a local charity, volunteering at an event or building a school in Africa - the list of opportunities is endless.

Business networking - Rotary consists of a cross section from every business community, members from all walks of life.

With the rapid expansion in and around Bicester a new Rotary club may be established - Bicester Pioneer Rotary. Email if you are interested in getting involved.

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