Charity & Community A-Z Listing June 2021

Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Meet monthly, virtually, on the first Wednesday using ‘Zoom’ from July onwards at the Adderbury Institute. New members welcome, visit their website

Adderbury Library.

The Library is Covid safe with screens and one-way systems in place, they are looking forward to welcoming you back. In the meantime, continue to read and listen to your favourite books for free with the online service. FOCAL continues to need your support. Focal 100 club enrolment forms can be downloaded from the website. Sign up to Amazon Smile, they receive a donation every time you shop.  Make a one-off donation or become a Friend of the Library, visit or

Adderbury Village Morris Men.

An authentic and lively Cotswold dance side with a great tradition. If you are reasonably fit and active you would be welcome. For enquiries visit or call John Ekers Squire 01869 811741

Aynho History Society.

Will resume meetings at 7.30pm on 30th June at the village hall. Maureen Paterson, house guide at Waddesdon will reveal the secret lives of the Waddesdon it-girls. Entry £2 per head.

Balscote Village Fete.

From 2pm on 28th August for their ever-popular traditional fete. Plant Stall, Teas & Cakes, Books, Coconut Shy, Bric-a-brac, Tombola’s, Raffle, Children’s Games and lots more. A Dog Show will take place from 4pm. Balscote is 2 miles beyond Wroxton, off the A422. A date for your diary.

Banbury Book Group.

Meet once a month to chat about a book, in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. They read mostly fiction modern or contemporary. Currently, they meet virtually, on the second Monday of the month at 7pm, but will meet in person again soon. For more information and the latest book, email

Banbury Buddhist Meditation Group.

Meets on Tuesdays at 8 pm. Online through Zoom due to Covid restrictions. 30-40 minutes sitting meditation followed by tea, talks, readings and discussions. For more information and the meeting link email

Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.

Wednesday afternoons. Meet new friends and enjoy summer sport and social activities, their coaches will assist you to try out the game without commitment. Open to all, bowls provided, flat shoes must be worn. The Shades (Rear of Trades and Labour Club) Banbury. For more information call 07831 536516.

Banbury Central Bowling Club Sports Club.

Encourages social interaction, keeping active and competitions at both local and national level. Meet new friends and enjoy a new summer sport. Bowls coaching for beginners’ sessions will start in early May at Banbury Central Bowls Club, Horton View. Contact:, visit their Facebook page or phone 01295 660365

Banbury Cross Indoor Bowls Club.

A sports club dedicated to encouraging indoor play from casual/social level right up to national standard from the hall at Woodgreen Leisure Centre OX16 0HS. Please note they are currently closed due to COVID Testing. If you want to return to Indoor Bowls or are considering a great new pastime/sport, find updates on Facebook or Contact: or 07989 304701

Banbury Folk Club and Banbury Folk Festival.

Due to continuing Covid restrictions and storm damage to their venue, normal weekly meetings are not possible. Additionally, this year’s festival is sadly, not going ahead. Once things return to normal the committee will schedule the return of the same great folk evenings, they are renowned for and a brilliant festival in 2022. Keep up to date on the website

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

Is celebrating 5 years of helping the people of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Founder Andy Willis BCAv has worked in the advice sector for 15 years. They can help the public by giving advice on Universal Credit, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Welfare Benefits, general advice, and Career advice. They assist the disabled, elderly, poor and unemployed and people in need. They specialise in filling out benefit forms, writing Mandatory Reconsideration Letters and issuing Food Bank Vouchers. Advisers can give general advice but are unable to give advice on debts or the law. However, they are able to refer clients to a Wills and Power of Attorney expert and Tax specialist for free advice. They work from, Borough House, Cherwell Business Village and Hanwell Fields Community Centre. Contact: 01295 279988 or

Banbury Quakers.

Invite you to their annual talk, at 3pm on 20th June.  Speaker Alastair McIntosh will be speaking about Spirituality and Community in the Climate Crisis. For full details: Bookings required. They are looking forward to re-opening the Sunday Meetings. For further information contact Maria at

Bloxham Bowls Club.

Is running a series of Wednesday afternoon practice sessions, during the summer. These are open to anyone wishing to try out the game, without necessarily making any commitment. Members will be on hand to offer guidance and support. The only requirement is that flat soled shoes must be worn by those taking part, Bowls are provided. The club is located off The Ridgeway, Bloxham. For further information email or visit:

Brackley & District u3a.

“Learn, Laugh, Live” Make the most of life once you’re no longer in full time work 10am on 17th June @Mirthy Talk (online)The Inside Story of the Human Body by Alan Jones for information contact 07444 363494 or email

Broughton Castle Sportive.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell will be held on Sunday 11th July. This event is well-established in the Cycling Sportive calendar and all profits from the event are donated to local charities. 5 rides designed to suit all levels of ability up to our Cotswold Monster 100-mile ride. Starting in the grounds of Broughton Castle and then tour through the Cotswolds countryside and back to the Castle. Credit and Debit card payments only for on the day registrations. For more information and registration visit:

Broughton Grange Open Garden.

6pm – 8.30pm 30th June. Wykham Lane, Banbury, OX15 5DS. Entry £9, children under 16 free. Raising funds for the residents of Agnes Court Banbury.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.30pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. 12.30pm on 29th June at for lunch at the Griffin, Chipping Warden. 3pm on 13th July  for cream tea in the Garden at Glovers Lane, Middleton Cheney. In August they hope to return to the hall with a speaker. All welcome call Sue Atherton on 01295 252304

Deddington Parish Show.

At Deddington Parish Church, 2pm to 4pm on 4th September. Anybody can exhibit items to be judged and put on display for the public. On display, you will find cookery, flowers, vegetables, fruit, arts, crafts and photography. Children’s classes are also available. Teas and Cakes served all afternoon. Raffle, Cake and Bottle Stalls. Proceeds are donated to Local Good Causes. Show programmes are available from The Parish Church Porch, Hempton Church, The Flower Shop, Deddington Library, Adderbury Library and Banbury Library. For information: call 01869 338082 or email

Good For The Sole.

A Walking Group in Banbury. They organise regular walks and aim to promote exploring the beautiful county. They are passionate about wellbeing and community, through support of local charities. Their core values are adventure, getting outdoors and exploring the beautiful countryside. It’s their aim to get you guys walking, talking and finding out what the countryside has to offer. Contact: or visit

Harry Strutter’s Hot Four.

Supporting St Peter ad Vincula Church, Ratley. ‘Trad’ Jazz Concert, 4pm, 10th July at Ratley. More information to follow in the July issue of Read This. Enquiries: 01295 670540 or

King’s Sutton Garden Club.

Meetings are normally on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Millennium Memorial Hall. They hope to restart these in September. The Annual Village Show in August will be a little different this year. For more information contact: Lynette 01295 812815, Helen 07805 403674 or Anne 07950 222360

King’s Sutton WI.

Are holding garden meetings in June, July and August. The June meeting will be at 7.30pm on16th June in the garden of Wendy Lines, at 60 Richmond St. Meetings will be held earlier each month to accommodate the possible cooler temperatures and already shortening days.

Let’s Play Project.

Every child has the right to play. Their mission is to give Young People with additional needs the freedom and confidence, to have fun with their peers and to increase their opportunities in the local community. Visit email or call 01295 810661

Lower Heyford Bowls Club.

Are looking forward to welcoming lots of new members. Make new friends, get healthy exercise in the fresh air. They also welcome social members who are happy to sit and watch the action. They ask everyone to wear smooth soled shoes. Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Call: 01869 232932 Email:

Marathon Kids.

Takes place in Spiceball Park near the playground on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10am. Free for all children. Their aim is to inspire the next generation to become physically active. For information visit All you need to do is download the app Marathon Kids and turn up.

Nai’s House.

Suicide Prevention and Holistic Mental Health Care for 13 – 30’s. This is a free service which relies on volunteers and donations. Their permanent home is Garth House, Garth Park, London Road, OX26 6PS.  Tel: 07437 497697 Email:

Piece Together.

Banbury’s Jigsaw Club. Meet on 4th Tuesday of the month 2-3.30pm at St Hugh’s Church, Ruskin Road. New members welcome. Members continue to supply from their amazing selection of puzzles. They aim to commission a Banbury Piece Together “Puzzling our Way through Covid” jigsaw. For more details call Sue 01295 270371.


Supports people in their recovery from mental ill-health. Their Orchard Recovery Group shop is now open. Peruse bespoke creations and buy unique items made by their service users, volunteers, and staff. Visit at The Orchard, Calthorpe St, Banbury OX16 5EX, from Monday to Friday from 10am–3pm phone 01865 455821 Email:

Salt Way Activity Group.

They coppice, plant trees and shrubs, plug plant and seed in wildflowers, clear fallen trees, lay hedges and cut the verges and are creating wildflower meadow areas. The area is from Bodicote to Broughton Road, on the south side of Banbury. To volunteer

Shotteswell Village Fete.

3rd July. Usual side shows, stalls and events will take place on the playing field between 1pm & 5pm, subject to any ongoing Covid restrictions. More information will be included in next month’s Read This.

Woodstock & District u3a.

Monthly speaker meetings continue on-line, but they look forward to meeting again at Woodstock Community Centre. The u3a Thames Valley Network continues to offer them and other branches on-line access to its programme of talks and events. The bi-weekly Walking Group has continued their walks with some restrictions and the Book Group has met monthly by Zoom. Wednesday 2nd June has been designated national ‘u3a Day’ details of all branch activities at