Charity & Community A-Z Listing July 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 now open again and Covid safe with screens and one-way systems in place. They would like to thank those who have returned and would love to hear your feedback and suggestions.  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.

A friendly and entertaining traditional Cotswold side. As we emerge from lockdown restrictions we have resumed weekly outdoor dance practices. For all enquiries about bookings or attending practices please contact one of the officers. Details on our website or call John Ekers Squire 01869 811741

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’. 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.

Opens again from 23rd June to 28th July every Wednesday in the new marquee at the Church House, North bar Banbury. 7.30 for 8pm. Entry by ticket £8. Please book to ensure your seat as numbers will be limited. Special guests and local favourites. For full programme from September check our web page or Facebook. Box office Ian Huckin 07845821041

Banbury Gamblers Anonymous.

Every Monday 19:30 – 21:00, St Francis Church, Highlands Banbury OX16 1FA

Banbury u3a.

Those who join are nearing retirement age or retired. It is a place for camaraderie and keeping the brain cells going. They currently meet on Zoom and it is inexpensive to join. Languages, walking, mah-jong, Bridge, family history, creative writing and history are among the possibilities for exploration. We host outside speakers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. 14th July 2021: “The White Mouse” Paul Barwick tells the story of WW2 spy Nancy Wake. To join contact the Membership Secretary.

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

Helps people in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. They can help you 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. Locations: Borough House, Cherwell Business Village and Hanwell Fields Community Centre. Contact: 01295 279988 or

Banbury NHS Retirement Fellowship.

Are hoping to resume face to face meetings (Covid dependent) on Monday July 19th at The Post Graduate Centre, Horton Hospital. OX16 9AL at 14.30 hrs. They welcome back existing members and any interested retirees from the Social care sector. For further information please contact:  (Branch Secretary).

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. Email or visit:

Brackley & District U3a.

Make the most of life once you’re no longer in full time work by exploring new ideas, skills and interests with your local u3a. Mirthy online talk 15th July 2021 at 10 am Mad, Bad and Dangerous by Tim Barney. Contact 07444 363494.

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

Home-Start Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton.

They promote the welfare of families with support focused on families with at least one child under the age of 5 years and are dedicated to helping those feeling generally overwhelmed and exhausted. All parents need some help, friendship and support during the early years when children are young, particularly in difficult times. Their services are free and help is non-judgemental, just compassionate and confidential support. Could you use their help? To find out more visit the website: or Facebook page: phone 01295 266358

Hornton Open Gardens Event.

Taking place in the village of Hornton on Sunday 4 July, 2pm to 6pm. At least 7 varied gardens and the village allotments will be open in this lovely Ironstone village located between Banbury and Stratford upon Avon. Homemade teas and a plant stall.  Both the village pub, The Dun Cow, and the village church which has a medieval ‘doom’ painting will be open. Children’s playground and a free trail/quiz on the village website.  Tickets e £5 for combined entry to all the gardens, accompanied children free. Dogs on leads welcome. Proceeds shared between Katharine House Hospice and village causes. Cash only – cards cannot be accepted.  Websites: and

Jazz on the “Rec”.

In Ratley on Saturday 10th July 2021‘Trad’ Jazz Concert by Harry Strutter’s Hot Four! Prompt start at 4pm to approx.7pm Bring your own picnic and seating. A bar will be available. Tickets £12 school-age children free. To book tickets: go to Eventbrite email to reserve tickets, or purchase at the gate on the day. Raising funds for Banbury Young Homeless Project and repairs to Ratley Church

Kings Sutton Garden Club.

Meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Millennium Memorial Hall, visit to Bridewell gardens Wednesday 14th July meet at 3.30pm contact Caroline Wheatley 01295 811323. Annual Show and Sowers and Quilters Group Saturday 14th August 2.00pm to 4.00pm refreshments served, entries at the Hall Wednesday 11th August 6.30pm to 8.00pm contact Lynette 01295 812815 or Helen 07805 403674.

King’s Sutton WI.

Are holding garden meetings in, July and August. On July 21 we will go to Jean Bazeley’s garden at 2 Halestrap Way, at the slightly earlier time of 6.30 pm. 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:

Machinery in Steam at Combe Mill.

Sunday, 18th July at Blenheim Estate Sawmills, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8ET. Come along to this late 19th Century Grade 11 listed Watermill with Steam Beam Engine, Restored Waterwheel, Dual Blacksmiths Forge, Collection of Towers Clocks and much more. In its day it was the workshop for Blenheim Estate.  Make a poker in the Dual Blacksmiths’ Forge, see how country houses and farms powered their machinery. Try your hand at making things and see how machinery works like the working Beam Engine and Line Shafting and the Restored Waterwheel. Refreshments from the Tea Room in the Picnic Area by the River Evenlode. Adults £8.50, Concessions & Children £7.00, under 5s free, Family Ticket discount 10am to 5pm  Combe Mill Society, 01993 358694. or email

Marathon Kids.

Takes place in Spiceball Park near the playground on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10am. Free to children. Their aim is to inspire the next generation to become physically active. Visit: 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:

Oxfordshire IVC.

A friendly mix of people from all walks of life who want to improve and enjoy their social lives. Catering for a wide variety of tastes and interests. Meals out, walks, holidays, great escapes, theatre trips, playing games or just a chat over coffee or drinks. Having a group of people to do things with is an enormous help towards combating loneliness and promoting mental health and wellbeing. New members of any age welcomed. 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 or 07789 036305 


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 wild flowers, clear fallen trees, lay hedges and cut the verges and are creating wild flower 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.

The Guild of Strawcraftsmen.

Workshop  Saturday 10th July 10.00am – 4.00pm the Millennium Memorial Hall, Kings Sutton, learn how to make Corn Dollies using straw and traditional skills. Contact Lynette Owen 01295 812815 or  

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 on-line access to its programme of talks and events. The bi-weekly Walking Group has continued their walks and the Book Group has met monthly by Zoom. Details of all activities at