Read This magazine's Charity & Community A-Z listing August 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.

Adderbury Library.

The Library is now open and Covid safe with screens and one-way systems in place. They would like to thank those who have returned. FOCAL needs your support. Focal 100 club enrolment forms can be found on the website. Using Amazon Smile they receive a donation every time you shop.  Make a one-off donation or become a Friend of the Library. or

Adderbury Ukulele Group.

Based at the Adderbury Bowls Club, on Monday evenings. Beginner’s classes on Tuesday’s in September from 7pm to 8pm. Details, booking and classes:

Adderbury Village Morris Men.

A friendly and entertaining traditional Cotswold side. As we emerge from lockdown restrictions they have resumed weekly outdoor dance practices. For all enquiries about bookings or attending practices please contact John Ekers Squire 01869 811741.

Balscote Village Fete.

Sat 28th August 2pm for their 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.  Come and enjoy a family fun day out in their lovely village. Sunday 29th August at 5pm Hook Norton Brass Band playing for a Songs of Praise on the Village Green. Have a good sing-song with tea and homemade cakes. Balscote is 2 miles beyond Wroxton, off the A422.

Banbury Book Group.

Meet once a month to chat about a book, in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Mostly fiction modern or contemporary. They meet virtually, on the second Monday each month at 7pm. For more information and the latest book, email

Banbury Buddhist Meditation Group.

Meet on Tuesdays at 8pm. 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.

Encourage indoor play at casual/social level.  Woodgreen Leisure Centre OX16 0HS currently closed due to COVID Testing. They will operate again from September 2021 to early April 2022. Check for updates on Facebook or contact: or 07989 3047019

Banbury Folk Club.

Weds 8th September, 8pm to10.30pm. An evening with Katie Harris and Odette Michel. Two very talented young ladies who write and perform their own songs. Tickets £8 from the box office 07845821041 Church House, North Bar

Banbury Gamblers Anonymous.

Every Tues and Fri 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The Beacon, St Mary’s Centre, Banbury OX16 0AA. Open to all with a desire to stop drinking.

Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers.

At least two different walks each week. As long as you are reasonably fit, you are very welcome to join, make new friends whilst walking and chatting in the glorious countryside. For more information and all walks call 01295 710143 or 07710 036598    

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. To join contact the Membership Secretary.

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

They can help you with 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.

Open to all NHS including Dentistry and all Social Care retirees and anyone nearing retirement. Meetings include speaker and activities, on the 3rd Monday of each month 2pm to 4pm at the Lecture Theatre, Post Graduate Centre, The Horton Hospital, OX16 9AL. Monthly coffee meetings and Lunch outings are also held at various venues. Contact Diane McCartney on or 07967 974043.

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. Members on hand to offer guidance. Flat-soled shoes must be worn, Bowls are provided. The club is located off The Ridgeway, Bloxham.

Bloxham Flower Club.

Thurs 16th September 7.45pm at The Jubilee Park Hall in Bloxham. Jackie Page entertaining with “Flights of Fancy”. Members and visitors welcome contact Sally on 01295 720154.

Brackley & District U3a.

Mirthy online talk Thurs 19th August 10am, ‘Somebody Like You’ by Alan Jones Second part to ‘Inside Your Body’ 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. 07444 363494.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Meet on the second Thursday of each month from 2pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. On Thurs 12th August Julian Miles “Rag bags and Cocktails” on Thurs 16th Sept Martin Sirot- Smith “Sulgrave Manor and the Washingtons” on Thurs 14th October John Paine ‘St Petersburg Russia’s Bling City’. Sue Atherton on 01295 252304

Combe Mill in Steam.

Blenheim Estate Sawmills, Long Hanborough, OX29 8ET. Sun, 15th August, 10am to 5pm. Models & Collections, including Hillman Imp Club. All the steam and water-powered machinery will be running in the late 19th Century Grade 11 listed Combe Mill Sawmill and Workshop that once served the Blenheim Palace Estate. Make a poker in the Dual Blacksmiths’ Forge. See how country houses and farms powered their machinery. Working Beam Engine and Line Shafting together with the Restored Waterwheel.  Craftsmen’s tools and Working Historic Tower Clocks. Ploughman’s Lunch and Snacks available from the popular Riverside Tea Room, with picnic area by the River Evenlode. Children’s Millie-the-mill-cat trail to win a `Millie` badge with Millie memorabilia available.  Adults £8.50, Concessions & Children £7.00, under 5s free, Family Ticket discount. children £4.00, u5s free 01993 358694.                                 

Deddington Parish Show.

At Deddington Parish Church, Saturday 4th September,  2pm to 4pm. 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. 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. They 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. Their services are free and help is non-judgemental, just compassionate and confidential support. 01295 266358

King’s Sutton Garden Club Summer Exhibition.

Sat 14th August, 2pm to 4.30pm. At the Millennium Memorial Hall. Exhibits include Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit, Home produce, Foraged food, Photography, Crafts and Juniors. Stitcher’s and Quilters in the small hall. Signed entry forms at the Hall on Wed 11th August 6pm to 7pm. All entries staged between 8am and 10am on the day. Contact 01295 812 815 or 07805 403674.

King’s Sutton WI.

Garden meeting Sat 18th August 2pm. Lynette Owen’s garden The Orchard, Mill Lane. Any inquiries contact 07950 222360

Let’s Play Project.

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. 01295 810661

Lower Heyford Bowls Club.

New members welcome. Make new friends, get healthy exercise in the fresh air. Smooth-soled shoes is a must. Wednesday at 6pm. 01869 232932

Middleton Cheney WI.

Sat 16th October Craft Fair in Middleton Village Hall. Tables still available for £10, 01295 710146. 

Marathon Kids.

Spiceball Park near the playground on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10am. Free to children. They aim to inspire the next generation to become physically active. Visit: to download the app Marathon Kids and turn up.

Nai’s House Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Support for Young People.

Garth House in Garth Park. Get in touch for help if you or someone you care about is struggling with their mental health 07437 497697 Their Parent/Caregiver support group, has returned every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm to 8pm.

Oxfordshire IVC.

A friendly mix of people from all walks of life who want to improve and enjoy their social lives. Meals out, walks, holidays, great escapes, theatre trips, playing games or just a chat over coffee or drinks. New members of any age welcomed.

Piece Together.

Banbury’s Jigsaw Club. Meet on 4th Tuesday of the month 2pm to 3.30pm. St Hugh’s Church, Ruskin Road. New members welcome. They aim to commission a Banbury Piece Together “Puzzling our Way through Covid” jigsaw. For more details call 01295 270371 or 07789 036305 .


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

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

Woodstock & District u3a.

Monthly speaker meetings continue online, but they look forward to meeting again at Woodstock Community Centre. The u3a Thames Valley Network continues to offer online 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.