Charity & Community A-Z listing October 2021

Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Society Meetings and Workshops will be resuming face to face from September. New members welcome, visit their website

Adderbury Ukulele Group.

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

Adderbury Village Morris Men.

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

Banbury Alcoholics Anonymous.

Meet every Tuesday and Friday, 7:30pm to 9pm, The Beacon, St Mary’s Centre, Banbury, OX16 0AA

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 Breathe Easy Club.

Meet on first Monday of each month, 2pm at the Army Reserves Centre, Oxford Rd, Banbury. Set up by Respiratory professionals and patients with the purpose to support anyone who has breathing problems and their family members. Volunteers needed. Call Margaret 01869 811999 or Jeni 01295 259912

Banbury Buddhist Meditation Group.

Meets on Tuesday at 8pm. Online through Zoom due to Covid restrictions. 30-40 minutes sitting meditation followed by tea, talks, readings and discussions. For more information: or

Banbury Camera Club.

The camera club meets every Monday evening at 7:30pm. They have a programme of lectures with visiting speakers, competitions, member’s evening, practical photography, and photo appreciation sessions at Chenderit School. Also, a planned exhibition of member’s photos in Michael Heseltine Gallery in the school early in November. This will be open to visitors both from the public and the students. New members welcome visit:

Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.

Wednesday afternoons. Meet new friends and enjoy 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 Choral Society.

Is a community-based choir that believes singing should be a shared experience that is fun, engaging and rewarding. They are returning to singing and are keen to welcome new members. Christmas Concert Saturday 4th December, St Mary’s Church, Banbury. The programme will include sparkling Christmas music to lift the spirits and prepare for the lead up to Christmas. There will be readings and audience participation. information on ticket prices 

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 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 Sat Oct 16th any time 10pm to 3pm. Free Taster Session at our Open Day. Coaching courses to the PlayBowls4Fun syllabus are scheduled for the following 4 weeks.  Look for updates on Facebook or or a banner outside the centre. Contact: or 07989 3047019

Banbury and District Caledonian Society.

Scottish country dancing, Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm. At Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury, OX16 1ER. For information contact Sue Young on or 07866 465533

Banbury Folk Club.

Wednesday 6th October The Miller’s Bar at the Mill Arts centre ring the box office to reserve your seat. (Space is limited) 07845821041. Sunday October 10th Free Event at General Foods Social Club, hosted by Keith Donnelly featuring Scarecrow, The Odd Foxes and guest musicians.

Banbury Gardening Club.

Monthly meetings resumed. Same day, Same time. Same place with a speaker, and the usual refreshments available. Contact Barbara Henson 01295 271471 

Banbury Gamblers Anonymous.

Meet Mondays 7.30pm to 9pm. St Francis Church, Highlands, Banbury, OX16 1FA. Contact

Banbury Historical Society.

Normally meet on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30pm. The lectures take place in the Education room of Banbury Museum and can be accessed remotely. The annual programme of activities runs until July, with lectures to Easter and programme of outings and events in the summer. Everyone welcome. For information: or email Margaret Little, membership secretary at

Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers.

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

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

They help on Universal Credit, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Welfare Benefits, general advice, and Career advice. Assisting the disabled, elderly, poor, 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. They refer clients to a Wills and Power of Attorney expert and Tax specialist. Locations: Borough House, Cherwell Business Village and Hanwell Fields Community Centre. 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, Email: or phone: 07967974043

Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers. 

Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings in the summer, the occasional Friday mornings, and every Sunday. If you enjoy sociable company, fresh air, healthy exercise and seeing more of our lovely countryside we are for you. Try out some of our smaller walks first before moving on to the more serious stuff. For walk details check or phone 01295 710143 or 07710 036598

Banbury Stamp Society.

Meets at the Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Banbury, twice monthly until May. They welcome new and experienced collectors of stamps, post cards and postal history. Full details are on website Secretary John Davies phone 01295 255831

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 will be on hand to offer guidance and support. Flat-soled shoes must be worn, Bowls are provided. The club is located off The Ridgeway, Bloxham. Email or visit:

Bloxham Flower Club.

21st October, Jubilee Park Hall Bloxham, members and non-members are invited for an evening flower demonstration with Linda Seabrook, with the theme of “the history of flowers” Contact  Sally on 01295 720154 or email

Brackley & District U3a.

21st October at 10 am Brackley Methodist Church, Russia and Vladimir Putin by Andrew Baker. 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 contact 07444 363494.

Cherwell Choral Society. 

Concert in Deddington Church on 6th November performing Faure’s Requiem and Centuries of Meditations by Tabakova, accompanied by the Oxford Sinfonia. They now have a new rehearsal venue – Longford Park Community Centre, Bodicote. New members are always welcome for information

Cherwell Theatre Company.

25th October ‘Pete Stays Home’ at the Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Don’t miss the chance to see this fabulous interactive show live on stage with morning and afternoon performances. Bookings

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.30pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. All welcome, call Sue Atherton on 01295 252304

Combe Mill in Steam.

Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Long Hanborough OX29 8ET, Sunday 17th  October 10am to 5pm Woodcrafts at Combe Demonstrations of wood craft Pole Lath, Woodcarving etc.. Make a poker in our Dual Blacksmiths Forge.  Popular Ploughman’s Lunch and snacks from the Riverside Tea Room, picnic area by the River Evenlode. Millie-the-mill-cat trail for the children to win a `Millie` badge. Gift Shop Open. Adults £8.50, Children £7.00, under 5s free. Contact 01993 358694

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. 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. For information: Facebook page: 01295 266358

HMS Pinafore.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta, Saturday 2nd October 7.30pm. Presented by The Rotary Club of Banbury and Opera Anywhere’s Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at St Marys Parish Church, Horse Fair, Banbury, Tickets £20/£17 (under18’s £10) at the Box Office at or phone 0333 666 3366

Hook Norton Craft Fair.

Saturday 6th November 10am to 5pm.  St Peter’s Church, Hook Norton, for the 25th anniversary fair offering a variety of superb work by 40 craftspeople from the locality and from across the Cotswolds. Skilled craftspeople will give demonstrations throughout the day and the popular ‘Font Café’ will be expanded for the event to offer wonderful home-baked cakes and savouries. The fabulous Grand Draw will take place in the afternoon, first prize of £150, with an amazing array of other prizes. more info: or 01608 737900

It’s Good to Talk.

Meet every 2nd Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm a new group run by St Leonard’s Church, Banbury. A chance to explore feelings and experiences of the pandemic and help each other move on into the new ‘normal,’ enjoy coffee and cake and make new friends, everyone welcome. For information:

Kings Sutton Duplicate Bridge Club.

Wednesday morning supervised bridge sessions beginners welcome. They play on Thursday evening in the big well-ventilated Memorial Hall. or phone Ken Langdon on 07850 616069

King’s Sutton Garden Club.

27th October at 7.30pm, Millennium Memorial Hall, guest speaker Michael Brown on “Death in the Garden” Refreshments available. Visitors are welcome, entry charge £3.00. Contact Lynette on 01295 812815.

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. Visit email call 01295 810661

Lower Heyford Bowls Club.

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

Middleton Cheney WI.

Saturday, 16th October Craft Fair in Middleton Village Hall.  Tables still available for £10, contact Pat on 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: 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. For information or

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 a chat over coffee. New members welcome. Email:

Oxfordshire Mind.

Provide crisis support, peer support and short courses to adults in Banbury experiencing mental health difficulties and are keen to ensure those in the community, in need, are aware of how they can be supported. For crisis support, contact them Friday to Monday, 5pm to 9.30pm on 01295 270004. For peer support and short courses, contact them Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Fridays 9.30am to 4pm on 01865 247788.

Piece Together.

Banbury’s very own jigsaw club and library meets the fourth Tuesday each month at St Hugh’s Hall, Ruskin Road. The next meeting is Tuesday 26th October 2pm to 3.30pm New members always welcome. Ring Sue 01295 270371 for more details or just go along.

Probus Compton Club of Banbury.

For retired professionals and businessmen. The club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11.30am at the Moon and Sixpence Restaurant, Hanwell. Monthly coffee mornings on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10.30am at the same venue. Other outings are organised throughout the year. New members welcome. Contact Bob Langton, 01295 670359 or


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 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

The Guild of Strawcraftsmen.

October 2nd 10am to 4pm, Straw Workshop at King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall, Non-Members £15.00, Members £7.00. Bring a packed lunch, refreshments will be provided. Details and booking form or contact Lynette on 01295 812815.