Charity & Community A-Z listing November 2021

Adderbury Christmas Tree Festival.

St Mary’s Church Adderbury 3rd at 3pm, 4th 10 am to 4 pm and 5th 12 noon to 4 pm in December, ending with a Carol Service at 4.30 pm on the 5th. Refreshments provided enjoy the Christmas spectacle and musical entertainment. Free entry, donations gratefully received by FOSMA and voting for your favourite Christmas Tree. Contact: trishfennell242@gmail.com or 01295 81105

Adderbury, Deddington and District.

Photographic Society. Society Meetings and Workshops. New members are welcome, visit their website www.addphoto.co.uk

Adderbury Library.

1st November Christmas card delivery service begins. 25p for local delivery (66p second class stamp). 1st November 8 pm in Church House FOCAL AGM. 4th December our Christmas Festive Morning with mulled wine, Christmas Hamper Draw and much more.

Adderbury Ukulele Group.

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

Adderbury Village Morris Men.

A friendly and entertaining traditional Cotswold side. 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, 7:30 pm to 9 pm, 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 7 pm. For more information and the latest book, email banburybookgroup@gmail.com

Banbury Breathe Easy Club.

Meet on the first Monday of each month, 2 pm 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 8 pm. Online through Zoom due to Covid restrictions. 30-40 minutes sitting meditation followed by tea, talks, readings and discussions. For more information: banburybuddhistgroup@hotmail.co.uk or www.banburybuddhistgroup.wordpress.com

Banbury Camera Club.

Are holding their Annual Photographic Exhibition in the Michael Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney from 1st to 11th November. Exhibition includes members’ photos and is open during school hours and the weekend 6th & 7th November 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors can vote for their favourite and photos will be for sale with donations to Katherine House Hospice. You can see their exhibitions at theheseltinegallery.org.uk/whats-on or banburycameraclub.org.uk/

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.

Christmas Concert Saturday 4th December, St Mary’s Church, Banbury. Including Christmas music to lift the spirits. There will be readings and audience participation. Information on tickets www.banburychoralsoc.co.uk 

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: banburycentral@gmail.com, visit their Facebook page or phone 01295 660365

Banbury Community Action Group (CAG) Community group.

Open to all who want to improve the local environment. They are working to improve local cycling and walking routes as well as biodiversity and grow your own food events.banburycag@gmail.com www.facebook.com/BanburyCAG/

Banbury Community Garden Running.

At Bridge Street garden and the Browning Road Orchard.  Show the local community how they can grow their own food. www.facebook.com/bridgestgarden/

Banbury Cross Indoor Bowls Club.

At Woodgreen Leisure Centre OX16 0HS. Kick those winter blues and consider a great new inexpensive pastime/sport. Contact: suebowls@outlook.com  or 07989 304 701

Banbury and District Caledonian Society.

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

Banbury Gardening Club.

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

Banbury Gamblers Anonymous.

Meet Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. St Francis Church, Highlands, Banbury, OX16 1FA. Contact Banbury.ga@hotmail.com

Banbury Healthwalks and Town Strolls.

A series of walking groups with gentle strolls from 30 to 90 minutes in various locations around Banbury.  Ideal for those just getting active and groups also for experienced walkers. www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/cherwell-health-walks jims9056@gmail.com

Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers.

At least two different walks each week. As long as you are reasonably fit, you are welcome to join. For more information and all walks www.ramblers-oxon.org.uk/bno or 01295 710143 & 07710 036598  

Banbury Historical Society.

Meet on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30 pm. 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 until Easter and a programme of outings and events in the summer. Everyone welcome. For information: www.banburyhistoricalsociety.org or email membership secretary: bemelittle@btinternet.com

Banbury Shed.

A shed run by members for members where people who like hand-on activities and chatting over a cuppa. banburyshed@gmail.com www.facebook.com/BanburyShed/

Banbury u3a.

They currently meet on zoom 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. Contact membership.banu3a@gmail.com

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

They help with 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 advise 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 helpdeskbancp@yahoo.com www.banburyshirecitizenproject.org.uk

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 2 pm to 4 pm 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: diane77t@gmail.com or phone: 07967974043

Banbury Stamp Society.

Meets at the Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Banbury, twice monthly until May. They welcome new and experienced collectors of stamps, postcards and postal history. Full details are on website www.banburystampsociety.co.uk Secretary John Davies davies1890@btinternet.com phone 01295 255831

Bloxham Bowls Club.

Is running a series of Wednesday afternoon practice sessions. 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 info@bloxhambowls.org.uk or visit: www.bloxhambowls.org.uk

Bloxham Christmas Tree Festival.

St Mary’s Church will be full of imaginatively decorated Christmas trees on the theme of Christmas carols.  Fri 3rd December, 11 am to 8 pm. Sat 4th December, 11 am to 5.30 pm (Festival Concert 7.30 pm Saturday by the Choir of Exeter College, Oxford) Sun 5th December, 11 am to 5.30 pm  (followed at 6 pm by Festival Service) Admission free Donations invited in aid of The Friends of St Mary’s, Bloxham. Children’s activities, refreshments in Parish Rooms. St. Mary’s Church, Church St, Bloxham, OX15 4PY Contact: ian_myson@hotmail.com

Brackley & District U3a.

18th November at 10 am Brackley Methodist Church, Family History Group Members Talk. Contact memsec.brackleyu3a@gmail.com. 07444363494

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. New rehearsal venue Longford Park Community Centre, Bodicote. New members welcome. www.cherwellchoral.org

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. 11th November, Renewable energy without the hot air, Robin Stratford Allen. 9th December Christmas Cheer Impromptu Singers. All welcome, call Sue Atherton on 01295 252304

Combe Mill.

Christmas Market Combe Mill, Blenheim Estate Sawmills, Long Hanborough, OX29 8ET 11th December 10 am to 4 pm. All funds raised will go to Combe Mill Society`s charitable aims for Community Education. Bring the children to `Listen to a story with Santa`, Market Stalls, BBQ, Mulled Wine & Chestnuts, Tea Room Open, Raffle, Tombola and Gift Shop.  Christmas gifts are available. Combemill`s blacksmiths will be in the Forge to make pokers, with VIEWING ONLY in the Mill, no machinery will be operating. Blacksmiths items on sale, made by our very own blacksmiths, make a very popular gift for Christmas. Free Entry & Car Parking.

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: www.home-startbanbury.org.uk Facebook page: www.facebook.com/homestartbcn 01295 266358 info@home-startbanbury.org.uk

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 the support of local charities. Their core values are adventure, getting outdoors and exploring the beautiful countryside. Contact: richard@gfts.org.uk or visit www.gfts.org.uk

Hook Norton Craft Fair.

Saturday 6th November 10 am to 5 pm. 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, with the first prize of £150, with an amazing array of other prizes. More info: janhugs19@gmail.com or 01608 737900

It’s Good to Talk.

Meet every 2nd Saturday, 10.30 am to 12 pm 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: www.saintleonards.org

Karate for kids.

Sunday 10 am till 11 am Hardwick Community Centre, Ferriston, Banbury. Fitness /self-defence/discipline  Call Steve for details: 07949503348

Kings Sutton 50 + club.

Meet at the Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall. 2.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. with talks, or entertainment and refreshments. There is no meeting in January. Membership at £8.00 is open to anyone over 50 and not restricted to just Kings Sutton residents. Contact Keith Moses on 07548268733 for further 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. bridgewebs.com/kingssutton or phone Ken Langdon on 07850 616069

King’s Sutton Gardening Club.

Wednesday 24th November at 7.30 pm in the Millennium Memorial Hall For a talk by Pauline Pears on “Gardening with wildlife in mind”. Visitors are welcome to the meeting, entry £3.00. Our next meeting will be on 24th February.

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 www.letsplaybanbury.org email info@letsplaybanbury.org 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 6 pm. Call: 01869 232932 Email: lowerheyfordbowlsclub@gmail.com

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Banbury.

Saturday 13th November from 10 am to 2 pm Christmas Craft and Table Top Sale. Refreshments available.

Marathon Kids.

Spiceball Park near the playground on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10 am. Free to children. They aim to inspire the next generation to become physically active. Visit: www.marathonkids.co.uk 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 hello@naishouse.co.uk. Their Parent/Caregiver support group has returned every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm. For information www.naishouse.org.uk or support@naishouse.org.uk

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: Bobbie.Nuciforo@hotmail.co.uk

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, 5 pm to 9.30 pm on 01295 270004. For peer support and short courses, contact them Monday to Thursday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, and Fridays 9.30 am to 4 pm on 01865 247788.

Piece Together.

Banbury’s very own jigsaw club and library meet the fourth Tuesday each month at St Hugh’s Hall, Ruskin Road. New members are 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, 11.30 am at the Moon and Sixpence Restaurant, Hanwell. Monthly coffee mornings on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10.30 am at the same venue. Other outings are organised throughout the year. New members welcome. Contact Bob Langton, 01295 670359 or bobslangton@gmail.com www.probusclub.net/banbury

Restore.

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, 10 am to 3 pm phone 01865 455821 Email: information@restore.org.uk

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 www.saltwayactivitygroup.org.uk