Charity & Community A-Z listing August 2022

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Middle Barton Sports & Social Club, Worton Road, Middle Barton, OX7 7EE. Appearing on Saturday, August 20th The Darren Busby Duo, Saturday 17th September Chris James. Start time 7.30 pm Entrance fee £7.00. Contact Kath/John on 01295 810016 or 07831 790596

Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society.

Meetings and Workshops. New members are welcome, visit their website

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

Adderbury Ukulele Group.

Based at the Adderbury Bowls Club, players of all abilities enjoy strumming and singing popular songs. They are an entertaining group, that play at residential homes, concerts, garden parties, meetings and anywhere that requires a great singalong. New players are always welcome. A new course of lessons will start at the end of September. For details and to book your place at:

Age UK Scams Prevention and Support Programme.

Scams can have a devastating effect on older victims in England and Wales. An older person becomes a victim of fraud every 40 seconds, which is over 800,000 older people every year. They can offer group talks, so any clubs may contact them directly, to find out more about Age UK Oxfordshire’s Scams Prevention and Support Programme: 0345 450 1276


Reading Helpers provide personalised support to children in Oxfordshire primary schools. Their trained volunteers work one-to-one with children to boost confidence, build self-esteem and turn around negative attitudes toward reading. They are always looking for more people in the Cherwell area to join them in making a real difference in children’s lives. To find out more, visit their website

Balscote Village Fete.

Sunday 27th August from 2 pm, a traditional village Summer Fete, BBQ, Beer tent, Teas & Cakes, Dog Show, Prize Raffle, Bric a Brac, Garden Plants, Crafts, Tombola, Football Game, Skittles, Coconut Shy etc. Balscote is 2 miles from Wroxton off the A422.

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

Banbury Breathe Easy Club.

Meet on the first Monday of each month, at 1.45 pm at the Army Reserves Centre, Oxford Rd, Banbury. The group is open to anyone with a breathing problem and their family members carers and friends. They also welcome interested volunteers. For more information ring Jeni on 01295 259912 or Margaret on 01869 811999

Banbury Buddist Group.

Meet Tuesdays at 8 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Banbury and on zoom. They will continue to use this hybrid form for meditation and discussion. Guided sittings (30-40 minutes) and support for new meditators.

Banbury Cherwell Rotary Club.

A progressive, project-based, local community club, with multi-generational appeal, all backed by Rotary. They are looking for new members and volunteers, along with partner organisations. They are committed to making a meaningful contribution to the town by supporting carefully selected local community projects. They have many events and activities throughout the year. They have a wide range of opportunities for members and volunteers. Visit their Facebook page or email phone 07771 813216

Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club.

Wednesday afternoons. Meet new friends and enjoy sports and social activities. Their coaches will assist you to try out the game without commitment. Open to all, bowls provided and flat shoes must be worn. The Shades (Rear of Trades and Labour Club) Banbury. For more information call Martyn 07704 306236.

Banbury Central Bowling Club Sports Club.

Encourages social interaction, keeping active and competitions at both local and national levels. Meet new friends and enjoy a new sport. Bowls coaching for beginners. Banbury Central Bowls Club, Horton View. Contact:, visit their Facebook page

Banbury Community Action Group (CAG).

A 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

Banbury Community Garden.

Running at Bridge Street Garden and the Browning Road Orchard. Show the local community how they can grow their own food.

Banbury and District Caledonian Society.

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

Banbury Gardening Club.

16th August summer trip by car to Kingham Lodge, Nr Chipping Norton. 19th September 7.30 pm meeting at St Hugh’s, Just come through the door and say “Hello” contact Barbara 01295 271471

Banbury Gamblers Anonymous.

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

Banbury Healthwalks and Town Strolls.

A series of walking groups with gentle strolls from 30 to 90 minutes in various locations around Banbury. or

Banbury NHS Retirement Fellowship.

Meet on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road, Banbury OX16 5HD. Free car parking, meetings include speakers and activities and the chance to catch up with fellow members they also hold regular coffee and lunch get-togethers, walks and seasonal outdoor activities. The group is open to all NHS including Dentistry Retirees and all Social Care Retirees, contact Diane McCartney at

Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers.

Walk with them for fresh air, interest, exercise, seeing the countryside, adventure, scenery, new friends and fun. Information: or call 01295 710143 & 07710 036598

Banbury Overeaters Anonymous.

Meetings Mondays 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, The Tandy Room, Dupuis Centre, St. Johns Church, 25 South Bar Street, Banbury OX16 9AF They are a 12-step based meeting for people who have unhealthy relationships with food and body image. Phone Emily 07712 414931.

Banbury Parkinson’s Group.

Meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Royal Voluntary Service Hall, Cornhill Centre, Banbury. They organise speakers and have refreshments & would welcome any new members. They now also meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 4.30 pm for refreshments & chat at the same venue. For more information, please contact 07810 063362 or

Banbury Shed.

A shed run by members for members where people who like hand-on activities and chatting over a cuppa.

Banbury Social Dance Club.

Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence dancing to live music at GF Sports and Social Club in Banbury. Dances are held once a month and full details of our dance programme can be found on the website:

Banbury St Mary’s Church.

Banbury Arts Festival 200 runs until the end of October. They have over 50 events, including concerts, talks, art exhibitions, workshops and wellbeing events. Festival 200 will celebrate 200 years since the completion of St Mary’s in its current form of rebuilding. Free brochures available from St Mary’s Church, bookings

Banbury Talking Newspaper.

They produce a weekly digital audio memory stick of local news and wide-ranging magazine articles containing general interest items across a broad range of subjects for blind and partially sighted listeners or anyone who finds it difficult to read a newspaper due to sight problems. If you or anyone you know could benefit from their FREE service, they would be delighted to hear from you. Contact Alan Davies or Carole Humphris on 01295 258193 or 07445 934317 email:

Banbury u3a.

Make the most of retirement and join them to learn new things and keep the brain active! They meet to explore and share interests and hobbies and cover a diverse range of subjects including art, crafts, languages, bridge, food, history and various walking groups. There are no general meetings in August, but text 07963597915 for more information website

Banbury WI.

Meet every 2nd Monday of the month at St. Hugh’s Church Centre, Ruskin Road at 7.30 pm. Just come through the door and say “Hello”. Refreshments are available. Contact Barbara Henson 01295 271471

Banburyshire Advice Centre.

Wednesday 17th August 10.30 am to 2 pm they are hosting a Wills and Power of Attorney event to give free initial advice on Wills and Power of Attorney. They help with Universal Credit, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Welfare Benefits, general advice, Blue Badge forms, Foodbank enquiries, University and distance learning courses 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 Longford Park Community Centre. They operate only by appointment on 01295 279988 or

Bloxham Bowls Club.

There will be a resumption of the Wednesday afternoon social practice sessions and coaching will be available for those who are interested. They play in the Oxford Men’s League and the West Oxon. Mixed Triples League as well as a number of friendly games against local clubs at Bloxham or within a 20-mile radius. Social events are also organised during the year. For information, visit Bloxham Bowls Club, Barley Croft, Barley Close, Bloxham, Oxon. OX15 4LW

Bodicote Church House.

Afternoon teas are organised by St. John the Baptist Parish Church. 1st & 3rd (& 5th when there is one) Wednesdays of each month. 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm enjoy friendly company, a choice of homemade cakes and a hot drink, along with a table quiz. No charge, but donations to cover costs are very welcome. Rev Sarah Sharp 01295 250282

Bloxham Flower Club.

Meet every third Thursday of the month, come and join them at the jubilee park hall, Bloxham, on the 15th of September at 7.45 pm for a demonstration with Sandra Gunner and her magic moment’s interpretation. For information call Sally 01295 720154 or email

Cherwell Theatre Company.

Brings Thought-Provoking Game Theatre to Oxfordshire, For more information about future productions, opportunities, classes and holiday workshops, please email

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

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

Combe Mill in Steam.

Models & Collectors Event Sunday 21st August from 10.30 am to 5 pm. All of their steam and water-powered machinery will be running. Late 19th Century Grade 11 listed Combe Mill Sawmill, in its day was the workshop for Blenheim Palace Estate. Make a poker in the Dual Blacksmiths’ Forge. Working Beam Engine and Line Shafting, Restored Waterwheel. Craftsmen’s tools and Working Historic Tower Clocks, Tea/Coffee and cake from Riverside Tea Room, BBQ with picnic area by the River Evenlode. Millie the-mill-cat trail for the children, Tombola & Gift Shop open. Combe Mill, Blenheim Estate Sawmills, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire. OX29 8ET Adults £8.50, Concessions & Children £7.00, under 5s free, Family Ticket discount Combe Mill Society, 01993 358694., Not in Steam Self-Guided Tour explaining the workings and history of Combe Mill, every Wednesday to October, Adults £5.00 concessions, children £4.00, under 5s free 10.30 am to 4.30 pm last admission 3.30 pm

Home-Start Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton.

0oThey 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

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 well-being and community, through the support of local charities. Their core values are adventure, getting outdoors and exploring the beautiful countryside. Contact: or visit

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 is welcome. For information:

Karate for kids.

Wednesday’s 6 pm till 7 pm Ruscote Community Centre, Ruscote Arcade, Longelandes Way, Banbury. Fitness /self-defence/discipline. Call Steve for details: 07949 503348

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. Membership at £8.00 is open to anyone over 50 and not restricted to just Kings Sutton residents. Contact Keith Moses on 07548 268733.

King’s Sutton Contract Bridge Club.

They play on Tuesdays from 6.30 pm to 9 pm. To play contact Geoffrey Bywater on 01295 750229

Kings Sutton Duplicate Bridge Club.

Bridge players, try Duplicate for free. Join us for a cup of tea and bridge on Wednesday mornings at 9.45 am Details at: Book with Ken on 07850 616029

King’s Sutton Village Show.

August 20th Village Show Spectacular. The schedules will be available from the Post Office, the co-op and other amenities. Entries on Wednesday, August 17th, 6.30 pm to 8 pm contact Joan Patterson 01295 810506.

Let’s Play Project.

Its 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

Local Vocals Community Choir.

Deddington Primary School. Join them on Monday evenings during term time from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Free car parking. No need to be able to read music and no auditions. They cover a broad range of songs but mainly ones you know. Come along and try them out for one week at no cost. To find out more go to

Lower Heyford Bowls Club.

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

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: Download the app Marathon Kids and turn up.

Middleton Cheney WI.

Craft Fair 15th October in the Village Hall, 10 am to 4 pm. Over 30 crafter’s, something for everyone. Further details from Pat, 01295 710146.

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 on 07437 497697 or Their Parent/Caregiver support group has returned every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm. For information or

North Banbury Scouts.

Volunteers needed to reopen at Hanwell Fields. Put your skills to use, learn new ones and play an active role in your local community. Give young people the skills they need to succeed in life and discover how being part of the Scouting family can be as rewarding for you as it is for them. Call 01295 253194, 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, 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.

Oxfordshire Volunteer Befriending Service.

Would like to thank Localgiving ‘Magic Little Grants’ for the grant of £500 which will pay for advertising to attract more volunteers to give many more Family Carers a regular break from their 24-hour caring role and travel expenses for volunteers. If you would like to offer 2 hours a week or fortnight to give a Carer a break, please contact Elaine Gilbert on 07801 482408 or

Piece Together.

Banbury’s Jigsaw Club meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 2 pm at St Hugh’s, Ruskin Road. All welcome. Ring Sue 01295 270371 for more details. Offers chair-based exercise for anyone whose body doesn’t work as well as it used to! Marlborough Road Methodist Church (opposite Banbury Library) Thursdays at 12 noon. Refreshments afterwards. £5.00/session. Contact Frances on 07906 323203 or

Probus Compton Club of Banbury.

For retired professionals and businessmen. The club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at 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 on 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, 10 am to 3 pm phone 01865 455821 Email:

Restore, Pots of Fun Family Event.

For the young and young at heart is a treasure trail to find the flowerpot creations in the windows of businesses and shops all around Banbury centre. You can still join in with the fun just call into the Restore shop on Calthorpe Street, Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm before 5th Aug to collect your set of clues. Then join them on Saturday 6th August at 11 am for a celebration BBQ event & prize giving. 01295 09414 or

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

Single Boots.

A South Midlands-based walking club for single people, offering weekend day walks, summer evening walks, weekend trips away in cottages, B&B’s and at campsites and social activities. Their area includes North Oxfordshire and new members are always welcome. website:

Sunrise Multicultural Project Banbury.

Ladies drop-in, youth groups, football clubs and more! For more information please call Maria 01295 701728 Email or

Tadmarton Folk Dance Club.

Tadmarton Village Hall every Tuesday at 7.45 pm. Live music with calling by Diane Morgan and guests. All dances are clearly explained and walked through. For details contact Chris on 01295 788180 or Diane on 01295 811404

Velology Club of Banbury.

They collect Vehicle Tax discs from 1921 to 2014 register your interest to Harry

Warmington Heritage Group.

All meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Thursday of the month. Call Jenny 01295 690286

Wroxton and Drayton Gardening Club.

This is a friendly club and potential new members are very welcome to go along, phone 07766 246798

Woodstock u3a.

Monthly meetings, St. Hugh’s hall in Woodstock also available via Zoom. Contact Chris 01993 811826