Abilene CMC is hosting a Country Music event on February 18th featuring artist Daniel Beard at Middle Barton Sports & Social Club, starting at 7.30 pm. Contact Kath/John on 01295 810016 or 07831 790596 for tickets and more information.
Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society welcome new members to attend their meetings and workshops. For more information, visit their website at www.addphoto.co.uk.
Adderbury Village Morris Men are a friendly and entertaining traditional Cotswold side. For bookings or information on attending practices, please contact John Ekers, the Squire, on 01869 811741.
Adderbury Ukulele Group welcomes players of all skill levels to join in strumming and singing at Adderbury Bowls Club. They perform at events such as residential homes, concerts, garden parties and meetings. New players are welcome. Visit their website at www.adderburyukes.co.uk for more information.
Age UK Scams Prevention and Support Programme aims to protect older individuals from the devastating effects of scams, as older people fall victim to fraud every 40 seconds. Reach them on 0345 450 1276.
ARCh Reading Helpers offer personalised support to primary school children by working one-on-one with trained volunteers to improve confidence, self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards reading. They are currently recruiting volunteers in the Cherwell area. Visit their website at www.archoxfordshire.org.uk for more information.
Banbury Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings every Tuesday and Friday from 7.30 pm to 9 pm at The Beacon, St Mary’s Centre, Banbury.
Banbury Bell Ringers welcomes all ringers to join them at St Mary’s Church. They ring for Sunday Service from 9.15 am to 10 am and have practice night ringing on Wednesdays from 7.15 pm to 9 pm. Contact Barry Davis on 01295 258413 or [email protected] for more information.
Banbury Book Group meets once a month to discuss both fiction and modern/contemporary books on Wednesdays at 7 pm at the White Horse in Banbury. Email [email protected] for more information.
Banbury Breathe Easy Club is a support group for people with breathing problems, their families, carers and friends. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at the Army Reserves Centre, Oxford Rd, Banbury. They welcome interested volunteers. Contact Jeni on 01295 259912 or email [email protected] for more information.
Banbury Buddhist Group holds meetings on Tuesdays at 8 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Banbury and online via Zoom. They will continue to use this hybrid form for meditation and discussion. Visit their website at www.banburybuddhistgroup.wordpress.com for more information.
Banbury Cherwell Rotary Club is looking for new members, volunteers and partner organisations to support local community projects. They are a progressive local community club with multi-generational appeal, backed by Rotary. Visit their Facebook page, email [email protected] or phone 07771 813216 for more information.
Banbury Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm at St Mary’s Centre. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Gary on 07388 214484.
Banbury Community Action Group (CAG) is a community group working to improve the local environment by improving cycling and walking routes, biodiversity and help with growing your own food. Email [email protected] or visit Facebook: www.facebook.com/BanburyCAG.
Banbury Community Garden is located at Bridge Street Garden and the Browning Road Orchard, teaching the community how to grow their own food. Visit www.facebook.com/bridgestgarden for more information.
Banbury Cross District Girlguiding is looking for volunteers to help reopen Rainbow and Brownie units. No previous experience is necessary, all skills will be used to inspire the next generation of young people. If you are interested visit www.go.girlguiding.org.uk/join-us/join-as-volunteer for more information.
Banbury and District Caledonian Society offers Scottish country dancing on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 9.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury. For more information contact Sue Young at [email protected] or call 07866 465533.
Banbury Gamblers Anonymous meets on Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9 pm at St Francis Church, Highlands, Banbury. For more information email: [email protected]
Banbury Gardening Club has resumed meetings at St. Hugh’s Church Centre. For more information contact Barbara Henson on 01295 271471.
Banbury Healthwalks and Town Strolls offers a variety of walking groups with options ranging from 30 to 90 minutes in different locations around Banbury. For more information visit: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/cherwell-health-walks or email: [email protected]
Banbury Historical Society meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm at the Banbury Museum. Their annual program includes lectures and outings. They also have a reference library open to the public on Thursday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Rosemarie Higham Room. Visit their website at www.banburyhistoricalsociety.org or email the membership secretary at [email protected] for more information.
Banbury Lions is a local service club of men and women who want to give back to the community. They meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Wroxton House Hotel. Committees cover fundraising events, welfare requests, and social activities. They are always looking for new members. For more information, visit www.banburylions.co.uk or email [email protected] or call 0845 833 2924.
Banbury NHS Retirement Fellowship meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road, Banbury. Meetings include speakers, activities, and the opportunity to socialise with fellow members. They also hold regular coffee and lunch get-togethers, walks and seasonal outdoor activities. Open to all NHS and social care retirees, contact Diane at [email protected] for more information.
Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise, new friends and fun while exploring the countryside. For more information, visit www.ramblers-oxon.org.uk/bno or call 01295 710143 & 07710 036598.
Banbury Overeaters Anonymous Meet on Mondays from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm at Dupuis Centre, St. Johns Church, 25 South Bar Street, Banbury. For more information visit www.oagb.org.uk or call Emily on 07712 414931.
Banbury Parkinson’s Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 4.30 pm, and the third Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Royal Voluntary Service Hall, Cornhill Centre, Banbury. New members are always welcome and they organise speakers and refreshments. For more information call 07810 063362 or email [email protected]
Banbury Scout Group is looking for adult volunteers with no qualifications needed. Scouting offers fun, friendship, and adventure with activities such as canoeing, climbing, and making bird boxes. If you are interested, please email [email protected] or call 07901 896257.
Banbury Shed is a community workshop where members come together to make things, learn from each other, and socialise. They offer woodworking, upcycling, repairs and metalwork. Everyone is welcome. They are located near the town centre, for more information visit: www.facebook.com/banburyshed.
Banbury Social Dance Club offers ballroom, Latin and popular sequence dancing to live music at GF Sports and Social Club in Banbury. Dances are held once a month, and a full dance program can be found on the website: www.banburysocialdanceclub.co.uk.
Banbury Stamp Society welcomes collectors of stamps, postal history and postcards. They meet twice a month from September to May on the first and third Tuesdays from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Banbury. Visitors are welcome, for more information visit www.banburystampsociety.co.uk or contact John Davies on 01295 255831 Email: [email protected]
Banbury Talking Newspaper produces 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, contact Alan Davies or Carole Humphris on 01295 258193 or 07445 934317 or email: [email protected]
Banbury u3a meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at 2.30 pm at Longford Park Community Centre. They offer opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people, and no age limit to join as long as you are no longer in full-time work. On 8th February, racing driver Mike Wilds is speaking. On 22nd February, Bicester u3a Ukulele Group performs. All new members and guests are welcome. www.banburyu3a.co.uk or email [email protected] for more information.
Banbury Writers Café meet at the Old Town Café on Parson’s Street every other Thursday, from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting, you’re welcome to enjoy a chat and a cup of coffee. The first session is complimentary. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit our website at www.banburywriterscafe.wordpress.com.
Banburyshire Advice Centre offers assistance with various benefits and services, such as Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment, for those in need, including the disabled, elderly, unemployed, and those facing financial difficulties. They specialise in completing benefit forms, Mandatory Reconsideration Letters, and Food Bank Vouchers. Appointments can be made at locations in Borough House, Cherwell Business Village, and Longford Park Community Centre. Contact them on 01295 279988 or email [email protected] for more information, or visit www.banburyshirecitizenproject.org.uk.
BARKS is a charity currently facing challenges due to the cost-of-living crisis and needs your support. They are looking for individuals to foster animals, make donations, or sponsor long-term residents. Contact Ann at [email protected] or 07518 658357 for more information.
Biodiversity Bloxham is hosting a free film night at the Ex Servicemen’s Hall in Bloxham on Friday, February 10th at 7 pm. The featured film is “The Oil Machine – Can we break our Addiction? (82 min)”, exploring conflicting interests around North Sea Oil and the demand for change. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit their Facebook page Biodiversity Bloxham.
Bloxham Bridge Club meets every Thursday at 6.45 pm at the Bloxham Parish Rooms. New players are welcome and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. Contact Roger on 07771 965055, visit www.bridgewebs/bioxham or email [email protected] for more information.
Bloxham Flower Club invites you to attend their demonstration on February 16th, at 7.45 pm at the Jubilee Hall in Bloxham. The demonstration, led by Alison Suffolk, will feature a Woodstock-themed interpretation. All are welcome and payment can be made at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Sally on 01295 720154.
Cherwell Theatre Company brings thought-provoking game theatre to Oxfordshire. To stay informed about upcoming productions, opportunities, classes and holiday workshops, please email [email protected]
Civil Service Retirement Fellowship meets on the second Thursday of each month at 2.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Sue Atherton on 01295 252304.
Fosseway Chamber Orchestra is a U3A group that welcomes musicians of all skill levels to come and play and learn from others. They perform light classics in a friendly environment and meet every Tuesday morning during school term time in Stretton on Fosse. To learn more, contact Christine on 07967 423550.
GF Sequence Dance Club is a popular sequence dancing club that meets every Tuesday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at GF Sports & Social Club in Banbury. For more information, please call 01295 72066.
Good For The Sole is a walking group in Banbury that promotes exploring the beautiful countryside and promoting well-being and community through supporting local charities. They organise regular walks and their core values are adventure, getting outdoors, and exploring the beautiful countryside. For more information, email Richard at [email protected] or visit www.gfts.org.uk.
Home-Start Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton is an organisation that helps families with children under the age of 5 who are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. They offer free, non-judgmental support and help with promoting the welfare of families. For more information, visit their website at www.home-startbanbury.org.uk, their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homestartbcn, or contact them on 01295 266358 or email: [email protected]
It’s Good to Talk meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm at the Cornhill Centre on Castle Street. A discussion group with a different theme each month provides an opportunity to discuss issues in a non-judgmental environment and offer peer support. The group is facilitated by a member of St Leonard’s Church. For more information, visit www.saintleonardsbanbury.org.
Kings Sutton 50+ Club meet at the Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2.30 pm. Enjoy talks or entertainment, refreshments, and socialising with others over the age of 50. Membership is £8 and is open to anyone over 50, not just residents of Kings Sutton. For more information, contact Keith Moses on 07548 268733.
King’s Sutton Contract Bridge Club meets on Tuesdays from 6.30 pm to 9 pm. To play, contact Geoffrey Bywater on 01295 750229.
Kings Sutton Duplicate Bridge Club invites bridge players to try Duplicate for free by joining them for tea and bridge on Wednesday mornings at 9.45 am. For more information, visit www.bridgewebs.com/kingssutton or call Ken on 07850 616029.
Kings Sutton Film Society will be showing “Fisherman’s Friends” on February 1st, “The Lost King” on March 1st, “Mrs Harris Goes to Paris” on April 5th, and “Dream Horse” on May 3rd. All screenings will be at the Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall from 7 pm.
King’s Sutton Wellbeing Walk takes place Friday mornings at the Millennium Memorial Hall, starting at 9.45 am for a moderate 1.5-hour walk. Shorter walks are available and newcomers are welcome. For information, contact Judith on 01295 367472 or email [email protected]
Let’s Play Project aims to give young people with additional needs the freedom and confidence to have fun with their peers and increase their opportunities in the local community. For more information, visit www.letsplaybanbury.org, email [email protected], or call 01295 810661.
Local Vocals Community Choir meets on Monday evenings during term time at Deddington Primary School from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. No prior musical experience or auditions are required and they cover a wide range of songs. For more information, visit www.localvocalscc.co.uk.
Marathon Kids is a free program for children that takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 am at Spiceball Park. The goal is to inspire the next generation to become physically active. For more information, visit www.marathonkids.co.uk and download the app Marathon Kids, then just turn up.
Middleton Cheney Age Concern holds meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Middleton Cheney village hall from 2 pm to 4 pm. The £2.50 fee includes a speaker or entertainment and afternoon tea. The group is open to anyone 55 or over and welcomes new members.
Musical Memories is a social activity for people with dementia and their carers on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 10.30 am to 12 noon at St Francis Church, Banbury. Participants sing along in a stimulating and safe environment. Contact Janet on 01295 368238 or email [email protected] for more information.
North Banbury Scouts is seeking volunteers to help at Hanwell Fields. Those interested in making a positive impact in their community and imparting valuable skills to young people are encouraged to join. Learn how to get involved, contact by calling 01295 253194, emailing [email protected] or visiting the website at www.northbanburyscouts.co.uk.
Odyssey Juniors presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Friday, February 17th at 7.30 pm and on Saturday, February 18th at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm at North Oxfordshire Academy. The community is encouraged to come out and support the young performers aged 8 to 13. Tickets can be purchased via www.odysseytheatre.co.uk
Oxfordshire Mind provides crisis support, peer support, and short courses for adults in Banbury who are experiencing mental health difficulties. For crisis support, contact them from Friday to Monday between 5 pm to 9.30 pm on 01295 270004. For peer support and short courses, contact them from Monday to Thursday between 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, and Fridays between 9.30 am to 4 pm on 01865 247788.
Oxfordshire Volunteer Befriending Service expresses gratitude to Localgiving’s “Magic Little Grants” for providing a grant of £500 to cover advertising expenses to attract more volunteers and travel costs. The goal of the service is to give more family carers a regular break from their 24-hour care responsibilities. If you are interested in offering 2 hours of your time, please contact Elaine Gilbert on 07801 482408 or via email at [email protected]
Piece Together is a jigsaw club based in Banbury that meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2 pm at St Hughs, Ruskin Road. New members are always welcome to join. For more information, please contact Sue on 01295 270371.
Prehab.rehab offers chair-based exercise for individuals whose bodies may not function as well as they used to. At Marlborough Road Methodist Church every Thursday at 12 pm, with refreshments. Each session is £5.00. For more information, contact Frances on 07906 323203 or via email at [email protected]
Probus Compton Club of Banbury caters to retired professionals and businessmen. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11.30 am at the Moon and Sixpence in Hanwell and on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10.30 am. New members welcome. Contact Bob on 01295 670359 or [email protected], or visit the website at www.probusclub.net/banbury.
Restore is a UK based organisation that supports individuals in their recovery from mental ill-health. They offer a unique shopping experience by selling items made by their service users, volunteers, and staff. The Orchard Recovery Group shop is on Calthorpe Street, Banbury and is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, please call 01865 455821 or email [email protected]
The Royal Voluntary Service is seeking volunteers to support the local community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Penny on 07790 807319 or email [email protected]
Salt Way Activity Group engages in coppicing, tree and shrub planting, wildflower plugging, seeding, clearing fallen trees, laying hedges, and creating wildflower meadow areas in the area from Bodicote to Broughton Road. For more information, visit their website at www.saltwayactivitygroup.org.uk.
Sing for Fun is a relaxed group for older individuals who meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm at the RVS Cornhill Centre in Banbury. They sing popular songs from the 1950s to the present day, and the session costs £2. No prior registration is required, just turn up or email [email protected] for more information.
St Hugh’s Church offers a warm and welcoming space for those who don’t want to turn on the heating and would appreciate some company. Visitors can drop in on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm for warmth, drinks, cake, company, puzzles, and board games. For information, call 01295 369021 or email [email protected]
Sunrise Multicultural Project Banbury offers a variety of activities such as ladies drop-in, youth groups, football clubs, and more! For more information, call Maria on 01295 701728 or email [email protected] or visit www.sunrisemulticultural.org.uk.
St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Bodicote is hosting afternoon teas on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of each month from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. They offer friendly company, homemade cakes and a hot drink while participating in a table quiz. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Contact Rev. Sarah Sharp on 01295 250282 for more information.
Tadmarton Folk Dance Club holds weekly sessions at the Tadmarton Village Hall every Tuesday at 7.45pm. Live music and calling is provided by Diane Morgan and guests. Those interested in attending can contact Chris on 01295 788180 or Diane on 01295 811404 for more information.
The Pet Bank Banbury is a community-based organisation that helps those who are struggling to provide food and supplies for their pets. They offer assistance to those in need and accept donations of food, supplies, or time from volunteers. For information, contact [email protected] or call 07446 895478.
Velology Club of Banbury is a group that collects Vehicle Tax discs from 1921 to 2014. They welcome new members and those interested in joining can contact Harry Matthews on 01295 276856 or email [email protected] for more information.
Warmington Heritage Group hold meetings at the Village Hall on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Call Jenny on 01295 690286 for more information.
World Dancing Group offers a chance for individuals to dance to music from around the world in a friendly and inclusive setting, no experience or partner required. Sessions are held in the Swalcliffe Village Hall on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm, and South Newington Village Hall on the 4th Thursday of each month from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. The cost is £5 per session. Contact Tracy on 01295 780710 or [email protected] for information.
Wroxton and Drayton Gardening Club holds monthly meetings at the Wroxton Village Hall, with the next meeting taking place on Monday, February 13, at 7.15 pm. The guest speaker will be Ken Whittaker, who will be discussing “Behind the Scenes at the Big Shows.” New members are always welcome.