Each month Read This magazine supports charities and community groups with our free listing page.
Our listings for March 23 follow and we invite you to volunteer, get involved or seek the support you need, we hope they are a great help to everyone in the Banbury area and beyond.
Are is hosting a Country Music event on 18th March, featuring artist Travis Logan at Middle Barton Sports & Social Club, starting at 7.30 pm. Contact Kath/John on 01295 810016 or 07831 790596 for tickets and information.
Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society
Welcome new members to attend their meetings and workshops. For information, visit their website at www.addphoto.co.uk.
Adderbury Village Morris Men
Is 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 information.
Age UK Scams Prevention and Support Programme
Aim 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 recruiting volunteers in the area. Visit their website at www.archoxfordshire.org.uk.
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 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 information.
Banbury Breathe Easy Club
Is a support group for people with breathing problems, their families, carers and friends. Meetings are held on the 1st 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 information.
Banbury Buddhist Group
Holds meetings on Tuesdays at 8 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Banbury and online via Zoom. Visit their website at www.banburybuddhistgroup.wordpress.com for information.
Banbury Cherwell Rotary Club
Is looking for new members, volunteers and partner organisations to support local community projects. Visit their Facebook page, email [email protected] or phone 07771 813216.
Banbury Chess Club
Meets every Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm at St Mary’s Centre. All skill levels are welcome. For information, contact Gary on 07388 214484.
Banbury Community Action Group (CAG)
Works 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 information.
Banbury Cross District Girlguiding
Is looking for volunteers to help reopen Rainbow and Brownie units. No previous experience is necessary. If you are interested visit www.go.girlguiding.org.uk/join-us/join-as-volunteer for 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 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 information email: [email protected].
Banbury Gardening Club
Has resumed meetings at St. Hugh’s Church Centre on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30 pm. For information contact Barbara Henson on 01295 271471.
Banbury Health walks and Town Strolls
Offers a variety of walking groups with options ranging from 30 to 90 minutes in different locations around Banbury. For information visit: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/cherwell-health-walks or email: [email protected].
Banbury Historical Society
Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm at the Banbury Museum. Their program includes lectures and outings. The reference library is open on Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm. For information visit: www.banburyhistoricalsociety.org or email [email protected].
Is a local service club of men and women who give back to the community. They meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Wroxton House Hotel. Committees cover fundraising events, welfare requests, and social activities. New members are welcome. For 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. 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 information.
Banbury & North Oxfordshire Ramblers
Offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise, new friends and fun while exploring the countryside. For 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 information visit www.oagb.org.uk or call Emily on 07712 414931.
Banbury Parkinson’s Group
Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 4.30 pm, and the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Royal Voluntary Service Hall, Cornhill Centre, Banbury. New members are always welcome. For 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.
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 information visit: www.facebook.com/banburyshed.
Banbury Social Dance Club
Offers ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing to music at GF Sports and Social Club in Banbury. Dances are held once a month, and the program can be found on the website: www.banburysocialdanceclub.co.uk.
Banbury Stamp Society
Meet twice a month from September to May on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Banbury. Visitors are welcome, for information visit www.banburystampsociety.co.uk or contact John Davies on 01295 255831 Email: [email protected]
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at 2.30 pm at Longford Park Community Centre. No age limit to join as long as you are no longer in full-time work. On 8th March the ‘Blood Bikes’ rapid response service and on 22nd March the Civil War Re-enactors present ‘Lord Robartes’ Regiment of Foote’. All new members and guests are welcome. www.banburyu3a.co.uk or email [email protected] for information.
Banbury Writers Café
Meets at the Old Town Café on Parson’s Street Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 9 pm. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting, you’re welcome. The first session is complimentary. For information, please email [email protected] or visit their website at www.banburywriterscafe.wordpress.com.
Banburyshire Advice Centre
Help with welfare benefits advice, blue badge applications, foodbank vouchers, general advice, education course information and career advice. Advisers cannot advise on debts or legal matters. They refer to a Wills and Power of Attorney expert. The charity runs Mental Health Awareness Courses. Locations: Cherwell Business village; Borough House, Marlborough Road and Hanwell Fields Community Centre, RVS Cornhill Centre. By appointment on 01295 279988 or email [email protected]. For information www.banburyshirecitizenproject.org.uk
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 information.
Bloxham Bridge Club
Meets every Thursday at 6.45 pm at the Bloxham Parish Rooms. New players are welcome. Contact Roger on 07771 965055, visit www.bridgewebs/bioxham or email [email protected] for information.
Bloxham Scout Group
Need volunteers to help with activities, crafts, and games. No experience is needed. Email [email protected]. Boys and girls aged 6-14 from the local area are welcome.
Cherwell Choral Society
Concert on 1st April from 7.30 pm, St Mary’s Church, Bloxham. Features a new work by the acclaimed contemporary composer, Ian Venables. New members are always welcome to join the choir they rehearse on a Tuesday evening at Longford Park Community Centre. For information, please visit www.cherwellchoral.org. Call 01295 367441 or email [email protected].
Cherwell Theatre Company
Brings thought-provoking game-theatre to Oxfordshire. To stay informed about upcoming productions, opportunities, classes and holiday workshops, email [email protected].
Civil Service Retirement Fellowship
Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.30 pm at Hanwell Fields Community Centre. All are welcome! For information, please contact Sue Atherton on 01295 252304.
Fosseway Chamber Orchestra
Welcomes musicians of all skill levels. They meet every Tuesday morning in Stretton on Fosse. 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 information, please call 01295 72066.
Good For The Sole
Is a walking group in Banbury that promotes exploring the beautiful countryside, well-being and community through supporting local charities. For information, email Richard at [email protected] or visit www.gfts.org.uk.
Good Grief Café
Is a monthly bereavement group on the 1st Saturday of every month in The Bowen Room of The Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road, Banbury. They are run by understanding volunteers who have experienced loss and welcome everyone. For information, visit www.thegoodgrieftrust.org.
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 information, visit their website at www.home-startbanbury.org.uk, their Facebook page, call on 01295 266358 or email: [email protected]e-startbanbury.org.uk.
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 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. Membership is £8. For 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
Try Duplicate by joining them on Wednesday mornings at 9.45 am. For information, visit www.bridgewebs.com/kingssutton or call Ken on 07850 616029.
King’s Sutton Gardening Club
Next meeting is on 29th March at 7:30 pm at the King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall. featuring a talk by Stuart Louen of Ball (Colegrave) on “What’s New in Seasonal Colour.” Visitors are welcome to attend for a fee of £4.
Kings Sutton Sequence Dance Club
Meet every Thursday afternoon between 2 pm and 4 pm. Dances include the Mayfair Quickstep, the Cindy Swing and the Catherine Waltz. For information contact Tony on 01295 810131
King’s Sutton Wellbeing Walk
Takes place Friday at the Millennium Memorial Hall, from 9.45 am for a 1.5-hour walk. Shorter walks are available, and newcomers are welcome. For information, contact Judith on 01295 367472 or email [email protected].
King’s Sutton WI
Meet on 15th March at 7.30 pm at the Millennium Memorial Hall for their AGM, visitors are welcome. For information contact Sue Ashdown on 07817303625 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 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 is required. For information, visit www.localvocalscc.co.uk.
Is a free program for children that takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 am at Spiceball Park. For information, visit www.marathonkids.co.uk and download the app Marathon Kids, then turn up.
Middleton Cheney Age Concern
Holds meetings on the 1st 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. Open to anyone 55 or over.
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. Contact Janet on 01295 368238 or email [email protected] for information.
North Banbury Scouts
Is seeking volunteers to help at Hanwell Fields. To make a positive impact in your community get involved. Contact 01295 253194 or email [email protected] or visit www.northbanburyscouts.co.uk.
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
Give family carers a regular break from their 24-hour care responsibilities. Can you offer 2 hours of your time? Contact Elaine Gilbert on 07801 482408 or email at [email protected].
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 welcome. For information, contact Sue on 01295 270371.
Ooffers 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. Each session is £5.00. For information, contact Frances on 07906 323203 or via email at [email protected].
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 information, 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 information, visit their website at www.saltwayactivitygroup.org.uk.
Sing for Fun
Is a 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. The session costs £2. For information, email [email protected].
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. Christian Aid lunches. Until April 4th, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm. For information call 01295 369021 or email [email protected].
Sunrise Multicultural Project Banbury
Offers a variety of activities such as ladies’ drop-ins, youth groups, football clubs, and more! For information, call Maria on 01295 701728 or email [email protected] or visit www.sunrisemulticultural.org.uk.
St. John the Baptist Parish Church
In Bodicote on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of each month from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm offers 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 information.
St Mary’s Church Centre
On 11th March, 2 pm to 4 pm, Block Printing & Painting Arts Workshop, 13th March, 7.30 pm a talk by Drs David and Jackquie Williams on travelling in the Brazillian Amazon, the Inca Trail, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Isle of Mull. 15, 22 & 29 March Wellbeing, Mindfulness & Relaxation with Sarah Bourne contact [email protected]
Tadmarton Folk Dance Club
Holds weekly sessions at the Tadmarton Village Hall every Tuesday at 7.45 pm. For information, contact Chris on 01295 788180 or Diane on 01295 811404.
The Pet Bank Banbury
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.
The Jolly Teapot
Serves refreshments in All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney every Wednesday morning from 10.45 am to 12.30 pm.
Velology Club of Banbury
Is a group that collects Vehicle Tax discs from 1921 to 2014. New Members welcome. For information contact Harry Matthews on 01295 276856 or email [email protected].
Warmington Heritage Group
Meets at the Village Hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Call Jenny on 01295 690286 for information.
World Dancing Group
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. For information, contact Tracy on 01295 780710 or [email protected].
Wroxton and Drayton Gardening Club
Holds meetings at the Wroxton Village Hall. The next meeting taking place on 13th March at 7.30 pm, the speaker is Phil Arbury who will be talking about Propagation. New members welcome.