Bloxham Amnesty International Group marked its 25th birthday at its annual garden party in the village on Saturday, July 26.
About 100 people went along on a hot and sunny day to enjoy teas, cakes, book and plant stalls and croquet in David and Jill Puckering’s garden at Little Bennetts, Rose Bank.
Visitors were able to view a display about the work of Amnesty International and to sign cards about individual cases of torture, as part of the charity’s current Stop Torture campaign.
As a result of the day, about 50 cards will be sent off to foreign governments. More than £600 was raised towards Amnesty’s funds to support research and campaigning activity.
The group’s publicity officer Ian Myson said: “Our annual garden party is an opportunity for our wider group of supporters to show solidarity with the work of the group, which serves the Banbury area, as well as having an enjoyable afternoon. It is very heartening to see that basic issues of justice and fairness for individuals across the world continue to strike a chord with people. We look forward to our next 25 years!”
Bloxham Amnesty International Group was founded in 1989 by Sarah Condry, wife of the then vicar of Bloxham, Ed Condry. Since then the group has met monthly. For more information, see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/bloxham