What’s on where around Banbury: listings, April 30 edition

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Banbury over the next few days. Please send your entries to editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk at least two weeks before your event takes place.


Friday (May 1)

Reggae Night

Bonito’s wine bar, White Lion Walk, Banbury, 8.30pm till late, free entry, over 18s only. tel 07918718891

Saturday (May 2)

Organ Recital by Ian Tracey (Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral), in aid of church restoration funds

7.30pm, All Saints Church, Croughton, NN13 5LS

Tickets £12 / £10 concession

Children under 16 free

10% discount to groups of ten or more

Includes glass of wine / fruit juice and canapés

01869 810023 / 01869 811445 / 01869 810903

Saturday (May 2)

Banbury Soul Club playing Northern Soul, Motown, R&B and Modern music all on original vinyl records.

From 8pm to 1am, £5, payable on the door.

Now at its new venue Banbury Trades & Labour Club, West Bar Street Banbury (entry via side entrance). A friendly atmosphere, large wooden dance floor for those that love to dance, and plenty of seating.

Guest DJs Leon Brown & Billy Wizz.

Plus residents Charlie Mc, Steve and Tom. For further details - Tabs 07528 285977 or Steve 07943 793417

Wednesday (May 6)

An intimate evening of piano music with Génia performing her newly released album “Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow” as well as music by Bach and Rachmaninoff. 7.30pm, Ugland Auditorium, Stowe

May 9

King’s Sutton Parish Church

‘In prosperity and adversity….’

Immanuel’s Ground in concert, 7pm

Entry £10, children free

A costumed Quire, singing and play period instruments. ‘In Prosperity and Adversity’ takes another look at the life and times of George III, including a 1809 wedding sketch, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation in patriotic songs and other secular music of the period.

May 10

King’s Sutton Parish Church

The Launton Handbell Ringers with

Lucy Kinch – folk singer, 3pm

Entry £10, children free

The renowned Launton Handbell Ringers play and talk about their historical set of handbells. Performing with them is Lucy Kinch, a local folk singer.The proceeds from the concert will be shared between the church and the charity LARK (Linking Arms with Rescued Kids) which helps street children in Kenya.


The following films are among those currently showing at the cinema.

Times are subject to change, visit www.odeon.co.uk or call 0871 22 44 007 for up-to-date details.


Friday (May 1) - Thursday (May 7):

Avengers: Age of Ultron 2d (12a)

Avengers: Age of Ultron 3d (12A)

Far From the Madding Crowd (12A)

The Royal Ballet: La Fille mal gardee (live)

Odeon silver screen:

Wild (15)

Wed, 11am

The Theory Of Everything (12A)

Thu 11am

Odeon Kids

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (U)

Sat – Sun 10am

Thu 10am


Thursday, May 7:

Alan Carr: Yap Yap Yap

The chat show host and comedy favourite brings his latest stand-up routine to the New Theatre, Oxford at 8pm. Tickets from £33.90. Visit www.atgtickets.com/oxford


Saturdays and Sundays during April and May, 11am-4pm.

Julia Harris and Steve Slimm at Sulgrave Manor Buttery.

Welsh artist and illustrator Julia Harris and Cornish landscape painter Steve Slimm will each exhibit 10 paintings in The Buttery at this prestigious location, the home to George Washington’s relatives. Julia produces energetic and vibrant work inspired by her emotions. With a loyal and growing following, she regularly exhibits her work throughout the United Kingdom. Steve has been producing and exhibiting paintings in Cornwall since 1979. Essentially self-taught, Steve has developed his art along very personal lines that both absorb and transcend tradition. He has become recognised as a noteworthy Cornish landscape painter, especially for his use of light. For this reason he was featured in the national UK art A-level syllabus for 2009 to 2010.

Saturday, April 25, to Saturday, July 4

Bringing Banbury Laughter

Cartoons and Caricatures from the collection of George & Pat Walker

Free admission, for opening times go to: www.banburymuseum.org

Original artwork by many of the leading cartoonists and caricaturists of the last hundred and fifty years is going on display at Banbury Museum. It is the first time the pictures have been shown outside London, though they have a strong association with this area; they are from the collection of Bodicote residents George and Pat Walker, who built up one of the finest collections of its kind.

Saturday, May 2 to 10

Martin Damen, Maker of Hand Carved Spoons & Bowls

Martin wo;; be exhibiting and demonstrating his work at his 17th century nail maker’s cottage in Great Bourton. Martin, who has sent pieces all over the world, follows traditional practice using locally sourced wood and the skilful use of hand tools such as axes and knives to produce beautiful and useful items. Martin will be exhibiting between from 12 noon until 6pm daily at Honeysuckle Cottage, The Green, Great Bourton, OX17 1QH.

Saturday, May 2 to 10

Claire Reika Wright and Gilbert Csecs

To celebrate the second anniversary of Senecio’s relocation from the Cotswolds to state of the art studios in Banbury, Senecio Press is hosting works by critically acclaimed local artists Claire Reika Wright and Gilbert Csecs as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks. Groundbreaking Oxfordshire artist Claire will take over the main gallery space at Senecio Press, Haslemere Way, and will be showing new paintings on canvas and screen inspired by trees in the Cotswolds, inviting creative participation in the work. This new series of paintings titled ‘Celestial Trees’ has at its core an animated screen-based ‘moving-painting’ that allows viewers to add their own interpretations to the creative process by interactively changing aspects of the composition and colours of the image. Also, for a second year, Senecio Press will be hosting work by Gilbert Csecs, another local artist. After a 30-year break from painting, Gilbert returned to his passion in 2012. There is a great variety of techniques on display making effective use of paintbrushes, palette knife and toothbrushes. Gilbert explores the world of dance, Banbury, seascapes and portraiture. Call 01295 270580 for more details.

Until July 4

Bringing Banbury Laughter: Cartoons and Caricatures from the collection of George & Pat Walker, Banbury Museum

This is the first time the pictures have been shown outside London, though they have a strong association with this area; they are from the collection of Bodicote residents George and Pat Walker, who built up one of the finest collections of its kind in Britain over the last 60 years. The exhibition features examples of work by the likes of Anton, HM Bateman, Disney Studio, Giles and Matt and the style of artwork ranges from sensitive drawings by Charles Keene to striking caricatures by Max Beerbohm and Jonathan Cusick. Entry is free. See www.banburymuseum.org for details.


Tuesday (May 5)

Brackley and District Flower Club

The next monthly meeting will be held at Evenley Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 5. The demonstrator is Sally Gee and her demonstration is entitled Celebrations. There is also a competition entitled A Garden Arrangement. Everyone will be made very welcome. For more information contact Wendy Wesley on 01280 822994.

May 10

Annual Bluebell Walk at Whatcote, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5EF

Start any time between 2pm and 5pm. Free parking signposted in village. Cost £6 adults, accompanied children free – this includes the tea and scones. Cake & produce stalls. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. Proceeds to St Peter’s Church. Strong shoes or boots are essential.

For more information telephone 01295 680007 or email susan.price@ukgateway.net