What’s on where around Banbury: listings, June 4 edition

The Churchfitters are playing at The Mill
The Churchfitters are playing at The Mill

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Banbury over the coming week. Please email editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.


Friday (June 5)

General Foods Social Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 8pm to 11pm

Chris Richards. Members free, non members £1.

The Dolphin Inn, Middleton Cheney, 9pm

The Barrelhouse Riders, free entry.

Saturday (June 6)

General Foods Social Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 9pm to midnight

Scott Bro’s. Members free, non members £1.

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Rik King. £2 members, £4 non members.

The Mill, Banbury

A folk band like no other promise to beguile and entertain at The Mill in Banbury on Sunday. The Churchfitters feature a double bass made out of a saucepan, heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw, foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And them there’s the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.

Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.

Tickets cost £14 or £12 for concessions. The concert is a seated event. Call 01295 279002 or visit www.themillartscentre.co.uk.

St Peter’s church, Hanwell, 7.30pm

Organ recital

Part of HanFest. The theme of the festival is ‘memory and lost ones’ around which the first half of the concert programme will be based, including a series of organ improvisations. The second half will contain a few upbeat surprises. Matthew Johnson will be leading an organ recital that will include works by 20th-century composers such as Oldroyd and Runyon, and a taste of Italy and France with pieces by Yon and Vierne. Matthew is assistant organist/choirmaster at Sacred Heart and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Droitwich. Over the previous 15 years he has held organist positions at: Ss. Peter and Paul’s, Pype Hayes; St. Mary’s, Clayton-le-Moors; Sacred Heart, Accrington; and has been chorister/cantor at the Birmingham Oratory. The evening will also include a piano recital by Mark Heller and contemporary ballet by Richard Jones. Local jazz band 1984ensemble will take to the stage to bring the evening to a close. As the concert comes to an end there will be a chance to look into the skies with telescopes from the Hanwell Observatory. Concert tickets are priced at £7 per adult and entry is free for under 16s. The price of the ticket includes a glass of champagne/wine and light refreshments. Tickets can be booked online by visiting the HanFest website at www.hanfest.co.uk

Sunday (June 7)

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Tommy Cavanagh. £2 members, £4 non members.


ODEON (Friday June 5 to Thursday June 11)

A Royal Night Out (12A)

Jurassic World 2D (12A)

Jurassic World 3D (12A)

Pitch Perfect 2 (12A)

San Andreas 2D (12A)

San Andreas 3D (12A)

Spy (15)

Tomorrowland – A World Beyond (12A)

Two By Two 2D (U)

Odeon Kids

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water (U)

1h32m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt start time

Sat –Sun 10:00

Odeon silver screen

Whiplash (15)

2h15m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt start sime – wheelchair access aailable

Wed 11:00

Odeon silver screen

Selma (12A)

2h18m – £3.50 per Ticket – Prompt start time , wheelchair access available

Thu 11:00

Royal Opera House (live)

La- Boheme (TBC)

3h00m – Prompt start time, wheelchair access available

Wed 19:15


Saturday and Sunday (June 6 and 7)


HanFest sees a collection of inspiring art work from artists living in Oxfordshire and further afield. The 12-century ironstone church of St Peter will play host as this year’s venue for both the exhibition and the classical evening concert. The exhibition will include paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and even a part of a Warwickshire field. Hanwell artist Caroline Pigden will be exhibiting a number of works. The festival includes works by artist and illustrator Samantha Louise, Turkish-born artist artist Banu Beyza, artist Roland Staines, artist Ella Marie Hendy, artist Caroline Streatfield-Chalk, seramicist Rosemary Muirhead, artist John Bishop, artist Alexandra Woods and photographer Mollie-Emily Tanner. A number of free creative family activities will be taking place during the weekend including ‘make and wave’. Children can have a go at making and painting flags and bunting to then wave during the concert on the Saturday evening. A cafe will be open serving teas, coffees, cakes and ice creams during the daytime. Visit www.hanfest.co.uk for more details.

Until 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 150 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.


Today (Thursday June 4)

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome. Meet at 6.45pm in the layby on the B4100 between Aynho and M40 bridge for a four and a half-mile circular walk to Aynho and Souldern. Dogs on short leads please. For more info: (01295) 710143 & 279656

Saturday (June 6)

Banbury & Bicester College, Banbury campus

Business students are hosting a fun yet educational fete at the Banbury Campus. There will be mini science experiments, animals, a burger van and many other fun activities such as a bouncy castle.

Manor House, Overthorpe, 2pm tp 5pm

The first village fete in Overthorpe for more than 30 years is taking pace and will be a real treat. Most villagers do not remember them ever having a village fete in Overthorpe so they are really putting on a show. There’s plenty of fun for all ages with traditional attractions like splat the rat, hook a duck, cakes stall, face painting and much more, including the not-to-be-missed wonderful strawberry cream teas. Entry is £1, under 10s free, with all proceeds to the Church of St Mary’s.

Wednesday June 10

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome. Meet at 2pm near Tackley in the layby North of Sturdy’s Castle for a five mile walk in area. Registered assistance dogs only. For more info: (01295) 710143 & 279656

Tuesdays until June 23

The Dupuis Centre, Dashwood Road, Banbury, OX16 9AF, 1.3opm to 3.45pm

Oxfordshire Mind Wellbeing Service is soon be running a four-week Meditation & Tai Chi course on Tuesdays until June 23. The course is free of charge, but booking is essential via 01993 702 999