What’s on where around Banbury: listings, October 1 edition

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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 October 2 and Saturday October 3

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, 7.30pm both days and 2.30pm on Saturday

Banbury Operatic Society present West End Magical Mystery Tour. The concert features songs from the West End across the ages from this award winning drama company. Beloved musicals featured in the concert include Anything Goes, Grease, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Hairspray and more. Tickets are £10 and are available online by visiting the tickets page at www.banburyoperaticsociety.co.uk or in person at Anker and Partners Estate Agents, Banbury.

Saturday October 3

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Ronni del Rio (country & western). Admission £2 members, £4 non-members

The Plough, Bodicote, 9pm

Ian Bramble from Irish rockers The Popes will be teaming up with local musician Richy “Machine Gun” Hoy known for his lightning guitar solos for a night of slide blues and rock as The Banned. Entry is free.

Duns Tew Village Hall

Following their successful concert at Duns Tew last year, critically acclaimed acoustic trio Whalebone are returning. Whalebone’s Seasons tour features high energy acoustic music alongside haunting atmospheric tunes. The show includes inventive interpretations of traditional music, rock classics and original material from their two international award winning albums. The show will also feature some brand new material together with tall tales, folklore and the myths which inspired the music. Tickets are £12.00, including supper. To book call Jenny on 01869 347462 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whalebone. For more information please see www.whalebone-music.com, or follow Whalebone on Facebook or Twitter.

St Mary’s Church, Bloxham, 7pm

Banbury Strings play works by Bach, Nielsen, Kalinnikov and Campling in aid of Amnesty International. The performance (about an hour) will be followed by light refreshments. Admission free. Donations to Amnesty International.

The Swan, South Bar Street, Banbury

John McCullagh & The Escorts. Front-man John is still only 17, and was signed by Alan McGee (who discovered Oasis among others) at 14. The band have recorded and released their new album ‘New Born Cry’ with John Power (The La’s / Cast). Visit https://www.facebook.com/JohnMcCullaghOfficial/timeline for more details.

Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 6.30pm until late

Raising The Deep showcase ‘A Celebration Of Matt Suttle’. All proceeds to Helen Hodgkins Trust. The bill includes Mr Switch (four-time and current DMCworld champion DJ), EZ Rollers feat Ella Sopp, Bryan Gee (V Recordings Founder), MCs Manikular & Algar. Tickets available from the Mill Arts Centre, £15 plus booking fee.

Saturday October 4

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Steve Perry. Admission £2 members, £4 non-members


ODEON (Friday October 2 to

Thursday October 8)

Hotel Transylvania 2 2D

Hotel Transylvania 2 3D

The Martian 2D (12A)

The Martian 3D (12A)

Legend (18)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2D (12A)

Everest 3D

Odeon Kids

2D Minions (U)

1h45m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt Start Time

Sat - Sun 10:00

Odeon silver screen

Mr Holmes (PG)

1h54m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Thu 11:00

Spooks: The Greater Good (15)

1h54m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Thu 11:00

ODEON Events

ROH: Le Nozze Di Figaro

3h25m – Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Mon 18:45

NT LIVE: The Importance Of Being Earnest

2h45m – Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Thu 19:15


Today (Thursday October 1)

Chipping Norton Theatre, 7.30pm

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas will be bringing his new showTrespass to the Chipping Norton Theatre on Thursday 1st October, asking the question: “If the ramblers of the 1930s were here now, what would they do to open up the cities?” Inspired by the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932, Mark turns his eye to how the government have sold off the majority of our communal spaces, from playing fields to public rights of way, setting out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £14 for concessions. Call 01608 642350 or visit www.

chippingnortontheatre.co.uk to book.

Compton Verney, 1.30pm

Tour with Gary Webb, head of landscape and gardens. An hour-long tour of the John ‘Capability’ Brown designed park, established more than 300 years ago. Discover the history, flora and fauna of Compton Verney. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis on the day – admission included in exhibitions, collections and grounds admission. Visit www.comptonverney.org.uk/book_online

Saturday October 3

Compton Verney, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

The ultimate environmentally-friendly adventure - monkey about in one of the venue’s really big trees with The Big Tree Climbing Company and hang out in the canopy. £18.50 per session (does not include admission to Compton Verney). Book directly through the Great Big Tree Climbing Company: www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk.

Sunday October 4

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome.

Meet at 10am in Churchill village hall car park for a seven mile circular walk via Cornwell and Salford with no stiles. For more info: (01295) 710143 & 279656

Banbury Canal Day at Castle Quay

Visit the Ramblers stall for information and get a free walk’s programme. New members very welcome. For more info: (01295) 710143

Tuesday October 6

Evenley Village Hall, 7.30pm

Brackley and District Floral Club are holding their October meeting. The demonstrator this month is Emma Remington and her demonstration is entitled As We Go Down To The Woods. There will also be a competition of autumn foliage.

Wednesday October 7

Ramblers walk - non-ramblers welcome. Meet at 2pm in Great Tew car park for a four mile walk to Cow Hill and Raven Hill. For more info: (01295) 710143 & 279656.

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

The original ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’ was a pamphlet issued by the US War Office in 1942. Inspired by this snapshot of wartime Britain, critically acclaimed theatre company Fol Espoir has joined forces with sketch-comedy trio The Real MacGuffins (whose credits include Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’ and ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People’) to create a perfectly suited mix of sketch-comedy, history and theatre. Call 01608 642350 for tickets.

Until October 13

The Michael Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney

Horse, Woman, Tree, Moon – an exhibition of paintings by George Wagstaffe. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and on Sundays September 13 and 27, and October 11 from 10am to 4pm.

Until January 9

Banbury Museum

The museum’s new exhibition sees a return of artwork by Sir Terry Frost RA, one of Britain’s most successful and acclaimed abstract artists of the 20th century. As a leading abstract painter he exhibited regularly in London and throughout the world, including major retrospectives at the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate St Ives. During the 1960s and early 1970s he lived in Banbury and this exhibition, marking what would have been his 100th birthday, celebrates the personal side of his life. It includes original paintings and artefacts on loan from Terry Frost’s family and some of those who knew him well. Visit www.

banburymuseum.org for more.

fo call 01295 710143 & 279656