Past Events

Concert for the Queen's 90th Birthday: June 2016

The concert by local Community Choir Vivace to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in Words and Song held at Seacourt Hall on 17 June was a huge success. Narrators Robin Carr and Gail Knowles reminded us of the key events of the Queen’s life and the music popular in each decade. The audience joined in enthusiastically with a wide range of songs- Music hall, Jazz, dance music and songs with a message were all represented. We were pleased to sing There’ll be Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover to celebrate the fact that Vera Lyn, was made a Companion of Honour in the Birthday Honours lists. (Sir) Rod Stewart also had a slot with ‘Sailing.’ The audience particularly enjoyed our homage to the Queens’s breakfast in the Breakfast Calypso and the trip to Ascot races (Courteousy of My Fair Lady We finished off with rousing renditions of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and The National Anthem. Voirrey Carr organised the whole event and acted as conductor and soloist. Martin Harris and Pauline Allen showed their command of Trivia by emerging as joint winners of the Royal quiz. Everyone enjoyed a chat and refreshments in the interval.Many thanks to everyone who came and took part in a very memorable community celebration.

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Best of Botley - December 2015

Congratulations to all the well-deserving winners and runners up in the first 'Best of Botley’ awards! Thank you also to the judges and organisers and everyone who came along for a memorable night celebrating local volunteers in our community. Full details below. More photos of the evening coming soon!

Community Group Leader of the year: Winner: Terry Saxton (Oxford 15th Scouts), shortlisted: Darren Blase (North Hinksey Youth Club), Emmett Casley (Pavilion Trust, Fete)

Conservation / environment group: Winner: Friends of Raleigh Park, shortlisted: Oxford Preservation Trust

Young volunteer of the year: Winners: Charlie Cresswell and Megan Cunningham

Favourite school staff member – Botley School: Winner: Sam Whitehead

On-line activity: Winner: Botley North Hinksey website team, shortlisted: Councillor Debby Hallett

Retired volunteer of the year: Winner: Briony Newport, shortlisted: Philip Stevens, Mary Timbrell

Business supporting the community: Winner: Café Aloha, shortlisted: Seacourt Bridge

Arts group: Winner: Whichcraft, shortlisted: Botley Community Arts Group

Sports group: Winner: Oxford R.F.C.

Long-term volunteer of the year: Winner: Marina Bennett (Botley Over 60s Lunch Club), shortlisted: Philip Stevens, Briony Newport, Olive Darlow

Community Group of the year: Winner: North Hinksey Youth Club, shortlisted: Botley Over 60s Lunch Club, West Way Community Concern

Lifetime Achievement: Ag MacKeith

Thank you also to our judges Margaret Deignan from Field House; Martin Harris; local historian, Rev. Clare Sykes; and Monica White, Librarian. Also to our sponsors: Waitrose, David Tompkins, Andrews Dry Cleaners, Oxford Interiors and The Sprout.

A report on the event by That's Oxford TV can be seen by clicking here.

The Best of Botley was also covered in the Oxford Mail.



 2014: Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914


Local Schools’ Remembrance

Outstanding Very Highly Commended

We Will Always Remember Them
  Edie Godfroy (by parental permission) 
 A field of red poppies
As far as my eyes can see
Standing like each soldier
Who fought for you and me

Brave, fearless, young and old
They all went to fight
The dismal nights for many years
Gloomy, sombre, no end in sight
They fought for us in the trenches
In the putrid dark and cold,
Emotions racing in their hearts
But always courageous and bold
Many lost their lives for us
In lands near and far
We will remember them forever
No matter who they are
Written and read out at the Remembrance service by Edie Godfroy
9th Nov 2014

Local Schools Remembrance. Very Highly Commended
Anne Hopestone
Alice Wightman Age13 Matthew Arnold School
Freya Donnelly 8 David Bowman year 6
Mack Botley School Age 9 page 1 Mack Botley School Age 9 page 2
Nicole Garcia Matthew Arnold School Rachael Lewis Aged 9 North Hinksey CCPS
Matthew Morris Aged 10 Botley School 1 Matthew Morris Aged 10 Botley School 2
Louisa Rimmer Matthew Arnold School Thea Broome Saunders Age 10 Year 6
Jamie Stewart Age 11 Matthew Arnold School