Activities In Bicester

This guide to the various activities you can get involved with in Bicester was produced by The Healthy New Town, Cherwell District Council, Bicester Town Council and Bicester Health Centre PPG. The informa­tion was correct at the time of printing December 2017, so please check with the contacts given that the information is still correct when you are looking to get involved.

Exercise

Name of Club/Activity Brief Description When Where Contact for further info
Bicester Badminton Club £5 per session or less. No need to bring a partner. Over 50s. Mon 15:00-16:30

Beginners/Social. Tues 19:00-21:00

Advanced/league. Fri 19:30-22:15

The Cooper School

Leisure Centre

www.facebook.com/BicesterBadminton
Bicester Green Gym Exercise outdoors with conservation & garden volunteering. (Free & all welcome) Tues 9:30-12:30 Places vary. Often Bure Park nature reserve. 01869-600952

steve.bea@ntlworld.com

www.bicestergreengym.org

Bicester Hockey Club Hockey club for all ages. Juniors – Sunday am

Men/Ladies. Times vary

The Cooper School www.bicesterhockeyclub.org.uk
Bicester Social Cycle Group A cycling group for adults & accompanied competent children. First three rides are free; after that there will be a charge. 1st Sun & 3rd Sat each month 9:45

April to Sept – Weds 6.30pm

Bicester Leisure Centre monica@mehers.com

07989304701

www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/bicester-social-cycling

Chair Based Exercise Gentle chair-based exercise class. Thurs 10:30-11:30am Saxon Court, Wessex Way, Bicester, OX26 6AX 01235 849403

info@generationgames.org.uk

South Indian Classical Dance Thurs & Fri evenings East Bicester Community Cnt.OX26 4TB Shahila Gokulakirishna gokulshahi2009@googlemail.com
Dance 4 Health A Falls Prevention Dance Programme for those with balance problems or who’ve had a fall. Tues 13.00-14.30 Whitelands Farm Leisure Centre. Bicester. OX26 1AJ Hannah Gray

01993 870158

HannahGray@ae-sop.org

PilatesPilates/Zumba Mon 18.00-21.00. Tues 18.00-20.15. Weds 17.45-18.45. Weds 20.15 – 21.15. Fri 09.00-11.30 E.Bicester Community Cnt. Keble Road OX26 4TB Ros White

07801 896295

www.realresultsbicesterfitness.co.uk

Groove Aerobics Groove Aerobics is the ultimate dance fitness class. Cardio, conditioning and choreography. Mon 9.30, Weds 10.30, Weds 19.30, Sat 10.30 Bicester Hotel, Golf & Spa Daniel Browne

0747 1944 925

grooveaerobics@gmail.com

Health Walk FREE short walk led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders. Sat 11.30

Sun 11.30

Tues 18.30

Thurs 11.30

Tues 10.45

Coker Cl, Health Ctr carpark Langford Medical Ctr N.Bicester surgery

Bure Park, Chip Shop

Launton Rd, Health & Wellbeing Ctr

jo.round@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk
Heyford Hoofers Square Dance Club Square Dance offers mental & physical stimulation. Tues 20.00-22.00 Langford Village Hall, Langford Village. OX26 6XX Bob Billinghurst

01869 600961

Jado Chi This class consists of relaxed flowing movements suitable for both the young and old. Saturday 9.30-10.30

Two FREE sessions for new participants.

Langford Village Hall, Bicester, OX26 6XX Booking is essential, contact Kate on Kate.Leach@JadoChi.com

0770 666 8680

Pilates Class Mon 13.45-14.45 Bicester Leisure Centre, Queens Ave, OX26 2NR 01869 253914- Option 3
Ramblers

(Bicester & Kidlington group)

All welcome. Listed in Oxford Times events page & on website 01491 608109

www.ramblers-oxon.org.uk

Seedbarn Line Dancing Weds 13:30-15:30 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Strength & Balance (First session free) Ideal for the over 60s worried about their balance. Mon 13:30-14:30 Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01235 849 403

info@generationgames.org.uk

Swimming For over 50s. Bicester Leisure Centre 01869 253914
Tai Chi Tues 14.00-15.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Walking Football Over 50s All sessions on all-weather outdoor pitch. Thurs 15.30-16.30 Bicester Leisure Centre, Queens Avenue, Bicester, OX26 2NR Jordan Chaney

01295 2218064

Jordan.chaney@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

Yoga Weds 19.00-20.00 East Bicester Community Centre, Keble Road, OX26 4TB Nadine Sandjo

07981 229642

nad_1804@yahoo.co.uk

Zumba Gold Dance & aerobic element makes exercise more interesting. Fri 14.30-15.30 Bicester Leisure Centre, Queens Avenue. Barbara

07593 691312

barbarazumbagold@yahoo.com

 

Social Activities

Activity Brief Description When Where Contact
Achieve Oxfordshire Weight Management

(closed group, pls call).

Thurs 10.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane 01865 338119 www.achieveoxfordshire.org
Acorn Toddler Group Fun for under 5s. Tues 10.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane 01869 323030, churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk
Alcoholics Anonymous Fri 19.30-21.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane. 01869 323030, churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk
ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children) Volunteer as a Reading Helper visiting 3 children in a primary school near you Twice weekly for an 1.5 hrs each time We will place you in a primary school in your preferred geographical area 01869 320380

info@archoxfordshire.org.uk

www.archoxfordshire.org.uki

Bicester Art Club Currently a waiting list for membership. Weds 14.00-16.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall Margaret Graham

07890134057

Bicester Bridge Club Mon 19.15 Highfield Social Club, George Street, Bicester, OX26 2EE David Watkins

01869 811152

dfbhwatkins@hotmail.com

Bicester Carers Group Support & friendship for family carers over 18 yrs. 2nd & 4th Thurs of the month 10.30-12.00 Kings Arms, Market Place, Bicester Christine Stanbridge

07827 235456

christinestanbridge@carersox­fordshire.org.uk

Bicester Choral & Operatic Society A performing musical society. Weds 19.30-21.30 St Mary’s School, off Queen’s Avenue. 07956 759653

joinus@bcoswesing.org.uk

Bicester Community Café Bicester locals are invited to the store for tea, coffee & chat. 2nd Tuesday of the month 10:30-12.00 Sainsburys, Pioneer Square, Bure Place, Bicester, OX26 6FA Claire or customer services

01869 853600

Bicester Concert Band Rehearsals for occasional concerts for brass, woodwind & percussion. Tues 20.00-21.45 St Edburgs School Kingsmere, Bicester, OX26 1BF Rosalind Mason

01869 323263

Info@bicesterconcertband.org.uk

Bicester Crafts Drop in with your own craft project (& lunch). 1st Saturday of the month 10.00-16.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane. Margaret

01869 244637

Bicester Floral Club Demonstrations, competitions, workshops, talks, outings, social events & festivals. 4th Tues of the month (exc. January) 19.15 Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Road, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Irene

0118 947 0737 secretary@bbando.org.uk

Bicester Good Neighbour Scheme Help & support for older people. Daily. Office hours Bicester, OX25 07849799530

bgns@live.com

Bicester Green – Repair Work & Training Volunteers help to fix bikes & make items from wood. All welcome. Daily. Email for details. The Yard, The Garth, Launton Road, Bicester, OX26 6PS Emma Gordon

01869 388 564 info@bicestergreen.org.uk

Bicester Local History Society Acknowledge & encourage the interest of people in the local history of Bicester & the surrounding area. 3rd Monday of the Month 19.30 Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road www.blhs.org.uk/
Bicester Matinee Club Bingo, raffle, outings, bring & share meals. Every other Thursday 12.30-14.30 The Pop In Centre, 2 Manorsfield Road, Bicester, OX26 6EX Valerie Sturgess

01869 600143

valoxford@live.co.uk

Bicester Memory Café Dementia sufferers and carers. Meet others in a relaxed setting. Last Wednesday of the month 10.30-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Trish Heron

07803 115952

Oxford@alzheimers.org.uk

Bicester Memory Support Group An opportunity for people with dementia & their carers to get together. Monthly The Pop In Centre, 2 Manorsfield Road, Bicester, OX26 6EX Frances Claydon  07964 037255
Dementia Oxfordshire 2nd Wednesday of the month 14.00-15.30 francesclaydon@dementiaox­fordshire.org.uk
Bicester Methodist Wives Club Mon 20.00 Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Keva Smith

01869 320582

Bicester Pop in Centre Drop in for a hot drink, warm welcome & some company. Daily 10.00-12.00

Age UK Oxfordshire rep on 1st Friday of month

The Pop In Centre, 2 Manorsfield Road, Bicester, OX26 6EX Pauline Lamb

01869 245566

Bicester Silver Thread Local Craft Group. Every other Monday 13.30-15.30 The Pop In Centre, 2 Manorsfield Road, Bicester, OX26 6EX Jean Barrington

01869 245009

Bicester Town’s Womens Guild Activities & social group. 1st Tuesday of the month 13.00-15.00 Pop In Centre, 2 Manors­field Road, OX26 6EX Barbara

01869 252637

Bicester U3A (University of the Third Age) Activities, talks, events & trips for over 50’s not in full time employment. A positive & creative approach to retirement. 4th Thursday of the month 14.00-16.00 The Clifton Centre, Ashdene Rd, Bicester, OX26 2BH 01869 242506

http://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=288&page=3

Bicester WI Educational opportunities & the chance to build new skills. All welcome. 3rd Tuesday of month 19.30 Weyland Hall, North street, Bicester, OX26 7ND Kathleen

01869 331082

ofwi@btconnect.com

Bicester Widows Club (not a bereavement group) Offers friendship & outings to widows & single ladies. Mon 13.30-15.30 Methodist Church Hall Sheep Street , Bicester, OX26 6JD Helen, Heather or Wendy

01869 243844 or 07523 931674

Bingo

Crofters Social Group

Thurs 14.00-16.00

Fri 17.30-19.30

Lerwick Croft Community Hall, Bicester, OX26 4XX Nicolette

07719923952

Netty.mackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

Bridges Drop-in for homeless & those struggling with addiction. (18+yrs) Weds 12.00-14.00

Friday 10.00-14.00

The Salvation Army, Hart Place 01869 369160

Bicester@salvationarmy.org.uk

Causeway Carers Small group of people who care for a relative or friend suffering a mental health illness. 1st Monday of the month Bicester Children’s Centre Brookside, Queens Avenue, Bicester, OX26 2NR Chairman: Michael Wyatt

01869 246853

10otmail.wyatt@hotmail.co.uk

Cherwell Community & Voluntary Service Provides essential transport for those unable to access public transport or help from friends & family. Daily. Bookings must be made at least three working days ahead. Banbury, Bicester & surrounding villages. 01295 759126

cherwellcvs@talktalkbusiness.net

Coffee Morning Drop in for coffee, cake & a light lunch. Tues 10.00-12.00 Church Foyer, Bicester Methodist Church, Bell Lane. Margaret Jaggs

01869 244637

Fish & Chips Lunch Crofters Social Group Last Monday of the month 12.45 Lerwick Croft Community Hall, Bicester, OX26 4XX Nicolette

07719923952 Netty.mackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

Friday Coffee Morning & Lunches All welcome. Friday 9.30-13.00

(Lunches from Noon)

Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Games & Quizzes Crofters Social Group Mon 14.00-16.00 Lerwick Croft Community Hall, Bicester, OX26 4XX Nicolette

07719 923952 Netty.mackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

Grapevine Toddler Group Fun for pre-schoolers. Weds 10.00-11.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Hanover Gardens Film Club for the over 60s. Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday 14.00 Hanover Gardens, Bicester, OX26 6DG 0267@hanover.org.uk or Tele­phone 01869 246388
Hanover Gardens Bingo for the over 60s. Every Thursday of the month 14.00 Hanover Gardens, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 6DG 0267@hanovr.org.uk or Tele­phone 01869 246388
Information & Advice Drop-in Information service from benefits to classes to help at home and volunteering. 3rd Tuesday of the month 10.00-11.30

A volunteer is available every 1st Friday from 10am-11:30pm

The Pop In Centre, 2 Manorsfield Road, Bicester, OX26 6EX Libby Griffin

07827235410

libbygriffin@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

IT Lessons Gain confidence & learn basic computer skills. Tues 9.30-13.00 Library, Franklins House, Wesley Lane, Bicester, OX26 6DJ Kasia

07827235402

kasiazielasko@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Kabin Over 50’s Club BECA Bingo, activities, refreshments, time to chat. Mon 14.00-16.30 Bicester East Community Centre, Bicester, OX26 4TP Pat Jagger

07939569561

patricia.jagger@btinternet.com

Knit & Natter Weds 10.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Late Spring Bicester Age UK Oxfordshire Comfort & support for anyone aged 60+ who has been bereaved. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 10.00-11.30 Room 2 (1st Floor), Emmanuel Church, Bicester, OX26 3HA Helen Sollis

01235 849 434

helensollis@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Launton Village Rock Chorus Classic & contemporary rock informal vocal group. Tues 19.30 Launton Village Hall, Bicester Road, Bicester, Launton, OX26 5DP Steve Webber 01869 242607 webber.steve@tesco.net
Lunch Club

Crofters Social Group

Monthly, Sat (call for times & dates) Lerwick Croft Community Hall, Bicester, OX26 4XX Nicolette

07719 923952

Netty.mackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

Memory Support Café For residents, carers & those who are affected by memory difficulties. 2nd Thursday of the month 14.00-16.00 Langford View Care Centre, Coach House Mews, Bicester, OX26 6EW The Manager

01869 252343

Messy Monkeys Toddler Group (0-5yrs). Wednesday (Term time) 9.30-11.00 The Salvation Army, Hart Place 01869 369160 Bicester@salvationarmy.org.uk
Musical Minis Fun music to aid child development (0-4yrs). Mon 11.00-12.00

Fri 10.00-11.00

Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Margaret Jaggs
Narcotics Anonymous Help support & advice. Thurs 19.00-21.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

NHS Blood Donation session Please check for dates Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Open Doors Tuesday Coffee Morning All welcome. Tuesday 10.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Open Doors Saturday Coffee Morning All welcome. Saturday 11.00-13.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Oxfordshire Mind Peer support groups For anyone aged 16+ experiencing mental health issues looking for support. Monday 14.00-16.00

Friday 14.00-16.00

Sainsbury’s Café, Pioneer Square Pop-in Centre, Pioneer square Call to book an appointment on

01865 247788.

POSCH Bicester Parents of special needs children (0-24yrs). 2nd & 4th Monday of the month. Pls call for details Glory Farm School, Hendon Place, Bicester, OX26 4YJ Marion Aslett

01869 249604

Rainbows, Brownies, Rangers, Guides, Beavers & Scouts Regular evening meetings pls call for details Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Rethink Support Group For carers of those with mental health issues. 1st Monday of the month. 19.00 Meetings can change, please call. Sainsbury’s, Pioneer Square, Bure Place, Bicester, OX26 6FA Mike Wyatt or Deborah Smart

01869 246853 or 01865 904499

Ride on Time Active play for under 5s. Mon 10.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Margaret Jaggs

01869 244637

Rock Choir Thurs 19.30-21.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Rock of Ages Café The older members of our com­munity meet; chat, refreshments, crafts, talks, quizzes & more. Tues 10.00-12.00 Emmanuel Church, Bure Park, Bicester, OX26 3HA Elizabeth Taylor

01869 243479

Scrabble Club Diocesan All welcome. Weds 14.00-16.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ Margaret Jaggs

01869 244637

Sing & Sign Classes Baby & Toddler signing & communication classes. Tues 9.00-12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 07906 055591
Soup Lunch All welcome. Second Tuesday of the month. 12.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

St Edburg’s Toddler group Under 5s group. Friday 9.30 St Edburgs’ Hall (weekly) Capt.north13@hotmail.com
St Edburg’s Funday school After School club fro primary age. Friday 15.15 St Edburgs’ School (monthly) Capt.north13@hotmail.com
St Edburg’s Community café’ For Mums and babies. Thursday 9.00 St Edburgs’ School (monthly) Capt.north13@hotmail.com
Ten Pin Bowling

Crofters Social Group

Last Tuesday of the month. 14.00 Bicester Leisure Centre, Queens Avenue, Bicester, OX26 2NR Nicolette

07719 923952

Netty.mackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

The Well Community Café. Everyone welcome. (Ideal for preschoolers) Tuesday (Term time) 9.30-13.00 The Salvation Army, Hart Place 01869 369160

Bicester@salvationarmy.org.uk

Time out for Carers, Bicester Café meeting Coffee, chat & informal peer support for carers & cared for. 3rd Thursday of the month 11.30-13.00 Savoir Fare Cafe, Garth Park, Launton Road, Bicester, OX26 6PS Ben Reynolds

01993 899980

breynolds@guideposts.org.uk

U3A Memory Recall For the over 50s. 2nd Tuesday of the month 14.00-16.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Vibrant Youth group for secondary school children. Saturday 17.30 St Edburg’s School & Hall (fortnightly) Capt.north13@hotmail.com
Weight Watchers Thurs 12.00-14.00 Bicester Methodist Church Hall, Bell Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JQ 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk

Wendlebury Gardening Club Swap ideas, fabulous trips & guest speakers. 3rd Tuesday of the month 19.15 Wendlebury Village Hall, Bicester, OX25 2PR Mrs T. E. Harrap

01869 252713

Youth After School Drop-In After school drop-in for 11+yrs. Thursday 13.30 Bicester Methodist Church 01869 323030

churchadmin@bicestermethodist.org.uk