Pre-Christmas special with Cloud 9 band and Cloud 9 Community Choir

On Friday December 9th 2022, Cloud 9 band and Cloud 9 Community Choir held a pre-Christmas special at Chesterton Community Centre, Chesterton, Oxon to raise funds for Alexandra House of Joy.

This fundraising musical entertainment event included a fantastic raffle. The Cloud 9 Community Choir entertained a full house with a mixture of Christmas carols and songs.

Soloist, Emily Ottaway, did a wonderful rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night.

“It was a wonderful evening, the choir and other artists were very entertaining” – Fran Portlock

In total the event raised the wonderful sum of £1,044!

Thank you to everyone who continues to support us as we look to raise the £3M needed to build Alexandra House.

Cllr Les Sibley’s Charity Dinner Raises Funds

Councillor Les Sibley, Chair of Cherwell District Council, organised a large charity dinner – sponsored by Bicester Village – in aid of Alexandra House of Joy, his chosen charity during his reign of office for 2023/2024.

The dinner was held at the Heyford Hotel, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire – a wonderful venue – and was well attended. Guests included a number of ‘the chain gang’ from across Oxfordshire, the High Sheriff, and a group of militaries from the US air base in Croughton.

There was a substantial raffle which all helped towards the final total raised: £4,600!

View our current total raised, and find out how you can support us in building Alexandra House!

Chairman of Cherwell District Council Supports Alexandra House of Joy with the Buy a Brick Campaign

Read about Councillor Sibley’s continued support for Alexandra House of Joy in 2024!

We are delighted that Councillor Les Sibley, Chairman of Cherwell District Council, is supporting Alexandra House of Joy as his chosen charity for 2022/2023.

Councillor Les Sibley holds a brick for the Buy a Brick CampaignCouncillor Sibley said: Alexandra House of Joy are working to build a distinctive, multipurpose care centre for adults with severe and profound learning disabilities. They have been gifted land to build on and now I want to rally local support so that brick by brick we can make their vision a reality.”

People wishing to support adults with severe learning disabilities can buy a piece of this purpose-built care facility in Bicester for just £5.

The ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign continues in 2024 – join in to help build this house!


How to support the Alexandra House of Joy Buy a Brick CampaignBuy a Brick Campaign

Payment can be made by cash, bank transfer or cheque – made payable to: Cherwell District Council The Chairman’s Charity Account
Account No: 52021467
Sort Code: 60-01-35
Reference Buy a Brick

Cheques can be sent to:
Liz Matthews, PA to the Chairman, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Banbury, OX15 4AA

October Celebrity Quiz Night for AHJ

A Quiz Night hosted by a special celebrity guest: Darragh Ennis – “The Menace” from ‘The Chase’ and ‘Beat the Chasers’.

Darragh read the questions which were set by Chris Curtis, winner of the TV Quiz Programme ‘Britain’s Brainiest Family’.

This fun evening, held at Chesterton Community Centre (OX26 1BJ) included a raffle with lots of great prizes given by local businesses and supporters, in addition to the quiz and raised a total £1,371 for Alexandra House of Joy!

Fran Portlock, who attended the event, said “What a fab night we had, great quiz, great company and delicious cakes. Thank you. Wow, amazing amount raised, well done to all who were involved in the organising. Looking forward to the Christmas event!”

Afternoon Tea Dance with Cloud 9

On July 24th 2022 a wonderful afternoon tea was served by the very kind and generous owner and staff of The Littlebury Hotel, Bicester to raise funds for our Charity. The setting was perfect and 70 people came to it making it a very successful event indeed.

The Cloud 9 Band came to entertain playing delightful nostalgic 1940’s music and it was a joy to see some of the guests get up and dance. It was a lovely afternoon tea dance!

Once again we are indebted to the incredible kindness of Mike McKeown and his staff (especially the chef!) for such a memorable afternoon. Enormous thanks goes also to the fabulous Cloud 9 Band – Amanda, Des, Celia, Daniel and Emily. Celia was very ill that day, and her place was taken by her 15 year old daughter Emily, who did a wonderful job. Our thanks also go to Emily Lane and her friend Hannah, two student friends who very kindly came to wait at the tables. They did a fantastic job. Thanks also to Kathy Liddell for the work beforehand on advertising and ticket sales, to all the very generous people who gave prizes for the raffle, and for everyone who bought the tickets and came to support us.

£713 was raised for which we are very grateful. How blessed we are to have such wonderful support.

Banbury Charity Craft Fair

This fundraising event was a big undertaking. A total of 30 crafters came to support the Charity event on July 31st 2022, as well as the Coffee Guys, and Superior Gourmet Burger Bar. The weather stayed dry which was a big relief and we had a fairly good footfall. We had entertainment from a very talented Acoustic Guitarist, and a Raffle and Tombola run by Estrada EMC Ltd.

The Crafts were very diverse and each one really unique, and our Alexandra House of Joy stall was packed with beautiful items made by very gifted and talented supporters of our Charity.

Richard Slatter and team

Richard Slatter and team who set up the 30 stalls

Very many thanks once again to Tom Duckham for allowing us to run the event, to Richard Slatter and his team who worked so hard to plan, create and build all the market stalls and gazebos (a huge task), to Julie Ann Downs for her work behind the scenes to set it all up, to Thomas of Estrada for his generosity and support, to Charlie Tarry for the great music, and to Sharon Betterton for her huge help with our stall.

£795 was raised! Another great day helping to get us another step towards our final building cost target.