Festive Gardener’s Diary December

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Quite often a cold, wet month with only pale sunshine. Many gardens get neglected due to pre- Christmas activity, but there are still things to do before the onset of the real winter. Weather permitting, this month is still an appropriate time to plant trees, shrubs, conifers and roses etc. It’s also an ideal time […]

Dickens’ Classic Tale with a Magical Twist

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

It’s nearly time to join the Victorian era’s finest time-travelling magicians as they tackle one of the festive season’s most iconic tales; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – adding their own blend of fantastical storytelling and mind-bending illusions to the mix. “The likeability of this dashing duo, and truly impressive sleight of hand magic, will […]

The Yurt at Nicholsons

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

The Yurt at Nicholsons provides simple and surprising delights under canvas in our tree nursery in North Aston. We bring fresh and local ingredients to your plate with honest cuisine; a real celebration of food. We offer a tasteful selection of organic, fresh, and local food in the form of breakfasts, sharing platters and light […]

Lonely this Christmas

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas and half a million of them can go up to a week without seeing or speaking to anyone, with the television as their only company. They admit that speaking about their loneliness is very difficult, as they do not want to be seen to […]

Easy ways to Healthier Eating

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Increase your use of fresh vegetables and fruit When making a sandwich, always add some lettuce, tomato, cucumber or other salad ingredients. If having an occasional takeaway, add a small side dish of your own cooked vegetables or a mixed salad. Fresh vegetable juices are a great way of boosting nutrient intake. Use a variety […]

Local Dementia Support

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Have you recently been diagnosed with dementia? Perhaps you are caring for someone with dementia? It can often be difficult to ask for support, and sometimes it feels that we burden our family and friends. Well, now there is someone else you can talk to. Dementia Oxfordshire offers advice and guidance on dementia to everyone, […]

Compton Verney hosts Major Photo Exhibition

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park is hosting Magnum Manifesto, an exhibition featuring some of the most significant and enduring images from The Magnum Photos agency, focusing on the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of 75 leading photographers. This is the only place in the UK in which this […]

British Motor Museum – Festive Fun!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Festive activities start on 7 December with our Christmas Craft Weekends on 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 December. Come and make a Robin, Snowman or Father Christmas then attach them to pullback wheels and watch them go on our Festive race track! The Museum’s Christmas elves will also be stopping by […]

The Royal British Legion “Remember Together”

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

This year, The Royal British Legion is asking for communities across Britain to ‘Remember Together’ the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together in 1944. Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November. This year it falls on the 10th November. […]

Vienna Festival Ballet return to The Mill

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Classical ballet takes centre stage once again when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet Company return to town by popular demand, following huge acclaim for their recent productions of The Nutcracker and Coppelia. Their original production of Snow White will dazzle the whole family, telling the timeless fairy-tale of a journey through a magical world […]

Gardener’s Diary – November

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Mid to late autumn, can be an unpredictable time of the year – the first of the real night frosts will usually have already occurred, signalling the end of any remaining tender annual plants and making most gardeners consider the onset of winter. There is still time however, when weather permits, to finish any delayed […]

Lenny’s Cafè Bar, Banbury

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Lenny’s is a fresh new Cafè Bar located in the centre of Parsons Street, serving food & drinks all day everyday. Whether its a bacon sarnie in the morning, a lunchtime toastie or an evening steak we’ve got all the essentials to fill your cravings. With a variety of premium draught beers and wines, alongside […]

Banbury hosts the launch of Happerley England

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

On 5th September the first stage of the Happerley England Tour took place at Primrose Hill Farm Arlescote, Banbury in association with The Kitchen, one of Oxfordshire’s finest country eating houses. Guests learned about the Happerley England project and enjoyed a very exclusive feast of regional food and drink all sourced from Happerley Gold Standard […]

Theatre for all ages

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

From hard-hitting drama, to classic family favourites and a nostalgic look back at one of the UK’s best loved comedy classics, there’s a theatrical treat for all tastes at The Mill this October. Award-winning Box Tale Soup present their adaptation of best-selling author Henry James’ disturbing story, The Turn of The Screw. A young governess […]

Gardener’s Diary – October

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

Summer has officially ended and autumn begins. The evenings are now becoming cooler but October could still give us some glorious daytime sunshine. Summer bedding is now looking tired and it’s time to replace with autumn/winter bedding to give new colour well into winter. The main activity in the flower garden now is planning and […]

The New Inn, Middleton Cheney

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

The New Inn is a family and dog-friendly pub in the heart of Middleton Cheney, with a gorgeous function room available for hire. With a newly launched menu, you’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked, locally sourced English pub food with weekly specials, monthly themed nights and a great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Showing the latest […]

Bank Holiday Festival Highlights

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

The Big Feastival More than 55,000 visitors flocked to the fields of Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds across the August bank holiday weekend to be entertained by world-class musicians, Michelin star chefs and a huge variety of family activities. The host said “It’s been a perfect summer’s weekend here on the farm, our hottest […]

National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

Upton House and Gardens is hosting a National Portrait Gallery Exhibition. From 21st September – 9th December 2019, visitors will be able to see “Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions” This exhibition is a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery drawing on portraits from the Gallery’s Collection. It focuses on individuals who […]

The Mill this September

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

Having previously thrilled audiences with hit shows The Thing That Came From Over There and What The Dickens, we are excited to welcome back Gonzo Moose with Once Upon a Time, a comedy fairy tale adventure bursting with physical comedy, absurd jokes and magical illusion. “A riot from start to finish” Venue Magazine Coming to […]

Introducing the New Foscote Hospital

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

The Foscote Private Hospital in Banbury has undergone a breathtaking transformation following its’ sale to Harley Street maxillofacial surgeon, Professor Kaveh Shakib. The hospital, which has been established in Banbury for over 40 years, was put up for sale in 2018 by the charitable trust that had been managing it, as it required major investment […]

The Bell Inn at Shenington

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

I’ll get straight to the point, what I really like in a little country pub, is when the owner is a very experienced chef and is hands on in running the kitchen and doing the cooking. Well that’s what you get at the The Bell Inn at Shenington and boy does it work well! It […]

The Gate Hangs High, Hook Norton

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

September 2019 marks the start of a new future for The Gate Hangs High as it is taken over by new management, we can’t wait to welcome you to enjoy the atmosphere created by the setting of our traditional English Country Inn with original beams, shining horse brasses and a beautiful inglenook fireplace creating a […]

Gardener’s Diary – September

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

This month marks the ‘tail-end’ of summer and the start of autumn. Quite often a time of warm, dry weather with the appearance of early morning mists. The natural world is slowing down as animals, birds, insects and plants start to prepare for winter. The garden is entering a natural lull before the work of […]

Cropredy Festival Highlights

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

A festival spokesman said: “Despite the changeable weather everyone had a great time at our fortieth anniversary bash.” On Thursday The Waterboys performed a spectacular set to close the evening but Gogol Bordello proved a hard act to follow. Friday evening saw the crowd braving heavy showers to hear Richard Thompson who was followed by […]

Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 19, 2019

BARKS are the cat’s whiskers! Rescuing, re-homing and caring for over 350 animals each year is a huge feat for one of our most-loved local charities – and it’s entirely run by volunteers. BARKS (Banbury Animal Rescue and Kindness Service) saves cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, rodents and wild creatures. They also foster […]

You could meet Levi Roots and get a free goody bag

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 1, 2019

This is your chance to meet the man himself at the Banbury Food & Drink Festival and get a free goody bag containing a selection of his produce! Just leave your name, email address and telephone number below then sit back and cross your fingers. Hurry entries close on Monday 12th August at 12.00 Noon […]

Win a Free Ticket to The Big Feastival!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 1, 2019

The Big Feastival, returns to the Cotswolds this August Bank Holiday for the 8th year with a jampacked line-up. With music from the UK’s biggest artists, Michelin star chefs live on stage, award-winning street food and an exciting programme of family entertainment, The Big Feastival has something for everyone. The Big Feastival will be kicking […]

Banbury Food & Drink Festival

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 31, 2019

Sunday 18th August, 10.30am – 4.30pm Banbury Town Centre Banbury Food & Drink Festival celebrates a wide range of high quality artisan food and drink produced from around the county, exploring the art of food and drink making. Providing a wonderful opportunity for people to experience the friendly and social atmosphere that accompanies eating and […]

Freedom of Entry Parade in Bicester

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

Bicester played host recently to the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment, based at St Georges Barracks, when they were honoured with the Freedom of Entry and paraded through the town centre streets. This decree is a town’s highest civic honour and means that the regiment can march through the town […]

Gardener’s Diary – August

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

With most things in the garden either sown or planted, now is a good time to relax and enjoy it. Ensure the garden can cope with the heat of full summer. Deadhead flowering plants, keep up the weeding and water regularly. If you are going on holiday arrange for someone to water for you. Keep […]

Comedy at The Mill

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

This Autumn, The Mill will be presenting the cream of the up and coming comedy circuit in a series of regular Comedy Club nights. Each night will feature three stars of the UK comedy scene giving Banbury a chance to get a real taste of a range of diverse comedy styles and talents and guaranteed […]

The Unicorn, Deddington

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

The magic of the Unicorn lies with landlord Kris and his family. Kris grew up in a farming family in and around Middleton Cheney with farming in his blood. Much of the focus has been with poultry rearing, but also includes a flock of sheep and a herd of cows. There is not much Kris […]

Keeping cool at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 25, 2019

With temperatures rising rapidly, the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been keeping cool with a little help from their keepers. They have been treated to delicious ice enrichments and slices of ice-cold refreshing watermelon. Some of the animals have also been cooling themselves down by taking a dip in their pools, especially the Capybaras (also known […]

A History of Banbury

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 3, 2019

“Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse; Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, And she shall have music wherever she goes.” This nursery rhyme which has been a favourite with children across the world dates from about 1760.The “Fine” lady is a member of […]

NEW Exhibition and Summer Holiday Family Activities

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 2, 2019

The British Motor Museum 20 July – 2 September This summer explore the Museum’s new exhibition The Car. The Future. Me. and enjoy a selection of futuristic themed family activities. Every day you can Discover Circuits – drop into our family activity station and draw a graphite car, then create a circuit to give your car working headlights. Or […]

Gardener’s Diary – July

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 2, 2019

A great time to relax and enjoy your garden with blue skies, sunshine and rich, fresh growth. The emphasis is now on weeding and watering. The pond or water garden is now at its best and will be attracting many forms of wildlife to the garden. Monthly reminders: Flower Gardens – Deadhead to prolong displays. […]

DANCE BANBURY!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 2, 2019

Dance Banbury is a weekend of dance performance taking place in Banbury town centre locations and celebrating cutting edge dance from leading UK and International professional companies. These are all dance companies pushing the boundaries and combining non-traditional dance elements; from augmented reality to parkour, whilst also blurring the lines between watching, and becoming part […]

Win FREE Tickets to Cropredy Festival

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 17, 2019

Cropredy Festival goers are in for a treat in early August with a terrific line up over the 3 day Festival from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th and you could be going completely free of charge. Your Letterbox has a number of free tickets for 2 persons to give to lucky winners in their online […]

Restaurant Review – The Star Inn, Sulgrave

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Sulgrave is a popular conservation village in South Northamptonshire only 7.9 miles from Banbury. Whilst doing this review of the Star Inn I became acquainted with three connections which it has with America. Firstly, the village is best known for Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington the first president of the United States. […]

Banbury & District Show

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Sunday 9th June, 10am – 4.30pm, Spiceball Park. The Banbury & District Show offers something for everyone, even the canine members of the family. The centre-piece to the Show are the arenas situated in both fields, ranging from stunts to local clubs showcasing their talents, show them your support along the way. This year there […]

Gardener’s Diary – June

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Summer should have arrived at last and gardeners can start to enjoy their gardens with much of the heavy work now completed. Beware, however, as there is still time for late frosts which can still harm tender bedding and vegetables early in the month. This month has the year’s longest day and can be described […]

Christmas Come Early at The Mill!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Hot off the heels of yet another hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance and sell out shows across the UK, Oxfordshire based Morgan & West look forward to a Christmas at home with their A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show which runs at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury from 13th – 24th December 2019! Join […]

Straighter Teeth with Invisalign

Posted by Rob Checkley, on May 22, 2019

Invisalign has revolutionised orthodontic treatment, allowing teeth to be transformed discreetly and comfortably so you can have the smile you dream of. It uses a series of virtually invisible custom-made aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Each aligner is worn for around two weeks, for between 20 and 22 hours a day, and they should […]

The 50plus – Independence In Your Home

Posted by Rob Checkley, on May 22, 2019

How we as a country fund support for the elderly is very much in the news at the moment. Political debate has included a hastily backtracked ‘death tax’ and currently includes considering funding a universal care entitlement with a potential privately funded ‘care supplement’, a new form of insurance to pay for improved service levels […]

Woodgreen Leisure Centre 80th birthday

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

This month marks the 80th birthday of the swimming pool. It is amazing to think that it opened just before the outbreak of WW II and has played a part in the lives of many people since then who have fond memories of it. The exact date of opening was 23 May 1939 after £7,900 […]

Mechanical Mysteries at Banbury Museum this May!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

Roll up! Roll up! The Mechanical Circus is coming to town! This May, the team at Banbury Museum invite you to go back in time with them and remember those idyllic childhood days of magic and curiosity, where the marvels of the fairground and circus brought imaginations to life. The latest exhibition to open in […]

Theatre, Circus and a whole lot of Fun!

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

This May half term will see the Big Top arrive on Bicester’s Whitelands Farm Sports Ground as the climax of the Mill Arts Centre’s B-Live season for a week-long run of performances of The Hogwallops. Spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this chaotic and colourful tale of a […]

Gardener’s Diary – May

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

May (the most exciting and busiest period for gardening) is fast approaching. Planting can begin in earnest this month but, don’t rush in with frost tender bedding schemes too early. Roses – Continue regular spraying to control black spit and other diseases. Greenflies will become an issue this month, so try a combined pesticide to […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

When we planned this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), we chose ‘body image’ as our theme, because of some earlier research we had done that showed many people seem to have uncomfortable feelings and thoughts about their bodies. Something like one third of women and one quarter of men in the UK said […]

Artweeks 2019

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

Banbury More than 100 artists in and around Banbury are part of a group of 1000 artists and designer-makers who are preparing to turn Oxfordshire into a giant art gallery for the Artweeks Festival this month (4th-27th May; 18th-27th in North Oxon) and with around forty venues in this My Letterbox patch there’s so much […]

Vienna Festival Ballet return to The Mill

Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

Following their sell-out visit with The Nutcracker in November, Vienna Festival Ballet are back at The Mill this Spring with their latest full-scale production of Coppélia. Colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes all combine to create a magical telling of the classic story of old Dr Coppelius, his prized doll Coppélia and […]

Restaurant Review – The Duck on the Pond

Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

This month we are again reviewing a local gastro pub with new owners, namely Gordon and Penny Waddell, who 6 months ago acquired the Duck on the Pond at South Newington. And before you ask, yes there is a pond there and it does have a resident duck on it or to be precise two […]

On Mother’s Day – Make a Fuss of Her

Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April. As such this year it is on Sunday 31st March, so you don’t have very long to […]

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2019

Posted by Rob Checkley, on March 1, 2019

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2019 is set to be the UK’s biggest ever open studios event. Around 1000 artists and designer-makers – including two hundred new faces with fresh ideas – are preparing to hold their biggest ever festival this spring (4th-27th May). For 24 days, a colourful spectrum of artists, artisans and designers will be opening […]

What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?

Posted by Rob Checkley, on February 1, 2019

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th just around the corner, you have an opportunity to show that special person how much you adore him or her. Have you made plans to get chocolates and flowers or thought about booking a restaurant yet? You will get plenty of reminders as soon everywhere will be teeming with […]

Restaurant Review – The Bell Inn, Great Bourton

Posted by Rob Checkley, on February 1, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I just love visiting a nice local village pub which has recently been taken over by a new energetic young couple, out to prove themselves. Well that’s exactly why I found myself on the way to The Bell Inn at Great Bourton on a bright, sunny, crisp Sunday afternoon […]

Banbury Windows and Conservatories Ltd

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 3, 2019

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Penny Brohn UK

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

At Penny Brohn UK, we recognise that people affected by cancer need more than medicine. We see each person as a unique individual with their own set of hopes and needs – a whole person made up of mind, body, spirit and emotions. We are the only charity in the UK to take an integrated […]

How to succeed at New Year resolutions

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

Well it’s that time of the year again when many of us once again get involved in the often disappointing and usually downright futile ritual of making New Year resolutions to try and improve our lives. Christmas seems long gone, you have over indulged and so your thoughts turn to a new year, a new […]

Make Friends in Europe

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

The Banbury and District Twinning Association  was set up in 1978 with the purpose of facilitating closer cooperation and friendship between local businesses, communities and individuals in Banbury and towns in Germany and France. In 1981 Banbury was formally twinned with Hennef in Germany and in most years there is a visit of people sharing […]

Visit Banbury

Posted by Rob Checkley, on January 2, 2019

Visit Banbury has existed as a volunteer-led community organisation since April 2014. Founded and energised by Tim Tarby-Donald, inspired by projects established by The Eden Project in Cornwall, the organisation has benefited from the help and assistance of many talented people, donating their time and resources freely, plus amazing collaborations with a variety of organisations. […]

Remember, Remember Fireworks Safety On 5th November

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 1, 2018

As Bonfire Night approaches, people are being reminded that the safest way to celebrate is to attend a large professionally organised public event. Chris Barber, Community Safety Manager from Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Organised fireworks displays are more fun, cheaper and far safer than hosting your own fireworks or bonfire party. […]

Looking after our joints

Looking after our joints

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 15, 2018

Looking after our joints is important so we have asked Mr Kordas, an Orthopaedic Consultant at Horton Treatment Centre to give us his top tips for staying healthy this Summer. Maintain a healthy weight Keeping your weight within the normal range is the best thing you can do for your joints. Weight-bearing joints, such as […]

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 15, 2018

As many as two-thirds of people experience shoulder discomfort at some point over the course of their lives. The most mobile joint in your body, the shoulder is made up of bones held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They’re all designed to work together to allow the shoulder to move freely in many […]

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