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Brackley Squash Club triple promotion

Posted on January 22, 2020

December 2019 saw Brackley Squash Club achieve significant success as all three teams won their respective divisions in the Oxfordshire Squash and Racketball Association. The 1st Team won Division 1 claiming 188 points in the 12 matches across the opening half of the season with a play-off due against the winner of the Jan-March fixtures […]

Local end-of-life care services at risk due to funding shortfall, warns Banbury’s hospice.

Posted on January 19, 2020

Banbury’s local hospice, Katharine House, has warned that local end-of-life care services are at risk amid increased need for its services and a broken national funding model. Figures from national end-of-life care charity Hospice UK suggest that eight in ten hospices are running at a deficit this year. Katharine House is one of those, and […]

Supermarket sweep for Radio Horton

Posted on January 19, 2020

The hospital, health and wellbeing radio station for Banbury and North Oxfordshire, Radio Horton scored a milestone in its fundraising efforts over the festive season after shoppers of two Banbury supermarkets resulted in raising more than £1,000 for the station. The station held its twenty-ninth Christmas fundraising collection at Sainsbury’s supermarket on Sunday 22nd December […]

Knitters beat target to raise £10,000 for local older people.

Posted on January 19, 2020

Oxfordshire knitters have raised £10,000 for Age UK Oxfordshire by taking part in the national Big Knit campaign. This amount was part of the national total of 1.5 million hats – a total of £375,000 fundraised for Age UKs across the country. Launched back in 2003, Innocent asked people to knit or crotchet little woolly […]

Brackley Country Market.

Posted on January 19, 2020

Every Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm. Brackley Library, Manor Road, Brackley, NN13 6AJ. For homemade produce, eggs and honey, handcrafted gifts, baby clothes, cards and plants.

Advice on Wills and Power of Attorney.

Posted on January 19, 2020

Banburyshire Advice Centre. Free Initial Advice on Wills and Power of Attorney Drop in Service. To be held on 2nd Tuesday of month, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury, OX16 1ER. For more information call 01295 257974 (leave a message, office staffed on Thursday mornings) or email

Oxfordshire Care Awards 2020.

Posted on January 19, 2020

The purpose of the Awards is to recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations, and companies who have demonstrated excellence within the care sector in Oxfordshire. The organisations involved are Action for Carers Oxfordshire, Age UK Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers (OACP). There are ten categories: Newcomer to Care Award, The Care Home Worker Award, […]

Bicester Bridge Club.

Posted on January 18, 2020

A bridge into the community. How can Bicester Bridge Club help you? Emily Sweetingham from Glebefields Care Home got in touch with the club as residents had expressed an interest in learning to play bridge. One of their bridge teachers, David Tarsky, went to see them. He judged, and the residents agreed, that the first […]

DRY – Human Story Theatre.

Posted on January 5, 2020

National tour of alcoholism play and Q&A is first to be sponsored by a social enterprise. Broadcaster Adrian Chiles described DRY as the best illustration he’s seen of how people can unwittingly fall into alcoholism. Originally commissioned by the NHS, DRY is a one-hour play with music about parenting, disappointment and middle-age drinking. The new […]

New wellbeing programme unveiled for Kidlington and surrounding villages

Posted on January 5, 2020

The new year marks the beginning of an exciting new venture for Kidlington and the surrounding villages, with the launch of a project promoting wellbeing and community cohesion. Following an initial consultation, where stakeholders including businesses, community groups and school leaders were invited to offer their opinions, Cherwell District Council have today unveiled the new […]

The Hummingbird Centre – Cancer support and therapy.

Posted on November 28, 2019

Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer? It can leave you feeling anxious, bewildered, confused, depressed, frightened, guilty, irritable, lost, nervous, perplexed, sad, stressed, tired, unclear, unsure, worried. Do you want to get back in control of your life? Why not attend one of the centre’s free HOPE (help overcoming problems effectively) […]

Lonely this Christmas

Posted 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 […]

Radio Horton – Care Home Radio Service.

Posted on November 24, 2019

Radio Horton has launched its exclusive weekly radio programme in Glebefields. Radio Horton gifted the internet radio to Glebefields Care Home which has been situated in the community room. The residents have been enjoying a weekly request programme. Radio Horton Chairman, Anthony Brown said: “We have been working on launching our Care Home service over […]

Nai’s House

Posted on November 16, 2019

A new holistic support service that provides counselling and holistic activities, as well as focusing on suicide intervention and prevention. It is a free service delivered by volunteers and aims to change the way that young adults and their families receive support for their mental health, currently being held at Kingsmere Community Centre, 2nd Floor, […]

TEDxBanbury – Tickets Now On Sale!!!!!

Posted on November 13, 2019

An event not to be missed!! TEDxBanbury is delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first TEDx event of its kind for the town, under licences from the global brand TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design). TED is an annual event that brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers, to share […]

TEDxBanbury Speaker Announcement

Posted on November 13, 2019

Anton Mozgovoy, Fintech specialist and former CTO of Humaniq, is announced as TEDxBanbury guest speaker from London. Anton started his career at the Bank of Montreal – working on Apple Pay & Android Projects. In 2015 he founded Finlyt, a company working on algorithmic instalments, and revolving credits. He joined Humaniq in 2017, working on […]

A Pop-up shop selling handmade gifts will support an Oxfordshire Mental Health Charity.

Posted on November 13, 2019

Restore, is an Oxfordshire based mental health charity that supports people to recover and to find and keep employment. Like many charities we rely heavily on the help of others to ensure we raise enough funds each year to keep our service running. Restore will rally funds by opening a shop in Banbury, stocked with […]

Hundreds show thier respects with Banbury’s poppy soldier

Posted on November 13, 2019

The focal point for Banbury’s Remembrance Day commemorations has raised more than a thousand pounds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Two weeks ago, Cherwell District Council positioned the wire figure of a soldier in the LinkPoint at the Banbury Museum in Castle Quay, inviting members of the public to attach special ‘alter poppies’ […]

Classic motor rally gears up for Banbury return

Posted on November 8, 2019

The world’s most famous classic car rally will be returning to Banbury in 2020. Following the warm reception for drivers and exhibitors early this year, the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique will be passing through town again in on Thursday 30 January with the support of Cherwell District Council. Glasgow will be the only UK start […]

Richard’s Kilimanjaro climb

Posted on October 29, 2019

Over the past four years, I have changed my life for the better. I have embarked on many challenging events with my late dad always on my mind which has led me to lead a more active lifestyle and completely cut out alcohol. This has given me a clear head and good focus. My dad […]

TEDxBanbury Speaker Announcement

Posted on October 29, 2019

Local Comedy Writer – Simeon Courtie Local writer Simeon Courtie is announced as the latest speaker at TEDxBanbury event in February 2020. Simeon is a communications trainer and experienced broadcaster. He has presented national television and radio for over 20 years, from his Children’s BBC days in the 90s, to hosting the All England BBC […]

The Royal British Legion “Remember Together”

Posted 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. […]

Network Arts @ The Heseltine Exhibition

Posted on October 28, 2019

Network Arts are pleased to be exhibiting for the first time at The Heseltine Gallery. This exhibition continues to celebrate their 30th Anniversary bringing together a range of quality contemporary and traditional art from emerging and established artists in the region. It features a diverse range of work by members in a variety of media, […]

Banbury Uniform Exchange.

Posted on October 20, 2019

Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am to 1pm. Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury OX16 1ER. Aiming to encourage people to recycle and donate old school uniform items rather than putting them in the bin. There are many families who struggle with rising uniform costs, who would benefit from your generosity; helping families to […]

Hawker Typhoon – The Flying Memorial

Posted on October 17, 2019

A brief history and info on the only re-build in the World that will fly once built! On the 1st April 1945, a Hawker Typhoon was shot down. In the wider aspect of the Second World War, this was not unusual as eleven failed to return on this day alone. Typhoon RB396 of 174 ‘Mauritius’ […]

Broughton Castle

Posted on October 17, 2019

In about 1300 Sir John de Broughton built his manor house in a sheltered site at the junction of three streams and surrounded it with a substantial moat.   William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England bought the house in 1377. It then passed to William’s great-nephew Sir Thomas Wykeham and thence […]

Fairtrade Action Banbury (FAB).

Posted on October 5, 2019

In the last week of September Rev Chris Eddy, chair of FAB, together with other Fairtraders presented  the town Mayor Mr John Colegrave with the framed certificate affirming that Banbury has received Fairtrade Town status  for another two years. This accreditation is awarded by the Fairytrade Foundation and the fact that it has been achieved […]

TEDxBanbury Speaker Announcement

Posted on September 23, 2019

Creativity Has No Boundary – Liz Dixon –Artist Sculptor TEDxBanbury announces Liz Dixon as a speaker for the inaugural event on 29 February next year. Liz is a predominantly self-taught artist, having originally trained as an engineer. She worked in both the Defence & Automotive industries for 26 years before taking the leap to change […]

Happy families: Witney care home opens doors to bumps and babies

Posted on September 2, 2019

A care home in Witney is opening its doors to new and expectant mothers, as it becomes the only care home in the area to host mum-and-baby community classes. Care UK’s Millers Grange, on Curbridge Road, has teamed up with a local organisation to host a parenting drop-in coffee group, as well as a baby […]

BCOC Live 2019: Preparing Banbury for the Future

Posted on August 27, 2019

What does Banbury need to look like in the future to combat the changing landscape of work, technological innovation, consumer behaviour, demographics and societal shifts? Are you ready? BCOC Live returns this year with a focus on preparing for the future of Banbury. In particular, this event will be looking at the challenges of an […]

Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service

Posted 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 […]

The Hummingbird Centre.

Posted on February 24, 2019

Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer? Do you want to get back in control of your life? Free HOPE courses – Help Overcoming Problems Effectively. Run by Macmillan Cancer Support and accredited by Coventry University, self-management programmes. For people who have completed clinical treatment, are living with cancer or are receiving […]

BYHP Annual Christmas Party

Posted on January 10, 2019

On 21st December, 33 attendees including young people, their families and BYHP Volunteers, were treated to a delicious Christmas meal courtesy of Head Chef Mark Roberts and the fabulous Highmarket House Care Home team who provided everything that we could’ve wished for. Christmas dinner with our Peer Support Group has been an annual event at […]

Oxfordshire Wheel

Posted on January 4, 2019

Do you need advice about benefit entitlement? Help with universal credit application or completion of benefit claim forms? The Community Wheel can help. Call 01295 266887 to make an appointment. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm. Community Wheel, Suite 5, Borough House, Marlborough Road, Banbury.

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