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COVID-19 Update

Posted on November 11, 2020

For the safety of our reader’s, advertisers, and staff Your Letterbox magazine is still not being published at present, due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic.   We will post updates here as the situation evolves.   Please stay safe and look after your loved ones through these difficult times.   All the best from the […]

COVID-19 Update

Posted on April 15, 2020

For the safety of our reader’s, advertisers, and staff Your Letterbox magazine is still not being published at present, due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic.   We will post updates here as the situation evolves.   Please stay safe and look after your loved ones through these difficult times.   All the best from the […]

Radio Horton makes donation to Oxford Hospitals Charity

Posted on April 3, 2020

In light of the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Trustees of Radio Horton agreed to make a generous donation of £150 to the Oxford Hospitals Charity, which is supporting staff at the Horton General Hospital including those who are working in areas directly impacted by the coronavirus. In a letter sent to the Oxford Hospitals […]

Show yourself Tommy

Posted on April 3, 2020

The parishioners of Broughton will know Fred Ward. Whether it’s in passing, you’re old friends and neighbours or when you meet for a drink at the pub. But how many know of his wartime service? In a snatched conversation last year, I was given a small window into what Fred had been involved in and […]

Project – Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group

Posted on April 2, 2020

75 years ago on April 1st 1945, a Hawker Typhoon MkIb was brought down by low level flak( German anti-aircraft fire) on the German Dutch border. The pilot managed to ‘belly flop’ onto a muddy field and evaded capture to be repatriated with his squadron 4 days later. Fast forward to the present day and […]


Posted on March 30, 2020

RATLEY OPEN GARDENS  can no longer take place on Sunday 31st May 2020 We hope to open our gardens either later in the year, or next spring, so WATCH THIS SPACE!!     ‘…Fundraising to mend the church roof!!’

Aynho and : Aynho History Society.

Posted on March 30, 2020

Aynho Village Hall has been shut down until further notice, so all events are currently cancelled with the exception of the two-hour post office on Tuesday afternoons. In particular, the history society has cancelled meetings until September and will rearrange the talks for next year where possible. Aynho Parish Council has been proactive in informing […]

Update: The Heseltine Gallery

Posted on March 30, 2020

Unfortunately the Heseltine Gallery had to close but the plus side of this is that they have been able to launch their new website with an online exhibition of Focus on Photography.

An update from: Banburyshire Advice Centre.

Posted on March 30, 2020

During the current crisis Banburyshire Advice Centre is still functioning. Anyone who needs assistance they can contact us via or by phoning 01295 279988. It is a digital phone and may cut out if WiFi is lost or high demand on internet, if this happens leave a message with contact details and we will […]

An update from: The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre

Posted on March 30, 2020

The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre temporarily closed her doors, Monday 16th March 2020, since then we have been trying to support our guests by telephone, emails, social media and our webpage.  We’ve been posting blogs for relaxation, meditation and home massage, and over time other team members are bringing new ideas to this […]

An update from: Bloxham Flower Club.

Posted on March 30, 2020

Bloxham Flower Club would like to apologise for cancelling their March, April and May meetings at such short notice due to the Coronavirus. At the moment their June meeting is still going ahead but as the Government guidelines keep changing they would suggest you call 01295 720154 to make sure before you make the journey. […]

Loss of funding during Coronavirus pandemic: Katharine House Hospice

Posted on March 30, 2020

Katharine House is almost totally dependent on public support, with more than three-quarters of their funding coming from people like you. Their doctors and nurses are working in their inpatient unit, in the community and the Horton hospital, and at the end of a phone more than ever before in this crisis. But to keep […]

Update: Banbury Stamp Society

Posted on March 30, 2020

In view of the current Covid 19 pandemic, Hanwell Community Centre has been closed until further notice and, obviously, the meetings of the Banbury Stamp Society cannot take place. Anyone interested in attending future meetings, when the situation improves, can find the latest information on the Society website or contact the Secretary, John Davies, […]

75th Anniversary Season Update from: Banbury Cross Players

Posted on March 30, 2020

“As you may already have seen on our website and social media, due to the Covid-19 virus situation, we have had no option but to cancel the rest of our Season – particularly disappointing as this was our 75th Anniversary. This Season has already been challenging for BCP with the re-schedule of The Thrill of Love […]

Your Letterbox COVID19 Update

Posted on March 27, 2020

27th March 2020 We would all like to wish you the very best in these challenging times. Let me say our hearts go out to anyone that has been impacted by the virus. To those who are sick, we send our thoughts and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. I’d like to assure […]

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Posted on March 13, 2020

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Wash Your Lyrics website

Posted on March 11, 2020

Banbury computing student is viral sensation over Wash Your Lyrics website A Banbury teenager has become an overnight sensation after his Wash Your Lyrics website went viral worldwide. Banbury and Bicester College computing student, William Gibson, created the website in less than a day in a bid to encourage more people to wash their hands […]


Posted on March 1, 2020

What is the 2020 challenge? From 1st April 2020 BYHP want to try and raise £20,000.00. They’re really keen to involve people who have supported them in the past and build on those relationships, as well as creating new ones with people we haven’t worked with before. Why they want to raise 20K in 2020. […]

Cherwell Canoe Club: Learn to Canoe in Banbury this Summer.

Posted on February 29, 2020

Cherwell Canoe Club are running novice courses this summer in Banbury. These will take place at Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Banbury’s outdoor pool on Wednesday evenings (7pm to 8 pm). There will be 3 courses of 5 weeks each, running from May through to September. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. The novice […]

Become a Friend of Voices Across Time.

Posted on February 1, 2020

Voices Across Time enjoyed a very busy 2019 from writing and creating a new show, A Clockwinder’s Tale, to featuring on Soho Radio with their exclusive Christmas show, to being supported by the Arts Council to deliver their outreach show, Till The Boys Come Home. This year is set to be even more exciting, with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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