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Show yourself Tommy

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, 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

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, 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 […]

Gardener’s Diary April 2020

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on March 30, 2020

April is one of the most exciting months for gardeners, with new plants bursting into life and a mixture of new foliage and flowers everywhere. A real change in birdsong can be heard this month and bees and other insects become more active, but beware, April is often a cruel month, weather-wise and plant damage […]

Top 4 Product Investments For New Parents

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on March 19, 2020

The life of a new parent is an exciting one, but it can be nerve-wracking at times. After all, whether it’s making time for your little one or adjusting your budget to meet their needs, there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with parenthood. One of our writers Andy Davies makes a good point when […]

Are Your Tyres Fit to Drive On?

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on March 13, 2020

As the winter slowly turns to spring, so the temperatures rise and the road conditions we all drive on begin to change. Anyone with winter tyres fitted on their car should consider switching back to conventional ones to preserve their life until next autumn sets in. For the rest of us, taking stock of our […]

Love Your Onions

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 22, 2020

Kicking off a recipe by gently frying an onion or two is the base of pretty much every cuisine around the world. Whether slow cooked to caramelised perfection, pickled and sprinkled over salads or starting off a delicious soup, you’d be hard-pressed to find a recipe that doesn’t contain onions. The good news is that […]

Gardener’s Diary – March

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 21, 2020

March is a month of surprise in the garden with beautiful weather one day and winter the next. By the month end, it is clear that life in the garden is quickening and the new season has arrived. Bare Root Trees, Shrubs and Hedges – Complete planting of these and remember to keep a check […]

Fabulous Food & Drink

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 20, 2020

Welcome to Limes Farm. Our beautiful shop and tearoom is located within our converted medieval barn just inside the entrance to the farm. Within the farm shop is our tearoom where you can enjoy our breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. We have free Wi-Fi available for our tearoom customers so you can catch up on […]

Monkey business at Banbury Care Home

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 17, 2020

A pair of squirrel monkeys popped in to meet the residents of Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to monkey around and help beat the January blues. Nine-year-old Tia and 24-year-old Malcolm, accompanied by their handlers from Amazing Animals, soon made themselves at home, hopping from […]

TEDxBanbury Goes Crypto!!!

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 17, 2020

Visiting Guest Speaker – Anton Mozgovoy – To Introduce a Banbury Cryptocurrency Token Visiting guest speaker Anton Mozgovoy, Fintech specialist and former CTO of Humaniq, is to introduce a souvenir TEDxBanbury Cryptocurrency Token to 100 ticket holders attending TEDxBanbury on the 29 February 2020, at St Marys Church. In his talk, Anton will be highlighting […]

50 Years Young

50 years

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 17, 2020

The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, near Burford in Oxfordshire, is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020. The Park opened on Good Friday 27th March 1970. It cost 5 shillings (25p) for adults and 2 shillings (10p) for children and they welcomed 17,000 visitors in their first weekend. The Park was the brainchild of one […]

Fabulous February Food & Drink

Paul & Gale Sale and Sele Arms

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 3, 2020

Celebrating their first year Anniversary landlords, Paul Hawkins-Row, Gale and son Callum are looking forward to being even more inclusive this year.  For the first time in over a decade, the pub welcomes well behaved dogs (and their owners!). Dogs have always been welcome in the gardens and Paul sees this as an important step […]

Thinking about ‘Going’ Veggie?

Halloumi, red pepper, spinach and harissa wrap

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 3, 2020

If so, according to the Vegetarian Society, it means you’re already well on your way to a happier and healthier you! And, they say it’s never been so easy, as it is today. Veggie food is inventive,  mouth-watering, convenient and affordable – so prepare to feel great about yourself!  Not long ago if you mentioned […]

Gardener’s Diary – February

Early Signs of spring

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 3, 2020

This month can sometimes be deceiving in the garden. Lovely days that seem to announce the arrival of spring, are quickly followed by bitter winter weather. However, mild spells, when they occur, really do give us time to start the new season’s gardening activity in earnest, providing, of course, that we don’t forget that winter […]

SEVEN LEGAL IMPLICATIONS UK SME OWNERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE BREXIT DEADLINE

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 22, 2020

LONDON: 22nd January 2020 Small business owners should be planning for the impending exit from the EU on January 31st 2020.  Commercial legal solicitors, Spratt Endicott have shared their top tips SME business owners should be aware of and putting into action in a bid to place their business in the best possible position ahead of the […]

5 Festivals That Should Be On Your Bucket List

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on January 14, 2020

Oxfordshire is home to a culture that has exemplified the best of England’s musical, cultural, and artistic traditions. In line with this, we’ve put together a list of five local festivals that you should most definitely check out. Read on to learn more about our picks for the Oxfordshire festivals that should be on your […]

Succeed at your New Year Resolutions

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 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 overindulged and so your thoughts turn to a new year, a new beginning […]

New Year, New You

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

New Year! How exciting! New beginnings, new opportunities, new adventures, New You! Or should I say…’ True You’ or ‘Real You’ Just the sound of the two little words, ‘True You’; so empowering and thrilling; full of promise and optimism. New Year! New You! True You! Yes! Because you want to be ‘More You’. Express […]

Gardener’s Diary January

frosty leaves

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

It’s now midwinter, with prospects of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. Even if this is one of the coldest times of the year, there are still things for the gardener to do. If you have managed to complete your winter digging and general tidy jobs last month, then most jobs will now […]

The Pickled Ploughman

The Pickled Ploughman

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

The Winter Sale to banish those winter blues starts on 6th January and runs right through until 27th February. From Monday to Thursday, simply order any a la carte main course and get another absolutely free! (Bookings only). Under Trevor Brown’s ownership. The Pickled is now six months old and what a journey it has […]

Care for owners at the end of pet’s life

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 3, 2019

For many owners, the experience of losing a pet is heart-breaking and, for some, overwhelming. Losing a pet is losing a friend and, in many cases, a ‘family member’ too. Emotions run high and owners need to have support at this crucial time, which may include making the hard decision to bring a pet’s life […]

Key Points And Facts To Keep Your Home Safe

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 3, 2019

Our client Sight Security Services would like to share a few great tips and advice for keeping your home safe. General advice: Inspect doors and windows for potential weaknesses. Use timers and TV’s to make people believe that you are in when you’re not. Lock your doors and windows. Many burglars don’t have to “break” in; […]

Win a FREE copy of Dragon Mouse

Dragon Mouse

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on November 27, 2019

Dragon Mouse jumped out of bed stretched and looked for something to eat for breakfast. He found a half-eaten acorn, which he gobbled up, wondering what adventures the day would bring. He set off on his journey, not knowing his destination. After walking for an hour he hadn’t managed to get very far on his […]

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 […]

Network Arts @ The Heseltine Exhibition

Netwrk Arts logo

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, 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, […]

SEVEN LEGAL IMPLICATIONS UK SME OWNERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE BREXIT DEADLINE

Sprat image

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 17, 2019

LONDON: 11th October 2019 Small business owners should be planning for the impending exit from the EU on October 31st.  Commercial legal solicitors, Spratt Endicott have shared their top tips SME business owners should be aware of and putting into action in a bid to place their business in the best possible position ahead of the Brexit […]

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BCOC Live 2019: Preparing Banbury for the Future

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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