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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 […]

How to Stage it Yourself | A New Look or a New Outlook?

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 25, 2020

So this year, 2020, we are full go to clear out our homes with the old to replace with the new! But as the big topic is hovering over us ‘climate change’, perhaps we need to rethink how we are living and buying in our homes.  Image Credit: Little Greene Paint Company – Little Greene […]

On Mother’s Day, Something Special

Mother's days

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 25, 2020

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as days in many parts of the world. So if your mother is Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the U.K. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Children’s designs on recycling lorries

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 5, 2019

Two north Oxfordshire schoolgirls are leading the district’s Christmas recycling efforts, having triumphed in a design competition that was entered by more than 100 young people. Darcey Davis-Batchelor from Hook Norton and Josie Briant from Bicester will have their festive recycling collected by lorries which now bear their own artwork. They are the winners of […]

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; […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lightning Stripes: Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrates birth of Chapman’s Zebra foal.

Zebra leaping

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on August 23, 2019

Cotswold Wildlife Park has welcomed the latest addition to the Chapman’s Zebra family – an energetic female foal who has been attracting the attention of visitors with her incredible speed. When she was just a few days old, the newborn was galloping around the paddock and her lively outbursts were caught on camera. Watch the […]

Cotswold Storks take flight over West Sussex

White Stork

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on August 23, 2019

A group of 24 juvenile White Storks bred at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been released at the Knepp rewilding project in West Sussex as part of an initiative to restore populations of the species in Southern England. The last definitive record of a pair of wild Storks successfully breeding in Britain was in 1416. The […]

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 […]

Special arrival: Banbury care home delivers blankets to babies

Neil Gilkes
Posted by Neil Gilkes, on August 8, 2019

New-born babies in Banbury are being kept cosy and warm, thanks to a donation of hand-knitted hats and blankets by residents at a local care home. Residents from the ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, got their pins and needles out to create a range of hats and […]

Witney care home helps town understand dementia

Neil Gilkes
Posted by Neil Gilkes, on August 8, 2019

  A care home in Witney is helping to create a dementia-friendly community by hosting a series of free dementia awareness events over the coming months. On Thursday 15th August from 2pm-4pm, the team at Care UK’s Millers Grange on Curbridge Road, will open the doors to the community for one of its popular ‘Dementia […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THIS YEARS 16TH CORNBURY FESTIVAL 

Cornbury

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on May 16, 2019

We are delighted to announce that ALL the winners of the competition have now been drawn and notified. Well done to all our winners and please return for more great prizes in coming months. Tickets for the event are could still be avaliable: https://www.cornburyfestival.com/tickets  Cornbury Festival goers are in for a treat in July with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gardener’s Diary – March

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on March 1, 2019

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. Monthly Reminders Bare Root Trees, Shrubs and Hedges – Complete planting of these and remember to keep […]

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 […]

2019 Goals

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 21, 2019

Millions of people make and break New Year’s Resolutions – and most will have given up long before completing them. According to statistics, 23% of resolutions are broken in the first week and 45% by the end of the first month. So this coming year, it makes a lot more sense to set meaningful GOALS, not resolutions! […]

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 […]

Gardener’s Diary – February

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on February 1, 2019

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 […]

Gardening January 2019

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on January 2, 2019

It’s now midwinter, with prospects of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. However, there are still things for the gardener to do even if you have managed to complete your winter digging and general tidy jobs. The shortest day has passed, and we can all look forward to the start of a new […]

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 […]

December Gardener’s Diary

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on December 12, 2018

December is quite often a cold, wet month with only pale sunshine. With all the pre-Christmas activity many gardens get neglected, but there are still things to do before the real winter begins. There is still time to plant trees, shrubs, conifers and roses etc. It’s also an ideal time to plant fruit trees and […]

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. […]

Marie Curie Counts on Volunteers

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 25, 2018

Marie Curie is appealing for local volunteers to help host their hugely successful daffodil collections within Bicester. Last year, the Marie Curie Nursing Service Oxfordshire cared for over 260 patients during the night, providing expert care and support to people living with any terminal illness, and their loved ones, helping them make the most of […]

Tour de Trigs

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 25, 2018

A long distance walking event. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. The toughest non-stop cross country navigation exercise in and around North Oxfordshire, South Warwickshire and South Northamptonshire. 15, 30 and 50 miles. www.tourdetrigs.org.uk COMMUNITY A-Z LISTING To list your community events and information in Your Letterbox email kelly@yourletterbox.co.uk

Brackley Squash Club

Brackley Squash Club

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

A match on every Northants court! Come 1st September 2018 we are planning to play a match at EVERY squash club in Northamptonshire. The core group are Squash Coaches who work with the juniors in Northants but everyone is welcome to join. Just to add a greater challenge we’re cycling between each venue. The plan […]

Banbury Parkrun

Park Run

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. Today it is an international family of over half a million runners (and counting). Parkrun takes place in 17 countries with 529 locations in the UK alone. One of which is based right here in Banbury! […]

Banbury Cross Flyball

Flyball

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Fetch has a whole new thrilling meaning with flyball – Charlotte Gunn investigates this fantastic sport to see is it all about the ball? Dogs have long been described as man’s best friend but who (or what) is a dog’s second best friend?! It must be a ball! To a dog this deliciously round thing […]

Callum Hawkins-Row

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

“No one’s a Lewis Hamilton on their first drive out, simple as” Callum Hawkins-Row 2017 I thought I’d better immortalise at least one quote from Callum Hawkins-Row who won the Brentwood Karting Rising Star Driver Award in 2013, and is now labelled as one of the fastest young drivers around in 2017. He’s going places… […]

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 […]

The Pressure on Teens

The Pressure on Teens

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

A lot of teens and pre-teens are finding life a bit tough right now.  They have the pressure of exams, the pressure of friendship groups, social media and – let’s face it – parents too telling them how to look and behave.  School, friends and the exam system don’t always help alleviate stress either, often […]

Mindfulness

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Is your mind full or are you mindful? Mindfulness first came to the attention of many people when it began to be included in the recommendations that GPs made for patients suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression.  The NHS decided to offer patients mindfulness because the scientific tests showed that it was as effective as […]

Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Professor Xavier Griffin – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Foscote Hospital, Banbury discusses hip pain and the medical help that is available. In my clinical practice, I treat many people who have developed wear and tear in their hip joints and also those who have injured them. A broken hip is the commonest fragility fracture […]

Why men Avoid Therapy

Mens Mental health

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Prince Harry shocked the world by discussing his own counselling experience. He said he ignored the feelings of the loss of his mother for 20 years and was very close to a complete breakdown more than once before going to counselling. There can be a time in life when seeking help to talk about one’s […]

Superfoods

Superfoods

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

What are superfoods? Are they really super? There is a lot of press about superfoods, but what are they? Superfoods are essentially any food item that contains a large amount of vital nutrients. Whether that be vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, good fats or other health properties that help to prevent or lower the risk of […]

Yo-Yo Dieting

Yo-Yo Dieting

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Christmas is now a distant memory and the focus is now on our aspirations for the new year. For many people this aspiration is to lose weight. Last year over 60% of the UK population attempted to lose weight. With many people having several attempts throughout the year. When this happens repeatedly over several years […]

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is known to give uncomfortable sensations in your legs as well as an intense urge to move them. Unfortunately, it occurs most frequently at night, particularly when trying to sleep. It affects 1 in 12 people in the UK. But can diet help actually reduce RLS? It is widely recognised that […]

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 […]

Life Coach – David Lucas

Life Coach - David Lucas

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Is there a good kind of pain? Have you ever considered a deep tissue massage? Your Letterbox Charlotte Gunn certainly has, so she’s lifts the towel with a recent visit whilst a friend gets a treatment – exploring the ‘good kind of pain’! After arranging to visit David Lucas, based at his practice near Bicester […]

Woodgreen Leisure Centre

Woodgreen Leisure Centre

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Opening in 1939, the Woodgreen Lido has been at the heart of Banbury, providing a summer attraction for thousands of swimmers and sunbathers each year. The pool had closed for renovation works back in 2002, but since significant investment from Cherwell District Council and the takeover from Parkwood in 2009, the pool is now looking […]

Hydration Challenge

Hydration Challenge

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 15, 2018

Did you know that 75% of the population are dehydrated? So what? Do you want dry skin or to age prematurely? Are you often tired or struggle with abdominal bloating? How do you know if you are feeling the effects of dehydration? Discover the importance of water and what it can do to help improve […]

Knee and ACL Pain

Doctor examining patient knee in clinic

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Mr James Owen, has run the Oxfordshire Knee Clinic at The Foscote Hospital in Banbury for the past 15 years. Following studies at Cambridge University and specialist training in the UK, USA and Australia he has gained extensive experience in treating all types of sports knee injuries and provides a comprehensive range […]

Brackley Squash

Brackley Squash

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Like so many sports, squash came into existence in the mid 1800’s during the Victorian times. The first form of hitting a ball against walls in an enclosed space was known as ‘Rackets’– developed in a debtor’s prison in Fleet, London. Obviously, the players had plenty of time and plenty of walls to practice with! […]

British Grand Prix

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Last year history was made at Silverstone by the home favourite Lewis Hamilton. Anthony Hamilton, Lewis’ dad brought him a radio-controlled car when he was just 6 years of age. Lewis finished second in the national BRCA championship in 1992. Following this success for his 6th Christmas present his Dad brought him his first go-kart […]

Barn Owls

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Barn owls are a majestic icon of the British countryside they float ghost-like across fields at dusk in search of voles and rats. When they catch these rodents they are inadvertently ingesting the powerful rat poisons that are being used on farms across the country. When owls eat their prey they are taking in toxins […]

Henry Blofield

Henry Blofeld

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

The Test Match Special commentator on Radio 4, greeted me with that voice everybody who listens to the Cricket would know immediately. His career with the bat, lasted only 17 matches, but during that time, he scored 758 runs, with a top score of 138, playing for Cambridge University between 1958-59. After being injured by […]

Bluebell Woods

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Bluebells are synonymous with May as they spread their lovely shimmering blue carpet usually overhung with fresh green foliage. They can be found in abundance at most local woods such as Evenley Northamptonshire; Foxholes nature reserve near chipping Norton; Manor Farm Adderbury and Horley Railway, which are all Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust reserves. […]

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

As Elizabeth Murray says, “Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is triumph of hope over experience. Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as the canvas.” During April the weather should be on the turn giving way to day trips and opportunities to get […]

MOD Wildlife

Wildlife

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

John goes native to help out the special wildlife found inhabiting the undisturbed corners of the MOD Bicester garrisons. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) garrisons to the south east of Bicester are custodians of areas of special habitat for the counties wildlife, the undisturbed land being a haven for birds and butterflies alike. Although these […]

Sustainable Woodstock

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Sustainable Woodstock is a voluntary, not for profit, community group and our aim is to raise awareness and champion environmental issues in our community. Working together, we believe we can support projects and campaigns to tackle these issues with a greater likelihood of success. We’re interested in raising awareness on issues such as waste reduction, […]

Hedgehogs – Summer

Hedgehog

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

We are now firmly in summertime with the promise of rising temperatures and longer days. This means that hedgehogs are active and more visible, and they will continue to be so until late autumn when they settle back into hibernation. During this active period, hedgehogs have three primary objectives: find mates, rear young, and build […]

Ardley Wood Quarry

Ardley Wood Quarry

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Ardley Wood Quarry is a small, sheltered, mostly wooded nature reserve a few miles North West of Bicester. It has public access and is open all the time. Information on the BBOWT website. Getting there The reserve is just outside Ardley on it’s western edge. So if you are coming from the North, East or […]

October Gardner’s Diary

October Gardner's Diary

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Summer has officially ended and autumn begins. The evenings are now becoming cooler but, with luck, the ‘Indian Summer’ experienced for a while in September could still give us some glorious daytime weather well into the month. We will however still need rain in the long term. Summer bedding is now looking tired and it’s […]

Cake of the Month

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Follow the recipe below and share your creation on our Facebook or Instagram account to receive a free Coffee at The Yurt. All you have to do is tag us in your post and we will send you your unique voucher code. Happy baking! Apple & Almond Cake Summer has gone and sadly so has […]

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