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Initiative over Christmas benefits shoppers and gives property a new lease of life The former Trinder’s shop in Banbury’s Bridge Street has been given a new lease of life as home to a pop-up shop over Christmas.   The property has been empty since 2017, but now five enterprising businesses will use the space during the […]

Illumination to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities Banbury Town Hall will glow purple today (December 3) to mark a worldwide disability day. The United Nations has organised the International Day of Persons with Disabilities every year since 1992 to spread the word on disability issues, mobilise support for the well-being of disabled people, […]

Fire service called to Jubilee Court flat blaze on Tuesday evening A person had to be rescued from a balcony by fire fighters attending a blaze at a Banbury flat last night.   The fire broke out in a first floor residence in Jubilee Court. Two fire engines from Banbury and one from Hook Norton were […]

“It’s time to think differently” says agency co-founder as pandemic hits marketing budgets Two mums with young families have decided to set themselves free from a day job so they can set up a marketing agency to help local companies. Frank & Friend has been setup by Rhian Burrell and Katie Sutton.   Having worked on […]

Staff put into practise their evacuation plan and keep all children safe as blaze takes hold “We can’t establish exactly what’s happened because we haven’t had a chance to investigate, but by the looks of it what they did really helped to get everyone out safely”.   That’s the view of the Incident Manager from Oxfordshire […]

Council seeks our opinion on its new draft strategy for homelessness and rough sleeping Cherwell District Council wants our thoughts on its draft new homelessness and rough sleeping strategy.   A consultation has been launched this week and last for seven weeks. The draft features proposals and commitments, including one to learn lessons from the response […]

Loss of a major brand at the Castle Quay Shopping Centre after announcement Banbury looks set to lose the Debenhams name from the Castle Quay Shopping Centre after the failure of last-ditch efforts to rescue the Debenhams chain.  Stores across the country, including the one in Banbury, now look set to close. Across the country […]

Organisers need our help to enable Santa’s annual tour of town this year Details have been released for this year’s annual visit of Santa to Banbury and the surrounding villages, courtesy of the Banbury Cross Round Table.   This year’s event will be very different due to the pandemic, but organisers are keen to give local […]

Man targets couple claiming he can help them register their car on the car parking machine An elderly couple had money stolen from their bank account after accepting an offer of help from a man in Morrison’s car park in Banbury.   Thames Valley Police has released an image of a man officers believe may have […]

Businesses that have had to close or change their way of working because of the lockdown are reminded grants are available Cherwell District Council has so far paid out £380,000 worth of Local Restrictions Support Grants to local businesses which have had to close, or change their way of working, because of the lockdown.   The […]


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