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Website highlights the huge number of independent traders in the Old Town The Banbury Old Town website has been revamped in time for re-opening day today.   It now contains a comprehensive directory of all the local independent businesses in the streets and lanes of Old Town. The website clearly highlights the huge number of independent […]

Centre Director: “Please continue to shop local and support Banbury and its businesses” All the non-essential stores in Castle Quay are now back open in line with the lifting of national lockdown restrictions.    The centre has been given a thorough deep-clean ahead of re-opening day today and says it is well-prepared to welcome back customers. […]

“I just hope people come back out and support the High Street … Its going to be great to have the next step of normality back” It’s reopening day and the town’s traders can’t wait to welcome back their customers.   Amongst them Mark Allitt, owner of Revival Mk2 clothing in Parson’s Street told us “It’s […]

Kings Sutton pre-school goes the extra mile to help autistic child feel safe and welcome A dad from Kings Sutton has organised a fund raising 1,100 kilometre run as a thank-you to his local Pre-School for all they do to help his autistic child.   Olly Boys’ four-year-old son Bertie was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder […]

Representatives from councils, emergency services and sports clubs express their sadness Messages of condolence have continued to be paid locally following the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Councillor Les Sibley, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “On behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, it is with great sadness that today […]

Banbury Town Council reacts to today’s sad news Local people have been reacting to the sad news of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Banbury Town Council has released a message acknowledging its deep sadness at the news.   The council says it offers its sincerest condolences to all members of the Royal […]

Incoming High Sheriff wants to celebrate tales of hope and heroism from the pandemic Oxfordshire’s new High Sheriff wants to make sure the county’s COVID-19 heroes are recognised.   Imam Monawar Hussain is inviting award nominations to honour those who have played their part in the battle against the virus. The awards will celebrate those we […]

Could you benefit from making your neighbourhood community group official? Community spirit has shone through in many places during the pandemic.   In a number of areas locally, informal groups have been created for neighbours to stay in contact with each other and look out for the more vulnerable. Now Thames Valley Police are suggesting people […]

Easy to access rapid testing one of the key elements in helping keep COVID at bay There were just 4 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in the Banbury FM area last week – all of them in the Grimsbury part of town.   New infection rates now stand at the lowest level since September 18 last year. […]

Warning to parents that they could face a fine Parents are being told they could face a fine if their children breach COVID-19 rules.   The warning follows the discovery of a group of 20 youngsters gathered in Middleton Cheney yesterday afternoon (Wednesday April 7). Officers from Northants Police dispersed the group who had gathered at […]


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