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Mill Arts Centre amongst properties affected by flood water Christmas Eve flooding is causing problems in a number of places around the Banbury FM area.   The Mill Arts Centre has been forced to cancel today’s performance of Snow Play.   The new supermarket development on the site of the old Spiceball Sports Centre is currently surrounded […]

“We never take these decisions lightly, however we have a duty to protect our patients and our staff” The rules for visiting patients in hospital have changed due to rising levels of COVID-19 cases.   From today no inpatient visitors will be allowed at the Horton General Hospital, or other Oxford University Hospitals trust sites, although […]

District Council says we currently have the highest number of cases in Oxfordshire Cherwell District Council says that steep rises in COVID-19 cases in north Oxfordshire prompted the government to place the district into the new tier 4 level of restrictions from Boxing Day.  The Cherwell district currently has the highest number of cases in […]

Midnight Mass and the Christmas Day service won’t happen this year as the church acts to protect worshippers and volunteers There won’t be any services at St Mary’s Church in Banbury this Christmas.   The church says it has suspended communal worship and closed the building to private prayer in the face of rising COVID-19 cases […]

Matt Hancock MP announces higher alert level coming into force immediately after Christmas Day The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, this afternoon announced that Oxfordshire will move to Tier 4 – the highest COVID-19 tier – from Boxing Day.   The county is currently in Tier 2. Mr Hancock said that COVID-19 cases had […]

Local theatre group find a way to bring their popular Christmas show to families in their own homes Voices Across Time, the popular Local theatre group, will be bringing their Christmas show direct to you at your place this evening.   But Once A Year will be streamed at 6pm. The Voices Across Time team combine […]

Police appeal for witnesses to a Sunday afternoon collision A motorcyclist was left with serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a car in Banbury on a Sunday afternoon earlier this month.   The rider of the motorbike required hospital treatment. The incident happened on Lower Cherwell Street at around 4.20pm on Sunday 13 […]

Investigation underway after reports a firearm was discharged outside a residence A number of gunshots were fired during an incident in Banbury’s Sinclair Avenue on Sunday evening.   Thames Valley Police say that a firearm was reported as being discharged at around 9.30pm. They believe the occupants of a car pulled up in Sinclair Avenue and […]

Annual fairy lit farming convoy doubles amount raised last year Friday’s Tractor Run not only delivered some much needed Festive cheer to local people, it also delivered a massive donation to the Katharine House Hospice.   So far around £20,000 has been raised – twice the amount raised last year. Organiser Jennie Steenkamp from RC Baker […]

Cherwell has secured £230,400 more funding to help people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic Rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness stand to benefit from additional support and 17 new specialist accommodation units in north Oxfordshire.   Cherwell District Council has secured £230,400 of Next Steps accommodation planning funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities […]


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