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Middleton Cheney theatre group uses Horton closure for Christmas show

Middleton Cheney youngsters are rehearsing a Nativity play for our times -in which the evil Herod determines to prevent the Holy birth by closing down the Horton. In a thoroughly entertaining script, written by Just Kidz youth theatre group leader Kay St

yesterday, 16:10 in Regional West

Brackley robber who cut woman’s hand with knife sentenced to four years in jail

A Brackley man who threatened a 67-year-old woman with a knife during a robbery has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. Royston Woodford, aged 35, of Waynflete Avenue in Brackley, was sentenced last week at Leicester Crown Court afte

yesterday, 16:10 in Regional West

Banbury dancers raise money for stillbirth charity Sands

Two concerts entitled Let’s Dance raised £220 for Sands, a charity devoted to helping those who’ve suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. They were performed at the Mill Theatre by pupils from local dance school Encore Dance & Song. Principal...

yesterday, 13:41 in Regional West

Support growing for finalists in contest

North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis is among those to throw their support behind local finalists in the Great British High Street competition. Banbury has joined Chipping Norton in the contest to find the country’s best high street and has been nominat

yesterday, 13:01 in Regional West

Horton and NHS supporters urged to join Banbury in London demonstration

Horton campaigners are off to Parliament again to combine opposition to downgrading of the Banbury hospital with support for the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Keep the Horton General (KTHG) group and the GMB union in Banbury have asked all Horton supporters to

yesterday, 12:33 in Regional West

Beaver colony reappears

Great Horwood Scout group once again has a Beaver colony. A group of 15 made their Promise before half term and became members of the world’s largest young persons organisation. They and their families celebrated with chocolate cake and fruit juice....

yesterday, 12:33 in Regional West

Parishioners have gone without to help the hungry

People in Banbury went without this month to help those facing hunger. Money raised at Catholic aid agency CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day will go towards the rural population on the Bolivian Altiplano, like the little boy pictured above. Spokeswoman Julia Hood

yesterday, 12:15 in Regional West

Millions of Brits risking home security

Millions of Brits are leaving their windows and doors unlocked, leaving keys in the garden and relying on their dog to keep their home safe, a study has found. One in five leave their doors unlocked all or most of the time on a typical day and 48 per cen

yesterday, 11:50 in Regional West

Former Kineton student joins Flight of the Swans

A former Kineton High headboy has joined a fascinating Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) expedition to discover why the numbers of Bewick swans are in such rapid decline. Ben Cherry, 24, from Tysoe is part of the media and ground team for Flight of...

yesterday, 11:27 in Regional West

Five jobs instead of one as search for Lincolnshire’ top cop goes on

A commitment to finding the “best possible candidate” for the top job at Lincolnshire Police has been made by the man responsible for overseeing the force. Coun Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Lincolnshire, revealed that his search fo

yesterday, 09:56 in Regional West

Banbury Academy’s ‘school of rock’

Students at Banbury Academy were treated to a day-long stone carving workshop with renowned stone mason Michael Disley. The session, organised by The Crown Estates and Cherwell District Council, is the fifth of its kind and follows The Crown Estate’s com

yesterday, 06:10 in Regional West

Banbury man challenges Oxfordshire County Council over 60 year term loans

A Banbury man has taken on the unenviable task of challenging Oxford County Council (OCC) over its use of Lender Option Borrower Option loans or LOBOs. Ben Mobbs has submitted a Notice of Formal Objection to OCC formally requesting the release of its sta

yesterday, 06:10 in Regional West

11 ‘micro-crimes’ you’ve probably committed

Three-quarters of Brits are what is described as ‘micro-criminals’ - committing tiny crimes in shops and online to get a better deal. Research by YouGov found that 74 per cent of UK citizens had perpetrated at least one very minor crime. Most common was

Monday, 17:00 in Regional West

When do the clocks go back?

It’s almost that time - don’t get caught out. The lighter nights officially come to an end on Sunday October 30 when the clocks go back an hour, finally seeing off British Summer Time (BST). Greenwich Mean Time kicks at 2am, when the clocks go back to 1a

Monday, 17:00 in Regional West

Three little pigs used to inspire future builders

Pupils at The Grange Community Primary School in Banbury put away their schoolbooks in favour of trowels this week as they took part in a special ‘Trade School’ construction session. The activity is part of the school’s ‘The Big Build’ project in which y

Monday, 10:24 in Regional West

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