Boa Constrictor spotted in field near Banbury

Boa constrictor spotted near Banbury housing Estate

A snake, eight feet long, has been found in a field near a housing estate in Banbury. The RSPCA was contacted on Saturday, 18 March by a member of public who had spotted the giant snake while out walking his dog.   The snake was an 8ft 6 inch, 12.2kg boa constrictor but it is unknown how the snake came … Read More

Banbury News - The Hill community centre, Banbury

New community centre will take shape on The Hill

New community centre will take shape on The Hill A contemporary building will be the new home of The Hill Youth and Community Centre and will have a hall big enough to accommodate a badminton court.   Cherwell District Council’s planning committee last Thursday approved permission for the new facility, after £840,000 of funding was sourced last November. The existing building … Read More

Banbury News - Castle Quay 2

Details of Banbury’s Castle Quay 2 development released

Details of the £50m waterfront Castle Quay 2 development in Banbury, Oxfordshire have now been released. Developer Hawkstone Properties have unveiled the names of the tenants for the £50m Castle Quay 2 (CQ2) canal side development after securing occupiers including a cinema, hotel and restaurant chains.   The Light Cinema company has been confirmed as the cinema chain operating the 1300 seat … Read More

Banbury News - Lidl Banbury

Is Lidl coming to Banbury?

Budget supermarket Lidl is expected to build a new store in Banbury. BanburyTown.com understands that Lidl is set to become the new supermarket to be built on the former Spiceball Sports Centre site (now a temporary car park) as part of the Castle Quay expansion plans (CQ2).   Lidl UK GmbH has recently applied to Cherwell District Council for a New … Read More

Banbury News - The Grand Theatre Banbury

Banbury’s Grand Theatre making way for homes and shops

Planning approved for Banbury’s Grand Theatre Two shops and 12 flats are set for development in Banbury town centre following a council decision. On Thursday Cherwell District Council‘s planning committee approved permission for the site of The Grand Theatre on Broad Street to be redeveloped as shop units and one and two-bedroom flats. The building was most recently used Chicago … Read More

Banbury News - Flytip clear-up

Flytip clear-up under Wroxton bridge

Flytip clear-up under Wroxton bridge A car seat, 30 used needles and a significant amount of construction waste were amongst the fly-tip recovered by council officers near Wroxton this week.     Cherwell District Council cleared the area after a resident reported the offence. The site of the tip was in the field adjacent to the A422 under a bridge … Read More

Banbury News - Councillor Mark Cherry

Councillor tables motion for new Banbury link road

Councillor tables motion for new Banbury link road Banbury Councillor Mark Cherry says it’s time for the County Council to relieve Banbury’s increasingly serious traffic congestion and move ahead quickly with a proposed new link road connecting Bankside to Overthorpe Road, to the east of junction 11 of the M40.   Mark Cherry has tabled a motion to the next … Read More

Banbury News - Thames Valley Police

Seven arrested as Police tackle serious organised crime in Banbury

Thames Valley Police executes warrants to tackle serious organised crime in Banbury. Yesterday (16/3) officers from Thames Valley Police executed seven warrants in connection with serious organised crime in Banbury, Oxfordshire.   Seven people were arrested in the raids across various locations in Banbury. Operation Reacher is part of Thames Valley Police’s force-wide campaign, Stronghold which aims to work in … Read More

Waitrose Banbury

Work on new Waitrose to start on Monday

Waitrose has announced that work is to start on its new Banbury store on Monday (20th March) The shop , which will offer 27,500 sq ft of selling space (38,500 sq ft gross), is to be built on an area of surplus land next to the Jacobs Douwe Egberts factory on Southam Road. Plans were approved in November 2015 with … Read More

Banbury News - Ironstones

Animal remains in Black bin liners found in Banbury

Thames Valley Police have recieved reports of animal remains being discarded on Ironstones, Banbury.   15 reports were made by members of the public during February 2017 of plastic, black bin liners containing animal carcasses or bones being found on Ironstones. Local officers are working with partners in Environmental Health and Trading Standards to ensure there is no risk to the … Read More

Banbury News - Police

Police appealing for help in tracing a man missing from Banbury

Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for help in tracing a man missing from Banbury. Keith Michael Jervis, aged 53, was last seen on 16 February at the caravan park, Corner Meadow, Farnborough Road, Mollington, near Banbury. Keith was last seen on the evening of 16 February when he left the caravan park in a Silver Toyota Hilux index BJ65EFT. The … Read More

Banbury News - Police

Distraction Burglary in Banbury

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Banbury. Around 2.15pm on Tuesday (28/02), an elderly victim was at his home in Springfield Avenue, Banbury when a man knocked on his front door. He said he was working on a neighbour’s house and noticed his roof cap stones were damaged causing damp in the loft space. … Read More

Banbury News

Family butcher Steve Betts is leading the way as businesses in Banbury respond to the call for volunteer snow wardens.

Family butcher Steve Betts is leading the way as businesses in Banbury respond to the call for volunteer snow wardens. Staff at Mr Betts’ Church Lane shop are the first to receive their safety equipment and training after Banbury Town Council appealed for shops and offices to help keep town centre pavements free of snow and ice.   The town … Read More

Banbury News - Police

Banbury woman who died in Gaydon collision named

Banbury woman who died in Gaydon collision named A woman who died in a collision in Gaydon last week has been named as Elizabeth Anne Roberts, aged 80 from Banbury.   Mrs Roberts, who was known as Anne, suffered serious injuries when the vehicle she was travelling in was involved in a collision on the B4451 at about 6pm on … Read More

Banbury News

Lucky escape after M40 Collision

Lucky escape after road traffic collision on M40 motorway A woman, whose car hit the central reservation of a busy motorway after a collision with an HGV, has escaped with almost no injury.   The incident, which left her car with significant damage, happened at about 8.30am this morning (Thursday) on the M40 northbound just after Junction 12. An ambulance, … Read More

Banbury News - Police

Banbury man arrested after fatal collision in Gaydon

Fatal collision which happened at Gaydon Warwickshire Police is investigating a fatal collision which happened at Gaydon last night, Wednesday 15 February.   The fatal collision happened on the B4451 at about 6pm and involved a white BMW and a grey Ford Fiesta. The driver of the BMW failed to stop at the scene. The driver and passenger from the … Read More

Banbury News - Robbery in Spiceball Park

Man punched him in the face during robbery

Man punched him in the face during robbery in Spiceball Park Banbury Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery of a person in Banbury.   At around 4.10pm on Saturday (11/2) the victim, an 18-year-old man, was walking on the footpath near the skateboard ramps in Spiceball Park Banbury. Before he approached the wooded area he saw … Read More

Banbury News - Refugees found on M40

Refugees found in back of lorry on M40

Refugees found in back of lorry on M40 Eleven refugees have been removed from the back of a lorry by Thames Valley Police.   Thames Valley Police received a report at 13.01 on Wednesday (15/02) claiming to have seen a hand appearing from the trailer of the LGV. The police stopped the vehicle on the M40 between Junctions 9-10. Following inspection … Read More

MP Encourages Communities To Get Behind “The Great British Spring Clean”

MP Encourages Communities To Get Behind “The Great British Spring Clean” Banbury MP, Victoria Prentis, organised the campaign’s Parliamentary launch and is calling on schools, businesses and community groups to get outdoors, get active and help clear up North Oxfordshire with “The Great British Spring Clean”. “The Great British Spring Clean” follows on from last year’s very successful “Clean for The … Read More

Euro Garages Banbury M40

New Motorway Service Station for Banbury’s Junction 11 of the M40

New Motorway Service Station for Banbury’s Junction 11 of the M40 Euro Garages, one of the UK’s leading forecourt operators, is developing plans for a motorway services area with petrol station on the Junction 11 (Banbury) of the M40.   The plans for the 30 acre development site would also deliver 80,000 sq ft of new office space, 150,000 sq … Read More

Banbury Town News

Appeal for witnesses following robbery with bladed weapon

Appeal for witnesses following robbery in Banbury Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Banbury.   At 5.15pm on Friday (10/2), a 26 year-old man was in People’s Park when he was approached by another man who asked him for a lighter. When the victim could not provide a lighter, the other man threatened him with … Read More

Banbury News - Police

Hotels in Banbury fail sexual exploitation test

Hotels fail sexual exploitation test – Banbury and Bicester Thames Valley Police in partnership with Cherwell District Council has carried out child sexual exploitation tests at hotels and guest houses in Banbury and Bicester.   The objective of the operation was to test the reaction of front of house staff when a man and girl attempt to book a room. … Read More

Banbury News - Castle Quay 2

Canal Day Cancelled

Canal Day Cancelled Banbury Canal Day, one of the town’s biggest events, will not be held this year because of building work for the extension of Castle Quay Shopping Centre (CQ2) which is expected to be fully open for Christmas 2018.   Banbury Town Council’s general services committee heard on Tuesday last week that work on the extension would start … Read More

Waitrose Banbury

Waitrose to open Banbury Store this year

Waitrose to open Banbury Store this year The Waitrose supermarket chain has confirmed that construction of their new Banbury store will start this spring and that the store will be open in time for Christmas 2017.   The 38,500 sq ft Waitrose Food Store will be located on the Southam Road in Banbury opposite Homebase on the redundant area of … Read More

A van nearly ended up in a river in Woodstock

A van nearly ended up in a river in Woodstock after it crashed into the bridge yesterday (02/02). The van was driving over the river Glyme in Woodstock when the driver lost control and careered into the wall.       Luckily no one was seriously injured in the crash; colleagues at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust treated … Read More

Banbury News

Local MP’s welcome referral of Horton maternity decision to Secretary of State for Health

Local MP’s welcome referral of Horton maternity decision to Secretary of State for Health Victoria Prentis MP and Witney MP Robert Courts welcomed the Joint Health & Overview Scrutiny Committee’s unanimous vote to refer the Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust’s (OUHFT) decision to suspend obstetric services at the Horton General Hospital to the Secretary of State for Health.     In … Read More

BBC The Great Pottery Throw Down 2017

Banbury Man on BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down 2017

Banbury Man on BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down 2017 BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down is back for the second series, as ten home potters from around the country head to Stoke-on-Trent, the home of pottery, in their quest to become Top Potter.   This years potters include Richard, a pub landlord from Banbury in Oxfordshire who runs the … Read More

Hands of our Horton - Banbury News

Breaking news: Horton maternity downgrade decision referred to Secretary of State

Horton maternity downgrade decision referred to Secretary of State The ‘Hands of our Horton’ campaign has today received a huge boost as Oxfordshire County Councilors have voted unanimously (vote of 12 in favour) to refer the decision to downgrade Banbury’s Horton maternity to the Secretary of State. The Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OJHOSC) looks at the health … Read More

Banbury Football News - Banbury United

Banbury United 0 Basingstoke Town 1

Banbury United 0 Basingstoke Town 1 – Match Report A superb free-kick by Nana Owusu six minutes into the second half gives Basingstoke a deserved three points   Photo by  E.A.Barson photography The visitors had much the better of the first half. Both sides tried to play their passing game but Basingstoke were better at it, keeping the ball for … Read More

Banbury Comic, Film and TV Convention 2017

Banbury Comic, Film and TV Convention 2017

Banbury Comic, Film and TV Convention 2017 Following the success of last years Comic Con, yesterday (28/01) saw the return of the re-named Banbury Comic, Film & TV Convention at the new venue GF Social Club.   Organised by Glyn Smith, owner of Comic Connections, one of only 2 comic book shops in Oxfordshire, the event had guest signings, photo … Read More

Banbury United News

Banbury United’s nine game unbeaten league run comes to an end

United’s nine game unbeaten league run comes to an end with loss at Merthyr Town United’s nine game unbeaten league run comes to an end but it really ought to have been extended as they miss a penalty two minutes from time.   Final Score  Merthyr Town 1 – 0 Banbury United   Photo by  E.A.Barson photography     This was … Read More

Sarka Climbs Kilimanjaro for BYHP - Banbury News

Sarka Climbs Kilimanjaro for BYHP

Sarka Climbs Kilimanjaro for Banbury Young Homelessness Project Sarka Naivertova leaves today to climb Kilimanjaro from Monday onwards.   Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain of Africa and belongs amongst 7 of the highest mountains in the world. Her challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro is in aid of the Banbury Young Homelessness Project. (BYHP). So far has raised over £6000, but she … Read More

Big Health and Care consultation - Banbury 2017

The Big Health and Care Consultation in Banbury – Save our Horton

The Big Health and Care Consultation in Banbury The first of the Big Health and Care consultation events took place in Banbury yesterday evening (27/01) as NHS leaders attempted to persuade the people of Banbury to accept major cuts to hospital health services.     On stage representing the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group was Tony Berendt (Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation … Read More

Banbury News

UPDATE: Driver involved in Cropredy collision dies from his injuries

Driver involved in Cropredy collision dies from his injuries Thames Valley Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a collision in Cropredy, near Banbury, on Tuesday (24/1). Roads Policing officers attended a two vehicle collision in Oxhey Hill shortly after 8am in which a green Porsche Boxster and a blue Ford Fiesta collided. An occupant of the Ford Fiesta, a … Read More

Young Bond author visits Sibford School near Banbury

Bestselling children’s author visited Sibford School

Bestselling children’s author visited Sibford School Best-selling children’s author Steve Cole visited Sibford School near Banbury last Wednesday (18 January) to talk to pupils about his latest new book, Young Bond: Strike Lightning.   Children from neighbouring schools including The Warriner, Sibford School, Hook Norton Primary, Sibford Gower Endowed Primary and Great Rollright Primary were also invited to meet Steve. … Read More

Illuminated Apparel

Former Brackley student earns a deal on BBC Dragons Den

Former Brackley student earns a deal on BBC Dragons Den Rob Manley, 24, who grew up in Brackley and attended Magdalen College School, entered the den with his company Illuminated Apparel and his glow in the dark t-shirts.     The entrepreneur had invented a unique glow ink which he claimed was 10 times brighter than standard inks available. Set … Read More

Liam Fox at Prodrive Banbury

Liam Fox, Secretary of State visits Prodrive

Secretary of State visits Prodrive in Banbury Following the launch of the Industrial Strategy green paper, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox visited Prodrive to reiterate the Government’s commitment to supporting UK industry to grow at home and abroad.   During the visit on Monday, the International Trade Secretary outlined the steps Government is taking to support trade and investment … Read More

Steve McFadden - MooMoo Banbury

Eastenders hard man to visit Banbury

Eastenders hard man to visit Banbury Eastenders star Steve McFadden who plays Phill Mitchell in BBC ‘s Eastenders will be visiting Banbury on Saturday (28th January). From 10pm, Phill will be at a live meet & greet and posing for photo’s at the MooMoo Clubrooms 49-50 High Street, Banbury, OX16 5LA Doors open from 10pm – 3am.  

Dundee boy’s balloon flies to Banbury

Dundee boy’s balloon flies to Banbury A boy’s balloon released in Dundee as part of an experiment to see it with his telescope has been found 415 miles away in Banbury.   Lucas, aged 4, had signed the McDonald’s balloon with his name and age before releasing it. 7 days later is was found by Bryan Tomlin in Banbury, who … Read More

Banbury News - Castle Quay 2

Update on Castle Quay 2 Development

Update on Castle Quay 2 Development Several high-profile food and entertainment businesses are believed to be in the final stages of agreeing to open in Castle Quay. The names of the new tenants will be announced shortly. Among the tenants set to open for business are a 1300 seat 8-screen cinema, six new restaurants and a café, which will offer … Read More

Banbury News

Serious road traffic collision this morning in Cropedy

Serious road traffic collision this morning in Cropedy Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about a person who may have been injured in a collision in Cropredy, near Banbury.   Fire Crews and Roads Policing officers attended this serious road traffic collision involving two vehicles this morning in Oxhey Hill, Cropedy. Faced with a challenging extrication and a seriously injured casualty … Read More

BREXIT – Article 50 Ruling

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled. The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin Brexit talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing. Parliament is expected to give their backing in time for the government’s 31 March deadline. The government said it had powers to get talks … Read More

Banbury News

National police crackdown on motorists using their phones while driving

National police crackdown on motorists using their phones while driving A moment’s inattention could mean the difference between life and death. This is the stark warning from officers across Thames Valley and Hampshire who this week join a nationwide crackdown on people using mobile phones behind the wheel. All too often officers are confronted with the devastating consequences of people … Read More

Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for 2017

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race for Brackley based Mecedes in 2017 Valtteri Bottas becomes the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows Nico Rosberg accepts ambassadorial role with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport   It’s been 45 days since Nico Rosberg dropped the bombshell of his immediate retirement from Formula One. And it left the team … Read More

Banbury News - Banbury United Football Club - Aylesbury United

Match Report : Aylesbury United 3 Banbury United 2

Aylesbury stage a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down, scoring three goals in the last quarter of an hour to knock Banbury out of the League Cup Banbury led 2-0 at half time through goals from Mark Bell and Luke Carnell and with just 15 minutes to go in the second half and the score still 2-0 looked to be heading … Read More

Banbury News

Woman pushes man away from pram in Banbury

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a suspicious incident in Banbury. Between 6.30pm and 7pm yesterday (10/1) a woman was pushing her baby in a pram near Tesco Express in Middleton Road when a man approached her. He complimented her on her baby and he then put his hand on her pram. The woman pushed him away and … Read More

Banbury based F1 team goes into administration.

Banbury Based F1 team Manor Racing goes into Administration The company that operates the Manor Racing Formula One team has gone into administration, putting around 200 jobs at risk. Following media speculation about the teams future on Friday morning, staff were called to a meeting at the teams Banbury factory. The team has been bankrolled by Stephen Fitzpatrick since he … Read More

Banbury Taxi - News

Only use a licensed taxi

If you’re heading out for some New Year’s Eve celebrations later and are planning to get home in a taxi, make sure to stay safe by only using a licensed driver and vehicle. Hackney taxi carriages display a white taxi plate and can be hailed in the street, picked up from a taxi rank or booked in advance. Private hire … Read More

Banbury News

Witness appeal following criminal damage incident in Banbury

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident of criminal damage. Two boys were seen kicking and pushing at the garden fence, causing the fence posts to snap and flattening the fence. After flattening the fence the two boys have accessed the garden and started jumping on the trampoline. The incident took place on Sunday 4th December between … Read More

Banbury News - Police

CCTV images released following assault in Castle Quay

Assault and criminal damage in Castle Quay Banbury CCTV images released following assault and criminal damage in Banbury Thames Valley Police is issuing CCTV of two men it would like to speak to as part of its investigation into an incident of assault and criminal damage in Banbury. This incident happened at around 4.45pm on Wednesday 2 November. a 21-year-old … Read More

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