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Arson on the increase in Banburyshire

volaire_vesuvius_erupting_at_night_c_cv_photo_by_p.c_scanned_at_cvCherwell residents are urged to be on their guard as incidents of arson are on the rise across the district.
  And those involved in this type of crime are being warned of the possible consequences which can be anything up to a life sentence.
  There is always an increase in arson cases throughout the summer, many of which involve domestic bins left out for collection.
  Advice to householders is, where possible, to keep their bins secured for as long as possible before putting them out.
  They should be accessible to bin crews any time from 7am on the day of collection and retrieved at the earliest opportunity.
  Councillor George Reynolds, Cherwell District Council deputy leader, said: “The people who set these fires often view it as a prank.
  “In future I’d like them to consider the possible consequences before they act. If the bin is close to a home a fire can easily spread, endangering the lives of everyone inside.
“Even if this is not the case, people can sometimes be injured trying to tackle bin fires near their homes.
“Fires set at business premises can wreck people’s livelihoods and cost huge amounts in repairs and replacement of equipment.
“And those responsible, when caught, rarely avoid a prison term.”
  Since the beginning of June this year there have been 69 suspected arson reports. This compares with a figure of 79 between the start of June and end of August last year.
  Inspector Neville Clayton, of Thames Valley Police, said: “Cherwell police are aware of an increase in the number of arsons across the area.
“These have been mostly bin and hedge fires which, although they appear minor, could easily have got out of hand and spread to adjacent premises with catastrophic consequences.
“A full investigation is always conducted at the scene of any fire in order to identify those responsible.
“Individuals who are arrested and charged with the offence of arson can expect to be treated severely by the courts and anticipate a custodial sentence.”
Anyone who has any information about individuals who are engaging in this type of activity should contact the police on 08458 505505.

Four Shires Show a great success

Over 5000 visitors to Banbury Market Place enjoyed events, flowers, food and drink at the fourth annual Four Shires Show in August. The event, sponsored by Smiths of Bloxham, Banbury's SH Jones wine merchants, Hook Norton Brewery and Bloxham School is held in conjunction with Banbury Town Council's Flower and Produce Show.
 More stall holders than ever plied visitors with the very best food and drink Banburyshire (and beyond) has to offer.
 Banbury Cakes, spotted dick and lardy cake proved popular as did artisan breads, spices and curries. Traditional ice cream, coffee and baked puddings sold out quickly as did the more exotic African stews and Spanish paellas.
  For the first time ever, the show hosted a beer and wine village, where Hook Norton brewery and SH Jones fronted a hot afternoon's al fresco refreshment. Cider from the Compass Brewery, the North Cotswolds 10% IPA and Hook Norton's Harvest beers were enjoyed by all, as were some gorgeous red wines from SH Jones.
  Whilst enjoying all the food and drink on offer, Banbury Town Council again provided a fantastic day's horticultural spectacular. Hosting the flower and produce show, green fingered exhibitors from around north Oxfordshire displayed the very best flowers, fruit and vegetables as well as cakes, children's art and jams.
  Both Katharine House Hospice and Cancer Research benefitted from charity aunt sally and guess the weight competitions.
We have published the guide as an E-zine here and by clicking on the image you can read it!

Cherwell sports' people recognised

Winners of the 2011 Cherwell Sports Awards were presented with their awards on Saturday night at the Spiceball Leisure Centre, Banbury.

The MC for the evening was BBC Oxford's sports presenter, Jerome Sale. He said: "I think the event has shown that there's a wealth of sporting talent in north Oxfordshire - and some great stories that I hope we'll be telling on BBC Radio Oxford in the coming months. I think we all know what a great part of the world this is and it's been wonderful to celebrate its sporting achievements."

Cherwell District Council's lead member for environment, Cllr James Macnamara, added: "Cherwell District Council has always been keen to support sports activities, and in the run up to the Olympics it's a good time to recognise the talent is being developed in our area. I want to congratulate all those who won awards on Saturday night as well as the runners up."
The results:
* Club of the Year: Banbury Water Polo Club. Runner up: Kidlington Forum Table Tennis Club
* Coach of the Year: Richard Hobley. Runner up: Louise Tustian
* Junior Sports Team of the Year: Banbury RUFC U10's. Runner up: Bloxham FC U14'S
* Sports Team of the Year: Banbury Ladies Hockey 1st Team. Runner up Banbury Cricket Club U17's
* Unsung Hero: Aubrey Hughes. Runner up: Dave and Pam Aitchison
* Sportsperson of the Year: Dan Spencer. Runner up: Luke Ryan
* Leader/Volunteer of the Year: Ryan Whitehead. Runner up: Martin Phillips
* Sports Teacher of the Year: Amanda Gill. Runner up: James Oldfield
* School Team of the Year: Bicester 6th Form Football Team Runner up: Banbury School U13's Football Team
* Active Inspiration Award: Alan Roach.
* Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Lloyd Sabin                                       
* Developing Young People: Dean Buckland
* Go Active Person of the Year: Christina Blaser
* Youth Activator of the Year: Jacob Ibbotson

Hobby Horse festival a great success

Banbury's Hobby Horse Festival held on Sunday was a great success - visitors flocked in their thousands to the event which saw the Banbury Fire Service winning the annual Hobby Horse racing event.

Old Banbury Fair Pictures unearthed

harry_ayers_leyland_69These super old pictures were lent to The Four Shires by Mr Cooper of Banbury. They show old trucks bringing in fairground rides for the Michaelmas fair, held in the market place in Banbury in October each year.c_grahams_leyland_69web

New Tradition for old town


Last year’s Old Town Party was such a success that organisers have decided to do it all again for 2011.

 The event will take place in Banbury’s Old Town on Saturday, 16 July, from 11am to 3pm and coincide with the St Mary’s Church fete.

 Businesses in Parsons Street, Church Walk, Church Lane and White Lion Walk pulled out all the stops last July to celebrate Cherwell District Council’s £1.5 million revamp of the area.

 And in the wake of the event an Old Town Association was created to continue promoting everything the area has to offer.

 June Irani of Café 6 in Church Lane, who chairs the Old Town Association, said: “New businesses have started up since last years Old Town Party such as the Artery, Fancy That and the Old Auctioneer which all add value to the old town, so the party should be even better!”

 There are more than 126 shops in Banbury’s Old Town area and many of them will be enticing people in with samples of food and drink.

 Like last year, a wealth of street entertainment is being laid on including the enormously popular Rimski Bicycle Piano, Sue Greenway and her Dixie Strollers and Martin Green on classical guitar.

 There will also be dance displays and a turn from Cherwell Theatre Company’s Liam Nooney and Jim Snee as Holmes and Watson.

 And with plenty to keep youngsters busy including balloon modelling and face painting it is an event for the whole family.

 This year Cherwell is helping organise the event and while there is a little money left from last year to help plans along, the traders are providing most of the funding.

 Councillor Norman Bolster, the council's lead member for economic development, said: “We are delighted with how well the redevelopment has been received by traders and the public.

 “I hope next month’s event will prove as popular as last year’s, encouraging people down to see what the area has to offer.

 “It’s not often you get the chance of a free afternoon out and with so much going on I’d defy anyone not to find something they enjoy.”



New opportunities to take up sport

Two sports clubs have just got underway in the area, offering the chance for more people to take up a new, fun activity.

Banbury has a new basketball club. So if you're between 7 and 16 years old and want to have a go come along on Saturday mornings. It all takes place on Saturdays at Blessed George Napier School, Addison Road, Banbury. Cherwell District Council is supporting the club by providing expert advice and equipment.

The sessions are delivered by qualified, England Basketball coaches. It's a great opportunity to get involved in basketball in Banbury as there is currently no club. Times: 9am to 10am for age group 7 to 12 years, 10am to 11am for age group 13 to 16 years. The cost is £3 a session. Contact Alice Walton on 07753 814678 for more information.

And there's also a new netball session in Banbury. It's called Return 2 Netball and is aimed at ladies who played netball at school and would like to play again in a social, fun and friendly environment. It's an ideal opportunity for a group of friends to come along together to play sport for an hour.

The session, at Banbury School, Ruskin Rd on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9pm, is for players aged 16 years and over. It costs £2.50. Bicester already has a thriving netball session at the leisure centre on Thursdays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. For more information on either, contact Cherwell's senior sports development officer Sue Pearson on 01295 221718, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell District Council portfolio holder for environment, recreation and health, said: "With the addition of these two new clubs to an already extensive list of opportunities to get involved in sport, Cherwell continues to offer excellent chances to give a new activity a go. What could be better than to learn a new skill, have fun, make friends, and get fit at the same time?"

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