Meet the Author at Middleton Cheney Library

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A programme of meet the author sessions have been organised for Middleton Cheney library in 2013.

The first writer to make an appearance will be Linda Newbery.

Linda wanted to be an author from the age of eight, and has published more than 40 books. They range from a picture books, to challenging young adult novels. She was awarded the Costa Children’s Book Prize in 2006 for Set in Stone, a Victorian Gothic mystery, and has won many other awards.

The inaugural talk takes place on January 26, at 2.30pm Tickets are £5 adult and £2 for children,

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Christmas Craft Markets at Banbury Tourist Information Centre

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Arts & Crafts Christmas Markets at Banbury Tourist Information

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Tourist Information Centre in Banbury is hosting arts and crafts Sunday markets for four weeks from Sunday 25 November. There will be a wide range of goods on offer from pottery, photography, paintings and prints to hand made children's soft toys and jewellery.

Each Sunday will feature different makers so it'll be a great opportunity to find that unique Christmas present whilst you support local crafts people and talk to them about how they make their work.

The markets will be open from 11am to 4pm at the Banbury Tourist Information Centre, Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury.

The market on 25 Nov will feature:

  • hand sewn Christmas decorations, cushions and other home decor from the fabulous Velvet Paws
  • wonderful hand thrown ceramics from Browen Corral
  • silver and semi precious jewellery from Emily Fermor
  • bright contemporary abstract paintings and greeting cards from Christine O'Sullivan.
2 December will feature:

  •  vintage inspired children's soft toys from Pickle Pie
  • hand painted pottery from Elizabeth Linton
  • semi precious stone jewellery from Jan Wilson
  • drawings and prints of animals and plants from Nicola Durrant.
9 December will feature:

  •  ceramics from local potter Penny Varley
  • paintings and prints of landscapes and animals from Ronny Loxton, (winner of Banbury Museums Art2 visitors choice)
  • prints and cards from local photographer Steve Gold
  • jewellery from new comer Laima Rullis.
16 December will feature:

  • cushions, cards and home decorations from the ever popular Woogi
  • every day and decorative pots from Graham Mant
  • bead jewellery from Sweetpea
  • prints and illustrated books from Lizzie Waterfield
  • drawings from Barbara Diaz Navarro.
All featured artists and makers live locally. Cherwell District Council's deputy leader, Cllr George Reynolds, said: "This will be a great opportunity to find that unique Christmas present and support local crafts people. Why buy a "corporate Christmas" when you can buy unique and individual craft items and support local crafts people and our Sunday Christmas market."

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43rd Tour de Trigs hike a resounding success

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The 43rd Annual Tour de Trigs hiking competition was a resounding success with hundreds of walkers from all over the country taking part in the famous Banburyshire event this weekend.

  Both senior and junior teams battled icy weather and freezing temperatures down to -5 to complete a 50 mile course in under 24 hours.
  Senior winners ‘The Trailblazers’ from Coventry completed the course in 16 hours 4 minutes; junior winners ‘The Monkeez’ from Banbury completed the slightly shorter 30 mile course.


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Shutford Christmas Fayre


Sunday 2nd December 1.00 - 4.00 pm
To be held in Shutford Village Church, Shutford Village Hall & The George + Dragon.
in aid of Katharine House Hospice
Discover the ancient art of bell ringing and come and have a go!!

Exciting stalls, specialising in traditional products and crafts
Offering Christmas gifts for the home, for you & for the children.
10% of stallholder takings will be donated to Katharine House Hospice

Entrance fee £2.00 (children free) includes mulled wine and a mince pie.

Come along and get into the festive spirit!!


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Adderbury Christmas Market

Saturday December 1st  from 11am to 4pm in Adderbury Church.

There will be in excess of 30 stalls to tempt you with crafts, jewellery, toys, cards, decorations, clothes, pottery, food, gifts, mulled wine and mince pies, tea, coffee and cakes, hot soup and rolls at lunchtime  - and of course, Father Christmas will be there with his sack of gifts!

The Adderbury Christmas Market is non profit making, donating money raised  to local good causes.