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Sunday, May 01st

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Four Shires Show a resounding success


cow_webThe Four Shires show has been and gone and it was a fantastic success. The sun shone on Banbury market place as food and drink and arts and crafts vendors alike took to their stands. With estmated foot fall of well over 7,000 people, the town centre was buzzing with families enjoying the entertainment on offer. Music was supplied, in the Market Place by Banbury Sound, whilst dancing came from both Adderbury Morris Men and OCVC Salsa group.

The largest Banbury cake proved a popular exhibit, with many attendees pledging a £1 to guess the amount of currants in the mix. The final amount of currants came to a fruity 2,337! All proceeds from the competition will be donated to Katherine House Hospice.


The beer, wine and cider festival in the town hall was also succesful, with everyone able to enjoy a pint of Hook Norton beer, Hogans cider, or wine from SH Jones or Vitis.

The star attraction of this year's event were three award winning Limousine Cattle (pictured above). These were proudly supplied by the Smiths of Bloxham and proved a wonderful addition to the show.


From everyone at the Four Shires I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported this year's event and we look forward to seeing you all next year for an even bigger Four Shires Show.


Reminder to blood donors


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding blood donors to make every effort to attend upcoming sessions, where it is feasible to do so.

The last fortnight of bad weather has led to the cancellation of some sessions across the country.  NHSBT is urging those donors who are booked to give blood and can travel to sessions and donors centres safely to make every effort to keep their appointments. Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Blood Donation at NHSBT, said: "NHSBT is managing well in the current pattern of tricky weather conditions and is continuing to supply hospitals with all the blood that they need.

"However, we need those donors who are able to reach their local sessions to continue to do so.  If you have an appointment please try to keep it and if, for some reason, you cannot attend please rebook your appointment as soon as possible.  New donors are also very welcome.

"We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all those donors who have been able to attend and give blood during the bad weather."

Due to the fluctuating weather patterns it is not always easy to assess in advance when a blood donor session may have to be cancelled.  Blood stocks are turned over within a few days and both red cells and platelets have a limited shelf-life (35 days for red cells and five days for platelets).

At the present time NHSBT is aiming to collect more of the blood group O Rh D negative, which is slightly below the normal quantity held in stock.

"O-neg" donors are typically known as the "universal donor" as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group.  This can prove vital in an emergency situation when there may not be time for an immediate blood grouping test to be carried out.  Approximately 7% of the population have this blood group.

Only four per cent of the eligible population are registered as blood donors so it is essential that donors attend to give blood when they can. 

To be potentially eligible to give blood you must be aged 17-65, weigh 7st 12lbs (50 kgs) and be in good health.  There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.  To find out more or to book an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23 or log on to

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