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Banbury’s open air pool opens this weekend

As the long bank holiday weekend beckons, anyone looking to enjoy an outdoor swim now can as Woodgreen Open Air Pool is set to open its doors to the public.

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Look back with Little: Show gave a boost to the reputation of Banbury

The year 1937 must surely be remembered because of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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Train times are changing from Sunday: is your route affected?

Train times are changing from Sunday: is your route affected?

Rail commuters have been urged to check planned train timetable changes which will see more than four million trains rescheduled from Sunday 20 May onwards.

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Look back with Little: Critical moments along the heritage journey

In May of 1968 the highly regarded magazine Country Life published two articles of great interest to Banbury people.

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Chris Tunstall, centre, in Mallorca during a cycle ride with brother-in-law Paul Waite, and sister, Mandy Waite. NNL-180905-092714001

Cancer diagnoses inspires grandfather to take on 1,000 mile cycle challenge

A grandfather and keen cyclist whose family was hit by cancer twice in the space of four weeks will be biking 1,000 miles for charity.

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CUTE PICTURES ALERT: Eight young hedgehogs get pampering baths before release into the wild

Eight young hedgehogs have been released at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest after many months of care at a special hedgehog hospital.

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Stagecoach has announced timetable changes for the S4

Winners and losers in changes to S4 Stagecoach service

Changes to Stagecoaches between Banbury and Oxford will change from May 20.

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Look Back with Little: An eclectic blend of Victorian enterprise

In 1897 Banbury was the subject of a booklet entitled Views and Reviews. It was published at Brighton and identified the town in terms of ‘zeal, cakes and ale’.

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One of the best known features on Dorset's Jurassic Coast is Durdle Door.

Discovering Thomas Hardy’s fictional county of Wessex

I’ve been an unashamed fan of Victorian author Thomas Hardy after falling in love with actress Julie Christie as an impressionable teenager after she starred in the 1960s film, Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Booking fraud costs holidaymakers £6.7 million

Booking fraud costs holidaymakers £6.7 million

Travel fraud is costing UK holidaymakers millions of pounds per year – and also having a severe effect on their health or financial wellbeing.

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Villagers help clear a path through the deep snow to the Joiner's Arms in Bloxham. Photo courtesy of Betty Walton.

Battling through the great snowfall of 1947

The year 2018 will be remembered for an emotive term quoted by weather forecasters, ‘The Beast from the East’.

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Why deleting your Facebook account could cause you problems

Following the internet-shaking news that Cambridge Analytica “harvested” the data of 50 million Facebook users, many users of the social network are now considering deleting their accounts.

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Bedford branch of HSBC bank celebrates 125th anniversary

The Bedford branch of HSBC, one of the oldest in the bank’s branch network, is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

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Shipston on Stour has been named as the best place to live in The Midlands. NNL-180320-212030009

Best place to live in the Midlands is . . .

Shipston has been named as the best place to live in the Midlands for the second consecutive year by The Sunday Times.

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Look Back with Little: Britannia – more than just a place of industry

On May 22, 1851, the Banbury Guardian published a list of local exhibitors responsible for trades and industries represented at the Great Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace that same year.

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Young happy family of three having fun together outdoor. Pretty little daughter on her father back. Parents and girl look happy and smile. Happiness and harmony in family life. Family fun outside. PNL-151022-124456001

Why your child may have £1,000 in a bank account that you don’t even know about

Calling all parents! Do you have a child aged between seven and 15? If so, then they be a lot wealthier than you think.

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School bomb threat hoaxes reported to be a result of Minecraft game feud

National news sources are claiming a feud between rival Minecraft gamers is the reason why 24,000 threatening emails were sent to schools and colleges in the UK.

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Travel: Discover two very different Florida Gulf coast gems

While many two-centre holidays in Florida start with the thrill of Orlando’s theme parks before heading to the coast, I’ve discovered a new and exciting combination of city and seaside.

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Some of the Bridge Street buildings appraised before demolition to make way for the shopping centre

LOOK BACK WITH LITTLE: Survey stirs thoughts of life before Castle Quay

In 1996 and 1997 the Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit was invited to appraise buildings in Bridge Street and Mill Lane prior to Banbury town centre redevelopment which resulted in Castle Quay shopping centre.

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The 10 best outdoor games we used to play that our kids have probably never heard of

Kids of the 70s, 80s and 90s will remember them well with a nostalgic tear in their eye but here are 10 great outdoor games we used to play that our children have probably never heard of.

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