The year got off to a positive start with a story of salvation for a former drug user, Ben Hornsby, who turned his life around after an encounter with a Banbury boy whilst begging. We put out an appeal to find the boy that would later prove successful. 'The end of the month the BG broke the news that the magistrates court was due to be closed early 2019 due to it being significantly under used.'The feel good story of the month came from the Horton Hospital as Sarah Allen and baby Joshua became the first mother and child of the year just 12 minutes after reaching the hospital from her Banbury home.

Banbury Guardian review of the year 2018

This year, Banbury and the surrounding areas has seen some highs, lows and everything in between.

The continued fight for the Horton Hospital and ever growing anger about the state of the roads supplied a constant background noise to numerous exciting and moving stories including the discovery of a Roman villa and the fight to save a children’s Play Bus.
We look back at the ups and downs of the year. Hover your cursor over each picture to see what the month gave us.

Oxfordshire County Council launched a consultation into the cost of social care in hopes of raising an extra 1.9M. 'Still health related but much more celebratory was the BG special feature on Banbury charity Dogs for Good turning 30. The charity train assistance dogs for people with physical and mental disabilities so they can live life to the fullest. The charity later opened a Banbury training facility in 2000.'The month ended with the conclusion of a story brought to you in January as Ben Hornsby met the Banbury boy who had motivated him to go clean. Emmanuel Iqbal, 11, and Ben would reunite on the Jeremy Kyle show.

1. February

Oxfordshire County Council launched a consultation into the cost of social care in hopes of raising an extra 1.9M. 'Still health related but much more celebratory was the BG special feature on Banbury charity Dogs for Good turning 30. The charity train assistance dogs for people with physical and mental disabilities so they can live life to the fullest. The charity later opened a Banbury training facility in 2000.'The month ended with the conclusion of a story brought to you in January as Ben Hornsby met the Banbury boy who had motivated him to go clean. Emmanuel Iqbal, 11, and Ben would reunite on the Jeremy Kyle show.
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There was a lot of news in March as five issues of the BG were published. The Horton hit the headlines again with a 20,000 fundraising campaign by former nurse Dayle Kinch whose efforts supplied two cooling caps to the  Brodey Cancer Centre.'Raymond Morgan was jailed for life for the savage murder of  Mark Pawley in his Newland Road flat. But Morgan, 53, was found not guilty of murdering Adrian Fannon.'The month ended, with a story that would become all too familiar as Bodicotes post office was ram-raided by heartless thieves.

2. March

There was a lot of news in March as five issues of the BG were published. The Horton hit the headlines again with a 20,000 fundraising campaign by former nurse Dayle Kinch whose efforts supplied two cooling caps to the Brodey Cancer Centre.'Raymond Morgan was jailed for life for the savage murder of Mark Pawley in his Newland Road flat. But Morgan, 53, was found not guilty of murdering Adrian Fannon.'The month ended, with a story that would become all too familiar as Bodicotes post office was ram-raided by heartless thieves.
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We reported on the shocking case of Colin Hewitt who, after receiving post heart attack treatment at the JR, was sent back to the Horton in a taxi, despite his wife being first aid trained. 'Pothole watch resurfaced as Brackley mayor Mark Morrell, aka Mr Pothole, threatened legal action against the county council if the roads were not fixed.'Thames Valley Police raided addresses across Banbury as they cracked down on county drug lines. 'And The Atic, in Butchers Row, broke the world record for non-stop stand up comedy. The event saw numerous comedians perform, back to back, for an incredible 96 hours.

3. April

We reported on the shocking case of Colin Hewitt who, after receiving post heart attack treatment at the JR, was sent back to the Horton in a taxi, despite his wife being first aid trained. 'Pothole watch resurfaced as Brackley mayor Mark Morrell, aka Mr Pothole, threatened legal action against the county council if the roads were not fixed.'Thames Valley Police raided addresses across Banbury as they cracked down on county drug lines. 'And The Atic, in Butchers Row, broke the world record for non-stop stand up comedy. The event saw numerous comedians perform, back to back, for an incredible 96 hours.
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Another five issue month started with two front page stories of community campaigns to save much-loved facilities. 'Sanctuary Housing came under fire for controversial plans to close four community rooms across Banbury. 'The rooms were used for various activities, including as a guest house for visitors of the elderly and disabled residents. After the BG highlighted the story the plans were withdrawn.'Then came the fight to save the Play Bus, a double decker fitted out with play equipment, which needed 50,000 to stay open.'Banbury welcomed a new mayor as Shaida Hussain was sworn in during a town hall ceremony.

4. May

Another five issue month started with two front page stories of community campaigns to save much-loved facilities. 'Sanctuary Housing came under fire for controversial plans to close four community rooms across Banbury. 'The rooms were used for various activities, including as a guest house for visitors of the elderly and disabled residents. After the BG highlighted the story the plans were withdrawn.'Then came the fight to save the Play Bus, a double decker fitted out with play equipment, which needed 50,000 to stay open.'Banbury welcomed a new mayor as Shaida Hussain was sworn in during a town hall ceremony.
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