Banbury PlayBus wins top award

Banbury and District Community Bus Project NNL-160127-134347001
Banbury and District Community Bus Project NNL-160127-134347001

A Banbury community project of 21 years’ standing picked up a prestigious trophy at a black-tie awards ceremony on May 20.

Founded in 1998, the Banbury and District Community Bus Project provides mobile play and after-school facilities to children. The Play Bus, as it is also known, was among the winners at the Cherwell Business Awards. It came out on top in the Charity and Community category, which is sponsored by Cherwell District Council’s economic growth department.

The bus is based at Banbury’s popular East Street Children’s Centre and received proceeds of over £1,100 from a raffle held at the ceremony. The service has been praised for its flexibility and responsiveness, targeting areas where its facilities are most needed. It has experienced a rapid growth in uptake, last year supporting an outstanding 4,486 adults and children in a diverse range of local communities.

Councillor Lynn Pratt, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and the economy, said: “The Cherwell Business Awards are an impressive showcase of those who are driving the district’s vibrant and innovative economy forward.

“Our sponsorship of the Charity and Community Award is a way of celebrating enterprises that have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to Cherwell’s social fabric. The Play Bus is a long-standing focal point of our children’s lives, as demonstrated by the fact that many of its users have gone on to volunteer with the service as adults.”

The winner and runners-up in the charity category will be offered business mentorship, by the council, to boost future development.