Venerated Banbury magazine writes its final chapter

After over two decades of publication a monthly magazine headquartered in Banbury has made the difficult decision that this month's edition will be its last.

By Stuart Prestidge
Friday, 24th January 2020, 1:39 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 1:40 pm
The first edition in October 1997 when it was called Banbury Fare
The first edition in October 1997 when it was called Banbury Fare

Four Shires Magazine, with its offices next to Banbury library, has ceased publication after 22 years.

First published as ‘Banbury Fare’ back in October 1997, the magazine had appeared monthly changing its name to Four Shires in May 1998.

When first published readers commented that it looked like Banbury’s very own ‘Hello’ magazine.

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Sadly the last edition

Whilst it covered events in the five counties, Banbury was very much at the magazine’s heart.

The leader comment in the very first magazine read: “Welcome to the first issue of the magazine, a monthly digest of all things nourishing in the Banburyshire area. Four Shires’ aims to represent Banburyshire and to be informative and entertaining.

"The history and traditions of Banburyshire are acclaimed worldwide. Four Shires will reflect these values and serve the area with pride.”

In a statement the magazine said: "We regret to inform you that Four Shires Magazine has ceased to trade.

"The January 2020 issue will be the last magazine to be published by Four Shires.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued interest in Four Shires Magazine."