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Sun shines on the Community Bank - 11.41am, 2nd October 2014|
 
Bretch Hill's Sunshine Centre plays host to Cherwell's new Community Bank on 15 October from 2pm to 5pm.
Recruitment drive for Bicester Job Fair - 5.11pm, 1st October 2014|
 
Businesses are being offered the chance to promote and fill existing vacancies for free at the Bicester Job Fair.
Government puts Cherwell at the forefront - 1.19pm, 1st October 2014|
 
A grant of £90,000 has been made to Cherwell District Council after the Government recognised it as one of just 11 authorities nationwide at the forefront of self-build housing schemes.
Judge serves pub owners guilty verdict - 12.42pm, 1st October 2014|
 
A couple who turned a public house into a residential dwelling without planning permission will have to pay more than £17,000 in court costs after being found guilty of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.
Hub organisers prepare to fight off the crowds - 9.40am, 1st October 2014|
 
Booking lines have opened today (Wednesday) for the October Half Term Hubs and organisers are hoping to kick start the fun with the introduction of a martial arts programme.
Zumi Mummies will tone tummies - 4.58pm, 30th September 2014|
 
Free Zumi Mummies classes have been launched in Banbury to help mums to tone their tums through zumba.
Say bonjour to French market - 10.30am, 30th September 2014|
 
Shoppers can quite literally enjoy a taste of the continent when a French market makes a two-day guest appearance in Cherwell.
Record turnout to Banbury Job Fair - 10.28am, 30th September 2014|
 
Organisers of the Banbury Job Fair are celebrating a record number of attendees with an additional 100 people turning up compared to previous events.
Memories are made of this - 5.46pm, 26th September 2014|
 
Residents can have their memories captured through creative writing and photography as part of a new project exploring communication and technology developments over the past 60 years.
Cherwell leads the way with dog welfare - 2.24pm, 26th September 2014|
 
A dedicated service which cares for Cherwell's lost and homeless dogs has fetched its second RSPCA Gold Award in as many years.
Former Councillor David Green - 2.16pm, 24th September 2014|
 
Cherwell District Council has regretfully learned of the death of former councillor David Green.
Developer plants tools at The Orchard - 11.53am, 22nd September 2014|
 
Diggers and developers have arrived in Banbury to transform a redundant site into an innovative housing opportunity.
Free activities for older residents - 9.40am, 22nd September 2014|
 
A series of free events are being organised in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington in honour of International Older Persons' Day on 1 October.
Bicester nets new sports club - 9.33am, 22nd September 2014|
 
A new netball club has been launched in Bicester offering schoolgirls the chance to improve their skills and compete in local matches.
Thousands spend summer at outdoor pool - 3.15pm, 19th September 2014|
 
The doors have closed at Woodgreen Open Air Pool for another year after 17,200 visits were made to the facility over the summer.
Learn techniques of Nordic walking - 12.13pm, 19th September 2014|
 
Residents are being encouraged to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle by signing up to a new Nordic walking course.
Things are hotting up in Bicester - 4.38pm, 17th September 2014|
 
A pioneering scheme which could use household waste to heat up to 6,000 homes in Bicester is continuing to move forward with the appointment of specialist consultants to investigate the scheme.
Rubbish campaign wins national award - 9.30am, 17th September 2014|
 
An innovative communications' campaign which increased recycling levels in Cherwell by 11 per cent has been presented with a top national award.
Event offers fair chance of employment - 9.28am, 17th September 2014|
 
Job hunters seeking a perfect position, entry to employment or a new career challenge are being encouraged to pay a visit to the Banbury Job Fair.
Cash boost to promote shared services - 9.27am, 17th September 2014|
 
Grants totalling £775,000 have been awarded to Cherwell District Council and three other authorities to help fund on-going shared services across the area.
Fridge freezer left out in the cold - 9.26am, 17th September 2014|
 
A flytipper who dumped a fridge freezer within walking distance of his home has been warned enforcement agents will take more than white goods if he fails to pay the clean-up costs.
Residents to receive visit about electoral register - 9.22am, 17th September 2014|
 
Residents who have yet to be confirmed on the new electoral register will be visited by Cherwell District Council officers reminding them of the importance of submitting their details.
Hook Norton neighbourhood plan - 12.36pm, 11th September 2014|
 
Hook Norton Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan as a way to increase local input and participation in determining planning applications. The plan is available for consultation and comment from 11 September.
Flytipper fined for flouting the rules - 9.31am, 8th September 2014|
 
Another flytipper has been caught out thanks to a bit of detective work from Cherwell District Council.
Hook Norton homes refused - 10.53am, 5th September 2014|
 
A plan for 54 more homes for Hook Norton was turned down by Cherwell District Council's planning committee last night. The plan would have seen the homes built on agricultural land east of Sibford Road, between the Hook Norton Primary School and Redland Farm.
Green light for solar park - 10.48am, 5th September 2014|
 
An application for a solar park in Upper Arncott has been approved by Cherwell District Council, subject to conditions.
Pool prepares to close its doors - 1.40pm, 2nd September 2014|
 
Swimmers looking to make the most of Banbury's outdoor pool have less than two weeks left to enjoy the facility before it closes its doors for the final time this year. From Monday, 1 September, Woodgreen Open Air Pool reverted back to its term time opening hours ahead of its full closure at 7.30pm on Friday, 12 September.
Hubs break all records - 3.15pm, 29th August 2014|
 
A record number of children signed up to enjoy fun in the sun with more than 2,600 admissions to this year's summer hubs.
Council seeks to recruit employers - 5.59pm, 28th August 2014|
 
Employers looking to fill existing vacancies are being encouraged to advertise their roles for free at two upcoming job fairs.
Wheels put in motion for new bike route - 5.55pm, 28th August 2014|
 
A new cycle route will be launched in Bicester on Saturday ahead of national Cycle to Work Day on 4 September.
Consultation begins on revised local plan - 10.39am, 22nd August 2014|
 
Feedback is being sought on Cherwell's revised local plan, which now includes additional development sites and increased housing numbers.
Council completes purchase of Graven Hill - 4.01pm, 20th August 2014|
 
The sale of Bicester's Graven Hill site has been completed with Cherwell District Council, through a company limited by shares, taking ownership of the site from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Bicester Bike and Family Fun Day - 2.34pm, 20th August 2014|
 
The third annual Bicester Bike and Family Fun Day at Pingle Field (opposite Bicester Village Shopping) will be held on Saturday 30 August between 11am and 3pm. This free event will kick start at 10am with a 'Tour de Bicester' family cycle ride around the town, with participants collecting answers from yellow jerseys along the route ready to complete a Tour de France themed quiz at the final leg.
Solar farm given green light - 12.39pm, 8th August 2014|
 
An estimated 47,000 solar panels could soon be introduced to fields in Yarnton after plans for a solar farm capable of powering more than 3,000 homes were approved.
Gym approved for Pioneer Square - 11.14am, 8th August 2014|
 
Two vacant units in Pioneer Square are set to be filled by a new gym after planning permission was granted to change the buildings' use from retail to a gymnasium.
Social club included in town centre plans - 11.12am, 8th August 2014|
 
The developer behind plans to transform Banbury town centre with a new cinema, hotel, supermarket and restaurants has had a revised planning application approved which will secure the future of a popular social club.
Second phase approved for south west Bicester - 11.01am, 8th August 2014|
 
The second phase of the south west Bicester development programme has been given the go ahead, paving the way for up to 726 new homes to be built.
Business rate collection close to 100 per cent - 3.13pm, 5th August 2014|
 
Recently published Government figures show that Cherwell District Council has beaten the national average when it comes to collecting business rates.
Resident fails to be street smart - 3.10pm, 28th July 2014|
 
A litter lout who flytipped rubbish bags at the end of his own street was rumbled after investigating officers found his address among the household waste.
First homes begin to take shape - 11.19am, 25th July 2014|
 
An innovative housing project to create 21 affordable new homes in Bicester is progressing with the first timber frames beginning to be erected.
Fun plus sun equals record turnout - 5.47pm, 24th July 2014|
 
A record number of people turned out to enjoy a variety of free fun and entertainment at the fifth annual Banbury Play Day.
Green team take to the streets - 3.10pm, 24th July 2014|
 
Members of Cherwell District Council's green team are preparing to visit more than 7,000 homes in Banbury next month to chat to residents about recycling.
Don't waste chance to buy cheap bin - 10.20am, 24th July 2014|
 
The cost of recycling bins is being reduced to just £10 each as Cherwell District Council prepares to launch a special summer bin sale.
Online interaction continues to soar - 2.55pm, 23rd July 2014|
 
More people than ever before are engaging with Cherwell District Council through its website and social media channels, according to a new report.
Bike prizes promote recycling - 11.25am, 22nd July 2014|
 
Two talented schoolgirls have each been presented with a free second hand bike after winning a colouring competition which was launched at this year's Bicester Big Lunch.
Event will encourage aspiration and achievement - 10.55am, 21st July 2014|
 
A free event to promote local education, training and apprenticeship opportunities will take place in Banbury to inspire people on the road to employment.
Residents move in as council continues to Build! for the future - 3.34pm, 18th July 2014|
 
A pioneering project to transform redundant properties into affordable housing opportunities has welcomed the first residents to its latest completion.
Cash on offer to Bicester businesses - 3.02pm, 17th July 2014|
 
One of the first business owners to receive advertising and website grants from Cherwell District Council has encouraged others to take advantage of the scheme.
Warning over council tax scam - 5.11pm, 16th July 2014|
 
Residents are being urged to be vigilant against a bogus cold calling scam in which fraudsters offer a council tax rebate in exchange for bank details.
Promotion offers discounted swims and gyms - 5.09pm, 16th July 2014|
 
A three part offer encouraging young people to take advantage of discounted swim and gym sessions at Cherwell District Council's leisure centres will be launched later this month.
Splash out on swim offer - 4.40pm, 16th July 2014|
 
People aged between 18 and 25 are being encouraged to splash out on a promotional swimming offer at Woodgreen open air pool in Banbury.
Young people encouraged to workout gym benefits - 4.39pm, 16th July 2014|
 
Young people looking to improve their fitness are being encouraged to take advantage of a promotional gym offer at Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury.
Residents receive notice of electoral shake-up - 11.19am, 14th July 2014|
 
More than 100,000 letters will be sent to Cherwell residents this week informing them of the biggest shake-up of how they register to vote.
Party time at Pioneer Square - 5.58pm, 8th July 2014|
 
A weekend of promotions, partying and prizes will be on offer at Bicester's Pioneer Square to celebrate the first anniversary of the £75 million development.
Talks continue to secure fulfilment centre - 5.57pm, 8th July 2014|
 
Meetings are taking place between Cherwell District Council and the Ministry of Defence to secure the future of a 70,400sqm fulfilment centre and hundreds of jobs in Bicester.
Council prepares to address future deficits - 5.49pm, 8th July 2014|
 
The projected forecast for Cherwell District Council's future financial deficit predicts the council will receive no Revenue Support Grant (RSG) from the Government from 2017/18.
Council seeks to acquire community woodland - 3.44pm, 8th July 2014|
 
Proposals to create a community woodland in Bicester have taken a step forward after Cherwell district councillors agreed to look at acquiring the land for just £1.
Council make up set for shake up - 12.15pm, 8th July 2014|
 
A significant shake up is planned for Cherwell District Council which could reduce both the number of wards and councillors from 2016.
Sports Village continues to move forward - 12.13pm, 8th July 2014|
 
Plans to create a sports village in Bicester are continuing to move forward with work now underway to prepare the second phase of the project.
Contractors appointed to Build! new homes - 11.02am, 3rd July 2014|
 
Contracts have been signed and hands have been shaken ahead of work beginning to transform redundant housing sites into thriving homes for the future.
Cherwell Link Card offers recreational discounts - 3.34pm, 2nd July 2014|
 
Residents who are disabled or in receipt of certain benefits could receive 50 per cent off the cost of recreational activities by applying for a Cherwell Link Card.
Budding community groups rewarded - 11.31am, 2nd July 2014|
 
Free bags of compost are en route to worthy causes across the district following the first community compost giveaway.
Residents encouraged to reveal recycling habits - 11.10am, 2nd July 2014|
 
Residents are being asked to complete a short questionnaire about their recycling habits to help ascertain what can be done to divert more waste away from landfill.
Bin sales peak during anniversary year - 10.28am, 2nd July 2014|
 
Residents across Cherwell have shown a continued desire to recycle by purchasing a record number of blue and brown bins during the past financial year.
Cash boost for broadband - 1.14pm, 24th June 2014|
 
Superfast broadband provision across Cherwell came a step closer last night (23 June) when the council's Executive backed a recommendation to invest £500,000.
New clubhouse agreed for Bodicote - 11.30am, 7th March 2014|
 
Banbury Rugby Club is set to get a new clubhouse following a decision by Cherwell District Council's planning committee yesterday (6 March).
When is a landlady not a landlady? - 2.23pm, 1st October 2013|
 
When she's your partner. And it's not a joke. Following an investigation by Cherwell District Council, Mr Martyn Charles Boughton, 57, of Springfield Avenue, Banbury appeared at Banbury Magistrates Court on 17 September and pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to disclose a change in circumstances that affected his claims to Housing Benefit.
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