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OX16 Banbury | June 2010 | Issue 58

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Contents Issue 58 | June 2010






Your Community

Local Community Events

Main Competition

Sponsored by Bannatyne’s

Gifts For Fathers Day

Win Everything: Prizes worth £200+

Gardener’s Diary

Written by Barn Farm Plants

Coffee Break

Wina meal for two at Voujon


Click Systems


BBQ Season Special - Prizes worth £200+


Food & Drink

Family Fun

Kids Corner - Win fooball goodies

30-31 Motor Sales & Repairs 36-37 Entertainment

News & Reviews plus great competitions

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Bowling Session : WHEN YOU PRESENT THIS VOUCHER EXCLUSIVE TO THROUGH THE LETTERBOX READERS Valid until June 30th 2010, Lakeside, Banbury. One voucher per customer, per transaction Subject to Terms & Conditions. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Send Competition Entries to: E: or TTLB Competitions, Unit A1, Heath Farm, Nr Swerford, Chipping Norton, OX7 4BN. All entries will be entered into a prize draw and a winner chosen at random. Dont forget to include you name, address and contact telephone number and e-mail or your entry may not be included.

Contact Us Advertising Manager Neil Gilkes Tel: 07588 344 673 Email: Artwork and Design Sarah Holcombe Tel: 0845 223 5229 Email: Accounts Kim Murray Tel: 0845 223 5229 Email: General Enquiries Tel: 0845 223 5229 Email: Through the Letterbox, Unit A1, Heath Farm, Nr Swerford, Oxon, OX7 4BN

June 2010


whats happening in your area 05/06/10 Love Food Hate Waste Barn Farm Plants, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon OX17 1SN. Saturday Compost Day 10.30am - 3.30pm Interesting advice on home composting. 12/06/10 Bavarian Oompah Evening Chacombe Village Hall. All proceeds to Dogs for the Disabled Tickets: £10 (children 11yrs and under - £7) (includes light buffet) 7pm—11.30pm Available from Dogs for the Disabled, contact Jane on: 01295 252600. 12/06/10 RSPCA Pet Microchipping Admiral Holland PH, Banbury. 10.30am till 1.30pm. Just bring your pet along and we will microchip it for only £10. Safeguard your pet against theft or loss. 13/06/10 Village Fete Wardington Manor, Wardington. Sunday 2pm - 5pm. There will be lots of attractions and activities for all the family an afternoon not to miss. All procceeds to the new village Hall. 13/06/10 Banbury & District Show Spiceball Park, Banbury. 11.00am - 4.00pm. Full Arena Programme, Refreshments Marquee, Beer Marquee, Food Court, Up ‘N’ Over Fun Dog Show, Fairground, Stalls Galore, Tug of War Competition, Donkey Sanctuary, Horse & Cart Rides, Quad Bikes & Radio Horton. For further info contact: Banbury Town Council. Tel. 01295 250340. 19/06/10 Jazz at Upton Upton House, Nr Banbury, OX15 6HT. 7.30pm – 10pm, gates open 6pm. Heart of England Jazz Band. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music as the sun sets. Adults £13.50 (£15 on the gate), Child £7. Tickets: 01295 671122. 27/06/10 Culworth Summer Fete Culworth Cricket Field, OX17 2AT. Starts 12 - 3pm. All the fun of the fete with many childrens attractions and rides. Contact June Oxley on: 01295 768184. 3-4/07/10 Flower Festival & Open Gardens All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney, Festival under the unique William Morris ceiling of All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney for further information call : 01295 710554.

Fee d b ac k We regularly receive positive feedback relating to many aspects of Through the Letterbox.

A big Thank You to all our readers!

Through the Letterbox is pleased to be a sponsor of

The 2010 Banbury Citizens Advice Bureau ANNUAL FISHING COMPETITION The competition is on the 26th June 2010 at Banbury Reservoir, Grimsbury. It will start at 9am, finish at 2pm and is open to all anglers 16 years and over. The prizes for the winners will be presented in the clubhouse of the Banbury Sailing Club at 3pm, when the raffle will be drawn.

Following the publication of the BARKS page in our April issues, we received the following email from BARKS ... ...the committee were all thrilled with the advert and wish me to pass on our thanks for the work you put into it. We had a good response from the advertisement and I’m sure that we will want to place another advert with you in the not too distant future. We’re quite busy at the moment as kitten season has kicked in, myself included as I have a mum and four real cute kittens living in my dining room as we speak!!! I’ll talk to the committee at our next meeting and see if we can make a decision as to when we might like to place another advert with you. Once again many thanks...

leave space in june for fishing competition.

Now and then, our advertisers are also quite pleased with us too! We are furniture retailers in Oxfordshire, where quality is everything. Sarah has given us a fresh approach to our magazine advertising and produced some stunning design work that really showcases our furniture to it’s full potential. We have used the designs in several renowned publications throughout the county and we are extremely grateful for the input given to us. Gary Anderson, General Manager, A Touch Of Pine

To get your community event listed on this page, contact Rob: Email: Tel: 0845 223 5229 Post: Through the Letterbox, Unit A1, Heath Farm, Nr Swerford, Chipping Norton, OX7 4BN

WIN!! a Sensory Spa Day for Two at Bannatyne’s Health Club All you have to do to win this great prize from Bannatyne’s Health Club is answer the following simple questions:

Q1:How many power plates do we have at bannatyne’s?

Throughout the competition, tea, coffee and sandwiches will be delivered, at a small cost, to the pegs of the anglers by CAB Volunteers. A small buffet is available to all anglers, free of charge, at the prize giving ceremony. Prizes are: 1st prize £125.00, 2nd £100.00, 3rd £75.00, 4th £50.00, 5th £25.00, biggest fish £25.00 and four section prizes of £15.00 Entry costs are £10.00 for all anglers aged 18+ years, for anglers aged 16 & 17, no entry fee. Anyone wishing to enter or sponsor the competition should contact Colin Henson on 07976 868 319 or email colinhenson@btconnect. com for the relevant entry and sponsorship forms. All money raised will be used to help towards the costs to train new volunteers. The corporate sponsors this year are as follows: Banbury and District Angling Club, Banbury Sailing Club, Peninsular Business Services, Through The LetterBox, STS Tyres, Country Cabs, Banbury Cobblers, Lawrence Anthony, Fairways Property and Grounds Maintenance, Haywards Bathrooms, Banbury Gunsmiths, Homelands Garden Maintenance, Cash Converters, Peter Haines Engineering, Abacus Business Services, Curlys Potato Van, Peepers Opticians, Stepping Stones, Henrys Menswear, Rainbow Nurseries, Bloxdent Limited - Banbury, Gate House Bed and Breakfast, Stewart Energy Insulation Ltd , Brackley Grange Estates, C.I.H. Services, C.M.H. Domestic Services, Canonbury Products, Ridley Marreco, Johnson and Gaunt Solicitors, Steepletone, Banbury Fish Bar, Jonathon Towler Trust Foundation, New Folium, Weatherhead Electricals.

Win bowling for four people at Lakeside, Banbury.

Free prize draw!

Simply send your name, number + address to: see page 3 for address details

Q2: What is the length of the pool? Sensory Spa day for two will include a neck, shoulder and back massage and a Elemis Facial. Along with full usage of all facilities at Bannatynes Health Club. Bodicote Park, Oxford Road, Banbury Tel: 01295 258777

See page 3 for entry details Last months winner was

Liza Walker from Banbury

your prize will be with you shortly Tel: 01295 251222


for Father’s Day

all the products shown on this page

It’s that time of year again, here are some gift ideas we found locally. Remember to visit our featured shops to find more great products.

S H Jones 01295 251177 A 70cl bottle of The Macphail’s Collection, speyside single malt scotch whisky. Eight years old, from Tamdhu distillery. Worth £28.99

Fifth Corner 01295 266531 Four fine bone china mugs from The Leonardo Collection. In four great designs, Ruby, Cricket, Camper vans and Guitars. Worth £4.99 per mug.

The drive of your life! Formula Silverstone

Single-Seater Thrill Want to know what it’s like to drive a proper racing car? Our Formula Silverstone Single-Seaters are expertly engineered to provide you with just that experience. Sitting literally inches from the ground, you’ll start out around our Stowe circuit - used by the top F1™ teams. After a driving techniques briefing from one of Silverstone’s race school instructors, you will be ready to head off behind the pace car for a few laps of the circuit before being let loose to show what you can do. Your Thrill must be booked and taken within 6 months of purchase. Amazing Performance These bespoke, race-prepared cars produce 140bhp and can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than five seconds. But that’s only half the story. The astonishing cornering grip, direct steering and remarkable ability to change direction will give you a new-found respect for your F1 heroes and an unquenchable appetite for more.

Robert Dyas 01295 263116 Selection of car polishing products, including a JML scratch removal kit, a bottle of Triplewax car polish and a Triplewax polishing cloth. Worth £13.50.

Oxford Planters 01295 720303 Oak and Walnut Boot Puller. Looking to give your boot room a facelift this spring? Then look no further than the new Boot and Garden Collection from Oxford Planters. Worth £29.99.

Win Everything!!! So... Hair & Nails 01295 258082 A gents haircut and finish at So... Hair & Nails on Church Lane, Banbury.

To win all the products on this page, all you have to do is answer the following question... Q: What date is Fathers Day this year? Send entries to: See page 3 for address details.

Last months winner was Mrs Suli Carter from Banbury

Before and after cover up

We’ve moved to: 8 butchers row banbury Wanting a new one off custom design, or to just get rid of that embarrassing tattoo you’ve had for years? Come on in and meet our friendly team of artists Leon Cornish & Lewis Preece who will be only to happy to help



off with this voucher when you spend £50 or more

June 2010



June 2010

with Rob & Jessica

gardening Vegetables and Flowers - By now the vegetable garden will be well under way, make sure plants are supported if need be. Remember to hoe between rows weekly to disturb the soil, which will keep the weeds at bay. Aim to plant outside your tomatoes in early June; carefully remove side shoots as they grow. The tomato plants will need supporting. Roots should be kept moist but not waterlogged, pots and grow bags will require more regular watering and feeding,

In the Garden June I hope will be sunny & warm, however we never know with our weather, no two days are the same.


une I hope will be sunny and warm, however we never know with our weather, no two days are the same. But one thing is for sure, whatever the weather the grass and weeds will continue to grow, making mowing and weeding a continuous task.

Here are a few gardening tips which I hope you will find useful for June…. Pest and Diseases - Keep control of those slugs and snails, and protect your hostas and similar foliage plants with either traditional pellets or liquid slug clear, pots can be protected by a copper slug tape.

Check your roses for black spot and rust and continue to spray.

Feeding - Begin to feed your hanging baskets and containers with a suitable plant food, remembering to dead head regularly to encourage more blooms. If you haven’t already given your roses a feed, do so now with a suitable rose feed. Continue to tie in tomato plants, pinch out side shoots and feed with a liquid tomato feed, if they are kept in the green house, make sure you Cool Glass your greenhouse to ensure it doesn’t overheat. Wild birds will still need feeding it’s better to feed them a seed mixture during the summer as this is much safer than peanuts, for the younger birds to eat. Ensure water is readily available.

WIN!! A meal for two at Voujon: Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine

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Serving Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine Tel: 01295 268850 A meal for two excluding drinks, to the value of £30

For your chance to win complete the sudoku puzzle and send entries to: Through the Letterbox (see page 3 for address details)



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Congratulations to last months winner Mrs Bryony Worthy from Banbury Your prize will be with you shortly!

Early potatoes may be ready to harvest. You can generally tell when ready as they will come into flower, be careful when digging, these will taste fabulous cooked with fresh mint from your herb garden. Protect your vegetable and fruit crops from birds with netting, this can be purchased by the metre in varying widths, make sure you fasten to the ground or by making a simple frame. This time of year any gaps in herbaceous borders are best filled with annual bedding plants. Staking Plants - Stakes should ideally be positioned in spring while the plants are small, but if you need to stake now, it will be more difficult so take care.

Tie up your clematis making sure there is some grit around the roots, this will help with the drainage and prevent the roots becoming too wet. Too much water can cause clematis wilt, which kills the whole plant. Dead head finished flowers and prune back spring flowering varieties, (check your books for specific instructions).

Plant of the month

Seasonal bedding plants such as geraniums will be in colour and these thrive well in dry conditions. Hosta – plantain lily these are grown for their attractive leaves however they do have lilac or white spike flowers. Deborah from Barn Farm Plants (01295) 758080 For comments & feedback please email


Barn Farm Plants Garden Centre Our reputation is growing...

Looking to treat yourself this summer? Then why not visit our Garden Furniture and Barbecue Showroom which is full of many styles and designs.

Love Food Hate Waste Saturday 5th June 10.30am-3.30pm: Interesting advice on home composting

01295 758080 Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Upper Wardington, Banbury, Oxon OX17 1SN

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