Cherwell Crime Partnership have notified us of an increase in purse thefts. We therefore advise all visitors to the town centre to be extra vigilent especially the vulnerable.
With just under 2 weeks until the Christmas Lights event, we have been busy putting together a day of activities for you and of course a visit from Santa. Make sure you visit the Nativity Animals in Sheep Street and from 3pm in Pioneer Square the Huskies.
Look forward to seeing everyone there.
This Remembrance Day Bicester will pay a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.
As the nation gathers to mark the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday, November 11, the families of people from Bicester who served or lost their lives in the conflict have been invited to register to join the Remembrance Day parade in their honour.
The parade will see hundreds of serving soldiers join veterans, the Royal British Legion and representatives from local groups and organisations, to march down the Causeway, around the Market Square and back to St Edburg’s Church.
Bicester Town Council is leading the town’s preparations for the day.
Councillor Richard Mould said: “We urge descendants and family members of those men and women who served or lost their lives in the First World War to join us in the Remembrance parade as a poignant tribute to their loved ones.
“This year’s Remembrance Day marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and the church service and parade will be a fitting tribute to those people from Bicester who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
It comes as three ‘Silent Soldier’ silhouettes –a naval rating, an airman and a ‘Tommy’ soldier representing the Navy, Air Force and Army – were installed on the front lawn of Garth Park as part of the Council’s Act of Remembrance.
The Silhouettes are part of a movement by the Royal British Legion, RBL, to mark the centenary of the end of the war and thank a generation who “served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation”.
A further six silhouettes have been ordered from the RBL, and these will be placed in the churchyard at St Edburg’s Church ready for Remembrance Sunday.
Cllr Mould said: “The Silent Silhouettes are a visual reminder of all those people who sacrificed their lives for our future.
“Bicester has long had links with the military and we felt they were a touching way to remember all those who died in the First World War and in conflicts since.”
On Remembrance Day wreaths will be laid on the war memorial, in the churchyard, followed by a service in St Edburg’s Church from 11am during which a poppy drop of thousands of red poppies will fall from the bell tower in a mark of remembrance.
Members of the community who would like to register to join the parade should email Julie Trinder at Bicester Town Council email@example.com or call 01869 252915 by Wednesday, 7th November.
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RESIDENTS are being urged to join this year’s Bicester Santa run and make it the best yet.
The Annual Santa Fun Run organised by Bicester Town Council raising money for the mayor’s charities.
This year Mayor Sean Gaul is supporting Rainbow Pre-School, OYAP Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. It takes place on Sunday, December 16, and there is only 500 places available in the Santa Run.
Participants will meet in Pingle Field for a prompt 11am start before setting off to weave their way around the streets of Bicester town centre. Last year more than 400 runners took part.
Mayor Sean Gaul said: “The Santa run is such a fun day and one that is firmly on Bicester Town Council’s events calendar. “I am really looking forward to Sunday, December 16, to watch the sea of red Santa’s pounding the streets of Bicester. “I would urge people to sign up and have a good time as well as raise money for three good causes.”
Entry costs £10 per adult, £5 for children or £25 for a family ticket covering two adults and two children. The price includes a Santa suit, participation medal and bacon roll at the finish line.
The closing date for entries is December 7. People cannot register on the day.
Application forms are available via the website www.bicester.gov.uk, on the back page of the town council’s newsletter Garth Gazette, which has been delivered to all homes in Bicester, or in person from the Council offices. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town Council would like to your views on potential 2019 summer events. Please complete the survey using the link below by Friday 26th October.
BICESTER’s new mayor Sean Gaul is getting behind a new campaign aimed at improving footfall in the town centre.
The SEE Bicester campaign, Shop Enjoy Experience Bicester, aims to encourage more people to use the town centre by promoting shops and businesses through a range of initiatives.
Overview and Scrutiny committee triggered a piece of work that will look at the cost and benefits of free parking in town centres.
Launched by Bicester Town Council, SEE Bicester is run in partnership with Bicester Village, Bicester Vision and Cherwell District Council’s Bicester Delivery and Economic Development teams.
Cllr Gaul said: “There has been a desire from Bicester Town Council to do more to help and support our town centre and this campaign formalises that support.
“I am keen to deliver real change to Bicester during my mayoral year, which is why I have been so pleased to be heavily involved with Bicester Town Council’s SEE Bicester campaign, Shop Enjoy Experience Bicester.
“I will be hosting meetings with fellow town mayors to discuss what best practise can be shared between our towns given struggling town centres is not a unique problem for Bicester.
“We have a tremendous town centre with many great businesses run by very hard-working owners who need our help.
“Our aim is to encourage residents to buy local where possible and support local traders. I would love to see as many people getting involved as possible.”
Activities that have taken place so far include a litter blitz which attracted almost 50 volunteers, posters and jute bags have been created, and Sarah Plater Photography has begun filming short stories featuring local business owners to show people the vast array of goods and services available locally.
Pop-up-shops may also be opened in empty units and planning is underway to stage more culture and art events to attract more people into the town centre.
A future edition of the Garth Gazette will include a survey aimed at learning more about residents’ shopping habits, so the results can be used to improve footfall in Bicester.
To view some of the films created so far please see links below:
People are being warned Boston Road will be closed for up to five days for resurfacing.
Oxfordshire County Council said work will start on Wednesday, October 3, and should be completed by Sunday, October 7.
There will be limited access for emergency vehicles and properties fronting the work area.
The county council suggest drivers use Launton Road to Churchill Road and vice versa for access.
Residents are being warned the level crossing in London Road will be closed for works overnight on Sunday, September 2.
The closure will start at 6pm and will be in place until 6am on Sunday, September 3, for annual level-crossing maintenance.
Motorists are advised to use Charbridge Lane/Wretchwick Way as alternative routes.
HUNDREDS of people descended on Garth Park, Bicester, to enjoy a day of free fun.
The gates of Garth Park, in Launton Road, opened on Wednesday, August 1, for the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Activity Day.
A host of activities for children and young people aged up to 16, were sponsored by Bicester Village and organised by Bicester Town Council, including Go Karts, a climbing wall, obstacle course, exotic animal experience, children’s show, messy play, sculpting, drumming workshops and a mountain bike track.
During the day mayor Sean Gaul, Mayoress, his wife Louise and their son Miles also judged the Best Dressed Teddy contest.
Mrs Gaul said: “It was a surprisingly difficult task given the fact that all the teddy bears and soft toys were lovely, and personal to each child.
“All the children looked very proud of their efforts in getting their teddy bears prepared and dressed in some fantastic costumes, we saw an astronaut, a choir singer, various princess teddy bears and there was even a teddy who was around 3ft tall and bigger than its owner.
“In the end we gave first prize to a cuddly octopus who had been lovingly dressed up. Our son Miles, who is soon to turn four, absolutely loves octopus’ which was what led us to the decision.”
Councillor Gaul added: “The day was great and much busier than it has been in previous years which is testament to the fact the Bicester people are very fond of their annual teddy bears picnic.