Banbury International

When we set up Visit Banbury we were absolutely determined to promote everything that was positive and community focused about Banbury.IMG_5154

We think we’ve done a reasonable job so far with lots of events, lots of social media supporting local businesses, organisations, events and people and a fair amount of community cohesion to help bring people together around the town.

However, eighteen months ago we never dreamt that we would be needing to promote community cohesion in the way we feel we need to now.

Recent events have meant that both anecdotally and via official reports, the UK is seeing an increase in the amount of hate, racism and xenophobia shown to people who just days ago were treated exactly like the rest of us.

We know for many people this is not a new phenomenon as they have frequently experienced racism but for a whole group of people who have made the UK their home, all of a sudden the UK rather than being a tolerant, welcoming and open society has become at best unfriendly and at worst hostile and nasty.

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So having attended BBC Breakfast’s Live TV broadcast from Banbury market place on Saturday morning Steve Gold and I sat and had a cup of tea at the Whistling Kettle and decided that irrespective of the political pros and cons, Visit Banbury needed to make some sort of stand in solidarity with all of the nationalities living and working in Banbury.

We decided to be the catalyst for a wider group of people to be able to show that they too were standing in solidarity with their neighbours regardless of race nationality or ethnicity.

And so was born “Banbury International”.

Banbury-Internation-Facebook-Group-Cover-Image (1)On Sunday morning, after quickly making contact with a number of different groups including Jake and the Banbury Community Action Group, the community focused folks at Naomi’s café, a network of positive individuals linked to a Visit Banbury initiative and also a dedicated Visit Banbury French speakers group in and around Banbury, we suggested to hold an event on Saturday 16th July in the BCAG Community Garden behind Naomi’s café and in order to quickly organise it, set up a closed Facebook Group for anyone who wanted to be involved.

After about 6 hours, 31 people were in the group and the event had been pretty much set up except for a few more specific details.

Following lots of frenetic messaging and emailing on Sunday afternoon and Monday, a group of us got together on Tuesday evening to finalise some of the details and the result of that is a free community event starting at 12pm which will be bringing together all of the communities in Banbury in a show of friendship solidarity and peace.

There is going to be live music, arts and crafts, activities for the children, a big table for everyone to bring food and share it amongst themselves and a pay bar at Naomi’s café.

There will also be a symbolic tree planting as a lasting sign of our community growing together.

Other details as yet are a little bit fluid as we want this to be an organically developing event, not too structured but more about being together sharing a common bond as human beings who just happen to live and work in Banbury.

Please keep an eye out for a Facebook event and posters and flyers around town in the coming days and please share them with all of your contacts so that as many members of the diverse communities attend and continue to build strong bonds across the town.

As some of you may know, the Visit Banbury initiative is based on ideas and an ethos developed by the Eden Project called The Big Lunch and Big Lunch Extras and we think this is a fitting way to continue to develop and sustain an amazing community network in Banbury.

Big love to you all and let’s make friendship and community a stronger force than fear and hatred.

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Positively Brilliant!

As you may know, one of the underlying concepts for the Visit Banbury initiative is positivity and I just read this great article on LinkedIn by Keeran Gunnoo which really shows what important forces optimism and positivity truly are.


I for one will be heeding much of the advice to boost my positivity levels. Tim

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/optimism-artform-5-ways-unleash-your-positivity-keeran-gunnoo?trk=prof-post&trk=v-feed 

Love Is….Banbury – we have a winner!

So, after a number of entries to our Saint Valentine’s competition in conjunction with The Italian Larder, Visit Banbury can now confirm the winner of the delicious Tiramisu Panettone & Prosecco.

 The fabulous prize donated by The Italian Larder.
The winner chosen by random on Saturday morning was Guillaume Grall.

  Here is Guillaume with his prize and his wife Dawn & son Thomas.

 Guillaume’s main reason he loves Banbury.

Thanks for taking part everyone and keep a look out for future competitions with local independent businesses.

#Visitbanbury

Love is…… Banbury

Do you remember those 70s cartoons of the little man & woman with the message “Love is…..”?

www.loveiscartoon.com

To celebrate the anniversary of the Visit Banbury “Be Positive About Banbury” video which we gifted to Banbury on St. Valentine’s Day last year and to give someone a special treat, we have a little competition for all of our Twitter followers & Facebook likers. And we have taken inspiration from those famous cartoons.

Our friends at The Italian Larder www.theitalianlarder.co.uk


also have something to celebrate as this is their first St. Valentine’s Day in their new location on Wildmere Industrial Estate (close to Banbury Gateway Shopping Centre) and so they have very kindly donated a Tiramisu panettone & a bottle of Prosecco for us to give as a prize to one lucky follower or liker of the Visit Banbury Twitter feed or Facebook page.  

How to Enter
All you have to do is ensure you are following http://www.twitter.com/VisitBanbury or have liked http://www.facebook.com/VisitBanbury and send us a tweet or a Facebook message with the hashtag #LoveIsBanbury and tell us what is the ONE thing you most love about Banbury.


You can also find The Italian Larder on Twitter & Facebook

http://www.twitter.com/Italianlarder

https://www.facebook.com/theitalianlarder/

Ts&Cs

Closing date is Midnight on Friday 12th February 2016.

All entries received with #LoveIsBanbury, an item which you love about Banbury and which are verifiably from a follower or liker of the Visit Banbury social media channels mentioned will be entered into the competition and one entry will be drawn at random.

The winner will be advised on Saturday 13th February.

Prizes will NOT be sent by post / courier so please ensure you could collect them from the Visit Banbury team in Banbury.

The winner agrees to take part in promotional photography & authorises Visit Banbury to retain ownership of the photos taken and to use them in Visit Banbury social media / internet or print media publicity.

Neither Twitter or Facebook are involved in this competition run by Visit Banbury in conjunction with The Italian Larder.

The decision of Visit Banbury is final and Visit Banbury reserve the right to withdraw the competition if circumstances dictate.

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Get involved with Visit Banbury

Morning all – and happy February to everyone.

February is a special month to Visit Banbury as effectively it is the anniversary month of Visit Banbury’s public launch in 2015.

This time last year a small group of us had put together the “Be Positive about Banbury” video

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and we were busy preparing for our first public event the “Banbury Positivity Summit”.
Since then, lots of things have gone on, we have built a presence on various social media platforms, we’ve had a number of events, most significantly for us the “Create a Banbury Dish” competition won by Phil Seal and the fabulous night market in September, working with Banbury Presents.

  

We have also designed, created and sold a range of merchandise promoting Banbury which has ended up being sent right across the globe.
Some of you may know but we have been taking a little breather over the winter period but now we are ready to start promoting and supporting the positive things about Banbury and organising some positive things of our own!

There are about 15 people involved in Visit Banbury but some of the original team either have decided to step down due to a very busy 2015 or have increased commitments in 2016 and so we need more people to help us be “the glue that sticks together all the good stuff in Banbury”.

We will soon be organising the first team meeting of the year and if you would like to be involved we would love you to join us!

So, if you’re interested in being part of the group, please contact us on VisitBanbury@AOL.com or via Facebook or Twitter.

Guest Blog on Visit Banbury 

Are you a Banbury based community group or charity and want to guest blog on Visit Banbury?#VisitBanbury

https://visitbanbury.wordpress.com/

We are seeing great results from blog posts this week with great reach each time on FB plus good response rates looking at the blog stats.

You write the blog – we’ll review it and reserve the right to tweak it to ensure it complies with Visit Banbury values and then we’ll post it on the blog, our FB page and Twitter feeds.

All free of charge to help local charity & community groups as we want to continue doing good in Banbury.


Interested?

Email VisitBanbury@aol.com

Geek Con Fast Track Pass Competition

Hi all !

One week to go until Geek Con 2016 happens in Banbury!

https://www.facebook.com/events/212690559064200/

Visit Banbury are really excited to be able to offer 2 Fast Track passes in a fun competition so that two lucky people can keep ahead of the crowds and not miss a moment of Geek Heaven!

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This is what the organisers of Geek Con, Banbury Presents, say about the Fast Track Passes:

FAST TRACK PASSES!

GEEK CON: Banbury’s 1st Comic Con and is coming to Banbury Town Centre for January 2016 and it’s so much more than the usual comic con.

With so much on at Geek con, you wouldn’t want to miss a minute! So why not treat yourself to our extra special service and get yourself a FAST TRACK PASS. A PASS gets you to the front of the queue in a flash and saves you time so you can get to as much of GEEK CON as you can squeeze into one day.

Yeah, we absolutely LOVE our STAR WARS, but we have so much more in store for you this January at Geek Con.

Geek Con brings together a classic con full of Q&A, signings, cosplay, gaming, showings and screenings, early releases and special appearances together with added features like body art demo, dance performance, circus and contortion, steam punk, modelling, art exhibition, illustration, music, fantasy battles, martial arts and stunt displays, behind the scenes workshops and much more.

Link to FAQ:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=454404438080573&id=368250960029255

What do you need to do to win ?

Simple really – we know how much you all love Cosplay, so we are going to give one Fast Track Pass to what our three judges decide are the best home made costume and the best pro / shop bought outfit.

How you can win?  Meet our three judges at 8.45am on Saturday 30th January outside the entrance to Castle Quay by HMV and Debenhams and we will decide the two best cosplay costumes from the people who are there at 8.45am.

At 9am we will give you a code and go with you to the Geek Con desk so that you can pick up your wristbands which will allow you to have access as a Fast Track Pass holder.

Our judges’ decision will be final.

See you there !

Check out https://www.facebook.com/BYHPServices/ for info about a Wii Mario Kart Tournament for 16-25 year olds on the evening of Geek Con

Visit Banbury on social media:

http://www.twitter.com/visitbanbury

http://www.facebook.com/VisitBanbury/

http://www.instagram.com/visitbanbury/

 

 

 

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