People are being urged to put on their walking boots and take part in a fundraising history tour of a town in the county.

Bicester’s mayor, Councillor Alex Thrupp, and his consort Jamie-Lee Burford, are inviting people to take part in an hour-long walk of the town to raise money for the mayor’s charities – Nai’s House, Heyford and Bicester Veterans and Causeway Carers Bicester Group.

Taking place on October 23, the walk costs £5 and will leave Garth Park at 2.30pm and will be led by Bob Hessian, chairman of Bicester Local History Society.

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During the walk he will point out buildings and other points of interest, and talk about the history areas in the town centre including Old Place Yard, the Causeway and Market Square.

Some of the highlights will include Hometree House, The Bell Inn, The Dovecote, Bicester House and much more.

Afterwards refreshments will be served in the council’s offices at Garth House and walkers can browse historical artefacts which will be on display.

Members of the history society will be on hand to answer questions.

Local author Matthew Hathaway will also be there to answer questions and promote his new book Bicester Reflections.

Mayor Alex Thrupp said: “I have always been interested in history and after I came across the Bicester Historic Town Map Guide, I thought it would be great to do a tour of the town.

“When Bob Hessian offered to lead the tour, I jumped at the chance and thought it would be great to open up to residents too.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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