Healthy New Town Launch

A day of fun and games to celebrate Healthy Bicester

A free open beach, music and dance performances and cookery demos are among the fun and healthy activities that will inaugurate Healthy Bicester.

On Saturday 13 May Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and A2Dominion Housing Group are launching the Healthy New Town Programme in Bicester town centre with a fun, action-packed day for people of all ages to enjoy.

The event kicks off at 10am with a health walk and a social cycle ride, starting at the top of Sheep Street; and a board game café at the Methodist Church. It finishes at 4pm after the sandcastle competition in Market Square.

Ian Davies, Cherwell’s director of operational delivery and executive leader of Bicester Healthy New Town programme, said: “We really want this day to be a great celebration for Bicester and its residents. The town has been awarded Healthy New Town status because we really aim to make health and wellbeing the focal point of the town’s growth.

“Healthy Bicester is taking shape and it’s worth celebrating this by offering residents a type of entertainment that is healthy and fun. At the same time and more importantly, it’s not just for kids and young people, families and older people will also find many activities to enjoy.

“With this launch event we are asking all residents to be part of Healthy Bicester because adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a sacrifice, it can be enjoyable and fun.”

In 2016 the Government awarded Bicester Healthy New Town status with the aim of using the town\\\\\\\'s growth to tackle levels of obesity and social isolation. Therefore, the two key priorities of the programme are to increase the number of children and adults who are physically active and of healthy weight and to reduce the number of people who feel socially isolated.

Mr Davies continued: “We will provide all the support possible to help residents adopt a healthier lifestyle. At the launch event there will be cookery demonstrations to teach people how easy and affordable it can be to take control over calories, sugar, salt and fat intake.  Furthermore, all the social activities scheduled for the day are designed to enable people to connect with others in their community, which can really help combat loneliness”

In order to avoid congestion in the town centre, since Market Square will be closed to traffic, residents are instead encouraged to leave their car at home and come to the event either walking, by bike or public transport. For those who prove they arrived without a car, by posting a picture on social media with the hashtag  #HealthyBicester, there will be a free goodie bag at the Health Bus in Wesley Square, outside the library.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS

Journalists are invited to attend the event.  To arrange filming, photo shooting or interviews, please contact Healthy Bicester’s communications officer Marianna Russo

Email: Marianna.Russo@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk

Tel : +441295227939

Launch Programme

•        Enjoy the beach atmosphere

All day

Market Square Beach

•        Plant and grow your own food

All day

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Use our table tennis table

All day

Outside the Library

•        Bike MOTs and bike tagging

All day

Pioneer Square

•        Outdoor gym equipment- test your fitness

All day

Sheep St

•        Pedal your way to a free smoothie

11am-3pm

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Games café- scrabble, chess, bridge

10am-12.30pm

Methodist Church Hall

•        Taster health walks

10am&11.30am

Top of Sheep St

•        Social Bike Ride- adults

10am

Top of Sheep St

•        Sheep St Dash- family fun run

10.30am

Top of Sheep St

•        Strength and Balance session for older people

10.30am

Methodist Church Hall

•        Punch and Judy Show

10.45, 12.45, 2.45

Market Square Beach

•        Dance for older people session

11am

Methodist Church Hall

•        Cooking for one food demo and tasting

11am

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Toddle to the library for story time

11am

Garth Park

•        Fun table tennis session

11am-12 noon

Outside the Library

•        Activator Games for kids

11am-12 noon

Garth Park

•        Bands in the Park

12-3pm

Garth Park skate park

•        Healthy cooking on a budget food demo and tasting

12.15pm

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Ballroom dance demo and chance to try some steps

12.30pm

Methodist Church Hall

•        Try Zorb Football

1-3pm

Garth Park

•        Kids interactive food workshop

1.30pm

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Watch or join in with a Zumba Gold dance session

2pm

Methodist Church Hall

•        Healthy Summer treats food demo and tasting

2.45pm

Bottom of Sheep St

•        Sandcastle building competition

3pm

Market Square Beach

•        Music and Dance performances

All day

Various town centre locations

•        Special Offers on healthy food

All day

Various town centre stalls and eateries

•        Baby and feeding-friendly space

All day

Methodist Church Hall

 

Bicester Healthy New Town programme is a Partnership Group involving over 30 local organisations.  Led by Cherwell District Council it includes North West Bicester’s lead developer A2Dominion, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Bicester Town Council and other local community groups and organisations, health care providers and both Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities.
The Bicester bid was secured through the innovative approach being undertaken at Elmsbrook, to create a place where sustainable and healthy living becomes the norm.  It will provide greater opportunities to assess and share the health and well-being benefits of living in an exemplary development and test new ways of delivering health services including patient-activated self-care, all of which can be applied to Bicester’s wider 13,000 home strategic growth.

More information about the Healthy New Towns programme in England at https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/innovation/healthy-new-towns/

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Event Details

Event Date: 13-05-2017
Start Time: 10:00 End Time: 22:00
Posted By: Bicester Vision Location: Bicester
Telephone: 01869 324244 Website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/innovation/healthy-new-towns/

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Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow.

“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”
2016-09-24T12:44:28+00:00
“Bicester is becoming a hot bed for new and existing businesses that want to grow. We’ve got a great location, excellent business networks and access to high quality investment opportunities.”

Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military

"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"
2016-12-06T14:46:03+00:00
"Membership of Bicester Vision has provided the best possible conduit for the military to both understand and contribute towards the development and Bicester Town"

Being a member enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses

“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”

Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways
2016-12-07T09:04:34+00:00
“Chiltern Railways provides fast, frequent train services from Bicester North station and the newly opened Bicester Village station to London, Birmingham, Oxford and key locations in between.  Being a member of Bicester Vision enables us to build a close understanding of the needs of local businesses and helps us to shape our future growth strategy.”Stephen Barker, Chiltern Railways

We have a profound interest in the progress of the Town

“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”

Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber
2016-12-07T09:07:17+00:00
“The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision have a profound interest in the progress of the Town and understand that in some circumstances the continual increase in the numbers of houses and businesses will cause disquiet, to individuals and existing business alike. Change is always with us, and both the “Chamber” and “Vision” endeavour to keep the standards from the past while facing, and working, with the challenges of the future.”Peter Cox, Chairman of Bicester Chamber

The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation

"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."

Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council
2016-12-07T09:10:34+00:00
"The primary objective for Bicester Vision is to provide opportunities for job creation and this supports a key commitment within our Local Plan to deliver employment in line with housing. As a designated Garden Town, Bicester is expanding at the pace so it is essential to attract the inward investment and businesses who will be vital to this success. Through our membership with Bicester Vision, we can work with partners and existing businesses to access to additional channels, resources and innovative ideas to help us to achieve our goal as a district of opportunity and employment."Karen Curtin, Commercial Director (Bicester) , Cherwell District Council

The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester

"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."

Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council
2016-12-07T09:30:32+00:00
"The County Council is a key partner in delivering infrastructure for housing and employment growth in Bicester.  Essential to that is the close working across all tiers of government and the private sector to enable all Bicester businesses to prosper and create job opportunities for the community.  The Council has been a founding member and has seen the work of the partnership play an active role in shaping a flourishing Bicester."Lisa Michelson, Locality Manager , Oxfordshire County Council

Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception

"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."

Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council
2016-12-07T09:44:43+00:00
"Bicester Town Council has been part of Bicester Vision since its inception and are pleased to be able to work alongside the  business community and all tiers of local government to make Bicester the ‘go to’ place for business opportunity."Sue Mackrell, Bicester Town Council

Through our work with Bicester Vision we are able identify the development needs of the town

“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House, which was completed in 2016.  The growth of Bicester enables us, through our work with Bicester Vision, to identify the business, retail and leisure development needs of the town and to work closely with the business community to provide these.”

John Liggins, Managing Director, Ziran Land Limited
2016-12-07T09:47:00+00:00
“Ziran Land and its predecessor Stockdale Land has found that working closely with the business community of Bicester has enabled us to successfully develop Pioneer Square Shopping Centre and now to develop Franklin House...”

Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate

"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."

Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK
2016-12-07T09:49:31+00:00
"Bicester Vision is an effective way for interested parties to collaborate. We have recently worked with Lisa Rawlings at Banbury and Bicester College as being an industry partner for Bicester Technology studio school and supporting them on the curriculum, equipment specification, and funding. As well as facilitating other 3rd Party Logistics firms like DHL to be involved, Solar panel contact via the Low Carbon Hub to support on the building design for sustainable construction."Steve Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA UK