On Friday 7 July, Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, opened the first Shelswell History Festival. The festival, which took place north of Bicester, compromised of re-enactments, talks and guided walks intended to increase the interest and knowledge about the history of the local Shelswell area.

During the opening, Victoria spoke to the volunteers who helped put the festival together, and visited a number of stands detailing the history of villages in the North Oxfordshire constituency. The event was also well attended by local food producers, including freshly squeezed apple juice from the Shelswell Park Estate and local ice cream.

Speaking after the opening, Victoria said, “Having grown up in the area, I am proud of North Oxfordshire’s history. It is events like this allow for both education and community spirit. It was a pleasure opening the festival, and meeting all the volunteers who put an enormous amount of hard work into the weekend. I look forward to many more in future years.”

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