THEY were dancing in the streets tonight as about 200 Oxford schoolchildren with lanterns led the way to switch on the city’s Christmas lights.
THOUSANDS of revellers filled Didcot for a Charles Dickens-themed, Christmas street fair.
CONCERNS have been raised over proposals to give Bicester’s Market Square £1m makeover.
AN Oxford yob dubbed a “complete menace” by a judge was today jailed for four months.
SHOPPERS will be driven out of Oxford city centre by any increases to car parking charges, traders have claimed.
TRUSTEES of a charity which provides homes for hundreds of animals can now plan for the future after receiving a £450,000 boost.
THAMES Valley Police could lose 166 civilian posts as it attempts to survive “stormy waters” in the coming year.
BURGLARS who posed as policemen to steal £1,500 have been described as “despicable cowards” by their elderly victims.
FOUR boys have proved themselves to be among the best read — and coolest under pressure — in the country.
Status Quo's concerts at Oxford's New Theatre tonight and tomorrow have been cancelled due to singer Francis Rossi having bronchitis.
CROPREDY A sealed the Division 3 title in the Banbury Indoor League as they hammered closest rivals Marston St Lawrence by 74 runs.
ST Thomas More A proved to be the sharp-shooters in the Kidlington School Partnership netball festival.
Andrew Shurmer has rejoined Oxford City Stars from Cardiff and should play in this weekend’s Division 1 South double-header.
OXFORD University retained the unequipped team title at the Great Britain Powerlifting Federation (GBPF) British Universities Championships, a BUCS-affiliated event.
The Lechlade Marina Winter League was hard work for the 13 competitors who fished a coloured river that rose over a foot during the match, but it neverthessless produced a specimen perch, writes ANDY WEBBER.
The Kennet at Burghfield, which I fish regularly, has been proving hard lately with very few barbel coming to the net, although some chub are being caught, writes ANDY WEBBER.
Farmoor II Reservoir continues to fish well, with the more mobile anglers catching greater numbers of trout.
Jordan Flynn picked up the best boxer of the night award as Berinsfield ABC staged their dinner-show at the BMW Club in Cowley.
Thame A slumped to their first defeat of the Gentworks Oxford & District League season with a 5-1 mauling at home to Oracle A in Premier/Division 1, writes DAVID WHITE.
Ashton remain top of Oxford & District League Division 1 with 17 points, and suffering only one loss in eight matches.
Vikings C rolled out their new player against British Rail to immediate effect in Division 1 of the Oxford & District Association.
Oxford Stadium bar manager Danny Seeney was the star turn of the night and made a huge contribution to the £1,200 raised during the Children in Need charity meeting on Thursday.
A Cub pack is in danger of closing because it cannot find a leader.
A MUM is giving up her Christmas Day to cook lunch for people on their own.
CHOIRS across Oxford have been invited to join an open-air festive singing extravaganza.
Alaska is enormous – more than six times the size of the whole UK – but with just one per cent of the population.
AS THE stop watch clicked to zero, Tracey Pointer sped off with just two minutes to grab all she could from a supermarket’s shelves.
Top versus bottom not always apparent in this game.
A FIGHT night featuring policemen and salesmen arrives in Wallingford for a one-off fundraising bout next weekend.
REPAIR work on the main pool at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon is expected to start soon — but it might not be ready for use again until the new year.
CAMPAIGNERS who lost their fight to stop a block of student flats in East Oxford have branded the outcome “a tragedy”.
CASH seized from criminals will be used to create three new community gardens in the county.
HI-TECH company RM has won a £2.3m contract to supply a state-of-the art computer system to the Oxford Academy, which opened last year on the site of Peers School.
Colin Shone, the manager of Waterstones Oxford makes his pick for our first Book of The Year.
Cockadoo, Nuneham Courtenay, OX44 9NX. 01865 341030 or cockadoo.co.uk.
SARAH MAYHEW keeps her ear to the ground for a sound installation at Oxford’s Radcliffe Observatory.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch soldiers in a homecoming parade through Bicester tomorrow.
A 34-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with burglary and four thefts in Oxford and Witney.
A HOUSE which was bequeathed to Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary was sold at auction last night for £452,500.
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (18).
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (15) Horror/Thriller. Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs. Director: Oren Peli.
Provocative comedian, deluded lothario, or serious musician? Tim Hughes asks: ‘Who the hell is Har Mar Superstar?’ OUTRAGEOUS, sweaty and bombastic, Har Mar Superstar has cornered the pop market in prancing around in just his pants.
RICHARD BELL joins the students for a superbly sweaty end of term night at Baby Love’s Narcissists.
KATHERINE MACALISTER talks to the stars of Creation Theatre’s new production, Beauty and the Beast.
“So then I said ‘*%”!*,” says Francis Rossi, ending a hysterical gynaecological story about the birth of his sixth child that had me rolling about on the floor. But that’s Francis Rossi down to a T. He doesn’t hold back and is happy to discuss life, the world and the universe, his hair, oh, and Status Quo. KATHERINE MACALISTER enjoys the ride.
TIM HUGHES talks to folk legend Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span.
GOSFORD Hill School in Oxford Road, Kidlington, has been partially closed today due to a major power failure.
CHAIRMAN Kelvin Thomas says he’s delighted with Oxford United’s two new signings, and believes they have given the squad just the boost it needs.
CHARITY volunteers in Abingdon are a bit boxed in – but they are delighted to be surrounded by thousands of Christmas presents for children in Bosnia.