WITH big smiles on their faces, pupils from Oxford’s St Barnabas Primary School belted out carols in the city centre.
The Oxford Mail’s Senior Citizen’s Film Festival sold out again yesterday when it screened Salmon Fishing in The Yemen.
A CAMPAIGN group is gearing up for a fundraising effort as an 18-acre town green in Oxford goes on sale soon.
People convicted of offences at magistrates courts in Oxfordshire recently:
A DECISION to increase the price of some rail commuters’ season tickets way above the average rise has been branded a “total insult”.
BOTH parents and residents had the chance to meet the headteacher of Oxford’s first free school.
A MAJOR development project at a Wolvercote church has passed another hurdle.
A WITNEY pub has met with criticism over a plan to open an outdoor drinking and dining area in Market Square.
I CAN guarantee you will see stuff you have not seen before,” says Nick Tigg, artistic director of Miki.
Where is the last place you expect to find Father Christmas? One answer might be on the set of the new Kick-Ass movie – the follow up to 2010’s super violent story about a slaughtering superhero father and daughter. But there is Father Christmas, telling off a super villain for waving his gun about dangerously.
TIM HUGHES talks to the feisty Alex Buggs, one-third of Britain’s sassiest, new girl band – Stooshe
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - 12A
PETER Flynn was a lifelong football enthusiast and stalwart of Bicester Town Football Club.
It’s a story that will be familiar to every parent in the country. “It’s Christmas. Big Mouse is the long-suffering parent figure, trying to sort out Little Mouse’s present – a cheese pie,” explains Chloe Phillips, lead actor with Blunderbus Theatre company. “But Little Mouse is getting in the way, making a mess – so Big Mouse sends him out to find some holly. He has a big imagination so it turns into a big adventure. It starts to snow, Little Mouse has never seen snow before and imagines he’s being chased by invisible monsters... Until Big Mouse comes to save him. They then build a beautiful snow mouse together and have a song...”
VINCENT Boulter, who has died aged 96, achieved much in life despite a difficult start as an orphan.
A cosy, romantic restaurant in Cowley Road ticks all the boxes for ANNA MATEI
With the Christmas season well under way, SARAH MAYHEW takes a wander through Oxford to see how galleries and stores are adding sparkle to their festive displays
* A clutch of the city’s finest artists convene in a church this Sunday for one of the best quality music events of the winter.
* THE Royal Oak in Woodstock Road, Oxford, is now ready for all your festive gatherings and Christmas dinners. There is a new festive menu and a new offer. If you book any time before January 31 for a party of six or more, you, the party organiser, will get a voucher for a free bottle of Prosecco. (Or an appropriate replacement if the Prosecco happens to run out. But it won’t. We hope.) Food from the festive menu also comes in handy packages: two courses for £17, three for £30, and four for £22. For more information go to theroyaloakoxford.co.uk or call 01865 310187.
THE Church of England must resolve the row over women bishops to stop Parliament passing laws to enforce change, Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has said.
SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has moved to stop its rival Tesco opening a bigger store in Bicester.
A NEW business centre in Witney has officially opened for business and welcomed its first five occupiers.
A CONTROVERSIAL property developer is threatening to build three “horrible” 70s-style chalets on his property to prove a point to Oxford City Council.
A SECOND solar park is to be built in Steventon with a third in the pipeline.
GETTING hitched took on a new meaning for Ian and Lisa Robinson on their wedding day when they hitched a ride on Santa’s sleigh.
A CHARITY box raising money to buy a little girl prosthetic limbs was stolen from the garden of a Barton home.
A TEAM of ten runners set a new 100km treadmill team world record at Radley College.
Financial cutbacks have paid off for the Oxfordshire Cricket Board (OCB), which announced a profit of £11,000 for the year at its annual meeting at the Hawkwell House Hotel, Oxford.
THE theft of a collecting tin to help buy little meningitis victim Charlotte Nott new prosthetic limbs is a new low.
Yogi Breisner admits it is unlikely Kauto Star will develop into an Olympic-class dressage horse following his retirement from racing.
KEW Occasionals triumphed in the Oku Memorial Trophy at Iffley Road.
IT may have been the home of the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Oxford have been drawn away to the winners of Cockfosters and Amersham in the Kingfisher Beer Cup first round next year.
GOSFORD All Blacks are determined to improve their sevens play after a “rude awakening” in Dubai.
Coneygree is set to step up in trip in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle when he returns to Cheltenham on Saturday.
CHILDREN at Witney’s Batt School wrapped up warm to learn about the shapes that ice makes yesterday.
SAM Egerton is not thinking beyond his studies, despite his star performance in the Varsity Match.
OXFORD City secured a gold medal hat-trick in the South of England (SEAA) Masters Cross Country Championships at Woodford.
A JURY was yesterday told the three murder suspects on trial were the only ones who could have killed homeless man Denis Witney, right.
OXFORD Health Trust has apologised for its handling of the transfer between hospitals of a mentally ill man who was later found dead.
ROGER Wiggins defeated his father, Dave, in the regional final of the English Short Mat Bowling Association National Singles Competition at Wallingford.
ON April 5 this year, you published a letter of mine which you entitled ‘Market sign in sorry state’, alluding also to the exceedingly drab Union flag – or Jack, for those of you on first name terms with the banner – on display outside one of the High Street entrances.
NO ONE is going to be sadder than I am when (and not if) Temple Cowley Pools closes but it’s time that the Save Temple Cowley Pools lobby group stepped out of their bubble and accepted reality.
EDDIE Pepperell will be well advised to stay out of the rough this week as he plays on a course home to hippos, leopards and dangerous snakes. The Abingdon golfer is in the field for the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in South Africa, which starts today. After an unusual opening to the European Tour season last weekend, Pepperell will be hoping to be able to focus on golf. The 21-year-old had a frustrating start to his debut season on the elite circuit, as the first two rounds at the Nelson Mandela Championship were washed out. When play finally got under way it was on a much-shortened course, reduced to a par 65. After a solid opening 66, Pepperell tumbled down the standings in the final round, dropping five shots in the last two holes to card a 74. He tweeted: “Been a funny week with all that’s happened. Safe to say I’m extremely excited to get to Leopard Creek.” CLUB RESULTS NORTH OXFORD Midweek Turkey Trot: 1 T Brennan 32pts. 2 J Chesman 31.
I AM approaching my 50th birthday now and things I grew up with are fast disappearing and sometimes not for the better.
OXFORD University head coach James Wade believes the professional game should take more note of the Varsity Match.
Freezing weather forced the postponement of Oxford United’s FA Cup second round replay yesterday.
FOLK are concerned and complain about flooding but could help themselves a bit.
MOST drivers will be initially outraged at the police threat to lie in wait near speed traps to catch anyone flashing their headlights to warn other motorists.
AMES Styring’s column (December 10) about the dangers of the road took me back to the time before World War Two when dozens of us cycled to school every day.