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Boys scale height of remembrance

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 7th July 2014

A FOOTBALL team paid their respects to fallen First World War servicemen by placing a poppy cross on the top of Mount Snowdon.

Schoolgirl hoping for fair weather in kayaking quest

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

SCHOOLGIRL Eleanor Ackroyd is hoping to break a record by kayaking more than 100 miles along England’s south coast in 24 hours.

Regiment prepares to say a final farewell to hometown

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

PEOPLE are being urged to line the streets of Bicester to bid farewell to a regiment that has been part of the town for more than 70 years.

Hundreds sign petition to change the time of Didcot towers explosion

Oxford Mail: Didcot power station

8:30am Monday 30th June 2014

A PETITION to move the time of the demolition of three towers at Didcot Power Station has already gathered more than 700 signatures.

Elderly finally return to their homes after last year’s flood

Oxford Mail: 80-year-old resident June Walker enjoys a cuppa with Helen Robinson, 79, and estate manager Dave Smith

5:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

PENSIONERS who were evacuated from their homes on Christmas Eve after they were flooded out have finally moved back in.

Final phase of Bicester town centre revamp to start in summer

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of the development

6:30am Saturday 21st June 2014

WORK on Bicester’s new civic building will start this summer to complete the £70m town centre regeneration.

Woman tells of 'betrayal' after being secretly filmed in bathroom by her stepfather

Oxford Mail: Andrew Simpson

9:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

A WOMAN has said she feels betrayed after her step-father admitted setting up a secret camera to film her.

Toddler has beaten odds to help fight killer illness

Oxford Mail: Leading the way in the sponsored toddle waddle in aid of Meningitis Now at Fringford Village Hall near Bicester, is three-year-old Xander Gibbs, who was born with meningitis, holding hands with children’s entertainer Leena Thakker. OX67889 Simon William

12:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

WHEN little Xander Gibbs was born with meningitis he spent the first weeks of his life in hospital.

Oxfordshire's first incinerator is weeks away from firing up as it receives its first delivery of rubbish

Oxford Mail: How the Ardley incinerator works

5:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

WASTE firm Viridor’s £200m incinerator has received its first delivery of rubbish – nine tonnes from Oxford – and its equipment is being tested to make sure it is in full working order.

It’s chocks away to RAF base nostalgia

Oxford Mail: SKY’S THE LIMIT: Dan Geoghegan at the former RAF Bicester site off Buckingham Road

10:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

A FORMER RAF flying base is opening its doors to the public for what is believed to be the first time in nearly a century.

Runners bombarded by paint in rainbow dash

Oxford Mail: Getting in the spirit are, from left, Neil Fox, Julie Haynes, Emma Gibbard, Sharon Geraghty and Trudie Long

8:30am Monday 9th June 2014

Helen and Douglas House set to benefit as hundreds get splattered for charity

15-year-old girl kicked and punched by two teenagers in Faringdon

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:35pm Sunday 8th June 2014

A 15-year-old girl was pushed to the ground and kicked and punched by two teenage girls.

Dedicated hotel parking plan dropped

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of the new development

10:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

PLANS for dedicated parking spaces to serve a planned town centre hotel have been dropped in a council U-turn.

Rainbow team will run for Thomas

Oxford Mail: Thomas Laurie and mum Catherine met the Duchess of Cornwall at the hospice in December 2012

12:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

ONE in seven entrants in Oxford’s first charity Rainbow Run will be taking part in memory of a Bicester youngster.

A mountainous challenge for 'respects' schoolboys

Oxford Mail: Oxford City Blues under-10’s football team with Chris Chesterman, right, Jim Brown, left, and Adam Chesterman, 10, front

7:10am Saturday 31st May 2014

NINE young footballers will pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War by placing a poppy cross on the top of a mountain.

East West Rail route could play role as Heathrow airport link

Oxford Mail: More time granted to question Heathrow suspects

7:00am Thursday 29th May 2014

NETWORK Rail is investigating plans for trains to run directly from Oxfordshire to Heathrow Airport as it prepares a business case for an enhanced East West Rail link.

‘Monster’ bridge in need of a cover-up

Oxford Mail: Andrea Leonard alongside the bridge she has branded a ‘monster’

4:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A “MONSTER” £250,000 rail bridge was installed at the “insistence” of a council, it has been claimed.

Cyclist’s goal to better his grandfather’s race record

Oxford Mail: Paul Needle holds aloft the trophy his grandfather Percy challenged for in 1925. Picture: OX66951 David Fleming

12:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

WHEN Paul Needle sets off on a 100-mile cycle ride, the main thing on his mind will be beating a record set by his grandfather almost 90 years ago.

‘Taking school out of special measures is my first target’

Oxford Mail: New permanent headteacher Tony Rushworth, left, and chairman of the interim executive board Bob Wintringham

5:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE new headteacher at a Bicester secondary school is “determined” to lead it out of special measures.

‘I’ll work until the cows come home’ says farm man

Oxford Mail: Robin Davis who has celebrated 60 years working at Elm Farm

10:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

FOR 60 years, Robin Davis has worked on the same dairy farm pulling an estimated 64 million pints of milk.

Long-awaited £5m hospital set to open doors in August

Oxford Mail: Bicester’s new community hospital. Picture: OX67409  Aimee Kirkham

10:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

BICESTER’S £5m replacement community hospital is on target to open in August.

Food for thought as eateries get rated on cleanliness

Oxford Mail: Peri Peri Original in Cowley Road, Oxford, scored zero for cleanliness in November 2013 but the new management says efforts have been made to improve hygiene

5:00pm Saturday 24th May 2014

ONLY a handful of more than 5,000 food establishments across the county have been told they need urgent improvements by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Wartime romance of Bicester couple that led to 70 years of wedded bliss

Oxford Mail: George and Agnes Larkins are set to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary   Main picture: OX67305 Antony Moore

7:30am Saturday 24th May 2014

WHEN a pair of eyes peered up at young Agnes Mcphee from a coal cellar, it was love at first sight.

Music star makes fan's day with big hug

Oxford Mail: Ellie Goulding at Bicester Village

6:40am Thursday 22nd May 2014

ANYTHING could happen when you meet a a hit singer-songwriter in person.

Six of Keziah Parker's went off to World War One. Only two returned

Oxford Mail: Maurice Hirons

9:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

AS the country gears up to commemorate the start of the First World War, one Oxfordshire family will remember its heroes.

'Planners must switch on to impact of solar farms’

5:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

WHEN you think of solar panels, a few pieces of glass on a neighbour’s roof usually springs to mind. But acres of land are being covered by panels. Now the Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England wants councils to draw up a policy to control them

Residents ruffled after loss of ducks on a village pond

Oxford Mail: From left, Susan Davis, Bob Hessian and Norman Boardman survey the duckless pond.

8:00am Friday 16th May 2014

A DEVELOPER has pledged to help rehome village ducks after they were removed by pond campaigners.

Sowing poppy seeds for a very practical mark of remembrance

Oxford Mail: Laura Towell, left, Royal British Legion community fundraiser for Oxfordshire, and Bure Park School, Bicester, year five teacher Tina Woodgate with pupils, from left, Courtney Etheridge, seven, Dylan Morgan, seven, Lily Clare, six, and Brody Lloyd, five,

5:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

THE Royal British Legion has confirmed Oxfordshire residents helped to raise a total of £472,242.97 in the 2013 Poppy Appeal.

Family and friends pay tribute to Bicester teenager Victoria Dyer, who defied the odds

Oxford Mail: Back, left to right, Theresa Dyer, Ben, Luke, Nikki Abbott (Daniel’s partner) and Daniel. Front: Danny and Victoria

7:00am Thursday 15th May 2014

A FAMILY have paid tribute to their “beautiful little miracle” who was the inspiration for a £36,000 fundraising campaign.

Chiltern Line stations to get longer platforms

Oxford Mail: A Chiltern Railways Clubman train

3:30pm Friday 9th May 2014

PLATFORMS at Bicester North and Haddenham & Thame Parkway stations are to be lengthened to allow longer trains to stop.

Developer to apply for cash to fund road

Oxford Mail: Councillor Les Sibley at the junction  of Howes Lane. Picture: OX66989 Greg Blatchford

12:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

WORK to build a major new road replacing Bicester’s Howes Lane could start next year if funding is approved.

Safety fears at nursery as rail footbridge is unveiled

Oxford Mail: Childfirst manager Andrea Leonard, with Harry Saxton, four, and Sophie Walton, three, with the railway footbridge which has shadowed their outdoor play area. Picture : OX67047 Damian Halliwell

8:00am Thursday 8th May 2014

A NURSERY has said a “monster” footbridge is putting the children at risk.

Mum sues hospital trust after son born with cerebral palsy

Oxford Mail: Alison dos Santos with son Tiago

6:30am Thursday 8th May 2014

A MOTHER is hoping she’ll get answers about her son’s birth by taking legal action against the health trust.

Help create a swathe of poppies across county in remembrance

Oxford Mail: The Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, helps Dr Radcliffe’s CofE Primary School pupils Charlotte Scrivens, 11, left, and Tilly Hancock, eight, plant poppy seeds at St Peter & St Paul Church, Steeple Aston.  Picture: OX66926 Damian Halliwel

5:00pm Thursday 8th May 2014

SCHOOLchildren, church goers and members of the Royal family have joined a campaign to create a carpet of poppies across Oxfordshire.

It’s ‘solar so good’ for new cash-saving energy project

Oxford Mail: Als Parker, back left, and Adriano Figueiredo, back right, with pupils at St Barnabus School, Oxford, which has already had solar panels fitted

12:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

FIRMS across Bicester could save up to a quarter on their energy bills as part of a new solar energy scheme.

Boy's Royal Mail is from the Queen

Oxford Mail: Muscular dystrophy sufferer 12-year-old Ethan Browne with mum Amanda   Picture: OX66298  Simon Williams

10:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A LETTER to Ethan Browne caused a stir at Bicester’s sorting office when it arrived from Buckingham Palace.

First pictures of what new Oxford Parkway railway station will look like

Oxford Mail: An artist's impression of the new Oxford Parkway station

9:56am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THESE are the images of what the new Oxford Parkway Station will look like.

Eco boom town near Bicester with £1.65bn investment

Oxford Mail: Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood

6:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

BICESTER will enjoy £1.65bn in investment by 2031, according to a new report ordered by council leaders.

Four-year-old's delight as beloved soft toy is found after Oxford Mail appeal

Oxford Mail: Chloe Kinch-Jones with her beloved Mummy Bunny Picture: OX66512 Simon Williams

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BELOVED soft toy that was missing for 10 days has been returned to her very happy owner.

Back from the dead now Tamiflu victim is expecting a baby

Oxford Mail: Four- and-a-half years ago Samantha Goddard was fighting for her life after suffering an allergic reaction to Tamiflu. Now she is six months’ pregnant   Picture: Mark Hemsworth

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WOMAN who almost died after wrongly being prescribed swine flu drug Tamiflu is now expecting her first baby.

Safety first plea at crash roundabout

Oxford Mail: Nick Cotter, left, and Les Sibley at the Vendee Drive roundabout, which keeps being hit by cars

6:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

PLANS for more signs and road markings by a roundabout plagued by accidents do not go far enough, Bicester councillors have said.

Tributes to leader of Boys' group who has died at 102

Oxford Mail: Marjorie Cowley celebrates her 100th birthday at Cherwood Nursing Home, Caversfield, Bicester

8:00am Friday 4th April 2014

FORMER Life Boys’ members have paid tribute to the woman who led the group in South Oxford for five decades.

From a teenage volunteer to top presenter in the UK

Oxford Mail: Radio Cherwell presenter Ian Pinnell, who was named Male Presenter of the Year. Picture: OX66289 Jon Lewis

7:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

HE started out as a teenager helping at Radio Cherwell after answering an appeal in the Oxford Mail for volunteers.

NHS take disabled lad's frame because he was moving home

Oxford Mail: Oliver McConnell with mum Danielle and brother Josh, left. He has now been given a replacement walking frame

7:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

A HEALTH trust took a disabled four-year-old boy’s walking frame away from him because he was moving out of Oxfordshire.

Plans to make Campsfield House immigration centre at Kidlington bigger, spark concern

Oxford Mail: Campsfield House at Kidlington

6:30am Saturday 29th March 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S immigration detention centre is to expand with campaigners claiming it will almost double in size.

'Best man' stole from triple amputee

Oxford Mail: Former Pte Alex Stringer lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan. His school friend Conor Aldous vowed to look after him

1:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

THE BEST man of a triple amputee soldier has been jailed after stealing thousands from him.

Building firms asked to help pay for policing new estates

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:30am Thursday 27th March 2014

DEVELOPERS could have to pay thousands of pounds to help fund extra policing in Bicester as the town expands.

Friends' tree house built 85ft off the ground will have to be chopped down

Oxford Mail: From left, Alden Conley, Harry Court and Dougie Haynes with their impressive treehouse behind.  Pictures: OX66105 Simon Williams

8:30am Thursday 27th March 2014

IT’S a teenage rite of passage to build a treehouse.

Volunteer help vital for family of boy with rare condition

Oxford Mail: Finley, five, right, with his parents Michaela and Justin, and sister Lucie, two

8:30am Friday 21st March 2014

THE mum of a boy who could be one of only two people in the world with a rare condition is backing a volunteer scheme helping families of sick children.

Bicester Village plan hits troubling delay

Oxford Mail: CLOSED: The Hugo Boss store at Bicester Village

10:00am Friday 21st March 2014

PLANS to expand Bicester Village and build a new Tesco have been delayed.

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