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Broken signalling equipment to blame for London Road rail crossing's 14-hour closure

Oxford Mail:

2:26pm Monday 23rd November 2015

A broken component on signalling equipment was the cause major problems at a Bicester rail crossing, closing it to traffic for more than 14 hours yesterday.

Military wives sing out to combat relocation blues

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 23rd November 2015

FOR the wives of those in the Forces life can be tough – a new posting every few years means finding new friends, jobs and settling children in at school.

Transport cliché strikes as leaves on the line delay new train service

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 17th November 2015

FALLEN leaves on railway tracks have been partly blamed for delays on a new train service to London.

Oxfordshire County Council asks for views on new link road near Bicester

Oxford Mail: John Broad, of the Bicester branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

8:29am Thursday 12th November 2015

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a consultation asking people for their view on where a new south east link road should be built near Bicester.

Councillor claims Bicester has drawn short straw as another planning bid is submitted

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 11th November 2015

A CAMPAIGNER fears Bicester will be “destroyed” as a fourth planning application is submitted to build giant warehouses on the outskirts of the town.

Fury over ‘towering’ warehouse plans

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 6th November 2015

RESIDENTS have urged developers to rethink where they build “giant warehouses” after plans showed them towering over their homes.

More than 1,000 rapes reported across the Thames Valley...but only 61 convictions recorded in a year

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 5th November 2015

MORE than 1,000 alleged rapes were reported in the Thames Valley area in 2014/15 – the highest for five years.

Heart op boy Kyle back home and all 'charged up' just like Ironman

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

‘MINI-IRONMAN’ Kyle Miller is back home recovering after having his “heart charged” in a second major operation.

Crash spurs new road safety action plea

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

A RENEWED call has been made for “immediate” safety improvements at a Bicester road junction.

Crash spurs new road safety action plea

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

A RENEWED call has been made for “immediate” safety improvements at a Bicester road junction.

Matilda sits tall with her pals thanks to £400 gift of new chair

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 29th October 2015

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Matilda Kelly is sitting tall among her school friends thanks to Bicester Round Table.

New Bicester Village station set to bring influx of shoppers and visitors to town

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 27th October 2015

A £320m “historic” rail project that’s been a decade in the making is open, with hopes that it will mark “a new market” for Bicester.

Revealed: The trick or treat costumes that could go up in flames this Halloween

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 26th October 2015

PEOPLE are being urged not to burn candles this Halloween and instead swap them for torches.

Residents voice fears of homes’ impact

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Friday 23rd October 2015

TRAFFIC and infrastructure are the priorities for residents as plans to build up to 1,500 new homes on land in Bicester were shown to them for the first time.

Report finds historic sites can no longer be deemed ‘at risk’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 20th October 2015

SEVERAL sites and buildings across Oxfordshire are no longer deemed at risk of neglect or decay, according to a report.

‘Getting nurses among main challenges our hospices face’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 8th October 2015

A HOSPICE is urging qualified children’s nurses who may have taken a break from work to consider getting back into it.

Feature: Volunteers are the real backbone for hospices

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

VOLUNTEERS are the backbone of Oxfordshire’s hospices and hundreds of people gladly give their time every week.

MPs praise ‘wonderful work and brilliant staff’ at hospices

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

TWO Oxfordshire MPs spoke of the love and “wonderful” care hospices gave their families as they helped launch a week dedicated to the vital centres.

Hospice Week: Providing top care for a disabled 18-year-old

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 5th October 2015

“TO BE honest I don’t know what we would have done without it.”

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.

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