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Praise as 30mph stretch extended near Kennington bus stops

Oxford Mail:

10:20pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

VILLAGERS have welcomed an extension to the 30mph speed limit in Kennington.

Scheme helps Abingdon elderly make friends

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IT’S not just the residents of Ramsay Street who need good neighbours.

Go for grants from Oxford Mail owner Gannett, Helen House charity recommends

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10:00am Monday 1st September 2014

OXFORD’S Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice has urged charities to apply for up to £10,000 through the Oxford Mail.

Trader fears he may have to shut up shop within a year

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A FAMILY-run corner shop could face closure after nearly 20 years, because of competition from a recently-opened Tesco Express shop in Oxford’s Abingdon Road.

Theatrical costume charity faces final curtain after 46 years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

Wanted: a new home for 7,000 costumes, accessories and props, 3,000sq m or more.

City handouts give big lift to the less fortunate

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

ROSE Hill has the highest child poverty rate in Oxford.

Mum sends armed robber packing in Oxford newsagents’ raid

Oxford Mail:

6:58pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHEN an attempted robber burst into Bridge Stores in Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford, Yang Beh wasn’t to be intimidated.

Time to dig in for Dragon Boat races

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THOUSANDS are expected to crowd the banks of the Thames in Abingdon for the 14th annual Dragon Boat races.

Garden centre targeted by burglars for third time this month

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12:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THIEVES attempted to steal a safe and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after breaking into Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon.

Hunt for witnesses after two men stabbed in chest

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

TWO men stabbed in Rose Hill were recovering in hospital last night.

Outcry as developer seeks to build homes on old Didcot pub site

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DIDCOT residents have hit out at new plans to knock down an historic pub and buil homes on the site.

Update: The A34 at Peartree reopens after caravan jackknifed

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2:12pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE A34 at the Peartree interchange has reopened after a caravan jackknifed in the road.

Cheers as police orders disperse drinker groups

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

EXTRA police powers to break up gangs of late-night drinkers are working after just two weeks, say residents.

County divorce rate falls as couples return to class

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 25th August 2014

THE divorce rate in Oxfordshire has fallen by almost a fifth since 2011, new figures show.

Dad’s peaks bid to help ill daughter

Oxford Mail:

10:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

SOPHIA Wilson is a very special six-year-old girl.

Didcot mum shows how to lose 13 stone without exercise

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

JUST over two years ago, Claire Pursey weighed 23stone 9lb. Her health was so bad she earned the name “sick note” at work.

Vale of White Horse seventh best place to live in the country, says poll

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1:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

VALE of White Horse has been ranked the seventh best place to live in a national poll.

Beer festival veto leaves a bitter taste

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WANTAGE’S Beer Festival has lost its home at the former Civic Hall – despite the venue deciding to host its own event this year.

Plans for 400 homes, offices and shops on Didcot A site

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

PLANS have been revealed to build up to 400 homes, offices and shops on the former Didcot A Power Station, weeks after the cooling towers were demolished.

Oh baby! Clothing service is a real joy

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

A BABY clothes “library” started by an Oxfordshire mum-of-three has proved a hit with new parents.

Second ban on city yobs

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

TWO dispersal orders will be in place across the city for the first time since the police were given extra powers.

Old stables bid to house church’s growing ‘flock’

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

A SMALL evangelical church is opening its fourth place of worship in Oxfordshire to accommodate its growing membership in the county.

Business world is offered a one-night licence to thrills

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

FROM Wantage with Love – business leaders have been invited to a James Bond-style private party and casino.

Taskforce of volunteers sought to revamp the rec and rebuilt old fort

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A £150,000 fundraising campaign has been launched for new play equipment at Wantage Recreation Ground.

Taskforce of volunteers sought to revamp the rec and rebuilt old fort

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A £150,000 fundraising campaign has been launched for new play equipment at Wantage Recreation Ground.

Pictures bring ancient Ridgeway to life

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE grand vistas of the ancient Ridgeway are brought vividly to life in a new photography exhibition.

‘My tour across England and I did it all on my free bus pass’

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

BUS fanatic Alan Gurr has achieved his dream of travelling across England for nothing using his bus pass.

Honouring 1,300 comrades from just one town who served in the Great War

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE NAMES of every man from Abingdon who went to fight in the Great War – more than 1,300 – were read out in a single ceremony last night.

Couple hit a hurdle in their bid to reopen popular pub

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE couple hoping to reopen South Hinksey’s General Elliot pub after five years have been told their flood risk assessment (FRA) was not good enough.

Cyclists beat Le Tour pros into Paris

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

AN ACCOUNTANT and a farmer have told how they managed to cycle along the famous Tour de France route and beat pro-cyclists into Paris by a day.

‘Our 1,000 days had everything . . . from joy to sadness’

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

A HEARTBROKEN man has penned a spiritual tribute to the woman he spent 1,000 happy days with in Oxford before she died of cancer, a year ago tomorrow.

Marathon man’s on course for 12 runs in just one year

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

MOST people would be pleased to complete one marathon in their lifetime, but one hairdresser in doing 12 in a year.

How Colin the tortoise came out of his shell for charity

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

REPTILES are known for being cold-blooded, but one tortoise has shown the world he has a warm heart.

Youths gear up to build bicycles

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

YOUNGSTERS have learnt how to build their own bikes this week at an Oxford charity.

Man cleared of abuse wins complaints against council

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN ABINGDON man cleared of 20 sexual abuse charges has had a series of complaints about his treatment by social services upheld.

Roundabout looks blooming lovely, says town councillor

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

WALLINGFORD town councillor Ros Lester has said Wallingford’s model castle in a roundabout is looking blooming wonderful despite some naysayers.

Didcot power station: Last stand for iconic cooling towers

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ANYONE who is asleep in Didcot in the early hours of tomorrow can expect to be woken up, if not by the explosion then by cheers from the crowds.

Mechanics help to save life of heart patient customer

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

A GARAGE in Abingdon has taken customer service to the next level – they now save people’s lives.

Final steps in a life cut tragically short

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 25th July 2014

WHEN Ben Blakeley met Jayden Parkinson on the night of Tuesday, December 3, the fields he led her out onto were a part of his childhood. Minutes away from his former home on Craven Way, he said they were a favourite spot for them to go together. He told his trial he had been to the wooden footbridge, where he put his hands around Jayden’s neck, 1,000 times. Reporter Pete Hughes retraced Jayden’s last walk and the days that followed

‘Crime school’ helped shape Blakeley’s violent character

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 25th July 2014

A CARE home once branded a “crime school” for boys is where Ben Blakeley spent part of his early teenage years.

For Art's Sake with Pete Hughes

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9:39am Thursday 24th July 2014

Pete Hughes, guitarist with Oxford maffrobeat band Bright Works and also Oxford Times reporter, on festival spirit

Building giant is fined £525k after dad’s death

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm was fined £525,000 yesterday for health and safety breaches which led to the death of a father-of-two.

Tennis club serves ace expansion plan

Oxford Mail:

5:33pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TENNIS in Abingdon is set for a volley of investment.

Lift-off for airfield’s 2,500 homes project

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK will be able to start at Grove Airfield following a decade of discussions when the final agreement is signed later this month.

Panini pair look forward as tournament draws to close

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

WITH just minutes to go in a gripping World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, Sian Pratchett found a crucial gap and filled it – with a felt-tip drawing of Spain’s Pedro.

Call for joined-up thinking over £123m flood channel

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 14th July 2014

A CHANCE to save millions on the £123m Oxford flood alleviation channel could be missed if agencies cannot work together, it has been warned.

Flood-risk area campaigns for future protection money

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 11th July 2014

FLOOD-PRONE South Hinksey is to campaign for money for new defences after being told it was competing with “a lot of other places”.

'I relive Jayden's death in my dreams,' Blakeley tells court

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday he relives the night he killed Jayden Parkinson every day and in his dreams.

Zombie game invades top show to win gold awards

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

WHEN Matt Tidbury first started developing a board game to teach his children maths, he just wanted them to enjoy learning.

'Sad day' as increase in rent sees market forced to close

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

A WEEKLY country market has been forced to shut after 65 years because it cannot afford to pay its £45 rent.

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