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Oxford Preservation Trust takes a grave view of Green Belt cemetery plans near Horspath

Oxford Mail: Preservation trust director Debbie Dance

6:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A GROUP that gave Green Belt land to Oxford City Council as long as it was not developed has hit out at plans to use it for a cemetery.

Waiting’s over as centre unveils its shops plans

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

YEARS of waiting for a second phase of Didcot’s Orchard shopping centre appear to be over after council leaders announced a planning application was about to be put forward.

Cash-strapped nursery’s move ‘on hold’

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A COMMUNITY nursery which failed to raise £90,000 for a permanent home has applied for permission to stay in its 26-year-old portable building for two more years.

'Halt road closures or businesses will fail'

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

VILLAGERS have asked their MP to help fight a 10-month closure of their main street, which they fear will kill businesses.

Hollywood stars Jude Law and Nicole Kidman steam in to film latest blockbuster

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Didcot may have lost three of its iconic cooling towers but it has kept its appeal for A-List celebrities.

Pupils at Wantage school get up close to visitors from crocodile zoo

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

PUPILS at a primary school in Wantage got up close and personal with real-life crocodiles.

Male voice choir celebrates a great-grandmother's Welsh heritage on her birthday at Abingdon care home

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

TO MARK her 100th birthday today, Rena Gill will celebrate her Welsh heritage with an intimate performance from a male voice choir.

Yobs banished from street under new police powers

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

NEW police powers to banish troublemakers that only came into force last month have already helped tackle decade-long problems in East Oxford.

Estate’s disturbing history underfoot

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

RESIDENTS of one of Oxfordshire’s newest housing estates might be slightly surprised to learn what used to go on there.

Towering triumph as cupola is saved

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

TIME has been taking its toll on one historic Oxfordshire bell tower.

Firm back-paddles over OAP swimming cost rise

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

THE new operator of a number of Oxfordshire leisure centres has had second thoughts about a price hike for pensioners.

‘Tackle violent thugs’ says Grove shopkeeper beaten up by teenager

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

A SHOPKEEPER beaten up by a member of a teenage gang he says have been terrorising his shopping precinct has called on police to do more.

Dad cuts Blackbird Leys council website bill by £1k

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

A TECH-SAVVY dad has revamped a parish council’s website, saving it more than £1,000 a year.

Pensioner faces bill to demolish wall

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Thursday 20th November 2014

WANTAGE’S “wonky wall” will be demolished at a cost of thousands of pounds to a pensioner who did not even know he owned it.

Advice bureau faces cuts if volunteers aren’t found

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 19th November 2014

A VOLUNTEER group that “tirelessly” fundraises for Abingdon Citizens Advice Bureau will have to close if it cannot find more members.

Fraudster claimed benefits while working as van driver

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

7:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

A BENEFITS cheat who falsely claimed he could hardly walk to rake in £35,000 disability allowance was jailed last night.

As our graphic reveals speeding and careless driving tickets in your neighbourhood, the father of tragic 10 year-old accident victim says: 'please kill your speed'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 17th November 2014

OXFORDSHIRE drivers committed more than 13,800 speeding and dangerous driving offences last year, new figures reveal today.

Cheeky Girls’ table football for charity

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Monday 17th November 2014

Romanian pop due The Cheeky Girls are to join a 24-hour table football marathon for charity.

Oxford Mail readers rally for couple made homeless after boat fire

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 17th November 2014

OXFORD Mail readers have vowed to “move heaven and earth” to help two friends left homeless after their house boat on the Thames burnt down.

Lock-keeper honoured for bid to save drowning man

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 15th November 2014

A LOCK-KEEPER who jumped into the Thames in an attempt to save a man from drowning has been commended by police.

UPDATED: Car transporter causes delays on Eastern Bypass

Oxford Mail: eastern bypass alert

3:52pm Friday 14th November 2014

A BROKEN-down car transporter on the Eastern Bypass is causing delays this afternoon.

Grim warning amid fears of housing payment cut

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 14th November 2014

BENEFICIARIES have been warned by a councillor there may “depressing times ahead” in Oxford if there are further cuts.

Lonely this Christmas? Not us, and more can join in too

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Friday 14th November 2014

UP to 50 people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day will spend it together this year at a unique charity event.

David Mitchell is all the rage

Oxford Mail:

10:56am Thursday 13th November 2014

Pete Hughes talks to comedian and ex-Abingdon School debating society star David Mitchell about what really makes him froth

Update: More than 200 posts to go as part of £45m Thames Valley Police cuts

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:43am Thursday 13th November 2014

THAMES Valley Police training will be done outside the force and 187 police officer posts and 16 police staff posts are to be cut under cost-saving plans presented to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner today.

Live Live: New Westgate Shopping Centre public question and answer session

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of the Westgate Centre

3:55pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

Follow our live coverage as the public ask questions about the plans for the redeveloped Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford

Driver of black BMW wanted for dangerous driving on Donnington Bridge Road

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:31pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE driver of a black BMW which collided with a red Vauxhall Corsa on Donnington Bridge Road is being sought on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Olympic rower Katherine Grainger CBE to become Chancellor of Oxford Brookes university

Oxford Mail: Katherine Grainger CBE

1:54pm Monday 10th November 2014

OLYMPIC rower Katherine Grainger CBE is to become Chancellor of Oxford Brookes university.

Special school is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Saturday 8th November 2014

TEACHERS and pupils at a Wantage special school are celebrating after it was rated “outstanding” in every way.

Generous residents donate to help fight the Ebola virus

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 8th November 2014

PEOPLE in Oxford have donated nearly a quarter of a million pounds to the international Ebola appeal.

Abingdon care home is criticised for failing to meet standards but residents defend 'lovely home'

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 8th November 2014

A DEMENTIA-specialist care home was “not always safe”, “not always effective” and “not always caring”, inspectors have said.

Two people tell of their dramatic rescue from a burning boat

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 7th November 2014

TWO friends trying to build a life in Oxford have told how they lost everything, including their beloved dog, when their boat was destroyed by a blaze.

War hero’s grandson risks police action over Horspath memorial

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

THE grandson of a Victoria Cross hero has been threatened with police action after he vowed to put a war memorial on his village green on Remembrance Sunday.

Couple winding up their diner business

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

A HUSBAND and wife hoping to run two American-style diners in Oxfordshire are to liquidate their business.

Battle stations as the stage is set for English Civil War dramatics at Wallingford Castle Mound

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

ROUNDHEADS and Cavaliers are set to fight it out on Wallingford Castle Mound in a major battle re-enactment featuring cannon and horses.

‘Sooner the better’ for a new link road

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

A NEW road linking Didcot and Abingdon and crossing the Thames has been proposed.

Playbus hits end of the line

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 4th November 2014


Kwai railway PoW's drawings depict horror of war captivity

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

DRAWINGS made by a soldier while he was a Japanese prisoner of war are part of an “amazing” exhibition in the town’s museum.

Farm finds reveal glimpses of past 1,000 years

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 4th November 2014

TREASURE hunters have unearthed Roman coins, rings and jewellery in a Wantage farmer’s field.

Investors pump £100k into hydroelectricity power plan

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

A HYDROELECTRIC power plant project for the Thames at Abingdon raised more than £100,000 in a single day.

‘Integrate new homes and old’ say residents

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that residents who move to a planned 885-home extension to Barton will not integrate with existing householders.

Village fresco joins author and fighters

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

YOU might think crime novelist Agatha Christie has nothing in common with Roman Centurions and marauding Vikings.

‘Generous goodbyes’ cost councils £500,000 annually

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:30am Tuesday 4th November 2014

TAXPAYERS are paying more than half a million pounds each year in settlement payments to ex-council bosses, figures obtained by the Oxford Mail show.

A time to reflect and remember 'our boys'

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 3rd November 2014

REMEMBRANCE Sunday and Armistice Day events will be held this weekend and Tuesday next week to remember those who lost their lives in conflict.

Two saved from boat blaze

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 3rd November 2014

A MAN with autism overcame his condition to rescue two people from a burning boat in the middle of the night.

Abingdon dad attacked by gang wearing Halloween costumes

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

1:44pm Sunday 2nd November 2014

A man walking home with his wife and child was attacked by three men in Halloween costumes yesterday morning.

New cancer centre expands to meet a growing demand

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

A BICESTER cancer support centre has expanded after opening seven months ago to meet demand.

Widow from Longworth fears she will never know truth about Kenya crash that killed her husband

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE widow of a charity director who was killed in a car crash in Kenya yesterday said she may never know what happened, after an inquest into his death.

Oxford teenager in call to stop websites that promote eating disorders

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN OXFORD teenager is calling on the Government to protect young people from “dangerous” websites which promote eating disorders.

Homes growth fuels bid for more advice centre helpers

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAJOR increase in homes in the Wantage and Grove area will put even more pressure on an advice centre, its new chairman is warning.


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