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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

Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author

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.

Jayden trial: Jurors retrace the steps of Jayden and Ben Blakeley when she died

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

1:07pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

JURORS have this morning retraced the route Ben Blakeley said he took with Jayden Parkinson on December 3, the night she died.

Circus comes home for the ringmaster

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE LAST time Katie Rogers was in Wantage she was at school.

Historian Liz is using hi-tec arts to bring history to life

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

DID YOU know that South Oxford Community Centre used to house Oxford’s waterworks?

New pavilion gives growing football club grounds for optimism

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE SUN broke through the clouds at the moment the ribbon was cut at Hinksey Park Football Club’s new £730,000 pavilion.

Colours, cultures and catchy beats collide

Oxford Mail:

10:20am Monday 7th July 2014

AFRICAN dancers and rock, reggae and marching bands arrived in East Oxford yesterday for the Cowley Road Carnival.

Police cordon in Cowley Road following reports of stabbing

Oxford Mail:

8:40pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Police have cordoned off part of a street in East Oxford as well as the front of a nearby bar in Cowley Road.

Alice Day wonders inspire lots of Cheshire Cat smiles

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 7th July 2014

ONE GOLDEN afternoon on July 4, 1862, Oxford don Charles Dodgson took 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating trip up the Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford.

Update: Pictures show all the fun at the Cowley Road Carnival

Oxford Mail:

12:56pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Thousands of people gathered this afternoon for the Cowley Road Carnival.

A40 Northern Bypass has now reopened after van and bus collide

Oxford Mail: A40 alert

8:53am Sunday 6th July 2014

THE A40 Northern Bypass has now reopened between Banbury Road and Marsh Lane following a collision between a van and a bus.

Alice's Day fun goes ahead but the chess is cancelled

Oxford Mail: Alice's Day 2013

5:13pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Giant chess at Oxford Castle for Alice’s day was rained off this afternoon.

Bands get great reception at Cornbury music festival

Oxford Mail:

3:17pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Music fans have been enjoying the bands at the Cornbury Festival in North Oxfordshire.

‘Give me a life sentence I deserve it’ court is told

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday “give me a life sentence, I deserve it”.

Blaze of glory as our fire service reaches 40

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

FOR a start, today’s firefighters no longer wear plastic trousers that melt in high temperatures.

Air rifle vandal attacks Abingdon bus shelters

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A GUN-TOTING vandal shot the glass out of 10 Abingdon bus shelters, in drive-by shootings causing thousands of pounds in damage.

Big names say 'yeah baby' to charity show

Oxford Mail:

10:30pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ABINGDON Market Place will be rocking with music and colour on Saturday.

MP replied to teenager’s letter months after death

Oxford Mail: Martha Fernback.

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

OXFORD West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood accidentally responded to a 15-year-old girl’s letter eight months after the girl’s death made national headlines.

Musicians tune up for the Oxjam charity spectacular in Didcot

Oxford Mail: Front right, Deano Pavely, 30, with behind from left, Amy Widdowson, 40, Charlotte Cox, 22, Gabby Black, 29, Albert Jones-Jennings, 28, and Mark Barnes, 40                            Picture: OX68145 David Fleming

12:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

OXJAM, the charity music festival, will return to Didcot for a second year with a launch next Saturday.

Demolition work starts blaze at power station

Oxford Mail: PLUME: Smoke rises from the former power station

8:00am Friday 27th June 2014

+ Watch video of fire here

Tough going for first-time buyers looking for a property in Oxford

Oxford Mail: Matt Neville earns £40,000 a year but says he cannot find anywhere in Oxford to buy that's affordable

6:00am Friday 27th June 2014

FEWER than three per cent of homes in Oxford are affordable to first-time buyers, a study has found.

Grove parish bids for a village academy

Oxford Mail: Key Stage 2 results have remained the same in Oxfordshire

10:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

GROVE Parish Council is set to become the first local authority in the country to apply to open an academy school, it is believed.

Bandage led to Diamond pair tying the knot

Oxford Mail: Peter and Jean Goodgame

5:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

Peter and Jean Goodgame, who also celebrate their diamond anniversary today, were born and raised in Oxford, and still love the city.

Why Diamond couple won’t be making a fuss of big day

Oxford Mail: Ann and Bob Adams

5:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

BOB and Ann Adams don’t want to tempt fate by organising a party for their diamond wedding anniversary today.

RAF flies high in exercising their Freedom of Borough

Oxford Mail: The Central Band of the RAF leads the parade through Wallingford                                                       Pictures: OX68158 Jon Lewis

8:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

THE streets of Wallingford were lined with hundreds of well-wishers yesterday as HRH Prince Michael of Kent inspected troops from RAF Benson.

Shelters are full to bursting in Oxford. Our reporter went out to track The Big Issue

Oxford Mail: Keiron Hollinrake says the housing need in Oxford is horrendous

5:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council today launched a consultation to work out how it will cut £1.5m from Oxford homeless shelters. With shelters full to bursting in one of the UK’s most expensive cities to live, and food banks doing a roaring trade, what effect will this have on shelter users? Pete Hughes spent the day with The Big Issue in Oxford to find out how easy it is to end up without a place to live and how difficult it can be to get your own home again

Nuns to move out of convent

Oxford Mail: St Mary’s Convent in Wantage

8:30am Wednesday 25th June 2014

THE declining number of nuns entering one of the Church of England’s oldest communities has prompted a decision to sell up and move out.

Secrecy surrounds exact time of Didcot explosion

Oxford Mail: Didcot's iconic power station is due to be demolished on July 27

8:30am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE company behind the demolition of Didcot Power Station has refused to give an exact time for the explosion, for ‘safety reasons’.

Sandford-on-Thames publicans making hostelry hub of its village activities

Oxford Mail: Emma and Billy Fox at the Catherine Wheel. Picture: OX68007 Greg Blatchford

9:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE new landlord and lady at Sandford-on-Thames’ Catherine Wheel say they want ito make it a community hub.

Giving tech-savvy teens an insight into life in wartime

Oxford Mail: Nikky Arding, Diz Majores and David Noble, with a life-sized cutout of Walter Carter

7:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

WALTER Carter just updated his Facebook status: “Imagine wars being fought in the sky… that would be a thrill.”

‘I may do it again for my 91st’ says skydiver Derek

Oxford Mail: Derek Sherwood does his first parachute jump for his 90th birthday with tandem instructor Matt Attridge. Pictures: Lucy Smith-Wildey

8:30am Saturday 21st June 2014

WHEN Derek Sherwood was a glider pilot in the Second World War he never got to use his parachute.

Giving tech-savvy teens a Facebook insight into the First World War

Oxford Mail: Nikky Arding, Diz Majores and David Noble, with a life-sized cutout of Walter Carter

7:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

WALTER Carter just updated his Facebook status: “Imagine wars being fought in the sky… that would be a thrill.”

Ice maidens hoping judges warm to them at champs

Oxford Mail: From left, the young skaters in action, Ceri Kearney, 12, Anais Arnould, 13, Juliana Drozd, 14, Emily-Kate Barnett, 12, and Katie Garman, 11. Picture: OX67961 Cliff Hide

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

THESE five glittering ice maidens will all represent Oxfordshire at a national ice dancing competition.

Home-made World Cup football stickers are a global draw

Oxford Mail: Sian and Alex Pratchett at work on more stickers

8:30am Thursday 19th June 2014

AN OXFORD couple’s bizarre attempts to draw their own World Cup sticker book have become an internet hit.

Roadshow puts forced marriages in the spotlight

Oxford Mail: Oxford Imam Hiojjat Ramzy says only one in 500 victims of forced marriage will dare speak out

6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

THE number of Oxfordshire girls calling a forced marriage and honour abuse helpline is set to double this year.

Village hall sees a century of service

Oxford Mail: Tony and Ann Allsworth with the village hall birthday cake

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

IT OPENED the year the First World War began and has proudly served its community for 100 years.

Clippings bring memories of war-torn Bosnia flooding back

Oxford Mail: EUNITED: Former Abingdon Scout leader Kathy Hayward, right, with some of the clippings returned to her by Helen Turner, left

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

FORMER Abingdon Scout leader Kathy Hayward has been reunited with a box of memories she thought was lost.

African mercy mission will remember tragic young boy

Oxford Mail: Standing, from left, supporters John Cornelius, Pc Sam Greenough, Phoebe Scotland, Abi Rennie, Paul Rennie and Pc Chris Linzey. Front: Louise Russelle, Nancy Hunt, Megan Garvey and Jonathan Hunt

5:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

POLICE officers, builders and business owners will drive for six days through two African countries in memory of a five-year-old boy.

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