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Crumbling churches rejoice in £900,000 manna from heaven

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 30th March 2015

NINE of Oxfordshire’s treasured historic churches are thanking the Lord after winning £900,000 for repairs between them.

Youth council will give young people a voice in local politics

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Friday 27th March 2015

CHILDREN as young as 11 will be invited to form their own town council in Wantage.

Spare a tenner to buy us new playing field

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A PRIMARY school wants to raise £75,000 for new playing fields by asking parents to sponsor a square of artificial grass.

Strangers united by tragedies of Rhine battle 70 years ago today

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 24th March 2015

TWO pensioners will today be marking the 70th anniversary of an event that literally changed their lives forever.

Fifth care home plan clears its first hurdle

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A FIFTH care home proposed for the Cumnor area will have its plans on show to the public today, having cleared its first planning hurdle.

Unison promises to fight cook-chill hospital menus

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 23rd March 2015

A HEALTH workers’ union has vowed to fight plans to replace hospital chefs across Oxfordshire with pre-prepared ready meals.

Council gets in a hole as it tries to conquer the plague of moles

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 23rd March 2015

PARISH councillors branded “murderers” over their mole extermination plan have said critics are making a mountain out of a molehill.

Eclipse: School’s on hold, we’ve come to watch an eclipse of the sun + video

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 21st March 2015

BROTHERS Wilfred and Sylvester Howes captured the feeling of eclipse fever yesterday as the schoolboys skipped class to witness the celestial event.

Video: Eclipse crowds outside Said Business School

Oxford Mail:

2:00am Saturday 21st March 2015

MORE than 100 people gathered to watch the eclipse from Said Business School by Oxford  Railway Station.

Villagers say plan to trap and kill moles amounts to murder

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 20th March 2015

VILLAGERS are in uproar at their parish council’s plans to exterminate moles which they say amount to murder.

Home-grown lunches on village’s menu

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Friday 20th March 2015

VILLAGERS are hoping to grow their own food and sell it at a new community centre and cafe.

Police vow to stop a suburban boom of summer drug abuse

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

SYRINGES left in the street and youngsters taking drugs in parks as warmer weather hits will be tackled, police have promised worried residents.

Thief who said he ‘did not like committing burglaries’ jailed

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 19th March 2015

A MAN with 41 criminal convictions who said he “did not like committing burglaries” was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for burgling a house.

Video: Spectacular light show of Aurora Borealis above Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 19th March 2015

YOU may have missed it, but the skies over Oxfordshire were transformed by a celestial display this week.

Pooh Sticks contest is a blast from the past for Margaret

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 18th March 2015

THE whole of Witney has been buzzing with the news that the World Pooh Sticks Championships will be held there for the first time this year.

‘No regrets’ for OAP after speeding ticket challenge

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A PENSIONER who challenged his speeding ticket because speed camera road markings were incorrectly spaced said he did not regret his efforts, despite still having to pay up.

Rugby player recovers from cancer to join the Race for Life

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

IN JANUARY last year, rugby player Ben Nicholl took two weeks off work for what he thought would be a simple operation to remove a testicular lump.

Jordon Saxton refused bail after being charged with murder of 11-week-old son

Oxford Mail:

12:53pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

A MAN charged with mudering his 11-week-old baby has been refused bail.

Fresh meals axed at hospitals and replaced with chilled ready meals

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 17th March 2015

REPLACING freshlycooked food with chilled ready meals at Oxfordshire’s community hospitals will be a “step back into the dark ages”, a patients’ watchdog has warned.

Drug dealer jailed after police find crack and heroin in home

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 12th March 2015

A DRUG dealer caught with £620 worth of crack cocaine and heroin was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Machine glitch parking tickets are cancelled

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Thursday 12th March 2015

MORE than 100 parking tickets issued over Christmas by Didcot’s Orchard Centre had to be cancelled after a technical glitch.

Waste not want not: Surplus cafe idea is food for thought

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

HOW would you feel chomping into a sandwich made from ingredients that other people had thrown away?

Coroner: Megan Biddle may have died after taking prescription drug

Oxford Mail:

4:25pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

AN 18-year-old girl whose death drew a wave of social media tributes may have taken an overdose of a presecription drug, an assistant coroner has said.

New-look library is just magic for Winnie the Witch's creator

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

THIS village library has undergone a magical transformation.

Jailed petrol-drinker back in court for flouting Asbo

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 10th March 2015

A MAN banned from an area of Oxford for shouting obscenities at schoolgirls flouted the order to buy petrol to drink and sniff, police said.

Concern at park drug dealing sparks special police meeting

Oxford Mail: John Tanner

5:00pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

GROWING fears of drugdealing in parks in South Oxford have prompted a special police meeting.

Wantage church school 'going forward under head'

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

A WANTAGE headteacher has been called “visionary”

Old soldier overcome with emotion as he honours the comrade who saved his life

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 9th March 2015

VETERAN Sam Langford choked back tears as he read out the name of a fallen comrade to a small audience.

Supermarket giant blamed as family shop is forced to close

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 9th March 2015

A GRANDFATHER was reduced to tears when his family corner shop was forced to close after 40 years.

UPDATE: M40 reopens after three-car crash near Ardley

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

1:20pm Sunday 8th March 2015

A THREE-CAR accident has closed one lane of the M40 northbound near Ardley.

King's carriage sells for £247,900 in Kidlington auction

Oxford Mail:

1:04pm Sunday 8th March 2015

A ROYAL carriage made for King William IV has sold for £247,900 at an auction in Kidlington.

Oxfordshire enjoys warmest day of the year so far...but forecasters warn it won't last

Oxford Mail:

3:18pm Saturday 7th March 2015

TODAY is officially the warmest day in Oxfordshire so far this year, according to the Met Office.

Generation game for old footballing pals

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Friday 6th March 2015

ONE Friday in February 1985, a group of friends from Abingdon went to play football.

Megan's death 'leaves hole in the lives of all who knew her'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

THE death of an Oxfordshire schoolgirl has sparked a social media trend to keep her “wonderful, infectious” spirit alive.

‘Getting my pupils involved has made all the difference’

Oxford Mail:

1:55pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Ofsted: Larkmead now rated as a good school

Defibrillator Campaign on target as 1,000 join up to be lifesavers

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 28th February 2015

AS 1,000 lifesavers have now been trained across Oxfordshire, the campaign to install more than 300 defibrillators is set to hit its target next month.

Trustees hope switch will attract volunteers

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Thursday 26th February 2015

Recruiting: ’No liability will be more attractive to helpers’

New cause is close to F1 team’s heart

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 26th February 2015

WILLIAMS F1 at Grove has chosen the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) as its official charity, in honour of its founder.

A sour note sounds as Welsh choir accused of invading Oxford's turf + video

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 26th February 2015

FOR eight decades the dulcet tones of the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir have been the star attraction to mark St David’s Day. But this year there’s a rival invading their turf – leading to a serious lack of harmony.

Family demands action after funeral flood

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A family is calling for action at a burial ground after a relative’s funeral had to be postponed because of flooding

‘Clampdown’ urged on workers’ parking

Oxford Mail: south oxfordshire district council logo

2:31pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

DIDCOT Town Council leader Eleanor Hards wants South Oxfordshire District Council to clamp down on commuter parking.

'Please buy our Guildhall and preserve it’

Oxford Mail:

2:26pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A Civic Society that won a moratorium on the sale of a historic building has appealed for groups to buy it and preserve it

Festival returns with mission for social change

Oxford Mail: What's the story? Short Stories Aloud @ Old Fire Station

5:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A WEEK-LONG festival celebrating social change will return to Oxford this spring.

Fight to get village hero his memorial

5:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

"Join my campaign for a war memorial in the village" says Oxford grandson of Victoria Cross hero

M40 TRAGEDY: Fatal collision echoes accident exactly 24 years ago

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 16th February 2015

AS SOON as he heard of a 33-car collision on the M40, former Banbury fire station manager Nigel Robinson said he knew exactly what stretch of the motorway it would be.

Pooh Sticks competition finds a new home on the Windrush

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 16th February 2015

ONE of Oxfordshire’s quirkiest rituals, the World Pooh Sticks Championships, has found a new home in the county.

M40 crash: Appeal to find mystery off-duty paramedic who was involved in crash and then helped others

Oxford Mail:

6:08pm Sunday 15th February 2015

AN OFF-DUTY paramedic who freed herself from her own car in the wreckage to help others was described as "brilliant".

M40 crash: Deputy fire chief praises his crews for their response to the fatal collision

Oxford Mail:

12:40pm Sunday 15th February 2015

FIREFIGHTERS used hydraulic cutting equipment to free four people from yesterday’s crash on the M40, their deputy chief has revealed today.

Update: Structural damage caused to house after car crashed into the front

Oxford Mail:

2:48pm Saturday 14th February 2015

A CAR has crashed into a house in Wantage.

Hydro power scheme arguments see police brought in three times

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 13th February 2015

POLICE have been called three times regarding rows over Abingdon’s hydro power plant project before construction has even begun.

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