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Surf’s up after computer hub revamp

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys’ compu-ter hub has been renovated as part of the council’s plan to open it up to more community groups.

Film aims to make Banbury the town of the living dead

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A VIRUS raising the dead and triggering a worldwide apocalypse is to be unleashed in Banbury.

Jewish heritage was inspiration for novel

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

FOR José Patterson, literary success has come a little later in life.

Cancer charity’s Race for Life pair get a big boost from Spurs fans

Oxford Mail:

6:25pm Monday 28th July 2014

FOOTBALL fans put their best foot forward to help two Abingdon women raise hundreds of pounds during this month’s Race for Life.

Now online shopping’s in store at Oxford's oldest shop

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

OXFORD’S oldest shop is embracing the internet age and creating an online store for the first time in its 276-year history.

Skate park upgrade nearing reality

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A SKATE park in Greater Leys is set to get new equipment by the end of the summer, officials have said.

‘Come on down and give me some stick’ says quarterstaffer

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A LONE quarterstaffer is trying to teach Oxford about the little-known British tradition, despite the fact no one showed up to his first training session this week.

Skydivers are taking plunge for Charlotte Nott

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

A TOTAL of 24 people will face their fears and jump out of a plane 13,000 feet up to raise money for Charlotte Nott.

Lovers’ well for king’s fair maiden needs a bit of TLC

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A LOVERS’ well, said to be created by a medieval king for his mistress, needs major restoration work at Blenheim Palace.

Fundraising day to thank hospital staff

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

SIXTEEN months ago, Tessa Jack faced every parents’ nightmare when her six-week-old son died.

Volunteers are praised for helping pupils read

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

VOLUNTEERS who have helped children in Oxfordshire learn to read for the past decade have been praised for their dedication.

How two little ‘princes’ spent their very different birthdays

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

OUR FUTURE king celebrated his first birthday yesterday, but it wasn’t just Prince George who blew out a candle.

Learning to juggle business with lots of ‘mummy time’

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT’S often said that mums rule the world, but it’s harder than it looks to run a business and cope with kids.

It’s double the delight for West Way Festival

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BOTLEY’S second West Way Festival attracted almost double the number of visitors as last year for a day a sunshine-filled fun.

Council struggling to get its information to people, claim residents of the Leys

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OXFORD City Council is trying to find a way to connect with residents of the Leys, after a recent meeting about the estate’s community plan attracted just three residents.

Ding-dong is brewing over pub’s missing bell mystery

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MYSTERY surrounds the disappearance of a bell that has called time at a Yarnton pub for almost 30 years.

Ice cream van and lorry crash causes A34 delays

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

5:31pm Sunday 20th July 2014

DRIVERS were delayed on the A34 near junction 9 of the M40 this afternoon after an ice cream van collided with a lorry.

Group mail council every day over city farm bid delays

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

CITY Farm campaigners are piling pressure on council leaders by inundating their postbags with daily postcards.

Hygiene ratings proposal ’will push street traders out of city’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

STREET traders claim they are being “pushed out” of Oxford by council proposals to ban vans with poor hygiene ratings.

Blackbird Leys social club helping to tackle loneliness

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

ISOLATED people from across Blackbird Leys are coming out from behind their front doors to mingle at a new social club to tackle loneliness in the area.

Care home garden scheme takes root

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

VOLUNTEERS are pulling out the spades and gloves to renovate the garden of a Blackbird Leys care home.

Band member’s dedication is worth its weight in gold

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Friday 18th July 2014

AFTER playing with the Oxford Silver Band for more than 60 years, Frank Wolff has earned the right to blow his own trumpet.

TB epidemic ‘will send cost of beef and milk rocketing’

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FARMERS are struggling to cope with the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) across Oxfordshire, and are warning that prices of milk and beef could go up.

Science block is on the right trajectory with £4.5m boost

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE Blackbird Leys campus of City of Oxford College is to build a second science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) centre after securing a final £4.5m funding boost.

Farewell to the chief who helped transform hospice

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Friday 11th July 2014

TOM Hill has been the chief executive of Helen & Douglas House for 11 years, but has now announced he will retire in September. ALEX WYNICK talks to him about his plans

Breathing new life into an old club

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

AN OXFORD Rotary Club is trying to broaden its appeal to younger and working-class people with the appointment of its new president Blackbird Leys man Stephen Axtell.

Fundraising bracelets loom large for event

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

DESPITE the fact that she’s not running Sunday’s Race for Life, 11-year-old Lexie Lydon wanted to do her part to help beat cancer.

Healthy mums produce bigger babies

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

MORE than 600 pregnant women in Oxford were included in a study which has shown that healthy mothers around the world all have bigger babies.

Families stuck in the ‘hidden poverty’ trap

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Latest figures show 8,345 children in Oxford defined as living in poverty – which means their household income is below £16,000 or their parents are on benefits. ALEX WYNICK reports

Police help wanted in fight over graffiti and vandals

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Notices from the police are needed to prevent vandalism and graffiti in the area, claims Cumnor Parish Council.

Estate under starter’s orders for the Blackbird Leys Mile

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

FROM experienced athletes to mums with buggies, hundreds of people across the Leys are expected to take part in this year’s Blackbird Leys Mile.

Bridging the generation gap with a spot of lunch

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys residents are bridging the generation gap with a new initiative at Orchard Meadow Primary School.

Pupils perfect their moves on the eve of carnival day

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

FINAL preparations are under way for tomorrow’s Cowley Road Carnival.

Sew far so good for big charity quilt

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

AFTER six months of painstaking sewing, this colourful quilt is going to help hundreds of people suffering from multiple sclerosis in West Oxfordshire.

Girl scared to go out after abuse from man in street

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 4th July 2014

A MOTHER has told how her daughter is scared to go out alone after a man chased her and school friends and demanded sexual favours from them.

Family of girl with rare illness calls for help to complete hospice upgrade

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE mother of a seriously-ill toddler, who suffers from seizures dozens of times a week, has called for people to support Oxford’s Helen & Douglas House hospice.

Oxford United shirts go global with Prince Harry’s pals

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 3rd July 2014

PRINCE Harry is used to being the centre of attention, but last week it was Brazil’s poorest children who were in the spotlight whilst wearing shirts donated from Oxfordshire.

'I'm putting a face to cancer fundraising'

Oxford Mail: Breast cancer survivor Daphne Norridge

4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A BREAST cancer survivor from Kidlington is urging women to feel confident about mastectomies, as she prepares to inspire hundreds before a charity race.

Blackbird Lees primary pupils learn violin on free summer course

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

YOUNG musicians from Blackbird Leys are going to get a free summer course to expand their artistic horizons.

Groups get record grants from Blackbird Leys Parish council to prevent cuts

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 1st July 2014

STRUGGLING groups across Blackbird Leys have received a lifeline of more than £22,000 from Blackbird Leys Parish Council, but councillors have warned this level of funding cannot continue.

Family appeals for £65,000 to fund life-changing US op

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

CAMREN Haines cannot stand due to cerebral palsy, and has to use his arms to pull himself along the playroom carpet.

One-way system considered to mitigate Challow Station roadbridge closure

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

NETWORK RAIL is considering introducing a one-way system to mitigate the impact of closing the Challow Station roadbridge for four months.

Rose Hill children get an official pat on the back for healthy eating

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

CHILDREN eating healthily in Rose Hill have been rewarded with certificates by Oxford’s Lord Mayor.

Colourful flats plan is axed after Leys’ tenants say ‘no’

Oxford Mail: Kevin McHale outside Plowman Tower

6:30am Monday 30th June 2014

PEOPLE have voted down plans to add colour to Blackbird Leys’ tower blocks – but they have been promised £1.7m-worth of new extras.

Residents air views on tram line debate

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council rev logo

3:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

PLANS to introduce a tram line at the former Grove rail station sparked debate between Wantage and Grove residents.

Heard the shaggy dog story that cost its owners dear?

Oxford Mail: Stephen Denton  with his dog Cooney

6:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

MANY families find it hard when a beloved pet goes missing.

Paedophile jailed for 14 years for historic sexual abuse of four girls aged between six and 10

Oxford Mail: Paedophile jailed for 14 years for historic sexual abuse of four girls aged between six and 10

3:07pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for 14 years after abusing four Oxford girls aged between six and 10.

Volunteer helpers are needed for Blackbird Leys playgroup

Oxford Mail: BLAP secretary Sue Price and volunteer Philip Coggins with, from left, nine-year-olds Joshua Chilton, Megan Davies, Daisy Nyongesa, James Lee and Ben Fuller, nine. Picture: OX68013 Greg Blatchford

10:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP) needs volunteers to help boost the skills of children on the estate.

Georgia’s stepping out in a personal battle for her mum

Oxford Mail: Nine-year-old Georgia Knowlden is running the race for life next month with her dog Coco because her mother Lara has cancer. Picture: OX67962 Andrew Walmsley

12:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

FOR most nine-year-olds, all they have to worry about is homework.

£17,600 is collected from Oxfordshire parking meters thanks to motorists’ loose change

Oxford Mail: One of the metres, which do not give change

9:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

THOUSANDS of pounds are being overpaid by drivers in on-street parking meters across the county that do not give change.

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