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NHS staff crisis looms

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

bosses at the county’s main hsopitals are having to spend millions of pounds extra on agency workers due to staff shortages.

Police fire Taser at man to end rail station stand-off

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

POLICE fired a Taser at a knife-wielding man who closed Banbury Station when he climbed on to a signal gantry, it emerged last night.

Volunteer is urging others to create community clubs

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A BLACKBIRD Leys volunteer is so proud of her community groups that she hopes it will be copied in other parts of Oxford.

UPDATE: Police shot Taser at man during Banbury Station stand-off

Oxford Mail:

10:18am Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE shot a Taser at the man who closed Banbury Station today, it has been confirmed tonight.

Author criticises fees after helping student

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

AUTHOR Philip Pullman has criticised university fees after helping to pay for a student to study at Oxford University.

Teenager’s DIY mission to help orphans

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

MOST 16-year-olds spend their summers with friends in the park or out shopping.

Hospitals failing to meet targets on dementia tests

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

HOSPITALS in Oxfordshire are failing targets for screening elderly patients for dementia, potentially missing hundreds of cases every month.

Walk this way to help us, says Parkinson’s founder

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

SIXTEEN years ago Alan Wharton set up the Oxford & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK to try to help others with the disease.

Residents upset at plans to destroy garages and sheds

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 12th September 2014

THE refurbishment of Oxford’s five tower blocks may be much-anticipated, but some residents are not so happy about plans to destroy their garages and sheds.

‘Fundraisers are go’ as son of show creator leads stroll

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

FUNDRAISERS led by the son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson will embark on a charity stroll through Oxford University Parks on Sunday.

Pupils return to Bayards Hill Primary School after building works made ‘safer’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

CHANGES have been made at a Barton school after children returned to classes with construction work still ongoing in their playground.

Being mindful of how depression could kill

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams has brought mental health into the spotlight. About 6,000 people in the UK will take their own lives this year. Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, ALEX WYNICK reports on what can be done for people in Oxfordshire

Meet the Oxford woman who is still growing at the age of 43

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

AT 43, Deborah Axtell thought she would have stopped having growing pains.

Village pubs hop ahead to win Good Food Guide glory

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 8th September 2014

RURAL Kingham may only have a population of about 900 people, but it has come top with two entries in this year’s Good Food Guide.

DRAYTON RAPE: Police launch manhunt for attacker

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

POLICE launched a manhunt yesterday after a woman was raped while she was out jogging.

Blackbird Leys charities going head-to-head to win your vote for funding

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 6th September 2014

FOUR Blackbird Leys community groups are competing for public votes to win £3,000 of funding.

Charcoal firm rises from ashes of lightning strike

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

WHEN Matt Williams’ livelihood was destroyed by lightning, fire officers told him that nine out of 10 businesses fail after a natural disaster.

‘A wonderful life together despite multiple sclerosis’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 5th September 2014

FOR the last 50 years Roy Samworth has cared for his wife Val, who has been disabled by aggressive multiple sclerosis since her 20s.

‘We can’t send our children to school on building site’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 5th September 2014

CHILDREN have been playing alongside heavy machinery at an Oxford primary school, according to their parents.

Working mothers in the frame for business prize

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S top working mothers went in front of the camera this week as they took a step closer to being crowned Business Mother of the Year.

Help find the thug who beat me with a golf club

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A MAN hit in the face with a golf club has spoken about the moment a group of thugs attacked him, leaving him with horrific injuries.

Brains take the strain as zombies take over

Oxford Mail:

6:30pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Zombies are no longer just haunting Hollywood film studios – they have now invaded Oxfordshire. Alex Wynick bravely went to Banbury town centre to find out what was going on

Farewell to Abingdon boy Skye Hall, who lived his short life to full

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IN the final hours of his life, brave youngster Skye Hall showed incredible strength and told people to remember to make the most of what they have.

Lose some and win some for slimming-club champs

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TWO women from Blackbird Leys have been voted slimmers of the year at the local Slimming World group.

Leys church is praying for pennies from heaven rather than rain

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

A CHURCH in Blackbird Leys is facing a mammoth fundraising task as it is faced with a £400,000 bill to replace its leaking roof.

Travelodge says sorry for Oxford hotel ceiling drama

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MOTHER has spoken of her horror after the ceiling of the Peartree Travelodge collapsed just outside the room she and her family were sleeping in.

Faded mural gets a new lease of life

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

CHILDREN spray painting on walls is not usually cause for celebration, but it has given the Blackbird Leys Community Centre an impressive mural.

Theatre stages First World War plays

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE First World War is set to come to life for modern audiences at the Oxford Playhouse theatre this autumn.

Festival competitors line up for a red-hot chilli contest

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 25th August 2014

IT may not have been the hottest day of the year, but contestants at the Foodies Festival chilli-eating competition were certainly sweating.

A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 23rd August 2014

IMAGES of what the towers in Blackbird Leys will look like after the results of the residents’ votes over colours have been revealed.

Golden girls are grand charity achievers

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

A TEAM of Race for Life runners who call themselves the Golden Girls raised more than £1,000 in this year’s race.

Oxford Academy results fall amid celebrations elsewhere

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE new headteacher of a failing academy has vowed to “get it right” next year after seeing a lower set of results than last year.

Between £300k and £500k is needed to fund free school lunch scheme

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

SCHOOLS still face a shortfall of at least £300,000 to pay for free school lunches less than two weeks before the start of term.

Thieves snatch £1,600 from pay-and-display machines

Oxford Mail: Pay and Display proposals could net council £160,000 a year

8:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

MORE than £1,600 has been stolen from pay- and-display parking machines across Oxford in the past five years.

Credit union in funding crisis after pulling out of merger

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Blackbird Leys Credit Union is facing a last-minute race for funding after pulling out of a merger with its rival.

Get set for yet another rail price rise

Oxford Mail: A scene from a crowded commuter train

9:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TRAIN fares across Oxfordshire will soon cost passengers up to 20 per cent more than they did five years ago.

Concern for historic bridge as weight limit unenforced

Oxford Mail:

TRAFFIC cameras to catch lorries flouting weight restrictions on a 14th century bridge have been broken for months.

Plans for new primary school show shape of things to come

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DESIGNS have been revealed for what could be Didcot’s next primary school.

Update: Three injured as bus brakes suddenly on Botley Road

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

10:33am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Three passengers were injured after a bus braked suddenly on Botley Road this morning.

Update: Broken-down vehicle causes A34 tailbacks

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

9:24am Monday 18th August 2014

A BREAKDOWN that was causing tailbacks for motorists has been cleared.

Brave Skye gets wish licked with fun-filled ice cream surprise

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

ONE of Skye Hall’s dying wishes came true yesterday as he said a big ‘thank you’ to the people of Oxfordshire who stepped forward to help him.

Call to befriend lonely elderly neighbours

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

A NEW survey from Friends of the Elderly has found more than 51,000 elderly people in Oxfordshire are lonely. ALEX WYNICK investigates what charities say is a growing problem

College is getting ready for a £1m floral fantasia

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

THOUSANDS of flowers will be blooming both inside and out when an Oxford college hosts the city’s biggest cut flower show.

Upper Heyford couple turn to Facebook after big day is ruined when brother is killed and father falls critically ill

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 15th August 2014

SIMON WINTERS and Julie Willoughby were just hoping for a little Facebook help for their wedding after a brutal three months.

No reply from council on offer of land to relieve parking problems

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Friday 15th August 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys residents struggling to park on their road have accused Oxford City Council of not making the most of available space.

Boxing club is still waiting for a decision to use pool

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

A BOXING club in Blackbird Leys is still waiting for an answer to see if it can move into the empty Blackbird Leys Pool.

Glider pilot’s dash to altar a legacy of true wartime love

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

SEVENTY years ago today pilot Herbert Parsons scrambled over the fence of his RAF station to get married.

The springboard to a top-class swimming pool

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

The landscape has been transformed as the new swimming pool in Blackbird Leys takes shape. Alex Wynick reports on the latest progress

Help at hand after examination dismay

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A JOB club in Blackbird Leys is preparing for a rush of young people looking for career advice after A-Level and GCSE results.

Children’s music makes lots of notes

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

PARENTS and children have celebrated five years of musical playtime in Oxfordshire.

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