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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.

Super festivals make splash between downpours

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 11th August 2014

THOUSANDS of people didn’t let a bit of rain put them off enjoying festivals in Oxfordshire this weekend.

Rail firm says £350m boost signals an end to the delays

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 11th August 2014

SIGNALLING problems affect Oxfordshire rail passengers twice a working week, an Oxford Mail investigation has found.

Children show plenty of dash at Leys community run

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Monday 11th August 2014

NEARLY 100 people took part in Saturday’s Blackbird Leys Mile, with more than 200 people cheering on the runners in the sunshine.

Readers are eager to help Skye’s wishes come true

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 9th August 2014

THE family of youngster Skye Hall have been inundated with calls since their appeal in the Oxford Mail to help the dying youngster’s wishes come true.

Colour choice for blocks’ residents

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

IT could be a close call for a vote to choose the colour of two Blackbird Leys tower blocks that are getting a makeover.

‘Rural tranquility’ fears of care home proposal

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

4:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

PLANS for a dementia care home in Headington have been thrown out after councillors said it did not fit with the area’s “rural tranquility”.

Family to sue doctors’ after death of relative

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE family of a man who died of a brain aneurysm 48 hours after being sent away with painkillers are suing his doctors’ surgery.

On his marks for the annual Leys run

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys teenager Peter Wright is hoping to be first across the line in Saturday’s race through the estate.

READER APPEAL: Family asks for help for terminal son Skye

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

FIVE-year-old Skye Hall may have only weeks to live, but his parents are desperately battling to complete his bucket list.

Two answer appeal to join Leys council

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

TWO Blackbird Leys residents are ready to serve on the estate’s parish council after an Oxford Mail appeal for new members.

Police called 58 times to tackle parents smacking their children

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

ALMOST 60 Oxfordshire parents have been reported to the police for smacking their child in the last five years.

Mother-daughter team produce winning logo

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

MONTHS after it launched a competition, Leys Community Market has chosen a new logo.

Parents of care home death son close in on inquest cash

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 4th August 2014

MORE than a year after teenager Connor Sparrowhawk died in a mental health unit, his parents almost have enough money for legal representation at his inquest.

Flock of sheep spotted loose on Banbury Road

Oxford Mail: banbury rd alert

7:47pm Friday 1st August 2014

THERE are reports of rogue sheep on Banbury Road in Oxford, near Cutteslowe.

Get your skates on to sign up for city’s Memory Walk

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 4th August 2014

A ROLLER derby team will be wheeling in to help people in the county with dementia.

Traffic update as roundabout roadworks continue

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

5:11pm Friday 1st August 2014

TRAFFIC is starting to build throughout Oxford thanks to road works and rush-hour traffic.

Managing to juggle a work-life balance

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

BECKY Considine is one of the first nominees for the new Oxfordshire Business Mother of the Year Award.

Facelift for towers has the backing of residents

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

RESIDENTS across the city have welcomed the new designs for Oxford’s five tower blocks.

Row over cost of council’s website

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

A DISAGREEMENT over the running costs of the Blackbird Leys Parish Council website led a councillor to “storm out” of a meeting.

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.


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