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Plans for thousands of extra homes branded a catastrophe

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE face of Witney could “fundamentally change” if another 3,500 homes are built in the town, according to a resident.

Countryside pursuits draw thousands at CLA Game Fair

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 21st July 2014

SHOTGUNS, animals and tweed jackets were out in force at the CLA Game Fair over the weekend.

So who is responsible for the scourge of sewage flooding in Oxfordshire?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

SEWERS in Oxfordshire need to be upgraded to cope with more housing, according to councillors and residents hit by overflowing sewage.

Student died after fall from college digs roof

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 18th July 2014

AN Oxford University student is believed to have fallen to his death from a college bedroom roof after a night out drinking, an inquest heard yesterday.

Reversal on pavement parking plan

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLANS that would see cars parked on the pavement in Witney could be scrapped after residents described them as “dangerous”.

Flats development will pay for renovation of church

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PART of a closed-down church building is going to be turned into flats so that the congregation can return to their spiritual home.

Hospital bus from Carterton to JR stops a half-mile walk away

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

BUS PASSENGERS face a half-mile walk to the John Radcliffe hospital after a new dedicated service stops short of the entrance.

County needs 200 more defibrillators says medic

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SENIOR ambulance service manager is calling for an extra 200 defibrillators to help save lives across Oxfordshire.

Village facing hike to parish council tax bill

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

VILLAGERS could be hit by a 21 per cent hike in their council tax precept if a parish council does not find up to £70,000 for urgent repair work of a car park.

Rival Oxford-based fans united in belief Germany will lift World Cup

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

AFTER a feast of football for the past month, the World Cup reaches its climax tomorrow night.

Temporary road fix is branded potty

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 14th July 2014

A WOMAN has accused Oxfordshire County Council of “wasting money” by filling in potholes just five weeks before her street is set to be entirely resurfaced.

Testing time for the Mail's would-be mastermind

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

MENSA is known throughout the world as the elite group for people with an IQ in the top two per cent of the population. It holds regular tests, open to anyone, to gain membership. DAN ROBINSON sat a test at St Gregory the Great School in Oxford to see if he had what it takes to join the geniuses

Push is on for more hospital bus services after new route from West Oxfordshire to Headington launched

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 11th July 2014

A BUS service is “just the first stage” of better connections from West Oxfordshire to Oxford’s hospitals, according to a victorious councillor.

Theatre group puts Christie ‘Whodunnit’ on the streets

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

FROM the Orient Express to a boat on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s novels have seen murder most horrid across the globe.

Game Fair visitors invited to talk a walk on Blenheim's wild side with a celebrity

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

CELEBRITIES will lead walks through ancient woodland at Blenheim Palace as part of this year’s CLA Game Fair.

Trek across America is a punishing test of stamina

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

TACKLING mountains, boggy swamps and farmland, only one in four people who attempt the 2,160-mile long Appalachian Trail manage to complete it.

Residents take sides over ‘teen zone’ bid

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A ‘TEEN zone’ planned for a Witney field has divided residents on either side of the site.

Who’ll win race for football’s greatest prize?

Oxford Mail: World Cup trophy

8:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

ENGLAND’S World Cup dream might have long withered away but football fever has not died in Oxfordshire.

Wi-fi link helps bring loved ones together at RAF base

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

AROUND the world people use apps like Skype and FaceTime to keep in touch with loved ones, but military personnel at RAF Brize Norton have often struggled due to poor internet access.

Boy gives back to hospital helping him battle cancer

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 4th July 2014

HE has spent most of the last year in and out of hospital away from his schoolfriends.

Wood-cutting has me stumped but at least Bambi was fair game

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

ONLY half-way through sawing the log, I’m exhausted. Needless to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever been handed a 5ft saw and been asked to cut off the end of a small poplar tree stump.

Chef's military-style seafood dish proves a Great British winner

Oxford Mail: Emily Watkins at work in the kitchen of the Kingham Plough

5:00am Friday 27th June 2014

IT WOULD not look out of place on a battle-weary soldier’s lap in the 1940s, but Emily Watkins’ seafood dish is a gourmet winner delighting old warriors and modern diners alike.

Sallying forth in bid to reclaim Oxfordshire's sporting honour

Oxford Mail: Members of the Charlbury Beer Festival organising team, from left, Ed Fenton, Nick Millea, Valou Packenham-Walsh, Ed Wigzell and Stuart Parker

7:30am Friday 27th June 2014

COUNTY pride will be at stake when an ancient game is contested at this weekend’s Charlbury Beer Festival.

Paving reprieve for Woodstock community garden

Oxford Mail: From left, residents Laura Berry, Andrew Samuel and Deborah Cox by the garden                                  	        Picture: OX68142 Andrew Walmsley

3:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

PLANS to bulldoze a communal garden and pave over it have been shelved after residents claimed they were only told about it days before work was due to start.

Update: Grundon boss apologises to neighbours over weekend fire in Ewelme

Oxford Mail: The fire at Grundon, courtesy of reader Luuunatik

12:42pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THE owner of a South Oxfordshire hazardous chemicals recycling depot that was the scene of a blaze at the weekend has apologised to residents.

'Fantastic atmosphere' as Jericho runners defy the heat

Oxford Mail: The start of Run Jericho

8:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

RECORD numbers defied the heat to take part in the fourth annual Run Jericho yesterday.

Watch: Hot weather caused recycling centre blaze + videos

Oxford Mail: The fire at Grundon, taken by the NPAS police helicopter

5:17pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

HOT weather caused a major blaze at a waste depot in South Oxfordshire yesterday, a fire service spokesman said today.

Trains delayed and cancelled due to signalling problems

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:20pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

TRAINS between Oxford and London are continuing to be delayed and called today because of signalling problems.

Billboard falls onto parked cars at services

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:33am Saturday 21st June 2014

A BILLBOARD fell onto three parked cars at Cherwell Valley Services car park at junction 10 of the M40.

Historic ‘first’ for town and county’s Armed Forces Day

Oxford Mail: Carterton Mayor Lynn Little with the town’s Armed Forces Day event organiser Liam Walker            Picture: OX67816 Mark Hemsworth

7:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

HOTEL bar supervisor Liam Walker is proud to be organising the first Armed Forces Day event at the repatriation memorial site.

Council aiming to make big splash with a new play area

Oxford Mail: The proposed play area

1:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

FAMILIES are being invited to have their say on plans for what designers hope will be one of the county’s best splash parks and play areas.

Witney pensioner claims award was smashed during a raid by police

Oxford Mail: Molly Barlow with her community award she claims was smashed by police Picture: OX67960 Mark Hemsworth

4:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE awards from Cottsway Housing for her community work were amongst Molly Barlow’s pride and joy.

Stone the crows! Take a look at these chart toppers

Oxford Mail: Scarecrow trail organiser Graham Knaggs teams up with Shirley Bassey in his front garden.  Picture: OX67859 David Fleming

5:00am Friday 20th June 2014

SPEEDING traffic has long been a concern in Hailey but one wouldn’t expect Elton John and Freddie Mercury to be the solution.

Supporters cheer on their nations as the World Cup hots up

Oxford Mail: Miachael Maia Schlussel from Brazil who works in Oxford

7:30am Thursday 19th June 2014

AFTER weeks of exciting build-up, the World Cup has well and truly begun with the first round of group fixtures completed.

Vandals rip lifebelts to bits in ‘moronic’ attack at lake

Oxford Mail: Jim Casson

6:30am Wednesday 18th June 2014

VANDALS who damaged life-saving equipment next to a lake where a man drowned last year have been called “moronic” for putting lives at risk.

Organisers promise well-run Game Fair is in the pipeline

Oxford Mail: Head of operations Liz Haynes with some of the 10km of underground water piping to be installed

7:30am Wednesday 18th June 2014

ORGANISERS of the CLA Game Fair have hired the Swinford Toll Bridge for three days as part of the plan to help ease traffic during this year’s event at Blenheim Palace.

‘Superhero’ aged six donates bone marrow to his brother

Oxford Mail: BRAVE: Herbie Taylor in Great Ormomd Street Hospital with his brother Rufus, left, before the operation

8:30am Saturday 14th June 2014

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy says he feels like a “superhero” after potentially saving his brother’s life by donating bone marrow.

Homeless Hoops reach out for a new training site

Oxford Mail: Theo Meade, 15, is trained by Dr Vish Anand at Oxford City Hoops basketball club

7:30am Monday 16th June 2014

SPORTS clubs in Oxford are desperate for a new home after having nowhere to practise for the past four months.

Homes taking a trip back to days gone by

Oxford Mail: TASTY TREATS: Violet Falkous, 85, at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home

5:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

THREE care homes in Oxfordshire are getting ready to step back in time for their vintage-themed National Care Home Open Day events.

All-change on ‘farce’ bus service

Oxford Mail: PETITION: Steven Neill, left, with his parents Jess and Alex Neill

10:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

BUS services in Witney have been labelled a “farce” after passengers were left stranded due to overcrowding.

‘Fighting fires until I’m 60 is not what I signed up to’

Oxford Mail: Fireman Chris Smith

8:30am Friday 13th June 2014

LIVES could be at risk by making firefighters work for longer, according to union members who took part in yesterday’s strike against pension reforms. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) picketed at fire stations in Banbury, Headington, Oxford, Kidlington, Abingdon and Didcot for 24 hours from 9am. The Oxfordshire branch, which includes about 500 firefighters, estimates 95 per cent of those on duty had taken action. Didcot resident and married dad-of-two Chris Smith, 40, a firefighter at Slade Park Fire Station in Headington, told Dan Robinson why he took part in the strikes

Carer is jailed for stealing £70,000 from MS sufferer, 67

Oxford Mail: Wassim Al Ashkar

7:00am Friday 13th June 2014

A MAN who defrauded a terminally ill woman out of more than £70,000 has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Football tournament promises to be a great result for traders

Oxford Mail: atia Batista, Ana Flausino, Samson Ndayishimiye, Luiz Flausino, Marli Moreno and Thomas Ferraz at Chef Flausino

7:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

BUSINESSES in Oxfordshire are in line for a £13m trade boost once the World Cup kicks off, according to a county accountant.

Anger as thieves raid memorial plot in Witney

Oxford Mail: From left, Guides’ members Lyn Goodall, Denise Parrott and Margaret Fleetwood at Tower Hill cemetery where shrubs have been stolen from memorial to those who fell in the First World War   	               Picture: OX67768 Mark Hemsworth

3:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THIEVES who stole shrubs from a garden commemorating fallen soldiers have no respect, say the volunteers behind the memorial.

Caring for the carers

Oxford Mail: Sue Dorrington with son Joran Humphreys, 16

5:20pm Monday 9th June 2014

National Carers Week begins today and will include more than 60 events across the county until Sunday. To mark the event, Dan Robinson looks at the role of those who devote their time to looking after friends, family members and neighbours

Futsal teams buyout kicks off new links with the US

Oxford Mail: Florence Park U11s play Fairford Leys U11s from Milton Keynes in Cowley

8:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

OXFORD City’s sporting empire is being further expanded after its co-owner launched two indoor football clubs in the United States.

D-DAY: Demolished airfield’s D-Day missions set to be honoured

Oxford Mail: The demolition of part of the runway at the former RAF Broadwell base near Carterton.   Pictures: Mark Hemsworth

6:30am Friday 6th June 2014

AN AIRFIELD used as part of the D-Day operations has been demolished to make way for one of the biggest solar farms in the UK.

Covered Market ‘champion’ calls for an end to rent rows

Oxford Mail: Oxford’s Covered Market

6:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

THE new “champion” of Oxford’s Covered Market says she wants to see rent battles between traders and Oxford City Council end.

Morris men exhibition: a glorious century of dancing in the streets

Oxford Mail: 2014: The first dance of the day

9:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

An exhibition in Bampton offers a nostalgic look at Morris dancing in the area, with pictures dating back to 1894. Dan Robinson takes a preview

Flood assessment is needed before homes can go ahead

Oxford Mail: Severe flood warning for Mistley and Brantham

10:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014

AN application to build 270 homes in Witney’s Windrush Valley has been delayed after the developer was asked to carry out more research.

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