Updates about this year's May Morning celebrations

Oxford Mail: Last year's May Morning celebrations at Magdalen Bridge, Oxford

7:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

MORE details have been released about this year’s May Morning celebrations in Oxford.

Developer to appeal against homes block

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

7:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

A DEVELOPER has appealed against Oxford City Council’s decision to block its bid to build nine three-storey houses in west Oxford.

Decision on Milton Road speed limit due next week

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

A DECISION will be made next week on a proposed new speed limit for a road between Milton and Drayton.

Dewi the Dragon roars into hospital for eggs-tra treats

Oxford Mail: London Welsh players James Tideswell, left, and Nathan Vella join Dewi the Dragon to present Josiah Andrews, 13, with an Easter egg. Picture: OX66640 David Fleming

7:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

YOUNGSTERS in the John Radcliffe’s Children’s Hospital have been given an extra special Easter surprise.

Cheers to Doctor John Sichel who is retiring after founding first clinic for diabetics

Oxford Mail: Dr John Sichel, centre, is retiring after 30 years at 28 Beaumont Street. He is joined at the surgery by Elaine Worley, Jane Belcher, Jayne Manuell, Susan Brain, Dr Matthew Easdale with daughter Charlotte, Carly Molloy and Dr Clare Stephens

7:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

A DOCTOR who opened Oxford’s first specialist diabetes clinic so that patients did not have to routinely go to hospital has retired.

Oxford Town Hall may be leased out to save cash

Oxford Mail: Tours of Oxford Town Hall

7:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

PART of Oxford’s Town Hall could be leased out as part of the council’s savings plan.

Oxfordshire crime tsar’s plan leading the way

Oxford Mail: Anthony Stansfeld

7:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has said setting his priorities has helped to bring certain crime rates down.

Comment: Heartwarming conclusion to extraordinary tale

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

FOR the family of soldier Herbert Clifton, who was killed in the Korean War, a chance conversation has led to a life-changing trip.

Relative flies out to finally pay her respects to soldier killed in the 'Forgotten War'

Oxford Mail: Grenville Toomey with Valerie Busby and her partner Tom Selwood. Picture: OX66649 David Fleming

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE family of a soldier killed in the ‘Forgotten War’ will finally get to pay their respects at his grave in South Korea more than six decades after his death.

Aunt Sally trophy in memory of Berinsfield man who delivered papers for the Oxford Mail

Oxford Mail: A former Oxford Mail newspaper delivery man, the late Roy Walton, is getting an Aunt Sally trophy dedicated to him in his home town of Berinsfield. Pictured above is club organiser Brian Spurrett with Mr Walton’s widow, Sylvia     Picture: OX6660 Ed Nix

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A KEEN sportsman who delivered newspapers for the Oxford Mail and its sister titles for more than 40 years has been commemorated with an Aunt Sally trophy.

Disrupted Oxford traders given rates relief

Oxford Mail: Work on St Clement’s car park

6:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

TRADERS are being given a discount on their business rates after months of disruption.

Artist will unveil her Swirl creation

Oxford Mail: Maria Rosa Kramer

6:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE artist behind a new £85,000 sculpture at Didcot’s Orchard Centre will officailly unveil the work next Sunday.

Prince to visit Wantage on his 50th birthday tour

Oxford Mail: Prince Edward

6:20am Saturday 19th April 2014

PRINCE Edward will visit Wantage on Friday to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Golden girls, 89 and 80, braced for hospital abseil

Oxford Mail: Adriana Young, 89, left, and Jenny Atkinson, 80

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

THEY may be in their 80s, but two friends from Woodstock are about to hit new heights.

Everest trek just taster for the Pole

Oxford Mail: Jan Meek on an expedition to the North Pole in 2008

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A FORMER Chipping Norton mayor says she has “unfinished business” as she prepares for a South Pole expedition next year.

Share your views with the police

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE officers from the district’s neighbourhood teams are holding a series of meetings to allow the public to have their say on local policing.

Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

Oxford Mail: Top chef Russell Norman

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ORGANISERS of Oxfordshire’s Wilderness festival have unveiled a programme of feasting and revelling for their expanded event, which they say will recapture the spirit of the raucous Wychwood Forest Fairs originally held on the site.

Archery proves a big hit with youngsters

Oxford Mail: Trax archery instructor Ken Chrisp, helps nine-year-old Rayan Sayyaj with her aim

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ARCHERY was a bit hit at a holiday activity day for children and teenagers.

Trainee teacher joins Blenheim Ribbonwalk in memory of mother

Oxford Mail: Aileen Mothersill, right, with her late mother Anner

10:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TWO months since losing her mum to cancer, Aileen Mothersill is channelling her grief into helping others.

Plea to help catch the Charlbury tyre slasher

Oxford Mail: Guy Ker has had tyres slashed four times by the mystery tyre slasher. Picture: OX66637 Mark Hemsworth

10:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MYSTERY vandal has been slashing car tyres and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in Charlbury.

‘I’m going for gold and my 10th gong’

Oxford Mail: Green Gables Guest House owner Narinder Bhella in his award winning garden which scooped him a gold certificate. Picture: OX62052 Antony Moore

9:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

GUEST house owner Narinder Bhella is among those vying for glory in this year’s Oxford in Bloom contest.

RAF Brize Norton crews go ‘quackers’ for duck race

Oxford Mail: Senior Aircraftsman Monika Dunkley

6:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

RAF personnel at Brize Norton are used to flying the latest mighty aircraft but on May 5 they will be hoping far less hi-tech winged creatures take off.

Update: M40 cleared after earlier reports of collision

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

6:03pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRAFFIC on the M40 near junction eight near Milton Common has returned to normal following a reports of it slowing due to an accident.

Eco boom town near Bicester with £1.65bn investment

Oxford Mail: Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood

6:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

BICESTER will enjoy £1.65bn in investment by 2031, according to a new report ordered by council leaders.

Cafe creates space to discuss the big sleep

Oxford Mail: Laura Freeth, Death Cafe facilitator for OXBEL, meets and talks to people in a local cafe.  Picture: OX66632 David Fleming

5:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TEA and sympathy is taking on new meaning acoss the county this year as a series of ‘Death Cafes’ seek to shed light on the dark subject of death. Debbie Waite reports

Mum’s anguish as twin girls given different school places

Oxford Mail: Mum Sharon Barney with twins Kerri, left, and Holly, 11, who are upset at having to attend separate schools. Picture: OX66495 David Fleming

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MOTHER is angry because her twin daughters – one of whom has special needs – face being sent to different secondary schools.

Donations in memory of runner Claire Squires bring in £1.15m

Oxford Mail: More than £1m has been raised in memory of Claire Squires

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ABOUT £1.15m has been raised by the Claire Squires Fund in memory of the runner who died after collapsing one mile from the finishing line of the London Marathon two years ago.

Major the dog: a companion who found fame in a book

Oxford Mail: Major on a visit to  St Nicholas’ Primary School in March last year. He is pictured with Josh Holton, left, and Oscar Pocock

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

MAJOR the Oxford Dog became an Oxford celebrity in 2009 after owner Mary Meagher wrote a book about her best friend. His antics became classroom favourites, and he was known by thousands of children from visits to city primary schools. Here, Ms Meagher remembers her constant companion, who died last Friday, aged nine-and-a-half.

Delays on First Great Western trains between Didcot and Reading

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS are facing delays of up to 15 minutes on First Great Western services.

Lane of the A41 at Bicester closed after two-vehicle collision

Oxford Mail: A41 traffic alert

11:14am Friday 18th April 2014

ONE lane is closed on the A41 after an accident involving two vehicles on the southbound carriageway at Bicester.

This week's top lifestyle stories

Oxford Mail: This week's top lifestyle stories

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Take a look at the best features, news and reviews from this week's Friday Life supplement

City traders to get a new champion

Oxford Mail: Graham Jones, of traders group ROX, is pleased that the city council is hiring a new city centre manager.    Picture: OX66549 Ed Nix

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AN empty traders’ champion post will be filled, council bosses have said, following fears the under-review role will be axed.

‘Intractable situation’ leads to Passion Play cancellation

Oxford Mail: Mischa Richards as Jesus with soldiers Roger Butcher, Ian Callaghan and James Lewis during the 2012 play in Cowley Road

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

TODAY is Good Friday, the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but there will be no re-enactment of the Passion Play on the Cowley Road this year. Bill Heine explains.

Anglo-French relations are much improved - thanks to a cheese wrap

Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PETER Unsworth shares an afternoon chat and his lunchtime snack with an 18-year-old Parisian student.

Cycle heaven at £10 a head

Oxford Mail: The Cyclox group hand over their blueprint to the county council with, front, Anne Joshua then next row, from left, is James Styring, Simon Hunt and Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth. Picture: OX66584 Ed Nix

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

CYCLING freeways and quiet ways as well as cutting Oxford’s remaining 30mph speed limits to 20mph are the cornerstone of a new manifesto from campaigners.

Jury acquits radio DJ of sex charges

Oxford Mail: Emma Stanfield

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has walked free from Oxford Crown Court after being unanimously cleared yesterday of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

COMMENT: Passion Play apology is to be applauded

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

FAIR play to Oxford City Council and licensing officer Julian Alison for confessing that he did not realise there was a religious aspect to the Passion Play planned for Cowley Road.

COMMENT: Cyclox unveils idealistic plan that may lead to real change

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

SOME of the Cycletopia vision is reaching for the sky but then this is surely the ideal moment to throw that aspirational wishlist out there.

Gagging politicians is ‘not acceptable’ says minister

Oxford Mail: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister has criticised a town council’s proposal to ban councillors from talking to the media without getting written permission first.

Delays follow crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A crash between a lorry and a bus on the Wolvercote roundabout caused traffic delays yesterday.

A lifetime of memories as Margaret marks her 100th

Oxford Mail: Margaret Rose reads her birthday card bearing congratulations and best wishes from the Queen. Picture: OX66680 Cliff Hide

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

SHE has experienced a century of change in Oxford. But a modest Margaret Rose, who turns 100 today, said she’ll treat it as “just another day”.

A44 speeders caught

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A driver was caught speeding at 76mph in a 50mph zone on the A44 yesterday morning.

Cyclist, 12, died from a severe head injury

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

An inquest was opened into the death of 12-year-old cyclist Mateusz Kucinski yesterday.

Comedian backs sacked Miss Oxfordshire contestant

Oxford Mail: Georgia Eden’s topless picture, posted on social media site Twitter in support of breast cancer awareness

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

SACKED Miss Oxfordshire contestant, Georgia Eden, said she has received a personal message of support from comedian David Walliams.

Dementia patient search service is axed after not finding enough missing people

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to locate missing dementia patients has been forced to close after it found only one lost OAP in 18 months.

Covered Market robbery suspects bailed again

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Three robbery suspects have all been rebailed again by police investigating a raid where a suspected robber died.

Forgiveness over Easter play apology

Oxford Mail: The Rev Adam Romanis. Picture: OX66682 Antony Moore

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ORGANISERS of the cancelled Passion Play have forgiven a council officer who has admitted making a mistake.

Oxford exhibition chips away at stone carvers’ past

Oxford Mail: Artist Sean Lynch face-to-face with one of his stone works    Pictures: OX66613 Ed Nix

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IRISH artist Sean Lynch brought his show of stone carvings to Modern Art Oxford to honour tradesmen who made the city great.

Biker and cyclist hurt

Oxford Mail: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A biker and cyclist were taken to hospital after a crash in Chainhill Road yesterday.

Bailed over robbery

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

7:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Two teenagers have been bailed by detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Risinghurst betting shop.

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