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Oxford Mail: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

6:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Homes could get payouts for garden city builds

Oxford Mail: Deputy PM Nick Clegg

6:30am Monday 4th August 2014

HOMEOWNERS could be compensated by the state if the value of their home falls as a result of new garden cities being built, the Deputy Prime Minister has said.

Homes could get payouts for garden city builds

Oxford Mail: Deputy PM Nick Clegg

6:30am Monday 4th August 2014

HOMEOWNERS could be compensated by the state if the value of their home falls as a result of new garden cities being built, the Deputy Prime Minister has said.

Flats plan is allowed

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

A 14-bed block of flats has been approved by Vale of White Horse District Council.

You’d better get used to it: Motorists to face months of delays

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MORE than 60,000 motorists may face three months of misery, after roundabout schemes entered their latest phase.

Drivers face a 24-mile detour during works

Oxford Mail: Person hit by train

5:10pm Saturday 26th July 2014

SOME 6,800 drivers between Wantage and Faringdon will be asked to take a 24-mile diversion route for 13 weeks this autumn.

Villagers suffer ‘nightmare’ as roadworks start

Oxford Mail: traffic jam stock

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE first day of major roadworks along the A420 were described as a ‘nightmare’ by locals in Shrivenham yesterday.

Delays on the A420 after four-vehicle collision at Littleworth

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

9:26am Monday 14th July 2014

THREE cars and a van have been involved in a collision on the A420 Littleworth.

Grant aid evening

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

7:10am Saturday 5th July 2014

A funding evening is being held by Vale of White Horse District Council for community groups to apply for grants for festivals and events.

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.

Room at the top in decked out Volvo

Oxford Mail: From left, David Humphreys, Robin Julian and Gary Franks. Picture: OX67699 Damian Halliwell

5:29pm Thursday 12th June 2014

THREE friends are set to take an unlikely vehicle on the trip of a lifetime.

224 homes cut off in Wootton

Oxford Mail: Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) customers lost power for about an hour yesterday

7:40am Wednesday 11th June 2014

Residents in Wootton were hit by a power cut on Monday night.

Is electrification of rail lines just a bridge too far?

Oxford Mail: FUTURE  VISION: An artist’s  impression of one of the new electric trains

5:00pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

NETWORK Rail needs to modify, raise or rebuild 29 rail bridges in Oxfordshire by 2018 to make room for new, overhead electric wires. PETE HUGHES looks at the impact and complexity of the £1bn project

Top recycling councils extend contracts

Oxford Mail: David Dodds

6:20am Monday 2nd June 2014

THE two Oxfordshire councils with the best recycling rates in the country have extended their contract with Biffa until 2024.

Councils consult over-60s on sports classes

Oxford Mail: Sport England

5:08pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

OVER-60s in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse are being asked what sport they would like to do.

Workshops aim to spark the imagination of entrepreneurs

Oxford Mail: From left, Stuart Miller, of Bybox; Jo Willet, of Oxford Innovation; Suzanne Malcolm, of Vale of White Horse District Council; and Iain Nicholson, Wantage Town Team coordinator

2:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

BUDDING entrepreneurs in the Vale of White Horse are being urged to sign up for a new business support scheme and the chance to win £25,000 in a competition.

Councillors want staff thanked for work in floods

Oxford Mail: Vale of White Horse district council logo

6:00am Saturday 10th May 2014

VALE of White Horse District Council staff should be thanked for their efforts during the flooding at the start of the year, councillors have said.

Model museum ready for big day in a scaled-down world

Oxford Mail: Chris Webber in the Vale scene

12:00pm Thursday 8th May 2014

ITS trains are known for sticking to their timetables.

Scheme offers cash and help for businesses

Oxford Mail: Matthew Barber

6:00am Thursday 8th May 2014

FUTURE business creators across Vale of White Horse are being given free business advice and a chance to win £25,000 in a new scheme.

Pupils have brush with fun during Artweeks festivities

Oxford Mail: Our Lady’s Abingdon pupils, from left, Charlotte Holmes, Matilda Morley, Ellie Flemming, Holly Mayor and Archie Tyack

5:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

SPLASHES of colour will brighten up Oxfordshire this weekend for the start of Artweeks.

A420 closure ‘will benefit motorists in the long run’

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

11:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

THE closure of part of a major route through Oxfordshire for seven weeks should be welcomed, it has been claimed.

Keep the White Horse looking good

Oxford Mail: Uffington White Horse, from the air

5:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

OVER the first May Bank Holiday weekend, the National Trust is inviting local residents and visitors to help rechalk one of the oldest chalk figures in the country, the Uffington White Horse.

'Time to step forward and care for The Ridgeway’

Oxford Mail: Friends secretary Jeff Goddard, pictured at the Court Hill centre on the Ridgeway near Wantage  Pictures: David Fleming

5:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

The Ridgeway which runs across south Oxfordshire is one of the oldest tracks in existence. Now the group that helps care for it needs new, young volunteers. Pete Hughes reports

Help to chalk up famous Uffington White horse

Oxford Mail: The Uffington white horse

8:00am Monday 21st April 2014

THE National Trust has asked for volunteers to help re-chalk the Uffington White Horse over the May bank holiday weekend.

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.

Councils consider a new safety plan on the dangerous A420

Oxford Mail: Vehicles are recovered after the accident on the A420 near Buckland on Sunday

12:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

A PLAN is being drawn up to improve safety on the A420 between Oxford and Swindon, where a driver was killed on Sunday.

Tool theft warning

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Van drivers are being warned after a spate of tool thefts in Horspath, Wheatley and Garsington.

Swindon man dead in A420 smash

11:22am Sunday 6th April 2014

A SWINDON man died after a three-vehicle smash on the A420 near Faringdon at about 3.50am today.

Vale of White Horse plans for new homes 'will ruin villages'

Oxford Mail: Philip Pullman

9:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

VILLAGERS have warned their communities will be changed beyond recognition by the new list of thousands of homes planned across the Vale of White Horse.

Council offers discount on garden waste collections

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

5:40am Friday 4th April 2014

RESIDENTS in the Vale of White Horse are being offered cheaper garden waste collections if they sign up before May 31.

‘Roads and schools will not cope with 700 new homes’

Oxford Mail: Campaigners pictured in one of the fields which could disappear. From left to right: Dhiraj Kallie, John Platts, Jenny Standen and John Standen

8:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014

VILLAGERS have pledged to fight “a bombshell” of hundreds of homes for Radley and Kennington.

Village starts fighting fund to repel plan for 200 homes

Oxford Mail: Judy Sissons and other villagers on the Green Belt land that could be earmarked for housing on the edge of Cumnor. Picture: OX66331 Mark Hemsworth

5:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

RESIDENTS are putting together a legal fighting fund to oppose plans that would increase the number of homes in Cumnor by 50 per cent.

Vale voted seventh heaven and one of best places to live in Britain

Oxford Mail: Vale of White Horse resident Graham Fear in the centre of Abingdon

6:00am Monday 31st March 2014

THE Vale of White Horse has been named as one of the best places to live in Britain.

£30,000 boost for Eynsham cycle path into Oxford + Video

Oxford Mail: Bike Safe chairman Ian Leggett looks at plans for the cycle path with John Griffin and Graham Smith                           Pictures: OX63950 David Fleming

11:00am Monday 17th March 2014

PLANS for an Eynsham to Oxford cycle path are speeding up, thanks to a £30,000 cash injection.

Innovation pays off as enterprise zone fills all units

Oxford Mail: Andrew Barlow

10:30pm Thursday 13th March 2014

MORE than 50 jobs have been created at a business park as a direct result of the Science Vale Enterprise Zone.

Problem of new homes is dumped on our doorstep, say Didcot councillors

Oxford Mail: Margaret Davies

3:30pm Thursday 6th March 2014

VALE of White Horse District Council is dumping its housing problems on Didcot’s doorstep, the town council leader says.

Decision ahead on controversial housing

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

7:30am Wednesday 5th March 2014

COUNCILLORS will make decisions on several controversial schemes tonight including an 85-home estate in Wantage which has aroused protests.

Vale to get thousands more homes after target is raised

Oxford Mail: Vale of White Horse district council logo

6:28pm Monday 24th February 2014

THOUSANDS of extra homes will have to built after a council’s target for how many new properties it needed to cope with growth was recalculated.

By-election to be held

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

8:50am Monday 24th February 2014

Vale of White Horse District Council has formally announced the vacancy of the ward held by John Morgan.

Assault trial date set

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

8:40am Monday 24th February 2014

A woman denied beating her ex-partner when she appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Residents' £2m savings benefit

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

3:30pm Friday 21st February 2014

RESIDENTS across the Vale of White Horse are set to benefit from £2m of savings made by the council.

‘Don't put other places at risk just to protect Oxford from flooding’

Oxford Mail: Flooding in Abingdon earlier this month

9:00am Friday 21st February 2014

TOWNS downstream of Oxford have warned new flood defences for the city can’t be allowed to dump the problem on them.

Landlords are told to get a valid licence

Oxford Mail: Roger Cox

10:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Landlords have been warned that If they do not have a valid licence for their property, they could be prosecuted and fined thousands of pounds.

Rail line projects schedule is scrapped

Oxford Mail: MP Ed Vaizey

9:00am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE timetable for a rail scheme that could cause months of disruption for the county’s motorists has been scrapped.

Tributes to hockey umpire found dead

Oxford Mail: Inquest: Stoke Mandeville staff 'did not mistreat' pensioner

7:08pm Thursday 6th February 2014

The inquest into the death of a former Rover Oxford Hockey Club goalkeeper and dedicated umpire was formally opened yesterday.

Wendy House is sold

Oxford Mail: Is this a huge man or a tiny house? There were no forced perspective tricks required for Dave Fleming as he photographed Brian McDonough and this tiny, thatched cottage. The results were always going to be surreal – and they are and I love them.

7:30am Thursday 16th January 2014

A miniature thatched cottage dubbed Britain’s poshest Wendy House has been sold to a secret buyer for £6,500.

The wait’s almost over for Dean Court

Oxford Mail: Anna Pearson, of the Dean Court Community Association. Picture: OX64503 Mark Hemsworth

11:00am Thursday 9th January 2014

AFTER two years of rebuilding and months of delays, the new Dean Court Community Centre is set to open to the public.

FLOODING: Residents ‘better equipped’ to deal with flooding now

Oxford Mail: UNDER WATER: Thames Street, Abingdon, flooded after heavy rainfall and the scene at St Helen’s Mill Bridge, below

6:30am Wednesday 8th January 2014

CARS were left stranded and gardens submerged after flooding struck Abingdon – but the devastation of previous years has so far been avoided.

Road closure for railway work prompts planning plea

Oxford Mail: road closed sign

12:00pm Friday 3rd January 2014

A PLAN to shut off a major traffic route in the Vale of White Horse needs better planning, a council leader has warned.

In the saddle for a super boost

Oxford Mail: In the saddle, back row, Dan Parsons, Adam Jones,  Scott Harper-Ashton, and front, Frazer Hilborne, Dale Davis-Hawkins and Will Hoskins Picture: OX64121 Anthony Moore

6:00pm Saturday 21st December 2013

THEY may not be superheroes in real life, but these six youngsters made a heroic effort to make themselves super people.

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