Network Rail admits 'considerable problems' with £1bn rail electrification project

Oxford Mail: Network Rail admits 'considerable problems' with £1bn rail electrification project

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NETWORK Rail has admitted to Wantage MP Ed Vaizey it has had “considerable problems” with its £1bn electrification project so far.

Grove residents asked: ‘Help shape our blueprint for village life up to the year 2040’

Oxford Mail: Grove parish councillors Jean Nunn-Price, Stephen Dexter, vice-chariman Richard Ackers, Rodney Pollock, Bill Evans, Geoff Chown, chairman Frank Parnell, John Amys and Elisabeth Green holding the map Picture: OX66660 Antony Moore

5:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GROVE in 2040 could have a population of 30,000, wind farms and fracking to reduce council tax and a leisure centre with an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Big crowds will be standing up to cancer

Oxford Mail: A trip to London is being held to raise money for Cancer Research UK

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MORE than 400 people will pound through Wantage in a sea of pink on Sunday to stand up to cancer.

Update: A4130 closed after accident

Oxford Mail: a4130 alert

12:13pm Saturday 19th April 2014

AN ACCIDENT has shut off the A4130 at Milton Hill.

Appeal for witnesses to Chain Hill crash

Oxford Mail: The scene of the crash

8:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE want to hear from anyone who witnessed a collision between a cyclist and a motorbike on the B4494 Chain Hill.

Ex-nurse died in fall at her Faringdon home

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

8:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

A 94-year-old died after falling down the stairs, an inquest heard.

Grove homes plans will not be ‘called in’

Oxford Mail: Eric Pickles

8:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles has declined a request to call in a planning bid for 1,500 homes in Grove.

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.

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.

Drug review welcomed by parents of tragic teenager

Oxford Mail: Jack Bowlby's parents, Michael and Amanda

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

THE parents of a 16-year-old boy who took his own life after taking medication for his acne have said every day without him is still difficult.

Mild winter brings bumper crop of bluebells

Oxford Mail: Andy Foley, National Trust ranger at Badbury Clump near Faringdon, pictured among the bluebells. Picture: OX66665 Cliff Hide

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A BUMPER crop of bluebells has begun to bloom across the county.

From egg hunts to chocolate treats, the Easter spirit is all around

Oxford Mail: Penny Hambridge, left, of Oxford Children’s Hospital, receives the Easter eggs from Alicia Medlicott and Alice Clarke, of recruitment firm Reed. Picture: OX66337 Ed Nix

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ILL children in hospital got an early Easter surprise after more than 200 chocolate eggs and various toys were dropped off by staff at an Oxford company.

Police to put in revised care home plans

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police (TVP) has said it still wants to build a care home at the former Wantage Police Station and Magistrates Court.

Update: Two men taken to hospital after collision

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:05am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BIKER and cyclist have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington with injuries after a crash near Wantage this morning.

‘Premature’ bid for new housing in Grove

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

6:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

COUNCILLORS have accused a housing developer of jumping the gun, after it applied for permission to build a 75-home extension to a 133-house estate not yet built.

Traders licking their lips over new restaurant

Oxford Mail: How to make the perfect Italian thin-crust pizza

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TRADERS say a new 220-seat restaurant in Wantage Market Place would be a boost for town business.

Wantage's pop-up shop for retail novices moves to a new home

Oxford Mail: Wantage mayor and chairman of the Joint Economic Forum, Fiona Roper

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A WANTAGE shop where traders can try out new businesses for a short period has a new home.

Homes target scrutiny

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Vale of White Horse District Council’s scrutiny committee will meet on Thursday at The Beacon, formerly Wantage Civic Hall, from consider areport on how the controversial Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was created.

Councillors replace jailed seat holder

Oxford Mail: John Morgan has been jailed for five years

6:30am Monday 14th April 2014

NEW councillors have been elected to replace jailed Wantage member John Morgan.

Rooster rescuer didn’t chicken out

Oxford Mail: Lucia Singer found these abandoned cockerels while out running on the Ridgeway

5:00am Friday 11th April 2014

IT SOUNDS like a cock and bull story – but this is the g-hen-uine truth.

Landmarks inspire young artists

Oxford Mail: King Alfred's statue in Wantage

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

WANTAGE’S youngest artists are holding their first exhibition this week.

MP wants bridge issues answered more swiftly

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey MP.

8:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Ed Vaizey has brought a meeting about building a temporary traffic bridge during railway work with transport minister Stephen Hammond forward to May 1.

Unattended cooking caused kitchen fire

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

8:40am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Firefighters tackled a kitchen fire in Grove Street, Wantage, that broke out after cooking was left unattended.

Prince Michael opens Defence Academy's new language centre

Oxford Mail: Prince Michael

6:40am Wednesday 9th April 2014

PRINCE Michael of Kent, right, visited the Defence Academy in Shrivenham yesterday to open a new centre for languages and culture.

MP brands Network Rail 'incompetent' over extended bridge closure

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey

6:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

NETWORK Rail has been labelled “insensitive and incompetent” by an MP after it admitted its rebuilding project of the first of 29 Oxfordshire bridges is already months off track.

By-election to fill the seats of jailed councillor

Oxford Mail: John Morgan

8:05pm Monday 7th April 2014

A BY-ELECTION will be held on Thursday to replace jailed Wantage councillor John Morgan.

Man dead and two injured in smash on A420

Oxford Mail: A lorry is taken from the scene         Picture: Denis Kennedy

8:30am Monday 7th April 2014

A SWINDON man died after a three-vehicle smash on the A420 near Faringdon yesterday.

Egg-cellent delivery to gran

Oxford Mail: From left, Grace Whitehead, eight, Millie Howland, eight, Anne Freeman, Libby Townsend, eight, and Isabel Chant, eight

1:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

PENSIONER Anne Freeman received a welcome Easter delivery of eggs from the Grove Brownies.

Wantage Silver Band now plans to sparkle in national final

Oxford Mail: Eileen Sykes receives a cup from contest judge Dennis Wilby

6:40am Saturday 5th April 2014

WANTAGE Silver Band (WSB) has won a place in the national finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for the first time in its 42-year history.

Teenager is the fundraiser of year at SeeSaw

Oxford Mail: Josh King

5:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

JOSH King has been named young fundraiser of the year by a charity he helped.

A fourth bid to build flats and shops refused

Oxford Mail: vale of white horse logo

6:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

BUSINESSES have spoken of their frustration after a fourth bid to build shops and flats in Wallingford Street, Wantage, was thrown out.

Safe places for disabled to go

Oxford Mail: King Alfred's statue in Wantage

5:30pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

PEOPLE with disabilities will soon have a network of safe places to go in Wantage.

Drunk stole phone and hat in moment of ‘idiocy’

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

A DRUNK man stole a phone and a hat from a man in the street in a moment of “idiocy”, a judge heard.

Police try to trace owner of old clock found in Faringdon hotel grounds

Oxford Mail: The clcok

8:40am Thursday 27th March 2014

An antique clock dating from 1760 has been found in the grounds of a Faringdon hotel and police are trying to trace the owner.

Outside tables not a problem argue traders

Oxford Mail: St Mary's Laisterdyke Table Top Sale

5:00pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

TRADERS have hit out at Wantage councillors for refusing to let Costa Coffee have four outside tables on its land.

Phoenix-like rise of pub from the ashes

Oxford Mail: Charles and Anna Gaunt, landlords of the Horse and Jockey, in the rebuilt pub. Picture: OX66022 David Fleming

10:00am Monday 24th March 2014

LIKE the mythical Phoenix, the Horse and Jockey has risen from the ashes following a devastating fire.

Woman injured in pub

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Monday 24th March 2014

A WOMAN suffered facial injuries when she was assaulted in a pub.

101 Homes bid is up for scrutiny

Oxford Mail: Vale of White Horse district council logo

6:30am Monday 24th March 2014

COUNCILLORS are considering plans for 101 new homes in the Vale of White Horse District Council area – 36 homes in Uffington and 65 in Sutton Courtenay.

Work starts on county’s third crematorium

Oxford Mail: Michael Hackney

4:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

WORK has started on Oxfordshire’s third crematorium.

Shrivenham residents fight plan to turn village into new ‘township’

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey

12:40pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

VILLAGERS have launched a campaign against their district council’s plans to turn their village into a “mega township”.

Woman suffers facial injuries in pub assault

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:42pm Friday 21st March 2014

A woman suffered facial injuries after being assaulted in a Wantage pub.

Grove man charged after police drugs raid

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:10am Friday 21st March 2014

A 24-year-old man has been charged with planning to deal cocaine.

Hoping to score a hit with Miss Saigon

Oxford Mail: Carys Nicholls,18, playing Kim, and Louis Butler, 17, who plays Chris. Picture: OX65929 Antony Moore

10:30am Thursday 20th March 2014

WEEKS before it reopens in London’s West End, students at King Alfred’s Academy, in Wantage, are putting on their own Miss Saigon.

Academy puts forward vision for area’s expanding future

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of the plan for the first stage of the development at King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage

9:00pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A 13-classroom block and £4m canteen is the latest part of a £12m expansion plan for a Wantage secondary school.

A fan's dream come true as pair tours 92 clubs for charity

Oxford Mail: Richard Bungay, 11, and his dad Darren outside Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium. Picture: OX65801 Simon Williams

6:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

A FATHER and son are to tour the stadiums of all 92 clubs in the Football League to raise money for charity.

Firefighters’ car wash is family affair

Oxford Mail: Front, Hollie Savage with her dad Will get to work with help from, back from left, retired firefighter Steve Robson and his son, new recruit Ian Robson

12:00pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

SHE may only be seven, but Hollie Savage has already had a taste of being a firefighter.

Man jailed over stun gun ‘mobile phones’

Oxford Mail: Dennis Holmes

6:00pm Monday 17th March 2014

A 23-YEAR-OLD who sent himself three stun guns disguised as mobile phones from the USA has been jailed for two years.

Ex-RAF man’s tough physical Kilimanjaro charity challenge

Oxford Mail: David Whyte, third from left, with his wife Sharon and son Andrew, left, is climbing Mount Kilinmanjaro in aid of Unique, which supports families with rare chromosome disorders like Otis Bennett, centre, with parents Samantha and Stefun and brother Jago

10:00pm Saturday 15th March 2014

DAVID Whyte spent a decade in the RAF as an engineer but is now facing his toughest physical challenge yet – climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thinking about Guides abroad raises big smiles

Oxford Mail: 2nd Wantage Brownies Ellie Hillsden, left, and Emily Lindley enjoy the Guides’ World Thinking Day

10:00pm Saturday 15th March 2014

THESE Girl Guides spent the day thinking about other Guides around the world — and apparently found it quite funny.

Car wash today for firefighters charity

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Firefighters from Wantage fire station will hold a charity car wash in aid of the firefighters charity today.

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