• Royal Mail delivery woes far from over

    Sir - I spoke to a Royal Mail representative about a month ago when you gave a telephone number for people to call if they had a complaint or concern. At the time I called, it was to report that we, as well as many other Royal Mail customers, were not

  • Football rivals face off for charity

    Abingdon's two football clubs buried old rivalries to raise more than £1,000 for charity. Abingdon Town and Abingdon United met in a rare derby at Town's ground, in Culham Road, on Saturday. Money from gate receipts, a raffle and sponsorship will be used

  • Aunt Sally: Full house sees Adams match Monty's record

    Phil Adams has set his sights on breaking the league record of three 18-doll maximums after a full house saw him equal the late great Monty Greenaway's record of two. Adams, 49, who plays for Premier Section side Cricketers, and works at BMW in Cowley

  • Sex shop threatens court action

    A row over a saucy advertisement for sex shop Anne Summers' Banbury branch could be decided in court. Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of Ann Summers, has written to the Advertising Standards Authority threatening legal action over restrictions on her

  • Debts force youth group's closure

    A youth movement run by a Witney-based charity has folded, leaving its founder facing large debts. The European Youth Parliament operated from West End, Witney, and organised debates for thousands of young people from around the world every year. Bettina

  • League is ruined by lost post

    Thousands of Oxford Aunt Sally players are facing disappointment after vital match results failed to arrive in the post. Score cards for 140 teams which take part in the Greene King (Oxford) Aunt Sally league, which are usually sent to the league's secretary

  • Housing defects battle nears end

    Justin and Sarah Gardner are hoping an eleventh hour phone call has prevented the start of a bitter court battle for compensation against the company they say built their "house from hell". Sarah Gardner looks out of her fire window, which has been so

  • Hospital staff face violence every day

    Union representatives are concerned that mental health workers in Oxfordshire deal with an average of four acts of violence or aggression every day. Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust claims a figure of 1,605 incidents affecting its 1,700 staff recorded

  • Police ask residents to list key problems

    People living in Oxford's Leys estates have told police that drugs, antisocial behaviour and a shortage of youth facilities should be tackled. The police intend to send questionnaires to every household in Greater Leys, asking residents what issues they

  • Residents' anger at 'eyesore' farmland

    Elderly residents have criticised Oxford City Council for allowing farmland next to their sheltered flats to become an eyesore. Retired lecturer Brian Carrington, 74, looks after one section of a communal garden at Cumberlege House, Old Marston. He has

  • Rugby: Matthews given spot in Academy

    Will Matthews, the young Gloucester forward, is one of the 20 players chosen to be a part of the RFU's first Intermediate National Academy. The 20-year-old No 8 from Brize Norton has been targeted as one of the most promising young players in the country

  • Football: Woe for Woozley

    Centre back David Woozley says he is "devastated" to miss the start of Oxford United's new season. The U's new signing from Torquay was earmarked as a key figure in Graham Rix's rebuilding plans. United's manager hoped the left-footed defender would build

  • Faster transit is just van-tastic

    Bicester firm has helped put one of the fastest vans on the planet back in action. Sporting and Historic Car Engineers has worked to recommission Transit Supervan 3 for the Essex-based Ford Heritage Vehicle Collection. Originally built 20 years ago, when

  • Life begins at 40 for club stalwarts

    Forty years ago British motoring was in its heyday offering an exciting range of vehicles from the practical to the fun, the serious to the sporty. Classic models such as the Triumph Herald, Morris Minor and Mini and the Sunbeam Alpine ruled the roads

  • Future existence dependent on post

    Sir - Our future existence and survival is said to depend on advice given in a Government booklet, Preparing for emergencies, which we will all receive soon. Of course, this is not quite true. Our future existence and survival depends on whether Royal

  • Storm leaves homes without electricity

    Thousands of homes were left without electricity after a thunderstorm and floods caused chaos across Oxfordshire yesterday. Mid-afternoon lightning strikes cut power to about 10,000 homes across the county. Witney was the most seriously hit. Southern

  • Shop shock as Littlewoods shuts city centre store

    Littlewoods has announced it is closing its Oxford store after 40 years - giving staff and shoppers just four days' notice. The 26 staff at the Clarendon Centre store were told yesterday morning, Tuesday, August 3, that the shop would shut on Saturday

  • 'Dog thieves are at large'

    A veterinary surgery has warned dog owners to be on their guard after a woman's dog was snatched from a pen in her garden. Jack Russell Midge was found the day after he disappeared from a closed pen in Lisa Smith's back garden in Green Lane, Ewelme, near

  • Council fails to act over syringe

    A father-of-three failed to get action when he found a syringe outside his home. Paul Jenkins was alarmed that children might pick up the syringe and contacted his council's environmental health department. But, even after three urgent telephone calls

  • Athletics: Douglas in top company

    Oxford City's Nathan Douglas finished a creditable sixth in the triple jump at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace. The Olympics-bound youngster, who still lives and trains in Oxford, produced his best jump of the event in the fourth

  • Athletics: England races in for club record

    Radley's women finished their second season back in the UK National League Division 4 in fifth place after a tough final day at Tilsley Park, Abingdon. Although finishing second-from-bottom in the league, which would normally be a relegation spot, Radley

  • Athletics: Heartbreak for Radley men

    Radley's men missed out on promotion in heartbreaking fashion - after winning the final match of their Southern League Division 3 season at Salisbury. They edged out arch rivals Oxford City by two points to win the match, but later learned that they had

  • Athletics: Daly and Plateau shine to help clinch second spot

    Radley's juniors shone to finish runners-up in the last match of the Southern 1 West division of the UKA Young Athletes League season at Southampton. They finished second in the match behind Isle of Wight. Two more athletes won coveted athlete of the

  • August 4: Improve or stagnate

    Littlewoods was no longer one of the major players on the Oxford shopping scene. It had given up its prime site in Cornmarket Street for a corner site in the Clarendon Centre. But its sudden departure will come as a shock to staff and hundreds of shoppers

  • Bodyshell is Mini Clubman classic

    Witney-based British Motor Heritage has added yet another feather to its cap - the Mini Clubman saloon bodyshell. This new shell is suitable for rebuilding any Mini Clubman saloon or Mini 1275 GT from 1972 to 1980, and is a complement to the 'normal'

  • Police recruitment beats target level

    A recruitment crisis faced by Thames Valley Police due to the high cost of living appears to have been averted. Soaring house prices were forcing officers to transfer to forces in other parts of the country - or London, where the Metropolitan force pays

  • Eat a meal out and help flood victims

    Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways throughout Oxfordshire are appealing for people to eat out and raise cash for charity. From left: Restaurateurs Abdul Haque, Ali Tarek, Abdul Manna, Abdul Boshor and Ali Akaf promote the event On Wednesday, August

  • Why is my 50p green bag put in dustcart?

    Sir - Can anyone tell me why Oxford residents can put garden waste out for collection only if it is in a special green plastic bag which has to be bought from the city council at 50p each? I always thought that this meant it would be recycled. I was happy