• City to tackle shame of sick day statistics

    Staff at Oxford City Council - who have the worst attendance record in the county - are being asked to limit their sick days to eight a year. Last year, the 1,250 staff took an average of 12 days off a year, the worst record of all five district councils

  • 'Act now over NHS dentists' shortage'

    Patients in Oxfordshire have ranked their dental care amongst the worst in the UK, prompting calls for urgent action. Rose Hill dentist Lara Saour. She and her colleagues have not been criticised in the survey, but the lack of access to NHS dental treatment

  • 'Remove this monstrosity'

    A leading firm of architects and planning consultants is at the centre of a row over a conservatory in the garden of a 16th century house overlooking the River Thames in Abingdon. David Tetlow, left, and Michael Black, who both oppose the conservatory

  • Call for more golfers to help conversion project

    A round of golf will take a project a step nearer the £200,000 it needs to convert a town centre building for church and community use. All the money raised at the charity golf competition at the Springs Golf Club, North Stoke, will go the the conversion

  • Vandals force club to move

    Wallingford Bridge Club is moving out of town after 35 years because its Bullcroft HQ is not fit to use any more. Vandalism has meant the windows in the 60-year-old wooden building are all boarded up. In winter it is freezing and in summer stifling. Chairman

  • Rock Dentistry

    A vet using hi-tech dental technology tried to clean the paint from an ancient stone circle on August 4 - but conservationists may have to resort to tooth picks. Chipping Norton vet Peter Aylmer, front, with assistant Kate Ormston, The 3,500-year-old

  • Golf: Young Round retains club title

    Promising junior player Samantha Round continued her successful season by retaining her club championship title at Tadmarton Heath. She shot two rounds of gross 74 to take both the nett and gross cups for the second year in a row. Round followed this

  • Chefs wanted for competition

    Chefs are gearing up to test their skills in a Ready Steady Cook-type competition organised by Cherwell District Council. The contest will take place at the Banbury campus of Oxford and Cherwell College on Monday, August 23. Each chef will be allowed

  • Discount food store plan suffers setback

    Plans to build a discount food warehouse in Oxford's Blackbird Leys have been dealt a blow. German food chain Lidl had earmarked the Hartwell Ford car showroom at the corner of Watlington Road and Transport Way for its first Oxfordshire store. But concerns

  • Work begins on pedestrian zone

    Work has begun on a scheme to make an Abingdon road more friendly to pedestrians. The £500,000 project to turn Saxton Road into a Home Zone should have started a month ago, but was held up following complaints from residents over car parking arrangements

  • Leisure centre could become envy of city

    Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre is set to become the envy of Oxford with scores of new activities to get youths off the street and away from the lure of antisocial behaviour. On August 4 Oxford City Council held an exhibition ahead of its final application

  • Move to bridge gap in housing advice

    The city council has agreed to look at ways it can help plug the gap in specialist housing advice caused by the closure of Oxford Housing Rights Centre. The centre, in New Road, which helped homeless people find accommodation and provided legal advice

  • Football: Guessing on Gazza!

    Boston United still don't know whether Paul Gascoigne will make his debut against Oxford United in Coca Cola League 2 on Saturday. The ex-Spurs and England star was forced to miss the Pilgrims' friendly at Stevenage on Monday after suffering food poisoning

  • Bowls: Magical Moon is on the brink of history

    Greg Moon is on the brink of making Oxfordshire and England bowling history. The Banbury Borough star has won the county singles, triples and fours titles. Only Tuesday's thunderstorms prevented him from attempting to become the first player to complete

  • Work begins on pedestrian zone

    Work has begun on a scheme to make an Abingdon road more friendly to pedestrians. The £500,000 project to turn Saxton Road into a Home Zone should have started a month ago, but was held up following complaints from residents over car parking arrangements

  • Hospital fears provoke plea

    The Government is being asked to intervene in the crisis surrounding Wantage Community Hospital's future. The appeal is being made after revelations of meetings by NHS managers who have been secretly discussing closure of the Garston Lane site. Confidential

  • Cricket: Brookes's ton holds up Oxon

    Oxfordshire face a long chase on the second day of their Development XI game against Buckinghamshire at Dinton todayy. Bucks, boosted by a high-class century by Lloyd Brookes, were bowled out for 313 yesterday, with Oxon progressing to 13-0 by the close

  • Drinkers pipe up in favour of ban

    Customers have congratulated a Bicester pub for banning smoking - and so far there has only been one complaint. One month after The Acorn Hungry Horse, in Pingle Drive, introduced a complete ban inside the pub, managers Simon Jerrison and Rachael Whalley

  • Golf: Captain Roma is Frilford champ

    Roma Wilcock has marked her year as Frilford Heath's captain by walking off with her first club championship. Wilcock, who plays off a handicap of seven and has been a great supporter of the ladies' section since joining the club 1976, cruised home to

  • Bar gets consent to sell drink until 2am

    A bar which last week won the right to stay open until 2am during the week, has now received permission to continue serving alcohol until it closes. Bar Risa, in Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, was granted a public entertainment licence to extend its Monday

  • Still failing the test

    Learner drivers in Oxford are still facing a 19-week wait for practical tests - despite a pledge almost three months ago by the Driving Standards Agency to cut delays. In Banbury, delays at the West Bar Street test centre have increased by a fortnight

  • Travellers apply to stay put at hill site

    Travellers camped in 20 caravans on the outskirts of Didcot are hoping to win permission to stay permanently. The travellers' site at Hadden Hill Despite objections from residents, the travellers, who say they have bought the three-and-a-half acre field

  • We'll never forget them

    Oxfordshire's last surviving First World War veteran was a special guest at a lunch at the Ministry of Defence yesterday to mark the 90th anniversary of Britain's declaration of war on Germany. William Stone, 103 William Stone, 103, from Watlington, was