• Mild winter weather has sting in the tail

    Swarms of wasps are plaguing Oxfordshire householders, with pest control experts struggling to cope with the highest numbers for years. Guy Watkinson, of Rentokil, tackles a wasp nest at the Bowyer Arms pub, in Radley People are being warned of the dangers

  • Review: Brian Wilson (New Theatre, Oxford)

    We love you Brian! The spontaneous cry from the audience summed up the mood as former Beach Boy Brian Wilson launched into his first show in Oxford. They were there to see a living legend. Not just the man behind all those bright and breezy Beach Boys

  • Rugby: Cavaliers suffer play-off defeat

    Oxford Cavaliers' hopes of play-off glory in the Conference fizzled out with a 35-14 home defeat by Telford Raiders. The visitors began at a gallop, opening the scoring with a try after only three minutes. At the heart of every Telford move

  • Rugby: Harlequins' delight at surprise reprieve

    Oxford Harlequins, relegated from South West 1 last season, are celebrating this week after being given a shock reprieve. Quins went down to South West 2 East on points difference after losing to Clevedon on the final day of last season. However, Wakefield's


    FOOTBALL COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO Boston Utd v Oxford Utd. GLS HELLENIC LEAGUE Brian Wells Memorial Trophy Div 1 play-offs: Purton v Letcombe, Wantage Tn v Ross Tn. FRIENDLIES Abingdon Tn v Bristol City Academy, Oxford City v Maidenhead Utd, Thame Utd v Northampton

  • Review: Annie (New Theatre, Oxford)

    What do you get if you take 200 bright young things, put them through an intensive week of rehearsals and add one dog? It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the first night of Annie, the New Theatre's first-ever youth production, was a triumph. The

  • Gardener's good deed ruined by thieves

    Thieves stole a gardener's bike, wallet and keys as he was delivering fresh vegetables to his elderly neighbours. Michael Fernandes Michael Fernandes spends most of his days at his allotment in Lenthall Road, Rose Hill, Oxford, cultivating all sorts of

  • Concert marks anniversary

    The 300th anniversary of the day the Duke of Marlborough led his troops to victory at the Battle of Blenheim will be marked with a concert at Woodstock's Blenheim Palace. On August 13, 1704, the British Army defeated the Franco-Bavarian army of Marshall

  • Groups cancel events as support is cut

    The Lord Mayor's Parade in Oxford is being cancelled for the first time in its 27-year history after the city council scaled down its support for the event. Oxford Isis Lions Club, which organises the annual event, said it could not continue without the

  • Feeling blue

    Blues fans will never find themselves at a loss in the city of dreaming spires, while our own Silver Phil keeps the music flowing at the Bullingdon every Monday. This week's Monday Blues night looks like another classic with a return visit from BluesMove

  • Cricket: Weather denies Oxon hero Hole

    The Oxfordshire Development XI were denied victory in their two-day match with Bucks at Dinton when a thunderstorm washed out play half an hour after tea. Oxfordshire were left high and not so dry on 246-5, chasing the home side's 313 all out. Freeland's

  • Cricket: Thame ace Merry is set for county debut

    Former England Under 15 player Luke Merry makes his Minor Counties Championship debut in Oxfordshire's three-day game with Cheshire at Banbury, which starts on Sunday. The 20-year-old Thame left-arm seamer comes in for Banbury off-spinner Jimmy Phillips

  • Tennis: Banbury set sights on battle of Woodstock

    Banbury Town A can win the Men's Division 2 title in the Wilson OLTA Inter-Club 3-Pair League if they get at least a draw with closest rivals Woodstock in their final game. Woodstock need to win the game, as a draw would see Banbury take the title on

  • Cricket: Fate takes a hand for sad Murrey

    Just when Banbury all-rounder Ollie Murrey appeared to have consolidated his place in the side, he has been struck down by injury. Murrey's spell of 4-28 did much to set up the victory over Potters Bar last Saturday. However, while fielding late on in

  • The show's over folks

    The Lord Mayor's Parade in Oxford is being cancelled for the first time in its 27-year history after the city council scaled down its support for the event. Oxford Isis Lions Club, which organises the annual event, said it could not continue without the

  • Cropredy - last chance to see?

    Organisers of the 23rd Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire are hoping the rain holds off for the three day folk extravaganza, which kicks off on Thursday , near Banbury. Up to 20,000 are expected to turn up this year to what started off as a Fairport Convention

  • Storm strikes cut off electric lines

    Thousands of people in Oxfordshire were left without electricity again yesterday as thunderstorms hit the county for the second time in three days. There was some localised flooding, but the storms were much weaker than on Tuesday, with neighbouring Wiltshire

  • Student pushes for English parliament

    Politics student Tom Waterhouse is rallying support for an English parliament - claiming Oxfordshire's future is under threat. Tom Waterhouse says action is needed Mr Waterhouse, 20, of Winterborne Road, Abingdon, has written to Oxfordshire's six MPs

  • Hospital closure plans condemned

    Plans to cut services at Chipping Norton Hospital have been unanimously condemned by West Oxfordshire District Council's cabinet, which has urged NHS managers to think again. Councillor Louise Chapman said: "I think the primary care trust should be told

  • Council staff cut housing benefit processing wait

    Housing benefits staff at Oxford City Council have been praised for almost halving the time it takes to process new claims in the past year. In the first quarter of 2003/4 it took staff 66.2 days to process new claims. In the first quarter of this year

  • Retailers vie for city sites

    Retailers and restaurateurs are clamouring for space in the city centre despite Littlewoods pulling the plug on its Oxford branch. The company told its 26 staff on Tuesday morning that the store would be closing down on August 7and that jobs would be

  • Football: Dream team is ready to roll

    The likelihood of the dream team of Tommy Mooney and Lee Bradbury leading a new-look Oxford United attack on their own at Boston tomorrow increased greatly yesterday. Julian Alsop fell awkwardly in training while Steve Basham was sent home with a virus