• Charity appeals for better space

    A project for depressed people celebrates its 20th birthday today and has made an appeal for help to update its base. The Acorn Centre has been run by the Oxfordshire branch of the mental health charity Mind, at the Cowley Road Community Centre, in Oxford

  • Biotech firm has no more fever vaccine

    An Oxford biotech firm has run out of stock of yellow fever vaccine, triggering a nationwide shortage. Chiron Vaccines, part of US-based Chiron Corporation, which has its UK headquarters at Oxford Science Park, was one of the two suppliers of yellow fever

  • Government pays asylum costs

    I have just been shown a letter from Michael Howard to a friend of mine. Again the Conservatives seem to be playing fast and loose with the facts in order to scapegoat a group of vulnerable people. Mr Howard claims that the cost to the county council

  • Nowhere to go

    Opera fans from across the UK could turn up in Oxford for April 30's postponed Andrea Bocelli concert -- because promoters have not told them the event is off. Last month, Jane Wills, 40, of Coventry, booked two tickets for £168, but started panicking

  • Village wins battle to keep out lorries

    Residents have won a battle to stop lorries using their village as a rat-run -- but it may only be temporary. People living in Weston-on-the-Green are fed up with HGVs using their village as a short-cut from the A34 to the A43 -- to avoid the congested

  • Mourners pay last respects to Robin

    Footballers and friends wept openly in Dorchester Abbey at the funeral of Oxford City player Robin Antonowicz, who died after a car crash. They were among the 500 people who crowded into the Abbey. For many it was standing room only. Mr Antonowicz, 23

  • Sex attack on boy sparks police hunt

    Police are hunting a middle-aged man who sexually assaulted a boy in Oxford. As reported in yesterday's Oxford Mail, the 10-year-old was attacked while walking down the alleyway which connects Aldbarton Drive with Barton Village Road on the Barton estate

  • Man charged with murder

    A 40-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a building worker at a Banbury pub. Ceri Noble, from Pontygaith, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales, will appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court on May 6, charged with killing Kevin Lavelle at The

  • We help to recruit new firefighters

    Desperately needed new firefighters will be saving lives across Oxfordshire following a successful recruitment drive. The first group of new recruits completed their basic training at Didcot Fire Station last week. The man in charge of keeping the county's

  • Decision on homes stays the same

    An eleventh-hour attempt to overturn a decision that could see Didcot double in size by 2026 has failed. Didcot town councillors had asked South Oxfordshire District Council's scrutiny committee to rethink its decision to back further expansion. But their

  • April 30: Jewel in the crown

    Unipart is showing the value of diversification in industry. The future for the Oxford company looked uncertain when it lost the contract to supply parts to the Rover car company, with which it had been associated for many years. But now it has bounced

  • Football: Win or bust for City

    Oxford City boss Andy Sinnott has called on his team for one last effort as they look for the win that could save them from dropping through the Southern League trapdoor. A victory against Clevedon, whom they beat earlier in the season, and a draw or

  • Derrick Burfitt

    Derrick Burfitt, who has died aged 77, was a fine athlete in his youth, ranking ahead at one stage of the first sub-four-minute miler Roger Bannister. He enjoyed an impressive series of running successes after winning the national youth cross country

  • 'Panther' blamed for beheading of goose

    A man who saw a panther-like creature on his Wantage driveway three months ago is questioning whether it could be linked to the recent savage death of a Canada goose in his back garden. Stephen Thompson, of Ickleton Road, was pulling into his driveway

  • Ex-game hunter on trail of Beast

    A man who is more used to tracking big game through the forests of Tanzania has turned his skills to the Oxfordshire countryside in the hunt for the so-called Beast of Burford. John Collinson, 78, was a warden at the Ugalla Game Reserve in western Tanzania

  • Rowdy teens break peace at Brize camp

    A noisy gang of teenagers was chased away from the site of a peace camp near the perimeter of RAF Brize Norton after they began shouting at anti-war protestors. A group of police officers who were keeping surveillance on the camp in Willow Meadows chased

  • Rugby: Dudding aims to bow out on high

    Henley Hawks head coach Nigel Dudding is looking to bow out on a high tomorrow in his last game in charge at Dry Leas. Although already relegated, the visit of Penzance & Newlyn will be an emotional day for Dudding, who has spent 30 years at the club

  • Club's big tribute to City's Robin

    We were so proud of him -- that is how Joe Antonowicz described the family's feelings for footballer Robin who died after a car crash. And his father's words were echoed in scores of messages sent to the Oxford City Football Club website from individuals

  • Cricket: Oxfordshire field new boys in triple-header

    Oxfordshire take the chance to look at a number of new faces when they continue their build-up to the new season with a triple-header over the Bank Holiday weekend. They face Banbury at White Post Road tomorrow (11.30), Gloucestershire at Challow &

  • Sir Henry Fisher

    SIR Henry Fisher, a former president of Wolfson College, Oxford, has died aged 87. The graduate college was still in its formative years when he took over in 1975, but was a thriving institution by the time he left -- 10 years later. He regarded his period

  • 'Please help police arrest killer'

    Witnesses to a murder outside an Oxford community centre who fear speaking out have been offered protection by police if they come forward. Acting Det Supt Dave Lewis said witnesses to the killing of Moshean Cameron could be given the same protection

  • Prisoner admits drugs charges

    A prisoner and his son have admitted conspiring to pass drugs through the Bullingdon Prison visitors centre only a week after a judge said the jail was rife with drugs. Nicholas Lambrianou, 59, -- the brother of the Kray twins' feared henchman Tony --

  • Lib-Dem compassion?

    I was astonished to read that Claire Rayner believes the Liberal Democrats are the only party to show compassion to older people (Oxford Mail, April 16). Many old people still remember the meeting of Oxfordshire County Council's social services committee

  • Football: Cominelli eyes up a new deal

    Argentine midfielder Lucas Cominelli says he wants to remain at Oxford United. And he is urging the club to keep the bulk of the squad together to mount a serious promotion assault next season. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aires feels he has now adapted

  • Unipart reports booming profits

    An Oxford company which was once Rover's main car parts supplier has reported booming profits. Unipart, based in Cowley, once made most of its money from the British car company, which is now in administration. But it has spent the past decade moving

  • Unipart reports booming profits

    An Oxford company which was once Rover's main car parts supplier has reported booming profits. Unipart, based in Cowley, once made most of its money from the British car company, which is now in administration. But it has spent the past decade moving

  • £100m stockpile of unsold cars at county airfields

    Thousands of unsold Rover cars are stockpiled at two disused north Oxfordshire airfields. Car distributor Axial, which is storing the cars at the former military bases at Upper Heyford and Chipping Warden, has been left with the job of tracking the histories

  • Golf: City extend lead with victory over holders

    Defending champions Frilford Heath became the latest victims of newly promoted Oxford City as they extended their 100 per cent record in the Shaw & Co Oxfordshire Foursomes League. City are now four-and-a-half points clear at the top of Section 1

  • Golf: Wonder Woolley lands Faldo prize

    Teenage ace Tom Woolley carded his best performance with a joint-first place finish in the prestigious Nick Faldo Series. The Chipping Norton youngster tied for the lead in the under 16 section with a gross 74 (nett 70) at Royal West Norfolk. This placed

  • Football: Didcot title hopes on a knife-edge

    GLS Hellenic League: Didcot Town's Premier Division title challenge is now out of their hands. Last night's 1-0 defeat at Abingdon United means that Stuart Peace's men trail Highworth by a point, going into tomorrow's final matches of the league season

  • Royal helps lady on horse bring rhyme to life

    The unveiling of Banbury's Lady on a White Horse statue, pictured, by the Princess Royal yesterday (April 27) was cheered by a large crowd. Some of the crowd had waited since early morning for a glimpse of Princess Anne and a first look at the statue,

  • Band promises unusual show

    A spin-off group from the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is coming to Banbury, thanks to the support of sponsors Mitchells and Butlers. Six members of the orchestra will perform as the Little Big Time Band at St. Mary's Church, on Thursday, May 19, at

  • Changes on the tracks

    Engineering work will affect train services in north Oxfordshire over the weekend. The main changes are to Chiltern Railways and Virgin CrossCountry services north of Banbury, which will be replaced by buses both days. On April 23, Chiltern passengers

  • Speedway: Academy go top after double win

    The Oxford Silver Machine Academy sit proudly at the top of the Conference league after a demolition job on Buxton and Sittingbourne at Oxford Stadium last night. They made it five meetings unbeaten by thrashing Buxton 63-31 and Sittingbourne 53-37. Top


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  • Tennis: City hit back for draw

    Oxford City started their Men's Division 1 3-Pair League campaign with an exciting 4-4 draw at Banbury. Despite their first pair of Mike Millar and Nilay Hazari winning two-and-a-half rubbers, their teammates struggled against a consistent Banbury side

  • Rover supplier set to cut jobs

    Up to 50 jobs could be at risk at a factory near Wantage that supplied parts to MG Rover following the collapse of the car maker. Wagon plc, which supplies parts such as bumpers, sun roofs and door structures to a range of manufacturers, and has a factory

  • Choir honours chorister with scholarship

    The memory of a popular choir member at Wantage Parish Church is living on in a scholarship established after his death. Dickon Peschek, 46, killed himself with a kitchen knife in June 2003 after discovering he was terminally ill with cancer. Last year

  • Candidates hit the north

    The Banbury electorate of this constituency is drawn from the towns of Banbury and Bicester and the villages of north-east Oxfordshire. Banbury and Bicester are expanding market and industrial towns, both experiencing growth because of their proximity

  • Traffic chicanes cause concern

    A £60,000 traffic-calming scheme being installed in west Oxfordshire is an "accident waiting to happen", according to a driving safety spokesman. Driver, biker and cyclist Mark McArthur-Christie said triangular concrete blocks, which will create a one-way

  • Green day will promote cleaner travel

    Staff at six south Oxfordshire businesses are being urged to travel to work in a more environmentally friendly way. April 26 is Green Travel to Work Day, which aims to improve the environment and people's health by encouraging workers to use public transport

  • Cricket: Caribbean's sights set on repeat show

    Oxford Caribbean will go into the new OCA League campaign as hot favourites to retain their crown. Caribbean eased to the title last season, losing just once in 18 games, with Eddie Howard and Dave Prosper the mainstays of a strong batting line-up for

  • Annette Mates

    Annette Mates, who spent her life in teaching and charity work, has died aged 97. She was a resident at Rush Court home for the elderly in Wallingford. Mrs Mates, pictured, was born in Essex. Her mother, Margaret Pearse, was one of the first women doctors

  • Tony Binks

    Wartime fighter pilot Tony "Binxie" Binks came to the end of the runway and died aged 89. His wife Vivienne said in a newspaper obituary notice: "He decided, having reached the end of the runway, to take off on April 8." The former pub landlord died in

  • Schoolboy's bright idea halts flying menace

    In the week of the 25th anniversary of film director Alfred Hitchcock's death -- which falls tomorrow (April 29) -- one Abingdon school has ensured there will be no repeat of scenes from his movie The Birds. After a flock of seagulls began patrolling

  • Children have nothing to do

    Well done, Peter Bonney (Oxford Mail, April 21), for highlighting the issues about our forgotten estate at Wood Farm in Oxford. If the kids haven't anything to do, why are they being blamed? It's the boredom and lack of serious amenities available to

  • Dog tax claim is 'barking mad'

    A Tory campaign leaflet claiming pensioners could face a 'dog tax' has been criticised for being silly and misleading. Conservative candidates Mike and Marilyn Badcock, of Abingdon, have delivered leaflets saying the proposal by the Liberal Democrats