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  • 172mph driver must wait

    Sentencing of a motorist caught by police speeding at 172mph has been adjourned until Monday. Timothy Brady, 33, was due to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. Police stopped Brady, of Harrow, Middlesex

  • Benefit fraudster caught

    A benefits cheat who falsely claimed more than £3,000 has admitted fraud. Jesse Wright, 46, failed to declare he was working at McDonalds in Botley Road, Oxford, when he was claiming incapacity, housing and council tax benefits. Wright, of Lamborough

  • Jail warning for sex offender

    A man who admitted a series of child sex offences has been warned he faces jail. John Howell, 43, pleaded guilty to four charges of voyeurism involving a 13-year-old child on dates between October and December last year. Howell, of Luther Street, Oxford

  • In court over gun 'prank'

    A man pointed a replica gun at his friend's head as a "prank". Oxford Crown Court heard that 30-year-old Roy Sharp, of Turnberry Close, Bicester, felt he had been shunned by Adam Slater, so pointed an imitation pistol at his head and pulled the trigger

  • Four deny OAP murder

    Four people have denied charges brought in connection with the death of a pensioner found in a suitcase. The remains of Thea Zaudy, 94, from Notting Hill Gate, London, were found in a field off the A329 at Milton Common, near Thame, on July 13. Jolanta

  • Eco house opens to public

    ALTHOUGH David Hammond's house was built in the 19th century, there is more to his Victorian home than meets the eye. Mr Hammond, a qualified architect, has transformed his end-terrace house in East Street, Osney Island, into an eco home for the future

  • Daddy's home - soldiers return

    Children ran to greet their fathers today as soldiers arrived home after six months in war-torn Afghanistan. The men spoke of concerns that their children wouldn't recognise them and told of dangerous gun battles with the Taliban. Wives and children

  • 'Predatory' paedophile gets life

    A "predatory" paedophile who abused a teenager with learning difficulties has been jailed for life. Oxford Crown Court heard today that Martin Rees, from Queensway, Didcot, groomed the boy by taking him to football matches and buying him gifts. The

  • Update: M40 crashes cause delays

    MOTORISTS faced delays on the northbound M40 heading into Oxfordshire this evening after a lorry crashed off the road. The crash, on the northbound carriageway, happened between junction five and junction six at Watlington. Long delays were reported

  • TENNIS: Vintage Henman

    TIM Henman began his three-day goodbye to professional tennis in the perfect manner as Great Britain moved within touching distance of the Davis Cup World Group. The 33-year-old, playing in what could yet be the final singles match of his 14-year career

  • School aims to slash waste by 40%

    Pupils at Abingdon School spent a day "trashing" the curriculum - collecting rubbish as part of a 24-hour project. A mountain of waste was dumped outside the school theatre to show people the amount of garbage that is generated in a single day. Boys

  • Today's local share prices (PM)

    AEA Technology 117 BMW 3034 Electrocomponents 244.75 Isoft Group 68.5 Nationwide Accident Repair 155 Oxford Biomedica 37.25 Oxford Instruments 241.5 Reed Elsevier 634.75 RM 194.75 RPS Group 360.75 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Cousins jailed over road death

    Two cousins have been sentenced to a total of nine years after a collision in which a teenager died. Jessie Smith, 17, from Milton Road, Chesham, was travelling in a stolen Ford Sierra being driven by Edward Parker when it collided with another car

  • Outdoor pool may reopen

    Banbury's outdoor swimming pool could reopen for the 2009 summer season. The revival of the pool, part of the Woodgreen Leisure Centre, moved a step closer last week after Cherwell District Council's environment and select committee voted in favour

  • The last lap for bar

    Nearly five years of lap-dancing at an East Oxford bar are coming to an end. Bar Baby, in Cowley Road, is undergoing major refurbishment - and when it reopens on Friday, October 21, its regular Sunday lap-dancing nights will no longer be part of the

  • Waiting on Whately

    Kevin Whately is lamenting the loss of one of his favourite parts of Oxford. "Monica, one of the Randolph's long-standing barmaids has emigrated to Canada," he tells me. "Each year we go there, some of the staff have changed - although we always get

  • Association seeks signer

    A new neighbourhood association is looking for someone to sign for the deaf at its meetings. Donnington Neighbourhood Tenants' and Residents' Association, formed earlier this month, wants to cater for at least one member of the community who is deaf

  • Autism treatment gives hope to parents

    When you speak to Raun Kaufman he comes across as a slick-talking American: immediately personable and trustworthy. His obvious sharp intellect masks a past that, in true Stateside style, was transformed into a television movie - a fact of which he

  • M40 crash causes jams

    Motorists faced delays on the northbound M40 in Oxfordshire this afternoon after a car overturned. The crash happened between junction nine at Bicester and junction ten at Ardley just after midday. Police used a rolling road block to allow the wreckage

  • Hospital advised to draw up Plan B

    NHS directors are drawing up contingency plans to save services at an Oxford hospital if it is declared financially non-viable. Although managers at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre announced in the spring that its future was secure, business experts

  • Death-crash cousins jailed

    TWO cousins have been sentenced to a total of nine years after a collision in which a teenager died. Jessie Smith, 17, from Milton Road, Chesham, was travelling in a stolen Ford Sierra being driven by Edward Parker when it collided with another car

  • Eco house opens to public

    Although David Hammond's house was built in the 19th century, there is more to his Victorian home than meets the eye. Mr Hammond, a qualified architect, has transformed his end-terrace house in East Street, Osney Island, into an eco home for the future

  • Speeding drivers bring misery to street

    Residents in the Cowley area of Oxford claim their lives are being plagued by drivers using their road as a rat-run. While speed humps have been put in along Crescent Road, residents claim that motorists still speed up and down the road - and when large

  • Bar will quench that thirst

    Staff at a new bar in Oxford are laying on a Champagne reception for customers tomorrow night (Saturday). The Thirst Lodge bar, off St Ebbe's, has been open for several weeks but the grand opening is at 6pm. Manager Tommy Harris, pictured cracking

  • School bids to sell land

    An Abingdon school is planning to sell part of its playing fields for homes. Money from the sale of the land at Larkmead School would be used to improve sports facilities and open them up to the public. And tennis could be back on the sports agenda

  • Oxford mail sorting office to close

    POSTAL workers today reacted with shock after an announcement that Oxford's main sorting office, the Oxford Mail Centre, is to close. The move, planned for 2009, is part of a £20m expansion plan for the Royal Mail centre in Swindon. It was announced

  • One of the great inns of England

    I was interested to read about the 400th anniversary of the King's Arms in Holywell, Oxford (Oxford Mail, September 14). Most of the history of this pub was publicised by Oakwood Press in 1998 in my book, An Encyclopaedia of Oxford Pubs, Inns and Taverns

  • Teeing off for charity

    SUMMERTOWN: David Rose, store manager at audiovisual specialist Bang & Olufsen, helped raise more than £18,000 for children's charity Sparks when he teed up alongside a host of celebrities at a fundraising golf tournament. Mr Rose swapped flat screens

  • Movers and shakers

    OXFORD: Nicholas Tidder has been appointed as property lawyer at Chaselaw Solicitors in Beaumont Street, Oxford. Mr Tidder, 46, has worked in the property field for 25 years, starting at Harrow District Land Registry. He previously worked for law firms

  • Car park has been hijacked

    One HAS only to walk along High Street and the precinct in Abingdon to be fully aware of the downturn in shopping now on offer, with the threat of even more closures in the forthcoming months. Many people will attribute this to the new town centre road

  • Diary for September 21 to November

    TO find out more details of the events listed below, contact Business Link on 0845 600 9006, or visit the website www.businesslinksolutions. co.uk/events unless otherwise stated. SEPTEMBER 21: Enterprise Day, Colin Sanders Innovation Centre, Mewburn

  • New business park

    Building work has started at the Holywell Business Park with more than 50 per cent of the development already under offer. The 15-acre site at Southam, near Banbury, will comprise 250,000 sq ft of high quality office, industrial and warehouse accommodation

  • M&S for Witney

    A branch of Marks & Spencer will open at the new Marriotts Close development in Witney. A deal has been signed for M&S to provide one of the big anchor stores, along with Debenhams, which signed up earlier this year. It will be a major outlet, stocking

  • Big deal for Beaumont

    An office block which houses several hundred workers has been sold in a multi-million pound deal. Newton Asset Management has bought Beaumont House in Banbury from Nirton Developments for £3.1m. The six-storey 22,560 sq ft building has recently undergone

  • Plans at the park

    A £50m redevelopment which owners say will completely transform the heart of one of Europe's biggest business parks has surprised community leaders. Milton Park, near Didcot, is home to more than 150 businesses employing about 6,500 people - and has more

  • Castle goes corporate

    The Oxford Castle has launched its facilities as a corporate hospitality venue. Set against the historic city centre backdrop of the castle and former prison, organisers are looking to combine meeting space with tours of the attraction. The main meeting

  • Golden opportunities

    When it comes to accommodating a business, flexibility is often the key. And it has become a byword for Golden M Construction. Not only are the building units ideal for farmers wanting to shelter livestock, they can be adapted to provide permanent fixtures

  • Rising to the challenge

    The business benefits of improving the completion of projects in technology companies are clear. In many cases, the time a project takes to go on sale can have a great impact on profitability and competitive standing, and customers and investors invariably

  • Four deny body-in-case charges

    FOUR people today denied charges brought in connection with the death of a pensioner found in a suitcase. The remains of Thea Zaudy, 94, from Notting Hill Gate, were found in a field off the A329 Rycote Lane at Milton Common, near Thame, on July 13

  • Making life easier

    Enlightened self-interest in the best capitalist tradition lies at the root of a Woodstock business now growing at the rate of 30 per cent a year. Owen Mumford, which began as a humble plastics mouldings company in 1952, is now a world market leader

  • How to float

    The Alternative Investment Market is one of the world's leading markets for smaller and growing companies. From humble beginnings in 1995 with just ten companies, AIM has grown into a world class equity market for fast-growing companies, and now has more

  • Policing cyberspace

    Who on earth can they be, these devilishly clever authors of malicious computer programmes - known as malware - who are apparently constantly attacking our systems both at home and at work? Whoever they are, there are a lot of them: brainy people who

  • Smell the coffee

    Coffee is a subject that arouses strong passions. It's not just about whether you like a skinny latte or chocolate on your cappuccino, but what you think about the growth of coffee shops in our high streets. Green campaigners in Oxford are trying to

  • Shining new light on autism

    WHEN you speak to Raun Kaufman he comes across as a slick-talking American: Immediately personable and trustworthy. His obvious sharp intellect masks a past, that, in true State-side style, was transformed into a television movie - a fact of which he

  • Cadets' German trip

    These Army cadets were pictured in 1955 preparing to leave Oxford for a 10-day stint in Germany. In their smart uniforms and with kit and luggage all packed, they were heading for the headquarters of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

  • Hotel jobs 'safe after deal'

    The founders of Oxfordshire-based hotel group Four Pillars have netted a multi-million pound profit by selling up to a global property fund. The price was not disclosed, but is believed to be £121m. Four Pillars employs 543 people, spread between

  • Starting Over

    Ok let's go! Welcome to the Dr. Feelgood site. Day 1. I guess that I hope to do each week is offer subtle thoughts and insights as to how we might all make adjustments in our lives to help them run more smoothly and with greater insight. I refrain from

  • Man attacked with baseball bat

    A man was attacked with a baseball bat suffering head and knee injuries. The 22-year-old was assaulted in a field next to the A4260 at Bodicote roundabout, Bodicote near Banbury, last Saturday. Police only made an appeal for information today. The

  • 172mph motorists sentencing adjourned

    Sentencing of a motorist caught by police speeding at 172mph in Oxfordshire has been adjourned. Timothy Brady, 33, was due to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. Police stopped Brady, of Earls Crescent

  • 172mph driver's sentencing adjourned

    SENTENCING of a motorist caught by police speeding at 172mph in Oxfordshire has been adjourned. Timothy Brady was driving a Porsche 911 along the A420 near Kingston Bagpuize when he was caught in a routine speed check in January. It is the highest

  • Capital adventure

    Investment capital is the fuel that powers the county's life sciences cluster. There is a depth of expertise, resources and services in this community and 35,000 scientists within 20 miles of Oxford. David Mott, investment director of Oxford Capital

  • Bright eyes

    A company commissioning and selling high quality reproduction furniture across the country began life in an old village grocery store. More than 30 years have passed and Brights of Nettlebed has flourished to the point where it now has stores in other

  • Crustacea and coffee

    Arranging lunch meetings is all very well but there is always one proviso. It is that the venue has to be near the office to ensure a break of no more than two hours, hopefully including the walk there and back. From Osney Mead, Oxford, my preferences

  • Bowling through slump

    There are few things in life quite as enjoyable as being the smug focus of a collective exclamation and an audible intake of breath. "You did what?" I was asked by a couple of incredulous friends when I explained where and how I had spent the day as stock

  • Trickle-down effect

    In taste tests, few people can tell the difference between bottled mineral water and filtered tap water, but consumers can appreciate the difference in the impact on their wallets or weekly shop. This is the experience of managing director David Banfield

  • Nomadic Nissan

    The Nissan Qashqai is apparently named after a confederation of tribal clans in Iran. A curious choice, perhaps, given the rather uncertain political situation in the Middle East. But Nissan wanted to imply that its drivers would be nomadic in their nature

  • A dog's life

    When their dog Raffy was diagnosed with cancer and given three to six months to live, Liz Nuttall and John Rice decided to feed him the best food they possibly could. "I believe what you are is what you eat. We didn't know how long Raffy had left, so

  • Choice venues

    The conference market is growing rapidly in the UK, which means there is a far wider choice of venues. But which is the right one for a particular company, or individual's needs? An unsuitable choice could be a disaster for you, your staff and, most

  • Internet shopping flock

    As increasing numbers of people turn to the Internet to shop, more businesses are cashing in on the trend by creating online stores to complement their high street trade. When Lisa Southall discovered the beauty of shopping from home, she decided to

  • Local hampers

    It is easy to be dragged into the routine of the weekly supermarket shop, which very often means the local economy is not being supported. A generation ago, food shopping was often split between different outlets - the greengrocer, butcher, baker, etc

  • Insurance concerns

    The insurance bill collectively covering Oxfordshire for the recent floods is likely to be £34m, it has been estimated. But it is not just the physical losses associated with property that can affect businesses. If a building and its facilities are paralysed

  • Coping after the flood

    Flooding, disease, food shortages - we could be talking about a Third World country hit by a monsoon rather than Oxfordshire. The deluge that hit the county in July meant that although farmers and contractors were ready for harvesting, the ground became

  • Hanging at castle

    The O3 Gallery, housed in a circular stone tower in the Oxford Castle complex, has hosted a new exhibition nearly every month since it opened in May 2005. It showcases the work of artists just beginning to make a name for themselves and giving them a

  • Florists flourish

    Floristry is an art form. This is according to the affable owners behind Oxford's newest flower shop - Fabulous Flowers. And living out this mantra through a business they are intensely passionate about is, perhaps, why Gary Cooper and Matthew Taylor

  • Keen as mustard

    Bruce Young spent 24 years teaching drama at Burford School, but now he is devoting himself to a new career that really cuts the mustard. He has turned his hobby - making mustard - into a business, called Shaken Oak. He retired from teaching two years

  • Big cheese

    The last time I saw alpine cheeses maturing, it was high in the Swiss Alps on a sparkling summer day 25 years ago. In the ancient stone building where the cheesemaker spent summers with his wife and young family, huge golden rounds sat quietly maturing

  • SPEEDWAY: Cheetahs edge home

    Oxford Cheetahs strengthened their bid for a top-two finish in the Conference League by coming from behind to beat Cleveland Bays 49-43 last night. Second-placed Cheetahs, already assured of contesting the play-offs, moved four points clear of chasing

  • CYCLING: McGaw on fire

    Oxford University research student Dave McGaw sped to victory in the Andover Wheelers ten-mile time trial on a fast course. McGaw took advantage of near-perfect conditions to come out on top of a field of 250 riders with a personal best time of 19 mins

  • ROWING: Freeman in Euro mission

    Wallingford's Alice Freeman, a world senior bronze medallist in the British women's eight just three weeks ago in Munich, is in action again at the European Championships in Poland this weekend. The British have sent a skeleto n team of just four boats

  • Man attacked with baseball bat

    POLICE today issued an appeal for information after a man was attacked with a baseball bat in Bodicote. At about 7pm on Saturday the 22-year-old victim was assaulted near the reservoir. He received hospital treatment for a fractured knee and a head

  • TENNIS: Grace grabs national glory

    Grace Lymer-Sullivan, from Abingdon produced some sparkling play to win the 12 & Under Girls Sunday Telegraph National Junior Tennis Finals in Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest. Lymer-Sullivan, who arrived at the tournament as top seed after an impressive

  • TENNIS: Henman ready to bow out in style

    Oxfordshire star Tim Henman is planning a fairy-tale farewell to Wimbledon. The 33-year-old, who lives at Aston Tirrold, near Didcot, takes on world No 12 Ivan Ljubicic in the opening singles match of Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia today

  • SPORT CALENDAR: Action in Oxfordshire for the week ahead

    SATURDAY FOOTBALL BRITISH GAS BUSINESS SOUTHERN LEAGUE Premier Div: Banbury Utd v Bedford. Div 1 South & West: Burnham v Abingdon Utd, Didcot Tn v Hillingdon Borough, Oxford City v Windsor & Eton. FOOTBALL LEAGUE YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP Oxford Utd

  • Festival honours teenager

    THE family of a Chipping Norton teenager who died two years ago are rallying around to hold a festival in her honour. It will be the third event held in memory of Emma Curtis-Smith, who collapsed while watching her boyfriend on his first parade at the

  • Shock over mail centre closure

    Oxford's main sorting office, the Oxford Mail Centre, is to close in 2009 as part of a £20m expansion plan for the Royal Mail centre in Swindon. It was announced 12 months ago that operations at Reading and Gloucester would be moved to Swindon, but the

  • Residents claim roads left messy

    RESIDENTS in a second East Oxford street are complaining to the city council that wheelie bins are left in an untidy state by binmen on collection day. Earlier this month, Warwick Street resident Roger Moreton complained that his road had been left

  • Carnival display brightened up show

    THE colour of Oxford's Cowley Road Carnival brightened up a dull and windy day at Thame Show yesterday. Young people from East Oxford, who took part in this year's carnival, joined members of the Oxford Pegasus Theatre Group to perform songs and dances

  • Academy rivals vie for backing

    PARENTS confused by plans to turn Oxford's Peers School into the city's first academy found themselves with even more to consider last night. Rival groups, both canvassing public opinion over the Diocese of Oxford's plans to take over the Littlemore

  • Lethal haul found at waste site

    DEADLY throwing knives, a collection of ceremonial daggers and a sword were part of a stash of weapons dumped at an Oxfordshire tip. Thames Valley Police officers have issued a warning about how to safely dispose of dangerous knives after discovering

  • FOOTBALL: Peirson makes Didcot switch

    Didcot Town are set to give a debut to defender Richard Peirson (pictured) after snapping him up from Southern League rivals Abingdon United. Peirson, 30, played more than 250 games for the Division 1 South & West outfit after joining from Oxford City

  • FOOTBALL: King gets shirty with Ardley!

    North Leigh chairman Pete King has hit back at Premier Division rivals Ardley United after a row broke out over kit colours. Trouble erupted before Tuesday night's game after visitors Ardley, who usually wear blue, were ordered to play in their rivals

  • TENNIS: Henman ready to bow out in style

    Oxfordshire star Tim Henman is planning a fairy-tale farewell to Wimbledon. The 33-year-old, who lives at Aston Tirrold, near Didcot, takes on world No 12 Ivan Ljubicic in the opening singles match of Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia today

  • CYCLING: McGaw on fire

    Oxford University research student Dave McGaw sped to victory in the Andover Wheelers ten-mile time trial on a fast course. McGaw took advantage of near-perfect conditions to come out on top of a field of 250 riders with a personal best time of 19 mins

  • FOOTBALL: Witney set for triple booster

    Jimmy Griffin and Stuart Douglas return to Witney United's squad for tomorrow's FA Vase second qualifying round tie at home to Calne Town. Griffin has been out for almost a month with a heel injury, while Douglas had a groin strain. Lewis Brownhill

  • RUGBY UNION: Gustafson's Chinnor chance

    Owen Gustafson will make his Chinnor debut in tomorrow's South West 1 clash with Coney Hill at Kingsey Road. The former Oxford Harlequins captain has won the nod over Luke Harding to start at scrum half as Chinnor bid to make it three wins out of three

  • TENNIS: Grace grabs national glory

    Grace Lymer-Sullivan, from Abingdon produced some sparkling play to win the 12 & Under Girls Sunday Telegraph National Junior Tennis Finals in Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest. Lymer-Sullivan, who arrived at the tournament as top seed after an impressive

  • ROWING: Freeman in Euro mission

    Wallingford's Alice Freeman, a world senior bronze medallist in the British women's eight just three weeks ago in Munich, is in action again at the European Championships in Poland this weekend. The British have sent a skeleto n team of just four boats

  • PIGEON RACING: Results

    Oxford Central (Newton Abbot, 8 sent 132): 1, 2, 3 M Eadle 1339, 1335, 1332; 4 M/M Ward 1268; 5, 6, 9 Merchant & Hall 1257, 1248, 1233; 7, 8 D Bowler 1246, 1245; 10 K Shipperley 1232; 11 A Gjyla 1227; 12 P Madden. Oxford Premier (Newton Abbot): 1 M Eadle

  • CRICKET: Stats highlight Oxford's team effort

    Oxford's true team effort in landing the Sommers Home Counties Premier League Division 1 title is shown by their lack of representatives in the batting and bowling charts. Only veteran off-spinner Rupert Evans achieved the required 25 wickets to make

  • Man rescued woman from burning car

    A MAN who put his life on the line to pull a woman from a burning car on the A34 has been honoured with a top award. Thirty-year-old Alex Marshman said he acted instinctively last November when faced with the crash near Milton. Leading firefighters

  • Have your say on jams

    THOUSANDS of households, motorists, bus and rail users across Oxfordshire will be quizzed in a bid to paint an accurate picture of chronic congestion problems. And with 56,600 new homes to be built in the county over the next two decades, transport

  • Band performs for movie

    OXFORD band A Silent Film lived up to their name when they took centre stage for a pivotal scene in a film adaptation of Oxford author Philip Pullman's novel The Butterfly Tattoo. The production company, which is filming the movie in and around Oxford

  • TV celebrity chef in town

    CELEBRITY chef Antony Worrall Thompson will visit Bicester next week to sign copies of his new book. Mr Worrall Thompson will be at Cole's Bookstore in Crown Walk to promote The People's Cookbook, which features recipes by three Bicester women. They

  • United are embarrassed

    JIM Smith described last night's humbling at Histon as one of the club's most disappointing performances ever. In front of the Setanta TV cameras, the U's gave a dismal second-half showing as they crashed 1-0 in the Blue Square Premier. It was the

  • Extraordinary ballot

    Are we alone in finding it extraordinary that in 2007 a group of workers can consider balloting for strike action because a colleague has been sacked? This is a rare occurrence nationally, but we have become used to it in Oxford where Royal Mail workers

  • Transport habits

    Transport habits We wonder what useful new information Oxfordshire County Council will get from its huge survey of our transport habits. Most of us when questioned think our habit of using the car is a virtuous one - it is everyone else that does not

  • Women take on men in rural test

    COUNTRYSIDE-lovers were transported back in time for a test of historic rural skills. More than 50 ploughmen - and women - headed to Appleford, near Didcot, to take part in a ploughing match, using only vintage equipment. Spectators were treated to

  • Buried under suburbia

    Sir - I recently took a trip down the B-road with foreign visitors to Oxford towards Wallingford and Nettlebed: "The England of the films", said the visitor. The two overarching metaphors of Oxford are Garsington-Bloomsbury and the car works in Cowley

  • Sad remembrance

    Sir - At midday last Sunday, a small parade gathered at the war memorial in St Giles to remember 'the Few', the RAF pilots who successfully defended Britain from the German air assault in 1940. Had they not been successful, and it was a close-run

  • Turning a £29m leaf

    THE Bodleian Library, with its sublime architecture and irreplacable treasures, might appear to belong to a different world to the Osney Mead estate. As one of the world's greatest libraries, the collections of books and manuscripts it holds are priceless

  • NOC future in spotlight

    NHS directors are drawing up contingency plans to save services at an Oxford hospital if it is declared financially unviable. Although managers at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre announced in the spring that the future was secure, business experts

  • Interesting reflection

    Sir - As chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust, I find myself unable to refrain from pointing out an error in Mr Koenig's article about the Otmoor riot of 1830 (Weekend, September 7). In our Regimental history there is a detailed account of the

  • Political posturing

    Sir - I couldn't agree more with your recent editorial, highlighting the city council's financial woes and calling for all political parties to put the good of the city above political posturing. The Green Party has proposed a 'traffic light coalition

  • Didgeridoo it

    THE Northmoor Trust's popular didgeridoo workshop, in which people select wood, make an instrument and then learn to play it, is returning on Saturday and Sunday The £90 workshop at Little Wittenham can be booked on 01865 407792.

  • Well-organised work

    Sir - I know we are all quick to comment when roadworks inconvenience us. However, I would like to say that as both Master, and a resident of Magdalen College School, I have found the major works on The Plain to have been very well organised. I have

  • Alien development

    Sir - Never accept a developer's word at first meeting. For over two years, the people of Jericho have been lobbying British Waterways (BW) that, if a new bridge had to be provided across the canal, it should be a traditional lift bridge in keeping

  • Thousands view acclaimed exhibition

    MORE than 26,000 people have visited the Stella Vine show at Modern Art Oxford, making it one of their most popular exhibitions to date. The exhibition, which opened at the Pembroke Street gallery on July 17, features Ms Vine's most controversial works

  • Disconcerting twist

    Sir - Dr Harbour's letter (August 31) raises serious issues of concern about deficiencies in the flood models used by the Environment Agency, and others, to assess flood risk and predict flooding. However the story of the impact of RWE npower's ash

  • Lacking imagination

    Sir - I would like to comment on the recycling collection arrangements for Oxford city. We are very much in support of recycling, and welcome it in all its forms, but . . . Owing to the very exceptional damp weather, several shrubs in our smallish

  • Villagers have say on fuel efficiency

    RESIDENTS in a west Oxfordshire village will today help decide new fuel-cutting measures as part of a ground-breaking community project. North Leigh, near Witney, is being challenged to become Oxfordshire's first energy-efficient village - and the

  • Incineration is bad

    Sir - Your correspondent Gerard McCrum (Letters, September 14) writes that "the design of incinerators has been improved by an order of magnitude since late in the last century". I would like to see the figures! Waste incinerators are inefficient electricity

  • Hidden holiday spot

    Sir - You don't realise just how bad most English people's manners have declined until you travel a long way from these shores - no, a lot further than France. The French actually make us look better than we deserve. Try somewhere like Taiwan. Very

  • Safer to walk

    Sir - In response to correspondence in your pages on the purchase of advance train tickets at Oxford station, I would like to offer a warning to anyone intending to purchase tickets on-line. Earlier this year I intended to travel within the UK and

  • Quarry firm says site must expand

    A WASTE company which has overtipped at an Oxfordshire quarry claims it must expand its landfill site. Villagers from Finmere, near Bicester, packed out a public inquiry on Tuesday to hear representatives from Premier Aggregates argue for permission

  • Early-morning exercise

    Sir - I was delighted to read on the front page (September 7) that the university is considering a bicycle loan scheme similar to that in Paris. I have long thought that it could work really well in Oxford. It would be fantastic if this initiative could

  • Bunker

    Staff at the tiny Northern Rock office in Oxford must have been laughing their heads off. While their colleagues in offices up and down the country were besieged by customers anxious to withdraw their money from the troubled bank, life went on as normal

  • Welcome repairs

    Sir - Your June report on the Thames towpath at Fiddlers Island and Medley Island Major safety work on towpath due to start in September promises an end to the neglected state of this heavily-used part of the Thames Trail. With our neighbours at Bossoms

  • Prizes for gardens?

    Sir - Further to the excellent letters from Maurice Herson (September 7) and David Nash (September 14), it is not just in the city that gardens are used as car parks - village gardens are also under threat. I have a small Cotswold stone period cottage

  • Lake protests take to street

    CYCLE to recycle was the message from Save Radley Lakes supporters who used pedal power to drive home their plea on a ride from Oxford to Abingdon via Thrupp Lake at Radley. The lake is under threat of being filled in with thousands of tonnes of spent

  • Magical mystery tour brings in funds

    MAGIC, mystery and fundraising - as well as blue skies and sunshine - brought out a bumper crowd for this year's Charlbury Street Fair. Among those dressing up for the theme of the 52nd annual event, on Saturday, was Graham Canning dressed as the wizard

  • Widely-flouted limit

    Sir - Angela Dublin's "catastrophic lack of judgement" in May 2005 caused the Oxford Eastern Bypass tragedy. She killed four people, seriously injured herself and others, and spread grief and pain through her community. But she has served two years

  • Plans to brighten East Oxford

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