• RUGBY UNION: Catling's treble tonic

    Oxford University 55, Major Stanley's XV 31 A hat-trick of tries from wing Tim Catling was the highlight of an entertaining Oxford University victory last night. The Dark Blues shone in attack, but had the occasional lapse in defence against a highly

  • Parking charges could go up 15%

    TRADERS were left stunned last night after Oxford City Council announced plans to increase car park charges by an inflation-busting 15 per cent. Business leaders warned the rise could lead to a New Year exodus as shoppers travelled to neighbouring

  • Three food waste plants bid

    PLANS have been drawn up for three centres that could recycle food waste from all homes in Oxfordshire from next year. Recycling company Agrivert has submitted a £6m scheme to build a plant on Green Belt land at Cassington, near Yarnton. A

  • Minor birthday, major celebrations

    People responsible for the birth of an Oxford icon are being encouraged to join a celebration of its 60th anniversary. The Morris Minor, which was assembled at Cowley for much of its 23-year lifespan, is being commemorated with a special parade through

  • Tumour clue on track tragedy

    An elderly woman killed when she stepped in front of a train at a level crossing had an undiagnosed brain tumour that may have have affected her hearing or sight, an inquest heard yesterday. Margaret Evans, 80, was struck by an express train

  • 'Cops shouldn't chase drink-drivers'

    The family of a man who died in a police pursuit have called for police to stop chasing drink drivers. Mathew Young, of Wroslyn Road, Freeland, was being followed at high speed by police when his green Rover 620 veered off the A4095, between Witney and

  • Girl denies perverting justice

    A girl accused of making up a kidnapping outside an Oxford shop has denied a charge of perverting the course of justice. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Oxford Youth Court yesterday. Police investigated

  • Salute to fallen troops

    Royal Marines and Royal British Legion members gathered in Oxford yesterday to pay tribute to three soldiers killed in Afghanistan. More than 60 people lined Headley Way, at the entrance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington, to salute

  • Peres visit passes peacefully

    The visit of IsraelI president Shimon Peres, right, to Oxford passed off without serious incident, police said yesterday. About 100 protesters, above, took part in a demonstration organised by the university’s Arab Cultural Society against

  • Accused 'tried to stab officer'

    A man accused of murdering an Afghan refugee tried to stab an Irish police officer while trying to resist arrest, a jury heard yesterday. Garda Richard Lynch said Martin Joyce attacked him with a screwdriver after being stopped in the Irish

  • Anger over admissions

    EMERGENCY patients in large parts of Oxfordshire are being denied treatment in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, a GP has claimed. Dr Oliver Sharpley said GPs in west and north Oxfordshire have been bombarded with emails urging them to divert

  • RUGBY UNION: County rivals given a boost

    Chinnor and Oxford Harlequins have been handed boosts in their respective relegation battles after the RFU confirmed a revised league structure for next season. At the beginning of the campaign it appeared that the bottom three sides would go down from

  • Rural patients 'denied JR treatment

    Emergency patients in large parts of Oxfordshire are being denied treatment in Oxford’s John Radcliffe, a GP has claimed. Burford GP Dr Oliver Sharpley said GPs in west and north Oxfordshire have been bombarded with emails urging them to divert

  • RUGBY UNION: Hill in Baa-Baas' call-up

    Chinnor's Rob Hill has been named in the Deaf Barbarians squad for their inaugural match against Wales at Pontypridd on Sunday. Hill, who has already represented England Deaf, is on the bench for the clash. Following Barbarians traditions

  • RUGBY UNION: Gosford urged to back coach

    Gosford All Blacks supporter Mike Rhymes has urged players to get behind the club and support coach Alec Smith. Rhymes, who pens Gosford’s match reports, was left frustrated after seeing a very under-strength side lose 62-0 at Amersham & Chiltern on

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins' forward Aymer due to leave hospital

    There is better news of Oxford Harlequins forward James Aymer, who suffered a head injury on his debut against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday. Aymer was expected to be released from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, where he was taken after

  • GREYHOUNDS: Thursday's Oxford runners

    7.35: Fancy Mavis 3, Springville Oak 2, Indigo Jenny, Dysert Crystal, MOBY DICK, Hamilton Hero. 7.50: BAGATELLE RAIN, Nonas Wellott 3, Centenarys Jet, Ardmayle Lee 2, Mooreville Paddy, Rosy Les. 8.05: Greencroft Irish 2, Blue Summer, Tucks Chloe 3,

  • Lights help cancer victims

    Coach driver Geoffrey Simpson wants to steer children towards his Christmas lights to raise money for the leukaemia ward at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Since 2001, Mr Simpson, 58, from Long Hanborough, near Witney, has covered his house with thousands

  • AUNT SALLY: McGarry's double six

    Banbury's Bobby McGarry stole the show again with a brace of sixes in a 15-doll haul to help sink Bicester 4-2 in the Banbury Indoor League. McGarry, who top-scored last week with three fives, reeled off 6, 3, 6 this time to steer his side to victory

  • BAR BILLIARDS: Johnson turns on style

    Captain Gary Johnson racked up a score of 20,760 to help boost Horse & Harrow’s title charge in the Premier Section of the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford League. Johnson’s terrific effort set Horse & Harrow on the way to a 3-2 home win over

  • Union president in new row

    The president of the Oxford Union is facing a reprimand after providing financial favours to the undergraduate son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Joshua Roche allowed Bilawal Bhutto and other friends to hold a party in Union

  • GOLF:Siblings set for tough test

    Steve and Katherine O’Connor tee off in the Daily Telegraph Junior Finals in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, hoping for a family double. The pair from Tadmarton Heath became the first siblings to qualify for the event, which saw more than 40,000 entrants. Katherine

  • Search for youth worker begins

    Four youth workers are being sought to put an end to the lack of services for young people in an Oxford suburb. Littlemore, described by city councillor John Tanner as the city’s “forgotten ward” with regards to youth facilities, will soon be able to

  • Oxfam to cut 45 staff

    Up to 45 staff are to be made redundant by the charity Oxfam, with the majority of the lost jobs expected to be at the Oxford head office. Senior managers at the charity, which employs 750 people at its headquarters at the Oxford Business Park, said

  • Chefs champion local food

    Celebrity chefs Sophie Grigson and Celia Brooks Brown gave live cookery demonstrations at Oxford’s Covered Market yesterday to encourage shoppers to buy local produce. The chefs launched the two-day food fair, which also features chefs from

  • BOWLS: Richens squeezes in

    Carterton's Stuart Richens pipped Banbury’s Mark Sykes 21-20 in the English Indoor Association’s Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire champion of champions area semi-finals. He now faces Oxford & District’s Howard Watts in the final at Oxford

  • Uni to publish refugee poets

    AN AMBITIOUS project to pair established poets with refugees and asylum seekers to produce an anthology has been launched by Oxford Brookes University’s poetry centre. It is the first time the centre, which is working with Oxford-based charity Asylum

  • School honours life of Brian

    The memory of a man who placed a high value on education lives on in his village primary school. Penny Hodgson, widow of former county councillor Brian Hodgson, officially opened a new classroom at Stonesfield, accompanied by their sons Danny

  • Sally's back for bed and cuddles

    A dog that jumped over a 6ft 6in fence to escape from an animal adoption centre after being startled by a firework has been found safe and well after an 11-day adventure. Sally, an 18-month-old German Shepherd, went missing from her temporary home at

  • 75 county people on BNP roster

    Seventy-five people in Oxfordshire have been listed as members of the British National Party on a roster on the Internet. The 12,000-strong membership list, which BNP leader Nick Griffin suspects may have been stolen by former supporters, includes

  • School welcomes speed humps plan

    Parents and staff have welcomed plans for speed humps outside a Didcot primary school after several “near-misses”. The support follows a petition from parents and pupils of Ladygrove Park Primary School, in Avon Way, asking Oxfordshire County

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  • Police boost late patrols

    Residents have welcomed a “significant” boost to weekend police patrols in Abingdon and Wantage to help curb late-night violence and anti-social behaviour. New Vale police commander Andy Boyd said it was not a temporary measure and more officers would

  • ICE HOCKEY: Hargreaves gets reign off to a flier

    New Oxford City Stars coach Richie Hargreaves got his tenure off to a perfect star as his side propelled themselves to the top of Division 1 South. Stars picked up a creditable draw away to Cardiff Devils, with a sharp tactical decision from Hargreaves

  • ATHLETICS: Kimber is crowned champion

    Headington Roadrunner Steve Kimber, running for first-claim club Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, landed the title at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross Country Championships in Reading. Kimber cruised to victory in a time of 31mins 35secs over the undulating

  • Why can't I buy a good woollen tie?

    As the man credited with the introduction of the tie into the male wardrobe, Beau Brummell might wonder at what seems to have happened to this important accessory over the past decade or so. In short, for reasons that I cannot understand, the choice of

  • Waltz With Bashir

    The Japanese have been making grown-up cartoons for decades. But the emphasis of so much anime has been on sci-fi and fantasy and it's only recently that animators have begun to tackle weightier topics in the graphic novel style of, say, Art Spiegelman

  • Hairy Bikers roar in for tea and cake

    It was the production team that entered first, complete with their microphones, cameras, lights and clipboards. In seconds, and much to the amusement of the customers enjoying an early morning coffee break, they transformed a popular Oxford restaurant

  • Almond Apple Pie recipe

    The difference between this apple pie and the traditional one is the use of ground and sliced almonds to flavour and decorate the dish. Almonds and apples go particularly well together and slice almonds certainly give the pie an attractive finish You

  • The Lamb at Crawley

    An excellent precept when arriving at a restaurant is never to accept a table tucked away in a room remote from the command centre. I had my doubts in this respect when we arrived for our Sunday lunch booked at The Lamb, Crawley, and found we were to

  • Good Idea but clumsily done

    I wish I had read Reg Little's article about Martine Brant in this newspaper last week before I watched The Devil's Whore (Channel 4), co-written by Brant and Peter Flannery. It is one of those historical dramas which expects viewers to know their history

  • Double delight from Simon and Freddie

    The books arrived in the same post – the first from a writer with whom I share a name, the second from one with whom I share a birthday (August 14, if you want to send me a card). Both are volumes of memoirs, of a sort. From the pen of Simon Gray – now

  • Oxford Philomusica: Beethoven Series, Sheldonian Theatre

    The Philomusica’s epic journey through Beethoven’s great orchestral masterpieces continued at the Sheldonian with the first and fourth symphonies and the Piano Concerto No.4. For the orchestra’s founder and musical director, Marios Papadopoulos,

  • Morris engineer dies, aged 80

    John Mandle, one of the engineers who worked on the design of the legendary Morris Minor, has died aged 80. Born in South Shields, County Durham, in April 1928, he was the only child of Stephen and Mary Mandle. On his first day at South Shields Grammar

  • Carmen: New Theatre, Oxford

    C armen, as always, packed them in at the New Theatre on Saturday. There were even girls in the audience dressed in flouncy Spanish dresses with flowers behind their ears, determined, I suppose, on a cold English November evening to let the heat of Andalucia

  • Conversations with My Gardener and Belle Toujours

    Two superb films about ageing are released this week and it’s wonderful to see that cinema is still being made somewhere in the world whose main constituency isn’t adolescent males. The son of one of France’s finest film-makers, Jean Becker, has never

  • Atrium String Quartet: Holywell Music Room

    The Oxford Chamber Music Society’s new season, launched with a recital by cellist Colin Carr, continued with young ensemble the Atrium String Quartet. On paper, this looked like a move from experienced to inexperienced, but as the players walked out on

  • Hansel and Gretel: Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company

    Another winter rolls in and, to cheer our spirits, Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company travel hither and yon through the county with colour, music and fun trailing in their wake. For those of us who live in villages these harbingers of the festive

  • Treasure Island: The Theatre Royal, Haymarket

    I was set to interview Keith Allen in the run-up to Treasure Island, but he cancelled. I mention this non-event because, Allen not being someone I naturally associate with children’s entertainment, my central question was going to be: “Who’s the

  • Karen Purple: Penwood House

    Every day brings new inspiration for Karen Purple. She is an artist steeped in the changing seasons. In her daily walks around Long Hanborough she draws on the beauty of the fields, the trees and plants which she records in her journal, a journal not

  • The Magic Flute, Glyndebourne on Tour, Milton Keynes Theatre

    ‘I am excited by the thought that three popular operatic masterpieces (Carmen, Flute, Hänsel) might persuade people into the theatre to experience opera for the first time,” writes general director David Pickard in this year’s Glyndebourne on Tour programme

  • Tango Siempre

    Argentinean Tango grew up as music of despair and desire in the brothels andbars of Buenos Aires' slums. So there was a delicious incongruity in hearing tango in a religious space, even if the andoneón, the button accordion now linked with it, was invented

  • La Boheme, New Theatre, Oxford

    Move over Baz Lurhmann; the original master of romance has returned . . . Long before audiences were swooning over Moulin Rouge there was Puccini’s La bohème – the sweeping operatic tale of the doomed love of a consumptive seamstress and a poet

  • That'll Be The Day: Hexagon Reading and touring to Oxford

    That'll Be the Day is a high-speed romp through rock'n'roll history. Kicking off in 1954 with Rock Around the Clock, it zips without a pause through hits by Cliff Richard, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Queen and others, ending with a triumphant

  • My Mother Said That I Never Should: Pegasus Theatre

    Charlotte Keatley’s gentle, nostalgic and also vaguely feminist drama My Mother Said I Never Should was the latest production by the ever-reliable Oxford Theatre Guild. Set in Manchester and London, it tells the story of four generations of women from

  • Into the Light: wantage Parish Church

    ‘I’ve told Harvey that I’ve written a very simple parable, and he has made it very hard to perform,” librettist James Runcie cheerfully proclaimed before the world premiere of Into the Light. He added that the piece was about both Iconium, and Wantage

  • The Cumnor Affair: Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

    Last week’s The Cumnor Affair at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios represented the debut libretto from best-selling Oxfordshire novelist and historian Ian Pears (An Instance of the Fingerpost). This neat 80-minute drama tells of the two great loves of Robert

  • An Ideal Husband: Oxford Playhouse

    Well may Sir Robert Chiltern pace up and down. Not only does a festering scandal threaten to ruin his brilliant political career, but also (owing to a muddled scene change on opening night) he’s not sure whether he is in his morning room or his

  • RUGBY UNION: Bath trio head Stanley's challenge

    Bath and England A flanker Andy Beattie lines up for Major Stanley’s XV in tonight’s traditional clash with Oxford University at Iffley Road (7). Beattie is joined by fellow Bath players Tom Cheeseman and Lee Audis in a squad that includes 12 old Blues

  • Man 'shot with air pistol'

    A teenager is believed to have been shot by an air pistol in Oxford today. At about 2.30am, a 19-year-old man was attacked by two men at the crematorium in Bayswater Road, Barton. The attackers then drove away in a red old-style BMW. The man is receiving

  • Man attacked at crematorium

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Barton early today. At about 2.30am, a 19-year-old man, was at the crematorium in Bayswater Road, when he was attacked by two men. The men then drove away towards Barton

  • Death was accidental, jury decides

    A jury today ruled that the death of a drink-driver being chased by police was an accident. Matthew Young, 31, died when his car crashed off the A4095 between Witney and Long Hanborough in November last year. The inquest jury had been told he had

  • Police pursuit death 'accidental'

    A jury today ruled that the death of a drink-driver being pursued by police was an accident. Matthew Young, 31, died when his car crashed off the A4095 between Witney and Long Hanborough in November last year. The inquest jury has been told he had three

  • Five held over hare coursing

    Five more people have been arrested during Thames Valley Police’s clampdown on hare coursing. As part of Operation Migrate, an operation running in Wantage, Faringdon and Hungerford, police arrested the men in Buscot on Saturday on suspicion of hare

  • Five held on hare coursing charges

    Five more people have been arrested as part of Thames Valley Police’s clampdown on hare coursing As part of Operation Migrate, an operation running in Wantage, Faringdon and Hungerford, police arrested the men in Buscot on Saturday on suspicion

  • Nicola McLean can “eat anything”

    Nicola McLean can “eat anything” after winning a Bushtucker Trial. The glamour model said chewing scorpions, kangaroo’s testicles and silkworms during the ‘I Scream Van’ challenge earlier this week has given her the confidence to tackle anything

  • OAP's death: woman charged with manslaughter

    A homeless woman will appear in court over the death of a pensioner killed while Christmas shopping in Oxford city centre on Monday. Victoria Arthur, 35, of no fixed abode, was charged with manslaughter and is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates

  • Woman charged with city centre death

    Police have charged a woman with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jean Heapy in Queen Street, Oxford, on Monday. Mrs Heapy, 74, of East Hagbourne, was knocked over in Queen Street and died later in hospital. She was formally identified

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  • United boss Patto salutes his troops

    Oxford United boss Darren Patterson saluted his players after they came from behind to earn a gutsy FA Cup replay victory on Tuesday night. After 77 minutes at Dorchester's Jewson Stadium, they trailed 1-0 and looked like becoming one of

  • City could increase parking charges by 15 per cent

    TRADERS were left stunned last night after Oxford City Council announced plans to increase car park charges by an inflation-busting 15 per cent. Business leaders warned the rise could lead to a New Year exodus as shoppers travelled to neighbouring

  • Hippo picks puppet dinner mate

    Chico the young pygmy hippo is choosy over who she will and won’t eat with. Trainers at Heythrop Zoological Gardens, near Chipping Norton, were mystified when Chico started refusing to eat and was in danger of losing weight. And bizarrely the youngster

  • FOOTBALL: City storm up the table

    Oxford City moved eight places up the British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division table with a 3-2 win against ten-man Yate Town on Tuesday night. The visitors went ahead on two minutes when defender Andy Gunn netted from close range after