• Teen arrested over gun incident

    A teenager has been arrested after armed police were called to a domestic dispute after reports a gun had been seen. Officers were called to the house in Beechey Avenue, Marston, at 9.20am today, but the gun turned out to be an air rifle. A 17-year-old

  • Sheep worth £2,000 found slaughtered in field

    Three sheep and a pedigree ram worth £2,000 have been slaughtered at a farm. The animals were enticed into a pen off the Aston Road, B4449, near Stanton Harcourt between 11.45pm on Wednesday and 8am today. Contact Pc Towers on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers

  • Chiltern trains diverted due to track work

    CHILTERN Railways is warning passengers to allow extra time for journeys between Oxfordshire and London over the weekend, due to engineering work. Services on Saturday and Sunday between Banbury, Kings Sutton, Bicester North, Haddenham & Thame Parkway

  • Man questioned over Summertown shop raid

    A 24-year-old man has been arrested over an armed robbery on a shop in Summertown. A staff member at Pen to Paper in Banbury Road was threatened with a knife just after 4pm on Sunday and forced to open the safe. About £1,000 in cash was stolen. A man

  • Projects praised for enhancing Oxford

    A WINDMILL and a school cricket pavilion were recognised for improving the local environment at the annual Oxford Preservation Trust awards. Plaques, certificates and commendations were presented at the Newman Rooms in St Aldate’s, on Tuesday. While

  • Oxford University Press printers strike

    NINETY printers employed at Oxford University Press’s warehouse in Corby started a three-day strike yesterday. They are taking action after rejecting a pay offer of two per cent, which they say is well below the current inflation rate of just over five

  • Didcot shopping centre's charity charge sparks attack

    THE owners of Didcot’s Orchard shopping centre are to review their policy of charging some charities £60 to hold collections there after complaints over the fee. Property firm Hammerson said it would either scrap the fee or increase the number

  • Headington student flats proposal revived

    PLANS are being drawn up to house more than 300 students at a development in Headington. The proposed group of three and four-storey buildings would accommodate students from Oxford Brookes University. Berkeley Homes has acquired the

  • Car park flats plan 'will make St Clement's ghost town'

    PLANS to put student flats on car parking spaces near Magdalen Bridge would make St Clement’s a ghost town, traders in East Oxford claim. Shop and restaurant owners said Oxford City Council was putting the money it would get for the site ahead of the

  • Control Freaks

    RICHARD BELL tries on Birth CTRL Z @ Cellar, Frewin Court. Launching a new night can be a difficult thing to do. There are a great many things you need to get right to ensure that your night is a rabble-rousing, dance-floor-stomping-success

  • Feeding Frenzy

    Feeder are back, and they’ve had a word with TIM HUGHES about their new tour. IT is 16 years since Feeder first strutted out in a bluster of hook-laden riffs and melodic rock. A lot has changed since then, with the band plumbing the depths

  • Road To Recovery

    TIM HUGHES hears the remarkable tale of Edwyn Collins’ journey back to doing what he loves best. Songwriter, musician, producer and gentleman, Edwyn Collins can quite reasonably be described as a musical legend. Starting off with the long-forgotten

  • Naked Truth

    Naked but proud, we speak to three of our favourite actresses Lynda Bellingham, Michelle Collins and Ruth Madoc about nudity, making it big, and Reality TV as they prepare to bring the stage version of Calendar Girls – the fastest selling tour ever

  • Two Scary

    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (15) Horror/Thriller. Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat. Director: Tod Williams. Knowledge is power, but with a film like Paranormal Activity 2, being powerless

  • Mother Of All Family Crises

    THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (15) Comedy/Drama/Romance. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta. Director: Lisa Cholodenko. The Oscars may be the glitziest and most glamorous date

  • Grave Doubts

    BURKE & HARE (15) Comedy/Drama/Romance. Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, Ronnie Corbett, David Schofield. Director: John Landis. The murderous exploits of two Irish immigrants, who

  • Space Invaders

    SARAH MAYHEW looks at a new art project taking place in an unusual – or should that be ordinary – setting. Invasion of Privacy is an art event – exhibition, performance, music – in the setting of a private house in Oxford. The owner

  • Building Tension

    ANDREW FFRENCH delves into our latest Book of the Month – The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. THE BOOK: KEN Follett was best known as a thriller writer when he struck out on a bizarre fictional tangent that left his publishers

  • Chic Peas

    KATHERINE MACALISTER returns to the scene of her hen night shenanigans to nibble on some top tapas. It was all coming back to me, the wig, the chocolate cake, the whip, the moustache, the glowing nipples. I know, too much information. But

  • Oxfordshire wins enterprise battle

    OXFORDSHIRE has won the battle to have its own standalone 'Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)', which will replace the South East England Development Agency Seeda by 2012. Council leader Keith Mitchell masterminded the successful bid for an

  • Local shares (PM)

    AEA Technology 6.25 BMW 4409 Electrocomponents 246.2 Nationwide Accident Repair 105 Oxford Biomedica 10 Oxford Catalysts 67.5 Oxford Instruments 554.75 Reed Elsevier 537.25 RM 166.25 RPS Group 205.9 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Blast off as Moulsford pupils learn about rockets

    YOUNGSTERS had a blast at school when staff laid on a day of rocket-themed events. Pupils at Cranford House school, in Moulsford, near Wallingford, have now established a rocket club so they can have fun while finding out more about the science and technology

  • Two pools, sauna and studio flat in north of city

    A 19th-century detached house in central North Oxford comes with two swimming pools, a sauna and studio flat. Set in south-facing gardens, the house in Norham Road includes outdoor and indoor pools, kitchen, dining room/conservatory and two more reception

  • Chance to put personal stamp on village home

    A househunter wanting to put their own stamp on a property may be interested in The Cedars at Weston-on-the-Green, near Bicester. The timber-built house, which was constructed in 1973, is in need of updating and redecorating, say agents. Rachael Hodnett

  • "It takes away the stress of putting home on the market"

    A couple who opted to sell their house through a part-exchange scheme say it took the hassle out of moving. Emma and Matthew Anderson completed on a three-bedroom, three-storey home at the new Hailey Gardens development in Witney this month. Marketing

  • 'Use Bicester MoD land for housing'

    A FORMER Ministry of Defence site should be used for affordable housing to help townsfolk get on the property ladder, MP Tony Baldry says. The MoD has clashed with Cherwell District Council which has refused planning permission for a 1,650-home development

  • A Park Town work of art

    Reliefs by a renowned 19th-century artist are housed in the studio of a Grade II-listed six-bedroom house in Park Town, Oxford. Pre-Raphelite painter Briton Riviere exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1857 at the age of 18 and is best known for his paintings

  • Listed barn with moat for £2.3m

    A moat and an island with a duck house landed an MP in trouble recently but there is no such controversy attached to Manor Barn near Didcot. The 18th-century, Grade II-listed barn was converted 40 years ago and is set in grounds of about 1.5 acres next

  • Appleton Christmas Barn

    Christmas Tree Barn Locally grown trees Christmas Tree Stands Wide range of styles and prices Christmas Decorations Range of decorations from Britain and Europe For more information call: 01865 862 908 / 07775 862 916

  • Animals slaughtered in field near Witney

    Police are appealing for information after three sheep and a ram were killed at a farm in West Oxfordshire overnight. The remains of the four animals were discovered shortly before 11.30am today, in a field off the B4449 Aston Road, near Witney.

  • Farmer Gow's

    Christmas Trees Pot grown and Cut trees now available Non-drop and Needle fresh trees also available Open from 8.30am - 6.00pm every day Longcot Road, Fernham, Nr Faringdon SN7 7PR Telephone: 01793 780555 Website:

  • Oxford Town Hall

    Dickens Christmas Christmas Parties Thursday 9 December & Friday 17 December 2010 £45.00 per person Bespoke packages also available For more information call: 01865 252195

  • Aziz Restaurant

    Office Christmas Parties Classic Bangladeshi / Indian Cuisine Organised for you from your choice of venue or at the Aziz Restaurant Price from £10 per head For more information call: 01865 794945 Visit the website

  • John Norman: The man who beat Cliff Richard

    A DRUMMER who kept the beat at pubs and music venues across the county for more than 20 years has died, aged 75. John Norman played drums with the John Smith Sound in the 1950s, and played and sang with many other trad, swing and jazz bands in Oxfordshire

  • Hawkwell House Hotel

    Festive Dining Tradition Festive Menu for Lunch & Dinner throughout December Lunch £14.95 & Dinner £19.95 Christmas Day Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings! 12.30pm - 4.00pm Adults £49.50 & Children under 12 £22.50

  • Chopsticks

    Book Now For Christmas Specialising in Peking, Szechuan, Cantonese, Seafood & Vegetarian EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE Sunday - Wednesday £13.95 Thursday - Saturday £14.95 For more information visit:

  • Holiday Inn

    Dance Party Nights Throughout November, December & January 7.00pm - 1.00am Adults only From £19.95 per person For more information call: 01865 888405 or visit: Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout

  • Steventon House Hotel

    Festive Celebrations Christmas Lunch Parties Monday - Friday up until Friday 24 December 2010 12.00pm - 2.30pm, bar open from 11.00am £20.00 per person Includes crackers & party hats Christmas Day Lunch Five course Lunch

  • Cowley greengrocer saved

    STAFF at an independent greengrocer in Cowley are celebrating after their jobs were saved when the shop was bought by its wholesale supplier. The Stokes shop in Templars Square is one of just five chosen by buyer Premier Fruits out of a chain

  • Sadler Bar & Brasserie

    Christmas Lunch Monday 13 - Thursday 23 December 2010 The Sadler Building is also available for exclusive Christmas Parties For more information or to book call Julien Such on 01865 784000

  • The Maytime

    Traditional Christmas Feast Prices start from £18.95 For more information call: 01993 822068 or visit: Asthall, Nr Burford OX18 4HW

  • Get ready to be spooked

    HALLOWEEN is fast approaching, and there have been spooky goings-on across Oxfordshire this week to get children in the mood. All week, children on half-term break have been getting creative to celebrate Sunday night’s ghostly goings-on.

  • Bus crash blocks Woodstock Road

    A crash between a car and a bus partly blocked the Woodstock Road, Oxford, this afternoon. The collision happened near the junction with St Margaret's Road. Motorists are being warned of delays in the area. Emeergency services

  • Muslim school pupils 'taught to think for themselves'

    AMONG Oxford’s Islamic community, Dr Taj Hargey is, for many, a divisive figure. Two years ago, he faced placard-waving female protesters when he invited a woman to conduct Friday prayers at his Muslim Education Centre of Oxford (Meco).

  • The George Hotel

    Christmas at the George Hotel from only £405.00 per person for 3 nights To make a reservation or for more information call: 01491 836665 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0BS

  • Trinity

    Christmas Comedy Thursday 25 November, Thursday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December 2010 £25.00 per person Christmas Party Friday 26 November, Friday 3, 10 & 17 December 2010 Saturday 27 November, Saturday 4, 11 & 18 December 2010 £38.00

  • Lakeview Restaurant at Millets Farm Centre

    Celebrate Christmas in The Lakeview Restaurant Traditional menu using fresh locally sourced ingredients Exclusive use dates and Party Nights available from Friday 26 November 2010 from £25.00 per person Call 01865 391169 for availability

  • The Bear and Ragged Staff

    Christmas and New Year at The Bear 2010 Festive Menu Wednesday 1 - Friday 24 December 2010 Christmas Day Lunch Saturday 25 December 2010 New Years Eve Gala Dinner Friday 31 December 2010 New Year’s Day Saturday 1 January

  • Oxford United set for Payne boost

    Oxford United midfielder Josh Payne has agreed to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with the npower League Two side. Payne, 19, who is on loan from Doncaster Rovers, is not able to officially sign until January next year when the transfer window

  • Pre-school fights back after flood blow

    PARENTS and children at Sunningwell Pre-school have more than 7,000 reasons to celebrate. Last year, the pre-school in the village near Abingdon was left homeless by a burst water pipe but now it is going from strength to strength and has just landed

  • Man held over Summertown armed robbery

    Police today arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery in Summertown at the weekend. Shortly after 4pm on Sunday, a man knocked on the rear door of Pen to Paper, asking a member of staff to come outside and move a car. The offender then

  • Woman racially abused in Banbury

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a racially aggravated incident in Banbury. At about 5.30pm on Tuesday, a 36-year-old woman was filling her car with petrol on the forecourt of the Morrison’s petrol station in Swan Close Road. As the woman

  • Schools sports scheme at risk in cuts

    THOUSANDS of children in north Oxfordshire could miss out on extra-curricular sports activities as a result of Government cuts. In last week’s spending review, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Department of Education funding for school

  • Call for action over skills shortage

    ONE in five Oxfordshire employers admit their staff are lacking key skills needed to do their job properly, according to a new report. Now business leaders are urging private sector employers to invest in staff to grow their businesses and help find

  • RUGBY UNION: Wasps buzz in

    London Wasps’ community coaching team will lead training for Oxford Harlequins’ youngsters at Marston Ferry Road on Sunday. The Premiership club will provide one coach per age group from under seven to 12 in the session from 10am to 1pm. Club spokesman

  • Local share prices (AM)

    AEA Technology 6.25 BMW 4383 Electrocomps 245.1 Nationwide Accident Repair 105 Oxford Biomedica 10.25 Oxford Catalyst 67.75 Oxford Instruments 556.25 Reed Elsevier 539.25 RM 167 RPS Group 208.45 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • RUGBY: Griffin's chance

    Darrell Griffin made the bench as England lost 24-10 to New Zealand in their opening match of rugby league’s Four Nations tournament. The Huddersfield Giants prop, from Witney, played his part as England battled back in the second half and will hope

  • Supermarket revamp to save jobs in Witney

    FIFTY-eight jobs have been secured at a supermarket after new owners announced a £600,000 investment programme in the store. Somerfield, in Witney High Street, will receive the boost as part of the supermarket chain’s acquisition by the Co-operative

  • RUGBY UNION: Warrior impact

    Former Oxford University prop Ollie Tomaszczyk made his Worcester Warriors debut during their 23-21 home defeat to Cornish Pirates in the Championship. Tomaszczyk, who was the Dark Blues’ player of the year last season, came off the bench as a second-half

  • Spending cuts cost Oxford arts venues £105k

    ART venues in Oxford have lost more than £105,000 after a Government agency cut its budget for the county. The Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Contemporary Music, Oxford Playhouse, Modern Art Oxford and Oxfordshire Theatre Company have all seen their funding

  • COMMENT: Don't blame Jeremy

    JEREMY Clarkson cops a lot of unfair flak sometimes. A number of Reliant Robins have been flipped over following a segment on the programme Top Gear, the latest victim being Fred Turner. But morons have been doing this for years and

  • Reliant prank in Wheatley blamed on TV’s Top Gear

    TV SHOW Top Gear could have inspired a prank to topple a pensioner’s Reliant Robin car, police said last night. Stanley Turner was woken by his neighbours after they saw vandals pushing the three-wheeler onto its side outside his home in Wheatley

  • New hopes for Oxford club’s community use

    THE former secretary of the Lord Nuffield Club in Cowley is hoping to get the facilities brought back into community use. The Barracks Lane club, founded as the Morris Motors Social and Athletic Club about 80 years ago by Oxford car magnate Lord Nuffield

  • Kiddington landowner wins £1m cut to divorce bill

    A City tycoon from west Oxfordshire has won a £1m cut to the £8m he was ordered to pay his ex-wife in a divorce settlement described by a judge as “half of the carcass of the golden goose”. Maurice Robson, 66, who owns the Kiddington estate, near Woodstock

  • RUGBY UNION: Blues can grab Varsity places

    Nick Haydon stressed Varsity Match places are very much up for grabs as Oxford University prepare to host Cardiff Blues on Monday. The Dark Blues skipper will lead his side out at Twickenham six weeks today, but he said there was still time for players

  • COMMENT: Time to get tough

    THE legal system is getting itself in a mess over Stuart McGhie, the deviant who tries to attract teenage girls and young women by dangling money about. He has been back in court for again breaching the Antisocial Behaviour Order banning him from this

  • THE INSIDER: A weekly update from the corridors of power

    HE may be an unlikely fashionista, but it seems county council leader Keith Mitchell may fancy himself as Oxfordshire’s very own Gok Wan. The bearded member for Bloxham had a pop at the fashion sense of TV crews congegrating outside his County

  • People deserve to end lives in dignity

    George Pitcher (Oxford Mail, The Issue, October 26) gives a thoroughly misleading impression of what those of us (about 80 per cent of ordinary people) who believe in the right of choice at the end of our lives want from a change in the law. The phrase

  • Alien cuts

    I AM now convinced the muppets running this country are not from this planet. There are savage cuts across the board, yet our overseas aid is increasing from £7.8bn to £11.5bn per year – it is utter madness. Then we are led to believe the Queen’s budget

  • Audacious claims

    I found it amazing that John Tanner thinks that the coalition Government “seems so against children and families” (Oxford Mail, October 13). Cuts are now being implemented due to the fact that by the last budget, the nation’s debt had reached £903bn

  • Bank note sex pest jailed

    A SEX pest who repeatedly breached an antisocial behaviour order by dropping bank notes to entice young girls into his road has been sent to prison. Stuart McGhie, of Church Cowley Road, Oxford, has been jailed for 15 months after admitting

  • Recycling confusion

    HAS West Oxfordshire District Council thought its recycling policy through properly? As a family of five we have a large amount of recycling, which we store in the boxes provided. Those boxes then have to be carried to the front of the house ready to

  • No surprises

    I attended this week’s meeting of the planning committee which had the responsibility of making the decision on the siting of the waste incinerator at Ardley. The meeting opened with the chairman going to some considerable length to explain that Mr

  • In Labour's debt

    I WRITE with reference to Peter Collett’s letter in the Oxford Mail on October 26. Does Mr Collett have no understanding of the mess the last Labour government left this country in? Due to years of borrowing against false forecasts of economic growth

  • Pass on savings

    IT looks like the county council is going to cut its workforce and stop spending our money on things like Bonn Square and 20mph signs – which are ignored. Does this mean we will pay less council tax next year? Or will it still collect as much and invest

  • Voter power

    MPs, David Cameron and Nicola Blackwood are in power thanks to CCTV – Conservative Council Tenant Voters – the very people who are now going to suffer cutbacks in council spending and the NHS, just as they did under Thatcher. There is however one glimmer

  • Incas promise a stage spectacular

    THE road to Oxford Playhouse is paved with Inca gold for the next three days as the theatre plays host to a production of the drama The Royal Hunt of the Sun. The play tells the story of treasure-hunters from Spain who go looking for gold and to spread

  • ATHLETICS: Workshop to be held

    THE Oxfordshire Sports Partnership held a volunteer workshop on Friday, November 19 at Horspath Athletics track (6.30-8.30pm). The workshop consists of two sessions, the second of which will take place in March, and will look at different areas of volunteer

  • BOWLS: Super Oxon cruise home

    OXFORDSHIRE’S Premier side showed no mercy, thumping Avon 36-4 in the latest round of the English Short Mat Association Inter County competition at Wallingford. Trevor Brown and AJ Brown won both their singles as Oxon raced to as 227-120 win on shots

  • BAR BILLIARDS: Didcot land county crown

    DIDCOT Conservative Club lifted the regional All England team championship after beating Kennington 3-2 at the Red Lion, Cassington, writes PETE EWINS. Phil Collins (9,710) and Leon Beer (10,650) put Didcot 2-0 up, before Ian Gordon (10,570) and Mark

  • ATHLETICS: Male leads the way for City

    Steve Male starred as Oxford City won a series of prizes at the Stroud Half Marathon. Male finished seventh in a time of 1hr 11mins 4secs to seal first place in the vet 45 category. Headington Roadrunner Julien Lhomme finished an impressive ninth in

  • Government blanks city transport plans

    The city's transport system has received a hammerblow after it emerged the county council’s £62 million for the Access to Oxford has not been given funding by the Government. In 2007 Oxfordshire County Council had been told the cash had been allocated

  • ICE HOCKEY: Red-hot Oliver slams hat-trick

    JOSH Oliver hammered a superb hat-trick as Oxford City Stars defeated Milton Keynes Thunder 6-3 to stay in contention at the top of South Division 1 of the English National League. Stars’ victory was down to a rampant first period, during which they

  • Protesters set to greet Cable

    HUNDREDS of students are expected to march through Oxford today in a protest against education cuts. Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting Oxford University as part of a series of seminars being given on ‘Lessons in Government’. But he will be

  • Oxford house goes on sale for a cool £5.5m

    STRUGGLING to get on the property ladder? First-time buyers have long struggled to find somewhere affordable in the city and this is the ultimate house that will be out of their price-bracket – on the market at a cool £5.5m. Situated in Charlbury Road

  • Surgery was not cause of baby's death, inquest rules

    “THERE was nothing I could have done or would do, that was different.” Those were the words of Caner Salih, the surgeon who operated on four babies who later died at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Mr Salih was speaking yesterday at

  • Oxfordshire skills gap

    Oxfordshire bosses have been warned to “mind the gap” when it comes to training their staff. One in five employers admit their staff are lacking key skills needed to do their job properly, according to a major new report and this figure has risen by five

  • Car workers' club being sold to Brookes University

    THE FORMER secretary of the Lord Nuffield Club in Cowley claims he cannot step outside his door without angry former members asking him why it is being sold for students to use instead of them. The club in Barracks Lane, which was founded as the Morris

  • Historical fiction

    Hart of Empire Saul David (Hodder and Stoughton, £12.99) Renowned historian David traverses familiar Victorian war territory in the second of his novels featuring soldier-spy George Hart. After his escape from Zululand, he finds himself in Afghanistan

  • Drugs war on Mexican border

    Ed Vulliamy insists that he hates war. The award-winning foreign correspondent, whose dispatches from war-shredded regions for The Observer have twice earned him the accolade ‘international reporter of the year’, claims that he is not like some

  • Local author

    Diana Baskervyle-Glegg was born in 1931 and brought up in a middle-class Cardiff household which employed a cook and a nanny. In her memoir, Cast In the Mists of Time, she describes her work as a gardener, designer and gardening writer and the people

  • The cost of the car by Ian East

    THE COST OF THE CAR by Ian East A newspaper story about an American woman who found herself trapped in a suburb designed around the car after losing her driving licence due to a diagnosis of epilepsy set Ian East on the road which led to this book.

  • Michelangelo: A Life in Paper

    We all run short of paper sometimes, and the great Michelangelo was no exception. Several drawings from the collection kept at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, appear in Michelangelo: A LIfe on Paper (Princeton, £34.95). More than 200 scribblings

  • Nissan recalls two million vehicles

    Nissan is recalling 2.14 million vehicles in the US, Japan, Europe and Asia, including the popular Micra model, for an ignition problem that may stall the engine. No accidents have been reported that are suspected of being related to the defect

  • Shortlist announced for charity awards

    A shortlist has been drawn up of organisations in the running for awards at a ceremony to honour the best of Oxfordshire’s charities. The new awards attracted more than 100 nominations. Three organanisations have been shortlisted for each of the nine

  • Incas promise stage spectacular

    THE road to Oxford Playhouse is paved with Inca gold for the next three days as the theatre plays host to a production of the drama The Royal Hunt of the Sun. The play tells the story of treasure-hunters from Spain who go looking for gold

  • Protest forces Cable to cancel

    BUSINESS secretary Vince Cable has pulled out of a visit today to Oxford University because of protesting students. The Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham was due to vist the university to take part in a seminar on ‘lessons in Government’ organised by

  • Batt is glad to be back for Oxford United

    Oxford United defender Damian Batt said he was glad to be back after ending his three-month lay-off with an ankle problem. The right back played all of yesterday's reserves game against Luton at Didcot's Loop Meadow Stadium which United's second string

  • Parky at the Pictures (In Cinemas 28/10/2010)

    Cinema's current fascination with the terrorists and gangsters of the 1970s shows no sign of abating. Following on from Manuel Huerga's Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006), Koji Wakamatsu's United Red Army (2007), Uli Edel's The Baader Meinfof Complex and Jean-François

  • Battman returns for Oxford United after three months

    Oxford United defender Damian Batt said he was glad to be back after ending his three-month lay-off with an ankle problem. The right back played all of the reserve game against Luton at Didcot Town which United’s second string won 2-0, and

  • Student flats 'will destroy St Clements'

    PLANS to build on a car park near Magdalen Bridge would be the “final nail in the coffin” of St Clements as a shopping area, traders in the area have warned. With Oxford City Council understood to be set to make £3.5m from the major development, shops

  • Parky at the Pictures (DVD 28/10/2010)

    There's usually a bumper batch of horror titles to review around Halloween. But the delayed release of Jake West's Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide and the ongoing reluctance of the big studios to provide screeners for regional newspapers has

  • Car parking concerns

    Sir – I am chairman of Witney U3A (University of the Third Age), which has more than 330 members, who come from Witney and surrounding villages. We are an organisation dedicated to lifelong learning for people no longer in full-time employment and our

  • Feel-good activity

    Sir – We were pleased to see the article about Anita Daulne’s approach to group singing (Report, October 21). Thanks partly to TV popularisation, choral singing is becoming ever more in vogue. And as not everyone can (or wishes to) read music, teaching

  • Business as usual

    Sir – The people of East Oxford want to keep Temple Cowley swimming pool, and they want to keep it for excellent reasons. Their appointed representatives decide to demolish it. Business as usual, then. Isaac Szobel, Steeple Aston

  • Ignoring lessons

    Sir – The Frideswide Square plans (Report, October 21) raise some difficult issues. The real meat of this project is to create a congestion-free ‘shop window’ for development of Oxford’s West End, and that’s reasonable, but the quasi-science used to set

  • Chief must set example

    Sir – Your apocalyptic headline (October 21) is “Chancellor’s axe falls on Oxfordshire”. The implication is that there will need to be vastly reduced services in Oxfordshire. I understand the need for this and I just hope that the senior executives

  • ‘Quieter’ A34 is noisier

    Sir – Are others finding the new “quieter” surface on the A34 Viaduct replacement in North Oxford noisier than before? I live on the Waterways estate off Woodstock Road. Previously, we only used to hear the road when the wind was in a certain direction

  • Blot on countryside

    Sir – The county council decision to approve a waste incinerator at Ardley is a disgrace. It is unnecessary, expensive and a blot on the Oxfordshire countryside. The 82-metre tall chimneys and the incinerator itself will bring in waste from at least

  • Recycling going well

    Sir – Could I apologise to Mr Simpson (Letters, October 21) and anyone else who has not received their new blue wheelie bin on time? For nearly everyone the new improved and cheaper recycling scheme has gone remarkably well so far. Oxford residents have

  • Cycle crusade needed

    Sir – Last night, I stood outside the Holywell Music Room having a cigarette break during the concert interval. I was passed by about 30 cyclists, 75 per cent of whom had no lights. And most were in dark clothing. A careful motorist, I do not want to

  • Students raise £300 for Down's support group party

    CHILDREN with Down’s Syndrome will be able to enjoy a Christmas party to remember this year thanks to the generosity of students at Oxford Brookes University. Down’s Syndrome Oxford supports more than 150 children and adults with the condition

  • Roundabout regrets

    Sir – A roundabout in the area which is now Frideswide Square is nothing new. (Report, October 21). In 1965, we councillors on the Highways Committee interviewed candidates for the post of City Engineer to replace the one who was about to retire. We

  • Whose head will roll?

    Sir – So, common sense is about to break out amongst the planners! Hurrah! It’s been far too long coming and one can think of a number of other city sites where it would be invaluable. I may not be the only person who remembers a period during the disastrous

  • Turn out the lights

    Sir – Two of the proposed new layouts for Frideswide Square by the county council are exciting and offer the prospect of creating a new urban space worthy of the site. However, the most obvious and least expensive solution seems to have been ruled out

  • Time to give generously

    Sir – Since the end of the First World War, Remembrance Sunday has been a moment when we remember and honour the courage and sacrifices made by our armed services. Today, the conflict in Afghanistan and its continuing toll of young lives bring home to

  • Tragedy for villages

    Sir – Many of your readers will be surprised by the bias in your article on the county council cabinet’s decision (Gravel and sand won’t be taken from new areas, October 21). A victory, you say, for villagers in the south of county. It’s a tragedy for

  • College all abuzz

    Sir – The article (October 21) by Chris Koenig on John Wilkins, warden of Wadham College, draws welcome attention to the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, something of which Oxford should, of course, be justly proud, though it is noticeable that

  • County stuck in slow lane

    Oxfordshire MEP James Elles declared it “an absolute scandal” as he prepared to provide the evidence there and then. Grabbing his mobile telephone, Mr Elles had intended putting The Oxford Times in touch with a company boss, suffering like

  • Caring for Port Meadow

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    HAGAR Doreen Gladys (nee Money) Passed away peacefully at the John Radcliffe Hospital, on 23rd October 2010. Dearly loved wife of Pat, much loved mother of Katharine, Chris and Richard and a beloved nan of Natasha, she will be very sadly missed. The


    LAVELLE Dorothy Beloved wife of the late Gabriel Lavelle and beloved mother of Gabriel and Michael died peacefully on 19 October 2010 aged 96 years. Requiem mass to be held at Holy Trinity RC Church, Chipping Norton at 1pm on Thursday 4 November. Flowers


    HUTCHINS Anthony Richard Died peacefully 18 October 2010 aged 85 years. In memory of a loving husband, father and friend to all. The funeral service will take place at the High Street Methodist Church, Witney on Friday 29th October 2010 at 1pm. Family


    FOSTER Nancy Irene May (Née Whiter) 5/2/1919-28/10/2006 You are sadly missed. From your loving husband Arthur (Jack), Stephen, Gillian and Tom xxxx


    COLEMAN Nigel You may be out of sight, We may be worlds apart, but you are always in our minds and forever in our hearts. Love you always Zena, Natasha, Michael, Kelly, Stephen, Jordan, Theo, Ellie & Isabella xxxx


    SWANSON Joyce Peacefully on October 24 in the John Radcliffe aged 88 years, of Burford. Dearly loved wife of the late Jack and much loved mother of Brian. Funeral service to take place at Oxford Crematorium on Wednesday November 3 at 2.15pm. Family flowers


    DALY James (Jimmy) Passed away suddenly on 22nd October aged 58 years. The much loved Husband of Fiona, and Father to Kyle and Callum, Jimmy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The Funeral will be on Tuesday November 2nd, 1.30pm at


    HUNT Jessie Passed away peacefully at Milton Keynes Central Hospital on 22nd October, aged 88. Formerly of Headington, Oxford. Funeral on 5th November 2.30pm at Stony Stratford Crematorium. Donations in lieu of flowers to NSPCC c/o J S Cowley & Son,


    Drummond Kenneth Passed peacefully October 2010 aged 85 years. Funeral service at Drakes Chapel Hele Road, Torquay on Friday 29 October at 11.30am. All enquires to Torbay & District Funeral Service Wellswood House 11 Babbacombe Road, Torquay. TQ1 3SB


    WASTIE Iris Aged 85 years, farmer, died peacefully at Oxenford House, Cumnor on Saturday 23rd October, 2010. The funeral service will be held at St Michael's Church, Cumnor on Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at 2pm, followed by burial. Flowers to Greens


    FRANKLIN James Thomas (Jim) Suddenly and peacefully at home on 21st October 2010 aged 76 years. Much loved and will be very much missed by his family, friends and clients to whom he was a loyal advisor over many years. Funeral service to be held on


    WILLIAMS Roy Francis Passed away peacefully on October 19th aged 69 years. Will be sadly missed by Pat, all his family and friends. Funeral service at Oxford Crematorium on November 1st at 12.45pm. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Sir Michael


    PETHER John Allen Formerly of Chalgrove Oxfordshire. Passed away peacefully at Pulsford Lodge care home, Wiveliscombe, Somerset on 14th October aged 90. The much loved husband of Dorothy - Father - Grandfather and Great Grandfather all of whom will miss


    TRINDER Tania (nee Waldron) 28 October 1998 Time never heales the way we feel, we miss you everyday Tania. Your are very special to us. Love and God Bless Mum, Teresa, Michael, Gill, Bernard, Wayne and Craig xxxxxxx


    WALLINGTON Dolly and Tom In loving memory of our dear Mum, Dolly who passed away October 16th 1995. Also Dad, Tom who passed away October 10th 1982. Your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never. Love from Les, Margaret, John and


    Futter Betty Ross Peacefully after a short illness on October 23 aged 73 years. Beloved wife of the late Harry, loving mum to John, David, Alison and Paul, mother-in-law to Julie, Louise, Paul and Pam. A devoted nanny and great nanny. Funeral Service


    EAMES John George (Jack) Suddenly at home on Tuesday 19 October 2010 aged 82. Sadly missed by sister Joan, nieces Sue, Tina, Kim and Jane, nephew David and brother-in-law Brian. Funeral to take place at Oxford Crematorium, Memorial Chapel Friday 5 November


    NORTH Betty Joyce (previously Parker, Nee Long) Passed away at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on the 22nd October 2010 aged 81 years. Wife of the late Ray North and previously the late Derek Parker. She will be sadly missed by her children Roger


    LLOYD Dr. Brian Beynon Memorial service to be held on Saturday 13 November at 2.30pm in Magdalen College Chapel.


    FRANK James Thomas (Jim) Suddenly and peacefully at home on 21 October 2010 aged 76 years. Much loved and will be very much missed by his family, friends and clients to whom he was a loyal advisor over many years. Funeral service to be held on Thursday


    LOFTUS Gudrun Gerry, Oliver and family would like to sincerely thank Oxford University’s German Faculty staff and students and St John’s College for the many warm tributes to Gudrun as a much valued colleague and teacher, following her untimely death


    EAMES John George (Jack) Suddenly at home on Tuesday 19 October 2010 aged 82. Sadly missed by sister Joan, nieces Sue, Tina, Kim and Jane, nephew David and brother-in-law Brian. Funeral to take place at Oxford Crematorium, Memorial Chapel Friday 5 November