• Drag race will be highlight of pride festival

    A DRAG race will kickstart this year’s Oxford Pride festival. And festival organisers have urged friends and family to attend the festival to show their support for loved ones who have come out. The festival, which runs from June 3 to

  • Months of roundabout work to start

    SIX months of roadworks to remodel the Heyford Hill roundabout on the southern outskirts of Oxford will start on Monday. The work, being carried out by Sainsbury’s and Oxfordshire County Council, was due to start this week but was delayed. Commuters

  • M1 lane to reopen following blaze

    Part of the stricken M1 is set to reopen after being closed for more than 36 hours in a bid to ease congestion for sports fans and Easter holidaymakers. The motorway has been closed since shortly after 4am on Friday but the Highways Agency

  • LONDON MARATHON: A&E could prove key

    A DOCTOR who grew up in Oxford said her emergency and accident medical training has helped prepare her to take on the London Marathon. Dr Kate Stein, 29, is taking part with her friend and former classmate Jess Osbourne, 29. The friends, grew up in

  • LONDON MARATHON: Family on mission to help ill children

    A MOTHER and son from Oxford will be spurring each other on to complete the London Marathon. Luke Cuff and Angie Stevens are running the race for different charities. Mr Cuff, 25, will run to raise money for Oxford Children’s Hospital. He said

  • LONDON MARATHON: One to tick off the list

    A COUPLE from Bicester will tick off another ambition on their “bucket list” when they finish the London Marathon. Rejieli Paulo, 35, and Lee Webber, 36, compiled a list of achievements to do before they die and the marathon is one of them. Ms Paulo

  • Oxford United draw 0-0 at Accrington

    Oxford United achieved a second successive draw against one of the leading teams with their 0-0 draw at Accrington. It was their first visit to the Fraser Eagle Stadium but it was a poor quality game of few chances. However, the U's put in plenty of

  • Accrington Stanley 0, Oxford Utd 0

    Accrington Stanley 0, Oxford Utd 0 Oxford United ended play-off chasing Stanley’s run of eight successive home wins on their first visit to Accrington. Chris Wilder’s players put in plenty of effort and hard work, but to say it was not a

  • Oxford United level at half-time

    Oxford United and Accrington Stanley were locked together at 0-0 at half-time in their npower League Two game today. U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke had a lucky escape early in the game when he dropped the ball, but French centre half Jimmy Sangare came in

  • 'Tell us about Internet woes'

    BUSINESSES are being called on to let council chiefs know of their broadband Internet woes as part of a new lobbying campaign. Oxfordshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership have launched the ‘OxOnline’ campaign to get Government funding

  • Young dancers dazzle on last night

    A GROUP of talented dancers from all over the UK gathered in Oxford to put their best feet forward. The group of 15, who are in their late teens and early 20s, took part in a residential dance project at The North Wall Arts Centre, in South

  • Unique experiment to help people with autism

    A UNIQUE experiment to help people with autism across Europe make friends using Facebook has been given a boost in Oxford. Thirty people with the condition from Slovenia, Romania and Estonia visited the city last week as part of an Oxford Brookes

  • Activities aim to inspire disabled athletes

    WITH tomorrow marking 500 days to go to the London Paralympics 2012, a range of fun activities have been laid on for aspiring disabled athletes. Over the next 18 months the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership will encourage people with disabilities to participate

  • Super cops aim to combat drink-fuelled violence

    A NEW super police division covering all of south Oxfordshire has launched with a pledge to step up patrols to combat drink-fuelled assaults. Supt Rob Povey, the new area commander for the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire, made the pledge after

  • Crime in West Oxfordshire drops 12 per cent

    CRIME in West Oxfordshire has dropped by 12 per cent over the past year. The number of crimes fell from 5,194 in 2009-10 to 4,569 in 2010-11, a drop of 625. But burglary is on the rise in the district, jumping almost 25 per cent in the same period,

  • BOXING: Oxon duo defeated

    Oxfordshire’s two remaining contenders bowed out of this season’s ABA Junior Championships on points at the Cowley Regal. Oxford Boxing Academy’s Bradley Townsend won the opening round, but lost to Martin McDonagh (Stowe) at Class 4 lightweight. Blackbird

  • Solar system walk will help nephew

    AN astronomer is to give a guided tour of the solar system through the majestic spires of Oxford as part of a drive to help his disabled nephew. Robert Simpson, a doctor in astrophysics, will guide people from the sun to Neptune on a walk through the

  • SNOOKER: Littlemore blow title

    Fieldside A retained the Gentworks Oxford & District League Premier Division crown after Littlemore RBL C spectacularly blew their chance, writes DAVID WHITE. Going into the final round of matches, the teams were locked on 76 points each. Fieldside

  • Boy dies in moped crash

    A 16-year old boy has died after a moped crash near Deddington. The accident, on Clifton Road, happened at around 9pm last night. Police said the crash involved a grey Audi A6, travelling away from Deddington, and stationary red Aprillia

  • Kidlington teenager dies in crash

    Police today appealed for witnesses after a teenage moped rider from Kidlington died after a crash just outside Deddington. Police said a grey Audi A6, travelling away from Deddington, on the B4031 Clifton Road, collided with a stationary red Aprilia

  • TABLE TENNIS: Duo share top trophy

    Karl Bushell and Jingyu Sun shared the Warner Cup for the most wins in Division 1 of the Oxford & District Association after both collected maximums in the final round of matches. Sun, who plays for Vikings B, earned his first success, while

  • MOTORSPORT: Bratt's eyeing F1 test drive

    Racing driver Will Bratt has signed an 11th-hour deal to compete in the 2011 FIA Formula 2 Championship. Off the back of a highly successful track return during official F2 testing at Snetterton in Norfolk the week before last, the 22-year-old Banbury

  • GREYHOUNDS: New sponsor needed

    Oxford Stadium are looking for a sponsor to back their open race programme on Thursday nights over the next three months. It will cost £2,500 and included in the package is a meal for four in the restaurant, a full-page advert in the programme, a race

  • CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Champ Boaler shines in rally

    Horspath Hammers came from behind for a second week running to defeat Sheffield Stars 99-78 in the British Premier League. This time, Hammers overturned a four-point deficit by heat four, with Steve Harris and Lewis Osborne gaining a 7-3 victory. Mark

  • Man jailed for years of sex abuse

    A MAN who sexually abused a girl over a five-year period has been jailed. Jeremy Owen, pictured, formerly of Bicester, committed a string of offences between 2001 and 2006. Judge Mary Jane Mowat said at Oxford Crown Court yesterday the

  • Clock is stolen

    KIDLINGTON: Police want to speak to a man and a woman after a clock was stolen from the Sobell House charity shop in the village at about 10.20am on March 15.

  • ANGLING: Roger's long trek ends in victory

    The first of the four-match series for the Anne Malone Memorial Trophy was fished by 14 anglers at Stable Lake, Kirtlington, where winner Roger Malone made a long journey worthwhile. He had travelled all the way down from Preston to fish, weighing in

  • U's do their bit for children's hospital

    OXFORD United players will be keeping the Oxford Children’s Hospital close to their heart when they step out against Lincoln City at the end of the month. Players will wear special shirts emblazoned with the campaign’s Chox logo across their chest for

  • Youth tries to grab handbag

    BANBURY: A youth tried to snatch a woman’s handbag as she parked her car. The victim was approached by a youngster, who was part of a group, in Ferriston at about 10.10pm on Wednesday. He tried to grab her handbag but fled towards Highlands when the

  • Jewellery taken

    WALLINGFORD: Thieves smashed a window and stole jewellery from Alicia Antiques, in the Lamb Arcade off High Street. Thames Valley Police said the value of jewellery taken during the break-in, between 2.50am and 3.15am yesterday, was not yet known.

  • Birthday women clock up 209 years

    GLASSES of bubbly and slices of cake helped two pensioners celebrate clocking up 209 years between them. Gwen Payne, from Benson, near Wallingford, celebrated her 105th birthday with her family yesterday – and vowed to carry on living on her

  • SWIMMING: McLean in gold double

    City of Oxford’s Joseph McLean claimed double gold in the open level 3 meet at Swindon. McLean also set personal bests in winning the ten-year-old 50m breaststroke, clocking 45.51secs and the 100 medley in 1.36.51. He added a silver in the 200m medley

  • SWIMMING: Tom off to a flier

    Kidlington & Gosford won their final Chiltern League Division 2 gala at Aylesbury to finish fifth in the standings. They posted 20 personal bests and ten victories, with Tom Warmington’s 10-year-old 50m freestyle triumph coming in his first gala. Other

  • SCHOOL SPORT: Cricket legend Flintoff passes on tips

    England legend Andrew Flintoff called in at Bloxham School this week to keep an eye on his AF Cricket Academy, which is based there during Easter and summer holidays. The latest course attracted over 50 youngsters, who took part either as residential

  • Hospital bed-blocking hits new high

    BED-BLOCKING in Oxfordshire has soared to new highs, with hospital bosses blaming a “Stalinist” system for failing to tackle the crisis. Hundreds of patients ready to move on from hospital are being left stranded in wards, because of backlogs among agencies

  • SCHOOL SPORT: Cheney Falcons launch

    Olympic rowing gold medallist Mark Hunter and three-times world champion rower Peter Haining were at Cheney School to help launch The Cheney Falcons Olympic Rowing Club. Falcon Rowing & Canoeing Club and Cheney School PE department have joined forces

  • GREYHOUNDS: Angie aiming to be champ again

    Angie Kibble is on a mission again as she heads the Champion Trainers list at Oxford with a 21-win lead over current champion Michael Peterson and Maurice Massey. Kibble last won the title in 2003 – that was her sixth title on the trot, having started

  • GREYHOUNDS: Starlight set to shine

    Minnies Starlet, a winner at Thurles over 360 yards, is napped to make a winning debut in the Puppy Stakes over 450 metres tonight. Also well fancied is the Richard Yeates trained Indigo Kitty, while Liosgarbh Plan won’t be far away.

  • ANGLING: Marc cracks it with pike feast

    Everything came together the last time Marc Dibsdall spent a session going after pike at Linch Hill’s Ston-eacres lake, near Standlake. The Oxford angler has been targeting the big-fish water all winter but has struggled to bank one of its large residents

  • COMMENT: Grasp the nettle

    BED-BLOCKING is not an easy problem to solve but someone needs to grasp the nettle. It is pointless each month to see a new set of figures on the problem pop up, with health and social services bosses expressing regret and not much changing. These are

  • Youngsters ramping up opposition as youth services cuts loom

    YOUNGSTERS have warned councillors that pressing ahead with cuts to youth work will lead to spiralling crime and more teenagers hanging out on street corners. Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet will vote whether to back changes to the service on Tuesday

  • Devon and Cornwall: It's just C-lovelly

    I’d heard that Tintagel casts a spell which is hard to break. Sugary sentiment or not, the word that came to my lips as I watched Atlantic waves crashing against the wild headland to which the ruins of the medieval castle cling was “magical”.

  • MOTORSPORT: Plato's wary of turbo chargers

    Jason Plato bids to protect his points lead at Donington Park tomorrow in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. And he says he’s expecting “more than a tough time”. Plato got his title defence off to a flying start with two wins in the season

  • Oxford United testimonial put back

    THE Joey Beauchamp and Dave Langan testimonial and benefit match, scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at Oxford United, has been put back until the evening of Friday July 8. Premier League games had led to a lack of availability of players on the date for the

  • Concert features hospice patients' music

    SOMETIMES words are not enough to help people express their grief. Now a special concert featuring songs written by people with terminal illnesses will show how raw emotion can be communicated through the power of music. All the music featured at Tuesday

  • Burge believes Oxford United are still in contention

    Ryan Burge believes Oxford United still have plenty to play for as they make their first visit to Accrington Stanley today. The 22-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Doncaster, hasn’t ruled out the U’s making the npower League Two play-offs

  • Young to have say on heart care changes

    YOUNG people with congenital heart disease are being urged to attend an event that could affect children’s services in Oxford. Managers from the Government’s Safe and Sustainable consultation will visit the Kassam Stadium on May 4. The John Radcliffe

  • Superbikes on offer at Bonhams auction

    Bonhams return to the International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford on April 24 with one of its best selections of motorcycles for auction. The Ducati 999 F03 raced by Reuben Xaus for the factory team in the World Superbike Championship in 2003

  • COMMENT: Government undermines tough talk

    FINES for minor rubbish bin infringements were seen by many as an authoritarian step too far. Some councils were far too enthusiastic in doling out penalties for the tiniest infractions of their bin code. Thankfully Oxford City Council was more reasoned

  • Vettel dominates in Shanghai

    Sebastian Vettel's perfect Chinese Grand Prix weekend continued today as he eased to a dominant pole position in Shanghai. The Red Bull driver topped all three practice sessions coming into qualifying and did not disappoint his legion of fans

  • It's a Mini Rolls

    FANS of the Cowley-built Mini can look forward to motoring in the lap of luxury. A special edition of the car has seen designers team up with their colleagues at Rolls Royce to produce a Cooper S model complete with all the trimmings of the

  • Talking newspaper goes digital

    A TALKING newspaper has joined the 21st century by going digital, with a helping hand from the owners of the the Oxford Mail. The Didcot, Abingdon and Wantage Talking Newspaper (Dawn) received £6,848 from our parent company Gannett, through its charitable

  • doreen king

    KING Doreen Margaret In loving memory of a lovely wife, mother and nanny. On this 6th Anniversary, still sadly missed by all. A Smile we shall always remember, A voice we can always recall, A memory we treasure for ever of one who was dear to


    BIDMEAD Deborah (Debbie) 4 years have passed since we lost our treasure, whose gift to life no one could measure. Still sadly missed. Love Dad, michael, Steven and Peter.


    POWER Daniel Thomas 16.4.09 In Loving Memory of a Dear Husband, Father and Grandfather. Love Margaret and all your family. xxxx

  • clyde leslie morgan

    MORGAN Clyde Leslie 5 years today. Beloved son of Doreen and The Late Doug. I do not need a special day to bring you to my mind. The days I do not think of you are very hard to find. My heart still aches with sadness. Secret tears still flow

  • clyde leslie morgan

    MORGAN Clyde Leslie Thinking of you today Uncle Clyde. Love and miss you. Your Niece Amanda, nephews Kieran, Connor, Rhys and niece Chloe-Rose. xxxxx


    ELVIDGE Anne Janice 17th April 1951 16th October 2007. 60th Birtjhday. No happy returns, many happy memories. Love always Dave, Kathryn, Laura, Billy, Simon, Bathan, Daniel, Erin and baby Oliver xxx


    ALLEN NAN 5 years have past since the angels came for you, never does a day go by that we don't think of you. Love Michelle, Simon, Kelly, Holly, Naomi, Eleesha and Coralee, Jayden, Melody and Mason xx

  • Harry Charles Bowden

    Harry Charles Bowden No cards or presents this year. Just longing and wishing that your were still hear Love forever Shirley, Clare, Ade, Marc, Jack, David, Tracy & Milly xxxx

  • diane & richard holloway

    Diane & Richard HOLLOWAY Congratulations on your 40th Wedding Anniversary Love from Lisa, Craig, Angharad, Eleanor, Anwen, Joan, Dorrie & Tony. xx

  • diane holloway

    DIANE HOLLOWAY Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary Di. Thanks for being there for the last 40 years. Enjoy our Anniversary Love you lots Richard. xxxxx


    MAYCOCK George April 16th 15 years have passed still love and miss you loads love as always. Wife Hazel and your four children and partners, 10 grand children and 13 great grandchildren Goodnight God Bless xxx


    LEWIS Stephen John (Louie) Passed away aged 50 after a short illness bravely fought. Loving father of Karl, Sam, Kim, Dean & Gemma. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral service to be held on Wednesday 20th April at The Church of The


    BURT Iris May Passed away peacefully on 10th April 2011. Will be sadly missed by John, Julie and Mark also Fran and Harry. Forever in our thoughts.

  • clyde leslie morgan

    MORGAN Clyde Leslie Another year has gone by Bruv. Still love and miss you. Wish you were here. Love Tricia x