• CRICKET: Holders Rowant edge into semi-finals

    Natwest Under 15 National Club Championship DEFENDING county champions Aston Rowant reached the Oxfordshire semi-finals as they saw off Abingdon Vale by eight wickets. However, the result was not as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests, as Rowant

  • Student flats plan upsets Cowley neighbours

    PLANS to replace Cowley Conservative Club with 150 student flats have sparked fears of cars swamping surrounding streets. The four storey Between Towns Road building would have space for 152 bicycles, but only four visitor and two car parking

  • £365,000 facelift for Guildhall on way

    ABINGDON Guildhall is set for a facelift after the town council agred to spend £365,000 on improvements to the building. On Wednesday night, councillors agreed to release a further £225,000 to restore the 1960s-built Abbey Hall after putting aside £140,000

  • Diamond day for garden prize couple

    A COUPLE who celebrated 60 years together have proved a happy marriage is possible, even after life’s many ups and downs. Derrick and Betty Holt, from Fortnam Close, Headington, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.

  • Council bid for rounders cash

    OXFORD Rounders Club returns on Tuesday – with council chiefs hoping to get cash for year-long activities. The club will meet on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm at Blackbird Leys Park for players aged 16 and over. The sessions are being run

  • Seaside special in St Ives, Cornwall

    You forget how much children love the sea. It’s too easy to concentrate on the negatives instead – how long it takes to get there, how many hours you need to spend in traffic jams for the pleasure, the packing, the organising... need I go on?

  • Revellers searched in East Oxford

    PUB GOERS in East Oxford were searched by police last night. About 15 officers and one dog visited bars in the Cowley Road area. It is not known if any arrests were made.

  • Two fundraising cycle ride arriving in city centre together

    A SEA of cyclists is set to hit Oxford city centre tomorrow as two charity bike rides sweep into town. The London to Oxford Bike Ride in aid of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the smaller Birmingham to Oxford Bike Ride both take place tomorrow

  • CRICKET: Slatter shines in cup loss

    Curtly Slatter’s fine innings could not prevent Oxfordshire Under 17s from slipping to a 65-run defeat against Berkshire in their opening ECB County Cup match of the season at Bradfield College. Oxfordshire can once again point to far too many wides

  • CRICKET: Oxon caught in slow lane

    OXFORDSHIRE could not break out of the stranglehold imposed by Warwickshire’s bowlers as they suffered a five-wicket defeat in the ECB County Cup game at Bloxham School on Sunday. After the convincing nine-wicket win over Shropshire the previous week

  • CRICKET: Seven-up for Ross

    ROSS Coles, 13, (pictured) recorded remarkable figures of 7-13, but still finished on the losing side as Sutton Courtenay lost by two runs to East & West Hendred in an outstanding group match. Coles ripped through Hendred as they were bowled out for

  • Heart consultation draws to a close

    CAMPAIGNERS hope health officials will listen to their views as a consultation to shape the future of children’s heart services in Oxfordshire closed last night. The Safe and Sustainable consultation asked for views on proposals to have fewer, larger

  • Energy drink profits will help hospital fund

    A FUNDRAISING project with a bit of extra fizz been launched for the Oxford Children’s Hospital. The Waley Cohen family – including Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Sam – has already raised more than £1m to name a ward in memory of Tom Waley Cohen,

  • CRICKET: Todd's haul is key

    OXFORDSHIRE Under 15s completed a routine six-wicket victory on the Isle of Wight in their latest ECB Under 15 Cup clash. In May, Oxon posted a mammoth 438-9 against the same opposition as they completed a crushing 289-run victory. With a number of

  • SWIMMING: Conway's haul leads City spree

    A SMALL team of nine City of Oxford swimmers secured 19 medals at City of Liverpool SC’s Summer Sprint meet in Wavertree’s 50-metre pool. Ryan Conway, 16, led the way with six medals, including one gold. There were other golds from Jessica Ramsay, 11

  • CRICKET: Spears in super salvo

    ABINGDON School eased to victory to clinch the Oxon ECB Under 15 Twenty20 Cup against Bartholomew Sch-ool Eynsham. Batting first, Abingdon rattled up 120-7, Alex Davies hitting 37 and Rory Garrett 36. Bartholomew were bowled out for 76 in their reply

  • CRICKET: Bicester edge out Thame

    BICESTER & North Oxford emerged victorious from a pulsating final with Thame in the Ron Maudsley Under-13 Trophy on Sunday. Only a spirited sixth-wicket stand between Manon Parmar (16) and Charlie Howlett (10) stopped a rout as Thame struggled to 65-

  • SWIMMING: Dragon roar to national crown

    SWIMMERS from the Dragon School, Oxford made history by bringing back two trophies from the English Primary Schools Championship finals at Ponds Forge, Nottingham. Pride of place place went to the Dragon’s under 11 boys team, who shared the overall

  • ANGLING:Gee rules OK on the Thame

    Oxford Waltonian’s English Cup was fished by six anglers on a very low Thame at Wheatley Bridge and it produced a clear winner. Pegged downstream from the bridge in the second field, Alan Gee (Acorn Angling) stormed home with four chub, plus a perch,

  • GYMNASTICS: Abingdon stalwart honoured

    Neil Moulster’s oustanding service to Abingdon Gymnas-tics Club over the past 35 years has been recognised with a national award. He received the volunteer of the year trophy at the British Gymnastics awards dinner in Telford. Among

  • Motorist hurt

    BICESTER: A woman was injured in a collision between her Porsche sports car and a lorry. The crash happened on the B4100 Banbury Road near Caversfield at about 8.15am yesterday. The woman, in her 30s, had back pains following the crash and was taken

  • Dancing pupils ready for time of their lives

    CHILDREN at an Oxford school have had the time of their lives preparing for this weekend’s Cowley Road Carnival. Pupils at Cheney School in Headington have spent six weeks making 12ft puppets of characters from 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing, helped by

  • £15m facelift for retail park on hold

    THE Seacourt Retail Park in Botley paints a bleak picture of the recession, with two of its three units set to stand empty. Furniture retailer Habitat’s store is holding a closing-down sale after the firm went into administration last week and the former

  • GREYHOUNDS: Empire success boosts Stadium

    Betfair Pall Mall victor Brittons Empire was not the only winner on a night of fantastic racing as Oxford Stadium’s management and staff came in for plenty of praise from the sponsors, Betfair, and Sky Sports. Sky said it was the best meeting and busiest

  • GREYHOUNDS: Italian job on cards for Kibble

    When In Rome can do the business in the A1 at Oxford Stadium tonight (10.05). Angie Kibble’s charge, who will come out of trap two in this evening’s highlight, looks to have too much pace for her rivals and can land the spoils.

  • BOXING: Usher delighted at response to new club

    Bicester personal trainer Daza Usher says he has been staggered by the response after setting up a boxing gym in the town. Head coach Usher, 27, only set up the Unique Fitness Centre on Grange Farm Industrial Estate, near Bicester, in January, and already

  • Oxford Take That! competition winner is a convert

    THE winner of the Oxford Mail’s competition for two tickets to Take That’s Wembley concert returned from London yesterday a convert. Sue Clarke, 57,from Southern Bypass, Oxford, entered the competition for her daughter and admitted to not being the biggest

  • GREYHOUNDS: Joe impresses

    Trainer Richard Yeates introduced Holdem Joe at trials on Monday and after posting 26.98secs is worth keeping an eye on. Angie Kibble’s former grader Prickthesausage, owned by Billie Collins, has died of leukaemia. The BGRB have given the go-ahead

  • BOXING: Budding fighters reap rewards

    National schoolgirl finalist Niamh McGuckin and Edward ‘Jordan’ Reilly, who reached the semi-finals in the schoolboy competition, both claimed two trophies at Berinsfield’s awards evening at the Village Inn. McGuckin won both the most promising female

  • Deaf and blind charity drums up support

    PUPILS from an Oxford primary school beat out a message of support for deaf and blind children yesterday. Youngsters from St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, in Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, joined 10,000 primary students from more than 200 schools

  • MOTORSPORT: Brilliant Bratt celebrates first win

    Banbury's Will Bratt aims to keep up his bid for the FIA F2 championship title this weekend when rounds seven and eight take place at the famous Nurburgring in Germany. Last weekend, he celebrated his maiden win and third place at Spa-Francorchamps circuit

  • Brookes Bus man plots a new route

    THE man behind the Brookes Bus service and the building of 3,000 student bedrooms has retired. Ian King, director of estates and facilities management at Oxford Brookes University, also oversaw the creation of new student facilities totalling more than

  • Not in this together

    THE Government’s stated belief that ‘we’re all in this together’ must be the best joke of the year. I am having to hold my sides. The politicians should get off their soap boxes and practise what they preach. It’s quite noticeable in the television

  • Pot calling kettle

    READING how the city council took over the management of a private house in Salford Road, Marston, Oxford, made me wonder whether they are the best people to say how a property should be managed? In Oxford Road, Horspath, there are two rat-infested

  • Sikhs locate a new place of worship

    SIKHS in Oxford could soon have a new place to pray after being evicted from a temple at a Marston house. Since 2006, members of the Sikh community had been using 69 Cherwell Drive to hold weekly prayer meetings. But in May, after repeated warnings

  • Bus partnership was long overdue

    CONGRATULATIONS to the bus companies and the county council for, at long last, introducing joint ticketing. The changes will mean a better service for customers, a reduction in carbon footprint and cleaner air. Labour brought in the Local Transport

  • Ritual cruelty

    I FULLY concur with the comments of Peter Langley, (Ritual slaughter, Oxford Mail, June 28), regarding the primitive, outdated and completely unnecessary practice of ritual slaughter of animals just to satisfy a few words in a book. It goes beyond comprehension

  • Social care changes will offer less choice

    The Government has introduced the social care Personalisation Agenda to provide choice to vulnerable adults so they can choose the care and services they require within their allocated budget. The whole purpose of the agenda is to respect the choice

  • ANGLING: Malcolm is hot stuff at Folly

    Round two of the Oxford Super League was split over three sections of the Thames around Oxford, Medley, Channel and Folly and on the hottest day of the year, it proved hard work for the seven teams of six. The river still had no flow and was a strange

  • Hunt for cash and carry robbers

    POLICE are hunting gun-wielding robbers who tied up staff at an Oxford cash and carry and made off with a car. Three masked men entered Booker Cash and Carry, in Osney Mead, at about 8pm on Wednesday. They restrained staff with cable ties and tried

  • Festival's all ready to rock, and roll

    BRIGHT sunshine greeted revellers to the first day of Oxfordshire’s most eclectic music festival yesterday. About 10,000 people attended the Cornbury Festival, which is taking place over three days. Singer-songwriter James Blunt, American pop icon Cyndi

  • Pair chase thieves in a Rover

    ROB and Tracy Hearne had hoped for a relaxing drive to enjoy Oxfordshire’s countryside. But little did they know they were about to become Bicester’s version of TV detective duo Starsky and Hutch. They became suspicious as they saw three

  • COMMENT: Real champions

    ROB and Tracy Hearne really are Johnnies on the spot. Today we tell the story of how the couple chased after three people when a £10,000 trailer was stolen from Oxford and Cherwell Valley College’s Bicester campus. They were given a reward yesterday

  • MOTORSPORT: Mitchell upbeat on title hopes

    Oxford driver Sam Mitchell says he still harbours ambitions of winning the Classic Hot Rod title following last weekend’s sixth round at Hednesford Hills. His three seventh-placed finishes saw Mitchell, who works at SJM Motors in Headington, move up

  • Fleet's arrival heralds boost for county

    MORE shops, more teachers and millions of pounds of investment are expected as 2,600 troops move in to Carterton. RAF Brize Norton will get an influx of about 4,000 people, both service personnel and their families, when RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire closes

  • COMMENT: Fleet move has positive implications

    THE Hercules are big flying beasts and the crews, associated service personnel and their families will create just as big an impact on their arrival in Oxfordshire. The final part of the Hercules fleet flew in to its new home at RAF Brize Norton

  • SCHOOL BUILD CONTEST: Pupils have eyes on wildlife hide

    A WILDLIFE hide, which pupils could use at all hours of the day to watch animals in their school’s wild area, is the final dream project on the shortlist for this year’s School Build SOS competition. If Queen’s Dyke Primary School in Witney collects

  • Howling success for this wolfpack

    A RUGBY team for children with special needs celebrated their return from an emotional international tournament last week. Founder Linda Paul said: “Words cannot describe how amazing it was to see how they acted as a team. The enjoyment on their faces

  • Cowley carnival to attract partygoers to city

    THIS weekend, Oxford’s biggest party will hit the streets and parks of the city. Thousands of people are expected to make their way to East Oxford to celebrate the Cowley Road Carnival over the next two days. Award-winning rapper Roots

  • School has eyes on a hide in our SOS contest

    A WILDLIFE hide, which pupils could use at all hours of the day to watch animals in their school’s wild area, is the final dream project on the shortlist for this year’s School Build SOS competition. If Queen’s Dyke Primary School in Witney collects

  • Oxford United unveil their new home kit

    COME on you yellows – that is the message as Oxford United today unveil their new home kit for the 2011-12 season. After last season’s strip – which was blue and yellow stripes – caused such a stir among home supporters with many feeling there