• Fire campaign to save 365 lives is well ahead of its target

    THERE are 226 people walking around Oxfordshire today who should not be here. They should be dead, killed in a house blaze or a mangled car. But thanks to Oxfordshire firefighters, they survived. In 2006, the Oxford Mail backed the county’s fire and

  • Five mile tailbacks on A34

    DRIVERS are currently caught in five mile tailbacks after a Land Rover pulling a trailer overturned on the A34 northbound by East Ilsley. Police said recovery work was under way after the crash at about 2.10pm.

  • Crowds flock to Army open day

    COMMUNITIES were given a taste of army life at the Abingdon Armed Forces Open Day. Hundreds of people turned up for demonstrations from forces based at the Dalton Barracks and the chance to get up close and personal with the latest technology. Among

  • Councils at odds over housing plans

    PLANS for scores more homes near Oxford’s Barton estate, on top of the 1,200 already planned, have stunned residents. South Oxfordshire District Council has earmarked a 2.2-hectare site at Bayswater Farm for development, which lies on the north-east

  • Ride round palace for cancer charity

    BREAST cancer survivor Fiona Topp is joining hundreds of cyclists in a new fundraising event at Blenheim Palace, to support women battling the disease. The 43-year-old, who was diagnosed five years ago and has now recovered, is urging other Oxfordshire

  • Marathon cyclists smash target

    A TEAM who challenged themselves to climb three mountains and cycle 1,000 miles in 99 hours “smashed” their target by nearly seven hours. Ten men from RAF Brize Norton cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End, taking time out to climb the three

  • Pub flats ‘a threat to safety of pupils’

    A SCHOOL headteacher has again raised traffic fears after it emerged a Marston pub could be turned into student flats. The Cavalier, in Copse Lane, was set to be turned into a shop and 35 student flats after Oxford City Council gave the

  • 'State is letting students down'

    THE principal of an Oxford college which offers a second chance at higher education has said students are being let down by the Government. Prof Audrey Mullender, principal at Ruskin College, based in Walton Street, warned the increase in student fees

  • Scales of justice

    People convicted of offences at magistrates' courts in Oxfordshire recently: Chris Tuffy, 31, of Saxton Road, Abingdon, admitted having an article with a blade or point, namely a lock knife, in public and being drunk and disorderly

  • Councils boost charities with a fashion show

    STAFF at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils got up on the catwalk during their lunch break to raise funds for good causes. The employees, including senior managers and directors, strutted their stuff in the council chamber at

  • Fun for all at Cowley Carnival

    IT may not have been on Cowley Road, but that didn’t dampen the festival spirit in East Oxford yesterday. The annual carnival attracted more than 20,000 revellers to South Park to celebrate the city’s diversity. This year’s festivities

  • Festival is a beautiful hit

    ORGANISERS of the Cornbury Festival have thanked music-lovers for helping to make the weekend-long event a “huge success”. Up to 13,000 people packed the site for the festival, which was brought to a rousing close last night with a set by veteran rockers

  • COMMENT: Put carnival back where it belongs

    THERE will be a fair few fuzzy heads around Oxford today.Carnival weekend is the excuse many will have for being bleary-eyed in the office. And, in the cold light of day, one thing will be overwhelmingly clear: this is the city’s greatest event. There

  • RESULTS: 02/03

    SERIOUS CRICKET HOME COUNTIES PREMIER LEAGUE Division 1 Bishop’s Stortford 239 (64 ovs, R Akram 120, E Brock 7-72), Henley 145 (48.5 ovs, M Roberts 50). Bishop’s Stortford 25pts, Henley 6. Falkland 192 (47 ovs, H Riazuddin 74, A Blanchard 6-35),

  • Pupils took pride of place for Royal Proclamation

    THESE children were taking part in a ceremony which has happened only once in the past 60 years. They were waiting to hear the Proclamation of the date for Elizabeth II’s Coronation as our new Queen. The children were pupils of the long-demolished

  • Heat was on for school's charity walk

    THESE children were smiling at the start – but might not have been smiling at the end. They faced a 10-mile slog in hot temperatures for a sponsored walk in aid of Help the Aged. The picture was taken at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington, in June 1975

  • The changing face of Littlemore

    THERE were plenty of attractions, to suit all tastes and ages, at the Peers School fete in 1973. Richard Sullivan, two, and Stephanie Dix, three, were drawn to the British Leyland fire brigade display, where they were able to try on firemen’s helmets

  • The day the sky turned black

    BARRY Symonds will not forget the day he was caught in the London smog. As a young church server, he joined a party from Oxford going to the Guild of Servers’ annual meeting in 1952. That was one of the worst years for pollution in the

  • Lucky steam locomotive on track for comeback

    STANDING in a locomotive shed at Porthmadog, in North Wales, the North Oxfordshire village of Hook Norton seems a world away, writes William Crossley. But resting on the narrow-gauge rails in the shed is the carefully restored chassis of a 105-year-old

  • Choir in costume for jubliee concert

    HEADINGTON Women’s Institute Choir celebrated 25 years of song with a concert at the Methodist Church Hall in New High Street in 1975. The silver jubilee concert was a trip down memory lane for many of the singers, as the choir performed their most successful

  • TV star vows carnival will return to Cowley Road

    APPRENTICE star Saira Khan yesterday revealed she had been “hired” to return East Oxford’s carnival to the Cowley Road. Yesterday’s festivities were not held in the road for the second time in three years. Organisers blamed a lack of funding and have

  • RESULTS: Greyhounds 02/03

    SATURDAY’S RESULTS 7.35: 1 EFFERNOGUE BAD 6-1, 2 Morning Glory 5-1. Trio: (4x3x5). Trainer: Colton. Time: 28.15. Barnagrane Cait (5) 6-4 fav. 7.50: 1 BLUE IDA 6-1, 2 Miami Twice 5-4 fav. Trio: (4x3x2). Trainer: Baker. Time: 27.60. 8.05: 1 WINSLOW WONDER

  • CRICKET: Century stand rescues Thame

    An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 114 between Ed Barnett and Sam Lachlan saved Thame Town from defeat as their Division 2 West derby at Horspath ended in a draw. Having posted 212-9 after being put in to bat, Horspath looked to be heading for victory

  • CRICKET: Battling Rowant pay for bad start

    Aston Rowant never recovered from a poor start, but still made visitors Slough work for their three-wicket success in Division 2 West. After being put in, Rowant faltered to 43-4 before Chris Watling and Richard Cook tried to revive the innings. However

  • CRICKET: Another ton for Ferraby

    Nick Ferraby scored his second successive league century, but Oxford had to settle for a draw in their Division 1 match at Tring Park. Ferraby came to the crease with Oxford, who lost the toss, in trouble at 5-2 in the tenth over, following the dismissals

  • CRICKET: Blanchard’s haul in vain

    A BRILLIANT spell by young seamer Ashley Blanchard appeared to have set up a straightforward victory for Banbury away to Division 1 strugglers Falkland. But having bowled out the hosts for 192, Banbury suffered a disastrous collapse and ended up losing

  • UPDATE: Fatal crash in Bampton

    A 45-YEAR-OLD woman was killed in the early hours of this morning after the silver BMW she was driving hit a tree near Bampton. The crash happened in Station Road towards the town at about 2am and the driver, who is from the area, was pronounced

  • Fans flock to U's open day

    YELLOW was the colour of the day as thousands of Oxford United supporters packed the Kassam Stadium for the club’s annual open day. The sun shone as more than 2,000 fans were introduced to new players, given tours of the ground and, most

  • Crash causes delays at Headington roundabout

    DRIVERS were held up this morning after a lorry and a Renault Clio collided near the Green Road roundabout. The crash happened in London Road, Headington, at about 7.15am and was cleared by 8.30am. Police said no one was injured.

  • Cornbury Festival was ‘a huge success’

    ORGANISERS of the Cornbury Festival have thanked music-lovers for helping to make the weekend-long event a “huge success”. Up to 13,000 people packed the site for the festival, which was brought to a rousing close with a set by veteran rockers

  • New signing is impressed by Open Day crowd

    Deane Smalley admitted he and the other new faces were mightily impressed by the huge turnout from Oxford United fans at the club’s Open Day. More than 2,000 U’s supporters got their first chance to see Chris Wilder’s summer signings on Saturday as they

  • Motorist killed in Bampton crash

    A MOTORIST was killed in the early hours of this morning on the A4095 by Bampton. Thames Valley Police said the crash happened at about 2am.