• New Porsche is still as thrilling as ever

    TAKE a long lingering look at this Porsche because it might be the last of the 997-generation 911 models before the switch to the new — and probably extremely similar — 998 model later this year. And with such an important task resting on its wider

  • School and council high earners on rise

    More than 560 council council and schools staff were earning at least £50,000 last year, new figures show. Schools staff on more than £50,000 rose from 299 in 2009/10 to 338 in 2010/11, a rise of 13 per cent, while the number of Oxfordshire

  • Oxford MP in benefits probe

    Oxford East MP Andrew Smith pressed a Government minister on EU benefit claimants in the Commons. The Labour MP asked work and pensions sercretary Chris Grayling how many families he estimated got benefits in the UK and from another EU state as their

  • Fundraising walk

    A fundraising walk around Oxford University Parks to support the city’s hospitals will return in October. It’s Not Just a Walk in the Park will take place on October 30 to buy extra equipment and facilities for Oxford Cancer Centre and Oxford Heart Centre

  • high-tech hunt

    Harcourt Arboretum will be playing host to a different kind of hide and seek this summer. Organised by the Institute of Physics, Quest involves a high-tech treasure hunt using co-ordinates and GPS to find boxes full of puzzles and activities. It will

  • Gallery's birthday exhibition

    A gallery that has championed Oxfordshire emerging talent celebrates its fifth birthday today. The 03 Gallery in Oxford Castle opened in 2006 as part of the castle’s revamp and has been giving local artists a place to hang their work ever since. To

  • UPDATE: No major traffic problems during rush hour

    TRAFFIC still appears to be heavy but moving on major routes across the county during rush hour tonight. No major problems have been reported on Oxfordshire's roads as several high profile events are held in the county this weekend.

  • Wallingford man goes missing

    POLICE want the public’s help in tracing a missing man from Wallingford. Dominic Ewbank, of St Martin’s Street, was reported missing to police on Friday, July 15. Police only released details tonight. The 48-year-old is described as

  • Bodleian stripped ahead of £78m makeover

    IT was built as a vast fortress, capable of storing nearly three million volumes including some of the world’s most valuable books. Now Oxford’s New Bodleian Library is stripped and deserted. The Broad Street building will close any day, awaiting a

  • Dad shows gratitude to hospital

    A grateful father has helped organise a fun day this weekend to thank the hospital that saved his baby daughter’s life. Amber Ghulam’s daughter Isha was three months old when she went to the Oxford Children’s Hospital with life-threatening pneumonia.

  • Blood sessions

    Blood donors can make their way to Middleton Cheney, near Banbury, today where sessions will be held at the village hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and between 4.15pm and 7pm.

  • Activity days for families

    Families are invited to work together at Barracks Lane Community Garden to create woven and painted art using natural and found materials. The family activity day will be held tomorrow between 11am and 5pm. A £2 donation per family is suggested.

  • Calls for blood

    Blood donation sessions will be held in Oxford next Thursday. Appointments will be available between 1.30pm and 3.30pm and then again between 4.15pm and 7.30pm at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre in Little Gate Street, in St Ebbes. Anyone aged

  • Forest picnic

    An afternoon of stories, games and music around the theme of forests of the world will be held at the Botanic Gardens, Rose Lane, tomorrow. The forest picnic afternoon will run from 1pm to 4pm and entry costs £3.80 with children free.

  • GREYHOUNDS: Oxford BAGS results

    11.03: 1 CLONLOST MAUREEN 10-1, 2 Take On Title 6-4 fav. Trio (3x1x2). Trainer: Atkins. Time: 28.32. 11.19: 1 fragrant rose 9-4 fav, 2 Islandanny Man 6-1. Trio (4x2x5). Trainer: A Kibble. Time: 27.98. 11.34: 1 ARDMAYLE DUKE 5-2 jt fav, 2 Sharons Guest

  • Actors from Gaza had tough journey to Oxford stage

    YOUNG actors from Gaza are among a global cast performing in Oxford tonight. Pegasus Theatre, in Magdalen Road, is hosting an international festival after bringing young actors and actresses from all over the world to perform in the city. Festival director

  • End of an era for Bicester Town FC

    BICESTER’s oldest football club will close its doors at 4pm today ending a rich 130-year history. Bicester Town Community Football Club, which has been at the heart of the community for more than a century, was given notice to quit its Oxford

  • Immigration raids across Oxfordshire

    SIX people were arrested in immigration raids in West Oxfordshire last night. Four Bangladeshi men were arrested at Café Le Raj in Horsefair, Chipping Norton, two for overstaying visas and two for entering the country illegally. Two Bangladeshi

  • Local share prices (lunchtime)

    AEA Technology 3.2 BMW 6279 Electrocomponents 239.6 Nationwide Accident Repair 94 Oxford Biomedica 7.05 Oxford Catalysts 72.5 Oxford Instruments 956.5 Reed Elsevier 563 RM 122.1 RPS Group 231.75

  • Blind man plans to climb Kilimanjaro for charity

    COMPUTER supplier Paul Nicol started to suffer problems with his eyesight when he was 14 and by the time he was 25 he was blind. But he has not allowed his disability to limit his lofty ambitions and in January he will climb 19,340ft to the

  • Ex-pupil's bike ride for pre-school

    A WALLINGFORD dad completed a cycle ride for the pre-school he went to in 1973 – and where his two-year-old daughter now attends. Steve Andrews, 41, completed the London to Brighton ride last month to raise £500 for Rainbow Pre-School. Mr Andrews, pictured

  • ROWING: County crews hit gold in nationals

    Oxfordshire crews bagged a total of six gold medals, two silver and one bronze at the British National Championships in Nottingham. City of Oxford’s women’s team of Sian Findlay, Jane Loveday, Nicola Smith and Keren Ward took the coxed four, with Ward

  • United opens new business club

    DIRECTORS at Oxford United have launched a special new club designed to boost business involvement at the Kassam Stadium. The Business Class networking club will offer corporate members “platinum benefits” including one of the best seats in the Kassam

  • Teachers 'baffled' by Ofsted's rating

    EARLIER this year Larkmead School was hailed as the most improved school in Oxfordshire. Yet inspectors have only rated the Abingdon comprehensive progress as ‘satisfactory’ after a recent visit. The Faringdon Road secondary school was listed among

  • Respite time blow hits young carers

    YOUNG people who struggle to fit their school and social lives around caring for sick loved ones have said Oxfordshire County Council is failing to live up to its pledge to support them. Their claims come as Oxford Carers Centre has refused to bid for

  • Pupils line up for green sixth form

    THE county’s first £4.4m carbon neutral school building has officially opened. The new sixth form block at Cooper School, in Churchill Road, Bicester, is ready for its first pupils in September. Work on the two-storey building began last summer and

  • TENNIS: Skipper Tolson stunned by Oxon drop

    Oxfordshire women’s captain Emma Tolson admitted to being left shocked after her side were relegated from Group 5B. Confidence was high going into the week, with Oxon determined to halt a run of relegations that had seen them plummet from Group 1. But

  • Polling cards: My printing error

    THE CHIEF executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils said last night he should have appointed a specialist printer to supply polling cards for local elections. David Buckle, returning officer for both councils, made the

  • CRICKET: Harrison hoping Wycombe slip in title chase

    Captain Jason Harrison admits his Oxford side need High Wycombe to slip up if they are to have a chance of catching them in the Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 1 title race. With seven games to go, the Bucks club have

  • Respects paid to a U’s legendary kitman

    Oxford United turned out in force yesterday for the funeral of kitman Ken Ridley. Players, managers and staff – past and present – were among more than 250 people to pay their respects Mr Ridley, who died last week after a long battle with

  • CRICKET: Cater and Watkins in Oxon fold

    Batsman Jonny Cater and left-arm spinner Nat Watkins make their Oxfordshire debuts against Dorset in the Minor Counties Championship Western Division match at Bournemouth starting on Sunday. Cater, 22, who plays for Buckingham, gets his chance

  • CRICKET: Wonder West is hero for Banbury

    Richard West hit a rapid half-century as holders Banbury survived a scare to post a five-wicket win at Cropredy in the Bernard Tollett Oxfordshire Cup quarter-finals. Chasing Cropredy’s 139-6 off 20 overs, Banbury were behind the run rate at

  • Price hikes for Scottish and Southern Energy customers

    SCOTTISH and Southern Energy has announced it will be increasing its prices this autumn. The energy company, which supplies nine million customers in the UK, including many in Oxfordshire, revealed it will be raising household electricity prices by 11

  • UPDATE: Event traffic warning

    THE HIGHWAYS Agency has issued a fresh warning to motorists about heavy traffic across Oxfordshire this weekend. It says the combination of several high profile events - attracting more than 200,000 visitors - could cause problems. The

  • Care home’s problems now firmly in the past

    I HAVE been a resident here in Brookfield Care Home for four years and in that time I have never experienced any problems as regards the care. I think the staff are really marvellous the way they cope. They can only give encouragement to us and I have

  • Thank you all

    ON Wednesday, July 13, a lady called for an ambulance on a phone at Waitrose, I think. I had fallen in the passageway behind the store in Abingdon. She very kindly put her son’s sweater under my head. I don’t know her name but I would like to thank

  • Clarification

    DAVID Barnard, of Cherwell Avenue, Kidlington, has asked us to make clear that in recent letters (ViewPoints, July 6 and July 18) about exchanges in these pages between county council leader Keith Mitchell and Tony Augarde, he was awarding the palm of

  • Speed test was pointless

    THE drivers of vehicles using Ferry Hinksey Road daily must have had a quiet chuckle or sigh of relief on reading the Oxford Mail report (July 14) of the recent police exercise to monitor the 20mph speed limit. It stated that only three or four vehicles

  • FOOTBALL: Ford keen on capture of Fleet

    Oxford City boss Mike Ford could supplement his side with former Birmingham City defender Reece Fleet. Fleet, who is the son of former City goalkeeper Colin, ,joined City in pre-season after being released by Blues earlier in the year. The big centre

  • Impaired judgment

    I READ Honour Tomkinson’s On Yer Bike column in Tuesday’s Oxford Mail and am quite appalled at its content. The public’s outlook on cyclists is not, according to complaints in your pages, all peace and harmony really, is it, even without this? I passed

  • King of comedy

    REGARDING your article (How Ronnie Swapped Comedy For Antiques, Oxford Mail, July 8) – the Two Ronnies really were the kings of comedy – Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett lit up our screens for decades with their rib-tickling brand of humour all

  • Pets and renting

    DOGS Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is encouraging all Oxfordshire pet owners who have ever rented, or tried to rent accommodation with their pet to take part in an online survey. The aim is to gather details of pet owners’ experiences

  • Dancers hope to have the luck of the Irish in event

    A GROUP from Oxfordshire will be hoping they have the luck of the Irish at an international competition this weekend. Dancers from the Marion Flanagan School of Irish Dancing will compete against hundreds of others at the British Nationals in Manchester

  • COMMENT: A real family club

    KEN RIDLEY’S funeral yesterday truly showed the family spirit at Oxford United Football Club. He served United for 27 years, and it must have been touching to his family that so many players past and present turned out to pay their respects

  • STAR TEACHER: Pupils sing praises of their musical Miss

    A MUSICIAN who swapped her role managing a top opera company to work at an Oxford primary school has been named our teacher of the year for 2011. Edwina Vernon previously worked as company manager at English National Opera, staged the Swiss

  • Police ‘well placed to handle cuts’

    THAMES Valley Police is “well placed” to handle its significant budget cuts, according to a report released yesterday. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspected all 43 police forces in the UK to see how they were planning to meet financial

  • UPDATE: Woman fights for life after three-car crash

    A WOMAN was fighting for her life last night after being cut from the wreckage of her car. The woman was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries yesterday after a crash between three cars. Emergency crews were called to the collision

  • Parking permits could cost more

    OXFORDSHIRE’S parking boss is threatening to hike the price of permits after the county council was exposed as making a profit out of the scheme. The council made a profit of £110,442 from its Oxford residents’ parking permit scheme in the

  • COMMENT: Council in a spiteful ploy

    OXFORDSHIRE County Council will be revealed as spiteful, petty and unfit to run services if it increases the cost of parking permits. When we and Oxford City Council called for a rebate on the £110,000 profit the council is raking in, we didn’t expect

  • FOOTBALL: Fuller hopes to land striker Herbert

    New Banbury United boss Ady Fuller says he is hopeful that striker Courtenay Herbert will switch to Spencer Stadium. Fuller, whose side host Herbert’s former club, Northampton at Spencer Stadium, tonight, said: “He said that he would come down and play

  • COMMENT: Dad's war hero spirit won back medals

    WE think Tony Berridge should feel a swell of pride today that he has shown some of his war hero father’s same spirit in finally retrieving his medals. Mr Berridge handed over the medals won in the Second World War by his father, Sergeant Wilfred

  • Oxford United duo on road to recovery

    INJURED midfield duo Peter Leven and Paul McLaren are targeting a return to action in next week’s home friendly against Everton after being given the all-clear to resume full training. Although they travelled with the U’s squad on their pre-season tour

  • Traffic heavy but moving

    Traffic across the county is heavy but moving this morning as the CLA Game Fair gets under way in Woodstock. Traffic on the A420 into Oxford is reported as heavy but flowing well, while earlier queues on the A40 eastbound at Barnard Gate now

  • School maintains good mark

    ICKNIELD Community College has maintained its “good” rating from Ofsted following its most recent inspection. The 638-pupil Watlington secondary school was described as providing “a good standard of education in a close and caring community,” and inspector

  • Man reunited with his father's war medals

    A 66-year-old Oxfordshire man has won a four-year fight to secure the return of his father’s war medals. Now he is already preparing to give them away again — to a museum that commemorates the battle in which his father fought. Tony

  • Lottery cash funds new driver for hospice

    AN OXFORD hospice is hoping to reach out to more seriously ill patients after a £70,000 lottery grant. Sobell House Hospice, based at the Churchill Hospital in Headington, used the money to fund a new driver for the day centre. It is hoped the annual

  • Free sports day begins build-up for 2012

    THE countdown to next year’s London Olympics is set to begin in earnest in Oxford this weekend with a day of sporting activities. The Oxford Family Sports Day, being held in South Park, East Oxford, on Sunday as part of the Olympic Open Weekend, will

  • Oxford United get 2,796 tickets for Swindon clash

    OXFORD United have been allocated 2,796 tickets for the npower League Two derby clash at Swindon on Sunday, August 21. The U’s will originally get 2,396, with a further 400 to follow once the initial allocation is sold out. The tickets will go on sale


    Honour Jesse Now at peace Jesse died on Friday 15th July aged 78 years. Loved husband of Mag, dad to Liz, Jody and Scott and loving grandad and great grandad. Funeral Service will take place at St Mary's Church Charlton-on-Otmoor on Wednesday 27th July


    DARREN HUSSEY Happy 40th Birthday. Lots of love from Mum, Dad and Family


    JONES Des‘Dogger’ Passed peacefully away at home on 15th July 2011 after a very short illness, with his loving partner by his side. Much loved partner of Cherry, beloved son of Pam and the late Peter, and a dear brother, dad and grampy. Funeral service


    Duncan Colwell Happy Half Century, Have a cracking day! Lots of love from Trude, Russell, Lewis, Kayleigh and Hannah. xxxxxx


    Lowe Doris Passed away peacefully at the John Radcliffe Hospital aged 86 years on 15th July 2011. Loving Mum to Pam and Glenn, Nan to Lee, Debbie, TJ and Gareth. Great Nan to eight great grandchildren. Funeral service at Kidlington Baptist Church on


    FLETCHER Russell Passed away peacefully at home with his family on the 17th July 2011 aged 56 years. Loving husband of Linda and cherished dad of Nicola and Gemma. Beloved son of Mavis. Funeral Service on 27th July at 11.15 am at Oxford Crematorium.


    ALLEN Daphne Jean (Jean) Passed away peacefully at Cherwood House Nursing Home on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Now reunited with her husband Derrick. An adored mum of Daphne and David, mother in law to Martin and Elaine A devoted grandma to Vicky, Mark,

  • Oxford Thai Ltd

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE UNDER SECTION 17 OF THE LICENSING ACT 2003 Oxford Thai Ltd, Oxford Thai, 179 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UT on aid off license (11.00 - 23.00 pm) Full details of the application can be inspected on the licensing


    HEWLETT Enid May Passed away peacefully on Thursday 14th July 2011 at St Lukes Hospital, Headington aged 89 years. Dearly beloved wife of the late Norman and Mum of Jon. Much loved Nanny of Ben and Sam. Funeral service to be held at Wolvercote Cemetery


    EDWARDS Lawrence (Lawrie) Sadly passed away at the JR II Hospital on 12th July aged 91 years. Devoted husband of Joyce and Uncle to his many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Grateful thanks to our neighbours, friends and our local Doctor

  • john albert nixon

    NIXON John Albert 24th July 2010 Remembering you 1 year on.Miss you lots From all the family.

  • gary bradbury

    GARY BRADBURY Have a great day! All our love Kim and your girls Katie, Lilly & Lucy xxxx


    Weighell Joan Passed peacefully away on 17th July 2011 at the John Radcliffe Hospital aged 84 years. Much loved mum, granny, and great granny. Funeral service at Oxford Crematorium on Friday 29th July at 10.30am. Family flowers only donations if desired


    COOPER Lewis (Lou) Peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 17 2011 aged 75 years. The devoted Husband of Margaret and much loved Dad of Rachel, Charlotte and Alicia, Father in Law to David, Martin and Adam. Grampy to Michael (Wonder Boy)


    PHILLIPS Gordon Passed away peacefully on Tuesday 19th July 2001, aged 81. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral service on Thursday 28th July, Oxford Crematorium at 11.30am.


    NOSWORTHY (Nee Crick) Betty Evelyn A much loved Mum, Mother in Law and Grandmother passed away on 16th July 2011. Sadly missed by her children Ann, Martin, Jane and their families, also by her brothers and sisters and their families. Funeral Service

  • sheridan strong

    Strong Nee Hookham Sheridan Lynn 29.5.1953-14.7.2011 Beautiful daughter of Glenys and the late Ronald and much loved sister to Petrina and Lucinda, passed away peacefully at Sobell House Hospice. Sherry, thank you for all the happiness you gave us,

  • pauline peggy hemmings

    HEMMINGS Pauline Peggy 02/03/1937 - 22/07/2008 Always in my thoughts, Although we are apart. Never from my dreams, forever in my heart. I love and Miss you my Darling Your loving Husband Leslie, Son Neil and family.