• Ice rink revamp heads package of leisure improvements

    PLANS to give Oxford Ice Rink a major facelift will be the centrepiece of a package to improve the city’s leisure facilities. Major improvements are being lined up for the first floor, entrance and foyer, as well as the reception and cafe. A new multi-purpose

  • Villagers sing out to save their library

    MORE than 80 Old Marston residents joined by children’s songwriter Nick Cope, took part in a sing-in to save their library. The musical session was organised by the Save Old Marston Library group over Oxfordshire County Council’s plans to have volunteers

  • Twin peaks

    Identical twins Vitor and Guilherme Menezes can’t believe their luck. One day they’re practising their ballet moves in Brazil and the next have been awarded scholarships to the English National Ballet School, and are starring in the ENB’s new

  • Curtain-raisers

    Mike Tindall move over, its time for someone else to laugh at England’s rugby players and Simon Carter’s the man to do it. His hilarious one-man play Phys-Ed looks at the competitive world of Rugby Union from a completely different perspective on Monday

  • Nice guys

    If restaurants were as nice as their owners, then Verde on Cowley Road would be Michelin starred. Beaming manager Marcelo De Oliveira couldn’t be any more welcoming if he tried. The charming Brazilian is proud, engaging and a born restaurant manager

  • Waxing lyrical

    It’s Friday night and you really want to boogie. Scratch that... you NEED to boogie tonight. There’s just one problem...funds are low, really low – in fact you’ve barely two pennies to rub together. This is where Four Candles can really

  • Family trade

    SPITFIRE pilot, champion jockey and thriller-writing legend are just some of the achievements Dick Francis was able to list on his colourful CV before his death aged 89 in February last year. His son, Felix Francis, who describes his father

  • Crazy divorces

    Intelligent and sophisticated adult-oriented romantic comedies that don’t resort to gross-out humour are almost as scarce as Ryan Reynolds films in which the Canadian actor keeps his clothes on. So Crazy, Stupid, Love is a rare treat, boasting

  • Well driven

    Silence is golden. For the opening 10 minutes of Nicolas Winding Refn’s nail-biting thriller, the lead character – a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a getaway driver – says nothing. He lets his skills behind the wheel do the talking,

  • Underground lines

    TAKE 40 bands, artists and DJs. Stick them on stage at a clutch of neighbouring venues – add a bubbly crowd of punters, and simmer gently for 15 hours… The result, is a feast of amazing music at what promises to be one of the best nights out in town

  • Maccy's morsels

    It’s a busy old week in food land. The biggest event is the Thame Food Festival this weekend. Patron Lotte Duncan will be cooking in the main kitchen and demonstrating in the Aga shop. Celebrity guest Raymond Blanc will be signing copies of his new book

  • Rocks off

    FOLLOWINg a roller coaster summer of festival-going, it was Flava Flav, the bombastic, giant alarm clock-sporting member of Public Enemy who summed up the feeling for many who headed to the last real bash of the season. “This is the best festival of

  • WRETCH 32: Metaphor man

    HIP hop artists aren’t known for their modesty. But, even in a world of inflated egos, Jermaine Scott bristles with confidence. The 26-year-old North Londoner, who trades under the sobriquet Wretch 32, is in no doubt as to his place in the pantheon of

  • Charities urged to apply for Gannett Foundation grants

    NEWSQUEST, the parent company of the Oxford Mail, is again asking for community groups to apply for grants from its Gannett Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc – Newsquest’s owners – and twice a year it gives away awards

  • Baroness tells of memorable life with a British icon

    BLENHEIM Palace may be steeped in history, but an 89-year-old baroness brought the past alive as no other surviving member of the Churchill family could. Mary Soames, the youngest and only surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill, once produced

  • Teaching wildlife came so naturally

    RENOWNED naturalist and author Elaine Hurrell has died suddenly at the age of 83. Miss Hurrell was instrumental in setting up the Hill End Residential and Field Studies Centre three miles west of Oxford. She was involved in equipping the classrooms

  • Fondness is clear as a bell

    ONE of the country’s best known bell hangers has died, aged 92. Frank White was the fourth generation to run Whites of Appleton, the UK’s oldest continuously trading bell hanging company. The company was founded in 1824 by Alfred White – Frank’s great-grandfather

  • A Spurs devotee

    SPURS stalwart Barbara Wallace has died at the age of 91. Mrs Wallace served as personal secretary to Bill Nicholson during his time as manager, working in Tottenham Hotspur’s office from 1956 until 1980 as a receptionist, telephonist and administrator

  • Charities urged to apply for Gannett Foundation grants

    NEWSQUEST, the parent company of The Oxford Times, is again asking for community groups to apply for grants from its Gannett Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc – Newsquest’s owners – and twice a year it gives

  • Local share prices (PM)

    AEA Technology 2.8 BMW 4602 Electrocomponents 191.9 Nationwide Accident Repair 96 Oxford Biomedica 5.5 Oxford Catalysts 59 Oxford Instruments 798.75 Reed Elsevier 481.3 RM 97.1 RPS Group 173.5 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Wheeling in: Nissan Micra 1.2 Acenta

    The name’s the same, writes David Duffy, but the game has changed entirely for Nissan’s Micra supermini. Out goes Sunderland-built funky design and in comes Indian-built play-it-safe-styling. This little car is off on a big mission with

  • Fine performances in stylish comedy

    Intelligent and sophisticated adult-oriented romantic comedies that don’t resort to gross-out humour are almost as scarce as Ryan Reynolds films in which the Canadian actor keeps his clothes on. So Crazy, Stupid, Love is a rare treat, boasting

  • Hot property

    Banbury law firm Brethertons has achieved accreditation with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), the quality mark for residential property lawyers introduced earlier this year. Michael Dibben, of Brethertons, said: “This award is recognition

  • Launch date

    An Oxford business blending children’s clothing with parenting advice is being launched on Sunday. Mayamin, the brainchild of psychologist Linn Brynildsen, is a website combining a range of practical Scandinavian clothing with research and advice about

  • Twins' online supplies business is a hit

    Starting a building business in the middle of the worst recession to hit the trade for 50 years may seem strange. But twins Craig and Ian Baldwin, 32, who grew up in Cowley, started their online company last year and already have a serious success on

  • Team building

    Construction and civil engineering firm Stepnell, which has offices in Cane Lane, Grove, has appointed Terry Hill as senior project manager. In his new role, Mr Hill – who was previously a project manager for Berkeley Homes – is responsible for managing

  • Design will weave in town history

    Wetherspoon will name its Witney pub The Company of Weavers, we have discovered. The pub chain has taken over the former Palace nightclub in Market Square, but no opening date has yet been announced. Architects RJD have been brought

  • Law firm primed to boost career chances

    Bosses at an Oxford law firm have pledged to give youngsters from poorer backgrounds better quality work experience. Blake Lapthorn, based at Seacourt Tower, Botley, has joined PRIME, a profession-wide commitment to ensure pupils have a clear insight

  • Legal eagles make grade

    WANTAGE Law firm Charles Lucas Marshall has received accreditation from the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which requires firms to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews. It is the

  • Hotel owner's tweet success

    A hotel and restaurant owner says the way he does business has been transformed thanks to Twitter. Anthony Lloyd, who runs the Fallowfields Hotel in Kingston Bagpuize, says he has generated £150,000 worth of business representing 15 per cent of his annual

  • Tree felling upsets town

    TOWN centre traders in Abingdon have expressed their anger after an old cherry tree was chopped down as part of the £3.5m County Hall Museum development. The Japanese cherry tree, which stood next to the museum in Market Place, was cut down last week

  • Major date for Minors

    A splash of distinctive lilac will grace the Cotswold countryside this weekend to honour another landmark for a Cowley motoring icon. The Morris Minor became the first British car to sell a million units 50 years ago. To mark the feat 350 Morris Millions

  • Grove wants answers over 2,500 homes

    Grove is being kept in the dark over a major 2,500 home development, councillors say. The Grove airfield scheme will double the village’s population to 16,000 and provide road infrastructure, primary schools and a secondary school. But the plan has

  • Hard-pressed shopkeepers face second road closure

    TRADERS in Wantage have hit out after learning that their street is to be closed again to fix £200,000 road works. Wallingford Street was shut for three weeks last September for the resurfacing work and shopkeepers say they suffered huge losses. But

  • Residents fear bus link will ruin Northway

    RESIDENTS on an Oxford estate fear a proposed bus link will turn their ‘village in the heart of the city’ into a dangerous and polluted rat run. The Northway Residents’ Action Group is planning action against Oxford City Council. The group first met

  • Man U help auction drive to boost school library

    PARENTS have been helped by Manchester United in their goal to revamp a Witney primary school’s library. The Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes hopes to raise £15,000 and will hold a silent auction at the school’s annual ball at Heythrop Park Resort on Saturday

  • GOLF: Results round-up

    SHAW GIBBS OXFORDSHIRE FOURSOMES LEAGUE Section 1 The Oxfordshire 2½ (3½pts), Tadmarton Heath ½ (½) (The Oxfordshire first): C Hinton & N Lucas bt G Sambrook & I Manning 2&1, M Shimmin & D Knight bt S Hallam & A Mason 4&3, Al Stubbs

  • Hero crash victim had heart defect

    A SUSPECTED heart problem could have caused a decorated soldier to crash his motorbike, a coroner ruled yesterday. Warrant Officer Class Two Wayne Cuckson was riding his 1000cc Suzuki GSX when he slid into oncoming traffic on a bend and collided with

  • Thief stole bags to pay for drugs

    A PROLIFIC thief snatched bags from a women’s toilet and two East Oxford bars to support his heroin addiction. Robert Pyne stole a bag from the toilets in Hertford College before taking items from the Cape of Good Hope and Cafe Tarifa in Cowley Road.

  • Hospitals could be crippled by PFI schemes

    More than 60 hospitals can not afford the rising cost of private finance initiative schemes and are being left “on the brink of financial collapse”, according to the Health Secretary. Andrew Lansley said he has been contacted by 22 NHS trusts which claim

  • RUGBY UNION: Fox banned for punch

    TAUNTON captain Sean Fox has been been banned for two and a half weeks after his red card against Henley Hawks. The flanker was sent off for punching in their National 2 South clash at Dry Leas on September 3, which Henley won 39-7. Fox, who was immediately

  • Historic street is still a cobbled-up mess

    WARNINGS that “temporary” repair work is ruining Oxford’s only cobbled street have gone unheeded, college officials warned last night. Oxford City Council came under fire 18 months ago for failing to replace the cobbles in Merton Street, the picturesque

  • GOLF: Burford clear at the top

    BURFORD opened up an eight-point lead at the top of Section 1 of the Shaw Gibbs Oxfordshire Foursomes League after defeating Studley Wood 3-0. Victory in their next match at Frilford Heath on October 22 should be enough to clinch the title

  • Extra signs needed for road closure

    MORE signs have been put up to warn drivers of a road closure after a resurfacing scheme near Kingston Bagpuize caused confusion. Oxfordshire County Council yesterday put up more notices warning drivers of the closure of the A415 Kingston Road from Frilford

  • Huge hole fixed in time for Oxford Half Marathon

    WHAT a difference four days make. A huge hole which opened up in Old Road, Headington, after a burst water pipe on Sunday was filled in yesterday. It means the route of the Oxford Half Marathon, set to take place on Sunday, will not

  • RACING: Longsdon open day

    Charlie Longsdon holds a public open day at his Hull Farm Stables, near Chipping Norton, on Sunday. Longsdon, who landed a treble at Newton Abbot on Tuesday with Lady Karinga, Qhilimar and Crystal Prince, plans to parade around 50 horses from 11am.

  • A Winter's tale is steeped in history

    A house that is part of one of the largest Jacobean mansions in the country is on the market for the first time in three decades. The Winter Garden is at the side of Grade-II listed Shipton Court in Shipton-under-Wychwood, mentioned in Pevsner’s Buildings

  • RUGBY UNION: Oxford's plan to dominate

    Oxford University have drawn up a plan ‘to become the dominant force in Varsity Match rugby’. The document, which has been e-mailed to all members, is part of a move to improve communication from the club’s committee. Divided into three

  • TOMMY SMITH - Village stands still for scrapyard king

    SCRAP metal merchant and prize-winning farmer Thomas Smith has died aged 69, following a short illness. Mr Smith, known as Tommy, helped run the family business Smiths of Bloxham, as well as a farm and travellers’ site, with sister Pauline and brother

  • 'Plans free-for-all will ruin villages'

    FORTY-ONE Oxfordshire villages could be at risk from a development free-for-all if Government proposals for the Green Belt go ahead, it was claimed last night. A hit-list of vulnerable villages in and around Oxford’s Green Belt is included


    HAD it been left over from a previous meeting, or was it part of a clampdown on dissent within the county council’s cabinet? As top councillors met to discuss the issues of the day at County Hall on Tuesday, a flip chart placed strategically in the corner

  • Digital TV is not clearer at all, just much more expensive

    WITH regard to your article on digital television (Oxford Mail, September 14), I have had nothing but trouble since its inception. When digital started, I replaced my existing 7stage Yagi aerial with an aerial as shown in your article, at a cost of £275

  • Not a very bright idea

    I COMPLETELY agree with the concerns expressed by Marie Alwyn who has suffered ill-health as a result of dangerous mercury, which is a potent pollutant and highly toxic to humans. Mercury is present in the laughably termed eco-friendly cfl light bulbs

  • An old misery, you're not!

    ANY readers casting more than a passing glance at my friend David Diment’s letter, (None of their business, Oxford Mail, September 16) would be forgiven for thinking my larger-than-life friend was something of a curmudgeon. Objecting to people wishing

  • Prison is no punishment

    SO NOW we hear that gangs are getting together in prison. This would never have happened years ago because the ringleaders would have been put in solitary confinement so that they couldn’t incite trouble. The case of Sofiene Mehnana, the robber who

  • Food for thought

    Seeing the advert for the Food Fair at Oxford Castle my husband and I came in especially to visit it, but this proved to be a huge disappointment. There was no time frame given, so on arriving there at 9.45am we presumed that it would be up and ready

  • BOWLS: Charlett lands singles crown

    OXFORDSHIRE’S Mark Charlett is the Home Counties Bowling Association singles champion. And to complete a great double for his club, Headington also won the fours crown on an eventful finals day at Oxford City & County BC. Charlett beat Buckinghamshire

  • JANE PHILLIPS - Nurse went ‘beyond call of duty’

    A NURSE who received an MBE for going “beyond the call of duty” to help her patients has died. Jane Phillips, who was 58, worked as a nurse and later as a district nurse at Chipping Norton Hospital for some 35 years. She also helped

  • A reminder to the city council

    ACCORDING to the story you printed, Oxford City Council say that it is unsafe to cross St. Giles via the traffic lights to use the toilets. What the council did not say is that they think it is safe to use the same route to get to the taxi rank on the

  • A vicious economic circle

    WITH the current global crisis and the almost certain default of Greece regarding the Euro-zone one has to ask if it will affect us here in the UK? But why is Greece in this predicament? The main reason is tax evasion, something that is in the Greek

  • An independent style of living but with support

    One in four properties at a new assisted living development for over-55s are available through shared ownership. Soha Housing’s ExtraCare at Windmill Place in Thame includes 40 one and two-bedroom apartments starting from £180,000. Under the Government-backed

  • SPEEDWAY: Oxford in action to honour former captain

    OXFORD Rebels will make a rare return to action at Swindon’s Abbey Stadium tonight (7.30pm), writes ROBERT PEASLEY. The meeting is a memorial for former Oxford skipper Bob Kilby, who died in 2009, aged 64. It is a three-team tournament featuring Swindon

  • ATHLETICS: Mara upbeat despite withdrawal

    FORMER Headington Roadrunner Mara Yamauchi (pictured) was philosophical after dropping out of Sunday’s Great North Run half marathon in Gateshead due to illness. Yamauchi had only just returned from a hamstring injury and she will be bidding for an Olympic

  • BAR BILLIARDS: Sheard off to a flier

    Defending men’s individual champion Steven Sheard (Kennington) made a successful start to this year’s competition, beating teammate Mark Trafford in the preliminary round – a repeat of last year’s final. Also through is Chris Bateman (Marlborough), who

  • ICE HOCKEY: Oxford sunk by Raiders

    Oxford City Stars were brought crashing down to earth after a 7-1 defeat at Romford in South Division 1 of the English National League. Stars had gone into the match on the back of some good recent performances, but were well-beaten in an often ill-tempered

  • ATHLETICS: Von Eitzen taken under Kelly's wing

    Christian Von Eitzen, from Radley AC, has been selected by Dame Kelly Holmes to take part in the fourth ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ education day, being held at Loughborough in October. Von Eitzen’s coach, Gordon Manning, will also attend the day to help

  • ATHLETICS: Bruce smashes course record

    OXFORD University’s David Bruce stormed to victory in a new course record at the Woodstock 12 road race, held in the grounds of Blenheim Park. Bruce, 26, running for first claim club Highgate Harriers, crossed the line after three undulating circuits

  • Movie charts city's music scene

    Radiohead, Supergrass, Foals, Ride. Talulah Gosh, Swervedriver, Candyskins. Some names may be more familiar than others, but each and every band was born from Oxford’s small but influential music scene. Now a film has premiered that

  • Police target home in city

    A home in Cowley was one of six across the country raided by police in an operation to reclaim cash and luxury goods suspected of being linked to criminal activity. Four warrants were executed in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Reading yesterday and properties

  • Inquiry restarts

    A key inquiry into a controversial road scheme will restart today. The public inquiry into the compulsory purchase of land for the Cogges Link Road was due to start on Tuesday. But about 150 people attended – almost three times the capacity of the room

  • ATHLETICS: Hannah primed for her season finale

    Hannah England is determined to end her magnificent 2011 in style on Saturday. And then the 24-year-old admits she cannot wait to put her feet up. England is still on a high after claiming the silver medal in the 1,500m at the World Championships in

  • Nurse-managed homes

    Sir – If funding, staffing and complex policies and were no object, I would advocate the establishment of a modern version of nurse-managed convalescent homes to relieve the hospital bed-blocking problems. Thelma Sanders, Headington

  • Talk with no action

    Sir – In Oxford it is not an unusual occurrence to see the traffic (waiting to get through Frideswide Square with its 35 traffic lights) extend back into St Giles, thus creating a vast amount of pollution to the atmosphere. The alternative is a

  • Man with no name

    Sir – In your report (September 15), on the Harvest Food Festival in Kingham, a picture appeared showing Jeremy Clarkson, Alex James and a man with a toddler. Why was David Cameron with his daughter Florence, a one-year-old, not yet a toddler, unnamed

  • Not universal

    Sir – Joe McManners of the city council attempts to justify its HMO scheme (Letters, September 8) on the grounds that it is a “universal scheme” which achieves a “universal raising of the standards”. He does not seem to notice that the scheme does not

  • Whats the mans issue?

    Sir – It is hard to see what upset Nicholas Lawrence so excessively about my article on apostrophes in Oxfordshire Limited Edition (Letters, September 15). The article certainly wasn’t intended to “recycle the peeves of people who have learnt the mad

  • Cloud-cuckoo land

    Sir – The “climate change battalions” don’t waste time on the likes of the determinedly uninformed sceptic Michael Tyce (Letters, September 8). He is so parochial that he equates Oxford weather with the planet’s climate. Yes, our weather

  • Northern dry humour

    Sir – I was sad to read in your pages that Peter Sykes had died: his tall figure and his northern dry humour loom large in my memories of working at the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times in the late 1970s/early 1980s. In fact, it was due to Peter’s willingness

  • Food fair timing

    Sir – What a huge disappointment. Seeing the advert for the Food Fair at Oxford Castle my husband and I came in especially to visit it. There was no time frame given, so on arriving there at 9.45 we presumed that it would be up and ready around

  • Ludicrous closure

    Sir – The decision by Oxford City Council not to consider re-opening the St Giles public conveniences on health and safety grounds is ludicrous. Oxford already has a shortage of such facilities and the council has a duty to provide for this need, especially

  • We already have it

    Sir – Your paper claims that the proposed City Free School offers a ‘radical new approach’ (September 8) with childcare before and after school, and in school holidays. But this is not new; it is already offered in our local primary and many across

  • Hellish confusion

    Sir – Anxious to abolish the apostrophe, your frequent correspondent Nick Lawrence issues a challenge (Letters, September 15): to produce one plausible sentence in which “he’ll” could be confused with “hell”. Hell cast a certain gloom over the proceedings

  • Paying respects

    Sir – As many people will know, the repatriation of Royal Marine Sergeant Barry Weston took place on September 8; the first from Brize Norton in four years. I, with many others gathered at the A40 entrance to Cutteslowe Park on the northern

  • Lower carbon tax bill

    Sir – The county council has abandoned its plan to switch off street lights in the early hours because the financial savings in doing so under new energy tariffs would be minimal (Plans to switch off street lights halted, September 15). This will strike

  • Oxford scholarships

    Sir – Quite reasonably, Ian Flintoff (Letters, September 8) raises fears that the £9,000 per year tuition fee to be charged by Oxford’s two universities from 2012 “will be likely to make the less well-off young people of Oxford even less likely

  • COMMENT: Cobbled together

    MERTON Street is a charming little street. Therefore, the state of it, and the seemingly cheap repairs to the missing cobbles, is an important issue to have some clarity on. Yesterday both the city and county councils’ response to complaints

  • Golden opportunity

    Sir – I agree wholeheartedly with Bruce Ross-Smith’s plea for peace between Oxford University and Headington residents over the development of the Old Road Campus. However, this will not happen if the University continues as they have done

  • Thanks for donations

    Sir – A few weeks ago you reported the theft of lead from the roof of our 14th-century church at Warkworth, overlooking the Cherwell Valley and Banbury. We had three visits in four nights to clear it all off! As a result of your article we

  • COMMENT: We must make sure rural areas are not ruined

    PRIME Minister David Cameron speaks about balancing environmental and social benefits against economic ones as the row over changes to development policies continues. Balance is surely the only realistic way forward and both sides should

  • 'Weight-loss ops save money in the long run'

    MORE people should be given costly weight-loss surgery to save the NHS money in the long run, Oxford experts have said. It comes as new Oxfordshire figures show requests for the procedures have nearly tripled in four years, but the number of people

  • Artists keep an eye on killer plants

    VISITORS to Oxford University’s Botanic Garden are being encouraged to put themselves in the places of insects snapped up by plants like the Venus Flytrap, left. As part of an Oxford Brookes University postgraduate art course, students are displaying

  • Oxford BB's 6 - 0 Cholsey

    Cholsey's first League game of the season, and for a few of the team their first experience of league football. Cholsey played with grit and determination for the entire 60 mins. The score line says 6-0 but in reality should have read 6-2 with

  • Benson United Pumas 6 v 3 St Edmunds

    A great match which truly was a game of two halves. St Edmunds started the game brightly and dominated the early exchanges, resulting with a goal from Parum Kleir, who danced through the Puma's defence and slotted home. Although Benson tried, St

  • Under 9s Goring Robins v Crowmarsh Youth

    Goring Robins U9s 1 Crowmarsh Youth U9s 3 Goring started brightly, with their efforts typified by the energy of Ludo Fawcett and tackling of Ted Spencer. Connor Smith was putting in a man of the match performance with a number of well timed interceptions

  • SPORTS AWARDS: Last chance to nominate

    THERE are only around 24 hours left until entries close for the 2011 Oxfordshire Sports Awards. It is the sixth year of the event, which will mark the best of the sporting talent in the county at a prestigious evening at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium

  • North Leigh vs Harwell & Hendred

    North Leigh took on Harwell and Hendred at home in the A league. Harwell bombarded North Leigh’s box with a string of dangerous corners and free kicks, which North Leigh’s defenders of Kieran McIntosh, Connor Sims, Cameron Foster and Lewis De’ath

  • Barton v Ardington

    Barton made the breakthrough when Harry Wheeldon gave the home side the advantage, but Ardington not to be outdone scored an equaliser straight from the resulting kick off. Barton pressed hard and went in to the break 2-1 up after Wheeldon scored

  • Littlemore 0 Vs Kennington Athletic Yellow 3

    Kennington Athletic Yellow looked in control of this match from the start with some great passing and movement. A spirited Littlemore side weren’t going to be beaten easily and defended a series of attacks and goal mouth scrambles brilliantly.

  • Hanney v Faringdon Town

    The team put in a solid performance this week against Faringdon. Lewis Greenslade was back in the team and scored a hatrick. James Aram set up two of the goals and had two on target, but good keeping by the Faringdon keeper kept them out. Richard Bungay

  • Gleys u14 3 Didcot town u14's 5

    A great match to watch that saw Gleys take the lead twice in the first half with goals from Corny Bobb and Sam Douglas helped Gleys to a 2-1 halftime lead. In 2nd half, Didcot responded with pace and competiiveness you expect from the Champions

  • Hinksey Park 2 - 2 Didcot Casuals

    Didcot were forced to make two changes before the game when both Jordan Smith and Isaac Alder were injured in the warm up. The game was played mostly in the midfield with Didcot passing the ball well through Will Baker finding Matty Brown and

  • AYFC Greens v RADLEY

    In mixed weather conditions at Lambrick Way, two good teams, Abingdon Greens and Radley played out two hard fought games. The first game started competitively with Radley taking the lead via a corner through Oli Duce Abingdon soon levelled through

  • crowmarsh comets 2 miton utd 6

    comets struggled from the outset, against a skilful and organised milton. constant pressure from milton led to the 1st goal from a corner. comets battled well to keep score to 1-0 at half time on a greasy surface milton kept the ball well, and

  • Grove Challengers v Summertown Supergiants

    1st Match The Challengers 2nd match of the season got off to another cracking start with Archie Brew scoring Grove’s first goal, giving the Challengers an early lead. Sam Cheshire followed two minutes later with his first goal of the match. Grove

  • Winston: a father to idolise

    The welcome from the Duke of Marlborough could not have been warmer. Blenheim Palace may be steeped in the nation’s history but the 89-year-old baroness was about to bring the past alive as no other surviving member of the Churchill family could. Mary

  • Parky at the Pictures (In Cinemas 22/9/2011)

    Despite his previous liaison with Princess Caroline of Monaco, Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain were never a typical celebrity couple. Both descended from Polish Jews, they worked together on Jean-Pierre Ronssin's L'Irrésolu (1994) and Benoît Jacquot's

  • Parky at the Pictures (DVD 22/9/2011)

    With Tomas Alfredson's big screen version of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy currently garnering plaudits, it's good to see one of the bleakest Cold War spy thrillers, John Huston's The Kremlin Letter (1970), finally getting the due it has long

  • Recreating a magic moment with mussels

    I cannot believe the speed at which autumn has arrived. The mornings have that cool, crisp freshness about them and the days are discernibly shorter. Like most people I’m sorry to see the end of summer but I am a lover of the seasons and look forward

  • Threatened service helps make friends

    A dating service for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire will benefit from a charity music event to help prevent its closure. Mates n Dates is a dating and friendship service that helps people with learning disabilities to be like everyone

  • Interesting collections

    Sir – I work for Twenty Twenty Television, the production company behind award-winning programmes such as The Choir: With Gareth Malone (BBC Two) World’s Strictest Parents (BBC Three) and Garrow’s Law (BBC One). We are producing a new documentary for

  • City walls inspection

    An inspection of Oxford's city walls will take place at New College on Wednesday, October 12. Lord Mayor Elise Benjamin and city councillors will take part in the traditional ceremony at 11am.

  • Be pampered for cancer care

    The Oxford Breast Screening Unit at the Churchill Hospital will benefit from a luxury pamper evening at a city centre hair salon. Louise Martinez, managing partner of Electric Hairdressing Oxford, is hosting the event at the salon in St Ebbe’s Street

  • Games fees likely to rise

    The Oxfordshire Chess Association holds its AGM this week. The big issue at the meeting will be the English Chess Federation’s recently published funding proposal. A universal membership scheme is advocated with three categories: gold, silver and bronze

  • Bar owner's gratitude to life-saving crew

    THE owner of a popular Oxford bar and restaurant says he owes his life to the air ambulance. When Stuart Kerley was 19 years old, he was involved in a “horrific” head-on car crash when his Ford was in collision with a Land Rover. It left him in a coma

  • New funding means more fun

    Heaps more fun will be on the agenda for the county’s young people thanks to new funding. Basketball tournaments, adventure weekends and a relaunched youth club have all been made possible thanks to a fund which has distributed cash to 15 groups

  • County prepares to stand and honour Fallen

    OXFORDSHIRE will fall silent today as two hearses make their way through the county from RAF Brize Norton. Lance Corporal Jonathan McKinlay and Royal Marine David Fairbrother were both killed by small arms fire while on patrol in Afghanistan. It will


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