• Leven's wonder-goal sees Oxford hold off valiant Vale

    Oxford Utd (Duberry 11, Leven 64)2 Port Vale (Richards 61)1 Peter Leven lobbed in a spectacular winner as Oxford United beat Port Vale in a thriller at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday. Michael Duberry headed the U's in front, only for Marc

  • Free coffee and a chat with the cops

    COFFEE and doughnuts have long been a vital crime fighting tool, fuelling police through late-night stakeouts. But now East Oxford’s boys and girls in blue are giving out free cups of the black stuff to boost community relations. They’ll be popping

  • Exhibition shows children’s lives in wartime

    CHILDREN’S experience of war is the focus of a free exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Photographs from Chipping Norton, posters made by Steeple Aston pupils and memories from across Oxfordshire will give visitors a unique look at life

  • Light a candle

    The Davenport Road Methodist Church in Witney will hold its annual service of remembrance on Tuesday, November 1. It will be led by the Reverend Peter Goodhall and there will be an opportunity for people to light a candle for lost loved ones. The service

  • Robbers break man's nose

    Six men stopped a 20-year-old cyclist, broke his nose and robbed him of his wallet, a satchel and his bike. The victim, from Iffley, was riding along the Meadow Lane footpath, towards Donnington Bridge at 10.20pm on Friday, October 21. At the path

  • City scraps plan to cap sex shops

    Plans to put a cap on the number of sex shops and lapdancing clubs in the city were thrown out by councillors. Instead they have decided each application should be judged on case-by-case merit. Oxford City Council had outlined plans to set a neighbourhood

  • 'Make pole dancing an Olympic sport'

    The boss of Oxford’s only pole dancing school says the energetic activity should be an Olympic sport. Dance Inspires, which is run by Kate Whitley, opened its fitness studio in London Road, Headington, in January and was recently granted retrospective

  • RUGBY UNION: The numbers game

    Witney marked the official opening of their new pitch with a dominant display. Here is the numbers' game. See Monday’s paper for full report. Competition: South West 1 East Score: Witney 35, Reading 13 Witney player ratings:

  • Horrors in store for all the family

    Ghosts, ghouls, monsters and demons are creeping out all over Oxfordshire this weekend as Halloween is upon us. Among the activities for brave souls this year is a trip to the cells and a chance to tiptoe up Faringdon’s Folly. At Oxford

  • U's lead Vale at the break

    A Michael Duberry header gave Oxford United a 1-0 half-time lead in today's clash with Port Vale at the Kassam Stadium.

  • City reach FA Cup first round

    Weston-super-Mare 2, Oxford City 3 Oxford City booked their place in tomorrow's FA Cup first round draw with a battling 3-2 victory at Blue Square South side Weston-super-Mare this afternoon. A superb first-half display saw City take

  • City lead Weston at half-time

    Goals from Darren Pond and Steve Basham have given Oxford City a 2-0 lead at Weston-super-Mare at half-time in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. City deserved their lead, Pond firing them in front in the 3rd minute with Basham doubling the advantage

  • Sir Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84

    SIR Jimmy Savile, the veteran broadcaster and charity fundraiser, has died, aged 84. It is being reported today that he died at his home in Leeds, just two days before what would have been his 85th birthday. Police had been called to

  • PUGLIA, ITALY: Trulli scrumptious

    By the 15th pizza, we were flagging. “Please ask Maria to stop,” I call out, my mouth half full of freshly-baked dough smothered in sweet passata laced with olive oil and salt, topped with fresh, juicy mozzarella. But our young housekeeper

  • Andy Whings in for U's

    Defender Andy Whing is the only change to Oxford United's line-up for today's npower League Two clash against Port Vale. He comes in for right back Damian Batt who is suspended. Oxford Utd: Clarke, Whing, Duberry, Wright, Davis, Heslop

  • FA CUP TEAM NEWS: Basham back in for City

    Steve Basham returns to lead the line in Oxford City's FA Cup 4th qualifying tie at Weston-super-Mare. City lineup: Mooney, J Clarke, Learoyd, Ballard, Pond, Blossom, Lyon, Benjamin, Basham, Barcelos, Ashton. Subs: Steele, Martin, M Clark, Issac, Fleet

  • Bright sparks keep it local

    THINK local is the message from a veteran of Oxfordshire high streets, who says new businesses need to explore all ways of getting their message across during the economic downturn. Mark Felton, who runs two Homegoods electrical appliance shops

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Just the ticket for Women's Aid

    THE Co-operative shop in Kidlington High Street held a fun day on Saturday to raise funds for Women’s Aid, a national charity which works to end domestic violence. The day featured a bouncy castle and a raffle and was just one of a number of events taking

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Big Push keeps Richard vibrant

    A CHOLSEY man who is dying from a rare degenerative disease has organised yet another fundraising venture. Richard Harrison, who lives in Waterloo Close, is going to be pushed from Didcot Railway Station to Cholsey Station to raise money for

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Big move... up the road

    WHEN the roof fell in on their Broadway charity shop in Didcot, volunteers and staff at the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary knew it was time to move out. After dozens of car trips with boxes, bags and bundles of clothes piled high, an army of

  • Three top anchormen set to speak

    HE’LL be there barring any further natural disasters or revolutions. Both have forced journalist Jon Snow to pull out of a village hall talk in West Oxfordshire. And ticket holders are hoping nothing else stops the anticipated talk going

  • The wonders of science

    CHEMIST Fabrice Birembaut shows Lord Mayor of Oxford Elise Benjamin the science behind compounds as part of events to celebrate chemistry. At the city’s Botanic Gardens, the Oxford University scientist showed Ms Benjamin and daughter Beri, 10, how compounds

  • New housing deal for £11m development site

    DEVELOPER Persimmon Homes Wessex has struck a deal for more than three acres of land featuring 50 new homes at Didcot’s Great Western Park development. Planners from South Oxfordshire District Council have granted planning permission for Persimmon to

  • Farmer’s field to be new cemetery

    WANTAGE now has enough burial space for another 30 years thanks to philanthropic local landowners. The town’s Chain Hill cemetery was due to fill up within the decade and Wantage Town Council had been working for a number of years to buy suitable land

  • Pupils attend business event

    SOME 30 schoolchildren joined councillors and entrepreneurs at a special innovation and business event at Milton Park. The event, a joint venture between the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils, was hosted by the MEPC Innovation

  • Alliance not giving up on M40 protest

    RESIDENTS living near to the M40 are continuing a campaign drive for £15m scheme to make the motorway quieter. M40 Chiltern Environmental Group has been pushing for the Highways Agency to put up sound barriers and lay a quieter road surface since 2004

  • Striker Green set to join Mansfield

    Oxford United have agreed an undisclosed fee with Mansfield Town for Matt Green to join the Stags permanently in January. The striker is on loan at Field Mill and has helped the side to a place just outside the play-off places in the Blue Square

  • MOTORSPORT: Pratt ends 39-year wait

    Dorchester-on-Thames stock car racer James Pratt is celebrating his first victory in the Heritage F2 Stock Cars Championship – after taking a 39-year break from the sport. The 59-year-old motor engineer starting building his car in January. And after

  • Man bailed after fires

    A 24-year-old man has been arrested and bailed after a bin and tyres were set alight. The fires happened at the former Young’s Garage site, in Oxford Road, Woodstcok on Wednesday. The man has been bailed until November 15.

  • MARTIAL ARTS: Scarlett-McAllister retires

    Bicester's Laura Scarlett-McAllister is retiring from full-time senshu judo and self defence coaching after 23 years. The third Dan black belt, who founded the Bicester Senshu Judo Club and was also head coach, is calling it a day to concentrate on studying

  • Veteran funeral

    The funeral of Dunkirk veteran Les Collett from Wolvercote will be held on Monday, November 14. Mr Collett died on Monday, aged 90, after suffering a heart attack three weeks ago. The funeral begins at 12.30pm at St Peter’s Church in Wolvercote.

  • SQUASH: Oxford off the mark in style

    Oxford Health & Racquets opened their account for the season in the Premier Squash League with a 4-1 home win over Courtcraft Pontefract. After losing their opening Group A tie 4-1 to Derbyshire club Benz-Bavarian Duffield, Oxford bounced back in style

  • SCHOOL SPORT: Abingdon march on

    Abingdon School have reached round four of rugby’s Daily Mail Under 18 Schools Cup. Their 50-3 victory at St Bartholemew’s School, Newbury sets up a home tie with Reading School. Other 3rd round results: Lord Williams’s School, Thame 19, Reading School

  • Teenagers critical after accident

    Two teenagers were left fighting for their lives after a crash on the A361 Southam Road. A grey BMW Mini containing four people collided with some roadside railings at around 12.55am on Wednesday. A 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man are being treated

  • RACING: Costello on whip panel

    Jockey Dougie Costello will join dual Gold Cup-winning trainer Noel Chance and barrister-trainer Graeme McPherson in a panel discussion in Oxford on Wednesday (6.30-7.30pm) about the use of the whip in racing. The debate is at the offices of law firm

  • SAILING: Magdalen take minor honours

    Magdalen College School, Oxford, finished third in the RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships at Oxford Sailing Club, Farmoor Reservoir. The team of Josh Adams, Guy Dickson, Sam Jenkins, Tom Maxwell, Nick Upton and Jo Gough took the minor honours

  • Man charged with distraction burglaries

    A Chipping Norton man has been charged with a string of distraction burglaries in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Police charged 59-year-old William Vinson, of Cotswold Terrace, with 11 burglaries

  • TABLE TENNIS: Vikings deliver crushing defeat

    DIVISION 1 in the Oxford & District Table Tennis Associationis beginning to look like a two-horse race. Vikings A are in front by a nose after chalking up their second consecutive 10-0 win.This week’s unlucky victims were Forum B. Hot on their heels

  • INDOOR CRICKET: Charlbury snatch thriller off last ball

    CHARLBURY A beat Preston Capes A off the last ball in a thrilling finish to their contest in Division 3 of the Banbury Indoor League. Capes scored 99-5 from their ten overs, thanks to an unbeaten 55 from Mark Daynes. However, he was to finish on the

  • BOXING: Oxon trio bow out in last eight

    There was disappointment as Oxfordshire’s final three contenders in the Clubs for Young People (CYP) Championships bowed out of at the quarter-final stage in Bristol. George Stevens, 16, set the pace to claim the opening session in his welterweight

  • Detailed plans for retail park revealed

    Plans for a major retail park in north Oxfordshire that will create new 500 jobs have been revealed. The Banbury Gateway development is set to include a Marks & Spencer and Next as flagship stores, developer LxB Retail Properties Plc Group

  • BILLIARDS: Ashton roar on at top

    Ashton extended their lead to two points at the top of Division 1 in the Gentworks Oxford League after seeing off Fieldside 2-1. Mike Chapman (+70) beat Ashton’s Kevin Leach (+100) 150-80, but Calum Vinall (+90) levelled with a 200-163 victory

  • Drugs raids lead to more charges

    A 40-year-old man was accused of planning to deal crack cocaine after police carried out eight raids across Oxford on Thursday. Otis Nash, of Spruce Gardens, Blackbird Leys, appeared before Oxford magistrates charged with possession of class A drugs

  • Fire wrecks car

    A car was destroyed by a fire in Bampton yesterday. Fire crews from Eynsham were called to Mount Owen Road shortly after 2am. No-one was injured. Half an hour earlier, fire crews tackled a car fire in Clover Place, Eynsham. The car was completely

  • FUTSAL: Agony for Ballinger

    Oxford Lions’ Luke Ballinger came agonisingly close to leading England to qualification for the final stages of the World Cup for the first time. Competing in the preliminary qualifying competition in Latvia, captain Ballinger and his teammates missed

  • MOTORSPORT: Tyre choice boosts Minis

    The Banbury-based Mini WRC team put their bold showing in the RACC Rally de Espana down to an inspired choice of tyres at the start of the final day. Drivers Dani Sordo and Kris Meeke finished fourth and fifth in their Mini John Cooper Works WRC as

  • POOL: Democrats in glory bid

    West Oxford Democrats Club go for glory in the Champion of Champions tournament at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth next weekend. The Abingdon & District League champions have been drawn in Group 20 with Eastchurch WMC and Riverside C in the event

  • Teenager breaches his Asbo order

    A 16-year-old is being kept on remand after breaching his Antisocial behaviour order by attacking a man. Sandeep Kumar was given an Asbo in December 2009 after causing problems in East Oxford and this week was back in Oxford Youth Court accused of breaching

  • FOOTBALL: Swansea eye up McEachran for loan

    Josh McEachran is included in the Chelsea squad for today’s lunch-time derby at home to Arsenal amid increasing interest from Swansea, City who want to take him on loan. The promising 18-year England Under 21 international from Kirtlington, has played

  • ANGLING: Three big carp in five hours

    Steve Nickson travelled all the way down from York to Linear’s St John’s Lake at Stanton Harcourt and landed carp of 18lb, 26.19.0 and a new pb of 31.12.0 in a hectic five hours. Successful bait was FW Fruit Juice pop-ups.

  • GREYHOUNDS: Prolific Freddie strikes again

    BURWOOD Freddie, probably Oxford’s most prolific hound on the open scene this year, added another £500 to his prize money when the Johnny Mayo-trained dog won the Swindon October Monkey on Wednesday. THERE was a welcome boost for trainers Ron Bicknell

  • ATHLETICS: Hannah just misses out on award

    Oxford City’s Hannah England only just missed out on being chosen as the women athlete of the year by the British Athletics Writers’ Association. England (pictured), who gained a 1500m silver medal at the World Championships, finished just two votes

  • ANGLING: Joe does it again

    Bicester tackle shop owner Joe Taylor has just returned from another one of his international fishing trips, this time spending six weeks in Surinam, South America, fishing the Coppername River. He travelled over with six other anglers, targeting Lau

  • GREYHOUNDS: Sportsmail's top tip

    YOU read it here first. We said that Bob Hannan’s Liosgarbh West could excel over the marathon trip and his charge duly obliged in the Bookmakers' Open last week. On the same night Romford raider Balmi Blue (even money favourite) was laid to

  • MARTIAL ARTS: Title tilt blues for Oxford duo

    Oxford Martial Arts Academy’s Oleg Jablonis and Rafal Gorka were foiled in their bid for Southern Area titles at the International Muay Thai Fight Night at the Regal, Cowley Road. Jablonis was beaten by Alex Meramo (Diesel Gym, London) in the

  • I found a missing £3 million old master

    Staff at an auction house near Kidlington were told a painting they were going to sell by a little-known 19th century artist was worth no more than £300. But after art expert Lizzie Hill thought there was something amiss, it was discovered it was an

  • Beer tasting is a matter of blind faith

    The ale didn’t have to be seen to be believed at the 14th annual Oxford Beer Festival. Yesterday saw a blind tasting session of 25 beers from 25 breweries, all within a 25-mile radius of Oxford. The 23 judges unanimously named Vanilla Stout from Bingham

  • GREYHOUNDS: Track contest is major boost

    OXFORD will benefit from another good initiative from BAGS racing after they announced a £150,000 inter-track competition. This follows on from their summer promotion that saw tracks stage BAGS sweepstakes with £500 to the winner. Competition gets under

  • ROWING: O'Connor's balancing act

    Great Britain cox is one very busy Olympic athlete OXFORD Academy science teacher Caroline O’Connor has a pretty big 2012 in store. O’Connor juggles her teaching commitments at the former Peers School in Littlemore with coxing the Great Britain women

  • Sainsbury's signs 'cause confusion'

    Extra signs may have to be put up at Oxford’s new hamburger roundabout after concerns that drivers were getting confused. Work has just finished on £2m of improvements to the Heyford Hill roundabout, which was paid for by Sainsbury’s as part

  • ICE HOCKEY: Stars rocked by Birrell injury

    Oxford City Stars’ Cameron Birrell faces at least four weeks on the sidelines after suffering a badly sprained ankle. The South African picked up the injury in last Sunday’s 4-2 defeat by unbeaten Romford Raiders at Oxford Ice Rink. Coach Ken Forshee

  • ANGLING: Canal turns up tip-top weight

    Match fishing John Spence was the clear winner of the Tackley Estates match fished by eight on the Oxford Canal at the Rock of Gibraltar with 30.10.0 – an outstanding weight for the water, writes ANDY WEBBER. He fished worm over chop to land bream

  • CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Horspath eye another title

    HORSPATH Hammers can add the South & South Wales League Division 1 title to their impressive haul with two victories this weekend. Hammers, who have already won the British Premier League, British Open and British Under 13 team titles, host Exeter today

  • Hall shows off new badge

    The 12th Man Fund, which is run by U’s fans, agreed to provide financial support to United for Rob Hall’s second month on loan. And now they hope the launch of their newly-designed badges – displayed here by Hall – which cost £2 each and are available

  • Night march

    More than 100 women were expected to walk through the city last night for the annual Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night march in Oxford. The march, which aims to raise awareness about violence against women, was from Gloucester Green to Ruskin College

  • Bed-block rise down to staffing shortage

    RECRUITMENT problems are behind a spike in bed-blocking figures, it was claimed last night. Oxfordshire was the worst place in England for bed-blocking last month, according to figures from the Government’s Department of Health. A one day snapshot of

  • A n-ice way to learn

    SCIENTIST Chris Frost shows cool customer Isabel Ferris, nine, how liquid nitrogen unlocks the secrets of everyday materials. The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory researcher spoke to youngsters at Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre about how using the minus

  • For my daddy - show support for Poppy Appeal

    Each week three-year-old Jake Stansfield visits St Edburg’s church cemetery in Bicester to help his mum Joanne tend ‘daddy’s garden’. This garden is in fact Jake’s father’s grave. Sgt Mark Stansfield, 28, was fatally injured in a forklift

  • Two face trial over attack

    Two men from Blackbird Leys accused of an attack in Cowley Road will face a trial on Monday, December 12. Peter Thomas, 29, from Allin Close, and Samuel Jackson, 31, from Falcon Close, appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday. They are

  • Boss backs handy Andy

    Oxford United manager Chris Wilder has no qualms about Andrew Whing coming in at right back for today’s npower League Two match at home to Port Vale. Whing replaces first-choice Damian Batt, who is suspended after collecting his fifth booking

  • COMMENT: We owe it to Jake to back Poppy Appeal

    THree-year-old Jake Stansfield never met his father, but he will always know that he was a hero who lost his life serving his country. Now we owe it to him, his mum Joanne, and every other service family, to support the Poppy Appeal.

  • Cyclist dies after collision with lorry

    A CYCLIST died after she was involved in a crash with a cement mixer lorry in Woodstock Road, Oxford, yesterday. The street was closed for more than four hours following the smash at the junction with Polstead Road. Police were called at around 9.10am

  • COMMENT: Sign confusion

    THE creation of the new roundabout at Heyford Hill has been overall largely successful and impressive. However, highways chiefs obviously overlooked one seemingly small but crucial element by leaving the old sign on the A4074 heading from Sandford

  • Statue unfreezes for major revamp

    IF the fountain freezes over at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary, it’s a clear signal to turn up the central heating or throw another log on the fire. But now weather watchers have noticed that the iconic statue and fountain have vanished. The fountain,

  • The big switch-on

    CHRISTMAS is coming – and this year it will be taking over St Giles in Oxford. For the first time the city’s Christmas Light Night celebration, including the festive lights switch-on, will be held in the historic street. A host of activities will be

  • Statue unfreezes for major revamp

    IF the fountain freezes over at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary, it’s a clear signal to turn up the central heating or throw another log on the fire. But now weather watchers have noticed that the iconic statue and fountain have vanished. The fountain,

  • Esther Dowett

    ESTHER DOWSETT 29th October 2006 In loving memory of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother Our very special angel Michael, Cathy, Jennie, John and families


    HARLING Alan Gerald Passed away peacefully on 20th October 2011 aged 83 years. Beloved husband of Pat, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Funeral at Oxford Crematorium Thu 3rd Nov at 3pm. Family flowers only, donations for The Muscular Dystrophy

  • Julie McIver

    McIVER Julie (Nee Milbank) Four years ago, you were taken away Forever more in our hearts you will stay. Love from Dad, Daniel, Adam, Libby and all the family. xxxxxx


    Salter Graham Of Radley on the 17th October aged 78 years. Funeral service to take place at 12 noon on Monday, October 31st at Oxford Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations for the Oxfordshire Air Ambulance or Cancer Research UK. Donations and all