• Scales of Justice

    People convicted of offences at Magistrates' Courts around the county recently OXFORD SARAH Gallagher, 30, of Kingsclere Road, Bicester, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Kingsclere Road, Bicester, on December 30 and commission of a further offence

  • Shotgun-toting vandals a sign of trouble

    A FORMER Royal Marine has expressed his fears about vandals shooting road signs for fun, after a university study found the craze has caught on in Oxfordshire. Matt Seiber, author of the book, Gunfired Graffiti, insists the practice of gun-toting

  • Louts barred from stadium complex

    A GROUP of troublesome teenagers have been banned from the Ozone leisure complex, at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium, after terrorising the public. Two youths, who police say are the ringleaders of the group, have also been served with Acceptable Behaviour

  • Historic bridge gets £500,000 facelift

    A 102-year-old railway footbridge is being given a £500,000 facelift to extend its life. Network Rail contractors began work on the bridge at Bicester North Station last month, after a temporary footbridge was installed across the tracks at the south

  • Action call over holey road

    A STRETCH of road in Marston has been the subject of months of discussion about who should repair it. Old Marston Parish Council has been debating the ownership of a small section of Butts Lane because chairman Charlie Haynes believes it is dangerous

  • Fashion with a conscience

    CAN you be fashionable and have a social conscience? That is among the questions set to be asked at a series of debates on ethical fashion in Oxford next month. Talks from March 9 to 11 will also consider the impact of the Fairtrade movement, which

  • Local share prices (PM)

    AEA Technology 0.31 BMW 5800 Electrocomponents 234.75 Nationwide Accident Repair 63.5 Oxford Biomedica 3.3 Oxford Catalysts 48.5 Oxford Instruments 1038.5 Reed Elsevier 527.75 RM 73.4 RPS Group 230.5 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • RM slumps into the red

    Bosses at troubled schools technology supplier RM Education revealed the firm has slumpd into the red over the past year. The company, which axed 300 staff at its headquarters in Milton Park, near Didcot last September, blamed Government public sector

  • Solar farm plan puts Spitfire squadron at risk

    PLANS to form a Spitfire squadron in Oxfordshire have been put in jeopardy by a controversial scheme to build a solar farm at Enstone Airfield. Enstone Flying Club and the Spitfire Club plans to build 12 replicas of the legendary fighter planes by the

  • Diving club shares resources to secure future

    AN OXFORD diving club that was about to sink without trace is today celebrating its resurgence thanks to a new boat and a county-wide collaboration with other clubs. After Oxford City Council withdrew a grant which covered its clubhouse rent and with

  • Driver seriously injured in Abingdon crash

    Police have closed Oxford Road in Abingdon following a collision involving a bus and a car. The accident happened at 11.55am today close to the junction with Abbott Road and involved a Ford Fusion and an Oxford Bus Company bus. Thames

  • It's buckets of fun at nursing home

    RESIDENTS at one nursing home received the most precious present of all last week – the gift of time. Staff and residents at Heathfield House Nursing Home in Bletchingdon celebrated Dignity Action Day on Wednesday with a full day of activities. The

  • LEDs? Council sees the light

    ONE Oxfordshire market town could have up to 1,000 of its street lights converted to LED lights under a county council pilot project to save money. If the £300,000 initiative is successful, all of the county’s street lights could eventually be changed

  • PM backs village battle to buy pub

    RESIDENTS are trying to raise £275,000 to save the last remaining pub in their village. The pub campaign in Hailey, near Witney, is already more than a third of the way to the total after raising £100,000 in pledges from its first meeting,

  • The changing face of Woodstock

    PUPILS at Woodstock Primary School built a nature trail in their school grounds in 1973 and discovered a piece of history – their study of a hedgerow suggested it could be 900 years old. In the first picture, Karen Hillier, 11, and David Rodgers, nine

  • Frock horror

    WHATEVER happened to school uniform? These pupils would have been in trouble if they had turned up on a normal school day looking like this. They looked as if they were impersonating those tearaway girls at St Trinian’s. But on this occasion, there

  • Pupils have upper hand

    TEACHER ‘Granny’ Slaughter was determined that children at Wolvercote School should speak properly. But she finally abandoned her efforts in despair. One day, she announced to her pupils: “I intend to teach you the King’s English, not the appalling

  • Idols stun their fans

    MARGARET Vincent won’t forget the day she met the two men in her life – her future husband and pop star Gene Pitney. She was in the centre of the picture of screaming girls outside the stage door of the New Theatre when singer PJ Proby gave

  • Party atmosphere strikes chord

    THE band played and the regulars danced. It was clearly an evening for letting your hair down at the Lambert Arms at Aston Rowant, near Thame. Even the local bobby, Pc Nelder, was there in his uniform. The pictures belong to Rita Scrace, of Elms Rise

  • Whine and dine

    APPEARING on the cooking reality show Come Dine With Me left a differing taste in the mouth for five Oxfordshire contestants. Victoria Collett, from Grove, is unhappy, claiming filming the Channel 4 show – which is screened this evening – left her

  • TV pundit donates kidney to stranger

    FOR many, deciding to donate your organs after you die is a hard enough decision to make. But horse racing legend Richard Pitman, 69, is recovering after giving one of his kidneys to a total stranger last weekend. The BBC television racing pundit, who

  • COMMENT: A selfless gesture

    We all want to make a difference to other people’s lives – but today’s story about big hearted Richard Pitman shows the massive impact most of us can make simply by saying “yes”. The 69-year-old was inspired to donate one of his kidneys to a total stranger

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    AEA Technology 0.31 BMW 5795 Electrocomponents 233 Nationwide Accident Repair 61.5 Oxford Biomedica 3.3 Oxford Catalysts 48.5 Oxford Instruments 994.5 Reed Elsevier 527.25 RM 68.75 RPS Group 225.7 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • MAN ABOUT TOWN: Yawning Gap in my fashion sense

    You would think it would be easy. Or at least I thought it would all be over in 60 seconds. But like coffee, nothing’s straightforward anymore. Just as Nescafe has been replaced by the skinny de-caf, so too has the unremarkable denim jean been

  • Tesco needs to wake up

    I SEE the sales and therefore the profits are down in Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s are grabbing a larger percentage of retail business. Tesco seems dumbfounded as to why this is happening, and I would like to offer my reasons why there should be such a change

  • ROSE HILL: 'Seeing the changes'

    FORMER Lord Mayor Bill Buckingham and his wife Margaret moved to Rose Hill when they started their family in the early 1950s. Mrs Buckingham died last year, but her husband has continued to live in the same house in Court Farm Road where they raised

  • ROSE HILL: 'Making a real family home'

    THE last people to move into the new development are 30-year-old Kristian Szordykowski and his young family. Along with his 34-year-old fiancee Magdalena Grzeszak and their three-year-old son and four-month-old twins, the gardener will begin a new life

  • COMMENT: Rose Hill now enjoys a new lease of life

    ANYONE who hasn’t visited Rose Hill for a few years would be amazed to see the estate’s transformation. It has changed from an area dominated by crumbling and dilapidated post-war homes to looking like something out of a developer’s brochure. The demographics

  • MOTHERING SUNDAE: Here comes a village newsflash

    This week is the second anniversary of me taking on a paper round. It’s also two years since I moved into this house. When you move to a new place you expect to inherit hedgehogs on the patio, a quaint ghost in the attic or a little rising damp, but

  • Diesel is overpriced

    I HAVE noticed that the price differential between diesel and petrol has now increased to 8p per litre. Whereas I understand that fuel prices vary due to world crude oil availability and demand, the premium charged for diesel cannot be justified.

  • High time that street parking is sorted out

    I HAD occasion to visit a side street between Iffley Road and Cowley Road in Oxford the other evening. The parking on such narrow streets is a disaster waiting to happen. How long before a fire engine tries to get to one of the properties in these streets

  • Nurses care about NHS

    THE Royal College of Nursing has just made a big decision: it decided to call for the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill to be abandoned. Since then, the RCN – and nurses – have come in for criticism over this. The decision to oppose this bill

  • D-Day for Dial-a-Ride

    YOUR article about Dial-a Ride (Wednesday’s Oxford Mail) was somewhat misleading when it comes to the South Oxfordshire District Council area. Unlike the other four district councils in the county, South Oxfordshire has never financially contributed

  • Slow going for Olympian

    I READ with interest the story of Arnold Strode-Jackson (last Monday’s Oxford Mail). I worked at his house in Norham Gardens Road. I remember him sat at a large desk, surrounding by papers and books. He always had a glass of spirits, with his cat sat

  • ROSE HILL: Last family moves into £20m development

    IT is a world away from the first 150 houses built in 1934 for the increasing number of motor industry workers in Cowley. But today Oxford’s Rose Hill estate marks the next step in its history as the last family moves into its new £20m development

  • ROSE HILL: 'Our future is here now'

    TAKING their first step on the property ladder together are newly-engaged couple Adrian Krajewski and Katie Bus. The pair decided to buy their first home in Rose Hill to be close to the river, where Mr Krajewski enjoys kayaking and to make the most of

  • Potter news 'hard to take' - Wilder

    OXFORD United boss Chris Wilder admitted the news that Alfie Potter will miss the rest of the season is hard to take. The winger went over on his ankle in training late on Friday, and United’s worst fears were realised over the weekend when

  • GREYHOUNDS: Only six races go ahead because of snow

    THE weather might have stopped nearly all sporting action over the weekend – but greyhound racing fans at least got to see some action at Oxford Stadium. But it was not great news as only six out of a scheduled 26 races beat the conditions. The opening

  • 'Reforms put rural county at risk'

    HALF of Oxfordshire’s countryside is at greater risk of development because of controversial reforms, a campaign group has said. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims 52 per cent of land would get less protection under new rules. This

  • Mini sales fall slightly

    UK sales of the Cowley-built Mini dipped slightly in January, latest figures have revealed. A total of 1,595 cars were sold during the month compared to 1,614 in January last year, a fall of 1.18 per cent, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers

  • Man is banned for life from ten pubs

    A MAN has been banned for life from 10 pubs in Cowley for allegedly abusing a bar worker. The man has been barred from entering and drinking in a string of licensed premises under the Pubwatch scheme, but his identity is being kept secret after one of

  • SNOW: Two schools shut, Oxford Bus Company running normally

    TWO primary schools in Oxfordshire are closed today due to the cold weather conditions. St Swithun’s Primary School in Grundy Crescent, Kennington, is shut because its boilers are frozen. And St Kenelm’s Primary School in Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell

  • SNOW: St Kenelms closed

    A West Oxfordshire primary school is closed today due to a boiler failure. St Kenelm’s Primary School in Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell, is expected to reopen tomorrow. According to Oxfordshire County Council’s website, St Kenelm’s is the only school

  • 'Help us blitz lack of computer skills'

    A PROJECT which has helped hundreds of people on an Oxford estate get to grips with technology is calling out for funding. The Blackbird Leys Information Technology Zone, or Blitz, has been running from the Leys Community Centre since 2002. It runs

  • SNOW: No schools yet reported closed

    NO schools have yet to report they are closed today, according to Oxfordshire County Council. We will update this as soon as we are notified of any changes.

  • Project to open site to public begins

    WORK has started on a major conservation operation to open the eight-acre Wolvercote Lakes site to the public. The first stage of the project, which is funded by a £70,000 Grantscape award, involves a team of workmen cutting back rotten trees, clearing


    Dunford Peter Passed away on January 26th aged 83. Funeral Service at Oxford Crematorium on Friday February 10th at 10:00am.

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