• Bowling green to become play park

    Work has started on a project to transform a disused bowling green into a £150,000 play area. The site next to Florence Park Children’s Centre in Rymers Lane, Cowley, is one of the last in an Oxford City Council £3.1m play area programme. The old play

  • Worries over rise in charity stores

    A Sue Ryder shop is to replace an independent Headington hardware store, sparking concern about the number of charity shops in the area. The care charity is to take over the former Clovers shop in Windmill Road unit, taking the number of charity

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  • Mum's OX5 thanks for daughter’s cancer treatment

    ANNABEL Lally looks just like any other eight-year-old when she is playing with her friends. But the pupil at Windale Community Primary School, Blackbird Leys, has battled leukaemia since she was a toddler, receiving chemotherapy and a bone

  • Veterans vow to support charity

    VETERANS vowed to keep supporting forces charity Help for Heroes as they handed over a cheque for £275.50. Members of Bicester Ex-Services Club raised the cash with a stuffed toy raffle at their Sheep Street meeting place. They gave Help for Heroes

  • Campaigners issue Transport Secretary ultimatum over HS2

    CAMPAIGNERS against the highspeed rail link have issued the Transport Secretary an ultimatum to scrap her approval of the £16.4b scheme. Last month Justine Greening gave the green light to 225mph trains running between London and Birmingham

  • Signalman's Twilight

    Adrian Vaughan started work as a railway porter at Challow, then became a signalman in 1962, moving to Uffington. Signalman’s Twilight (Amberley, £16.99). the second book of his trilogy about life on the railways, describes the unsuccessful battle to

  • Community radio station sets launch date

    BUILDING work on the studio is almost complete, the carpet is laid and equipment is being delivered – 105.1 OX4 FM is getting ready to go live. Oxford’s first permanent community radio station, based at Blackbird Leys Community Centre, will be on air

  • Runners wrap up for ultimate challenge

    IT WAS a case of blood, sweat and tears as more than 300 runners braved the cold to run a gruelling 50-mile ultra-marathon. They took between five-and-a-half and 13 hours to run from the Prince of Wales pub at Iffley in Oxford to Henley, in the Cure

  • Oxford Then and Now

    Commercial redevelopment was already towering over the 17th-century heart of Oxford by 1907, as demonstrated in Oxford Then and Now. In the book by Malcolm Graham and Lawrence Waters, a picture by renowned photographer Henry Taunt shows the three-gabled

  • Pensioner killed in crash with bus

    A pensioner died after his car and a bus collided. The accident at 11.55am yesterday in Oxford Road, Abingdon, involved a Ford Fusion and an Oxford Bus Company X3 bus. South Central Ambulance spokesman Gill Hodgetts said: “Paramedics were called to

  • Born survivor takes on half-marathon test

    MATTHEW Parry has spent a lifetime proving people wrong. And now the 24-year-old, who was born severely premature and told he would never be able to walk, is taking on a half-marathon challenge for charity. Mr Parry, from Abingdon, has had cerebral

  • Big bids expected for Duke of Wellington's Waterloo seat

    HISTORY fans will fight to get their hands on a chair made from the tree that the Duke of Wellington stood under as he led his troops to victory at Waterloo. In 1815, the Duke finally defeated Napoleon’s French army and ended the Emperor’s attempt to

  • Saw-playing mum tries cutting it with Simon Cowell

    MUSICIAN Caroline Watsham honoured the memory of her dad’s passion for playing the saw by taking the unusual sound to judges of TV’s Britain’s Got Talent. The 47-year-old Cropredy mum-of-two performed Snow Patrol’s Run for judges Simon Cowell, David

  • RACING: Long Run fails to scare off rivals

    Long Run could face up to ten rivals as he bids to get off the mark for the campaign in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday. The seven-year-old, owned by Robert Waley Cohen, who lives at Edgehill, near Banbury, and ridden by his son, Sam,

  • Mini boosts apprenticeships

    The Cowley Mini plant is boosting its apprentice intake by more than 50 per cent this year. A total of 35 places are on offer for apprenticeships lasting between three and four years covering a wide range of skills from human resources to electrical

  • ATHLETICS: Hannah aiming to become a driving force

    Oxford City athletics star Hannah England is renowned for living life in the fast lane – even though she does not drive a car. “I didn’t crash,” said the world championship 1500m silver medallist after receiving some driving lessons in Northampton

  • CRICKET: Brooks helps Lions roar to victory

    Former Oxfordshire paceman Jack Brooks took two wickets as England Lions sealed a 3-2 one-day series win over Sri Lanka A in Colombo. Brooks claimed 2-54 in Sri Lanka’s 213 all out after the Lions made 330-6 in the decider, led by Joe Root’

  • Hands off Galloway

    KENNETH F Mitchell (Oxford Mail ViewPoints, February 1) obviously dislikes George Galloway and Mr R Lee with a vengeance: fine, but why so many inaccuracies? To actually write that the BBC is “so left wing and biased” must be one of the most ignorant

  • Falklands adventures

    SO Prince William is off to the Falkland Islands, along with a new destroyer, while we keep 5,000 troops in situ on the islands, just in case. Now with the Iraq war over and the Afghan adventure nearing its end, let’s think... umm...Iran, Syria – leave

  • Cuts force council to take tough decisions

    IT would appear that your editorial writer, normally sensible and cautious, has stepped out of the world we live in and into a parallel one where local councils do not face massive cuts due to rising costs and dramatic reductions in Government grant (

  • Thanks to cleaning team

    RUBBISH and litter collections in Oxford are rarely praised but, as someone with an office in the city centre and who often sees the dreadful piles of litter early in the morning in the streets in the area, I believe that City Works staff deserve to be

  • THE QUIZ LEAGUE: Bells are tolling for the champs

    IF I was a betting man which, I hasten to add, I am not, I would consider it a reasonably safe bet that a different name will be etched on the roll of honour declaring this season’s County Quiz Supremos. Following their reversal, 69-73, to the Six Bells

  • COMMENT: Popular sessions

    How reassuring that the Radon drop-in sessions in Witney have proved so popular. These kind of events, usually poorly attended, are specifically designed to help reassure the public. In this instance, it’s clear they’ve done just that. Well

  • REPATRIATION: Tributes paid to Nepalese soldier

    THE 26-year-old Nepalese soldier whose body will be repatriated today has been described as a “true Gurkha in in body and spirit”. Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung of the Royal Gurkha Rifles was shot and killed in Afghanistan during a patrol to disrupt

  • School meals service to be outsourced

    SCHOOL dinners will be run by private contractors after Oxfordshire County Council agreed to outsource the service yesterday. County council cabinet members agreed to include primary school meals in a multi-million pound services contract which will

  • Radon session reassures residents

    RESIDENTS concerned about being poisoned in their homes by the deadly gas radon were reassured yesterday. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) held an event to give West Oxfordshire homeowners information and advice about tackling the gas, which

  • Potter's best is yet to come

    Alfie Potter will be a stronger and better player next season. That is the opinion of Oxford United boss Chris Wilder, who yesterday worked with his squad – minus Potter – for the first time since it was revealed the winger would miss the remainder of

  • Schoolboy, 11, snares a prolific burglar

    A BOY who stumbled across a burglary at his primary school helped police catch a serial criminal who targeted classrooms. The pupil, aged 11, disturbed Nicholas James and an unknown accomplice as they were helping themselves to a teacher’s

  • Ten primary schools named as likely academies

    TEN primaries were yesterday named as likely to be turned into sponsored academies because they have consistently fallen below Government standards. Representatives from the seven city and three county primary schools were called to a crunch

  • COMMENT: Results can be turned around

    So 10 local primary schools which have not performed to the required standards, have been informed they are to become academies. Clearly, it’s good that our children’s education is being taken so seriously and that any weaknesses are swiftly

  • SCHOOLS: St Kenelm's shut again today

    St Kenelm’s Primary School in Minster Lovell remains closed today as staff wait for parts to fix the boiler. The school near Witney was closed yesterday after the boiler broke down in the cold weather and is hoped now to reopen tomorrow.

  • A long way from Kansas now, Toto

    AUDIENCES will be reminded that there is no place like home as The Wizard of Oz is brought to Witney. Class Act will put on a production of the classic musical at Henry Box School, Church Green, from Monday to Thursday next week. Millie

  • College marks end of A-Level courses

    ABINGDON and Witney College is scrapping A-Levels at one campus due to falling demand. Students in Witney will no longer be able to study for the qualifications from September after demand dropped 50 per cent to just 25 students last year. The Holloway

  • Bowling green to become play park

    WORK has started on a project to transform a disused bowling green into a £150,000 play area. The site next to Florence Park Children’s Centre in Rymers Lane, Cowley, is one of the last in an Oxford City Council £3.1m play area programme. The old play

  • Firebug destroys medical kit

    AN ARSONIST broke into an ambulance at Oxford railway station stole a bag of medical equipment and drugs then set light to it. British Transport police are seeking witnesses after the ambulance, parked near the station’s short-stay car park at the rear

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