• Plans afoot for community farm in East Oxford

    THE sounds and smells of the farm could soon be wafting their way across East Oxford. Plans are afoot to turn a patch of land that has been used as a car park into a community farm. A group is trying to get as many people on board as possible by holding

  • Don’t miss the Oxford Mail wedding fair

    ONE lucky bride and groom will win a wedding package worth more than £5,000 at the Oxford Mail’s glittering wedding show. Only couples who go along to the biggest bridal event in the region on Sunday will be able to enter the competition. Knowing that

  • Primary school's recovery down to 'hard work'

    CHILDREN, staff and parents at an East Oxford school are celebrating after the school was removed from special measures. And after just over a year in the warning zone, inspectors felt so confident SS Mary and John Primary School, Meadow Lane, had improved

  • Tarzan author gets pupils into swing of it

    A HOLLYWOOD scriptwriter and author of a new Tarzan novel inspired youngsters at Henry Box School in Witney. On Tuesday Andy Briggs, who also wrote the series and, spoke to 350 Year Seven and Eight students about his career. Mr

  • Local shares (PM)

    AEA Technology 0.3 BMW 5884 Electrocomponents 251.3 Nationwide Accident Repair 65.5 Oxford Biomedica 3.2 Oxford Catalysts 56 Oxford Instruments 1154 Reed Elsevier 545 RM 81.75 RPS Group 227.2 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Prostate cancer is spur for survivor

    A PROSTATE cancer survivor will run 10 kilometres every day this month in memory of the 10,000 men killed by the disease every year. Simon Lord, 52, from Downside, Cholsey, was diagnosed in 2010 and operated on successfully the same year. He went on

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Hockey memorial really hits home

    WHEN Ricky Young lined up with the rest of Oxford City Stars ice hockey team at the weekend the match had a particular resonance. The game, in which the team drew 2- 2 against Cardiff Devils 2, was held in memory of Mr Young’s dad, Raymond Young, who

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Whole firm pull out the stops in Tube race

    STAFF from an Oxfordshire firm spent a day travelling the entire London underground network to raise more than £8,000 for a cancer charity. Workers from marketing agency Purple Frog, in North Weston, Thame, donned luminous green hooded tops

  • CHARITY MATTERS: 'Every step that I take'

    EVERY step of a gruelling 26 miles Heather Wood will be thinking of her hero husband, Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Wood. Mrs Wood has been in training since last summer to compete in the London Marathon in memory of WO2 Wood, who was killed

  • CHARITY MATTERS: Dad sent into spin by heroes' bike ride

    A BICESTER dad has been given the chance of a lifetime to cycle with two sporting heroes. Darren Ball, 40, is one of 10 chosen out of 15,000 Virgin Media staff to join cricket legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and rugby hero Lawrence Dallaglio on a leg

  • Chipping Norton Festival turns 100

    CHIPPING Norton Musical Festival will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month – and organisers hope it will be the biggest event yet. The festival, which runs from next Friday to March 24, is thought to be one of the oldest in the UK.

  • 'Truth stranger than fiction' over wartime evacuation

    THE evacuation of 125 Oxford children to Yale in the Second World War when the German threat of invasion was at its height has long been viewed as one of Oxford’s more heart-warming wartime tales. But an author has now raised the prospect that

  • Olympic dream for Tristan

    ONE Oxfordshire sports fan will have the best seat in the house for the fencing at the Olympics this summer, when he takes his place as a referee. Tristan Hale, 28, from Begbroke, will be the UK’s youngest fencing referee for the Modern Pentathlon competition

  • Actor and DJ visits pupils at his old school

    LEGENDARY reggae DJ David Rodigan returned to his secondary school – with a few words on coping with fame for its latest musical star. Mr Rodigan, 60, visited Gosford Hill to speak about his career in radio over the past 30 years. One student he spoke

  • Suspected toy thief caught on CCTV

    POLICE have released a picture of a woman they want to speak to in relation to a theft in a Bicester shop. The woman, who is pushing a child in a buggy, was seen in Marks & Spencer in Sheep Street, Bicester, when a shopping bag that had been left on

  • Patient records to go electronic

    HEALTH bosses have promised patients a new electronic records system will be secure. Oxfordshire’s patient files are to be put on a national electronic database called the Summary Care Record that the NHS says will improve care because of quicker access

  • Home is where the art is

    THEY might be on a tight budget but it doesn’t stop one group producing stunning art work. Community group Crofters has been decorating old jam jars to use as party lights for its first birthday party. The group, which meet three times a week at Lerwick

  • Bicester woman dies in crash

    A 23-year-old woman from the Bicester area died in hospital this morning after a car crash yesterday. The woman, who was driving a silver MG ZR, was involved in a two-car collision in Quainton, Buckinghamshire at about 7.20am. Police said she was

  • Archive: The last five derby meetings at Oxford United

    SATURDAY'S derby clash will be the first time Swindon have visited Oxford for a decade. But U’s fans will be hoping the break will not alter their strong home record in the fixture. United have won four of their last five home games

  • ‘I passed incurable disease to my son’

    TO discover your baby has an incurable rare genetic disease must be devastating for any parent. But for Martin Balfour-Allen, the shock of discovering his son Samuel had the life-changing Tuberous Sclerosis was even worse. That is because

  • Joint fire centre plan gets £3.6m grant

    A MOVE to create a shared fire control centre for Oxfordshire and Berkshire was closer last night after a bid for £3.6m Government cash was accepted. Fire minister Bob Neill yesterday said Oxfordshire and Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services could have

  • Hair cancelled

    OXFORD: Fans of the 1960s musical Hair are being given ticket refunds after an announcement that a planned revival tour has been cancelled. Organisers said “certain criteria could not be met” and cancelled the show, which was due to play at the New Theatre

  • No sex charge

    GROVE: A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in a Tesco store has not been charged. Police said there was not enough evidence to charge him after the incident at Tesco Express in Millbrook Square

  • RUGBY UNION: Revenge mission

    OXFORD University host their Cambridge counterparts in the women’s Varsity Match at Iffley Road tomorrow. The Dark Blues will be out for revenge after losing 22-0 in last year’s clash at Grange Road. The action begins with the second team match at 11am

  • Johnson - Oxford United looking to make amends

    OLI Johnson is relishing the chance to take on a team with plenty of ambition this weekend after being frustrated by bottom-half sides in recent weeks. The U’s’ last four games at the Kassam Stadium have come against struggling opponents who have set

  • Professor wins research prize

    OXFORD: The John Radcliffe’s Professor Fiona Powrie has been awarded the 2012 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. The internationally recognised prize is awarded annually for outstanding biological research with implications for the future of medicine

  • FOOTBALL: Bourne calls on Seaward to step up

    Manager Richie Bourne is looking for greater commitment from striker Danny Seaward as Abingdon United bid to post their first win of 2012 when they visit Thatcham Town in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West. Seaward, who joined

  • FOOTBALL: Ford hoping to spark Barcelos

    Mike Ford believes that leaving striker Felipe Barcelos out could reap dividends in the long term for Oxford City’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division promotion charge. The Brazilian star sat on the bench as City swept aside Arlesey

  • FOOTBALL: Witney snap up striker Mays

    Witney Town have signed Ducklington striker Craig Mays, and he comes into the squad for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division game at home to Thame United tomorrow. Midfielder Ben Rearden is also added as relegation candidates Witney bid to bounce

  • Wilson keen to focus on Oxford United's' bigger picture

    POINTS rather than bragging rights are the priority for Oxford United midfielder Mark Wilson in tomorrow’s clash with Swindon Town. The midfielder’s CV includes appearances in fiercely contested Middlesbrough-Sunderland and Doncaster-Sheffield United

  • RUGBY UNION: County's Town and Gown mix

    OXFORDSHIRE manager Nick Cole praised their Town and Gown blend ahead of Sunday’s National Under 20 Championship clash away to Dorset & Wilts. Having won their opening South Region A match against Bucks, Oxon know victory at North Dorset RFC will see

  • Di Canio: Oxford United defeat was Swindon Town's spur

    SWINDON boss Paolo Di Canio says that being beaten at home by Oxford in August was the catalyst for their season. The 2-1 defeat remains Town’s only home loss of the campaign, but their manager said that it has helped shape their season. “We destroyed

  • World Book Day brings stories to life

    CHARACTERS from the world of fiction sprang to life yesterday as Oxford was flooded with young Harry Potter, Where’s Wally and Batman lookalikes. Hundreds of children across the city arrived at school dressed as their favourite characters to mark World

  • Drug dealer kept selling while on bail

    ONE of Oxford’s biggest drug dealers was snared by an undercover police officer dressed as a delivery driver. Clifton Bullock was caught after a package of cocaine from Costa Rica to his Headington home was intercepted at East Midlands Airport. A police

  • COMMENT: Why was he free?

    CLIFTON Bullock would appear to have been left entirely at his liberty to carry on drug dealing for months. The investigation over drugs from Costa Rica may have been complex, but police have some explaining to do over why there were no charges

  • Wright injury rules him out of derby

    Boss Chris Wilder confirmed yesterday that Oxford United skipper Jake Wright would almost certainly miss Saturday’s game with his back injury. “Jake is really struggling,” Wilder said. “And he could be struggling for a few weeks to be honest

  • CABBAGES & KINGS: Zip invention evidently a big let-down

    HE stood on the top step of the Clarendon Building, an imposing if somewhat tubby figure. Probably in his late 60s, immaculately dressed in a suit and sporting a regimental tie, a satisfied expression spanned his ruddy face. Like a latter-day Roman emperor

  • Meaningless name change

    DO Abingdon councillors live in Cloud Cuckoo Land? I was born and bred in Abingdon 71 years ago. Changing the name to Abingdon-on-Thames would not make much difference. It might bring in a few tourists to see the river, but when they went to the town

  • The system is broken

    THE story ‘I’m better off on benefits’ – Mum criticises ‘broken’ system, (Oxford Mail, February 28), encapsulates all that is wrong with the benefits system and modern society. I had sympathy with Ms El-Kority’s predicament until I analysed her story

  • No trust any more

    IN view of the recent water rationing threat, I decided to buy a water butt so I could water my garden plants. Twice in one week I tried to purchase one after searching online, and found Homebase had a reasonably priced one available. On arrival to

  • Breaking promises

    Ed Miliband is right about the damaging changes to our health service (Oxford Mail, February 27). In Oxfordshire, the Tories and Lib Dems are breaking promise after promise. To quote PM and MP for Witney David Cameron: “So I make this commitment to

  • Store wars

    JOHN Macallister’s long-winded letter (Oxford Mail, February 22), deriding those in Marston who wish to have no truck with Tesco, is beyond contempt. Contrary to his assertion that it will be a Tesco supermarket, it is to be a Tesco Express. As far

  • Duberry loving build-up banter to Oxford United's derby

    MICHAEL Duberry says he loves the banter between supporters on Twitter, and believes it’s good for the game. A number of players have been punished by the Football Association for comments they have made on the social-networking site. Duberry thinks

  • Council acts on illegal boaters

    A NEW crackdown has been launched against boaters illegally mooring in Oxford. Members of the city’s boating community last night said the new strict regime was unnecessary and would force boaters out of Oxford. The crackdown was launched after Oxford

  • COMMENT: Selfish few spoil idyll of life on river

    ONE of the defining aspects of our city is our beautiful waterways. For the majority of boaters living on the Oxford Canal and the Thames it is a largely relaxed and idyllic lifestyle, away from many of the stresses of land-based residents. But, as

  • Oxford is so far behind its continental cousins

    Having visited various European cities, I can’t help thinking that an Oxford equivalent in France or Germany would be light years ahead of what is fast becoming a very mediocre city. There would be a tram or light railway service, plus clearly-separated

  • Destructive bill

    THE Health and Social Care Bill returns to the House of Lords and the future of the National Health Service could be in the hands of members of the Upper House. Although GPs, surgeons, health visitors and other health organisations have warned that the

  • Jobshare is the answer

    I WANTED to suggest that some of the problems with unemployment could be solved by offering the jobs which traditionally ask people to sign the 48-hour opt-out to two people. Employing someone without a job would lessen the load for the person who would

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins in 'season starter'

    OXFORD Harlequins’ season starts with tomorrow’s visit of Weston-super-Mare, according to manager Steve Chadbone. Having won just once in 2012, Quins are nine points adrift of safety in National 3 South West, with six matches to play. Tomorrow’s clash

  • Ambulance service enjoys new status

    THE South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has been awarded ‘foundation status’, giving it greater control over how it runs. SCAS provides emergency ambulance care in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. As a Foundation Trust, SCAS

  • FIXTURES March 3

    SATURDAY. FOOTBALL. NPOWER LEAGUE TWO. Oxford Utd v Swindon Tn (12). EVO-STIK SOUTHERN LEAGUE. Premier Div: Arlesey Tn v Banbury Utd, St Albans v Oxford City. Div 1 South & West: Sholing v Didcot Tn, Thatcham

  • Carterton site could house 500 homes

    Land for 500 homes could soon be available for development in Carterton, it was announced yesterday. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation told West Oxfordshire District Council about 200 homes are needed for military personnel, while the remaining

  • Wilder: proud to be Oxford United boss

    CHRIS Wilder believes Oxford United are “pretty unique” in terms of the passion and togetherness shown right throughout the club. The U’s manager has been in charge for more than three years and has led the team from Conference strugglers to

  • Driver robbed by pair on bus

    A BUS driver was attacked and robbed by two passengers as they boarded the Number 5 bus in the city centre. The driver of the red double-decker Oxford Bus Company service to Blackbird Leys was picking up passengers at a stop near the post office in St

  • ‘I thought he was going to rape me’

    A DISTRAUGHT teenager last night fought back tears as she described her terror at being grabbed by a sex attacker in the street. The 17-year-old spoke out as detectives issued an e-fit picture of the suspect believed to be behind the attack. The girl

  • Concerns cause hold-up for Kevin's grand designs

    PLANS for three developments in Oxford backed by TV presenter Kevin McCloud have been delayed after residents raised concerns. The property expert, who hosts Channel 4’s Grand Designs, wants to build 109 flats and homes at city council-owned sites in

  • Ellie's ecstatic as Ruby returns home

    BEAMING four-year-old Ellie Roberts-Day welcomed her beloved dog Ruby home three months after she went missing. The King Charles spaniel vanished from a friend’s neighbour’s garden in Great Haseley, near Thame, on November 29. Despite posters offering

  • Driver's bail extended in Braithwaite death case

    A 74-year-old driver of a cement mixer lorry arrested over the death of 34-year-old cyclist Joanna Braithwaite has had his bail date extended. The man, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the collision in Woodstock

  • Teenager knocked unconscious waiting for a bus

    An 18-year-old was knocked unconscious during an attack at a bus stop in Magdalen Street, Oxford. The teenager was waiting for a bus at about 11.45pm on Tuesday when a stranger attacked him. The victim was treated at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Duberry relishes Swindon clash

    Michael Duberry says he will relish Saturday’s derby clash – because he hasn’t got many big occasions left as a player. The 36-year-old admitted he knew the Oxford-Swindon rivalry was fierce, but it wasn’t until he stepped onto the pitch at

  • Hundreds take to streets for city clean-up

    More than 2,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Oxford today and tomorrow for the annual spring clean of the city. A total of 122 community groups and schools have responded to the OxClean 2012 appeal for volunteers, who will take part

  • Residents evacuated after blaze in flats

    SEVEN people were treated for smoking inhalation after a kitchen fire in a block of flats last night. Eleven people were evacuated from the three-storey block of flats in Washford Glen in Didcot's Ladygrove estate. Two were taken to the John

  • PASSOVER: Time to celebrate and also to learn

    For the five children of Rabbi Eli Brackman and his wife Freidy, 30, Passover is a seven-day holiday in which they will eat delicious food, learn stories of how their ancestors fled slavery, and observe time-honoured traditions. Jews celebrate the Feast

  • Film history is up for grabs

    THEY come from a time of classic movies and classic posters. A “time capsule” of cinema history is to go under the hammer at an Oxford auction house when more than 750 original film posters from the 1950s and 1960s go up for grabs in a sale billed as

  • Town & Gown run sets sights on raising another £2m

    A RACE which brings together the two sides of Oxford is starting a new fundraising mission after collecting over £1m for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The Oxford Town & Gown 10km run celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and runners circling some

  • JOANNA LAKE UPDATE: Woman found dead in Abingdon

    POLICE searching for missing Abingdon woman Joanna Lake have found a body in a stream. Ms Lake, 58, has been missing since a friend last saw her at her home in Pudsey Close on February 20. Last night a police spokesman said a woman's

  • william wardle

    Wardle William (John) Sadly passed away on the 22nd of February after a short illness. Aged 86 years. Former lecturer at Abingdon College. Will be sadly missed by friends and colleagues. Funeral service to be held at Oxford Crematorium on Wednesday

  • Gladys May Currill

    CURRILL Gladys May Peacefully at the John Radcliffe Hospital on 23rd February 2012, aged 96 years. The loving wife of the late Laurence (Les). Much loved mother of David, mother in law to Brenda, grandmother of Helen and Nina, great-grandmother of Dylan

  • gladys collett

    COLLETT Gladys Passed away peacefully on February 19th 2012, aged 89 years. Loving Wife of the late Leslie Collett, much loved Mum of Michael and Gillian, who will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral service at St Peter’s Church, Wolvercote

  • james hall

    HALL James (Jim) Passed away suddenly, but peacefully at home on 26th February 2012, aged 90. Loving husband of Gladys. Much loved Dad, Grampy, Great Grampy and Great Great Grampy. Funeral Service to be held at Oxford Crematorium on Friday 9th March

  • edwin james digwood

    DIGWOOD “Ted” Edwin James Aged 81 died suddenly but peacefully at home on 19th February. Beloved husband of Beryl and a loving father of Beverly, Susan, Tim and Edward. A great character who will be hugely missed. The Service of Thanksgiving will take

  • Bessie Young

    YOUNG Bessie (Bet) Of Watlington passed away peacefully on Tuesday 28th February 2012 at The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford aged 88 Years. Funeral service will take place on Friday 9th March at 3:00pm in the Parish Church of St. Leonard Watlington.