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Homes growth fuels bid for more advice centre helpers

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAJOR increase in homes in the Wantage and Grove area will put even more pressure on an advice centre, its new chairman is warning.

Didcot sculptor turns weatherman into Elvis

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PENSIONER’S wire mesh sculptures are starting to get folk ‘all shook up.’ Peter Lovegrove, 83, has been searching for the right hobby since retiring from the Atomic Energy Authority in Harwell.

Lanes closed after bus and truck crash on A361

The Oxford Times: Traffic Alert general

1:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

A BUS and a truck collided between Chipping Norton and Shipton-under-Wychwood this morning.

Oxford University professor wins international award for cancer research

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Monday 20th October 2014

PETER O’Neill is radiating pride, after his decades of work trying to cure cancer won him an international award.

Free cardiac tests given to help save lives of young people

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

LAURIE Carpenter breathed a sigh of relief as a doctor gave him the all-clear.

Care worker sacked from her job after attack outside pub

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A FORMER care home worker said to be a “peacemaker” by nature has been convicted of assaulting a woman outside a Didcot pub.

Lives of 25 young soldiers recorded in Brightwell Cum Sotwell display

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE names and lives of 25 young men who died have been hung around their village church.

Bail overhaul is long overdue says mum of abused children

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

A MUM of two boys who were sexually abused warned last night that victims suffer when police keep suspects on bail for months or even years.

Reward for lifetime of uniting faiths

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

FRIENDSHIP through religion is the key to offering the world hope, according to Oxfordshire vicar Marcus Braybrooke.

Bride has her big day all over again

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014

WHEN care home activities co-ordinator Chantelle Merritt got married she could not have a wedding without involving her “second family”.

End of the line for railway bridge

The Oxford Times:

9:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

HUGE hydraulic hammers were used to demolish this bridge over the railway at Challow.

Crown Inn pub at Benson is putting on the Ritz with £40,000 upgrade

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A FORMER director of The Ritz hotel has brought a touch of glamour to a South Oxfordshire pub.

Former Oxford Candyskins rocker completes fourth children's album

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WHEN he was frontman of the Candyskins, Nick Cope had hoards of young fans.

Residents toast South Hinksey pub as it wins permission to reopen

The Oxford Times:

7:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

SOUTH Hinksey residents are celebrating after their village pub won permission to reopen.

‘Brilliant’ young boffins are rewarded for work in class

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

“BRILLIANTLY original” and “outstanding” young physicists, biologists and chemists have been recognised for their school work.

Adventurers’ east African journey has charity target

The Oxford Times:

9:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

FOURTEEN intrepid fund-raisers will set off on an African adventure this week to gather money for an Abingdon charity.

Delays reported in Banbury

The Oxford Times: Stagecoach bus

7:30pm Friday 10th October 2014

DELAYS have been reported in Banbury tonight because of a fallen tree and vehicle crash.

Dad who helped M5 victims in Britain's bigggest traffic crash insists: ‘I wasn’t brave’

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

ON Friday, November 4, 2011, Robert Weaving and his wife Kate were hoping to make good time as they dove down the M5 to a weekend break in Somerset.

Three vans and car crash on M40 near Bicester

The Oxford Times: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

5:59pm Friday 10th October 2014

A TRAFFIC collision involving three vans and a car is causing delays on the M40 northbound.

Fraudster used iPod Nano to record PINs at Oxford cash machines

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

5:44pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MAN who installed iPods at Oxford cash machines to record people entering their PINs was convicted of fraud today, Thames Valley Police said.

Blocked lorry causing city centre delays

The Oxford Times: Traffic Alert general

6:14pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A LORRY is reportedly blocking traffic between Botley Road and Frideswide Square after getting stuck under the bridge by Oxford Railway Station.

Stars honoured to officially open new Maggie’s Centre

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

AFTER losing her own mother to breast cancer in January, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp knows how devastating the disease can be.

Photographs with the air of an Old Master

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Friday 10th October 2014

AT FIRST glance, this exhibition at Art Jericho looks like a collection of old masters.

Blue plaque for MG cars founder Cecil Kimber's home in Abingdon

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE former Abingdon home of MG founder Cecil Kimber has been honoured with a blue plaque.

Mark Steel @ Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times:

11:48am Thursday 9th October 2014

Pete Hughes catches comedian Mark Steel as he brings his latest tour to Oxford

Faringdon man in Sierra Leone to help fight Ebola epidemic

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A WEEK ago, Oxfordshire man Andy Gleadle was at home watching the horror of the Ebola epidemic unfold in Sierra Leone.

Watch: Oxford BMX fan applies his skills to create chart-storming game Pumped BMX 2 + video

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IT’S fair to say Adam Hunt had a lot more experience on his BMX bike than he did at computer programming, but he’s now riding high on Apple’s iTunes with a new game.

‘I aim to stop young people dying suddenly like my son’

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

ABOUT 100 young people from Abingdon will get free cardiac screenings in memory of a young man from the town who died suddenly.

'Good' primary school joins Wantage's Vale Academy Trust

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A PRIMARY school is to officially link up with other schools after an outside headteacher helped it deal with inspectors’ concerns.

Cash boost helps to preserve our stunning county flower

The Oxford Times:

1:10pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THOUSANDS of Oxfordshire’s iconic flowers will benefit after a nature reserve received a cash boost.

Man sexually assaults woman in Magdalen Road

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

4:19pm Monday 6th October 2014

A WOMAN was sexually assaulted while walking down an Oxford street. 

Headington Library gets its lift at last to delight of local readers

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Mums with pushchairs and wheelchair users are delighted with the new lift at Headington Library after years of campaigning.

Steventon dad saddles up for Asian charity ride

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A PARTIALLY-sighted dad is saddling up for an epic 700km charity bike ride through Asian rainforests.

Extra care housing gets 92-year-old’s approval

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

AFTER pensioner John Larrett had three serious falls at home, his family suggested he move into “extra care” housing.

GPs challenge PM over seven-day pledge

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

DAVID Cameron has been invited to an Oxford GP practice to see first-hand the recruitment crisis hitting the service.

Nothing creepy for dedicated bug fans

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THE number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a report published this week by the World Wildlife Fund. But one Oxford institution is holding out against the tide and providing an invaluable resource for scientists to study the changing state of nature. Pete Hughes spent a day at Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s entomology department to find out about the challenges

Publicans hop to it with home brew

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

WHEN new managers arrived at The King Alfred’s Head in Wantage last year they decided they needed a unique draw to pull in punters.

Off-beat comedy Wingman saw me struggling to laugh

The Oxford Times:

11:49am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Pete Hughes on a buddy comedy at the Pegasus performed without any props or scenery

Town team is praised after new shops fill empty units

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

MOST empty shops in Wantage have been filled, with businesses praising Government cash support.

Galaxy of stars wows crowds at Blenheim Literary Festival

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

RICHARD Dawkins got to talk about himself for an hour and 45 minutes, accompanied by an orchestra playing his favourite music, at this year’s Blenheim Palace Literary Festival.

Music producer’s on song with Thames’ charity walk

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MUSIC producer who tours the world with famous acts raised more than £1,000 for an arts project by walking from Oxford to London.

Villagers plan to install a life-saving defibrillator

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SOUTH HINKSEY Parish Council hopes a village defibrillator might save lives.

UPDATE: School shut and 900 homes without water after pipe bursts

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire county council logo round

1:06pm Monday 29th September 2014

MORE than 900 homes in the Harwell area are without water this afternoon because of a burst pipe.

Estate’s prettiest pooches enjoy a howling good time

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Monday 29th September 2014

ALL canine creatures great and small went on show at the second annual Barton Dog Show yesterday.

Fire service misses its own 'stretching' response target

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S chief fire officer has said he’ll continue to set “very stretching” targets for the service. 

Student flats plans for East Oxford horrify neighbours

The Oxford Times: oxford city council logo

1:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

A PLAN to allow summer visitors to use an East Oxford student accommodation block “does not bear thinking about”, residents have said.

Princess does the honours for military and medicine

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Friday 26th September 2014

BELSEN liberator Gilbert King welcomed the Princess Royal as she opened the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum yesterday.

Pensioners who raise cash for hospital need new volunteers

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

PENSIONERS who raise thousands of pounds each year for their community hospital are in urgent need of more and younger volunteers.

Jayden's mum holds fundraiser to mark murdered teen's 18th birthday

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

Jayden Parkinson's mother speaks about how she is still trying to put her life back together after the teenager's murder.

Numbers of children in care soar after Bullfinch inquiry

The Oxford Times: Melinda Tilley

6:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE number of county children being taken into care has risen sharply, putting “significant pressure” on social workers.

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