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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.

Opening of new primary school put back a year

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE opening of a primary school at a new Didcot housing estate has been put back a year.

Exercise regime helps pupil stretch her way to recovery

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SCOLIOSIS sufferer Laura Tait can touch her toes for the first time in her life thanks to a treatment she discovered on the internet.

Man with the special spade is Gravedigger of the Year

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE man who “made good” the grave in which Didcot schoolgirl Jayden Parkinson was buried by her killer has been named Gravedigger of the Year.

Devoting their lives to caring for the elderly

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

TRUDY Meardon knows a lot about the importance of providing good, personal care.

Schoolgirl Maisie ready to 'swim channel' for charity

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

SWIMMING the English Channel is something most adults would think twice about but 10-year-old Maisie Smith has dived in to the challenge.

12,000 visitors put Thame Show back on county map

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

AFTER engines revved up, Thame Show organisers hope they have turned a corner by restoring the festival to its traditional September date.

Friends starting life together highlights role of older carers

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 19th September 2014

A TV documentary about adults with learning disabilities leaving home for the first time has raised vital public awareness about the issue, a charity boss has said.

Elderly man hurt after car collision

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

5:12pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN ELDERLY man has been taken to hospital after a collision with a car in Banbury this afternoon.

Emergency road repairs on the A40 causing delays

The Oxford Times: A40 alert

3:59pm Thursday 18th September 2014

EMERGENCY road repairs have causing delays on the A40 both ways near Witney this afternoon.

Delays for drivers at junction nine of the M40

The Oxford Times: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

4:37pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A broken-down car is causing delays on the M40 southbound near Bicester.

Late-night Wallingford takeaway agreed despite feared disturbances

The Oxford Times: Former Wallingford mayor Ros Lester is opposed to parking charges

10:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

BOUNCERS will have to be stationed outside a Wallingford fried chicken takeaway when it stays open until 1.30am.

King Alfred headteacher’s dreams start to take shape

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE new headteacher of King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, has said the school should have moved from three sites to two “five years ago”.

Broken down vehicle blocks M40 slip road

The Oxford Times: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

3:57pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A BROKEN down vehicle is blocking one lane of an exit slip road off the M40 southbound.

Man charged with five counts of burglary

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

3:53pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A MAN has been charged with five counts of burglary in Oxford, Kennington and Weston on the Green.

Longtime resident unveils park’s hidden historic past

The Oxford Times:

7:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

BRENDA Horwood has lived in the same house in Marlborough Road for 86 years so she knows a bit about South Oxford’s history.

‘Poor management’s driving special constables to resign’

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Monday 15th September 2014

A FORMER volunteer police officer has claimed “poor management” has led to more than 100 special constables leaving in the past two years.

‘We’ve been priced out of the civic hall’

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

COUNCIL leaders have defended money-making measures after groups accused them of abandoning their principles by upping fees at a civic hall.

Wenda cracks the secret of a long life

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SHE worked with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park, visited Russia under the Iron Curtain and narrowly escaped arrest in France at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Reborn Oxford pub celebrates its place in Camra Good Pub Guide + full county map of the best ale houses

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

ST ALDATE’S Tavern in Oxford is celebrating after today making it into the “pub bible” – CAMRA’s 42nd annual Good Beer Guide.

Are Neighbourhood Plans power to the people or a pointless talking shop?

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

CITIZEN planners across Oxfordshire are spending thousands of pounds of council money in a bid to wrestle back control of their backyards from developers. Neighbourhood Plans in theory give residents a say on how their neighbourhood develops – but now, a group in the only county town to have adopted its plan so far have rebelled against it. Pete Hughes found out what it potentially means for other areas who are halfway through the process

Builder wins legal challenge in battle over Abingdon road crossings

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

PLANS for two “dangerous” pedestrian crossings in Abingdon are back on the table after a council failed to explain why it refused them.

One month on, villagers ask ‘when will we get our phone signal back?’

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

VILLAGERS have hit out at telecoms giant Vodafone for leaving them without a phone signal for nearly a month.

Dragon Boats are a roaring success drumming up charity cash once again

The Oxford Times:

10:50am Monday 8th September 2014

HUNDREDS of people gathered to watch as some unusual creatures took to the river Thames in Abingdon yesterday.

Miles of smiles as new Bike Oxford gets wheels moving

The Oxford Times:

6:20pm Monday 8th September 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists biked around Oxfordshire yesterday for a ride set to become an annual celebration of cycling.

Leys festival fun wows crowds with a double celebration

The Oxford Times:

9:30am Monday 8th September 2014

THOUSANDS of people flocked to watch live music and cheerleading and try rock climbing and sumo wrestling at the Leys Festival.

Missing man David Goodwin has been found

The Oxford Times:

12:21pm Sunday 7th September 2014

Missing man David Goodwin has been found, police have announced this morning.

Frankie's in the doghouse about five-county walkabout

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 6th September 2014

A DOG owner went online to follow the trail of his runaway hound.

Diner couple blame taxman as staff don't get their pay

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

A COUPLE trying to open two restaurants at once have spoken of a “horrendous” fortnight waiting for a £49,000 tax rebate.

Fundraiser’s aiming for peak fitness before mountain test

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Monday 8th September 2014

AT 68, Ron Skinner has never climbed a mountain before.

Mum’s bilingual bookshop is such a novel family affair

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

WHEN Cheryl Sánchez married a Spaniard, it did not occur to her it would be a business opportunity.

Cash prize for garden city plan

The Oxford Times: Ed Vaizey MP

10:47am Thursday 4th September 2014

A plan to double the size of Oxford and turn it into a "garden city" has won a £250,000 national economic prize.

Red Kites are becoming a pest - don't feed them, say conservation groups

The Oxford Times:

6:11pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BIRD watchers have been asked to stop feeding Red Kites because the creatures have become too successful in Oxfordshire.

Going backwards to look forwards

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

SHE’S walking backwards but she’s looking forward.

Gannett grant helped lead to four apprenticeships at cafe

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

FOUR young people with learning disabilities started their first jobs this week thanks to an Oxford cafe.

Dozens of jobs in store as bargain business expands

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

UP TO 150 jobs are being created as two new bargain stores open in Didcot and Abingdon.

Road chaos alert as bridge is closed

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

SOME 6,800 drivers between Wantage and Faringdon have been warned to expect driving “chaos” for 13 weeks from Saturday.

Praise as 30mph stretch extended near Kennington bus stops

The Oxford Times:

10:20pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

VILLAGERS have welcomed an extension to the 30mph speed limit in Kennington.

Scheme helps Abingdon elderly make friends

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IT’S not just the residents of Ramsay Street who need good neighbours.

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