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Making history by helping at museum is natural thing to do

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Wednesday 27th May 2015

HANGING out with dinosaurs, tending butterfly specimens, polishing gems and feeding cockroaches doesn’t feature on most job descriptions.

South Oxfordshire councillors 'should hang heads in shame' over 58% allowance hike - and see how your councillor voted in our interactive graphic

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

COUNCILLORS in South Oxfordshire have voted themselves a 58 per cent allowance hike in a move labelled yesterday as “staggeringly immoral”.

Video: Re-enacting war evacuation moves pupils to tears

The Oxford Times:

8:12am Friday 22nd May 2015

THERE were tears at Cholsey Railway Station yesterday as 150 children were evacuated from their homes to escape the horrors of the Second World War.

South Oxfordshire councillors vote for bigger than expected allowances increase

The Oxford Times:

8:34pm Thursday 21st May 2015

COUNCILLORS in South Oxfordshire voted to give themselves a 58 per cent increase in their allowances instead of 21 per cent increase recommended by an independent panel.

£6m retail park revamp plans for future without Homebase

The Oxford Times: Win £500 worth of Habitat products from Homebase

3:10pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A REVAMP of Abingdon’s Fairacres Retail Park costing £6m has been redesigned for a future without Homebase.

Longer jail sentence is meated out to shoplifter for legging it

The Oxford Times:

11:53am Thursday 21st May 2015

A HOMELESS man had his sentence multiplied five times for stealing steaks from a Co-op for running away from police who had arrested him.

Passengers cough up to keep bus service going

The Oxford Times:

11:34am Wednesday 20th May 2015

VILLAGERS in South Oxfordshire saved their bus service by agreeing to pay higher fares.

The hunt is on for more wonky carrot growers and jam makers

The Oxford Times:

11:19am Wednesday 20th May 2015

LOCAL and sustainable food in Oxfordshire is getting a major boost, according to its advocates.

County's jobless total lowest since 2006

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Tuesday 19th May 2015

MAJOR construction projects like the Westgate Centre have brought the unemployment rate in Oxfordshire to its lowest in the last decade.

Fight goes on against chilled community hospital meals that will save only £300k

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Saturday 16th May 2015

CLOSING hospital kitchens across Oxfordshire and buying in cook-chill ready meals will not save the health authority money, campaigners have said.

Landlord is punished after a family evicted while abroad

The Oxford Times: Ed Turner Oxford City Council

7:26am Saturday 16th May 2015

A FAMILY kicked out of their home by their landlord while they were on holiday have seem him face justice.

New war memorial ‘must be built soon’

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Saturday 16th May 2015

KEITH Brooks has returned to his parish council in the hope of finally getting a war memorial built on Horspath Village Green.

Young physicists prove they have got what it takes to be high-flyers

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Saturday 16th May 2015

THESE incredible images of the earth from the edge of space were captured by a group of Oxfordshire teenagers using nothing more than a balloon.

Best foot forward to take on challenge

The Oxford Times:

8:00pm Friday 15th May 2015

HAVING convinced 29 of her colleagues to walk 52 miles in the countryside through the night, all Sarah Clare has to do now is make sure they do it.

Residents back bid for car park instead of new care home

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Friday 15th May 2015

“A WASTE of time” is how one resident has described a new plan to turn a former police station into a care home.

Police officers praised for going above and beyond the call of duty

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Friday 15th May 2015

TWO police constables who had to haul a suicidal woman from an Oxford bridge were presented with awards alongside their colleagues.

Scientist plotting to combat disease is up for a top award

The Oxford Times:

12:20pm Thursday 14th May 2015

A DIDCOT scientist who found a way to wipe out dengue fever by manufacturing malfunctioning mosquitoes is shortlisted for an international award.

Club gives budding musicians a chance to hone their talents

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Thursday 14th May 2015

A RECORDING artist is reviving the youth club music sessions where she cut her teeth.

A420 westbound at Cumnor reopens after roadworks finish

The Oxford Times: a420 alert

5:10pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

THE A420 at Cumnor has reopened this afternoon following roadworks.

Evictions threat over convent homes plan

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

Development: Tenants and charity face moving if housing scheme backed

Be prepared for pest invasion after the mild spring weather

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

WARNING: Warm conditions will have a sting in their tail this summer, say experts

Man weeps as he admits fleecing Mini for over £5m

The Oxford Times: The production line for the mini at the BMW plant in Cowley as it looks now

8:10am Wednesday 13th May 2015

A 50-year-old man wept at Oxford Crown Court yesterday as he admitted fraudulently pocketing nearly £6m from Oxford’s Mini plant.

Personal touch as community stalwart gets Queen’s award

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

Local hero: Village ceremony to present volunteer, 88, with MBE

Bus driver of the year is forced to leave her passengers behind

The Oxford Times:

10:38am Monday 11th May 2015

Farewell: Sad day for award winner as firm stops operating on routes

Homeless drug addict jailed for stealing purse from Randolph Hotel

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Monday 11th May 2015

A HOMELESS drug addict who walked into the Randolph Hotel and stole a member of staff’s purse from her locker was sentenced to seven months in prison.

Community art festival in South Oxford is a hit

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Monday 11th May 2015

THE FIRST South Oxford art festival was such a success organisers have said they could hold another one this year.

Nursery fights damning Ofsted report

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Friday 8th May 2015

PARENTS have vowed to stand by a pre-school rated “inadequate” by the government’s education watchdog.

Knife attacker smirks in court as judge jails him for 12 years

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Thursday 7th May 2015

A MAN who stabbed his victim so hard in the back that his knife blade got stuck grinned as he was jailed for 12 years.

Jewish culture highlighted as city hosts a second street fair

The Oxford Times:

6:44am Thursday 7th May 2015

ISRAELI art and Klezmer music will fill the air at Oxford’s second annual Jewish street fair today.

Brazen thieves removed prized seat from garden

The Oxford Times:

10:33am Wednesday 6th May 2015

Mystery: Bench recovered close by after possible ‘prank’

Elderly ‘devastated’ as group must move

The Oxford Times:

10:22am Wednesday 6th May 2015

RESENTMENT: Volunteers raised cash to build charity centre they have to leave

Scything becomes a hot topic after topless Poldark TV scene

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Wednesday 6th May 2015

THERE’S no escaping it – scything is big this summer.

DIY store ‘bigger and better’ after blaze

The Oxford Times:

10:35am Tuesday 5th May 2015

TWO years ago Alfred Grove and Sons DIY shop was gutted by a fire that was never solved...

Abingdon School starts to increase prices to use council-owned sports facility

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

A PUBLIC school has started increasing prices at a council-a sports field after it took over the reigns.

Food for thought: Police posters warn restaurants about conman who won’t pay bills

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Monday 4th May 2015

POSTERS warning Oxford restaurants not to serve a notorious con artist who orders slap-up meals then leaves without paying have been put up by police.

Council bosses endorse fresh design for ‘unattractive’ hotel

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Monday 4th May 2015

THE new design of a Travelodge in a “landmark” Oxford location has been welcomed after changes were made by its architects.

Last orders for a while as landlord takes a break from pulling pints

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Saturday 2nd May 2015

AN AWARD-winning Wantage landlord who transformed a failing pub into the toast of the town is to leave.

Muddy hell! Crash victim says thanks for rebuilding her face

The Oxford Times:

11:01am Thursday 30th April 2015

Fundraising: Group aiming to reach its £5,000 target for hospital

Meet Sqwheelie the model squirrel playing up to the camera

The Oxford Times:

7:29am Thursday 30th April 2015

THIS nutty baby squirrel could have been squashed when it chose to hide in a car wheel.

Fundraisers are in the pink as thousands raised for charity

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

Fantastic: Hundreds take part in an event which boosts fight against cancer

Farmers’ market is a big hit with villagers

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

AS TESCO reported record £6.38bn losses for the year, retail analysts said the nation’s shoppers were moving away from supermarkets towards independent shops...

Candidate digs deep into villagers campaign against quarrying

The Oxford Times:

8:10am Wednesday 29th April 2015

VILLAGERS fighting plans for a sand and gravel quarry on the banks of the Thames won the backing of their Conservative parliamentary candidate yesterday.

Fatal fire thought to be caused by candle victim used for heating

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

A MAN who “did not believe in electricity” died in a fire after using candles for heat, an inquest heard yesterday.

Oink: Warning to dog walkers as wild boar seen in Oxfordshire

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Saturday 25th April 2015

WILD boar have been spotted in parts of Oxfordshire.

Defibrillator campaign smashes its 200 target - now let's go for 500

The Oxford Times:

9:04am Saturday 25th April 2015

ONE man’s mission to get 200 more public defibrillators across Oxfordshire has smashed its target thanks to the Oxford Mail.

Family's tribute to war hero at cross standing on side of A338

The Oxford Times:

8:38am Saturday 25th April 2015

EVERY year Philip Wroughton and his family gather on the roadside near Wantage for a private ceremony.

Plans to remove play equipment ‘petty’

The Oxford Times:

10:30am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

A MUM is battling a housing association which threatened to take away a children’s swing set she paid for, because of health and safety fears...

Lord Mayor and two councillors give reference for bookies' robber

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Tuesday 21st April 2015

PERSONAL references for an armed robber jailed for more than six years came from the Lord Mayor of Oxford and two city councillors.

Video: Sport for dogs is a bit of a Rhum-do

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

YOU may not have heard of Flyball – the team sport for dogs.

It's just not bon: Raymond Blanc joins campaign against chilled hospital food

The Oxford Times: Raymond Blanc is quite the fan of Mary Berry

9:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

RAYMOND Blanc has backed a campaign to halt the closure of community hospital kitchens in Oxfordshire.


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