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Vale of White Horse seventh best place to live in the country, says poll

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1:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

VALE of White Horse has been ranked the seventh best place to live in a national poll.

Beer festival veto leaves a bitter taste

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WANTAGE’S Beer Festival has lost its home at the former Civic Hall – despite the venue deciding to host its own event this year.

Plans for 400 homes, offices and shops on Didcot A site

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

PLANS have been revealed to build up to 400 homes, offices and shops on the former Didcot A Power Station, weeks after the cooling towers were demolished.

Oh baby! Clothing service is a real joy

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

A BABY clothes “library” started by an Oxfordshire mum-of-three has proved a hit with new parents.

Second ban on city yobs

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

TWO dispersal orders will be in place across the city for the first time since the police were given extra powers.

Old stables bid to house church’s growing ‘flock’

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

A SMALL evangelical church is opening its fourth place of worship in Oxfordshire to accommodate its growing membership in the county.

Business world is offered a one-night licence to thrills

The Oxford Times:

2:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

FROM Wantage with Love – business leaders have been invited to a James Bond-style private party and casino.

Taskforce of volunteers sought to revamp the rec and rebuilt old fort

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A £150,000 fundraising campaign has been launched for new play equipment at Wantage Recreation Ground.

Taskforce of volunteers sought to revamp the rec and rebuilt old fort

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A £150,000 fundraising campaign has been launched for new play equipment at Wantage Recreation Ground.

Pictures bring ancient Ridgeway to life

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE grand vistas of the ancient Ridgeway are brought vividly to life in a new photography exhibition.

‘My tour across England and I did it all on my free bus pass’

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

BUS fanatic Alan Gurr has achieved his dream of travelling across England for nothing using his bus pass.

Honouring 1,300 comrades from just one town who served in the Great War

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE NAMES of every man from Abingdon who went to fight in the Great War – more than 1,300 – were read out in a single ceremony last night.

Couple hit a hurdle in their bid to reopen popular pub

The Oxford Times:

7:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE couple hoping to reopen South Hinksey’s General Elliot pub after five years have been told their flood risk assessment (FRA) was not good enough.

Cyclists beat Le Tour pros into Paris

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

AN ACCOUNTANT and a farmer have told how they managed to cycle along the famous Tour de France route and beat pro-cyclists into Paris by a day.

‘Our 1,000 days had everything . . . from joy to sadness’

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

A HEARTBROKEN man has penned a spiritual tribute to the woman he spent 1,000 happy days with in Oxford before she died of cancer, a year ago tomorrow.

Marathon man’s on course for 12 runs in just one year

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

MOST people would be pleased to complete one marathon in their lifetime, but one hairdresser in doing 12 in a year.

How Colin the tortoise came out of his shell for charity

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

REPTILES are known for being cold-blooded, but one tortoise has shown the world he has a warm heart.

Youths gear up to build bicycles

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

YOUNGSTERS have learnt how to build their own bikes this week at an Oxford charity.

Man cleared of abuse wins complaints against council

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN ABINGDON man cleared of 20 sexual abuse charges has had a series of complaints about his treatment by social services upheld.

Roundabout looks blooming lovely, says town councillor

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

WALLINGFORD town councillor Ros Lester has said Wallingford’s model castle in a roundabout is looking blooming wonderful despite some naysayers.

Didcot power station: Last stand for iconic cooling towers

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ANYONE who is asleep in Didcot in the early hours of tomorrow can expect to be woken up, if not by the explosion then by cheers from the crowds.

Mechanics help to save life of heart patient customer

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

A GARAGE in Abingdon has taken customer service to the next level – they now save people’s lives.

Final steps in a life cut tragically short

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 25th July 2014

WHEN Ben Blakeley met Jayden Parkinson on the night of Tuesday, December 3, the fields he led her out onto were a part of his childhood. Minutes away from his former home on Craven Way, he said they were a favourite spot for them to go together. He told his trial he had been to the wooden footbridge, where he put his hands around Jayden’s neck, 1,000 times. Reporter Pete Hughes retraced Jayden’s last walk and the days that followed

‘Crime school’ helped shape Blakeley’s violent character

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 25th July 2014

A CARE home once branded a “crime school” for boys is where Ben Blakeley spent part of his early teenage years.

For Art's Sake with Pete Hughes

The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author

9:39am Thursday 24th July 2014

Pete Hughes, guitarist with Oxford maffrobeat band Bright Works and also Oxford Times reporter, on festival spirit

Building giant is fined £525k after dad’s death

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm was fined £525,000 yesterday for health and safety breaches which led to the death of a father-of-two.

Tennis club serves ace expansion plan

The Oxford Times:

5:33pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TENNIS in Abingdon is set for a volley of investment.

Lift-off for airfield’s 2,500 homes project

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK will be able to start at Grove Airfield following a decade of discussions when the final agreement is signed later this month.

Panini pair look forward as tournament draws to close

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

WITH just minutes to go in a gripping World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, Sian Pratchett found a crucial gap and filled it – with a felt-tip drawing of Spain’s Pedro.

Call for joined-up thinking over £123m flood channel

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Monday 14th July 2014

A CHANCE to save millions on the £123m Oxford flood alleviation channel could be missed if agencies cannot work together, it has been warned.

Flood-risk area campaigns for future protection money

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Friday 11th July 2014

FLOOD-PRONE South Hinksey is to campaign for money for new defences after being told it was competing with “a lot of other places”.

'I relive Jayden's death in my dreams,' Blakeley tells court

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday he relives the night he killed Jayden Parkinson every day and in his dreams.

Zombie game invades top show to win gold awards

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

WHEN Matt Tidbury first started developing a board game to teach his children maths, he just wanted them to enjoy learning.

'Sad day' as increase in rent sees market forced to close

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

A WEEKLY country market has been forced to shut after 65 years because it cannot afford to pay its £45 rent.

Jayden trial: Jurors retrace the steps of Jayden and Ben Blakeley when she died

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

1:07pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

JURORS have this morning retraced the route Ben Blakeley said he took with Jayden Parkinson on December 3, the night she died.

Circus comes home for the ringmaster

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

THE LAST time Katie Rogers was in Wantage she was at school.

Historian Liz is using hi-tec arts to bring history to life

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

DID YOU know that South Oxford Community Centre used to house Oxford’s waterworks?

New pavilion gives growing football club grounds for optimism

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE SUN broke through the clouds at the moment the ribbon was cut at Hinksey Park Football Club’s new £730,000 pavilion.

Colours, cultures and catchy beats collide

The Oxford Times:

10:20am Monday 7th July 2014

AFRICAN dancers and rock, reggae and marching bands arrived in East Oxford yesterday for the Cowley Road Carnival.

Police cordon in Cowley Road following reports of stabbing

The Oxford Times:

8:40pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Police have cordoned off part of a street in East Oxford as well as the front of a nearby bar in Cowley Road.

Alice Day wonders inspire lots of Cheshire Cat smiles

The Oxford Times:

9:20am Monday 7th July 2014

ONE GOLDEN afternoon on July 4, 1862, Oxford don Charles Dodgson took 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boating trip up the Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford.

Update: Pictures show all the fun at the Cowley Road Carnival

The Oxford Times:

12:56pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Thousands of people gathered this afternoon for the Cowley Road Carnival.

A40 Northern Bypass has now reopened after van and bus collide

The Oxford Times: A40 alert

8:53am Sunday 6th July 2014

THE A40 Northern Bypass has now reopened between Banbury Road and Marsh Lane following a collision between a van and a bus.

Alice's Day fun goes ahead but the chess is cancelled

The Oxford Times: Alice's Day 2013

5:13pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Giant chess at Oxford Castle for Alice’s day was rained off this afternoon.

Bands get great reception at Cornbury music festival

The Oxford Times:

3:17pm Saturday 5th July 2014

Music fans have been enjoying the bands at the Cornbury Festival in North Oxfordshire.

‘Give me a life sentence I deserve it’ court is told

The Oxford Times: Ben Blakeley

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday “give me a life sentence, I deserve it”.

Blaze of glory as our fire service reaches 40

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

FOR a start, today’s firefighters no longer wear plastic trousers that melt in high temperatures.

Air rifle vandal attacks Abingdon bus shelters

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A GUN-TOTING vandal shot the glass out of 10 Abingdon bus shelters, in drive-by shootings causing thousands of pounds in damage.

Big names say 'yeah baby' to charity show

The Oxford Times:

10:30pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

ABINGDON Market Place will be rocking with music and colour on Saturday.

MP replied to teenager’s letter months after death

The Oxford Times: Martha Fernback.

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

OXFORD West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood accidentally responded to a 15-year-old girl’s letter eight months after the girl’s death made national headlines.

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