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Blenheim may sell off housing land to fund £40m conservation bill

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE owner of Blenheim Palace is considering selling land to cover a £40m maintenance bill.

Calculating legacy of the Olympics in London

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

TWO years ago this month, Britain lit up for the London Olympics, with organisers and the Government promising that a successful event would have a lasting legacy at grassroots level. As the country welcomes its second major international tournament in three years with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, DAN ROBINSON looks at the long-term impact

Witney pub closes after landlords move on

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

LANDLORDS have left a Witney town centre pub at the centre of complaints from neighbours over noise.

Birthday girl to give up her hair as a gift for ill children

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MANY young girls look forward to being treated on their birthday with presents, a nice meal out, or even a fancy new hairdo.

Villagers unite in battle to keep the developers at bay

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

VILLAGERS have teamed up to declare “hands off Hanborough” and fight housing plans which would increase the population of their West Oxfordshire community by 50 per cent.

Boat business scuppered by loss of main premises

The Oxford Times:

10:10am Monday 28th July 2014

OWNERS of a Jericho boatyard say their business has been put in jeopardy after they had to leave part of their site in the middle of the season.

‘Gutted: My businesses has been wrecked by arsonists’

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 28th July 2014

A TYRE business owner said he was “gutted” after his workshop was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

23 Pioneer Regiment: A proud and poignant final parade

The Oxford Times:

11:10am Monday 28th July 2014

MARCHING through Bicester town centre, immaculately dressed troops turned their heads to the right to salute town mayor Lynn Pratt, who stood on a podium alongside two officers with hands to their temples.

Special service to honour Pioneers before final town parade

The Oxford Times:

12:36pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HUNDREDS of people gathered for a service in Bicester this morning to bid farewell to a regiment that has been part of the town for 70 years.

Fire destroys industrial estate building

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

3:39pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A BUILDING in an industrial estate near Faringdon was destroyed by a blaze today.

Oxford shoppers gather as citycentre stores hit by power cut

The Oxford Times:

3:27pm Saturday 26th July 2014

SOME 34 buildings were without electricity supply today after a power cut.

Update: 'National Front' protest and counter-protest spark disturbance at Gloucester Green bus station

The Oxford Times:

1:32pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THREE people have been arrested after protesters clashed at Gloucester Green bus station.

‘Mum didn’t realise the consequences of drugs’

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A YOUNG parent who overdosed on a cocktail of drugs didn’t know what she was doing, her mum said yesterday.

Plans for thousands of extra homes branded a catastrophe

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE face of Witney could “fundamentally change” if another 3,500 homes are built in the town, according to a resident.

Countryside pursuits draw thousands at CLA Game Fair

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Monday 21st July 2014

SHOTGUNS, animals and tweed jackets were out in force at the CLA Game Fair over the weekend.

So who is responsible for the scourge of sewage flooding in Oxfordshire?

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

SEWERS in Oxfordshire need to be upgraded to cope with more housing, according to councillors and residents hit by overflowing sewage.

Student died after fall from college digs roof

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Friday 18th July 2014

AN Oxford University student is believed to have fallen to his death from a college bedroom roof after a night out drinking, an inquest heard yesterday.

Reversal on pavement parking plan

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLANS that would see cars parked on the pavement in Witney could be scrapped after residents described them as “dangerous”.

Flats development will pay for renovation of church

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PART of a closed-down church building is going to be turned into flats so that the congregation can return to their spiritual home.

Hospital bus from Carterton to JR stops a half-mile walk away

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

BUS PASSENGERS face a half-mile walk to the John Radcliffe hospital after a new dedicated service stops short of the entrance.

County needs 200 more defibrillators says medic

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SENIOR ambulance service manager is calling for an extra 200 defibrillators to help save lives across Oxfordshire.

Village facing hike to parish council tax bill

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

VILLAGERS could be hit by a 21 per cent hike in their council tax precept if a parish council does not find up to £70,000 for urgent repair work of a car park.

Rival Oxford-based fans united in belief Germany will lift World Cup

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

AFTER a feast of football for the past month, the World Cup reaches its climax tomorrow night.

Temporary road fix is branded potty

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Monday 14th July 2014

A WOMAN has accused Oxfordshire County Council of “wasting money” by filling in potholes just five weeks before her street is set to be entirely resurfaced.

Testing time for the Mail's would-be mastermind

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

MENSA is known throughout the world as the elite group for people with an IQ in the top two per cent of the population. It holds regular tests, open to anyone, to gain membership. DAN ROBINSON sat a test at St Gregory the Great School in Oxford to see if he had what it takes to join the geniuses

Push is on for more hospital bus services after new route from West Oxfordshire to Headington launched

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 11th July 2014

A BUS service is “just the first stage” of better connections from West Oxfordshire to Oxford’s hospitals, according to a victorious councillor.

Theatre group puts Christie ‘Whodunnit’ on the streets

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

FROM the Orient Express to a boat on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s novels have seen murder most horrid across the globe.

Game Fair visitors invited to talk a walk on Blenheim's wild side with a celebrity

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

CELEBRITIES will lead walks through ancient woodland at Blenheim Palace as part of this year’s CLA Game Fair.

Trek across America is a punishing test of stamina

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

TACKLING mountains, boggy swamps and farmland, only one in four people who attempt the 2,160-mile long Appalachian Trail manage to complete it.

Residents take sides over ‘teen zone’ bid

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A ‘TEEN zone’ planned for a Witney field has divided residents on either side of the site.

Who’ll win race for football’s greatest prize?

The Oxford Times: World Cup trophy

8:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

ENGLAND’S World Cup dream might have long withered away but football fever has not died in Oxfordshire.

Wi-fi link helps bring loved ones together at RAF base

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

AROUND the world people use apps like Skype and FaceTime to keep in touch with loved ones, but military personnel at RAF Brize Norton have often struggled due to poor internet access.

Boy gives back to hospital helping him battle cancer

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Friday 4th July 2014

HE has spent most of the last year in and out of hospital away from his schoolfriends.

Wood-cutting has me stumped but at least Bambi was fair game

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

ONLY half-way through sawing the log, I’m exhausted. Needless to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever been handed a 5ft saw and been asked to cut off the end of a small poplar tree stump.

Chef's military-style seafood dish proves a Great British winner

The Oxford Times: Emily Watkins at work in the kitchen of the Kingham Plough

5:00am Friday 27th June 2014

IT WOULD not look out of place on a battle-weary soldier’s lap in the 1940s, but Emily Watkins’ seafood dish is a gourmet winner delighting old warriors and modern diners alike.

Sallying forth in bid to reclaim Oxfordshire's sporting honour

The Oxford Times: Members of the Charlbury Beer Festival organising team, from left, Ed Fenton, Nick Millea, Valou Packenham-Walsh, Ed Wigzell and Stuart Parker

7:30am Friday 27th June 2014

COUNTY pride will be at stake when an ancient game is contested at this weekend’s Charlbury Beer Festival.

Paving reprieve for Woodstock community garden

The Oxford Times: From left, residents Laura Berry, Andrew Samuel and Deborah Cox by the garden                                  	        Picture: OX68142 Andrew Walmsley

3:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

PLANS to bulldoze a communal garden and pave over it have been shelved after residents claimed they were only told about it days before work was due to start.

Update: Grundon boss apologises to neighbours over weekend fire in Ewelme

The Oxford Times: The fire at Grundon, courtesy of reader Luuunatik

12:42pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THE owner of a South Oxfordshire hazardous chemicals recycling depot that was the scene of a blaze at the weekend has apologised to residents.

'Fantastic atmosphere' as Jericho runners defy the heat

The Oxford Times: The start of Run Jericho

8:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

RECORD numbers defied the heat to take part in the fourth annual Run Jericho yesterday.

Watch: Hot weather caused recycling centre blaze + videos

The Oxford Times: The fire at Grundon, taken by the NPAS police helicopter

5:17pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

HOT weather caused a major blaze at a waste depot in South Oxfordshire yesterday, a fire service spokesman said today.

Trains delayed and cancelled due to signalling problems

The Oxford Times: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:20pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

TRAINS between Oxford and London are continuing to be delayed and called today because of signalling problems.

Billboard falls onto parked cars at services

The Oxford Times: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:33am Saturday 21st June 2014

A BILLBOARD fell onto three parked cars at Cherwell Valley Services car park at junction 10 of the M40.

Historic ‘first’ for town and county’s Armed Forces Day

The Oxford Times: Carterton Mayor Lynn Little with the town’s Armed Forces Day event organiser Liam Walker            Picture: OX67816 Mark Hemsworth

7:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

HOTEL bar supervisor Liam Walker is proud to be organising the first Armed Forces Day event at the repatriation memorial site.

Council aiming to make big splash with a new play area

The Oxford Times: The proposed play area

1:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

FAMILIES are being invited to have their say on plans for what designers hope will be one of the county’s best splash parks and play areas.

Witney pensioner claims award was smashed during a raid by police

The Oxford Times: Molly Barlow with her community award she claims was smashed by police Picture: OX67960 Mark Hemsworth

4:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE awards from Cottsway Housing for her community work were amongst Molly Barlow’s pride and joy.

Stone the crows! Take a look at these chart toppers

The Oxford Times: Scarecrow trail organiser Graham Knaggs teams up with Shirley Bassey in his front garden.  Picture: OX67859 David Fleming

5:00am Friday 20th June 2014

SPEEDING traffic has long been a concern in Hailey but one wouldn’t expect Elton John and Freddie Mercury to be the solution.

Supporters cheer on their nations as the World Cup hots up

The Oxford Times: Miachael Maia Schlussel from Brazil who works in Oxford

7:30am Thursday 19th June 2014

AFTER weeks of exciting build-up, the World Cup has well and truly begun with the first round of group fixtures completed.

Vandals rip lifebelts to bits in ‘moronic’ attack at lake

The Oxford Times: Jim Casson

6:30am Wednesday 18th June 2014

VANDALS who damaged life-saving equipment next to a lake where a man drowned last year have been called “moronic” for putting lives at risk.

Organisers promise well-run Game Fair is in the pipeline

The Oxford Times: Head of operations Liz Haynes with some of the 10km of underground water piping to be installed

7:30am Wednesday 18th June 2014

ORGANISERS of the CLA Game Fair have hired the Swinford Toll Bridge for three days as part of the plan to help ease traffic during this year’s event at Blenheim Palace.

‘Superhero’ aged six donates bone marrow to his brother

The Oxford Times: BRAVE: Herbie Taylor in Great Ormomd Street Hospital with his brother Rufus, left, before the operation

8:30am Saturday 14th June 2014

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy says he feels like a “superhero” after potentially saving his brother’s life by donating bone marrow.


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