50 glorious years of a fine village institution

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN 1965, when the Beatles released their album Help!, residents in Towersey realised their village hall was in desperate need of repair.

Jayden jury still out

The Oxford Times: Ben Blakeley

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley was sent home yesterday and will continue deliberating on Thursday.

Firefighters continue to tackle barn blaze near Thame

The Oxford Times: Fire engine Oxfordshire

7:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Firefighters are still tackling a barn blaze near Thame which closed the A148 for four hours last night. 

Schoolgirl laments the loss of towers in poetic tribute

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THIS 12-year-old girl was so moved by the impending demolition of Didcot Power Station she wrote a poem about it.

Great Western primary will take 60 pupils in first year

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE body appointed to run the new Great Western Park Academy in Didcot has published its proposed admissions criteria.

Buzzer wire game puts steady hands to the test

The Oxford Times:

6:40am Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG Sean’an Nathwani got a buzz from a science display at a day of fun in Didcot on Saturday.

Charity collection held in honour of Jayden Parkinson

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 21st July 2014

FRIENDS of Jayden Parkinson held their first charity fundraiser at the weekend, as her family await a jury’s verdict on her killer.

Childhood perspective of secret forest inspires artist

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Monday 21st July 2014

ARTIST Patrick Cannon used his childhood in Milton, near Didcot, as a source of inspiration for his paintings.

Firefighters attend large hay bale blaze

The Oxford Times: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:54am Sunday 20th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are attending a blaze of hundreds of hay bales in Waterperry, east of Oxford.

Pick-your-own farm deal means cafe can stay open

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A PICK-your-own fruit farm that built a cafe without planning permission say it has reached a “good solution” after striking a deal to keep it open.

Jayden jury is still out

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

The jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley at Oxford Crown Court has not yet reached a verdict.

Weird, wacky and downright outrageous, it’s Truck Festival

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE weird and the wonderful descended on the village of Steventon, near Didcot, yesterday.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

The Oxford Times: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

10:40am Friday 18th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Aerospace firm benefits from £2.6m boost

The Oxford Times: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg talks to youngsters as he helps to launch a scheme to give 16 and 17-year-olds access to work coaches to help them find jobs and training at St Andrew's in Westminster

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A Harwell company will benefit from a £2.6m funding boost from the Government and aerospace industry.

RWE npower says: ‘We don’t want you coming to see demolition of towers’

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

DEMOLITION bosses have warned people to stay away from the destruction of Didcot power station cooling towers, saying people could end up covered in dust.

Jayden jury considers verdict

The Oxford Times:

7:04pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE jury in the trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson will continue to consider its verdict tomorrow.

Jury sent out in Jayden Parkinson murder trial

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

9:10am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the murder trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson.

Rebail in kidnap arrest

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

7:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

A 42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of kidnap after a father and daughter went missing has been released on police bail until September 10.

Jury in Jayden trial sent home for the day after retiring to consider verdict

The Oxford Times: Ben Blakeley

4:13pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

The jury in the Jayden Parkinson murder trial has been sent home for the day.

Hostel worker saw 'transformation' in Jayden Parkinson after split with Blakeley, court told

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

1:28pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SUPPORT worker claimed in Oxford Crown Court there was a "transformation" in Jayden Parkinson after she split up with Ben Blakeley.

Killer ‘used younger brother as a tool to help him bury body’

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A TEENAGER who helped in the hiding of Jayden Parkinson’s body was just a “tool” used by his older brother, a jury heard yesterday.

‘20mph speed limit will make us safer’

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FAMILY’S appeal to slash the speed limit on the road where their 10-year-old son was killed is a step nearer to success.

Jayden trial: Jury told not to let sympathy play a part in its decision

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

7:42pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley has been warned not to let sympathy for Jayden Parkinson play a part in its decision.

Road closed after collision between motorbike and lorry

The Oxford Times: Traffic Alert general

7:02pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MAN who came off his motorcycle after being involved in a collision with a lorry was rescued from a ditch by the A4130, near Didcot, by fire fighters.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey given new title in government reshuffle

The Oxford Times: Ed Vaizey

2:44pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey has been given a new position in the Government reshuffle.

Blakeley lied about Jayden because 'no one would believe him', court told

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

12:15pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

BEN Blakeley lied to the police about his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts because he feared no one would believe him, a jury has heard.

Fun day marks new animal sanctuary site

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A FAMILY-run animal sanctuary has opened after being in the pipeline since last April.

Teenager who aided burial is named as killer’s brother

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE 17-year-old who played a part Jayden Parkinson’s burial can now be named as Jake Blakeley, the younger brother of her killer Ben.

Ready, teddy, go at centre fundraiser

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SECOND World War flypast marked the high point for a teddy bears picnic held to raise money for good causes.

Jayden trial: Defence barrister says Ben Blakeley did not mean to kill Jayden

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

5:40pm Monday 14th July 2014

A DEFENCE barrister has said Ben Blakeley did not intend to kill his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson.

Jayden trial: Ben Blakeley's co-defendant is his younger brother

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

3:40pm Monday 14th July 2014

TODAY it can be reported for the first time that 17-year-old Jake Blakeley helped his older brother bury the body of Jayden Parkinson.

Blakeley prone to losing his temper and resorting to violence, court told

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

1:57pm Monday 14th July 2014

A BARRISTER has described Ben Blakeley as a liar who lost his temper and strangled his ex girlfriend.

Update: M40 reopens after car fire near Thame

The Oxford Times: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

11:27am Monday 14th July 2014

THE M40 has reopened southbound between junction 7 at Thame and 6 at Watlington after a car fire closed two lanes.

Space mission lift-off

The Oxford Times: Harwell which houses the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre

8:40am Monday 14th July 2014

COUNTY space scientists have helped launch two satellites that are now sending back information on asteroids.

Watch: Rapper Tinchy Stryder headlines village cricket club fundraiser + Video

The Oxford Times:

1:33pm Sunday 13th July 2014

TINCHY Stryder headlined a fundraising festival for Aston Rowant cricket club last night.

JAYDEN MURDER TRIAL: Teenager tells court he was afraid of defendant

The Oxford Times: Ben Blakeley

8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

A TEENAGER who helped bury the body of Jayden Parkinson said even after he was arrested for murder he did not realise what he had done.

Jayden trial: Blakeley's co-accused says: I don't want to think about what happened

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

7:50pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE 17-year-old who helped Ben Blakeley hide the body of his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson told a jury he doesn’t want to think about what he was involved in.

Great Western Park wants its own parish council

The Oxford Times: south oxfordshire district council logo

5:40pm Friday 11th July 2014

RESIDENTS living on Didcot’s Great Western Park estate want to create their own parish council.

Jayden trial: Teenager accused of not telling the truth over killing

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

12:34pm Friday 11th July 2014

A 17-YEAR-OLD who twice helped to bury the body of Jayden Parkinson has been accused of not telling the truth about what happened.

‘I deserve death penalty for the killing of Jayden’

The Oxford Times: Ben Blakeley

7:00am Friday 11th July 2014

BEN Blakeley has told a jury he should get the death sentence for killing his former girlfriend 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

Mums support teachers as public workers stage strike

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Friday 11th July 2014

TEACHERS, firefighters and Job Centre staff took part in rallies in Oxford yesterday during a national day of industrial action.

Jayden trial: Teenager who admits helping to bury her body said he didn't put "two and two together"

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

8:07pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A 17-YEAR-OLD who admits helping to bury the body of Jayden Parkinson has said he would never have knowingly aided her killer.

Delays on First Great Western trains from Didcot Parkway to Swindon

The Oxford Times: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:11pm Thursday 10th July 2014

COMMUTERS are facing 15 minute delays on First Great Western trains from Didcot Parkway to Swindon tonight.

Jayden trial: Blakeley "cool as a cucumber" as he tried to hide Jayden's body

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

12:49pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE man who killed Jayden Parkinson has been accused of being as "cool as a cucumber" while trying to hide her body, a jury has heard.

'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.

Jayden trial: Blakeley relives the night he killed the teenager

The Oxford Times: Jayden Parkinson

6:58pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

BEN Blakeley relived the night he killed Jayden Parkinson at Oxford Crown Court today. 

Grant boosts Thames wetland project

The Oxford Times: Earth Trust estate manager Chris Parker, left, wtih Environment Agency biodiversity officer Jon Woodcock at a reed bed

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

WORK to create a £1m wetland habitat on the banks of the Thames near Wallingford has taken a step forward, thanks to an environmental grant.

Town outgrowing its hospital, says councillor

The Oxford Times: WINNER: Labour's Nick Hards

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A DIDCOT councillor has warned that the town’s rapid growth is outpacing its shrinking hospital facilities.

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.



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