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It's all in the worst possible taste - hospital's food condemned

Bicester Advertiser:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

FOOD quality at Witney Community Hospital has been ranked as the third worst in England.

Enemy forces tested regiment to the limit

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ONE hundred years ago this week the realities of war were brought home to the men of the 2nd Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment (OBLI). The unit was one of the first sent to France to take the war to the Germans, but as events unfolded around them they found themselves in headlong retreat. Mark McKay reports

No cul-de-sac bus service ‘isolation risk for elderly’

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that elderly people risk becoming socially isolated due to the lack of a regular bus service on a village cul-de-sac.

Abingdon after-school club shut down after Ofsted investigation

Bicester Advertiser:

9:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Club accused of failing to report abuse allegations and of other failures. Read the report in full here

A34 slip road closed due to breakdown

Bicester Advertiser: A34 traffic alert

5:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MOTORISTS trying to join the A34 at Wolvercote face delays, as a slip road has been closed due to a broken down car.

Councillor gets action on lights after long fight

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

A SEVEN-year saga over lights in a community park appears to be at an end after extra cash was approved for the project.

Man trapped in vehicle after four-car crash on A40

Bicester Advertiser:

1:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DRIVER has suffered serious leg injuries after a head-on crash that has closed the A40.

Doctor Who inspires guide to take city visitors on a trip through time

Bicester Advertiser:

3:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TOUR guide has taken inspiration from Doctor Who and dressed up as a time traveller to make history come alive.

Writer chronicles sacrifices made by people in conflict

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MUSEUM volunteer has put pen to paper to describe the sacrifices made by county residents during the First World War.

Delays after lorry hits traffic lights in Frilford

Bicester Advertiser: Traffic Alert general

4:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

A LORRY has hit traffic lights near a service station causing delays on the A338 in Frilford.

Thieves target Chipping Norton supermarket in "smash and grab" raid

Bicester Advertiser: Thames Valley Police logo

3:21pm Monday 18th August 2014

THIEVES broke into a supermarket in an early-morning raid.

Residents to be quizzed on parking permits plan

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

RESIDENTS fighting for parking permits have won support from Oxfordshire County Council but no promise of money to pay for them.

Explosive start for Oxfordshire's car-making industry

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

From its fledgling car factory to a massive munitions operation, Oxfordshire workers toiled hard to keep troops at the front lines supplied during the First World War.

Museum’s reunion a real tribute to the human spirit

Bicester Advertiser:

8:30am Friday 8th August 2014

NEARLY 70 years since the Oxfordshire Yeomanry liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, its survivors met one of their liberators again.

Brothers at arms in an MP’s family tree

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

To mark the First World War’s centenary, the Oxford Mail has teamed up with the Oxfordshire Family History Society to discover the military past of the county’s great and good. Here, in the first of a series of features, we put the ancestors of Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry under the microscope to uncover his family’s story of patriotism and sacrifice in the Great War. Mark McKay reports

Charity to spend millions on cardiovascular disease fight

Bicester Advertiser:

6:30am Thursday 7th August 2014

OXFORD academics are leading the fight against cardiovascular disease which kills hundreds in the city each year.

Diary’s insight into the life of a prisoner of war

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

GEORGE Whittaker wrote in his diary almost every day after he fell captive to the Germans one afternoon in March 1918.

War graves are not just in northern France, there are many closer to home

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

TUCKED away in a quiet corner on the edge of Oxford, under a row of silver birch trees, is the final resting place of hundreds of servicemen who gave their lives for King and country.

County braced to mark a truly historic moment

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this Monday will be commemorated with events across Oxfordshire. Exhibitions, memorials, concerts and ceremonies will mark the 100th anniversary of Britain joining the Great War in which thousands of Oxfordshire men fought and died. Villages and towns will hold their own events while many are finding out more about the personal histories behind those who fought and died for King and country. Events are also planned for the summer and autumn throughout Oxfordshire. Mark McKay and Hannah Bewley report

Secretary enjoys the sweet taste of contest success

Bicester Advertiser:

12:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A LEGAL secretary became a hit with her colleagues after winning chocolate for her whole office.

Graffiti clean up costs may hit other services

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A COUNCILLOR has warned the cost of cleaning graffiti that has blighted neighbourhoods could deprive cash-strapped services of funds.

Residents rallying to save outdoor centre in Headington

Bicester Advertiser:

7:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

A RESIDENTS’ group is considering making a bid for an outdoor education centre in Oxford in order to save it.

Kids’ stream of learning in floating class

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS swapped their primary school for a “floating classroom” on the Thames in a trial which could be copied across the county.

Headington nursery school is 40 years ‘young’

Bicester Advertiser:

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEN it opened 40 years ago, Headington’s Kiddies Korner Nursery School operated in a different climate.

Father wants Top Gear to scrap footage of a mock accident

Bicester Advertiser:

6:00am Monday 21st July 2014

A DEVASTATED father has hit out at BBC car show Top Gear for filming a mock accident yards from where his daughter was killed in a crash.

Mental health patients are being sent miles out of area for treatment

Bicester Advertiser: Where will funds come from?

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

MILLIONS of pounds has been spent sending hundreds of mental health sufferers outside the area for inpatient treatment – on at least one occasion more than 500 miles away, the Oxford Mail can reveal.

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

Bicester Advertiser:

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.

Abingdon job agency emails details of 4,000 workers to client by mistake

Bicester Advertiser:

10:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A RECRUITMENT agency accidentally emailed a client with the personal details of more than 4,000 workers after a “computer error”.

Recalling brave young men who went to war

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A NEW exhibition at Charlbury Museum charts the lives of young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Mark McKay reports

Small traders fear for their business futures

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

INDEPENDENT traders in Headington say they fear new supermarkets could put them out of business.

Moonlight strollers rise and shine for Sobell House Hospice

Bicester Advertiser:

9:20am Monday 14th July 2014

A HOSPICE which provides care for terminally ill patients will benefit from a fundraising midnight walk.

Battle of the best of British at Blenheim Palace Saturday event

Bicester Advertiser:

RECORD crowds saw Napoleonic infantry skirmish and a Spitfire flypast as the Battle Proms marked its tenth anniversary at Blenheim Palace on Saturday.

Austerity pays off as council builds up fund for new pavilion

Bicester Advertiser:

7:30am Saturday 12th July 2014

IT is said that if you look after the pennies then the pounds will look after themselves.

Bench plaque taken off by ‘childish’ city council

Bicester Advertiser:

7:30am Monday 14th July 2014

COUNCIL bosses have been accused of “childish” behaviour for removing a bench’s plaque just days after the seat was installed.

Budget for lights project falls short

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00am Friday 11th July 2014

MORE than £12,000 is still needed for long-awaited lights in an Oxford park, leading to claims a community is being “left behind”.

Years of being hit has almost rung bells out

Bicester Advertiser:

4:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE sound of church bells has rung out across the rooftops of Marston for more than a century.

‘A kind, caring girl whose glowing smile lit up lives’

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE family of Liberty Baker, who was killed on her way to school, told of her “glowing smile” as they paid tribute to the 14-year-old.

Friend recounts the horror of crash that killed Liberty

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A TEENAGE girl has told for the first time of the moment a car ploughed into her two pals as they walked to school – killing her best friend Liberty Baker.

War veteran campaigns for a 'proper' Bomber Command medal

Bicester Advertiser:

8:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AN Oxfordshire war hero has asked his MP to support his calls for Bomber Command veterans to receive a campaign medal.

Driver arrested after crash leaves schoolgirl Liberty Baker, 14, dead and two others hurt

Bicester Advertiser:

9:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE schoolgirl killed in a crash on her way to school yesterday was named locally as 14-year-old Liberty Baker.

Council in place after death holds up voting

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

OLD Marston’s new parish council is finally in place in after the death of a long-standing councillor delayed the election.

3.30pm Update: Schoolgirl killed in crash in Witney named locally as Liberty Baker

Bicester Advertiser:

9:07am Monday 30th June 2014

THE girl killed when a car ran off the road in Witney and struck her and three others has been named locally as Liberty Baker.

Learning volumes about the history of your family

Bicester Advertiser: VOLUNTEER: Caroline Walker, of the Oxfordshire Family History Society, offers help and advice so people can trace their roots

5:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

IF you want to find out about your family tree, including any of your ancestors who fought in the two world wars, there are lots of resources available in Oxfordshire. Mark McKay reports

Ace event to encourage the next Andy Murray

Bicester Advertiser: Edward Bewes, seven, takes a swing at the ball as Benedek Dilks, five, looks on.  Picture: OX68200 Simon Williams

6:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

WHILE millions of people will be watching to see if Andy Murray can repeat his Wimbledon success, tennis clubs in Oxfordshire are hoping to show the benefits of the sport.

Parish counts cost of park graffiti

Bicester Advertiser: Parish council chairman Charlie Haynes with some of the graffiti

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

VANDALS have daubed metre-high graffiti on children’s play equipment at an Oxford park.

Dancers facing an uncertain future

Bicester Advertiser: Five-year-old twins, Roxy, left, and Ruby Wickson with dancers and instructors

10:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

AN OXFORD dance academy fears it could be left without a venue after the future of a Royal British Legion Club was put in doubt.

Fans hoping for a miracle as Three Lions defeated again

Bicester Advertiser: Fans watching the match at Wahoo show their disbelief after England’s defeat. Pictures: OX67975 Andrew Walmsley

7:00am Friday 20th June 2014

THE England fans in Oxford’s Wahoo bar fell silent as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez slammed the ball into the back of the net, all but eliminating the Three Lions from the World Cup.

Footie kicks off in Cricket Road

Bicester Advertiser: Organiser Shajaat Hussain of the Oxford Ambition Project which is running the tournament

1:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

OXFORD’S largest six-a-side football tournament will take place for the fifth successive year this weekend to raise money for the blind.

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