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Mark McKay

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Swap-shop shows value of recycling

Bicester Advertiser:

3:00pm Wednesday 10th June 2015

A SWAP-SHOP of household goods prevented 160kg of waste being sent to landfill.

Classes at St Edward's School to combat ‘lads culture’ sexism

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00am Thursday 4th June 2015

SIXTH formers could attend anti-sexism classes if equality campaigners get enough support for their project.

Lost chihuahua reunited with desperate owner after appeal

Bicester Advertiser:

6:00pm Friday 29th May 2015

A DOG owner said she was “blown away” after the community rallied to help find her lost pooch.

Somewhere over the rainbow there’s a sea of charity runners

Bicester Advertiser:

6:30am Monday 25th May 2015

EXPLOSIONS of colour brightened up Cutteslowe Park yesterday as more than 700 runners were splattered with paint to raise money for a hospice.

Awe-struck crowds line city’s streets to see soldiers’ parade

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00am Monday 25th May 2015

FOR a moment you could have heard a pin drop as the men of 7th Battalion The Rifles lined up along St Giles.

The Rifles march through Oxford for first time after getting Freedom of the City

Bicester Advertiser:

10:39am Sunday 24th May 2015

INFANTRYMEN of The Rifles regiment are marching through Oxford this morning for the first time.

War stories saved for future in sound bank

Bicester Advertiser:

10:37am Monday 18th May 2015

VETERANS and civilians are being invited to have their experiences of the war recorded for a history project.

VE Day anniversary remembers those who sacrificed so much

Bicester Advertiser:

9:00am Monday 11th May 2015

SEVENTY years since the end of the Second World War in Europe was marked across Oxfordshire at the weekend.

Runners show off their best outfits for Oxford Fun Run

Bicester Advertiser:

5:35pm Saturday 9th May 2015

RUNNERS donned their best fancy dress outfits to raise money for good causes.

Beacons lit across Oxfordshire to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War

Bicester Advertiser:

5:15pm Saturday 9th May 2015

FIRES were lit across the county to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

Mud, water and barbed wire provides a bucketload of fun

Bicester Advertiser:

10:59am Tuesday 21st April 2015

MONSTER RACE: Hundreds turn out to tackle annual endurance event at Cornbury

Morris dancers wow crowds at Oxford's Folk Weekend

Bicester Advertiser:

3:47pm Sunday 19th April 2015

MORRIS dancers in vibrant outfits and blackened faces wowed crowds during Oxford's Folk Weekend.

Video: Hundreds of adrenaline junkies get muddy at this year's Monster Race

Bicester Advertiser:

3:34pm Sunday 19th April 2015

WADING through five kilometres of mud, water and obstacles may not be everyone's idea of fun on a weekend.

War diaries come to life in labour of love

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

OVERLOOKING the River Aisne in northern France is a ridge which runs east to west dominating the valley below.

Small classes and targeted lessons turn school around

Bicester Advertiser:

10:20am Monday 8th September 2014

SMALLER class sizes, tailored literacy and math lessons and expert teachers are helping to turn around the fortunes of a struggling school.

Pro-active steps to clear drains and ditches to stop the floods

Bicester Advertiser:

7:30am Monday 8th September 2014

THOUSANDS of pounds will be spent clearing drains in the hope of preventing a repeat of last year’s flooding in Marston.

Headington nursery turned around in 10 months

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

NURSERY staff have received glowing praise from Ofsted, completing a remarkable turnaround for the institution after they were told to improve just 10 months ago.

Ringing endorsement of late councillor starts to take root

Bicester Advertiser:

5:00am Friday 5th September 2014

A MEMORIAL tree could be planted to honour a dedicated parish councillor and long-serving bellringer.

Soldier's son keen to return medals to family of veteran

Bicester Advertiser:

7:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

FOR the last 20 years Michael Quirke has kept a box of Great War medals and badges in an old tobacco tin in his cabinet.

War Diaries - retreating as the Germans advance

Bicester Advertiser:

10:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Continuing our series of extracts from the war diary of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light infantry as the British Expeditionary Force was pushed back by the Germans

Victoria Cross hero’s Oxford grave to be renovated by charity

Bicester Advertiser:

6:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE grave of a Victoria Cross war hero is to be restored after a forces charity was alerted to its state by the Oxford Mail.

Roadside parking will no longer leave Marston in a rut

Bicester Advertiser:

7:30am Monday 1st September 2014

UNSIGHTLY churned-up grass verges are soon to be a thing of the past in Marston.

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”.

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