Science Vale Oxford: a true research phenomenon

Banbury Cake: Steve Cowley

5:10pm Saturday 19th April 2014

STEVE COWLEY is a proud man. “The UK is the second most productive research nation in the world after the US, but the US is five times the size of the UK,” he enthuses when asked about Science Vale. “Per head, nobody compares to us.”

Asbestos timebomb: Deaths set to peak over next two years, says family who lost grandad

Banbury Cake: aughters and grandchildren of Larrie Lewington, clockwise from front left, Callum Lewington, 13, Summer Clapperton, two, Rebecca Lewington, 31, Louis Clapperton, six, Charlie Unwin, seven, Evie Unwin, 11, Jessica Lewington, 30, Jake Cross, 11

8:50am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE family of a man who died after years of exposure to asbestos have warned of a “ticking timebomb” as deaths from the disease are expected to peak over the next two years.

Stretch of A420 will shut for seven weeks

Banbury Cake: Storrington road closure for £150,000 drainage works

8:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

Part of a major road through Oxfordshire is to close for seven weeks this summer while it is repaired.

Oxfordshire crime tsar’s plan leading the way

Banbury Cake: Anthony Stansfeld

7:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has said setting his priorities has helped to bring certain crime rates down.

Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

Banbury Cake: Top chef Russell Norman

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ORGANISERS of Oxfordshire’s Wilderness festival have unveiled a programme of feasting and revelling for their expanded event, which they say will recapture the spirit of the raucous Wychwood Forest Fairs originally held on the site.

Update: M40 cleared after earlier reports of collision

Banbury Cake: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

6:03pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRAFFIC on the M40 near junction eight near Milton Common has returned to normal following a reports of it slowing due to an accident.

Cafe creates space to discuss the big sleep

Banbury Cake: Laura Freeth, Death Cafe facilitator for OXBEL, meets and talks to people in a local cafe.  Picture: OX66632 David Fleming

5:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TEA and sympathy is taking on new meaning acoss the county this year as a series of ‘Death Cafes’ seek to shed light on the dark subject of death. Debbie Waite reports

Donations in memory of runner Claire Squires bring in £1.15m

Banbury Cake: More than £1m has been raised in memory of Claire Squires

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ABOUT £1.15m has been raised by the Claire Squires Fund in memory of the runner who died after collapsing one mile from the finishing line of the London Marathon two years ago.

Delays on First Great Western trains between Didcot and Reading

Banbury Cake: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS are facing delays of up to 15 minutes on First Great Western services.

Dementia patient search service is axed after not finding enough missing people

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to locate missing dementia patients has been forced to close after it found only one lost OAP in 18 months.

Drama for mum and baby in kitchen fire

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A mum and baby escaped a kitchen fire after a warning from the smoke alarm going off.

Chance to buy iconic car for Jensen’s 80th birthday

Banbury Cake: Steve Barby, left, and Gregg Alvarez, of Jensen Motors

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ENTHUSIASTS wanting to own an iconic Jensen car are being offered the chance of snapping up a rare, limited edition model signalling the marque’s 80th anniversary.

Lack of bricklayers ‘may threaten housing boom’

Banbury Cake: Bricklayer Simon Wells says he is so busy he is having to turn work away. Picture: OX66598 Damian Halliwell

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CHRONIC shortage of bricklayers and construction professionals in the county could slow down house building and push up property prices still further.

Election day decisions: are we in or are we out?


5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This year’s elections for the European Parliament on May 22 will see voters in Oxfordshire become part of the second largest electorate in the world – trumped only by India. Damian Fantato reports

SCALES OF JUSTICE: Cases from the county law courts

Banbury Cake: REJECTED AND DEJECTED: An Ammanford man was left disappointed after a judge refused to send him to jail.

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014


Council spent £42k on a special media team

Banbury Cake: Andrew Smith

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

SPIN doctors were hired at a cost of £42,000 to help Oxfordshire County Council handle the Oxford grooming gang scandal.

County dole claimants reach five-year low

Banbury Cake: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen to just one per cent of the working population for the first time in more than five years.

Wildlife? We’re just nuts about it

Banbury Cake: A red squirrel

8:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

HALF of Oxfordshire residents have seen a muntjac deer in their garden, but only two per cent think they have ever had a visit from a red squirrel, pictured.

New care home fees get council approval

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council rev logo

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has approved its new care home fees for this financial year.

89 per cent get first choice school

Banbury Cake: Cllr Zoe Patrick

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

NEARLY 90 per cent of Oxfordshire children due to start school in September have been allocated a place at their first choice.

Innocent man given substantial police payout for photo mistake

Banbury Cake: Guilty: Daniel Rodriguez

8:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE have paid a man “substantial compensation” after releasing his photograph in a press release about a rapist.

There's plenty to debate as districts go to the polls

Banbury Cake: White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon last year after local council elections. Votes will be counted on Friday, May 23, following three district council elections

5:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NEXT month thousands of people across Oxfordshire will be able to have their say on how their councils are run.

Smoke alarm alerts mother

Banbury Cake: Fire engine Oxfordshire

8:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MOTHER and baby were able to safely leave their home thanks to their smoke alarm.

Runners pound the capital's streets to boost their favourite charities

Banbury Cake: Anna Reading is all smiles as she makes progress in the capital

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FOR the 36,000 people taking part, this year’s London Marathon was the culmination of months of training.

Vehicle fire on the M40 between Thame and Watlington

Banbury Cake: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

8:41am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A VEHICLE caught fire on the M40 in Oxfordshire earlier this morning.

Plans approved

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council logo round

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A proposed link between Oxfordshire County Council and Hampshire County Council has taken a step forward.

£59m road projects included in budget

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council agreed yesterday to include £59m of transport improvements around the county in its capital programme.

Consultants get another £150k from NHS group

Banbury Cake: Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is finding the cuts

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MANAGEMENT consultants will get an extra £150,000 from taxpayers after a contract was extended to help the NHS find savings.

Problems with ticket machines and train departure information this morning

Banbury Cake: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

TRAIN ticketing machine and departure board information glitches are causing problems for rail travellers this morning.

£59m ‘City Deal’ transport cash set for decision today

Banbury Cake: Bob Price.

7:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

LEADING county councillors will decide today whether to go ahead with £59m of transport improvements around Oxfordshire.

Nick Clegg favours garden cities ‘with consent’ in Oxfordshire

Banbury Cake: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

7:10am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A GARDEN city will not be imposed on Oxfordshire, the Government announced yesterday as it set out its prospectus for new settlements of 15,000 homes.

Floods costs revealed

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

County councillors will today be updated on grant funding for the costs of the recent flooding.

County could move jobs to Hampshire council

Banbury Cake: oxford city council logo

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council is looking at moving some of its back office education and customer services jobs over to its Hampshire counterparts to save money.

New trains on order for Chiltern services

Banbury Cake: A Class 68 locomotive at builder Vossloh's factory in Valencia, Spain

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

CHILTERN Railways has agreed a deal to lease six new 100mph diesel locomotives for services linking Bicester and Banbury with London and Birmingham.

The Scales of Justice

Banbury Cake: Scales of Justice

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

CASES heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates' courts.

Councils aiming to reduce numbers of vacant homes

Banbury Cake: Debbie Hollingsworth

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

MORE than 5,600 homes have been sitting empty in Oxfordshire – more than enough to clear the city’s housing waiting list in one fell swoop.

Amelia wins Miss Oxfordshire again

Banbury Cake: On parade, from left, Shirin Olivia, who won the popularity award, Amelia Watt, who won the charity award and the title, and runners-up Hannah Everett and Lucy Treadwell

7:30am Monday 14th April 2014

SAY HELLO to the new Miss Oxfordshire. Amelia Watt was crowned at Witney Lakes on Friday night for a second time after a year-long break.

A great day for human race as runners find charity feet

Banbury Cake: Runners close in on the finish line as they pass Buckingham Palace in yesterday’s London Marathon

6:30am Monday 14th April 2014

THEY may not have crossed the finish line with Olympian Mo Farah but each Oxfordshire runner deserved their London Marathon medal.

Police appeal for information about missing man

Banbury Cake: Basil Pratley

5:19pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A pensioner went out on a visit to a garden centre and did not return home, according to police.

From cattle to pillow fights, our cameramen focused on it all

Banbury Cake: The lone brown cow at Step Farm in Faringdon

6:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

PICTURE Editor Leah McLaren casts her eye over the past week's news through some of the images that have appeared in the Oxford Mail.

Zooming in on all of our county's 310 villages

Banbury Cake: Roger's beautifully atmospheric picture of Westwell

5:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Retirement hobbies often include golfing, bowls, or holidays, but when chartered surveyor Roger Sweet gave up work 10 years ago, he set about a different task as Katriona Ormiston discovered

Two new cars for Banbury and Bicester College students to learn their skills

Banbury Cake: Principal Rose Turner receiving the keys to the new cars from Mark Lucas of Hyundai UK

1:30pm Saturday 12th April 2014

BANBURY and Bicester College has received two new Hyundai cars for the college’s £2m motor vehicle centre.

Health fears as one in 20 deaths linked to emissions

Banbury Cake: Smog hangs over Oxford last month

9:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

ONE in 20 deaths in Oxfordshire is linked to air pollution, new Government figures have claimed.

Miss Oxfordshire contestant sacked over her topless selfie in aid of charity

Banbury Cake: Georgia Eden’s topless picture, posted on social media site Twitter in support of breast cancer awareness

8:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

MISS Oxfordshire organisers kicked model Georgia Eden out of last night’s competition after discovering she posted this topless ‘selfie’ picture she put online to promote the fight against breast cancer.

Man charged over car attack on officer

Banbury Cake: Scales of Justice

8:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A 22-year-old man has been charged after a car was reversed towards a police officer.

Police chief to the rescue at crash on A34

Banbury Cake: Francis Habgood

7:10am Saturday 12th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police Deputy Chief Constable helped victims of a crash on his way to work yesterday.

Man cleared of biting off half a man's ear

Banbury Cake: Oxford Crown Court

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A butcher accused of biting off half a man’s ear in a nightclub has been cleared of all charges by a jury.

Outgoing boss of mental health charity Restore is praised

Banbury Cake: Benedict Leigh is leaving Restore

6:40am Saturday 12th April 2014

THE chief executive of a county mental health charity is to step down after 12 years.

Banbury is not so reserved about Army welcome

Banbury Cake: Banbury Town Council leader Kieron Mallon

6:40am Saturday 12th April 2014

RESERVE soldiers have been welcomed to Banbury in a parade through the town.

Ready for the London Marathon after punishing training

Banbury Cake: Beth Reeves

10:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

IN just two days, nearly 40,000 people will pound the streets of the capital for the 2014 London Marathon. Alex Wynick talks to people from Oxfordshire who are set to take part – and raise as much money as they can for their chosen good causes

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