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Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Mum’s anguish as twin girls given different school places

Herald Series: Mum Sharon Barney with twins Kerri, left, and Holly, 11, who are upset at having to attend separate schools. Picture: OX66495 David Fleming

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MOTHER is angry because her twin daughters – one of whom has special needs – face being sent to different secondary schools.

Delays on First Great Western trains between Didcot and Reading

Herald Series: 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.

Cyclist, 12, died from a severe head injury

Herald Series: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

An inquest was opened into the death of 12-year-old cyclist Mateusz Kucinski yesterday.

Comedian backs sacked Miss Oxfordshire contestant

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

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

SACKED Miss Oxfordshire contestant, Georgia Eden, said she has received a personal message of support from comedian David Walliams.

Biker and cyclist hurt

Herald Series: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A biker and cyclist were taken to hospital after a crash in Chainhill Road yesterday.

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.

Drug review welcomed by parents of tragic teenager

Herald Series: Jack Bowlby's parents, Michael and Amanda

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

THE parents of a 16-year-old boy who took his own life after taking medication for his acne have said every day without him is still difficult.

Mild winter brings bumper crop of bluebells

Herald Series: Andy Foley, National Trust ranger at Badbury Clump near Faringdon, pictured among the bluebells. Picture: OX66665 Cliff Hide

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A BUMPER crop of bluebells has begun to bloom across the county.

From egg hunts to chocolate treats, the Easter spirit is all around

Herald Series: Penny Hambridge, left, of Oxford Children’s Hospital, receives the Easter eggs from Alicia Medlicott and Alice Clarke, of recruitment firm Reed. Picture: OX66337 Ed Nix

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ILL children in hospital got an early Easter surprise after more than 200 chocolate eggs and various toys were dropped off by staff at an Oxford company.

Lack of bricklayers ‘may threaten housing boom’

Herald Series: 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?

Herald Series: CRUNCH TIME AT THE SEAT OF POWER

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

Police to put in revised care home plans

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police (TVP) has said it still wants to build a care home at the former Wantage Police Station and Magistrates Court.

SCALES OF JUSTICE: Cases from the county law courts

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

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

BANBURY MAGISTRATES

Council spent £42k on a special media team

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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.

Update: Two men taken to hospital after collision

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

8:05am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BIKER and cyclist have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington with injuries after a crash near Wantage this morning.

New care home fees get council approval

Herald Series: 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.

‘Premature’ bid for new housing in Grove

Herald Series: vale of white horse logo

6:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

COUNCILLORS have accused a housing developer of jumping the gun, after it applied for permission to build a 75-home extension to a 133-house estate not yet built.

89 per cent get first choice school

Herald Series: 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.

Abingdon car park barriers ‘delay 999 cases’

Herald Series: The tyre barriers in the car park at the Marcham Road Health Centre which have been criticised by staff at Abingdon Community Hospital next door

5:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

AMBULANCES have been delayed getting into a hospital since the health centre next door put up tyre barriers to its half of the car park.

Innocent man given substantial police payout for photo mistake

Herald Series: 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.

Morrisons signs agreement to open new store

Herald Series: south oxfordshire district council logo

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

MORRISONS have finalised plans to open a store in Wallingford, quashing fears it may pull out because of council demands.

New sculpture an a-peeling addition for town shoppers

Herald Series: Di Chesterman, president of the Didcot Chamber of Commerce, stands by the new sculpture being put in by the steps at the Orchard Centre

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SHOPPERS gave the nod of approval to a £85,000 sculpture unveiled in Didcot town centre.

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

Herald Series: 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.

Bid to find UK buyer for Iron Age mirror

Herald Series: Bid to find UK buyer for Iron Age mirror

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN Iron Age mirror unearthed near Didcot could be taken out of the country unless £33,000 is found to buy it.

Vehicle fire on the M40 between Thame and Watlington

Herald Series: 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.

Pals play football in memory of young crash victim Matty

Herald Series: vale of white horse logo

8:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

YOUNGSTERS will gather tomorrow to play a football match in memory of their friend Mateusz Kucinski.

Plans approved

Herald Series: 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.

Thousands expected as town honours St George

Herald Series: Punch and Judy at the Museum in the Park

7:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

WALLINGFORD will celebrate St George’s Day in style on Saturday.

£59m road projects included in budget

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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.

Traders licking their lips over new restaurant

Herald Series: How to make the perfect Italian thin-crust pizza

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TRADERS say a new 220-seat restaurant in Wantage Market Place would be a boost for town business.

Schoolgirls fight to restore axed bus services

Herald Series: Didcot Girls' School pupils, left to right, Daisy Westhead, Alex Walker and Holly Smith. Picture: OX66462 Jon Lewis

11:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A TRIO of teens have launched a campaign to get bus services back between Long Wittenham and Didcot.

Warning over fishing line as two geese are shot

Herald Series: Canada Geese

8:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

TWO Canada geese were shot yesterday after becoming tangled in fishing lines.

Problems with ticket machines and train departure information this morning

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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

Herald Series: 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.

Wantage's pop-up shop for retail novices moves to a new home

Herald Series: Wantage mayor and chairman of the Joint Economic Forum, Fiona Roper

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A WANTAGE shop where traders can try out new businesses for a short period has a new home.

The Scales of Justice

Herald Series: Scales of Justice

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

CASES heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates' courts.

12-year-old cyclist dies in crash with car on the A420

Herald Series: The scene of the accident on the A420 near Southmoor

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

A BOY who was out cycling with friends along the A420 near Southmoor has died.

Dangerous Brothers: we salute you

Herald Series: Father and son David and Sam Scott

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

MEET the Dangerous Brothers, better know as father and son David and Sam Scott who, along with 20 other brave souls jumped into Queenford Lakes, Berinsfield, yesterday morning to raise money for homeless charity Crisis.

Councils aiming to reduce numbers of vacant homes

Herald Series: 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.

Volunteers step in to save Radley's traditional village walk

Herald Series: Paul Chance, landlord of the Bowyer Arms with, from left, Carina Coppock, Tracie Guntert and Jodie Steptoe. Below: The story in last Monday’s Oxford Mail which prompted the support. Picture: Antony Moore OX66553

8:30am Monday 14th April 2014

THE under-threat Radley Walk has been saved by three volunteers – including the grand-daughter of one the men who started the Good Friday event half-a-century ago.

Homes target scrutiny

Herald Series: vale of white horse logo

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Vale of White Horse District Council’s scrutiny committee will meet on Thursday at The Beacon, formerly Wantage Civic Hall, from 7pm.to consider areport on how the controversial Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was created.




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