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7 hrs ago | Banbury Guardian

Health party unveils election candidates

The NHA Party was launched in 2012 by doctors, nurses, health workers and members of the public 'in protest at the government's NHS reforms and creeping privatisation'. It has revealed journalist Roseanne Edwards is to stand in the Banbury constituency, while party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell will challenge Prime Minister David Cameron in Witney, which covers Chipping Norton.

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13 hrs ago | BBC News

Station closes as man scales gantry

British Transport Police said it was aware of reports the man, who is in his 20s, had a knife. Trained negotiators are currently talking to him.

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17 hrs ago | Witney Gazette

Heavy traffic across Oxfordshire causing queues

The S5 route - which goes between HMP Bullingdon, Arncott, Bicester, and then to Oxford through Summertown - is delayed because of heavy traffic.

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18 hrs ago | Witney Gazette

The many remember how much is owed to The Few

Signing up is eight-year-old Aaron Fraser, from Didcot, with the help of Henry Landis playing the part of recruiting Sergeant for the 5th Imperial Service Battalion Nortfolk Regiment, during Abingdon's World War One heritage day It began a week of remembrance of the heroic defence of the nation during the Second World War, when RAF pilots beat back the German Luftwaffe's assault. In Witney more than 100 people turned out to watch RAF reservists 4624 Squadron march through the centre of town to St Mary's Church, above.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Witney Gazette

Discounted activities on offer in district

MOUNTAIN bike rides, guided walks and horse rides will be available at discounted prices for West Oxfordshire attractions this week. West Oxfordshire Week, organised by the district council, encourages people to take part in new activities and explore the area from Monday until Sunday.

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Oxford Times

A clean winner of monthly accolade

A DOCTORATE student proved to be clean ahead of fellow nominees after his soap business for disadvantaged people gained an award. Sebastian Huempfer, 26, who is studying economic history at Green Templeton College, began Clean Sl8 in January last year.

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Newsday

Squadron holds first parade in town

A squadron based at RAF Brize Norton has exercised its right to march through an Oxfordshire town for the first time since being given the Freedom of the County. It was awarded to 4624 Squadron, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, recognising 30 years' service to the country, local communities and charities.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

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PM's personal video to teens

PRIME Minister and Witney MP David Cameron sent a personal video message to youngsters who completed their National Citizen Service in Oxfordshire. The video was shown at a graduation service at Oxford Brookes University , after 112 16 and 17-year-olds completed the course to help their communities and learn skills.

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How communities keep growing and growing

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the city's desire to expand has been tempered by surrounding districts' resistance to stop it dominating the county, according to historian William Whyte. Dr Whyte, a professor of social and architectural history at Oxford University , said: " Oxford City Council has always tried to expand beyond the city boundaries and into the green belt.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Oxford Times

Battle of Britain is remembered

Parades will be held in Witney, Carterton and Banbury to celebrate the first air battle of the Second World War. In Witney, RAF reservists 4624 squadron from RAF Brize Norton and 2120 Witney Squadron Air Training Corps will march from Woodford Way at 10.20am to a service at St Mary's Church.

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This is Oxfordshire

Ex-WRAF officer was a special needs teacher

A FORMER officer in the Women's Royal Air Force and teacher of children with special needs in West Oxfordshire has died aged 75. After leaving school aged 18 in 1957, Elizabeth Hodges joined the WRAF and after training in Wilmslow, Cheshire, was posted to Middle Wallop. In 1960 she was commissioned and in 1961 spent six months as assistant adjutant at RAF Wartling, in Sussex.

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Oxford Times

PM praises county's social partnership as - a beacon'

And a new body Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership, set up by Brookes and the University of Oxford, has launched with a funding pot of A 100,000. During what is National Social Enterprise Week, the first so-called Social Saturday will take place this weekend.

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This is Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire residents invited to become tourists for week

West Oxfordshire Week is back with a host of free guided walks, mountain bike rides and even a guided horse ride, as well as discounted entry to visitor attractions. The Oxfordshire Country-side Access Forum is organising guided walks and rides to get residents out and about exploring footpaths and bridleways.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

This is Oxfordshire

Cop a load of the new police treasures behind bars around Oxford Castle

THE area around Oxford Castle is no stranger to guests. The site now houses the Malmaison Hotel, as well as a heritage centre attracting tourists from around the world.

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Witney Gazette

Tree set for chop despite PM's intervention

AN 87-year-old tree at the centre of a dispute that saw David Cameron intervene is to be chopped down. The horse chestnut tree in Leafield village green will be felled next week after the parish council decided it had damaged a nearby home.

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Witney Gazette

These 1,000 homes will swallow up our village'

Stuart Harrison, front left, North Witney Action Group chairman, and, right, Graham Knaggs, Hailey Parish Council chairman, join Hailey residents in protest against a plan for 1,000 homes More than 400 people in Witney and Hailey have signed a petition opposing the potential Witney North development, which is included in the West Oxfordshire District Council draft Local Plan. They said it would make surrounding villages "rat runs" for traffic , increase the risk of flooding and could see Hailey become a suburb of Witney.

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Wed Sep 03, 2014

This is Oxfordshire

THE Middletown Grange care home in Hailey is in the running to win a national award for its garden.

The home has reached the semi-final of the Barchester in Bloom competition, for best overall garden and best sensory garden.

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Oxford Mail

Mothers set up a new Rainbows group to reduce waiting lists

TWO parents have stepped up to form a new Rainbows group in Witney to cut a growing waiting list for children.

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Witney Gazette

Council overruled on environment checks for proposed Witney development site

RESIDENTS and councillors say they are "extremely disappointed" after a developer wanting to build 270 houses on the north-west edge of Witney was told it did not have to assess environmental risks.

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Witney Gazette

Ray Borrett whittles wood at last year's fair

THE Wychwood Forest Fair returns to its spiritual home this weekend, when the Cornbury Park estate, near Charlbury, hosts the event.

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