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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.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
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.
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.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Sir Tony calls time on 32-year career as an Oxfordshire MP
The 64-year-old Conservative was first elected in 1983 and served in Margaret Thatcher's Government, but has said the new fixed term parliaments mean he runs the risk of becoming a 'lame duck'.
Proposals for Chpping Norton homes revealed as part of West Oxfordshire Local Plan
Yesterday, about 100 people attended the first of three exhibitions held by West Oxfordshire District Council at Chipping Norton Town Hall as part of its draft local plan consultation.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
Campaigner delighted at 160m boost to cancer drug fund
Cancer campaigner Clive Stone has welcomed news of a A 160m boost to a drug fund set up following his fight for drug treatment.
a Community gym is to be built in a West Oxfordshire village.
The A 16,000 project, open to all residents, will see the disused sports pavilion next to Leafield Village Hall converted.
Sat Aug 30, 2014
FOOD quality at Witney Community Hospital has been ranked as the third worst in England.
The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust hospital in Prime Minister David Cameron 's constituency achieved a food quality rating of 49.43 per cent after inspectors visited in March.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
Keith Claridge with his long-service award
The European Cup was in its infancy and had only ever been won by Real Madrid, the world transfer record was A 93,000 and English football was dominated by the likes of Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday.