Got a news story? Call our Witney and West Oxfordshire reporter on 01865 425483 or to email click here.

Acts jump through hoops as Big Feastival begins

Witney Gazette:

12:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

SOPHIE Greenwood showed punters at the Big Feastival how to hula yesterday, as the event opened with musical performances from Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots and Abba tribute act Bjorn Again.

William Blencowe sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Connor Tremble

Witney Gazette:

10:13am Friday 29th August 2014

William Blencowe has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Connor Tremble.

Childcare provision above the national average

Witney Gazette: CARE AND CAREERS: Career is just child’s play

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE is one of the few places in the UK where enough out-of-school childcare is available, a report has revealed.

Most of county will have fast broadband by late next year

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A PROJECT to equip 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Oxfordshire with superfast broadband is on track to be completed by the end of next year, say county council bosses.

Big Feastival: A sheaf of music and food down on Alex's farm

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Pop stars, TV personalities and top chefs will join 20,000 fun-seekers on a West Oxfordshire farm this weekend for what must surely be the country’s most rarefied music festival.

Family concerned about missing teenager

Witney Gazette:

3:32pm Friday 29th August 2014

A TEENAGER has gone missing with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

Roadworks on A420 near Shrivenham finish a week early

Witney Gazette: a420 alert

3:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

Roadworks scheduled to rumble on until mid-September have finished a week early.

No10 seed has smashing time on new courts

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

DAVID Cameron played tennis on recently- resurfaced courts against club members.

FA honours dedicated half century

Witney Gazette:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

WHEN Keith Claridge started his love affair with his town football team, the sporting landscape was a different world.

Connor Tremble murder: I'm better off behind bars, killer told psychiatrist

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

MURDERER Will Blencowe told a psychiatrist in prison he was better off behind bars, the jury was told during the trial.

Connor Tremble murder: Fatal attack fuelled by jealousy over ex

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

JEALOUS Will Blencowe stabbed Connor Tremble 15 times when he found out he was dating his former girlfriend Aimee Harrison, the court heard.

Connor Tremble murder: 'We finally believe that we have got justice for Connor'

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

THE mother of murdered teenager Connor Tremble said she has endured a “living nightmare” after his killer was convicted.

Connor Tremble murder: Blencowe convicted of carefully-planned killing

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s family simply said “we have got justice” after Will Blencowe was convicted of the 17-year-old’s murder.

Connor Tremble murder: Mother gathers book of tributes to her son

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s mother has gathered tributes to her son in a book she opened up at his funeral.

Chilly challenge supports efforts to combat disease

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

TIPPING buckets of icy water over your head has never been of use for anything more than perhaps getting a cold.

UPDATE: Will Blencowe guilty of murdering Connor Tremble in Oxford house + family statement

Witney Gazette:

8:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

WILL Blencowe has today been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble.

RAF reservists’ Freedom march will be a ‘first’

Witney Gazette: Jeanette Baker

6:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

RAF reservists based at Brize Norton will march through Witney next month for the first time since they were awarded the Freedom of the County.

Henry Box School's class of 1980 gets back together

Witney Gazette:

4:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE class of 1980 at Witney's Henry Box School is holding a reunion on Saturday.

Forklift driver jailed for sex attempt with 14-year-old girl

Witney Gazette: Oxford Crown Court

3:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A FORKLIFT truck driver has been jailed for two years for trying to meet and have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Delays on First Great Western trains due to signalling problem

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

2:58pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TRAINS between Didcot Parkway and Reading are delayed by up to 20 minutes due to an earlier signalling problem.

Service sector firms have helped boost Oxfordshire recovery

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NEW report highlights Oxfordshire as a recovery success story.

Mother and daughter open a female-only fitness studio

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A MOTHER and daughter have teamed up to launch a new female-only fitness studio in Witney.

Brewery stocks pubs with defibrillators

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A BREWERY is looking at where best to equip its Oxfordshire pubs with life-saving machines.

New Carterton 'residents' have a timeless quality

Witney Gazette:

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

CRADLING a baby as a military serviceman looks on, she could be any woman to have graced the streets of Carterton in its 114-year history.

The Scales of Justice: 20 people up in court

Witney Gazette: Trial for man accused of assaulting police officers

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Cases heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates’ courts

Asbestos-related deaths 'will peak in next five years'

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

ASBESTOS deaths are set to reach a record high in Oxfordshire in the next six years, it has been warned.

Send us your ice bucket challenge videos

Witney Gazette:

8:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

As Ice Bucket Challenge fever sweeps the nation, we want to see your videos as you rise to the challenge.

School run will add to Oxford bypass roadwork jams

Witney Gazette: Oxford’s Eastern Bypass

8:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

DRIVERS are being warned they face more traffic congestion as parents return to the school run next week.

Man released on bail after alleged Witney burglary

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

7:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

A man arrested in connection with an alleged aggravated burglary at a Tesco Express store in Witney has been released on bail until next Thursday.

Widow’s charity provides a life-saver at Witney sports ground

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO years ago, Nikki Rouse Thompson’s life changed forever.

300 sign petition over parking fees at Oxfordshire's community hospitals

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

MORE than 300 people have signed a petition opposing any moves to introduce parking charges at community hospitals.

Dogs join hunt for funds in group’s cycle challenge

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

HOUNDS of the Heythrop Hunt joined their masters for a different sort of ride over the weekend.

Appeal over council’s school transport policy

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Oxfordshire County Council will consider an appeal against a decision made under its home-to-school transport next week.

Children come face-to-face with museum exhibits

Witney Gazette:

4:30pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Jessica Elder and her five-year-old brother George encountered some unusual masks at Witney’s Marriotts Walk shopping centre.

Community urged to rally round splash park scheme

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A CAMPAIGN for a community splash park in Witney has hit a stumbling block after interest in the project dwindled.

£62,000 loan brings village hall revamp a step closer

Witney Gazette:

12:30pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A village hall is closer to being rebuilt after it was given a £62,000 council loan.

Oxford Mail website gets a fresh, updated look

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE Oxford Mail’s website has been overhauled to give it a clean new look.

Revised Witney homes proposals to go on show

Witney Gazette: The homes would be a mix of two, three and four-bed.

11:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

DEVELOPER Taylor Wimpey is inviting Witney residents to attend an exhibition of updated plans for a proposed housing scheme.

GCSE results: Zoe fights ME to make grade

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A GIRL who missed the last six months of school ahead of her exams, due to the chronic fatigue condition ME, did not let it stop her passing her GCSEs.

GCSE results: Schools report mixed picture after rule change

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

TENSION gave way to relief and delight as students across West Oxfordshire received their GCSE results.

Correction to Scales of Justice column

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice

8:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

On Thursday we published an entry in our Scales of Justice column about Shane Hemsley, of Mayfield Close, Carterton, who appeared before Banbury magistrates for sentence after admitting a charge of assault.

Portillo makes tracks for railway TV series

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Former cabinet minister turned TV presenter Michael Portillo travelled on the Cotswold Line yesterday, filming scenes for a new series of his programme Great British Railway Journeys.

Church hall upgrade approved after legal ruling

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

MULTI-MILLION pound work to redevelop a West Oxfordshire church hall could begin in the next few weeks after a two-year legal wrangle in a religious court.

Racing to victory on a heap of scrap at Red Barn Farm

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

HARRY Dudley and his wacky racer celebrated victory in both categories of the Trax Scrap Heap Challenge.

Defibrillator campaign’s taking off after Mail pitches in to help

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE number of people in Oxfordshire being trained to use life-saving equipment has soared thanks to an Oxford Mail-backed campaign.

Owls visit Witney Farmers' Market

Witney Gazette:

5:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

MARKET-GOERS had a hoot when Witney Farmers’ Market welcomed the Harlington Owl Rescue centre.

Hundreds at Woodstock Live

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THIS year’s Woodstock Live has been declared the best yet, with a record attendance.

Change of day works wonders

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

MOVING their annual event from the Bank Holiday Monday to Sunday for the first time certainly paid off for Brize Norton villagers.

Giving Oxfordshire's disabled people time to shine in sport

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Disabled people in Oxfordshire enjoy a wide range of different sports on a regular basis tailored to their needs. DAN ROBINSON reports on what is available and how it benefits them

Parents saddle up for charity drive to study twins disease

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

IT had been almost the ideal pregnancy, without complications.

Essential Links


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree