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Breaking news A40 reopened after crash between Ducklington Lane and Eynsham Roundabout

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

11:42am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE A40 has reopened after a one-car crash.

Breaking news Hundreds of home without power in Freeland near Witney

Witney Gazette: light bulb with power lines

11:52am Tuesday 30th September 2014

HUNDREDS of homes in West Oxfordshire are without power after overhead electricity lines collapsed.

Breaking news Drivers facing long delays on roads around Oxford this morning

Witney Gazette: Traffic Alert general

8:49am Tuesday 30th September 2014

DRIVERS are facing long delays around Oxford on the A34, A40 and A44 this morning.

Crash shuts off road

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A crash outside Eynsham Hall shut off the A4095 yesterday morning.

Feted Chinese artist’s work turning heads at Blenheim

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

VISITORS strolling through Blenheim Palace in Woodstock have been doing a series of double-takes.

Crosscountry is worst timekeeper

Witney Gazette: NEW PLATFORM: Network Rail has opened a £25m operation centre in the city to control operations across the length of the country

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ONLY four in ten trains operated by Crosscountry, which run through Oxfordshire, were on time last year, making them the worst in the country.

Galaxy of stars wows crowds at Blenheim Literary Festival

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

RICHARD Dawkins got to talk about himself for an hour and 45 minutes, accompanied by an orchestra playing his favourite music, at this year’s Blenheim Palace Literary Festival.

Oxfordshire ploughman passes on skills to young enthusiast

Witney Gazette:

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

DEREK Yates has not worked on a farm since childhood, but at 67 is still a passionate amateur ploughman.

Volunteer transport groups in Oxfordshire face pressure as cuts pinch

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

PRESSURE on a transport advice line will increase when controversial cuts to hospital transport services come into force tomorrow, council bosses warned.

Allowing the market to beat food inflation

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

UNTIL recently farmers’ markets were seen by some as an expensive alternative to the weekly shop, but now some are looking at farmers’ markets as a cheaper option.

Bitter row ferments over ‘noisy’ pub

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

A VILLAGE pub “belongs on the Cowley Road” a councillor has said following concerns about antisocial behaviour and a new beer garden.

Scales of Justice - 20 people in court

Witney Gazette: oxford magistrates court

11:00am Monday 29th September 2014


Two-car collision outside Eynsham Hall

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

8:46am Monday 29th September 2014

A CRASH outside Eynsham Hall shut off the A4095 this morning.

£500,000 is injected into mental health service

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Monday 29th September 2014

A MAJOR cut in funding for a county mental health service has been averted after NHS bosses agreed to put in cash.

A&E target is missed

Witney Gazette: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

8:30am Monday 29th September 2014

County hospitals missed an A&E waiting target in the seven days leading up to Sunday, September 21, new figures show.

Witney councillors fear being second Abingdon

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Monday 29th September 2014

FEARS have been raised that Witney could “end up like Abingdon” if large scale housing goes ahead.

Palace set to unveil artwork of a dissident

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Monday 29th September 2014

BLENHEIM Palace is to become home to the unusual contemporary artwork of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei.

Soldier’s relative in plea to honour individual war dead

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Monday 29th September 2014

WITNEY needs a permanent tribute to mark the centenary of the First World War, according to a man researching his family connections with the conflict.

Take a look at our pictures of the week

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Our picture editor Leah McLaren takes her pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why she reckons they make the grade

Bake Off craze gets more people into the kitchen

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

With the BBC’s hugely popular Great British Bake Off almost at the end of its fifth season, HELEN WRIGHT explores how the programme has had an effect on Oxfordshire and its bakers

Business award finalists down to last three

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

AFTER thousands cast their votes, the three finalists for the Oxfordshire Business Mother of the Year Award have been chosen.

6 things you probably didn't know were happening in Oxfordshire this weekend

Witney Gazette:

1:12pm Friday 26th September 2014

Here's our rundown on events you might fancy this weekend + a few highlights for next week to boot

More than 6,200 patients lose free hospital transport

Witney Gazette: Ambulance stock image

9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

MORE than 6,200 people – including some cancer patients – will lose free transport to hospital, NHS leaders have agreed.

Fire service misses its own 'stretching' response target

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S chief fire officer has said he’ll continue to set “very stretching” targets for the service. 

Fundraising mornings are a piece of cake

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

HUNDREDS of people enjoyed coffee and cake yesterday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thriller author gives £10,000 to Oxfordshire bookshops to help children's projects

Witney Gazette: James Patterson has a penchant for producing murder mystery

6:40am Saturday 27th September 2014

AN American author has donated more than £10,000 to six Oxfordshire independent bookshops.

Catering service loss ‘could put court cases in jeopardy’

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

COURT cases could be corrupted by a loss of catering, legal experts have warned.

Oxfordshire MPs vote in favour of air strikes against IS in Iraq

Witney Gazette: David Cameron

5:57pm Friday 26th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S MPs have voted in favour of air strikes on Iraq in response to the threat of the Islamic State.

Young ‘mud slingers’ to take aim at their friendly enemies

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

PLAY days usually conjure up images of slides and hopscotches but a Witney event wants an army of medieval-style catapult machines.

365alive campaign celebrates hitting its target two years early

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

ORGANISERS of a campaign to reduce fire and road deaths and save an estimated 365 lives in 10 years say they have passed the target two years early.

Cyclists go down petition path in a bid for new route

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Friday 26th September 2014

CYCLISTS took over the roads as campaigners from charity Bike Safe demanded a cycle path between Eynsham and Botley.

‘Pay hospital staff extra cash to stop them leaving county’

Witney Gazette: oxford university trust hospitals logo

8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

MORE needs to be done to tackle the cost of living in Oxfordshire to stop hospital staff from leaving, a trade union representative has said.

Princess does the honours for military and medicine

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Friday 26th September 2014

BELSEN liberator Gilbert King welcomed the Princess Royal as she opened the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum yesterday.

New bishop wanted

Witney Gazette: The Rt Rev John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford.

6:30am Friday 26th September 2014

People are being asked to nominate replacements for the Bishop of Oxford.

Research aims to make this a thing of the past

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Oxford residents prepare for the worst whenever they hear reports of heavy rainfall or hear flood alerts – even a few hours’ warning can avoid major damage to homes and property. Scientists based near Wallingford are working to provide better early warnings and help agencies respond to flooding. LUKE SPROULE reports

Council’s maintenance man set long service record

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A COUNCIL maintenance worker who was a familiar face around Witney for almost 50 years has died, aged 78.

Exiles to launch networking forum for business people

Witney Gazette: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

2:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

London Welsh are starting a networking forum for Oxfordshire business people.

UPDATE: Princess Anne in Oxford to open Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology

Witney Gazette:

10:55am Thursday 25th September 2014

Princess Anne is about to arrive in Woodstock for the official opening of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

The Scales of Justice - 22 people up in court

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice

11:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

22 cases heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates courts

Car fire on M40 junction 9 causing delays

Witney Gazette:

9:49am Thursday 25th September 2014

FIRE crews are on the M40 overbridge at Junction 9 because of a car on fire and smoke blowing across the road.

Princess set to open museum for soldiers

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Princess Anne is to officially open the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum today.

Delays on First Great Western trains due to engineering works

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:24am Thursday 25th September 2014

THERE are delays on First Great Western trains this morning due to over running engineering works. 

Three-quarters of people happy with their lot

Witney Gazette: Oxfordshire County Council logo

6:40am Thursday 25th September 2014

ALMOST three-quarters of people in Oxfordshire are happy with their lives, according to this year’s study of Personal Well-being in the UK.

Gang had a 21kg drug stash worth £24m as police struck

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

DRUGS at the centre of an Oxford Crown Court trial had a street value of £24m, police have said.

Numbers of children in care soar after Bullfinch inquiry

Witney Gazette: Melinda Tilley

6:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE number of county children being taken into care has risen sharply, putting “significant pressure” on social workers.

New air ambulance will cover night-time 999 calls

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

MORE lives are set to be saved after the air ambulance service that operates in Oxfordshire revealed it will begin night flights.

Dowager Duchess of Devonshire dies

Witney Gazette: The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was known as Debo to family and friends

2:52pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

The last of the famous Mitford sisters, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has died at the age of 94, her son has said.

Downton creator will give insight on how aristocrats live

Witney Gazette: Julian Fellowes

11:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

DOWNTON Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will ensure that Blenheim Palace enjoys top billing at its own literary festival, which opens in Woodstock tomorrow.

Call for link road to include flood relief barrier

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A PROPOSED relief road should be used to solve Witney’s flood problems, claim campaigners.

Major delays on the A40 after collision involving a cyclist and a motorcyclist

Witney Gazette: A40 alert

8:48am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A CYCLIST and motorcyclist were involved in a collision on the A40 near Eynsham this morning.

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