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What is causing a bit of a stink - Nasty whiff hangs over city and county

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

ITS VILE smell has nauseated residents and baffled officials.

Blenheim may sell off housing land to fund £40m conservation bill

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE owner of Blenheim Palace is considering selling land to cover a £40m maintenance bill.

Man faces jail for seeking sex with 14-year-old

Witney Gazette: Oxford Crown Court

6:40am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FORK-LIFT truck driver has been convicted of trying to meet and have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

With no running water, £328,000 cottage is a real fixer-upper

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WITH the housing market booming, it’s not surprising a pretty cottage sparked a fierce bidding war and sold for thousands of pounds over guide price at auction.

Bakers rise to challenge for hospice funds

Witney Gazette: Take the Plunge for Helen & Douglas House

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

YOUNG bakers raised vital funds for a hospice at a cake sale they organised for a youth project.

Charity car rally from Witney to France in £120,000 bonanza

Witney Gazette:

10:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A CAR rally from Witney to its French twin town Le Touquet raised £120,000 for charity, organisers have confirmed.

Cars are the stars as giants roll into palace

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE A-Team’s iconic van was at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock on Sunday as part of a feast of classic American vehicles.

Villagers unite in battle to keep the developers at bay

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

VILLAGERS have teamed up to declare “hands off Hanborough” and fight housing plans which would increase the population of their West Oxfordshire community by 50 per cent.

UPDATE: Woman cut free from vehicle following collision on A44 near Wootton

Witney Gazette: a44 alert

12:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

TRAFFIC is queuing on the A44 near Wootton following a collision.

New chief for Oxfordshire health group

Witney Gazette:

9:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Healthwatch Oxfordshire has announced Rachel Coney as its new chief executive officer.

Rape charges dropped

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has had the charges against him dropped.

Fundraiser for Liberty Baker memorial

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Oxfordshire West Food Bank used its first community cafe event yesterday to raise money for the Liberty Baker memorial fund.

Toby to add his grace to Game of Thrones cast

Witney Gazette:

7:40am Tuesday 29th July 2014

An OXFORD actor will grace television screens as the new face of a hit American fantasy drama.

Rodents live the high life in Mouse Town down on Fairytale Farm

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

RODENTS are living it up in a model village complete with church and jail.

Money to ease pressures on county's hospitals is cut by two thirds

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

EXTRA cash to ease pressure on the county’s NHS and social services over the coming winter is to be slashed by almost two-thirds.

Heart charity’s county shops raise £450k in year

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A HEART charity’s shops have raised more than £450,000 across Oxfordshire in the past year.

Get advice on paying for care

Witney Gazette: Eight surprising facts about dementia care

6:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN awareness meeting about paying for care will take place in Freeland tomorrow.

Birthday girl to give up her hair as a gift for ill children

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MANY young girls look forward to being treated on their birthday with presents, a nice meal out, or even a fancy new hairdo.

The Scales of Justice – 17 people up in court

Witney Gazette: Scales - zxc

7:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

17 cases heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates’ courts

Warning for heavy rain across Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

2:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

HEAVY showers are forecast for the county as the the area was issued a yellow rain warning until 9pm today.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Witney Gazette: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Schools told 'stop hoarding or we will claw back cash'

Witney Gazette:

5:59pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOLS have been warned they should stop hoarding the £18m they have in reserves and “spend on today’s children”.

‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

RESIDENTS risk being denied a hip replacement because Oxfordshire NHS bosses are ignoring national guidance and taking patients’ weight into account, leading surgeons have warned.

Music festival is a real family affair

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people gathered on a meadow in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to dance in the sun at the county’s biggest free music festival.

County fracking licences are up for grabs

9:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

COMPANIES in Oxfordshire will be able to apply for licences from today to explore shale gas in the county. A map released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) appears to show areas of North Oxfordshire as one of the areas available for licences for fracking.

PICTURE SPECIAL: Here's a whole new meaning to balancing your workload

Witney Gazette:

10:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Photographer Ed Nix takes his pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why he reckons they make the grade

Going ga-ga over community radio

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THIS month Banbury’s hospital radio station Radio Horton celebrated its 50th birthday with a long weekend of touring radio. To mark the occasion, ALEX WYNICK looks at the health of community radio stations in Oxfordshire

Opera star Jessye to lift lid on her life at literary festival

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

SINGERS and scientists feature in an impressive line-up of speakers announced for the 2014 Blenheim Literary Festival.

RAF team’s 184-mile Thames Path run raises more than £4,000

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A six-strong team from RAF Brize Norton have raised more than £4,000 after taking on the River Thames Path in a 184-mile relay run.

It’s seventh heaven for mum thanks to JR heroes

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

We are celebrating the outstanding work of individuals or teams who work in the NHS across Oxfordshire. Oliver Evans reports on the latest case where staff have been praised for making an extra special effort

Thunderbolt and no lighting at school of rock

Witney Gazette:

10:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

SCHOOL’s out for the next generation of rock superstars spending their summer break jamming at the Muzo Akademy School of Rock summer camp.

Arrest in Spain: 156 theft and fraud charges

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

7:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

A 40-year-old man arrested in Spain has appeared in court facing 156 theft and fraud charges.

Police dealing with witchcraft and alien calls

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

7:10am Saturday 26th July 2014

THAMES Valley Police officers go out on the beat knowing every day could bring a new challenge, but some reported incidents in the last few years have been out of this world.

Thousands expected at Riverside Festival Charlbury

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ABOUT 9,000 people are expected to descend on a West Oxfordshire riverbank for the county’s biggest free music festival this weekend.

Major delays on First Great Western trains after lightning strike

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:06pm Friday 25th July 2014

A lightning strike has damaged equipment causing severe delays to First Great Western trains. 

Weather warning for Oxfordshire this evening

Witney Gazette: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

6:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A YELLOW weather warning has been issued by the Met Office after showers were forecast for tonight.

Days of game being for toffs only are lawn gone

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE game of croquet is traditionally seen as a pastime for rich country estate owners and their notable friends, but as ANNABaL BAGDI reports, more and more people from all walks of life are taking up the sport, which was shaped in rural Oxfordshire and has been immortalised in print and popular culture by Oxford-born author Lewis Carroll

Hospitals’ £4m boost

Witney Gazette: oxford university trust hospitals logo

5:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

The county’s hospital authority will continue to run a city research centre after winning a £4m contract.

Man charged with 156 offences at Witney company after police pick him up in Spain

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

4:52pm Friday 25th July 2014

A 40-year-old man arrested in Spain has been charged with 156 theft and fraud offences said to have taken place at a company in Witney. 

Lovers’ well for king’s fair maiden needs a bit of TLC

Witney Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A LOVERS’ well, said to be created by a medieval king for his mistress, needs major restoration work at Blenheim Palace.

Traffic system aims to ease school problem

3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A ONE-WAY system is to be set up outside Eynsham Primary School from September to alleviate traffic problems.

Stalwart Ron’s police volunteer award

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

HE is often the first face troubled people see when they look for help.

Cricket tribute to former Dragon School pupil Felix

Witney Gazette:

8:40am Friday 25th July 2014

CRICKET teammates of Felix Byam-Shaw paid tribute to him before an Oxfordshire Under-14s game against Shropshire on Wednesday .

Museum starts appeal to retain rare mirror

Witney Gazette:

8:40am Friday 25th July 2014

A RARE Iron Age artefact discovered near Didcot may be allowed to leave the country unless £33,000 is raised by a Woodstock museum.

Spate of blazes prompts a fire safety warning

Witney Gazette:

10:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE fire service has issued a warning to the public to take extra care in the hot weather after a spate of blazes in the countryside.

Council stalwart was twice elected Mayor

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A WOMAN who was twice elected Mayor of Witney and served as a councillor for more than 10 years has died aged 68.

Volunteers are praised for helping pupils read

Witney Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

VOLUNTEERS who have helped children in Oxfordshire learn to read for the past decade have been praised for their dedication.

Dental surgery gets facelift after boiler flood

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STAFF at a Witney dental practice thought they had got away without being flooded during wet weather earlier this year.

Scales of Justice

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

17 cases recently heard at Banbury and Oxford Magistrates Courts

It’s a right royal drama

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

DAYS after Downton Abbey moved out of the county, a new American TV crew with a noble theme has moved in. But it could not be more different.

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