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

Readers' Halloween picture gallery + 40 Fireworks Displays map

Witney Gazette:

9:16pm Friday 31st October 2014

Have you been out trick or treating? Here's a selection of readers' pictures of their ghoulish get-ups. If you reckon your little one was more horrifying, email us a picture or send us a (Trick or) Tweet via @TheOxfordMail.

Response time fears over fire control room closure

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

7:00am Saturday 1st November 2014

THE decision to close Oxfordshire fire service’s control room in Kidlington could affect response times and put the public at risk, warned union bosses.

Jeremy Clarkson beer tweet raises hackles

Witney Gazette: Jeremy Clarkson beer tweet raises hackles

1:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

Jeremy Clarkson caused controversy when he tweeted that he was driving with a beer in his cup holder.

We're at breaking point on the roads

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S roads are at breaking point, the leader of the county council has admitted.

Firefighters join national 4-day strike tonight

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS across the county will take part in a four-day national strike this evening.

Now meet your first two 'Heroes' finalists

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

The Oxford Mail has teamed up with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to celebrate the outstanding work of its hospital staff. Finalists for this year’s Hospital Heroes awards have been chosen and a total of 10 entries for the individual and team awards have been shortlisted. Annabal Bagdi talks to the first two finalists

It’s ab-zorb-ing stuff at The Leys recreation ground play day

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

ZORB balls, mud slides and a medieval-style catapult machine gave children plenty to do at a play day in Witney.

Wootton-by-Woodstock pensioner suffers 66 power cuts in six years

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A PENSIONER says he is fed up with power cuts ruining his meals and cutting off his favourite TV programmes after his home was hit by 66 outages in six years.

Budding writers can go for ebook prize

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:50am Friday 31st October 2014

KEEN county authors are encouraged to put their writing skills to the test this year.

Live Travel: What is happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Friday

Witney Gazette: traffic jam

7:47am Friday 31st October 2014

A live blog covering delays on Oxfordshire's roads and rail today. If you know of a problem, tweet us @TheOxfordMail

Behind the masks are smiles of acting talent

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Friday 31st October 2014

EVENTS took a spooky twist at Leckford Place School as young actors rehearsed Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death.

NHS staff in the county walk out for a second time

Witney Gazette: File photo dated 23/04/12 of the NHS logo as hospitals are so full that elderly patients are being discharged in the middle of the night and routine blood tests are being conducted at 3am, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has warned. PRESS ASSOCIATIO

6:50am Friday 31st October 2014

COUNTY NHS workers are to stage a four-hour strike on Monday, November 24 as part of walk-outs across England.

Part-time officers hold 10 in swoop

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

6:40am Friday 31st October 2014

ONE hundred and fifty Thames Valley Police special constables took part in an operation to arrest 10 offenders who failed to turn up at court.

Petition calls for council resignations over traffic

Witney Gazette: Ian Hudspeth

6:20am Friday 31st October 2014

AN ONLINE petition calling for two senior county councillors to resign has received 158 signatures since it went live on Monday.

County urged to stay neutral over fracking

Witney Gazette:

6:20am Friday 31st October 2014

FRACKING can “release significant energy” county planning bosses have said in guidance to councillors.

TV star Martin Clunes films new drama at Cogges Manor Farm

Witney Gazette:

5:30am Friday 31st October 2014

TV star Martin Clunes has been filming scenes for his new drama at a Witney museum.

Downton’s bangers and pies sizzling for honours in Bampton

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A VILLAGE butchers famed for bangers endorsed by stars of ITV period drama Downton Abbey is up for two awards.

Battalion in thick of battle as soldiers set foot in Ypres

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

HISTORIAN Steve Berridge, pictured right, is transcribing the war diary and regimental chronicle of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry.

Witney's firms going all a Twitter on #witneyhour site

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A SOCIAL media user who promotes Witney businesses through an online network wants to see the town prosper.

The Scales of Justice – 17 people up in court

Witney Gazette:

3:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

17 cases heard recently at Banbury magistrates’ courts

Girls move into the driving seat at car assembly plant

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

GIRL power is firing on all cylinders at BMW’s Mini plant this week.

Brother to shave hair off in memory of 'big sis' from Chipping Norton

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A MOTHER who died just three days after being diagnosed with cancer will be remembered during a fundraiser this week.

Firework artists await winner’s name

Witney Gazette: Richard Webb

10:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN are to find out if their artwork will be part of an Oxfordshire-wide firework safety campaign.

Sentencing of teenage rapist from Finstock postponed

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice: Recent convictions at Oxfordshire's magistrates' courts

8:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE sentencing of a teenager described as a “dangerous paedophile” was postponed yesterday.

‘Lost souls’ dying to find you on Halloween at Chipping Norton's Fairytale Farm

Witney Gazette:

8:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

DARING families who go to a Chipping Norton farm will have a trip like no other this week.

Live Travel: What is happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Thursday

Witney Gazette: traffic jam

7:54am Thursday 30th October 2014

A live blog covering delays on Oxfordshire's roads and rail today. If you know of a problem, tweet us @TheOxfordMail

81 young people caught watching TV without licences in Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette: TV Licence: Does your business have one?

6:40am Thursday 30th October 2014

EIGHTY-one young people were caught watching TV without a licence in Oxfordshire in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Map: 40 Fireworks Displays in Oxfordshire: 2014

Witney Gazette: St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

6:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

Tis that time of year for dazzling fireworks displays - here's our list of events in Oxfordshire from the traditional big beast in South Park to smaller ones out in county.

Huge delays across Oxfordshire's roads this evening

Witney Gazette:

7:36pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

TRAFFIC light sequencing at the Wendlebury interchange of the A34 and M40 is being blamed for huge delays across Oxfordshire tonight.

Remember, remember the fifth of November wherever you are

Witney Gazette:

9:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE skies of Oxfordshire are set for a spectacular display over the next week and a half as venues release details of this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations. Reporter Naomi Herring speaks to the guys behind the city’s biggest event

Blanket coverage of Witney's woollen trade

Witney Gazette:

4:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A BOOKLET celebrating Witney’s global reputation in the blanket industry has just been released.

North Leigh WI marks 95th anniversary with party

Witney Gazette:

3:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

MEMBERS of North Leigh WI held a party to celebrate the organisation’s 95th anniversary.

Partial victory over Stagecoach S7 bus service to John Radcliffe Hospital

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A DEDICATED bus service from West Oxfordshire to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital finally drops passengers off at the entrance, but will continue to pick them up from half a mile away.

Cotswold Line timetable gets shake-up with key peak train speeded up

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

12:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

EXTRA trains between Oxfordshire and Worcestershire be introduced on the Cotswold Line next May and a key morning peak train will be retimed to give an earlier arrival in London.

Former RAF Brize Norton padre posted to Witney Methodist churches

Witney Gazette:

11:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A FORMER chaplain at RAF Brize Norton has been appointed as the new minister for the Methodist churches in Witney and Minster Lovell.

Review tells RSPCA to rethink animal cruelty prosecutions role after Heythrop Hunt case

Witney Gazette: ANIMAL WELFARE: The RSPCA prosecuted a 20-year-old woman for causing suffering to her dogs

9:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A REVIEW of the RSPCA’s policy on prosecutions for animal cruelty, ordered after a controversial action against the Chipping Norton-based Heythrop Hunt, says it should leave cases of alleged illegal hunting to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Man arrested after elderly cyclist is seriously injured in Eynsham road crash

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A MAN has been arrested after an elderly cyclist was seriously injured in a suspected hit-and-run at the Eynsham roundabout yesterday, police said.

Formula 1 teams in administration have ‘value’

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE two Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 teams that have gone into administration still had an intrinsic value because of their highly prized racing licences, according to a motorsport head.

Police are still unable to say why a helicopter was deployed over Witney

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

8:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Thames Valley Police are still unable to say why a helicopter was deployed over the town on Sunday.

Public inquiry opens into Bampton homes plan

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

7:40am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A PUBLIC inquiry started yesterday into a decision to refuse the building of 127 homes in Bampton.

Live Travel: What is happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Wednesday

Witney Gazette: traffic jam

7:08am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A live blog covering delays on Oxfordshire's roads and rail today. If you know of a problem, tweet us @TheOxfordMail

Ten months on, gymnasts poised for national finals

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

CARTERTON residents will be springing into action this week after a group of local gymnasts reached the national finals of a competition, despite the team only being founded this year.

Residents want councils to abandon local newsletters

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

COUNCIL “propaganda” papers should be scrapped, say some residents after discovering they cost almost £122,500 to produce in the last year.

Spoon carver causes a stir displaying craft at apple day

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

DAVID Knight carved out a niche for himself at Cogges Manor Farm’s Apple Day as he crafted spoons from apple wood.

UPDATE: Man arrested after suspected hit-and-run involving cyclist at Eynsham roundabout

Witney Gazette:

12:19pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A serious crash has closed the A40 in both directions at the Eynsham roundabout.

Picking those pumpkins for a spook-tacular Halloween

Witney Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THERE was pumpkin fun across the county over the weekend as people young and old geared up for Halloween.

Historic inn reopens after £600k revamp

Witney Gazette:

11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

WHEN Phil and Evelyn Roberts achieved their dream of buying an historic West Oxfordshire inn a year ago, they couldn’t wait to get going.

Marussia become the second F1 team to go into administration

Witney Gazette: Marussia driver Max Chilton at Jerez

8:30am Tuesday 28th October 2014

JOBS at Banbury-based Formula 1 team Marussia are at risk after the company went into administration.

Dad’s fears for his children living in Sierra Leone

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A WITNEY resident from Sierra Leone says he lives in constant fear that his four children back home could be affected by Ebola.

Heads urged to help curb teachers’ load

Witney Gazette: Melinda Tilley

8:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

HEADTEACHERS at small primary schools across Oxfordshire have been encouraged to contribute to a Government review of teachers’ workloads.

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