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The week's best pictures: Devastating blaze that lit up night sky

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Saturday 25th October 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

Pupils are enjoying their first days at school

Witney Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

MY, they grow up so fast.

Young and old are ready to remember at Armistice Day service in Chipping Norton

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

YOUNG and old will join together to commemorate fallen soldiers at a special Armistice Day service in Chipping Norton.

Hundreds take part in "world's most colourful 5km" run + VIDEO

Witney Gazette:

11:41am Saturday 25th October 2014

HUNDREDS have taken part in this year's Run or Dye event at Cornbury Park, Charlbury. 

Painting the perfect picture about birds

Witney Gazette:

11:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIRDS are often something we admire from afar, but artist Andrew Forkner is helping people get closer to the creatures with his new exhibtion.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Watch out for a lie-in

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Curator of decorative arts at the Ashmolean, Matthew Winterbottom, pictured, brings out a reminder to turn your clocks back tomorrow. He said the Polish coach watch, made in 1770, “would have been hanging in a carriage for when people were travelling around”. He added: I like the size and clarity of it, it’s made to be read. There is beauty in its simplicity.”

Trapped woman freed following road crash

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

8:50am Saturday 25th October 2014

A woman was trapped in a vehicle after a collision between a car and a minibus yesterday.

Firefighters set to strike for four days

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

12:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Firefighters will go on strike next week for four days as part of national industrial action.

Off and running for entry to our OX5 extravaganza

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

THE starting gun has been fired for next year’s Oxford Mail OX5 Run as places open for runners in the fundraising extravaganza.

F1 team must be sold before staff can return

Witney Gazette: IN THE RUNNING: Richard Pardon’s photograph of Caterham F1 team engineers in Oxfordshire

7:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham F1 have been told not to return to the team’s West Oxfordshire base until it is sold.

Royals and residents join to mourn a popular Duke

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

FAMILY, friends and schoolchildren paid their final respects to the 11th Duke of Marlborough at his funeral in Woodstock yesterday.

Inquiry into 127 homes

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

6:40am Saturday 25th October 2014

A public inquiry into a decision to refuse plans for 127 homes in the village where ITV period drama Downton Abbey films outdoor scenes will begin on Tuesday.

Woodstock festival’s autumnal focus

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S colourful autumn foliage has inspired those taking part in the Art in Woodstock festival.

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

Witney Gazette: traffic jam

6:57am Friday 24th October 2014

Bringing you the latest travel news from across the county

Ecclestone allows Caterham break

Witney Gazette: The gates at the Caterham factory in Leafield remain closed for a second day

11:47am Friday 24th October 2014

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has given special dispensation to Caterham to miss the next two grands prix whilst a buyer is sought for the cash-strapped marque.

Walking tall after 757-mile charity trek

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

A WOMAN from Chipping Norton took a seaside stroll with the dog to a new level by walking the entire length of the Welsh coast in her latest charity challenge.

Doctors’ leader questions £55 dementia diagnosis award

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DOCTORS’ leader has criticised new plans to award extra cash to GP surgeries for diagnosing dementia patients.

'Major hope' that Caterham factory in Leafield could re-open despite F1 team also going into administration

Witney Gazette:

1:34pm Friday 24th October 2014

ADMINISTRATORS have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.

UPDATE: Hundreds line Woodstock's streets for 11th Duke of Marlborough's funeral

Witney Gazette:

11:40am Friday 24th October 2014

HUNDREDS of people have gathered outside St Mary Magdalene's church in Woodstock to pay their respects to the 11th Duke of Marlborough.

Update: Road still closed after car and minibus crash in Witney

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

8:36am Friday 24th October 2014

 FIREFIGHTERS are working to free an injured person from a vehicle after a car and a minibus were involved in a collision near Witney.

Trench warfare at closest of quarters with new exhibit

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Friday 24th October 2014

TRENCH warfare is set to come to life with a new exhibit at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Funeral for 11th Duke

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

A private funeral for the 11th Duke of Marlborough is being held at St Mary Magdalene Church at 11.30am today.

Oxfordshire GCSE results improve despite Government-imposed changes

Witney Gazette: Sue Croft, the principal of Oxford Spires Academy

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S GCSE pupils have surged ahead of national averages despite concerns that Government changes would impair exam results.

Caterham F1 staff in dark over future after being locked out of Leafield Technical Centre

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham Formula 1 were last night left in the dark over their future after being locked out of the motor racing team’s West Oxfordshire base.

Eight county churches are added to ‘at risk’ register

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Friday 24th October 2014

EIGHT historic county churches in danger of being damaged beyond repair have been added to English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register.

£2.5m transport scheme hits a four-week delay

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:30am Friday 24th October 2014

WORK to resurface Ducklington Lane in Witney has been delayed by four weeks.

Man, 36, filmed girls’ sex acts via his webcam

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice

6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A PAEDOPHILE who encouraged girls as young as 11 to perform sex acts on camera and then filmed it on his phone has been spared jail.

Fernandes hits back in Caterham row

Witney Gazette: Tony Fernandes has accused Engavest of failing to honour their obligations

12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tony Fernandes has accused the consortium behind Caterham of failing to honour their obligations as a public feud between the two parties has descended into a war of words.

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

Witney Gazette: traffic jam

7:23am Thursday 23rd October 2014

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

Oxfordshire bid for record Poppy Appeal total to mark centenary of start of First World War

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire are being urged to help break the £500,000 barrier for the first time as this year’s Poppy Appeal is launched today.

Obituary: The 11th Duke of Marlborough, custodian of Blenheim Palace

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE 11th Duke of Marlborough, who has died aged 88, made it his life’s work to preserve Blenheim Palace for the future.

Chipping Norton sixth-former wins Owen Mumford engineering scholarship

Witney Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SIXTH-FORMER from Chipping Norton has won a scholarship to support his engineering studies at university from medical supplies firm Owen Mumford.

Splash of colour will fill Cornbury Park at Run or Dye event

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SPLASH of colour will greet runners taking part in a 5km charity race in West Oxfordshire on Saturday.

Update: Caterham F1 staff have been locked out of West Oxfordshire base

Witney Gazette:

10:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THERE are reports Caterham F1 staff have been locked out of the West Oxfordshire site this morning.

Cotswolds Conservation Board looks for new members

Witney Gazette:

10:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEW members are needed for the Cotswolds Conservation Board to help manage the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cassington teen toasts her 18th with a year of charitable projects

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

MOST teenagers celebrate their 18th birthday with a night on the town but Kizzy Horgan decided to mark it by starting 12 months of charity projects.

More Oxfordshire churches ‘at risk’ says heritage group

Witney Gazette: DISTINCTIVE: The English Heritage flag will be flown most of the time

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Eight Oxfordshire churches have been added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

An emotional gathering on what would have been Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker's 15th birthday

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

LIBERTY Baker’s family and friends gathered at her grave yesterday to mark what would have been her 15th birthday.

East of Woodstock homes consultation ‘should be including Oxford Airport bosses’

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

AIRPORT bosses should have been consulted ahead of plans to build up to 1,500 homes east of Woodstock, a resident told councillors yesterday.

Developers to be asked to return cash for A40 road project at Witney

Witney Gazette: Ian Hudspeth

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A COUNCIL boss wants to retrieve millions of pounds handed back to developers for a new junction on the A40 at Witney.

Oxfordshire finds cash to meet cost of free school lunches

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CASH to balance the books on bringing in free school meals for all primary school pupils has been secured.

High praise for Oxfordshire's fire and rescue service

Witney Gazette:

12:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S fire service has been praised following an independent peer review.

First Days At School: Buy a souvenir of your little one's start to primary

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THIS month in your Oxford Mail has been our annual First Days of School supplements, pictorial souvenirs of reception classes at dozens of primary schools across the county.

Chipping Norton schoolchildren put points to PM

Witney Gazette:

3:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PUPILS at Holy Trinity Primary School in Chipping Norton told David Cameron what they want from proposals for new housing next to their school.

Man taken to hospital after four vehicles crash on A34 slip road

Witney Gazette: A34 traffic alert

3:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN was taken to hospital after a four-vehicle collision north of Oxford this morning.

West Oxfordshire housing strategy delayed after thousands give their views

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BLUEPRINT for where new homes will be built in West Oxfordshire has been delayed after the district council received more feedback than it expected.

Day centre members design way-markers for Eynsham Wharf art trail

Witney Gazette:

11:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DESIGNS by a group of elderly people will be included in the £20,000 Eynsham Art Trail to celebrate a 600-year-old route in the village.

Councillors to inspect site of proposed 270-home development in Witney

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MEMBERS of West Oxfordshire District Council’s lowlands area planning sub-committee are to make a site visit before considering controversial proposals for a housing development in Witney.

New-look 2015 West Oxfordshire Business Awards launched

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) are being relaunched for 2015 with a new retail category.

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