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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 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. 

UPDATE: 'Standstill' traffic for on the A34 as Kennington and Hinksey roundabout works begin

Witney Gazette: A34 traffic alert

8:21am Monday 28th July 2014

QUEUING traffic has formed this morning on the A34 around the roadworks  at the Kennington and Hinksey Hill roundabouts.

‘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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Singers silenced as church organ goes up in smoke

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN the organ at St Mary’s Church, Witney, started smoking in the middle of a hymn, the congregation was stunned into silence.

Woman wants £10k for job suspension

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A council employee has said she wants more than £10,000 compensation from Oxfordshire County Council after being suspended from her job.

Firefighters warn of holiday dangers

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

7:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S firefighters have issued advice to help people keep their homes safe if they go away over the summer.

Power cut hits homes

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

More than 2,000 properties in Witney were without power for part of yesterday morning.

‘Appalling’ domestic abuse statistics

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

NEARLY 7,000 Oxfordshire children were caught up in domestic abuse incidents last year, figures show.

Enthusiasts’ rapid response to Minor matters

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN their jobs for South Central Ambulance Service, Dick Tracey and David England’s rapid response can mean the difference between life and death. But at weekends the classic car enthusiasts slow down the traffic for a very different reason.

Meet the man putting us in the pictures

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH his new period drama Belle one of the summer’s cinema hits, Reg Little talks to film producer Damian Jones about his film career and takes a look at how the county makes it onto the big – and small – screen

New voter registration system ready for roll-out in West Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

4:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ALL West Oxfordshire residents are about to receive a letter telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.

Future is bright for county's energy trainees as centre opens in Witney

Witney Gazette:

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

APPRENTICES can take advantage of a modern purpose-built training centre when it opens in September.

First day of A420 roadworks described as a nightmare

Witney Gazette: a420 alert

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE first day of major roadworks along the A420 were described as a ‘nightmare’ by locals in Shrivenham yesterday.

Plans for thousands of extra homes branded a catastrophe

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE face of Witney could “fundamentally change” if another 3,500 homes are built in the town, according to a resident.

£20,000 fine for firm for breaking asbestos disposal law during demolition

Witney Gazette: David Harvey

12:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DEVELOPMENT firm has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £15,000 after failing to ensure asbestos was removed safely during the demolition of the Buttercross Works in Witney.

Mayor raises toast to 25 years of twinning

Witney Gazette:

11:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITNEY'S mayor Jeanette Baker paid a visit to Witney’s twin town in Germany to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the link.

Update: Power restored to 2,000 homes in Witney

Witney Gazette: 40-hour power-cut angers residents

10:49am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

POWER has now been restored to the properties in Witney.

Furniture plant rescue saves 84 jobs

Witney Gazette: SET FOR DINNER: Lucy's dining table is ready for guests.

9:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

EIGHTY-FOUR staff at Witney furniture maker Corndell were told on Monday that their jobs are safe after a takeover deal was agreed.

How two little ‘princes’ spent their very different birthdays

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

OUR FUTURE king celebrated his first birthday yesterday, but it wasn’t just Prince George who blew out a candle.

A partial victory as school bus service saved for another year

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in West Oxfordshire say they have have gained a partial victory after an appeal overturned plans to end a free school bus service.

Learning to juggle business with lots of ‘mummy time’

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT’S often said that mums rule the world, but it’s harder than it looks to run a business and cope with kids.

Picture Special: a colourful look at weekend events

Witney Gazette:

6:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

 







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