Asbestos timebomb: Deaths set to peak over next two years, says family who lost grandad

Witney Gazette: aughters and grandchildren of Larrie Lewington, clockwise from front left, Callum Lewington, 13, Summer Clapperton, two, Rebecca Lewington, 31, Louis Clapperton, six, Charlie Unwin, seven, Evie Unwin, 11, Jessica Lewington, 30, Jake Cross, 11

8:50am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE family of a man who died after years of exposure to asbestos have warned of a “ticking timebomb” as deaths from the disease are expected to peak over the next two years.

Stretch of A420 will shut for seven weeks

Witney Gazette: Storrington road closure for £150,000 drainage works

8:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

Part of a major road through Oxfordshire is to close for seven weeks this summer while it is repaired.

Oxfordshire crime tsar’s plan leading the way

Witney Gazette: Anthony Stansfeld

7:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has said setting his priorities has helped to bring certain crime rates down.

Everest trek just taster for the Pole

Witney Gazette: Jan Meek on an expedition to the North Pole in 2008

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A FORMER Chipping Norton mayor says she has “unfinished business” as she prepares for a South Pole expedition next year.

Share your views with the police

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

5:40am Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE officers from the district’s neighbourhood teams are holding a series of meetings to allow the public to have their say on local policing.

Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

Witney Gazette: Top chef Russell Norman

5:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ORGANISERS of Oxfordshire’s Wilderness festival have unveiled a programme of feasting and revelling for their expanded event, which they say will recapture the spirit of the raucous Wychwood Forest Fairs originally held on the site.

Plea to help catch the Charlbury tyre slasher

Witney Gazette: Guy Ker has had tyres slashed four times by the mystery tyre slasher. Picture: OX66637 Mark Hemsworth

10:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MYSTERY vandal has been slashing car tyres and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in Charlbury.

Trainee teacher joins Blenheim Ribbonwalk in memory of mother

Witney Gazette: Aileen Mothersill, right, with her late mother Anner

10:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TWO months since losing her mum to cancer, Aileen Mothersill is channelling her grief into helping others.

RAF Brize Norton crews go ‘quackers’ for duck race

Witney Gazette: Senior Aircraftsman Monika Dunkley

6:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

RAF personnel at Brize Norton are used to flying the latest mighty aircraft but on May 5 they will be hoping far less hi-tech winged creatures take off.

Update: M40 cleared after earlier reports of collision

Witney Gazette: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

6:03pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRAFFIC on the M40 near junction eight near Milton Common has returned to normal following a reports of it slowing due to an accident.

Cafe creates space to discuss the big sleep

Witney Gazette: Laura Freeth, Death Cafe facilitator for OXBEL, meets and talks to people in a local cafe.  Picture: OX66632 David Fleming

5:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TEA and sympathy is taking on new meaning acoss the county this year as a series of ‘Death Cafes’ seek to shed light on the dark subject of death. Debbie Waite reports

Delays on First Great Western trains between Didcot and Reading

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS are facing delays of up to 15 minutes on First Great Western services.

Gagging politicians is ‘not acceptable’ says minister

Witney Gazette: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister has criticised a town council’s proposal to ban councillors from talking to the media without getting written permission first.

Dementia patient search service is axed after not finding enough missing people

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to locate missing dementia patients has been forced to close after it found only one lost OAP in 18 months.

RAF Falcons pass with flying colours

Witney Gazette: The vibrant picture of the parachute team snapped by Adi Webb from his mum’s house

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IS it a bird? Is it a plane?

Union role for Witney teacher

Witney Gazette: Geoff Branner

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A WITNEY teacher is the new president of a teacher’s trade union.

Raiders snatch wheels ahead of charity ride

Witney Gazette: Janice Lovegrove found the wheels of her bike had been stolen.

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED social worker training for a 279-mile cycle ride across China in aid of Women V Cancer has had the wheels of her bike stolen.

Lack of bricklayers ‘may threaten housing boom’

Witney Gazette: Bricklayer Simon Wells says he is so busy he is having to turn work away. Picture: OX66598 Damian Halliwell

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CHRONIC shortage of bricklayers and construction professionals in the county could slow down house building and push up property prices still further.

Husband launches natural products for sensitive skin

Witney Gazette: Tim Davies with some of his skincare products. Picture: OX66297 David Fleming

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Supermarket shelves are full of skincare products proclaiming to be “natural” and “organic” but there are question marks over exactly how many chemicals they contain.

Election day decisions: are we in or are we out?


5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This year’s elections for the European Parliament on May 22 will see voters in Oxfordshire become part of the second largest electorate in the world – trumped only by India. Damian Fantato reports

Patrick McHugh: a former councillor who fostered an early interest in the priesthood

Witney Gazette: Patrick McHugh

4:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A FORMER district councillor for Chipping Norton has died aged 72.

SCALES OF JUSTICE: Cases from the county law courts

Witney Gazette: REJECTED AND DEJECTED: An Ammanford man was left disappointed after a judge refused to send him to jail.

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014


Council spent £42k on a special media team

Witney Gazette: Andrew Smith

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

SPIN doctors were hired at a cost of £42,000 to help Oxfordshire County Council handle the Oxford grooming gang scandal.

700 houses on hold

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A decision on plans for 700 homes east of Carterton has been delayed.

County dole claimants reach five-year low

Witney Gazette: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen to just one per cent of the working population for the first time in more than five years.

Wildlife? We’re just nuts about it

Witney Gazette: A red squirrel

8:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

HALF of Oxfordshire residents have seen a muntjac deer in their garden, but only two per cent think they have ever had a visit from a red squirrel, pictured.

New care home fees get council approval

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council rev logo

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has approved its new care home fees for this financial year.

89 per cent get first choice school

Witney Gazette: Cllr Zoe Patrick

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

NEARLY 90 per cent of Oxfordshire children due to start school in September have been allocated a place at their first choice.

Taxi firms across West Oxfordshire seek 20 per cent rise in fares

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

TAXI fares in West Oxfordshire could rise by 20 per cent.

Innocent man given substantial police payout for photo mistake

Witney Gazette: Guilty: Daniel Rodriguez

8:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE have paid a man “substantial compensation” after releasing his photograph in a press release about a rapist.

Record turnout for big clean-up

Witney Gazette: Members of the tidy-up team, Becky, Joseph and Sophie Raven, Nicky and Ian Mellings, Benjamin and Ralph Anker, Adie Gargan, and Chris Holliday

5:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

MADLEY Park Residents’ Association celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first litter-pick with a record turnout for another tidy-up on Saturday.

There's plenty to debate as districts go to the polls

Witney Gazette: White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon last year after local council elections. Votes will be counted on Friday, May 23, following three district council elections

5:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NEXT month thousands of people across Oxfordshire will be able to have their say on how their councils are run.

Music shop tunes up for open-air birthday concert

Witney Gazette: Ags Connolly

4:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WEST Oxfordshire’s only independent record shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a day of open-air live music.

Community gets dividend from Co-op

Witney Gazette: Store manager Chris Chandler, back, centre, with representatives of the groups and schools which have benefited from donations from Carterton Co-op

12:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE CO-OP supermarket in Carterton has donated £3,000 to 10 charities, schools and local organisations.

Runners pound the capital's streets to boost their favourite charities

Witney Gazette: Anna Reading is all smiles as she makes progress in the capital

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FOR the 36,000 people taking part, this year’s London Marathon was the culmination of months of training.

Trio of pilots take off on gruelling marathon effort

Witney Gazette: Left to right, flight lieutenants Tom Mountney, Rob Platt and Graeme Hunt

11:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

FOR three RAF flight lieutenants running the equivalent of 17 marathons in 17 days, each one of the 448 miles they run will be poignant reminder of loss.

New RAF Atlas aircraft heads for runway

Witney Gazette: The RAF’s first A400M Atlas, airframe number MSN015, on the Airbus production line in Seville

11:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

RAF Brize Norton’s first Airbus A400M Atlas heavy transport plane is nearing completion at Airbus’s factory in Spain.

It's little wonder he's a real Town and Gown superhero

Witney Gazette: 'Wonder Woman’ Phil Grant. Picture: OX66521 Jon Lewis

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

HE may feel too old to pound the streets with other runners but “Wonder Woman” Phil Grant will be cheering on thousands at a city 10k next month.

Vehicle fire on the M40 between Thame and Watlington

Witney Gazette: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

8:41am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A VEHICLE caught fire on the M40 in Oxfordshire earlier this morning.

Computer gift gives voice to the disabled

Witney Gazette: John Deeley with the special computer

8:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A HI-TECH computer is helping disabled people to communicate.

Care home nurse is cautioned for threat

Witney Gazette: Greta Muvuti

8:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A care home nurse has been cautioned after threatening to cut the daughter of a quadriplegic patient “into little pieces”.

May Queen crown passes from mum to daughter

Witney Gazette: Elinor Everest and her daughter Imogen, Elisha Curtis and her mum Elsa

8:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THIRTY years ago, Elinor Everest proudly paraded through Eynsham as her primary school’s May Queen.

Plans approved

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A proposed link between Oxfordshire County Council and Hampshire County Council has taken a step forward.

Town councillors may face ‘outrageous’ gagging order

Witney Gazette: Cllr Duncan Enright with the clause from the document proposing to ban Witney town councillors from talking to the press

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

COUNCILLORS who were democractically elected in Witney could be banned from speaking to the press without getting written permission first under the town council’s new media policy.

Car tyres slashed

Witney Gazette: A slashed tyre in Old Town

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Car tyres have been punctured and let down in a spate of incidents in Charlbury.

£59m road projects included in budget

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council agreed yesterday to include £59m of transport improvements around the county in its capital programme.

Consultants get another £150k from NHS group

Witney Gazette: Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is finding the cuts

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MANAGEMENT consultants will get an extra £150,000 from taxpayers after a contract was extended to help the NHS find savings.

Town to get market square in £150,000 spending plans

Witney Gazette: Carterton mayor Lynn Little and West Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for communities Richard Langridge by the war memorial, which is being cleaned as part of a project to regenerate Carterton town centre

6:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

PLANS to create a market square in Carterton as part of a £150,000 regeneration project will be a major improvement to the town, councillors say.

Classic motor rally turns a few heads

Witney Gazette: ohn and Heather Dresser with their green Triumph TR3a

10:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

SHOPPERS in Witney were greeted by an unusual sight as 70 classic cars drove into the town on Sunday.

Joy as 120 jobs are saved at Witney bakery

Witney Gazette: Back to School with The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Competition

8:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE jobs of more than 100 workers at a cake-making business have been saved after it was bought out of administration.

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