Dramatic vision for the arts

Witney Gazette: Robin Martin-Oliver with some of the members of his Stagecoach theatre school at the Langdale Hall in Witney

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Theatre school principal Robert Martin-Oliver tells Nicola Lisle about his ambitions to put Witney on the cultural map

River crossing a reminder of classic children's story

Witney Gazette: Radcot Bridge, pictured in 1875 by pioneering Oxfordshire photographer Henry Taunt. Traffic now crosses the river on a single-arch bridge dating from 1798. Picture: Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A journey across Radcot Bridge inspires Chris Koenig to dig out a classic children’s book set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Green campaigner cuts out waste

Witney Gazette: Anna Pitt creates a wood pile which will be used to fuel her cooker and stoves – in three years’ time, once it is properly dried out

12:00pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

Going green is second nature to West Oxfordshire eco-crusader Anna Pitt, discovers Denise Barkley

Deadly dramas prove popular

Witney Gazette: Alexander Rain and co-director Sue Baxter from the murder-mystery company Smoke and Mirrors

12:00pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Chris Koenig discovers how a murder mystery production company is providing plenty of work for ‘resting’ actors

Family are forge masters

Witney Gazette: Philip Pratley hammers metal in his forge

6:00pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Making curtain poles, chandeliers and candlesticks is all in a day’s work for Wychwoods blacksmith Philip Pratley and his family

Warriors of Blenheim recalled at Great War exhibition

Witney Gazette: The curator of the exhibition Karen Wiseman pictured arranging the uniform of a 2nd Lieutenant of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)

5:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

IT’S one of England’s finest tourist attractions. But few people are aware of the role Blenheim Palace in Woodstock played in wartime. Matt Oliver went along to its new exhibition A Great Estate at War: Land, Sea and Air to find out more

A lemonade that tastes of lemons at Samuelsons of Witney

Witney Gazette: Drinking to success: Jonathan Luker

10:49am Thursday 20th February 2014

Helen Peacocke talks to the brains behind soft drinks firm Samuelsons of Witney

Divulging Great War's untold stories - Folk singer Sam Lee

Witney Gazette: Major project: Sam Lee is encouraging local people to leng Cogges Manor Farm personal artefacts and memorabilia connected with the First World War

9:44am Thursday 20th February 2014

Folk singer Sam Lee tells Tim Hughes of his research into long-lost songs and tales

The city of dreaming spires and desires

Witney Gazette: Tenor singer Mike Woodward from Opera Anywhere hooked up with florists Fabulous Flowers in Banbury Road, Oxford, to offer a ‘opera-o-gram’ service to romantic Valentine’s. Here he delivers a bouquet to Olivia Hay while serenading her

5:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

LOOKING for love? Then at least you’re in the right place.

This county must speak as one demanding flood work

Witney Gazette: Councillor Rodney Rose at the flooded Bablockhythe caravan park in January.  Picture: OX64553 Denis Kennedy

5:00pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Rodney Rose, Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader, says communities and businesses must speak with one voice over the floods.

Mum’s the word for entrepreneurs

Witney Gazette: Personal trainer Kate Bennett, centre, with clients Anna de Burca, left, with her son Lewis, and Alison Law with her son Henry

12:00pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

Meet two West Oxfordshire ‘mumpreneurs’ who have decided to start their own businesses rather than struggling to fit family life around their careers

Keep dementia victims part of the community

Witney Gazette: SUPPORT: Barbara Watts, left, and Charlotte Martins taking part in a training session aimed at helping villages in Clanfield, near Witney, better understand dementia

5:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

AS PRIME Minister David Cameron doubles the research budget into the ‘ticking timebomb’ of dementia, a training project is rolling out across 60 of Oxfordshire’s towns and villages, to help bring dementia’s ‘invisible’ victims back into their communities. Debbie Waite reports

‘Equipment only a lifesaver if you know how to use it’

Witney Gazette: Mike Graham, from Chipping Norton Lions Club, teaches Oxford Mail reporter Alex Wynick how to use a defibrillator during a course at the Crown and Cushion Hotel. Picture: OX64909 Simon Williams

5:00am Friday 31st January 2014

DEFIBRILLATORS are vital for saving lives, but only if you know how to use them.

Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

Witney Gazette: Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

9:42am Thursday 30th January 2014

Ruthie Henshall is raising the curtain on her life, as she tells Tim Hughes

Helping hand to share street sounds

Witney Gazette: Andy Hill and Lottie Carter at the turntables at the Beat This! launch

12:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

Young musicians from West Oxfordshire are being offered a helping hand to hone their skills and learn about recording their music on a free course in Witney

Rubbing it in with new mustard for cooks

Witney Gazette: Bruce Young with a jar of his Oxford Mustard

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Hailey mustard maker Bruce Young has come up with a special new variety designed to be rubbed on to meat, fish and vegetables to add flavour as they cook.

Celebrating 40 years of Chipping Norton Theatre

Witney Gazette: TEAM SPIRIT: Theatre staff, from left, Henry Holman, volunteer; Amy Southeard, stage manager; Robina Hutchings, admin; Amby Hitchcox, head of operations; Vanessa Managhan, marketing and take part officer; Helen Datson, fundraising officer; Tess Biles, sen

5:00pm Monday 20th January 2014

As Chipping Norton Theatre this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, Mail reporter Matt Oliver takes a look back at the small, but perfectly formed venue’s history

The stepping stones to a happy and successful life

Witney Gazette: Fergus Wessel at work.

10:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

FIND out what you enjoy doing. Learn how to do it well. Then persuade the world at large to pay you for doing it.

Seniors shape up

Witney Gazette: Olwen Radburn, front, with members of her class in Freeland

12:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

With the arrival of a new year, your mind may be turning to getting fit. But Age Concern Oxfordshire is already streets ahead when it comes to keeping the over-60s in shape.

Wildlife comes first with living landscapes policy

Witney Gazette: Comeback: Otters benefit from environmentally friendly farming

11:23am Thursday 9th January 2014

Matt Jackson of the wildlife trust on farming that is friendly to nature

Gatekeeper offers solar-powered security

Witney Gazette: Mike Yeats with the locking mechanism used on the solar-powered gates

12:00pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

Jane Marriott meets West Oxfordshire businessman Mike Yeats, who provides sun-powered security for people and business in the middle of nowhere — for anything from farm gates to country house drives

Spying out the land in search of Middle Ashton

Witney Gazette: The rooftops of Over Norton and the ridge beyond. Pictures: George Wormald

12:00pm Wednesday 1st January 2014

Maggie Hartford goes in search of the fictional village of Middle Ashton as she sets out to explore the countryside and history of some of the smaller communities around Chipping Norton

The fine art of feline diplomacy

Witney Gazette: Uno the Birman kitten

12:00pm Wednesday 25th December 2013

Science writer Richard Corfield reflects on the impact of a new arrival on the feline members of his household in Long Hanborough

Signs of recovery starting to show in West Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette: Barry Norton

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

Barry Norton, the leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, looks back at 2013 and forward to the prospects for the area in the new year

Tracing the tracks of times past

Witney Gazette: Coldharbour Road, off the Ridgeway

12:00pm Friday 20th December 2013

Tim Healey sets out to discover Oxfordshire’s drove roads - ancient highways for livestock heading for markets across the country

Changing fortunes of the Corn Exchange

Witney Gazette: The Corn Exchange

12:00pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

Witney Corn Exchange’s 150th anniversary year has passed in silence, with the building closed on safety grounds. Nicola Lisle takes a look at its past and plans to bring it back to life

Set Fayre to make Christmas special in Witney

Witney Gazette: Witney Town Hall decorated with lights last year

9:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

Witney's Christmas celebrations get under way on Friday with a festive fayre on Church Green organised by the Lions Club

Movie knight right at home

Witney Gazette: Sir Ben Kingsley as tattooed space warrior Mazer Rackham for his latest big screen role in Ender’s Game

12:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

With a stage and screen career spanning more than 45 years, West Oxfordshire resident Sir Ben Kingsley is one of the UK’s best-known actors.

A lifeline for farmers that has never been more in demand

Witney Gazette: Phillipa Spackman

4:20pm Thursday 7th November 2013

CALLS have almost doubled to the helpline of an Oxford farming charity as the industry is hit by tough weather and disease.

Aaron Keylock: Oxfordshire's teenage blues brother sets his sights on the big time

Witney Gazette: Boy wonder: Aaron Keylock with Nine Below Zero's Dennis Greaves

12:20pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Schoolboy Aaron Keylock is making waves as a blues musician. TIM HUGHES talks to a young artist who is planning to go all the way. Read and listen here...

The deer hunter

Witney Gazette: Tom Marshall with some of his charges in Cornbury’s deer park

12:00pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

DEERSTALKING is a full-time job for Tom Marshall.

Writing books is a family affair

Witney Gazette: Charlotte and Adam Guillain

5:00pm Friday 1st November 2013

Married co-authors Charlotte and Adam Guillain tell JAINE BLACKMAN why they love working together

Dancer on top of world after overcoming health problems

Witney Gazette: Michaela Guibarra in action

12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

SHE loves to dance, but Michaela Guibarra has had to overcome serious health problems to achieve her dream.

Building role for St Mary's Church as community hub

Witney Gazette: The Rev Toby Wright and his wife Sally with their children Felicity and Caspar at St Mary’s Church in Witney

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Denise Barkley talks to the Rev Toby Wright, the Rector of Witney, about plans to turn St Mary’s Church into a community hub and a one-stop wedding venue

Organic growth key for Daylesford

Witney Gazette: The shop at Daylesford Farm

12:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

DAYLESFORD Organic has grown in a decade from a farm shop near Kingham into a thriving enterprise with London outlets, a cookery school, spa and much more, but remains very much part of the local community

Detective tells story of hunt for Witney couple's 'evil' killer

Witney Gazette: Murderer John Cooper

12:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

THE detective who was to finally bring to justice the killer of the Witney couple Peter and Gwenda Dixon, recalls turning to a prominent criminal psychologist, who had worked with some of the most dangerous criminals in British jails.

Giving plastic the push

Witney Gazette: Kate Griffin, with recyclable paper bags and plastic wrapping, much of which cannot be reused

5:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

Kate Griffin, from Witney, tells Sophie Scott why she set out to live plastic-free for an entire month

Mind the gap

Witney Gazette: Mandy Warwick

5:00pm Friday 6th September 2013

GILL OLIVER finds out why taking a gap year can be a life-changing experience for anybody... not just students

Meet the Slummy Mummies

Witney Gazette: Witney’s Slummy Mummies at one of their regular social events. Picture: Des Dubber

12:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

WE HAVE all heard of ‘yummy mummies’, but Witney now has its own group of fun-loving young mums with a memorable name - the ‘Slummy Mummies’.

Who ate all the (delicious) pies?

Witney Gazette: Nathan Tuckwell with some of his excellent pies    Picture: Helen Peacocke

12:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

THERE were pies in the early days but although pastry can be traced right back to early Arab cookery, the true art of pastry making, with all its complexities, did not finally emerge until the 17th century.

Jo's example an inspiration to other young MS sufferers

Witney Gazette: Jo Hardiman with her Young Inspiration award from Oxford University

3:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013

IN March, Jo Hardiman from Chipping Norton received the Oxford MS Young Inspiration Award at Oxford University’s MS 2013 research conference at Abingdon’s Four Pillars Hotel.

Izzy Taylor: The golden girl of eventing

Witney Gazette: Ready to ride: Izzy Taylor

1:45pm Friday 23rd August 2013

Reg Little meets local rider Izzy Taylor ahead of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

Book remembers railway days in Witney

Witney Gazette: A train bound for Oxford arrives at Witney station in about 1912

12:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

RECENT weeks have seen calls made for a study into the prospects for a light railway link, using modern trams, between Witney and Oxford to cut congestion on the A40.

Her stable career makes horse sense to young mum Kelly

Witney Gazette: Kelly Lainsbury at Heath Farm, near Milton-under-Wychwood, where she works as yard manager for leading dressage rider and trainer Emile Faurie

5:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013

New mum Kelly Lainsbury has been horse-mad since she was six years old.

Rich pickings for best churches book

Witney Gazette: Richard Wheeler with a copy of his book about Oxfordshire’s churches

12:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

RICHARD Wheeler is expecting trouble from some readers of his new book, Oxfordshire’s Best Churches.

When all you want is your Big Sister

Witney Gazette: Kym-Marie with a card giving the number of the Wash My Pink Jumper Helpline

12:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

WITH alcohol abuse by young women on the increase, Debbie Waite meets the Big Sisters from Witney who are tackling the issue

Lady Rotherwick is at home in the Wilderness

Witney Gazette: Festival host: Lady Rotherwick

11:33am Friday 9th August 2013

Host of Wilderness festival Lady Tania Rotherwick tells Tim Hughes why she just can’t wait for the weekend...

Pubs brew their own beer, just like the old days

Witney Gazette: Pubs brew their own beer, just like the old days

12:00am Thursday 8th August 2013

OVER the years I have spent some considerable time perusing the names of the beer on sale at my local and displayed at off-licences and supermarkets.

An extra special role in Downton

Witney Gazette: Esther Hepworth

5:00pm Friday 2nd August 2013

Any fan of Downton Abbey would be delighted to be in the centre of the action but being an extra in the costume drama had special meaning for Esther Hepworth.

Wilderness: So much more than your average festival

Witney Gazette: Wilderness: Where the wild things are...

6:12pm Thursday 25th July 2013

With a line-up of art theatre, debate, rural pursuits and fine-dining, Wilderness is far from the average music festival. Tim Hughes talks to the brains behind it all, Tim Harvey






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