Recalling brave young men who went to war

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A NEW exhibition at Charlbury Museum charts the lives of young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Mark McKay reports

Wood-cutting has me stumped but at least Bambi was fair game

Witney Gazette:

3:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

ONLY half-way through sawing the log, I’m exhausted. Needless to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever been handed a 5ft saw and been asked to cut off the end of a small poplar tree stump.

Chef's military-style seafood dish proves a Great British winner

Witney Gazette: Emily Watkins at work in the kitchen of the Kingham Plough

5:00am Friday 27th June 2014

IT WOULD not look out of place on a battle-weary soldier’s lap in the 1940s, but Emily Watkins’ seafood dish is a gourmet winner delighting old warriors and modern diners alike.

‘Our 2020 Vision can help us to keep on making big savings’

Witney Gazette: SHARED RESOURCE: Cllr David Harvey, cabinet member for environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, pictured with refuse staff, left to right, Gary Gill, Stan Kacbrzak, Roy Fennell, Andy Cracknell Mark Empson. Refuse services could soon be shared wit

5:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

Mark Booty, Deputy Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council and cabinet member responsible for innovation

Sculpture show tells stories in stone

Witney Gazette: Asthall Manor’s owner Rosie Pearson, left, and co-curator of the exhibition Anna Greenacre with Aly Brown’s sculpture Hathor

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Nicola Lisle takes a tour of this year’s On Form open-air sculpture exhibition at Asthall Manor, near Burford

New museum honours county’s Army history

Witney Gazette: The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

5:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum is to open its doors for the first time to bring the county’s most memorable war stories under one roof. Mark McKay reports

Why UKIP didn’t break through in Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette: UKIP supporters listen to the other parties’ victory speeches at the South East of England european election count in Southampton Guildhall on Sunday, May 25, when the votes were counted across the EU

5:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

As the dust settles two weeks after UKIP’s “earthquake” at the polls, Damian Fantato looks at why Oxfordshire remains the only county in the South East without a UKIP councillor

On the road to change

Witney Gazette: Keith Slater, chairman of the Oxfordshire Town Chamber Network, says that congestion on the A40 can harm business prospects for Oxfordshire as a whole. Picture: OX67555 Antony Moore

3:31pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has published its latest transport strategy, which says new developments throughout Oxford require a less-congested A40 between Witney and the city. MATT OLIVER investigates the report

Festival fun is odds-on favourite

Witney Gazette: Sadie and the Hotheads

9:41am Thursday 22nd May 2014

On the eve of its 10th birthday, Tim Hughes finds out about Wychwood's eclectic line-up

Wildlife cameraman turns in different direction

Witney Gazette: James Gray shapes a chair back in his workshop

12:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

During his career as a cameraman, James Gray spent countless hours tracking and filming the world’s wildlife, but in retirement he is using his creative talents in a new way, hand-crafting Windsor chairs in a workshop close to his home, he tells Gill Oliver

Making music is still magical after 25-year break

Witney Gazette: Louise Woods with her French horn

12:00pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

Burford Orchestra is holding a Come and Play event on Sunday to encourage more musicians to join its ranks. Louise Woods explains how she took up playing the French horn again after a 25-year gap and rediscovered the joy of performing as part of a large ensemble

Artist enjoys her Mini adventure

Witney Gazette: Sarah Moncrieff works on one of her paintings of the Cowley car plant

12:00pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

Julie Webb finds out how the Cowley car factory inspired Woodstock artist Sarah Moncrieff’s Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition

Weaving a spell

Witney Gazette: Trish Poole holding a blanket made from Cotswold Woollen Weavers’ new Oxfordshire check cloth

12:00pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

COTSWOLD Woollen Weavers at Filkins has a dual personality – it has a Gloucestershire postcode but it is actually in Oxfordshire.

Clare Mackintosh is playing it by the book

Witney Gazette: Clare Mackintosh

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Writer, former cop and Chipping Norton Literary Festival founder Clare Mackintosh finds a little time to talk to Jaine Blackman

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.






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