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&OUR MORE WEEKS OF WORK WILL BE
GIN ON !PRIL WITH ROAD CLOSURES
OVERNIGHT AND PAVEMENT AND CYCLE
WORKS DURING THE DAY
4HE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES A
WEEK AFTER 3OUTHERN 'AS .ET
WORKS COMPLETED REPAIRS AT THE
JUNCTION OF &ERRY (INKSEY 2OAD
WHICH CAUSED MAJOR DELAYS
"EFORE THAT DRIVERS WERE FORCED
TO ENDURE WEEKS OF QUEUES WHILE
/XFORDSHIRE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ãXED
&RIDESWIDE 3QUARE
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STORE IN "OTLEY 2OAD SAID Ö7HEN
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Ö#USTOMERS KNOW THE WORK IS GO
ING ON AND AVOID THE AREA AND THAT
AFFECTS OUR FOOTFALL ) DONÔT KNOW
WHY THEY DONÔT JUST BLITZ THE WHOLE
THING ALL AT ONCE×
,AST MONTH THE /XFORDSHIRE
'ROWTH "OARD PUBLISHED DETAILS OF
MAJOR PROJECTS TO RECEIVE FUNDING
OVER ãVE YEARS INCLUDING bM FOR
THE "OTLEY 2OAD CORRIDOR PROJECT
PLUS b TO LOOK AT WIDENING
"OTLEY 2OAD RAIL BRIDGE
4HE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO UP
GRADE THE ROAD SURFACE GIVE BUSES
PRIORITY AND IMPROVE THE ROUTE FOR
CYCLISTS
"UT PREPARATORY WORK INCLUDING
IDENTIFYING UTILITY COMPANY PIPES
BELOW THE ROAD NEEDS TO BE DONE
AND THIS WILL BEGIN FROM !PRIL 3IGNS HAVE BEEN PUT UP IN "OTLEY
2OAD THAT THE LATEST WORK IS TO TAKE
PLACE
! COUNTY COUNCIL SPOKESMAN
SAID Ö7E WILL BE CARRYING OUT
SOME SURVEY WORK AT LOCATIONS
ALONG THE "OTLEY 2OAD FROM !PRIL
4HIS IS LOWIMPACT WORK AIMED
AT IDENTIFYING AND RECORDING THE
LOCATION OF UNDERGROUND UTILITIES
TO SUPPORT PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS
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NIGHTS STARTING ON -AY EXCLUD
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TWEEN PM AND AM TO ENSURE ANY
CONGESTION OR IMPACT ON BUS SER
VICES IS KEPT TO AN ABSOLUTE MINI
MUM
Ö&OOTWAY AND CYCLE TRACK INVESTI
GATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE
DAY AND THIS WORK IS SCHEDULED TO
TAKE PLACE BETWEEN !PRIL AND
-AY #ARE WILL BE TAKEN TO MINI
MISE DISRUPTION FOR PEDESTRIANS
AND CYCLISTS PARTICULARLY AT PEAK
TIMES
Ö!PPROPRIATE TRAFãC MANAGE
MENT WILL BE IN PLACE TO DIRECT ALL
USERS AROUND ANY INVESTIGATORY
WORKS×
4HE COUNCIL HAS NOT PROVIDED
PRECISE DETAILS ABOUT THE WORK
TAKING PLACE BUT ROADWORKSORG
A NATIONAL ROADWORKS MONITORING
WEBSITE WHICH THE COUNCIL REFERS
DRIVERS TO SUGGESTS THE WORK WILL
GO ON FOR LONGER THAN FOUR WEEKS
)T LISTS THE SCHEME STARTING ON
!PRIL AND CONCLUDING ON *UNE
WITH DELAYS ÓPOSSIBLEÔ AND ÓLIKE
LYÔ AT JUNCTIONS BETWEENS #RIPLEY
2OAD AND ,AMARSH 2OAD
4HE WEBSITE INDICATES TEMPORARY
TRAFãC LIGHTS WILL BE IN PLACE WHEN
WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT AT JUNC
TIONS
!ND TRAFãC LIGHTS LOOK SET TO RE
TURN TO THE &ERRY (INKSEY 2OAD
JUNCTION WHILE MORE WORK IS CAR
RIED OUT #ITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL
LOR FOR *ERICHO AND /SNEY 3USANNA
0RESSEL SAID SHE WOULD TRY TO EN
SURE THE COUNTY COUNCIL KEPT DIS
RUPTION TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM
Ö)ÔM SORRY TO HEAR POOR MOTORISTS
MAY BE SUBJECTED TO MORE DISRUP
TION× SHE SAID
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FUL IMPROVEMENTS TO "OTLEY 2OAD
WHICH ARE BADLY NEEDED×
,AST MONTH A SEVENWEEK REPAIR
PROGRAMME WAS COMPLETED AT
&RIDESWIDE 3QUARE AFTER DAMAGE
CAUSED BY ÓUNLAWFUL DRIVINGÔ
!ND IT APPEARS THE SQUARE HAS
BEEN DOGGED BY MORE WITH TWO
ROAD SIGNS AT THE (OLLYBUSH 2OW
ENTRANCE äATTENED BY A DRIVER
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VIOLENT DEATH OF THE WORLDÔS
ONLY DODO SPECIMEN TO CON
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4HE SPECIMEN KEPT AT /X
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.ATURAL (ISTORY IS THE MOST
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7ITH THE NATION SEEMINGLY
GRIPPED BY A NEW MOMENTUM TO
TACKLE THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCOURGE
OF SINGLEUSE PLASTICS HEADON
CAMPAIGNERS SAY /XFORDSHIRE
COULD AND SHOULD BE AT THE FORE
FRONT
9ESTERDAY %NVIRONMENT 3ECRE
TARY -ICHAEL 'OVE ANNOUNCED
PLANS TO BAN THE SALE OF PLASTIC
STRAWS AND DRINK STIRRERS AS PART
OF A CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO HALT THE
POLLUTION OF THE WORLDÔS RIVERS AND
OCEANS
-EANWHILE THIS 3UNDAY THE
WORLDÔS LARGEST ANNUAL ENVIRON
MENTAL MOVEMENT %ARTH $AY WILL
URGE PEOPLE TO PLEDGE TO REDUCE THE
AMOUNT OF PLASTIC THEY USE
4HERE ARE ALSO MANY IN /XFORD
SHIRE WHO ARE DOING THEIR BIT
Ñ PERHAPS MOST NOTABLY /XFORD
#ITY #OUNCILÔS ANNOUNCEMENT LAST
MONTH THAT IT WILL PHASE OUT SINGLE
USE PLASTICS IN ITS OWN BUILDINGS
(OWEVER #HRIS #HURCH OF /X
FORD &RIENDS OF THE %ARTH SAID IN
MANY CASES IT WAS A MATTER OF ÓTOO
MUCH TALKING AND NOT ENOUGH AC
TIONÔ
(E SAID Ö7E ARE DOING SOME VERY
GOOD STUFF BUT ) THINK TOO MUCH OF
WHAT IS GOING ON IN /XFORD IS STILL
IN THE TALKING STAGE
Ö4HEREÔS STILL AN AWFUL LOT OF SIN
GLEUSE PLASTICS BEING USED
Ö)TÔS ENCOURAGING TO SEE SOME OF
THE INITIATIVES BUT THEY HAVENÔT
MADE THEIR WAY TO THE GENERAL CON
SUMER
Ö/XFORD HAS GOT MORE ENVIRON
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Motorcycle thefts
spark police appeal
MOTORCYCLE owners have been warned to
make sure their vehicles are secure following
a spate of thefts.
Three bikes have now been stolen from
outside homes in Abingdon since Monday.
The first was taken sometime between 3pm
on Sunday and 5am on Monday from
Hadland Road.
On the same night, this time between
7.30pm and 7.30am, a motorcycle was stolen
from Cemetery Road.
Finally, sometime between 10.30pm on
Tuesday and 12.30am Wednesday a bike was
stolen from Franklin Close.
This is the only one recovered and was
found damaged nearby.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
police on 101.
Folk festival returns
SOME of the biggest names in folk will be
in Oxford today for a three-day musical
celebration.
Eliza Carthy, Sam Carter and Jackie Oates
will be among the performers who will play at
venues across the city for the seventh Folk
Weekend Oxford event.
Unusual gig locations include the
Bodleian’s Weston Library, the Norrington
Room at Blackwell’s Bookshop, as well as
the Wesley Memorial Church and Quaker
Meeting House.
A full list of performances is available via
folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Grab a toy bargain
CALL FOR ACTION: Left, Oxford Friends of the Earth
members Jacky Penning-Rowsell, Vivienne Brown, Fiona
Tavner, Chris Church and Tim Beckman; above, plastic waste
in a bin in Oxford and on a beach
and Jericho Coffee Traders
– scored top marks.
She said: “The plastics
industry has convinced
us there’s a need for all of
these plastics but there are
alternatives.
“I was surprised how
many cafes, for instance,
were still using plastic
straws.
“There was one cafe that
didn’t even know what we
were talking about, so there
is definitely room for improvement.”
The devastating effect
plastics are having on the
world’s oceans and wildlife was fired into the public consciousness by David
Attenbrough’s Blue Planet
programme,
prompting
many calls for more to be
done to cut down, or even
cut out, single-use plastics.
And Oxfordshire is by no
means standing still when
it comes to improving its
plastic use.
Just this week a campaign
was launched in Abingdon
urging residents and business owners to become antiplastic pioneers by cutting
the amount used in their
town.
Thame resident Dom
Stanway-Williams, meanwhile, recently launched
his own Oxfordshire reusable takeaway coffee cup
which he is hoping to stock
in shops around Oxford and
sell to local councils and
hospitals.
Scientists at Harwell’s Diamond Light Source laboratory are approaching the
problem from a novel angle
by trying to engineer a plastic-eating enzyme to digest
old bags and bottles.
However, Mr Church said
there must be a more organised approach in order take
advantage of the nation’s
collective will to end the
use of single-use plastics.
He said: “Concerns come
in waves.
“We should use the fact
that the public are interested as the basis for some real
organised change.”
p For more information on
Earth Day and what you can
do reduce plastic use visit
earthday.org
‘Cafes ideally placed to play their part’
OXFORD, with its many
independent cafes and
restaurants, is perfectly
placed to dramatically
cut its collective use of
plastic, according to the
founder one of the most
environmentally-friendly
cafés in the city.
Jericho Coffee Traders
was awarded seven stars
out of seven for its low use
of plastics by the
Oxfordshire Action on
Plastic Pollution (APP) group
during their survey earlier
this month.
However, founder James
Armitage said the problem
AWARENESS: James Armitage
Picture: Richard Cave
was creating more
awareness among business
owners to affect change.
He said: “We’re working in
an industry that doesn’t
need to use a lot of plastic.
The alternatives might be a
bit more difficult to source
but I think it’s more of an
awareness of the
alternatives that are
available.”
Oxfordshire APP surveyed
more than 50 cafes in
Oxford and Abingdon to see
how they were reducing
plastic use with just two
being awarded top marks.
Mr Armitage added: “With
all of the independents in
Oxford it means they don’t
have to rely on head office
to bring in the changes so
we’re ideally placed really.”
GLASS ACT: Trevor Rawden of
Blenheim Palace
Changes at
the palace
BLENHEIM Palace, is also
joining the battle by bringing in
a raft of environmentally minded
changes – including phasing out
all single-use plastics.
So far the palace’s eateries
have replaced all plastic straws
with paper ones, no plastic water
bottles are being sold on site and
water is only available in glass
bottles – which are made up of
80 per cent recycled glass.
Cafés have also reduced use of
disposable coffee cups by
investing in crockery cups, while
take-away cutlery and containers
are now bio-degradable.
Sustainability Advisor
Jacqueline Gibson added: “We
are trialling the use of a fully
biodegradable ‘plastic bag’ style
bag in our retail shop, while
offering paper bags for smaller
purchases.”
The UNSECO World Heritage
site has also been working with
suppliers and event providers to
reduce the amount of SUP
entering through palace gates in
the first instance.
TIME is running out to bag a bargain at
Botley Road’s Toys R Us store before it
closes for good tomorrow.
All outlets will be shut by April 24 after
efforts to save the company failed.
The last day of trading for the Oxford
branch is Saturday, with the company’s
website stating its closing down sale is
offering discounts of up to 70 per cent.
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News
Oxford Mail
staff shortlisted
in prestigious
press awards
THE work of Oxford Mail and Witney
Gazette journalists has been recognised
in this year’s Regional Press Awards
shortlist with four nominations.
The annual celebration of the best of
British local newspaper journalism shines
the spotlight on everything from specialist
reporting and scoops to page design and
social media.
Stuart Rust has been shortlisted for
Weekly Reporter of the Year for his work
on our sister paper the Witney Gazette.
The Mail’s Mark Edwards is up for Sports
Journalist of the Year, David Pritchard for
Social Media Journalist of the Year and Bill
Heine, who has been chronicling his
terminal cancer diagnosis, for Columnist
of the Year.
It follows success in last year’s awards
where the Mail’s Hannah Somerville was
named Young Journalist of the Year, and
we had six other nominations.
Chairman of judges Paul Horrocks said:
“The depth and wide-ranging subjects
displayed in the entries this year was
excellent. Judges spent hours poring over
the details, prompting lively debate which
reflects the quality and passion of the
regional and local press in the UK.
“As always, it was a difficult, but
enjoyable task to separate so many
outstanding, properly researched entries.
“The Society of Editors is delighted to be
hosting these awards and raising a glass
to the winners at the event on May 18.”
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Abbey Hall cinema bid to be discussed by town council
PROPOSALS to turn Abingdon’s
empty Abbey Hall into a cinema
face one final hurdle.
Husband and wife Ian and Sue
Wiper, who own independent
cinema The Regal in Evesham,
Worcestershire, wrote to Abingdon
Town Council, which owns the
building, in January asking it to
consider letting them use the
Guildhall’s 1960s extension for
screenings.
Mrs Wiper wrote: “Our plan for
the Guildhall is to invest in state of
the art projection and audio-visual
equipment and a big retractable
screen which we would remove at
the end of our tenancy.
“We would also invest and install,
at our expense, luxury seating.”
A formal offer was made earlier
this month to lease the building
until the summer of 2020.
Subject to negotiations over
repair costs this has been
recommended for approval by the
authority’s finance and general
purposes committee. Before the
renovations can go ahead,
however, the deal must be signed
off by the full town council, which
will meet on Wednesday to
consider the plan.
If approved, the cinema couple
expect to open in time for Mamma
Mia 2’s release in July.
PICTURESQUE: The Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Wrocław
Oxford’s new twin town
is perfect Polish partner
Nathan
Briant
nbriant@nqo.com
IT HAS produced nine
Nobel Prize winners
since 1900 and currently has a student population of some 130,000.
In many ways, Oxford’s new
Polish partner is the perfect
twin for the City of Dreaming Spires.
Wroclaw – pronounced
‘vrots-wahf ’ – is the largest
city in western Poland, yet
it has only been part of the
country since border changes
following the Second World
War.
Before 1945, Wroclaw had
been the German city of Breslau, but following the Nazi
defeat almost the entire German population left, replaced
by a huge influx of Poles.
Oxford City Council started
looking for its next twin city
last year, asking residents to
nominate potential places in
a bid to build ever-stronger
international links in the
post-Brexit world.
LINKS: Wroclaw designated the
European Capital of Culture in 2016
After settling on the ‘dynamic’
university
town,
councillor John Tanner and
a council officer travelled to
Wroclaw earlier this month
to agree an outline for a formal partnership with the
chairman of Wroclaw city
council Jacek Ossowski.
Mr Tanner said: “The city
council decided after the
Brexit vote that whatever
was happened nationally we
wanted to keep Oxford an international city so we wanted
more twinning links.
“We realised we had not got
a link in the east of the EU.
We looked at Latvia and Bulgaria and others and it became obvious that the biggest
single group [of Eastern Europeans] who live in Oxford
are from Poland.
“Obviously they came from
lots of different places and
we looked at all kinds of cities, but what appeals about
Wroclaw is that it’s an established university city but has
not got a twin city in the UK.”
Wroclaw was designated the
European Capital of Culture
by the European Union for
2016.
For football fans, the city
hosted three group games
at the Euro 2012 championships, which were held in Poland and Ukraine.
Last year it hosted the
World Games.
Mr Tanner said it was still
unclear how long it would
take to formalise an official
partnership between Oxford
and Wroclaw.
He said: “We’ve had the first
date but haven’t had the marriage. Sometimes [twinning]
can be a whirlwind romance,
sometimes it takes a little
longer.”
He also revealed that the
city council is seeking to formalise new links with the
Italian city Padua, which is
home to the world’s fifth oldest university and has existing ties to Oxford University.
The oldest in the world is in
Bologna, also in Italy, Oxford
‘DYNAMIC UNIVERSITY
TOWN’: John Tanner
is the second and the third
is Salamanca in Spain. Cambridge is the fourth oldest.
Of Oxford’s twin cities, Leiden in Holland was twinned
in 1946 and Bonn in Germany
followed a year later.
León, Nicaragua’s former
capital and second largest
city, has been twinned with
Oxford since 1986.
Cultural links with the
French city Grenoble, meanwhile, were first fostered in
1989, while Perm in Russia
was formally twinned in 1995.
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p Palace’s ruby red antiques fair marks special year
Cameron calls for
global aid change
FORMER prime minister and Witney MP
David Cameron has said ‘rushing’ to
elections in fragile states is often a mistake in
trying to haul them out of poverty.
Mr Cameron served as the chairman on an
Oxford University and London School of
Economics study into global poverty which
was published yesterday. He said in some
cases wealthy countries had ‘ended up
throwing good money after bad’.
But, he said: “That is not a reason to stop
aid; it is a reason to change the way we do
aid.”
He said without successfully dealing with
these fragile states, such as South Sudan,
global poverty targets would not be met.
Tools stolen in theft
FOUR bikes and tools were stolen from a
garage in Botley this week.
Police are now urging residents to be
vigilant by keeping an eye out for suspicious
activity in the area.
The bikes and tools were taken from a
garage in Deanfield Road between 3pm on
Monday and 8am on Wednesday.
Thames Valley Police officers said residents
should keep sheds and garages in good
condition and if possible fit a closed-shackle
padlock on their doors.
For information on what can be done to
keep items safe visit thamesvalley.police.uk
Jobs fair next week
A WEALTH of rare books, paintings,
jewels and antiques will entice buyers
and art enthusiasts to Blenheim Palace.
The historic house in Woodstock is
hosting the seventh annual Cotswolds
Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association
Fair, which opened yesterday and
continues until Sunday.
This year celebrates rubies and all
things red, in recognition of the
association’s 40th anniversary.
Items for sale are on display in several
rooms including the Orangery, and
include a rare watercolour by Giovanni
Boldini and a signed L.S. Lowry drawing.
The fair has gained a following from
collectors, art consultants, interior
designers and the general public,
More than 30 dealers will take part and
several items for sale relate to Blenheim,
including a 17th century cabinet given as
a wedding present to Consuelo
Vanderbilt when she married the ninth
Duke of Marlborough.
Fair director Catherine Hunt said: “We
are very proud to be the only provincial
art and antiques association that is still
going strong after 40 years, providing
support on a day-to-day basis with likeminded dealers.
“Forty years is significant for all of us –
it is a landmark as we have been able to
weather peaks and troughs together
whilst maintaining high standards.
“We are very excited about this year’s
fair and are looking forward to
celebrating together with a magnificent
offering for our visitors.”
For details visit cadafair.com
Cocaine and knuckle dusters seized
by police after raid on estate home
A SQUAD of police
seized
cocaine
and
knuckle dusters after
charging into a Blackbird Leys home.
The Oxford Mail joined officers yesterday for the latest
in a string of drug raids in
the city, which saw a team of
a dozen officers descend on a
terraced house.
A convoy of police cars
pulled up at about 8.30am and
officers stormed the door,
yelling a deafening chorus of
‘police, police!’
Sgt Neil Applegarth of the
Blackbird Leys neighbourhood team, who oversaw the
raid, said: “We use tactics of
intimidation so we don’t have
to use force.
“Even in a deeply hostile
environment, if you attack
it super confident and super
loud people are cowering in
the corner – which is horrific, but better than the use
of force.”
Sophie
Grubb
sgrubb@nqo.com
The warrant execution was
part of Operation Byker, a
city-wide initiative tackling
drug crime and gang activity.
Officers were ready to shatter the glass door pane with a
battering ram, but ended up
sprinting straight in as it had
been left unlocked.
A police sniffer dog and a
team of officers scoured the
house in the absence of the
suspect, eventually unearthing a packet of white powder,
thought to be hundreds of
pounds worth of cocaine.
Pc Alex Penn, who led the
raid, said the team also uncovered knuckle dusters and
cannabis.
No arrests were made but
investigation is ongoing.
Sgt Applegarth urged peo-
THOROUGH: Police search the loft
ple to come forward to help
power their war on drugs.
He said: “We want to get
higher up the food chain, and
that requires information
from the community.
“We want to be told every
time anybody sees anything
they think is unlawful.”
He said intelligence is recorded anonymously and
sources should not worry
about being identified.
People are unlikely to get
feedback on what happens
with their information, but
Sgt Applegarth stressed everything is acted upon and
helps to form a wider picture.
He admitted drug dealing
might never be completely
eradicated as the problem is
‘endemic in society’, but added: “It is my duty to protect
people, and I will continue as
long as I can go home at night
knowing I’ve done my bit.”
Sgt Applegarth also said
Blackbird Leys had a reputation which was not deserved.
He said: “The perception
that it is this dark hole into
which people can fall is a
complete misnomer.
“Blackbird Leys has a real
heart – it has criminality but
the overwhelming majority
of people don’t get involved.”
City councillor Sian Taylor,
who attended the raid, said
residents are usually pleased
to see police take action.
Officers also executed a
warrant in Barton yesterday.
SET UP: Art dealer
Mark Lambert with a
watercolour by Giovanni
Boldini
Picture: Ed Nix
A POP-UP jobs fair will be held in Abingdon
next Thursday.
Employers from Oxford University Hospitals
Trust to B&M bargain shop will hold stalls at
The Day Centre in Broad Street from 10am.
In total more than 30 organisations will be
offering residents an opportunity to learn
about hundreds of vacancies.
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Deadline for
applications for
proxy votes at
local elections
ANYONE who cannot make it to their
nearest polling station when the local
elections are held in May can still get a
proxy vote.
A proxy vote means another person can
be appointed to vote on someone’s behalf
at the polling station.
To apply for a proxy vote, it is essential
to register no later than this Wednesday –
April 25.
Applicants must provide a reason they
will not be able to vote. Reasons might
include being on holiday.
To get information about voting in Oxford
City, West Oxfordshire or Cherwell District
Council elections see those authorities’
websites.
Oxford City Council returning officer
Anita Bradley commented: “If you know
you’re not going to be able to get down to
the polling station, there’s no reason to
miss out.
“There is still time to arrange for
someone to vote on your behalf with a
proxy vote. But don’t delay. You’ve only
got until April 25.”
Anyone who is unable to vote after the
close of the Wednesday deadline, because
of unforeseen illness, physical incapacity
or unforeseen work, may still be able to
get a proxy for those reasons.
For more information about the process
of getting a proxy vote, visit
yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/
voting-by-proxy
For more help in each district call Oxford
City Council on 01865 249811, West
Oxfordshire District Council on 01993
861000 or Cherwell District Council on
01295 227001.
ROADWORKS
p A361 CHIPPING
NORTON: Burford
Road closed due to
gas main work
between B4026 and
Albion Street. Also
affecting The Green
at B4450 West
Street. Until June 11.
p A4142 OXFORD:
Roadworks on
Eastern By-Pass
Road. One lane
closed and speed
restriction of 30mph
at B480 Garsington
Road. A lorry
crashed off the
flyover on March 18.
Until April 29.
p A420 OXFORD:
Temporary traffic
lights and roadworks
on Thames Street at
St Aldate’s.
p A4260
KIDLINGTON:
Temporary traffic
lights and gas
main work on Oxford
Road at Bicester
Road. Until April 26.
p WANTAGE
A417: Roadworks
and temporary traffic
lights on Port Way
between Grove Park
Drive and Charlton
Village Road. Until
June 29.
p A40 BARNARD
GATE: Temporary
traffic lights and
telecoms work. Until
May 4.
p B4047 WITNEY:
Gas main work and
temporary traffic
lights on B4047
Burford Road near
Burford Road. Until
May 14.
p NEW YATT:
Roadworks and
temporary traffic
lights on New Yatt
Road near Green
Lane. Until May 13.
LATE DUTY CHEMISTS
Until 5pm
Boswell’s,
Broad St
Until 5.30pm
Boots, London Road,
Headington
Until 6pm
Boots, Cornmarket
Street; Boots, Cowley
Road; Boots, Banbury
Road, Summertown
Until 6.30pm
Woodstock Road
Chemist
Until 8pm
Leys Pharmacy, Cowley
Road; Ahmey
Pharmacy, Market
Square, Bicester;
Banbury Cross Retail
Park
Until 9pm
Sainsbury’s,
Heyford Hill
Until 11pm
Sainsbury’s, Didcot
Sainsbury’s, Kidlington
Until midnight
Boots, Oxford Retail
Park, Cowley
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Asbestos-hit school forced to
cut back pupils’ lesson times
Tom
Williams
twilliams@nqo.com
PARENTS say they have
been left in limbo after
their children’s school was
branded ‘unsafe’ and forced
to run a significantly reduced timetable.
Northfield School in Blackbird
Leys, which teaches boys aged
11 to 18 with special educational
needs, has had to shut its main
building and move into temporary
classrooms due to concerns about
asbestos and other maintenance
problems.
Pupils in Years 6 to 10 who were
returning from the Easter break
this week have had their hours
cut to only two or three days a
week while Year 11 students, who
are gearing up to take GCSEs this
LIMBO: Parents worry for future as some
students given two days teaching a week
summer, still have a full timetable.
Mum Nicky Longton, whose son
is in Year 9 at the school, said he
was now spending the rest of the
time playing computer games in
his bedroom.
She said the school is sending ‘educational packs’ for pupils to work
on at home but is worried her son’s
education will suffer from the disruption.
No other school in the city was
willing to accept her son, who
has high functioning autism and
ADHD, leaving her feeling she has
no choice but to wait for the issues
to be resolved.
Ms Longton added: “He is falling
further behind and I am worried
about the impact all this is going
to have on his education.
“I have trouble trying to get him
to school anyway and for him to be
off so much is definitely not a good
thing.”
The school has been plagued with
problems since the start of the academic year and has had to close at
short notice on several occasions.
It is hoping to return to a full
timetable as soon as possible but
this may involve moving some pupils to an alternative site.
Another parent, who asked not
to be named, said that many of the
pupils with autism were suffering
from the lack of stability and regular routine which was having an
impact on their behaviour.
She said she was concerned for
the parents of younger children
who were having to find specialist
cover or rely on family to help on
the days the school is closed.
Specialist contractors have repaired an asbestos roof and made
the area safe but an Oxfordshire
County Council assessment of the
buildings concluded they were no
longer a ‘suitable learning environment’.
County council spokesman Owen
Morton said problems include repair and maintenance issues, concerns about the layout, size and
shape of classrooms and that areas of the school where asbestos is
present could be vulnerable to further damage.
He added: “The council is working closely with the school to
identify a longer-term solution
to ensure all pupils can return to
a full-time timetable as swiftly as
possible and that disruption to
learning can be kept to a minimum. This is likely to involve lessons taking place at alternative
sites for at least some pupils, and
we are looking at a wide range of
potential options to achieve this.”
Oxford among cities backing new finance bid for culture
OXFORD, Norwich and Southend-on-Sea
councils are backing a new enquiry into cultural
resources for cites.
Arts Council England is joining forces with the
‘East of England’ key cities to help conduct the
research.
In September 2018 the enquiry will produce a
report providing practical recommendations to
policy-makers, funders and arts organisations
to address challenges facing cities as local
authority funding is cut.
Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia is
leading the enquiry. She said: “ I firmly believe
that culture can and should be a force for social
and economic good, bringing together
communities and driving investment to foster
growth.
“I hope that through this enquiry, we will be
able to provide creative and practical
recommendations to really improve the ability
of our cities to invest in culture, for the benefit
of all.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, chairman of Arts Council
England, said it was important to ‘secure the
creative strengths of our great cities by finding
fresh ways of doing things’.
He added: “The Cultural Cities Enquiry will
look at the current challenges and will seek to
provide answers.
“The pressures on our cities may be great, but
the prize is cities that are rewarding places to
live in.”
Evidence will be gathered at six ‘round table’
events in cities across the UK. The enquiry will
focus on how cities and cultural organisations
can make better use of ‘innovative’ financing.
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Lib Dems opposed to expressway plans
NO CURRENT proposals for the Oxford to
Cambridge expressway are backed by
the Liberal Democrats in the Vale of White
Horse district, the party’s group leader
has said.
Debby Hallett – whose group has nine
of 38 seats on the council – said some
people ‘may still be totally unaware of the
full consequences’ of any potential road.
Some campaigners are worried it could
carve through the Green Belt south of
Oxford.
Highways England has published three
broad corridors for any route – and one
MESS: The rubbish at Bicester Park-and-Ride after travellers moved from the site
Clean-up after travellers
leave trail of destruction
Naomi
Herring
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TAXPAYERS will have to
fork out more than £12,000
after travellers left Bicester’s Park-and-Ride site
in a shocking state for the
second time this year.
Council contractors have again
had to clear up a sea of rubbish
and destruction littering the
car park following the latest encampment last week.
Pictures sent in by readers
revealed bin bags and rubbish
strewn across the car park in
Vendee Drive, as well as broken
bollards, bricks and a discarded
rabbit hutch.
The latest occupation, with
more than 30 caravans taking
over the park-and-ride from
April 5 until last Saturday, was
the second invasion this year.
Following the first encampment in February, car park owner Oxfordshire County Council
had to spend £12,426 on legal fees
and clearing-up.
It is not known if it was the
same group of travellers who
moved in this time.
County spokesman Martin
Crabtree said: “The travellers
left of their own accord on Saturday and we have contractors on
site at the moment, cleaning up.
“We are also working with contractors who will be installing
new fencing this week.”
Mr Crabtree said although the
council did not yet know the cost
of the latest encampment, previous legal and enforcement fees
were £9,540 and the clear-up cost
was £2,886.
In February, an encampment
saw the site strewn with bricks
and bollards and rubbish bags.
Bicester’s mayor, Les Sibley,
who had called for action after
the first stay, said the latest mess
was ‘a lot worse’ than before and
had knock-on effects on local
businesses and residents.
He added: “We have been
caught napping twice now and
we need to learn our lesson.
“The park-and-ride is the fron-
BROKEN:
A discarded
rabbit hutch
and damaged
bollards at
Bicester Parkand-Ride
tier of Bicester, the first thing
you see when you come into the
town. Bicester attracts lots of
visitors from far and wide, not
just Bicester Village but people
looking to move to the town as
well. That can’t be the first impression people get, it doesn’t
help us at all.”
During the first encampment,
Tesco cut its opening hours. The
latest incident saw Stagecoach
divert its S5 service to stop serving the park and ride.
Mr Sibley called for ‘urgent
talks’ between local authorities
to help combat repeated unauthorised travellers occupations
in Oxfordshire.
Bicester
Park-and-Ride
is
among several car parks which
have been invaded over recent
months, including Oxford’s Water Eaton Park and Ride and Redbridge on Abingdon Road.
The latest spate included a
playing field at Harwell Campus
which travellers took over from
Saturday to Tuesday.
Concerns have also been raised
over animal welfare: following
the most recent encampment at
Bicester, a dead puppy and two
dogs with sores on their skin
were reportedly recovered by
Doglost Oxfordshire volunteers.
Lisa West, area coordinator for
Doglost Oxfordshire, said: “One
girl found the little whippet riddled with mange and another
lady and her husband managed
to gain the trust of a spaniel.
“He was so weak he needed
to be lifted. She went back to
check the site and came across
the body of a dear sweet puppy
lurcher, laying stretched out and
covered in a pink blanket.”
Miss West said the two other
dogs were taken to a vet and
were receiving treatment.
A fundraising page has now
raised more than £360 to help
fund the dogs’ care and the cremation of the puppy which volunteers named Twinkle.
There are six permanent council-owned traveller sites in Oxfordshire providing 89 caravan
spaces. There are also 21 privately-run sites.
The Friends, Families and
Travellers group – which works
on behalf of travellers to protect
their right to pursue a nomadic
way of life – has said there is a
‘chronic national shortage’ of
traveller sites.
The group’s projects manager
Michelle Gavin previously said:
“The vast majority of gypsies
and travellers who are living on
unauthorised land are not doing
this because they want to.
“Local authorities are responsible for identifying land for gypsy and traveller communities to
live on, but the vast majority of
local authorities are completely
failing to fulfil this duty.”
of those will be picked to go for further
consideration in July.
Ms Hallett said current traffic
congestion on the A34 ‘causes severe
problems to residents and the local
economy’, but that ‘none of the
expressway corridor options will
significantly reduce [it].’
The Government supports the plan,
which it has said will boost development
in the ‘arc’ between Oxford and
Cambridge. It has said it wants to build up
to one million homes in the region before
2050.
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STUDY
Cost of Bexit divorce
bill could be higher
THE full cost of the UK’s Brexit divorce bill
remains uncertain and could differ from
the £35-39bn figure put forward by the
Government, financial watchdogs have said.
While the National Audit Office (NAO)
described the estimate as ‘reasonable’ it
stressed the sum was based on assumptions
about what will happen in the future.
The total cost of the exit settlement cannot
be defined until there is more certainty in
areas like UK economic performance in 2019
and 2020, the cost of pension liabilities, how
much British organisations will continue to
receive in EU funding, and exchange rate
fluctuations, according to the study.
The report states: “Relatively small changes
to some assumptions could push the cost
outside HM Treasury’s £35 to £39bn range.”
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Weather warning in place on
day of bouncy castle tragedy
A WEATHER warning
was in place on the day
that a bouncy castle blew
across a fairground with
a little girl inside it, a
court heard.
DALE WINTON
Death not suspicious
THE death of TV star Dale Winton at a house
he moved into weeks earlier is unexplained
but not being treated as suspicious,
Scotland Yard said.
Tributes have been paid to the 62-year-old
Supermarket Sweep star following his
sudden death on Wednesday at a house in
north London.
Winton had moved to Totteridge around
three weeks ago, neighbours said, from a flat
next to Regent’s Park in central London.
Police said they are continuing to
investigate the circumstances of his death
and a post-mortem examination would be
scheduled in due course.
SHOREHAM
Pilot denies charges
THE pilot whose plane crashed at the 2015
Shoreham Airshow disaster is to stand trial
at the Old Bailey over the deaths of 11 men.
Andrew Hill, 54, of Sandon, Hertfordshire,
faces 11 counts of manslaughter by gross
negligence and one count of recklessly or
negligently endangering an aircraft.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’
Court yesterday and indicated a not-guilty
plea to all charges. He will formally enter
pleas at the Old Bailey next month.
The crash happened when Hill’s vintage
Hawker Hunter jet plunged into traffic on the
A27 dual carriageway in West Sussex.
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PEOPLE in the Polish capital held a
day of commemorations yesterday on
the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw
Ghetto Uprising.
President Andrzej Duda spoke
during official commemorations at the
Monument to the Warsaw Ghetto
Heroes and paid homage to the
hundreds of Jewish fighters who took
up arms in the 1943 rebellion against
the German forces that occupied
Poland during the Second World War.
Summer Grant, seven, died
in hospital after she was rescued from the inflatable,
Chelmsford Crown Court was
told.
Fairground worker William
Thurston, 29, and his wife
Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny
manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety
offence following the incident
at Harlow Town Park in Essex.
Meteorologist Dr Richard
Wild told jurors yesterday that
a Met Office yellow weather
warning had been in place
since two days before the incident, on Easter Saturday in
2016.
He said a yellow warning is
the lowest of the Met Office’s
three types – yellow, amber
and red.
The expert witness, who is
credited on Harry Potter films
as their weather consultant,
said he analysed forecast data
from the time.
“I concluded that the gusts
in the area at that time were,
I believe, 35-40mph,” he said.
“That was within the hour of
the actual incident.”
David Kerr-Sheppard, the air
ambulance pilot who flew to
the incident, said conditions
were ‘squally’. Asked what he
meant, the chief pilot of Essex
Air Ambulance said: “My interpretation would be sudden,
sometimes violent bursts of
wind that could easily change
direction and it’s generally affected by strong, very active
cloud activity.”
He described it as a “pretty
miserable day”.
“It was wet, windy, total
cloud cover and there had been
some quite strong gusts going
through the airbase prior to us
taking off,” he said.
He said the weather was not
suitable to fly Summer to a
London hospital, and she was
instead taken by land ambulance to Princess Alexandra
Hospital in Harlow.
Nicola Peckham, digital portfolio manager for the Met Office, described the Met Office
weather app that smartphone
users could download at the
time.
“The forecast is updated
every hour and the app has to
receive the forecast within 15
minutes of it being released,”
she said, appearing by videolink. “The app would automatically update with the latest
forecast.”
She said it needed a GPS
or WiFi signal to work, and
weather warnings would display in the app, and would also
display on the front screen of
a phone if push notifications
were switched on.
The app used at the time is
no longer available, with a new
app introduced in May 2016,
Ms Peckham said.
Prosecutors say that the
Thurstons, of
Whitecross
Road, Wilburton, near Ely,
Cambridgeshire, failed to ensure that the bouncy castle
was ‘adequately anchored’ to
the ground and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use on Easter Saturday in 2016.
Summer, from Norwich, had
been at the fair with her father
Lee Grant and other family
members. The trial continues.
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p Store is thinking pink for charities Collectors heading to annual book fair
OXFORD’S biggest annual book fair
returns this weekend.
This year’s Oxford Book Fair will be held
in the main hall at Oxford Brookes
University’s Headington Hill Campus
tomorrow from noon until 6pm and on
Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Book dealers will travel from across the
country and Blackwell’s rare books
department will also have a stand at the
event.
Oxford Book Fair, organised by
booksellers Tom Lintern-Mole and Conor
Pattenden, is backed by the Provincial
TEAM EFFORT: Shop volunteers, the 3rd Bicester Scouts and a monkey supported Cancer Research UK at Tesco
A SUPERMARKET turned pink as
part of efforts to raise money for
Cancer Research UK.
Staff at the Tesco in Lakeview
Drive, Bicester, donned pink
wigs, scarves and hats to raise
funds and boost awareness of
Race for Life events.
It was one of many Tesco stores
to ‘turn pink for the day’, but
Bicester’s efforts went a step
further when its bakers created
‘hot pink cross buns’.
The team set up a stall to greet
customers with a sea of pink and
a monkey mascot in a pink Race
for Life T-shirt.
There were balloons, flags and
tombola prizes, including a Sony
Bravia TV, children’s toys and
wine. The 3rd Bicester Scout
group helped sell tickets and
drum up fundraising for Cancer
Research UK.
Volunteers smashed their
£1,000 target by the end of
Sunday.
The event was also about
promoting the Race for Life in
Oxford on Sunday, July 8.
Runners were signed up or
encouraged to get involved with
the 5k to raises money for
research into cancer.
The event is open to all women
and costs £14.99 for adults, £10
for children and free for undersixs. It starts at University Parks.
For more details see raceforlife.
cancerresearchuk.org
Meanwhile, a Bicester company
has partnered with a breast
cancer charity to design limited
edition pink gardening products.
Town & Country, owned by EP
Barrus in Glen Way, has added
three products to its collection to
support Breast Cancer Now.
Gloves are £4.99, bypass
secateurs are £7.99 and a
gardening pouch is £12.99.
The products will generate 10
per cent from each sale for the
charity. See townandco.com
Thief who stole dead
man’s car spared jail
A THIEF who broke into
an elderly neighbour’s
home just days after his
death before stealing his
car and a handful of cash
has been spared jailed.
Peter Saville, 40, of no fixed
abode, stole the Citroen Zara car,
Oxford Crown Court heard at his
sentencing on Tuesday, to drive
to Didcot to claim benefits at the
local job centre.
Ahead of the sentencing, Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Aidan Donohoe called his
crime ‘a callous offence’.
He said: “Saville has taken advantage of the death of the victim to enter his flat and steal a
small amount of cash and keys
to the deceased’s car which he
has also then taken from the
small car park outside.”
Prosecutor Henry James told
the court at the sentencing hearing that his elderly victim died
at his Church Road, Wheatley,
home on February 28 just days
before his 87th birthday.
During the time when his family was sorting out his affairs, the
court heard, Saville broke into
the empty home on March 7 before snatching the car keys and a
handful of small change.
He took the parked Citroen and
William
Walker
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fled the scene before being seen
in Abingdon the following day
and later arrested.
He went on to claim that he had
only snatched the vehicle as he
needed to get to Didcot to sign on
at the job centre for Jobseeker’s
Allowance.
In a victim personal statement summarised to the court
the family of the victim said the
ordeal had been especially traumatic as it led to the funeral being delayed while police investigated the scene.
They said they were unable to
enter the house to pick out his
clothing for his funeral.
In mitigation, his defence team
said that Saville had been a drug
addict at the time and offended
as a result of his heroin habit,
calling the break-in ‘impulsive.’
Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle
QC said: “The disruption to this
family and the upset you caused
cannot be overestimated.
“It was a desperately serious
offence.”
For one count of burglary he
SENTENCE: Judge Ian Pringle QC
was given a 20-month jail term,
and for taking a vehicle without
the owner’s consent he was given four months in prison, both
of which were suspended for two
years.
For driving without insurance
and without a driving licence
he was given a conditional discharge for one year as well as
nine points on any future driving licence.
Saville was also made subject
to a community order to include
120 hours of unpaid work, a drug
rehabilitation requirement for
nine months and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 25
days.
Booksellers Fairs Association. Among the
rare items up for grabs will be a
manuscript inventory and letter book for
the former Radcliffe Infirmary, from the
1840s, costing £495, and fine engravings
of Oxford colleges in the Oxonia
Illustrata, published 1675.
A Cornerstone of Arctic Exploration,
edited by Ernest Shackleton, Louis
Bernacchi and Apsley Cherry-Garrard, is
also for sale.
Mr Lintern-Mole said: “This year about
100 dealers will offer thousands of rare
and collectable items.”
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OurView
War on plastic
is a chance for
real change
MOMENTUM has clearly been building in
the battle against plastic.
Pictures of the oceans filled with manmade items, destroying wildlife, has turned
public opinion in a big way and politicians
are quickly following suit.
Oxford is perfectly placed to be on
the frontline in this battle to clear up our
environment.
The scientists at Harwell are working
on technology to find a more permanent
solution to get rid of a material which does
not decay.
But the make-up of the town’s population
means everyone can play their part in the
fight.
The abundance of independent businesses
means owners have greater control over
who their suppliers are.
This means it is easier to move away from
plastic to more sustainable products.
Oxfordshire has many visitors which
means the message put out by places
like Blenheim Palace can be spread
across the globe. And there is a fantastic
entrepreneurial spirit which is always a great
driver for change.
Changing the world for future generations
is a phrase which in many ways has become
a real cliché.
However, on this occasion there is a real
opportunity to do something which truly
will make the world a better place in years
to come.
Seriously reducing our use of plastic is
certainly achievable and Oxfordshire should
be leading the way.
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Let’s hope works
will be delay-free
ROADWORKS are becoming part of
everyday life for drivers on Botley Road.
Just last week large parts of West Oxford
were at a standstill due to works near Ferry
Hinksey Road, while repairs to Frideswide
Square have also caused many problems.
Hopefully, the latest set of works will not
have the same impact but no-one will be
holding their breath.
The county council is doing the bulk of the
work in the evenings to avoid rush hour so
with any luck there will be no repeat of the
previous delays.
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The recycled paper content of UK
newspapers in 2016 was 62.8%
ON TUESDAY my ‘Specialist
Nurse’ in charge of
administrating the worldwide
trial of a new cancer drug I’m
on, dropped a bombshell.
She took my blood samples, then
looked me straight in the eye and
lowered her voice to a whisper:
“Starting from tomorrow I’m taking
sick leave and I’ll be off work for
about two months. I won’t see you
again till July 2.
“I’m afraid nurses get ill too
and need time for treatment and
recovery.”
I had no idea this was coming,
and it’s a big hit. But then I didn’t
see most of the twists and turns on
this cancer trip.
The constant person who has
always been with me and made
the trip bearable has now vanished
overnight. The one person I could
rely on to translate jargon, give
me the right questions to ask and
to laugh with me in the middle of
horrendous treatment has now
gone.
The role of your Specialist Nurse
is a tricky one on both parts.
She is essential to my treatment
and yet I mustn’t put any pressure
on her. She knows she is treating
someone with a fatal illness who
is going to die while in her care, so
such mustn’t become too attached.
It’s a delicate balance and I
suppose we both might have
overstepped the line, but that
doesn’t stop me from getting
angry when she bows out for two
The story so far: I was diagnosed with leukaemia in July last
year, and given 12 to 18 months to live. This week, I look at the
challenges of navigating a world of constant change
Bill Heine
Writer, broadcaster
and the man behind
Headington’s iconic
Shark House
months’ sick leave. Who gave her
leave to be sick? And why wasn’t I
consulted?
Change is difficult to accept,
especially in the medical world.
Cancer is a big change in itself.
Maybe that’s why we resent the
small changes.
When you squeeze too many
changes on to the stage, that’s the
time the play turns from tragedy to
comedy.
I’ve been with the same GP
practice for over 50 years. I’ve seen
some of them die and went to their
wake. I got to know their families
and where both the husband and
wife work for the NHS, I know
which partner has the warm hands
and which the cold. I know when
the GPs aren’t feeling well and
they obviously know a great many
intimate things about my body over
50 years.
Now I find that when I really
need them to talk with them about
this cancer ‘trip’ the GP practice
wants to get rid of me. They want to
have the ‘big conversation’ about
stopping service and handling me
on to a newer GP service based
closer to where I live.
They are worried in case I give
them a ‘call out’ request after
hours and in case their community
nursing team will have to deliver
home care. I can understand where
they are coming from, but their
timing is appalling and that too
makes me angry.
There is one question about my
cancer that also makes me angry
and that is when people put on the
kettle to make a cup of tea and lean
over to ask “How are you feeling?’.
But maybe I get angry because
this touches on the one area I’ve
been avoiding – the emotional
effects of cancer.
Perhaps I’m not really all that
concerned by a two-month sick
leave of my Specialist Nurse or the
fact that my GP surgery wants to
chuck me out after 50 years.
Perhaps I need an altogether
different type of help, although
help which both the Specialty
Nurse and the surgery could
provide – a helping hand through
the new landscape of life after
the nuclear bomb of cancer has
exploded.
We talk about death, but nobody
knows what that means.
We talk about dignity, but what
does that look like now when
we don’t have so many choices.
I always thought I dealt with
uncertainty well and would joke
with people that I was the man
who put a 25-foot long fiberglass
shark sculpture through my roof,
so yes, of course, I can deal with
uncertainty.
But when the clouds of
uncertainty fly away and set the
scene for saying ‘goodbye’ to
people you love, is there anyone
who’s got the words? I’ll have to
find them pretty soon if they exist.
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Pupils raise funds to flush away poverty
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Way
It’s a fun way
of realising our
own resources
and how lucky
we are
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A
HEADINGTON
school raised funds in
toilet-themed activities yesterday to help
flush away poverty.
The fundraising included
games of ‘chicken poo’ bingo and teacher gunging,
which helped raise enough
money to twin both toilet
blocks at St Andrew’s Primary School in Headington with one in a developing country.
Toilet Twinning is a
scheme which aims to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene information to the world’s poorest
people by linking loos in
the UK with a latrine in Africa or Asia.
Each toilet or block
linked will become the
proud owner of a certificate, complete with a photo and GPS coordinates of
the twinned toilet on Google Maps.
The idea for linking the
school’s blocks, which
cost just shy of £500, came
WHY SO BLUE?: Teacher Bryony McCraw and deputy head Jason Clarke getting gunged by pupils for cash
about at a school council
meeting, organised by the
12 members from across
Years 1 to 6.
The council agreed that
everybody in the school
should take responsibility
and action to improve the
cleanliness of the cubicles.
Bryony Mccraw, Year 5
teacher and organiser of
yesterday’s event, said the
‘toilet twinning day’ was
a more inventive way of
getting the outcome of the
meeting to stick in all the
pupils’ memories.
She added: “It’s a fun
way of realising our own
resources as well as how
lucky we are.”
During the day assem-
Picture: Ed Nix
blies were held teaching
the youngsters about the
realities for people living
in developing countries.
Pupils were able to pay
£1 to turn up in non-school
uniform and wear white or
light-coloured clothing.
Members from each class
who had made an effort to
keep their clothes clean
throughout the day were
chosen to dunk the teachers in gunge, made by the
reception pupils as part of
their science curriculum.
Other activities included
wheeling a toilet around
Headington to collect spare
change from local shoppers, and a squat challenge
with the target of reaching
60 squats in 60 seconds –
the current world record
for the most within a minute was set at 70 in 2007.
Students in Year 3 also
decorated
cakes
with
poo emojis, which were
sold after school to those
watching the teachers get
dunked.
Enlisting the help of the
school’s chicken yesterday,
squares painted on to the
grid of the pen were sold
off by the pupils and the
winner, the owner of the
square the chicken chose
to do their business in,
bagged themselves a chocolate egg.
Swap shop to help
recycle old clothes
A SWAP shop will be held tomorrow to help
people get rid of or pick up clothes and
household items.
The event, organised by Low Carbon South
Oxford, will take place at the South Oxford
Community Centre in Lake Street.
People are invited to drop off donations
between 9.45am and 10.30am, and buyers
are invited to come between 10.15am and
11.30am.
Re-useable clothes, toys, books, electricals
and bric-a-brac can all be swapped, but
bulky or heavy items are not permitted.
Anyone wishing to get rid of these items can
bring a photo to be displayed.
Sexism author talk
AN AUTHOR awarded the British Empire
Medal for services to gender equality is to
give a talk at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
Laura Bates will speak at the venue on
Wednesday, May 23, from 7pm to 8pm.
Tickets cost £8.
She will discuss Misogynation, her latest
book featuring a collection of essays.
The book examines sexism in workplaces,
the media and homes.
For further information about the talk email
events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
Homes appeal off
AN APPEAL against a decision to refuse
planning permission for 94 homes in Long
Hanborough has been turned down.
Cantay Estates originally applied to build
the proposed development on land to the
west of Church Road in November 2016 but
the application was rejected by West
Oxfordshire District Council planners.
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Learn the skill of heat embossing
CRAFTERS are invited to put their skills
to the test with a free look at heat
embossing.
Hobbycraft in Bicester is urging people
to take advantage of the workshop being
held today from 1pm to 2pm and 2.30pm
to 3.30pm.
The craft class is being staged as part
of the shop’s Papercraft Live Initiative.
Hobbycraft Bicester store manager
Tracy Richardson said: “Pop in to store
and discover more about papercraft at
our free to attend sessions this spring.
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“Papercraft is the perfect skill to make
handmade birthday cards, gifts, and
scrapbooks; and our expert in store
colleagues are always on hand for help
and advice on new projects, for crafters
of all abilities.”
The class is open to everyone and will
teach people the papercraft skill of heat
embossing to create a decorative beethemed card with the help of in-store
experts.
It will be hosted at the shop at Bicester
Avenue Home and Garden centre.
Tyre slasher targets
workers’ parked cars
INVESTIGATION: Lapwing Close in Bicester
A TYRE slasher is targeting drivers parking in a
quiet street in Bicester.
Police are investigating a number of incidents where drivers’
cars have been left with gashed
tyres on the Langford estate.
In two weeks, car owners have
reported at least six occasions in
which they have been forced to
spend more than £100 on repairs.
It is believed the vandalism is
the result of the people parking
in Lapwing Close and walking to
work in the town centre.
Valdir Bonilha, who lives in
Aylesbury and works for South
Central Ambulance Service, said
his tyres had been slashed twice.
He said: “It is quite a historical
thing, the problem with parking
in Langford, as people used to
park in Mallards Way, but it was
destroying the grass verges.
“Now people have been parking
in Lapwing Close, which is a fiveminute walk to work and an easy
route to South Central Ambulances Service base, because the
business park we are on doesn’t
have enough spaces.
“Where we are parking, everyone is provided with their own
drives and parking spaces. We
are not disturbing anyone and
other people also park in the
Picture: Google Maps
Naomi
Herring
nherring@nqo.com
road and walk into town.”
He added: “We are not stealing
any spaces and it is a public road,
so we wouldn’t want to cause any
trouble.”
Mr Bonilha has now replaced
two tyres, after returning from
work to find them slashed, and
has been billed £120 for the job.
The 33-year-old said he believed
it was angry residents behind
the vandalism and he and other
victims have reported it to police.
He added: “It is really unfair
and wrong. We would assume
We would assume
if someone was
unhappy they would
come and talk to
us. It is upsetting,
because it is a public
space and we are
not causing anyone
any trouble
if someone was unhappy they
would come and talk to us.
“It is upsetting, because it is a
public space and we are not causing anyone any trouble.”
Another victim, who asked to
remain anonymous, added: “I’ve
had to replace two tyres [one for
each incident] thus far; each one
costing £80, so £160 in total.
“There is the financial cost, as
well as the cost of time wasted
getting the repairs.
“It is frustrating, as all the residents here have their own driveways and parking spaces on their
property. I wouldn’t be parking
here if that wasn’t the case.”
Problems with parking at the
Talisman Business Park have
long been an issue in the town,
with the area’s residents reporting both workers and train station users using nearby streets
as overflow parking.
In October, campaigners secured double yellow lines in
nearby Mallards Way, to deal
with the parking problems which
had churned up the grass verges.
Thames Valley Police spokesman Jack Abell said the force
was investigating the reports of
criminal damage.
Anyone with information can
call on 101.
Artists and craft sellers start new shop
CRAFT sellers from a popular
online marketplace are setting up a
pop-up shop in a shopping centre.
The Oxford Etsy team, made up of
people who sell handmade goods
and vintage items on the website,
will be selling their products in the
Orchard Centre, Didcot, next
month.
Setting up in unit 49, opposite TK
Maxx, the shop will be open 10am
until 5pm seven days in the first
week from May 4 and then for five
out of seven days a week, with
exact days to be confirmed.
The shop will feature handmade
items all made by local artists and
crafters including jewellery, art,
prints, candles, greetings cards,
children’s clothing, bags, furniture
and other gifts. Each week new
artists will be featured, with
products changing around so new
items are constantly on offer.
The organisers are also planning
to run workshops, giving people the
opportunity to learn a new craft.
As part of the £50m expansion,
the first wave of new Orchard
Centre shops opened last month.
Units that have still not been let
have been hosting activities
including yoga sessions.
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Independent bookshop
celebrates first 10 years
Andy
Ffrench
affrench@nqo.com
WOODSTOCK’S acclaimed
independent book shop
is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special
event.
Rachel Phipps, who runs the
Woodstock Bookshop in Oxford
Street, will host the celebration
at Wootton-by-Woodstock village
hall on Friday, May 11, at 7.30pm.
Tickets for the evening, featuring talks from authors Carys
Davies and Julie Summers, cost
£5 and are selling fast.
Mum-of-six
Mrs
Phipps
launched the bookstore in 2008,
shortly before the recession began to bite.
However, the shop bit back and
attracted loyal customers who
continue to support it today.
Mrs Phipps said: “I really can’t
believe it has been 10 years and I
feel that is quite an achievement
in such a competitive market.
“I want to thank my customers for their support over the
years and also local authors who
have taken part in lots of different events – they have been very
loyal.”
Last year the shop was among
42 across the country shortlisted
for the British Book Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year
category.
It was the third time the shop
was shortlisted for the category.
Mrs Phipps said one of her
proudest achievements was
launching the town’s poetry festival.
This year’s event will be the
seventh and it regularly attracts
household names as well as local
poets and performers.
Readings are staged at venues
around the town including the
town hall and Methodist church.
THANK YOU: Woodstock Bookshop owner Rachel Phipps
Last year Oxford poet Bernard
O’Donoghue and folk singer Peggy Seeger were among those taking part.
In previous years there have
been readings by Carol Ann
Duffy, Michael Longley and Tony
Harrison.
Poets’ fees are paid entirely by
book and ticket sales.
During the 10th anniversary
evening Ms Davies will talk
about her first novel, West, while
Ms Summers will discuss her latest book, Our Uninvited Guests
– the secret lives of Britain’s
country houses 1939-45, which includes a section on Woodstock’s
world famous Blenheim Palace.
Mrs Phipps added: “As the
Picture: Ed Nix
evening is a celebration of the
shop’s 10th birthday, we hope it
will be an opportunity for some
of the shop’s many customers to
get to know each other.
“During the past 10 years we
have held many talks in Woodstock, as well as six poetry festivals.
“None of this would have been
possible without our loyal customers and the support of the
local community and we would
like to say a very big thank you
to you all.”
p Book in advance for the event
by calling 01993 812760 or
emailing The Woodstock
Bookshop at info@
woodstockbookshop.co.uk
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School to ditch paper
for environment’s sake
A SCHOOL in Witney hopes to become
more eco-friendly by scrapping paper
newsletters.
Henry Box School told parents this
week: “This will be the last paper-based
newsletter.
“In the interests of the environment and
efficiency, we will now be using our new
website to highlight our school events.”
Many schools in Oxfordshire have
already made the same move, in a bid to
protect the environment.
‘Unfailingly polite’
pupils at school
PUPILS impressed an Ofsted inspector
during his visit to a school near Banbury.
Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School in
Adderbury has been rated ‘good’ following a
visit from the regulator last month.
The inspector’s report states: “Aspects of
the school’s work are extremely strong now.
“Pupils were unfailingly polite when
speaking with me.
“Their enthusiasm for school is endearing.”
The primary school currently teaches about
230 children.
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Food hygiene ratings
THE LATEST RATINGS FOR
RESTAURANTS, CAFES
& ALL FOOD OUTLETS
AROUND THE COUNTY
HONE STAR
WEST WAY CHIPPY, 2 THE SQUARE, WEST
WAY, BOTLEY: Food Hygiene and Safety:
Poor. Some major non-compliance with statutory
obligations – more effort required to prevent fall
in standards. Confidence in Management: Little.
Varying record of compliance. Poor appreciation
of hazards and control measures. No food safety
management system. Structural Compliance:
Poor. Some major non-compliance with statutory
obligations – more effort required to prevent fall in
standards. Inspected: Vale of White Horse District
Council on March 13.
ROYAL SPICE, 14 COXWELL STREET,
FARINGDON: Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair.
The premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Confidence in Management: Little. Varying record
of compliance. Poor appreciation of hazards and
control measures. No food safety management
system. Structural Compliance: Bad. General failure
to satisfy statutory obligations – standards generally
low. Inspected: Vale of White Horse District Council
on February 15.
HHTWO STARS
BANBURY KEBABISH, 47D BROAD STREET,
BANBURY: Food Hygiene and Safety: Poor. Some
major non-compliance with statutory obligations
– more effort required to prevent fall in standards.
Confidence in Management: Some. Satisfactory
record of compliance. Structural Compliance:
Poor. Some major non-compliance with statutory
obligations – more effort required to prevent fall in
standards.Inspected: Cherwell District Council on
December 15.
C J HARPER BUTCHERS, 8 HILLVIEW
CRESCENT, BANBURY: Food Hygiene and
Safety: Poor. Some major non-compliance with
statutory obligations – more effort required
to prevent fall in standards. Confidence in
Management: Some. Satisfactory record of
compliance. Structural Compliance: Fair. The
premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Inspected: Cherwell District Council on
February 26.
WHITE HORSE INN, MAIN STREET, DUNS
TEW, BICESTER: Food Hygiene and Safety:
Poor. Some major non-compliance with statutory
obligations – more effort required to prevent fall
in standards. Confidence in Management: Some.
Satisfactory record of compliance. Structural
Compliance: Fair. The premises are in the top 50 per
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Sushi restaurant promises to bounce
back after raw fish hygiene problems
Callum Keown
ckeown@nqo.com
A NEW city sushi restaurant
has promised to bounce back
after hygiene inspectors raised
concerns its salmon, sea bass
and tuna might not be safe.
Sushimania, in Park End Street,
was given a two-star rating by
inspectors, who also discovered
‘sticky and dirty’ drawers and raw
meat stored close to ice cream.
The restaurant chain said it was
‘disappointed’ not all the
appropriate procedures were
being followed and said that
chefs and management had
undergone ‘in-depth’ coaching as
a result.
The sushi restaurant, where Las
Iguanas once was, opened in
October last year and was
criticised by city council officers
on their visit to the new eatery in
February.
They said: “There was no
paperwork or clear process in
place to demonstrate that the
salmon, sea bass and tuna used
for the sushi and sashimi dishes
were safe and had undergone
suitable freezing or was from an
approved source.
“The manager had no
understanding of what I was
asking and kept stating that staff
would never freeze the fish as it
comes in fresh and then it’s
prepared.”
They reminded staff that
evidence was needed to prove
fish had been frozen on site, or
off site by the supplier or that
SCORES
on the
DOORS
salmon came from approved
Scottish waters.
Officers had a range of other
concerns, including ‘sticky and
dirty’ fridge drawers and light
bulbs not working leaving the
kitchen and wash-up areas in the
dark. The report added: “The
organisation of both the walk-in
freezer and chiller was poor with
raw meats being stored next to
cooked and ready-to-eat foods –
cent of premises and standards are being maintained
or improved. Inspected: Cherwell District Council on
November 27.
SOROS PIZZA, 20 MILL STREET, WANTAGE:
Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair. The premises are in the
top 50 per cent of premises and standards are being
maintained or improved. Confidence in Management:
Some. Satisfactory record of compliance. Structural
Compliance: Poor. Some major non-compliance with
statutory obligations – more effort required to prevent
fall in standards. Inspected: Vale of White Horse District
Council on February 21.
HHHTHREE STARS
Strawberry Fields, Penny
Lane & the Cavern Club
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D BARTLETT BUTCHERS, 2-4 HIGH STREET,
KIDLINGTON: Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair.
The premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Confidence in Management: Some. Satisfactory record
of compliance. Structural Compliance: Fair. The premises
are in the top 50 per cent of premises and standards
are being maintained or improved. Inspected: Cherwell
District Council on February 26.
THE BOAT INN, CANAL ROAD, THRUPP, NEAR
KIDLINGTON: Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair.
The premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Confidence in Management: Some. Satisfactory record
of compliance. Structural Compliance: Fair. The premises
are in the top 50 per cent of premises and standards
are being maintained or improved. Inspected: Cherwell
District Council on November 14.
THE SWAN INN, 4 SHIPTON ROAD, MILTONUNDER-WYCHWOOD, NEAR CHIPPING
TWO-STAR RATING: Sushimania is determined to bounce back from its hygiene report
including ice cream as the ice
cream freezer was broken.”
The company said:
“Unfortunately on the day that the
council’s environmental health
officer inspected, we were
disappointed to find that not all
these procedures were being
followed. I can confirm however
that all the fish for the sushi and
sashimi was and is sourced from
approved suppliers who are
independently accredited as
having high standards of food
safety, we just did not have the
paperwork available to prove this
on the day.”
NORTON: Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair. The
premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Confidence in Management: Some. Satisfactory record
of compliance. Structural Compliance: Fair. The premises
are in the top 50 per cent of premises and standards
are being maintained or improved. Inspected: West
Oxfordshire District Council on March 8.
THE QUEEN’S HEAD, 17 QUEEN STREET,
EYNSHAM: Food Hygiene and Safety: Fair. The
premises are in the top 50 per cent of premises
and standards are being maintained or improved.
Confidence in Management: Some. Satisfactory record
of compliance. Structural Compliance: Fair. The premises
are in the top 50 per cent of premises and standards
are being maintained or improved. Inspected: West
Oxfordshire District Council on March 8.
HHHHFOUR STARS
THE GEORGE AND DRAGON, CHURCH LANE,
SHUTFORD, NEAR BANBURY: Food Hygiene
and Safety: Good. High standard of compliance
with statutory obligations and industry codes of
recommended practice, minor contraventions of food
hygiene regulations. Confidence in Management:
Some. Satisfactory record of compliance. Structural
Compliance: Good. High standard of compliance
with statutory obligations and industry codes of
recommended practice, minor contraventions of food
hygiene regulations. Inspected: Cherwell District Council
on March 13.
HHHHHFIVE STARS
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It said that the chefs and
management team had
undergone ‘in-depth’ coaching
and that its own environmental
health consultants would be
carrying out unannounced
inspections to ensure high
standards were being maintained.
It added: “We have since applied
for another inspection from
Oxford’s environmental health
officer who has agreed to revisit
the branch.
“We have taken action to solve
this matter and are confident of
receiving a top score for the next
inspection.”
THE-GREEN, BICESTER: Food Hygiene and Safety:
Very Good. High standard of compliance with statutory
obligations and industry codes of recommended
practice; conforms to accepted good practices in the
trade. Confidence in Management: Good. Reasonable
record of compliance. Structural Compliance: Very
Good. High standard of compliance with statutory
obligations and industry codes of recommended
practice; conforms to accepted good practices in the
trade. Inspected: Cherwell District Council on February
19.
TWO JOLLY COOKS, 2 KEENS CLOSE,
ENSTONE, NEAR CHIPPING NORTON:
Food Hygiene and Safety: Good. High standard of
compliance with statutory obligations and industry codes
of recommended practice, minor contraventions of
food hygiene regulations. Confidence in Management:
Good. Satisfactory record of compliance. Structural
Compliance: Good. High standard of compliance
with statutory obligations and industry codes of
recommended practice, minor contraventions of food
hygiene regulations. Inspected: West Oxfordshire District
Council on March 21.
THE THREE PIGEONS, 31 WOODGREEN,
WITNEY: Food Hygiene and Safety: Very Good. High
standard of compliance with statutory obligations and
industry codes of recommended practice; conforms
to accepted good practices in the trade. Confidence
in Management: High. Good record of compliance.
Structural Compliance: Very Good. High standard of
compliance with statutory obligations and industry codes
of recommended practice; conforms to accepted good
practices in the trade. Inspected: West Oxfordshire
District Council on February 27.
All inspections are carried out by the relevant district council and published on the Scores on the Doors website, which can be
found at scoresonthedoors.org.uk
The information on this page is taken from the website and published in good faith
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New mayor looks
to make his mark
WALLINGFORD’S
next
mayor has set out his vision
for the town as he looks forward to a ‘flamboyant’ inauguration next month.
Lee Upcraft, 42, a town councillor and deputy mayor, is excited to
start the role and keen to promote
two particular initiatives.
“It should be an interesting
year,” he said. “There is a lot going
on in Wallingford at the moment,
but the big issues are the Regal
Centre, that needs replacing, and
the Bullcroft Park. We definitely
need some new facilities for children and families.
“I am chairman of the working
group for [the Regal Centre]. We
need funding put in place.”
The Regal Centre, a former cinema dating back to 1934, was closed
indefinitely last autumn, while
Bullcroft Park is a play area for
children in the town centre.
Mr Upcraft, who has lived in
Wallingford for 15 years and has
two young daughters at local
schools, will officially take up his
new position next month.
On May 14, he is set to be formally selected by the council, having
beaten competition from councillors Maureen Norton and Mat-
Mayor to open new
town day nursery
A NEW nursery in Bicester will be officially
opened by the town mayor.
Fundamentals Childcare is opening its
doors in Keble Road to parents of babies,
toddlers and preschoolers.
Bicester mayor Les Sibley will be on hand
to officially open the new centre on Tuesday.
He will join the team to cut the ribbon and
the cake at about 10.30am.
The nursery is inviting the public along to
the celebration and to see a typical day at the
nursery. The new nursery replaces the former
Outset Day Nursery.
For more details call 01869 321301.
Harrison Jones
hjones@nqo.com
thew Cockman at a meeting last
month.
He said: “It’s a bit flamboyant,
we get the mace bearer out and we
have the ‘loving cups’ – a medieval
ceremony recognising that councillors should watch the back of
their colleagues.
“Councillors stand in a circle,
back-to-back in pairs. A goblet
is filled with a strong liquor and
passed round. Each councillor
bows to the other, takes a sip, and
the pair then rotate to face the
next pair and the cup is passed on.
“It’s a unique ceremony locally,
in acknowledgement of our traditions and history.”
Mr Upcraft, who works as a physicist, was previously the chairman of UKIP in Oxfordshire but
insisted his own politics would not
impact his mayoral role.
He said: “I do not believe there is
any place for party politics at town
and parish level.”
Asked if he would seek re-selection, he joked: “Ask me again in
a year,” but added: “I would not
stand again immediately. I would
let someone else have a go.”
Law firm on wheels
STAFF from an Oxford-based legal practice
are saddling up to support local charity
SeeSaw which provides grief support for
children.
Royds Withy King has roped in 28 riders to
take part in Bike Oxford on Sunday, May 20.
The event starts and ends at Oxford
University Rugby Football Club ground on
Iffley Road and includes a choice of three
rides – the 25, 50 or 80-mile routes.
The firm said it was committed to its strong
community links and was looking forward to
raising money for the Headington charity.
Homes correction
EXCITED: Next Mayor of Wallingford Lee Upcraft
Picture: Ed Nix
IN WEDNESDAY’S paper we said that a Mr
and Mrs Smith of Finstock were planning to
redevelop some agricultural sheds as part of
their plans to build six new homes on their
land south of Walker’s Heights Hill.
The couple have asked us to clarify that
they are not redeveloping the barns in the
scheme, and we apologise for the error.
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Looking for apprentices full of energy
Tom
Williams
We hope to
find more
inspired and
enthusiastic
recruits to join
the team
twilliams@nqo.com
THE next generation of power station
employees is being
sought to help shape
the energy industry
of the future.
RWE Generation, the
operators of the Didcot
Power Station which dominates the skyline of the
South Oxfordshire town,
has announced it is looking for new entrants on to
its training programmes.
The company wants ‘enthusiastic’ science, maths
or engineering students
to take up positions as engineering apprentices, including working on ‘non
destructive testing’.
Gas-fired Didcot B station, in operation since
1997, can produce enough
electricity to meet the
needs of one million
homes. It remains in operation after the closure and
decommissioning, in 2013,
of Didcot A Power Station,
where a boiler house collapsed in 2016, killing four.
TECHNOLOGY: Didcot Power Station
The site of the old A
power station is still being cleaned up and is earmarked as a future housing
and employment site.
Both power stations have
a long history as an employer in the local area,
bringing thousands of people to the town over nearly
five decades.
RWE has said new apprentices would be joining
a well-established scheme
where previous incumbents have helped shape
the energy market as we
know it today.
The scheme was refreshed three years ago to
reflect the fast-changing
nature of the business in
Picture: Thomas Hyde
light of the challenges of
climate change and the
changing energy needs of
the country.
RWE
entry
schemes
chairman Adrian Greenwood, said: “We are very
proud of our engineering
training programmes.
“Over the years they have
been developed to support
our modern fleet of power
stations.
“This year we hope to
find more inspired and enthusiastic recruits to join
the RWE team.”
The Didcot apprenticeship programmes last four
years, giving trainees the
technical and practical
skills required to work in
power plants.
All apprentices will train
‘on the job’ and get support
from experienced power
industry and training professionals.
They will study at a technical training facility and
complete a BTEC National
Certificate
qualification
before specialising in their
third year in specialist mechanical, electrical or control and instrumentation
routes.
p Find out more at
rweukjobs.com/entry-levelschemes/engineering
T-shirts aim to start
mental health talks
COLLEGE campuses around the county
are launching a week-long campaign in the
hopes of ending the stigma surrounding
mental health.
Starting on Monday, students and staff at
Activate Learning colleges will be challenging
the way people think and act about mental
health conditions by wearing clothing that
provokes discussion.
People who have been affected by a mental
health condition at the campuses in Oxford,
Banbury and Bicester will be wearing badges
and T-shirts that say ‘#I’m1in4’ and ‘Mental
health awareness’ declaring that they are one
in four who experience problems each year.
Builders teach class
PUPILS at a Banbury school were taught
about health and safety in an unusual visit
from a housebuilding company launching a
new book.
Youngsters at Longford Park Primary
School were read the book titled How We
Build Your Home by Taylor Wimpey’s sales
and marketing director Elaine Stratford.
The book explains the stages involved in
housebuilding from plot picking to
decoration, told through the company’s
mascots, Millie Mortar and Handy Andy.
Cheesy evening out
TICKETS are still selling for a ‘Cheeseology’
event which explores how the food has
changed over the past century.
The event, organised by Science Oxford,
will be held at Abingdon Abbey next
Thursday. Tickets cost £20, to include a
glass of wine, and are available at
scienceoxford.com/events
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FESTIVAL: Cyclists ride through Abingdon’s streets during the event in 2015
Picture: Ed Nix
Festival saddles up to
boost travels by bike
Erin
Lyons
elyons@nqo.com
CYCLISTS are gearing up
for the return of a popular
festival that will see hundreds of bikes descend on
Abingdon.
The Abingdon Cycle Festival
takes place on Sunday with a
series of guided ride-along sessions throughout the day aimed
at building the skills and confidence of riders.
A parade of vintage bikes will
also assemble from 11am in the
Market Square, with people encouraged to dig out and show off
their retro rides.
It will be the seventh time the
one-day annual event has been
put on in the town, though it
was not held last year due to a
changeover in the organising
committee.
Mark Travis, part of the new
team, said: “It takes a lot of time
to plan this and make sure it is
SUPPORT: Day of ride-along sessions
and more caters for all ages and abilities
well run and everyone’s safety is
paramount so it was decided to
rest the festival for one year.
“I think people are really eager
to see it return as we’ve received
lots of requests on social media from those wanting to know
when it was coming back.”
With sunshine predicted, Mr
Travis said organisers are hoping the event will be bigger than
ever and turnout could reach between 500 and 600 cyclists.
He said: “We are really targeting people who may have a bike
but don’t use it often, maybe because they don’t feel confident
about the local routes and so
this is a perfect chance to change
that.
“All our rides are led by experienced cyclists and there are a
wide range of sessions with ones
for families, mountain bikes and
road tracks.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
New this year will be cycle
training on Dalton Barracks airfield for those less confident on
bikes and who want the extra security of not being on the open
road.
As well as the cycle events,
which will start from 9am in
the Market Square, there will be
stalls with bike demos and representatives from the fire and police services.
There will also be live music
from Tony Lewis & Band, The
Bellini Sisters and choir Vocalize throughout the day in Market
Square.
Registration for all rides will
take place on the day.
Although all rides are free it is
recommended cyclists arrive at
least 30 minutes before the ride
leaves to book a place.
For a full rundown, including expected completion times,
search Abingdon Cycle Festival
on Facebook.
‘Diathlete’ in multiple marathon challenge
A MARATHON runner with
diabetes will be pounding the
streets of Oxford today as part of
a challenge which will see him run
25 marathons in a month.
The ‘DiAthlete 100 Challenge’ will
see Gavin Griffiths, 26, attempt to
complete marathons all around the
UK and Ireland to raise awareness
of type 1 diabetes.
Mr Griffiths, from London, also
known as ‘The Diathlete’, will begin
his 26 mile run through Oxford at
the Kassam Stadium before making
his way through the city centre, up
to Headington and then finishing at
Bury Knowle Park.
The Oxford run will be the seventh
marathon of the series.
Mr Griffiths aims to finish the
gruelling challenge in Parliament
Square in London on May 13.
This 655-mile challenge will
attempt to raise £10,000 towards
the work of the newly-founded
League of DiAthletes programme,
which aims to raise awareness and
improve treatment of the condition
across the globe, particularly in
developing countries.
For more information visit
justgiving.com/crowdfunding/
diathlete100
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Letters
Time to abandon plans
for the Swan School
A 500-HOME community with
offices and research space,
shops, restaurants and student
flats (First phase of Oxpens
development under way, Oxford
Mail, April 19) sounds grand, but
also must give weight to the need
for a new secondary school in
South and West Oxford, for which
parents in the area have been
petitioning since May 2016.
Meanwhile the dangerous
nonsense, environmental, social,
communal, traffic-wise, of the
proposed 1,260 Swan School on
the Harlow Centre site in Old
Marston, slugs ineptly on, with, it
seems, temporary buildings to be
built on the Harlow (building) site
for the first cohort of Swan-nites,
access via Raymund Road, past
St Nicholas Primary, then add in
the Medowbrook pupils using the
same access route, and it will be
readily be seen how impossible
this will be, not least for local
residents.
The time really has come for Mr
Paul James, CEO of the River
Learning Trust, and his agents
from the Education Skills and
Get in
touch:
Funding Agency to abandon The
Swan in Old Marston and look for
a two-school solution, Swan West
at Osney Mead, Swan East either
on the exisitng Cherwell Site or at
Barton Park.
No more money public funds
should be squandered on a
campaign to build a Swan School
in Old Marston.
BRUCE ROSS-SMITH
Bowness Avenue, Headington
Scarcity of skills in the
construction industry
THE development deal signed by
our councils with the Government
is primarily based on building
100,000 homes in Oxfordshire by
2031. How?
Skills shortages in the
construction industry are at a
record high this year. From 2013
onwards, the retirement estimate
for UK construction workers aged
over 55 is 400,000 people during
the following five to 10 years; for
those aged 45-54, the estimate
was that a further 518,000 people
would retire. For self-employed
construction workers, it was also
estimated that about 182,000
would retire during the same
period. The 16-21 age group is
under six per cent of our
construction workforce and the
industry needs about 400,000
new entrants each year, at a time
when EU-origin construction
workers are returning home.
This is not happening, perhaps
because financial support for
students for doing
apprenticeships and further
education courses is too low.
These figures do not take into
account shortages of civil
engineers or planning officers in
local government, both essential
for implementing new housing and
the provision of associated
infrastructure.
We simply do not have, and are
not likely to obtain, the much
larger number of skilled workers
needed to build many new homes.
If new housing around the
proposed environmentally
destructive Cambridge-Oxford
Expressway starts to be built, this
would add to the scarcity of skills.
We need very low cost social
and keyworker housing obtained
from the existing built environment
to meet actual local housing
demand.
STEVE DAWE
Bulan Road Oxford
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Ready to tread the boards
T
HESE dancers from Vera
Legge Dancing School
were all smiles in 1984
after being chosen to take
part in two major theatre
productions.
After 48 years of pantomime
at the Oxford Apollo Theatre,
now New Theatre Oxford, the
dance troupe narrowly missed
out to a Swindon dance
group on being chosen for the
Christmas panto Robinson
Crusoe.
But the disappointment
didn’t last too long as the
group, which used to meet
at Cowley Community
Centre and Mortimer Hall,
secured roles in forthcoming
productions of Joseph and
his Amazing Technicolour
Dreamcoat and The Wind in
the Willows.
Teacher Mrs Diana Brown, of
Cassington, was delighted the
girls could once again perform
at the Apollo.
She said: “We are very
pleased and of course the girls
were absolutely thrilled to
come back again. They were
naturally disappointed about
not being able to take part
in the pantomime – it was
always something they looked
forward to.”
Thirty girls took part in the
religious musical providing
background singing and a
further eight girls took on
animal roles in Kenneth
Grahame’s Edwardian classic
The Wind in the Willows.
Leslie Phillips, actor, 94;
George Takei, actor, 81; Peter
Snow, TV reporter, 80; Ray
Brooks, actor, 79; Michael
Brandon, actor, 73; Jessica
Lange, actress, 69; Louise
Jameson, actress, 67; Nicholas
Lyndhurst, actor, 57, Carmen
Electra, model and actress, 46.
BIRTHDAYS...
IT HAPPENED IN
1653: Oliver Cromwell dissolved
the Long Parliament which had
governed during the Civil War.
1657: The Spanish fleet at Santa
Cruz Bay was destroyed by the
English under Admiral Blake.
1770: Captain James Cook
discovered New South Wales,
Australia.
1841: The Murders In The
Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan
Poe, considered to be the first
modern detective story, was
published in the USA.
1887: The world’s first motor
race took place along the banks
of the river Seine from the centre
of Paris to Neuilly.
1889: Adolf Hitler was born in
Austria, the son of a customs
official who changed his name
from Schickelgruber.
1893: Harold Lloyd,
bespectacled comedian famous
for his stunt scenes, was born in
Nebraska.
1929: The first Italian parliament
made up exclusively of Fascists
led by Benito Mussolini was
opened by Victor Emmanuel III.
1945: Soviet troops entered
Berlin.
1972: Apollo 16 landed on the
moon.
1989: Scientists said that the
Earth narrowly missed being
struck by a passing
asteroid weighing 400 million
tons.
1999: Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold killed 13 people
and injured 21 others
before committing suicide
at Columbine High School,
Colorado.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The
world’s weirdest mammal, the
naked mole rat, survives oxygen
starvation by behaving like a
plant, scientists revealed.
WESTMINSTER
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Liberal Democrat
MP for Oxford
West & Abingdon
LaylaMoran
Why we need
a referendum
on final deal
W
HATEVER your opinion on Brexit,
we can all agree that it is a big deal.
It will affect generations for
generations, and young people have the most
at stake.
Good deal or bad deal, it’s definitely a big
deal.
This weekend, I was privileged to be part of
the launch of the People’s Vote movement. I
stood alongside Conservative Anna Soubry,
Labour’s Chukka Umunna, Green leader
Caroline Lucas, as well as business people
and entrepreneurs. And Sir Patrick Stewart
provided a bit of startdust too.
We are demanding that the people, not
politicians, have the final say on whether the
deal the Government comes back with is what
they actually want. Not a rerun, but a first
referendum on the final deal.
To those who say, ‘But we had the vote and
now we need to just get on with it’, I point
to the new facts which have come to light
about the costs and complexity of Brexit that
no one could have known at the time of the
referendum. We know now that there will not
be an extra £350 million a week for the NHS;
that we will have to pay a £40 billion ‘divorce’
bill; and since the referendum Britain has gone
from the fastest-growing major advanced
economy in the world to the slowest.
Promises made by politicians about Brexit,
like more money for our NHS, are not
going to be kept. In fact, Brexit will leave
our health service with less money and ever
greater staffing problems. The Brexit that
was promised is not the one that is being
delivered. You should always check the bill
before signing, and the public have every right
to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit
deal.
The Brexit process is a complete mess and
the negotiations are going badly, which makes
it more likely that we will get a bad deal. In 18
months since the referendum, we have not
even started
talking about
The negotiations
our future
are going
relationship
badly, which
and all the
Government
makes it more
have managed
likely that we
to do is
capitulate on all
will get a
the big issues,
bad deal
including paying
£40 billion for a worse relationship than we
have now. By the way, to those who are
sick to death of people talking about Brexit,
remember we haven’t even left yet: we are
set to pay that Brexit Bill until 2064. That’s our
great-grandchildren paying for this decision.
This isn’t an issue that will go away on March
29, 2019. We need to get it right.
Brexit is not inevitable. What the
Government comes back with, not what was
promised in the referendum, will be the real
deal. And the real deal is a big deal, not a
done deal. Brexit will affect everybody in the
country, which is why it should not be left to
650 politicians in London to decide our future,
but the 65 million people of the UK. That is
why so many are demanding a People’s Vote
on the final Brexit deal.
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Camera Club members have once
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from flocks in flight to family and
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We received a plethora of perfectly
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the in-motion image of gulls by Jeff Higgs
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The fingers of a monkey by Sharon Allen
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county.
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A QUIET PLACE (15)
SILENCE is golden – and
imperative for survival – in
John Krasinski’s nerveshredding horror thriller
about a family battling
against sightless otherworldly
creatures, which hunt by
sound. A single sneeze or
cough could be fatal, and the
lean, propulsive script takes
sadistic delight in prickling our
discomfort until we’re ready
to scream on the characters’
behalf. It’s impossible not to
be held in a vice-like grip by
the characters’ white-knuckle
ordeal.
Stage
OXFORD
Burton Taylor Studio,
Beaumont Street, Oxford: Apr
19-20, What Goes On In Front of
Closed Doors. 7.30pm. £10. Apr
21, Tom Thumb. 10.20am, 1.30pm,
3.30pm. £8. May 1-5, Octopus. An
anarchic new comedy about Brexit,
bureaucracy, and the power of
punk. 7.30pm. £6. No Market for
Old Men. A wry look at the clash
between past and present, young
and old. 9.30pm. £6. May 8-12,
The Lonesome West. 7.30pm. £6.
May 8-12, Like A Virgin. 9.30pm.
£6. 01865 305305.
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Apr 21, Stave
Williams, Chris Kent, Catherine
Bohart and Simon Clayton. Glee
comedy. 7.15pm. £16, £10
(student). Apr 28, Geoff Norcott,
Rob Deering, Nick Doody and Pat
Cahill. Glee comedy. 7.15pm. £16,
£10 (student).0871 472 0400.
Oxford Playhouse,
Beaumont Street, Oxford:
Apr 17-21, The Flying Lovers of
Vitebsk. Tue to Thu & Sat eves:
7.30pm, Fri: 8pm, Thu & Sat mats:
2.30pm. Captioned performance
Wed. £10-£30. Apr 24-28,
Périclès, De Tyr. 7.30pm. One of
Shakespeare’s strangest and most
heartrending plays. Tue to Sat eves:
7:30pm, Fri: 8pm, Sat mat: 2.30pm.
£10-£30. May 2-5, Travesties. By
Tom Stoppard. Wed, Thu & Sat
eves: 7.30pm, Fri: 8pm, Thu & Sat
mats: 2.30pm. £10 to £20. 01865
305305.
Old Fire Station, 40 George
Street, Oxford: Apr 2021, A Berlin Kabaret! Four
travellers singing powerful songs,
rediscovering long lost gay
rights anthems and American
propaganda songs. Capturing
the political turmoil of the Weimar
Republic, witty and rebellious, these
songs still resonate powerfully.
7.30pm. £13/£11. Apr 21, Bertolt
Brecht’s True Protagonists. 5pm. A
discussion with readings of the role
of women in Brecht’s life and work.
David Constantine, Professor Tom
Kuhn read their new translations
of Brecht’s poetry and join Sphinx
Theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Parrish
to discuss Brecht’s leading women.
5pm. £5 (£3 if you book for A
Berlin Kabaret!). Apr 26, Tez Ilyas:
Teztify. 8pm. £12/£10. Apr 27-28,
Wonderland High the Musical.
7.30pm. £12 & £15. May 1, Half
The World Away. A nostalgia trip
of a comedy, featuring pink shrimps
and 90s hits. 7.30pm. £12/£10.
May 2, Hickory Dickory Murder.
Scan this QR
code into your
smartphone or
tablet to get all
available film
showings
8pm. 01865 263990.
Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen
Road, Iffley: Apr 28, The Elves
and the Shoemaker. 2pm. £5.
01865 812150.
New Theatre, George
Street, Oxford: Apr 21-22,
My First Ballet; Swan Lake.
Various times. £13.40-£29.40
plus £4 transaction fee. Apr 24,
Menopause: The Musical. £30 plus
£2.85 transaction fee. 7.30pm.
Apr 26, Jason Manford: Muddle
Class. 7.30pm. £31.65 plus £2.85
transaction fee. Apr 28-29, Dara
O Briain: Voice of Reason. 8pm.
£27.15 plus £2.85 transaction
fee. May 1-5, Thoroughly Modern
Millie. Various times. £13.50-£47
plus £4 transaction fee. 0844 871
3020.
North Wall Arts Centre, South
Parade, Summertown: Apr
19-20, Soldier On. A heart-warming
story about surviving the forces and
PTSD and what happens when you
leave the military ‘family’. 8pm. £14
(concessions £12). Apr 21, Simon
Munnery: Renegade Plumber. 8pm.
£12 (concessions £10). Apr 23-24,
Black Men Walking. 8pm. £16
(concessions £13). 01865 319450.
COUNTY
Chipping Norton Theatre,
Spring Street, Chipping
Norton: Apr 20, Mark Steel.
7.45pm. £16.50. Apr 24, Moscow
Drug Club. 7.45pm. £15.50. May
3-12, A Tender Thing. 7.45pm. £15.
01608 642350.
Cornerstone Arts Centre,
Station Road, Didcot: May
4, Showstopper! The Improvised
Musical. 7.30pm. £20. May 6,
Handa’s Surprise, Family and
children’s theatre. 11.30am 1.30pm
& 3.30pm. £8. 01235 515144.
Kingston Bagpuize and
Southmoor Village Hall,
Draycott Road, Abingdon: Apr
26-28, Daisy Pulls It Off. 7.30pm.
£8. 01865 736913.
The Harwellian, Westfield,
Harwell: Apr 28, Comedy/
Cabaret Night. Cabaret evening
with Micky John Ball. 8pm. £10.
01235 797070.
Music
TODAY
The Swan Inn, Shipton Road,
Ascott-Under-Wychwood:
Chris Ronald Trio plus support from
Sian Magill. Wychwood Folk Club.
7.30pm. £10 in advance £12 on
the door. 01993 831427.
Angel, Market Place, Witney:
OXFORD
Odeon, George St:
Box office 0871 224
4007.
Odeon, Magdalen St:
Box office 0871 224
4007.
Phoenix Picture
House, Walton St:
Box office
0871 902 5736.
Ultimate Picture
Palace, Jeune St: Box
office 01865 245288.
Vue Cinema,
Grenoble Rd: Box
office 08712 240240.
CHIPPING NORTON
The Theatre, Spring
St: Box office 01608
642350 (Mon-Fri 10-
Joe Holic. Free. 9pm. 01993
703238.
The White House, Abingdon
Road, Oxford: Folk Weekend
Open Night. £2. 8.30pm. 01865
768128.
The Cellar, Frewin Court,
Oxford: 3 Peace, Adam Delacey.
Live jazz funk trio plus DJs playing
funk, soul, disco, R&B, Motown.
11pm-3am. £5.
Tap Social Movement, 27
Curtis Industrial Estate, North
Hinksey Lane, Botley: The
Brickwork Lizards. Local Turkabilly
hip hop world jazz collective. 8pm.
Free.
Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25
Station Road, Didcot: Calan.
Award-winning Welsh folk quintet.
8pm. £15, £13 (concs).
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: Dogsflesh,
Trauma UK, Red Terror UK. Rock/
metal. 7.45pm. £8 (adv), £10 (otd).
The Jericho Tavern, 56
Walton Street, Oxford:
Džordanos Butkut s. Lithuanian pop
star. 7pm. £25-£35.
The Cellar, Frewin Court,
Oxford: Keir. Glam rock singer
songwriter. 7.30pm. £7 (adv).
Great Western Railway Staff
Club, Station Road, Didcot:
The Mighty Cadillacs. Didcot Red
Hot Blues Club. 8.30pm. £6 on the
door.
Holywell Music Room,
Holywell Street, Oxford: Oly
Ralfe. Singer songwriter performing
new solo piano album. 7.15pm.
£10.
O2 Academy Oxford, 190
Cowley Road, Oxford: Rejjie
Snow. Irish hip hop star on UK tour.
6.30pm. £23.
TOMORROW
The Cellar, Frewin Court,
Oxford: The Academic. Irish indie
rockers. 7.30pm. £9 (adv).
Tap Social Movement, 27
Curtis Industrial Estate,
North Hinksey Lane, Botley:
Dreamsyndröm, Wild Phoenix.
8pm. Free.
O2 Academy Oxford, 190
Cowley Road, Oxford: Isaac
Gracie, Matt Maltese. Folk-pop
singer-songwriter. 6.30pm. £13.50.
Marlborough Club, 227
Broadway, Didcot: Simply
ABBA. £5 members, £8 non
members. 8.15pm. 01235 812266.
Royal British Legion, Hadow
Road, Marston: Red Wing.
Country rock. Free. 8pm. 01865
243991.
6pm, Sat 10-2pm).
BICESTER
Vue Cinema, Pioneer
Centre, Bure Place:
Box office 08712
240240.
DIDCOT
Cineworld, Station Rd:
Box office 0871 200
2000.
WITNEY
Cineworld, Marriotts
Walk: Box office 0871
200 2000.
WALLINGFORD
Corn Exchange,
Market Place: Box
office 01491 825000.
BANBURY
Odeon, Horsefair: Box
office 0871 224 4007.
SJE Arts, 109a Iffley Road,
Oxford: Paul Giger & David
James (Ex Hilliard Ensemble) with
the vOx Chamber Choir. £15-£25.
7.30pm. 01865 484777.
St Andrew’s Church, Linton
Road, Oxford: St Giles
Orchestra Concert. £11 (£10
concessions, under 18s free).
7.30pm. 01869 346269.
St Edburg’s Church, Church
Street, Bicester: Phoenix Singers
Concert. £12, Under 16 free.
7.30pm. 07774 615045.
The Jericho Tavern, 56
Walton Street, Oxford: Leader.
Pop/rock. With Little Brother Eli
and Violet. £8/ £10 on the door.
7.30pm. 01865 311775.
The Swan Inn, Shipton Road,
Ascott-Under-Wychwood:
Chris Ronald Trio plus support from
Sian Magill. Wychwood Folk Club.
£10 in advance £12 on the door.
7.30pm. 01993 831427.
University Church, High
Street, Oxford: Mozart,
Beethoven and Schumann. The
Oxford Sinfonia. Conductor and
piano soloist Ian Brown. £15 (£12).
7.30pm. 07775 904626.
Events
TODAY
Green Drinks: Cornbury Room,
Bell Hotel, Church Street, Charlbury.
With Natalie Bennett, former leader
of the Green Party, talking about a
Universal Basic Income. 8pm. Free.
07554 047014.
Meet the Oxford Brookes
Robots: Pegasus Theatre,
Magdalen Road, Oxford. The
Oxford Brookes robots, are capable
of some amazing things. They can
walk, dance, do Tai Chi, recognise
faces, tell jokes and talk to you. This
is an OutBurst 2018 event. 10am.
£2.50 adults / £1 concessions.
01865 812150.
TOMORROW
Anna Conomos – Jason
& The Argonauts: The Story
Museum, Rochester House, 42
Pembroke Street, Oxford. Interactive
storytelling adventure through
Ancient Greece. 2pm. £7/£5.
01865 807600.
Open Afternoon and
Scarecrow Workshop:
Churchill and Sarsden Heritage
Centre, Hastings Hill, Churchill.
Look around the new exhibition
Churchill and Sarsden in the Great
War 1914-1918 and join scarecrow
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DOUBLE CROSSWORD
WORD WHEEL
18. Row about a custom (4)
20. Plain net (5)
21. Concerning a morning’s
papers (5)
24. Ruin a metal bird (6)
25. Press fastener? (9)
26. Unpleasant film on the
surface (4)
27. Not bubbly, but
nevertheless a grape
product (5,4)
CRYPTIC CLUES
Across
3. Fell in love, but became
discouraged (4,5)
8. An encore from the
choir (4)
9. Is perhaps disposed to
produce objects of
worth (9)
10. He preaches equality
before a member of the
K
A
QUICK CLUES
Across
3. Accompanying (9)
8. Caprice (4)
9. Involved (9)
10. Plan (6)
11. A shield (5)
14. Wash out (5)
15. Labour (4)
16. A monkey (5)
18. Throw (4)
20. Boxing ring (5)
21. Symbol (5)
24. Spite (6)
25. Spoke to (9)
26. Fewer (4)
27. Timing device (9)
Down
1. Filled with dread (9)
2. Fraudulent (9)
4. Melody (4)
5. Weird (5)
6. Deception (6)
7. Observe (4)
9. Urge (5)
11. Protective garment (5)
12. Now and again (9)
13. Uncomfortable (3,2,4)
17. Cold dish (5)
19. Sultry (6)
22. Artist’s stand (5)
23. Thought (4)
24. Muddle (4)
Hard
2
Q
14
15
3
16
4
17
5
18
6
19
7
20
SPIRAL
Starting from 1, fill in the grid clockwise with
four-letter words. The last letter of each word
becomes the first letter of the next to reveal the
seven-letter key word in the shaded boxes.
1
2
3
9
10
14
15
8
11
4
8
21
9
22
10
23
11
24
12
25
13
26
A
Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert
the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine
letters.
THE CLUES
3847
gives a weapon;
86239
gives another weapon;
3657129 gives a third weapon.
7
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Slender
Bill of fare
Forearm bone
Assistant
Give off
Care for
Prima donna
Summit
DOUBLE CROSSWORD:
Cryptic: Across: 1 Toll;
3 Barnacle; 8 Acre; 9
Drawback; 11 Saint
Bernard; 13 Pastor;
14 Etcher; 17 King of
hearts; 20 Mastodon;
21 Liar; 22 Anecdote;
23 Ague. Down: 1
Transept; 2 Lorries; 4
Agreed; 5 Now and
then; 6 Chair; 7 Elks;
10 Stronghold; 12
Preserve; 15 Herring;
16 Afloat; 18 Issue; 19
Emma.
Quick: Across: 1
Cafe; 3 Proclaim; 8
Neat; 9 Standard;
11 Inconsistent; 13
Cuddle; 14 Stupor;
17 Discourteous; 20
Initiate; 21 Peri; 22
Extended; 23 Edge.
Down: 1 Convince; 2
Flaccid; 4 Retain; 5
Constitute; 6 Again; 7
Mode; 10 Infliction; 12
Pristine; 15 Proceed;
16 Hustle; 18 Idiot; 19
Dine.
WORD WHEEL:
DAINTIEST.
5
6
7
8
9
12
6
5
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
Direction
Extended journey
Corrode
Ruffian
Festive occasion
Atmosphere
Cain’s brother
Racing toboggan
Previous day’s solutions
NINER
4
G N
Keyword clue: A branch of maths
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
3
P
16
1
2
C
I
13
Codeword is the crossword puzzle with no clues. The number in each square
corresponds to a letter. Work out the words in the grid using the letters provided.
Fill in these known letters first, then use skill and judgement to work out the others.
1
A G
How you rate:
8, average; 12, good;
16, very good; 18 or more, excellent.
CODEWORD
Medium
SUDOKU
younger generation (6)
11. Tessa returned with
something useful (5)
14. Cares about
competitions (5)
15. Words of wisdom with
bite (4)
16. A sign differs very
largely (5)
Down
1. Self-restrained, though
consumed with anger (9)
2. Novel personality (9)
4. Love followed a certain
course in N.Africa (4)
5. Thin strips of paste (5)
6. Eastern team the French
made outcasts (6)
7. Rush in three directions at
once! (4)
9. Thus America produced a
composer (5)
11. Wrong a young lady (5)
12. Check an open invitation
to shoplifters (4,5)
13. Experts in it will tell you if
a stray moon is about (9)
17. A bit of a punch-up (5)
19. Make something known
for the prodigal (6)
22. Parrot gives a Scotsman
an awful start! (5)
23. It’s held to a be a quick
way to lose weight (4)
24. The air in Amiens (4)
You have 10 minutes to find as many words as
possible using the letters in the wheel. Each
must use the hub letter and at least 3 others.
Letters may be used only once. You cannot use
plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. There is
at least one 9-letter word to be found.
CODEWORD: 1=X, 2=D,
3=R, 4=Q, 5=S, 6=E,
7=Y, 8=F, 9=K, 10=H,
11=B, 12=V, 13=I,
14=J, 15=L, 16=P,
17=C, 18=M, 19=Z,
20=A, 21=N, 22=U,
23=T, 24=O, 25=G,
26=W.
NINER:
INTERVALS
WORD SPIRAL: 1 Clap; 2
Perm; 3 Moan; 4 Noon;
5 Nays; 6 Seek; 7 Kiwi;
8 Idol; 9 Lava; 10 Aria;
11 Avid; 12 Deep; 13
Path; 14 Harm; 15
Mild; 16 Deal. Keyword:
Italian.
SUDOKU
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Deaths
GAUGHAN
Tom
Passed away unexpectedly on 10th
April 2018. Beloved husband to Ellen,
devoted father to Thomas & Marie and
a wonderful grandad to Clara. Tom
will be sadly missed by his brothers
John, Patrick & sister Kathleen; and
all his dear family and friends. His
Requiem Mass will be held at Our
Lady's Help of Christians, Hollow
Way on Monday 23rd April at 7pm.
All enquiries; Reeves & Pain
01865 242529
Deaths
ARMSTRONG
John
Formerly of Oxford sadly passed away
on 28th March 2018 aged 57 years.
Son of Brian and the late Betty
Armstrong. Loving Brother of Peter,
Colleen and Glynis, and Uncle to
Aaron and Holly. Funeral service to
take place in St Giles Church,
Horspath, Oxford on Friday 4th May
at 12.00. Family flowers only please
but donations if desired to Reading
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BOWERMAN
HARRIS
Henry John
CAVANAUGH
Christopher
“Scamp”
Passed away peacefully with his
beloved Family by his side on 12th
April 2018, aged 73 years. Devoted
Husband of Sue. Loving Dad to Paul
and Neil, Father in Law to Debbie and
Denise and Gramps to Calum, Dakota
and Bronte. He will be greatly missed
by all his Family and Friends. Funeral
Service at Oxford Crematorium on
Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 3.00
pm. No flowers please. Donations if
desired will support Oxford Hospitals
Charity (Oncology Ward, Churchill
Hospital) c/o C.S.Boswell Independent
Funeral Services, 7 Bicester Road,
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At the Family’s request, bright
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Katharine Anne “Anne”
Passed away peacefully in Ireland on
7th April 2018, aged 81 years. Beloved
Wife of the late Peter Buller. Much
loved Mum of Clive and Ian. Cherished
Mother – in – Law, Gran and Auntie.
She will be greatly missed by all her
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Oxford Crematorium on Friday 27th
April at 12.00 noon. No flowers please.
Donations will further support
Cancer Research UK and British
Heart Foundation. c/o
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OX5 2LA or via www.katharineannebuller.muchloved.com
Tom
Passed away on 8th April 2018.
Passed away after a short illness on
14th April 2018 aged 96 years. Beloved
Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad and
Great Great Grandad. Will be sadly
missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral Service at St John's Chapel,
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May at 2.00pm. Family flowers only
please but donations if desired to the
Royal British Legion c/o Co-operative
Funeralcare, Hendred St 01865
748855. Special thanks to all the staff
at the Albany Nursing Home.
JONES
Derek (Bill)
DALLAWAY
Ralph
Passed peacefully away at his home on
14th April 2018, aged 92 years. Loving
husband of the late Pearl, dearly missed
father of Douglas, Keith and the late
Jean, father-in-law to Leila and Jane, a
greatly missed grandfather and great
grandfather, who will be very sadly
missed by all family and friends. The
funeral service will be held on Monday
30th April 2018 at St Johns Chapel
Oxford crematorium at 11.00 am.
Family flowers only please but
donations for Cancer Research UK.,
may be sent to S&R Childs
4 Elms Parade Botley OX2 9LG.
Tel 01865 245464
DEVANEY
John
Passed away peacefully
on 10th April 2018, at
JRII Hospital, Oxford,
aged 65 years. A much
loved Husband of Hilary,
Dad of Ross and Emily
and a loving Bampy to all
his Grandchildren. The
funeral
service
will
be held on Thursday
3rd May 2018, at St.
John's Chapel, Oxford
Crematorium, at 2.00pm.
No flowers by request
please, donations for
Cancer Research UK,
c/o Greens Funeral
Services, 21 High Street,
Eynsham, Oxford, OX29
4HE.
Show you care
with a message
in the Family
Announcements
Passed away peacefully
on 13th April 2018. A
much loved Husband of
Enid and Cherished Dad,
Gramps and GreatGrandad. The funeral
service will be held on
Wednesday 2nd May
2018, at South Oxford
Crematorium, Garford, at
12.00 noon, All Welcome.
Family flowers only
please, donations if
desired for The Tarvar
Ward, Churchill Hospital,
c/o Greens Funeral
Services, 21 High Street,
Eynsham, Oxford, OX29
4HE.
Valerie Beryl
Passed away on the 30th March 2018,
aged 90 years. Funeral service to be
held at Trinity Church, Abingdon,
OX14 1DD on Thursday 26th April
2018 at 10.30am. Flowers welcome.
Donations, if desired, directly to The
Cats Protection. Any enquiries to The
Co-operative Funeralcare, 26 High
Street, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 5AX.
Tel: 01235 554589
Passed
away
unexpectedly aged 70
years, he will be sadly
missed by all his family
and friends. Funeral
Service at St. Mary the
Virgin Church, Freeland
on Friday 27th April at
11.00am. Family flowers
only but donations if
desired to the Long
Hanborough
Surgery,
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Peter
Passed peacefully away at Brookfield
Christian Care Home on 7th April
2018 Aged 81 Years. A loving
Husband to Carole. Brother to Pam ,
Norman and Christopher and a special
Uncle to Andrew. Will be greatly
missed by all his family and friends. A
special mention to all those who cared
for Peter at Brookfield’s. The funeral
service will take place on Wednesday
2nd May at 3pm St Johns Chapel
Oxford Crematorium. No black please
to be worn. Family flowers only
donations if desired to Parkinsons UK
(Oxford Branch) All enquiries
The Co-operative Funeralcare
01865 748855
PARSONS
Cicely Joyce
Known as Sis. Formerly
of Marsh Baldon. Passed
away on the 8th April
2018. Funeral Service on
Friday 27th April 2018 at
South
Oxfordshire
Crematorium Garford at
1.00pm. Family flowers
only please. Donations if
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Arboretum may be sent
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Service
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Smith
Michael Wenbon
Michael died peacefully at home in
Risinghurst, Oxford aged 89 . A former
pupil of Dauntsey School Wiltshire,
Mike served with the Oxfordshire &
Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in post
war Germany and then as a performer
with the D'oyly Carte Opera
Company.He was an avid cricketer, and
for several years was a licencee in the
Oxford pub business.he is survived by
his partner Catherine. Service to be
held at the Oxford Crematorium
2.30pm Monday 23 April.
Graham
Passed away peacefully but suddenly
at The John Radcliffe Hospital on 14th
April with her beloved family around
her. Much loved Wife of the late Brian,
loving Sister of Tony, Sister-in-Law of
Joan and Anne, Aunt, Great Aunt and
Great Great Aunt, Godmother and
Friend to many. She will be greatly
missed by her family & friends.
Funeral service to be held at St John
the Baptist Church, Burford on Friday
27th April at 12 noon followed by
burial. Family flowers only please,
donations if desired for Parkinson's
UK may be sent c/o E Taylor & Son,
21 Corbett Road, Carterton,
OX18 3LG. Tel: 01993 842421
CAMPION
MACKETT
Wheatley
KEYLOCK
LAY
Michael John
Doreen Rosemary
Deaths
Deaths
Sadly passed away at home aged 74
years on 26th March 2018. A loving
husband, dad, grampy and great
grampy. Funeral service will be held
on Monday 30th April at Oxford
crematorium, St John's chapel at
12:30pm. Family flowers only,
donations if desired to Florence
Nightingale Hospice c/o The Cooperative funeralcare. 8 High street,
Thame, OX9 2BU. He will be missed
by us all xx
Acknowledgements
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Jenny, Bernard and Family wish to
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20th March 2018. Special thanks to
Kerstie and the team at C.S Boswell
Funeral Services and Alison Riches for a
lovely service. Please accept this as a
personal acknowledgement.
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Tommy
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Way ahead of the rest
NEWBURY
Today’s runners
GOING: Soft. DRAW: High numbers best in large fields, especially in
very soft ground. TV: Racing UK.
DREWEATTS NEWCOMERS’ EBF
1.50
MAIDEN STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 4) £10,000 added 2YO only-5f
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
AZOR AHAI M Channon 9 5 ...............................G Downing 9
DAVE DEXTER R Beckett 9 5..........................R Kingscote 8
GLORY FIGHTER C Hills 9 5................................G Mosse 1
GREENBACK BOOGIE (IRE) B Meehan 9 5..........O Murphy 5
PINACLOUDDOWN (IRE) J S Moore 9 5................L Keniry 7
POWER SEEKER (IRE) B Millman 9 5 ................W Carson 3
PRINCE LLYR (IRE) Mrs H Main 9 5 ............David Egan (3)4
THEGREATESTSHOWMAN Miss Amy Murphy 9 5 D Costello10
WELL DONE FOX R Hannon 9 5.............................S Levey 2
WOLSTONBURY (IRE) S Kirk 9 5........................M Dwyer 6
2017: GOLD TOWN 9 5 W Buick 10-3 Fav (C Appleby) drawn (7) 10 ran
BETTING: 9-4 Well Done Fox, 4-1 Glory Fighter, 9-2 Azor Ahai, 7-1 Greenback Boogie, 8-1 Dave
Dexter, 14-1 Wolstonbury, Power Seeker, 16-1 Thegreatestshowman, 20-1 others.
DUBAI DUTY FREE FULL OF SURPRISES
2.25 H’CAP
(CL 2) £20,000 added 3YO only-7f
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
2101002-240
12-214
000-00
32121-1
023124411426564141
511525-
LEADING CHANCE: John
Quinn trains Look My Way
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
1014-4
/45-50
000/00
111-5
/0151/123-1
323013522-5
42033-
LOOK My Way can
return to the Flat
and take the Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar
Handicap at Newbury.
John Quinn’s charge
was last seen in action over hurdles at
the Cheltenham Festival, when he finished
4.35
3.00
BJP CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 4) £8,550 added 3YO only-1m 2f
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
3- ARCADIAN CAT (USA) (174) R Beckett 9 0 .........O Murphy14
05- ARENDELLE (174) Ed Walker 9 0....................R Kingscote11
BELLE DE NEIGE (IRE) E Dunlop 9 0...................G Mosse 3
0- BOSSINEY BAY (IRE) (198) H Morrison 9 0 ...... Fran Berry12
0- EDEN ROSE (184) M Channon 9 0............................G Lee 8
52- EXPENSIVE LIAISON (174) (BF) H Palmer 9 0James Doyle1
3- HAZARFIYA (174) Sir M Stoute 9 0.................... R L Moore13
INVINCIBLE PEACE H Dunlop 9 0 ........................ L Morris10
02 JUNEAU (IRE) (14) M Johnston 9 0................... J Fanning 5
LAH TI DAR J Gosden 9 0....................................L Dettori 7
05- PINK PHANTOM (163) P Cole 9 0 .................... J Crowley 2
QUICKSAND (IRE) H Morrison 9 0 ...............P J McDonald 4
0- THRESHOLDOFADREAM (174) Mrs A Perrett 9 0J Mitchell 9
WHITE LIGHT S bin Suroor 9 0.........................P Cosgrave 6
a creditable eighth in
the Fred Winter after
enjoying no sort of
luck in running.
Look My Way appears just the type to
keep batting away well
in staying events such
as this through the
year on the level.
Mercian Prince came
unstuck at Chelten-
ham but can get back
on track in the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at Ayr.
THE WHIP’S TIPS
AYR: 2.05 Fin And Game, 2.40
Embole, 3.15 Lime Street, 3.45
Full Glass, 4.15 Copain De Classe,
4.45 River Icon, 5.15 Chapel Stile.
BATH: 4.40 Validator, 5.10 Sir
Victor, 5.45 Fashion Queen, 6.15
Crystal Deauville, 6.45 Youkan,
7.15 Pastfact, 7.45 Hisar.
FONTWELL: 1.40 Tara Bridge,
JUKEBOX JIVE (FR) (95) (CD) A Honeyball 4 9 7.J F Egan 2
2 321144 BRAHMS DE CLERMONT (46) (D) P Nicholls 7 11 10H Cobden
SANDRO BOTTICELLI (IRE) (J39) A Dunn 6 9 7..L Dettori 3
3 24-111 FIN AND GAME (IRE) (49) (D) D McCain 6 11 10B Hughes
KEEP IN LINE (GER) (35) (C) A King 6 9 2.........M Harley 7
4 -05P30 BIENNIAL (IRE) (26) I Duncan 6 11 0................Derek Fox
GOLDEN BIRTHDAY (FR) (28) (BF) H Fry 7 9 2Fran Berry 1
5
0-33 DEYRANN DE CARJAC (139) A King 5 11 0.W Hutchinson
INJAM (IRE) (294) J O’Keeffe 5 9 2.........................G Lee 6 2017: No corresponding race.
COEUR DE LION (J35) A King 5 9 0............... Hollie Doyle 5 BETTING: 15-8 Brahms De Clermont, 5-2 Arthington, 3-1 Fin And Game, 6-1 Deyrann de Carjac,
LOOK MY WAY (J37) J J Quinn 4 9 0 ......................J Hart 8 16-1 Biennial.
CHAMPAGNE CHAMP (13) B Millman 6 8 12 .... G Wood (3)4
QTS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
MEDBURN CUTLER (168) (D) P Hedger 8 8 7 ... J Fanning 9
NOBLEMAN’S NEST (188) (D)S Crisford 9 7...S De Sousa 4
ALBISHR (IRE) (21) (D) S Dow 9 4....................O Murphy 8 2017: RAINBOW DREAMER 4 8 12 R L Moore 11-4 JtFav (A King) drawn (5) 8 ran
JELLMOOD (13) (D) M Botti 9 2..........................A Atzeni 1 BETTING: 3-1 Look My Way, 7-2 Golden Birthday, 6-1 Coeur de Lion, Jukebox Jive, 7-1 Injam,
8-1 Champagne Champ, 14-1 Cape Cova, 16-1 Medburn Cutler, 20-1 others.
DE BRUYNE HORSE (50) (D) B Powell 9 1 .........S W Kelly 7
MOQARRAR (USA) (178) (D) Sir M Stoute 9 1 ... J Crowley 6
DUBAI DUTY FREE GOLF WORLD CUP
QAYSAR (FR) (20) (D) R Hannon 9 1...................L Dettori 9
BRITISH EBF CONDITIONS STAKES
MR TOP HAT (174) P Evans 8 10 ........................J F Egan11
ROGUE (174) (CD) R Hannon 8 9....................T Marquand 2 (PLUS 10) (CLASS 3) £16,000 added 3YO only-1m 2f
UTHER PENDRAGON (IRE) (174) J S Moore 8 9..... J Fahy10 1 54114- RASTRELLI (FR) (188) C Appleby 9 5...................W Buick 2
2
343-1 BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (18) C Hills 9 2 ................L Dettori 3
LORD OBERON (16) (D) K Burke 8 6...................J Haynes 5
3
1- BLAZING TUNDER (IRE) (184) H Candy 9 2 .......O Murphy 4
TALLOW (IRE) (143) (D) W Haggas 8 6............ Ben Curtis 3
31- BOMBYX (185) J Fanshawe 9 2 ........................ D Muscutt 1
OLIVER REED (IRE) (262) R Hannon 8 5 ........ Hollie Doyle12 4
2017: BACCHUS 9 7 W Buick 25-1 (B Meehan) drawn (11) 15 ran
5
15- BON SCOTTE (IRE) (210) R Hannon 9 2.........T Marquand 6
BETTING: 11-4 Moqarrar, 4-1 Qaysar, 5-1 Tallow, 8-1 Jellmood, Nobleman’s Nest, 10-1 Oliver
6 1432-2 TIGRE DU TERRE (FR) (20) R Hannon 9 2........ R L Moore 5
Reed, 12-1 Lord Oberon, 16-1 Rogue, Mr Top Hat, 20-1 others.
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2017: SHUTTER SPEED 9 1 L Dettori 5-4 Fav (J Gosden) drawn (2) 6 ran
BETTING: 13-8 Tigre du Terre, 7-2 Rastrelli, 4-1 Bartholomeu Dias, 7-1 Bon Scotte, 8-1
Bombyx, 10-1 Blazing Tunder.
5.05
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MASTER OF IRONY (41) (D) J J Quinn 6 12 0 Mr K Wood (5)
GREAT FIGHTER (F209) (CD) J Goldie 8 11 13C Bewley (3)
KELKA (55) (D) Ruth Jefferson 6 11 12...... Mr L Quinlan (7)
DEMON D’AUNOU (101) Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 12 B J Geraghty
MICK THONIC (11) (D)(BF) C Tizzard 8 11 6... R M Power
DODGYBINGO (IRE) (250) (D) J Moffatt 5 11 5.C O’Farrell
MARTILA (FR) (167) (CD) Miss P Robson 6 11 5Craig Nichol
DINO VELVET (FR) (83) (D) A King 5 11 3 ..W Hutchinson
CRACKDELOUST (FR) (76) B Ellison 6 11 3............D Cook
EMBOLE (FR) (37) D Skelton 4 11 2...................H Skelton
LOUGH KENT (48) (D) J Moffatt 9 11 1Charlotte Jones (7)
OLIVER’S GOLD (212) (CD) M Walford 10 10 13.... D Jacob
THINK AHEAD (30) J Moffatt 7 10 12 ................. H Brooke
WOT A SHOT (IRE) (123) (D) N Richards 9 10 6.. R Day (3)
OUR LUCAS (IRE) (26) (CD) R M Smith 6 10 1 ...B Hughes
2017: GREAT FIGHTER 7 11 1 C Bewley (3) 4-1 (J Goldie) 8 ran
BETTING: 6-1 Martila, 8-1 Kelka, Demon D’Aunou, 10-1 Wot A Shot, Mick Thonic, Dino Velvet,
Think Ahead, 12-1 Oliver’s Gold, Master Of Irony, Lough Kent, Embole, Dodgybingo, 14-1 others.
3.15 TRUMP TURNBERRY NOVICES’ HANDICAP
BARR ENVIRONMENTAL CHASE (NOVICES’
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COPAIN DE CLASSE (34) (D)P Nicholls 6 11 10S Twiston-Davies
VALHALLA (IRE) (26) (D) C Tizzard 8 11 8 .........H Cobden
LOFGREN (38) (D) D McCain 7 11 4...................B Hughes
AZZURI (64) (D) D Skelton 6 11 1.......................H Skelton
PRAIRIE TOWN (IRE) (22) (CD) A Carroll 7 11 1L Edwards
VERONA OPERA (20) (CD) S Crawford (IRE) 7 10 7R Johnson
2017: No corresponding race.
BETTING: 9-4 Copain De Classe, 4-1 Valhalla, 9-2 Prairie Town, 5-1 Azzuri, Verona Opera,
8-1 Lofgren.
CORAL.CO.UK SEAFIELD TROPHY
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114-P3 TARA VIEW (136) A King 7 11 10................W Hutchinson
-1FP2D LAMANVER ODYSSEY (20) H Fry 6 11 10.............N Fehily
063310 CARNSPINDLE (27) (D) W Greatrex 6 11 9 ...T Greatrex (7)
051223 ELUSIVE THEATRE (20) (C)(D)(BF) S Crawford (IRE) 7 11 9
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10/630 SMART TALK (IRE) (35) (D)(BF) B Ellison 8 11 6B Hughes
3-1221 RIVER ICON (F188) I Jardine 6 11 4......Ross Chapman (3)
362P10 BON CHIC (160) (D) J Moffatt 9 11 2 .. Charlotte Jones (7)
115F33 DRINKS INTERVAL (11) C Tizzard 6 11 0............H Cobden
-31163 NARANJA (34) J Snowden 6 10 12 .......................S Bowen
264100 BLACK TULIP (27) H Daly 6 10 11.................... R Johnson
5-2125 BABY TICKER (20) (C) D Whillans 9 10 6......C Whillans (3)
622111 HAUL US IN (13) (C) Miss L Russell 6 10 6...B Campbell (5)
04U231 MISS TYNTE (IRE) (11) D Pipe 6 10 5(6ex)..T Scudamore
415P52 OUR VALENTINA (20) S Crawford (IRE) 7 10 2 ....H Skelton
ADORABLE (IRE) M Channon 9 0...................James Doyle 9
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ALWAYS A DRAMA (IRE) C Hills 9 0 ....................W Buick 3
1 -5F131 SIR WILL (IRE) (26) (D) Kerry Lee 7 11 12.....R Patrick (5)
BELLA RAGAZZA H Morrison 9 0..................P J McDonald 6
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CONTRIVE (IRE) R Varian 9 0 ..............................A Atzeni 2
EXEAT A Balding 9 0..........................................O Murphy16 3 1-3361 SPIDER’S BITE (IRE) (58) (D) H Daly 6 11 10.. R Johnson
4 5-5001 DARIUS DES BOIS (28) (D) N Henderson 5 11 3....N Fehily
GLORIA TUA Eve J-Houghton 9 0 ...........................M Harley15
5 3-2232 OCEAN COVE (IRE) (23) F O’Brien 6 11 2..... B J Geraghty
2017: JENNYS MELODY(Ire) 8 10 10 Derek Fox 50-1 (B Arthey) 13 ran
HESTERYA (IRE) R Hannon 9 0 ...........................L Dettori17
6 -35223 VOIE DANS VOIE (FR) (26) A King 5 11 2 ...W Hutchinson
BETTING: 6-1 Hitherjacques Lady, Lamanver Odyssey, 8-1 Tara View, Elusive Theatre, 10-1
NKOSIKAZI B Meehan 9 0...............................T Marquand11
7 32PP20 ALOOMOMO (FR) (20) W Greatrex 8 10 11 ..... H Bannister
Carnspindle,
Miss Tynte, Haul Us In, River Icon, 12-1 others.
PAPELAINE (IRE) Eve J-Houghton 9 0 ....................P Dobbs 1
8 3343F2 IT’S YOUR MOVE (IRE) (28) B Ellison 6 10 6...... H Brooke
POWER FROM ABOVE (IRE) J S Moore 9 0.......... L Keniry14 9 122042 LIME STREET (IRE) (19) P Bowen 7 10 6............S Bowen
SEKO LOGISTICS SCOTLAND H’CAP HURDLE
PRIDE’S GOLD (USA) S Crisford 9 0..................J Mitchell10 10 22-224 SILENT STEPS (111) (D)P Nicholls 7 10 4S Twiston-Davies
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PRIVATE CASHIER A Balding 9 0.........................M Dwyer 5 11 041433 TRONGATE (IRE) (42) (C) R M Smith 6 10 1..... D Irving (3)
2017: GRACIOUS DIANA 9 0 L Dettori 4-1 (J Gosden) drawn (2) 14 ran
1 23-4P6 KING OF FASHION (27) (C) Kerry Lee 8 11 12 R Patrick (5)
SOLAR GOLD (IRE) C Hills 9 0............................G Mosse 7 2017: WINNINGTRY 6 11 6 S Twiston-Davies 5-1 JtFav (P Nicholls) 11 ran
BETTING: 10-3 Hazarfiya, 4-1 Arcadian Cat, 9-2 Expensive Liaison, 5-1 Lah Ti Dar, 6-1 White
2 -53221 BOB MAHLER (IRE) (22) (D) W Greatrex 6 11 11R Johnson
STRAWBERRY LACE D Menuisier 9 0................ Fran Berry13 BETTING: 4-1 Darius Des Bois, 5-1 Sir Will, 7-1 Spider’s Bite, Silent Steps, 8-1 Ocean Cove, It’s
Light, 12-1 Juneau, Arendelle, 16-1 Pink Phantom, 25-1 others.
UJOOR (IRE) Sir M Stoute 9 0 ........................... J Crowley 8 Your Move, Uncle Alastair, 11-1 Aloomomo, Lime Street, Voie Dans Voie, 16-1 Trongate.
3 /2F6-3 BOARD OF TRADE (73) A King 7 11 9 .........W Hutchinson
WILBURY TWIST R Varian 9 0 ....................David Egan (3)12
4 5-3211 CHAPEL STILE (IRE) (27) (D) N Richards 6 11 9 . R Day (3)
DUBAI DUTY FREE HANDICAP (CLASS 2)
YUSRA M Botti 9 0........................................... D Muscutt 4
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HILLHOUSE QUARRY HANDICAP
2017: MULHIMATTY 9 0 J Crowley 12-1 (C Hills) drawn (3) 9 ran
£25,000 added 4YO PLUS-5f
6 -54016 CLOTH CAP (IRE) (84) (BF) Jonjo O’Neill 6 11 8R McLernon
CHASE (LISTED) (CLASS 1)
1 05-136 CASPIAN PRINCE (20) (D1) M Appleby 9 9 7 .A Rawlinson 6 BETTING: 3-1 Ujoor, 7-2 Hesterya, 6-1 Contrive, 10-1 Adorable, 12-1 Always A Drama, 14-1
7 24-322 FORGETTHESMALLTALK (118) (D) A King 6 11 6T Bellamy
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2 00120- JUST GLAMOROUS (174) (D) R Harris 5 9 5 ..... D Probert 5 Solar Gold, 16-1 Exeat, Nkosikazi, Pride’s Gold, 20-1 others.
8 22-04P SET LIST (IRE) (278) (D) D Skelton 9 11 6.........H Skelton
1 -60142 JUST CAMERON (29) (C) M Hammond 11 11 12..J Colliver
3 433113 TOMILY (IRE) (13) (D)(BF) R Hannon 4 9 3.... Hollie Doyle 1
9 334423 STRONG ECONOMY (42) (C) R M Smith 6 11 5...B Hughes
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3 -30110 MERCIAN PRINCE (36) (D) Miss Amy Murphy 7 11 11J Quinlan
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12 2-F245 CARLTON RYAN (IRE) (12) (D7)(BF) M W Easterby 10 11 1
5 4F3642 THEINVAL (FR) (8) (D) N Henderson 8 11 8.......J McGrath
7 62-503 BLUE DE VEGA (GER) (20) R Cowell 5 8 10........O Murphy 2
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8 361-16 ORVAR (IRE) (55) (D) P Midgley 5 8 10............... L Morris 4
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MAHLER (IRE) (20) B Ellison 8 10 11. H Brooke
8 35F100 BALLYHILL (FR) (38) (D) N Twiston-Davies 7 11 3 J Bargary
BETTING: 11-4 A Momentofmadness, 9-2 Caspian Prince, 5-1 Tomily, 6-1 Just Glamorous, 7-1
9 20U-26 KATACHENKO (IRE) (96) (D)(BF) D McCain 9 11 2B Hughes 15 3-3424 LE DRAPEAU (FR) (60) Mrs S Smith 6 10 10...........D Cook
Gracious John, 8-1 Global Applause, 10-1 Blue De Vega, 12-1 Orvar.
10 3-2102 MONBEG RIVER (IRE) (41) (C) M Todhunter 9 11 1H Brooke 16 1-1522 JACK DEVINE (67) (D) Mrs R Dobbin 6 10 9....Craig Nichol
GOING: Good to soft. TV: Racing UK.
17 12663P JUDGE EARLE (IRE) (57) R Fahey 6 10 9. Mr L Quinlan (7)
11 -20165 VALUE AT RISK (54) (D) D Skelton 9 10 11.........H Skelton
COMPTON BEAUCHAMP ESTATES LTD
18 03P56P BOOGIE LIFE (35) J Goldie 7 10 0 ..................C Bewley (3)
12 315311 CRACKING FIND (12) (D) Mrs S Smith 7 10 11(5ex).D Cook
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Dan, 3.25 Antony, 3.55 Mab Dab,
4.25 Skint, 4.55 Itchy Feet.
NEWBURY: 1.50 Well Done Fox,
2.25 Qaysar, 3.00 Hazarfiya,
3.35 Blue De Vega, 4.05 LOOK
MY WAY (nap), 4.35 Bombyx,
5.05 Contrive.
SOUTHWELL: 4.50 Ulis De
Vassy, 5.25 Robbing The Prey,
5.55 Capard King, 6.25 Argot,
6.55 Jaunty Thor, 7.25 Mamoo,
7.55 Papagana.
BLEWBURY’S BET OF THE DAY
Injam (4.05 Newbury).
5.15
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Today’s card
4.05
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£40,000 added 4YO PLUS-2m 2f
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MAGAZINE NOVICES’ HURDLE
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2017: TWO TAFFS 7 11 6 D N Russell 3-1 Fav (D Skelton) 8 ran
BETTING: 4-1 Theinval, 13-2 Cracking Find, Guitar Pete, 8-1 Value At Risk, Monbeg River, 11-1
Mercian Prince, Romain De Senam, Katachenko, Just Cameron, Full Glass, 14-1 others.
ROWING
2017: BEER GOGGLES 6 11 12 D Jacob 11-2 Fav (R Woollacott) 15 ran
BETTING: 13-2 Chapel Stile, 15-2 Forgetthesmalltalk, Bob Mahler, 8-1 Board Of Trade, Strong
Economy, 11-1 King Of Fashion, 14-1 General Mahler, Benny’s Secret, Set List, 16-1 others.
POINT-TO-POINT
Locals shine in Great Britain trials Hill weighing up options
AS three-time Olympic gold medallist
Pete Reed retires from international
rowing, Oxford Blues continue to feature in the Great Britain final trials,
writes JOHN WIGGINS.
The 36-year-old, who was awarded an
OBE after his Rio success, has not been
able to return sufficiently to form after
a hip operation.
But he leaves behind a lasting legacy,
including two Boat Race wins for Oxford University.
Another Blue, Felix Drinkall, followed in the footsteps of Olympians
Stan Louloudis and Sir Matthew Pinsent, who also featured significantly in
their first senior GB trials after stellar
junior rowing careers.
Rowing with Ollie Cook, the pair
won their semi-final, but were edged
out by Matt Tarrant and Alan Sinclair in the final – Tarrant one of 18
competitors wearing Oxford Brookes
colours.
Oxford University’s Josh Bugajski
and James Rudkin were back in third
place.
Oxford’s female Blues also made a
significant impression, with Rio gold
medallist Zoe Lee returning to top form
after a year out with knee surgery, finishing third in the single sculls.
Anastasia Chitty won her pairs semifinal, before taking second spot in the
final. Former Headington School pupil, Fiona Gammond was third.
With loyalty still to Oxford Brookes
and formerly, Abingdon School, Jamie
Copus continues as the lead lightweight sculler.
In a well-paced race he took the lead
only in the last 500m of the 2000m
course to win by less than two seconds.
Other ex-Abingdon School pupils
George Rossiter and Tim Clarke were
fifth and sixth respectively in the
men’s pairs.
The lightweight women’s event continues to feature Wallingford members, but with a changing of the guard.
In a final that saw all six scullers
overlapping, Ellie Lewis came second
and Gemma Hall fourth.
Eli Piggott was second in the B final
behind former Headington pupil Danni Semple.
for Kingston Blount bid
ALAN Hill will leave it late before
deciding if Supreme Danehill
will bid for a hat-trick of wins in
the Philip Scouller Memorial
Southern Grand National Mixed
Open at Kingston Blount, near
Chinnor, tomorrow.
The Aston Rowant trainer has
also entered veterans Start
Royal and Consigliere in the
four-mile marathon at the
Kimblewick Hunt meeting.
And wary that Supreme
Danehill must carry the
maximum 12lb penalty, he
commented: “I would say I
would probably run one of
those three, but I’m not certain
which one.”
The field could also feature
Vincitore, trained by Sarah
Rippon at West Lockinge, near
Wantage, and Carruthers, from
Sara Bradstock’s Letcombe
Bassett stables, near Wantage,
who were fourth and sixth
respectively to Beat The Tide at
Lockinge on Easter Monday.
Kingston Blount is located at
Kingston Grove, OX39 4SG.
Admission is £13 per person,
which includes a racecard.
Under 18s are free and there
is no charge for parking.
44 OXFORD MAIL
Friday, April 20, 2018
oxfordmail.co.uk/sport
RUGBY UNION
TENNIS
North Oxford
battle to win
Bulls hope for Quins
help in race for title
MATT Goode hopes his
county teammates at Oxford Harlequins can do
title-chasing Banbury a favour tomorrow – but they
must also keep their side of
the bargain, writes JACK
JOHNSON.
Second-placed Bulls travel to Oxfordshire rivals Witney in the last
weekend of the regular season,
having secured a play-off spot in
South West 1 East.
Banbury, who trail Old Patesians
by four points, still have a shot at
the title.
But they must earn a bonus-point
win at Witney and hope the leaders
fail to pick up anything at Harlequins.
“We had county training on
Wednesday, so (Quins flanker, Allan) Purchase and a few of the
boys were there and we wished
them the best of luck,” said Goode.
“We hope they give them nothing.
“There’s a slight chance that Pats
will slip up and if we do enough to
get five points we would top the table.
“That would be a dream, but
we’re not counting our chickens.”
Tug Wilson makes one change
to the starting XV for the visit of
Bulls, with Matt Read coming in to
the front row.
Quins, who play at Marston Ferry Road for the final time ahead
of their move to Horspath, call up
Callum Cashman.
Grove hand a debut to Alludin
Bet-El-Mal for their trip to Swindon, while Bicester visit Wimborne.
Meanwhile, Chinnor head to
Canterbury in National League 2
South knowing just one point will
secure a home play-off against the
North runners-up.
They make eight changes, two po-
NORTH Oxford made a fine
start to life in the National
Open South West Division
of the LTA’s Team Tennis
competition, with an 8-4
victory against West Hants.
Ben Calnan won a twoand-a-half hour thriller.
The ladies suffered a 12-0
defeat at Nuffield Health in
Open Division 1.
Elsewhere, the club’s U12
boys lost 7-6 on a tie-break
shoot-out to Oxtalls.
l OXON'S Jasmine
Conway, 13, made the third
round of the Nottingham
Junior International,
beating seed Elisa Van
Meeteren along the way.
sitional, with Nick Bingham, Tom
Price, Jack Gilding, Alex Bradley,
Greg Goodfellow and Alex Dancer
returning.
Henley Hawks host London
Irish Wild Geese, handing starts
to George Primett, Toby Venner,
Toby Howe and Tommy Haynes.
TOMORROW’S TEAMS
Chinnor (v Canterbury, away): Hopkin, Barnes,
Dancer, Nawaqaliva, Chesters, Bentley, Goodfellow,
Bingham, Price, Gilding, Ramshaw, Ranaboldo,
Bradley, Oliver, Manning. Reps: Mason, Birch, Green,
Barton, MacDonald.
Henley Hawks (v London Irish WG, home):
Robinson, Andre, James, O’Neill, Venner, Howe,
Jackson, Cook, Emery, Primett, Clements, Hyde,
Haynes, White, Lowe. Reps: Wunder, Ball, Berry,
Hall, Butler.
Witney (v Banbury, home): Marshall, Morgan,
Birks, Hankinson, Gaffney, Puddle, G Campbell,
Read, Copperwheat, Fuller, Mortimer, Webb, Coe, C
Campbell, Allen. Reps: Lewis, Merriman, Dore.
Oxford Hquins (v O Patesians, home): Yeates,
C Craig, Stacey, Nutt, Crowe, Fairburn, O’Brian,
Cashman, Davies, De Lange, Ojo, Purchase, R Craig,
Ward, Todd. Reps: Hazelhurst, Rees, Wiggins.
Grove (v Swindon, away): Monks, Hull, Burns,
G Nicholl, Davies, J Wiltshire, Chilvers, Hales,
McCarthy, Wallbridge, Bet-El-Mal, Miles, Bellinger,
Turner, B Nicholl. Reps: Tokelove, P Wiltshire, Ward.
CRICKET
Oxon friendly
falls to weather
HELP: Banbury’s Matt Goode hopes Oxford Harlequins can
beat Old Patesians
Picture: Simon Grieve
OXFORDSHIRE’S friendly
against Buckinghamshire
tomorrow has been cancelled.
The recent wet weather has meant no suitable
ground was available in
either county to host the
game.
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
FRIDAY
FOOTBALL
BANBURY DISTRICT & LORD JERSEY FA
Jersey Cup final: Bishops Itchington v KEA (Ardley
Utd, 7).
SATURDAY
FOOTBALL
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Doncaster Rov v Oxford Utd.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Oxford City v Bognor Regis Tn.
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
Premier Div: Banbury Utd v Merthyr Tn.
East Div: Northwood v Thame Utd.
West Div: Cirencester Tn v Kidlington, Salisbury v
Didcot Tn, Winchester City v North Leigh.
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
Premier Div: Burnham v Oxford City Nomads.
Div 1 East: AFC Aldermaston v Wallingford Tn,
Thame Rgrs v Bicester Tn.
Div 1 West: Cheltenham Saracens v Letcombe,
Clanfield 85 v Ardley Utd, Easington Spts v Pewsey
Vale, Kidlington Res v Cirencester Tn Dev, Woodstock
Tn v Tytherington Rocks.
Div 2 East: Chinnor Res v Abingdon Utd Dev,
London Rgrs v Abingdon Tn.
Div 2 West: Bourton Rov v Faringdon Tn, Moreton
Rgrs v Carterton, Shrivenham Res v Bishops Cleeve
Dev.
OXFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE
Premier Div: Freeland v Mansfield Rd, Horspath v
Kennington Ath, Launton Spts v Charlton, Marston Sts
v Heyford Ath.
Div 1: Adderbury Res v Summertown AFC,
Garsington v Middleton Cheney, Woodstock Tn Res v
Bicester Utd, Zubry Oxford v Lusitanos Oxford.
Div 2: Chalgrove Res v Chinnor Res, Charlton Res
v Mansfield Rd Res, Kennington Ath Res v Launton
Spts Res.
NORTH BERKS LEAGUE
Div 1: Berinsfield v Long Wittenham Ath, Hanney
Utd v East Hendred, Steventon v North Oxford.
Div 2: Compton v Sutton Courtenay, Faringdon Tn
Res v Kintbury Rgrs Res, Watlington Tn v Ardington
& Lockinge.
Div 3: Letcombe Res v Drayton, Long Wittenham Ath
Res v Lambourn Spts Res.
Div 4: Appleford v Berinsfield Res, Cumnor Minors
U21 v Hagbourne Utd Res, Steventon Res v Hanney
66 Club.
WITNEY & DISTRICT FA
Supp Cup quarter-final: Minster Lovell Res v
Bletchington Res.
Premier Div: Charlbury Tn v Carterton Rgrs,
Combe v FC Hollybush, Hailey v Chipping Norton Tn,
Minster Lovell v Kirtlington.
Div 1: Stonesfield v Eynsham SSC, Tower Hill v
Milton, Tower Hill Stars v Chadlington.
Div 2: Aston Res v Moreton Rgrs, Brize Norton
v Bletchington, Kingham All Blacks v Hailey Res,
Witney Wands v Hanborough Res.
Div 3: Bourton Rov Res v Hollybush Res, Ducklington
v Corinthians, FC Mills v Milton Res, Siege v Chipping
Norton Tn Res, Witney Royals Res v Wootton.
Div 4: Bampton Utd Res v Carterton Tn B, Brize
Norton Res v FC Ascott Res, Eynsham SSC Res v
Chadlington Res, Stonesfield Res v Siege Res.
OXFORD CITY FA
County Junior League Cup final: Florence Pk
v Chequers.
League: Dorchester v South Pk, Headington
Butchers v Gt Milton, Masons Arms v Union St,
Oxford Brookes v Original Swan, Thame Utd
Churches v Chinnor A.
BANBURY DISTRICT & LORD JERSEY FA
Premier Div: Bishops Itchington v Chasewell Park,
Broughton & NN v KEA, Deddington Tn v Middleton
Cheney, Sinclair Utd v AFC Bicester.
OXFORD MAIL GIRLS LEAGUE
Under 12 Blue: Barton Utd v Summertown Stars
White, Chalgrove Cavaliers v Summertown Stars Red,
Didcot Casuals v Stonesfield Strikers. Red: Cumnor
Minors v Kennington Ath, Oxford City v Kidlington,
Tower Hill Vixens v Crowmarsh.
Under 13 Blue: Witney Vikings v Tower Hill Vixens.
Red: Oxford City v Hinksey Pk. League Cup:
Hook Norton v Summertown Stars Red, Kidlington v
Wantage Tn.
Under 14 League Cup: Tower Hill Vixens v
Grove Challengers. Blue: Benson Utd v Kidlington,
Harwell & Hendred v Crowmarsh. Red: Charlbury v
Summertown Stars Red.
Under 15: Carterton Tn v Abingdon, Kidlington
v Summertown Stars, Launton Ladies v Barton Utd,
Tower Hill Vixens v Stonesfield Strikers.
Under 16: Barton Utd v Kidlington, Moretonville Jun
v Chesham Utd, Wantage Tn v Deanshanger Colts.
RUGBY UNION
SSE ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP
National League 2 South: Canterbury v
Chinnor, Henley v London Irish Wild Geese.
South West 1 East: Oxford Harlequins v Old
Patesians, Swindon v Grove, Wimborne v Bicester,
Witney v Banbury.
Southern Counties North: Beaconsfield v
Gosford All Blacks, Wallingford v Aylesbury.
BB&O Premier: Littlemore v Bletchley, Milton
Keynes v Didcot, Wheatley v Chesham.
BB&O Championship: Aldermaston v Chipping
Norton, Oxford v Risborough.
BB&O Div 1: Aylesbury 2nd v Henley 3rd, Chinnor
3rd v Newbury 2nd, Redingensians 3rd v Witney
2nd.
BB&O Div 2: Thatcham 2nd v Bicester 2nd.
BB&O Div 3: Grove 2nd v Reading 3rd, Oxford
Harlequins 2nd v Tadley 2nd.
BB&O Div 4 North: Bicester 3rd v Gosford All
Blacks 2nd, Didcot 2nd v Oxford 2nd, Stow-on-theWold 2nd v Wheatley 2nd, Witney 4th v Buckingham
3rd.
ICE HOCKEY
ENGLISH NATIONAL LEAGUE
South Division 2 play-off semi-final: Oxford
City Stars v Chelmsford Chieftains (Bracknell, 3.15).
DARTS
BDO INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Div 1: Oxfordshire v Dorset (Bicester Ex-Services
Club, 12).
BOWLS
Club match: Fairford v Witney.
SUNDAY
FOOTBALL
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 2
Aston Villa v Oxford Utd (Tamworth, 2).
UTV LEAGUE
Div 1: Exeter Rgrs v Village Inn, Greater Leys Res
v Forest Hill, JET v Didcot Casuals, Milton Sts v Dilly
Utd.
Hedley Toms Cup: Jericho v Railway Wheatley.
OFA INVITATION YOUTH LEAGUE
Under 18 KO Cup final: Abingdon Youth v
Summertown Stars.
Under 17 KO Cup final: Harwell & Hendred
v Carterton. A League: Chipping Norton Swifts
v Easington Sports. B League: Chesterton
v Summertown Stars, Launton v Quarry Rov,
Summertown Stars Comets v Rotherfield Utd,
Wantage Tn v Hinksey Park.
Under 18 A League: Chalgrove Cavaliers v Tower
Hill, Milton Utd v Marston Saints.
OXFORD MAIL YOUTH LEAGUE
Under 12 Winter/Spring A: Faringdon Tn v
Didcot Tn, Kennington Ath Yellow v Oxfordshire
Football Dev, Wantage Tn v Crowmarsh Tigers.
Winter/Spring B: Bullingdon Warriors v
Witney Vikings, Hinksey Park Hurricanes v
Easington Sports, Westwood Wands Colts v
Oxford Blackbird. Winter/Spring C: Barton
Utd v Harwell & Hendred, Grove Chall v Cholsey
Bluebirds, Stonesfield Strikers v Goring Robins
Spitfires, Highmoor/Ibis Utd v Botley. Winter/
Spring D: Crowmarsh Pumas v Watlington Tn,
Kidlington Arrows v Kidlington, Summertown Stars
Cobras v Mansfield Road Jun, St Edmunds v Benson
Lions Cubs. Winter/Spring E: Goring Robins v
Lancasters Europa Titans, Cumnor v Didcot Casuals,
St Edmunds Royals v Berinsfield.
Under 13 KO Cup final: Tower Hill Stars
v Kingston Colts Blues. Winter/Spring A:
Haddenham Rgrs v Highfield Jun, Tower Hill v
Crowmarsh Tractors, Oxford Blackbirds v Oxfordshire
Football Dev. Winter/Spring B: Marston Saints
Warriors v Mansfield Road Jun, Quarry Rov Rocks v
Summertown Super Giants, Summertown Iron Stars
v Hinksey Park, Wantage Tn v Chalgrove Cavaliers.
Winter/Spring C: Abingdon Utd v Ardington &
Lockinge, Barton Utd v Goring Robins, Grove Chall v
Abingdon Yellows, Oxford Irish v Crowmarsh Saints.
Winter/Spring D: Abingdon Green v Cholsey
Bluebirds, St Edmunds v Summertown Neutron Stars,
Stanford in the Vale v Headington, Cumnor Minors
v Radley Utd.
Under 14 A League: Bardwell v Abingdon
Utd, Carterton v Easington Spts, Didcot Casuals v
Summertown Stars Wands, Quarry Rov Nomads
v Abingdon Green. B League: Caversham Colts
v Wantage Tn, Oxford City Blue v Crowmarsh,
St Edmunds Royals v Oxford City, Summertown
Spartans v Didcot Tn Red. C League: Crowmarsh
Orient v Cumnor Min, Hinksey Park International v
Cholsey Bluebirds. D League: Caversham
Stallions v Summertown Flares Stars, Littlemore v
Tower Hill Stripes, Stonesfield Strikers v Abingdon
Yellow.
Under 15 Cup semi-final: Bloxham v North Leigh
Utd. Inter-League quarter-finals: Kidlington v
Chadlington, Highfield Jun v Didcot Tn White.
Semi-finals: Cholsey Bluebirds v Grove Chall
White, Yarnton v AFC Brightwell, Quarry Rov v
Stonesfield Strikers, Summertown Stars White v
Bloxham, Kidlington Green v Kennington Ath,
Brackley v Ardington or Bardwell. A League:
Chalgrove Cavs v Bure Park Jun, Abingdon Y v
Rotherfield Utd. B League: Didcot Casuals v Halse
Utd, Faringdon Tn v Combe Jun Spts, Westwood
Wands v Grove Chall Black. C League: Florence
Park v Marston Saints, Woodley Blue Falcons v Tower
Hill, Woolton Hill Argyle v Easington. D League:
Ardington v Brightwell, Summertown Stars Reds v
Cold Ash.
Under 16 Inter League semi-final: Caversham
Trents v Carterton Tn, Florence Park v Charlbury,
Stonesfield Strikers v Abingdon, Abingdon Tn
v Launton, Tower Hill v Summertown Eagles,
Grove Chall v Oxford Football Dev, Yarnton
Blues v Garsington, Banbury Irish v North Leigh.
A League: Kidlington v Harwell & Hendred. B
League: Broughton & N Newington v Bure Park
Jun, Crowmarsh v Woolton Hill Argyle. C League:
Caversham Trents v Westwood Wands Colts, St
Edmunds Royals v Crowmarsh Rev. D League: East
Oxford Utd v Thatcham White, Kidlington v CSA 07
Dynamos, Thame Colts v Didcot Cas, Wantage Tn v
Streatley Strikers.
WITNEY & DISTRICT YOUTH LEAGUE
Under 12 KO Cup final: Banbury Utd v Launton
FC Ath.
Under 13 KO Cup final: Brackley Ath v
Middleton Cheney Falcons. A League: Brackley
Ath v Hook Norton Jun, Combe Jun Spts v Chipping
Norton Swifts. B League: Banbury Irish v Grendon
Rgrs, Banbury Utd v Carterton Tn, Witney Vikings v
Deddington Tn Sharks. C League: Chadlington
Spts v Easington Jun Spts, Launton v Stonesfield
Strikers, Witney Viking Warriors v Deddington Tn
Cobras.
Under 14 KO Cup final: Garden City v Bampton
Tn. A League: Bampton Tn v Kingston Colts,
Charlbury Tn v Banbury Utd Spencer, Witney
Vikings v Hook Norton Jun. B League: Banbury
Irish v Brackley Ath, Carterton Tn v Launton Ath,
Ducklington v Launton.
Under 15 KO Cup semi-final: Bicester Tn Colts
v Middleton Cheney Dragons. A League: North
Leigh v Ducklington. B League: Yarnton Blues v
Banbury Irish.
CRICKET
Friendly: Oxfordshire v Bucks – cancelled (no
suitable ground available in either county).
DARTS
BDO INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Div 1: Oxfordshire v Dorset (Bicester Ex-Services
Club, 11).
BOWLS
Club match: Hanborough v Witney.
MONDAY
FOOTBALL
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
Premier Div: Oxford City Nomads v Lydney Tn.
Div 1 East: AFC Aldermaston v Thame Rgrs.
Div 1 West: Cheltenham Saracens v Easington Spts,
North Leigh Utd v Shrivenham.
Div 2 West: Clanfield 85 Dev v Bourton Rov.
TUESDAY
FOOTBALL
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Braintree v Oxford City.
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
West Div: Barnstaple Tn v North Leigh, Didcot Tn v
Larkhall Ath.
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
Div 1 West: Ardley Utd v Cirencester Tn Dev,
Clanfield 85 v Headington Ams.
Div 2 East: Chalfont Wasps Res v Abingdon Utd
Dev, Chalvey Spts v Abingdon Tn, Chinnor Res v
Stokenchurch.
Div 2 West: Bishops Cleeve Dev v Faringdon Tn.
BANBURY DISTRICT & LORD JERSEY FA
Premier Div: Broughton & NN v Bishops Itchington,
Deddington Tn v Charlton, KEA v Middleton Cheney.
Div 2: Banbury Sports v Wroxton Sports.
Div 3: Chasewell Park Res v Charlton & District Res.
Geoff Wilson Cup: Swis Res v Bodicote Sports Res.
WEDNESDAY
FOOTBALL
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
Premier Div: Frome Tn v Banbury Utd.
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
Premier Div: Windsor v Wantage Tn.
Div 1 West: Kidlington Res v Cheltenham Saracens,
North Leigh Utd v Pewsey Vale.
Div 2 West: Brimscombe & Thrupp Res v Clanfield
85 Dev.
THURSDAY
FOOTBALL
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
Wealdstone v Oxford City.
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
East Div: Thame Utd v Arlesey.
West Div: Kidlington v Shortwood Utd, North Leigh
v Didcot Tn.
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
Div 2 West: Carterton v Bishops Cleeve Dev.
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NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS
City looking to sign off in style at home
THE pressure is off, almost,
for Oxford City, as they
prepare for their final home
league game of the season
against Bognor Regis Town in
Vanarama National League
South tomorrow.
Only a mathematical miracle
will lead to Mark Jones’s side
falling through the trapdoor.
They are nine points above
Poole Town, who occupy the
final relegation spot, with a
vastly superior goal difference
and their rivals have just three
games remaining.
But boss Jones wants to end
their Court Place Farm
campaign on a high.
“We certainly want to finish
the season off with a win at
home,” he said.
“Barring a total calamity, we
are safe now.
“But we want to finish on a
high.
“This group of players have
worked hard.”
Jones is hoping to name a
full-strength side for the last
home game of the campaign
with Frankie Musonda
returning from a foot injury
and Eddie Jones from a
one-match ban.
And the City boss hopes for
a positive atmosphere at
Court Place Farm, where he
wants to reward the club’s
loyal supporters.
“We have really appreciated
the support we’ve had this
season,” he said.
“We’ve had some terrific
highs and some lows this
season, but it’s been
memorable.
“We want to send the
supports away for the
summer on a high.”
TOMORROW’S SQUAD
Oxford City (v Bognor Regis Tn, home):
from King, Jones, Stevens, Fofana, Musonda,
Oastler, Poku, Nombe, Fleet, Paterson,
Sinclair, Grant, Godwin-Malife, McEachran,
Forde, Cotter.
Ballard urges Didcot to keep
season alive for a final push
DIDCOT Town boss Andy Ballard is hoping his players use
the agony of their cup final defeat to keep their season alive.
The Railwaymen lost 1-0 at Hitchin
Town in the Evo-Stik South League’s
BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup on
Wednesday night.
But with a West Division play-off
place still in their grasp, Ballard has
challenged his side to make sure their
campaign does not peter out.
“It was hugely disappointing to lose
out in the cup final,” he said.
“But I feel a sense of massive pride
in my players and to get to the final
was a great achievement in itself.”
He added: “We now have another
four cup finals to go, starting at Salisbury on Saturday.
“It will be a tough game as Salisbury
are looking for automatic promotion,
but they have dropped points of late
and if we play anything like we did
against them in our home fixture
they’re in for a really tough night.
“We need to make sure there’s no
hangover. We spoke after the final
about how it felt to lose and that come
our final game of the season none of
us want to feel that way again.”
Cam McNeil replaces Adam Doyle
in an otherwise unchanged squad.
North Leigh boss John Brough,
who is departing at the end of the season, has praised the youngsters that
have retained the club’s status.
The Millers’ 5-3 win over Paulton
Rovers in midweek secured their survival, and although Brough will not
be at Eynsham Park next year, he is
delighted.
“I think our win against Paulton
was deserved,” he said.
“I must give credit to all the players
involved. They rolled their sleeves up
and got a good win.
ON THE RUN: Seth Humphries pictured in action for Didcot Town last week. The Railwaymen are hoping to keep their season alive by maintaining
their challenge for the West Division play-offs
Picture: Ric Mellis
“We have seen good effort from the
younger lads. Their attitude has been
fantastic.”
Brough names an unchanged squad
for the trip to Winchester.
Banbury United boss Mike Ford
believes the experience his young
players have picked up in the club’s
second season in the Premier Division will stand them in good stead
next year.
The Puritans look certain to secure
a top-ten finish and their manager,
whose side entertain Merthyr Town
tomorrow, has been satisfied with the
season.
JULIAN McCalmon will step down as
Kidlington manager at the end of the
season.
A statement from the club yesterday
said: “The committee and trustees are
extremely grateful for all his efforts
over the past two years, during which
time he has made us a very
competitive Southern League club
and raised our profile.”
McCalmon took over as boss on
September 2016, having previously
worked as assistant manager to
Martin Wilkinson.
McCalmon to leave as Kidlington boss
“Having that balance of youngsters
and experience has been key,” he said.
“What we try to do is develop the
next generation, and I’d like to think
we are doing that.”
In the East Division, Thame United
travel to Northwood still looking for a
top-half finish.
TOMORROW’S SQUADS
Banbury Utd (v Merthyr Tn, home): from Harding,
Wright, Stonehouse, Nash, Johnson, Bradbury, Ngathe,
Self, Wise, Awadh, Finch, Howards, Humphreys, Winters,
Ngamvoulou, Sandy.
Didcot Tn (v Salisbury, away): from Bedwell, Jeacock,
Learoyd, Cattell, McNeil, Hayden, Barder, Agyakwa,
Reid, Barcelos, Thomas, Ballard, Humphries, Joyce,
Woodley, Murphy, McNish.
Thame Utd (v Northwood, away): from Hill, Evans,
Mepham, Johnston, Ashworth, Morris, A Goss, L Goss,
Tack, D West, Finlay, Sturgess, Ricketts, Lynn.
LATEST TABLES
(Does not include last night’s results)
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH
P W D L F A Pts
Dartford
40 24 8 8 77 43 80
Havant & W
Chelmsford C
Hampton & R
St Albans City
Truro City
H Hempstead
39
39
40
40
39
39
22
19
17
19
19
17
11
11
17
8
8
13
6
9
6
13
12
9
59
64
54
69
67
66
27
43
35
53
52
49
77
68
68
65
65
64
*Braintree Tn
Welling Utd
Bath City
Weston-s-Mare
Wealdstone
E Thurrock Utd
Chippenham
Gloucester C
Eastbourne
Oxford City
Concord Rgrs
Hungerford Tn
39
39
39
39
37
38
40
40
40
38
39
39
17
16
15
15
14
13
14
14
13
12
11
11
12
10
12
7
9
11
8
8
7
8
10
7
10
13
12
17
14
14
18
18
20
18
18
21
68
65
60
63
55
66
59
53
57
55
43
44
53
55
45
67
56
71
66
66
74
66
58
66
62
58
57
52
51
50
50
50
46
44
43
40
Poole Tn
39 9 8 22 43
Whitehawk
39 7 9 23 49
Bognor Regis
39 5 12 22 40
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION
P W D L F
Hereford
43 33 5 5 102
72 35
87 30
71 27
A Pts
32 104
King’s Lynn Tn
Kettering Tn
Weymouth
Slough Tn
44
42
43
43
29
28
28
27
9
7
7
9
6
7
8
7
95
111
97
104
37
47
44
48
96
91
91
90
Royston Tn
Chesham Utd
Tiverton Tn
Banbury Utd
Basingstoke Tn
St Neots Tn
Hitchin Tn
Frome Tn
Stratford Tn
Biggleswade Tn
Redditch Utd
Merthyr Tn
Dorchester Tn
B Stortford
Farnborough
Kings Langley
St Ives Tn
Dunstable Tn
43
43
42
43
43
44
42
43
44
42
43
43
43
43
44
44
41
42
23
20
22
18
19
17
18
17
15
14
14
13
13
13
14
8
7
3
5
11
5
13
7
12
8
7
9
10
9
12
10
9
6
14
7
4
15
12
15
12
17
15
16
19
20
18
20
18
20
21
24
22
27
35
79
82
70
85
85
78
66
75
67
50
68
71
61
69
78
58
51
25
59
56
63
56
67
74
60
87
79
53
68
89
81
77
114
91
99
132
74
71
71
67
64
63
62
58
54
52
51
51
49
48
48
38
28
13
Gosport Bor
43 2 5 35
EAST DIVISION
P W D L
AFC Rushden & D 39 24 10 5
37 25 5 7
Beaconsfield Tn
F A Pts
83 24 82
86 43 80
28 142 11
Hayes & Yeading
Hartley Wintney
Cambridge City
Dunstable
40
38
38
38
24
24
22
20
5
4
6
10
11
10
9
8
97
90
98
71
49
48
50
32
77
76
75
70
Chalfont St P
Bedford Tn
Kempston Rov
Moneyfields
Thame Utd
Ashford Tn
Aylesbury Utd
Uxbridge
Marlow
Egham Tn
Northwood
Fleet Tn
Hanwell Tn
Aylesbury
Barton Rov
39
38
38
37
39
38
39
39
38
37
39
39
36
36
37
18
19
17
16
18
16
15
13
12
12
8
8
9
9
6
11
6
10
10
4
7
4
6
8
8
11
10
6
5
9
10
13
11
11
17
15
20
20
18
17
20
21
21
22
22
51
59
69
73
73
80
44
55
51
49
48
38
45
35
34
38
46
66
61
73
63
67
85
72
78
66
79
70
68
77
65
63
61
58
58
55
49
45
44
44
35
34
33
32
27
37 2 5 30 33 107
WEST DIVISION
P W D L F A
Taunton Tn
39 28 10 1 93 38
39 22 9 8 102 52
Salisbury City
Pts
94
75
Wimborne Tn
Bristol Mnr Farm
Evesham Utd
Supermarine
39
39
39
39
21
20
20
19
7
9
7
10
11
10
12
10
70
69
67
67
AFC Totton
Didcot Tn
Cirencester Tn
Bideford
Winchester City
Yate Tn
Kidlington
Cinderford Tn
Larkhall Ath
Mangotsfield Utd
Paulton Rov
North Leigh
+Shortwood Utd
Slimbridge
Barnstaple Tn
40
38
39
37
39
39
37
35
38
40
38
36
35
38
39
19
18
19
18
16
13
13
10
12
10
9
9
8
8
7
8
10
7
9
10
14
10
12
5
10
7
7
10
8
8
13 64
10 79
13 85
10 68
13 70
12 70
14 67
13 58
21 62
20 51
22 52
20 47
17 54
22 50
24 51
Arlesey Tn
94
80
66
77
55
54
53
53
11
47 65
59 64
71 64
50 63
62 58
71 53
58 49
60 42
72 41
82 40
71 34
73 34
102 34
104 32
94 29
Bishops Cleeve
38 6 3 29 37 96 21
+ withdrawing from league *pts deducted
BADMINTON
High-flying Oxfordshire have year to remember
OXFORDSHIRE’S county sides are
celebrating a sensational season
– with their first team ending a
20-year wait to win promotion to
the top flight.
And hot on their heels are the
second side, who have made it to
Division 2 after a superb
campaign.
With the third team retaining
their Division 3 status, the
county’s future looks very bright.
Oxfordshire’s Over 70s team
made it through to the national
finals, where they lost to a Kent
side whose men won the World
Championships in India earlier in
the year.
And not to be outdone, the under
21 side starred in the 17-21
English County Championships.
After topping their group, they
lost to Yorkshire and Devon to
finish fourth overall.
Meanwhile, Oxfordshire’s Under
18 side saw their unbeaten run in
the Shires League finally come to
an end.
A 16-4 defeat to local rivals
Buckinghamshire at Abingdon
School saw them defeated in a
play- off for a place in the national
finals to be held next month.
Earlier in the season,
Oxfordshire had shocked Bucks,
the No 1 ranked county at this
level, by beating them 12-8 in a
superb display.
But Bucks were determined to
avoid a repeat result and fielded
three England internationals in
their line-up.
Oxfordshire battled hard,
however the depth of quality in the
Bucks team was always going to
be difficult to overcome and the
visitors ran out convincing
winners.
TOP TEAM: Oxfordshire Under 18s. Back (from left):
Charlie Driver, James Moreton-Smith, Christian Mitchell,
Luke Backley, Ethan Rose. Middle: Maddy Cook, Maisie
Marriott, Hannah Craig, Safia Khimji, Maisie Boyd. Front:
Jamie Cackett (coach)
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THE BIG MATCH
U’S NEWS FROM THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Division 1 drop looms, while
Jamie provides helping Hand
We’ve delved into our archives to see what was happening 10, 20 & 30 years ago
1988
OXFORD United were just
one bad result away from
relegation to Division 2.
The 1-1 draw with
Everton at the Manor
gave them the slimmest
mathematical chance of
staying up.
United needed to win
their last three matches
and hope Chelsea, West
Ham and Charlton lost all
of theirs.
There was considerable
encouragement from the
display against Everton,
which was the best United
had played for several
weeks.
Boss Mark Lawrenson
said: “We looked
dangerous every time we
got near the goal and it
was pleasing to think we
made so many chances
against a team like
Everton.”
1998
OXFORD United fans saw
the vagaries of youth after
a Jeckyll and Hyde
IN-FORM: Jamie Hand
display brought a 1-1
draw with Tranmere
Rovers at the Manor.
Paul Powell, 19,
continued his brilliant
form during a first half
United dominated, but he
and his teammates faded
badly in the second.
It was the same with
Witney teenager Jamie
Cook, who opened the
scoring before his
influence waned.
Full back Les Robinson
declared: “That happens
with young players, once
they get a few more
games under their belts
they will come on in leaps
and bounds.”
2008
JAMIE Hand was enjoying
his football again, and set
his sights on doing his
utmost in the last two
games of the season to
maintain Oxford United’s
winning run.
The U’s made it three
wins on the spin, within
the space of eight days,
with their 2-1 victory at
Woking, and Hand was
one of their star
performers.
“I feel I’ve put in a few
good performances, but
maybe if we haven’t won
the game, it doesn’t look
as good,” he said.
“It’s a performance I
know I’m capable of week
in, week out. It’s nice to
be playing regularly and
I’m enjoying my football.
“I think I could play like
that more often, to be
honest.”
PLENTY TO PONDER:
Karl Robinson on the bench
at Wigan Picture: Richard Parkes
Karl’s intending to
keep track of rivals
KARL Robinson will be aware
of the scorelines in games involving their rivals tomorrow as
the battle to stay up intensifies.
Oxford United’s 1-0 defeat at
Wigan Athletic on Tuesday
night came as Rochdale and Oldham Athletic shared a goalless
draw.
It saw the U’s cushion over the
Sky Bet League One relegation
zone trimmed to four points,
with most of the sides below
them having a game in hand.
A trip to Doncaster Rovers,
who are safe but only four points
above them, offers Robinson’s
side an opportunity to ease their
concerns.
But when asked what he would
do if the game was level heading
into the final stages, the head
coach replied: “I think you stick.
Every point is vital for me.
“Everyone’s saying we need
another win and we’re four
points clear.
“We’re in a better position
than a lot of them. Of course
you want it (a win), just so you
can sleep.”
The value of a point could be
determined by what happens
elsewhere – and Robinson plans
to be kept informed.
He said: “I think you’d like to
know.
“I remember (at MK Dons) I
knew with five minutes to go
that (promotion rivals) Preston
had drawn.
“I felt matching their score
was good and there would be another opportunity down the way,
so I made a substitute to stay
with the draw.”
Two days on from the defeat at
Wigan, the result still rankled,
particularly coming a week after their meeting with Fleetwood Town, which was lost similarly late.
He said: “That’s the frustrating thing that these young players need to realise.
“When you’re not going to win
a point is important.
“That’s where I think we’re a
little bit naïve sometimes.
“If you look at Tuesday and
the Wigan game, draw them and
we’d have 52 points now and be
safe.
“These are the little things this
group has to learn.”
Ferguson scoops Kevin Durham prize
CONNOR Ferguson has won the
Kevin Durham Memorial Trophy.
The prize, presented to the most
promising Oxfordshire player at
under 15 level, is named in memory
of the former U’s youngster, who
died shortly after helping Barnet
promotion into the Football League
in 1991.
Ferguson picked up the trophy,
whose former winners include
Callum O’Dowda, before last
weekend’s victory over Southend
United.
The teenager from Buckland, near
Kingston Bagpuize, is the top-scorer
in his side.
A talented all-round sportsman,
Ferguson was Britain’s top-ranked
tennis player when he was 12,
before he switched focus to football.
The rest of the end of season
awards will be given out at a dinner
next Saturday, following the final
home game of the campaign,
against Rochdale.
Tickets for the event at the
Kassam Stadium are £60 plus VAT.
See oufctickets.co.uk for more
details.
TOP TALENT: Connor Ferguson with the 2018 Kevin Durham Memorial Trophy,
awarded to the best under 15 player in Oxfordshire
Picture: Steve Daniels
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Nelson overcomes fears
to boost U’s survival bid
Skipper impresses on comeback after five months out injured
David
Pritchard
dpritchard@nqo.com
“THE first time I did a few
jumps in the gym I was so
scared, because you think it’s
going to go again.”
When it comes to recovering from
serious injuries, overcoming the mental challenges can be just as tough as
the physical ones.
Curtis Nelson saw first-hand last
season what it took to return from a
ruptured Achilles tendon, when Aaron Martin and Wes Thomas, suffered
similar problems, but it did not make
his own comeback any easier.
“It’s always difficult, because it’s
a serious injury,” the Oxford United
skipper said.
“Aaron and Wes had it last year and
I know what they went through to get
back.
“But I trust in what Procs (the U’s
head of sports science and medicine
Andrew Proctor) and all the medical staff were saying to me, so I just
pushed myself through it and got it
done.”
Although it was by far the longest
lay-off in Nelson’s career, the five
months spent on the sidelines was
less than expected.
The U’s skipper was ruled out for
the season, but made a cameo appearance off the bench in last weekend’s
win over Southend United.
And it was followed by 90 minutes
at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night,
where the 24-year-old slotted in as if
he had never been away.
The long absence is likely to have
taken its toll, though, and he is
thought to be unlikely to stay in the
side for tomorrow’s visit to Doncaster
Rovers.
Nelson returned to a side battling
relegation – a far cry from the situa-
SPRING IN HIS STEP: Curtis Nelson prepares to come on as a substitute for Oxford United last weekend
tion when he was carried off in November, with United just two points
away from the Sky Bet League One
play-off positions.
His time on the sidelines saw Pep
The worst part is
feeling helpless.
The only thing
you can do is
be there for the
boys off the pitch
Clotet sacked, an eight-week caretaker spell under Derek Fazackerley and
the start of Karl Robinson’s reign.
All the while the side have slipped
down the table, with Nelson’s absence
unquestionably a factor.
And it has proved a tough watch for
the United captain, who has been an
injured player providing support to
the rest of the squad – the opposite of
what normally happens.
He said: “That’s the worst part of it,
feeling helpless.
“The only thing you can do is be
there for the boys off the pitch around
Picture: David Fleming
the training ground and making sure
we stay in good spirits.
“That’s mainly what I’ve been doing
since I’ve been injured, keeping everyone up and positive.”
The biggest boost Nelson could provide was returning ahead of schedule
to assist their bid to stay up.
Midfielder James Henry said: “It’s
excellent, he’s such a leader on and
off the pitch.
“It’s fantastic to have him back, he’s
such a good guy to have in and around
the squad.
“He’s a very valuable asset to us.”
Ruffels relishing Robinson challenge
JOSH Ruffels says he is enjoying
tackling the challenge of proving
himself to another Oxford United
manager.
The midfielder from Kidlington is
the only survivor from the
promotion-winning squad of 2016
to start for the club this season.
Having come through under
Chris Wilder and established
himself playing for Michael
Appleton, Ruffels has learned to
adapt under different bosses.
He became a regular under Pep
Clotet this season and is looking
to do the same with Karl Robinson,
who took over last month.
The 24-year-old has only started
three of the new head coach’s first
seven games, although a
hamstring injury has not helped.
But Ruffels, who signed a new
contract last October, said: “I’ve
been in these positions before and
I know what to do – I just have to
focus on myself and try to help the
team as much as I can.
“Niggly injuries here and there
happen, but I just have to try to
perform the best I can.
“You have to look at it like a new
challenge.
“You can’t be frustrated that the
new manager has come in and it’s
a fresh chance to prove yourself.
It’s one that I thrive on.”
Robinson is a very different
character to Clotet and cancelled
training last week to lighten the
mood with a head tennis
competition.
Ruffels is enjoying the new
regime.
He said: “It’s good in training, we
have a bit of fun. He likes to get
involved in the warm-ups.
“It’s nice to have a fresh
personality.”
NEW BOSS: Josh Ruffels (right) gets some advice from Karl
Robinson at Wigan on Tuesday night
Picture: Richard Parkes
OXFORD MAIL
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RELEGATION
RUN-INS
17TH
OXFORD UNITED
P43
50pts (GD -7)
Apr 21 Doncaster Rov (a)
Apr 28 Rochdale (H)
May 5 Blackburn Rov (a)
18TH
AFC WIMBLEDON
P42
49pts (GD -11)
Apr 21 Oldham Ath (H)
Apr 28 Wigan Ath (a)
May 1 Doncaster Rov (a)
May 5 Bury (H)
19TH
WALSALL
P42
48pts (GD -11)
Apr 21 Scunthorpe U (a)
Apr 28 Northampton Tn (H)
May 1 Bradford City (a)
May 5 Fleetwood Tn (a)
20TH
OLDHAM ATH
P42
47pts (GD -14)
Apr 21 Wimbledon (a)
Apr 24 Southend Utd (H)
Apr 28 Doncaster Rov (H)
May 5 Northampton Tn (a)
21ST
ROCHDALE
P42
46pts (GD -8)
Apr 21 Bradford C (H)
Apr 24 Plymouth Arg (H)
Apr 28 Oxford Utd (a)
May 5 Charlton Ath (H)
22ND
NORTHAMPTON TN
P43
43pts (GD -35)
Apr 21 Plymouth Arg (H)
Apr 28 Walsall (a)
May 5 Oldham Ath (H)
23RD
MK DONS
P42
42pts (GD -19)
Apr 21 Southend Utd (a)
Apr 24 Bradford C (a)
Apr 28 Scunthorpe U (H)
May 5 Shrewsbury Tn (a)
24TH
BURY (RELEGATED)
P43
31pts (GD-31)
LEAGUE TABLE
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
(Up to April 18)
P W D L F A Pts
Wigan Ath
42 27 9 6 82 27 90
Blackburn Rov
42 25 12 5 76 37 87
Shrewsbury Tn
Rotherham Utd
Charlton Ath
Scunthorpe Utd
42
43
43
42
24
22
18
16
10
7
11
16
8
14
14
10
55
69
56
59
35
51
50
49
82
73
65
64
Plymouth Argyle
Portsmouth
Peterborough Utd
Bradford C
Blackpool
Bristol Rov
Doncaster Rov
Fleetwood Tn
Southend Utd
Gillingham
Oxford Utd
Wimbledon
Walsall
Oldham Ath
41
43
42
41
43
42
41
43
42
43
43
42
42
42
18
19
16
17
14
16
13
15
14
12
13
13
12
11
10
6
13
6
14
8
15
9
11
16
11
10
12
14
13
18
13
18
15
18
13
19
17
15
19
19
18
17
53
55
64
52
56
58
52
57
49
44
57
42
51
54
48
54
52
62
53
62
49
62
62
49
63
53
62
68
64
63
61
57
56
56
54
54
53
52
50
49
48
47
Rochdale
Northampton Tn
MK Dons
Bury
42
43
42
43
10
11
10
7
16
10
12
10
16
22
20
26
45
39
42
37
53
74
61
68
46
43
42
31
SPORT
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FOOTBALL
P45
Didcot bid to
keep play-off
hopes alive
RUGBY
P44
Banbury look
for big favour
from Quins
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I’M DESPERATE TO
STAY HERE – HALL
Friday, April 20, 2018
ROB Hall is planning to be
at Oxford United next sea- David
son, with the winger feel- Pritchard
ing he is yet to repay his
debt of gratitude to the dpritchard@nqo.com
club.
ADRIFT: Eddie Pepperell is six shots
off the lead after the first round
Fit-again winger believes he has unfinished business with U’s
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THREE dropped shots coming
home proved costly as Eddie
Pepperell carded a
two-over-par 74 at golf’s
Trophee Hassan II in Rabat,
Morocco, yesterday.
The majority of the field
found it difficult to score well
in the first round of the
European Tour event.
The Frilford Heath member
found himself in a good
position when sitting one
under par after nine holes, but
he went on to slip down the
leaderboard.
Starting at the tenth, the
world No 97 birdied the parfive 12th and completed the
back nine in a
one-under 35.
But he dropped a shot at the
first, before a double bogey at
the par-four sixth saw the
27-year-old slip to two over for
a share of 90th
Compatriot Oliver Fisher
and Sweden’s Joakim
Lagergren lead the way on
four under.
Pepperell begins his second
round at 1.30pm BST today,
partnering Robert Karlsson
and Pablo Larrazabal.
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I’m not looking
to go anywhere.
It’s up to the
gaffer really,
the club have an
option on me
I can have a holiday and that’s
it, I’ll be in as soon as it finishes.”
Hall was named as a substitute
in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Wigan
Athletic and with limited training under his belt he would only
be an option late in the game tomorrow.
But Robinson will welcome
an extra attacking option with
United still not safe from relegation trouble in Sky Bet League
One.
Hall said: “It’s a crucial time
now, whatever you can do it’s important. I’m just trying to make
sure I’m ready for however long
I can get on the pitch for.
“This Saturday I would only be
allowed to play a certain amount
of time, but even if I end up playing longer I’ll just run my nuts
off.”
Hall’s initial knee injury came
playing under Robinson at Milton Keynes Dons, who were unhappy he ended up signing for
United.
But the winger has been keen
to point out there was never any
ill-feeling between the two.
He said: “We’ve always been
fine. We stayed in touch and I
was speaking to him before he
got announced here.
“It is good when a manager
comes in who likes you, but at
the same time he’s hard on me to
get the best out of me.”
BACK IN THE FOLD: Rob Hall, pictured warming up for Oxford United at Wigan on Tuesday night, could play a
l Big match preview: P46-47
cameo role at Doncaster tomorrow after recovering from injury
Picture: Richard Parkes
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The 24-year-old is raring to go
as an impact substitute in the
U’s vital game at Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.
If he gets on the pitch it will
be his first competitive action
since suffering a knee injury in
November.
It has been a familiar tale for
Hall, who rejoined the U’s in
2016 midway through a recovery
from a cruciate ligament problem in his left knee.
The two-year contract he
signed included a 12-month extension clause, which boss Karl
Robinson has suggested will be
triggered.
And that would suit Hall, who
feels there is unfinished business for him at United.
“I owe a lot more games and
performances to the club,” he
said.
“They took me in at a bad time
and I’m not looking to go anywhere. It’s up to the gaffer really,
the club have an option on me.
“My head’s on this Saturday
and then making sure I’m right
for pre-season.
“The gaffer has already told me
Eddie’s got
work to do
after poor
first round
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