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OPERATORS IN /XFORD Ñ /FO 0ONY
"IKES AND -OBIKE Ñ HAVE INSISTED
PEOPLE NEEDED TO BE ÓEDUCATEDÔ ON
HOW TO PARK THE BIKES CORRECTLY
4HE NUMBER OF DOCKLESS BIKES IN
THE CITY HAS NOW RISEN TO AND
SEVERAL HUNDRED MORE COULD FOLLOW
BEFORE THE SUMMER
0OORLYPARKED CYCLES OBSTRUCTING
PAVEMENTS ROADS AND PATHS OUT
SIDE BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN REPORTED
ACROSS THE CITY
&ATHEROFFOUR -OHAMMED +HAN
BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT ABAN
DONED BIKES WHEN OUT WALKING
WITH HIS SON !DAM 3OLAN WHO IS
VISUALLY IMPAIRED
4HE YEAROLD /XFORD 3PIRES
!CADEMY PUPIL WHO PLAYS FOR
THE "ERKSHIRE 3TAGS 6ISUALLY )M
PAIRED #RICKET #LUB WAS WORRIED
HE MIGHT TRIP OVER ONE AND FALL INTO
THE ROAD
(IS DAD HAS TAKEN UP THE
ãGHT WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND
THE /XFORDSHIRE !SSOCIATION FOR
THE "LIND URGING SOMEONE TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY
4HE 3ANDHILLS RESIDENT SAID Ö-Y
SON SAID HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT
THEM ãRST THEN ) STARTED TO KEEP
AN EYE OUT FOR THEM AND ) NOTICED
PARENTS WITH PRAMS AND YOUNG
CHILDREN HAVING TO WALK AROUND
THEM AS WELL
Ö4HEY ARE BEING LEFT IN THE MID
DLE OF PAVEMENTS AROUND SHARP
CORNERS AND OUTSIDE BUILDINGS Ñ )
CAME ACROSS SO MANY THAT WERE
DANGEROUS
Ö4HEY ARE A RISK AND COULD POTEN
TIALLY CAUSE A TRIP OR A FALL
Ö4HE ADVICE IS TO RING THE BIKE
COMPANIES AND REPORT THE BADLY
PARKED ONES Ñ BUT PEOPLE DONÔT
HAVE TIME TO KEEP DOING THAT AND
SHOULDNÔT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT×
-R +HAN SAID THE CONCEPT ITSELF
WAS A GOOD ONE AND WORKED WELL
IN ,ONDON WHERE BIKE ãRMS HAD
BUILT THEIR OWN DOCKING STATIONS
AND URGED THEM TO DO THE SAME IN
/XFORD
/XFORD %AST -0 !NNELIESE $ODDS
SAID SHE HAS TAKEN UP THE ISSUE
WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER *ESSE
.ORMAN
3HE SAID Ö/XFORD IS A CITY AT THE
HIGH WATER MARK FOR DOCKLESS BIKE
SCHEMES
Ö4HE SCHEMES OFFER GREAT POTEN
TIAL FOR GETTING MORE PEOPLE ON
TO BIKES BUT ITÔS IMPORTANT THAT
THE SCHEMES ARE DEVELOPED IN A
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PLANNED WAY
Ö) KNOW THAT /XFORD #ITY #OUNCIL
HAVE BEEN TRYING TO ENSURE THAT /X
FORD GETS ALL THE BENEãTS FROM BIKE
SHARING WITHOUT POTENTIAL NEGA
TIVE ASPECTS Ñ WHICH HAS INCLUDED
PUSHING ãRMS TO PICK UP DAMAGED
BIKES×
7HILE THERE IS NO LEGISLATION RE
GARDING DOCKLESS BIKES ALL ãRMS
OPERATING IN /XFORD HAVE SIGNED
UP TO A VOLUNTARY CODE OF CONDUCT
4HE CODE STATES THAT OPERATORS
MUST ENSURE BIKES ARE NOT LEFT IN
AREA WHERE THEY WOULD BE ÓAN OB
STACLE OR NUISANCE TO PEDESTRIANS
WHEELCHAIR USERS OR THE GENERAL
PUBLICÔ
4HIS INCLUDES MAKING IT CLEAR TO
USERS WHERE AND WHERE NOT TO PARK
THE BIKES AND DEALING WITH REPORTS
QUICKLY
/XFORDSHIRE !SSOCIATION FOR THE
"LIND /!" DIRECTOR #OLIN #URE
SAID THE CHARITY WAS CONCERNED
AND CALLED FOR MEASURES TO STOP
BIKES BEING LEFT IN ÓDANGEROUS PLAC
ESÔ
(E SAID Ö)TÔS ONLY FAIRLY RECENTLY
THAT WE HAVE BECOME AWARE OF IT
BUT IRONICALLY WE HAVE HAD TO MOVE
THEM FROM OUTSIDE OUR BUILDING ON
AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS AS WE HAVE A
NUMBER OF VISUALLYIMPAIRED PEO
PLE WORKING THERE
Ö7E ARE CONCERNED IT PARTICULAR
LY AFFECTS VISUALLYIMPAIRED PEOPLE
AS MANY WILL SURVEY A ROUTE AND
FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE
LAMPPOSTS AND BINS FOR EXAMPLE
ALONG THE WAY
Ö)F SOMETHING ELSE IS IN THE WAY
THAT COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS×
(OWEVER THE CITYÔS THREE OPERA
TORS DEFENDED THE CONCEPT AND SAID
REACTION TO THEIR ARRIVAL HAD BEEN
OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE
/FO OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR /X
FORD 3TUART -C#ARROLL SAID Ö7EÔVE
BEEN OPERATING SUCCESSFULLY IN /X
FORD FOR MANY MONTHS AND LOCAL
REACTION TO THE SCHEME HAS BEEN
HUGELY POSITIVE
Ö/UR BIKES HAVE '03 TRACKERS
AND WE HAVE A LARGE TEAM OF MAR
SHALS ON THE GROUND TO DEAL WITH
ANY ISSUES QUICKLY
Ö7HEN BIKES ARE BADLY PARKED OR
LEFT OUTSIDE OUR ÓGEOFENCEÔ WE CON
TACT THE LAST RIDER TO EDUCATE THEM
ON HOW THE SCHEME WORKS×
!FTER A PICTURE WAS POSTED ONLINE
OF ONE OF ITS BIKES HANGING FROM
RAILINGS IN (EADINGTON (ILL 0ONY
"IKES ADMITTED THAT PARTICULAR BIT
OF PARKING WAS ÓREALLY BADÔ
4HE COMPANY WENT ON Ö7E HAVE
A FEW CASES LIKE THAT BUT OVERALL IT
IS ACTUALLY ONLY JUST A FEW AND DOES
NOT HAPPEN OFTEN Ñ MOST PEOPLE ARE
ACTUALLY AWESOME×
)T ADDED Ö2EGARDING ãNES WE DO
INVESTIGATE EVERY TIME AND REPORT
TO 4HAMES 6ALLEY 0OLICE WHEN BAD
PARKING IS CLEARLY OBSTRUCTING OR
HAS INCURRED DAMAGE×
4HE POLICE REITERATED THAT PEOPLE
SHOULD REPORT ABANDONED BIKES TO
THE RELEVANT BIKE COMPANY
'ENERAL MANAGER OF -OBIKE 5+
.ORTH $ARRYL %VANS SAID Ö-O
BIKE TAKES THIS ISSUE VERY SERIOUSLY
Ö)N ADDITION TO THE WORK WEÔRE
DOING AT CITY AND COUNTRY LEVEL TO
EDUCATE PEOPLE ON BIKE SHARING
AND HOW TO PARK OUR BIKES SO THEY
DONÔT DISRUPT ANYONE OR ANYTHING
WE HAVE A CONTACT LINE WHERE RESI
DENTS OF /XFORD CAN REPORT MIS
PLACED BIKES
Ö/UR HOUR OPERATIONS TEAM RE
SPONDS TO THESE REPORTS AND MOVES
THE MISPARKED BIKES×
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4HOUSANDS OF RUNNERS WILL
TAKE TO THE STREETS OF /XFORD
FOR THE ANNUAL KM RUN FOR
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AT THE HELM SOUNDING THE
STARTING GUN WILL BE EVENT
FOUNDER -IKE #LEAVER
-R #LEAVER FROM 3TONES
ãELD NEAR 7ITNEY STARTED THE
EVENT BACK IN AS A CAUSE
CLOSE TO HIS HEART
(IS SON $ANIEL WAS DIAG
NOSED WITH A RARE FORM OF
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY A MUS
CLEWASTING CONDITION AT JUST
SIX MONTHS OLD
4HE YEAROLD SAID Ö)T WAS
A VERY STRONG FEELING A VERY
DETERMINED FEELING TO DO
SOMETHING
Ö7HEN YOU HAVE A PERSON
AL REASON CONNECTED TO IT IT
DRIVES YOU TO DO THINGS AS
MUCH AS YOU CAN×
-R #LEAVER RALLIED FRIENDS
TO STAGE THE ãRST /XFORD
4OWN AND 'OWN HELD THEN IN
"LENHEIM 0ARK 7OODSTOCK
AND HAD AROUND PARTICI
PANTS TAKING PART
(E RECALLS HEAVY SNOWFALL
JUST DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT
AND AN ORGANISING TEAM OF
JUST RESPONSIBLE FOR MAK
ING IT HAPPEN
-R #LEAVER ALSO LOOKS FOND
LY BACK AT THE ãRST EVENT WITH
$ANIEL ALSO THERE AGED JUST
THREE YEARS OLD BUT RIDING
THROUGH THE GROUNDS IN HIS
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
(E SAID Ö)T WAS PHENOM
ENAL /BVIOUSLY IT WAS PRE
COMPUTER DAYS SO EVERY
THING WAS DONE THE LONG
WAY SUCH AS THE REGISTRATION
WHICH WAS DONE THE DAY BE
FORE BECAUSE WE DIDNÔT THINK
WE WOULD BE ABLE TO COPE ON
THE MORNING×
(E ADDED Ö7E HAD ALL THE
ENTRIES AND CHEQUES COMING
THROUGH TO THE HOUSE ) RE
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-R #LEAVER RUNNING WITH
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SISTER *ENNIFER
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LIEVE IT REALLY ALL THOSE YEARS
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SAME /XFORD IS OBVIOUSLY A
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OF IT AND THAT $ANIEL HAS IN
SPIRED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
AND THE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH
IT HAS HELPED )T HAS NOW
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COME TOGETHER THE WAY IT HAS
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.EW 4HEATRE WHERE THERE HAVE
ALSO BEEN PROBLEMS
Ö4HIS ISSUE SEEMS TO BE QUITE
WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE CITY AND IT
NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH URGENTLY BY
ALL THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES×
! STATEMENT ISSUED BY 2/8 SAID
/XFORD HAD A ÓHUGE CHALLENGEÔ TO
ãND WAYS TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM
WHICH AT THE MOMENT ÓDOES NO
FAVOURS FOR THE APPEARANCE OF OUR
BEAUTIFUL CITY CENTRE OR THE ROUGH
SLEEPERS THEMSELVESÔ
)T ADDED Ö)T IS IMPORTANT TO DIS
TINGUISH BETWEEN THE ORGANISED
AND PROFESSIONAL ROUGH SLEEPERS
WHO CAN EARN UP TO b PER DAY TAX
FREE AND ALL OF THE GENUINE HOME
LESS -ANY OF THE SLEEPERS HAVE
COMPLEX ISSUES WITH WHICH THEY
ARE STRUGGLING
Ö4HERE ARE MANY HOMELESS AND
)N RECENT WEEKS THE HOMELESS
HAVE USED THE FORMER 3OLUTIONS
LUGGAGE STORE IN 'EORGE 3TREET AS A
DUMPING GROUND FOR THEIR POSSES
SIONS DURING THE DAY
4HE HOMELESS ALSO APPEAR TO BE
SLEEPING IN EMPTY SHOP DOORWAYS
IN 1UEEN 3TREET
'RAHAM *ONES SPOKESMAN FOR
TRADERSÔ GROUP 2/8 Ñ "ACKING /X
FORD "USINESSES Ñ SAID THE SITUA
TION IN 'EORGE 3TREET IF IT WAS NOT
RESOLVED COULD HAVE HARMFUL EFFECT
ON TRADE
(E ADDED Ö)T IS DEãNITELY AN EYE
SORE AND IT COULD PUT TOURISTS OFF
HEALTH AGENCIES INVOLVED IN TRYING
TO ãND ACCOMMODATION AND APPRO
PRIATE SUPPORT
Ö(OWEVER THE CURRENT STATE OF
AFFAIRS IS UNACCEPTABLE WITH BUSI
NESSES DAILY HAVING TO CLEAR UP
DOORWAYS OF DETRITUS BEFORE THEY
CAN OPEN THEIR PREMISES×
2OUGH SLEEPERS ARE ALSO USING THE
ENTRANCES OF FORMER 0RIMARK AND
*ONES BOOTMAKER STORES IN 1UEEN
3TREET
#LAIRE $OWAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OF (OMELESS /XFORDSHIRE SAID
Ö4HERE ARE DROPIN SERVICES FOR THE
HOMELESS THEY CAN USE DURING THE
DAY ONCE THEY ARE REGISTERED×
,AURIE*ANE 4AYLOR THE CITY
COUNCILÔS CITY CENTRE MANAGER SAID
THE FORMER 3OLUTIONS BUILDING IN
'EORGE 3TREET WAS OWNED BY THE
COUNCIL AND WOULD SOON BE BOARDED
UP AS PART OF PREPARATIONS FOR ITS
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ARE TALKING TO THE INDIVIDUALS US
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AS WELL AS OTHERS IN 1UEEN 3TREET
TO ãND WAYS OF ASSISTING THEM TO
MOVE ON TO HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION
OR CONNECT THEM WITH SERVICES IN
THE AREAS FROM WHICH THEY COME×
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AT THE START OF HIS TRIAL YESTER
DAY THAT 7INTER HAD BEEN AT
THE 2USKIN #OLLEGE COMMON
ROOM IN THE EARLY HOURS OF
*UNE 0ROSECUTOR 'AVIN 0OTTINGER
TOLD THE JURY OF EIGHT WOMEN
AND FOUR MEN THAT THE VICTIM
LAW STUDENT :AFRAN 3ULTAN
HAD ALSO VISITED THE ROOM TO
WORK ON AN ASSIGNMENT WHEN
HE WAS STRUCK ÓOUT OF THE
BLUEÔ BY 7INTER
(E SAID Ö4HE BLOW WAS A
VERY SHARP SEVERE BLOW TO
THE HEAD
Ö7HAT HAPPENED THE CROWN
SAY IS HE WAS OBVIOUSLY HIT IN
THE HEAD WITH THIS CUE WITH
SUCH FORCE THAT IT NOT ONLY
BROKE THE CUE BUT CAUSED
SERIOUS
INJURIES
WHICH
SQUASHED THE EYEBALL AND
CAUSED THE DAMAGE YOU HAVE
HEARD ABOUT×
4AKING TO THE WITNESS BOX
-R 3ULTAN WHO HAS LOST THE
USE OF HIS LEFT EYE AS A RESULT
OF THE ATTACK SAID Ö) THOUGHT
) WAS GOING TO DIE
Ö) FELL AND ) COULD NOT GET UP
) WAS TRYING TO GET UP BUT MY
BODY WOULD NOT MOVE
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DIDNÔT KNOW WHAT HAD HAP
PENED ) JUST FELL AND ) WAS
THINKING ÓWHAT IS GOING ON×
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COURT SHOWING THE ENTRANCE
TO THE COLLEGE APPEARED TO
SHOW -R 3ULTAN STRUGGLING
TO GET TO THE DOOR SECONDS AF
TER THE INCIDENT HOLDING HIS
HEAD IN HIS HANDS
(E IS SEEN TO STUMBLE OUT
SIDE WHILE OTHERS COME TO HIS
AID BEFORE AN AMBULANCE IS
CALLED AND HE IS TAKEN TO HOS
PITAL
$URING CROSSEXAMINATION
OF -R 3ULTAN %MMA 3COTT
DEFENDING CLAIMED HE HAD
BEEN DRUNK THAT NIGHT AND
HAD CALLED THE DEFENDANT A
RACIST IN THE RUNUP TO THE IN
CIDENT -R 3ULTAN DENIED THIS
AND TOLD JURORS HE DRANK VERY
LITTLE ALCOHOL THAT NIGHT
7INTER DENIES THE CHARGE
AND THE TRIAL CONTINUES
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!SSOCIATION
FOR THE "LIND /!" IS SEARCH
ING FOR ALTERNATIVES TO ENSURE
IT CAN CONTINUE SUPPORTING
THOSE WITH VISUAL IMPAIR
MENTS FOR YEARS TO COME
4HE CHARITYÔS FUNDRAISING
MANAGER ,AURA (OWDILL SAID
Ö4HE NAME OF THE CHARITY IS
MISLEADING AND IT IS CREATING
BARRIERS 4HE TERM ÓBLINDÔ CAN
BE SHOCKING FOR THOSE IN THE
EARLY STAGES OF SIGHT LOSS
Ö)T IS ALSO OFFPUTTING TO
PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVE SOME
SIGHT 3OME ASSUME THAT /X
FORDSHIRE !SSOCIATION FOR THE
"LIND IS ÓNOT FOR THEMÔ
Ö)N ADDITION THE OLDFASH
IONED NAME AND BRANDING IS
AFFECTING THE CHARITYÔS ABILITY
TO APPEAL TO YOUNGER PEOPLE×
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TIES HAD ALREADY STOPPED US
ING THE TERM ÓBLINDÔ CITING THE
EXAMPLE OF "ERKSHIRE #OUNTY
"LIND 3OCIETY WHICH IN BECAME "ERKSHIRE 6ISION
+ATHARINE 'ORICK THE HEAD
OF /XFORDSHIREÔS VISUAL IM
PAIRMENT TEAM FOR THE 3PECIAL
%DUCATIONAL .EEDS 3UPPORT
3ERVICE SAID THAT THE CHARI
TYÔS NAME WAS ÓNOT VERY INCLU
SIVE AND CAN BE OFFPUTTING TO
THOSE WITH VARYING LEVELS OF
VISUAL IMPAIRMENTÔ
/!" HAS PROVIDED SPECIALIST
SUPPORT TO THOSE IN THE COUN
TY AFFECTED BY SIGHT LOSS SINCE
)T IS THE ONLY ORGANISATION OF
THIS TYPE IN THE COUNTY /!"ÔS
SERVICES ARE FREE OF CHARGE
AND ARE OPEN TO ANYONE WITH
A VISUAL IMPAIRMENT 4HE
ORGANISATION SUPPORTS OVER
PEOPLE EVERY YEAR
-S (OWDILL SAID THE NEW
NAME WAS MORE IMPORTANT
THAN EVER GIVEN THE FUNDING
CHALLENGES FOR CHARITIES IN RE
CENT YEARS
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WORKING HARD ON COLLABORAT
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MEASURING ITS IMPACT AND
BECOMING MORE RESILIENT
IN ORDER TO RETAIN ITS MUCH
NEEDED SERVICES FOR VISUALLY
IMPAIRED PEOPLE 4HE REBRAND
IS EXPECTED TO GIVE THE CHARITY
A HUGE BOOST×
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-ETERS WERE INSTALLED IN THE
CAR PARK AT %AST /XFORD -EDI
CAL #ENTRE WITHOUT WARNING
LAST WEEK PROMPTING A BACK
LASH FROM DISGRUNTLED PA
TIENTS AS WELL AS STAFF AT THE
FACILITY
(OWEVER SITE OWNER #OM
MUNITY (EALTH 0ARTNERSHIPS
#(0 WHICH IS OWNED BY
THE $EPARTMENT OF (EALTH
SAID THE CHANGES HAD BEEN
BROUGHT IN TO BENEãT THE CEN
TREÔS USERS
0ATIENTS AT THE CENTRE Ñ
WHICH CURRENTLY HOUSES A
NUMBER OF HEALTH SERVICES
INCLUDING TWO '0 PRACTICES
A DENTIST AND THE /XFORD OUT
OFHOURS SERVICE Ñ NOW FACE
A CHARGE OF UP TO b FOR
THE MAXIMUM STAY OF THREE
HOURS 4HE CAR PARK WILL BE
RUN BY %URO #AR 0ARKS
/NE DISGRUNTLED PATIENT
WHO WISHED TO REMAIN ANON
YMOUS CRITICISED THE LACK OF
NOTICE GIVEN TO USERS
4HEY SAID Ö)T CAME COM
PLETELY OUT OF THE BLUE
Ö(AVING JUST HAD A CHILD IT
ISNÔT ALWAYS EASY TO GET TO THE
SURGERY WITHOUT HAVING TO
DRIVE SO IT IS A PAIN
Ö4O HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN ANY
NOTICE ABOUT THE NEW CHARGES
IS JUST OUTRAGEOUS×
3TAFF AT THE CENTRE WHICH
OPENED IN HAVE BEEN
BEARING THE BRUNT OF NEGATIVE
FEEDBACK OVER THE CHARGES
BUT CLAIM THEY WERE EQUALLY
IN THE DARK OVER THE MOVE
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/NE STAFF MEMBER AT THE
#OWLEY 2OAD MEDICAL PRAC
TICE SAID Ö4HE BUILDINGÔS
LEASED TO THE .(3 SO THE OR
GANISATIONS IN HERE DIDNÔT
ACTUALLY HAVE ANY SAY ABOUT
IT AND WE ARE SUFFERING THE
BACKLASH
Ö7E HAVE A STAFF CAR PARK
BUT THERE ARENÔT ANYWHERE
NEAR ENOUGH SPACES SO WE ARE
REALLY NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT EI
THER×
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Museum looks News
at role of Indian
Army in the
First World War
AN EXHIBITION about the Indian Army’s
role in the First World War is being held at
the Soldiers of Oxford Museum in
Woodstock.
The show, which will run until the end of
the month, is the result of a project
involving Oxford University’s History
Faculty and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire
Museum (SOFO).
On Saturday there will be a First World
War Asian Cultural Activity Day at the
museum, from noon until 4pm, to tie in
with the displays.
Museum volunteer Priya Atwal said:
“This event will allow visitors to enjoy and
try out a range of family-friendly Asian
cultural activities including henna artistry,
Punjabi drumming workshops and arts
and crafts.
“Visitors will have the opportunity to visit
the mini-exhibition alongside the event,
and to explore the rest of the museum.”
The attraction is based in the grounds of
the Oxfordshire Museum in Park Street.
Ms Atwal added that the exhibition was
designed by a team of specialist historians
and volunteers from SOFO and the local
British Asian community.
She said: “It is the first project of its kind
to bring together a mixed group of
intergenerational and interfaith volunteers
to study and interpret the history of the
First World War for a public exhibition.
“The exhibition’s content reveals new
insights into the role played by people
from across the Indian subcontinent
during the First World War as well as
exploring the historical connections
between the British Indian Army.”
For more visit sofo.org.uk
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
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GREEN-SPIRITED: Headington Eco Festival organisers and exhibitors. From left, Mary Zacaroli from Paint Buzz, William and Emily Nicolson with their grandmother (and festival
organiser) Hilary Rollin, Karl and Felicity Wallendszus, James Larminie from Sustrans, and Jonathan Darby from Broken Spoke bike co-operative
Picture: Ed Nix
Eco festival will offer visitors
advice on how to go greener
Pete
Hughes
phughes@nqo.com
BEE-FRIENDLY gardeners,
solar panel scientists and an
environmental paint mixer
will join the line-up at the
second Headington Eco Festival next month.
Oxford Co-wheels car share
club will also be showing off one
of their vehicles and Oxford City
Council’s recycling team will be
running rubbish games at Holy
Trinity Church all afternoon on
Sunday, May 20.
The free family event, returning
to Headington after a year’s absence, aims to show locals just how
easy it can be to take small actions
in day-to-day life – such as using
the right paint – which can help to
tackle environmental change.
CREATING A BUZZ: Visitors will get top
tips on bee-friendly flowers for the garden
Organiser Hilary Rollin said:
“It’s that old saying – think globally, act locally.
“Our festival is raising awareness of how we as individuals and
as a community can actually do
something constructive to try to
offset some of the damage that’s
currently affecting the environment.”
Kicking off at 2pm, the festival
will feature six speakers giving
inspiring talks in the church on
smart technology in the home,
latest developments in recycling,
insect-friendly planting, organic
food and air quality.
Stalls will be run by cycling charity Sustrans, the Friends of Lye
Valley conservation group and environmentally-friendly paint makers Paint Buzz.
Joining them will be Rosi Rollings, who runs Rosy Bee insectfriendly plant nursery in East
Hanney near Wantage, as well as
groups promoting solar panels and
ways to ‘eco retrofit’ a home.
In the car park outside, Headington’s Orinoco scrapstore will
be showing off its work alongside
Oxford’s Broken Spoke bike repair
co-op and low-carbon community
group Bicester Green, which will
be making furniture from pallets.
This year’s festival has been
made possible by a £250 grant from
the Headington Action civic group.
The green gathering was first
held in 2016 but the organisers,
who mostly belong to Holy Trinity Church, decided to give themselves even more time to put their
second outing together.
Mrs Rollin said: “The first festival was such a lovely, fun occasion: people all came together on
a Sunday afternoon, and it was absolutely sensational – people really
enjoyed it.
“As a society we have lapsed into
bad ways, but we are trying to focus on measures that each of us
can take like saving water, getting
the recycling right and energy in
the home.
“For example, it’s quite often surprising for people to realise how
much energy we can waste by leaving things on standby.
“People often think solar panels
are expensive, but we waste money
in other ways.”
This year’s event will also feature a stall on water-saving tips
from Thames Water, and the firm
which runs Ardley Incinerator
near Bicester will be signing people up for guided tours.
The fun will run from 2pm until
5.30pm.
Former Australia PM to give Oxford University talk in May
THE former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin
Rudd, will give a flagship seminar at an Oxford
college next month.
Mr Rudd, who is currently studying in the city,
will give the Rector’s Seminar at Exeter College
on May 16.
He started as a DPhil student last September
at Jesus College, studying the world view of Xi
Jinping, the President of China.
He will give a talk entitled How dangerous are
current threats to liberal democracy?
The seminars give the chance for inspirational
figures and leaders in their fields the chance to
discuss an area of their own expertise.
The talk is open to all members of Oxford
University and Exeter College alumni.
Mr Rudd served as the 26th Prime Minister of
Australia from 2007 until 2010 and again in
2013.
He was also the country’s foreign minister
from 2010 until 2012.
In 2008, he formally acknowledged suffering
by indigenous Australians in the National
Apology to the Stolen Generations.
He also led the country’s response to the
Credit Crunch. The International Monetary Fund
said it was the most effective stimulus strategy
of all major economies.
Mr Rudd remains president of the Asia Society
Policy Institute, the chairman of the
Independent Commission on Multilateralism
and a distinguished fellow at Chatham House,
London.
The talk will take place in the FitzHugh
Auditorium at Cohen Quad in Walton Street at
5.30pm on May 16.
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Decision over new Italian restaurant is
due following concerns from residents
A DECISION on whether a new
Italian restaurant in
Summertown can serve
alcohol and play music until
midnight will be made next
week.
The former Oxford Wine Cafe
in South Parade will become
Thirty Eight restaurant and bar
once a refurbishment is
completed.
It will be run by the company
behind Bacaro – an Italian
restaurant in Southampton –
which has advertised for a new
Oxford team.
A licensing application
revealed the restaurant wants
to serve alcohol until midnight
– an hour later than the wine
cafe – which has caused
concern among residents.
A decision will be made at
DECISION: Oxford Wine Cafe will become Thirty Eight
Oxford Town Hall on Monday.
Noise-reducing fence
wanted at retail park
MISERY: Some good news but residents still being disturbed
Erin
Lyons
elyons@nqo.com
SPECIAL noise-dampening fences need to be installed along a Cowley
street to protect residents
from loud deliveries, according to a local councillor.
Last month David Henwood
raised the plight of constituents
who had been left struggling
with sleep deprivation and ill
health due to early morning lorries at Templars Shopping Park
that breached planning guidelines.
He said he had often been contacted by residents along Rymers
Lane plagued by the disturbances, exacerbated by the recent
addition of a malfunctioning
loudspeaker playing a recorded
message about CCTV.
At the time he claimed the situation was caused by a broken
lock at the delivery yard, saying: “I have tried many times to
get the gates repaired, and even
visited the site in the early hours
to confront the lorry drivers and
stop them from entering.
“It worked for a time, but I feel
more drastic action is needed.”
The Cowley councillor has
now revealed some good news
for those frustrated by the noise,
which regularly breached the
7am start for deliveries and
waste collection.
He said: “After a year of inactivity, resulting in neighbours’
sleep deprivation, the management of the park have finally
locked the gate on Rymers Lane.”
The councillor has taken to
doing a daily check at 6.30am
and said he was ‘pleasantly surprised’ on Thursday morning to
see the gate locked.
He said: “A simple padlock has
been fitted, and we are reassured
the gate won’t be open until
7am.”
Though the councillor said he
welcomed the move he said more
needed to be done to protect
those who live closest to the re-
CAMPAIGN: Councillor David Henwood on the street in his Cowley ward
Picture: Damian Halliwell
tail park. He said: “Although the
padlock represents a step in the
right direction, the key to a better quality of life will be in solving the noise generated from the
site which still exceeds 45 decibels.
“This level of noise is the
standard across an industrial
zone located close to a residential area.
“So the next phase of the campaign will be to lobby the management committee to erect
acoustic fencing along the perimeter of the shared boundary
with residents. Why this wasn’t
achieved in the original planning application has to be questioned and investigated.”
Acoustic fencing, usually made
from wood, acts as an additional
barrier to noise pollution and,
according to leading manufacturer Jacksons, can block up to
28 decibels.
The barrier reflects the noise
away from the fence by using
heavy sections of interlocking
timber boards, which eliminate gaps that sound can travel
through.
New sports hall available for
hire to local clubs at academy
AN ACADEMY is inviting sports
clubs from around Wantage who
are interested in hiring a new
hall to a presentation evening.
King Alfred’s PE and sports
faculty, Portway, has begun work
on a sports hall which will be
available for sports clubs to hire
from September.
Teams who are interested in
hiring the new facility are invited
to send a representative to an
information evening on Thursday,
May 17.
The evening, starting at 7pm,
will consist of a short
presentation discussing the
proposed hiring fees and
opening hours. The meeting will
also provide information on the
modern facilities available and
how to register interest.
To find out more visit valeacademy.org
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LONDON MARATHON
MasterChef contestant
dies during hot race
MASTERCHEF has paid tribute to a former
star of the BBC show who died after taking
part in the London Marathon.
Matt Campbell, 29, who completed the
Manchester Marathon earlier this month, was
a semi-finalist in MasterChef: The
Professionals in 2017.
He died after collapsing while running in
Sunday’s London Marathon, the hottest ever.
Cause of death is yet to be established.
A spokeswoman for MasterChef said: “We
are shocked and saddened to hear the news
about Matt Campbell, one of our talented
contestants from last year.”
Campbell collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark of
the race, which he was running for The
Brathay Trust, to improve the life chances of
children, young people and families, and in
memory of his father.
BREXIT TALKS
City to be protected
THE Government will do all it can to protect
the ‘global pre-eminence’ of the City after
Britain leaves the EU, International Trade
Secretary Liam Fox has said.
In a speech to City of London figures, Dr
Fox – one of the Cabinet’s most enthusiastic
Brexiteers – accepted many in the financial
sector would have preferred to have
remained in the European single market.
However, speaking at London’s Guildhall,
he said there would be no going back on the
referendum result and he urged them to take
advantage of the opportunities that would
open up outside the EU.
ALFIE EVANS
Mob storms hospital
AN ANGRY mob tried to get inside the
children’s hospital treating terminally ill
Liverpool toddler Alfie Evans.
Dozens of people protesting against the
decision to withdraw life-support for the
23-month-old had earlier blocked a road
outside the hospital before they made a dash
for the main entrance after a final legal appeal
to continue treatment was lost.
They broke away from a larger group of 200
protesters gathered outside Alder Hey
Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
But as they ran towards the main doors a
line of police officers blocked their way.
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Royal celebrations as duchess
gives birth to healthy baby boy
THE birth of the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge’s
baby boy has left the royal
family and the Middletons
‘delighted’, Kensington Palace has said.
Mother and baby are ‘both doing
well’ after the infant prince was
born at 11.01am, weighing 8lb 7oz.
The baby’s sex was a surprise to
William and Kate, who chose not
to find out what they were having.
Prime Minister Theresa May
led the messages of support for
the couple, saying: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge on
the birth of their baby boy. I wish
them great happiness for the future.”
The new prince of Cambridge
is fifth in line to the throne and a
younger sibling to Prince George
and Princess Charlotte.
He was born more than five
hours after the duchess was driven to the private maternity wing
of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London. She
arrived before 6am,
in the early stages
of labour, with
the duke by her
side.
A huge media presence
soon
gathered outside
the
private
Lindo
Wing
in anticipation
of the birth, the
same unit where
George and Charlotte
were born and their father
the duke.
The news of the birth was announced by Kensington Palace a
few minutes after 1pm, and later
there was a more formal proclamation when brief details of the
BIRTH: The Duke of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s
Hospital in Paddington yesterday afternoon; inset, Kate on a visit to Oxford last month Picture: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire
delivery
were
printed on a bulletin placed on an
easel erected in the
forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Kensington Palace said the
baby’s name would be ‘announced
in due course’, but Arthur is already the favourite with punters,
according to the bookies.
Kensington Palace said in its
statement: “Her Royal High-
ness the Duchess of Cambridge
was safely delivered of a son at
1101hrs.
“The baby weighs 8lb 7oz. The
Duke of Cambridge was present
for the birth.
“The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the
Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families
have been informed and are delighted with the news.”
The new royal baby was born on
St George’s Day – which celebrates
the patron saint of England, and
arrived just two days after the
Queen’s 92nd birthday.
At the exclusive Lindo Wing, the
duchess’s labour was overseen by
consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston,
surgeon-gynaecologist to the household, and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing,
the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist – part of the trusted team who
delivered George and Charlotte.
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BARGAINS: Hundreds flock as dealers show off printed wares at university campus Author to give talk
on global divisions
Bookworms browse shelves
at Brookes for the annual fair
William
Walker
Hustings at college
wwalker@nqo.com
ELECTION hustings will be held at a city
college this week for candidates standing in
an Oxford ward.
Lady Margaret Hall will hold hustings in its
Simpkins Lee Theatre on Thursday from
6pm.
Alex Curtis from the Conservative Party,
Louise Upton for the Labour Party and Ruvi
Ziegler for the Liberal Democrats are
standing for the North ward on May 3.
Colleges in their ward include Lady
Margaret Hall, St Anne’s, Somerville, Wycliffe
Hall and Green Templeton.
HUNDREDS of book lovers and collectors descended on Oxford for one
of the biggest events in the
bibliophile calendar this
weekend.
The annual Oxford Book Fair
took place at its new venue at the
Headington campus of Oxford
Brookes University on Saturday
and Sunday.
There were dozens of stalls
from book dealers all over the
country including a rare books
stand from Oxford’s own Blackwell’s book store and manuscripts selling for tens of thousands of pounds.
The fair is organised by booksellers Tom Lintern-Mole and
Conor Pattenden and is backed
by the Provincial Booksellers’
Fairs Association.
Mr Lintern-Mole, 31, who
helped run the fair on both days,
praised the turnout and said
there had been something for
everyone at this year’s event.
He said: “More people have
come to this year’s event now
that we are back in the city.
“It has been a strong attendance and it has been such a sunny day that has helped.
“I think this event is unique
and Oxford is a great city for it.
“This is one of the biggest fairs
in the country, it is probably the
third biggest book fair.
“What’s different about this
fair is because it is in a really
popular university town you
can buy and sell books and find
books about almost anything.”
Among the rare items up for
grabs was a manuscript inventory and letter book for the for-
People can bring
back something
for as little as
two or three
pounds to as
much as 20 to 30
thousand
Mountain movies
A FILM festival will take audiences to new
heights when it visits Abingdon.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour
stops at Abingdon School’s Amey Theatre on
Monday from 7.30pm and will showcase
footage captured in mountainous regions.
Visit banff-uk.com for more details.
SHELF-INVOLVED: Bibliophiles browse for bargains including books, maps, prints
and ephemera at the annual Oxford Book Fair
Pictures: Richard Cave
mer Radcliffe Infirmary, from
the 1840s, costing £495.
A collection of fine engravings
of Oxford colleges in the Oxonia
Illustrata, published 1675, was
selling at £12,500.
A Cornerstone of Arctic Exploration, edited by Ernest Shackleton, Louis Bernacchi and Apsley Cherry-Garrard, was also
for sale.
Mr Lintern-Mole added: “We
have got exhibitors from all over
the country – Scotland, Durham
and Cornwall.
“People can bring back something for as little as two or three
pounds to as much as 20 to 30
thousand, but sales this year
have been really good.”
At the event book dealer Peter
Hill showcased a rare collector’s
item – an exact reproduction of
the South Polar Times magazine
issued during Scott’s Antarctic
expeditions, carrying a price tag
of £12,500.
Among the numerous book
dealers was London-based Peter
Harrington, whose specialisms
include travel, military and naval books.
Kent-based
Adrian
Harrington, who specialises in first
editions, children’s books, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and
Arthur Conan Doyle, also set up
stall with a number of collectibles.
The fair, held continuously
in Oxford every year since the
1970s, is expected to make a return next year, organisers said.
‘Determined’ leaders see Ofsted success
STAFF and children are
‘flourishing’ at a village primary
school, Ofsted has said.
An inspector from the watchdog
left impressed following a visit to
Marcham CofE Primary School
near Abingdon.
The education regulator
released its report for the 145pupil school yesterday, awarding
a rating of ‘good’.
POPULAR author and media commentator
Tim Marshall is to give a talk tonight on his
new book about global divisions.
Mr Marshall will be at Blackwell’s in Broad
Street from 7pm to discuss Divided: Why
We’re Living in an Age of Walls.
Informed by 30 years commenting on world
affairs, Mr Marshall’s explanations of global
politics made his previous title Prisoners of
Geography an international bestseller.
In his latest book the author examines
divisions caused by wealth, race, religion and
politics.
The talk costs £5 to attend.
Its letter to headteacher Viv
Hutchinson stated: “You lead the
school with determination and
thoughtfulness.
“With your senior leaders, you
have developed a clear vision for
improving the school.
“You lead ‘from the front’,
working collaboratively and
transparently.
“This enables staff to flourish.”
The inspector, who visited last
month, described the school as a
‘very happy place to be’.
He added: “There is a real buzz
to learning.
“Pupils appreciate the exciting
curriculum and the interesting
topic themes they study.
“They are fully engaged by the
opportunities provided and, as a
result, achieve well.”
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Dockless bike
users and firms
must take on
responsibility
BRIGHTLY-COLOURED dockless bikes have
been gradually taking over the city since
their arrival in August last year.
The concept is a good one and promotes
cycling and has certainly encouraged more
people on to two wheels instead of four.
But, as with most things, some people
can’t be trusted to use it properly.
The bikes have been strewn over
pavements and roads even appearing on
top of bus stops and hanging on railings.
The number of bikes has expanded – to
around 1,300 – and will increase further
ahead of the summer months.
This expansion has of course led to more
bikes being ridden but also more bikes
being abandoned in dangerous places.
It is dangerous for visually impaired people
but also for all pedestrians, particularly
when bikes are left around corners.
The companies do have marshals to
collect offending bikes but rely on GPS,
which won’t tell them if the bike is upright
or not, and people to report them.
It is not the public’s responsibility to
constantly report poorly parked bikes and
the companies must do more.
But most importantly, those using the
bikes need to take pride in their city and
look after others by parking them safely.
Join Oxford run for
important cause
OXFORD’S Town and Gown 10k has
become such a fixture in the city’s calender
that it is often easy to forget how it all
started out.
Today’s interview with founder Mike
Cleaver shows it began with a father
wanting to do something after his son was
diagnosed with an illness.
Over the years the race has grown and
grown, with next month’s set to once again
raise thousands for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Anyone who is taking part is helping a
fantastic cause and hopefully reading Mr
Cleaver’s words will inspire a few more to
take up the challenge.
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CHEERS: General manager Mark Bruce with senior bar staff Emily Hinds when The Grapes in George Street, Oxford, reopened under its old name and in traditional pub style last year
It’s time to raise a glass to
the future of our hostelries
Despite the pressures, the outlook might not be completely bleak for our public houses
T
HE prolific writer and
historian Hilaire Belloc
declared in 1912: “When
you have lost your inns, drown
your empty selves, for you will
have lost the last of England.”
With the exception of churches,
pubs are perhaps the oldest social
institution in built form; on a par
with the café culture of Paris or the
souks of Marrakesh.
Yet legislation such as the
2007 smoking ban, competition
from the falling price of alcohol
in supermarkets and shifts in
consumer behaviour appear to
have conspired against pubs.
Despite all this, the most
commonly held view is that too
many pubs are lost as a result of
gentrification. It is a fact that the
value of a pub often increases
significantly with planning consent
for residential use. And with large
car parks, gardens and popular
locations, pub sites are ideal for
redevelopment or even conversion
into apartments.
Planning policy has frequently
intervened to protect pubs, though
its success is not conclusive.
Across the country, some local
authorities have introduced
Interim Planning Policy Guidance
aimed at protecting pubs, together
with measures such as providing
viability and marketing assistance
to pub owners.
Having had a lot of experience
in converting pubs, not only into
residential schemes but also into
Huw Mellor
Planning and
development partner
at Carter Jonas
more successful pubs – often
as part of a mixed-use scheme
alongside new development – it
is extremely encouraging to see a
range of new entrants on the pub
scene.
Small independent companies
have taken on failing pubs and
have managed to introduce new
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audiences, new ranges of food
and beverages, and completely
turned them around. For example,
City Pub Co is a success across
the south of England. At the last
count it had a portfolio of 34 pubs
across the region, including The
Grapes, George Street Social and
St Aldate’s Tavern in Oxford, and
further plans for expansion.
The business doesn’t just take
on existing pubs, but other quirky
buildings such as shops and
cinemas, even the ticket office of
a railway station. It appears that
pubs investing in the right market,
and more importantly the right
location, are bucking the trend –
none more so than the City Pub
Co’s Georgian Townhouse in
Norwich which is a conversion of a
house to a pub.
And as for pubs which are
deemed to be assets of community
value, the Localism Act legislated
to protect them from extinction,
albeit with varying levels of success.
Just last year I worked with a client
who had bought a struggling pub
with the aim of converting and
extending it into three new houses.
The local community considered
the pub an asset of community
value and have had it designated
as such. This effectively means that
the site can’t be redeveloped or
even sold for six months in order to
allow for the local community to
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put in a bid.
But the legislation isn’t
necessarily the solution that it
was set out to be. After all, it’s
rare that a local community
possesses both the funds to
purchase such businesses and the
required experience to make them
profitable, although there are some
notable examples. The owner of the
site is not however duty bound to
sell to the community group, so it
may be argued that the legislation
buys time but does not always lead
to the expected outcomes.
The recently published draft NPPF
contains a clause which states that:
“Planning policies and decisions
should enable... the retention and
development of accessible local
services and community facilities,
such as local shops, meeting
places, sports venues, open space,
cultural buildings, public houses
and places of worship.” Alongside
the prerequisite of delivering more
homes of course.
So legislation exists to protect
pubs, residential developments
have been shown to come to
the rescue of failing pubs, and
ultimately those that have the
potential to succeed, do succeed.
Returning to Hilaire Belloc’s
words, it would seem premature to
“drown your empty selves” over the
demise of the British pub. Our pint
glass is half full, rather than half
empty, and raised in celebration
of the fact that British pub culture,
frequently in a new and improved
form, is here to stay.
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New council leader vowing to do better
Nathan
Briant
nbriant@nqo.com
THE new leader of
South
Oxfordshire
District Council has
said she will look to
‘maintain and improve’ its reputation
after the authority
went through a bruising few months.
Jane Murphy officially
took over from John Cotton on Thursday following
his resignation.
Mrs Murphy told councillors that she was keen
to find ways of providing the ‘right’ housing in
the district – which would
support public services by
attracting the ‘very best
staff ’.
She also said the council needed to ‘improve key
working
relationships’
with other councils.
She said: “I think it’s important to acknowledge we
don’t live in isolation as
a council – I’d like to improve our key working relationships with surround-
ALL CHANGE: Above, the new leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, Jane Murphy; top right,
outgoing Vale of White Horse District Council leader Matt Barber
ing districts, Oxfordshire
County Council and others,
as there are a number of
very important projects we
have to work with them on.
“These include securing
[Housing
Infrastructure
Fund] funding to support
the infrastructure needed
to deliver Didcot Garden
Town.”
The
Conservative-led
council needs to pass its
Local Plan by April 1, 2019,
under the terms of the
£215m Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal but
could run the risk of failing to reach it.
In particular it needs to
decide if the controversial
Chalgrove Airfield site
forms part of the plan,
which outlines where the
council wants to build
homes over the next 15
years.
Last month Mrs Murphy
said Mr Cotton’s recommendation to include Chalgrove Airfield in the plan
with no reserve was ‘simply reckless and an unnecessary risk’. The move had
been backed by his cabinet
but rejected by councillors.
Mrs Murphy’s cabinet
will now need to decide
the next course of action
– whether a reserve is chosen or the airfield is rejected entirely – at a meeting
on May 10.
The authority will then
be asked to back whatever
decision is made at a council meeting on May 15.
Mrs Murphy becomes the
second council leader to be
appointed in 2018. Susan
Brown was appointed as
Oxford City Council leader
in January.
A third will be elected
next month when Matt
Barber steps down as Vale
of White Horse Council
leader.
Mrs Murphy and Mr
Barber’s replacement will
have a close working relationship as their authorities share staff.
Viewing platforms
for May Morning
OXFORD City Council has confirmed the
designated viewing areas for wheelchair
and buggy users ahead of May Morning
celebrations.
The locations will be Magdalen College
School’s car park, The Plain and Merton
College’s TS Eliot car park, on Rose Lane.
The event, which is unique to Oxford, sees
thousands of revellers in the streets in the
early morning.
A new crowd management system is being
put in place to avoid a repeat of last year,
where some described a ‘crush’. One-way
channels will be created on Magdalen Bridge
to enable the crowd to flow.
Plans for care home
A DEVELOPMENT for a care home at
Kingsmead Business Park in Thame has
been proposed to South Oxfordshire District
Council.
The application has been submitted for 68
bedrooms arranged over two floors with 24
parking bays including one ambulance, one
delivery and two disabled spaces. The new
home would be operated by Care UK.
A decision date has been set for July 20
and the application is available to view in full
using the reference P18/S1243/FUL
Olympian lecture
AN OLYMPIC gold medalist will host a talk
on ‘generosity’ tomorrow at Oxford Brookes
University.
Olympic rower and university chancellor
Dame Katherine Grainger will host the talk
entitled ‘Generosity of spirit: how relevant is it
today?’at the Headington campus between
6pm and 7pm.
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REPORTS ON
OXFORDSHIRE
QUIZ LEAGUE
So, how well did
our teams know
the 90s decade?
W
ITH the presentation night next
week, there was a final ‘1990s’
table-top quiz this week. In
keeping with the 1990s theme, perhaps the
teams should have gone in convoy round
the M25 to a rave in a muddy field, but
were called instead to the Conservative
Club, North Oxford – how very 2010s.
Question master Dave Dee laid down
the big beat, channelling Fatboy Slim in
a packed hall, on the hottest April day
since records, or at least LPs, began. To
many there the 90s still feel recent, but
James Carr’s crafty questions tested their
memories to the limit, and for some,
beyond.
Six varied rounds of 84 questions brought
out the best, and the arguments, from
the 11 teams competing. With some
strong performances from all participants,
there was not one team who did not talk
themselves out of a correct pick, or pull an
answer out of thin air at the last moment.
It was great to be part of the buzz on the
night, seeing teams getting the best out of
each other.
The Plough led with 75 after six rounds,
closely followed by the Ploughman’s
Bunch! on 72.
The quizzers also tackled a fiendish
‘Blockbuster’ of 87 written questions at the
same time as the main quiz. A tremendous
variety of knowledge was needed: 23 top
90s sitcoms, 20 films from their initials, and
the top 20 snooker players of 1991.
The leading two teams tied with 60, but
a storming performance by Division One
champions the Royal Blenheim with a
superb 66 elevated them to second place
overall, only one tantalising point short of
overall winners, the Plough Wolvercote.
Gardener’s Arms were fourth on 122,
then Nomads 121, Blackbird 117 and White
Hart 112.
Hosts for the night, Con Club (Sport
Champs) 108, Windrush 102, Royal Sun
101 and Chandos 76. Every score tells a
story of triumph and disaster – form your
own team and join in!
The Con Club is a great sociable venue,
friendly staff and a fine selection of
beverages, sorted for beers and fizz, to
mangle Pulp’s top rave anthem.
The summer league starts on June 7. To
join, contact David Quinn on quinnd@
hotmail.co.uk or 01865 514008 for further
details.
Thanks to James Carr: srlquizzes.co.uk
for the questions on the night and for the
season. See ‘Oxfordshire Quiz League’ on
Facebook for more details.
Fixtures and further details can be
found at oxfordshirequizleagueco.uk
James Carr’s questions
1 Who was appointed first female Director
General of MI5 in 1992?
2 Which country removed the word
‘Western’ from its name in 1997?
3 Who founded the Pakistan Movement for
Justice in 1996?
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Life-saving device installed in phonebox
A NEW lifesaving defibrillator has been
installed in a traditional phonebox in the
centre of Witney.
The device, which is used to provide a
powerful electric shock to help save the
lives of people suffering cardiac arrests,
has been set up in Market Square.
Witney Town Council made the
decision when one of the iconic red
phoneboxes became available next to
the town hall.
With help from the Rotary Club of
Witney the telephone box was cleaned,
painted and the glass replaced.
Town council leader Toby Morris said:
“It is very reassuring to think that, if
LIFESAVING: Members of Witney called upon, any one of us could
operate the defibrillator and potentially
Rotary Club with the device
save a life whilst waiting for professional
help to arrive.
“The town council is grateful thanks go
to the Rotary Club of Witney for their
fundraising efforts.
“We are immensely proud to support
this community access defibrillator
which, whilst we hope it is never needed,
could save lives.”
The device is kept within a secure
high-visibility cabinet inside the
phonebox, which is accessible 24 hours
a day. In an emergency, callers dialling
999 and quoting the unique location
code will be given the access code
needed to remove the defibrillator from
the cabinet.
It is fully automated and simple to use
following the written instructions and
voice prompts.
Rotary club chairman Dion Hickin said:
“The new defibrillator installed in the
Market Square is an example of a
charitable organisation such as Rotary
working with the town council to provide
an important piece of lifesaving
equipment in the town centre.
“By following the simple instructions
any member of the community can play
an essential part in saving a life.”
Sudden cardiac arrest accounts for
around 100,000 deaths in the UK each
year. The NHS says early intervention,
CPR and access to a defibrillator are
key to increasing an individual’s
chances of survival.
Fascinating festival of the arts
raises £1,200 for village library
Pete
Hughes
phughes@nqo.com
CHAIRMAN Mao’s ‘little
red book’, the life of folk
singer Peggy Seeger and a
village toad watch group
were among the fascinating
subjects illuminated at this
year’s Kennington Festival
of Arts.
The two-day celebration of life
and literature also had a little
sprinkle of magic from Winnie the
Witch and her creator Korky Paul.
Overall, the events raised about
£1,200 towards keeping the village’s community-run library
open for another year.
Elizabeth Bennett, one of the
many festival-goers drawn from
outside the village, said she was
deeply impressed by the range of
events on offer.
The Boars Hill resident said:
“What a wonderful festival – music, dance, talks, food and interesting people to meet and books to
purchase.
“I learned about Chairman
Mao’s ‘little red book’ from Sylvia
Vetta, about Sylfest Muldal’s toadwatch group in Kennington, about
the remarkable blend of cultures
in the Confluence Collective, the
pictorial origins of Chinese calligraphy from Weimin He, literary
links between India and the UK
from Marissa de Luna, and much
more.
“The quality of the event was remarkable and we were surprised
there were not more people like us
from outside the village.”
Kennington author Marissa de
Luna, whose Inspector Chupplejeep mysteries have won a wide
fanbase, spoke on Saturday about
the links between Indian and UK
crime fiction.
Adding to the plurality of cultural offerings, performers from
Oxford’s musical Confluence Collective included Iranian singer
musician and composer Del Aram
and tabla player Chris Hills who
MAGIC: From left, Sarah Dennis, Sylvia Vetta, Korky Paul, Marissa De Luna, Helen Hurrell, Hugh Fleming and Pamela Allen
Picture: Richard Cave
REMARKABLE: This year’s talks covered
Chairman Mao, a folk legend and toads
has just recorded a CD entitled
Shiraz to Oxford.
Folk legend and Oxford resident
Peggy Seeger spoke about her international life story at the Kennington Village Centre on Friday
night, but this year’s festival was
officially opened on Saturday
morning by Winnie the Witch illustrator and North Oxford resident
Korky Paul, who also happens to
be the library’s patron.
Festival organiser Sylvia Vetta
said: “Everyone seemed to be impressed with the speakers, workshops and the wonderful catering
organised by Pauline Cross.
“The Friends of Kennington Li-
brary treasurer Hugh Fleming
estimates profits of more than
£1,200.”
Friends chairman Pamela Allen
added: “As well as contributions
towards staff salaries we provide
a number of free events for both
children and adults each month
which are popular with residents.
“To raise such a sum while giving many people pleasure is truly
satisfying.”
The Friends group, made up of
unpaid volunteers, has been running the library and raising funds
for its upkeep since Oxfordshire
County Council withdrew its permanent funding in 2010.
As well as the annual fundraising festival of arts, the group organises coffee mornings and family events at the library throughout
the year.
Storytimes take place on every
third Wednesday of the month
from 11am to 11.30am and Rhymetimes are held on the second Monday of the month from 2.30pm to
3pm.
Kennington Parish Council provides cash to help keep the facility open but the library is also
sponsored by Kennington’s Small
World Montessori Nursery, nearby Radley College, St John’s College, Oxford, the Best One Shop
in Kennington and Tonks Funeral
Directors.
p Find out more about the group
and the library at
friendsofkenningtonlibrary.org.uk
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praised by
watchdog
TWO Oxfordshire care providers have
been praised by the health watchdog
following their latest inspection.
Hempton Field Care Home, a care home
in Chinnor, and The Paddocks in Miltonunder-Wychwood, were both rated good
overall by inspectors from the Care
Quality Commission (CQC) during their
inspections in March.
The two sites are run by the Orders of St
John Care Trust.
Both facilities were also rated ‘good’
across all measures in the reports
published last week.
On March 1, CQC inspectors paid an
unannounced visit to Hempton Field Care
Home where they spoke to nurses, staff,
the chef and the care home’s management
team.
The CQC inspection team praised the
staff’s skills and knowledge to support
patients saying: “The home continued to
provide a caring service to people who
benefitted from caring relationships with
the staff.”
The home provides accommodation for
people who require nursing or personal
care.
The report also praised the
management of the care home stating:
“The registered manager promoted a
service that put people at the forefront of
all the service did.
“There was a positive culture that valued
people, relatives and staff and promoted a
caring ethos.”
The CQC inspected The Paddocks in
Milton-under-Wychwood, north west
Oxfordshire during an announced visit on
March 8.
The service provides 24-hour care and
specialist housing for the elderly.
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Thousands of car lovers en
Callum
Keown
ckeown@nqo.com
THOUSANDS of car lovers enjoyed the biggest
and warmest Sunday
scramble yet at Bicester
Heritage.
Organisers said the event
was ‘at full throttle’ and that
thousands of visitors made the
most of the sunshine and the
car displays.
Vintage vehicles were on sale
and parked up around the former Second World War bomber
station.
The historic motors roar into
town several times a year and
often attract crowds in the
thousands.
Sunday’s weather added to
the occasion and the number
of visitors.
British motorcycle and sidecar racer Maria Costello MBE
was one of many special guests
enjoying the car extravaganza.
She said: “I was in my element – there was so much to
see.
“I met some great people and
BUZZING: Bright sunshine helped
draw in crowds at the regular event
heard fascinating motorsport
stories.”
Alex Robbins, used cars editor at What Car? magazine,
said: “Fantastic day at Bicester
Heritage for the Sunday scramble, what a joy, terrific location
and lots of drop-dead gorgeous
classics.”
Now in their fourth year, Sunday Scrambles see enthusiasts
drive their classic cars on to
the former RAF base in Bicester three times a year and explore the hidden corners of a
site that was closed off to the
public for a century.
The event, at what has become a thriving centre for historic motoring, is now firmly
Fantastic day,
what a joy,
terrific location
and lots of dropdead gorgeous
classics
Alex Robbins
established in the classic
calender and attracts peo
from across the country.
One of the event’s most po
lar – and perhaps surprisin
attractions was the collect
of Mercedes-AMG Form
One cars and parts.
The team brought along c
from seasons gone by –
from 2010 and one from
year’s championship-winn
season – and were on hand
answer questions from fans
The F1 team staff also
plored the rest of the event
were particularly enamou
by the Mercedes 500 SL G
wing.
The Association of He
age Engineers was among
many groups there revel
in the extensive range of c
sic cars from down the year
well as modern vehicles.
The association said: “It
a quite fabulous day, thank
the Bicester Heritage team
getting the weather just ri
the place was buzzing an
was awesome as ever.”
New partnership
for upcycle group
THE Midcounties Co-operative in Bicester
has joined forces with local enterprise
group Bicester Green to support its work
promoting sustainability and recycling.
The teams have recently raised £1,500
together for the not-for-profit group by
taking on a sponsored four-mile trek up
Pen-y-fan – the ‘highest mountain in
southern Britain’ at about 2,906ft.
It is the first of many fundraisers to
support the group which works to teach
skills to get people back into work and
also to stop unwanted items from heading
to landfill.
The Midcounties Co-operative in
Bicester leadership team ambassador
David Green said: “We are really proud to
be working with Bicester Green.
“Not only is what they do good for the
local community, it helps the environment
too – they save dozens of items from
landfill every month.”
Bicester Green, which launched two
years ago, is a social enterprise run by
volunteers. It hosts free courses for those
out of work to learn electrical repair and
various upcycling techniques.
The group was recently supported on
Twitter by Prime Minister Theresa May
after she tweeted what a ‘great initiative’
Bicester Green was.
Lewis Knight, a trustee at Bicester
Green, said: “Securing the partnership has
been absolutely fantastic for us and all of
our team.
“Midcounties’ support means we can
carry on with the important work of
confidence building and skills sharing in
the community, and has come at a great
time for us a group.”
For more details on Bicester Green and
its courses go to bicestergreen.org.uk
PINT-SIZE PETROLHEADS: Oliver and Olivia Baker, aged two and three, in
their Audi pushchair
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Car lovers of all ages joined in
STYLISH: One of the classic cars at the Sunday Scramble at
Bicester Heritage
GATHERING: The Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heri
GOOD AS NEW: A proud owner polishes his bonnet
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Overnight closures
planned for A34
WORK has started on improving street
lighting and drainage along the A34 near
Abingdon.
Highways England started its improvements
last night and will continue throughout the
week, including a number of closures.
There will be lane closures in place around
the Marcham Interchange, both on the north
and south carriageways.
Works will be carried out overnight to avoid
disruption and will run from 9pm to 6am.
It is expected to continue for four more
night and finish on Saturday morning.
There will be a clearly signed diversion for
drivers in place both at Milton Interchange
and lodge Hill Interchange.
Vandals target bin
A NEW bin in a Carterton park was knocked
over by vandals less than a day after it was
installed.
The town council installed two new bins at
Carterton Skate Park, off Upavon Way, earlier
this month.
A day later, the council took to Facebook to
let people know that not all residents seemed
happy with the design.
One of the bins had been tipped on to its
side with the slab it stood on pulled from the
ground between April 9 and 10.
The council is now looking for information.
Contact the Town Hall on 01993 842156.
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Experience of care
POPULAR: The Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage attracted enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe
Green space perks
A FREE conference will be held in Oxford to
establish nature-based solutions to health
problems.
The event, entitled ‘Oxford: Naturally Healthy
Conference’, is free and open to healthcare
professionals and providers of activities in
green spaces.
The event aims to bring together health
sector partners with outdoor, physical activity
and volunteer organisations to achieve full
health benefits of local parks and other green
spaces for Oxford communities.
The conference will take place at Rose Hill
Community Centre on Thursday, May 17.
Help being healthy
REPRESENTATIVES from Abingdon’s
community groups will gather to share the
activities they offer to improve health and
wellbeing.
Speakers at the event, which will take place
on Thursday, include Rachel Hammond of
Stonehill Community Gardens, who will talk
about bringing people closer to nature
through gardening, and Hannah Gray of
Dance to Health on the health and social
benefits of getting fit.
The meeting is between 5pm and 7pm at
Peachcroft Christian Centre.
itage
ERING: A view from the front seat
Picture: Richard Cave
OXFORD University NHS Foundation Trust
is urging patients to give feedback during
Experience of Care Week this week.
The trust will be arranging a series of online
activities and events designed to help
promote experience of care, with staff,
patients, families and carers able to use
social media to join in by using the hashtag
#ExpofCare.
For more information on Experience of Care
Week visit the trust website at ouh.nhs.uk/
patient-guide/feedback
Hobbit house talk
MILITARY: Kit Harvey in his 1945 GMC 353 ECKW
WOLVERCOTE resident and housebuilder
Michael Buck will give a talk in the village
next week.
Mr Buck has built a number of thatched cob
houses from earth, clay and straw, including
one in his back garden.
The villager built his first cob house in 2013
for £150 and told the Oxford Mail it could be
a solution to the housing crisis. He has also
appeared on Channel 4.
The former art teacher and Green county
councillor will explain the history behind cob
houses and his experiences at The White
Hart pub at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 1.
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Give up these dockless
bikes as a bad job
AS MUCH as I think that the
dockless bike scheme is a
wonderful idea for the city’s
students and commuters to
allow them easy access into the
centre of Oxford, I am afraid that
the organisers of the scheme
are a little in the dark as to the
disruption that they are causing in
the outlying areas.
One only has to drive around the
streets of Littlemore, Blackbird
Leys and Rose Hill to see
countless bikes dumped on the
pavements. We have enough
problems as it is with dog fouling
and dumping on our streets in
these areas, so abandoned bikes
just add to the issues.
I don’t believe that responsible
users are doing this but the
scheme seems to leave itself open
to vandals and abusers. They
really are becoming an eyesore
and I don’t believe that they are
viable in the long term as they
continue to be dumped on our
streets. I don’t envisage that there
are any means of policing this
problem so why not just give it up
now as a bad job?
SARAH BROWN
Littlemore
Reminiscent of a visit
from the Luftwaffe
FOR anyone travelling to Banbury
from Oxford, beware of the
road surface as you approach
Deddington.
This is supposed to have been
relaid. It is a total joke. It is worse
Get in
touch:
now than before the repair.
Those responsible for it should
be brought to book, it is a
disgrace. It looks like it has had a
visit from the Luftwaffe.
ANTHONY ROBERTS
Yarnton
Let’s not get involved
with Syrian situation
I AGREE with Councillor John
Tanner to a point relating to the
outside intervention in the war
in Syria; especially the Russian
involvement. Where I disagree is
with his suggestion that the PM
should be working for a ceasefire;
this is still intervention in a society
and culture that is so complicated
and alien to the West that the
UK should leave that task to
neighbouring nations.
Interventions by a “pease
maker” is considered by the
majority of Middle Eastern society
as unwanted intervention. Look at
history and reflect on the times
when the West governed
countries in that region. The UK
should not be involved in the
conflict in any way except by the
UN sanctions on Assad, Russia
and any other outside nation or
organisation fuelling the war.
Deprive the aggressors of the
materials to wage war including
the terror organisations that are
involved in fighting Assad.
According to the numerous
media reports, the victims in Syria
were and are calling for military
intervention from the west;
however that is were they want our
input to end. The political and
various settlement issues
following this, if Assad was
toppled by such force, would be
totally within their own hands and
that is how they would want it to
be.
Without Russia Assad would
have been deposed like the other
despots in the middle East and as
Mr Tanner says, this is the
principal problem. Not to mention
their Veto on all attempts to settle
the war.
The primary negative factors in
my opinion regarding no direct
intervention are that it allows the
Russians a permanent foothold in
the Middle East that will spread
like cancer, which is what
communism is, Isis and the other
butchers will profit if Assad is
toppled.
Basically, a solution to end the
war and suffering by strict and
dedicated sanctions is the
beginning, the after effects are
where the problems continue;
look at Afghanistan and Iraq, two
examples of western intervention
militarily and later administration;
still not settled!
KARL CHADWICK
Woodley Green
Witney
I’m thinking back to
Neville Chamberlain
SITTING listening to Theresa
May’s broadcast last Saturday,
I think I now realise how my
parents felt after listening to
Neville Chamberlain’s broadcast
in September 1939.
RICHARD BROWN
Eynsham Road
Botley
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IT HAPPENED IN...
1743: Edmund Cartwright,
inventor of the power loom, was
born.
1792: La Marseillaise was
composed by Claude-Joseph
Rouget de Lisle.
1815: Novelist Anthony Trollope
was born in London.
1889: Sir Stafford Cripps, Labour
Chancellor, was born.
Group made it on to TV
T
HESE child entertainers
were gearing up for
stardom in April 1969 as
they were due to make their
TV debut.
The Oxford Junior Group
Entertainers were soon to
appear on the TV programme
Junior Show Time after
impressing at a London
audition.
There were more than 30
children in total part of the
group and here they are
pictured at the auditions in
which they wowed with a
Mexican Hat Dance.
There was also a duet
performed by Jayne Sillman,
daughter of the organiser Mrs
D Sillman, and her friend Jane
Lardner.
The group would meet
once a week to sing, dance
and act their way into the
entertainment business
and were very popular with
summer fetes festivities.
BIRTHDAYS...
Shirley MacLaine, entertainer,
84; Barbra Streisand, singer/
actress, 76; Stuart Pearce,
football manager, 56; Sachin
Tendulkar, former cricketer, 45;
Gabby Logan, TV presenter, 45
1916: The Easter rebellion began
in Dublin against British rule in
Ireland (ended on April 29).
1950: President Truman denied
there were Communists in the
US government.
1965: The Pennine Way – from
Derbyshire to the Scottish border
– was officially opened.
1986: The Duchess of Windsor,
the American widow of Edward,
Duke of Windsor, died in Paris,
aged 89.
1990: The Hubble Space
Telescope was launched by the
Space Shuttle Discovery.
2005: Snuppy becomes the
world’s first cloned dog
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:
Driverless cars would be
deployed on UK motorways in
the next three years, a group of
technology firms announced.
ON
YER
BIKE
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Alison Hill
Driverless cars
and cyclists are a
bad combination
O
N MARCH 18, an Uber autonomous
car in Tempe, Arizona, claimed the life
of a woman pushing her bike across a
road. Some reports put blame on the woman
for not being at a regular crossing, though
other reports suggest catastrophic failure of
the high-tech gadgetry, and negligence of the
operator who was sitting in the car but not
looking at the road in front of him.
Apparently, the artificial intelligence systems
in autonomous vehicles find the unpredictable
behaviours of people on bikes and on foot
challenging, so technology companies see a
future which puts constraints where people
can walk and cycle. This unpredictable and
erratic behaviour though is part of being
human and being free. Think of a child playing
in the street, or rushing after a football that
she has just accidentally kicked over the wall,
or of someone on a bike swerving to avoid a
pothole.
We are being told (and no guesses who is
telling us) that autonomous vehicles are the
future. We will get rid of our cars and call
for a driverless car to take us door-to-door
whenever we want to take a journey. The car
will pick up us up from home, and drop us at
our workplace. None of us will own a car in
future, and there will be no more parked cars
causing congestion, so the roads will be freed
up, making journeys faster.
The killing of the woman by the Uber vehicle,
was enough to send a shudder through the
cycling community. But at the Geneva Motor
Show in late March, a speaker, who suggested
in all seriousness that bikes need to have ‘bike
beacons’ (devices that that can be seen by the
sensors of autonomous cars), has shaken cycle
advocates even more. If driverless vehicles are
the future, but if the high-tech systems don’t
solve the problems of the erratic behaviours
of us cyclists, then we have to envisage a time
when cyclists will have to be banned from
roads that host those vehicles, or be required
to have the
Unpredictable
mandatory
beacons.
and erratic
So there are
behaviour is
two completely
different visions
part of being
for the future of
human and
our cities. One
is where all our
being free
travel will be
in autonomous vehicles, so all our residential
areas are accessible by those vehicles. Some
people can choose not to take their door-todoor vehicle option, and go on cycles and by
foot. They will have segregated cycle routes
that they are required to stay on, and can only
cross roads at signalled crossings. If they enter
into the space allocated to motor vehicles,
they have to have ‘bike beacons’.
The other is one where children can play
freely in their streets, without fear of traffic,
or run across the road chasing their football,
and where neighbours can chat in the street.
Where those residents, if they want to, can
make the door-to-door journeys on their bikes
from home to work, along segregated cycle
routes, and in town navigate happily through
space shared with walkers, and slow-moving
buses or trams.
Which of these do you want Oxford city to
look like in 2050?
I know which I would prefer.
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DOUBLE CROSSWORD
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.
B
Down
Across
1. Docile as a result of
clever pamphlet? (9)
8. Make bone funny? (3)
9. Why the editor cut out
brutal pen in new
order... (11)
11. ...since he needed to
change the language? (7)
2. Managed - in a hurry,
however? (3)
3. Hear as given in
approval (5)
4. Improved when he put
money on it? (6)
5. Ban could rob game (7)
6. Prize loafer? The
reverse! (11)
7. Degradation in a part of a
building (9)
10. Philip swallowed a
catalogue - a stamp
catalogue he needs (11)
11. Royal vessel has
engagement in view? (9)
14. Girl lost blood but was
given strength (7)
16. Fights for the leftovers (6)
19. Went to pieces being hard
up (5)
21. The aim is to finish here (3)
D
QUICK CLUES
Across
1. Charm (9)
8. Watch (3)
9. Curative (11)
11. Retire (7)
12. In that place (5)
13. Diatribe (6)
15. Discount (6)
17. Wrong (5)
18. Ingredient (7)
20. Producing
insensibility (11)
22. Consume (3)
23. Endurable (9)
Down
2. Tree (3)
3. Angry (5)
4. Wards off (6)
5. Name (7)
6. Spy (6,5)
7. Symbolise (9)
10. Abolish (11)
11. Withdrew (9)
14. Far (7)
16. Ship (6)
19. A 20 Across (5)
21. Sick (3)
1
14
2
15
3
16
4
17
5
Hard
6
M
18
7
20
8
21
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.
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
7393
gives a game;
241182 gives a second game;
23456827 gives a third game.
4
2
1
9
10
14
15
8
11
6
7
8
9
4
16
7
12
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6
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2.
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4.
5.
6.
7.
Wooden shoe
Objective
Den
Paper quantity
Mutilate
Planet
Long audible
breath
8. Stop
DOUBLE CROSSWORD:
Cryptic: Across: 7
Hoaxed; 8 Boring; 10
Fall out; 11 Pause;
12 Link; 13 About; 17
Seven; 18 Mate; 22
Irons; 23 Outlast; 24
Heresy; 25 Action.
Down: 1 Shuffle; 2
Failing; 3 Demon; 4
Nonplus; 5 Minus; 6
Agree; 9 Stable-boy;
14 Persist; 15 Fanatic;
16 Destiny; 19 Right;
20 Court; 21 Stick.
Quick: Across: 7
Ration; 8 Falter; 10
Parsnip; 11 Inlet; 12
Lull; 13 Leant; 17 Title;
18 Ness; 22 Rivet; 23
Numeral; 24 Accent;
25 Profit. Down: 1
Cripple; 2 Startle;
3 Round; 4 Salient;
5 Still; 6 Trite; 9
Appealing; 14 Distant;
15 Terrify; 16 Isolate;
19 Broad; 20 Evict; 21
Smart.
WORD WHEEL:
RACIALISM.
5
3
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
Wood
Leg joint
Sea eagle
Every
Shoe part
Raise
Therefore
Slight quarrel
Previous day’s solutions
NINER
3
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Keyword clue: A low-growing shrub
19
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
2
A
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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
C K
How you rate:
8, average; 12, good;
16, very good; 18 or more, excellent.
CODEWORD
Medium
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bird’s part (5)
13. Girl got married but
wasn’t daunted (6)
15. Incentive to return it in
change of place (6)
17. Letter of credit he
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18. Governmental
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20. Ugly and sick but given
preferential treatment (3-8)
22. In the Straits of
something (3)
23. Sped to adore mixed-up
ruffian (9)
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3=I, 4=L, 5=C, 6=R,
7=U, 8=N, 9=G, 10=O,
11=E, 12=J, 13=T,
14=K, 15=A, 16=X,
17=V, 18=S, 19=B,
20=F, 21=Z, 22=H,
23=D, 24=Y, 25=Q,
26=W.
NINER:
CURTAINED
WORD SPIRAL: 1 Roar;
2 Ramp; 3 Poem; 4
Meet; 5 Tram; 6 Must; 7
Thaw; 8 Warm; 9 Moat;
10 Toga; 11 Ajar; 12
Rich; 13 Herd; 14 Door;
15 Rhea; 16 Apex.
Keyword: Wrexham.
SUDOKU
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Movies
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READY PLAYER ONE
(12A)
SET in the mid-21st century,
Ready Player One is a dystopian
big budget fantasy which
imagines a resource-depleted
world that relies on virtual reality
as an escape from the gloom of
the everyday. Steven Spielberg’s
film issues dire warnings about
the zombification of entire
generations who believe
“meaningful” relationships
can be forged online. The film
is a tour-de-force of technical
wizardry. Unfortunately, the fast
and furious smacking of gobs
doesn’t extend to the script.
Stage
OXFORD
Burton Taylor Studio,
Beaumont Street, Oxford:
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 28, Geoff
Norcott, Rob Deering, Nick Doody
and Pat Cahill. Glee comedy.
7.15pm. £16, £10 (student). May
5, Booby Mair and Elliott Steel.
Glee comedy. 7.15pm. £16, £10
(student). May 12, Tom taylor,
Anthony J Brown and Kevin
McCarthy. Glee comedy. 7.15pm.
£16, £10 (student). 0871 472
0400.
Oxford Playhouse,
Beaumont Street, Oxford: 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. May 8-12, A Streetcar
Named Desire. Various times. £10£30. 01865 305305.
Old Fire Station, 40 George
Street, Oxford: 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. 7.30pm.
£12/£10. May 2, Hickory Dickory
Murder. 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 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 2324, Black Men Walking. 8pm. £16
(concessions £13). 01865 319450.
Scan this QR
code into your
smartphone or
tablet to get all
available film
showings
COUNTY
Chipping Norton Theatre,
Spring Street, Chipping
Norton: 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. May 9, Time
Please. Darkly comic play. 7.30pm.
£12.50. 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
Gladiator Club, 263 Iffley
Road, Oxford: Eastside Rhythm
Kings. Trad jazz. 7.30pm. Free.
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Summit 7. World
jazz fusion. 9pm. Front bar. Free.
TOMORROW
Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Matt Edwards
Band and RJ Hunter. £10/£12
www.wegottickets.com/
event/419853 8pm. 07765
946411.
The Cellar, Frewin Court,
Oxford: Cove, Parting Gift, New
Depth. Alternative rock & hardcore.
7.30pm. £5 (adv).
The Lamb Inn, 59 Mill Street,
Wantage: Dave Moorwood’s
Rascals of Rhythm. With guest
Jeremy Huggett. 8pm.
THURSDAY
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium,
Wolfson College, Linton
Road, Oxford: Oxford Lieder/
Song at Wolfson: William Morgan
sings Schumann and Duparc.
William Morgan, tenor, Sholto
Kynoch, piano. £10. 6pm. 01865
591276.
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Brixtons, Strike
One, Restructure, Foliants, Lost
Darren. Rock & punk. 7pm. £7.
O2 Academy Oxford, 190
Cowley Road, Oxford: Will
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-
Heard. Soul-pop singer-songwriter.
7pm. £15.75. Don Broco, The
LaFontaines, Yungblud. Posthardcore/punk. 7pm. £28.65.
Black Swan, Crown Street,
Oxford: The Factory Lights, Hex
Collective, Mark Cope, Spike.
Country-pop, rock & folk. 7.30pm.
Free.
Truck Store, 101 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Flights Of Helios.
Local psychedelic ensemble
promoting new album ‘Endings’.
6pm. Free.
Tap Social Movement, 27
Curtis Industrial Estate, North
Hinksey Lane, Botley: Grant
Sharkey. Eclectic blues double
bassist. 8pm. Free.
Joe’s Bar & Grill, 260
Banbury Road, Oxford:
I-Rootz Reggae Trio. 8.30pm. Free.
The Jericho Tavern, 56
Walton Street, Oxford:
Quartermelon, Lucky Punks. Indie
rock. 8pm. £5.
Jude The Obscure, 54 Walton
Street, Oxford: Rays Jazz Trio.
Blues session with live acts & jam
session. 8.30pm. Free.
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: Time Is Of The
Essence. The Spin Jazz Club. Jazz
quartet. 8.30pm. £10, £8 (concs),
£6 (students).
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.
Half the proceeds go to Cancer
Research UK. Three sessions are
available through the day, 1012.30pm, 1.30-4pm, 4.30-7pm.
Event cost is per session. £20.
01865364881.
Medieval German
Longsword Fencing Classes:
Charlbury Scout Hut, Nine Acres
Lane, Charlbury. 7pm. First
two sessions free, £5 per class
thereafter. 07802 476604.
Photography Talk by
Michelle Whitmore – ‘Fine
Art Images with Flowers
and Foliage’: Methodist Church
Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage.
Wantage Camera Club. 7.30pm.
£3 for visitors.
Talk on Restoring Trust in
News: Wesley Memorial Hall,
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford.
Allessandra Galloni from
ThomsonReuters is invited by Oxford
UN Association to describe how
trust in the ‘news’ has been lost and
how it can be restored. 12.30pm.
Free. 07949 159430.
Tea, Tango & Jive
Afternoons: Corpus Christi
Church Hall, Margaret Road,
Headington. 2pm. £3.
Tea Dance: Woodstock Social
Club, 44 Oxford Street, Woodstock.
2pm. £2. 01993811473.
Walk (Fieldpaths): Bridge End,
Car Park, Dorchester. SU578940
4.75 miles. A circular walk on field
and woodland paths and a stretch
of the Thames Path, including a
TODAY
steep descent from Wittenham
Bicester & Kidlington
Clumps. Bring refreshment for an enRamblers: Caversfield, Park in
route break. Several lunch options
Skimmingdish Lane, Fringford End,
Caversfield. A leisurely five-mile field in Dorchester at the end of the
walk in the Caversfield area. 10am. walk. Assistance dogs only. 01865
873038/07837 717492.
07906 895064.
Yoga Class: The Clifton Centre,
Scottish Country Dancing:
Ashdene Road, Bicester. 6.15pm.
Hanwell Fields Community Hall,
£8. 07917 453224.
Rotary Way, Banbury. 7.15pm.
Annual Subs £8 plus £2 per night.
TOMORROW
07866 465533.
Floral Demonstration: Bicester ‘Alpines for Beginners’: High
Street Methodist Church, High
Methodist Hall, Victoria Road,
Street, Witney. Witney Horticultural
Bicester. Bicester Floral Club
Society illustrated talk by John
presents a floral demonstration
Hughes, plant expert and RHS
entitled ‘Memories’ by Lucy Allen.
judge. 7.30pm. Members £1,
7pm. £5.
visitors £3. 01993 702444.
Kidlington & District Historical
How to Make Your
Society: The Willow Tree Cafe,
Community Dementia
Moorside Place, The Moors,
Friendly: Beckley Village Hall,
Kidlington. A Talk by Dave
Woodperry Road, Beckley. https://
Richardson entitled ‘The History
bit.ly/2G3IbLg. 10am. 01993
of Old Pubs in Oxford’. 7.50pm.
810730.
Visitors £3.50. Under 26’s 50.
How To Write For Children:
01865 375758.
The Story Museum, Rochester
Learn-to-knit-athon:
Hobbycraft, Lamarsh Road, Oxford. House, 42 Pembroke Street,
Oxford. 7pm. £10/£8. 01865
Learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast
807600.
off in this beginners workshop.
Events
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DARTS
Oxon face anxious wait before
learning promotion prospects
OXFORDSHIRE
face
a long wait before
knowing if they have
secured promotion, after their narrow win in
Division 1 of the BDO
Inter-Counties Championship at Bicester.
TOP SCORER: Oxfordshire Men’s A star Preben Krabben
Picture: Richard Cave
EXETER
Today’s runners
GOING: Good to soft. TV: Racing UK.
NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET H’CAP HDLE
1.40 READ
(DIV 1) (CL 5) £6,511 added 4YO PLUS-2m 7f
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
640003
40-000
412P14
-05PPP
46000P
001U55
F05-00
003P5P
54502F
60062P
SOLSTICE TWILIGHT (43) A Honeyball 6 11 12...................
MAUNA KEA (IRE) (10) P Gundry 6 11 10..........................
GONNABEGOOD (IRE) (16) (C) J Scott 7 11 9 N Scholfield
AMBION LANE (IRE) (27) V Dartnall 8 11 9.......................
TIS WHAT IT IS (IRE) (104) D Pipe 5 11 7 .Mr R Dingle (7)
BREAKING GROUND (15) Mrs R Ford 6 11 3... D G Noonan
GAELIC FLOW (131) C Down 7 11 1 ..................................
RING MINELLA (IRE) (27) P Henderson 7 10 13T J O’Brien
ADMIRAL BLAKE (29) (C) Mrs L Young 11 10 13 H Reed (5)
GEORGINA JOY (43) N Hawke 5 10 9........... T Buckley (10)
BETTING: 8-1 Admiral Blake, Gonnabegood, 10-1 Solstice Twilight, 12-1 others.
RACING
2.15
1
2
3
4
5
6
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9
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F65232
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2-5006
13100P
P6F564
034-44
READ NOEL FEHILY AT 188BET H’CAP HDLE
(DIV 2) (CL 5) £6,511 added 4YO PLUS-2m 7f
FEARSOME FRED (43) Dr J Naylor 9 11 12........................
POINT N SHOOT (7) (D) N Hawke 7 11 11.... T Buckley (10)
HALLY’S KITCHEN (18) Mrs F M Shaw 6 11 10Mr M Legg (5)
WILLIE MCLOVIN (72) C J Gray 6 11 8 ............ M G Nolan
TARA WELL (IRE) (38) R Dickin 8 11 6 .............J Nixon (7)
BERMEO (IRE) (69) (D) J Farrelly 7 11 4........... T Cannon
FINDUSATGORCOMBE (66) J Frost 6 11 1Bryony Frost (3)
FLED OR PLED (IRE) (195) T Vaughan 6 11 0....... A Johns
DROPZONE (293) (BF) B Forsey 9 10 12 .......D Sansom (5)
BETTING: 10-3 Point N Shoot, 4-1 Tara Well, 9-2 Dropzone, 11-2others.
The hosts triumphed 19-17
over Dorset to go two points
clear, having finished their
league programme.
But they can still be overtaken for the two promotion
spots.
The favourites are Essex,
who need just 14 points from
their final game against Surrey on May 19 & 20 to overtake Oxon.
If Northants beat Dorset
on the same day, they will
take the runners-up spot.
Oxon needed a big win over
Dorset to put the pressure
on their rivals, but scrambled in by only two points.
Oxon Ladies B lost 4-2, despite a fine display from Carol Smith, who averaged 19.69
in her victory.
The Men’s B team, led by
Andrew Quinn, triumphed
7-5 to make it 9-9 overnight.
On Sunday, Oxon Ladies
lost 4-2 after trailing 3-0,
Deta Hedman again leading
the way with 21.57.
With Oxon now 13-11 behind, the Men’s A team
stepped up to the mark and
put in a great comeback.
Keith Bedding, man-ofthe-match Preben Krabben
(29.63) and Stephen Wright
took the first three points.
Dorset hit back before Lee
Russell, Neal Russell, Michael Kearns, Kevin Lowe
and Geordie Grant sealed an
overall 19-17 triumph.
OXFORDSHIRE DETAILS
LADIES’ B LOST 2-4
W
L
1
3
1
3
3
1
3
1
1
3
1
3
Lady of the match: C Smith.
1
2
3
4
5
6
-63P51
-46P13
1-1650
4P3433
-5654P
213121
LEITH HILL LAD (15) (D) C Longsdon 8 11 8 .... T J O’Brien
CADEAU DU BRESIL (27) (D) J G Cann 6 11 2N Scholfield
ROYAL TARA (IRE) (29) (D) Miss V Williams 9 11 1 ............
JEPECK (29) (D8)(BF) Kayley Woollacott 9 11 0 M G Nolan
BLACKMILL (IRE) (27) (D) David Dennis 7 10 13C Deutsch
DONTMINDDBOYS (26) (D) R Dickin 9 10 7 ......J Nixon (7)
BETTING: 5-2 Dontminddboys, Jepeck, 4-1 Leith Hill Lad, 13-2 Cadeau Du Bresil, 8-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
565-PP
4056P0
64/PP0
4-4335
231-33
63-U24
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004562
00P0P5
PLAY ROULETTE AT 188BET CASINO H’CAP CHASE
(CL 5) £7,463 added 5YO PLUS-2m 1f 109yds
BENI LIGHT (FR) (29) T R George 7 12 2...........................
HOLEINTHEWALL BAR (103) Mrs T Barfoot-Saunt 10 11 12 ..
SCRUPULEUX (FR) (16) C Down 7 11 9.......... D G Noonan
TROJAN STAR (IRE) (46) (BF) K Bailey 8 11 9.. T Bellamy
GUSTAV (IRE) (10) Miss Z Davison 8 11 1........N Scholfield
DENNY KERRELL (47) J W Mullins 7 10 9......D Sansom (5)
ST MERRYN (IRE) (58) B Summers 7 10 8 ...... T J O’Brien
MILLEN DOLLAR MAN (9) A Dunn 9 10 0.....T Scudamore
MOONTRIPPER (28) P C Dando 9 10 0....Mr B R Jones (7)
BETTING: 5-2 Millen Dollar Man, 4-1 Gustav, 9-2 Denny Kerrell, 5-1 Trojan Star, 6-1 others.
5.00
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3
4
5
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7
8
31
3461
3-34
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1
1
01
1
GOFFSSPRINGSALESP2PBUMPERMDNNHFLAT
(AM)(CL4)£5,000added4to6YO-2m1f
BILLYGWYN TOO (45) J W Tudor 5 11 12 ..........C Brace (7)
CLONDAW BUNNY (58) D Summersby 5 11 12Mr D Edwards
DOCTOR WONG (9) T R George 6 11 12 .... Mr N George (5)
SHAMAN DU BERLAIS ((31) (BF) Mrs A Vaughan 5 11 12...
KOOTENAY RIVER (44) A King 4 11 7 Mr Thomas O’Brien
THE ROESTONE (58) R Chanin 4 11 7 ......Mr L Drowne (7)
HOT RYAN (58) Chris Honour 5 11 5...........Mr B Carver (7)
CONTROL ME (65) Francesca Nimmo 4 11 0...Mr Alex Edwards
BETTING: 7-4 Kootenay River, 9-2 Control Me, Billygwyn Too, 5-1 Clondaw Bunny, 10-1 others.
TOTNES&BRIDGETOWNRACINGCLUBNOV’HNTRS’
BET & WATCHAT188BET.CO.UKMAIDENHDLE
5.35 CHASE(CL6)£3,000added5YOPLUS-3m
2.45 (CL4)
£6,300 added 4YO PLUS-2m 2f 111yds
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
12-5
-553F0
602
60-P2123
00
0
AMZAC MAGIC (29) Jack Barber 6 11 2..........N Scholfield
DARLING MALTAIX (FR) (118) P Nicholls 5 11 2.H Cobden
L’AUBERGE DU BOIS (IRE) (27) J Scott 6 11 2.................
WHITLEY NEILL (IRE) (399) D Pipe 6 11 2 ..T Scudamore
ILLTELLMEMA (IRE) (18) Miss S Smith 6 10 9...................
R BREN (IRE) (111) Mrs T Barfoot-Saunt 5 10 9...................
SIENNA ROYALE (IRE) (43) N Hawke 4 10 3... D G Noonan
BETTING: 6-5 Darling Maltaix, 15-8 L’Auberge Du Bois, 8-1 others.
BETTING AT 188BET NOV
3.15 PUNCHESTOWN
HURDLE (CL 4) £6,300 added 4YO PLUS-2m 7f
1
2
3
4
5
0-10P4
032413
00-P0
15
3-6022
DANCING SHADOW (72) (C) V Dartnall 9 11 6T Scudamore
GOLDEN SUNRISE (IRE) (48) (C) C Tizzard 5 11 6H Cobden
BEYOND SUPREMACY (128) J Barber 6 11 0Mr M McIntyre (7)
STRADIVARIUS DAVIS (130) P Nicholls 5 11 0 N Scholfield
VODKA ALL THE WAY (IRE) (16) P Hobbs 6 11 0T J O’Brien
W
3
2
3
3
3
3
2
1
2
3
4
5
6
41-111
-22245
1-6B11
2P4-41
P414-2
2P-21
MASTER BAKER (12) (D8)MrsLJefford9120Miss Juanna Buck (5)
BATHWICKSCANNO(311)(D)MrsTeresaClark101110MrBCarver(7)
BLUE MOUNTAIN BOY (44) (D) T Ellis 6 11 10Miss G Andrews
HERBERT PARK (58) (C)(D) R J Alford 8 11 10.Mr R Dingle (7)
ITS ALLORNOTHING(16)(D)MissCRowe91110MrMHampton(5)
KNOCKAN RUN (36) (D) Mrs J Ackner 7 11 10Mr D Edwards
BETTING: 15-8 Master Baker, 5-2 Herbert Park, 7-2 Blue Mountain Boy, 11-2 others
THE WHIP’S TIPS
BRIGHTON: 4.15 Baltic Prince, 4.50 Hard Taskmaster,
5.25 Madrinho, 5.55 Limerick Lord, 6.30 Stormingin, 7.05
Sharp Operator, 7.40 Barrsbrook.
EXETER: 1.40 Gonnabegood, 2.15 Tara Well, 2.45 R Bren,
3.15 Golden Sunrise, 3.50 Leith Hill Lad, 4.25 Gustav, 5.00
Kootenay River, 5.35 Master Baker.
HUNTINGDON: 4.35 Eskendash, 5.10 Oscar Star, 5.45
Hargam, 6.20 Lough Salt, 6.55 Ratify, 7.30 Mondo Cane,
L
2
3
2
2
0
0
3
Tns Ave
8 23.59
12 26.80
8 24.00
10+1 23.97
6 22.77
4 22.77
8 23.54
6
7
6
0
7+1
22.55
22.47
20.59
18.33
23.06
W
L
1
3
1
3
0
3
3
1
3
0
1
3
Lady of the match: L Jennings.
Tns
2
6
2
4
2
4
Ave
15.77
20.92
17.65
21.57
22.10
17.43
LADIES’ A LOST 4-2
S Cox
J Telling
G Freshwater
D Hedman
L Jennings
KLedbury
MEN’S A WON 8-4
W
K Bedding
4
A Larner
3
P Krabben
4
S Wright
4
TBaughan
3
S Holley
2
L Ruseell
4
N Russell
4
M Kearns
4
K Lowe
4
G Grant
4
P Hall
3
Man of the Match P Krabben
L
0
4
1
0
4
4
1
3
2
0
1
4
Oxon
Cornwall
Essex
Northants
Notts
Gwent
Dorset
London
Surrey
Durham
P
9
9
8
8
9
8
8
8
8
9
MA
56
61
56
50
53
48
50
47
45
38
WA
28
30
26
25
26
23
24
24
22
24
MB
67
50
65
51
51
49
37
44
42
48
GOING: Good. TV: Racing UK.
NICK JONES HORSE AMBULANCE NOVICES’
2.00 HDLE
(CL 4) £7,500 added 4YO PLUS-2m
1122P2
212500
524210
30R00
GUMBALL (FR) (12) (D) P Hobbs 4 11 5........... R Johnson
SAXO JACK (FR) (6) Mrs S Leech 8 11 4............................
ZALVADOS (73) (CD) Oliver Greenall 5 11 4 Ross Turner (7)
BLACKJACKTENNESSEE (28) S Flook 4 10 7.. J M Davies
DAILY TRADER (F8) P Evans 4 10 7...................................
060 INVOLVE (15) K Bailey 4 10 7.................................D Bass
52 VEILED SECRET (IRE) (33) David Dennis 4 10 7..B Hughes
KATEBIRD (IRE) (F189) Oliver Greenall 4 10 0....D England
BETTING: 4-9 Gumball, 5-1 Zalvados, 7-1 Veiled Secret, 12-1 Katebird, 20-1 others.
VALLEY BREWERY ’CONFINED’ H’CAP
2.35 WYE
CHASE (CL 3) £14,000 added 5YO PLUS-2m
1
2
3
4
5
6
2542U4
-22344
-555P2
4-2550
-20052
24P636
POKER SCHOOL (122) (D) I Williams 8 12 5Edward Austin (10)
UT MAJEUR AULMES (31) (D) V Dartnall 10 11 12...R Johnson
LITTLE JON (27) (D) N Twiston-Davies 10 11 10S Twiston-Davies
VALSEUR DU GRANVAL (59) (D) T R George 9 11 9 .P Brennan
TODAY PLEASE (IRE) (58) (D) Henry Oliver 8 11 2D Crosse
WALDEN PRINCE (138) (D) Mrs S Leech 11 10 1Sean Houlihan (5)
BETTING: 15-8 Poker School, 11-4 Little Jon, 10-3 Today Please, 15-2 others.
R SMITH GROUP LTD HANDICAP CHASE
3.05 H(CLASS
3) £20,000 added 5YO PLUS-3m
1
2
3
4
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2 20.66
12 25.89
13+1 29.63
9 26.72
9 24.91
11+1 23.69
13 25.15
16 26.08
6 19.11
9+3 26.37
10+1 27.33
17 24.96
LATEST TABLE
BDO INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
DIVISION 1
Today’s runners
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Competitors
are vying for
finals night
3
1
1
3
3
0
0
3
2
3
Man of the match: A Quinn.
LUDLOW
DAILY RACING SPECIALS AT 188BET CHASE (NOV
LTD H’CAP) (CL 4) £12,400 added 5YO PLUS-3m
4.25
Ave
18.35
13.41
14.92
14.68
15.02
19.69
MEN’S B WON 7-5
T Wood
S Tricker
A Quinn
P Smith
S Turner
A Bowman
A Thomas
BETTING: 11-8 Vodka All The Way, 5-2 Golden Sunrise, 7-2 Dancing Shadow, 6-1 others.
3.50
Tns
3
1
1
1
4
4+1
Cali Birch
L Ross
E Everett
Cath Birch
I Richardson
C Smith
S Key
B Richardson
M Burns
D Smith
J McCarthy
BEGGARS CROSS (151) (D) Jonjo O’Neill 8 11 12W Hutchinson
MOSS ON THE MILL (24) (C)(D) T R George 10 11 12P Brennan
MUCKLE ROE (24) (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 12S Twiston-Davies
ACCORDINGTOHARRY(15)(CD)NickyMartin 9119SeanHoulihan(5)
GOODTOKNOW (26) (D) Kerry Lee 10 11 9 ....... R Johnson
RAVISHED (IRE) (96) (D) C Longsdon 10 11 9.....B Hughes
HEY BILL (29) (C)(D) G McPherson 8 11 8 ... Kielan Woods
THE HAPPY CHAPPY (136) (C)(D)MrsSHumphrey7118J Bowen (3)
RISE OF AN EMPIRE (IRE) (277) H Fry 8 11 6N P Madden
VICTOR LEUDORUM (IRE) (468) S Flook 11 11 5J M Davies
VIVACCIO (FR) (14) (C) Miss V Williams 9 11 0.. A Coleman
BETTING: 9-2 Goodtoknow, 11-2 Hey Bill, Rise Of An Empire, 7-1 Muckle Roe, 10-1 others.
8.00 Character Onesie.
LUDLOW: 2.00 Veiled Secret, 2.35 Little Jon, 3.05
Vivaccio, 3.35 Call To Order, 4.05 Schnabel, 4.40 Mr
Mercurial, 5.15 Imperial Aura.
YARMOUTH: 1.50 Luchador, 2.25 Al Reef, 2.55 Without
Parole, 3.25 Atticus Boy, 4.00 Mordin, 4.30 Cryptonite,
5.05 GLOBAL EXCEL (nap), 5.40 Ask The Guru.
BLEWBURY’S BET OF THE DAY
Nag’s Wag (5.40 Yarmouth).
WB
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34
18
31
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27
25
19
13
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17
16
15
18
12
13
13
7
9
2
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193
191
180
175
172
163
151
147
137
125
COMPETITION is hotting up for
the ODDA Winter League finals
night at Cowley Workers Club
on Friday, June 8.
The play-offs competitions will
be held next month.
Meanwhile, the Summer
League will start on Tuesday &
Wednesday, May 15-16.
Men’s teams requiring entries
should contact Jim Baxendale
on 01865 430054. There are no
vacancies in the Ladies League.
ODDA WINTER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS
Men’s pairs (Cowley Workers, May 8):
winners from Democrats Club, Queens Head
A, Challow RBL A, Kidlington FC A, Cricketers
Arms A, Black Bull, Cowley Workers Club C,
Abingdon United SC C, Black Bull A, Cowley
Workers A, Cricketers Arms B, Abingdon Utd SC
A, Littlemore RFC C, Chequers Inn A, Challow
RBL C, Bell Inn C.
Mens singles (Cowley Workers, May
8): winner from Cricketers Arms, K Wilkins
(Challow RBL), P Bustin (Chequers Inn), J Palmer
(Kidlington Green SC), G Grant (Cowley
Workers), R Adnams (Democrats), A Bowden
(East Oxford CC), D Forster (Florence Park CC),
S Turner (Abingdon Utd SC), D Smith (Abingdon
Utd SC), N Russell (Kidlington Green SC), L
Radford (Bell Inn), R Kerry (Challow RBL), S
Holly (Challow RBL), M Smith (Challow RBL), P
Say (Democrats).
Ladies’ pairs (Cowley Workers, May 9):
Northway CC or Witney Snooker Club C, Red
Lion A, Bletchingdon SC A, Blackbird Bar A,
Northway CC A, Northway CC C, George Bar
A, Florence Park CC, Blackbird Bar B.
Ladies’ singles play-off (Cowley Workers,
May 9): C Caldicut (Red Lion), J Gleed (Florence
Park CC), C Smith (Witney Snooker), J Rouse
(Red Lion), Y Whalley (Cowley Workers), L
Singleton (Blackbird Leys Club), H Prowton
(Witney Snooker), D Presley (Northway CC) or
M Beatie (Bletchingdon CC).
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RUGBY UNION
Isham’s hat-trick helps Bulls
prepare for play-off in style
BANBURY are preparing for
a crunch play-off tie after
captain Ian Isham scored
a hat-trick of tries in their
36-19 win at Witney.
The Bulls had a slim chance of
winning the South West 1 East title,
but were forced to settle for second
after newly-crowned champions Old
Patesians beat Oxford Harlequins.
Banbury now travel to West runners-up Exeter University on Saturday as they vie for promotion to the
South West Premier.
Bulls started well and led 10-0 after
18 minutes, thanks to unconverted
tries from Jimmy Manley and Isham.
Front-row forward Isham then
forced his way over again, Ed Phillips converting.
But Witney responded to trail by
just three points, when Rhys Morgan and Charlie Marshall crossed,
George Lewis adding the extras.
Bulls re-established their dominance in the second half and skipper Isham completed his hat-trick to
make it 11 tries for the season.
Tommy Gray then wrong-footed
the opposition to touch down, before
Dan Brady also got in on the act,
Phillips converting, to make it 36-14.
Witney completed the scoring
when Lewis outstripped the Bulls
defenders to cross on 67 minutes.
A Quins victory over Old Pats in
their last game at Marston Ferry
Road would have seen Banbury win
the title.
But it would have also needed the
visitors to fail to pick up a point,
which did not look likely when they
caught the hosts cold on three minutes.
Christian Taft crossed for Old Pats
and it was soon 14-0 when Tom Langton dived over, James Aherne converting.
Quins steadied the ship and Chris
Davies drove across for his seventh
try of the campaign, James Stacey
adding the extras.
But the visitors increased their
lead after the break when Langton
crossed again, before Lee Hathaway
raced over.
Duncan Spurrier and Langton added further tries, but Quins were left
pleased with a fourth-placed finish.
Relegated Grove, who still have a
game to play, lost 39-15 at Swindon.
FORCE: There’s no stopping Ian Isham as he scores one of his three tries in Banbury’s win over Witney
Pictures: Richard Cave
CRUISING:
Charlie Marshall
crosses for Witney
BRILLIANT Littlemore secured
promotion in style when beating
Bletchley 71-7 at home.
The 11-try show saw the home
side clinch second spot in the
BB&O Premier with one game left.
Aaron Ward crossed for a hattrick, with Rhys Painton and Ben
Symington diving over twice.
Terry Wilson, Jonny Gerrard,
Cameron Bashford and Jonny
Williams also dotted down,
Stewart Beale converting eight.
Wheatley played a part in
Littlemore’s promotion, beating
Chesham 25-22 at home.
Despite tries from Joe Taylor
and Simon Chadbone, as well as
eight points from Aaron Laman,
the hosts trailed 22-18.
But they hit back to secure
victory thanks to Taylor’s try,
converted by Laman.
Didcot finished their year with a
23-15 defeat at Milton Keynes.
In the Championship, a late
penalty saw promoted Oxford
miss out on the title, as
champions Risborough claimed a
14-13 win at North Hinksey.
Callum Lake slotted a penalty
and Jack Sullivan Webb crossed,
Harry Gillett converting, as the
hosts trailed 11-10.
Oxford looked to have won it
with two minutes to go when
Gillett kicked a penalty, but
Risborough were handed one last
opportunity which they took.
Chipping Norton lost 34-15 at
Aldermaston.
LATEST TABLE
BERKS, BUCKS & OXON PREMIER
Slough
Littlemore
Chesham
Wheatley
Tadley
Didcot
Milton Keynes
Bletchley
Hungerford
Abingdon
P
17
17
17
17
17
18
18
18
17
18
W
14
12
11
8
8
7
7
6
5
5
D
1
2
0
1
1
0
1
1
1
0
L
2
3
6
8
8
11
10
11
11
13
F
651
508
394
428
373
364
325
315
295
282
A
355
318
278
350
385
377
474
446
468
484
Pts
75
62
54
47
40
37
36
34
29
23
Risborough
Oxford
Aldermaston
C Norton
Phoenix
Berkshire Hall
Harwell
Faringdon
Farnham Rl
P
20
19
19
19
19
19
19
19
19
W
18
16
10
10
9
7
6
4
2
D
2
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
2
L
0
2
8
9
10
12
12
14
15
F
684
898
476
469
350
358
317
305
242
A
229
183
394
423
588
550
517
630
585
Pts
91
84
56
48
41
37
29
20
11
BERKS, BUCKS & OXON CHAMPIONSHIP
Benny Davies crossed twice, with
James Monks kicking five points.
Basement boys Bicester fell to a
57-20 defeat away to Wimborne.
Charlie Bethell kicked two penalties for the visitors, who lost Eddie
Roberts and Reece Sullivan to injury.
Wes Westaway crossed before the
break, Bethell converting, but Bicester trailed 22-13.
The visitors conceded five more
tries in the second half, but Bethell
converted his own score.
LATEST TABLE
SOUTH WEST 1 EAST
O Patesians
Banbury
Chippenham
Ox Hquins
Salisbury
Wootton Bassett
O Centralians
Witney
Stratford-u-Avon
Wimborne
Swindon
Marlow
Grove
Bicester
P
26
26
26
26
26
26
25
26
26
26
26
26
25
26
W
24
22
20
16
14
13
13
13
12
9
11
5
4
3
D
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
L
2
3
6
10
12
13
11
12
14
17
15
20
21
23
F
1025
906
1232
633
711
646
607
521
522
551
456
518
402
348
A
341
434
464
554
660
571
515
604
738
823
813
749
799
1013
Pts
116
112
106
77
73
70
68
65
60
54
53
39
27
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PACE: Banbury’s Dan Brady takes on
Witney’s Charlie Marshall
Chinnor are beaten but seal home advantage
CHINNOR picked up the one
point they needed to secure
a home play-off, but
delivered a below-par display
when losing 52-29 at
Canterbury.
Their four-try bonus point in
the National League 2 South
clash ensures they will finish
with more points than the
North runners-up.
But they were given a
wake-up call by mid-table
Canterbury, who opened the
scoring after two minutes
through Tom Rogers.
Royce Cadman and Aaron
Littlemore are
going up after
11-try triumph
Cooper then crossed as the
home side extended their
lead to 19 unanswered points
after 20 minutes.
Chinnor hit back through
tries from Alex Bradley and
Jack Gilding, Jonny Bentley
converting both.
But Canterbury
immediately responded to
make it 26-14 at half-time.
Rogers crossed for his
second and Aiden Moss went
over to compound Chinnor’s
woes.
The visitors refused to give
in, Danny Barnes and Phil
Chesters dotting down to
secure the valuable four-try
bonus point.
But Canterbury never
relented and added four
more tries for a convincing
win.
Henley Hawks’ poor form
continued as their winless
run stretched to five games
in a 36-19 defeat at home to
London Irish Wild Geese.
Zaki Chamnaoui and
George Owen crossed, the
first try converted by Alex
Sears, to give the visitors a
12-0 lead.
Hawks responded through
a Will Janes try, George
Jackson adding the extras,
as they finished the half five
points in arrears.
They then led 19-12 when
Xavier Andre and Janes
crossed, Jackson converting
the first.
However, Irish upped their
game, Sean Cunningham
and Owen diving over, Sears
converting the latter, to make
it 24-19.
Scott Moore and Sears,
who added the extras on
both occasions, then
completed the scoring for
Wild Geese.
LATEST TABLE
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2 SOUTH
Cinderford
Chinnor
Redingensians
Taunton Titans
Redruth
Tonbridge
Bury St Edmnds
Worthing
Henley
Canterbury
Clifton
London Irish WG
O Redcliffians
Barnstaple
Wimbledon
Broadstreet
P
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
29
W
28
25
20
19
16
16
14
13
12
13
11
9
8
9
9
5
D
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
1
0
2
1
0
0
L
1
3
8
10
13
12
15
16
15
15
17
20
19
19
20
24
F
A Pts
1036 481 138
958 665 126
876 611 107
962 724 96
832 674 89
711 621 81
777 748 76
798 951 76
755 831 73
710 699 72
652 806 63
758 922 56
674 903 53
591 834 51
646 926 49
551 891 34
Final day victory
for Wallingford
WALLINGFORD signed off for
the season with a 23-18 home win
against Aylesbury in Southern
Counties North.
Ian Jeffreys and Matt Fearn
crossed, with Phil Dawes kicking
13 points.
Relegated Gosford All Blacks
suffered their heaviest defeat of
the season when losing 90-0 at
champions Beaconsfield.
FINAL TABLE
SOUTHERN COUNTIES NORTH
Beaconsfield
Windsor
Buckingham
Aylesbury
Thatcham
Wallingford
Reading
Reading Ab
H Wycombe
Stow on the W
Gosford AB
Drifters
P
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
W
21
18
18
14
12
13
10
9
8
6
3
0
D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
L
1
4
4
8
10
9
12
13
14
16
19
22
F
862
834
755
663
629
509
669
477
450
360
330
167
A
220
266
353
424
474
447
495
593
625
706
784
1318
Pts
104
90
88
72
68
61
57
47
41
30
18
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
OXFORD MAIL
31
HOCKEY
Hawks’ success founded on
teamwork, say striking duo
AS the dust settled on a
historic season, two of
Oxford Hawks’ star men
reflected on a job well
done, writes JAMES
ROBERTS.
Defender Jack Biggs and forward Andy Watts struck 23
goals each to top the division’s
scoring charts and fire their
side to the South League Premier 1 title.
The triumph ensured the
club will join a select group
of teams with both men’s and
ladies’ first XIs in their respective national leagues.
The teammates hail from different sporting backgrounds
– in one corner is Biggs, the
23-year-old Oxford Brookes
student from Horspath, whose
connection with Hawks dates
back a decade thanks to dad
Neil, who is the first-team
manager.
Meanwhile, the experienced
Watts, 32, has been director
of sport at Magdalen College
School for eight years and
signed last summer after 15
years at Premier Division side
Reading.
They were united in a move
Biggs reveals had long been in
the pipeline due to his teammate’s work commitments.
He said: “Wattsy would have
come to us before now if we
were in the National League,
but we got him here by saying
‘why don’t you come and help
us get there?’”
Watts agreed the opportunity to help Hawks return to
the National League after an
11-year absence proved too
tempting to turn down.
“I knew promotion was possible,” he said. “I wanted the
ALL SMILES: Freddy and David
Shannon with Wallingford’s Dave
Perry award
Shannons
receive top
honour at
Wallingford
HOTSHOTS: Andy Watts (right) celebrates with his Oxford Hawks teammates after scoring, while Jack Biggs fires home from a short corner
challenge to try to help the
club get back there.”
A slow start to the season
was quickly forgotten when
Hawks went on an incredible 15-match winning run between October and March.
But consecutive defeats to
London Wayfarers and closest challengers Bromley &
Beckenham brought the team
crashing down to earth.
Biggs scored twice in a 6-0
win over Winchester as the
Banbury Road outfit all but
secured the title in the campaign’s penultimate game.
And the quantity surveying student argues his side’s
97 goals over the campaign
shows Hawks were not just reliant on their top-scorers.
He said: “You get moments
of brilliance which we have
had from Wattsy throughout
the season – some of his goals
have been awesome.
“But it’s more the way we’re
playing than the number of
goals we’re scoring.
“We’ve had players in the
past who have been really
good individually but they’re
exactly that – individuals.
“What we’ve done really well
this year is play as a team.”
The duo headed into the final match of the season at
Horsham level on 22 goals and
Watts admits the collective
was briefly forgotten with individual goalscoring glory on
the line.
He said: “There was a little
bit of friendly rivalry.
“I scored first and had to
leave at half-time to get back
for a school fixture and Jack
scored in the second half so
we levelled it up.
“I’m not that worried about
FOOTBALL
LATEST RESULTS
Ladies: Oxford Hawks 3rd 4, Oxford
Univ 2nd 3; Oxford Hawks 5th 1 (J
Hopkins), Amersham & Chalfont 3rd
3; Oxford Hawks 7th 3 (G Croker, L
Hanslip, P Hughes), Sonning 5th 2;
Oxford 3rd 1 (A Roux), Slough 2nd 2;
Oxford 6th 2 (G Haines-Woodhouse,
L Freear), Phoenix & Ranelagh 3rd 2;
Wallingford 3rd 0, Abingdon 3; South
Berkshire 4th 1, Wallingford 4th 2 (C
Eatwell, M Alexander).
Men: Oxford Hawks 3rd 4 (S Dawson
2, H Fuller, C Saint), Reading 2A 9;
Oxford 2nd 5 (J Campbell, S Cox, M
Neville, D Bleach, K Walker), Oxford
Hawks 4rd 2.
GOLF
Badgemore brilliance
Hillman unhappy at U’s loss
OXFORD United skipper Ellis Hillman could not hide her
frustration as their poor run
was extended by a 1-0 defeat at
Aston Villa.
Ebony Salmon’s finish 14
minutes from time separated
the sides at Tamworth in the
FA Women’s Super League 2.
It left United third bottom in
the table, and they have won
just one of their last 18 games
in all competitions.
Top-scorer Kayleigh Hines
was ruled out with a serious
knee injury last week, but
Hillman felt the defeat was an
all-too familiar story.
She said: “They deserved
the win and we didn’t pull our
finger out, which seems to be
the theme of the last couple of
it, it was just nice for Jack that
he was also top of the charts.”
Attentions now turn to next
season and while Watts is targeting a top-half finish, his
younger teammate is keeping
his feet on the ground.
Biggs said: “We don’t feel it’s
going to be a relegation fight
all year, we’re confident in
that.
“But obviously we don’t
want to get carried away.
“Everyone’s enjoying their
well-earned rest and we’ll go
again in late July ready for
pre-season.”
DAVID and Freddy
Shannon were honoured
for their dedication to
Wallingford’s junior section
at the club’s annual dinner.
The duo, who are
stepping down after three
years of service to the
Wildcats, received the
Dave Perry award for their
outstanding contribution
as well as a standing
ovation.
Wallingford’s Flavell
accolade for ladies young
player of the year was
shared between sisters
Evie and Connie Potts.
The men’s equivalent, the
Grumball award, went to
Oliver Kerry.
games for us.
“We’ve got the talent, but we
just can’t grind out the results
and that is something that we
are constantly looking at.”
She added: “Obviously we’ve
had a blow with injuries but
we can’t use that as an excuse.”
U’s goalkeeper Demi Lambourne had a busy afternoon
against Villa, denying Salmon
and Tash Baptiste early on.
Salmon also fired wide with
chances either side of the interval, before the visitors went
on to enjoy their best spell.
Substitute Flo Fyfe forced an
excellent save from Aja Aguirre 20 minutes from time.
Salmon then struck and
United’s last chance to grab
DAVE Haddock and Terry
Killick were the big
winners as Badgemore
Park claimed their first win
of the season in the Core
Golf UK Oxfordshire
Foursomes League.
The pair beat Ken Smith
and Steven Gilbert 6 & 5 in
the 3-0 home victory over
Feldon Valley.
Elsewhere, Rosie Caunt
aced the 15th in the Oxford
Ladies’ Charity Stableford.
a point vanished when Emily
Allen steered Chloe Chivers’
cross into the side netting.
United visit Sheffield FC on
Sunday.
Oxford Utd: Lambourne, Franklin-Fraiture,
Casley, Carlton, Hillman, Lancaster (Noble
87), Baker (Fyfe 59), Chivers, Oliver, Allen,
Short.
Unused subs: Thomas, Balloch, Graham.
Attendance: 127.
LATEST TABLE
WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 2
P W D L F A Pts
Doncaster Rov
14 11 2 1 42 13 35
Millwall Lionesses 13 10 2 1 32 18 29
Brighton & HA
13 9 1 3 28 17 28
Durham Women 14 8 2 4 32 20 26
London Bees
15 6 3 6 27 28 21
Tottenham
14 5 1 8 23 28 16
Sheffield FC
12 5 0 7 23 25 15
Oxford United
15
3 3
9 22 31 12
Aston Villa
14 3 1 10 16 30 10
Watford
12 0 1 11 5 40 1
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match near you visit fawsl.com/tickets.
MUST DO BETTER: Ellis Hillman felt
Aston Villa deserved to beat the U’s
COREGOLF UK OXFORDSHIRE
FOURSOMES LEAGUE
Section 2
Badgemore Park 3 (4pts), Feldon
Valley 0 (0) (Badgemore Pk scores
first): D Haddock & T Killick bt K Smith
& S Gilbert 6 & 5, D Brown & J Palmer
bt S Smith & O Wildsmith 3 & 2, F
Kassam & M Moore bt M Abbotts & W
McCoombes 3 & 2.
OXFORD LADIES
Charity Stableford – Thursday: 1
D Roberts (13) 30pts, 2 J Tavinor (11)
29, 3 R Stockford (27) 28. Rosie Caunt
had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole.
Saturday: 1 C Whittle (16) 32pts (cb),
2 L Halsey (26) 32, 3 J Ryan (23) 27.
NORTH
OXFORD
Ladies Medal 6 – Silver Div:
1 J Northover 93-18=75, 2 J Jones
102-31=71.
Eccles Williams Trophy (stableford):
1 M Wharton 42pts, 2 D Fitchett 40, 3
T Williams 38.
Midweek stableford: 1 S Brown
37pts, 2 M Tippett 36, 3 J Tompkins
35 (cb).
Men’s club match: North Oxford 4,
Kirtlington 1.
Kings Arms Golf Society (Gordon
Hill Trophy): 1 J Riley 41pts, 2 B
Reynolds 39,
3 C Sampson 37. Nearest the pins –
6th: M French; 15th: P Druce.
OXFORD CITY
Midweek Medal: 1 N Harris 7911=68, 2 R Mangan 77-8=69,
3= M Andrews 78-8=70, M Chapman
85-15=70.
Robinson Cup: 1 C O’Brien 38pts,
2 M Gorman 35, 3 C Disley 34.
The 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers virtually guaranteed Robinson’s short-term target was fulfilled – preserving the U’s status
in Sky Bet League One.
That position may get even
stronger tonight as Rochdale
and Oldham Athletic play their
games in hand.
While they are still mathematically in the relegation battle,
United’s relative security means
Robinson is now beginning to
put plans in place for a busy
summer.
And the message to chairman
Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth is
simple.
He said: “If we get backed in
the summer, we’ll be successful.
If we’re brave in the summer,
we’ll be successful.
“We have to change our mentality. This club used to act big
when it was successful and then
we’ve gone backwards and now
we’re starting to push forwards.
“We’ll settle for survival this
year, but next year we have to
push into the top-ten and push
for the play-offs, that’s the bare
minimum.
This club used
to act big when
it was successful
and then
we’ve gone
backwards
“But this gives us an opportunity to look forward as a group
and I’m ecstatic for everyone involved.”
Robinson has been busy behind the scenes since taking
charge last month.
Contact has been made with
several targets already, with a
couple due to be receiving a call
from the U’s boss on his way
home from Doncaster.
A clear-out has also begun to
a squad Robinson has described
as ‘embarrassingly’ big,
Several players have been told
they are surplus to requirements, with others set to follow
if results go United’s way tonight.
“I’ve already done four or five,”
he said. “You wouldn’t know because our squad is far too big.
“After Tuesday, we’ll have a
right good take of where everyone is at.
“We’ll look at the table once
everyone has played their games
in hand and then we’ll make a
decision on whether we make
that call on Thursday or Friday
or we leave it to the following
week when we know we’re mathematically safe.”
On transfer targets, he added:
“I’m meeting three players this
week as well to hopefully move
forward for next year.
“I’ve got permission to speak
to one or two, just to see what we LOOKING AHEAD: Karl Robinson wants to begin putting his strategy for the summer in place as soon as possible
after Oxford United edged to the brink of securing their Sky Bet League One status
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RICARDINHO may have a
future at Oxford United, but
boss Karl Robinson wants it to
be on his terms.
The left back needs one
more start to trigger a
contract extension for next
season.
Robinson admitted the
Brazilian was left out of the
U’s XI for last weekend’s 1-0
win at Doncaster Rovers to
avoid activating the clause.
And with the side almost
safe from relegation in Sky
Bet League One, the 33-yearold looks set to finish the
campaign just short.
The United head coach
stressed it did not mean his
mind was made up, but he
wants to have control of the
negotiations.
He said: “I’m not ruling him
out, but sometimes when you
have extensions in contracts
there’s a rise and this and
that.
“Is there better for that
salary? He’s 33, is there
someone at 24 or 25?
“You’ve got to think about
the whole picture.
“I absolutely love the kid,
but it’s not about loving them,
it’s about getting the right
players for this club to be
successful.”
He added: “Don’t think that
Ricky’s not going to be here,
but we have to get things right
on our terms first before we
move forward.”
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