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PROMOTION: The Stronghold mug
distributed by Thames Valley Police
The force, which has had nearly
�0m wiped from its budget in
seven years, purchased the items ?
including 2,268 mugs ? to promote
its Stronghold campaign against
organised crime.
Police bosses said the campaign
would not have been as effective
without advertisement, but con-
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cerns have been raised about the
fine line the force walks when it
comes to spending amid significant
cuts.
In January, Thames Valley Police
raised its share of council tax by
� for a Band D household
A Freedom of Information request submitted by the Oxford Mail
revealed that TVP had purchased
2,268 mugs at a cost of �459 plus
VAT.
A further 13,565 pieces of unspecified merchandise were also bought
by the force to promote Stronghold,
at an additional cost of �887 plus
VAT.
The mugs were produced by
The Hotline Group Ltd, based in
Christchurch, near Bournemouth.
Other than an initial purchase
to launch the campaign in January 2017, police say merchandise
has been bought ?in support of
specific operational and engage-
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GOLFER Eddie
Pepperell?s pledge
to wear a cap with
Helen & Douglas?
logo at the PGA
Championship at
Wentworth later
this month has
been welcomed by the charity.
The East Oxford hospice thanked
the 27-year-old, left, and his fans for
the ?incredible? online response, with
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MERCHANDISE: Thames Valley Police defends �k outlay on items to promote crackdown
CASH-STRAPPED Thames
Valley Police has defended
its decision to spend �,000
on coffee mugs and other
promotional merchandise as
part of a drugs crackdown.
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ment events?. The force said merchandise has been distributed in
a ?targeted manner? to the public
and workers in partner agencies,
as well as frontline officers and police staff.
Discussing the investment, police
highlighted the benefits of Stronghold, which was launched to raise
awareness of serious organised
crime.
During the course of the campaign, officers have seized � in
cash and 16kg of drugs.
The campaign has also seen 19
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Support grows to
save Marston pub
PUB-goers
have hired an
expert to help
them block any
attempt to
close their local. Campaigners say
support to reopen the Somerset, New
Marston?s last surviving pub, is
growing after their ?pop-up? pub event
attracted hundreds.
The Wilaya Trust wish to turn the
pub into an education centre.
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A GOVERNOR at a special school
in Oxford has accused a council of
leaving vulnerable children ?out in the
cold? over transport plans.
As reported in the Oxford Mail on
March 19, Oxfordshire County
Council is considering axing free
school transport for pupils aged 16 or
older with special educational needs
or disabilities (SEND).
As consultation on the plan ended
yesterday, Mabel Prichard School
spoke of parents? ?devastation?.
Damian Haywood, a parent and
chair of governors at the Blackbird
Leys school, said: ?Parents of young
people at our school are devastated
by the county?s plans.
?Many families will be affected and
this is causing a huge amount of
stress for parents and their children.?
Mr Haywood?s son Matias is among
those who would be affected by the
plan, as he turns 16 next year.
He added: ?Education for our
children after they are 16 is a lifeline.
?It means many young people with
disabilities get the support that they
need as they move into adulthood.
?The ?nancial support for travel
stops them from being excluded from
our school system.
?This is being done under the
banner of making SEND children
more independent ? in reality it will
leave them out in the cold.?
Lucy Wawrzyniak, headteacher of
Mabel Prichard, echoed his concerns
and warned the policy ?could stop
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The council said the move would
affect 124 youngsters, meaning
parents would have to arrange their
child?s own travel or pay hundreds of
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SUPERFAN: Oxford United supporter Kotaro Sumita at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday
Picture: Dave Fleming
OXFORD United?s Japanese superfan
enjoyed a triumphant return to the
Kassam Stadium despite falling over
on the pitch at half time.
Kotaro Sumita was cheered by
Yellows fans as he paraded on the
turf during the interval against
Rochdale on Saturday waving a new
banner combining the Japanese flag
and the United badge.
And, despite the academic tripping
over on the pitch and then failing to
get the ball off the ground when
attempting the crossbar challenge,
the good-natured cheers carried on.
The 38-year-old, an avid United fan
since he first went to the Manor
Ground while visiting Oxford in 1999,
was once again well looked after by
fellow fans and enjoyed a trip on the
?Sambuca boat? to the match.
The club also rewarded him for his
commitment to United as he met staff
and players and was welcomed on to
the pitch.
Police insist advertising helps provide
more of an impact for tackling crime
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firearms removed from the streets
and 800 arrests.
Craig O?Leary, chairman of
Thames Valley Police Federation,
said Stronghold needed to be promoted ? but suggested issues like
this regarding the force?s budget
would always prove ?contentious?.
Over the past seven years, �m
has been removed from TVP?s
budget and a further �.3m savings
need to be made over the next three
years.
PC O?Leary, who praised the
Stronghold campaign, said: ?It?s the
same principle as spending �,000
on helmets. They didn?t need to do
that, so it?s sort of the same argument.
?It does seem like quite a lot of
money to be spending but they have
to be able to highlight these campaigns to the max.
?It?s about striking that balance
with how much is spent and it is a
fine balance.
?A lot of people will have something to say about how Thames Valley Police should spend its money
because there?s a finite amount to
be spent and that budget has to be
used wisely.?
PC O?Leary pointed out that mugs,
?CONTENTIOUS?: Craig O?Leary,
chairman of Thames Valley Police
Federation
for example, could continue to act
as a promotional tool for years to
come ? unlike a social media post
that would quickly fade in people?s
memories.
Detective chief inspector Darran Hill, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit at TVP, spoke
about the reasoning behind making Stronghold such a publicly visible campaign.
He said: ?In the UK, according to
the National Crime Agency, serious and organised crime costs the
UK Economy over �bn a year.
?As such, Thames Valley Police
sees tackling organised crime
groups ? who are involved in serious offences such as modern slavery, child sexual exploitation, trafficking, violent crime, firearms,
drugs and money laundering ? activity that regularly exploits the
most vulnerable in our society ? as
an absolute priority.
?In order to tackle this issue,
TVP?s Stronghold campaign was
launched. Its aim was to have a
significant impact and high-visibility launch to engage with communities and partners to tackle
this most serious of issues.?
He said the campaign had
achieved success in terms of raising awareness, as well as targeting
offenders and helping to focus the
efforts of frontline officers.
Mr Hill continued: ?Through
minimal expenditure the campaign has delivered community
engagement and presentations to
charities, businesses and local authorities to raise awareness and
enhance our approach to what is
significant and damaging criminal activity.
?It is my belief that we have
made a huge transformation within the force and our approach to
partnership working, and we have
made very strong bonds with part-
ner agencies. We are safeguarding the most vulnerable people, as
well as working with youth groups
to stop young people from entering a life of crime.
?It is my view that without the
investment to advertise our campaign we would not have such a
major impact on tackling serious
and organised crime.?
Earlier this year the force faced
scrutiny over a decision to spend
around �,000 to bring back the
traditional police helmet to officers in the Thames Valley.
Critics said the cash should have
been spent on extra officers.
The starting salary for a TVP officer is �,124, plus a �000 South
East allowance.
Also this year, police and crime
commissioner Anthony Stansfeld
raised the police portion of council tax, meaning that the average
householder in Oxfordshire now
pays � extra per year.
On using the newly-awarded
powers, Mr Stansfeld said he increased the precept to prevent
cuts to frontline services.
And in March, Chief Constable
Francis Habgood announced cuts
to Thames Valley Police?s dog unit
would go ahead.
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CCTV appeal after
alcohol for cash con
A FRAUDSTER swindled
cash from an Eynsham
shopkeeper.
The thief targeted a shop
in the village, claiming he
was closing his own
business and selling
surplus alcohol stock.
The victim agreed a sale
and handed over cash, and understood the
man was going to collect the stock from a van
? but he instead ?ed in a black convertible.
Police yesterday launched a CCTV appeal
and said the man pictured could have ?vital?
information about the fraud, which happened
on Thursday, April 19, at about 3.15pm.
May Morning blog
CROWDS will pack Magdalen Bridge for
Oxford?s much-loved May Morning.
The city?s annual tradition returns today,
starting with the Magdalen College choristers
singing from the Great Tower at 6am, followed
by bell ringing and Morris dancing.
A new crowd management system will be in
place and key roads including part of High
Street will be closed from 2am until 9am.
The Oxford Mail will be running a live blog
from the heart of the action, bringing readers
updates throughout the early hours followed
by a wrap-up of highlights and picture gallery.
See oxfordmail.co.uk for coverage.
Jackknifed lorry
A LORRY jackknifed across a road in Little
Milton and prompted its closure.
Church Hill was shut in both directions
between Gold Street and Stadhampton at
about 9.30am yesterday after the lorry
blocked the road, but had reopened by
10.15am. Traf?c had been slow through the
village earlier due to a broken down bus.
TASKED: The young entrepreneurs behind TuskTask, from left, Joe Cridge, Luke McMaster, Saam Mehdizadeh and Michael Hodnett
Harrison
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IF YOU live in Oxford
and would like someone to take on your
most tedious chores,
then a group of eight
entrepreneurs
have
launched just the website for you.
TuskTask is designed to
allow the city?s residents to
sell menial jobs to keen students ? and aims to reduce
town and gown tensions in
the process.
Director Saam Mehdizadeh, 23, said: ?It?s basically
an online platform where
Picture: Ed Nix
INITIATIVE: Website is designed to RECENT TASKS
pictures of Oxford ? �
unite town and gown and meet need pp Taking
Gardening ? �
people can outsource their
tasks to local students.
?It gives students a chance
to bring communities together, reduce the friction between communities and students and have people realise
that students can help out.?
Recent listings include taking pictures of Oxford for
�, car washing for � and
listing clothes on eBay for
the same sum.
Having launched last week,
the ?student-led start-up? is
also planning an app.
They claim to use ?the most
accurate verification solution available?, to make Tusk
?a safe and trusted platform?.
Some of the young team
? including current and former students from Oxford
University and Brookes ?
were housemates, when cofounder Michael Hodnett
had a moment of inspiration.
Mr Mehdizadeh said: ?[Michael] was asked to paint a
parent?s friend?s shed, and
that was when it clicked: this
is something students need.?
Company literature adds:
?One simply lists [the task],
price, location and time, then
chooses the right student.?
Tusk tried a ?dry run? in
Winchester in March.
p Listing clothes on ebay ? �
p User testing iOS ? �
p User testing Android ? �
p User testing website ? �
Mr Mehdizadeh said: ?It
went well, we had a lot of
positive feedback.
?We had one elderly lady
who had hand-written 60 recipes that needed typing up.?
With Tusk advertising ?no
task (is) too obscure?, Mr
Mehdizadeh said he was intrigued to see what jobs were
advertised in future.
With the ?sharing economy?
thriving, the team hope to expand nationwide this year.
Eynsham Hall snapped up for �m by tycoon
SOLD: Eynsham Hall could be expanded
ONE of Oxfordshire?s most
palatial hotels and top
wedding venues has been
bought by the owners of
the Hoxton hotel chain.
The Grade-II listed
Eynsham Hall went on the
market in January and has
now been snapped up in a
deal estimated to be worth
up to �m.
The 135-room property
has been sold by
Cathedral Group to
investment firm Ennismore
? founded by entrepreneur
Sharan Pasricha. It also
owns the Scottish golf
resort Gleneagles, after
purchasing it for around
�0m in 2015.
Mr Pasricha bought the
Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch
six years ago and has
since opened hotels in
Paris and Amsterdam.
He could be set to invest
in a multi-million pound
expansion of the
Jacobean-style mansion
near North Leigh.
The property already has
planning consent for 80
new guest bedrooms,
purpose-built conference
facilities with capacity for
250, and a new spa and
swimming pool complex.
Richard Upton,
co-founder of Cathedral
Group, acquired Eynsham
Hall in 2005 and since
invested more than � in
an extensive
refurbishment
programme.
The original asking price
was �25m
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ROADWORKS: Cowley Road at the junction with
Marsh Road
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ROADWORKS due to drag on for almost
five months will disrupt motorists on East
Oxford?s busy Cowley Road.
A �0,000 gas pipe project in which
SGN will replace old mains with a new
plastic pipe was scheduled to start
yesterday.
Works will start at the Marsh Road
junction and temporary traffic lights will
be in place during peak hours, though
SGN did not state exact timings.
The company expects works to last until
the end of September, with a break from
Friday, June 29, until Monday, July 2, for
Cowley Road Carnival.
Workers will gradually move towards The
Plain roundabout, stopping at the
Kenilworth Avenue junction.
This will cause temporary road closures
at junctions with Shelley Road, Glanville
Road, Cumberland Road and Howard
Street respectively.
A statement released by SGN said: ?We
understand that people can get frustrated
by roadworks.
?However, the new plastic pipe has a
minimum lifespan of 80 years.
?When the work is complete, people will
continue to enjoy benefits of a safe and
reliable gas supply for years to come.?
Oxford Bus Company has suspended its
stop at Marsh Road until May 20.
Judge says murder
trial has to restart
A TRIAL into the alleged murder of
Christopher Lemonius has collapsed and
will be re-started after the jury was
discharged yesterday.
Six men are charged with murdering the
27-year-old and four others are charged
with perverting the course of justice in
connection with his death.
At a hearing at Oxford Crown Court
yesterday the 12-strong jury was sent
home by Judge Ian Pringle QC.
He formally ordered that the trial, which
began on April 3, could not continue due
to legal reasons and that there would be a
re-trial to commence this week.
Yasine Lamzini, 20, of Jourdain Road,
Oxford, Rashuan Stoute, 24, of Church
Cowley Road, Oxford, Yousef Koudoua,
28, of Balfour Road, Oxford, Connor
Woodward, 24, of Haldane Road, Oxford,
Carlos Spencer, 26, of Wynbush Road,
Oxford and Otman Lamzini, 24, of
Jourdain Road, Oxford, all deny one count
of murder.
Allal Lamzini, 69, and Yamina Lamzini,
57, both of Jourdain Road, Oxford, each
also deny one count of perverting the
course of justice.
Saffon Fakir, 26, of Territorial Way,
Oxford, and a 17-year-old boy from Oxford
who cannot be named for legal reasons,
are also both accused of and deny a count
of conspiracy to pervert the course of
justice.
The trial is set to recommence at Oxford
Crown Court and a new jury panel will be
selected this week.
CAMPAIGN: Speaker Dolcie Obhiozele at the Windrush rally in Carfax
CAMPAIGNERS took to the centre of Oxford
yesterday to rally in support of the Windrush
generation.
Scores of people gathered at Carfax and
urged shoppers and commuters to take note of
issue and hold the Government to account.
The story has led the news in recent days and
was central to the resignation of Home
Secretary Amber Rudd.
Yesterday?s rally coincided with a
Picture: Ed Nix
Parliamentary debate on whether the Windrush
generation ? who travelled here from the
Caribbean between the late 1940s and early
1970s ? should be granted amnesty.
Ian Mckendrick from Oxford Stand Up To
Racism spoke at the event.
He said that the Windrush generation should
be compensated for the pressure placed on
them by this Government?s ?hostile environment?
policies.
Mr Mckendrick added: ?There is an attempt to
create a narrative that migrants are part of the
problem and we oppose that.
?The Windrush generation are a prime
example.
?They staff the NHS, helped rebuild the country
after the war and have done nothing but
contribute all their working lives.
?This is typical of the waves of migrants that
come to the UK.?
Cyclist returns to road for charity
17 years after severe brain injury
Erin
Lyons
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A MAN who suffered severe
brain damage when he was
knocked off his bike by a
car 17 years ago has cycled
on roads for the first time
since the accident.
Hamish
McCullough,
from
Abingdon, took part in the last
5km of the White Horse Challenge
on a trike-tandem, raising �300 to
help people who, like him, are recovering from brain injuries.
He was a 24-year-old student at
Oxford Brookes University when
he was knocked from his bike as
he cycled on Fawler Road, close to
Kingston Lisle, near Wantage, on
July 27, 2001.
Recalling the incident on a fundraising page, he wrote: ?I spent
the best part of that year in hospital and the subsequent 17 years in
rehabilitation piecing my life back
together with the help of healthcare professionals, friends, and of
course my family.
?I lost much that day, including
FINISH LINE: Hamish McCullough, left, completes the charity cycle
my ability to talk and my spontaneous freedom, physically and
mentally.
?While I have developed a characterful form of sign language
and relearned to walk, my injury
shook my mind like a snow-globe,
and it took many years for me to
fully understand the new cognitive
landscape into which I found myself thrown.?
Mr McCullough was hit by the
wing mirror of a Peugeot, whose
driver only had a provisional licence and no insurance.
He later sued the Motor Insurers
Bureau (MIB) ? the industry body
which compensates victims of uninsured drivers ? and was awarded
a �4m payout in 2010.
As he reached the finish line at
Shrivenham Memorial Hall on
April 22, it was the culmination
of six months of hard work for
the 41-year-old who has clocked
up 100km in the gym as part of his
training.
Support worker Matt Mooney,
who with Robert Brough helped
him complete the cycle on the dis-
ability-friendly bike, said: ?This
is an incredible achievement: the
determination Hamish has demonstrated in his rehab since his accident in 2001 is astounding.
?To get back on his bike for the
first time after what he?s been
through is beyond brave.
?Hamish is a true inspiration,
and today is a culmination of all
his hard work. It?s been a privilege
to be a part of.?
Commenting on his aim to raise
money for chosen causes The
Silverline Charity and The Children?s Brain Injury Trust, Mr
McCullough wrote: ?I received so
much assistance through the darker times of my rehabilitation and
while I know no one could have
done the rehab for me, without
the support and encouragement of
others, I doubt I would have come
so far.
?It is because of this that I now
find real meaning in giving something back to the community in
which I have found myself.?
He added: ?I feel it is important
for those of us who have been
through such trauma to shine a
light for those most vulnerable.
?To show life can be lived and
equilibrium can be found again.?
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AWARENESS: Millions will see Helen & Douglas logo on cap during PGA Championship Triumphant return
for street food fair
Hospice charity thanks golfer
Eddie for tournament pledge
Erin
Lyons
elyons@nqo.com
MILLIONS
will
see
Helen & Douglas hospice?s distinctive twincoloured heart logo this
month when golfer Eddie Pepperell steps on
to the course.
The 27-year-old from Sutton Courtenay has pledged
to wear a cap bearing the
hospice?s logo during this
month?s PGA championship
at Wentworth and the Italian
Open ? both of which will be
broadcast live on Sky Sports.
A tweet announcing the
pledge received thousands of
likes over the weekend and a
Just Giving page has already
raised almost �000 for the
charity.
The East Oxford hospice
yesterday thanked the golfer
and his supporters for the
?incredible? response online.
It is a welcome boost for
the cash-strapped hospice,
which revealed earlier this
year it would have to close
part of its operation due to a
lack of funds.
Mr Pepperell, who won his
maiden European Tour event
earlier this year, said: ?I did
that with a blank cap and
when no corporate sponsors
were initially forthcoming
this time I decided to use the
space to raise awareness for
a charity instead. I wanted
something local and Helen &
Douglas made perfect sense.?
The talented player said the
front of the cap was ?prime
real estate? when it came to
golf, adding: ?It?s the first
thing people see on TV, either
when you are playing or giving interviews.?
He visited the East Oxford
hospice last week and said he
was ?amazed? by the work being done.
Alison Stone, who met him,
said: ?We are delighted that
Eddie is supporting Helen &
Pub test for drugs
DRINKERS had their hands swabbed for
drugs before being allowed to enter pubs
during a police operation.
Following increases in drug and drink
related behaviour on the Broadway, Didcot,
police and council?s licensing of?cers
conducted the tests on Friday.
Anyone who gave a reading of drugs were
searched and if drugs were found they were
refused entry and could face being banned
for up to a year.
Of?cers did not reveal how many people
were caught but described the operation as
?a success? and said they would repeat it.
Tourette?s TV show
AN CHANNEL 4 programme will follow the
lives of an Oxfordshire family whose children
both have Tourette?s syndrome.
The Davies-Monk family, from Upper
Heyford, near Bicester, will feature on My
F-ing Tourette?s Family tonight at 9pm.
Boys Spencer, 13, and Lewis, nine, have the
condition which causes involuntary ?tics?.
STAR
POWER:
Above, Eddie
Pepperell with
Alison Stone
at Helen &
Douglas House;
far left, the
golfer playing
at the Dubai
Desert Classic
earlier this year
and, left, at his
home in Sutton
Courtenay
Douglas raising money for
us and putting our logo on
his caps ? he has two which
he will wear, one white and
one black.?
She added: ?It is incredible
that since visiting last Friday
he has already raised �952,
which will pay one of our
outreach nurses to make 233
visits to one of our families
at home to offer help and support for a local terminally ill
child. We would like to say a
huge thank you to all Eddie?s
supporters who have donated through his Just Giving
page and to Eddie for raising
money for us and agreeing
to put our logo on his caps
to increase awareness of our
charity.?
Mr Pepperell said he was
determined to raise as much
awareness as possible during
the tournament, which starts
on May 22, but that he wasn?t
sure whether the fact he was
wearing a cap with the charity?s logo would affect how he
played.
He said: ?I?ve always been a
self-driven person so I think
I?ll have a similar reaction
to shots as before but I may
surprise myself and feel that
sense of duty.?
p Donate by searching Eddie
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Record-breaking run for woman in dog suit
IN COSTUME: Fiona Betts
A STREET food market which has been
named as one of the country?s best will
return to Oxford?s Castle Quarter.
The ?rst Bitten Street food market in more
than six months will take place this Saturday
from 10am until 4pm.
New owners of the Castle Quarter Landsec,
who also own the Westgate Centre, invited
the market to return with a ?bigger and better?
event after it ?nished in September.
It will now run on a monthly basis on
Saturdays throughout the year.
Along with food and entertainment, the
market will also feature local crafts and
produce and a community stall at each event
to support charities and groups.
A MATHS teacher swapped
brain power for paw power to
break a world record for
running a marathon while
dressed as a dog.
Guinness World Records has
confirmed Fiona Betts, 44,
smashed the previous record by
more than 13 minutes, despite
gruelling heat at last week?s
London Marathon.
The canine competitor, from
Upton, near Didcot, is now the
proud record holder for the
fastest female to run the
London Marathon in a full body
animal costume.
A teacher at Moulsford Prep
School, near Wallingford, Ms
Betts was inspired to run the
marathon to raise money for
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a
national charity that trains dogs
to alert deaf people to everyday
sounds.
Despite facing competition
from a fellow runner dressed as
a horse and record high
temperatures, she ran in four
hours, 13 minutes and 25
seconds, beating the previous
record of four hours and 21
minutes, raising almost �900
for Hearing Dogs in the
process.
Reflecting on her feat, Ms
Betts said: ?When I finished the
race I felt exhilarated,
exhausted and emotional, and
when I realised I had beaten the
world record I was stunned as I
wasn?t expecting it at all.?
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A DRUG dealer caught with thousands of
pounds worth of speed has been jailed.
David Holland, of no fixed abode, had
already been convicted of the single count
of possession with intent to supply
amphetamines.
Oxford Crown Court heard at his
sentencing yesterday that the 48-year-old
was first caught when officers searched
an address at Chandos Close, Banbury, on
March 29 this year.
On searching Holland they found 216g of
the drug, commonly known as speed,
which investigators said could fetch about
�700 on the street.
Mobile phones were also taken with
numerous drug-related messages asking
for ?go-go?, ?a 20 of tick? and ?a quart of
fast?, said to be references to speed.
He was also found with �0 in cash.
At the sentencing, prosecutors also said
that Holland was a ?seasoned? offender
with a total of 41 convictions for 101
offences.
He was also out on bail at the time for a
charge of robbery, for which he was later
convicted and jailed for five years, a
sentence he is now serving.
In mitigation, Gordana Austin said that
her client had been dealing drugs to fund
his own habit and that he had since taken
on a number of courses while in prison
including the Resolve programme aimed
at giving up drink and drugs.
Deciding sentence, Judge Ian Pringle QC
said: ?I see no reason why this sentence
should not be consecutive to the sentence
you are currently serving.?
Holland was given a 14-month prison
term which will run consecutively to the
five-year sentence he is currently serving
for robbery.
Equipment taken
from charity shop
TWO charity shops were targeted in late
night break-ins.
Thames Valley Police spokesman James
Williams confirmed the Changing Lives
charity shop and the Shaw Trust shop,
both in Broadway, Didcot, were broken
into between Friday night and Saturday
Morning.
A laptop, tablet and vouchers were taken
from the Shaw Trust.
While nothing was taken from Changing
Lives, damage was done to a back door
which could cost hundreds of pounds to
replace.
Val Prior, manager of Changing Lives,
said the shop had been tipped off that
burglaries were on the rise in the area and
had removed takings as a precaution.
She said the shop?s CCTV cameras had
captured the offender breaking in at
1.30am, using a breeze block and a stake
to force open the door.
She added: ?It is quite a low thing to do.
We are set up to help people and if he had
come in and asked for help, we would
have done what we could.
?It is the inconvenience caused more
than anything but we?ve had an offer to
repair the door for free which restores
your trust in humanity.?
Ms Prior urged anyone who might have
seen anything unusual at the time to come
forward, adding: ?We can cope with this
but we want to stop it happening to any
other businesses.?
Call police with information on 101.
CREATIVE: Alex and Sian Pratchett with their hand drawn stickers during the Euro 2016 championships
Picture: David Fleming
Draw-your-own sticker album
challenge back for World Cup
CHEAPSKATES: Couple to reignite bid
to create 680 hand-drawn player stickers
Tom
Williams
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EVERYONE?S
favourite
cheapskates are lining up
another bid to draw their
way to World Cup glory.
Every player from Japan?s Masato Morishige to Argentina?s Lionel
Messi will be lovingly ? if imperfectly ? hand-drawn by East Oxford
pair Alex and Sian Pratchett this
summer.
The couple has pledged to repeat
their mission of four years ago to
recreate the entire Panini sticker
album using their own homemade
stickers.
After repeating the feat for charity as their home country of Wales
battled it out in the 2016 European
Championships, the intrepid illustrators are sharpening pencils and
dusting off their erasers again.
Drawing of the 680 players will
commence when the tournament
starts on Thursday, June 14, and
must be finished before the final 32
days later.
Alex Pratchett, 34, is predicting
it will take more than 170 hours to
complete the challenge, which is
further complicated this year by
the introduction of nine-monthold baby Nye to the family, who live
in Iffley Road.
Despite having drawn more than
1,500 player portraits so far, Mr
Pratchett doesn?t feel his artistic
skills are improving.
He said: ?If we were better at
drawing I think we would have a
tenth of the support we do.
?The attraction for most people is
in persevering with severe shortcomings and we are very resistant
to improvement.
?Our aim is to make them vaguely recognisable without being
completely offensive. Players with
distinguishing features like a big
bushy beard or afro makes the job
a lot easier ? we really struggle
with the generic-looking ones.
?It turns out having a baby is
quite a lot of work so we ummed
and ahed about whether to do it
again, but we had so many people
encouraging us that we thought
we?d have to give it another go.?
Calling themselves the ?Panini
Cheapskates?, the couple were
catapulted into the limelight after
they set out to create their own annual because they couldn?t afford
to buy the official stickers.
It has been estimated that this
year?s sticker book could cost as
much as �3.60 to fill after the
cost of a pack of five increased
SUPERSTAR: The couple?s attempt at
Cristiano Ronaldo
by 60 per cent from 50p to 80p. Mr
Pratchett said the challenge had
become more about raising money for charity than trying to score
points against Panini.
Good causes set to benefit include Cancer Research UK, learning disability charity MacIntyre
and LGBT rights group Stonewall.
Search @CheapPanini online.
Cycling laundrette spinning out its service
GREEN LAUNDRY: OxWash
CEO Kyle Grant
PEOPLE across Oxford will now be able
to wash their clothes with the city?s ?rst
cycling laundrette service.
OxWash, founded by Oxford University
PhD student Kyle Grant, began operating
in the city at the end of last year but
initially only serving university buildings.
But now the business, which will pick up
dirty laundry by bike and return it within
48 hours, has announced it can wash
anyone?s clothes.
Mr Grant, who was born in Cape Town
but grew up on the Isle of Wight, started
his business after being frustrated by the
laundry service at many Oxford colleges.
He said: ?I was really frustrated with the
laundry and dry-cleaning offering at a
college level.
?When I spoke to friends at other
colleges I got the same story that facilities
weren?t ?t for purpose, the machines were
poor and it was relatively expensive.
?I started thinking about the bike
delivery model that companies like
Deliveroo are using and thought ?
wouldn?t it be great if you could do that for
laundry??
Once you register as a customer on the
OxWash website you can select what sort
of service you require.
The options range from a load of
everyday mixed colours laundry (�95)
to a pair of shoes (�95) or a single
pashmina (�95).
For �.95, you can even wash an
entire sports team kit.
Mr Grant also hoped its eco-friendly
model would prove popular among
residents after being a success with
students and university staff.
Since its launch in November the
business is now washing about 250 loads
a week.
For more information and to sign up go
to oxwash.com
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Drivers delayed as
crash blocks road
DRIVERS faced delays on the A44 Oxford
Road after a crash between Woodstock and
Chipping Norton yesterday.
Traf?c was slow through Enstone after the
crash which happened close to the Texaco
garage.
Queues backed up along the A44 where it
meets Charlbury Road and Tew Road (the
B4022) past Enstone Sports Club.
Emergency services were on the scene and
the road was partially blocked in both
directions, causing slight delays.
The crash happened in the early hours
yesterday, but the road had been cleared and
traf?c congestion was starting to ease by
7.45am.
Safe box burglary
THIEVES broke into a safe box, containing
house keys, to burgle a home in Headington
this weekend.
Thames Valley Police said the burglars
forced open the box to break into the house
in High?eld Avenue between 8pm on
Saturday and 9am on Sunday.
They made off with a handbag containing
cash, which had been put down just inside
the front door.
Anyone who may have information about
the burglary has been asked to call police on
non-emergency number 101 and give crime
reference number 43180128195.
Part of A34 closed
GRUB?S UP: Cotswold Wildlife Park celebrates World Penguin Day with families feeding the birds
PENGUINS at the Cotswold Wildlife Park
had a bellyful of fish by the end of a
special event on Sunday.
The Humboldt penguins at the
zoological park in West Oxfordshire
enjoyed plenty of treats as the attraction
marked World Penguin Day.
Bird keeper Helen Lawless said: ?We
always put on various things to celebrate
World Penguin Day, such as the chance
to feed the penguins.?
Families queued up for the feeding
time experience multiple times
throughout the day.
There was also a stall with a raffle and
a guess the fish game to raise funds for
the Sphenisco charity dedicated to the
conservation of Humboldt penguins.
Ms Lawless added: ?The penguins
themselves were pretty chilled, as it was
just another day for them. Although they
were probably a little suspicious as to
Picture: Richard Cave
why they were getting more fish.?
The park also staged a world record
attempt in which Ms Lawless was put to
the test to see how many times she
could ?penguin jump? in 30 seconds.
The keeper managed to beat the
current number of about 53 ? although
not officially recorded as a world record
? and has submitted her attempt of 72 of
the small, double-footed jumps, like a
penguin?s.
Support builds to save last local
as future of site remains unclear
Tom
Williams
CHEERS:
Punters
gather at the
latest pop-up
pub event
organised
by Save our
Somerset
campaigners
at the
Marson
Scout Hut
twilliams@nqo.com
SUPPORT for reopening New Marston?s last
local is building every
day, campaigners say,
after a record turn-out
at a pop-up pub event.
Save our Somerset campaigners have hired an expert to advise them on how to
block any attempt to change
the use of the 1930s pub building in Marston Road as their
petition to save it reached 700
signatures.
Some 250 people packed
out the Marston Scout Hut
on April 22, for the latest in
a series of events to show
the strength of feeling in
the community which has
watched all its pubs shut in
recent years.
The Somerset closed in 2014
and could become an education centre and cafe run
by Islamic organisation the
Wilaya Trust.
But campaigners want the
owners of the site to prioritise leasing or selling it
to someone who wants to
maintain it as a pub and are
prepared to take it on themselves, if necessary.
Campaigner and Marston
resident Wendy Twist said
the group had not heard any
more about the Wilaya Trust
plans, which include offices
and a learning centre offering apprenticeships and ?supplementary education?, since
they were revealed in February.
She added: ?All we can do is
continue to keep active and
raise awareness to get more
and more people involved.
?We had dozens of people
come along to the pop-up pub
that we have not met before
and they were all keen to volunteer to help out.
?It feels like it is really
growing as a campaign now
and we are all waiting to see
what the owner decides.?
The group has also raised
concerns that the empty
building could be targeted
by vandals, citing the nearby Jack Russell which was
burned to the ground in November 2016.
Ms Twist said: ?Empty
buildings can be vulnerable
and we want everyone to help
keep an eye out to make sure
nothing happens to it.?
Wilya Trust did not respond
to requests for comment.
PART of the A34 will be closed overnight
from today for about four weeks.
Highways England is resurfacing the
southbound carriageway which will be closed
from junction 9 of the M40 to the Peartree
Interchange between 9pm to 6am.
The closure is expected to be in place for
17 nights, weekdays only.
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knee operation pTempleton urges shoppers to dig deep for hospice
PARTIAL knee replacements in place of
total knee replacements could benefit
patients and save NHS cash, according to
new Oxford research.
An Oxford University study published
yesterday suggested about half of patients
needing a knee replacement could be
suitable for a partial replacement.
The procedure is less invasive, allows for
quicker recovery and carries fewer postoperative risks, as well as being cheaper
for the NHS, researchers said.
Co-lead author David Murray said: ?This
is an important finding.
?If surgeons aim to use partial
[procedures] in a quarter or more of their
knee replacements, this will substantially
improve results of knee replacement and
save money.
?In addition more partial knee
replacements will be done and more
patients will benefit from this procedure.?
The team, from the Nuffield Department
of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and
Musculoskeletal Sciences in Headington,
analysed data from the National Joint
Registry (NJR), and found partial
replacements to be better for patients with
only part of their knee affected by arthritis.
According to the NJR, of almost 100,000
knee replacements undertaken in 2016,
only nine per cent were partial.
The research, published in BMJ Open,
compared people who had a partial knee
replacement with those who had a total
knee replacement, but were also suitable
for partial replacement.
It noted partial replacements are only
more cost-effective if surgeons carry out a
higher proportion of such procedures.
ROADWORKS
p A34: Weston-onthe-Green to
Kidlington.
Resurfacing. The
A34 southbound
carriageway will be
closed from junction
9 of the M40 to the
A44 Peartree
Interchange
overnight, between
9pm and 6am, from
May 1 for 17 nights
(Monday to Friday
only). Non-motorway
traf?c: diversions via
the A44, A4095
through Enslow and
Kirtlington, towards
Bicester. Motorway
permitted traf?c
diversions: A44 then
A40 to junction 8a,
then north on the
M40 to junction 9
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 A420 OXFORD:
Temporary traf?c
lights and roadworks
on Thames Street at
St Aldate?s.
p WANTAGE
A417: Roadworks
and temporary traf?c
lights on Port Way
between Grove Park
Drive and Charlton
Village Road. Until
June 29.
p A40 BARNARD
GATE: Temporary
traf?c lights. Until
May 4.
p B4047 WITNEY:
Gas main work and
temporary traf?c
lights on B4047
Burford Road near
Burford Road. Until
May 14.
p NEW YATT:
Roadworks and
temporary traf?c
lights on New Yatt
Road near Green
Lane. Until May 13.
LATE DUTY CHEMISTS
Until 5pm
Boswell?s,
Broad St
Until 5.30pm
Boots, London Road,
Headington
Until 6pm
Boots, Cornmarket
Street; Boots, Cowley
Road; Boots, Banbury
Road, Summertown
Until 6.30pm
Woodstock Road
Chemist
Until 8pm
Leys Pharmacy, Cowley
Road; Ahmey
Pharmacy, Market
Square, Bicester;
Banbury Cross Retail
Park
Until 9pm
Sainsbury?s,
Heyford Hill
Until 11pm
Sainsbury?s, Didcot
Sainsbury?s, Kidlington
Until midnight
Boots, Oxford Retail
Park, Cowley
FIRE-BREATHING FUNDRAISER: Templars Square mascot Templeton collecting donations
SHOPPERS were treated to a trio
of performances at Templars
Square Shopping Centre in Cowley
this weekend.
Blackbird Leys Choir, City of
Oxford Silver Band and the
Strawberry Fayre Majorettes
entertained visitors to the Oxford
retail park to raise money for
Sobell House Hospice.
Feel Fit Gym also invited people
to join a free hour-long exercise
session and Templeton the
Templars Square mascot was on
hand to give out balloons and
collect donations for the
Headington hospice.
Sobell House, which celebrated
its 40th birthday in 2016, provides
specialist palliative and end-of-life
care to adults with life-limiting
conditions.
Templars Square manager Owen
Acland said: ?We are fortunate to
have such an incredible hospice
care provider on our doorstep and
we want to help ensure the hospice
can continue its work for another
40 years.?
The precinct has raised �000
for the charity in the past few
years.
PRECAUTIONS: Federation urges of?cers to remember training and retain vigilance
Police must be wary over rise
in acid and chemical attacks
Stuart
Rust
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POLICE officers across the
Thames Valley need to be
more vigilant than ever over
the threat of chemical and
acid attacks, a federation
chief has warned.
Thames Valley Police Federation
has urged its officers to be wary
of such attacks and ensure their
training is fully up to date.
Chairman Craig O?Leary said
the recent nerve agent attack in
Salisbury is a stark reminder of
the serious risks police face while
carrying out their work.
Mr O?Leary said: ?Officers need
to be vigilant out there on the
streets. They also need to make
sure that their training is up-todate and that they follow the training that they are given.
?It is given for their protection
and it tries to reduce the risks that
they expose themselves to.
?As we saw with Salisbury, unfortunately our job is inherently
risky, we never know what we?re
DEADLY: Military personnel in College Street Car Park in Salisbury after the chemical
attack
Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA
dealing with. We need to remember that for a moment those officers would never have dreamed
they were dealing with what we
now know was a chemical attack.?
Former British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were
left in critical condition after they
were poisoned in Salisbury with a
nerve agent on March 4.
A police officer, detective sergeant Nick Bailey, of Wiltshire Police, was also injured as part of the
attack.
But it is not just chemical attacks
officers need to defend themselves
against. Recently, the country has
observed a sharp rise in the number of violent acts in which acid is
used as a weapon.
Though predominantly isolated
to London (465 acid attacks were
recorded by Metropolitan Police
last year, up from 395 the previous
year), TVP officers helped convict
a man who killed nurse Joanne
Rand in an acid attack in High Wycombe last June.
After this attack, Detective Chief
Inspector Nick Glister, of Force
CID, said: ?Acid attacks are horrific. Their consequences devastate
lives. I hope this case is a pertinent
reminder to anyone considering
carrying this dangerous substance
that doing so can have very serious
consequences.?
Many experts believe that gang
members may be swapping guns
and knives for acid as a weapon of
choice because possession is hard
to monitor.
Amber Rudd, who resigned as
Home Secretary on Sunday night,
previously called for life sentences
for serious acid attacks.
TVP Federation is urging officers to take note of the ?Remove, Remove, Remove? campaign, which
is supported by the National Fire
Chiefs Council and National Police
Chiefs Council.
Police officers and other responders are reminded to use caution
and keep a safe distance to avoid
exposure while instructing those
affected to remove themselves
from the immediate area.
Those affected should also be advised to remove outer clothing and
remove any substances from their
skin if directly affected.
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Grants on offer to turn grey
communities a little greener
Tom
Williams
twilliams@nqo.com
GREY
neighbourhoods
needing a touch of green
are being offered a helping hand by a council-run
grants scheme which has
opened for applications.
Oxford City Council has taken the money it would have
spent on the national ?Britain
in Bloom? competition and is instead making �000 available for
horticulturally-minded groups
or individuals.
Grants of between � and �0
are on offer as part of the initiative ? dubbed the Green Neighbourhood Grant Scheme ? for
projects to improve a local area.
Projects must fit into at least
one of four categories, with benefits for the local and global environment, healthy lifestyles,
communities or parks and open
spaces.
The council has suggested
groups could get together to tidy
up dirty areas, promote walking
or cycling or run an event to get
people out in their local park.
Last year beneficiaries included the Friends of St Sepulchre?s
cemetery in Jericho, the Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground
and the Meadow Lane Guerrilla
Garden.
Linda Smith, the council?s
board member for leisure, parks
and sport, said she wanted to introduce the scheme because she
thought the money needed to
enter ? Britain In Bloom?, run by
the Royal Horticultural Society,
could be better spent.
I?m so proud of the
scheme, which has
been developed
to support
community-led
efforts to spruce
up green spaces
and encourage
residents to enjoy
the great outdoors
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Veterans invited to
support drop-in
VETERANS who are in need of support or
advice are invited to the next meeting of
Heyford and Bicester Veterans Group.
The group hopes to bring together the
veteran community as well as organisations
to provide support.
The next meeting on Friday, May 4, will
include visitors from Aspire Oxford, Rethink
Mental Illness, Royal British Legion and the
Armed Forces Charity.
It is open to veterans, reservists and their
families and will run from 11am to 2pm at
Heyford Park Community Centre in Brice
Road, Upper Heyford, near Bicester.
Wizard book event
THE award-winning author of the How to
Train Your Dragon series will be signing
copies of her new book in Abingdon
tomorrow.
Cressida Cowell?s fantasy series has sold
more than seven million copies and also
been adapted for the big screen with two
animated children?s ?lms, with a third in
production.
To celebrate the paperback launch of the
?rst book in a new series called The Wizards
of Once, the author will be at Mostly Books,
Stert Street from 4.30pm until 5.30pm.
Free talk on health
A FREE lecture exploring what the immune
system is and and how it works is to
be given at Windmill Primary School in
Headington.
The talk by immunologist Berne Ferry is on
Thursday, May 24, from 7.30pm. Booking is
recommended at scienceoxford.com
BLOOM NOT GLOOM: Linda Smith at the St Sepulchre?s cemetery in Jericho
Picture: Ed Nix
HELPING HAND: Applications being
sought for horticultural projects in the city
She said the scheme has been
devised to be easy for small
groups to access and had a focus
on being inclusive.
She added: ?I?m so proud of
the city council?s Green Neighbourhood Grant scheme, which
has been developed to support
community-led efforts to spruce
up Oxford?s green spaces and encourage residents to join together to enjoy the great outdoors.
?Last year, the Friends of St
Sepulchre?s cemetery was just
one of the successful residentled groups and they do a great
job looking after Oxford?s most
unusual Green Flag winning
site. Other successful projects
last year included support for a
children?s edible garden, a community garden in a sheltered
block of flats, hanging baskets in
a district centre and even some
?guerrilla gardening?.?
The council has said its funding can be used for project equipment, activity costs and, in some
cases, expert or professional
help.
Any new or existing resident
or community group can apply
before the May 21 deadline, with
results announced shortly afterwards.
Ms Smith called for readers to
come forward with their ideas.
She added: ?I hope the scheme
has plenty of entries this year.
?If any Oxford Mail readers
have an idea for a community
gardening project to improve
their local neighbourhood they
should look online to find out
more about the criteria and how
to apply.?
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scheme and to fill out an
application form, go to oxford.
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Awards will celebrate best of old and new
APPLICATIONS have opened for
this year?s Oxford Preservation
Trust awards ? recognising the
best of the old and the new in the
city.
The scheme, now in its 41st
year, will once again celebrate
projects contributing to the city?s
character, and residents have
been invited to nominate their
favourites.
In recent years the Weston
Library, the Blavatnik School of
Government and the
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conservation of Trinity College
Chapel have been among the
winners.
Any new build, conservation or
restoration project in the past
three years can be entered for an
award as long as it is visible from
the public domain or publicly
accessible.
The trust?s director, Debbie
Dance, said: ?The awards are our
way of recognising that change
can be positive, encouraging the
best of the new, and looking after
the best of the old.?
Last year, in celebration of the
40th anniversary of the awards,
Oxford Mail readers voted the
trust?s own redevelopment of
Oxford Castle Quarter as the
best project over that period.
For more information go to
oxfordpreservation.org and to
submit nominations email h.
wilkinson@oxfordpreservation.
org.uk
The closing date for
submissions is May 25.
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MERGER
Thousands of jobs at
risk at supermarkets
THE fate of thousands of supermarket jobs
has been thrown into doubt after details
of Sainsbury?s �bn merger with Asda
emerged.
Bosses at the grocery giants initially
insisted no stores would close as a result of
the deal, but later said regulatory authorities
could force them to of?oad stores as part of a
probe by the the Competition and Markets
Authority.
Bosses calculate that �0m in cost
savings will be produced when the
companies merge.
While an exact number of store closures
was not divulged by the chains, numbers
crunched by research ?rm GlobalData show
that ?at least? 75 stores where Sainsbury?s
and Asda overlap are at risk.
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BBC reporter killed in Afghanistan as suicide bombers strike
ONE of the BBC?s reporters in Afghanistan has
been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost
province, the broadcaster said.
Ahmad Shah, 29, had worked for the BBC?s
Afghan service for more than a year and ?had
already established himself as a highly capable
journalist who was a respected and popular
member of the team?.
He was killed on the same day a co-ordinated
double suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, killed
25 people, including at least nine other journalists.
BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus called
it a ?devastating loss?.
Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial
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governor in Khost, said Mr Shah was shot dead,
without providing further details.
The suicide bombing attack, claimed by the
Islamic State group, was the deadliest to target
journalists since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
A few hours later another suicide car bombing in
Kandahar killed 11 children, police in the southern
province said.
Agence France-Presse reported that the news
agency?s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai,
was among those killed in Kabul.
AFP said Marai died in the second blast which
targeted a group of journalists who had rushed to
the scene of the earlier suicide attack in the capital.
Sediqullah Tawhidi, an of?cial from the
committee, said a cameraman from the local Tolo
TV also was among those killed.
Police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the
?rst suicide bomber in Kabul was on a motorbike
while the second attacker was among the crowd of
reporters who rushed to the scene of the ?rst
attack, pretending to be one of the media.
He added that the second attacker then
detonated his explosives while still among the
reporters. The suicide attacks took place in the
central Shash Darak area, which is home to the
Nato headquarters and a number of embassies in
Afghanistan.
p Euro 96
tickets in
suitcase
BUS CRASH
Seventeen in hospital
A SET of unused tickets for
every match at the Euro 96
football championships has
been discovered in an old
suitcase.
A valuer at Derbyshire-based
Hansons Auctioneers found
the tickets ? which have a
combined face value of
�680 ? among a collection
of cigarette cards brought to
a valuation by a customer
from Stoke-on-Trent.
The owner, who wishes to
remain anonymous, believes
the tickets may have been
stored for more than 20 years
in the suitcase, which
belonged to their grandfather,
but has no idea how they got
there.
Alistair Lofley, football
valuer at Hansons, said: ?I
have seen the odd ticket from
Euro 96 before but never an
entire set like this.
?It?s a mystery.?
SEVENTEEN people remain in hospital after
a bus overturned near the Clyde Tunnel in
Glasgow.
Police Scotland said 29 passengers were
taken to hospital for treatment and 12 have
since been released since the 7pm crash on
Sunday. The condition of three people has
been described as ?serious but stable?.
Police closed the road while an
investigation was carried out.
The crash happened on a slip road to the
Clyde Tunnel in the west end of Glasgow
when the single decker First Bus overturned
on the A739 slip road.
SCOTLAND
?Bold? alcohol move
SCOTLAND has led the world by becoming
the ?rst country to implement a minimum unit
price for alcohol, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister hailed the policy,
designed to cut alcohol-related harm, as ?bold
and brave? as it was ?nally brought in across
the country.
The minimum 50p per unit price, delayed for
six years by a legal challenge led by the
Scotch Whisky Association, has been
welcomed by the medical professional and
health campaigners as the biggest
breakthrough in public health since the ban
on smoking in public.
WIND AND RAIN
Man washed into sea
A MAN has died after being washed off a
harbour wall in Ramsgate, Kent, as strong
winds and heavy rain battered parts of
Britain, emergency services have said.
Kent Police said they were called to the
scene in the Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, at
around 11.30am yesterday to reports three
people were in the water.
A force spokeswoman said: ?Three men
were recovered from the water, but one was
later pronounced dead at the scene.?
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said
it is believed that all three people were
washed off the pier by a large wave.
RUSSELL BRAND
Mum injured in crash
RUSSELL Brand has cancelled the rest of
his Rebirth tour after his mother was injured
in a hit-and-run accident.
Barbara Brand, 71, was travelling in the
back of the comedian?s chauffeur-driven Audi
A8 when it collided with a Vauxhall Astra near
Brentwood, Essex, on Thursday morning.
Comedian Brand posted a video on Twitter
praising the NHS and telling his fans his
mother had sustained ?numerous lifethreatening injuries?.
?May has questions to answer
about her time at Home Of?ce?
THERESA May has defended targets for the removal
of illegal immigrants as
she confirmed the practice
was in place when she was
Home Secretary.
Members of the public want
the Government to deal with people who have no right to be in the
country, the Prime Minister insisted.
But Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs
May had ?questions to answer?
about her time in the Home Office.
Mrs May made Sajid Javid Home
Secretary after Amber Rudd quit,
admitting she ?inadvertently? misled MPs over Government targets
for removing illegal migrants.
During a local election campaign
visit to Greater Manchester, Mrs
May said: ?When I was Home Secretary, yes, there were targets in
terms of removing people from
the country who were here illegally.
?This is important. If you talk to
members of the public they want
to ensure that we are dealing with
people who are here illegally.?
Mr Corbyn said Ms Rudd had
been the ?human shield? for the
Prime Minister.
The Labour leader said Mrs May
?now has questions to answer?
about ?what she actually did as
Home Secretary?.
?She was presiding over, in her
terms, the creation of a hostile environment,? he said.
As well as the row over targets
on migrant removals, Ms Rudd
had also been battling intense
criticism over the Windrush scandal, which has seen people from a
Caribbean background denied access to benefits and healthcare or
threatened with deportation despite decades of residence in the
UK.
She became the fifth enforced
departure from the Cabinet since
last year?s snap general election
and stepped down the evening be-
fore she was due to make a statement in the House of Commons.
Mr Javid vowed to make sure
people caught up in the Windrush
fiasco are treated with ?decency
and fairness? as he arrived at the
Home Office to take up his new job.
The former investment banker
was given the job during a telephone call with Mrs May and
becomes the first person from an
ethnic minority background to
hold one of the four great offices
of state.
He said: ?The most urgent task
I have is to help those British citizens that came from the Caribbean, the so-called Windrush generation, and make sure that they are
treated with the decency and the
fairness that they deserve.?
He added: ?We are going to have
a strategy in place that does something the previous Home Secretary set out last week when she
made a statement to Parliament
about making sure we have an
immigration policy that is fair,
it treats people with respect and
with decency.
?That will be one of my most urgent tasks, to make sure we look
carefully at the policy and make
sure it achieves just that.?
He was replaced as Secretary of
State for Housing, Communities
and Local Government by former
Northern Ireland secretary James
Brokenshire, who has recently returned to Westminster after treatment for cancer. International
Development Secretary Penny
Mordaunt takes on Ms Rudd?s former responsibilities as Minister
for Women and Equalities.
Mr Javid?s appointment was welcomed by Cabinet colleagues.
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock hailed him as ?a serious political thinker who gets things
done? while Chief Secretary to
the Treasury Liz Truss described
him as ?effective, no-nonsense and
brave?.
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Three-year agreement signed to see
the return of traditional autumnal fairs
AN AGREEMENT has been
signed to hold a centuries-old
fair in an Oxfordshire town for
the next three years.
The London and Home
Counties Showmen?s Guild
and Thame Town Council have
agreed to run the Thame Fair
and Thame Charter Fair in
2018, 2019 and 2020.
It comes after the fair was
cancelled last year when the
two organisations failed to
agree a deal.
In a statement the town
council said it was ?pleased? to
build on the previous close
working partnership to ensure
the ?continuity? of a town
tradition.
This year?s town fair will take
place between September
20-22 with the charter fair
TRADITION: Thame Fair in 2016
returning on October 12-13.
Sergeant in warning
over rural drug crime
YOUTH: Council urged to engage with vulnerable teenagers
Stuart
Rust
srust@nqo.com
A POLICE sergeant has
warned about the costly
impact organised drug
crime is having in rural
West Oxfordshire.
While Oxford grapples with
its own drug problem, Sgt Chris
Cochrane, based in the west of
the county, has spoken about the
effects suffered in more rural areas.
Speaking at a recent meeting
of Witney Town Council, he said
that organised crime involving
drugs and child exploitation was
affecting Witney, Carterton and
Chipping Norton.
His comments followed a series of recent raids and property
searches in the area that have
seen officers seize thousands of
pounds worth of drugs.
Sgt Cochrane urged councillors to do what they could to engage with vulnerable teenagers
in the community and ensure
they stay on the right track.
He said: ?City gangs are coming into rural towns like [Witney], exploiting the vulnerable,
using our local criminals or
drug users, setting up shop in
their houses and basically selling drugs left, right and centre.?
The sergeant said that officers
seized �,000 worth of drugs
during raids in the Witney area
in March.
He said another two searches
in the town last month saw officers seize around the same volume of drugs.
Sgt Cochrane added: ?We?re
working hard on it. It?s something that affects everybody. It
affects the community and it
makes crime go up.?
Urging the council to do what
they could to keep children away
from organised crime, he added:
?Involving these vulnerable children and making them feel part
of the community is one of the
things that is missing at that vulnerable age ? 14, 15, 16 ? because
they are being exploited with the
gold at the end of the rainbow
FLASHBACK: An of?cer climbs through the shattered window of a home in Witney
during a raid in March
Picture: Thames Valley Police
when it comes to this kind of
lifestyle
?It?s a glamorous lifestyle and
it?s easy money, but they are being abused and it needs to be
stopped.
?Community projects involving the youth is vital in our fight
against this kind of exploitation.?
He said that officers were also
taking a more compassionate approach to adult drug users victimised by gangs.
Sgt Cochrane said: ?Regarding older users, we are working
with [substance abuse charity]
Turning Point and housing associations to find the right support and they are getting daily
visits from officers to make sure
their use is being managed in
the right way by the supporting
services ? but also making sure
those people that were exploiting
them aren?t visiting them.
?They?re getting visits from officers instead.?
Tackling ?county lines? drug
dealing, where gangs in London and Birmingham move into
county locations, was named as
a priority by Thames Valley Police this year.
Ofsted inspectors ?nd positive
attitudes at improved nursery
A NURSERY in East Oxford has
improved its Ofsted rating after
pupils showed ?positive attitudes?
and skills progression.
Little Treasure Day Nursery in
Cowley Road has earned a
?good? rating from the education
watchdog, one year after gaining
?requires improvement?.
The nursery runs in the church
hall at the Christian Life Centre,
and had 10 pupils on its roll
when Ofsted visited last month.
An inspector?s report published
yesterday stated: ?Staff help
children to respect each other?s
differences, cultures and faiths to
develop positive attitudes to
diversity.
?Those with poor social or
physical skills on entry progress
quickly to engage more
effectively in group activities and
explore a wider range of play.?
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Stronghold is a
success but are
mugs needed?
NOBODY is questioning the impact
of Thames Valley Police?s Operation
Stronghold, launched last year.
With 16kg of drugs seized, 19 guns off the
streets and 800 arrests made, of?cers have
made a signi?cant dent in organised gangs
and the drug market plaguing the area.
But how much of this ?impact? has been
made by a couple of thousand ceramic
mugs, presumably sitting on desks in
the Kidlington HQ and in of?ces of
organisations around the county?
Despite our questions, we?re not
convinced of police?s arguments over the
ef?cacy of the various items of merchandise
for the sum of �,000, described as a
?minimal expense?.
It may be a drop in the ocean in total
police budget, but TVP is not in a position
of luxury when it comes to its ?nances.
Bosses need to make another �.3m in
savings over three years on top of almost
�0m wiped off in the last seven years.
This is a serious amount of cash, and
decisions over what appear to be mere
bells and whistles on a large-scale operation
should perhaps be looked at a little closer.
That �,000 would pay the salary of an
of?cer for nearly six months, and though a
commitment was made to retain frontline
numbers, there are plenty of people in
communities affected by crime that would
prefer the cash to be invested elsewhere.
Eddie?s cap will put
hospice in spotlight
WHAT a fantastic and sel?ess act from
Eddie Pepperell this weekend.
To wear Helen & Douglas House?s logo on
his hat for this month?s PGA Championship
will be a huge boost to the struggling
hospice and hopefully raise thousands for
the cause.
As he himself admitted, a golfer?s cap
is ?prime real estate? for advertisers and
sponsors, and he could have made lots of
money for himself by ?renting? out the space
to a company.
But by putting Helen & Douglas House
front and centre, millions will see it and
hopefully some of them will donate.
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SOUND ADVICE:
Abel & Cole vegetable
box boss Keith Abel
speaking at the
launch of the Elevate
programme last year
Developing good habits to
make your business strong
L
ast year the distinguished
entrepreneur Keith Abel,
who built a fortune from
the doorstep fresh food delivery
business Abel & Cole, spoke
in Oxford about what makes a
successful entrepreneur.
His talk at the launch of the Oxfordshire
Local Enterprise Partnerships?s Elevate
programme of workshops and grant
support for small businesses urged
everyone there to ?have a go? and to look
for all the help you can when it is offered.
With disarming frankness, he admitted
to many mistakes and re?ected on the
things he had learned were important.
It included some of the tasks, habits and
chores which are unglamorous, but vital
for a business to thrive.
?If you can avoid the things I did wrong,
you?ll be ?ne? he joked.
Elevate network navigator, Bernard
Goodchild, works with businesses to help
them weave their way towards success.
?The biggest temptation when you start
out is to focus on what you enjoy doing.
That?s ?ne for a while, but if you don?t put
in the effort on some other key areas you
can discover too late that your business
is struggling or worse, it isn?t making
money.?
He agrees with Keith Abel, that there
are some good habits which make an
enterprise tick over smoothly.
There is help for small businesses at a
series of workshops run for start-up and
growing businesses as part of OxLEP?s
Elevate programme.
You can ?nd out more information at
oxfordshirelep.com/events
BERNARD GOODCHILD?S FIVE GOOD HABITS
GET A ROADMAP
The customer is king. So,
paying close attention to your
customers makes perfect sense.
?What surprises me,? Bernard
says, ?is how many businesses
don?t have any way of recording
and tracking what business they
are doing with customers.
?With a good customer
management system, you can
follow up sales by checking
if there is anything else they
need, discover if they are happy
with the product or service and
build loyalty. Doing customer
relations well can keep a
customer longer as well as
increase sales.?
Just as you?d never set out on a
journey without knowing where
you are going or what the road
will be like, so in business you
need to have a clear plan for
where you are heading.
?Too many people tell me their
plan is in their head,? Bernard
says. ?You need to write it all
down, including what your
overheads are, such as rents,
rates and the cost of borrowing.
This gives you an idea of how
much it is costing to run your
business and how much you
need to sell to break even.?
FINANCIAL FORECASTS
You might want to just
keep things simple, that?s
understandable. But you cannot
ignore keeping track of your
cash?ow and your ?nancial
position.
For instance, you can forecast
what business you need to make
to be pro?table. You can see
where your success comes from
and spot your weaknesses.
Bernard says forecasts are
vital: ?You can actually see
whether you are behind your
forecast. That makes it easier to
think about what action to take
to get back on track.
?If you don?t forecast like
this, you might ?nd yourself in
trouble.?
SET TARGETS
?Get into the habit of setting
revenue or sales targets?
Bernard advises. If you know
what you and your team can do
in 3 months, then you can set a
goal of reaching or exceeding
that target. I call it active
management. You are tracking
what is actually happening,
not only what you hope will
happen.?
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
It is the old saying in business:
LOOK AFTER YOUR PEOPLE
Even if you are a sole trader,
there are people around you
who are effectively on your
team.
To have a smoothly running
business, Bernard Goodchild
suggests sharing what is
happening in your business
with workers, colleagues and
families. He adds: ?If people
understand what your concerns
are, they might be able to help
or suggest a solution. Equally,
giving people a chance to learn
new skills or have some training
sends a signal that you value
them.?
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UK Tug of War contest pulling into town
Harrison
Jones
Tug of war is
a true team
sport: the ethic
of hard work
is unrivalled in
other sport
hjones@nqo.com
THE UK?s National Outdoor Tug of War Championships is coming to
Oxfordshire ? and local
tough guys are invited to
test their strength.
The Tug of War Association is holding its 2018
competition at the third
annual Grove and Wantage
Extravaganza next month.
Tug teams from across
the country will be pulling together at the event,
with the winners of various categories going on to
represent England at the
World Tug of War Championships in Cape Town,
South Africa.
Several
Oxfordshire
teams have already signed
up but spaces are still
available.
The event on Saturday,
June 16, also coincides
with the Tug of War Association?s 60th anniversary.
Spokesman Alan Knott
said: ?This championship
will be even more special
for us. Tug of war is a true
team sport: the ethics of
HEAVE: England?s mixed tug team winning the European Championship in 2017
determination, hard work,
sportsmanship, and friendship are unrivalled in any
other sport.
?We will have teams that
have won World and European
Championship
medals taking part, which
should make for a very exciting championship.?
The competition will start
at 10am at Grove Recreation Ground and carry on
throughout the day, surrounded by the attractions
at this year?s extravaganza.
Teams of eight will go
to war in a mixed gender
weight class, men?s, ladies?
and children?s weight categories.
Stephen Dexter, from the
extravaganza organising
committee, said: ?I am delighted that we have managed to secure the Tug of
War Championships for
Grove.
?The event will be the
centrepiece for what is becoming a large community
event and we look forward
to a fascinating day of competition and fun.?
This year?s Grove and
Wantage
Extravaganza
will feature a range of free
family activities.
A fun fair, sideshows,
various display stands, a
climbing wall, a dog agility display, a dog and duck
show, children?s rugby
demonstrations, clog dancing and morris dancing
will be among the attractions.
Evening entertainment,
from 6pm to 11pm, could
also feature a hot air balloon display and includes
local rock bands.
Anyone interested in joining the Tug of War Championships can register a
team online, with associate
membership costing �,
plus a �per person fee.
p Full information is
available at the association
website tugofwar.co.uk
Hand hygiene drive
at county hospitals
HOSPITALS in Oxfordshire are raising
awareness ahead of global Hand Hygiene
Day on Saturday, May 5.
The Infection Prevention and Control team
is holding a series of events across the NHS
Foundation Trust?s four hospitals, including
Oxford?s John Radcliffe and the Horton in
Banbury, to raise awareness of the campaign.
Their strategy centres around the ??ve
moments? when hand hygiene should occur.
The moments are: before touching a patient;
before cleaning/aseptic procedures; after
body ?uid exposure/risk; after touching a
patient and after touching patient
surroundings.
Festival choir night
LOCAL choirs are being asked to perform at
a festival choir night in Wantage.
The event, on Wednesday, June 20, from
7.30pm, is being hosted by The Beacon as
part of the Wantage Summer Arts Festival.
The festival?s artistic director, Jim Mitchell,
said: ?We want as many local choirs as
possible to participate.?
Interested groups are asked to contact Mr
Mitchell at jim@wantagesummerartsfestival.
com
The festival runs from June 1 to July 7.
Making a mayor
PEOPLE in Abingdon are being invited to the
town?s annual meeting and mayor making.
The event on Wednesday, May 9, at St
Helen?s Church will start at 7pm and give
residents an opportunity to raise concerns.
It will also include the handover from
current mayor Jan Morter to her successor,
Margaret Crick.
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QuizLeagueFinalsNight
MUSIC MARY ENGLISH TABLETOP:
Vince Paige, left, (Captain Fantastic, Plough
Wolvercote) with Glenn Williams (Blackbird)
1960s TABLETOP: Charles Redwood, left,
(Ploughman?s Bunch!) receives the trophy
from Laurence Marks (Con Club)
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PREMIERSHIP BLOCKBUSTER: Tim
Catlin, left, (Plough Wolvercote) with a trophy
presented by Laurence Marks (Con Club)
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PREMIER LEAGUE WINNERS: Howard
Kelly, left, (Plough Wolvercote) with the
trophy given by Laurence Marks (Con Club)
Tabletops prove welcome tonic for the
Bunch! as they chalk up six of the best
Jonny
Peacock
ROLL OF HONOUR
Weekly league
Premiership
Division One
Division Two East
QUIZ LEAGUE
AFTER six months of brainteasing and enjoyable quizzing over the winter, 14
teams gathered in the Conservative Club for a grand
presentation night and, of
course, a quiz to follow.
Oxford?s longest-serving landlord,
Glenn from the Blackbird, presented the first trophy. He is such a
star ? he put a generous drinks fund
with his team (other landlords take
note!) and got the biggest laugh of
the night by saying he was off to the
Windrush (the boat, not the club, do
keep up).
Gay and the Rising Sun Haddenham team collected their Division
Two East winners and Blockbuster medals ? say it ain?t so that we
won?t see them again, leaving the
league due to a lack of local teams,
they will be missed.
A quick distribution of other
awards followed, efficiently emceed by David Quinn of hosts the
Con Club (sports champions, congratulations), and captured live by
Instamatic (lens cap off !) by Bunch!
captain Beth. Many tables were
adorned with trophies, or at least
the plinth, following Tim?s ?drop
the mic? moment collecting the silverware for the Plough. An afternoon commemorating Colin Dexter
had clearly taken its toll.
DIVISION TWO WEST BLOCKBUSTER:
Carl Davies, left, (Bletchingdon Nomads) gets
the trophy from Laurence Marks (Con Club)
DAVE JORDAN MEMORIAL: Chris
Newbold (Ploughman?s Bunch!) with Gay
Jordan (Rising Sun Haddenham)
1990s TABLETOP: Jonny Peacock, left,
receives the trophy from Laurence Marks
(Con Club)
SPORT TABLETOP: Dave Cowlett, left,
(Con Club) with the trophy from Laurence
Marks (Con Club)
DIVISION TWO EAST LEAGUE AND
BLOCKBUSTER: Gay Jordan with Laurence
Marks (Con Club)
The Ploughman?s Bunch! picked
up no fewer than six tabletop trophies, but fell short in both the Premiership league and blockbuster to
their local rivals The Plough (Wolvercote). Long may their friendly
but fierce rivalry continue.
Congratulations also on a long
successful winter campaign to the
Royal Blenheim (Division One)
and the Windrush Club (Division
Two West).
Kidlington Green were second
on goal difference in Division One,
but did not go home empty-handed,
winning their division blockbuster.
Loud cheers (not ironic) greeted the
Bletchingdon Nomads picking up
their Division Two West blockbuster trophy with a mighty total.
The evening was rounded off, as
ever, with a quiz in memory of Ted
Payne, who started the league in
the early 90s. This occasion is structured to handicap the top-scoring
teams, giving a head start to those
who may be a little behind the pace
in such a high-scoring event.
On this occasion, however, there
was a perfect storm, combining
slightly generous handicapping
and keen ambition.
DIVISION TWO WEST: Chris Hopton, left,
(Windrush Club) with Laurence Marks (Con
Club)
DIVISION TWO EAST: Alan Wickert, left,
(Rising Sun Haddenham) receives the trophy
from Laurence Marks (Con Club)
Starting on zero, the Ploughman?s
Bunch! were off like a train, HS2
slicing through the beauty of the
Chilterns to reach the destination
ahead of other slowcoaches.
Five varied and enjoyable rounds
were negotiated by question master
David Quinn in an increasingly jolly competition.
Thanks as ever to the Conservative Club Summertown for providing a great venue, perfect for a large
rowdy crowd intent on a good time.
The summer league starts on June
7. To join, contact David Quinn:
quinnd@hotmail.co.uk or 01865
514008 for further details.
We all wish James Carr a quick
return to fine health, and thanks
for the teasing questions on the
night and throughout the season.
FILMS TABLETOP: Beth Peach (Ploughman?s
Bunch!) receives the trophy from David Quinn
(Con Club)
TV AND LITERATURE THRILLERS: Jeremy
Whiteley, left, (Bunch!) with the trophy
handed out by Laurence Marks (Con Club)
FIRSTS TABLETOP: Jonathon Elliott, left,
receives the trophy from Laurence Marks
(Con Club)
Pictures: Beth Peach
This week?s questions
1 Which cartoon dog is an ?Abyssinian wirehaired tripe hound??
2 Chapter One of which 1850 novel is titled ?I am
born??
3 What was the first number one single for Take
That?
Answers: 1 Gnasher (Dennis the Menace);
2 David Copperfield; 3 Pray.
OXFORDSHIRE
Winners
Plough Wolvercote
Royal Blenheim
Rising Sun
Haddenham
Division Two West
Windrush Club
Blockbuster
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Town council
seeking group
to run Guildhall
after revamp
A TOWN council is seeking a business to
run its historic Guildhall following a �
revamp.
The Abingdon landmark has been
undergoing the major refurbishment since
the start of the year.
Work will include installing ground floor
accessible toilets, turning the muniment
room into a space for the town?s archives,
a platform lift to enable disabled access to
the old magistrates? court, improvements
to the reception area and complete
re-paving of Roysse court gardens,
including the removal of the steps on the
south side of the gardens.
A notice on the council?s website said
the building, including all historic rooms,
would reopen ?later this year? adding:
?These will be available for hire to
individuals, community groups,
conference organisers, wedding planners
and others.
?A strong marketing campaign is being
launched shortly, and high quality
equipment and catering facilities will be
available.?
It added expressions of interest were
being sought from organisations with
experience in managing similar facilities.
The successful business will handle
everything from bookings through to
staffing a wide variety of functions, with
the council keen to see the building used
for weddings and conferences.
Those interested should contact town
clerk Nigel Warner by 5pm on May 18 via
post to the town council or nigel.warner@
abingdon.gov.uk.
Plans were last week also approved by
the authority for the Guildhall?s 1960s
extension Abbey Hall, which be used as a
cinema from July.
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MEN, women and children took to the grounds
of Blenheim Palace in
their thousands to raise
money for an array of
good causes.
More than 2,000 people took
part in the sold-out Blenheim
7k Fun Run on Sunday and
raised funds for charities both
close to home and from across
the country.
A team of runners raised
money for mental health charity Restore in its 40th year
while a man from Hook Norton
dressed as a bride to support
West Oxfordshire-based disability charity SpecialEffect.
Jon Ellard, who donned a
wedding dress for the challenge, said he received a great
deal of attention as he made
his way around the grounds of
the Woodstock heritage site.
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more than �0 for SpecialEffect, which uses video games
and technology to enhance the
quality of life of people with
disabilities. He was also raising awareness of the Twin
Town Challenge 2018.
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therapist with Oxford Health
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translation days
FREE events will be held to celebrate
translated poetry and fiction.
St Anne?s College has announced the
programme for Oxford Translation Day, to
be held on June 8 and 9.
Workshops and talks will be held
throughout both days at the college and in
other locations across the city.
The event will culminate in the awarding
of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation
Prize.
This is given to a book that has been
translated into English from a European
language and is intended to ?honour the
craft? of translation and recognise its
cultural importance.
Recent winners include Philip Roughton
for translating Icelandic author J髇
Kalman Stef醤sson?s novel The Heart of
Man and Frank Perry for his translation of
Swedish author Lina Wolff?s Bret Easton
Ellis and the Other Dogs.
The events have been jointly organised
by the prize committee and Oxford
Comparative Criticism and Translation, a
research centre based at St Anne?s, in
partnership with Modern Poetry in
Translation magazine.
On June 8, German poet Ulrike Almut
Sandig will launch her new collection,
Thick of It, which explores ?urban reality?
with reference to nightmares, fairy tales
and nursery rhymes.
Polish poet Ryszard Krynicki will then
give a talk about censorship and
propaganda.
On June 9, events include Arabic and
French translation workshops and a
?translation slam?.
All events are free and open to anyone,
but registration is required via the
Eventbrite website.
MINI MARVEL: Tilly Freer in the under-15s one-mile event
OFF AND RUNNING: A strong start to the under- 15s mile race
Pictures: Richard Cave
GAME FOR IT: Warming up are Ella McDevitt, ?ve, Ben McDevitt,
11, and Molly Newman, ?ve
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PASSENGERS of an Oxfordshire bus ?rm
are being urged to nominate their favourite
staff members for an award.
For the ninth year, Stagecoach Oxfordshire
is asking those who regularly get the bus to
nominate employees for its Customer Service
Champions? Award.
The award aims to recognise staff from
across the board, including drivers,
inspectors and customer service assistants,
in their achievements for different categories,
including safety.
Cash prizes will be offered to passengers
who nominate a winning staff member.
Nominations should be made by May 25 at
stagecoach.com
Free lecture on art
THE president of Oxford Art Society will
give a free lecture as part of this year?s
Oxfordshire Artweeks festival.
Johannes Von Stumm will be presenting a
talk entitled Art Today ? What Touches your
Soul? at St Barnabas Church in Jericho on
Tuesday, May 15.
Included in the line-up of art lectures and
open exhibitions taking place until the end of
the month, Mr Von Stumm?s lecture will start
at 7.30pm.
Admission to the talk at the Cardigan Street
church is free and refreshments will be
available.
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Fundraising auction
AN ONLINE auction is being staged to
support a little boy who suffered brain
damage after a seizure at the age of three.
The auction being staged today is to
support the round-the-clock care which
youngster Oliver Johnson from Didcot now
needs.
Prizes include celebrity-signed photos, a
toaster, champagne and speakers.
It will be live on Facebook from 7pm on
Sam May?s Photography Group.
For details see bobfundraising.com
HIGH SPIRITS: Runners, including Hook Norton ?bride? Jon Ellard, jump for joy
Tickets raf?e prizes
FAMILIES are being invited to attend the
Finmere School Fete.
The school in Finmere, near Bicester, will
stage its fair on Saturday, May 12.
It will include stalls and a raf?e, with prizes
including Silverstone race circuit event
passes, Oxford Playhouse tickets and a �0
cash prize.
The raf?e will be drawn at the fete at 2.30pm
and tickets are �each.
There will also be games and activities for
families.
Tickets can be bought from Finmere CE
School of?ce.
Digital crime talk
CRIMINALITY in the digital age will be the
topic of discussion at an Oxford Brookes
University workshop.
Chara Bakalis, Chris Lloyd, and Mark
O?Brien will run a workshop with short talks
on ?cyberhate,? ?sexting,? and the ?dark web?
respectively.
These talks aim to engage audiences in
intellectual questions about the issues
society faces in the internet age and how the
law can engage with these issues.
It will be held at the Headington campus on
May 21 between 11am and 2pm.
HAPPY: The Run 4 Joyce team
International music
move their feet at the Blenheim Palace 7k Fun Run
FANCY DRESS: The one-mile run for under-15s
GOOD CAUSE: Les Pearce makes his way around the course
OXFORD University will host a concert
exploring folk music from around the world.
The concert will showcase songs from
different countries including work by Poulenc,
Britten and de Falla.
Acclaimed singer Hanna Hipp and
renowned pianist Emma Abb鋞e will host the
event on Sunday, May 20, between 5.15pm
and 6.15pm.
It will be held at SJE Arts, St John the
Evangelist Church on If?ey Road.
Tickets are priced � for adults and �for
under-25s.
To book visit ox.ac.uk
A new Royal baby
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How royal couple kept
nation on tenterhooks
by Laura Elston
T
he Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge took their time,
but finally decided to name
their baby son Louis Arthur
Charles.
The couple?s third child, who
was born on Monday April 23 at
11.01am, will be known as Prince
Louis, Kensington Palace
announced after a four-day wait.
The baby is fifth in line to the
throne and the Queen and the
Duke of edinburgh?s sixth
great-grandchild.
William and Kate?s choice came
as a surprise because the name is
already one of Prince George?s
middle names.
It pays tribute to the Prince of
Wales?s great-uncle, the muchloved earl Mountbatten, who was
murdered by the IRA.
Bookmakers had Arthur as the
favourite for some time, with
James and Philip also popular.
Alexander became a later
front-runner after William
remarked on the name at a
church service, as did Albert as
the wait for the baby?s name
stretched on.
The middle name Charles is a
tribute to the duke?s father, the
Prince of Wales.
The duke and duchess will have
informed the Queen before
asking the Palace to announce
their son?s name.
William and Kate?s third child
is a younger brother to Prince
George and Princess Charlotte.
Four-year-old George was
christened George Alexander
Louis in 2013, while Charlotte,
who turns three next week, was
named Charlotte elizabeth Diana
in 2015.
Their names were announced
when they were two days old.
William joked on Monday that
he had ?thrice the worry? now as
he took the prince home to
Kensington Palace, after the
baby?s debut on the steps of the
exclusive Lindo Wing maternity
unit in London.
Prince Louis (below) weighed
8lb 7oz ? heavier than both
Prince George and Princess
charlotte.
charlotte, at 8lb 3oz, weighed
slightly less than George?s 8lb 6oz,
but was still above average. The
average weight of a baby in the
uK is around 7lb 7oz (3.5kg).
All three of the Duchess of
cambridge?s children have
weighed more than 8lbs.
But the new prince is not the
heaviest royal baby in recent
years. That title falls to savannah
Phillips ? daughter of the Queen?s
grandson Peter Phillips ? who
weighed 8lb 8oz in 2010.
George was the heaviest future
king to be born in recent history.
Prince William weighed 7lb 1.5oz
in 1982, while Prince charles
weighed 7lb 6oz in 1948.
Prince Harry weighed 6lb 14oz
in 1984.
The Queen, then Princess
elizabeth, was born by
caesarean section in her
maternal grandparents? London
home and was also third in line to
the throne at the time, but her
weight was not announced, as
was previously the custom for
royal babies.
subsequent babies are usually
bigger than first-born babies and
weigh in around 138g (5oz)
heavier, Babycentre.co.uk said.
How Mum battled
dreaded sickness
The Duke and Duchess of
cambridge acknowledge
the crowds waiting to catch
a glimpse of Prince Louis on
the steps of st Mary?s
Hospital in London
Traditional robe awaits for christening
A TRADITIonAL christening beckons for the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?s third
child.
With father William ? a future king ? one
day set to be head of the Church of england,
the royal baby must be welcomed into the
Christian faith. Prince George was
baptised when he was three months old,
while Princess Charlotte was only nine
weeks.
Just like George and Charlotte, the new
Prince Louis will wear a replica of the
intricate frilly cream lace and satin robe
made for Queen Victoria?s eldest daughter in
1841. The original is too delicate to be worn
and a specially made exact copy is now used
for royal baptisms.
George was christened by the Archbishop
A hat-trick of
bouncing babies
of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, at
St James?s Palace?s Chapel Royal in 2013.
he was on his best behaviour, blowing
bubbles beforehand and being quiet and
peaceful afterwards.
With a guest list of only 23 people, a number
of senior royals were missing including the
Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the earl
of Wessex. Those at the private service
included the Queen, the Duke of edinburgh,
the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of
Cornwall, Prince harry, the Middletons, plus
George?s godparents and their spouses and
William?s former nanny Jessie Webb, who
had been helping to care for George.
Charlotte was christened at the Church of
St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham in July
2015. She was wheeled to the service by Kate
in a vintage traditional 1950s Millson pram
previously used by the Queen for Prince
Andrew and Prince edward.
A royal baby?s godparents are usually
announced on the morning of the
christening. Kate and William previously
opted for friends over dignitaries.
George?s seven godparents include Diana,
Princess of Wales?s close friend Julia Samuel,
William?s cousin Zara Tindall and Kate?s
school friend emilia Jardine-Paterson.
Charlotte has five godparents, including
William?s childhood friend Thomas van
Straubenzee, Kate?s confidante Sophie Carter,
and Diana?s niece, the hon Laura Fellowes.
Prince harry missed Charlotte?s
christening while in Africa, but this time will
be expected to attend with new wife Meghan.
DesPiTe suffering another bout of
severe morning sickness, the
Duchess of cambridge battled
through the condition carrying
out a significant number of
engagements while pregnant.
Kate?s pregnancy was
announced on september 4 last
year and was prompted
because the condition known as
hyperemesis gravidarum forced
her to cancel an appearance at
an event that day.
At the start of all three of her
pregnancies, Kate has suffered
from the condition which causes
severe vomiting and can lead to
dehydration, weight loss and a
build-up of toxins in the blood or
urine called ketosis.
But unlike her first pregnancy,
when she was admitted to
hospital and treated for a
number of days, she did not
need that level of care this time.
A few days after the
announcement Kate missed
Prince George?s first day at
school as she was too poorly. she
made her first public appearance
almost five weeks after her
pregnancy was announced,
attending a mental health
reception at Buckingham Palace.
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10 Royal birth facts
1 A team of 23 medical staff was on hand for the
birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at
the private Lindo Wing.
A handful of midwives and others led by a
consultant obstetrician were in the delivery room,
but obstetricians, gynaecologists, surgeons,
haematologists and theatre staff were also
waiting in the wings in case of an emergency.
2 After William was born in 1982, the Prince of
Wales wrote how he was ?so thankful I was beside
Diana?s bedside the whole time?. he added: ?I
really felt as though I?d shared deeply in the
process of birth.?
3 Diana was induced because she could not
bear the pressure from the media any longer ?
and claimed doctors had to find a date that
suited Charles and his polo fixtures.
4 The Queen, then Princess elizabeth, was given
an anaesthetic to help with the pain while in
labour with first child, Charles, in 1948.
5 A restless Duke of edinburgh occupied himself
by playing squash while awaiting the arrival of his
first-born.
6 The Queen had all her four children ? Charles,
Anne, Andrew and edward ? at home at
Buckingham Palace or Clarence house.
7 Princess elizabeth was born at home by
Caesarean section in her grandparents? house in
Mayfair, London.
She was breech and it was a difficult birth for
her mother, the Duchess of York.
8 It used to be the custom that government
ministers and other witnesses were present at
royal births to ensure no substitute child had been
smuggled in in a warming pan or similar
receptacle.
9 But Queen Victoria put her foot down when her
great-grandchild, the future edward VIII, was born
in 1894 and declared that only one Cabinet
minister would be needed, with only the home
secretary attending from then on.
10 The birth of the Queen?s cousin Princess
Alexandra on Christmas Day in 1936 was the last
occasion a home secretary was present, meaning
the Duchess of Cambridge has been spared such
an intrusion.
Prince Charles?s birth was the first time in
centuries that there was not a government
minister there to witness the arrival of a future heir
to the throne.
Prince William is introduced to the waiting media
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St George?s Day baby
The royal baby was born on patriotic St George?s
Day, which celebrates the patron saint of
england.
St George is heralded for his honour, bravery
and gallantry. Surrounded by myth, one legend
tells of St George?s slaying of a dragon.
The baby already has an older brother, George,
and Prince harry and Meghan Markle are set to
marry in St George?s Chapel in Windsor next
month.
Under Labour?s proposals, St George?s Day
would become a UK-wide public holiday. Jeremy
Corbyn is pressing ahead with plans to introduce
new national holidays to mark the patron saints of
england, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, if it wins the
next general election.
The actual St George was born in Cappadocia
? an area now in Turkey ? and lived during the 3rd
century. he became a Roman soldier and
protested against Rome?s treatment of Christians,
was imprisoned and eventually executed for
refusing to denounce his faith.
April 23 is also the day edward III founded the
Order of the Garter, the senior order of chivalry in
england, in 1348. each year in June, royals who
are Knights and Ladies of the Garter process in
carriages to St George?s Chapel in Windsor for the
traditional Order of the Garter ceremony. They
dress in their Garter robes, heavy blue velvet
capes and black velvet hats with elaborate white
ostrich plumes.
The royal baby also shares his birthday with Lady
Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and
Princess Michael of Kent, who was also born at
the Lindo Wing on April 23, 1981.
Famous names celebrating their birthdays on
Monday include actors Lee Majors, James Russo,
John hannah and Dev Patel, actress Judy Davis,
singer Taio Cruz, and model Gigi hadid.
April 23 in history
1564: William Shakespeare, english playwright,
poet and actor, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon.
he died on the same date in 1616.
1661: Charles II of england, Scotland and Ireland
was crowned king at Westminster Abbey.
Memories are made of this:
(From top, left) William keeps
a tight hold on his new son?s
carry cot with Kate; the
waiting media get a first
glimpse of the new prince;
William brings an excited
George and Charlotte to St
Mary?s hospital to show them
their new brother; the town
crier confirms the new arrival
on the steps of the hospital;
William looks on lovingly as a
proud Kate cradles their son,
later named Prince Louis
Arthur Charles
1775: Joseph Mallord William Turner, english
landscape painter, was born in London.
1915: Rupert Brooke, english poet, died of blood
poisoning on the Greek island of Skyros.
1927: Cardiff City beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup
final to become the first club to take the cup out
of england.
1968: The first decimal coins appeared in Britain.
They were the 5p and 10p pieces which replaced
the old one shilling and two shilling coins.
1983: Cliff Thorburn scored the first televised
maximum break of 147 in the World Snooker
Championship, at the Crucible Theatre in
Sheffield.
1984: The United States announced the discovery
of the Aids virus.
2005: The first video was uploaded to YouTube.
The future
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Line of succession
2
1
Queen Elizabeth II
(born 1926)
Prince Charles
(born 1948)
5
Prince Louis
(born 2018)
7
Duke of York
(born 1960)
Prince George
(born 2013)
Duke of Cambridge
(born 1982)
6
Prince Harry
(born 1984)
3
4
Princess Charlotte
(born 2015)
8
9
10
Princess Beatrice
(born 1988)
Princess Eugenie
(born 1990)
Earl of Wessex
(born 1964)
Royal Baby
Prince Harry out of top
five in line to throne
THE new Prince of Cambridge
has been born fifth in line to the
throne ? bumping Prince Harry
out of the top five.
Harry is unlikely to mind
shifting down to sixth
place. when the
Duchess of
Cambridge was
pregnant with
Princess
Charlotte in 2014,
it was put to
Harry that the
new addition to
the royal family
would further
reduce his own
chances of being
King. The prince
merely laughed and
replied: ?great!?
The Duke of York, who was
born second in line in 1960, has
moved to seventh in the line of
The unique
childhood
of a royal
G
rowing up as part of the
Cambridge family, the new
royal baby will be one of
the most famous youngsters in
the world.
The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, however, work hard
to make sure their children have
as much of a normal life as
possible.
The baby?s milestones ? leaving
hospital after being born, their
christening and their first public
engagement ? will be covered in
minute detail by the media.
william and Kate will release
photos of their third-born at key
moments to encourage the press
to avoid using paparazzi shots
instead. But for the most part,
the baby?s early years will be
spent away from the cameras.
So what will the royal baby?s
childhood be like?
Home
The baby?s main home in London
is Kensington Palace?s
Apartment 1A, which used to
belong to Princess Margaret.
it was refurbished at a cost of
�5million to the taxpayer and
with a big, private walled garden,
there is plenty of space to play
outside, as well as 20 rooms to
explore.
The baby?s nursery may well
feature some ikea furniture.
william and Kate revealed they
turned to the Swedish firm for
george and Charlotte?s rooms.
The second home
william and Kate also have a
10-bedroom georgian grade ii
Prince George, Princess
n
Charlotte and the new
royal baby will share an
important bond as siblings as
they face the scrutiny of royal
life together.
Historian Judith Rowbotham
said the support they gain
from their shared experience
will be invaluable, especially
for future king Prince George,
with the additional
responsibilities he faces.
Dr Rowbotham said: ?One of
the downsides to being royal
is that you do live in a
fishbowl. Even if you?re a
minor royal you can still be
picked up, publicised, and
having the family around you,
you can support each other
? and laugh in a way that
nobody else can quite laugh.?
The Duke of Cambridge has
a good relationship with his
own brother, Prince Harry.
?William has certainly found
having one brother to be a
great help to him,? said Dr
Rowbotham.
by Laura Elston
listed house ? Anmer Hall on the
Queen?s Sandringham Estate ? in
norfolk.
it has its own private swimming
pool, a full-size, artificial grass
tennis court and vast grounds.
Palaces and castles
Christmases will partly be at
Sandringham House in norfolk
with the royals, at Anmer Hall or
with the Middletons in
Berkshire, and trips to
Buckingham Palace and windsor
Castle will expose the youngster
to opulent surroundings.
Nursery
At the age of two, the third
Cambridge child will start
nursery. Charlotte attends
willcocks nursery School ? a
short distance from Kensington
Palace ? which charges fees of
just over �000 a term.
Kate, a keen amateur
photographer, will take snaps of
her youngest child on their first
day to release to the public.
The school has been described
in reports as having a loyal
following of ?old English families
and chic foreigners? and is
something of a ?hidden gem? in
the shadow of the royal Albert
Hall.
Education
The new royal baby will probably
follow george to his private
school, Thomas?s Battersea,
which Charlotte is expected to
attend as well. Fees at the south
succession. Andrew, who is
divorced from but remains close
to his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of
York, no longer needs to ask the
Queen?s permission should he
wish to re-marry.
The Succession to the
Crown Act 2013
requires only the
first six people in
the line of
succession to ask
for the
monarch?s
consent.
The duke?s
daughters,
Princesses
Beatrice and
Eugenie, are now
eighth and ninth.
The Earl of wessex is in
10th place, while his 10-yearold son, Viscount Severn, has
dropped out of the top 10.
London school cost more than
�,600 a year.
The school?s most important
rule is ?be kind? and it expects its
pupils ?not just to tolerate but to
celebrate difference, including
faith, beliefs and culture.
william boarded at Eton, while
Kate was a part-time boarder at
Marlborough College, but it is
not known if their children will
go to boarding school.
Mental well-being
Kate supports a range of mental
health charities and will be
tuned in to looking after her
children?s mental health.
She has opened up about how
she wants to raise her children,
saying qualities such as kindness
were just as important as
academic or sporting success.
The Duchess said: ?My parents
taught me about the importance
of qualities like kindness,
respect and honesty, and i realise
how central values like these
have been to me throughout my
life.?
william, too, has spoken about
the importance of talking about
mental health.
?Everybody has mental health
and we shouldn?t be ashamed of
it and just having a conversation
with a friend or family member
can really make such a
difference,? said the Duke.
Pets
The family has a black cocker
spaniel called Lupo and Charlotte
has a hamster called Marvin.
Nanny and other staff
There will always be a nanny on
the scene, as is customary for
royal children.
george and Charlotte?s full-time
live-in nanny is Spanish-born
Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo,
who trained at the prestigious
norland College.
Help from housekeepers and
aides will also be the norm.
royal protection officers will
always be close by, but hands-on
parents the duke and duchess
will strive to make up for the lack
of freedom that royal childhoods
can sometimes provide.
Holidays
william and Kate are keen skiers
and took george and Charlotte
on their first skiing holiday to
the French Alps in 2016.
The Middletons have enjoyed
frequent breaks on the Caribbean
island of Mustique, and part of
the summer will be spent with
the windsors at Balmoral with
grandfather the Prince of wales
and great-grandmother the
Queen. royal children greet the
Queen with a kiss on both cheeks
and a bow or a curtsey.
Family
Prince Harry is already a doting
uncle to george and now new
aunt-to-be Meghan Markle is on
the scene as well.
The Middletons will also play
an important part in the baby?s
life. Kate is particularly close to
her family ? mother Carole,
father Michael, sister Pippa and
brother James.
Five cute Royal babies
Royal Baby
7
As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate the arrival of their third
child, here?s a look at the some of the cutest royal babies down the years
Prince George
Princess Charlotte
Tiny George, wrapped snuggly in a white
blanket, also won hearts when he was
introduced to the world in 2013. His next
public appearance showed how much he had
grown, when the three-month-old was
carried into his christening by his proud
father, William.
Newborn Princess Charlotte enchanted
royal watchers with her doll-like
appearance as she made her debut on the
steps of the Lindo wing in 2015. The Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge released sweet
photos of the baby princess being cuddled
by her older brother, Prince George.
Prince William
William was born in 1982,
less than a year after the
Prince and Princess of
Wales wed. In a photoshoot
when he was six-monthsold, the young, chubbycheeked future king
chuckled happily as he
played with his parents at
Kensington Palace. Blueeyed William, in a white
romper suit with blue
embroidered detail, appeared
transfixed as Diana waved a
coloured toy above his head.
Mia Tindall
The daughter of
the Queen?s
granddaughter
Zara Tindall and
former England
rugby player
Mike Tindall is
often spotted at
equestrian events
with her parents.
Here Mia shares
a tender moment
with her
grandmother, the
Princess Royal
Prince Andrew
Compiled by Laura Elston
Andrew, now the
Duke of York, was
a happy youngster
? and also one of
the cutest royal
babies. He was
born in 1960 and is
the second son and
third child of the
Queen and Duke
of Edinburgh. He
was the first child
born to a reigning
monarch for 103
years.
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Hostile environment
for ?ora and fauna too
NO-ONE should be surprised by
the callous treatment of citizens
of Caribbean background by a
heartless Government which, here
in Oxfordshire, is happy to create
the same hostile environment for
native ?ora and fauna.
First came the unwanted
expressway between two
universities linked in most minds
by mutual antipathy.
Now Defra plans to extend the
badger cull to Oxfordshire,
bringing terror to our rural lanes
as licensed cowboys on quad
bikes hunt down our largest
remaining carnivorous mammal.
People need to be alert to what
is going on.
Find out the views of your local
MP or councillor: do they support
this destruction no-one voted for?
If not, what will they do to
oppose it? It?s time for those who
truly believe in conservation to
stand up and be counted.
JOHN WHITE
Get in
touch:
Abingdon
Wonderful chance to
pay respects to Colin
I WOULD like to thank Colin
Dexter?s daughter Sally for giving
some of the staff who worked
with Colin for many years at the
University of Oxford Delegacy of
Local Examinations the chance to
pay their respects at his memorial
service.
It was the most moving, poignant
service so beautifully put together
by Sally and a small committee, in
the most beautiful setting of Christ
Church with a jolly civic reception
at the amazing Town Hall
afterwards. What a way to
celebrate his life and many
achievements.
We were all honoured to be able
to celebrate this lovely person and
the legacy that he has left Oxford.
One former staff member Nick
who had travelled down for the
event and was staying overnight
said: ?I can?t believe how
expensive the hotels are here,
there again I suppose we have
Colin to blame for making Oxford
so popular!?
Although Colin left the Delegacy
in 1988 he kept in touch with
many of the staff and regularly
came to our annual reunion at The
Plough Wolvercote, one of his
local haunts for many a year.
He will always have a place in
our hearts but we were all also
very aware that for Sally, her
brother Jeremy and his wife
Dorothy their loss is so much
bigger than anyone else?s,
celebrity friend, husband and
much loved dad. You could see by
the way the many celebrities who
were at the service spoke of him
that he had made a way into their
hearts as well and that they also
felt the loss.
You may be gone Colin (or
N.C.D as he was know by staff)
but you will certainly never be
forgotten and will live on as part of
Oxford?s rich history.
ROSEMARY COX
Prichard Road
Headington
Oxford
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IT HAPPENED IN...
1707: The Union of Scotland and
England was proclaimed.
1840: The ?rst Penny Black
stamps with Queen Victoria?s
head went on sale ?ve days
before the of?cial issue date.
1851: Queen Victoria opened
the Great Exhibition in the
Crystal Palace in Hyde Park,
which ran until October 11.
1873: Missionary and explorer
David Livingstone died of malaria
in central Africa.
The perennial problem
of county?s potholes
M
ORE than 30 years
later, it seems not a lot
has changed.
Amid the lobbying from
Mr Pothole in recent weeks
to improve the state of
Oxfordshire?s roads, this
picture from 1985 proves
the crumbling Tarmac in and
around the city is not a new
phenomenon.
Here, Edward Lockyer points
to the gaps in the road that
acted as the straw that broke
the camels back, or in this
case, the hole that broke the
bike.
The 27-year-old sent a bill
to the council after he said
he had to fork out for ?ve lots
of bike repairs in only seven
weeks because of the parlous
condition of Cowley Road.
The kitchen porter at
University College reached the
end of his tether after having
to ?x buckled bike wheels.
But despite the Groundhog
Day appearance of this story,
one thing has changed since
1985 ? his repair cost the then
astronomic sum of �, which
these days wouldn?t get you
very far, let alone back on the
road.
The bill was passed to the
council?s insurers, though it?s
not known if they paid out.
BIRTHDAYS...
Una Stubbs, actress, 81;
Judy Collins, singer, 79; Rita
Coolidge, singer, 73; Joanna
Lumley, actress, 72; Ray Parker
Jr, singer, 64; Lady Sarah
Chatto, daughter of Princess
Margaret and Lord Snowdon,
54; Tim McGraw, country
singer, 51; Wes Anderson,
director, 49
1912: The statue of Peter Pan
was installed in Kensington
Gardens, London. JM
Barrie, author of Peter Pan,
commissioned and paid for the
statue, although children were
told that fairies put it there.
1925: Cyprus became a British
colony, having originally been
annexed in 1914 when Turkey
supported Germany during the
First World War.
1931: US president Herbert
Hoover opened the Empire State
Building in New York. At 1,250ft
high and with 102 ?oors, it was
then the world?s tallest building.
1945: Nazi propaganda chief
Joseph Goebbels committed
suicide in his bunker.
1960: An American U2 spy
plane, piloted by Gary Powers,
was shot down over the Soviet
Union.
1968: Legoland Family Park
opened at Billund in Denmark.
2009: Carol Ann Duffy became
the ?rst female Poet Laureate in
the post?s 341-year history.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:
The proportion of women high
earners had not changed for six
years, despite moves to increase
diversity in senior positions, it
was reported.
ON
YER
BIKE
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CYCLING CAMPAIGNER
Alison Hill
The parallels
between driving
and smoking
I
?M STARTING to see the treatment of cyclists
and pedestrians like that of non-smokers in
years gone by. Everything was designed for
smokers, everyone was forced to inhale their
fumes because it was their ?right? to smoke.
Then we started to see things differently. We
changed.
This tweet from @suzy_dublin got me
thinking about the parallels between smoking
and car use.
To remind readers about how the public
attitude has changed about smoking, look
back over the last 60 years. A study by Sir
Richard Doll published in 1954 showed
beyond reasonable doubt that smoking causes
lung cancer. The harm done by smoking
has been con?rmed time and again and its
horrifying impact on disease, disability and
death is unquestioned.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive
chemicals around and it is dif?cult to give up
the habit. It has taken 60 years of action to
reduce smoking rates (from more than 50 per
cent to 16 per cent now), and for smoking to
be seen as antisocial.
Efforts by government has been across many
fronts. These include ?scal measures (eg
raising taxes on tobacco products), cessation
of all advertising, legislation for smoke-free
public places so those of us who don?t smoke
do not inhale second-hand smoke, legislation
to put health warnings on plain packs, and
smoking cessation programmes provided free
by the NHS. And the tobacco industry has
fought back ?ercely.
So back to that tweet. What are the parallels
with car ownership?
You could say car ownership is an addiction.
While there are all sorts of bene?ts to owning
a car, it is a habit that is very dif?cult to
break as it is so alluring, with door-to-door
journeys at the time of your choice, sitting in
the safety of a metal box, lots of freedom to
travel wherever and whenever. Car ownership
is a ?right? like
Car ownership
smoking was a
?right?.
is a ?right? like
But car use
smoking was a
also comes with
huge health
?right?
risks. Cars are
killing machines for their occupants who are at
risk of obesity and many other health issues.
Cars contribute to air pollution. Road injuries
involving cars create much human tragedy.
Active travel (cycling and walking) on the
other hand is associated with reduction in ill
health and prolongation of life, and believe
it or not, little injury. This is all supported by
compelling research evidence.
The health parallel to stopping smoking is
getting out of cars and walking or cycling
instead. And, like smoking, this requires action
on many fronts. Fiscal measures might include
increased fuel taxes, workplace parking levies,
and subsidies on public transport. Legislation
might include compulsory cycle training in the
national curriculum, and taking road space
away from cars. What about advertising?
Wouldn?t it be good if it was banned so that
we are no longer subjected to endless adverts
at the cinema? And of course, the car industry
plays dirty like the tobacco industry.
Public attitude about car use is changing,
but, unlike the smoking epidemic, I hope it
won?t take 60 years!
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female! (7)
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maid returns (5)
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vacuum (5)
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timekeepers (7)
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3. See 20 Down
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shows charm (6)
5. Give me a term to produce
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importance (7)
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showing defects in the
hose (7)
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confuse the masters (7)
13. One who pesters the longdistance runner (7)
15. Put the middle piece of
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produce flowers (6)
16. Hardly constitutes an
antonym for this! (6)
17. It may be described as
filthy and it could be
cruel (5)
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pieceworker be suitable
for assembling this? (6)
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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.
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7. Clip off (5)
9. Shred (5)
10. Attitude (7)
12. Last but one (11)
14. Allowable (11)
18. Stockings (7)
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21. Corner (5)
22. Exhaustion (7)
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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.
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2359
gives a garment;
581495 gives another garment;
967895 gives a third garment.
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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.
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Group of
countries
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Crossroads; 7 Roost; 8
Locusts; 10 Preserve;
11 Opal; 13 Prison;
15 Sponge; 17 Pelt;
18 Stickers; 21
Rampage; 22 Fused;
23 Economical. Down:
1 Clove; 2 On the
dot; 3 Saliva; 4 Once;
5 Dustpan; 6 Graph
paper; 9 Silverside; 12
Specific; 14 Islamic;
16 Stream; 19 Easel;
20 Pain.
Quick: Across: 1
Cautionary; 7 Obese;
8 Replica; 10 Virtuoso;
11 List; 13 Rattle; 15
Tragic; 17 Akin; 18
Dreadful; 21 Trifled; 22
Built; 23 Antecedent.
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Usefully; 3 Inrush;
4 Nips; 5 Railing;
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2 Good; 3 Drug; 4 Glee;
5 Etch; 6 Heir; 7 Reef; 8
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MORE than 25 years after
they last shared the big screen,
Dame Helen Mirren and
Donald Sutherland reunite
for a bittersweet journey of
self-discovery. Director Paolo
Virzi?s comical road trip is an
affectionate character study of
?eeting and uneven pleasures.
The script is punctuated by
deeply touching moments, but
the tone grinds through gears
almost as nosily as the vintage
camper van that conveys an
ageing couple on their crosscountry odyssey.
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. � No Market for
Old Men. A wry look at the clash
between past and present, young
and old. 9.30pm. � May 8-12,
The Lonesome West. 7.30pm. �
May 8-12, Like A Virgin. 9.30pm.
� 01865 305305.
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: May 5, Booby
Mair and Elliott Steel. Glee comedy.
7.15pm. �, � (student). May
12, Tom Taylor, Anthony J Brown
and Kevin McCarthy. Glee comedy.
7.15pm. �, � (student). 0871
472 0400.
The North Wall, South
Parade, Oxford: May 5-7,
National Theatre Connections.
A celebration of young people,
theatre-making and the importance
of access to the arts. Eight
companies from Oxfordshire and
beyond will be taking part. 11am.
�(concessions � per show.
01865 319450.
Oxford Playhouse,
Beaumont Street, Oxford:
May 2-5, Travesties. By Tom
Stoppard. Wed, Thu & Sat eves:
7.30pm, Fri: 8pm, Thu & Sat mats:
2.30pm. � to �. May 8-12,
A Streetcar Named Desire. Various
times. �-�. 01865 305305.
Old Fire Station, 40 George
Street, Oxford: May 1, Half The
World Away. A nostalgia trip of
a comedy, featuring pink shrimps
and 90s hits. 7.30pm. �/�.
May 2, Hickory Dickory Murder.
8pm. May 3-5 Julius Caesar. Nova
Theatre transplant the action from
the Roman streets to an all-female
military unit. �/�. 7.30pm.
01865 263990.
New Theatre, George Street,
Oxford: May 1-5, Thoroughly
Modern Millie. Various times.
�.50-� plus �transaction
fee. 0844 871 3020.
COUNTY
Chipping Norton Theatre,
Spring Street, Chipping
Norton: May 3-12, A Tender
Thing. 7.45pm. �. 01608
642350.
Cornerstone Arts Centre,
Station Road, Didcot: May
4, Showstopper! The Improvised
Musical. 7.30pm. �. May 6,
Handa?s Surprise, Family and
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Ye Olde Three Horseshoes,
Sheep Street, Charlbury: May
4-5, Adrian Lancini is The Poet
Lawrie Hurt. Comedy. 8.45pm. �
Advance ticket only from Cotswold
Frames. 01608 810780.
Music
TODAY
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: The Mighty
Redox. All original psycho-eclectic
rock. 6.30am. Downstairs bar. Free.
TOMORROW
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: Deep Dark
Woods, Kacy and Clayton. Gothic
& psychedelic folk. 7.30pm. �
(adv), � (otd).
O2 Academy Oxford, 190
Cowley Road, Oxford: Ocean
Wisdom. Brighton-based hip-hop
artist. 6.30pm. �.75.
THURSDAY
Swan Inn, 21 Acre End Street,
Eynsham: Alvin Roy Quartet.
Jazz. Free. 8pm. 01865 881225.
The Jericho Tavern, 56
Walton Street, Oxford: Witch
Fever and Death of the Maiden. All
Tamara?s Parties. 7.30pm. �
Unicorn Theatre, Checker
Walk, Abingdon: Gilmore
& Roberts. Award-winning
songwriting. 7.15pm. �.
Fat Lil?s, 64a Corn Street,
Witney: Holy Moly & The
Crackers. Seven-piece ?Gypsy Folk
Rock? ensemble. 7.30pm. �.
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: Jose Fallot/
Etienne Brachet Band. The Spin
Jazz Club. French jazz band.
8.30pm. �, � (concs), �(students).
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: Pete Fryer Band.
Local blues-rock legend. 9pm.
Downstairs bar. Free.
O2 Academy Oxford, 190
Cowley Road, Oxford: Lower
Than Atlantis. Post-hardcore band
on UK tour. 7pm. �.10.
The Wheatsheaf, 129 High
Street, Oxford: Pete Fryer Band.
Local blues-rock legend. 9pm.
Downstairs bar. Free.
The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley
Road, Oxford: The ShowHawk
Duo. Acoustic trance. 7pm. �.
OXFORD
Odeon, George St:
Box of?ce 0871 224
4007.
Odeon, Magdalen St:
Box of?ce 0871 224
4007.
Phoenix Picture
House, Walton St:
Box of?ce
0871 902 5736.
Ultimate Picture
Palace, Jeune St: Box
of?ce 01865 245288.
Vue Cinema,
Grenoble Rd: Box
of?ce 08712 240240.
CHIPPING NORTON
The Theatre, Spring
St: Box of?ce 01608
642350 (Mon-Fri 10-
The Cellar, Frewin Court,
Oxford: Sir Was. Swedish electrosoul producer. 7.30pm. � (adv).
Events
TODAY
?Organic chemistry?s role
in the future of screens and
energy conversion? with
Prof Seth Marder: Oxford
Martin School, 34 Broad Street
(corner of Catte and Holywell
Streets), Oxford. Further information
and registration: https://www.
oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/event/2582.
12.15pm. Free.
Andrew Robson?s Beginners
Bridge Course: North Oxford
Golf Club, Banbury Road, Oxford.
9.45am. �0 for eight two-hour
weekly lessons. 07802 726294.
Scottish Country Dancing:
Hanwell Fields Community Hall,
Rotary Way, Banbury. 7.15pm.
Annual Subs �plus �per night.
07866 465533.
Crane Style Kung Fu Classes:
South Oxford Community Centre,
Lake Street, Oxford. A martial art
which focuses on the aerodynamics
of the crane bird mixed with the
philosophies of taosim. 7.30pm.
�5.50. 07771 658605.
Hazzaz Bellydance: Hailey
Road Community School, Hailey
Road, Witney. 7.30pm. � 01993
772477.
Medieval German
Longsword Fencing Classes:
Charlbury Scout Hut, Nine Acres
Lane, Charlbury. 7pm. First
two sessions free, �per class
thereafter. 07802 476604.
Tea Dance: Woodstock Social
Club, 44 Oxford Street, Woodstock.
2pm. � 01993811473.
Tea, Tango & Jive
Afternoons: Corpus Christi
Church Hall, Margaret Road,
Headington. 2pm. �
Tuesday Bingo: The Seacourt
Bridge, West Way, Botley. 2pm.
�per book 10 games. 01865
243636.
Wildlife Experiences in
the Upper Thames Region
? Malcolm Brownsword:
The Old School Room, St Peter?s
Church, First Turn, Wolvercote.
This presentation covers the
highlights of almost half a century of
observing local wildlife. It includes
dormice, reptiles, rare orchids, rare
butter?ies, moths and other insects,
great-crested newts and other
amphibians, moths and wildlife
observed in Mr Brownsword?s
garden.
6pm, Sat 10-2pm).
BICESTER
Vue Cinema, Pioneer
Centre, Bure Place:
Box of?ce 08712
240240.
DIDCOT
Cineworld, Station Rd:
Box of?ce 0871 200
2000.
WITNEY
Cineworld, Marriotts
Walk: Box of?ce 0871
200 2000.
WALLINGFORD
Corn Exchange,
Market Place: Box
of?ce 01491 825000.
BANBURY
Odeon, Horsefair: Box
of?ce 0871 224 4007.
Mr Brownsword is a retired chemist
whose interests include horticulture,
natural history and photography.
7.45pm. �(ANHSO members
free).
Yoga Class: The Clifton Centre,
Ashdene Road, Bicester. 6.15pm.
� 07917 453224.
TOMORROW
?Planetary health: does our
planet have boundaries??
with Prof Yadvinder Malhi &
Kate Raworth: Oxford Martin
School, 34 Broad Street (corner
of Catte and Holywell Streets),
Oxford. 5pm. Free.
Cheney Over 50s Club: The
Community Hall Cheney School,
Cheney Lane Headington, Oxford.
History of Blenheim Park, a talk by
Dr Robert Edwards. 2.30pm. �
Housing Cooperatives: An
Alternative Model for Student
Housing: The Library, Turl Street
Kitchen, 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford.
6.30pm. Free.
Ramblers Walk: The Church,
Bledlow. Seven-mile walk with
woods and good views, one long
incline, and a pub stop at the end.
9.30am. 01844 339969.
School Event & Signing: Mostly
Books, Stert Street, Abingdon.
Award-winning author Cressida
Cowell. 7pm.
Witney Bytomic Taekwondo
Classes: Wood Green School,
Woodstock Road, Witney. 7pm.
Monthly fees apply. 01844
281888.
THURSDAY
Abingdon Town Band New
Training Group: John Mason
School Music Rooms, Wootton
Road, Abingdon. 6.45pm. � p/
term. 07879 882311.
An Evening of Colour Theory:
St Ethelwold?s House, 30 East St
Helen?s Street, Abingdon. Would
you like a better understanding of
colour? The terminology, use of
colour in your artwork and colour
mixing? Look at colour theory
and have a go at colour mixing.
Materials supplied. 7pm. �.
01235 527180.
Balkan Dancing: St Margaret?s
Institute, 30 Polstead Road, Oxford.
8.15pm. � 07817 655101.
Choir Rehearsal: St Francis
Primary School, Horspath Road,
Cowley. Oxford Welsh Male Voice
Choir. 7.30pm. � per year.
01235 203929.
Cuban Salsa: East Cowley
Conservative Club, 62 James Street,
Oxford. 8pm. ��concs.
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Izy?s convincing win
IZY Edwards, from Kirtlington GC, stormed to an 11-shot
victory in the Oxfordshire
Girls Championship at Chipping Norton.
SUCCESS: Izy Edwards triumphed by a huge 11-shot margin in the Oxfordshire Girls
Championship
Picture: andytaylorgolf.com
HORSERACING
Today?s runners
JOHN Gosden?s string are just clicking into gear and he looks to have solid
claims with Precious Ramotswe in the
EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies? Handicap at Brighton.
Owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, the
four-year-old has managed only three
races.
She got off to a perfect start at Kempton and then won at Newbury.
GOING: Good. DRAW: High numbers best on the straight course,
especially in large ?elds. TV: ATR.
HAVEN SEASHORE HOLIDAY PARK
2.10
MAIDEN STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 4) �400 added 2YO only-5f
ADAM TILER (USA) R Cowell 9 5 ........................G Mosse 1
3 ARTAIR (IRE) (15) M Bell 9 5........................J P Spencer 3
REVICH (IRE) Richard Spencer 9 5 ....................S Donohoe 4
USAIN BOAT (IRE) G Scott 9 5........................S De Sousa 5
WINDY GUEST G Margarson 9 5.......................... T Queally 2
36 HARD FOREST (13) (BF) M Johnston 9 0 ....P J McDonald 6
2017: TO WAFIJ 9 5 A Atzeni 13-8 Fav (R Varian) drawn (3) 6 ran
BETTING: 2-1 Artair, 9-4 Hard Forest, 4-1 Usain Boat, 8-1 Adam Tiler, Revich, 14-1 Windy
Guest.
2.40
CONFERENCES AT YARMOUTH
RACECOURSE NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 3) �,000 added 3YO only-1m 3f 104yds
1
2
3
4
5
41-2
610-1
022-2
3
ANTONIAN (27) J Gosden 9 8............................N Mackay 1
CORELLI (USA) (164) J Gosden 9 8.....................L Dettori 3
JETSTREAM (IRE) (69) C Hills 9 8 ................. R Winston 2
BLAME CULTURE (USA) (17) G Margarson 9 2 ... T Queally 5
KITTILEO (IRE) (12) M Johnston 9 2 ...........P J McDonald 4
2017: No corresponding race.
BETTING: 13-8 Corelli, 3-1 Blame Culture, 9-2 Antonian, 5-1 Jetstream, 7-1 Kittileo.
GROSVENOR CASINO OF GREAT
3.15
YARMOUTH HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
�021 added 4YO PLUS-1m 2f
CORE GOLK UK OXON FOURSOMES LEAGUE
SECTION 2
Oxford City 1 (1pt), Carswell 2 (3) (Oxford City
players ?rst): S Tabor & A Harris lost to D Hoskin & D
Saunders 7 & 6; R Fergus & G Goymer lost to C Wighton
& A Atherton 4 7 3; C Wright & M Morbey bt M Harris
& D Morton 2 & 1.
CLUB RESULTS
OXFORD LADIES
Par competition: 1 D Roberts (13) -2, 2 L Halsey (26)
-4, 3 G Chapman (22) -5.
Allin Cup (Par): 1 H Scott (18) 0, 2 J Tavinor (11) -2
(cb), 3 T Wiley (16) -2.
OXFORD CITY
Senior Stableford No 2: 1 M Baker 43pts, 2 J
Welsh 39, 3 R Davies 37.
Medal No 2 ? Div 1: 1 D Hamilton 71-3=68, 2
I Bound 74-4=70, 3 C Disley 79-8=71. Div 2: 1 T
Hudgell 90-21=69, 2= M Maciak 88-14=74 & A Green
87-13=74.
NORTH OXFORD
BUPA Jubilee Trophy: 1 D Dobson 42pts, 2 G Watts
39, 3 A Oliver 38 (cb).
St Patrick?s Day Trophy: 1 M Wharton 32 pts (cb),2
G Henwood 32,3 J Mazey 31.
AB Golf Day (pro?s better ball): 1 H Hall & J Hudson
43pts, 2 B England & A Quinn 41, 3 S Duke & K
Robinson 40. Nearest the pin (11th) B England.
Central 7s Cup: North Oxford 1�, Waterstock 1�
(Waterstock won at 3rd hole of sudden death play-off).
KIRTLINGTON
Men?s Masters: 1 M Jordan (12) nett 138, 2 S
McGarry (7) 139, 3 T Parker (11) 140.
Precious jewel for Gosden at Brighton
YARMOUTH
1
2
3
4
5
6
The 18-year-old shot a superb gross
round of 75.
Having dropped three shots in
the first three holes she played the
following 15 holes in just one over
par.
Edwards is acting as a coach at
the Andy Taylor Golf Academy at
Kirtlington.
Another academy member, Grace
Boag-Matthews (North Oxford), won
the nett trophy with a 67.
l EDDIE Pepperell will represent
England in the novel GolfSixes Celebrity Pro-Am, at Centurion Club in
St Albans this weekend.
The Qatar Masters champion, from
Abingdon, will play alongside Matt
Wallace for England, who are in a
group with South Africa (George
Coetzee and Haydn Porteous), Sweden (Alexander Bj鰎k and Joakim
Lagergren) and England Women
(Georgia Hall and Charley Hull).
The top two teams from each group
after series of six-holes contests on
Saturday progress to the knockout
stages on Sunday.
Chris Hughes, of the ITV programme Love Island, and Gary Beadle of hit MTV show Geordie Shore,
are among the celebrities competing
in the pro-am on Friday.
l OXFORD City are still looking for
their first win in Section 2 of the
Core Golf UK Oxfordshire Foursomes League following a 2-1 home
defeat by Carswell.
The hosts never recovered after
Scott Tabor and Andy Harris lost
7 & 6 to Dan Hoskin and Danny Saunders.
Carswell completed the victory
when Craig Wighton and Ashley
Atherton won 4 & 3 against Richard
Fergus and Gary Goymer.
7
8
9
200-44 EMILY GOLDFINCH (17) (D) P McEntee 5 8 8 ... G Wood (3)3
0442-0 RONNI LAYNE (26) L Allan 4 8 3....................... N Mackay 7
3-4000 HOW?S LUCY (20) J Chapple-Hyam 4 8 2.......David Egan (3)8
2017: WAHIBA 4 9 0 A Atzeni 7-2 JtFav (M Botti) drawn (3) 8 ran
BETTING: 3-1 Ramblow, 7-2 The Lacemaker, 5-1 Seyasah, 6-1 Sonnet Rose, 8-1 Tallulah?s
Quest, 10-1 Emily Gold?nch, 12-1 Ronni Layne, 14-1 La Isla Bonita, 16-1 How?s Lucy.
DRIFTERS FISH AND CHIP ALL EVENTS
4.45
HANDICAP (STR) (DIV 1) (CLASS 6)
�069 added 3YO only-1m
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2
3
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5
6
7
8
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But she ran no sort of race in a Listed
contest in France, in a contest that belied her true form.
Back in handicap company, she
should be able to get back on track.
THE WHIP?S TIPS
BRIGHTON: 2.20 Wedding Date, 2.50 Rocky Shores,
3.25 Rose Berry, 3.55 PRECIOUS RAMOTSWE (nap), 4.25
With Approval, 4.55 Bounty Pursuit, 5.25 Archimento.
KEMPTON: 5.45 Rajy, 6.15 Chynna, 6.45 Fortune And
Glory, 7.15 Chessman, 7.45 Amazing Red, 8.15 Verstappen,
BRIGHTON
Today?s card
GOING: Good. DRAW: In sprint races low numbers tend to have an
advantage over ?ve furlongs, high best over six furlongs. TV: ATR.
8.45 Cross Swords.
NEWCASTLE: 5.20 Imperial State, 5.55 Gowanbuster,
6.25 Harrogate, 6.55 Hediddodinthe, 7.25 Testa Rossa,
7.55 Splash Of Verve, 8.25 Groundworker.
NOTTINGHAM: 2.00 Red Handed, 2.30 Mushtaq,
3.00 Cosmopolitan Queen, 3.35 Seduce Me, 4.05 Double
Re?ection, 4.35 Multellie, 5.05 Dotted Swiss.
YARMOUTH: 2.10 Artair, 2.40 Corelli, 3.15 Raven
Banner, 3.45 Salt Whistle Bay, 4.15 Ramblow, 4.45 Banjo?s
Voice, 5.15 Choral Music, 5.50 Screaming Gemini.
BLEWBURY?S BET
OF THE DAY
The Lacemaker (4.15 Yarmouth).
LONDON2BRIGHTONCHALLENGE.COM
4.25
26 MAY HANDICAP (CLASS 6)
�069 added 4YO PLUS-1m
1 00-050 ROBERT THE PAINTER (IRE) (7) (D) D Steele 10 9 7K Fox 4
2 -30210 TARSEEKH (27) (D) C Gordon 5 9 6 ....................C Bishop 1
3 0505-3 WITH APPROVAL (20) (CD) Mrs L Mongan 6 9 6 .. L Morris10
4 6-4023 BLOODSWEATANDTEARS (27) (CD) W Knight 10 9 6J Watson (5)6
5 010-00 KAABER (USA) (22) M Blake 7 9 5 ...............M Godwin (3)7
6 00-500 RIGHTWAY (40) (D) A Carroll 7 9 5.. Poppy Bridgwater (7)12
7 006425 RATTLE ON (20) (D)(BF) J Boyle 5 9 4......... P Bradley (5)13
8 -10001 SIR JAMIE (20) (D) A Carroll 5 9 3................... D Probert 3
9 50-054 FALSE ID (20) (C) J Farrelly 5 8 12.....Darragh Keenan (7)11
10 3003-4 MASTER OF HEAVEN (20) (C) J Boyle 5 8 12..C Bennett (3)14
11 036P55 ST JAMES?S PARK (IRE) (20) R J Smith 5 8 12.. H Crouch 8
12 0/300- LADY GWHINNYVERE (225) J Spearing 4 8 12.. C Noble (5)5
13 00-600 KWIKSTEP (83) Andi Brown 4 8 12.......................R Havlin 2
14 000/0- SPICE BOAT (J5) P Butler 6 8 12 ....................C Shepherd 9
LULU STAR (IRE) (12) Miss J Feilden 9 9Shelley Birkett (3)7
INJURED JOCKEYS FUND NOVICE AUCTION
PATTY PATCH (26) Richard Spencer 9 8 ............S Donohoe 8
STAKES (CL 5) �800 added 2YO only-5f
MANDARIN PRINCESS (12) P McBride 9 7 .....S De Sousa 9
1
JAMES WATT (IRE) M Bell 9 2 .................. Hayley Turner 1
ROSEDALE TOPPING (68) E Vaughan 9 6 ....P J McDonald 1
2
KAPONO Miss Amy Murphy 9 2.......................... L De Souza 5
GAINSAY (26) J Portman 9 5............................ G Wood (3)5
3
NAYSLAYER (IRE) S Kirk 9 2 .............................. L Morris 4
JAZZY GIRL (IRE) (20) B Powell 9 0 ...........David Egan (3)3
4
WEDDING DATE R Hannon 8 11 ......................T Marquand 2
CALVIN?S GAL (IRE) (234) J Ryan 9 0 ........... J Osborn (7)2
5
SPIRIT OF SOCIETY (IRE) Miss Amy Murphy 8 6Hollie Doyle3
BANJO?S VOICE (25) J Chapple-Hyam 8 12 Nicola Currie (5)4
BETTING:
11-10
Wedding
Date, 11-4 James Watt, 5-1 Nayslayer, Spirit Of Society, 14-1 Kapono. BETTING: 9-2 Bloodsweatandtears, 5-1 With Approval, 6-1 Rattle On, 7-1 Sir Jamie, 8-1 Master
PRETTY PEARL (103) R Eddery 8 12...................M Harley 6
2017: No corresponding race.
2.20
2.50
Of Heaven, Tarseekh, False Id, 14-1 Robert The Painter, St James?s Park, 16-1 others.
INSOMNIAC (IRE) (52) D M Simcock 4 9 7 .....J P Spencer 1 BETTING: 4-1 Lulu Star, 9-2 Gainsay, 5-1 Patty Patch, 6-1 Mandarin Princess, 7-1 Banjo?s
RACING WELFARE HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
HARD TOFFEE (IRE) (81) L Allan 7 9 5.............N Mackay 7 Voice, 8-1 Rosedale Topping, Calvin?s Gal, 10-1 Jazzy Girl, 16-1 Pretty Pearl.
LOVE FAIRS ANTIQUES &
�021 added 3YO only-1m 4f
OCEANUS (17) (D) Miss J Feilden 4 9 4 .Shelley Birkett (3)6
COLLECTABLES 6 MAY HANDICAP
1
065- DIOCLETIAN (IRE) (188) A Balding 9 10........ J Watson (5)1
CALM CHARM (IRE) (197) C Wall 4 9 3 .......... G Wood (3)4
DRIFTERS FISH AND CHIP ALL EVENTS
2
06-3 ROCKY SHORES (IRE) (46) M Channon 9 7.....C Shepherd 4 (CLASS 5) �021 added 4YO PLUS-7f
RAVEN BANNER (IRE) (35) (D) I Furtado 5 9 2S De Sousa 3
HANDICAP
(STR)
(DIV
2)
(CLASS
6)
3 54336- MAIL ORDER (184) M Johnston 9 5.....................F Norton 3
1 60-005 BLACK CAESAR (IRE) (7) (CD) P Hide 7 9 9. J Watson (5)7
RAVENHOE (IRE) (10) M Johnston 5 9 2Andrew Breslin (7)2
4 4323-4 SASSIE (IRE) (18) S Kirk 9 4 ............................. L Morris 7
2 24-644 ZLATAN (IRE) (15) E De Giles 5 9 9 .................C Shepherd 8
TYRSAL (IRE) (3) (CD) C Lines 7 9 0..........David Egan (3)5 �069 added 3YO only-1m
5 54-013 FONT VERT (FR) (34) R Beckett 9 3 .................L Steward 2
1
000-1 CHORAL MUSIC (20) J Portman 9 8................. G Wood (3)4
3 5100-0 GOOD LUCK CHARM (15) (CD) G L Moore 9 9 7 . H Crouch 4
2017: VERNATTI 4 9 2 R Hornby 11-2 (Mrs P Sly) drawn (1) 8 ran
6
00-0
STRONGARM
CHASER
(10)
R
Hannon
8
13
....T
Marquand
5
2
000-6
SPRING
PRAISE
(IRE)
(18)
(BF)
M
Botti
9
7
G
Malune
(5)8
BETTING: 7-4 Raven Banner, 7-2 Insomniac, 6-1 Calm Charm, 7-1 Oceanus, 8-1 Ravenhoe,
4 00-500 BRIYOUNI (41) (D) R Beckett 5 9 5 ....Emma Wilkinson (7)1
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
oxfordmail.co.uk/sport
OXFORD UNITED SPECIAL
POPULAR: Players? player Ricardinho receives his award from Clayton Sullivan-Webb, of
sponsors Grundon Waste Management
WHAT A CATCH: Simon Eastwood was the top
choice for the U?s under 13s Ox4Life fans
Ledson steals show
with awards treble
RYAN Ledson was humbled
to be voted player of the season by Oxford United?s supporters.
The Andrew Knapton Trophy
was the first of three titles at the
U?s awards dinner collected by the
midfielder, who also scooped the
Jack Casley Trophy for young player of the year.
His hat-trick was completed by
goal of the season for the late winner at Charlton Athletic in February, winning a poll voted for on the
night by the 250 guests at the Kassam Stadium.
But it was the supporters? crown
which really touched Ledson.
The 20-year-old said: ?I think I?ve
come from a background where I
know what it?s like.
?I know how the supporters pay
their hard-earned money to come
and watch us.
?I think it?s been an average season, below-average maybe, but the
fans still follow in their thousands
for every game.
?It?s an absolute privilege for me
to pick up an award they voted for.
?I give everything for them and
this is them giving something back
? honestly, you don?t know how
much it means to me.
?I love this club and for the time
I?ve been here it?s been brilliant.?
The biggest cheer of the night
went to Ricardinho, who was
named player of the season as voted for by the rest of the squad.
The Brazilian, who has been a big
hit since signing last summer, said:
HAT-TRICK: Ryan Ledson clutches his three
awards at the end of the night
?I really appreciate what everyone
did for me at the club.
?All the players and staff helped
me when I came here and I?m so
proud to be a part of this moment.?
Former chairman Darryl Eales
arrived believing he would be presenting the club person of the year
award, but was stunned to discover
he was the recipient.
He said: ?I don?t want to get overly
sentimental, but tomorrow this will
probably really sink in.
?You don?t do anything in life for
appreciation, but what we have
done ? and it?s been a team effort ?
is put our heart and soul into it.?
Terry Waite?s dedication at the U?s
training ground was honoured by
being named unsung hero.
Wes Thomas picked up the golden
boot award as the first team?s top-
MEMENTO: Darryl Eales (right) received a framed photo, taken following promotion in 2016,
to mark his club person of the year award, pictured with Ryan Ledson
scorer, although with one game remaining and James Henry only one
goal behind him, the striker still
has work to do before being sure of
keeping the trophy.
There were joint winners of the
community contribution category.
Curtis Nelson and Lauren Haynes,
who captain the men?s and women?s
sides, have made dozens of visits
between them during lengthy rehabilitations from serious injuries.
Kate Longworth, who leads the
community department, said: ?The
appearances are really hard work,
it?s not simply about going in and
being a superstar.
?Lauren is doing some small-scale
numeracy sessions once a week
through the summer term in Banbury and Curtis has done some really quite involved Q&As on particular topics.
?He recently went into a secondary school near the stadium and
spoke about what it means to aspire
and beat adversity ? that just means
the world to these kids.?
Ella Franklin-Fraiture won WSL
emerging talent for the second
time, while goalkeeper Simon Eastwood topped the vote among the under 13 supporters.
ROLL OF HONOUR
WSL emerging talent: Ella Franklin-Fraiture
Community contribution: Curtis Nelson & Lauren
Haynes
Club person: Darryl Eales
Jack Casley young player: Ryan Ledson
Golden boot: Wes Thomas
Andrew Knapton supporters? player: Ryan Ledson
Unsung hero: Terry Waite
Players? player: Ricardinho
Goal of the season: Ryan Ledson (at Charlton Athletic)
Young fans? player: Simon Eastwood
TOUCHED: Ryan Ledson was presented with the Andrew Knapton Trophy for the Oxford United
supporters? player of the season before kick-off against Rochdale on Saturday Picture: David Fleming
Cook fumes as U?s women crumble to defeat in Shef?eld
OXFORD United manager Andy
Cook was not impressed after his
side lost 4-1 at Sheffield in their FA
Women?s Super League 2 clash.
The U?s went into half-time on
level terms, but conceded four
times in 16 minutes after the restart
as Emma Johnson (2), Hannah Cain
and Jenna Dear netted.
Georgia Timms pulled one back
for United with three minutes
remaining, but the damage had
already been done and the U?s have
still not won since January.
?We were right in the game first
half and then we?ve had a mad
10-15 minutes in the second half
where we?ve just collapsed ? it was
a house of cards,? Cook said.
?Every time Sheffield went
forward they hit us. But for us it?s
not even tactical things, it?s just
basic, basic things like blocking
shots, working for each other and
we made basic errors. It comes
down to the individual mindsets.
?Maybe we were too positive at
half-time because we?ve forgotten
to earn the right to play and we
didn?t do that in the second half.
?Credit to the girls who came on
because they?re development
players and they changed the game
for us at the end.
?The quality of their goals were
good but, from a coaches point of
view, there were phases of play
leading up to them we should have
done better with.
?We have to get that enjoyment
back. The players were enjoying
things at the start of the season and
it?s hard to get that back.?
United are next in action against
bottom side Watford in a fortnight.
Oxford Utd: Lambourne, Franklin-Fraiture (Graham
86), Casley (Timms 86), Short, Hillman, Carlton,
Lancaster, Fyfe, Oliver, Chivers, Allen (Noble 68). Sub
not used: Thomas.
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39
RUGBY UNION
Awesome Chinnor prepare for play-offs in ?ne style
CHINNOR warmed up for their
National 2 play-off by ending the
regular season with a 52-14 home
victory over Clifton.
The Thame-based side ran in eight
tries at Kingsey Road in the South
division encounter.
Chinnor will now host North
runners-up Sedgley Park for a place
in the third tier on Saturday.
Against Clifton, they opened the
scoring after nine minutes when
Jack Gilding went over, Bertie
Hopkin adding the extras.
Tom Price and Ricky Cano also
powered across, Hopkin converting
the first.
Clifton hit back on the stroke of
half-time, Dan Wells crossing and
Chris Levesley adding the extras.
The hosts went on to dominate
after the break, with Luke Hibberd,
Josh Barton, Mike MacDonald and
Ben Manning going over, Hopkin
converting all four.
Clifton never gave up and Elliot
Booley touched down, Levesley
adding the extras.
But Chinnor had the last word
when Jonny Bentley crossed.
Henley Hawks suffered a 51-0
defeat at Redingensians.
The visitors? game plan to play
their way out of trouble frequently
broke down and they were punished.
Ben Henderson, Connor Corrigan,
Ellis Jones and Miles Lloyd crossed,
Adrian Jarvis converting three times
and kicking a penalty.
The hosts? dominance continued,
Joe Duffelen and Steve Bryant
among the try-scorers as Rams led
51-0.
But the match was stopped with six
minutes to go after Hawks? Toby
Howe was knocked unconscious.
He recovered to leave the field
unaided.
Cinderford
Chinnor
Redingensians
Taunton Titans
Redruth
Tonbridge Judd
Worthing
Bury St Edmunds
Henley
Canterbury
Clifton
Old Redclif?ans
London Irish WG
Barnstaple
Wimbledon
Broadstreet
Battling Banbury miss out on
promotion to excellent Exeter
BANBURY fell at the
final hurdle as they
missed out on promotion to the fifth tier in a
42-31 defeat against Exeter University.
Bulls put in a brave and determined display in the South
West 1 play-off and led by
three points at half-time.
But it proved to be one game
too many as Exeter secured
victory.
The hosts opened up a 14-0
lead after just ten minutes
when James McRae and
George Gosling went over, Ted
Landry adding the extras.
An Ed Phillips penalty got
Banbury up and running,
before he converted Angus
Johnson?s try as the visitors
cut the deficit to four points.
Bulls thought they had taken the lead when a rolling
maul crossed the try line, but
the ball had been held up.
However, they scored from
the resulting scrum through
Matt Goode, Phillips converting, to make it 17-14.
Exeter looked dangerous after the break, Landry converting his own try before adding
the extras again after Dom
Thorne went over to make it
28-17.
Bulls responded when Sam
Stoop chased his own kick to
dot down, Phillips converting.
But Exeter hit back almost
immediately, Thorne crossing
for his second try, Landry converting.
The home side?s lead became
42-24 late on when Simon Linsell drove over, Landry adding
the extras.
Banbury kept going and had
the last word, with captain
Ian Isham crossing from close
range, Phillips converting,
but it was not to be their day.
Meanwhile, relegated Grove
completed their campaign
with a 34-0 win at home to Old
Centralians.
But their victory was
marred by a serious injury to
Tom Grundy, who is recovering in hospital with a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia.
The game had to be moved to
an adjacent pitch to allow paramedics to treat the winger.
Connor Hull, who also
kicked two conversions, and
James Monks crossed twice,
with Luke Matthews and
Mike Wood also diving over.
FINAL TABLE
P W D L
Old Patesians 26 24 0 2
Banbury
26 22 1 3
Chippenham
26 20 0 6
Ox H?quins 26 16 0 10
Salisbury
26 14 0 12
Wootton Bassett 26 13 0 13
O Centralians 26 13 1 12
Witney
26 13 1 12
Stratford
26 12 0 14
Wimborne
26 9 0 17
Swindon
26 11 0 15
Marlow
26 5 1 20
Grove
26 5 0 21
Bicester
26 3 0 23
F
A Pts
1025 341 116
906 434 112
1232 464 106
633 554 77
711 660 73
646 571 70
607 549 68
521 604 65
522 738 60
551 823 54
456 813 53
518 749 39
436 799 32
348 1013 19
NO SPACE: Matt Goode ?nds himself surrounded during Banbury?s defeat by Exeter University
Pictures: Simon Grieve
EFFORT: Giles Saar and Matt Brock show their disappointment at full-time, while (right) Sam Stoop grounds for a try
DARTS
FINAL TABLE
P W D L
30 29 0 1
30 26 1 3
30 21 1 8
30 20 0 10
30 16 0 14
30 17 1 12
30 14 0 16
30 14 0 16
30 12 2 16
30 12 1 16
30 11 1 18
30 9 2 19
30 9 0 21
30 10 1 19
30 9 0 21
30 5 0 25
F
1070
1010
927
988
844
747
824
805
755
722
666
708
777
608
660
572
A
493
679
611
745
708
649
970
784
882
733
858
915
948
848
943
917
Pts
143
131
112
101
89
86
81
77
73
72
63
58
57
55
50
35
Littlemore?s
super home
run is ended
PROMOTED Littlemore?s
two-year unbeaten home
record came to an end in a
19-17 defeat by champions
Slough in the BB&O Premier.
The hosts conceded late on
to finish a successful
campaign with a narrow loss.
Despite tries from Scott
Fernquest and Jonny Gerrard,
Littlemore trailed 12-10 at
half-time, the former seeing a
penalty attempt hit a post.
Ben Symington crossed,
Stewart Beale converting, to
make it 17-12 to the hosts with
ten minutes to go.
But they conceded a late
interception try.
Wheatley edged Tadley
11-10 to finish fourth in the
table.
Joe Taylor scored their only
try, with Aaron Laman kicking
two penalties.
Chipping Norton finished
fourth in the Championship
after beating promoted
Oxford 39-10 at home.
FINAL TABLES
BERKS/BUCKS & OXON PREMIER
P W D L F
A Pts
Slough
18 15 1 2 670 372 79
Littlemore
18 12 2 4 525 337 63
Chesham
18 12 0 6 433 302 59
Wheatley
18 9 1 8 439 360 51
18 8 1 9 383 396 41
Tadley
Didcot
18 7 0 11 364 377 37
Milton Keynes 18 7 1 10 325 474 36
Bletchley
18 6 1 11 315 446 34
Hungerford
18 5 1 12 319 507 30
Abingdon
18 5 0 13 282 484 23
BERKS/BUCKS & OXON CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L F
A Pts
Risborough
20 18 2 0 684 229 91
Oxford
20 16 1 3 908 222 84
Aldermaston
20 10 2 8 507 425 59
Chip Norton 20 11 0 9 508 433 53
Phoenix
20 9 1 10 381 619 44
Berkshire SH
19 7 0 12 358 550 37
19 6 1 12 317 517 29
Harwell
Faringdon
19 4 1 14 305 630 20
Farnham Royal 19 2 2 15 242 585 11
HOCKEY
Abingdon United reach final Oxford girls capture plate
ABINGDON United Social Club
are celebrating after reaching
the final of the Cowley Workers
ODDA?s men?s seven-a-side
competition.
After scraping through their
quarter-final 4-3 against fellow
Premier Section side Challow
British Legion, United took on
Cowley Workers in the last four.
In a thrilling contest, they
edged home 4-3 against the
Premier runners-up to earn a
place against Littlemore RFC A
in the final.
The Rugby Club reached their
first final with a 4-3 verdict over
Section 2 champions Bell Inn.
In the ladies seven-a side
competition, Blackbird Leys
Bowls Club defeated Premier
outfit Witney Snooker Club 4-2
in their last-four clash.
Lorraine Singleton put the
Bowls Club 1-0 ahead, but their
opponents hit back to lead 2-1
thanks to wins from Greta
Britnell and Carol Smith.
However, the Bowls Club went
through after victories from Lyn
Bayliss, Charlie Dodson and
Emily Baldwin.
In the final they will face
Blackbird Bar, who recorded a
narrow 4-3 win over fellow
Section 1 side Red Lion
Cassington in their semi-final.
l FIXTURES lists for the ODDA
Summer League must be
collected from the Cowley
Workers Club on Monday, May
7 from 7-9pm.
ALL SMILES: Oxford HC?s under
12 girls team who won the plate
competition
IT was a great day for Oxford HC?s girls and boys
teams at the South Region
Under 12s competition held
at Old Merchant Taylor?s
School in Middlesex.
Pride of place went to Oxford?s girls, the Oxfordshire
champions, with Wallingford finishing fourth.
After a league stage that
saw them pitted against
Wimbledon, Guildford and
Amersham they clinched
the plate competition.
The girls won three games,
including a tense shoot-out
in the quarter-finals.
This was an improvement
on last year?s runners-up position.
Oxford?s boys did well to
reach the quarter-finals,
where they lost 3-2 in a
shoot-out against Chichester following a 2-2 draw.
Their goals came from Euan
Barrett and Luke Hooper.
Bulls edged
out by Exeter
in play-offs
SUMRITH
Thanakarnjanasuth says he and Firoz Kassam
have much to discuss when
they meet face-to-face for the
first time.
Oxford United?s owner, known as
Tiger, has only spoken with the club?s
landlord by telephone since buying
the controlling stake in February.
Their connection is arguably the
most important of any when it comes
to the U?s chances of success.
Supporters? trust OxVox have
helped to broker the meeting and Tiger intends to make the 11,000-mile
round trip from Thailand once he obtains the necessary paperwork.
?(It will be) very soon,? he said.
?I?m just waiting to get my visa done
and then I will be going to Monaco.
?I want to show my respect by going
to meet him over there.
?The first thing is to build a relationship. I think we have a lot of things to
talk about.?
A succession of Thanakarnjanasuth?s predecessors have been unable
to make much headway with their
landlord.
Progress has stalled in recent
months with United taking the stadium company Firoka, which is owned
by Kassam, to arbitration over the
service charge.
The latest accounts showed an outstanding figure of �1,418 was being disputed and the process, which
is still ongoing, is likely to be on the
agenda.
Thanakarnjanasuth was in the UK
PLENTY TO TALK
ABOUT: Oxford
United owner Sumrith
Thanakarnjanasuth is
deep in conversation
with manager Karl
Robinson before the
game on Saturday
Picture: David Fleming
over the weekend to watch United
beat Rochdale to preserve their status
in Sky Bet League One.
The Thai businessman admitted
there were moments of concern earlier in the run-in.
But he has been impressed with
the job done by Karl Robinson and is
planning to oversee a busy summer.
He said: ?I was a bit worried, but I
knew we would be OK because you
could see how well they were playing.
?Next season we?re going to build a
whole new strong team.
?We?re going to sign more than ten
players.
?I think he (Robinson) did a good job
so far and you can see a lot of a dif-
ference even from the same players in
the last five or six games.?
Robinson emerged from a recruitment meeting on Thursday believing
he and the owner were in sync.
?We are, 100 per cent,? he said.
?He was very good in the meeting,
he?s not said ?no? yet.?
l United awards night special: P38
EVO-STIK SOUTH LEAGUE
WEST DIVISION
P W D L F A Pts
Taunton Tn
42 31 10 1 107 41 103
Salisbury
42 25 9 8 108 55 84
Wimborne Tn
Evesham Utd
Swindon S?marine
Didcot Tn
42
42
42
42
23
23
21
21
8
7
11
10
11
12
10
11
104
73
86
89
57
53
54
63
77
76
74
73
Cirencester Tn
Bideford
Bristol M Farm
AFC Totton
Winchester C
Kidlington
Cinderford Tn
Yate Tn
Larkhall Ath
Mangots?eld Utd
North Leigh
Paulton Rov
+Shortwood Utd
Slimbridge
Barnstaple Tn
42
42
42
42
42
42
41
42
42
42
42
42
41
42
42
22
21
20
19
17
15
14
14
13
10
10
10
9
9
7
7
9
9
9
10
12
12
14
6
11
8
7
10
8
8
13
12
13
14
15
15
15
14
23
21
24
25
22
25
27
93
79
83
65
73
80
78
72
66
53
53
57
59
54
53
74
58
61
49
66
64
67
74
78
86
84
81
121
130
105
73
72
69
66
61
57
54
53
45
41
38
37
37
35
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Bishops Cleeve
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+ withdrawing from league
Issue: 31,656
dpritchard@nqo.com
GOALKEEPER Sam Warrell
got on the scoresheet as
Kidlington ended their season
in fine style with an emphatic
5-0 victory at Shortwood
United last night.
The win sees the Greens
finish 12th in the West Division
of the Evo-Stik South League.
Lewis Coyle (2), Declan
Benjamin and Darius Browne
also found the net as Julian
McCalmon signed off as
manager on a high note.
Benjamin opened the
scoring from 30 yards on ten
minutes, before Coyle made it
2-0, latching on to Harry
Whitehead?s sublime pass.
Kidlington then won a
penalty on 36 minutes and
keeper Warrell surprisingly
stepped up to smash home.
Coyle and Browne then
scored late on for a
convincing win.
North Leigh fell to a 3-0
defeat at home to Cinderford
Town.
Richard Greaves scored
twice, either side of a James
Harding strike.
The Millers finished 17th in
the table as a result.
822521
David
Pritchard
Kidlington
goalkeeper
?nds net in
?ne victory
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Hostile environment
for ?ora and fauna too
NO-ONE should be surprised by
the callous treatment of citizens
of Caribbean background by a
heartless Government which, here
in Oxfordshire, is happy to create
the same hostile environment for
native ?ora and fauna.
First came the unwanted
expressway between two
universities linked in most minds
by mutual antipathy.
Now Defra plans to extend the
badger cull to Oxfordshire,
bringing terror to our rural lanes
as licensed cowboys on quad
bikes hunt down our largest
remaining carnivorous mammal.
People need to be alert to what
is going on.
Find out the views of your local
MP or councillor: do they support
this destruction no-one voted for?
If not, what will they do to
oppose it? It?s time for those who
truly believe in conservation to
stand up and be counted.
JOHN WHITE
Get in
touch:
Abingdon
Wonderful chance to
pay respects to Colin
I WOULD like to thank Colin
Dexter?s daughter Sally for giving
some of the staff who worked
with Colin for many years at the
University of Oxford Delegacy of
Local Examinations the chance to
pay their respects at his memorial
service.
It was the most moving, poignant
service so beautifully put together
by Sally and a small committee, in
the most beautiful setting of Christ
Church with a jolly civic reception
at the amazing Town Hall
afterwards. What a way to
celebrate his life and many
achievements.
We were all honoured to be able
to celebrate this lovely person and
the legacy that he has left Oxford.
One former staff member Nick
who had travelled down for the
event and was staying overnight
said: ?I can?t believe how
expensive the hotels are here,
there again I suppose we have
Colin to blame for making Oxford
so popular!?
Although Colin left the Delegacy
in 1988 he kept in touch with
many of the staff and regularly
came to our annual reunion at The
Plough Wolvercote, one of his
local haunts for many a year.
He will always have a place in
our hearts but we were all also
very aware that for Sally, her
brother Jeremy and his wife
Dorothy their loss is so much
bigger than anyone else?s,
celebrity friend, husband and
much loved dad. You could see by
the way the many celebrities who
were at the service spoke of him
that he had made a way into their
hearts as well and that they also
felt the loss.
You may be gone Colin (or
N.C.D as he was know by staff)
but you will certainly never be
forgotten and will live on as part of
Oxford?s rich history.
ROSEMARY COX
Prichard Road
Headington
Oxford
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IT HAPPENED IN...
1707: The Union of Scotland and
England was proclaimed.
1840: The ?rst Penny Black
stamps with Queen Victoria?s
head went on sale ?ve days
before the of?cial issue date.
1851: Queen Victoria opened
the Great Exhibition in the
Crystal Palace in Hyde Park,
which ran until October 11.
1873: Missionary and explorer
David Livingstone died of malaria
in central Africa.
The perennial problem
of county?s potholes
M
ORE than 30 years
later, it seems not a lot
has changed.
Amid the lobbying from
Mr Pothole in recent weeks
to improve the state of
Oxfordshire?s roads, this
picture from 1985 proves
the crumbling Tarmac in and
around the city is not a new
phenomenon.
Here, Edward Lockyer points
to the gaps in the road that
acted as the straw that broke
the camels back, or in this
case, the hole that broke the
bike.
The 27-year-old sent a bill
to the council after he said
he had to fork out for ?ve lots
of bike repairs in only seven
weeks because of the parlous
condition of Cowley Road.
The kitchen porter at
University College reached the
end of his tether after having
to ?x buckled bike wheels.
But despite the Groundhog
Day appearance of this story,
one thing has changed since
1985 ? his repair cost the then
astronomic sum of �, which
these days wouldn?t get you
very far, let alone back on the
road.
The bill was passed to the
council?s insurers, though it?s
not known if they paid out.
BIRTHDAYS...
Una Stubbs, actress, 81;
Judy Collins, singer, 79; Rita
Coolidge, singer, 73; Joanna
Lumley, actress, 72; Ray Parker
Jr, singer, 64; Lady Sarah
Chatto, daughter of Princess
Margaret and Lord Snowdon,
54; Tim McGraw, country
singer, 51; Wes Anderson,
director, 49
1912: The statue of Peter Pan
was installed in Kensington
Gardens, London. JM
Barrie, author of Peter Pan,
commissioned and paid for the
statue, although children were
told that fairies put it there.
1925: Cyprus became a British
colony, having originally been
annexed in 1914 when Turkey
supported Germany during the
First World War.
1931: US president Herbert
Hoover opened the Empire State
Building in New York. At 1,250ft
high and with 102 ?oors, it was
then the world?s tallest building.
1945: Nazi propaganda chief
Joseph Goebbels committed
suicide in his bunker.
1960: An American U2 spy
plane, piloted by Gary Powers,
was shot down over the Soviet
Union.
1968: Legoland Family Park
opened at Billund in Denmark.
2009: Carol Ann Duffy became
the ?rst female Poet Laureate in
the post?s 341-year history.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:
The proportion of women high
earners had not changed for six
years, despite moves to increase
diversity in senior positions, it
was reported.
ON
YER
BIKE
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CYCLING CAMPAIGNER
Alison Hill
The parallels
between driving
and smoking
I
?M STARTING to see the treatment of cyclists
and pedestrians like that of non-smokers in
years gone by. Everything was designed for
smokers, everyone was forced to inhale their
fumes because it was their ?right? to smoke.
Then we started to see things differently. We
changed.
This tweet from @suzy_dublin got me
thinking about the parallels between smoking
and car use.
To remind readers about how the public
attitude has changed about smoking, look
back over the last 60 years. A study by Sir
Richard Doll published in 1954 showed
beyond reasonable doubt that smoking causes
lung cancer. The harm done by smoking
has been con?rmed time and again and its
horrifying impact on disease, disability and
death is unquestioned.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive
chemicals around and it is dif?cult to give up
the habit. It has taken 60 years of action to
reduce smoking rates (from more than 50 per
cent to 16 per cent now), and for smoking to
be seen as antisocial.
Efforts by government has been across many
fronts. These include ?scal measures (eg
raising taxes on tobacco products), cessation
of all advertising, legislation for smoke-free
public places so those of us who don?t smoke
do not inhale second-hand smoke, legislation
to put health warnings on plain packs, and
smoking cessation programmes provided free
by the NHS. And the tobacco industry has
fought back ?ercely.
So back to that tweet. What are the parallels
with car ownership?
You could say car ownership is an addiction.
While there are all sorts of bene?ts to owning
a car, it is a habit that is very dif?cult to
break as it is so alluring, with door-to-door
journeys at the time of your choice, sitting in
the safety of a metal box, lots of freedom to
travel wherever and whenever. Car ownership
is a ?right? like
Car ownership
smoking was a
?right?.
is a ?right? like
But car use
smoking was a
also comes with
huge health
?right?
risks. Cars are
killing machines for their occupants who are at
risk of obesity and many other health issues.
Cars contribute to air pollution. Road injuries
involving cars create much human tragedy.
Active travel (cycling and walking) on the
other hand is associated with reduction in ill
health and prolongation of life, and believe
it or not, little injury. This is all supported by
compelling research evidence.
The health parallel to stopping smoking is
getting out of cars and walking or cycling
instead. And, like smoking, this requires action
on many fronts. Fiscal measures might include
increased fuel taxes, workplace parking levies,
and subsidies on public transport. Legislation
might include compulsory cycle training in the
national curriculum, and taking road space
away from cars. What about advertising?
Wouldn?t it be good if it was banned so that
we are no longer subjected to endless adverts
at the cinema? And of course, the car industry
plays dirty like the tobacco industry.
Public attitude about car use is changing,
but, unlike the smoking epidemic, I hope it
won?t take 60 years!
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DOUBLE CROSSWORD
Across
6. Infernally spiteful
female! (7)
7. I wail when the Hebrew
maid returns (5)
9. Keep away from a
vacuum (5)
10. Guards for the
timekeepers (7)
Down
1. Don?t disturb a spell of
duty (5)
2. This may get caught when
one is in position (6)
3. See 20 Down
4. Mother?s little cottage
shows charm (6)
5. Give me a term to produce
a device of current
importance (7)
8. Fire-fighting equipment
showing defects in the
hose (7)
11. Different educational levels
confuse the masters (7)
13. One who pesters the longdistance runner (7)
15. Put the middle piece of
the bulb in dumps to
produce flowers (6)
16. Hardly constitutes an
antonym for this! (6)
17. It may be described as
filthy and it could be
cruel (5)
20 & 3Dn. Would a
pieceworker be suitable
for assembling this? (6)
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.
T
R
QUICK CLUES
Across
6. Uniform (7)
7. Clip off (5)
9. Shred (5)
10. Attitude (7)
12. Last but one (11)
14. Allowable (11)
18. Stockings (7)
19. Daub (5)
21. Corner (5)
22. Exhaustion (7)
Down
1. Instruct (5)
2. Kind (6)
3. Uncooked (3)
4. Metre (6)
5. Recount (7)
8. Include (7)
11. Hasty (7)
13. Echo (7)
15. Chiefly (6)
16. Clear (6)
17. Uncertain (5)
20. Course (3)
1
14
2
15
3
16
4
17
5
18
6
19
7
20
8
21
9
22
10
23
11
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12
Hard
13
A
M
25
26
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
NINER
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
2359
gives a garment;
581495 gives another garment;
967895 gives a third garment.
2
3
4
6
N
S A
SPIRAL
Starting from 1, fill in the grid clockwise with
four-letter words. The last letter of each word
becomes the first letter of the next to reveal the
seven-letter key word in the shaded boxes.
1
2
7
8
9
3
9
10
14
15
8
11
4
16
7
12
6
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Young cow
Insect
Prayer ending
Standard
Trading centre
Sepulchre
Group of
countries
8. Deep sleep
Keyword clue:
A former U.S. president
5
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
Region
Singing voice
Unlock
Amphibian
Speak
Osculate
Male deer
Broad smile
Previous day?s solutions
DOUBLE CROSSWORD:
Cryptic: Across: 1
Crossroads; 7 Roost; 8
Locusts; 10 Preserve;
11 Opal; 13 Prison;
15 Sponge; 17 Pelt;
18 Stickers; 21
Rampage; 22 Fused;
23 Economical. Down:
1 Clove; 2 On the
dot; 3 Saliva; 4 Once;
5 Dustpan; 6 Graph
paper; 9 Silverside; 12
Specific; 14 Islamic;
16 Stream; 19 Easel;
20 Pain.
Quick: Across: 1
Cautionary; 7 Obese;
8 Replica; 10 Virtuoso;
11 List; 13 Rattle; 15
Tragic; 17 Akin; 18
Dreadful; 21 Trifled; 22
Built; 23 Antecedent.
Down: 1 Cheer; 2
Usefully; 3 Inrush;
4 Nips; 5 Railing;
6 Conversant; 9
Articulate; 12 Preamble;
14 Tuition; 16 Bridge;
19 Feint; 20 Else.
WORD WHEEL:
BILLOWING.
5
E
W
13
Codeword is the crossword puzzle with no clues. The number in each square
corresponds to a letter. Work out the words in the grid using the letters provided.
Fill in these known letters first, then use skill and judgement to work out the others.
1
R O
How you rate:
25, average; 35, good;
45, very good; 60 or more, excellent.
CODEWORD
Medium
SUDOKU
12. They are settled when
people have
departed (5,6)
14. The sounds of those
about to become
engaged (6,5)
18. A Roman Catholic
light? (3,4)
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WORD WHEEL
19. Publication produced by
man and wife (5)
21. You?ll find stacks out of
shape (5)
22. Steering devices required
for ploughman (7)
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CODEWORD: 1=B, 2=W,
3=K, 4=M, 5=O, 6=E,
7=Y, 8=X, 9=A, 10=H,
11=T, 12=F, 13=G, 14=I,
15=N, 16=D, 17=R,
18=L, 19=S, 20=Q,
21=P, 22=C, 23=U,
24=Z, 25=J, 26=V.
NINER:
ABUSIVELY
WORD SPIRAL
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