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No longer want your garden waste bin?

West Oxfordshire residents who are yet to inform the District Council that they no longer want their garden waste bin, should get in touch now to arrange removal. The Council is currently collecti...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2017 10:23:08

Wheelie bins for recycling

From October wheelie bins will replace black boxes for most of our recycling, the only exception being glass which will still be collected separately in black boxes. During the summer you will rec...[full story]
Posted : 20/06/2017 22:05:14

New council proposals focus on issues not restructuring

A document outlining counter-proposals to plans for the creation of a single unitary Oxfordshire council has been submitted to the new Government. It comes in response to the proposals for a unita...[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2017 15:42:28

Parliamentary candidates confirmed for Witney

The nominations period for standing as a Member of Parliament for the Witney constituency in the General election on 8 June has closed. The candidates are: Laetisia Carter (Labour) Robert Cou...[full story]
Posted : 12/05/2017 11:51:29

Chairman's event raises thousands for local charity

Chairman's event raises thousands for local charity
A children's charity has been given a boost of more than £3,000 thanks to a special fundraising event. Helen and Douglas House in Oxford, which offers respite and end of life care for children, yo...[full story]
Posted : 28/04/2017 12:06:41

Dancers in the frame at special exhibition

Dancers in the frame at special exhibition
A photographic exhibition celebrating the mature dancer is to go on display in Witney. Joie de Vivre is a collection of images designed to showcase the beauty and vitality of older dancers with th...[full story]
Posted : 21/04/2017 18:35:14

Call for voters to register in time for elections this May

With local elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Oxfordshire are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May. The c...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2017 09:53:53

Sign up now for garden waste collections

Sign up now for garden waste collections
Letters are being sent to householders in West Oxfordshire encouraging them to sign up for a new opt-in garden waste collection service. The new subscription-only service starts from the beginning...[full story]
Posted : 07/02/2017 10:46:27

Warning issued over council tax scam

West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard against bogus callers telling them their council tax bands maybe too high. Several residents have been in touch with the District Council sayin...[full story]
Posted : 01/02/2017 16:36:38

Exciting news from Cogges

Cogges has had a terrific start to the new year! We're delighted to say that we'll be launching an ambitious and exciting £1.95m project exploring 1,000 years of Cogges' history and interpreting the s...[full story]
Posted : 24/01/2017 17:55:09

Council to acquire meadowland in Witney

Cabinet members have given the green light for West Oxfordshire District Council to acquire an area of meadow land near Witney town centre. The site covering 0.92 acres is adjacent to Bishop’s Far...[full story]
Posted : 17/01/2017 15:09:11

Public event to showcase playground plans

Plans to expand playground facilities at Madley Park in Witney are to go on display to the public. West Oxfordshire District Council has arranged for three designs for the scheme to be exhibited a...[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2017 18:22:04

Witney Crash - A40 closed

The A40 dual carriageway is closed between the Burford roundabout and the junction at the A415 for Witney following a major crash this morning. It is being reported that one person has died and two ar...[full story]
Posted : 28/12/2016 11:04:19

Residents urged to recycle their Christmas tree

Residents urged to recycle their Christmas tree
Residents are being reminded that they can recycle their Christmas tree with their garden waste. Real trees, along with holly, ivy and mistletoe can be put out for recycling after garden waste col...[full story]
Posted : 23/12/2016 12:01:57

Cabinet backs new devolution plan

West Oxfordshire District councillors have backed revised plans for a new devolution deal. The new plan proposes the formation of a combined authority involving Oxfordshire’s district councils and...[full story]
Posted : 16/12/2016 21:04:32

Green light for new parking strategy

A comprehensive new parking strategy is on track for West Oxfordshire following approval by councillors. Cabinet members voted in favour of the strategy which will sets out the need for more parki...[full story]
Posted : 15/12/2016 13:59:38

Christmas Recycling

With so much waste produced over the festive season, West Oxfordshire District Council has put measures in place to help residents recycle as much as possible. The Council will be collecting extra ...[full story]
Posted : 14/12/2016 08:40:09

Good practice of clearing autumn leaves

Good practice of clearing autumn leaves
West Oxfordshire District Council collects hundreds of tonnes of fallen leaves from footpaths and streets each autumn helping to prevent flooding during heavy downpours and maintaining a clean and saf...[full story]
Posted : 30/11/2016 17:46:21

West Oxfordshire supporting Small Business Saturday

West Oxfordshire supporting Small Business Saturday
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting Small Business Saturday on 3 December and is urging people to shop locally at independent retailers and reminding everyone that car parking is free in t...[full story]
Posted : 29/11/2016 14:20:08

Witney Shopmobility service a gift for Christmas shoppers

Witney Shopmobility service a gift for Christmas shoppers
Elderly and disabled residents looking to ease their Christmas shopping worries are being urged to use a free service designed to make their trip easier. Witney Shopmobility offers the use of a mo...[full story]
Posted : 25/11/2016 15:43:54

Parking in place for key bus service

Parking in place for key bus service
The operators of a voluntary bus service have welcomed a council move to arrange car parking while passengers enjoy their shopping trip. The Villager service which operates services from Chipping ...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2016 18:37:36

Draft Local Plan event prompts big response

Residents and businesses in Witney flocked to the first public exhibition of the West Oxfordshire draft Local Plan. Within the first hour of opening at the town’s Corn Exchange, scores of people h...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2016 13:28:20

BT public payphone removals consultation

BT has identified 72 public payphones in the district that they propose to remove and they have placed consultation notices on all the relevant payphones. View the BT consultation letter, including...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2016 17:42:52

Have your say on district's parking strategy

Following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year, West Oxfordshire District Council is now seeking people’s views on its’ new parking strategy. Over 2,600 people completed the c...[full story]
Posted : 01/11/2016 13:40:59

Council Leader appoints new Cabinet members

West Oxfordshire District Council Leader James Mills has appointed two new members to his Cabinet. Cllr Carol Reynolds will take on responsibility for Environment and Community Safety, while Cllr ...[full story]
Posted : 28/10/2016 16:34:15

The final act of Halloween - recycle your pumpkin!

The final act of Halloween - recycle your pumpkin!
Don’t let your Halloween pumpkin go to waste … That is the message from West Oxfordshire District Council which is keen to see as many pumpkins recycled as possible. Once Halloween is over, re...[full story]
Posted : 21/10/2016 11:49:47

Robert Courts elected new Conservative MP

Conservative candidate Robert Courts had been elected to replace David Cameron as the MP for Witney to replace David Cameron. Liberal Democrat candidate Liz Leffman polled 11,611 votes giving Tory ...[full story]
Posted : 21/10/2016 09:02:55

Get crafty to shine a light in Carterton

Organisers of a special celebration in Carterton are hoping this year’s event will be bigger and brighter than ever. Free workshops are being held in November to give people the chance to make the...[full story]
Posted : 20/10/2016 15:57:59

Christmas waste and recycling information

Collection dates: Normal Collection --> Revised Collection Monday 26 December --> Wednesday 28 December Tuesday 27 December --> Thursday 29 December Wednesday 28 December --> Friday 30 Decembe...[full story]
Posted : 19/10/2016 21:38:38

Beware fraudsters claiming to be from the HMRC

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned of a phone scam that is currently taking place across the country. Fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are calling unsus...[full story]
Posted : 05/10/2016 09:30:01

New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire’s new waste and recycling collection dates are now published for the next 12 months and can be viewed and downloaded online at www.westoxon.gov.uk. As well as accessing online ...[full story]
Posted : 26/09/2016 16:25:24

David Cameron steps down as Witney MP

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to stand down as MP for Witney. He had said he would continue as an MP until the next general election, but today's resignation will trigger a by-election ...[full story]
Posted : 12/09/2016 16:10:54

Council supports power cuts helpline

West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut. Many ...[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2016 17:30:25

Council pledges food waste reduction target

West Oxfordshire District Council has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment, a pledge to cut food and drink waste by 20 per cent before 2025. The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a voluntary agreement...[full story]
Posted : 16/08/2016 18:07:09

Cash boost for group looking to save bus services

A new co-operative to commission local bus services across West Oxfordshire is to be set up after councillors agreed to fund its start-up costs. A total of £800 will be allocated to the group whic...[full story]
Posted : 29/07/2016 10:02:53

Exciting new retail business opens in Witney

Exciting new retail business opens in Witney
An exciting new retail business opened at 47 Market Square in Witney on Saturday 9th July - The Little Emporium. Previously home to Cotswold Kids, the Grade II listed 2-storey shop now features a g...[full story]
Posted : 12/07/2016 14:02:56

Special honour for Sir Barry Norton

Special honour for Sir Barry Norton
Former West Oxfordshire District Council Leader Sir Barry Norton has been made an Honorary Alderman. Sir Barry is the first councillor in the district to receive the ceremonial title since the dis...[full story]
Posted : 29/06/2016 18:54:43

Early announcement of waste and recycling service changes

From October next year (2017) West Oxfordshire residents will be able to put the majority of recycling items that are currently placed in black boxes, all together into a wheelie bin. Glass, howev...[full story]
Posted : 24/06/2016 14:38:17

Let the games begin for over-55s

Senior West Oxfordshire residents are being invited to take part in a special sporting competition. The Better Club Games targeted at the over-55s are being held at the Windrush Leisure Centre in ...[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2016 16:26:43

Watch out for your poll card in the post

Poll cards for those registered to vote in upcoming elections have now been posted to residents by West Oxfordshire District Council. The elections for 17 district seats, all seats on 19 Town and P...[full story]
Posted : 31/03/2016 13:01:21

Work to start on town centre improvements

Work to start on town centre improvements
A high footfall area in the centre of Witney is to be repaved making it safer and more attractive for residents and visitors. The area is at the lower end of the Market Square, near the Woolgate e...[full story]
Posted : 29/03/2016 09:28:15

West Oxfordshire Sports Awards celebrate the cream of the crop

The cream of West Oxfordshire’s sporting talent joined unsung heroes of the community to be honoured at a special awards ceremony. A total of 45 individuals and organisations were honoured for the...[full story]
Posted : 17/03/2016 13:28:28

Check your Easter bin collection times

West Oxfordshire residents are being reminded to check their bin collection times over the Easter weekend. Refuse and recycling collections will take place as normal on Good Friday (25 March) but ...[full story]
Posted : 10/03/2016 18:41:36

Open weekend set for lift-off

The countdown has begun to a special event offering residents discounted entry to a host of visitor attractions across West Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. The Welcome Open Weekend (WOW) is being he...[full story]
Posted : 10/03/2016 18:27:47

Spinathon team raises £900 for Sport Relief

Spinathon team raises £900 for Sport Relief
Staff and members at the Windrush Leisure Centre got on their bikes to raise more than £900 for charity. A total of 53 people saddled up for the 24-hour Spinathon with the all-night vigil maintain...[full story]
Posted : 04/03/2016 15:55:13

Dog owners urged to heed the microchip message

Dog owners are being reminded that it will soon be compulsory to have their four legged friend microchipped. From April 6, any dog that is found not to have been microchipped could see the owner f...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2016 09:28:08

Parking survey revs up huge response

A survey of car parking in West Oxfordshire has generated a massive response from residents and businesses. Within the first few days of its launch, more than 1,000 forms were submitted and the nu...[full story]
Posted : 12/02/2016 14:44:32

Tourist attractions urged to sign up to welcome local visitors

West Oxfordshire District Council’s tourism team is calling all local tourist attractions to sign up to a Welcome Open Weekend (WOW) this April. The special weekend, which runs from Friday 15 to Su...[full story]
Posted : 12/02/2016 12:13:11

Major survey aims to address car parking needs

West Oxfordshire residents and businesses are being asked for their views and opinions about car parking in its towns and villages. The District Council has drawn up an in-depth survey to help gai...[full story]
Posted : 08/02/2016 13:17:46

Witney Choir to sing Handel’s Messiah at The Royal Albert Hall, London

For the past 2 years, West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts’ has taken a group of adult singers to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at TRAH London as part of ‘The Really Big Chorus’. Last year, we to...[full story]
Posted : 04/02/2016 14:00:28

Book your tickets for Mother's Day Tea at Cogges

What could be more special than afternoon tea in the manor house at Cogges? Treat your lovely mum to Mother's Day Tea, serving fresh sandwiches, indulgent cream teas and the most delicious cake made a...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2016 11:33:52

Ditch clearance programme aids flood prevention

Workers from Ubico, West Oxfordshire District Council’s maintenance company, have completed a major programme of ditch clearance in the district. A total of five kilometres of ditches controlled by...[full story]
Posted : 22/01/2016 15:13:28

Five star service from charity café

Five star service from charity café
A social enterprise café is going from strength to strength after picking up glowing reviews from customers. The cafe, operated by the Yellow Submarine charity in the Windrush Leisure Centre, has e...[full story]
Posted : 22/01/2016 09:57:27

Motorists advised to steer clear of double yellow lines

Motorists obstructing traffic by parking illegally at any time of the day or night are at risk of receiving penalty charge notices from West Oxfordshire District Council. As well as patrolling the...[full story]
Posted : 21/01/2016 16:56:27

Way forward agreed for Local Plan

Cabinet Members at West Oxfordshire District Council have now agreed a timetable for taking the Local Plan forward. Planning Inspector Simon Emerson had previously recommended that elements of the...[full story]
Posted : 19/01/2016 15:50:16

Christmas / New Year Bin Collection Dates

A few of you have asked us about the bin collection dates in the Witney area this week: Monday 11 January collections to be collected on Tuesday 12 January Tuesday 12 January collections to be col...[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2016 19:41:00

West Oxfordshire joins UK’s biggest clean-up

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging its residents to take action against litter by joining in with the nation's biggest ever clean-up. In the run up to The Queen's 90th birthday celeb...[full story]
Posted : 11/01/2016 17:02:19

Grants and awards now open for West Oxfordshire sports champions

The search is on to find sports coaches, clubs and unsung heroes deserving of recognition in the 2016 West Oxfordshire Sports Awards. Nominations are being taken for Sports Coach of the Year, Spor...[full story]
Posted : 06/01/2016 12:12:21

Christmas tree recycling

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to put their real Christmas trees out for recycling from Monday 18 January. Householders simply need to put their Christmas tree – and any...[full story]
Posted : 22/12/2015 17:24:09

Green light for pioneering rural broadband project

West Oxfordshire is set to become one of the first districts in the country to have full coverage of superfast broadband across all rural areas, as details of an investment programme are formally anno...[full story]
Posted : 09/12/2015 17:50:27

Festive waste and recycling information

As we head into the festive season, West Oxfordshire District Council is reminding residents to recycle as much as possible and look out for changes to bin collection dates. It’s one of the most wa...[full story]
Posted : 09/12/2015 10:17:24

Festive gifts galore at Visitor Information Centres

West Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centres (VICs) are getting into the Christmas spirit with gifts and decorations on sale – and are giving you the chance to grab a bargain during a special discou...[full story]
Posted : 27/11/2015 09:22:32

Local Oxfordshire Chain of Stores Continue to Win Awards

Brown Bear Mother and Baby Store on Mill Walk in Witney, Oxfordshire, has received the seal of approval from the preschool industry, by winning the Best Independent Apparel Retailer category in this y...[full story]
Posted : 24/11/2015 12:59:35

Find out what happens to your food waste on free tour

In the run up to Christmas, West Oxfordshire residents are invited to a free tour of the Agrivert's food waste plant to find out what happens to food leftovers collected weekly by the Council. B...[full story]
Posted : 10/11/2015 14:41:39

Hearing dates set for Local Plan Examination

West Oxfordshire District Council's Local Plan examination is underway and dates are set for two separate hearing sessions. The first session dealing with strategic matters will begin at 10am on M...[full story]
Posted : 10/11/2015 00:31:21

Residents asked for views on waste and recycling collections

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being asked for comments about their household waste and recycling collections to help the Council plan for any future changes. A short survey asks residents for ...[full story]
Posted : 06/11/2015 11:28:19

Gatekeeper makes its next move, in another turn away from tradition

Traditionally, estate and letting agents have found an office in a pricey High Street position, opening further pricey branches as they expand. For eleven years now, Gatekeeper has been operating in f...[full story]
Posted : 28/10/2015 17:21:11

Helping aspiring homeowners create their own grand designs

West Oxfordshire District Council is on the look-out for anyone with a local connection to the District who has ‘grand designs’ to build their own home. As part of the Government’s ‘Self-build and...[full story]
Posted : 28/10/2015 13:35:33

Residents urged to respond as consultation draws to a close

With only days to go before Oxfordshire County Council’s A40 consultation ends, West Oxfordshire District Council is urging residents to make their views known. Oxfordshire County Council is consu...[full story]
Posted : 28/10/2015 11:10:01

Councillors object to household waste recycling centres closure proposal

West Oxfordshire District Council is strongly opposing the proposed closure of some of Oxfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. The District Council is responding to Oxfordshire County Cou...[full story]
Posted : 15/10/2015 12:24:39

Pumpkin recycling

West Oxfordshire residents are being reminded to recycle their pumpkins this Halloween. Residents can either leave their pumpkins at the side of their food waste bin to be picked up as part of the...[full story]
Posted : 09/10/2015 12:34:10

Supporting Mental Health awareness with tea, talk and music!

West Oxfordshire residents are invited to join local musicians, volunteers and mental health organisations to support a mental health awareness event on Friday 9 October. Members of the public can po...[full story]
Posted : 01/10/2015 17:24:59

Residents urged to respond to household waste recycling centres closure proposals

With only days to go before Oxfordshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres consultation ends, West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to speak up regarding the proposed closure of D...[full story]
Posted : 01/10/2015 12:48:42

Over 20,000 electoral registration reminders to be sent out

Letters reminding West Oxfordshire residents to confirm their electoral registration details are being sent out this week. The District Council wrote to all households last month and over 20,000 a...[full story]
Posted : 17/09/2015 15:07:37

New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire residents can now download their waste and recycling calendars for the next 12 months from: www.westoxon.gov.uk Those who live in the area can simply enter their address in the ‘po...[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2015 16:03:35

A busy season for treating wasps

A busy season for treating wasps
West Oxfordshire District Council’s pest control service has had an extremely busy summer season dealing with a sharp rise in call outs by households and businesses to treat wasps’ nests. During J...[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2015 15:38:16

Grants up to £50k available for community improvements

Communities once again have the chance to apply for grants up to £50,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council, to help improve facilities that benefit local people. The Council’s Community Facil...[full story]
Posted : 02/09/2015 17:24:22

Council urges prompt action to keep electoral registration costs down

West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to help keep public sector costs down by responding promptly, and if possible electronically, when they receive their electoral registration forms. The C...[full story]
Posted : 11/08/2015 14:54:44

Updated waste and recycling calendars available mid-September

Updated waste and recycling calendars, for October 2015 to September 2016, will be available to download from West Oxfordshire District Council’s website from mid-September. These calendars will r...[full story]
Posted : 07/08/2015 18:03:30

Witney North by-election

Five candidates are hoping to represent Witney North ward following a West Oxfordshire District Council by-election on Thursday 20 August. Full details of all the candidates for the one vacancy are...[full story]
Posted : 04/08/2015 17:15:14

Cogges Beer and Cider Festival- Friday 31st July - Saturday 1st August

Celebrate our 4th Annual Beer and Cider Festival this weekend at Cogges. Looking to be even bigger and better than before, join us and indulge in one, or many of the 30+ beers and ciders on offer...[full story]
Posted : 29/07/2015 18:44:51

Charity cafe celebrates opening

Charity cafe celebrates opening
A social enterprise cafe, under new management by the charity Yellow Submarine, was officially opened today by David Cameron, Prime Minister and Witney MP. The cafe, based at the Windrush Leisure C...[full story]
Posted : 24/07/2015 18:11:50

West Oxfordshire Local Plan submitted for examination

The District Council has formally submitted its draft Local Plan to Government for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Responses were received from around 150 individuals and org...[full story]
Posted : 24/07/2015 10:53:14

Revamp for leisure centre café as charity takes over management

Fresh, homemade food and new décor is on the menu for the Windrush Leisure Centre café as a charity prepares to take over its management. The Yellow Submarine charity provides opportunities for you...[full story]
Posted : 22/05/2015 20:22:00

Conservatives Win the 2015 General Election

Witney MP will remain as Prime Minister following the Conservative 2015 General Election win. Mr Cameron has returned to Downing Street after a brief meeting with the Queen this afternoon. Liber...[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2015 13:08:49

Depot services change will save money while keeping high standards

West Oxfordshire District Council is making further efficiency savings by working together with a local-authority owned company to deliver street cleansing, grounds maintenance, sandbag provision and ...[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2015 02:44:01

New fixed price boiler scheme launched

A new ‘fixed price’ scheme offering a top quality gas boiler is now open to all West Oxfordshire households. The new scheme not only supplies a high-rated energy-efficient boiler for £2,700, but i...[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2015 14:24:07

Grants up to £50k to help breathe new life into community facilities

West Oxfordshire District Council is once again giving communities the chance to apply for grants up to £50,000 to help improve facilities that benefit residents and visitors. Local communities ca...[full story]
Posted : 26/03/2015 22:21:04

Are you registered to vote? Look out for your letter

With the General, district and parish elections approaching, West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to look out for letters being sent to their homes to check they are included on the new electora...[full story]
Posted : 13/02/2015 12:43:23

Deadline approaching for Sports Awards nominations

West Oxfordshire District Council is reminding people not to miss out on the chance to put forward their nominations for the 2015 West Oxfordshire Sports Awards. Members of the public are invited t...[full story]
Posted : 04/02/2015 10:52:44

Olympic legacy continues to inspire in West Oxfordshire

Free taster sessions are being run to inspire more disabled people to get involved in sports and leisure activities as part of the continuing Olympics legacy in West Oxfordshire. The ‘Inclusion Ins...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2015 16:42:46

Calling West Oxfordshire’s sports champions and stars of the future

The search is on to find sports coaches, clubs and unsung heroes deserving of recognition in the 2015 West Oxfordshire Sports Awards. Nominations are being taken for Sports Coach of the Year, Sport...[full story]
Posted : 09/01/2015 10:52:06

Langdale Hall listed as an Asset of Community Value

Langdale Hall, Witney, has been listed as an Asset of Community Value by West Oxfordshire District Council. The decision to list the building, in Langdale Gate, was taken on 17 December following a...[full story]
Posted : 19/12/2014 17:42:16

Bin stickers to help with food recycling

West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to recycle their food waste in a bid to increase recycling rates and divert more waste from landfill. Starting Monday 8 December, the Council’s waste...[full story]
Posted : 05/12/2014 17:19:04

Shops gear up for Small Business Saturday

West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to shop locally at independent retailers, as well as being reminded that parking is free in the District throughout the year. These messages are part of...[full story]
Posted : 02/12/2014 18:11:10

Market helps to draw in Christmas shoppers

Market helps to draw in Christmas shoppers
Christmas is already in full swing at Witney market with stalls piled high with festive gifts and produce including cards and gift wrap, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants, sweets and bisc...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2014 17:49:56

Grab a festive bargain at Visitor Information Centres

Grab a festive bargain at Visitor Information Centres
West Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centres are getting into the Christmas spirit with gifts and decorations on sale – and are giving you the chance to grab a bargain during a special discount week...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2014 16:12:20

Improved online planning system up and running

People should find it simpler to view, track and comment on planning applications in West Oxfordshire following the launch of a new online planning system by the District Council. The Council has u...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2014 15:33:00

Remembrance Sunday service for WW1 centenary year

West Oxfordshire District Council will pay its respects at a service to mark Remembrance Sunday as part of ongoing commemorations of the centenary of World War One. The Council’s Chairman, Cllr No...[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2014 12:02:00

Training for local businesses on how to tender

Local suppliers in West Oxfordshire can find out how to do business with the District Council by attending a free lunchtime workshop. Council procurement experts will explain how goods and service...[full story]
Posted : 25/09/2014 12:12:53

Step closer to kick off for West Oxfordshire’s first inclusive football team

Training sessions are being opened to younger disabled people and those with special educational needs as a football club moves closer to setting up West Oxfordshire’s first inclusive team. Inclus...[full story]
Posted : 12/09/2014 17:29:59

Exhibitions held as part of Local Plan consultation

The District Council is reminding people about exhibitions being held as part of consultation on proposals for future development in West Oxfordshire. The Council is holding the events as part of a...[full story]
Posted : 26/08/2014 10:05:01

FREE inclusive sports session at Witney open to all

The Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney is hosting the last in a series of taster sessions to encourage 14 to 25 year olds with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) to have a go at a variety ...[full story]
Posted : 08/08/2014 17:24:56

FREE inclusive sports sessions to launch new project

Free taster sessions are being offered to help launch a new project to increase sports opportunities for young people in West Oxfordshire who have a disability or behavioural difficulty. The Counci...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2014 12:37:21

Man bailed in connection with fatal collision in Witney

An 18-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal collision in Witney has been bailed by police. The man, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a collision ...[full story]
Posted : 01/07/2014 18:19:44

Fatal collision – Witney

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Witney earlier today (30/6). Officers were called to Curbridge Road at 8.12am to reports that a car had collided with ...[full story]
Posted : 30/06/2014 16:17:45

Lights Up memory club comes to Carterton

Unlocking memories through the arts is having such a positive impact on people attending the ‘Lights Up’ arts and memory club in Chipping Norton that a second West Oxfordshire club is opening in Carte...[full story]
Posted : 06/06/2014 08:46:52

Support for economy to continue as unemployment drops

West Oxfordshire District Council is vowing to continue its support for businesses and the local economy after unemployment dropped to pre-recession levels. Latest Jobseeker’s Allowance figures sh...[full story]
Posted : 28/05/2014 12:37:33

Ambitious step in strive to secure full high-speed broadband coverage

The District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to back an independent service provider in a bid to secure superfast broadband for as many residents and businesses as possible across rural West Oxfordshire....[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2014 19:44:39

Cogges - Bank Holiday Monday Opening

Why not come along to Cogges this weekend and Bank Holiday Monday and visit the manor house, farm and cafe. Animal handling at 12 and 2pm, stay for lunch or tea and cake in the Cafe at Cogges, or s...[full story]
Posted : 02/05/2014 12:09:40

Nets and all-weather pitch will boost cricket in Carterton

A cricket club that brings together the military and civilian communities in Carterton is hoping to expand after work was completed to create top-class training nets and an all-weather pitch. Kilk...[full story]
Posted : 30/04/2014 15:44:03

Hopes of kicking off West Oxfordshire’s first inclusive football team

Inclusive football training will be running for FREE as part of a pilot to give more young disabled people in West Oxfordshire the chance to get involved in the sport. Sessions for 12 to 16-year-o...[full story]
Posted : 09/04/2014 13:02:33

Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover

Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover
Do you know someone who always goes above and beyond the call of duty who is in need of help with their home? We're looking for deserving people facing everyday design problems, who deserve our help -...[full story]
Posted : 09/04/2014 12:17:38

Defibrillator funding scheme opens for applications

Defibrillator funding scheme opens for applications
Applications are now being taken for a funding scheme to help roll out life-saving defibrillators across West Oxfordshire. West Oxfordshire District Council is giving every town and parish council...[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2014 17:01:54

Forward-thinking councils win efficiency award

Innovative partnership work, between West Oxfordshire District Council and three other local authorities, is set to be given a further boost with a £500,000 grant from central Government. Local Gov...[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2014 16:52:09

West Oxfordshire's Council Tax remains second lowest

Figures released by the Government show that West Oxfordshire District Council is, once again, charging the second lowest council tax rate out of all the 201 shire district councils in England. We...[full story]
Posted : 31/03/2014 16:28:14

Sports and arts clubs recognised for welcoming disabled people

Sports and arts clubs recognised for welcoming disabled people
A new scheme is being launched in West Oxfordshire to recognise sports and arts clubs that are inclusive and welcoming to disabled people. West Oxfordshire District Council has worked with local d...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2014 11:52:22

Jog along and get fitter for summer

Jog along and get fitter for summer
Dust off your trainers and get set for group jogging sessions in West Oxfordshire led by a qualified instructor to help you on the road to getting fitter and healthier. A new round of 8-week ‘Just...[full story]
Posted : 20/03/2014 11:40:53

Grants up to £50,000 to help communities improve facilities

Communities in West Oxfordshire have the chance to apply for grants up to £50,000 to help improve facilities that benefit residents and visitors. West Oxfordshire District Council is offering the ...[full story]
Posted : 14/03/2014 13:45:34

Over £1m Business Rate Relief scheme for West Oxfordshire retailers

The go ahead has been given for a Government-funded scheme that will provide more than £1m in Business Rate Relief to West Oxfordshire retailers over the next two years. West Oxfordshire District ...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2014 17:36:52

Financial support for flood affected properties

Households and businesses in West Oxfordshire hit by recent flooding can apply for government grants to help with recovery and costs. Householders are eligible for a Council Tax discount and bus...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2014 17:36:06

Spring opening at Cogges Manor

Opening Weekend Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March 10.30am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Cogges Manor Farm, Witney Open 22nd March – 2nd November 2014 Don your wellies as Witney's popula...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2014 17:35:22

Grants extended to help communities commemorate First World War

A grant scheme that supports the development of arts and heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire is being widened this year to help communities commemorate the First World War. 2014 marks 100 ye...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2014 17:33:20

New emergency unit providing vital service

Praise has been given for a new emergency unit in Witney which enables patients to be treated closer to home, helping to ease pressure at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. West Oxfordshire ...[full story]
Posted : 20/02/2014 20:10:29

Deadline draws near for sporting nominations

Residents are reminded that the 20 February deadline to make their West Oxfordshire sporting award nominations and apply for sports grants is now drawing nearer. West Oxfordshire’s Sports Coach of...[full story]
Posted : 12/02/2014 17:33:50

Olympic year for tourism in West Oxfordshire

Latest figures reveal that tourism-related spending in West Oxfordshire rose by 3% in 2012, with the District seeing the highest increase in the county. Tourism spending increased from £260.4m in ...[full story]
Posted : 31/01/2014 16:06:23

Volunteer Open Day at Cogges

After a successful season in 2013, Cogges Manor Farm will be throwing open the gates and inviting people to come along to the Volunteer Open Day on Saturday 15th February for a chance to see behind th...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2014 18:34:36

Hotel staff go litter picking

Hotel staff go litter picking
Before next weeks opening (3 Feb) of a new 57-bed hotel in Witney, staff at the Premier Inn spent a day working in the community. Hotel staff approached West Oxfordshire District Council volunteeri...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2014 17:48:15

Snap up a prize by capturing beautiful West Oxfordshire on camera

The search is on to find photographs that capture the very best of West Oxfordshire. From scenic images of local towns, villages, countryside and buildings, to atmospheric shots encapsulating what...[full story]
Posted : 22/01/2014 17:04:54

FREE microchipping

West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to make it their New Year’s Resolution to get their dog microchipped for FREE. Appointments will be on selected dates during January and February at...[full story]
Posted : 03/01/2014 09:28:58

West Oxfordshire undercover test purchasing operation

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a test purchasing operation. On Friday 20 December twelve l...[full story]
Posted : 24/12/2013 10:48:00

Urgent meeting held over Witney Post Office move

Council leaders held an urgent meeting today (20 December) with representatives from the Post Office and WHSmith in response to concerns expressed both by the Council and local residents about the pro...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2013 16:49:39

Support to extend high-speed broadband for rural West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet has recommended allocating £1.6m to extend high speed broadband coverage to reach as many residential and business premises as possible across rural West Oxfo...[full story]
Posted : 11/12/2013 17:47:53

Gold again for West Oxfordshire’s stray dog service

West Oxfordshire District Council has for the second year running again gained a top gold award from the RSPCA for its work with stray dogs. The Council has also been highly commended for the inno...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2013 17:34:34

Cogges For Christmas

Visit historic Cogges for a magical Christmas 2013 and meet a very special guest from the North Pole! Christmas is coming and Cogges is set to sparkle with festive fairy dust, Sunday 8th Decemb...[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2013 13:03:35

Proposed move for Witney Post Office

Leading councillors at West Oxfordshire District Council are writing to the Post Office expressing concerns about the proposed relocation of Witney Post Office from the Market Square to WH Smiths in t...[full story]
Posted : 29/11/2013 16:53:24

Marriotts Walk launches festive toy appeal

Marriotts Walk shopping centre is urging Oxfordshire shoppers to ‘Give a Child a Gift’ this Christmas with the launch of its festive toy appeal, which will run until Saturday December 21st. Shopp...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2013 18:57:39

Grants boost for community projects

Grants agreed by West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet are set to unlock nearly £470,000 investment into the district’s local economy and cultural facilities infrastructure. A total of over ...[full story]
Posted : 27/11/2013 12:20:35

Witney Shopmobility celebrates anniversary

A special open day event is taking place at Witney Shopmobility on Thursday 28 November to celebrate the service’s 10th anniversary. Current users and anyone with mobility issues considering using...[full story]
Posted : 22/11/2013 11:12:17

FREE dog microchipping

There will be six free dog microchipping days in the New Year. Booking is essential for West Oxfordshire District Council’s free dog microchipping service at: · WFS Country Shop, Burford Road, ...[full story]
Posted : 19/11/2013 15:36:53

Bus services vital across rural West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has agreed to send a ‘strong and clear’ response to Oxfordshire County Council that the District Council considers that the bus services currently operating...[full story]
Posted : 18/11/2013 13:23:47

Go-ahead for senior management merger

West Oxfordshire District Council has approved a proposal to merge most of its senior management team with neighbouring Cotswold District Council in a move which could realise additional joint savings...[full story]
Posted : 14/11/2013 15:44:53

Ditch clearance gets under way to help reduce flooding risk

Ditch clearance is being carried out as part of the District Council’s continuing flood defence work in West Oxfordshire. More than 4,500 metres of ditches that fall under the Council’s responsibi...[full story]
Posted : 30/10/2013 17:36:08

Working to secure high-speed broadband for rural West Oxfordshire

The District Council is exploring options to secure better high-speed broadband coverage for rural West Oxfordshire. Leader Cllr Barry Norton has announced that he wants the Council to look at pos...[full story]
Posted : 24/10/2013 14:18:30

Fly-tipping down in West Oxfordshire

Latest figures show that fly-tipping has reduced by nearly a third in West Oxfordshire since 2006, when the District Council set up a team dedicated to cracking down on the problem. In 2006-07, th...[full story]
Posted : 14/10/2013 15:12:04

Beautiful South finalists

West Oxfordshire tourism organisations have once again been selected as among the best in the region by Tourism South East. The following have been shortlisted for Beautiful South Awards for Excel...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2013 18:49:11

Parking changes to cater for demand in Witney

Time limits at two Witney car parks will be changing this month to better meet demand for short-stay parking. West Oxfordshire District Council is making the changes from 21 October, ahead of the ...[full story]
Posted : 09/10/2013 12:04:25

Marriotts Walk Retailer Fresh celebrates its third anniversary!

Time flies when you are having fun, which is certainly the motto at Fresh as the only independent card and gifts store in Marriotts Walk celebrates its third anniversary. Owner Paul Hobbs says, “We ar...[full story]
Posted : 30/09/2013 16:58:31

Two Oxfordshire pubs to serve up Pink Drinks for Pink October

The Blue Boar in Witney and Old Post Office in Wallingford are delighted to announce that, along with Oakman Inns’ other pubs across the Home Counties, will be raising funds for Scannappeal during ‘Pi...[full story]
Posted : 30/09/2013 16:35:42

Be 'in the know' about your bin collection dates

The latest waste collection calendars providing details of bin collection dates for West Oxfordshire over the next year are available to view on the District Council’s website, www.westoxon.gov.uk ...[full story]
Posted : 20/09/2013 12:44:39

Blue Boar Signs Three Year Sponsorship Deal With Witney RFC

Blue Boar Signs Three Year Sponsorship Deal With Witney RFC
Oakman Inns is delighted to announce that the Blue Boar, Witney's landmark Coaching Inn, has signed a three year agreement as the new Main Club Sponsor of the town’s Rugby Club. The new collaborat...[full story]
Posted : 20/09/2013 12:14:49

Safeguarding and improving markets in Witney

The go ahead has been given for improvements to markets in Witney in a bid to bring new opportunities for stallholders and shoppers, while safeguarding its market town heritage. West Oxfordshire Di...[full story]
Posted : 19/09/2013 13:44:24

‘2 for 1’ entry at many West Oxfordshire attractions

The popular West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) is back this September with many local attractions throwing open their doors to give free or discounted entry to the District’s residents. From Monday 23 Se...[full story]
Posted : 04/09/2013 09:01:12

Izi’s Bar, Witney

West Oxfordshire District Council is sorry to hear that Izi’s Bar in Witney is closing, but strongly refutes the statement that this is due to the Council doubling business rates. The Council has had...[full story]
Posted : 03/09/2013 19:17:26

Discounted gym offer for young people

Starting this month, gym sessions for 14 -25 year olds will only cost £2.50 at West Oxfordshire leisure centres. The special offer is part of the Sportivate programme to help young people get back ...[full story]
Posted : 03/09/2013 19:15:53

Mums take the plunge for £1

Mums and female carers for children under 16 can now swim for only £1 at West Oxfordshire’s leisure centres. Carterton, Chipping Norton and Windrush leisure centres are all participating in the pro...[full story]
Posted : 29/08/2013 16:21:43

Grants support for community events

From festivals and musical performances to museums and voluntary-run organisations, over £8,000 has gone to projects to help boost arts and heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire. The District ...[full story]
Posted : 02/08/2013 11:05:46

Local primary school children invited to design a new dish for local hotel

Local primary school children invited to design a new dish for local hotel
The Blue Boar Witney is inviting local primary school children to design a new dish for their children’s menu Over the school holidays, children can fill an hour or two by entering the Witn...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2013 15:00:41

Witney Market returns to its historical home

Witney Market returns to its historical home
Traditional Thursday and Saturday Witney markets will soon be re-locating to their historical home as Oxfordshire County Council’s refurbishment work is now complete. During the repaving works, st...[full story]
Posted : 02/07/2013 11:53:54

Cogges Scarecrow Festival

Children’s Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes theme Weekend scarecrow trail, children’s craft, facepainting and community competition. Free family entry to Cogges if you bring in a full size home-made s...[full story]
Posted : 22/06/2013 17:37:38

Go ahead to further develop shared working at District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has agreed a proposal to look at further developing shared working as part of a successful efficiency savings programme. The Cabinet has given the go ah...[full story]
Posted : 19/06/2013 21:30:05

Green Deal opportunity for trades and businesses

West Oxfordshire firms and tradespeople are being encouraged to find out if they could boost their business by becoming an approved Green Deal installer. Green Deal is a national scheme launched b...[full story]
Posted : 12/06/2013 15:21:46

West Oxfordshire Local Plan update

West Oxfordshire District Council is preparing a new Local Plan to guide development to 2029. The last round of consultation on the Draft Local Plan took place at the end of 2012 and the Council ...[full story]
Posted : 29/05/2013 18:25:20

West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau Charity Promises Auction raises £13,000

West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau Charity Promises Auction raises £13,000
Around £13,000 was raised on Friday evening at West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau Gala Dinner and Charity Promises Auction, through a combination of auction lots, donations, sponsorship and...[full story]
Posted : 28/05/2013 21:22:05

Grants boost for community projects

Grants agreed by West Oxfordshire District Council's Cabinet are set to unlock nearly £1.3m investment into the district's local economy and community infrastructure. A total of over £...[full story]
Posted : 24/05/2013 09:02:08

West Oxfordshire District Council appointments

At West Oxfordshire District Council’s annual meeting on Wednesday 15 May, Cllr Derek Cotterill, who represents Burford, was appointed for a fourth year as Chairman of the Council. Cllr Louise Chapman...[full story]
Posted : 20/05/2013 07:13:40

Council tax scam warning

Residents are warned to be on their guard against bogus callers advising them that their Council Tax bands may be too high. These callers are offering to work on your behalf for a fee to obtain a redu...[full story]
Posted : 15/05/2013 13:58:13

Be inspired at free sports challenge event in Witney

Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centre is calling on families, friends and individuals alike to get into action and head on down for a day full of free sports challenges. A ‘Be Inspired’ open day is bei...[full story]
Posted : 10/05/2013 17:50:30

Newland 800 - Walking Tour

Cogges celebrates the Newland Charter and creation of Newland 800 years ago. Cogges historian Tim Partridge leads a Walking Tour of the boundaries 3pm at Cogges Manor Farm. Tea and Cake in the ...[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2013 08:44:56

Iron Man 3 Charity Screening

Join Sir Ben Kingsley and Heart for a very special screening of Iron Man 3 at Cineworld Witney on Tuesday, 7th May. You may already know the touching story of local girl Daisy Pashley who lives in ...[full story]
Posted : 06/05/2013 09:40:57

Fritillary Sunday, Ducklington, Witney

The 2013 Fritillary Sunday event takes place on Sunday 5th May - See our Fritillary Sunday page for details....[full story]
Posted : 03/05/2013 22:01:55

Job Vacancy - IT Support Professional

A Company near Witney are currently looking for an experienced, proactive, hands on Technical Support/IT Consultant to deliver on-site, remote and telephone support to their clients. The role will ...[full story]
Posted : 01/05/2013 12:59:02

A fashion make over for New Look Witney

Britain’s favourite fast-fashion retailer is delighted to announce the reopening of its Witney store on Friday 3 May after giving itself a fabulous make-over. After responding to changing shopping ...[full story]
Posted : 30/04/2013 18:07:09

New horizons and fresh views from Cogges Castle tower!

Adventure Play opens at Cogges Manor Farm for the May Bank Holiday Weekend Climb the tower of Cogges Castle and see Cogges as never before, for the May Bank Holiday weekend beginning on S...[full story]
Posted : 30/04/2013 15:59:57

Candidate nominations for elections on Thursday 2 May

The period for the nomination of candidates closed at noon today. All the seats (i.e. ten County Council, two District Council, and one Witney Town Council) are currently contested but there is now a ...[full story]
Posted : 05/04/2013 12:45:23

Have you received your poll cards?

This week election poll cards are being mailed to all West Oxfordshire residents registered to vote at the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2013. Residents should receive their Poll Cards by Wedn...[full story]
Posted : 28/03/2013 10:56:27

Witney researcher strikes Gold with Chemistry display in Parliament

Witney-raised Chris Spicer, 25, a PhD student in the Chemistry Department at the University of Oxford, struck Gold at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his Chemistry researc...[full story]
Posted : 20/03/2013 12:33:07

Apply now for grants to help your arts or heritage project

Groups and organisations in West Oxfordshire have the chance to bid for grants to help with projects to develop arts or heritage opportunities. West Oxfordshire District Council is offering Communi...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2013 13:51:40

Snapping up winning images

Photographers are being invited to enter their images of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds into a competition spotlighting the area as a ‘must see’ destination for visitors. West Oxfordshire District Coun...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2013 18:59:46

Protecting Post Office services in Witney

At a meeting with Post Office senior representatives, West Oxfordshire District Council emphasised that postal services are an important and valued service for Witney and that they should be maintaine...[full story]
Posted : 07/03/2013 16:13:30

Council tax frozen and NO service cuts in West Oxfordshire

Council tax is being frozen again, there will be NO cuts to services, and more efficiency savings are on target in West Oxfordshire – with no reduction in funding to voluntary organisations and facili...[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2013 17:26:32

West Oxfordshire’s tourism industry continues to battle recession

Latest figures show that tourism-related spending in West Oxfordshire rose by 2% to £260.4 million in 2011, despite continuing economic difficulties across the UK. The findings come from the lates...[full story]
Posted : 08/02/2013 14:05:02

Keeping children active this half term

Young people in West Oxfordshire will have the chance to swim for just £1 as part of a line-up of half-term activities at local leisure centres. The District Council’s leisure centres are running ...[full story]
Posted : 01/02/2013 17:54:32

Oxfordshire Pub Group wins 'Pub Company of the Year' at National Awards

Oxfordshire Pub Group wins 'Pub Company of the Year' at National Awards
Oakman Inns & Restaurants, founded by entrepreneur, Peter Borg-Neal, was named 'Pub Company of the Year 2013' at last night's Eat Out Awards held in London's Roof Gardens just five years after Peter s...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2013 13:10:49

Entries open for West Oxfordshire Sports awards

Aspiring sports performers in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to apply for a grant to help them develop and progress their talent. The West Oxfordshire Sports awards, run in partnership with...[full story]
Posted : 24/01/2013 13:44:44

Volunteer Open Day

Volunteers Wanted At Cogges - Open Day Saturday 16 February 10am-3pm Do you have any time to spare? Are you interested in food, cooking, gardening, the environment, farming, local history and ar...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2013 20:48:16

Council pledges support for mental health campaign

West Oxfordshire District Council is joining the national ‘Time to Change’ campaign to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. The Council is against discrimination of anyone, on ...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2013 10:37:48

Great Green Deal for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council, on behalf of a consortium of 18 authorities, has successfully bid for a £600,000 government Green Deal funding grant. Green Deal provides loans, at no upfront co...[full story]
Posted : 18/01/2013 18:06:00

New discounted leisure membership for disabled people

A new discounted leisure centre membership card is now available for disabled people living in West Oxfordshire. For just £19.95 a month disabled residents will be able to join the Windrush, Carte...[full story]
Posted : 14/01/2013 14:43:41

Martin & Co Witney - Staff Announcement

Martin & Co Witney are delighted to announce that Joy Henning has been promoted to Branch Manager. In addition to the professional Property Management services that Joy offers to our Landlords an...[full story]
Posted : 03/01/2013 14:50:39

FREE microchipping for dogs in West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to make it their New Years Resolution to get their dog microchipped for FREE this January. Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: ...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2012 11:07:49

Nominations open for West Oxfordshire sports awards

West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to nominate who they think should be awarded Sports Coach of the Year, Sports Club of the Year and Unsung Hero. The 2013 awards recognize the contri...[full story]
Posted : 14/12/2012 16:19:04

Carterton Winter Lights Procession Rescheduled

Due to today's wet and windy weather, the Carterton Winter Lights Procession has been re-scheduled to Monday 17 December, starting at 6.30pm outside Carterton Community Centre in Shilton Park....[full story]
Posted : 14/12/2012 11:51:37

Recycle your real Christmas tree from outside your home

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to put their real Christmas trees out for recycling from Monday 7 January. Householders simply need to put their Christmas tree in their g...[full story]
Posted : 13/12/2012 17:43:14

Free parking 24/7 all year - not just for Christmas!

Free parking 24/7 all year - not just for Christmas!
Other local authorities may be offering it for a few days during the busy festive shopping period, but in West Oxfordshire parking is free 24/7 all year round. And over the next few weeks drivers ...[full story]
Posted : 12/12/2012 11:45:06

Giant polar bear ready to take to Carterton’s streets

A giant polar bear and life-sized penguins made from paper and willow are preparing to the take to the streets of Carterton for next week’s Winter Lights Processions. The huge lanterns are part of...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2012 10:15:07

Awards for West Oxfordshire’s tourism industry

West Oxfordshire’s two Visitor Information Centres have been awarded the title of ‘Highly Commended’ in Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2012. Both Burford and Witney VIC...[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2012 20:03:57

All-new PizzaExpress opens in Witney

All-new PizzaExpress opens in Witney
Part of the décor of the all-new PizzaExpress’s restaurant which opens in Market Square, Witney, on 28 November pays tribute to the town’s famous woollen industry. Photographs and artwork of woolle...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2012 17:28:39

Witney Christmas Lights Switch On Date

The Witney Christmas lights switch on event will take place on Friday 30th November from 5pm onwards. There will be Entertainment in Market Square and Langdale Hall from 5pm, with the lights switch...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2012 08:19:45

Martin & Co Witney Honoured with National Award

The Witney office of Martin & Co, the UKs award winning lettings and property management agency, has been selected as the winner of the national award for the 'Best Business for Growth' - an award...[full story]
Posted : 22/11/2012 23:32:00

Council affirms commitment to free 24/7 parking across West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire’s Cabinet has re-affirmed the Council’s commitment to providing free car parking in a strategy to cater for increased demand and improve parking facilities longer-term. The Cabine...[full story]
Posted : 14/11/2012 17:13:06

Consultation on draft Local Plan for West Oxfordshire

Residents are being asked for their views on the latest draft proposals setting out how West Oxfordshire could develop over the next 17 years. Public consultation on the draft Local Plan will star...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2012 16:48:12

West Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centres up for top award

West Oxfordshire’s Buford Visitor Information Centre and Witney Visitor Information Centre are in the running to be crowned the South East’s Tourism Information Service of the Year. The VICs are t...[full story]
Posted : 26/10/2012 11:38:38

Household energy saving project gets underway

Volunteers are gearing up to hit the streets of West Oxfordshire with a thermal imaging camera to survey homes and help people save money on their energy bills. West Oxfordshire District Council i...[full story]
Posted : 19/10/2012 17:12:14

FREE microchipping for dogs in West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire residents are being offered a free microchipping service for their dogs this November. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this offer must book an appointment before taking the...[full story]
Posted : 10/10/2012 10:52:24

Grants to support sports clubs

Training grants are available from West Oxfordshire District Council for sports clubs who wish to develop individuals involved with coaching, officiating and play work. A maximum of £200 is availa...[full story]
Posted : 08/10/2012 20:19:37

Witney Breakfast Meeting - 9th October

Jeremy Noble from Noble’s professional carpet and rug cleaning will be the guest speaker at this breakfast meeting. Jeremy will be giving us an insight into his company and how he may be able to g...[full story]
Posted : 08/10/2012 11:02:51

Council branches out to maintain District’s trees

Essential maintenance work is now being carried out on trees across West Oxfordshire following a district wide tree survey. West Oxfordshire District Council invited Treework Environmental Practi...[full story]
Posted : 26/09/2012 18:50:22

Council backs more homes for the elderly

Plans to build more homes for the elderly have been given the go-ahead by West Oxfordshire District Council, subject to legal agreement. Two planning applications, which include an extra care deve...[full story]
Posted : 20/09/2012 12:56:46

People with dementia invited to light up their lives

People living with dementia are being invited to light up their lives by joining a new club which will encourage them to build friendships and learn new skills. Lights Up is a free friendly club t...[full story]
Posted : 13/09/2012 14:13:12

Great offers from West Oxfordshire attractions

Great offers from West Oxfordshire attractions
The popular West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) is back this September with many local attractions throwing open their doors to give free or discounted entry to the district's residents. On the 15 and 16 ...[full story]
Posted : 07/09/2012 16:35:41

Residents urged to keep fit this autumn

West Oxfordshire District Council is offering residents the opportunity to try sports that may have inspired them after watching the summer Olympics and Paralympics. Budding athletes are being urg...[full story]
Posted : 07/09/2012 13:08:33

Council strikes Green Deal for West Oxfordshire residents

The District Council has become a shareholder in a new Community Interest Company that allows homeowners and businesses to cut energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. West Oxfordshire Dist...[full story]
Posted : 24/08/2012 16:51:01

Residents asked for views on benefit changes

Oxfordshire councils are asking residents for their views on a new scheme to help low income households with their council tax bill which would come into force during 2013. As part of the Governm...[full story]
Posted : 23/08/2012 18:12:43

Free electric blanket testing to help you stay safe

It may still be summer, but residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to look ahead to winter and think about safety by signing up to get their electric blankets tested for free. Residents n...[full story]
Posted : 22/08/2012 14:52:14

Discount scheme to support service families extended

A scheme to encourage military families to integrate into the local community through discounted memberships at West Oxfordshire leisure centres has been extended due to its popularity. The initi...[full story]
Posted : 10/08/2012 16:23:31

District Council gets green light for energy savings

West Oxfordshire District Council has made giant strides towards becoming an environmental leader after energy saving initiatives have seen their carbon footprint drop for the third consecutive year. ...[full story]
Posted : 10/08/2012 11:59:52

Over 1m for flood relief since 2007

Over 1m for flood relief since 2007
Since 2007, when West Oxfordshire was hit by devastating floods, the District Council has successfully obtained over 1m external funding for a continuing programme of flood protection work. This m...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2012 10:10:05

Public Consultation - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust - Langdale Hall, Witney

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is working towards becoming a Foundation Trust - we hope to achieve this in 2013. NHS foundation trusts have more freedom to decide how to run their affairs a...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2012 21:28:50

Kids urged to get active this summer

Youngsters in West Oxfordshire are being urged to get active this summer by taking advantage of a range of discounted activities at the council’s leisure centres. The district council’s leisure ce...[full story]
Posted : 20/07/2012 16:33:53

Traffic relief for Crawley

Funding is now in place to expand traffic calming measures for the village of Crawley near Witney. For many years residents have been concerned about the increasing speed and volume of traffic usi...[full story]
Posted : 20/07/2012 16:16:24

Book signing at Waterstones Witney

Book signing at Waterstones Witney
Local historian and author Stanley C Jenkins will be launching and signing copies of his new book, Witney Through Time, at Witney Waterstones on Saturday 28th July. This title brings the history of...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2012 12:24:36

New banks for recycling small electric items

New banks for recycling small electric items
Residents in West Oxfordshire can now recycle small electrical items at new depository banks being rolled out across the District. West Oxfordshire District Council is providing a host of new WEEE...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2012 17:31:05

WOAPA @ Springfield School

WOAPA - West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts (Witney, Oxford) are teaming up with Springfield School, Witney, to provide an inclusive, after-school, singing dance and drama class for students w...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2012 17:23:00

Councillors Code of Conduct

West Oxfordshire District Council has adopted a Code of Conduct that sets out rules governing the behaviour of its councillors. The Code was effective from 1 July, and covers aspects of the behavio...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2012 17:21:58

Witney Motor Show Postponed

This years show has been postponed due to water logged field the new date is the 26th of July - same time and place NOW Thursday July 26th 2012 At Henry Box Playing Fields 18.00 - 21.00Hrs...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2012 10:44:18

West Oxfordshire LDF Core Strategy Update

A re-evaluation of the LDF Core Strategy is taking place following developments relating to the proposed Cogges Link Road scheme and the reduction in service personnel housing requirements at Carterto...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2012 10:37:13

2012 electoral registration forms arrive early!

Residents may be surprised to find their electoral registration forms arriving two months early this year, but the date has been brought forward because the Electoral Register needs to be updated in t...[full story]
Posted : 04/07/2012 10:45:06

Trade for a tenner at Witney Market

West Oxfordshire District Council is throwing its support behind National Market Day by offering discounted pitches to budding entrepreneurs. The National Market Day initiative, which runs from Ju...[full story]
Posted : 23/06/2012 00:18:37

PM praises community art project

PM praises community art project
Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister and MP for Witney, paid tribute to an art project that brought together different generations in a West Oxfordshire Village. Mr Camer...[full story]
Posted : 22/06/2012 23:47:53

Witney waste and recycling roadshow

Next week is national Recycle Week (18 - 24 June) and West Oxfordshire District Council is working to raise awareness of recycling, especially plastics recycling, during the week. A waste and recy...[full story]
Posted : 14/06/2012 09:14:51

Council clears the way after Jubilee celebrations

Extra waste collections were carried out in the District to help residents with the clean-up process following the Jubilee celebrations last weekend. West Oxfordshire District Council deployed ext...[full story]
Posted : 07/06/2012 15:52:01

Game on for sports clubs in West Oxfordshire

Sports clubs in West Oxfordshire were bowled over after being set to receive funding to the tune of £61,000 to update their facilities. Freeland Parish Council is in line to receive £50,000 from t...[full story]
Posted : 25/05/2012 20:05:56

Funding supports community work in West Oxfordshire

Community groups are a step closer to having a base in West Oxfordshire after funding of £50,000 towards a new centre was agreed by the District Council. The High Street Methodist Church is planni...[full story]
Posted : 25/05/2012 20:02:24

Chairman and Cabinet appointed at District Council

Cllr Barry Norton will continue as Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council after being re-elected at the Council’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16 May 2012. Cllr Barry Norton, who has s...[full story]
Posted : 17/05/2012 12:50:35

Oxfordshire Mind Week Roadshow 2012

Oxfordshire Mind Week Roadshow 2012
21 – 27 May 2012 will be Oxfordshire Mind Week, and we’ll be taking the Mind Roadshow on a tour of the county, including Witney on Monday 21 May, to promote our new campaign: Five Ways to Wellbeing. ...[full story]
Posted : 11/05/2012 10:39:40

Day-trippers invited to explore national heritage sites

History lovers can visit the country’s top heritage sites at discounted prices as part of a drive to encourage domestic holidays. Visitor Information Centres in West Oxfordshire are stocking ‘The ...[full story]
Posted : 10/05/2012 19:40:25

West Oxfordshire to switch-on to electric powered vehicles

West Oxfordshire to switch-on to electric powered vehicles
West Oxfordshire District Council is gearing up to go greener after trialling electric vans in its operational fleet. Council workers in Environmental Services have been using two Goupil G3 electr...[full story]
Posted : 09/05/2012 17:14:46

Landlord forum

Landlords and letting agents in West Oxfordshire are invited to attend a forum that covers a range of subjects including the impact of housing-benefit changes on the private sector. The forum, which ...[full story]
Posted : 04/05/2012 16:17:59

Business Breakfast Tuesday 8th May

Abacus Events Group Presents… “Leys Longden and Co - giving you peace of mind with your building purchase” Jonathan Longden of Leys Longden and Co will be giving us an insight in to the day to da...[full story]
Posted : 04/05/2012 13:43:17

Oxfordshire residents invited to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party

People living in Oxfordshire are being given the chance to attend a unique summer garden party to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Four thousand guests, together with The Queen and The Duke ...[full story]
Posted : 24/04/2012 12:07:04

Heavenly Oxfordshire Cotswolds feature on primetime TV

The Oxfordshire Cotswolds has been chosen as the only destination in England to feature in a Channel Five programme about holiday hotspots. Channel Five's 'Holiday: Heaven on Earth' programme show...[full story]
Posted : 17/04/2012 18:48:49

Ducklington Fritillary Sunday 2012

2012 DATE : 15th APRIL 11:00 ‘TIL 18:30 The Snake's Head Fritillary (L. Fritillaria meleagris) grows in abundance in a meadow near the church. On one day each year this field is opened to the gener...[full story]
Posted : 12/04/2012 18:45:00

Postman Mike makes his longest round to raise funds for breast cancer charity

Postman Mike makes his longest round to raise funds for breast cancer charity
Royal Mail postman and charity fundraiser Mike Chandler, 55, has embarked on a longer round than usual this week to raise funds for breast cancer charity The Haven. Setting off on Tuesday 10th April h...[full story]
Posted : 11/04/2012 16:38:42

Leisure centre serves up free taster session in Cardio Tennis

Budding tennis players looking to get fit can take part in a free taster session of cardio tennis on Friday April 13. Windrush Leisure Centre, in Witney, is serving up this offer as part of a driv...[full story]
Posted : 05/04/2012 17:00:36

New display for hygiene standards when eating out

New display for hygiene standards when eating out
Over 500 premises in West Oxfordshire, have achieved the maximum food hygiene rating under a new scheme introduced by the Food Standards Agency. The nationwide "Food Hygiene Rating Scheme", which ...[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2012 17:37:05

In It Together inspires disabled people to access sport

A project promoting participation in sport has led to an increase of disabled people being introduced to sport and a rise in coaches being trained to work in this field. The "In It Together" projec...[full story]
Posted : 29/03/2012 15:25:09

Leisure centres offer to help forces families integrate into community

Leisure centres offer to help forces families integrate into community
Serving Ministry of Defence personnel and their families are being offered discounted memberships at West Oxfordshire leisure centres to help them become a part of the local community. The initiat...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2012 11:37:02

Flood scheme to help Witney residents

Flood scheme to help Witney residents
Residents of Queen Emma’s Dyke in Witney may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief as proposals for West Oxfordshire District Council to take over the maintenance of a ‘flood problem’ ditch and car...[full story]
Posted : 23/03/2012 15:07:35

Top level support for local tourism industry

Top level support for local tourism industry
Tourism in the Cotswolds could play a greater part in boosting the country’s economy. That was the message given by the Prime Minister at a networking event held recently in Witney. The Rt Hon Dav...[full story]
Posted : 21/03/2012 17:27:58

Poppy planting in the repatriation memorial garden

Field Poppies are being sown as a symbol of remembrance at the repatriations memorial garden this spring. The memorial garden, on Norton Way, on the edge of Carterton, was designed by a small grou...[full story]
Posted : 21/03/2012 11:03:51

Art Talks

A Wonderful Evening of Artist's Presentations in Support of Art's Kool Four professional artists will be taking part in a very special fund-raising evening for Art's Kool the Youth Arts Fest...[full story]
Posted : 20/03/2012 10:58:55

The Blue Boar in Witney, welcomes Prime Minister

The Blue Boar in Witney, welcomes Prime Minister
Oakman's latest Inn, The Blue Boar in Witney, welcomes Prime Minister and Witney MP, David Cameron, Matt Hampson and other dignitaries, to the SpecialEffect Tea Party to kick off 2012 Walk4Matt Fri...[full story]
Posted : 20/03/2012 10:51:30

West Oxfordshire confirms Olympic Flame route

The beautiful backdrop of Blenheim Palace has been chosen as a photographic location for the Olympic flame as it travels through the historic town of Woodstock on the afternoon of Monday July 9th. ...[full story]
Posted : 19/03/2012 09:45:52

Community litter blitz helps keep district tidy

Voluntary groups across West Oxfordshire are planning a big spring clean with a series of litter picking days. West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging action against litter by loan...[full story]
Posted : 16/03/2012 17:00:58

Artist enlists village’s help in designing mosaic

An Oxfordshire artist has been consulting the community in Stanton Harcourt on design ideas for a village mosaic that portrays its treasured heritage. Artist Becky Paton has been commissioned by...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2012 17:24:44

Don’t lose your right to vote

West Oxfordshire District Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote at this year’s local elections On Thursday 3 May 2012 a third (17) of the District Council’s seats ar...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2012 17:23:59

Mums on the ball with football lessons

Mums in West Oxfordshire can take advantage of free childcare while enjoying a kick-about thanks to a new initiative supported by one of the county’s top female coaches. FA coach Vicky Bonham is l...[full story]
Posted : 14/03/2012 18:45:38

Community groups urged to apply for council grants

Community and parish groups in West Oxfordshire can apply for funding towards creative or heritage activities including those related to celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Council’s Comm...[full story]
Posted : 02/03/2012 11:51:26

Carterton future development

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has just notified the Council about a change of plan regarding proposals for new accommodation for service families in Carterton. It had been the DIO...[full story]
Posted : 01/03/2012 16:49:08

New compost bin offer

Oxfordshire residents have just over a month to buy a discounted compost bin, before a price increase comes in at the start of April. The cheapest compost bin on offer by the council currently cos...[full story]
Posted : 01/03/2012 15:13:08

Reminder! Concessionary travel tokens must be used before end of March 2012

With only a month to go, West Oxfordshire residents are reminded that any concessionary travel tokens must be used by 31 March 2012. After this date the tokens will cease to be valid. Oxfordshire ...[full story]
Posted : 01/03/2012 15:12:37

West Oxfordshire council tax frozen for second year running

Despite difficult economic times, West Oxfordshire District Council has confirmed it will not be increasing its council tax charge for the forthcoming financial year, 2012/13. At its annual counci...[full story]
Posted : 22/02/2012 16:36:41

Funding go ahead for affordable homes

A scheme to provide more much needed affordable homes for Charlbury is now set to go ahead following grant support of £200,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council. The grant will support a deve...[full story]
Posted : 16/02/2012 18:34:33

Go-ahead for flood relief project

Work on a long-awaited scheme to help reduce the risk of flooding in Bampton and RAF Brize Norton has started. The scheme, driven by West Oxfordshire District Council, has involved several agencie...[full story]
Posted : 15/02/2012 13:27:01

Council in search for new apprentice

West Oxfordshire District Council is searching for a new apprentice to join its workforce and gain on-the-job training and qualifications. The Council is looking for an enthusiastic individual to ...[full story]
Posted : 15/02/2012 13:26:24

Useful advice for Jubilee party celebrations

West Oxfordshire groups looking to hold celebration events for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee can get advice from the District Council on how to plan them. The council has issued a guide on its websi...[full story]
Posted : 13/02/2012 17:08:56

West Oxfordshire residents invited to take the tourist trail

West Oxfordshire residents can experience the district from a tourist’s perspective as part of the first ever English Tourism Week. It runs from March 10-18 and gives the industry an opportunity t...[full story]
Posted : 10/02/2012 16:12:15

Free swimming lessons for adults in West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council is offering adult non-swimmers the opportunity to dip their toe in the water and sign up for free swimming classes at The Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. The ...[full story]
Posted : 10/02/2012 13:17:40

Cash boost for village play areas

Three West Oxfordshire villages are a step closer to getting new, or improved, play areas following approval of grants, totalling in excess of £19.000, from the District Council. Cllr Richard Lang...[full story]
Posted : 25/01/2012 12:22:25

Community litter blitz – can you help?

West Oxfordshire District Council is calling on parish and town councils and local community groups to help keep the district spick and span during 2012. Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Envi...[full story]
Posted : 25/01/2012 12:19:19

Deadline looms for nominating District’s sporting heroes

The closing date for this year’s sports award nominations is fast approaching with the deadline on 20th February. The awards, run by West Oxfordshire District Council, recognise the contribution ...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2012 11:55:34

Positive waste and recycling survey results

West Oxfordshire residents responding to a waste and recycling survey have said that they are making good use of the service and are now recycling much more. The survey, completed by 1,500 househo...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2012 11:54:20

Picturing life in West Oxfordshire

Picturing life in West Oxfordshire
Budding photographers are being urged to take a snapshot of life in West Oxfordshire as part of a photography competition. The competition, run by the District Council’s Tourism team, is hoping to...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2012 11:50:34

Oxfordshire celebrates thirty years of outstanding art

Around 1000 artists, including 180 new for 2012, are preparing to open nearly 500 venues across the county this spring as Oxfordshire Artweeks celebrates its 30th anniversary, making it the longest-ru...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2012 11:48:35

FREE Drama Dance and Singing sessions

Open Day at West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts, Witney. 10am – 1.30pm on Saturday 25th February 2012 Henry Box School Come and see what we're about - meet the tutors - chat with the s...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2012 11:42:01

Witney new homes consultation

West Oxfordshire District Council is seeking comments on a major planning application, submitted by developers, for up to 1,000 new homes in Witney. From Monday 23 January, details will be on the ...[full story]
Posted : 18/01/2012 17:27:06

Concessionary travel tokens must be used before end of March 2012

West Oxfordshire residents are reminded that any concessionary travel tokens must be used by 31 March 2012. After this date the tokens will cease to be valid. Oxfordshire County Council, who too...[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2012 10:33:29

Recycle your real Christmas tree from outside your home

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to put their real Christmas trees out for recycling from Monday 16 January. Householders simply need to put their Christmas tree in their ...[full story]
Posted : 21/12/2011 17:44:29

Olympic hopeful encourages youngsters to apply for funding

Olympic hopeful encourages youngsters to apply for funding
Budding young athletes in West Oxfordshire are being urged to apply for funding that helped an Eynsham teenager potentially become one of the youngest competitors at next year’s Olympics. Hannah G...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2011 17:24:14

Festive recycling

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to recycle as much as possible this Christmas and New Year. Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Lots more waste is generated...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2011 10:03:53

Sharing services is delivering savings

Sharing services with neighbouring councils is bringing substantial savings for West Oxfordshire District Council and a vital part of the Council’s efficiency programme, which so far has delivered £2....[full story]
Posted : 16/12/2011 16:30:23

Ditch clearing helps reduce flood risk

West Oxfordshire District Council has completed its annual ditch clearance as part of its continuing flood defence work to protect communities in the district. The Council’s engineers and ditch cl...[full story]
Posted : 13/12/2011 16:29:50

West Oxfordshire council tax set to be frozen

West Oxfordshire District Council has announced plans to freeze council tax for the second year running. The District Council has indicated that it will, once again, take up the Government’s offer...[full story]
Posted : 13/12/2011 10:38:46

West Oxfordshire bucks the tourism trend

Tourism is boosting West Oxfordshire’s local economy after spending in the sector rose by almost £6.5m last year. An Economic Impact of Tourism Study by Tourism South East shows that annual touris...[full story]
Posted : 09/12/2011 17:05:21

Year round free parking is major attraction

West Oxfordshire District Council’s free car parking policy is a major attraction to Witney, and boosting trade, according to retailers operating in the town. “Free car parking is absolutely fanta...[full story]
Posted : 09/12/2011 17:04:27

Signs are looking good at the Blue Boar in Witney

Signs are looking good at the Blue Boar in Witney
After four months intensive restoration work costing 1.5 million, Witney's landmark coaching inn, will be opening its doors for business with a new name - on the morning of Friday 9th December. Pe...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2011 17:41:05

Cogges - Grand Christmas Market

Come and join us on Sunday 18th December from 10am to 2pm for our Grand Christmas Market. Entry is free. There will be a large number of stalls selling the best of local food and craft. We will h...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2011 13:16:34

Vandals hit Witney's new wood

On Tuesday 15 November vandals deliberately set about damaging the new Deer Park Wood in West Witney. The vandals ripped tree stakes and protective sleeves from over 70 saplings and broke branches...[full story]
Posted : 29/11/2011 12:02:56

Council scoops top green award

Having cut its vehicle CO2 emissions by 17 per cent, West Oxfordshire District Council has received the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Public Sector Fleet award. The annual award seeks to recognise publi...[full story]
Posted : 25/11/2011 16:59:45

Council supports rural housing action

Council supports rural housing action
West Oxfordshire District Council is showing its support for more rural affordable housing by signing up to a national campaign to halt the decline of rural England. The National Housing Federatio...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2011 09:49:06

Council raises money for Repatriation Memorial Bel

Council raises money for Repatriation Memorial Bel
The Repatriation Memorial Bell appeal has received a funding boost of £2,000, thanks to money donated by staff and councillors at West Oxfordshire District Council and a contribution from the Chairman...[full story]
Posted : 14/11/2011 12:17:24

Pulmonary rehabilitation classes

Pulmonary rehabilitation classes
Two leisure centres in West Oxfordshire are now holding additional pulmonary rehabilitation classes as the number of referrals soar. Numbers attending the pulmonary rehabilitation sessions at West...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2011 15:20:38

Witney's Landmark Hotel To Re-Open

Witney's Landmark Hotel To Re-Open
Shoppers and visitors in Witney during the festive season have a treat in store. They will be among the first to sample the exciting new offerings at The Blue Boar, formerly The Marlborough Hotel, whi...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2011 15:16:43

Christmas lantern procession to light up Carterton

Christmas lantern procession to light up Carterton
People living in and around Carterton are being invited to take part in free workshops to create lanterns ready to light up part of the town for its second ‘Winter Lights Procession’ on 9th December. ...[full story]
Posted : 08/11/2011 15:32:20

Cogges - Hidden Camp Project

Over half term the 'Hidden Camp' took place at Cogges in partnership with OYAP (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership) who successfully fundraised for the activities through HLF as part of a bigger count...[full story]
Posted : 08/11/2011 09:14:51

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route - West Oxon

Olympic excitement has come to West Oxfordshire with Woodstock and Blenheim announced today as part of the Olympic Torch relay route, when it travels around the UK next summer. On 9 July 2012, We...[full story]
Posted : 07/11/2011 09:39:35

On-the-job training for Council’s new apprentices

On-the-job training for Council’s new apprentices
Two young people have gained the chance to get on-the-job training and qualifications while earning a salary after securing apprenticeship posts at West Oxfordshire District Council. Daniel Oliver...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2011 17:09:58

Womenswear label EAST comes to Witney

Shoppers in Witney will have a new label to turn to when boosting their winter wardrobes, as womenswear brand EAST opens for business. Well known for its distinctive clothing and accessories, EAST ...[full story]
Posted : 19/10/2011 16:04:57

Blue Boar on the Menu for 20-20

One of Britain’s fastest growing independent hospitality companies, Oakman Inns and Restaurants, has appointed 20-20 Public Relations to handle the launch of their new Witney Hotel, Bar and Restaurant...[full story]
Posted : 10/10/2011 16:35:20

Buy Witney Books and Maps

You can now buy Witney related books and maps of Witney in our online Witney shop. So whether you are a visitor to Witney looking for a guidebook or map, or you are a Witney resident who wants to k...[full story]
Posted : 03/10/2011 12:23:25

Win ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ tickets

Residents are being encouraged to get active and try dance classes in West Oxfordshire to be in with the chance of winning tickets for the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Live Tour. GO Active (Get Oxfords...[full story]
Posted : 27/09/2011 12:51:58

Find out about sports opportunities for disabled

Taster sessions in a specialist gym, football and Boccia will be running as part a free Disability Sports Fair to give disabled people the chance to find out getting involved in sports in West Oxfords...[full story]
Posted : 23/09/2011 15:31:57

Residents given opportunity to recycle even more

Residents given opportunity to recycle even more
West Oxfordshire District Council is giving residents the chance to recycle even more plastics from the end of September. Householders are already able to recycle a range of plastics, includ...[full story]
Posted : 19/09/2011 17:29:20

Snap up some great offers during West Oxon Week

Snap up some great offers during West Oxon Week
West Oxfordshire's very own 'Croc Man' is opening the doors of Britain's only crocodile zoo for 2-for-1 entry as part of a district-wide discount week for local residents. Sean Foggett, otherwise ...[full story]
Posted : 09/09/2011 10:05:50

Advice for landlords on how to reduce tax bills

How to minimise your tax bills and new developments in private sector housing will be among topics for discussion at West Oxfordshire District Council's next Landlords' Forum. The free event for l...[full story]
Posted : 08/09/2011 20:37:13

Witney Feast 2011

Witney Feast will take place on Monday 12th September and Tuesday 13th September 2011. There will be the usual pig roast, rides and sideshows on the Leys Recreation Ground....[full story]
Posted : 07/09/2011 04:52:42

Further bid for grants

The District Council is applying for further grants totalling £330,000 to help fund a continuing programme of flood defence work to protect communities in West Oxfordshire. A bid has been submitte...[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2011 11:52:55

Cats Protection Meeting

Friends of West Oxfordshire are a new group of volunteers who meet monthly to organise events and activities such as: fun days, coffee mornings, quizzes and much more. It’s a great way to meet new ...[full story]
Posted : 30/08/2011 10:26:44

You’re hired! Council in search for new apprentice

West Oxfordshire District Council is searching for new apprentices to join its workforce and gain on-the-job training and qualifications. The Council is looking for two enthusiastic individuals to...[full story]
Posted : 22/08/2011 17:03:15

Recycle your old bra and help raise money

Underwear is probably something you usually want to keep under wraps, but ladies in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to pull out their old bras and recycle them for charity. West Oxfordshire ...[full story]
Posted : 22/08/2011 10:29:57

Tree inspection gets under way in West Oxfordshire

Over 12,000 individual trees and over 35 hectares of woodland will be surveyed across West Oxfordshire during the next six weeks. West Oxfordshire District Council is responsible for maintaining t...[full story]
Posted : 18/08/2011 19:32:56

Witney Jobs

Witney Jobs
Are you looking for a new job in Witney? Or are you a Witney employer/agency wanting to advertise a job vacancy in the Witney area? Have you tried Witney Jobs? We have lots of job vacancies in ...[full story]
Posted : 09/08/2011 11:36:41

Holiday play scheme for disabled young people

Holiday play scheme for disabled young people
A play scheme has been organised for disabled young people at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney during the school holidays. The ‘Active Access Zone’ sessions gi...[full story]
Posted : 09/08/2011 11:14:36

Free electric blanket testing for residents

It may still be summer and hot outside, but residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to look ahead to winter and think about safety by signing up to get their electric blankets tested for fr...[full story]
Posted : 05/08/2011 18:44:49

Wild in West Oxfordshire

Wild in West Oxfordshire
Wildlife may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of your local council. But in West Oxfordshire, the District Council is displaying some examples of bird and bat boxes as pa...[full story]
Posted : 26/07/2011 11:04:04

Keeping children active this summer

A fun-packed line-up of activities is on offer at West Oxfordshire District Council’s leisure centres to help keep youngsters active during the summer holidays. Under-16s can swim for just £1 duri...[full story]
Posted : 22/07/2011 12:29:43

Council support for youth centre

A Witney-based youth centre will receive further support from West Oxfordshire District Council following approval of a grant for £5,000. Base 33 is unique to the district as it runs a range of pr...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2011 12:32:07

Two Local Charities Receive Awards

Two Local Charities Receive Awards
Two Oxfordshire charities, Selvakids and Cecily’s Fund (right), were given prestigious national awards on June 30th by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). Helen A...[full story]
Posted : 19/07/2011 13:35:45

West Oxon leisure centres start Olympic countdown

West Oxfordshire District Council’s leisure centres will be holding open days next weekend (July 23-24) to help mark the one-year countdown to the 2012 Olympics. Different activities, including so...[full story]
Posted : 18/07/2011 11:19:40

Free energy and money saving advice day

A special event is being held in Witney’s Market Square to give people free advice on how to save energy, help the environment and reduce their costs. The Environment Day will run from 11am to 3pm ...[full story]
Posted : 15/07/2011 13:51:32

Green game idea scoops award for Witney school

Green game idea scoops award for Witney school
A board game about recycling and reducing waste designed by pupils at a Witney primary school could soon be on sale after winning a countywide competition. The Batt School students beat off compet...[full story]
Posted : 15/07/2011 10:33:53

Cogges Manor Opening Sunday

Cogges Manor Opening Sunday
The Real Food Café is launching at the heart of Cogges – serving fresh, local produce with an emphasis on quality and simplicity. Open for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (6 days a week) and special Real...[full story]
Posted : 13/07/2011 16:37:47

More trucks for West Oxfordshire’s recyclers

Three more recycling trucks will be joining West Oxfordshire’s waste collection fleet as recycling rates continue to rise across the district. The new vehicles will be on the road at the end of Ju...[full story]
Posted : 12/07/2011 19:21:54

Cats Protection Meeting

Cats Protection invites you to attend the 1st Friends of West Oxfordshire Meeting Monday 11th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm The Plough Inn, (upstairs meeting room) 98 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 ...[full story]
Posted : 07/07/2011 21:41:22

New recycling service benefits businesses

Businesses in West Oxfordshire can now benefit from cheaper waste collections and recycle more as the district council introduces a commercial recycling sack and sticker service. This is in additi...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2011 11:53:45

Over 1m visitors to West Oxon’s leisure facilities

More than one million visits have been made to West Oxfordshire District Council’s leisure facilities in the past year. There were 1,025,372 visits to leisure facilities between April 2010 and Mar...[full story]
Posted : 01/07/2011 15:58:05

Green Travel Map launched in West Oxfordshire

A Green Travel Map has been launched giving details of cycle, pedestrian and public transport routes in some areas of West Oxfordshire. The map covers the Witney, Carterton, Eynsham and Woodstock a...[full story]
Posted : 24/06/2011 16:54:31

Sports project for disabled ‘games’ recognition

A project set up by West Oxfordshire District Council to create more opportunities for disabled residents to take part in sport has been granted the prestigious London 2012 Inspire Mark. The London...[full story]
Posted : 22/06/2011 18:03:58

Council tax scam warning

Residents are being urged not to give out personal information following reports of scam phone calls and e-mails in our district offering either refunds of overpaid Council Tax or asking for payment o...[full story]
Posted : 15/06/2011 14:36:57

Committee appeals for members

West Oxfordshire District Council is looking to appoint three local people to be members of a Panel which reviews allowances payable to councillors. Ideally the Council is looking for applicants w...[full story]
Posted : 15/06/2011 10:39:34

West Oxfordshire’s recycling rate almost doubles

West Oxfordshire has almost doubled its recycling rate over the last six months, with over 66% of the District’s waste now being recycled. Recycling has increased significantly month-on-month sinc...[full story]
Posted : 31/05/2011 10:21:56

Council opposing possible BBC Oxford closure

Councillors in West Oxfordshire have unanimously agreed to write a letter in support of BBC Oxford after fears were raised about a reduction in local television news coverage and radio programming. ...[full story]
Posted : 20/05/2011 14:24:31

Creative opportunities for all

Creative opportunities for all
A group of disabled adults are the latest of more than 200 people to benefit from a scheme set up by West Oxfordshire District Council to get creative workshops into local communities. Members of ...[full story]
Posted : 20/05/2011 14:22:00

Disability is no barrier to enjoying the arts

With studios open to the public throughout May during Oxfordshire Artweeks, Denise Mason, 42, who is confined to a wheelchair, showed that disability is no barrier to enjoyment of local art. Denise en...[full story]
Posted : 19/05/2011 17:18:47

Chairman and Cabinet appointed at District Council

Cllr Derek Cotterill will continue for a second year as Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council after being re-elected at the Council’s Annual General Meeting today, Wednesday May 18 2011. C...[full story]
Posted : 18/05/2011 16:56:06

Community Activities Grants deadline approaching

Groups and organisations in West Oxfordshire have the chance to bid for grants to help with projects to develop arts or heritage opportunities in the District. West Oxfordshire District Council is of...[full story]
Posted : 10/05/2011 22:16:41

Artweeks 2011 – Witney Art Studios

For the first time, the new Witney Art Studios are participating in Oxfordshire Artweeks. We will be a major site on the North Oxfordshire Artweeks Trail, with 11 resident artists exhibiting. We will ...[full story]
Posted : 09/05/2011 14:26:27

Be a good egg and recycle this Easter!

West Oxfordshire District Council is urging everyone to recycle their chocolate egg boxes and packaging this Easter, as ‘roadshows’ get under way for residents to find out about waste and recycling. ...[full story]
Posted : 07/04/2011 13:49:23

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - April

Anti Social Behaviour A supermarket in the town centre has been suffering from anti social behaviour by a group of young people. The local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has liaised w...[full story]
Posted : 07/04/2011 10:46:45

Touch-down for Touch Rugby in West Oxfordshire

Touch-down for Touch Rugby in West Oxfordshire
Teams wanted for new Touch Rugby League West Oxfordshire businesses and organisations are being invited to learn the sport and pit their skills against teams from other local firms and grou...[full story]
Posted : 06/04/2011 14:13:07

Fritillary Sunday 2011

Fritillary Sunday 2011
This year's Fritillary Sunday will take place on Sunday April 17th from 11am to 6:30pm ...[full story]
Posted : 05/04/2011 18:20:26

Make sure you can vote on 5 May

West Oxfordshire District Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote at the local elections and UK referendum on Thursday 5 May 2011. This week poll cards are being maile...[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2011 18:13:59

Recycle your drink cartons in your black boxes

From April 2011, ‘Tetra Pak’ and other similar drink and food cartons will join the wide range of items that residents in West Oxfordshire can recycle at the kerbside using their black boxes. It w...[full story]
Posted : 25/03/2011 18:28:24

H&M Witney - Opening Date

H&M Witney - Opening Date
H&M are due to open their Witney shop on 21st April 2011 at 11am. The new fashion clothing shop is located adjacent to Next, at the back of the Woolgate shopping centre. H&M currently operates i...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2011 17:34:30

Grants support for voluntary sector

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has allocated nearly £275,000 of grants to provide support to local voluntary organisations. The grants total £274,100 and have been earmarked after the...[full story]
Posted : 18/03/2011 11:52:39

Witney Turns Mobiles into trees

Witney company, OxTreeGen has launched a Fone Twigs recycling scheme. For every mobile phone handed in for recycling, they will plant a tree and provide a certificate. OxTreeGen has launched a mob...[full story]
Posted : 17/03/2011 17:42:49

Flood defence scheme for Madley Brook, Witney

Work will be carried out this year to reduce the risk of flooding to the Madley Park estate and Newlands area of Witney. West Oxfordshire District Council has earmarked £27,000 towards works to mi...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2011 09:39:55

Bringing out the bunting in West Oxfordshire

Royal Wedding celebrations will be taking place across the country on Friday 29 April and West Oxfordshire District Council has been giving advice to residents organising street parties locally. Sm...[full story]
Posted : 09/03/2011 12:51:46

Still time to have your say on West Oxon Future

West Oxfordshire District Council’s draft Core Strategy sets a locally derived housing target taking into account forecast local household changes, to replace the regional targets due to be revoked by...[full story]
Posted : 24/02/2011 18:40:16

West Oxfordshire District Council - Council Tax

West Oxfordshire District Council has set its budget for the forthcoming financial year with pledges to freeze Council Tax, protect services for the local community, maintain grants to help voluntary ...[full story]
Posted : 24/02/2011 18:37:57

Find out about area during British Tourism Week

West Oxfordshire's Visitor Information Centres (VICs) will throw open their doors to give residents guided tours and walks around their local area as part of British Tourism Week. The national awa...[full story]
Posted : 23/02/2011 19:57:21

Search on for photographs capturing West Oxon Life

Residents are being given the chance to win a meal and spa treatment at a Witney leisure resort by sending special images of West Oxfordshire to the District Council. The Council’s tourism team is...[full story]
Posted : 15/02/2011 10:58:55

Significant tourism increase in West Oxfordshire

Latest figures show that tourism-related spending in West Oxfordshire rose by 7.2% to £249 million in 2009, despite the UK-wide recession. The latest annual Economic Impact of Tourism Study by Tou...[full story]
Posted : 11/02/2011 10:14:21

Put Your Heart Into It

West Oxfordshire residents have the chance to ‘put their hearts into it’ and raise money for the Oxford Heart Centre at a series of fundraising events at District Council-owned leisure centres. Le...[full story]
Posted : 04/02/2011 18:05:16

Air Quality Management Area

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking people for their views on a draft action plan for Witney’s Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). The draft plan addresses nitrogen dioxide levels in the W...[full story]
Posted : 28/01/2011 10:39:57

Christmas tree recycling

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to put out their real Christmas trees for recycling as part of garden waste collections from next Monday, 17 January. Householders simply need to...[full story]
Posted : 10/01/2011 14:47:46

Council Tax Amnesty offered to residents

West Oxfordshire District Council is offering a temporary amnesty from prosecution to residents incorrectly claiming single person discount on their Council Tax. The Council is urging residents wh...[full story]
Posted : 07/01/2011 15:42:30

Snow and West Oxon District Council services

Waste and recycling collections in West Oxfordshire have been suspended due to snow and icy road conditions. West Oxfordshire District Council hope that any outstanding collections will be complete...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2010 12:02:27

New signs help motorists

Finding a parking space in Witney will now be easier, thanks to new electronic direction signs installed by West Oxfordshire District Council. Electronic signs are in place on four different appr...[full story]
Posted : 17/12/2010 14:30:31

Marriotts Walk scoops prestigious planning award

Witney’s Marriotts Walk development has won a prestigious planning award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Region. The award was given in the ‘Sustainable Communities’ categ...[full story]
Posted : 09/12/2010 16:29:50

Local charity offers marathon places

Local charity offers marathon places
Local charity, Cecily’s Fund (1071660) who help to educate orphaned children in Zambia, is looking for keen runners to take part in the London 10K run in July 2011. We have guaranteed places available...[full story]
Posted : 03/12/2010 09:53:54

New guide to support event organisers

Local authorities and emergency services have joined forces to produce a guide with information for public event organisers in Oxfordshire. The guide aims to support organisers and contains practi...[full story]
Posted : 01/12/2010 17:27:58

Forum brings West Oxon’s tourism industry together

150 local businesses and organisations attended the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Annual Tourism Forum to discuss the latest developments in tourism and find out about support that is available. It was a...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2010 17:07:49

Helping sports and arts performers reach the top

Helping sports and arts performers reach the top
Aspiring sports stars and arts performers in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to apply for a grant to help them develop and progress their talent. West Oxfordshire District Council is giving ...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2010 17:05:35

New initiative to crackdown on benefit cheats

Benefit fraudsters could find their payments cut as West Oxfordshire District Council implements the Government’s new ‘One Strike’ initiative. Anyone caught committing benefit fraud could find the...[full story]
Posted : 19/11/2010 17:01:49

Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling

Christmas tree recycling Real Christmas trees and greenery such as holly, ivy and wreaths can be put out as garden waste. Please remove all decorations, wire etc. • Small trees - Put in you...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2010 11:58:02

West Oxfordshire continues flood protection work

As part of National Flood Risk Awareness week, West Oxfordshire District Council is urging residents to do all they can to protect their homes from flooding. In July 2007, 1,631 homes and 72 busin...[full story]
Posted : 03/11/2010 16:32:26

All in a spin at the Windrush!

All in a spin at the Windrush!
A new spinning studio has opened at Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centre, giving West Oxfordshire residents the chance to take part in indoor cycling sessions with a difference. A large section of the...[full story]
Posted : 26/10/2010 13:06:29

Recruitment Day - Minster Lovell

Wednesday 3rd November 2010 3:00pm - 6:30pm - RECRUITMENT DAY See Witney Jobs for more details...[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2010 16:36:24

New rubbish bins on their way to residents

The first stage of a new waste and recycling scheme, which is set to save West Oxfordshire District Council over £500,000 each year as well as bringing long-term environmental benefits, is about to s...[full story]
Posted : 16/09/2010 17:52:51

New loan to help people get on the property ladder

Loans up to £50,000 are being made available as part of a new scheme to help residents get onto the property ladder in West Oxfordshire. The equity loans, which will be secured against the value o...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2010 16:15:39

Nexus Community and Greenwich Leisure Ltd merge

Nexus Community who operate a range of West Oxfordshire’s leisure facilities, including four leisure centres, is set to merge with Greenwich Leisure Ltd (subject to final negotiations). The merger...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2010 16:07:33

Register to vote the easy way

Electoral registration forms for 2011 have gone out to West Oxfordshire households and confirming details can now be done very easily. Where details haven’t changed, householders can simply send ...[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2010 17:38:12

WOW is back - 13 to 19 September

The popular West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) is back this September with local attractions throwing open their doors to give free or discounted entry to the district's residents. WOW vouchers have been...[full story]
Posted : 01/09/2010 12:48:07

Temporary Graphic Designer Job Vacancy

Job vacancy for a temporary Graphic Designer in Witney. Two week assignment for a Graphic Designer, assisting in the design of brochures, business cards and commercial print. The successful can...[full story]
Posted : 01/09/2010 11:47:16

Witney Shopping Fun Day

Witney town centre traders are gearing up to hold the town's first ever Shopping Fun Day on Saturday 4th September. Witney independent businesses have joined with the Woolgate Centre and Marriotts...[full story]
Posted : 23/08/2010 09:03:56

Is your dog microchipped?

West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) have introduced a microchipping service to help you make sure your four-legged friends can be easily identified and quickly returned to you if he or she goes w...[full story]
Posted : 19/08/2010 09:51:01

Thousands sign up for free garden waste collection

More than a quarter of West Oxfordshire’s households are signed up to receive free garden waste collections – and other residents are being urged to register now to ensure they do not miss out. Ov...[full story]
Posted : 10/08/2010 10:20:08

Flood protection for Witney homes

Flood protection for Witney homes
Flood guards have been given to residents in Eastfield Road, Witney, as part of on-going flood prevention work in West Oxfordshire. Ten households which are among homes most at risk from flooding ...[full story]
Posted : 03/08/2010 10:35:15

Save energy and cut your bills

Energy meters to measure home electricity usage are now available for residents to loan out from West Oxfordshire District Council. The energy monitors can be borrowed, free of charge, to record h...[full story]
Posted : 02/08/2010 18:18:49

Council offers microchipping for dogs

Council offers microchipping for dogs
West Oxfordshire District Council is offering a microchipping service for dogs. The Council is responsible for stray dogs and picks up hundreds in West Oxfordshire every year, some of whom are neve...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2010 13:14:15

Witney Man’s Big Royal Moment

Witney Man’s Big Royal Moment
A Witney man has enjoyed the rare honour of marching in front of the Queen at an historic military event. Flight Lieutenant Peter Dorward, 52, a reservist flight commander in the Royal Auxiliary Air ...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2010 16:15:55

Cargo Witney Re-opens on Friday

The new Cargo store, at Unit 1-2 Woolgate Shopping Centre, re-opens on Friday 23rd July at 9:00am...[full story]
Posted : 20/07/2010 11:42:16

Keep the kids entertained and active this summer

District Council-owned leisure centres in West Oxfordshire are offering a range of discounts and activities to help keep children and young people active, healthy and happy during the summer holidays....[full story]
Posted : 09/07/2010 09:16:41

Heritage projects to receive cash boost

The District Council has awarded grants totalling £3,350 towards the development of heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire. Heritage Grants between £100 and £500 are being given to nine organi...[full story]
Posted : 09/07/2010 09:15:40

Competition to find best photos of West Oxon

Residents are being given the chance to win photographic equipment by sending special images of West Oxfordshire to the District Council. The Council’s tourism team is looking for images that capt...[full story]
Posted : 08/07/2010 10:56:30

Witney Job Vacancy - Body Shop Technician

A vacancy has arisen at a busy vehicle body shop, working on high performance and prestige vehicles. Your duties will include panel preparation, dismantling and reassembling vehicles, car cleaning,...[full story]
Posted : 23/06/2010 12:25:49

New leisure card for West Oxfordshire

More than 1,000 people have signed up for a Community Leisure Card which has been launched in West Oxfordshire to encourage people to keep fit and healthy. The Community Leisure Card has been intr...[full story]
Posted : 23/06/2010 12:06:31

Star ratings improve food hygiene

Over 100 food premises in West Oxfordshire have improved standards after a new system was launched giving star ratings for food hygiene. It is a year since ‘Scores on the Doors’ was introduced by ...[full story]
Posted : 10/06/2010 11:49:44

New waste and recycling contractor announced

West Oxfordshire District Council has awarded its new waste management contract to May Gurney, a private contractor, for a 7 year period. Starting in autumn 2010 May Gurney will operate West Oxfor...[full story]
Posted : 04/06/2010 11:49:05

Public participation at planning meetings

Members of the public now have an opportunity to speak at West Oxfordshire District Council planning meetings. The new scheme which is initially being introduced on a six month trial basis will en...[full story]
Posted : 03/06/2010 07:45:39

CCTV arrives in Carterton

This week residents, local businesses and visitors to Carterton will feel even safer with the introduction of CCTV to the town centre. Four CCTV cameras have been placed at selected locations arou...[full story]
Posted : 02/06/2010 22:41:51

Prepare to get dancing in Witney!

Witney will come alive with dancing of all varieties as a special day gets under way to encourage young people in West Oxfordshire to try out their skills and experience the fun and excitement of danc...[full story]
Posted : 29/05/2010 07:43:46

Woodstock pool set to reopen for summer

Woodstock’s heated outdoor pool opens for the summer season on Saturday 22nd May. The pool has undergone essential maintenance works in preparation for the re-opening. Carey James, Partnership Man...[full story]
Posted : 13/05/2010 11:45:46

David Cameron is new Prime Minister

David Cameron is new Prime Minister
Following the resignation of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and his wife Samantha visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace this evening. The Queen asked the Witney MP to form a new Government. The shape...[full story]
Posted : 11/05/2010 20:45:33

Gordon Brown Resigns As Prime Minister

Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister. Mr Brown is on his way to officially tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron shoul...[full story]
Posted : 11/05/2010 19:29:20

David Cameron Retains Witney Seat

Conservative Party Leader David Cameron has retained his Witney seat. The number of votes recorded for each Candidate are as follows: BARNES, Dawn Carol - Liberal Democrats 11233 votes BARSCHAK...[full story]
Posted : 07/05/2010 02:58:47

Cameron arrives in Witney

David Cameron has arrived at the Windrush Leisure Centre for the vote count....[full story]
Posted : 07/05/2010 01:15:18

Cameron Looks For Election Victory

Cameron Looks For Election Victory
Witney MP David Cameron is starting what is probably the most important week of his political career, if not his life. If you believe the polls, Cameron will be Prime Minister by the end of the wee...[full story]
Posted : 03/05/2010 07:58:49

Supporting West Oxfordshire’s arts community

Almost £8,000 looks set to be shared out between 21 groups and projects that are working to create arts opportunities for people in West Oxfordshire. West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet ha...[full story]
Posted : 23/04/2010 15:10:54

Have YOU ever thought about FOSTERING?

Have YOU ever thought about FOSTERING?
There is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improv...[full story]
Posted : 13/04/2010 18:39:08

Fritillary Sunday, Ducklington

Fritillary Sunday, Ducklington
The Fritillary Sunday event takes place on Sunday April 18th. Fritillary Sunday is an annual fund raising day in Ducklington when a 10 acre meadow near the Church that grows the Snakeshead Fritilla...[full story]
Posted : 13/04/2010 09:55:44

Witney Schools Win Enviro-Campaign Cash Prize

Witney Schools Win Enviro-Campaign Cash Prize
Three Witney schools have been celebrating winning prizes in the town's 'Bags of Life' recycling-re-use campaign. Wood Green, Tower Hill and St Mary's Infants were named as winners at an end-of-campai...[full story]
Posted : 31/03/2010 09:46:25

Do It For Oxfordshire Goes Beyond The Pole

The Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is putting a bit of glamour into the ‘Do it for Oxfordshire’ fundraising campaign. The OCF is holding a gala première of the film Beyond the Pole on 15th Ap...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2010 11:13:48

Delight at go ahead for Welch Way crossing

Following calls from the local community, a pedestrian crossing is to be reinstalled in Welch Way, Witney, close to the entrance of the new Marriotts Walk development. The new development opened i...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2010 08:45:50

Don’t lose your right to vote

With a general election imminent and local elections taking place on 6th May, West Oxfordshire District Council is urging residents to make sure they register their right to vote before it is too late...[full story]
Posted : 19/03/2010 15:33:56

Council offers discounted insulation grants

West Oxfordshire District Council is offering discounted insulation schemes so that residents can improve the energy efficiency of their homes and keep the costs of energy bills down. For only £99...[full story]
Posted : 17/03/2010 10:33:26

Committee appeals for members

West Oxfordshire District Council is looking to appoint two independent people to be members of a Panel which considers allowances for councillors. Duties will include making recommendations to th...[full story]
Posted : 16/03/2010 13:21:39

All change for concessionary travel!

From 6th April 2010, the Government is changing the age of eligibility for national concessionary travel scheme. This will rise gradually from 60 to 65 over the next 10 years, in line with the changes...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2010 14:10:36

Tourism spending rise in West Oxfordshire

Latest figures show that tourism-related spending in West Oxfordshire rose by 3.3% to £232 million in 2008, despite the start of the UK-wide recession. An Economic Impact of Tourism Study by Touri...[full story]
Posted : 12/03/2010 09:44:29

Over 500 sign in support of crossing on Welch Way

Local Liberal Democrats set up a stall on Welch Way on Saturday to gather signatures for a petition in support of the reinstatement of the pedestrian crossing. The crossing disappeared during the ...[full story]
Posted : 08/03/2010 17:23:58

West Oxfordshire’s first Sport Relief Mile

Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in West Oxfordshire’s first Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 21st. Taking place in the grounds of the 18th C...[full story]
Posted : 05/03/2010 09:15:13

Support for debt and housing advice

A grant of £15,300 has been recommended by the District Council’s Cabinet to help provide debt and housing advice to people in need in West Oxfordshire. The funding will go to West Oxfordshire Cit...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2010 10:21:24

Council Tax share set for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of the Council Tax for a Band D property in 2010/11 has been set at £81.63. The Council agreed its share of the Council Tax as part of its budget setting ...[full story]
Posted : 25/02/2010 16:41:12

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival

Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th March 2010 With over 250 events taking place over eight days at Christ Church, Corpus Christi, the Sheldonian Theatre, The Bodleian Library, and other venues, the 2010 ...[full story]
Posted : 22/02/2010 14:36:11

Have a say on the way housing is allocated

West Oxfordshire District Council is inviting residents to have a say on how social housing is allocated to people. The Council has not held any housing stock since 2001, but is responsible for ke...[full story]
Posted : 24/02/2010 17:28:03

National recognition for Marriotts Walk project

West Oxfordshire District Council has gained a national Community Partnerships Award for the Marriotts Walk development in Witney. The award recognises how the council has worked in partnership wi...[full story]
Posted : 09/02/2010 08:35:35

Planning for the future consultation

From 5 February West Oxfordshire District Council is seeking comments on a major planning strategy showing how the District could develop over the next 15 years. The consultation document is call...[full story]
Posted : 02/02/2010 10:36:34

More tree chippings despite bad weather

January’s snow and freezing conditions failed to stop West Oxfordshire residents from helping the environment by getting their real Christmas trees recycled. Almost an extra tonne of Christmas tre...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2010 17:33:44

Schools Prize Plea as campaign deadline nears

Schools Prize Plea as campaign deadline nears
Witney shoppers are being urged to make a big final effort to help their local school win a prize as part of the town’s ‘Bags of Life’ recycling-re-use campaign. The campaign to encourage shoppers...[full story]
Posted : 20/01/2010 16:23:25

New parking wardens for West Oxfordshire

On 25th January 2010 West Oxfordshire District Council takes over the management of on-street parking from the Police. A new team of civil enforcement officers, called Community Wardens, will cont...[full story]
Posted : 19/01/2010 15:39:37

Snow, icy conditions and council services - Update

Yesterday we re-started our household refuse (wheeled bins) waste collection service, following the Christmas and New Year collection schedule. Today we will be re-starting black box recycling col...[full story]
Posted : 12/01/2010 11:11:29

New dates for Christmas tree chipping

Due to the icy weather conditions, West Oxfordshire District Council’s FREE tree chipping service has been put back for one week until the 16th and 17th January (weather permitting). Cllr David Ha...[full story]
Posted : 08/01/2010 09:40:30

Council services update

Snow, freezing temperatures and council services - update Thursday 7 January West Oxfordshire District Council offices and Town Centres shops in Witney and [full story]
Posted : 07/01/2010 11:31:21

West Oxfordshire Snow Update

Waste and recycling collections Waste and recycling collection services have been suspended until it is safe for heavy waste collection vehicles to travel on side roads. If you are due a co...[full story]
Posted : 06/01/2010 11:14:16

West Oxfordshire D.C. waste and recycling services

Waste and recycling collections in some areas of West Oxfordshire are behind schedule due to the continuing icy road conditions. Some collections have been suspended for the safety of our bin men, and...[full story]
Posted : 04/01/2010 16:40:23

Support for rural services

West Oxfordshire District Council has earmarked £27,815 to support ORCC’s (Oxfordshire Rural Community Council) work to maintain and improve services in rural areas. The grant is a joint initiativ...[full story]
Posted : 04/01/2010 14:36:19

Happy Christmas from the Witney website

May we wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks to all who visited and contributed to the Witney website in 2009. See you all in 2010....[full story]
Posted : 24/12/2009 14:33:05

Icy conditions and West Oxon D.C. services

Waste and recycling collections in some areas of West Oxfordshire have been suspended due to icy road conditions. This is a particular problem in the higher areas of the District. West Oxfordshire ...[full story]
Posted : 24/12/2009 13:04:58

'Get Into Reading' for innovative adult learning

'Get Into Reading' for innovative adult learning
Participants in the pioneering ‘Get Into Reading’ groups in oxfordshire have been reaping the benefits of exposure to stimulating and challenging literature. The groups, run by Oxfordshire Mind and Ox...[full story]
Posted : 22/12/2009 19:18:41

Planning go-ahead for new affordable housing

Three new schemes that will deliver 44 new affordable homes in West Oxfordshire villages have recently gained planning permission. The largest, secured by Vale Housing, is for 24 homes at Swan La...[full story]
Posted : 21/12/2009 11:27:02

Debenhams backing for Witney plastic bags campaign

Debenhams backing for Witney plastic bags campaign
Debenhams has become the first store in the new Witney Marriotts Walk development to sign up to the town’s campaign...[full story]
Posted : 17/12/2009 12:45:22

Council recognised as ‘performing well’

Council recognised as ‘performing well’
An independent report published today by the Audit Commission states that West Oxfordshire District Council is performing well, managing its money and staff well and that people in the district are sa...[full story]
Posted : 11/12/2009 13:39:26

More longer stay parking in Witney

West Oxfordshire District Council is extending the parking time limit of some spaces at Witney’s new Marriotts Walk multi-storey car park. The Council has taken on board requests from people who wa...[full story]
Posted : 08/12/2009 19:11:46

Residents can win £50 for recycling this December

West Oxfordshire District Council is thanking its residents for recycling this December by selecting 15 lucky recyclers to win £50. Rewards are up for grabs in the run-up to the festive season to ...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2009 16:40:19

Urgent appeal for horse homes in Oxfordshire

Buckinghamshire charity The Horse Trust urgently needs more homes for retired horses in the Oxfordshire area. Since launching its rehoming scheme in October, the charity has been inundated with re...[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2009 17:23:30

Sacks to help you have a green Christmas

Plastic sacks are being delivered to every home in West Oxfordshire to give householders extra space for recycling over the festive period. Residents should look out for the sacks attached to thei...[full story]
Posted : 02/12/2009 20:15:54

Witney Campaign Bags Housing Association Support

Witney Campaign Bags Housing Association Support
A campaign to reduce the number of plastic bags handed out to shoppers in Witney has had a big boost. Local housing association Cottsway Housing has had 100 jute ‘bags for life’ specially produced...[full story]
Posted : 02/12/2009 13:54:58

Awards up for grabs by sports and arts performers

Awards are available from the District Council to help aid the development and further the potential of talented arts and sports performers in West Oxfordshire. Residents over the age of 14 who ca...[full story]
Posted : 27/11/2009 13:21:43

Strategy shows commitment to encouraging tourism

Maintaining and developing West Oxfordshire as a ‘must-see’ destination and increasing visitor spending are among main aims of an action plan setting out the District Council’s commitment to tourism. ...[full story]
Posted : 27/11/2009 13:20:48

Continuing support for Volunteer Link-Up

A charity which brings together volunteers willing to give help with those who need it looks set to receive a £2,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council. The Council’s Cabinet has recomme...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2009 11:04:23

Support to secure affordable rural housing

Funding to support the work of a specialist to help with the provision of affordable housing in West Oxfordshire has been agreed by the District Council’s Cabinet. Members have recommended that up...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2009 11:03:23

New Burton shop opening in Witney

New Burton shop opening in Witney
A new Burton store is going into the old Dorothy Perkins site on the High Street. The shop is opening on Thursday 3rd December....[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2009 08:22:07

Flood prevention work continues

West Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the Environment Agency and Cottsway Housing are pooling resources to improve flood defences in an ‘at high risk’ area in Witney. A sc...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2009 17:33:40

New Store Supports Tower Hill Under 7's

New Store Supports Tower Hill Under 7's
Tower Hill football team has kicked off another season and this year the under 7’s players’ skill will be matched by their style, as they benefit from a brand-new kit of shirts, shorts and socks court...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2009 17:01:58

Free advice and support for businesses

Advice ranging from business planning and finance to employment issues and training will be available at a free Business Support Fair in Witney on Thursday 26th November. The event is being run at...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2009 16:35:32

Witney Christmas Market Dates

Thursday 24 December (26 December cancelled) Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January 2010...[full story]
Posted : 18/11/2009 21:55:23

A40 Closed - Breaking News

Reports say that The A40 Witney bypass has been closed in both directions due to fallen power cables. The report says that the road is closed between B4022 and A415 Ducklington Lane. Electrical ...[full story]
Posted : 18/11/2009 14:51:26

Eynsham Hall Launches Health and Fitness Club

Eynsham Hall Launches Health and Fitness Club
Eynsham Hall is opening Founder Memberships to newly refurbished health and fitness facilities. The beautiful surroundings of the Grade II Jacobean mansion, set in 3,000 acres of parklands, will u...[full story]
Posted : 17/11/2009 18:31:00

Health – a priority for West Oxfordshire

Public consultation has put health in the spotlight for West Oxfordshire District Council with residents’ views contributing to the production of a new Health & Wellbeing strategy. Residents felt ...[full story]
Posted : 06/11/2009 17:12:29

Changes to benefit rules

More families will be entitled to help with their rent and Council Tax bills after changes to the way Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit is calculated. The changes come into force today (Mond...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2009 22:47:52

Marks & Spencer Unveils New Witney Store

Marks & Spencer Unveils New Witney Store
Marks & Spencer yesterday opened a brand-new full offer store at Witney’s Marriotts Walk development. The new 25,300 sq f...[full story]
Posted : 30/10/2009 11:21:25

Witney's new development opens

Witney's new development opens
On Thursday 29th October at 10am the first shops at Marriotts Walk open their doors. More shops will follo...[full story]
Posted : 27/10/2009 17:41:34

New Marks and Spencer Store Opening

The brand-new Marks & Spencer store in Witney will open on Thursday 29th October 2009 at 10.00am. Store Manager, Chris Taylor and his team will open the 25,300 sq ft store and invite customers to ...[full story]
Posted : 26/10/2009 14:25:02

Arts and Crafts in Hook Norton

Arts and Crafts in Hook Norton
St Peter’s Church Hook Norton is hosting its 13th annual Craft Fair this Saturday, October 31st. The Fair has grown in size and popularity over the years and is firmly established as one of the fin...[full story]
Posted : 26/10/2009 11:06:33

Excellence Award for Council team

Excellence Award for Council team
West Oxfordshire District Council’s revenues and benefits team has scooped a national award for Excellence in Education, Training and Development. The team was picked from three finalists shortlis...[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2009 16:22:42

Public art for new Witney development

Public art for new Witney development
A public art centrepiece for Witney's new leisure and retail development was installed on Monday 12th October. Designed and created by sculptor and public artist Michael Fairfax, the 'Buttercross ...[full story]
Posted : 14/10/2009 12:15:09

Get dancing / Get ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ tickets

With television show Strictly Come Dancing in full swing, a project has been launched to encourage people to reach for their dancing shoes and take part in classes across West Oxfordshire. Two Lef...[full story]
Posted : 11/10/2009 21:46:38

Fund to help prevent homelessness

A fund has been set up by West Oxfordshire District Council to provide loans to families at risk of homelessness through repossession or eviction. The Council has set up the Homelessness Preventio...[full story]
Posted : 02/10/2009 16:12:48

Grants to fund community projects

Two West Oxfordshire villages are a step closer to getting new play equipment for young people after the District Council’s Cabinet recommended approval of grant funding. Eynsham and Kingham will ...[full story]
Posted : 02/10/2009 16:02:01

School Plays Big Part In Plastic Bags Campaign

School Plays Big Part In Plastic Bags Campaign
One of Witney's smallest schools has signed up to play a big part in the campaign to reduce the number of plastic bags used in the town's shops. St Mary's Infant School is one of the first schools...[full story]
Posted : 27/09/2009 23:58:40

Getting fit after school

A new project has been launched to take exercise and dance classes to sixth form students at West Oxfordshire schools to give them a chance to get more active. Free sessions are running after scho...[full story]
Posted : 23/09/2009 23:24:00

House to Rent – Deer Park, Witney

A two bedroom end terrace house situated on a corner plot on the popular Deer Park estate which is available from October. Features include, brand new fitted kitchen and Inglenook fireplace in the ...[full story]
Posted : 22/09/2009 19:38:08

Public art for new development

Work has begun on a colourful mosaic which will form part of the entrance to Marriotts Walk, Witney's new major cinema, leisure and retail complex. The mosaic captures key points in West Oxfordshi...[full story]
Posted : 18/09/2009 17:42:47

Witney choir back from Italy

Witney choir back from Italy
Witney-based singing group, Voice Box, have returned from a five day trip to Castello Tesino in Italy Voice Box, Witney’s popular choir, have returned from a five day trip to Italy as guests of th...[full story]
Posted : 15/09/2009 17:33:59

David Cameron meets Mr. Polythene!

David Cameron meets Mr. Polythene!
David Cameron meets James Woollard, Oxfordshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. David Cameron MP for Witney and Leader of the Opposition met with James Woollard, Managing Director of the country...[full story]
Posted : 15/09/2009 13:58:12

Witney Taxi

We have added a new page to the Witney website called Witney Taxi. The Witney Taxi page will contain details of Witney taxi companies to help when you are looking for a taxi in Witney. Taxi comp...[full story]
Posted : 14/09/2009 15:27:19

Official opening of new adventure play area

A new adventure play area at Kilkenny Lane Country Park in Brize Norton, near Carterton, will be officially opened on Tuesday 22 September. With over £180,000 spent on exciting and unusual...[full story]
Posted : 14/09/2009 11:24:26

WOW is back - Monday 21 to Sunday 27 September

The popular West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) is back this September with local attractions throwing open their doors to give free or discounted entry to the district's residents. WOW vouchers have been...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2009 23:17:53

Project prepares young people for school change

Project prepares young people for school change
Rugby sessions are helping to boost confidence and prepare children in Witney who have just left primary school and are starting the new school year at secondary school. Eight pupils from t...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2009 23:05:00

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update

Following our period of public engagement with communities in and around Witney, the three new priorities for us for the next 12 months have been identified as: • Anti-social behaviour • Speeding ...[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2009 23:10:07

Witney Feast 2009

Witney Feast will take place on The Leys Recreation Ground on 14th and 15th September 2009....[full story]
Posted : 04/09/2009 21:14:32

Get your voice heard

Residents are being urged to make sure they register their right to vote so they can get their voice heard at the next General and Local Elections. Without a vote, people will not be able to have ...[full story]
Posted : 01/09/2009 01:25:58

Stay safe with free electric blanket testing

West Oxfordshire residents have the chance to get their electric blankets tested for free before the winter months set in. The safety checks are being organised by West Oxfordshire District Council...[full story]
Posted : 28/08/2009 12:41:46

August Bank Holiday bin and recycling collections

West Oxfordshire District Council is reminding householders that bin and recycling collections will take place a day later than usual during August Bank Holiday week. Revised collection dates, due...[full story]
Posted : 21/08/2009 16:33:30

Calls for change in flood prevention funding

West Oxfordshire District Council has put forward a proposal requesting changes to the way the Government deals with funding for flood alleviation schemes. The Council has asked for criteria to be...[full story]
Posted : 17/08/2009 10:51:58

Pamper Evening

Pamper Evening
Oxfordshire Events is hosting a pamper evening at Langdale Hall in Witney on Friday 21st August from 7-10pm. Treat yourself to one of the various beauty treatments that will be available throughout t...[full story]
Posted : 14/08/2009 00:18:05

Debenhams Hold Open Day for Witney Jobseekers

Thirty five new local jobs are up for grabs, as Debenhams hosts an Open Day at Witney Jobcentre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 15th August. At least twenty percent of the vacancies could be given to pe...[full story]
Posted : 13/08/2009 23:47:59

Beadlight Sales Up 68% In Financial Year

Beadlight Sales Up 68% In Financial Year
With the U.K. recession continuing its course, Beadlight “bucks the trend” by reporting year on year sales up by 68%. Witney based Beadlight Ltd., a global, green technology company, designs and m...[full story]
Posted : 10/08/2009 15:26:03

Property rental in Witney

Are you a landlord wanting to let a property in Witney? Are you a tenant looking for a new property to rent in the Witney area? The new Witney Lettings Agent page has just been added to the site. ...[full story]
Posted : 04/08/2009 18:32:43

You’re Hired! Council in search for apprentices

The search is on for three apprentices to join West Oxfordshire District Council and gain on-the-job training and qualifications. The Council is looking for three enthusiastic individuals to join ...[full story]
Posted : 03/08/2009 00:40:24

Debenhams Store Boss Has Local Connection

Work is underway on a new 14,400 sq.ft. ‘Desire by Debenhams’ store at Witney’s Marriott’s Close development. The store is due to open on 29th October, creating 35 new jobs for Witney and West Oxfords...[full story]
Posted : 30/07/2009 13:03:40

Support for heritage projects

The District Council has awarded grants totalling £2,350 towards the development of heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire. Heritage Grants between £100 and £500 are being given to 6 organisat...[full story]
Posted : 29/07/2009 19:24:00

Businesses advised to be prepared for swine flu

West Oxfordshire District Council is recommending businesses consider the impact of the flu pandemic if a large number of their staff are all ill at once. The Council is signposting businesses to a...[full story]
Posted : 27/07/2009 20:34:13

Cargo to close during Woolgate re-development

Homewares and Furniture retailer Cargo has this week commenced consultation with its staff over the closure of their Witney store due to the redevelopment of the Woolgate Centre. Cargo plan ...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2009 22:42:53

New changing rooms for school and community use

New changing rooms have been built at Wood Green School in Witney to encourage community use of its playing fields and provide first-class facilities for students. West Oxfordshire District Council...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2009 19:23:19

Special Offers At The Burford Lodge Hotel

The new owners of the Burford Lodge Hotel have a special offer available until 30th September. The "2 for 1" offer is available on lunch and evening meals (terms and conditions apply). In additi...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2009 13:50:11

Witney Student’s Winning Design

Witney Student’s Winning Design
Laura Cooper, a Year Seven student at Witney’s Wood Green School, has had a prize-winning assembly. Laura was presented with an environment-friendly MP4 music player by Oxfordshire County Council’s...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2009 10:45:52

Residents chance to get Council Tax paid!

West Oxfordshire residents who sign up to the District Council’s garden waste scheme are being given the chance to get their Council Tax paid for the year (equivalent to Band D). Anyone who joins ...[full story]
Posted : 10/07/2009 10:51:42

Witney Carnival 2009

Witney Carnival takes place this Saturday, 11th July. The Parade starts at 11.00am and it's route will be from The Leys, along Church Green towards the Buttercross. Along Corn Street, turning right...[full story]
Posted : 08/07/2009 10:10:37

West Oxfordshire’s young cricket champions

West Oxfordshire’s young cricket champions
Young cricketers from West Oxfordshire are this week celebrating their success at the annual Oxfordshire Youth Games, held at the Oxford University Sports Complex on Sunday 28th June. The team of ...[full story]
Posted : 03/07/2009 17:31:38

All change at Burford Lodge

All change at Burford Lodge
Not just a change of ownership Burford Lodge Hotel & Restaurant, situated at the edge of the village of Burford has recently changed hands with the new owners introducing new ideas with an e...[full story]
Posted : 03/07/2009 14:49:51

Council grant for Carers Centre

West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed a grant of £2,000 to the North and West Oxfordshire Carers Centre. The Centre is an independent charity providing free information, advice and support ...[full story]
Posted : 29/06/2009 10:54:10

College students raise money for The Horse Trust

Buckinghamshire charity The Horse Trust was presented with a cheque for £806 by horse management students from an Oxfordshire further education college on Tuesday. The eight students, who are in t...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2009 23:04:33

Supporting sports clubs and village groups

Grants totalling more than £15,000 look set to be awarded to six clubs and organisations towards projects that will benefit members and local communities in West Oxfordshire. The District Council’...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2009 17:02:24

Support for tourism industry through recession

West Oxfordshire District Council is continuing to provide support to tourism businesses during the recession. An open afternoon was held at one of the District's largest hotel and conference cent...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2009 16:58:56

Green boost for Yellow Pages in West Oxfordshire

Residents in West Oxfordshire can now put old copies of Yellow Pages directories in their black kerbside recycling boxes. Previously, West Oxfordshire District Council worked in conjunction with d...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2009 16:47:43

West Oxon residents give Council thumbs the up

A national survey has placed resident satisfaction with West Oxfordshire District Council services amongst the highest in the country and top in Oxfordshire. Similarly residents’ perception of val...[full story]
Posted : 25/06/2009 15:29:24

Campaign to show: there's Bags of Life in Witney

Campaign to show: there's Bags of Life in Witney
Witney is gearing itself up for a major environmental campaign, to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags. Town centre businesses and local schools will work together on the voucher-based campaign wh...[full story]
Posted : 25/06/2009 12:08:33

Swimming Club recognised for commitment to members

Witney MP, the Rt Hon David Cameron, has presented a certificate to Witney and District Swimming Club in recognition of its high standard of teaching and dedication to members. Mr Cameron visited t...[full story]
Posted : 24/06/2009 19:43:26

Kick off for project that reaches out to the young

Football sessions have been taking place as part of a project to boost confidence and skills among young people in West Oxfordshire, and encourage them to lead a more active, positive lifestyle. A...[full story]
Posted : 24/06/2009 16:51:42

Cracking down on fly-tipping in West Oxfordshire

Fly-tipping has dropped by 16% in the past two years in West Oxfordshire, following the introduction of a specialist team set up by the District Council to combat environmental crime. As a result ...[full story]
Posted : 17/06/2009 23:54:27

House to Rent – Deer Park, Witney

Please note: This property has now been let....[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2009 21:03:33

Food outlets get food hygiene star ratings

Over forty premises in West Oxfordshire have obtained a maximum five star food hygiene rating under a new system called Scores on the Doors. ‘Scores on the Doors’ is a nationwide scheme which makes...[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2009 14:17:43

Keep your kids active this summer

From scuba diving to street dance and yoga, a range of activities will be running at West Oxfordshire District Council’s leisure centres for children during the summer holidays. Discounted entry t...[full story]
Posted : 12/06/2009 12:11:18

Gear up and GO cycling!

Cycling events are being organised to encourage people over the age of 16 in West Oxfordshire to get on their bikes, get active – and get discounted entry to this year’s cycling festival at Blenheim P...[full story]
Posted : 08/06/2009 00:06:15

New affordable housing target set

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has recommended a provisional target of 110 for the number of new affordable homes to be provided in West Oxfordshire during 2010/11. Cabinet Members ag...[full story]
Posted : 30/05/2009 00:49:41

How did Witney get its name - Oxfordshire names

Have you ever wondered why Witney is called Witney and why Oxfordshire towns and villages are so named? Why is Burford called Burford? Where on earth did the name Wallingford come from? How did Oxf...[full story]
Posted : 22/05/2009 15:54:44

Successful housing schemes to prevent homelessness

West Oxfordshire District Council has set aside £40,000 from its Homelessness grant to help secure rented accommodation for those who would otherwise be facing homelessness. Accessing private rent...[full story]
Posted : 21/05/2009 18:38:04

Sound advice for Noise Action Week

As more social activity takes place outside during the summer months, pub landlords and premises licence holders are being reminded to consider their neighbours with regard to noise. West Oxfordsh...[full story]
Posted : 18/05/2009 00:12:34

99p Store to open in Woolworths premises

A 99p Store is due to open at 18 High Street on Friday (location of the old Woolworths shop). The 99p Stores website says, "99P Stores Ltd was founded by Entrepreneur Nadir Lalani in January 200...[full story]
Posted : 14/05/2009 15:20:04

Family fun for National Family Week

A sports day and free swimming sessions are being organised in West Oxfordshire to encourage families to have fun together as part of National Family Week. The following events and special offers ...[full story]
Posted : 13/05/2009 15:40:33

Free Advice for Rural Businesses

Rural businesses in Oxfordshire are facing a tough time. Research* shows 30% of small and medium sized rural firms expect turnover to decrease in the next 12 months, compared with 25% of small and med...[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2009 18:33:45

Garden Waste roadshows

Residents will have the chance to find out about getting their garden waste collected at ‘roadshows’ being held in Witney. West Oxfordshire District Council is organising sessions on the following...[full story]
Posted : 01/05/2009 15:56:00

Tell GO Active how you want to get active

West Oxfordshire’s ‘GO Active’ (Get Oxfordshire Active) team is up and running - and would like to hear from residents about activities and projects to help people lead healthier lifestyles. The te...[full story]
Posted : 29/04/2009 13:23:21

New Blue Plaques Unveiled

Blue Plaques for Charles Early and William Smith, Blanket Manufacturers, have been unveiled in Witney by Rt Hon David Cameron MP The plaque for Charles Early were unveiled at the gatehouse of the ...[full story]
Posted : 27/04/2009 23:57:11

Call for improved ambulance response times

A series of recommendations relating to ambulance service provision in West Oxfordshire have been set out by a working party formed by District Councillors to investigate “poor” response times in the ...[full story]
Posted : 27/04/2009 11:59:58

Vehicles damaged – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after nine cars were damaged in Witney over-night on 23/4 – 24/4. Five cars parked on Oxford Hill were targeted. The details are as follows: * A burgundy Vauxh...[full story]
Posted : 25/04/2009 22:14:05

Council tax one of the lowest

Figures released by the Government show that West Oxfordshire District Council is, once again, charging the second lowest council tax rate out of the 201 shire district councils in England. West O...[full story]
Posted : 21/04/2009 12:07:17

Grants for sports clubs and facilities

District Council funding of more than £19,000 will go to several sports clubs and facilities in West Oxfordshire to help with projects that will benefit members and local communities. Cabinet Memb...[full story]
Posted : 17/04/2009 16:28:39

Stretch of A40 to be closed

A stretch of the A40 will be closed between the Wolvercote roundabout and Cassington overnight on Saturday, April 25th, to Sunday, April 26th. The closure is due to the the A34 Wolvercote Viaduct r...[full story]
Posted : 16/04/2009 18:58:22

More opportunities to meet the Play Rangers

With the lighter evenings and warmer weather on its way, children in West Oxfordshire now have more opportunities to meet the district’s ‘Play Rangers’ and get active outdoors. The project, which a...[full story]
Posted : 15/04/2009 18:02:44

Council will help fund Bampton play area revamp

Bampton Parish Council looks set to receive £11,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council towards redeveloping the Mercury Close play area. The District Council’s Cabinet has recommended approval...[full story]
Posted : 15/04/2009 11:21:45

Egg Hunt At Cogges Manor Farm Museum

Enjoy a traditional egg hunt, trail, children's activities and on Bank Holiday Monday meet Peter Rabbit and hear tales of his escapades in Mr McGregor's garden. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mo...[full story]
Posted : 09/04/2009 11:20:40

Witney Jobs

A selection of jobs in Witney can be found on the Witney Jobs website. The latest addition is a job vacancy for a qualifi...[full story]
Posted : 07/04/2009 14:56:22

MP supports tourism industry in West Oxfordshire

Witney MP, the Rt Hon David Cameron, met with owners of bed and breakfasts, hotels and other tourism accommodation in West Oxfordshire at an open afternoon on Friday, 3rd April, at Caswell House, Briz...[full story]
Posted : 07/04/2009 11:28:20

Council first to sign Business Accord

Council first to sign Business Accord
West Oxfordshire District Council is the first council in the Thames Valley region to sign a Small Business Accord with the Federation of Small Business, which further demonstrates the Council’s commi...[full story]
Posted : 03/04/2009 13:03:03

Council welcomes business rates reduction

West Oxfordshire District Council welcomes the Government’s decision to spread the 5% increase in businesses rates from a one year period to over three years. Business rate increases are set by Centra...[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2009 16:36:56

Link up to help generate funds for local projects

West Oxfordshire and Cherwell district councils have successfully obtained funding from SEEDA for a Rural Partnership Project Manager to advise individuals, community groups and businesses about fundi...[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2009 12:46:47

Avoid becoming a criminal’s next target

Residents in West Oxfordshire can learn how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime on national burglary awareness day on Tuesday 7th April. Officers from the Witney neighbourh...[full story]
Posted : 31/03/2009 22:49:58

Chance to sign up for Garden Waste collections

With spring in the air and people turning their minds to gardening, residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged not to miss out on having the chance to get their green waste collected. The ...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2009 15:49:54

Council will give £44,000 to help improve village

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Members have recommended that grants totalling £44,000 are given to help four village halls. The Cabinet has agreed to recommend that funding is given t...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2009 15:47:40

MP to show support for tourism industry

Witney MP, the Rt Hon David Cameron, will meet with owners of bed and breakfasts, hotels and other tourism accommodation in West Oxfordshire to show his support. Mr Cameron will attend an open aft...[full story]
Posted : 26/03/2009 13:12:24

Easter bank holiday waste collections

Waste and recycling collections will be one day later than normal following Easter Bank Holiday: Good Friday: 10 April As normal Easter Monday: 13 April will be collected on Tuesday 14 April Tue...[full story]
Posted : 25/03/2009 12:42:20

Arrests made in relation to brothel keeping

Thames Valley Police, in partnership with the UK Border Agency, has arrested three people for running a brothel in Corn Street, Witney, following a call to Crimestoppers from a member of the public. ...[full story]
Posted : 24/03/2009 00:19:34

Vodafone Shop Opening

The new Vodafone shop (in the Woolgate centre, opposite the Orange store) will open on Friday 20th March....[full story]
Posted : 17/03/2009 10:41:50

‘Explore Oxfordshire’ exhibition

A countywide exhibition showcasing Oxfordshire’s tourist attractions is taking place on March 23rd at the Barceló Oxford Hotel, between 10.30am and 3pm. As tourism businesses across Oxfordshire pr...[full story]
Posted : 16/03/2009 13:30:02

West Oxfordshire rewarded for cleanliness

West Oxfordshire has received a four out of five-star rating for cleanliness in the Clean Britain Awards 2008/9. West Oxfordshire District Council entered the awards and received a four-star rating...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2009 15:19:31

Improved dry changing facilities on the way

Work has begun to create bigger, better dry changing rooms for users of the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. There will be separate changing areas for males and females, with new toilet and show...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2009 13:40:49

Honours for sports and arts performers

The Council runs an annual Awards Evening to celebrate the achievement of sporting and arts performers in West Oxfordshire. The following awards, including two new categories for 2009 recognising achi...[full story]
Posted : 09/03/2009 13:42:22

Council lobbies for business rates reduction

West Oxfordshire District Council is lobbying Central Government over plans to increase business rates by 5% from 1st April 2009. Business rate increases are set by Central Government and they are col...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2009 16:40:42

Members needed for Standards Committee

West Oxfordshire District Council is looking to appoint three independent people to the Council’s Standards Committee. The committee has statutory functions relating to the conduct of Members of th...[full story]
Posted : 05/03/2009 22:37:39

Bank of England cuts interest rate again

The Bank of England has just announced a further 0.5% cut in interest rates. The interest rate now stands at 0.5%...[full story]
Posted : 05/03/2009 12:01:52

Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The next Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting will be held at West Oxfordshire District Council’s offices in Witney on Thursday, March 12th. Members of the publi...[full story]
Posted : 04/03/2009 14:47:35

Funding for Citizens Advice Bureau

The District Council has agreed to grant £132,000 to West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau to help it to continue providing an information and advice service. West Oxfordshire District Council w...[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2009 13:35:21

Council Tax share set for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of the Council Tax for a Band D property in 2009/10 has been set at £78.57. The Council Tax share was set as part of the Council’s budget agreed by the Co...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2009 18:09:59

Condolences to the Cameron family

It has been announced that the eldest son of David and Samantha Cameron has died in hospital. The six year old, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, became ill and was taken to St Mary's hospital o...[full story]
Posted : 25/02/2009 10:30:21

‘Planning for the future’ consultation

West Oxfordshire District Council is seeking comments on major development choices the District faces over the next 15 years. A fully worked up Plan has yet to be produced but a consultation docum...[full story]
Posted : 20/02/2009 20:57:52

Council stays ‘on board’ with ‘Dial-a-Ride’

West Oxfordshire District Council has pledged its continuing support for the Octabus Dial-a-Ride service. Dial-a-Ride is a door-to-door minibus service for people who find it difficult to use pub...[full story]
Posted : 19/02/2009 19:26:11

Garden Waste Scheme set to expand

West Oxfordshire District Council is re-launching its Garden Waste Scheme to give twice as many residents the chance to get their green waste collected. The fortnightly collection scheme has prove...[full story]
Posted : 18/02/2009 15:11:19

Landlords focus on financial issues

Financial issues facing landlords in the current climate is the focus of West Oxfordshire District Council's next Landlords' Forum. Property Investor, Mr Toby Hone, will be offering expert advice ...[full story]
Posted : 16/02/2009 13:32:41

Half-term fun at libraries in Oxfordshire

Several Oxfordshire County Council-run libraries are putting on special events for children to enjoy during their school half-term holiday next week. The free activities are designed to encourage c...[full story]
Posted : 13/02/2009 16:40:48

Tourism spending growth despite flooding

Latest figures show tourism-related spending in West Oxfordshire rose to over £224 million in 2007, despite extreme summer flooding in the District. A study by Tourism South East shows that touris...[full story]
Posted : 11/02/2009 11:38:17

Good news for West Oxon from council budget

Residents in north and west Oxfordshire are to benefit from a series of improvements made to services they receive from Oxfordshire County Council as part of the budget the authority has set for 2009/...[full story]
Posted : 11/02/2009 10:50:06

More snow forecast for Witney on Friday

The Met Office is forecasting more sleet and snow for Witney on Friday. Light snow in the early hours will make way for sleet showers in the morning. From 3pm onwards they are forecasting sunny int...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2009 18:48:03

Traffic Chaos Predicted For Thursday

Traffic Chaos Predicted For Thursday
With about 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground at the time of writing (2am on Thursday), and no sign of it stopping, there is likely to be traffic chaos in a few hours as commuters head into work. ...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2009 02:10:53

Marriotts Close poster winner

Marriotts Close poster winner
A colourful poster by Aston and Cote primary school pupil, Amber Hayler, is the winner of the Marriotts artwork competition. Amber’s painting was selected after being put to a public vote and can be v...[full story]
Posted : 02/02/2009 11:03:11

New gym will increase opportunities to exercise

A gym designed for people who are new to exercise or want a more relaxed alternative to a traditional gym has opened today (January 30th) at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. The ‘Easyline’ g...[full story]
Posted : 30/01/2009 17:18:39

Arts grants deadline approaching

Groups and projects that create arts opportunities in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged not to miss out on the chance to apply for funding from the District Council. The deadline for applicati...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2009 13:44:08

Tree-mendous tree chipping service

More than 10 tonnes of wood has been collected at free Christmas tree chipping sessions organised by West Oxfordshire District Council. A total of 10.25 tonnes (10,250kg) of tree chippings were co...[full story]
Posted : 22/01/2009 16:28:58

Burglary – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was burgled in the High Street, Witney, on Thursday (15/1). Some time between 7pm and 9.45pm, offenders forced a ground floor window and sea...[full story]
Posted : 20/01/2009 14:16:14

Final Flood Report published

The District Council has published its Final Flood Report, setting out what has been done since the July 2007 floods and future actions to alleviate flooding in West Oxfordshire. The Final Flood R...[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2009 17:05:16

Sponsored bins take to the streets

In a bid to cut down on street litter, local businesses have joined forces with West Oxfordshire District Council to install more litter bins in Witney. A total of eight new litter bins have been ...[full story]
Posted : 09/01/2009 14:03:30

Happy New Year

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year....[full story]
Posted : 01/01/2009 18:05:40

Closure date for Witney branch of Woolworths

Administrators for the doomed retailer Woolworths have announced that the Witney store will close on 27th December 2008....[full story]
Posted : 22/12/2008 16:05:52

Recycle your Christmas tree!

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to help the environment and recycle their real Christmas trees. All people have to do is take their real Christmas trees along to the foll...[full story]
Posted : 19/12/2008 14:54:55

Christmas waste and recycling information

Christmas waste and recycling information
West Oxfordshire District Council would like to remind residents that waste and recycling collection dates will change over the festive period. Collections will be carried out as normal on Christm...[full story]
Posted : 15/12/2008 00:26:31

Support for Local Charity

The Council’s Cabinet has recommended a grant of £1,500 for Volunteer Link-Up, a charity that links people willing to give help to those who need it. A one-off additional grant of £280 to provide reso...[full story]
Posted : 12/12/2008 20:12:28

Worried about facing redundancy?

People in West Oxfordshire concerned about facing redundancy can find out where to seek help through an initiative from West Oxfordshire District Council. The Council has produced a ‘Facing Redund...[full story]
Posted : 11/12/2008 20:49:46

Dreaming of a green Christmas…

You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but in West Oxfordshire people are being urged to think green when it comes to their household waste. Every year households in the UK throw away up to 3 m...[full story]
Posted : 05/12/2008 14:08:05

Spreading green Christmas cheer!

Spreading green Christmas cheer!
West Oxfordshire’s very own ‘green’ Elf will be spreading some eco-friendly Christmas cheer across the District in the lead-up to the festive season. The Green Elf – also known as an Environmental...[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2008 13:05:56

Get £700 off your Council Tax

West Oxfordshire District Council is running a prize draw to give householders the chance to get their Council Tax bill cut by £700. One lucky winner will be picked at random to receive the £700 d...[full story]
Posted : 03/12/2008 16:37:27

Windrush swimming pool closes temporarily - Monday

The Windrush Leisure Centre’s pool will close on Monday (December 1st) as work gets under way to improve its operating system and make it more energy efficient. The latest eco-friendly technology ...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2008 16:38:52

Resident praised for foiling distraction burglary

Elderly residents in Witney are being advised to be on their guard after distraction burglars failed in their attempt to enter a property in Witney on Wednesday (26/11). At 3.15pm a man called at ...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2008 16:10:14

Alcohol stolen in burglaries

Police are appealing for witnesses after there were two burglaries in the Burwell area of Witney this week where alcohol was stolen from people’s homes. The first incident was in Burwell Meadow wh...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2008 16:08:47

Have you taken advantage of concessionary travel?

West Oxfordshire District Council would like to hear from residents who have taken advantage of the concessionary travel scheme introduced earlier this year. The scheme was launched in April across...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2008 15:58:04

Shoppers urged to support local traders in Witney

With tomorrow night's 'switch on' of the Christmas lights, the festive season will be well under way in Witney. Traders, however, are urging shoppers to buy locally during what is expected to be a dif...[full story]
Posted : 27/11/2008 16:09:09

Police seek car used in attempted metal theft

Police are appealing for the public’s helping tracing a distinctive car that is being linked to an attempted theft of metal in Witney in the early hours of Friday (21/11). At 3.10am, a work...[full story]
Posted : 25/11/2008 16:34:39

Distraction burglar poses as police officer

Police are appealing for witnesses and warning residents of Witney to be on their guard after a woman in her eighties was targeted by a distraction burglar who pretended to be a police officer. At...[full story]
Posted : 24/11/2008 19:10:39

Public invited to vote for favourite poster

Earlier this year West Oxfordshire District Council invited primary school age children to send in colourful posters as part of a competition to help brighten up the large hoardings surrounding the Ma...[full story]
Posted : 24/11/2008 13:06:27

Nominate your coach and sports person of the year

Residents are being invited to nominate individuals for two special sporting awards from West Oxfordshire District Council. The deadline for nominations for West Oxfordshire’s Coach of the Year an...[full story]
Posted : 24/11/2008 13:05:36

Witney Christmas Lights - 2008

Friday 28th November - In The Market Square, Witney from 4.30pm. We are delighted that our MP, David Cameron, will once again be performing the ceremonial Switch On - ably supported by Mark Wells, ...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2008 11:42:26

County awards for West Oxfordshire sports stars

Triathlete Graham Kiff and freestyle kickboxer Imogen Shayler, both from Witney, each won gold at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2008. Mr Kiff, 40, who is the current Blind World Triathlon C...[full story]
Posted : 12/11/2008 12:21:47

Failed-to-stop traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver failed to stop at the scene of a traffic collision in Witney on Tuesday (04/11). At 7.20pm outside Tesco Express in Edington Square, Deer Park, a ...[full story]
Posted : 10/11/2008 23:09:25

Energy efficient improvements at Windrush pool

The swimming pool at the Windrush Leisure Centre, in Witney, is being made more energy efficient as part of a £100,000 scheme to upgrade facilities. Work will be carried out during December...[full story]
Posted : 07/11/2008 10:09:35

Tourism businesses scoop awards

Three West Oxfordshire tourism businesses have been recognised as being among the best of their kind in South East England. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, scooped the Large Visitor Attraction of the Y...[full story]
Posted : 06/11/2008 19:38:20

Christmas Market Dates

Wednesday 24th December and Saturday 3rd January 2009. (Thursday 25th & Saturday 27th December and Thursday 1st January are cancelled). ...[full story]
Posted : 06/11/2008 18:40:44

Loo of the Year awards for toilets

Five West Oxfordshire’s toilets have received recognition for their high standards in this year’s national Loo of the Year competition. The annual awards, carried out by the British Toilet Associa...[full story]
Posted : 06/11/2008 18:33:22

Burwell Farm Post Office

Burwell Farm Post Office has submitted 1000 signed "We Want To Keep It" Post Office Card Account (POCA) cards to our MP Mr. David Cameron. We still await an announcement from the Government, original...[full story]
Posted : 04/11/2008 15:04:32

Oxfordshire Sport Awards

Two sports performers from West Oxfordshire have been shortlisted as finalists in the Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2008. Triathlete Graham Kiff and freestyle kick-boxer Imogen Shayler, who are both w...[full story]
Posted : 03/11/2008 12:21:21

Burglary series update

Police are re-appealing for witnesses after three further houses were burgled in Witney, bringing the total to six in the same series. At some time between Sunday and yesterday (26/10 to 30/10), a...[full story]
Posted : 30/10/2008 16:50:57

Burglary series – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after three houses were burgled in Witney yesterday (29/10), which detectives believe are linked. At some time between 10.30am and 8pm there was an attempt to en...[full story]
Posted : 30/10/2008 15:13:45

Car park thefts linked

The Oxford Mail is reporting on a series of thefts in car parks across Oxfordshire. As at least one of these thefts has taken place in Witney we thought it would be a good idea to raise awareness of t...[full story]
Posted : 28/10/2008 18:15:09

Business award for council officer

A West Oxfordshire District Council officer has been recognised for his outstanding work with small businesses. William Barton, the District Council’s Economic Development Officer was presented wi...[full story]
Posted : 27/10/2008 16:08:10

Being green is fun!

An Environmental Fun Day for children and their parents is being run by West Oxfordshire District Council on Thursday. (October 30th). The event will take place at the Corn Exchange in Witney town...[full story]
Posted : 27/10/2008 16:03:47

Shared Chief Executive arrangement agreed

West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to share their chief executive with Cotswold District Council for an initial six-month period. Under the new arrangement, West Oxfordshire’s Chief Exec...[full story]
Posted : 23/10/2008 18:34:36

Council rewards long service

Four of West Oxfordshire’s retired district councillors who served the Council for over 20 years have been presented with a commemorative award. In total the four former councillors, Derrick Milla...[full story]
Posted : 23/10/2008 18:30:37

Schools officer wins national award

A Thames Valley Police officer has won a top national award for his work in tackling youth crime in West Oxfordshire. PC Simon Collins has been awarded the National Justice Award for his work in de...[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2008 17:57:22

Green light for new woodland in West Witney

A piece of land in West Witney looks set to be transformed into woodland for the community to enjoy. West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has recommended that Witney Woodland Volunteers (WW...[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2008 16:55:42

New fundraising innovation launches in Oxfordshire

Cancer Research UK is set to reinvent the way we donate to charity by calling for the people of Oxfordshire to offer just an hour of their time, doing something they love, to help fund vital research ...[full story]
Posted : 17/10/2008 11:44:50

Air Quality action plan approved

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has endorsed a plan to improve air quality in Chipping Norton. The plan will involve seeking approval to de-trunk parts of the A44 so that heavy goods vehic...[full story]
Posted : 17/10/2008 11:13:38

Full steam ahead for new adventure park

Work will begin in the new year on a £180,000 adventure play area at Kilkenny Lane Country Park in Brize Norton, near Carterton. West Oxfordshire District Council has now appointed a contractor to...[full story]
Posted : 17/10/2008 11:10:31

Autumn leaves composted

Each year in West Oxfordshire around 350 tonnes of fallen autumn leaves are collected by the District Council and recycled for compost. Starting this week for a 12-week period, the Council will be ...[full story]
Posted : 16/10/2008 19:13:59

Shared Chief Executive Proposals

Cotswold District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council have announced they are considering formal proposals to share a chief executive. Under the arrangement, West Oxfordshire’s Chief Exe...[full story]
Posted : 14/10/2008 09:27:18

Witney firefighters shine at award ceremony

Witney firefighters shine at award ceremony
Firefighters based at Witney Station were celebrating after being named 'Best Retained Station' at the Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service annual awards. Witney Station beat off compet...[full story]
Posted : 13/10/2008 15:47:24

New conference guide for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside is the perfect setting for conferences and business meetings according to a brand new Guide. The new full colour online Guide has been produced by West Oxf...[full story]
Posted : 10/10/2008 16:33:13

Councils await news investments in Iceland banks

Councils across Oxfordshire are amongst at least 40 local authorities across the country that have been caught up in the current Icelandic banking crisis and are waiting to hear when their investments...[full story]
Posted : 09/10/2008 17:07:40

Achievement Awards deadline fast approaching

Sports and arts performers in West Oxfordshire are being urged not to miss out on the chance of receiving a grant from the District Council to help them progress. The deadline for applications to ...[full story]
Posted : 08/10/2008 23:05:09

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - October

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Chris Ince provides this month’s update: “September has been a busy month again for the neighbourhood policing team at Witney. PCSO MC Tutty has been on patrol i...[full story]
Posted : 06/10/2008 22:51:10

Flood Protection Products Fair

West Oxfordshire residents can find out more about protecting their homes at a Flood Products Fair on Thursday 9th October from 2.30 - 6.30pm at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney Entry to the Fa...[full story]
Posted : 02/10/2008 18:40:14

Concerns over elderly care plans in West Oxon

The District Council is raising concerns about proposals for Witney Community Hospital which it believes could reduce the number of beds available for West Oxfordshire residents. The proposals by ...[full story]
Posted : 30/09/2008 12:08:03

Help shape the place you’re living in

Residents in Oxfordshire will soon be asked their views about council services in a survey to monitor public services. The survey is a government requirement and will be sent to 14,000 randomly select...[full story]
Posted : 30/09/2008 11:24:15

Marriotts art competition

Secondary school age students are reminded that it is now their turn to help brighten up the large hoardings surrounding the Marriotts Close development site in Witney. Students are invited to ...[full story]
Posted : 25/09/2008 15:28:51

Lidl - Public Open Day

Lidl UK will shortly be submitting a planning application for a local neighbourhood food store on Ducklington Lane, Witney. They are holding a public open day where many of the products that they s...[full story]
Posted : 18/09/2008 14:34:14

Witney Feast

Bad weather has not stopped Witney Feast this year. The fair will be operating on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th September 2008. On Sunday 14th September at The Leys Recreation the traditional “Gold...[full story]
Posted : 12/09/2008 14:15:52

The Witney Feast

The Witney Feast will take place on 15th and 16th September on The Leys Recreation Ground, Witney....[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2008 16:39:41

WOW – West Oxfordshire Week is back!

This year sees the fifth annual West Oxfordshire Week (WOW) from 15th-21st September, when local tourism attractions, both large and small, offer discounted entry to all local residents. Look out f...[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2008 14:08:30

Recycling trial takes to the streets

In a bid to cut down on street litter and boost recycling, West Oxfordshire District Council is trialling new style recycling litter bins. Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “...[full story]
Posted : 09/09/2008 22:32:10

Benefits Team go to Market

District Council Benefit advisors, Carole Kelman and Kim Jones, will be available from 9am - 4pm on Thursday 11 September at Witney Market and on Wednesday 17 September at Chipping Norton Marke...[full story]
Posted : 03/09/2008 09:44:04

Yellow Pages recycling winner

One lucky householder from Carterton has won £50 in West Oxfordshire District Council’s August prize draw by recycling her Yellow Pages in one of the eight designated recycling banks. Mrs Maureen ...[full story]
Posted : 01/09/2008 22:47:34

2000th Shopmobility booking

2000th Shopmobility booking
Witney Shopmobility is celebrating its 2,000th customer booking since the scheme started nearly 5 years ago. Former Witney Mayor Arthur Titherington, aged 87, made the booking. Mr Titherington...[full story]
Posted : 29/08/2008 13:48:27

Flood roadshows

Residents whose homes have been flooded can find out what is being done, and what the potential options for the future are, at roadshow events being held throughout the District. The causes of flo...[full story]
Posted : 29/08/2008 10:42:43

Construction Worker Injured

Emergency services are on the scene of the new Marriots shopping centre, Welch Way, Witney, after an industrial incident occurred this morning. Police were called to the scene at 8.55am and a 28-y...[full story]
Posted : 29/08/2008 10:30:07

Car break-in series

Police are appealing for witnesses and warning drivers to take more care after six cars were broken into in one street in Witney overnight on Wednesday-Thursday (20th August - 21st August). The ve...[full story]
Posted : 22/08/2008 18:25:01

Flying the flag for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire residents have the chance to make history by helping to celebrate the moment when London becomes the official Olympic Games host city. West Oxfordshire District Council has organi...[full story]
Posted : 18/08/2008 12:47:47

Nets trial for recycling boxes

Nets trial for recycling boxes
Windproof nets which allow more items to be stored in recycling boxes are being trialled in West Oxfordshire by the District Council. Around 300 households in Shilton Park, Carterton, will be usin...[full story]
Posted : 14/08/2008 15:54:38

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - August

Police Community Support Officer Elizabeth Swinney provides the monthly update for August: Witney “The Witney carnival took place on Saturday 12 July and we had the mobile police station...[full story]
Posted : 11/08/2008 17:50:06

Jubilant July for Cogges

Jubilant July for Cogges
Visitor numbers at one of Oxfordshire’s hidden treasures Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Witney, have exceeded expectations this July and are on track to produce an excellent season. During July visitor ...[full story]
Posted : 08/08/2008 08:37:25

Green is the new Yellow!

West Oxfordshire householders are being encouraged to go green and be in with the chance of winning £50 by recycling old copies of their Yellow Pages at special banks across the District. Designat...[full story]
Posted : 06/08/2008 22:32:47

Reducing the risk

Survivors of domestic violence in West Oxfordshire will have access to a new ‘sanctuary scheme’ as part of the Outreach Service funded by the Safer Communities Partnership and West Oxfordshire Distric...[full story]
Posted : 29/07/2008 22:17:26

Grants for good causes

Four play areas in Witney and a sports club in Carterton are among the latest groups, clubs and facilities set to receive grants from West Oxfordshire District Council. Funding has been allocated ...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2008 14:37:18

Flood support money for West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire District Council is to receive £61,000 to support its flood recovery programme. This money comes from the Government’s special Restoration Fund (funded by the EU) and the 62 local...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2008 10:58:44

Four stars for Witney Four Pillars Hotel

Witney Four Pillars Hotel is reaping the rewards of a recent million pound plus refurbishment after being granted a prestigious fourth star by the AA Hotel Recognition Scheme. Covering all guest areas...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2008 09:57:05

Council tax discount to continue

West Oxfordshire District Council is one of the first councils to introduce a local discount scheme for unoccupied properties under repair following last year’s floods. This means that householders, w...[full story]
Posted : 18/07/2008 18:09:26

Reaching out to young people

A pilot project has been launched with the aim of steering young people away from trouble and on the path to a more active, positive lifestyle. The RUSH project is running sporting and creative ac...[full story]
Posted : 18/07/2008 11:03:04

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - July

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson provides the monthly update for July: Witney “Over the next fortnight we will be in various locations asking you, the public, to tell us...[full story]
Posted : 07/07/2008 10:19:30

No smoking bus visits schools

West Oxfordshire District Council has teamed up with the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to provide a drop in bus service to educate secondary schoolchildren on the dangers of smoking. With the s...[full story]
Posted : 03/07/2008 16:15:52

Road safety check – Witney

Thames Valley Police, working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), stopped 33 people as part of speed checks in Witney today (2nd July). The checks took place between 8am and 10am...[full story]
Posted : 02/07/2008 23:18:23

Health questionnaire

Residents in West Oxfordshire are invited to comment on how they would like to see health services in the District improved over the next 5 years. A questionnaire has been sent to randomly selecte...[full story]
Posted : 01/07/2008 15:42:47

Former Radio Oxford Presenter Heads Witney Rotary

Former Radio Oxford Presenter Heads Witney Rotary
John Simpson, one of the founders of BBC Radio Oxford, has been elected to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Witney. John enjoys living in West Oxfordshire, he grew up in Charlbury and ...[full story]
Posted : 30/06/2008 19:40:03

Visit Witney

Visitors to Witney, and Witney residents now have another source of Witney related information. Visit Witney has information on Witney accommodation, businesses in Witney, places to eat in Witney a...[full story]
Posted : 27/06/2008 18:01:29

Witney Carnival

Details of the 2008 Witney Carnival have now been added to the Witney website. The programme of events includes the procession through the town, arena events, donkey derby and dog show. Link:...[full story]
Posted : 27/06/2008 17:00:14

Get active during the summer holidays

District Council-owned leisure centres in West Oxfordshire are gearing up for an action-packed summer of activities for children and young people. Playschemes and discount offers are running at th...[full story]
Posted : 25/06/2008 23:56:17

Tackling flood risk in Bridge Street, Witney

Oxfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency have pooled their resources to combat a known flood risk in Bridge Street, Witney. Staff from the council began work this week to remove a bank...[full story]
Posted : 25/06/2008 14:53:20

High status award for Visitor Information Centres

West Oxfordshire’s Visitor Information Centres (VICs) have been awarded special status which recognises them as being among the very best in England. The VICs in Burford, Witney and [full story]
Posted : 23/06/2008 00:11:07

Opposition to proposed GP dispensary changes

West Oxfordshire District councillors have expressed grave concerns about the proposed changes to GP dispensary services as outlined in the Government White Paper. A motion put forward by Cllr Hil...[full story]
Posted : 18/06/2008 22:31:51

Snowdonia charity challenge a success

Two fitness instructors and a team of gym-goers from the District Council’s leisure centres in Carterton and Witney have raised £5,000 for charity by cycling, climbing and canoeing in Snowdonia...[full story]
Posted : 18/06/2008 18:31:43

Robbery - Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and robbed in Witney in the early hours of 15th June. At 2.30am, an 18-year-old man was attacked by three men as he walked along the al...[full story]
Posted : 17/06/2008 20:12:53

First ever win is world championship

A West Oxfordshire man is a new World Champion after representing Great Britain in the Triathlon (athlete with a disability race), in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday 7th June. It is his second medal wit...[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2008 22:19:27

Proposals to remove payphones

Residents have an opportunity to comment on proposals by British Telecom (BT) to remove 32 payphones from various locations in West Oxfordshire. BT is carrying out a consultation and West Oxfordsh...[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2008 11:10:02

Support for heritage projects

West Oxfordshire District Council has awarded grants totalling £4,758 towards the development of heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire. Heritage Grants between £100 and £500 are being given t...[full story]
Posted : 16/06/2008 10:06:07

Kitchen equipment stolen from new build houses

Police are appealing for witnesses after two ‘new build’ houses in Carterton and Witney were targeted this week by burglars and kitchen equipment was stolen. Between 4:30pm last Friday (6/6) and 8a...[full story]
Posted : 13/06/2008 22:22:51

And the journey begins...

Over the next few months, staff at Witney-based manufacturing company, Meech International, will be following a new website with great interest as they track the fortunes of a group of intrepid...[full story]
Posted : 12/06/2008 15:21:11

Angling robbery - Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after an angler had his equipment stolen at knifepoint near Witney during the early hours of Sunday morning (8th June). At around 3.30am at Richworth Linear Fish...[full story]
Posted : 12/06/2008 01:37:41

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - June

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson provides June’s update: “An issue that has come to light over the past month is the number of recorded incidents of criminal damage. Around 40 occ...[full story]
Posted : 10/06/2008 16:52:19

Stronger communities make safer communities

The role of Neighbourhood Watch has changed significantly over recent years and today’s members are making their voices heard on important local issues. National Neighbourhood Watch Week commences M...[full story]
Posted : 10/06/2008 13:45:16

Dennis Green Has Moved

Dennis Green Has Moved
Dennis Green has now moved from 8-10 Market Square to 1 Mill Walk...[full story]
Posted : 04/06/2008 14:15:53

Witney Flooding Claims Life

Reports say that a 17 year old boy lost their life yesterday after they got stuck in floods in Witney. The BBC says that Emergency crews were called to Eastfield Road on Tuesday evening after two b...[full story]
Posted : 04/06/2008 13:53:34

Pig out at Cogges Manor Farm

Visitors to Oxfordshire County Council’s Cogges Manor Farm are being invited to pig out at the annual Pig Pampering weekend at on 14 and 15 June. Three pigs live on the farm: two Gloucester ...[full story]
Posted : 02/06/2008 15:30:50

BlackBerrys will make life sweeter

Policing teams across the Thames Valley have begun taking delivery of a new gadget which will allow them to spend more time on the streets of their neighbourhood. 1,100 police officers and police ...[full story]
Posted : 27/05/2008 18:04:44

Ambulance collision – A40, Cassington

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was in collision with a South Central Ambulance Service vehicle in the early hours of this morning (26/05) near Cassington. At just before 1am, an am...[full story]
Posted : 26/05/2008 13:01:30

Cabinet change at West Oxfordshire D.C.

West Oxfordshire District Council has a new Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development. Cllr Warwick Robinson takes over from Cllr Verena Hunt, who has stepped down from the Ca...[full story]
Posted : 22/05/2008 17:07:32

Young Chef of the Year - Four Pillars Hotel

Young Chef of the Year - Four Pillars Hotel
A contest aiming to recognise, reward and retain passionate young chefs has recently reached its climax at the Witney Four Pillars Hotel. The Young Chef of the Year competition was open to prom...[full story]
Posted : 20/05/2008 14:52:39

Noise annoys

Don’t risk falling out with your neighbours or even getting music equipment confiscated because of loud noise. This is the message coming from West Oxfordshire District Council during Noise Action...[full story]
Posted : 15/05/2008 23:23:01

Fly tipping rates drop in West Oxfordshire

Fly tipping incidents in West Oxfordshire have reduced in number by 85 (11.5%) during the year, according to the latest national statistics published by the Environment Agency. Twelve months ago W...[full story]
Posted : 12/05/2008 18:34:18

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update

Witney “On Saturday 12 April, members of the public reported a local man for riding his trail bike up and down the footpaths on the Madley Park estate in Witney. After gathering evidence, t...[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2008 16:48:16

Children's art to brighten up Marriotts hoarding

The hoardings around the Marriotts Close construction site in Witney are about to be brightened up by colourful images of West Oxfordshire life painted by local children. Paintings by pupils from ...[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2008 10:23:28

Free compost bins and advice up for grabs

Free compost bins and advice up for grabs
Free garden composting bins are up for grabs by West Oxfordshire residents this week in a special promotion to coincide with national Compost Awareness Week which runs from 4th-10th May. ...[full story]
Posted : 02/05/2008 18:33:29

Full Election Results - West Oxfordshire D C


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If you are looking for the 2010 General Election results for Witney, please cli...
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Posted : 02/05/2008 02:07:28

Witney Elections - May 2008 - Results

Cllr Louise Chapman (Conservative) has won West Witney. Conservatives have won Chadlington. It was announced at 23:17 that Roger Curry was elected councillor for Witney East 23:25 - Conservat...[full story]
Posted : 01/05/2008 23:08:50

Information and Activity Fair

The Langdale Hall, Witney - 8th May 2008 Following the success of the Witney Information Fair held last April and the successful Burford Information Fair held in April this year, Age Concern Oxford...[full story]
Posted : 01/05/2008 19:36:55

Witney on Flickr, the photo sharing site

Witney on Flickr, the photo sharing site
We have created a new Witney Group on the Flickr photo sharing website. The site is used by people all over the world to share photographs. [full story]
Posted : 30/04/2008 00:02:29

New play area for Madley Park

Children living in Madley Park, Witney will soon have a new play area. On site work at Waterford Lane is due to start on May 6th to be complete and ready for use by mid- June. It is being financed...[full story]
Posted : 25/04/2008 10:17:37

More retained firefighters needed

An open evening is being held at Witney Fire Station on Thursday 24th April from 7pm to 8pm as part of a recruitment drive for retained (part-time) firefighters in west Oxfordshire.While there ...[full story]
Posted : 21/04/2008 18:58:20

Europe-wide road safety week enforced in Oxon

Officers from Oxfordshire Roads Policing Department will be carrying out speed checks across the county in support of a Europe-wide speed enforcement campaign. The European Road Policing Network, ...[full story]
Posted : 18/04/2008 14:09:01

Test Purchasing Operation - West Oxfordshire

More than half of premises in test serve alcohol to under 18s A test purchasing operation in West Oxfordshire has produced mixed results with a number of premises being caught serving alcoh...[full story]
Posted : 14/04/2008 14:01:18

Council takes on stray dog responsibility

The responsibility for collecting stray dogs throughout the District changed hands at the beginning of April with West Oxfordshire District Council taking over this role from the Police. The Polic...[full story]
Posted : 10/04/2008 17:48:34

Commercial waste recycling scheme extended

With 130 tonnes of refuse diverted away from landfill in just nine months, the District Council's waste recycling collection scheme is being extended for another year. Launched in June 2007, it is...[full story]
Posted : 09/04/2008 14:42:14

African Adventure Receives Boost from Witney firm

African Adventure Receives Boost from Witney firm
African Adventure Receives Boost from Witney-based Meech International A generous financial donation from Witney-based manufacturing firm Meech International has kickstarted the fund-raising...[full story]
Posted : 09/04/2008 14:32:48

Local Company Sponsors World Record Attempt

Local Company Sponsors World Record Attempt
Local Company Sponsors World Record Attempt to Run across the Kalahari Desert Background: A team of 4 university students, headed by brothers Harry and Toby Mossop is undertaking a massive e...[full story]
Posted : 08/04/2008 00:06:34

Property marking with a difference

A DNA marking system that helps to deter distraction burglars is being offered to residents by the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership. The Selecta DNA kits, manufactured by Selectamark S...[full story]
Posted : 07/04/2008 18:48:37

Rotary Club Sponsored Walk

Rotary Club Sponsored Walk
Rotary undertaking Sponsored Walk in aid of One Water Charity On Saturday 19th April members of The Rotary Club of Witney, led by their President Maurice Robinson, will be undertaking a spon...[full story]
Posted : 04/04/2008 15:32:52

Burglaries - Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses following two burglaries in Witney on Monday (31st March). At around 9.30pm, offenders broke into Sobell House Charity Warehouse, Station Lane Industrial Estate,...[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2008 15:06:53

Communities to benefit from new 3 year crime plan

Reducing alcohol-related crime, underage drinking and anti-social behaviour are all top priorities in the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Plan 2008-11 which will be considered by the District Counci...[full story]
Posted : 31/03/2008 15:56:31

Oxford win 2008 Boat Race

The Oxford crew have beaten Cambridge by 6 lengths to win the 2008 Boat Race. Oxford finished in a time of 20 minutes and 52 seconds, Cambridge crossed the line at 21 minutes 14 seconds....[full story]
Posted : 29/03/2008 17:39:15

Plans to reduce traffic in Witney town centre

Oxfordshire County Council is to submit a planning application for a new £16.4m road to ease traffic congestion in Witney. The Cogges Link Road would connect Witan Way (south of Witney town centre)...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2008 22:07:32

Planning for the future

Local people are being asked their views as to how they would like to see West Oxfordshire develop over the next 15 to 20 years. The consultation, which is expected to start at the end of March, i...[full story]
Posted : 20/03/2008 13:09:24

Grants worth £88,500 agreed

West Oxfordshire communities in general and sports enthusiasts in particular are all set to benefit from a series of grants jointly worth almost £88,500 just agreed by the Cabinet. Biggest benefic...[full story]
Posted : 19/03/2008 15:08:18

Maite Alegre opens new workshop near Witney

The painter Maite Alegre has opened a new workshop and showroom between Long Hanborough and Witney, where she produces and sells her exclusive range of hand-painted vintage furniture. Spanish-bor...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2008 16:48:04

Top honours at awards evening

West Oxfordshire District Council's Chairman's Award for 2008 has been made posthumously to Mr Tony Cripps in recognition of his Outstanding Achievement for Chipping Norton Rugby Club. The award...[full story]
Posted : 14/03/2008 10:15:10

CCTV system helps police catch offenders

The Witney CCTV system has again proved its worth after three men were arrested by police on Friday 7th March for trying to use forged notes in the town's shops. Employees at Lloyds Pharmacy, which...[full story]
Posted : 13/03/2008 14:51:37

West Oxon officers get high-tech headwear

West Oxon officers get high-tech tool to deter disorder and violence West Oxfordshire police are being given an extra set of eyes on their patrols in the form of headcams. The mini camer...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2008 16:39:16

Assault – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Witney on Saturday evening (8th March). At around 8.45pm, the 41-year-old was attacked outside the Robin Hood pub in Hailey Road. He...[full story]
Posted : 11/03/2008 00:00:49

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - March

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson provides the monthly update for March: “February has been a very busy time for the Witney team. As you may have seen in the local press the team ...[full story]
Posted : 10/03/2008 13:04:19

Calling last orders on glass

Customers at three of Witney’s most popular venues will no longer have to worry about a glass being used as a weapon against them and ruining their lives as well as their night out. Izi’s, the Pala...[full story]
Posted : 03/03/2008 11:27:54

School gets new dishwasher served up on a plate

Mulberry School at Standlake has just been given a new dishwasher for free due to the generosity of the winner of a recent prize draw, held by the Council. Richard Lethbridge of Fulbrook was picke...[full story]
Posted : 29/02/2008 18:08:32

Council Tax remains second lowest in England

West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of the Council Tax for a Band D property in 2008/2009 has been set at £74.88. Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of the Council said: “The Figure of £74.88 represe...[full story]
Posted : 28/02/2008 14:15:25

Earth Tremor hits England - and Witney!!!

Did everyone feel the earth tremor / earthquake in Witney in the early hours of the morning!! Happened about 12:57am!!! It is thought to have measured 4.7 on the Richter Scale and the epicentre ...[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2008 01:17:37

Great ideas for days out

The latest information on over 40 places to visit for great days out in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties goes on show at Steeple Aston on Wednesday 5th March at the annual Tourism Literature Exch...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2008 12:19:32

Flooding issues to be discussed by EU

A senior officer from West Oxfordshire District Council is, this week, addressing a European Parliamentary committee about the affects of last summer's flooding. Cath James, West Oxfordshire Distr...[full story]
Posted : 25/02/2008 17:05:31

Changing room re-vamp gets green light

Customers at Witney's Windrush Leisure Centre will soon be able to enjoy much improved changing facilities thanks to a £200,000 plus refurbishment programme just agreed by West Oxfordshire District Co...[full story]
Posted : 13/02/2008 17:28:57

Serious assault - Carterton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on a bus travelling to Carterton from Witney on Saturday (9th February). The man had spent the evening in Witney on Friday. He c...[full story]
Posted : 11/02/2008 17:15:50

Zero tolerance on teenage drinkers in Witney

Police in West Oxfordshire seized 100 cans and bottles of alcohol from under 18s during December alone as part of their zero tolerance approach to underage drinking. Police officers and Police Comm...[full story]
Posted : 07/02/2008 17:14:38

New target for youth radio station

Just Oxfordshire is a local radio group and has been operating since 2005 and aims to win a permanent FM community radio licence and serve the towns of Witney, Carterton and surrounding villages. F...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2008 17:49:32

Dismay and outrage at Post Office closure plan

Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council has expressed dismay and outrage at the Post Office's plan to close nine post offices in the district. In the cases of almost half th...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2008 17:35:41

Fatal traffic incident - Witney

Please note that the exact location in the following press release was incorrect. The collision did not occur on the A4095, but nearby on Main Road to the west of Curbridge, just west of Downs Road. ...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2008 09:33:41

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - Feb 08

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson provides the update this month: “The team's final PCSO Isabel Webb has now finished her training and has been confirmed as an independently patro...[full story]
Posted : 04/02/2008 13:23:31

£2.5 million rural development funding bid goes in

West Oxfordshire District Council has submitted a bid for up to £2.5 million from EU and Government sources to support new rural development projects in West and North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds ov...[full story]
Posted : 01/02/2008 18:36:55

Work begins on £45m Witney development

A sod-cutting ceremony will mark the start of work on site at the Marriotts Close development, Witney. Cllr Roger Curry, Chairman of the Council, senior District councillors and the Mayor of Witne...[full story]
Posted : 01/02/2008 14:16:44

Personal safety tips for taxi drivers

A new leaflet just published by West Oxfordshire District Council highlights risks facing local taxi and hire car drivers and offers tips on how to avoid the pitfalls. Primarily targeted at less e...[full story]
Posted : 01/02/2008 14:15:33

Faulty thermostat guidance issued to residents

Following the tragic death of a baby who died from being scalded by water from a hot water tank which had a faulty thermometer, West Oxfordshire District Council is urging tenants, private landlords a...[full story]
Posted : 31/01/2008 14:57:06

More “house detectives” wanted

Finding more “house detectives” is one aim of a special exhibition being hosted by West Oxfordshire District Council at its Elmfield office in New Yatt Road, Witney on weekdays from now until March 4t...[full story]
Posted : 25/01/2008 12:11:00

Planning applications can now be viewed on-line

In another move to make the planning process more convenient, any planning application submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council since the beginning of January can now be viewed online. This ...[full story]
Posted : 25/01/2008 10:23:53

Bigger, better community recycling centres

A programme to clean up and improve West Oxfordshire's 21 community recycling centres has increased their capacity by more than 40 per cent. In addition up to nine different categories of recyclable ...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2008 17:04:32

Denis Green to relocate

Denis Green and Partners is relocating according to reports. It will vacate its premises in the Market Square and The Steamer Trading Cookshop will move in. The Steamer Trading Cookshop is a fam...[full story]
Posted : 23/01/2008 10:57:45

Feb 1st deadline for free bus pass applications

Any West Oxfordshire resident who qualifies to use the new free national concessionary travel scheme which starts on 1st April needs to apply for a “smartcard” bus pass to the District Council by Frid...[full story]
Posted : 22/01/2008 22:52:57

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - Jan 08

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Chris Ince brings this month’s update: “December has been a busy month for the team. The PCSOs have made a number of visits to local schools and youth groups to...[full story]
Posted : 14/01/2008 17:28:46

Time running out for nominations

Time running out for sport and coaching award nominations Friday 15th February is the final deadline for West Oxfordshire District Council to receive completed nominations for West Oxfordsh...[full story]
Posted : 11/01/2008 16:43:07

Arts groups need to get grant applications in

Local arts groups and projects seeking financial help through West Oxfordshire District Council’s Support for the Arts grants scheme for 2008/9 have until Friday 15th February to apply. Grants of ...[full story]
Posted : 11/01/2008 16:37:06

Bigger, better household recycling centre - Witney

The household recycling centre based in the Welch Way car park has moved to the new Woodford Way car park and has increased the capacity of recycling materials by 40% compared to the old site. Eleven...[full story]
Posted : 07/01/2008 17:22:33

Criminal damage series – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after there was a series of four incidents of criminal damage to vehicles and property in Witney on Friday (4th January). Sometime between 10pm and 2am the next ...[full story]
Posted : 07/01/2008 17:20:39

More than £28,000 grants to village projects

Grants worth more than £28,000 have been agreed by West Oxfordshire District Council to help pay for new or improved sports recreational or community facilities for people in Eynsham, Standlake, Woods...[full story]
Posted : 04/01/2008 10:00:14

Knifepoint shop robbery – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a shop in Witney was robbed at knifepoint on Monday (24/12). At around 4.20pm, a man or youth who had his face covered entered Star News Shop on Burwell Dri...[full story]
Posted : 27/12/2007 14:12:26

Assault – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside a bar in Witney in the early hours of Christmas Day. Between 12.40am and 1am, a 28-year-old man was punched to the side of the f...[full story]
Posted : 27/12/2007 14:01:02

First Red Cross flood payments in time for Xmas

An Oxfordshire-wide Red Cross flood grant scheme, launched 3 weeks ago, has made its first hardship payments. At a meeting of the Red Cross Flood Grant Distribution Board on 17th December 2007 gra...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2007 15:55:49

New car park opens in Witney for Christmas

The new 250 space long stay Woodford Way Car Park opens on Saturday 22nd December, in time for the last three shopping days before Christmas. Work started last month on the temporary car park at th...[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2007 12:13:59

Information centre move a big success

More visitors, more sales and lower costs have all come as a result of moving Witney's Visitor Information Centre from its former location in the High Street to West Oxfordshire District Council’s tow...[full story]
Posted : 19/12/2007 23:02:19

Police appeal after high value burglary – Brize

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a business on the Viscount industrial estate in Brize Norton overnight on Monday (11th December) and Tuesday (12th December). Thieves stole...[full story]
Posted : 14/12/2007 12:30:13

Government finance settlement

Poor government grant places pressure on council and residents West Oxfordshire District Council leaders have expressed dismay over a very poor finance settlement from central government, w...[full story]
Posted : 12/12/2007 11:20:20

Computer equipment robbery - Eynsham

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole more than £40,000 of computer equipment from a business in Eynsham on Friday evening (7th December). Between 8pm and 8.45pm three men entered ...[full story]
Posted : 11/12/2007 16:58:15

Post Office closures will hit rural areas hard

Residents in rural parts of West Oxfordshire are most likely to be hit hard when the Post Office goes ahead with plans to close local offices in a drive to cut its costs. This is the warning issue...[full story]
Posted : 10/12/2007 15:51:24

Vandalism causes disruption to recycling

Over the weekend vandals broke into our waste contractors' depot at Radley and damaged half of our recycling fleet rendering them in-operable at this time. The message to West Oxfordshire residents...[full story]
Posted : 10/12/2007 09:41:09

Fatal collision – near Burford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision on the A361 near the Kencot and Holwell junction (near Cotswold Wildlife Park). At around 11.40pm last night (6th December) emergency services ...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2007 14:47:58

Collision – A415 Ducklington, Witney

Police are currently at the scene of a collision on the A415, near the Aston Road junction in Ducklington, Witney. At 6.24am a Ford Mondeo was in collision with a cyclist. The cyclist has been tak...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2007 12:54:45

Awards deadline looming

Local people who are talented in sport or the arts but who may be struggling to pay for a course or equipment have just over a month to submit an application to West Oxfordshire District Council for ...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2007 12:53:19

Flood relief in sight for Witney development

The end of flooding problems may well be in sight for residents of Queen Emma’s Dyke, Ducklington Lane, Witney. The development, built by Pye Homes, has suffered from localised flooding for...[full story]
Posted : 07/12/2007 12:52:56

iPods stolen from Currys.digital, Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole iPods from the Currys store in Witney. At around 5.30pm on Tuesday (4th Dec) two men carried the glass case in which the MP3 players were dis...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2007 16:47:02

Cat shooting – Carterton

Police are appealing for information after a cat was shot in Carterton on Friday (November 30th). Residents of a property in Shillbrook Avenue found their white and tabby cat, called Angel, was ve...[full story]
Posted : 03/12/2007 15:30:35

Stop thieves bagging your purse - West Oxon

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership has teamed up with Giles Sports Shop in Carterton to give away 500 handbag keycoils in the run up to the festive period. One end of the plastic ke...[full story]
Posted : 03/12/2007 15:29:42

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - December

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Chris Ince provides this month’s update: “November has been a quieter month for the team. The recent operation that targeted underage drinking and anti-social be...[full story]
Posted : 03/12/2007 15:28:18

Grants will help support domestic violence victims

Grants worth £19,000 to help fund support services for victims of domestic violence have been agreed by West Oxfordshire District Council's Cabinet. £14,000 will go to support the outreach service...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2007 12:07:43

Most vulnerable and needy flood victims can claim

Councils across Oxfordshire have today 26th November launched a new grant scheme to distribute more than £250,000 in public donations allocated through the British Red Cross to help the most vulnerabl...[full story]
Posted : 26/11/2007 10:07:07

Fatal Collision update – A40 slip road, Witney

Police are appealing for particular witnesses to come forward who may have seen a traffic collision in Witney where a woman pedestrian was killed on Thursday 15th November. The incident happened a...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2007 15:42:24

Burglaries on the slide in West Oxfordshire

Latest figures show the number of burglaries taking place in West Oxfordshire is down 25 per cent compared to last year, leading police to urge residents to do all they can to help them drive them dow...[full story]
Posted : 20/11/2007 17:45:23

Carterton in Peoples' Millions Final

Carterton's project to improve Tower Square has reached the final for the Lottery Fund - The Peoples' Millions. The project, called "Put Heart into our Square" is in the final shortlist for up to £...[full story]
Posted : 20/11/2007 17:23:24

Assault – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old youth was assaulted in the early hours of Saturday (17th November) in Witney. At around 2am, a youth with facial injuries was found by police...[full story]
Posted : 19/11/2007 15:01:36

Good turnout for Witney Flood Protection Fair

Over 1,000 people visited the District's first Flood Protection Products Fair in Witney on Friday (16th November). Entry to the fair was free. It was widely publicised by the Council and letters w...[full story]
Posted : 19/11/2007 13:23:01

Witney - Fatal RTC on Ducklington Lane

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13-year-old boy was killed in a traffic collision on the evening of 16th November. The incident happened at around 8.05pm in Ducklington Lane, Witney. ...[full story]
Posted : 16/11/2007 23:55:04

Fatal Collision – A40 slip road, Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was killed in a traffic collision this evening (15th November). The incident happened at around 3.53pm on the slip road of the A40 towards High Cogg...[full story]
Posted : 15/11/2007 20:07:31

Witney Town Annual Christmas Lights Switch-On 2007

Witney Town Annual Christmas Lights Switch-On 2007
Witney Christmas Lights is THE one to be at again this year! Friday 30th November, The Market Square, Witney. The event will be kicking off at 16:30 where Father Christmas's reindeer will be there ...[full story]
Posted : 14/11/2007 13:02:55

Time to apply for flood grants running out

Time to apply for flood grants running out
Monday 31st December is the deadline date for West Oxfordshire residents whose homes were flooded in July to return a completed application form for a £250 one-off grant. The grant is to help offset t...[full story]
Posted : 14/11/2007 12:50:46

Fatal collision – West Oxfordshire

A man has died in a traffic incident on the A4095 near North Leigh, West Oxfordshire today (Sunday November 11th). Police officers, in a marked police car, attempted to stop a green Rover shortly a...[full story]
Posted : 11/11/2007 22:12:06

Work on new car park starts soon

Work is all set to start on 19th November (Monday) on a new temporary car park at the former council depot off Woodford Way, Witney, to replace the existing facility in Welch Way. Designed to pro...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2007 12:00:34

Flood Protection Products Fair

In association with the Environment Agency and the National Flood Forum, West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) will be holding a Flood Protection Products Fair on Friday 16th November from 2.30 - 6...[full story]
Posted : 07/11/2007 09:56:29

Crackdown makes streets safer

A crackdown by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) on pavement display boards positioned illegally has made Witney's streets safer for anyone using them. Following a 48 hour "final warning" e...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2007 18:54:31

Cardboard recycling helps Witney Market go greener

Cardboard recycling helps Witney Market go greener
In another move to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill, West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) has just extended its commercial waste recycling service to Witney Market, helping traders t...[full story]
Posted : 01/11/2007 17:56:53

Family Fun Day at the Windrush Leisure Centre!

On Saturday November 3rd, the Windrush Leisure Centre will be opening its doors to all for a family fun day from 10am to 5pm. The council owned facility, managed by Wycombe Leisure Ltd, is holdi...[full story]
Posted : 29/10/2007 20:51:14

New play areas move a step closer

A new play area for Carterton and a multi-use games pitch at Chipping Norton moved a step closer today Wednesday, 24th October when West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet agreed to put their cons...[full story]
Posted : 24/10/2007 17:36:08

Arson - Carterton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was set alight in Heather Close, Carterton between 1:15am and 1:40am on Friday (12th October). A Volkswagon Polo was set alight on the driveway of a p...[full story]
Posted : 18/10/2007 14:40:37

Resources agreed towards flooding action

Following the devastating July floods West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) has re-iterated that it wishes to see action taken swiftly and efficiently. A full review is taking place and the C...[full story]
Posted : 16/10/2007 16:06:08

Gas leak in Kidlington

Gas leak in Kidlington
Approx. 200 people evacuated at Langford Locks Industrial Estate in Kidlington following a gas pipe fracture caused by workmen digging a hole and cracking a major gas pipe. Thames Valley Police, Fi...[full story]
Posted : 15/10/2007 18:47:06

Resources agreed towards flooding action

Following the devastating July floods West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) has re-iterated that it wishes to see action taken swiftly and efficiently. A full review is taking place and the Cou...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2007 14:11:25

Halloween advice for a safe night

Halloween will soon be upon us and generally it is a great time for children to dress up, have parties and play 'trick or treat'. The majority of 'trick or treaters' are harmless, supervised by ad...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2007 09:34:56

Ideas needed for new rural projects

Individuals, groups and organisations in rural West Oxfordshire are being asked to come up with ideas on how a share of new money potentially available from EU and Government sources could help improv...[full story]
Posted : 11/10/2007 12:27:07

Planning applications to go easier and greener

Putting in a planning application is all set to become a lot easier and greener from 1st November when West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) becomes one of the first local authorities to switch to ...[full story]
Posted : 11/10/2007 12:11:38

Government Spending Review announcement 2007

In response to the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review announcement which will, at best, see an average of 1% in real terms increase in grant to local government over the next three years Cllr ...[full story]
Posted : 11/10/2007 11:50:56

Robbery – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery that happened in the alley which runs behind the Burwell Drive shops at 9.45pm on Friday 6th October. A man was walking in the alleyway away from the...[full story]
Posted : 10/10/2007 17:45:14

Wise up to web safety

A series of internet safety workshops are currently being held for parents across the district. The workshops have been organised by the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership to promote res...[full story]
Posted : 08/10/2007 16:08:11

Fatal Collision – A420 Faringdon Road

Police are appealing for information following a collision on Saturday (6/10) on the A420 Faringdon Road in Kingston Bagpuize. At around 8.15am, a green Renault Laguna was in collision with a cycl...[full story]
Posted : 08/10/2007 15:52:21

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - October

Neighbourhood Specialist Office PC Duncan Johnson brings this month's update: "September has been a very busy time for the Witney team. Underage drinking and the associated anti-social behaviour ha...[full story]
Posted : 01/10/2007 15:56:24

Three pubs fail underage alcohol sales test

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a joint test purchasing survey. On Friday (21/09), 10 busine...[full story]
Posted : 27/09/2007 17:56:57

One of the best councils to work for…

One of the best councils to work for…
A national award has identified West Oxfordshire District Council as an outstanding place to work for, being one of the top ten best councils in the UK. The awards are a culmination of a rigorous ...[full story]
Posted : 26/09/2007 17:11:46

Council pitches in with grant for new mower

Players of all ages should soon be benefiting from better cut pitches at Carterton Football Club thanks to new mowing equipment part-funded by a grant worth more than £1,900 from West Oxfordshire Dist...[full story]
Posted : 26/09/2007 16:54:37

£390,000 boost for affordable housing

Grants worth £390,000 to help pay the cost of providing 56 affordable new homes in West Oxfordshire were agreed in principle at the Council's Cabinet meeting today. Subject to agreement by the ful...[full story]
Posted : 26/09/2007 16:53:24

Burglary – Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Police are appealing for information after two men, claiming to be from the water board, gained access to a property in Station Road, Brize Norton at about 5.50pm yesterday (19/9). One of the men a...[full story]
Posted : 20/09/2007 17:10:23

Bus Incident – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident on a bus in Witney. In the early hours of Sunday, at around 1.45am, the number 100 Stagecoach double-decker service, which had just left the tow...[full story]
Posted : 19/09/2007 23:01:02

High value IT burglary – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after tens of thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment were stolen in a burglary in Witney. The Tekno Solutions store in Market Square was broken into some time...[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2007 14:01:23

Two more weeks to have say on environment

More than 1500 residents have already completed West Oxfordshire District Council's survey on the environment and there is still until Friday 28th September for more local people to have a say. Compl...[full story]
Posted : 11/09/2007 13:49:22

WOW - The weekend just got longer!

Great news for 46,000 families across the District is that the WOW - formerly known as West Oxfordshire Weekend - just got longer with free or discount entry at many leading leisure attractions in t...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2007 12:24:59

Major new store for Witney

Marks & Spencer has signed a deal to become the next major anchor store coming to the Marriotts Close development in Witney following Debenhams who signed up earlier in the year. M&S will take a 3...[full story]
Posted : 04/09/2007 13:19:48

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - September

Neighbourhood Specialist Office PC Duncan Johnson brings this month's update: "August has been a very busy time for the Witney team. The PCSOs have been successful in targeting young people with al...[full story]
Posted : 31/08/2007 23:44:41

Electoral registration – made easy!

Electoral registration forms for 2008 have gone out to West Oxfordshire households and the task of confirming details is, once again, easy as pie. If there are no changes, householders can use a ...[full story]
Posted : 31/08/2007 19:23:39

Witney United v Arsenal Ex-Pro's

This coming Sunday sees Witney United host a big charity game between Arsenal Ex-Pro's and Celebrities v Oxfordshire Legends. Profits from the game will be helping local charities including Help An Ox...[full story]
Posted : 30/08/2007 17:15:33

Sleep safely

West Oxfordshire residents are being urged to get their electric blankets as part of a joint home safety scheme run by West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council Free safety ...[full story]
Posted : 28/08/2007 17:36:06

Grants for July flood victims

West Oxfordshire District Council will be distributing a Government grant of £600,000 to help July flood-hit residents. The Council's Cabinet at its meeting on the 22 August agreed to allocate the gra...[full story]
Posted : 24/08/2007 15:16:17

Grant helps disabled athlete's world champ. bid

A West Oxfordshire man is being supported by West Oxfordshire District Council in his quest to become the first blind athlete to represent Great Britain in a World Triathlon championship event. A ...[full story]
Posted : 23/08/2007 18:54:12

Exposure - Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to woman in Witney on Saturday (11/8). At 2pm, a woman in her forties was walking along Edington Road when she was approached by a man...[full story]
Posted : 13/08/2007 19:50:22

Marriotts Close Update

Lincoln-based Simons Developments has agreed to reschedule the start date for the Marriotts Close development in Witney following concerns from Witney town centre traders. Construction work on the ma...[full story]
Posted : 13/08/2007 15:44:30

Council grant helps Oxfordshire oarswoman

Council grant helps Oxfordshire oarswoman pick up world bronze medal New equipment bought with the aid of a Sports Achievement Award from West Oxfordshire District Council helped 20 year-o...[full story]
Posted : 06/08/2007 14:11:14

Flood Surgery - August 7th

In response to the recent flooding, the Environment Agency are holding a flood surgery for the residents of Witney at Langdale Hall between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday 7th August. You are invited to drop...[full story]
Posted : 01/08/2007 11:30:41

Game on with the Gunners

Witney United Football Club is pleased to announce a major charity event which will be hosted at Marriotts Stadium, Witney On Sunday 2nd September there will be a football match between a "Fox FM O...[full story]
Posted : 29/07/2007 21:01:36

Advice for flood-hit residents and businesses

West Oxfordshire District Council is distributing thousands of leaflets to flood-hit areas offering advice to assist householders and businesses to clear up. Six thousand copies of the leaflets Fl...[full story]
Posted : 25/07/2007 17:43:13

Witney Motor Show - Postponed

The Witney Motor Show has been postponed until 9th August....[full story]
Posted : 25/07/2007 00:44:06

Flooding and council services update from WODC

In most parts of West Oxfordshire flood clear up operations are now underway. West Oxfordshire District Council is concentrating its council service operations on supporting those in the District most...[full story]
Posted : 24/07/2007 16:21:12

Flooding and Council Services

Released by West Oxfordshire District Council: Due to flooding and resulting disruption across the District the Council has not been able to operate any refuse, bulky waste, recycling and pest cont...[full story]
Posted : 24/07/2007 11:00:24

Latest Flood News from West Oxfordshire DC

Water Supplies Thames Water confirmed that mains water has not been contaminated in flooded areas. However, if you have a private water supply and have been affected by flooding please take re...[full story]
Posted : 23/07/2007 19:37:22

Flooding Update from West Oxfordshire DC

Flooding update 10.45 am Sun 22 July The Standlake and Northmoor areas are at risk of flooding. Householders should sandbag their properties and prepare to evacuate if necessary. Sandbag can...[full story]
Posted : 22/07/2007 12:29:28

West Oxfordshire - Flooding Update – 21/7 11:30am

Bampton Area The Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services is pumping water from over 300 homes in Bampton that have been affected by flood water. Approximately 1,000 sandbags have been issued duri...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2007 12:48:36

Flood water retreats

Areas of Witney that were affected by flooding yesterday are seeing the water level continue to fall today. For the latest news and discussion on the Witney flooding, [full story]
Posted : 21/07/2007 10:13:41

Witney affected by flooding

Witney affected by flooding
Areas of Witney are under increasingly rising levels of water today as the rain falls. Hailey Road has been particularly badly hit and the top of High Street at the junction of Corn Street is also ...[full story]
Posted : 20/07/2007 13:44:26

Green recycling scheme for Yellow Pages

West Oxfordshire householders are being encouraged to go green and be in with the chance of winning £50 by recycling old copies of their Yellow Pages at special banks across the District. Designat...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2007 18:25:33

Elderly couple robbed – Hailey, Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly couple in their 80s were robbed in their home on Saturday evening (14/07) near Witney. The couple, who live in White Oak Green, Hailey, were sitt...[full story]
Posted : 17/07/2007 16:34:35

Find out about your local Councillor

A new leaflet is available giving information and contact details for all 49 Members of West Oxfordshire District Council. The Contacting Your Councillor leaflet is designed to inform residents wh...[full story]
Posted : 16/07/2007 19:15:20

Awards for West Oxfordshire youth champions

Young athletes from West Oxfordshire are this week celebrating their success following the Oxfordshire Youth Games held in Radley College, Abingdon at the weekend. Over 170 young people represente...[full story]
Posted : 13/07/2007 10:48:33

Edale and Meech Provide Dust Free Printing

Edale and Meech Provide Dust Free Printing
Edale and Meech Work Together to Provide Dust Free Printing Designing a press that provides contamination-free printing is a tall order. But give the challenge to the design engineers at sta...[full story]
Posted : 11/07/2007 16:49:37

Cornbury Goes Green

Cornbury Goes Green
Organisers are getting a helping hand from the District Council to turn this year’s Cornbury Music Festival into an eco-friendly event. More than 15,000 revellers are expected at this weekend’s fes...[full story]
Posted : 06/07/2007 14:40:29

Witney Motor Show Postponed

Witney Motor Show has been postponed until 26th July...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2007 17:25:54

Distraction burglary – Witney

Police are warning residents to be on their guard after an aggravated distraction burglary took place in Witney last week On Thursday (28/06) at around 7.30pm, three men called at the home of a wom...[full story]
Posted : 05/07/2007 16:32:19

Sizzling deal to get in shape this summer

A special deal is being offered at the West Oxfordshire District Council's leisure centres to help people get in shape and on the path to a healthier lifestyle this summer. Whether preparing to hit...[full story]
Posted : 03/07/2007 12:39:47

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - July

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson has July’s update from the Witney team: "June has been a very busy month for the team. We now have seven new Police Community Support Officers (P...[full story]
Posted : 02/07/2007 20:37:24

New Witney website launched

New Witney website launched
A new collaborative Witney website has been launched. Many of you will have heard of Wikipedia, an online resource where everyone can add and edit the information. Well, Witneypedia goes ...[full story]
Posted : 02/07/2007 12:21:40

Summer of fun in West Oxfordshire

A fun-packed programme of activities aimed at getting more young people involved in sport and learning new skills is being rolled out across West Oxfordshire this summer. From cricket to kung fu, ...[full story]
Posted : 02/07/2007 01:27:27

New location for Witney Visitor Information Centre

Witney Visitor Information has been relocated to the Council's Town Centre Shop on Welch Way and a new look combined service opened its doors on Monday 25th June. The new location gives residents ...[full story]
Posted : 29/06/2007 12:42:42

Support for heritage projects

West Oxfordshire District Council has awarded grants totalling £5,000 towards the development of heritage opportunities in the District. The Council is giving Heritage Grants between £100 and £500...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2007 14:03:46

Sports projects score Council grants

Three sports and recreation organisations in West Oxfordshire will receive a financial boost from the District Council towards improving facilities and new equipment. The Council has agreed that t...[full story]
Posted : 25/06/2007 10:24:13

Businesses get ready to go smokefree

Businesses get ready to go smokefree
The District Council is praising businesses in West Oxfordshire for their work in preparing for the new smokefree laws that come into force on July 1st. The Council has been working closely with f...[full story]
Posted : 20/06/2007 17:59:35

Volunteers rally to repair dry stone wall

Volunteers rally to repair dry stone wall
The Wychwood Project and volunteers from the Witney Woodland Volunteers group have carried out much-needed repairs to an old dry stone wall at Langel Common, Witney. The work, which was done with ...[full story]
Posted : 20/06/2007 14:45:03

Assault – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Witney on Sunday (17th June). At around 5.30pm an 11-year-old girl was walking home through The Leys when she was approached by a g...[full story]
Posted : 18/06/2007 16:58:29

Bag yourself a cleaner neighbourhood

Residents in Carterton, Bampton and Burford are being urged to do their bit to help their local environment by taking part in Community Clear-Ups during June and July. Following the recent success ...[full story]
Posted : 18/06/2007 15:44:12

Food Safety information flies off the shelves

Food Safety information flies off the shelves
Leaflets and stickers giving important information about hygiene and how to prevent the risk of food poisoning are being snapped up by shoppers at community stores in West Oxfordshire. The leaflet...[full story]
Posted : 14/06/2007 12:43:25

Random searched for knives carried out in Witney

Random searches for knives and bladed weapons were carried out in Witney on Saturday (9/6) to show that carrying a knife, and alcohol-fuelled violent crime, will not be tolerated in West Oxfordshire. ...[full story]
Posted : 11/06/2007 18:41:30

Fatal collision near Minster Lovell

A woman has died in a collision near Minster Lovell on Friday (09/6). At about 1.15pm, a blue Suzuki motorbike and a yellow Audi S3 Quatto travelling along the Brize Norton Road collided. The ri...[full story]
Posted : 11/06/2007 14:28:52

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - June

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson brings June's update from the Witney team: "May has been a very busy month for the team. We have been joined by four new PCSO's, Hilary Rabson and He...[full story]
Posted : 07/06/2007 01:00:13

Commercial recycling collections start

Over 60 companies in West Oxfordshire have already signed up to a new commercial cardboard recycling collection scheme which starts on Saturday 9th June. A further 35 are joining the commercial glass ...[full story]
Posted : 06/06/2007 14:43:58

Council prepares for Food Safety Week

West Oxfordshire District Council is teaming up with community shops in West Oxfordshire to spread the message about food safety. National Food Safety Week runs from June 11th to 17th and the Coun...[full story]
Posted : 06/06/2007 12:28:50

Residents put Council in the top ten

Residents' satisfaction of council services in West Oxfordshire is among the best in the country according to the latest national survey. For the full story and to vote in our poll, visit the [full story]
Posted : 04/06/2007 12:49:03

Tackling climate change

West Oxfordshire District Council is exploring ways to cut its 'carbon footprint' and reduce carbon emissions across West Oxfordshire as part of an on-going commitment to tackle climate change. Th...[full story]
Posted : 02/06/2007 13:38:39

West Oxon District Council Rural Strategy Workshop

The Council is holding a workshop to consult local people and organisations on their thoughts about issues and priorities in rural West Oxfordshire. The feedback from the workshop will be used to hel...[full story]
Posted : 31/05/2007 23:00:57

David Cameron presents Student of the Year award

David Cameron presents Student of the Year award
David Cameron presented the Student of the Year award on behalf of the Witney and District Chamber of Commerce on Friday (25th May) at the Witney Lakes Resort.

The trophy and a cheque for £150 ...
[full story]
Posted : 28/05/2007 14:15:21

Tidy team effort - Witney

Community spirit and teamwork paid dividends in three community clear-up days across Witney. Parts of Witney have become cleaner, tidier and more pleasant places to live after the police neighbour...[full story]
Posted : 25/05/2007 20:58:50

David Cameron opens affordable housing development

David Cameron opens affordable housing development
David Cameron officially opened the Soha Housing affordable housing development in Witney today (25th May). Mr Cameron unveiled a plaque at Priory Mill Lane and looked around the Barratt developme...[full story]
Posted : 25/05/2007 19:19:31

Combining customer services

Refurbishment work to combine the Visitor Information Centre in Witney with the Council's Town Centre Shop is now underway. The Visitor Information Centre, currently located at 26A High Street, ...[full story]
Posted : 24/05/2007 02:02:12

Swim or Play for £1 this May half term!

Popular Swim or Play for £1 sessions will be running again this May half term at Council-owned leisure centres in West Oxfordshire. Swim for £1 will be available at Carterton Leisure Centre and Th...[full story]
Posted : 22/05/2007 12:11:26

David Cameron visits local cricket club

David Cameron visits local cricket club
David Cameron visited Witney, The Oxford Wine Company in Standlake and then met with young cricketers in Standlake today.

The photo shows Cameron watching some of the young cricketers practisin...
[full story]
Posted : 19/05/2007 01:11:32

Swinford Tollbridge traffic delayed by collision

Swinford Tollbridge traffic delayed by collision
Traffic around the Swinford Tollbridge, half a mile from the village of Eynsham, was delayed for around 20 minutes earlier today follwing an incident between two trucks.

For the full story see ...
[full story]
Posted : 18/05/2007 15:53:48

Changes at West Oxfordshire District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council has appointed its Executive for 2007/08, with the introduction of two new Cabinet portfolios. Changes were made to the Cabinet at the Council's Annual Meeting on ...[full story]
Posted : 18/05/2007 01:44:17

Committee appeals for members

West Oxfordshire District Council is looking to appoint two people to be members of the Panel which considers allowances for councillors. Duties will include making recommendations to the Council ...[full story]
Posted : 15/05/2007 23:44:00

50% less fear of anti-social behaviour in W Oxon

A survey has revealed that residents in West Oxfordshire feel safer and less threatened by anti-social behaviour than two years ago. According to the Local Government User Satisfaction Survey (LGUS...[full story]
Posted : 15/05/2007 15:46:59

Man robbed in Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 23-year-old man was robbed in Witney today (13/5).

The man was walking home across Langdale Common in the direction of Church Lane around 1.30am. He w...
[full story]
Posted : 13/05/2007 18:29:57

New Product Manager for Meech Range

New International Product Manager for Meech's Web Cleaning Range

Alan Chadwick has been appointed as the new International Product Manager for Meech's Surface Cleaning Technology Divisio...
[full story]
Posted : 09/05/2007 15:49:10

Sage acquires Snowdrop Systems of Witney

Sage acquires Snowdrop Systems for an enterprise value of £17 million

Sage (UK) Limited ("Sage"), a leading supplier of business management software and services to small and medium size...
[full story]
Posted : 08/05/2007 18:09:19

Increased funding for Domestic Violence Service

Victims of domestic violence in West Oxfordshire will have greater access to an Outreach Service following increased funding from the district's Community Safety Partnership and West Oxfordshire Distr...[full story]
Posted : 07/05/2007 01:22:18

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - May

Sgt Scott Evans brings May's update for the Witney area: "The neighbourhood team ran a high visibility operation to target and reduce incidents of criminal damage on the evening of the 20 April, by fo...[full story]
Posted : 01/05/2007 22:59:07

Make a date of your bin and recycling collections

Make a date of your bin and recycling collections
Calendars with useful information about bank holiday waste and recycling collection dates are being sent to every household in West Oxfordshire.

The District Council is delivering the calendars...
[full story]
Posted : 30/04/2007 18:08:01

Postponement of Carterton North East elections

West Oxfordshire District Council would like to re-iterate that the only elections postponed following the death of its Chairman, Cllr Keith Stone, are within the Carterton North East ward.

Fol...
[full story]
Posted : 27/04/2007 15:36:11

Encouraging people to bin fly-tipping

Over 100 people have been given information and advice about fly-tipping and what they can do to help combat the problem as part of an ongoing awareness campaign by West Oxfordshire District Council.<...[full story]
Posted : 27/04/2007 15:18:21

Want cleaner neighbourhoods? It's time for action

Residents are being urged to do their bit to help their local environment by taking part in Community Clear-Ups around Witney during April and May.

Witney Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG), West...
[full story]
Posted : 25/04/2007 23:05:10

New store coming to Witney

Just two months after being granted planning permission on the Marriotts Close site in Witney, Simons Developments have signed up Debenhams as one of the major occupiers of the scheme.

Luke Pic...
[full story]
Posted : 24/04/2007 15:20:14

Cllr Keith Stone

It is with great sadness that West Oxfordshire District Council has to announce the death of its Chairman, Cllr Keith Stone. Cllr Stone died suddenly over the weekend on Saturday 21st April.

Bo...
[full story]
Posted : 23/04/2007 15:46:45

Fatal collision - Ramsden

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision in Ramsden. The collison, between a Yamaha motorcycle and a Reanult Scenic, happened at around 5.20pm yesdaterday (21/4) on Witney Road, by t...[full story]
Posted : 22/04/2007 13:45:27

Arson – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was set alight, damaging two other vehicles and spreading to nearby properties in Witney.

The three vehicles were parked outside Woodgreen School,...
[full story]
Posted : 20/04/2007 17:37:28

Unexplained death - Witney

The body of an elderly man has been found in Range Road, Witney. The body was found by a member of the public who contacted police at 2.39pm today (18th April).

The area is cordoned off while i...
[full story]
Posted : 18/04/2007 16:45:34

Big rise in swimmers taking the plunge in Witney

Swimming pools at Witney's Windrush Leisure Centre are being used almost 30% more than a year ago.

The rise in the number of swims at the Windrush comes as latest usage figures show almost a 5%...
[full story]
Posted : 18/04/2007 12:07:59

Witney Older People’s Information Fair

Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, Councillor Keith Stone, will be opening the Age Concern Oxfordshire's Information Fair for older people in the Witney at 10.00am on Thursday 19th April at ...[full story]
Posted : 10/04/2007 14:31:10

Witney Neighbourhood Team Update – April 2007

Sgt Scott Evans brings April's update for the Witney team: "The next phase in our roll out of Neighbourhood Policing has taken place this month. We have appointed our Neighbourhood Specialist Officers...[full story]
Posted : 10/04/2007 09:11:29

Brize Norton school wins award for catering

Brize Norton Primary School has won an award at a ceremony to recognise "Oxfordshire's Best School Meals". For full details please visit the [full story]
Posted : 05/04/2007 15:59:27

Council grants will boost District’s arts

More than £10,000 will be shared out among 25 arts groups and projects across West Oxfordshire thanks to the District Council.

West Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet Members have agreed to a...
[full story]
Posted : 04/04/2007 17:35:13

Council uncovers nearly £400,000 in benefit fraud

Almost £400,000 of cheated benefits has been uncovered and more than 50 offenders punished in the last 12 months by West Oxfordshire District Council.

The Council's Benefit Fraud Investigation ...
[full story]
Posted : 04/04/2007 17:27:40

Update on the X15 bus service

A successful new bus service the X15, introduced between Abingdon and Witney only three years ago, is set to finish after the Government grant which paid for it runs out.

The X15 services passe...
[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2007 14:14:20

Revised waste and recycling collections - Easter

Householders are being reminded that refuse and recycling collections have been revised over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Collections will be as normal until Good Friday, April 6. Most coll...
[full story]
Posted : 02/04/2007 09:17:39

Cogges Manor Farm opens with a flurry of events

One of West Oxfordshire's biggest tourist attractions, Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, kicks off its 2007 season on 3 April with a flurry of events.

And this year Oxfordshire County Council's living...
[full story]
Posted : 01/04/2007 14:49:16

Council welcomes unitary decision

West Oxfordshire District Council welcomes the Government's rejection of Oxford City Council's unitary proposal. The plan put to the Government would have resulted in replacing Oxfordshire County Coun...[full story]
Posted : 27/03/2007 14:10:38

Serious crash - Witney

Police were called to Woodgreen Hill, Woodstock Road, Witney, today (26/3) following a serious crash.

A Mercedes and a motorbike collided just after 10am.

The elderly man riding the bike...
[full story]
Posted : 26/03/2007 16:52:24

New commercial cardboard collections

Commercial waste recycling in West Oxfordshire is set to be given a further boost with the introduction of the District Council's new collection service for cardboard. This will be in addition to the ...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2007 15:49:01

Tonnes of litter cleared from West Oxon roadsides

Tonnes of litter cleared from West Oxon roadsides
More than 12.5 tonnes of litter has been handpicked from verges and roadsides across West Oxfordshire in only 26 days as part of a litter blitz by the District Council.

The litter - enough to m...
[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2007 15:44:06

Council Tax bills cut for lucky winners

Council Tax bills cut for lucky winners
Two lucky winners are getting their Council Tax bills slashed by £625 - equivalent to six months free at Band D - after winning a prize draw run by West Oxfordshire District Council to promote direct ...[full story]
Posted : 22/03/2007 15:34:25

Burglary – Witney

Police are appealing for information after offenders stole a motorbike and car from a house in Witney.

Offenders entered the address in Thorney Leys sometime between 10pm last night and 7am tod...
[full story]
Posted : 19/03/2007 18:35:29

Witney Farmers' Market - New site and new date

Witney Farmers' Market - New site and new date
Witney Farmers' Market is moving to a new site in the Market Place, and a new date, the third Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 18th April.

After four years on Church Green, the far...
[full story]
Posted : 13/03/2007 21:48:41

Easter holidays packed full of fun

An action-packed line-up of fun sporting activities has been organised to encourage young people in West Oxfordshire to spend their Easter holidays getting active.

A variety of workshops will t...
[full story]
Posted : 09/03/2007 14:45:13

Explosion in Oxford

Police and the fire service are currently at the scene of an explosion at a Royal Mail building in Cowley, Oxford.

Officers were called to the depot, in Alec Issigonis Way, shortly after 12pm t...
[full story]
Posted : 08/03/2007 15:19:25

Repairs to the Witney bypass

Oxfordshire County Council is to repair the worn out surface of the A40 Witney Bypass dual carriageway starting on Monday, March 19. The job is scheduled to last for five days and a 40mph speed limit...[full story]
Posted : 07/03/2007 14:11:01

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - March

Sgt Scott Evans reports with this month’s update for Witney: "The Witney NAG is pleased to announce that it has now been joined by some youth representatives recruited from a local sixth form to help ...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2007 22:20:45

Carterton Neighbourhood Management Update

Sgt Mark Smith provides this month's update: "During the past few weeks there have been more problems associated with youths gathering at locations in the town centre, in particular at the Co-op. Thes...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2007 22:03:36

Become a Witney Citizen Journalist!

Would you like to get involved with the Witney website and the Witney Forum?

Citizen Journalists are popping up all over the place - people just like you.

So if you photograph something ...
[full story]
Posted : 05/03/2007 15:56:56

Council Tax bills for 2007/08

The Council Tax bills for 2007/08 have been revealed.

The bills for Witney are:

Band A : £897.75
Band B : £1047.38
Band C : £1197.00
Band D : £1346.63
Band E : £1645.88
Ba...
[full story]
Posted : 02/03/2007 23:39:09

West Oxfordshire remains second lowest Council Tax

West Oxfordshire remains second lowest Council Tax in England

West Oxfordshire's 2007/08 agreed an annual Council Tax of £71.36 at Band D for 2007/08 at its budget meeting on Thursday 1s...
[full story]
Posted : 02/03/2007 17:37:25

Support for Countryside Project

£26,750 has been allocated by West Oxfordshire District Council to the Wychwood Project.

This unique countryside project, which carries out important local conservation work, has received regul...
[full story]
Posted : 02/03/2007 11:14:10

Unsecured sacks of mail in Witney

A member of the Witney Forum has today photographed a number of unsecured sacks of post in Witney.

The sacks had bee...
[full story]
Posted : 01/03/2007 13:37:43

Renewed appeal for witnesses - Witney

Detectives in Witney are renewing their appeal for two people to come forward who are believed to have a helped a woman in distress last Thursday (22/02).

A 20-year-old woman with a broken wris...
[full story]
Posted : 28/02/2007 15:32:00

Join the battle against global warming

West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to attend a free event in Witney on Saturday (March 3rd) to find out how they can play a part in the fight against global warming.

The Carbon Sav...
[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2007 19:10:28

Benefit cheat sentenced - Witney

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Witney man for failing to notify a relevant change in his circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Mr Ian Clegg, aged 30, forme...
[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2007 19:06:05

Traffic collision – Witney, update

A 68-year-old man has died following a collision in Witney on Friday (23/02).

Officers were called to Mill Street just after 4pm after a pedestrian collided with a Renault Clio.

The pede...
[full story]
Posted : 27/02/2007 10:55:16

Tourism businesses invited to join national event

West Oxfordshire District Council's tourism section is encouraging local businesses to hold a special event to showcase what they have to offer as part of a national promotional event. The event is th...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2007 22:43:16

Arrests - Brize Norton burglaries

Three youths have been arrested in relation to the recent series of burglaries and thefts in Brize Norton. The arrests are in connection with three burglaries at Brize Norton Primary School, three...[full story]
Posted : 26/02/2007 22:32:28

Appeal for witnesses - Witney

A twenty-year-old woman with a broken wrist has attended Witney police station this evening (23/02) reporting that she can not remember the events leading up to the injury. It is believed that she...[full story]
Posted : 23/02/2007 20:03:14

Traffic collision - Witney

Police are currently at the scene of a traffic collision in Witney.

Officers were called to Mill Street just after 4pm after a pedestrian had collided with a Renault Clio.

The pedestrian...
[full story]
Posted : 23/02/2007 17:45:32

Response to reservoir consultation

Cabinet members at West Oxfordshire District Council have unanimously agreed that the case for a new reservoir near Abingdon has not been clearly demonstrated by Thames Water.

Cllr Verena Hunt,...
[full story]
Posted : 23/02/2007 19:12:56

New commercial glass collections

Recycling in West Oxfordshire will soon be given a boost with the introduction of a new commercial waste collection service for glass.

The District Council has also obtained funding to start a ...
[full story]
Posted : 23/02/2007 19:07:39

Fossils stolen – Stanton Harcourt

Police are appealing for information after a valuable collection of fossils were stolen from an address in the Stanton Harcourt near Witney.

Between 21 October 2006 and 1 February 2007 thieves ...
[full story]
Posted : 21/02/2007 10:57:30

Burglary - Eynsham

Police were called to Mill Street in Eynsham at 3.15am yesterday (19th February) after reports of a burglary in progress.

A white van drove into a shop and offenders stole plasma television scr...
[full story]
Posted : 20/02/2007 15:10:56

Council Tax prize draw!

Householders in West Oxfordshire are being given the chance to get their Council Tax paid for six months (worth £625, equivalent to Band D property) by entering a free prize draw run by the District C...[full story]
Posted : 20/02/2007 13:23:09

Meech Press Release

Meech Press Release
Meech's Static Control Smooths Silicon Coating for Airbags International

Airbags International is part of Autoliv Inc. a global pioneer and leader in automotive safety, including airbags...
[full story]
Posted : 20/02/2007 12:40:31

Don't leave valuables in your vehicles

Police are appealing for information and are issuing a warning to the public to remain vigilant after a series of thefts from vehicles throughout the West Oxfordshire.

Between Saturday 10 Febru...
[full story]
Posted : 17/02/2007 18:47:00

Heritage Grants

West Oxfordshire District Council is offering grants to support the development of heritage opportunities in the District.

Voluntary museums and local history organisations can apply for grants...
[full story]
Posted : 15/02/2007 14:59:02

Council halves national sickness rate

Official figures have revealed that West Oxfordshire has the second-best performance record for staff sickness days out of all 238 District Councils in England.

Audit Commission figures show th...
[full story]
Posted : 14/02/2007 13:24:32

The sweeter side of Witney's nightlife

Alcohol-related crime in Witney town centre fell by 10% over the festive period as licensed premises handed out free lollipops to drinkers. Assaults alone saw a decrease of 75%.

The West Oxford...
[full story]
Posted : 13/02/2007 09:42:57

New Witney Forum Launched

The new Witney Forum has been launched today.

The new forum is a standalone site that will run alongside the main Witney.net site and can be accessed by going to [full story]

Posted : 12/02/2007 20:21:35

Council warns of big Council Tax rises

Council warns of big Council Tax rises under a unitary authorityWest Oxfordshire District Council has warned that a move to Unitary Status would not be in the best interests of its residents.[full story]
Posted : 09/02/2007 17:26:45

Disruption to refuse and recycling collections

Due to the snowfall and freezing conditions, West Oxfordshire District Council has had to cancel refuse and recycling collections.

This means that yesterday (8th) and today's (9th) collections ...
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Posted : 09/02/2007 13:53:24

Green light for continued green waste collections

Green light for continued green waste collections
West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to sign up to an eco-friendly scheme to have their garden waste collected and recycled, instead of landfilled.

West Oxfordshire District Council ...
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Posted : 09/02/2007 00:30:01

Photos of Witney in the snow

Photos of Witney in the snow
A selection of photos of Witney (and the surrounding area) in the snow that were taken today have been uploaded. And there are more to come. To view the photos please click the link below

Li...
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Posted : 08/02/2007 16:18:55

Witney blanket......... of snow!

Witney blanket......... of snow!
Witney is famous for its blankets, but it is a blanket of another kind which is in the news today. Witney is under a blanket of snow this morning following a night of reasonably heavy snowfall. ...[full story]
Posted : 08/02/2007 08:13:31

Possible disruption to services caused by weather

In response to a severe weather warning issued by the MET Office regarding predicted snowfall tomorrow (Thursday, 8th February), West Oxfordshire District Council are working with their contractors, V...[full story]
Posted : 07/02/2007 16:29:38

Vandalism – it's your call - West Oxfordshire

Over 40% of reported crime in West Oxfordshire last year was vandalism and in December there were 53 incidents in Witney alone.

The main perception is that this type of crime is always committe...
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Posted : 06/02/2007 14:02:40

WODC starts big clear up

WODC starts big clear up
West Oxfordshire District Council has launched a month-long litter blitz to clear up rubbish from verges and roadsides across the District.

Six workers from West Oxfordshire District Council's ...
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Posted : 05/02/2007 21:46:55

Swim or play for only £1

People in West Oxfordshire are being offered an incentive to get active during the school half term - with a swim or play for £1 offer at the District’s leisure centres.

Young people under the ...
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Posted : 05/02/2007 21:38:40

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - Feb 07

PC Pam Delahay provides Witney's update: "The team has been busy again this month assisting the core shifts that work out of Witney, due to a high rate of abstractions from those shifts for various re...[full story]
Posted : 05/02/2007 17:12:05

Carbon Savers Action Day in West Oxfordshire

A Carbon Savers Action Day is taking place on Saturday, March 3, at Langdale Hall, Witney, organised by West Oxfordshire District Council in conjunc...[full story]
Posted : 29/01/2007 14:08:47

ANPR operation - Witney

An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operation was carried out in Witney today.

The technology uses cameras to 'read' vehicle number-plates. Within a fraction of a second the registrati...
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Posted : 24/01/2007 16:41:38

Tree-mendous success for chipping service

Residents in West Oxfordshire have been praised for taking along more than 800 Christmas trees for recycling at free chipping sessions organised by the District Council.

A total of 12.2 tonnes ...
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Posted : 23/01/2007 15:43:50

Scoop a grant for your arts group

Grants are up for grabs from West Oxfordshire District Council for groups and projects that bring alive the arts in the District.

Groups must submit their applications by 15th February to be in...
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Posted : 23/01/2007 12:19:47

Brize Norton Primary School burglary

Police are appealing for information after several items were stolen from Brize Norton Primary School during a burglary overnight on Friday (18/01).

The incident occurred sometime between 6pm a...
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Posted : 23/01/2007 11:19:30

Child cycling injuries drop dramatically

Road safety experts at Oxfordshire County Council have expressed their delight at a dramatic fall in the number of child cyclists injured on the county's roads.

And there is double cause for ce...
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Posted : 22/01/2007 09:18:37

Thames Water lifts hosepipe ban

Thames Water is today (8am, 18 Jan 2007) lifting the hosepipe and sprinkler ban in force across its supply region since April 2006.

The decision, which has been taken in consultation with the E...
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Posted : 18/01/2007 08:40:39

Witney United v QPR - Match postponed

Witney United have been dealt a blow with the news that the prestigous friendly with Queens Park Rangers scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January has been postponed.

QPR were due to meet Luton Town i...
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Posted : 17/01/2007 23:38:36

Witney Lakes Resort pool re-opens

The swimming pool at Witney Lakes Resort in Witney has been closed recently due to last week's flooding - The pool has now re-opened....[full story]
Posted : 17/01/2007 18:11:11

Witney shop burgled

Timpsons (High Street, Witney) was broken into between Saturday night (13th January) and Monday morning (15th January).

Police were alerted at 8:15am on Monday morning....
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Posted : 17/01/2007 00:05:14

Threat to post offices

A motion was carried by West Oxfordshire District Council deploring the erosion of Post Office provision by the Government.

Letters are being sent to the Secretary of State for Trade and Indust...
[full story]
Posted : 16/01/2007 10:08:24

Dive online for a free swim

Young people are being encouraged to make a splash and enter an online competition to win a free swim at any of West Oxfordshire District Council's leisure centres.

The Swim 100 Competition is ...
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Posted : 15/01/2007 11:59:02

Skippy jumps on Board at Witney United!!

Skippy jumps on Board at Witney United!!
United have moved following the resignation from the league of Chipping Norton Town to snap up promising striker Dave Skipp.

Skipp is a lively striker who was also previously with Ross Town and...
[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2007 14:53:16

Witney v QPR - Ticket details announced

Witney v QPR - Ticket details announced
Witney United Football Club have today announced that they have frozen prices for their prestigious friendly with Championship side Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday 23rd January.

Tickets for the ...
[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2007 14:51:37

Signs warn off vandals – West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire's Community Safety Partnership is launching a campaign encouraging people to call Crimestoppers in a bid to stamp out vandalism in neighbourhoods throughout Witney.

Twenty tri-...
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Posted : 11/01/2007 14:48:27

Woodstock Road tree falls on Witney woman's car

Woodstock Road tree falls on Witney woman's car
Two trees have fallen on Woodstock Road. As you can see from the photo (thanks to Richard Wickson for the photo) the second (smaller) tree actually came down onto a car but the female driver (from Wit...[full story]
Posted : 11/01/2007 12:37:28

Council welcomes new Chief Executive

Council welcomes new Chief Executive
West Oxfordshire District Council's new Chief Executive, David Neudegg, has started work.

Mr Neudegg joined the Council on January 2nd from Salisbury District Council, where he worked as...
[full story]
Posted : 10/01/2007 12:20:10

Announcement from Witney Lakes Resort

Due to over night flooding we have unfortunately been forced to close the pool area and spa. We currently have maintenance teams working to rectify the problem, however we foresee that the pool will b...[full story]
Posted : 10/01/2007 11:09:45

Going Smoke-Free: Free lunchtime seminar

All workplaces will have to be smoke-free indoors when the Health Act 2006 comes into force July 1st 2007. This major piece of public health law is designed to protect employees from the serious healt...[full story]
Posted : 08/01/2007 17:08:49

Witney Neighbourhood Team monthly update – Jan

PC Pam Delahay provides the first update for 2007: "Happy New Year to all. December was a fairly quiet month for the team due to abstractions, some sickness and the festive leave period, but the team ...[full story]
Posted : 08/01/2007 12:04:35

Witney United to take on Queens Park Rangers

Witney United to take on Queens Park Rangers
Witney United can today exclusively reveal that they have managed to secure a friendly against Championship side Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday 23rd January 2007 at Marriott's Stadium.

The matc...
[full story]
Posted : 05/01/2007 15:40:20

Benefit cheat sentenced

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Carterton man for failing to notify a relevant change in his circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

David White, aged 24 year...
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Posted : 04/01/2007 12:07:08

Body found in missing woman hunt

The body of an elderly woman has been found in the River Windrush in Burford this morning.

She was discovered near the St John the Baptist Church at 10.30am by a police officer carrying out a s...
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Posted : 03/01/2007 17:31:29

Appeal for missing woman - Burford

Police in Burford are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of a 93-year-old woman, who was reported missing yesterday evening (02/01).

Winifred Cox, known as Molly, was last seen at ...
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Posted : 03/01/2007 12:19:38

Fatal collision - Witney

Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision on the A415, Ducklington, in Witney.

A white transit van and a double-decker bus collided at 1pm today (21/12) outside Cokethorpe school. ...
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Posted : 21/12/2006 17:10:26

'Treecycle' after Christmas

A free chipping service is being organised by West Oxfordshire District Council to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

Chippings will be used locally to create environmentally...
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Posted : 21/12/2006 10:38:16

Witney Neighbourhood Watch drop-in session

A series of drop-in sessions for the Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are taking place across West Oxfordshire during next year for existing members and those interested in joining.

The first sessio...
[full story]
Posted : 20/12/2006 18:50:56

Radio host Mike Dickin dies in car crash

Radio host Mike Dickin, who started his career on Radio Oxford, has died in a car crash in Cornwall.

For the full story visit the Witney messageboard.

Link: [full story]

Posted : 19/12/2006 20:27:53

Fatal collision - A420, Kingston Bagpuize

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision between a car and lorry on the A420 yesterday morning (18/12), east of Kingston Bagpuize.

At 10.35am a dark blue BMW heading towards S...
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Posted : 19/12/2006 14:52:16

Fatal Collision – A40, Burford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car crash killed two men on the A40 near Burford last night (18/12).

At around 8.20pm a red Toyota RAV 4 and a silver Mazda MX5 collided. The driver o...
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Posted : 19/12/2006 14:45:36

Witney United and Sainsbury's Club Together

Witney United and Sainsbury's Club Together
Witney United F.C. has, as part of their community programme, launched a pre-match programme of football training sessions for 8-11 year old boys and girls - made possible thanks to cash from local su...[full story]
Posted : 19/12/2006 13:32:39

Grants for good causes from West Oxfordshire DC

Four sports and recreation-related projects look set to receive grants totalling £11,394 from West Oxfordshire District Council.

The Council has agreed to allocate funding to the following proj...
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Posted : 18/12/2006 12:39:17

New look for leisure centre gym

Gym users at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney will soon have a better environment to workout in and new equipment to use.

The Mill Health and Fitness Suite is undergoing a complete refurbi...
[full story]
Posted : 18/12/2006 10:07:09

Bluebells by the River Windrush in Witney

On Monday 18th December, the Witney Woodland Volunteers group is planting a bluebell wood by the River Windrush.

Witney Woodland Volunteers is an action group set up to care for the town's envi...
[full story]
Posted : 15/12/2006 16:48:34

Who's My Bobby Survey

Who's My Bobby Survey
It's been nearly three months since WHOSMYBOBBY launched. To gain some feedback on the website you are invited to take a few minutes to fill out a short questionnaire.

For details, visit the [full story]
Posted : 14/12/2006 17:01:33

Thieves steal Christmas presents - Leafield

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned not to leave bags and Christmas presents in cars following a theft at Leafield.

Four suitcases along with four bags of wrapped Christmas presents ...
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Posted : 14/12/2006 16:06:26

Benefit cheat sentenced

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Carterton lady for failing to notify a relevant change in her circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Susan Nelson, aged 47 ye...
[full story]
Posted : 14/12/2006 13:39:54

Police aim to cut down petrol station drive offs

Police are working with forecourt garage owners to reduce the number of so-called "bilkings" in Oxfordshire and reduce the number of crimes that last year was worth £133,000.

In 2005 there were...
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Posted : 14/12/2006 12:49:26

Fatal collision – West Oxfordshire

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision last night (13/12) near Eynsham.

Just after 11pm a blue BMW 325 saloon travelling towards Eynsham along Lower Road, an unclassified road ...
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Posted : 14/12/2006 10:26:53

Two BIG recycle winners in West Oxfordshire

Two BIG recycle winners in West Oxfordshire
Two pupils from West Oxfordshire primary schools have won £250 of goodies of their choice for their school, with the only condition their chosen items are made from recycled materials.

Both are...
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Posted : 14/12/2006 10:18:53

Police and Council target graffiti offenders

A man writing graffiti was caught red-handed on Friday (8/12) at the public toilets in Welch Way, Witney.

The man was spotted by a council contractor who had arrived to clean up previous graffi...
[full story]
Posted : 12/12/2006 16:04:04

Witney cemetery vandalism update

Two youths have been arrested for vandalising 10 graves which left them covered in offensive graffiti at Witney Tower Hill cemetery in November.

The offenders desecrated the headstones with gol...
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Posted : 11/12/2006 21:08:39

Drugs dog searches bring good news - Witney

A joint operation between Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council to crack down on illegal drugs in Witney town centre took place on Friday night (8/12).

During the evening s...
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Posted : 11/12/2006 17:43:21

West Oxfordshire Underage Test Purchasing Results

West Oxfordshire Underage Test Purchasing Results
A joint operation between Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council to combat illegal underage sales of alcohol took place last Friday, 8th December. Young people and alcohol have bee...[full story]
Posted : 11/12/2006 17:33:32

West Oxfordshire DC recognises achievements

West Oxfordshire DC recognises achievements
Mr Pat Hall from Witney has received the Chairman's Award for Outstanding Achievement from West Oxfordshire District Council.

In 1966 Mr Hall became a founder member of Witney Rugby Club...
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Posted : 11/12/2006 11:34:42

New Meech Website

New Meech Website
Meech International, an established leader in static control, surface cleaning and compressed air solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its new global website at www.meech.com. This new site...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2006 17:24:55

Licking alcohol-related crime into shape

Licensed premises in Witney will try to keep their drinkers sweet by handing them free lollipops as they leave their premises in a bid to reduce alcohol-related crime.

The West Oxfordshire Comm...
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Posted : 06/12/2006 16:26:57

West Oxfordshire Nightsafe wins recognition

The West Oxfordshire Nightsafe Scheme has received a national award for its achievements which includes the 'Wasted Nights' educational DVD package.

The Responsible Drinks Retailing Awards reco...
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Posted : 06/12/2006 16:24:54

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership
The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership is sending a Christmas card with a difference to offenders who have been arrested or issued with a fixed penalty notice during the past year.

T...
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Posted : 06/12/2006 16:21:17

Dreaming of a green Christmas in West Oxon...

You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but in West Oxfordshire people are being urged to think green when it comes to household waste - and be in with the chance of winning £50.

A massive th...
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Posted : 06/12/2006 12:54:02

Burglary - Bampton

Police are appealing for information after a house was burgled in Manor View, Bampton, yesterday afternoon (05/12).

At around 4.45pm, the elderly resident of the house found a man in his lounge...
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Posted : 06/12/2006 12:21:17

Witney Neighbourhood Update – December

PC Pam Delahay, Witney Neighbourhood Coordinator, gives the following update: "Whosmybobby continues to be very popular with many hits recorded so if you haven't seen the site yet give it a try!
[full story]
Posted : 05/12/2006 15:55:59

Woman Assaulted In Carterton

Police are appealing for information following an assault on a woman in her twenties on Wednesday night at 9.35pm (29/11) in Carterton.

The woman was walking along Black Bourton Road, towards t...
[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2006 13:46:26

David Cameron switches on Witney Christmas Lights

David Cameron switched on the Christmas lights in Witney on Friday night (1st December).

The switch on celebrations were broadcast on Central News with both Wesley Smith (pictured) and Hannah S...
[full story]
Posted : 04/12/2006 13:09:15

David and Samantha Cameron's Christmas card

David and Samantha Cameron's Christmas card for 2006 has been designed by seven-year-old Scarlett Sadler from Woodstock Primary School in Oxfordshire.

Mr Cameron went to the school in his Witne...
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Posted : 04/12/2006 12:57:59

David Cameron visits "Politics in Action" day

David Cameron, MP for Witney, will be seeing how West Oxfordshire schoolchildren grapple with some difficult political decisions, as they take part in the council's Politics in Action event on Friday ...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2006 17:26:54

Santa's Grotto at Oxford Bus Museum

Santa's Grotto at Oxford Bus Museum
A Father Christmas's grotto will be set up at The Oxford Bus Museum, Long Hanborough, on 9th and 10th of December.

The grotto will be open for 20 minutes in each hour - Tickets cost £2.50 on to...
[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2006 12:48:57

Static Control Systems from Meech of Witney

Static Control Systems from Meech of Witney
Static Control Systems from Meech – the Non Radioactive Approach

The radioactive substance Polonium 210 has been prominent in the news recently following reports that it was used to pois...
[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2006 12:25:18

Theo Walcott switches on Carterton Xmas lights

Up and coming Arsenal and England football star Theo Walcott thrilled the residents of Carterton last night (27th Movember) when he visited the town to switch on the Carterton christmas lights at the ...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2006 09:39:44

Plumbing and heating supplies details added

Plumbing and heating supplies details added
Details of apr (Witney) Ltd have been added to the Witney website.

apr was founded in 1975 and remains a traditional, family owned business serving Witney and the surrounding area.

apr a...
[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2006 03:01:54

Witney Lions Club Santa float dates

Witney Lions Club Santa float dates
THE annual Witney Lions Club's Father Christmas will be touring Witney and villages before Christmas again this year.

The stop off dates are planned as follows:

December 4th, from 6pm - ...
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Posted : 27/11/2006 23:56:22

Fitness and fun for all the family in Oxfordshire

A weekend of family fun is being organised at Carterton Leisure Centre to celebrate its third anniversary since opening.

There will be taster sessions and special offers on Saturday, December 2...
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Posted : 24/11/2006 17:19:14

Witney Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Christmas lights in Witney will be switched on on Friday 1st December by David Cameron MP.

Central News will be filming at the event.

Current plans (according to The Witney Gazette) ...
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Posted : 22/11/2006 23:25:04

Christmas refuse collections

Christmas refuse collections
The revised refuse and recycling collection dates for the Christmas periodhave been posted on the Witney.net messageboard

Link: [full story]

Posted : 22/11/2006 22:28:41

David Cameron Visits Local Witney Businesses

David Cameron Visits Local Witney Businesses
The Right Honourable David Cameron, MP for Witney and Leader of the Conservative Party, visited Meech International, a local Witney business serving a worldwide market, on Friday 17th November to disc...[full story]
Posted : 22/11/2006 15:01:11

Assault – Whiteoak Green Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident on an unclassified road between Crawley and Whiteoak Green near Witney.

A 38-year-old woman was driving at around 7.30am on Monday (20/1...
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Posted : 21/11/2006 21:26:33

Assault in Witney

Assault in Witney
Police are appealing for information following an assault on a 25-year-old man in Witney on Friday night (17/11) and have released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to in connection with...[full story]
Posted : 21/11/2006 18:15:26

More warmth for swimmers in Carterton

New doors have been fitted at the entrance to Carterton Leisure Centre's changing rooms following feedback from members of the public.

West Oxfordshire District Council has installed the double...
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Posted : 20/11/2006 15:39:34

Touring arts scheme launched

From storytelling and theatre to salsa dancing and circus capers, a spectacular line-up of shows has been organised to bring theatrical and musical fun to villages in West Oxfordshire.

The Full...
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Posted : 20/11/2006 15:37:34

Pottery gives children a culture lesson

Children at North Leigh CE Primary School learned about different cultures by making portraits from clay as part of a District Council project to promote ceramics.

The pupils took part in works...
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Posted : 20/11/2006 15:34:39

Witney United Match Report

Witney United Match Report
The latest Witney United match report has now been added to the Witney messageboard....[full story]
Posted : 20/11/2006 12:44:45

Green Apple award

West Oxfordshire District Council has gained a prestigious silver Green Apple award for environmental best practice.

Green Apple awards are presented to the world's greenest companies, councils...
[full story]
Posted : 18/11/2006 13:37:52

Remembrance Sunday in Witney

Remembrance Sunday in Witney
People remembered those who have lost their lives in battle with traditional wreaths and poppies today, Remembrance Sunday. The photo (taken on Remembrance Sunday) shows Witney's war memorial...[full story]
Posted : 12/11/2006 15:56:58

Fall in Halloween crime figures in West Oxon

Halloween passed without any nasty surprises for the majority of West Oxfordshire residents as reported incidents to police dramatically fell over the Halloween period compared to last year.

Al...
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Posted : 10/11/2006 16:26:14

Witney Job Fair

The 2006 Witney Job Fair takes place at Langdale Hall on 17th November from 10am to 5pm.

The event will include the opportunity to get careers guidance, training and details of job vacancies in...
[full story]
Posted : 08/11/2006 17:20:15

Domestic Abuse – Do you need help?

It is estimated that more than one in four women experience some sort of domestic abuse at some time in their life, and about 20% of all victims are men. It doesn't have to be a broken bone, a cut or ...[full story]
Posted : 07/11/2006 16:48:32

Fatal collision near Witney

A man has died following a collision between a white Ford Transit pickup van and a car near Witney on Saturday (4th November).

The 21-year-old male victim was driving a blue Renault Clio when i...
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Posted : 05/11/2006 17:44:07

Witney Neighbourhood Management Update – November

PC Pam Delahay has November's update: "It has been six months since we launched Neighbourhood Management in the Witney area and at that time we promoted the team in various ways, one of these being po...[full story]
Posted : 03/11/2006 16:55:07

Long Hanborough Musical Fireworks

The Long Hanborough Musical Fireworks display takes place tomorrow night (Friday 3rd November) at Long Hanborough Playing Fields.

Gates open at 6.00 with the display due to start at 7.00pm
...
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Posted : 02/11/2006 14:05:08

Benefit cheat sentenced

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Leafield lady for failing to notify a relevant change in her circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Samantha Cuss (nee Weir),...
[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 23:23:57

Nightsafe shortlisted for national award

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership is short-listed for the national Responsible Drinks Retailing Award for its Nightsafe scheme which includes the recently launched educational package ...[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 14:15:42

First Investments Ltd takes over Windrush Ind Est.

Lancashire property group First Investments Ltd has expanded its property portfolio in a series of deals believed to be worth in excess of £100m.

One of the deals involves aquiring new tenants ...
[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 14:08:45

Ottakar's in Witney closed for refurbishment

The Ottakar's book shop on the High Street in Witney is closed for refurbishment.

Ottakar's was taken over by the HMV Group earlier this year and Witney's refurbished store, re-branded as Water...
[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 12:31:39

Witney CCTV helps to arrest 1000 people

Over 1000 people have now been arrested by police in West Oxfordshire with the help of the Witney Town Centre CCTV System since it was installed in 2002.

There are 24 CCTV cameras located in st...
[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 02:22:28

There is a trick to dealing with Halloween

There is a trick to dealing with Halloween
Police in West Oxfordshire are urging trick or treaters to respect residents' wishes this Halloween.

Last year criminal damage figures rose steeply across the area with seven incidents of house...
[full story]
Posted : 31/10/2006 02:08:31

Arson - Standlake

Detectives in Witney are appealing for information following a suspected arson at an egg packing company in Standlake last night (28/10).

Officers were called by the fire service to the large f...
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Posted : 29/10/2006 11:19:58

Anti-Litter Day makes an impact

Anti-Litter Day makes an impact
Shoppers and passers-by were intrigued to see piles of rubbish bags and street performers wearing costumes made of litter as the first Anti-Litter Day took place in West Oxfordshire.

The awaren...
[full story]
Posted : 27/10/2006 16:25:12

Successful leisure partnership set to continue

Successful leisure partnership set to continue
West Oxfordshire District Council is all set to sign a new contract with the non-profit making Trust, Wycombe Leisure Ltd (WLL) to run its leisure facilities for a further ten years.

WLL has b...
[full story]
Posted : 26/10/2006 12:27:50

Witney Gazette paper review

A review of the latest edition of the Witney Gazette has been added to the Witney.net messageboard.

Read about the latest edition of Witney's local newspaper by visiting the [full story]

Posted : 25/10/2006 01:36:57

Noticed anything different about Witney today?

Have you spotted anything different about Witney this morning? Did the town centre look messier than usual? Were there more items of litter strewn about the streets?

You're right if your answer...
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Posted : 25/10/2006 00:35:20

Who's My Bobby

Who's My Bobby
We have now added information about Who's My Bobby to the Witney website.

Each parish in West Oxfordshire has a dedicated Police Neighbourhood Team and www.whosmybobby.co.uk enables internet us...
[full story]
Posted : 22/10/2006 12:16:46

Pumpkins, spooky stories and other fun activities

Cogges Manor Farm gardener Chris Munday has been working hard to produce a fine crop of pumpkins and squash in time for a week of Halloween and other holiday fun for all the family.

Some of the...
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Posted : 20/10/2006 15:17:10

Householders go green for waste collection scheme

More than 600 tonnes of green waste from West Oxfordshire households has been composted instead of landfilled since the launch of a new District Council scheme six months ago.

More than 2,500 h...
[full story]
Posted : 20/10/2006 10:30:08

Number Plates stolen

Police are appealing for information after eight number plate thefts in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

Since the beginning of October there have been eight occasions when number plates h...
[full story]
Posted : 19/10/2006 15:23:41

Home-working scam cons Witney mum

The Oxford Mail is reporting the story of Grace Dale of Witney who fell victim to a home-working scam after trying to earn extra money for Christmas.

Grace answered an advert in the Oxford Mail...
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Posted : 18/10/2006 16:24:29

Litter blitz campaign

West Oxfordshire residents will be reminded that the issue of litter is in their hands as a joint campaign is launched to tackle the problem.

The District Council has joined forces with Witney ...
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Posted : 18/10/2006 09:17:41

Witney residents-Want a Trick or Treat Free Zone?

Anyone wanting to avoid the annual Trick or Treat knocks on their door this year can download a "No Trick or Treat" poster to display in your window. For full details see the posting on the Witney ...[full story]
Posted : 16/10/2006 16:24:42

Witney United Thrash Thame 7-0

Witney United Thrash Thame 7-0
A match report for Witney United's 7-0 thrashing of Thame United on Saturday 14th October has now been added to the Witney United match reports section of the Witney messageboard.

To read the l...
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Posted : 15/10/2006 15:48:58

New Yatt company awarded patent

New Yatt based Beadlight Ltd., an innovator in LED diffusion and video effect technologies, has announced the Grant of Patent No. GB2392488 by the UK Patent Office entitled "Illumination device". The ...[full story]
Posted : 13/10/2006 11:47:14

Be a bright spark – follow the fireworks rules

People are being warned that they could face a £5,000 fine or a stint in prison if they break the fireworks rules.

Thames Valley Police is again teaming up with partners to help ensure that Bon...
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Posted : 13/10/2006 11:31:16

Speeding checks results - Carterton

The Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team conducted a road check last Friday (6/10) to tackling speeding drivers as part of Operation Joule.

Starting at 8am and running throughout the morning,...
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Posted : 10/10/2006 16:30:52

Benefit fraudster prosecuted

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for failing to declare changes in his circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Justin Stratford, aged 35, of Windrush...
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Posted : 05/10/2006 10:32:59

New shop open in Witney

New shop open in Witney
A new shop called Eve has opened in Witney, opposite Argos.

The shop is a sister outlet to Cove at the top of High Street.

Eve sells women's accessories from designers in England, Italy,...
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Posted : 04/10/2006 18:03:57

Witney Gazette - Paper Review

We are tying out a new section of the Witney.net messageboard where we have a brief review of the latest edition of the Witney Gazette.

We would be interested to hear what you think about the i...
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Posted : 04/10/2006 17:46:11

Speeding Checks - Carterton

The Carterton Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the town on Friday 6th October tackling speeding drivers as part of Operation Joule.

Starting at 8am and running throughout the morning, the...
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Posted : 04/10/2006 17:38:19

Commercial waste survey prize winner

One lucky West Oxfordshire organisation has won a luxury food hamper after returning a survey, which was sent to all the Council's commercial waste customers. The Oxford School of Drama, based in Wood...[full story]
Posted : 04/10/2006 13:40:54

Witney.net targetted by fraudsters

On Tuesday 3rd October someone registered as a user of the witney.net messageboard and sent out emails to other messageboard members asking for assistance in transferring $10.5M for inveestment purpos...[full story]
Posted : 04/10/2006 12:38:48

Witney neighbourhood management update

PC Pam Delahay gives the following update: "It has been six months since we launched Neighbourhood Management in the Witney area and at that time we promoted the team in various ways, one of these bei...[full story]
Posted : 03/10/2006 22:14:10

Do you know where your kids are? West Oxfordshire

Police make more than a dozen alcohol fuelled arrests across west Oxfordshire.

Police across West Oxfordshire were kept busy during Saturday (30/09) night with more than a dozen arrests being m...
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Posted : 02/10/2006 18:11:25

Police car hit - West Oxfordshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a police car was rammed off the road by a car that then drove off in West Oxfordshire.

The Vauxhall Astra panda car contained two male officers, who wer...
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Posted : 02/10/2006 18:08:57

Training opportunities - sports clubs and coaches

Sports clubs and coaches can take up valuable up-to-date training at cost price thanks to a joint offer from West Oxfordshire District Council and Wycombe Leisure Ltd.

A series of workshops sta...
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Posted : 02/10/2006 16:27:22

Students participate in 'Wasted Nights' launch

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership will be launching 'Wasted Nights', an educational package for young people, on Tuesday 10th October at Carterton Community College.

The launch ...
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Posted : 02/10/2006 15:57:52

Council helps fund new community hall kitchen

A £2,000 grant looks set to be awarded by West Oxfordshire District Council towards improvements at Long Hanborough Recreation Hall.

The Council's Cabinet has recommended that Hanborough Commun...
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Posted : 02/10/2006 12:37:00

A40 Fatality - Update

The man arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a collision and careless driving has been bailed to return on 18 November.

The incident occurred on the A40 near the A43 shortly...
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Posted : 30/09/2006 00:32:13

Fatal accident on A40 Witney to Oxford Road

Police are appealing for witnesses after a male pedestrian was found in the road with serious injuries at around 5am this morning (28/9) on the A40 west of Oxford as the road goes under the A34.
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Posted : 28/09/2006 12:21:16

Householders urged to return electoral forms

West Oxfordshire residents are being reminded to return their annual electoral registration forms back to the District Council.
br>Forms were sent to all properties in the district last month, but ...
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Posted : 26/09/2006 09:43:08

Leisure Centre extension officially opens

Works on the Windrush Leisure Centre are now fully completed.

Cllr Keith Stone, Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council will host a formal handover event on Thursday 28th September. Counc...
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Posted : 22/09/2006 18:27:25

Electric blankets fail the test in Witney

At a recent electric blanket safety testing session in Witney, 43% were deemed unsafe to use.

Residents had their blankets tested free as part of a joint home safety scheme run by West O...
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Posted : 21/09/2006 12:41:23

Criminal damage - Witney

Police are appealing for the public's help to try to catch vandals that have smashed a community centre’s windows.

Ceewood Hall in Fettiplace Road, in Witney, was targeted overnight last night ...
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Posted : 20/09/2006 19:38:41

Weekly recycling in Witney to continue

West Oxfordshire District Council is reassuring residents that weekly household recycling collections will continue as part of its commitment to boost recycling rates in the District. Plans are also ...[full story]
Posted : 20/09/2006 17:46:23

New Chief Executive anounced

West Oxfordshire District Council has appointed Mr David Neudegg as their new Chief Executive. He will take up his post on the 2nd January 2007.

Mr Neudegg is currently working as Policy Direct...
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Posted : 18/09/2006 18:36:30

Residents to comment on local services

Three thousand householders in West Oxfordshire have been randomly selected to take part in a county-wide survey to tell councils what they really think about their services.

Residents aged 18 ...
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Posted : 18/09/2006 18:22:33

WODC gives youngsters chance to improve skills

West Oxfordshire District Council is giving young footballers a chance to improve their football skills with the restart of the Football Development Centre in partnership with Reading Soccer Schools.<...[full story]
Posted : 14/09/2006 15:20:52

WOW Weekend set to 'spook' West Oxon residents

A spine tingling theatrical ghost trail through old Burford is one of this year's new offers for the West Oxfordshire Weekend (WOW) on the 23rd and 24th September.

The special WOW weekend offer...
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Posted : 12/09/2006 12:06:06

Witney United Match Report Added

Witney United Match Report Added
The report for the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round football match between Witney United and Kidlington has now been added to the Witney United match reports section of the Witney messageboard. United pro...[full story]
Posted : 10/09/2006 21:32:16

Witney United Match Report Added

Witney United Match Report Added
The match report for the FA Preliminary Round Replay between Witney United and Paulton Rovers played on 5th September has been added to the Witney.net messageboard....[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2006 23:26:35

Road Closure in Witney

There is currently a road closure in force in Witney that will affect many drivers.

The Thorney Leys Road is closed between the Burwell Meadow turn and the Curbridge Road/Deer Park roundabout.<...
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Posted : 06/09/2006 12:43:24

Witney United match report added

Witney United match report added
The match report for the FA Preliminary Round between Witney United and Paulton Rovers has been added to the Witney.net messageboard....[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2006 08:58:24

Extended supermarket re-opening date

The extended Sainsbury's superstore in Witney is due to re-open at 9am tomorrow morning (Thursday 7th September)...[full story]
Posted : 06/09/2006 07:12:15

Boy charged with arson attack in Witney

Boy charged with arson attack in Witney
A 13-year-old boy has been charged with arson value exceeding £100,000. He will appear at Oxford youth court on 6 September.

This is in connection with an incident in Langdale Court, Witney on ...
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Posted : 01/09/2006 15:03:38

New Witney Leisure Centre Extension Opens

After months of refurbishment and construction work costing over £1.5m, the Windrush Leisure Centre extension is now open in Witney.

The 445m2 extension has a distinctive semicircular design wi...
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Posted : 30/08/2006 13:04:17

Funnel cloud/tornado seen in Witney

Funnel cloud/tornado seen in Witney
A thin white funnel cloud/tornado was spotted over Madley Park around 2.40pm today (29th August). It's a little difficult to see in the photo, but if you look around the middle of the shot (indicated ...[full story]
Posted : 29/08/2006 16:03:55

Witney United v Carterton - Local derby report

Witney United v Carterton - Local derby report
The match report for the local derby between Witney United and Carterton has been added to the Witney.net messageboard.

Link
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Posted : 29/08/2006 12:31:33

Sainsburys to close for a week

Sainsburys supermarket off Witan Way is to close for a week at the end of August/beginning of September prior to opening the new extended store.

The store is scheduled to close at 6pm on Thursd...
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Posted : 27/08/2006 19:02:19

New shop opening in Witney

It looks like a new shop is set to open in Corn Street, Witney. There is a sign in the window of a building which has been empty for some time (used to be a computer repair business?) saying that a ne...[full story]
Posted : 26/08/2006 22:59:25

Benefit Fraudster Prosecuted

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a local woman for failing to declare changes in her circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Elaine Cooper, aged 40 years, of Win...
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Posted : 23/08/2006 16:08:50

Witney United v Shortwood United - Match Report

Witney United v Shortwood United - Match Report
22-08-06 Sport Italia Hellenic Premier
Witney United 3 Shortwood United 0 Att 107
Match sponsored by The House of Windsor


A late treble by Ben Border gave United the points after a...
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Posted : 23/08/2006 12:56:21

Warning alert over bogus fire calls

The Oxford Mail is reporting that people are being warned about telephone calls offering to visit their homes to carry out fire and electrical safety checks.

The paper says that at least two ho...
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Posted : 18/08/2006 13:50:42

Torrential rain causes town centre chaos

Witney town centre was a scene of chaos at around 1pm today.

As well as the usual amount of Friday traffic causing near gridlock on all roads approaching the town centre, the roundabout and roa...
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Posted : 18/08/2006 13:33:43

Yellow Pages recycling winner

One lucky householder from Charlbury has won £50 in West Oxfordshire District Council's summer prize draw by recycling her Yellow Pages in one of the eight designated recycling banks this August. Ms S...[full story]
Posted : 17/08/2006 12:46:16

Witney United season kick-off

The Town's football team, Witney United, kick-off their first home game of the season tonight when they host Harrow Hill of Gloucestershire.

United are hoping to challenge for promotion this se...
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Posted : 15/08/2006 12:40:32

West Witney ladies win hockey trophy

West Witney ladies hockey team have won the Oxfordshire Summer League crown after beating Banbury ladies in a hard fought final.

Banbury had five first-teamers missing and went 3-0 down inside ...
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Posted : 14/08/2006 21:13:53

Benefit fraudsters prosecuted

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted two people for failing to declare changes in their circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Sarah Black, aged 21 years, of Windru...
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Posted : 14/08/2006 18:15:48

Book Banks in West Oxfordshire - Spread the word

Book banks, provided by the Salvation Army, are the latest addition at six of the recycling centres across West Oxfordshire. This means residents can recycle their books alongside textiles, shoes, pla...[full story]
Posted : 09/08/2006 13:22:58

Awards available for sports and arts achievers

West Oxfordshire District Council is now giving residents aged 14 and above the chance to be rewarded for their achievements in Sports or the Arts. The deadline for applications is 27 September 2006.<...[full story]
Posted : 09/08/2006 13:19:01

Benefit cheats plead guilty

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted two people for making false representations in order to obtain benefits.

Charles Holifield, aged 54 years, formerly of Bourton Clos...
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Posted : 09/08/2006 13:16:46

Peacock gives Witney man shock of his life

Peacock gives Witney man shock of his life
A Witney man had the shock of his life last night (8th August) when he opened the back door of his house to see a Peacock in his back garden staring back at him.

The man, from the Newland Mill ...
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Posted : 09/08/2006 10:10:13

West Oxon Nightsafe Radio Link set up in Witney

Nightsafe pubs and clubs in Witney have all been issued with walkie talkie radios to enable them to communicate with each other and with the town centre CCTV Control Room.

A £7,000 Home Offic...
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Posted : 08/08/2006 10:36:46

Support for Chinese Community and Advice Centre

The Council's Cabinet has recommended a grant of £750 to be awarded to the Oxfordshire Chinese Community and Advice Centre (OCCAC).

The Centre helps non-English speaking Chinese across Oxford...
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Posted : 04/08/2006 17:02:29

Carers Centre receives a cash boost

West Oxfordshire District Council has awarded a grant of £750 to the North and West Oxfordshire Carers Centre.

The Centre is an independent charity providing free information, advice and supp...
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Posted : 04/08/2006 17:00:47

Hospital Trust’s cost reduction plans concern

West Oxfordshire District councillors have expressed grave concerns about the plans outlined in the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust's Performance Improvement and Cost Reduction Programme.
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Posted : 26/07/2006 16:16:40

Witney shoppers warned following purse snatch

The Oxford Mail is reporting that shoppers in Witney are being warned to protect their belongings after a purse was snatched from a pushchair.

The victim thinks it was taken while she was shopp...
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Posted : 25/07/2006 12:14:08

Yellow Pages go green again

Householders in West Oxfordshire are being urged by the District Council to recycle their old 2005/06 Yellow Pages directory when the new 2006/07 edition is delivered to their homes over the next few ...[full story]
Posted : 24/07/2006 15:13:22

Councils join forces on Ambulance merger appeal

West Oxfordshire District Council is writing to the Secretary of State to urge her to reconsider the recent decision to merge the current Oxfordshire-wide Ambulance Trust with Hampshire, Berkshire, Bu...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2006 20:50:42

West Oxon DC prepares for new gambling culture

West Oxfordshire District Council has published its first Gambling Act 2005 Draft Licensing Policy Statement and is encouraging the public and Parish Councils to comment during the consultation peri...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2006 20:48:53

West Oxon Council hosts Big Breakfast Club

This week West Oxfordshire District Council hosted a Witney Big Breakfast Club business meeting at the Council's Elmfield offices. The venue was chosen so that over 40 local businesses could see, and ...[full story]
Posted : 21/07/2006 20:39:52

Postponed Witney Motor Show finally takes place

Postponed Witney Motor Show finally takes place
The Witney Motor Show, which was originally due to take place on 6th July, finally took place tonight (Thursday 20th July).

Heavy storms a couple of weeks ago caused the Henry Box field where t...
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Posted : 20/07/2006 21:32:43

Scorching temperatures recorded in Witney

Scorching temperatures recorded in Witney
The mercury was rising in the thermometers of Witney today as temperatures went through the roof.

37.4C was recorded in one back garden, with humidity of only 13%.

Funny then that the de...
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Posted : 19/07/2006 16:23:30

Witney basks under the summer sun

Witney is basking in the sun with temeratures approaching 30 degrees today, and the word is it's going to get hotter over the next couple of days.

For those of you in the mood for sun-bathing, ...
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Posted : 17/07/2006 16:46:48

Jet crashes in Oxfordshire

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that an RAF Pilot has ejected safely, moments before his Harrier jump jet crashed just north of Oxford.

The plane was travelling from RAF Cottesmore to RAF...
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Posted : 13/07/2006 19:29:13

Witney postal service getting back to normal

Postal services in Witney were getting back to normal today as the Witney sorting office cleared the backlog of mail that built up during unofficial strike action.

It has been reported that the...
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Posted : 13/07/2006 15:38:38

Strikes affect postal services in Witney

Royal Mail postal deliveries in the Witney and Carterton areas were affected today as a result of strike action at the Witney and Carterton sorting offices.

The strike action at the two offices...
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Posted : 07/07/2006 18:43:53

Witney Motor Show postponed

The Witney Motor Show, which was due to take place on Thursday 6th July 2006, has been postponed for two weeks due to waterlogging on the Henry Box playing fields and will now take place on 20th July ...[full story]
Posted : 07/07/2006 10:35:44

Oxfordshire hit by storms

Storms and flash flooding caused disruption overnight in some parts of England and Wales. Oxfordshire was one of the worst affected, with 40mm of rain falling in one hour in Brize Norton on Thursday m...[full story]
Posted : 06/07/2006 15:14:18

Witney building contracts firm in administration

It that been reported that HN Edwards went into administration on 30 June due to "unprofitable trading contracts, which led to cash flow difficulties".

Kroll has been appointed as the administ...
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Posted : 05/07/2006 09:35:05

Council continues to support Carterton action plan

The District Council is to part-fund the Carterton Fast Forward Project Manger post for another year. The cost of the post is £14,000 and this will be shared with the Town Council.

The 'Cartert...
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Posted : 04/07/2006 11:09:19

Council receives ‘Investors in Education’ award

West Oxfordshire District Council has received an 'Investors in Education' Award in recognition of its joint work with Marlborough School.

Dene Robson, Head of Rural Development said, “We at...
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Posted : 04/07/2006 11:06:51

Benefit cheat sentenced

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Witney man for making false representations in order to obtain benefits.

Melvin Hillier, 45, formerly of Witney Road, Ducklington...
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Posted : 30/06/2006 09:46:58

Green light for new community radio station

A new community radio station, called Just Oxfordshire, will soon be transmitting on 87.9 FM. It will serve the wider community during the day covering a variety of music and reporting on local news a...[full story]
Posted : 27/06/2006 14:22:05

Sailing Club to benefit from Grant

West Oxfordshire Sailing Club is to receive a £5,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council towards the cost of buying three sets of wayfarer sails and five topper dinghies. The Club will contri...[full story]
Posted : 27/06/2006 14:19:17

Serious incident in Witney on Sunday?

We have received reports of increased Police activity in Witney yesterday including Police helicopters, police bikes and mark/unmarked police cars.

The Witney grapevine is doing its work and ha...
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Posted : 26/06/2006 14:58:46

District Council's response to SE Plan

The West Oxfordshire District Council generally supports the overall 20 year planning strategy and the level of new housing proposed for West Oxfordshire contained in the draft South East England Re...[full story]
Posted : 26/06/2006 10:48:26

Madley Park residents celebrate birthday

A party is being held for residents of Madley Park in Witney to celebrate the 5th birthday of the estate.

The party will be held in the estate's square from 12pm to 3pm....
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Posted : 21/06/2006 15:27:36

Vandals attack Witney play areas

Vandals have attacked Witney parks and recreation grounds, one of the latest attacks being at Burwell Recreation Ground where play equipment was covered with graffiti.

For more information on t...
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Posted : 21/06/2006 15:25:09

Renewed appeal regarding missing Councillor

An appeal has been renewed for information about Andrew Creery, the Councillor who went missing from his home on Tuesday 6th June.

He is 5ft 8in tall, with short brown hair and of medium build....
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Posted : 21/06/2006 15:20:53

Worries over missing Councillor

Cllr Andrew Creery was elected as a district councillor to represent Witney Central Ward in 2004. He is also a Witney town councillor.

Andrew did not come home last Tuesday evening and was r...
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Posted : 13/06/2006 08:32:31

Bike vs Car: green travel challenge

A Witney cycling delivery service is challenging the District Council's post van to see who can complete the return journey from the Council offices on the New Yatt Road to the Post Office on the High...[full story]
Posted : 09/06/2006 15:08:34

Kids 'show' bugs the stage door!

Five local schools are writing and performing plays demonstrating that hands can spread germs easily and that hand washing is important.

The District Council's Food Safety team came up with ...
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Posted : 09/06/2006 15:06:02

Park and Ride in Witney

According to reports on the Oxford Mail website, new park-and-ride sites in Witney, Bicester and Abingdon are being examined as part of an investment in Oxfordshire's public transport....[full story]
Posted : 09/06/2006 14:31:24

Witney blaze causes damage to shops

Witney blaze causes damage to shops
A fire in the entrance of the Sobell House charity shop in Witney last night is believed to have been caused by arsonists.

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Posted : 07/06/2006 17:25:07

West Oxfordshire Nightsafe issue 10,000 Spikeys

Pubs and clubs in the West Oxfordshire Nightsafe scheme have been issued with new anti-drink spiking devices called 'spikey' to help protect customers. The special device, a brightly coloured plastic...[full story]
Posted : 05/06/2006 19:16:10

Woman assaulted in Witney public toilets

A 21 year old woman was assaulted in public toilets after leaving the Palace Nightclub with a man she had met say reports.

The woman used the toilets in Langdale Gate where the man followed her...
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Posted : 02/06/2006 10:17:32

Witney Motor Show

The 40th Witney Motor Show will be held on July 6th 2006 at The Henry Box Playing Fields, Ducklington Lane, Witney.

The event starts at 6pm and there will be trade stands, fairground rides and ...
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Posted : 02/06/2006 10:11:44

World Cup at Witney United

World Cup at Witney United
Witney United FC are proud to announce the screening all of the big World Cup games this summer. The club have recently installed a large projector screen in the Stadium Bar which will be the place to...[full story]
Posted : 06/01/2006 09:28:50

Witney residents, swap and sell unwanted items

If you live in the Witney area you can now swap or sell your unwanted items FREE OF CHARGE.

After initially registering on the Witney messageboard and obtaining a user name and password you can...
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Posted : 30/05/2006 22:34:03

Dogs to sniff out drugs in Witney pubs

Dogs, trained in sniffing out illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, are to be used in random checks of pubs and clubs in Witney.

The dogs are owned by Grosvenor International Service (GIS) ...
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Posted : 24/05/2006 16:14:16

West Oxon District Council Cuts Carbon Emissions

West Oxfordshire District Council's efforts to combat climate change have been recognised by The Carbon Trust with a certificate of commendation. The Trust was set up by the Government to encourage bu...[full story]
Posted : 23/05/2006 04:51:56

Automated council tax payments are a success Since

Since a new automated telephone payments system went live over 960 West Oxfordshire residents have used it to pay their council tax bills. The total amount of council tax paid this way in the last two...[full story]
Posted : 23/05/2006 04:47:28

Thames Water say drought order is not necessary

Thames Water has decided not to apply for a drought order, despite advice given by the Environment Agency.

It is believed that since imposing a hosepipe ban at the beginning of April water conc...
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Posted : 23/05/2006 02:07:40

New Chairman for West Oxfordshire District Council

Cllr Keith Stone from Carterton has been elected as the new Chairman at the Annual Council Meeting held on Wednesday 17th May. Previously Cllr Stone has served as Vice-chairman.

Following his e...
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Posted : 20/05/2006 14:02:16

Threat to Post Office card account

A motion was carried unanimously by West Oxfordshire District Council calling on the government to reverse its announcement that it will end support for the Post Office card account service in 2010. T...[full story]
Posted : 20/05/2006 13:47:26

Witney events on the new Cotswold Events website

Details of Witney events, and events throughout the Cotswolds, can be found on a new Cotswold Events website.

Event planners can also submit their events to the Cotswold Events site for inclusi...
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Posted : 15/05/2006 12:05:24

FA Cup Final Family Day at Witney United

There is a FA Cup Final Family Day this Saturday (13th May) at the Witney United ground on Downs Road, next to the Witney Lakes Resort. We will be showing the big game on our new big screen TV, as wel...[full story]
Posted : 11/05/2006 21:24:42

More Arrests Following 25 Criminal Damage Offences

West Oxfordshire police are warning those who damage property that they may get a knock on their door and be arrested. In the last month 8 people have been arrested following 26 offences of vandalism...[full story]
Posted : 10/05/2006 22:44:42

West Oxfordshire Launch World Cup Nightsafe

The World Cup is being used as a theme in an operation to highlight the negative impact of excessive alcohol drinking in West Oxfordshire. It is part of the Nightsafe campaign, which raises awareness...[full story]
Posted : 10/05/2006 22:40:36

Calls for surgery at Madley Park

Residents on Madley Park in Witney are calling for their own medical facilities and one woman has started a petition to raise the profile of their campaign.

Mother of three Teresa Wheeler-Osman...
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Posted : 10/05/2006 10:05:34

New Product Manager for Meech Air Technology

Meech International is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Burnell as Product Manager for its Meech Air Technology Division (MAT). Joe graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering ...[full story]
Posted : 04/05/2006 17:20:09

Benefit Cheat Sentenced

West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully prosecuted a Charlbury man for failing to notify a relevant change in his circumstances in order to obtain benefits.

Kevin Knight, aged 24 of ...
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Posted : 03/05/2006 12:49:14

Witney radio station - First broadcast

This item of news was issued a while ago, but we hadn't included it in the Witney News section:

Just Oxfordshire to hit the airwaves during The Witney Carnival.

To coincide with T...
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Posted : 03/05/2006 11:14:08

Hargreaves store in Witney is closing

The Hargreaves sports shop in the Woolgate Shopping Centre is having a closing down sale....[full story]
Posted : 02/05/2006 14:29:47

West Oxfordshire Underage Test Purchasing

An operation to combat illegal underage sales of alcohol through test purchasing will be taking place in West Oxfordshire. Nearly 400 licensees have been advised about this so that they have the oppor...[full story]
Posted : 28/04/2006 13:44:26

Witney hockey team wins cup

West Witney hockey team (under 16s girls) picked up the winners trophy at the the Rover Oxford Youth Festival over the weekend.

The festival attracted more than 800 players from 70 teams.
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Posted : 25/04/2006 17:24:33

New leaflet to help victims of domestic violence

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership will be launching a new leaflet outlining a service which supports victims of domestic abuse in the district. The leaflet called 'Domestic Abuse - Do ...[full story]
Posted : 25/04/2006 15:21:20

Award for Witney Vet

Sharon Lum of Medivet Veterinary Parternship, Witney, was presented with the first ever 'People's Choice Award' at last week's 2006 Petplan Veterinary Awards held in Birmingham....[full story]
Posted : 24/04/2006 16:54:33

Oxon neighbours report hosepipe ban breaches

According to the press, Thames Water have received 11 reports of people breaching the hosepipe ban in Oxfordshire.

The ban, the first in the area for 15 years, includes the use of domestice hos...
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Posted : 19/04/2006 10:49:43

Witney lose to Oxford in Oxfordshire Cup Final

Witney RFC put in a spirited performance against Oxford Harlequins on Sunday, but it wasn't enough and Oxford won 19-12 to win the Oxfordshire Cup at Iffley Road.

Oxford Harlequins scrum half A...
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Posted : 18/04/2006 09:20:09

Refurbished jewellers opening date announced

Bakers, the jewellers of 32 High Street, Witney, is due to re-open on April 26th after a major refurbishment...[full story]
Posted : 15/04/2006 16:43:27

Don't lose your vote!

Local elections are happening in many parts of West Oxfordshire on Thursday 4th May 2006.

The District Council is reminding residents who may be away on the day, or unable to get to a polling s...
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Posted : 13/04/2006 17:45:37

Council clamps down and records successful year!

During the last financial year the West Oxfordshire District Council's Fraud Investigation Team has uncovered £285,156.63 in fraudulently claimed benefits and sanctioned 41 West Oxfordshire residents...[full story]
Posted : 13/04/2006 17:39:29

Dixons name to disappear from Witney

As you may have heard in the news, Dixons, the electrical retailer, is to rebrand all of their Dixons stores Currys.digital

Dixons, a store which first began as a photographic studio in 1937, w...
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Posted : 13/04/2006 13:39:43

Cornbury Music Festival line-up announced

This year's Cornbury Music Festival will include an appearance by Robert Plant of legendary Led Zeppelin.

The event takes place on July 8th and 9th, tickets are priced at £40 for one day or £70...
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Posted : 12/04/2006 09:31:45

Why are so many Witney shops closing?

Why are so many Witney shops closing?
Have you all seen the "Closing Down Sale" signs in the window of Leigh and Sons?

Did you know that "Picture This" in Corn Street recently closed?

And The Hair Studio in Corn Street also ...
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Posted : 11/04/2006 19:57:08

Witney RFC cup final set for Easter Sunday

The postponed Oxfordshire Cup final between Witney and Oxford Harlequins will now be held on Easter Sunday at Iffley Road. The match will kick off at 3pm....[full story]
Posted : 08/04/2006 00:25:38

Talk to witney.net using MSN Messenger!

We have now setup an MSN messenger account so that you can talk to someone from www.witney.net using the power of instant messaging.

To add us to your contacts list, add the email address info@...
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Posted : 06/04/2006 14:36:25

Fritillary Sunday at Ducklington Church

Fritillary Sunday at Ducklington Church
The Fritillary Sunday event will take place at Ducklington Church, Witney on April 23rd 2006 from 11:30am.

There will be stalls and ploughman's lunches. Cream Teas will be available from 2pm to...
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Posted : 06/04/2006 12:57:20

No more speed cameras for Oxfordshire

According to reports, there will be no more speed cameras installed on the roads of Oxfordshire this year.

A temporary ban on the installation of fixed mobile speed cameras has been imposed by ...
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Posted : 05/04/2006 14:39:50

Witney RFC made to wait

As you may have heard, Witney Rugby Club's big day last weekend was postponed.

The Oxfordshire Cup final clash with Oxford Harlequins was postponed just 24 hours beforehand due to the condition...
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Posted : 05/04/2006 12:31:43

Easter Refuse and Recycling Collections in Witney

There will be no refuse and recycling collections on Good Friday (14th April) and Easter Monday (17th April) 2006

The revised collection dates in the Witney area for the Easter period are as fo...
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Posted : 05/04/2006 12:22:25

Cogges Manor Farm - 2006 season

Cogges Manor Farm - 2006 season
The Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney opens for the 2006 season on 4th April.

Regular activities include handmilking, feeding the pigs and buttermaking. There are also various special events p...
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Posted : 01/04/2006 12:23:52

Wrestling event at the Palace nightclub

There will be a wrestling event held at the Palace nightclub in Witney on 29th April.

Local man "Psycho Silvera" (otherwise known as Greg Stockwell) is due to appear.

The event is run by...
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Posted : 28/03/2006 22:49:34

Big Day for Witney Rugby Club

Big Day for Witney Rugby Club
Saturday 1st April is an important day in the history of Witney Rugby Club. The side will play Oxford Harlequins in the Oxfordshire Cup final at Iffly Road in Oxford.

The Oxford side are two di...
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Posted : 28/03/2006 22:39:07

Extra day for Shopmobility in Witney

Witney's Shopmobility opening hours will be extended from two days to three days a week starting April 2006.

This one year trial extention comes following a report which outlined the scheme's s...
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Posted : 23/03/2006 15:28:00

New design guide for West Oxfordshire

Work on a major new Design Guide, containing detailed design guidance for future development in West Oxfordshire, has just been completed. The Guide will now undergo a four-week public consultation pe...[full story]
Posted : 23/03/2006 15:21:02

Witney MP experiences first budget as Tory Leader

Witney MP David Cameron has seen Gordon Brown deliver his first budget speech since Cameron took over as Conservative party leader.

During his response to Brown's 10th budget Cameron referred t...
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Posted : 22/03/2006 18:55:35

Contemporary Pottery on show

Pottery is about to take centre stage in West Oxfordshire as a year long crafts project starts with an exhibition of exceptional contemporary pottery. The exhibition, called Pots+, which features the ...[full story]
Posted : 21/03/2006 17:57:14

Witney MP David Cameron most trusted party leader

In an international poll on attitudes to energy security and the environment, 61% of British respondents agreed that dependency on foreign energy supplies threatens national security.

When aske...
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Posted : 21/03/2006 17:00:14

Smoke damage at Minster Lovell Hall

Smoke damage at Minster Lovell Hall
Part of the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall at Minster Lovell, just outside Witney, have been subject to minor fire and smoke damage.

It is believed that the incident occured sometime earlier this...
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Posted : 17/03/2006 12:22:35

Council backs village shops worker

West Oxfordshire District Council has acknowledged the vital support given to village shops by the Village Shops Development Worker with a continued grant of £5,300. The grant will go towards the empl...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2006 18:10:04

West Oxon children set to 'hit the bullseye'

Archery will be one of the activities included in this year's Easter Holiday Programme. Running from the 3rd to 13th April, the programme is for children aged 2 to 16 years. Chris Johnson, Sports Dev...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2006 18:04:16

Proposed rescheduling of Police Station hours

At a recent Cabinet meeting West Oxfordshire District councillors sent out a clear message to Thames Valley Police that they did not agree with their new proposal to reduce the front desk opening hour...[full story]
Posted : 15/03/2006 17:59:23

Witney CCTV Open Days

The CCTV Control Room in Witney will be opening its doors to retailers in the town who have been invited to visit and see for themselves how the system operates.

Barry Norton, Chairman of the ...
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Posted : 15/03/2006 17:50:24

Thames Water announces hosepipe ban

Thames Water, who supply Witney, have announced that they will introduce a hosepipe ban from next month. The ban will affect 8 million customers in the Thames Water area.

This is the first Tham...
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Posted : 14/03/2006 18:19:03

Closing down sale

Picture This in Corn Street is having a closing down sale. Pop along and pick up a bargain....[full story]
Posted : 10/03/2006 11:44:03

Disruption as A415 closes

A section of the A415 between Kingston Bagpuize and Newbridge has been closed for repairs. The closure is of the road, used by commuters between Witney and Abingdon, is expected to last 2 weeks.
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Posted : 08/03/2006 08:01:48

Funding for Citizens Advice Bureau

The West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to grant £91,000 to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) so it can continue providing an information and advice service in West Oxfordshire. This money i...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2006 15:54:21

Support for Wychwood Project

£27,000 has been allocated by West Oxfordshire District Council to the Wychwood Project. This unique countryside project, which carries out important local conservation work, has received regular fina...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2006 15:44:08

Windrush Leisure Centre improvements update

Further progress to the improvements of the Windrush Leisure Centre can be seen as the roof is now in place. The refurbishment and extension works have a nautical theme featuring porthole windows, wo...[full story]
Posted : 06/03/2006 15:37:38

Arson fears over Witney warehouse fire

Arson fears over Witney warehouse fire
More than 50 firefighters from around the area tackled a severe fire after a suspected arson attack at a disused warehouse in Woodford Way, Witney.

The fire in the warehouse is said to have bee...
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Posted : 02/03/2006 10:57:45

Man attacked with chainsaw in Oxfordshire

Reports say that a police investigation has been launched after a man in his 30's was attacked with a chainsaw in an unclassified remote country lane, known locally as Hen and Chick Lane, in West Oxfo...[full story]
Posted : 01/03/2006 19:04:37

Witney estate agents updated

Witney estate agents updated
The Witney Estate Agnets page has been updated with a photo of Buckell and Ballard.

New Witney estate agent Oliver James has also been added.

Links :
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Posted : 01/03/2006 14:35:19

2006/07 Council Tax Bills for Witney

An average band D property in Witney will attract a council tax bill of nearly £1300 for the 2006/07 council tax year.

The portion of the council tax bill for West Oxfordshire District council ...
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Posted : 01/03/2006 11:07:52

Historic wall in Witney damaged by vandals again

Historic wall in Witney damaged by vandals again
An historic 18th century wall in Witney, owned by All Souls College, Oxford, has been seriously damaged by vandals.

The wall in Puck Lane, Witney, was repaired by West Oxfordshire District Coun...
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Posted : 01/03/2006 10:47:05

Telectra of Witney change name

Telectra of New Yatt Business Centre, Witney will change their name to Beadlight Ltd with effect from 1st March. The company says that the name change more accurately reflects the nature of its busine...[full story]
Posted : 28/02/2006 16:34:14

Oxford Instruments to close Eynsham site

Oxford Instruments is set to close its Eynsham site with the loss of up to 50 jobs it has been reported.

The company has entered a 30-day consultation period with staff....
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Posted : 24/02/2006 12:03:16

A snowy day in Witney

A snowy day in Witney
Witney was subject to prolonged, but light snow showers today as was much of the area. The Bibury and [full story]
Posted : 23/02/2006 16:42:16

Robbers strike petrol station near Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at a petrol station near Witney today (18th February).

Four men, all wearing balaclavas, forced their way into the Tesco Express service station,...
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Posted : 18/02/2006 17:34:50

New Cameron baby named Arthur

David Cameron, MP for Witney, and his wife Samantha have named their third child Arthur Elwen.

Arthur was born at 11:55am on Valentine's Day weighing in at 7lb 13oz.

Mr Cameron said that...
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Posted : 17/02/2006 16:46:19

Temporary Witney car park could stay

A car parking area in Witney opened to compensate for the loss of parking spaces in the town could stay open.

The spaces, on part of Marriotts Close adjacent to the Welch Way car park, were ope...
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Posted : 16/02/2006 16:44:01

New baby for Witney MP David Cameron

Witney MP David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, and his wife Samantha are celebrating the birth of their third child.

Samantha Cameron gave birth to a 7lb 13oz boy at around 11:5...
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Posted : 14/02/2006 16:24:50

Witney pub voted best in the region

A Witney pub has been named as the best in the region in a competition run by the chain which owns it - Scottish and Newcastle.

The Windrush Inn, which is on Burford Road in Witney, was called ...
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Posted : 08/02/2006 17:49:09

Witney fraudster given suspended sentence

A Witney woman who received four thousand pounds from bogus benefits cailms has been given a six month suspended sentence at Oxford Crown Cour...[full story]
Posted : 08/02/2006 12:01:32

Witney people want green space

A petition started by the group Action to Improve Marriotts (AIM), calling for green space to be preserved at the Marriots Close site, has so far been signed by more than 4,000 people.

The site...
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Posted : 08/02/2006 11:49:42

Witney MP voted sexiest politician

Witney MP David Cameron has been voted the 92nd sexiest man in the world a poll carried out by New Woman magazine.

This makes Mr Cameron the highest placed politician and the first politician e...
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Posted : 08/02/2006 11:41:48

Witney MP spends the day in hospital!

Witney MP spends the day in hospital!
Witney MP David Cameron spent the day in hospital today (7th February)....... but not as a patient!

Mr Cameron was at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where he answered phones and witnesse...
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Posted : 07/02/2006 18:29:31

Deadline approaches for arts grants

Local arts groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for grants from West Oxfordshire District Council to ensure they meet the 15th February deadline. Grants for each group range from £100 to £...[full story]
Posted : 31/01/2006 14:15:34

New Estate Agents opens in Witney

New Estate Agents opens in Witney
Charles Lawson estate agents has opened a residential sales office on Corn Street in Witney. This adds to their existing operations in Headington, East Oxford and Abingdon.

You can phone the Wi...
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Posted : 27/01/2006 16:33:53

Police called to protect Witney football team

The Witney and West Oxfordshire Gazette reports that police were called to a football match between Witney Viking Colts under-16s and Rose Hill in Oxford on Sunday 22nd January when Viking players com...[full story]
Posted : 26/01/2006 11:49:29

Witney pub praised in award ceremony

The New Inn of Corn Street in Witney was named runner-up in the award for "best drinks experience" at the regional final of the Punch Taverns organised "Shine Awards"....[full story]
Posted : 26/01/2006 11:37:48

Cogges Museum looks to have been saved

Cogges Museum looks to have been saved
The future of Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney looks to be safe after councillors promised to inject cash to plug the £93,000 funding gap.

The Museum opens for its 2006 season on 4th April an...
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Posted : 26/01/2006 11:17:25

Witney Lakes - Revised opening time

To resolve the hot water issue at Witney Lakes Resort they have engineers visiting to fit a new part for the water system. Unfortunately, the work needs to be carried out when then water system is not...[full story]
Posted : 13/01/2006 18:55:21

Witney employment blow

Workers at Past Times in Witney have been told that the new owner of the mail order and shops chain is closing its call centre in Witney with the loss of 100 jobs. Another 100 jobs are at risk and the...[full story]
Posted : 12/01/2006 08:02:02

Award for Witney pub

Ian Payne of the Eagle Tavern, Witney, Oxfordshire has won a "Most Improved" award in a recent award ceremony...[full story]
Posted : 04/01/2006 16:42:24

Burst Water main causes Witney water problems

Hundreds of homes in Witney were left without water for several hours on New Year's Day after a water main burst in the town.

Thames Water received around 1800 calls from residents without supp...
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Posted : 01/01/2006 16:36:00

Shoppers back in Witney after Christmas

Waitrose car park in Witney was exteremly busy today as shoppers returned to Witney shops after the Christmas break. Retailers nationwide are expecting bumper sales during the post Christmas and Janua...[full story]
Posted : 27/12/2005 19:49:30

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Witney web site...[full story]
Posted : 24/12/2005 12:43:19

Christmas sacks to encourage more recycling

Clear plastic sacks are being provided by West Oxfordshire District Council in a bid to encourage residents to recycle more this Christmas.
Plastic sacks can be picked up by all residents from coun...
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Posted : 15/12/2005 13:39:26

Wesley Walk shopkeepers call for CCTV cameras

Shopkeepers with stores in Wesley Walk in Witney have launched a petition calling for security cameras to be installed.

Ongoing vandalism and break-ins have highlighted the fact that the shops ...
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Posted : 15/12/2005 09:52:51

Huffkins raises money for Children in Need

Huffkins, the renowned bakeries with stores in Witney and Burford, raised over £4,800 for Children in Need by giving away foor in exchange for donations to the charity...[full story]
Posted : 08/12/2005 00:04:54

New Witney bridge over the river Windrush

A new bridge in Witney has been opened.

The new bridge, named Weavers Bridge, links Witan Way with a new housing development being built by Barratt Homes and is thought to be one of the first b...
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Posted : 07/12/2005 14:35:01

Witney MP is confirmed as new Tory party leader

Witney MP is confirmed as new Tory party leader
The Witney MP David Cameron has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative party today (6th December).

Tory party members voted in favour of Cameron who won 134,446 of 198,844 valid v...
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Posted : 06/12/2005 15:11:35

Witney MP David Cameron

The result of the vote for the next Conservative party leader is due around 3pm today (6th Dec). We will bring you the result later as is happens...[full story]
Posted : 06/12/2005 10:20:03

Details of Thorntons in Witney added

Details of Thorntons in Witney have now been added. You can also shop online for Thorntons chocolates and the delicious range of Thorntons confectionary

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Posted : 05/12/2005 14:32:55

Anxious weekend for Witney MP

Tory leadership rivals David Davis and Witney MP David Cameron face an anxious wait this weekend as they await the result of the vote to decide the next Conservative party leader which is due early ne...[full story]
Posted : 02/12/2005 17:32:49

School tops table of achievers

A school near Witney has topped the Key Stage 2 league tables published today (2nd Dec 2005). The tables show the number of 11-year-olds reaching the expected standard in English and Maths has increas...[full story]
Posted : 02/12/2005 10:00:43

Axe hanging over Cogges Manor Farm Museum

Axe hanging over Cogges Manor Farm Museum
The axe is hanging above the Cogges Manor Farm Museum in Witney again.

Cogges Manor Farm Museum is the third big...
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Posted : 30/11/2005 17:40:21

Witney Computers launched

We are proud to announce the launch of Witney Computers, a computer services company offering IT and Internet related services in the Witne...[full story]
Posted : 28/11/2005 16:22:41

Don't bin your Christmas tree, chip it!

If you have a real Christmas tree this year, rather than bin it after Christmas why not use the West Oxfordshire District Council chipping service. Just take your tree to one of the chipping locati...[full story]
Posted : 25/11/2005 16:06:38

Witney Christmas Bin Collections

Refuse and recycling collections for the week commencing 19/12/2005 will be as normal, but collections for week commencing 26/12/2005 will be as follows :

Collections for Mon 26th Dec will be...
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Posted : 25/11/2005 16:00:22

A40 death mystery

A man found lying on the A40 has been identified as a 21 year old from Weaver's Close in Witney. He was found lying on the eastbound carriageway of the A40 at approx. 19:10 on Nov 14th and died at the...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2005 22:45:06

Witney MP David Cameron to join Christmas parade

Witney MP David Cameron is due to join the Christmas celebrations in Witney on Friday (25th Nov) in what will be one of his last appearances in West Oxfordshire before the new leader of the Conservati...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2005 22:40:03

Asda in Witney now looks unlikely

Asda's plans to build a superstore in Witney look to have collapsed. For more information on the Asda/Witney saga, see the W...[full story]
Posted : 23/11/2005 22:23:18

Hair & Beauty Christmas Evening at Witney Lakes

Thursday 1st December from 6pm

Drinks on arrival and Canapés

The evening will include…
Hair and beauty demonstrations
Advice and tips
Special offers on products
...
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Posted : 22/11/2005 10:44:58

Witney United lose to local rivals

Witney United lost 1-0 away to Abingdon United on a bitterly cold and foggy afternoon in Abingdon at the weekend (Sat 19th Nov).
Adam Hamp scored for Abingdon on 57 minutes in front of a brave crow...
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Posted : 21/11/2005 16:19:37

Winter hits Witney!

Winter hits Witney!
Witney has really been under a spell of winter weather over the last couple of days. Temperatures have only just managed to rise above freezing today after being below -2 degrees for most of the day. ...[full story]
Posted : 20/11/2005 15:45:57

New Witney zebra crossing in the wrong place?

New Witney zebra crossing in the wrong place?
As witney.net reported last week, a new zebra crossing has been being built on Langdale Gate.
But is has been reported by thisisoxfordshire.co.uk that a former mayor and the Witney Town Council thi...
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Posted : 17/11/2005 20:30:58

Witney Lakes Swimming Pool Closure

The swimming pool at the Witney Lakes Resort will close at 8pm on Thursday 24th November for essential maintenance work. It should be open again the following morning. Witney Lakes Resort can be conta...[full story]
Posted : 17/11/2005 20:00:48

Free safety check

Drivers can get a free car seatbelt safety check at the Co-op in Black Bourton Road, Carterton on Friday (18th Nov). Burford fire station crews will be checking cars from 9:30am for a contribution to ...[full story]
Posted : 16/11/2005 15:51:37

Robbie Williams kidnapped by Witney women

A couple of Witney women have 'kidnapped' a life size cardboard cut-out of pop singer Robbie Williams from music shop Rapture in the Woolgate Centre in Witney.
But it's all in aid of charity. The c...
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Posted : 16/11/2005 15:46:11

New Co-op store opens

A new Co-op store opens on Madley Park in Witney on Friday (18th Nov).
The purpose built store at the Neighbourhood Centre will open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday...
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Posted : 16/11/2005 13:47:03

Man dies on A40

A man died on the A40 near the Ducklington exit on Monday (14th Nov).
The man, who has not yet been identified, was seen lying in the middle of the road. Emergency services were called but he died ...
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Posted : 16/11/2005 13:44:17

Kernahan to move from Witney town centre?

It has been reported that former MG Rover car dealership Kernahan of Witney could move their showroom out of the centre of Witney.

The company has applied for planning permission to turn their ...
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Posted : 16/11/2005 13:31:44

Witney United lose to Slimbridge

Witney United lost at the Marriots Stadium on Saturday by a single second-half goal against Slimbridge in the Hellenic Premier league.
Matt Green scored for the visitors...
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Posted : 14/11/2005 16:06:24

Cameron campaign boost

Witney MP David Cameron has received a boost to his campaign to become the new Conservative Party leader on the news that William Hague and Liam Fox have announced their support for Cameron.
Camer...
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Posted : 14/11/2005 10:07:01

Witney Lakes sauna closed for maintenance

The Witney Lakes resort has just announced that their sauna facilities will be out of action from Monday 14th November for up to a week to allow for retiling and maintenance.
The steam room at the ...
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Posted : 12/11/2005 15:42:35

Witney pubs sign up to voluntary cheap drinks ban

Pub and clubs in Witney have signed up to a voluntary agreement and will ban drinks promotions at weekends in an attempt to reduce drink-related violence and criminal damage. The likes of the Eagle Va...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2005 13:18:12

New Witney town centre pedestrian crossing

A new pedestrian crossing is being constructed at Langdale Gate in Witney. It will help people wishing to cross the Langdale Gate road between Robert Dyas and the Church Green road by Keates of Witney...[full story]
Posted : 09/11/2005 12:35:37

Is Davis pulling ahead of David Cameron?

A survey today has put David Davis ahead of Witney MP David Cameron in the race to become the next Conservative Party leader.
Could it be that the longer the campaign goes on, the more popular Davi...
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Posted : 09/11/2005 10:06:35

Witney company in administration

UK specialist profile extruder Aurelia Plastics has gone into administration with the loss of over 40 jobs according to Plastics and Rubber Weekly.
The Oxfordshire firm was established over 40 year...
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Posted : 08/11/2005 16:49:46

Brize Norton Children in Need tickets fly out

2,500 tickets for the Children in Need concert at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire all went within one hour. The tickets were free, but over £3000 was collected in donations.
The tickets were availa...
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Posted : 07/11/2005 19:00:25

Award for Eagle Vaults in Witney

The Eagle Vaults pub in Witney has won the Best Pub award in the Best of Oxfordshire awards run by Fox FM. Congratulations to the Eagle Vaults...[full story]
Posted : 07/11/2005 13:01:23

Witney MP in face to face TV debate

Tory leadership hopefuls Witney MP David Cameron and Davis Davis MP will appear on Question Time on BBC1 tonight (Thursday 3rd November). The progra...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2005 13:23:20

Witney parking problem caused by building projects

The Witney and West Oxfordshire Gazette leads today (2/11/2005) on a story about parking problems in Witney. The story says that the number of parking spaces has been reduced by the West End Link Road...[full story]
Posted : 02/11/2005 13:14:22

Witney MP David Cameron gaining popularity

Conservative MP David Cameron has now won the support of more than half the Parliamentary party in his bid to become the next Conservative party leader according to reports. A further 10 MPs have stat...[full story]
Posted : 01/11/2005 09:10:05

Tory leadership hopeful to visit Tetbury, Glos

It is reported that Witney MP and Conservative Party leadership hopeful David Cameron will visit [full story]
Posted : 27/10/2005 17:20:05

Model Show in Witney

A model show will take place at Langdale Hall in Witney from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29th October.
The show has been organised by the Witney Model and Collectors Club. Entry is £1 for adults and ...
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Posted : 26/10/2005 14:28:31

Witney Lakes pool closed for charity event

Due to the Charity Aqua Aerobics for Breast Cancer taking place on Saturday 5th November, the Witney Lakes pool will be closed between the hours 10am and 12 Noon....[full story]
Posted : 24/10/2005 14:25:08

David Cameron wins second round of Tory voting

David Cameron and David Davis will enter into 6 weeks of campaigning now that they have fought off the challenge of Liam Fox in the latest round of voting to decide the new Conservative leader today.<...[full story]
Posted : 20/10/2005 17:30:57

Conservative leadership voting well underway

The second round of voting in the Conservative leadership contest is well underway and a result is expected by 17:30 this evening.
Witney MP David Cameron is tip...
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Posted : 20/10/2005 16:13:42

Second round of voting for Tory leadership today

David Cameron, the MP for Witney, will be hoping that he can benefit from the votes up for grabs as a result of Ken Clarke being eliminated from the...[full story]
Posted : 20/10/2005 00:01:50

Witney police renew appeal

Police have renewed their appeal for information after a woman was found walking along a roadside miles from the nightclub that she left in Witney that night.
The woman, who is from Cambridge, was ...
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Posted : 19/10/2005 12:30:42

Witney United boss quits

Witney United boss Alan Clark resigned following the 2-0 defeat at home to Bishops Cleeve.
Spencer Keyes has accepted the position of first team manager. Keyes will have former Oxford City assistan...
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Posted : 19/10/2005 12:24:53

Cameron may benefit from Clarke defeat

Witney MP David Cameron may benefit from the elimination of Conservative leadership hopeful Ken Clarke. It is believed that Cameron could pick up many of the votes previously won by Clarke. The next r...[full story]
Posted : 19/10/2005 09:12:16

Clarke out of Tory leadership race

Ken Clarke, former Chancellor, has been knocked out of the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. Clarke came fourth in the poll of Tory MPs gaining 38 of the 198 available votes.[full story]
Posted : 18/10/2005 23:45:14

And then there were three

The four Tory leadership candidates will be whittled down to three today as MPs take part in the first round of voting later today. Witney MP, David Cameron, remains the bookmakers favourite, but Shad...[full story]
Posted : 18/10/2005 01:45:37

Tory leadership hopefuls make sales pitch

The four remaining Conservative leadership contenders will each make a five minute sales pitch to fellow Tory MPs today before each facing a fifteen minute question and answer session.
MPs will vot...
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Posted : 17/10/2005 10:40:52

Cameron in Witney to open school

Tory leadership hopeful David Cameron is back in Witney today to open a school. Cameron has been confirmed as current favourite to become the next Conservative leader by leading bookmakers. The first ...[full story]
Posted : 14/10/2005 08:11:35

Photographic exhibition in Witney

A photographic exhibition that celebrates 50 years of the Witney Camera Club is on display at the Witney and District Museum from 13th October until 30th October. The museum can be found in High Stree...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2005 17:16:43

Weightlifters in Witney

Witney will play host to weightlifters from all around the world this weekend. The World Single Lift Championships will take place at the Windrush Leisure Centre from Friday to Sunday. Entrance is fre...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2005 12:21:27

Leadership race down to four candidates

The Tory leadership race is now being fought by four candidates, including Witney MP David Cameron, as Sir Malcom Rifkind drops out of the running. Rifkind is now supporting one time favourite Ken Cla...[full story]
Posted : 12/10/2005 12:15:08

Wedding Fair in Witney

There is a wedding fair at The Marlborough Hotel in Witney on 16th October between 10am and 4pm...[full story]
Posted : 11/10/2005 10:31:23

Mystery of woman found wandering on country road

A woman found wandering late at night along the B4425 near Aldsworth on the Oxfordshire/ Gloucestershire border has no idea how she got there.
She was picked up by a motorist and taken to Witney ...
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Posted : 11/10/2005 01:03:25

Tories call for David Cameron

Tory grassroots members are sending a firm message about the Tory party leadership reports The Sunday Times. The newspaper says that a Sunday Times/YouGov poll of Tory party members shows a surge in s...[full story]
Posted : 09/10/2005 11:28:30

Autumn comes to Witney

Autumn seems to be well and truly upon us. Witney was very dark and misty today and outlying areas such as the road to Crawley from the old Burford Road experienced foggy patches...[full story]
Posted : 06/10/2005 20:29:29

Table-top sale

Tower Hill CP School is holding a table-top sale to raise funds on Sunday 8th October. Tables cost £5...[full story]
Posted : 05/10/2005 10:55:12

More waste for Witney?

Thames Water have been told by Oxfordshire County Council that a significant number of people could be affected by the smell if the Ducklington sewage treatment plant is upgraded to deal with increase...[full story]
Posted : 05/10/2005 10:31:22

Cameron opens his leadership campaign

Witney MP David Cameron has addressed the Tory Party Conference today saying that the party owes a huge debt to previous leaders...[full story]
Posted : 04/10/2005 14:45:04

Witney Lakes News

The Witney Lakes Resort swimming pool will be closed on Saturday 8th October between the hours of 12 noon and 5pm for their yearly triathlon....[full story]
Posted : 04/10/2005 11:56:47

Victory for Witney United

Witney United progressed to the 1st Round of the FA Vase with a 6-0 victory over Budleigh Salterton at the weekend....[full story]
Posted : 03/10/2005 11:19:28

Special offer at Hargreaves

Buy one get one 1/2 price on all items at Hargreaves sports shop in the Woolmarket in Witney until Sunday 2nd October...[full story]
Posted : 01/10/2005 13:28:38

West Oxfordshire Weekend Details

It is the West Oxfordshire Weekend this weekend (24/25 Sept), when many local attractions such as Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Blenheim Palace have cut price entry. Contact the...[full story]
Posted : 23/09/2005 12:18:03

Scout group hold car boot sale

Cogges Scout Group in Witney is holding a car boot sale on Sunday 24th September at Cassington Mill to raise funds for new equipment....[full story]
Posted : 22/09/2005 15:30:06

Deaf woman defends cycle lane and footpath

A deaf woman has defended the controversial £120,000 redevelopment of a Witney cycle lane and footpath, saying it makes life easier for the hard of hearing...[full story]
Posted : 22/09/2005 15:19:59

A family were rescued from their home in Wadards Meadow in Witney when their home was set alight by arsonists...[full story]
Posted : 22/09/2005 14:56:15

The Marriots Close development in Witney will be built in a "traditional style" by a developer who has been selected by West Oxfordshire District Council....[full story]
Posted : 01/08/2005 14:34:02

Asda have leafleted homes and businesses in Witney giving further information of its £40m plans for the Downs Road site....[full story]
Posted : 01/08/2005 13:55:54

 

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