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Why many small businesses are moving online to attract new customers

It’s been estimated that up to 99% of consumers, at least once in a year, will now find a local business they need using the internet. Around 80% go online more than once a week to try and find a local business. Customers looking for things like a local hairdresser, florist, restaurant or garage will

Parents causing road havoc at school pick-up in Didcot

PARENTS picking their children up from school are parking 'dangerously' and causing difficulties for emergency vehicles to get through, says a resident. People picking their children up from All Saints Church of England Primary School in Didcot are allegedly parking “boot to bonnet” along Tamar Way as well as on resident’s driveways. A resident, who has

Barristers across England – including in Oxford – strike over Legal Aid fees

Oxford Crown Court dealt with a fraction of its usual workload today, as judges worked around an England-wide barrister strike. Members of the Criminal Bar Association staged a nationwide walkout as they demanded the government increase fees and rates for criminal Legal Aid work by 25 per cent. Ministers say they are ‘disappointed’ by the

Downton Abbey ‘cottage hospital’ restored after a decade of fundraising

A dilapidated historic building which featured in Downton Abbey has been restored after 10 years of fundraising. Viewers of the ITV hit and films will know the Old Grammar School in Chuch View in Bampton as the surgery and Cottage Hospital run by Dr Richard Clarkson, played by actor David Robb. With the top floor condemned

Headteacher who lost job over safeguarding failures allowed to remain in profession

A headteacher who was dismissed from her job at a primary school for failures in her safeguarding duties has not been banned from teaching as the breaches were not considered sufficiently serious. Clare Bladen was headteacher at Gateway Primary School in Carterton between  September 2019 and October 2020 when she was dismissed after an investigation.

Oxford Covid cases increased in the past week

COVID cases in Oxford have gone up in the last week. The total went up to 333 from 274, an increase of 21.5 per cent, putting the infection rate at 219.7 per 100,000 of the population. The highest number of cases was reported in Oxford Central, where 55 people tested positive compared to 32 last week.

A robot is painting famous faces at Glastonbury festival

A robot painter creating likenesses of the biggest names performing at Glastonbury has said the atmosphere at the festival is “electric”. Ai-Da is heralded as the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist and is the creation of a team, lead by Oxford's Aiden Meller, who have set up a display at the music festival’s famous Shangri-La

Oxford’s Ultimate Picture Palace is saved in £300k effort

FILM fans have saved Oxford’s last independent cinema from closure after rallying round to raise almost £313,000 in under three months. The 111 year-old Ultimate Picture Palace, in East Oxford, was left facing an uncertain future following the death of former owner Becky Hallsmith. Despite her wishes that the picture house should be owned by

Oxfordshire developer to build 420-pupil primary school

A development company is set to build a large primary school on its site prior to the occupation of its 550th home. Graven Hill Village Development Company – which is delivering the Graven Hill project in Bicester – have appointed Kier Construction to deliver a two-form entry primary school on the site. Kier will commence

Tributes paid to Cowley Road Carnival director who has lost her fight against cancer

Tributes have been paid after one of the directors of Cowley Road Carnival has died. Johannah Aynsley, who was in her early 40s, lost her battle with cancer last week. Colleagues called her "truly inspiring with tremendous vision, drive, enthusiasm, and energy" in a moving tribute. Cowley Road Carnival organisers posted on Facebook: "It is with

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Rihanna, ASAP Rocky Take Pre-Sunrise Walk in NYC 12 Weeks After Son’s Birth

Late night or early morning? Rihanna and ASAP Rocky were spotted in a New York City park around 4 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 7. The new parents, who welcomed their first son in May, wore casual outfits for their pre-sunrise stroll. The “Diamonds” singer, 34, paired her baggy jeans with green and white sneakers

Penn Badgley Will Direct ‘You’ Season 4 Episode

Deadly romance in Paris? After attempting a life in the suburbs, it didn’t take long for Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) to realize that being a father and a husband to Love (Victoria Pedretti) just wasn’t enough. Season 3 of You documented Joe and Love’s spiral as they attempted to make happily ever after work for

Family Swim! Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Hit the Pool With Baby Malti

He’s a sucker for her! Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s love story is one of a kind. The twosome first got acquainted in September 2016 after the Jonas Brothers member slid into Chopra’s Twitter DMs. They continued to text from there and later connected in person at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, where Jonas

NBA Star Tobias Harris Marries Girlfriend Jasmine Winton

They do! Whether they went with a secret, private wedding ceremony or an all-out extravaganza, these celebrity couples all have one thing in common — they’re married. Bachelor in Paradise star Derek Peth kicked off the new year by tying the knot on January 14. He and British model Saffron Vadher got engaged in November