Uffington White Horse re-chalked by volunteers

Uffington White Horse The White Horse at Uffington is the oldest dated chalk figure in the country

Related Stories

More than 100 people are taking part in the re-chalking of the Uffington White Horse.

The 3,000-year-old Oxfordshire landmark is fully-booked for visitors to take turns restoring it in 30-minute slots.

Advice and equipment is being provided by National Trust staff at the site.

Ranger Andy Foley said: "This is a great opportunity for people to provide real hands-on help in looking after our local heritage."

The Bronze-Age figure is re-chalked once a year to keep it white.

The tradition became so popular that it was temporarily banned in 1857 when it attracted over 30,000 visitors and travellers, many who were reluctant to leave afterwards.

Mr Foley said: "It's quite a spectacle even for those who aren't actually pounding the chalk."

The White Horse at Uffington is the oldest dated chalk figure in the country and forms part of a landscape of ancient sites.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Oxford

Weather

Oxford

24 °C 16 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Filming on track 13:36:

    BBC Oxford TV reporter Adina Campbell tweets: It's all happening in #Didcot today. This is the set of the new Agatha Christie drama being filmed at the station.

    Filming at Didcot Railway Centre
     
  2.  
    Lunchtime television 13:23: BBC South Today

    Coming up on South Today this lunchtime:

    • A man is arrested after a World War Two explosive is detonated in Bicester
    • And a new task force is created in Hampshire to crack down on the problem of slavery and human trafficking

    More on BBC One at 13:30.

     
  3.  
    To beard, or not to beard? 13:07: via Facebook

    Earlier Malcolm Boyden asked if you had binned your razors, following reports of a rise in beards amongst the populace.

    Peter Warren says: If they brought down the price of razor blades I'm sure there would be more clean shaven men about (also women)

    Darren Grant says: Perhaps people are using electric razors instead of faffing about with the latest 10 blade vibrating wonder stick at £20 a go

     
  4.  
    News on the hour 12:58: BBC Radio Oxford

    Explosives and ammunition from World War Two have been detonated in a series of controlled explosions in Bicester this morning.

    BBC Radio Oxford's Martin Eastaugh is there for us this lunchtime.

    We'll have more at 13:00.

     
  5.  
    Bomb squad on scene 12:43: Martin Eastaugh Big Tour producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    The house in Buckingham Crescent where a World War Two bomb was discovered this morning is surrounded by five or six police vehicles.

    Buckingham crescent with police in attendance

    Ominously at the far end there is an army ordinance explosive van from the Royal Logistics Corp. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

     
  6.  
    Coming up 12:27: BBC Radio Oxford

    Kat Orman will be broadcasting live from the Thame Show from 13:00.

    Tune in for quad bike stunts, sheep races, live music, food, and falconry.

    Tractor at Thame Show

    Plus lots of tractors.

     
  7.  
    Bicester bomb update 12:11: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested after a World War Two explosive was found and had to be detonated by police in Oxfordshire.

    Officers have closed Buckingham Crescent in Bicester and a small area of the street has been evacuated.

    Thames Valley Police confirmed one person had been arrested but no further details have been released.

    Police said they were investigating whether there was a link with the war munitions found during a raid in Hertfordshire on Wednesday.

     
  8.  
    News on the hour 11:57: Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A World War Two device has been blown up in a controlled explosion in Bicester this morning, and police have arrested a man.

    We'll have more at 12:00.

     
  9.  
    Agatha Christie filming 11:45:

    South Today reporter Stuart Tinworth tweets: Film crews spotted in Didcot this morning are believed to be filming an Agatha Christie movie - not a One Direction pop video.

    Actors there apparently in 1920's costume. Didcot station staff tell us "its a production featuring David Walliams"

     
  10.  
    A40 delays 11:35:

    The road surface is in a poor condition with queuing traffic on the A40 in both directions between Witney East and Eynsham roundabout, because of stop-go boards and emergency repairs.

     
  11.  
    WW2 bomb detonated 11:23: BREAKING NEWS

    Thames Valley Police confirmed it has arrested a man in Bicester this morning and detonated a World War Two explosive.

    Buckingham Crescent has been closed and part of the street has been evacuated as a precaution.

     
  12.  
    Rotten teeth 11:16: Oxford Times

    Oxfordshire County councillors are meeting to discuss children's oral health, with almost one in three Oxfordshire five-year-olds suffering from tooth decay.

     
  13.  
    Beard and wonderful 11:04: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Beards are back, apparently. And it's not good news for the shaving industry.

    Sales of razors and shaving foam have been trimmed by just under £5m in the last year, in a sector that's seen big growth in the last few years.

    Here's our TV reporter Brennan Nicholls proudly showing off his face fuzz.

    Brennan Nicholls

    A recent study even found that men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection. So, have you binned the blade? Let us know.

     
  14.  
    News on the hour 10:54: Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford is one of just four cities across the country that will benefit from a scheme steering young people away from crime.

    The charity Access Sport wants to get 1,800 young people in Oxford into sport and it's appointed a club development manager here. More with me at 11:00.

     
  15.  
    Bishop's pilgrimage 10:43: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    The retiring Bishop of Oxford is to lead a pilgrimage through Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    The Right Reverend John Pritchard will walk the 104 mile (167km) long Thames Pilgrim Way over 10 days, starting at Radcot and finishing in Wraysbury.

    The Bishop of Oxford

    He said it was a chance to "reflect, to think, to walk with others".

    "Loads of people go on retreat and it is not just people of faith, you often find people they just want time out to think," he said.

     
  16.  
    On air 10:32: Liz Green Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the Malcolm Boyden show today we'll welcome Professor Christopher Brown, the man who's stepping down as the boss of the Ashmolean Museum.

    In an average day, he can travel from Ancient Egypt to Greece and beyond in under an hour. What a job! So why is he giving it up?

    And we'll also be solving one of the world's greatest nautical mysteries - the 160-year-old case of the missing boat and the cannibal sailors.

     
  17.  
    Latest on the roads 10:19: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The congestion has been an absolute nightmare for the last two hours.

    The little bit of good news I have for you is that the A44's cleared now from Yarnton, and the queues have eased well.

    And after reports of two lanes being closed on the A4130 at the Milton Interchange for gas main works - without any works happening - the works have been pulled and all closures lifted.

     
  18.  
    Looking ahead 10:05: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    It's time for an early meeting looking at some of the news prospects at BBC Oxford today.

    Ali Dawes, Stuart Tinworth and Will Wilkin

    Pictured are Ali Dawes (radio news editor), Stuart Tinworth (South Today producer) and Will Wilkin (Mid-am producer).

     
  19.  
    News on the hour 09:54: Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Bishop of Oxford is to lead a pilgrimage through Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire today.

    Hundreds of people are expected to walk the 104 mile (167km) long Thames Pilgrim Way through the heart of the Diocese of Oxford.

    More with me at 10:00.

     
  20.  
    Top headlines
     
  21.  
    Austen manuscript displayed 09:28: Sue Paz BBC News, South

    Pages of an unfinished Jane Austen novel, bought for £1m, will go on display at her Hampshire home later.

    The Watsons manuscript

    One of 11 booklets from The Watsons manuscript is going on show as part of an exhibition at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton.

    The rare manuscript was bought in 2011 by Oxford's Bodleian Libraries.

    Apart from two chapters of Persuasion, none of the six published Austen novels survives in manuscript form.

     
  22.  
    Taser incident update 09:15: Banbury Cake

    A knife-wielding man who police fired a Taser at when he scaled a signal gantry at Banbury Station on Monday was still in a stable condition in hospital yesterday.

     
  23.  
    On air 09:05: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Thame Show opens today, and it's back to its original September date. We'll find out what's in store on today's show.

    And a new charity which helps disadvantaged children get into sport is starting work in Oxford.

     
  24.  
    News on the hour 08:58: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Thousands of people are expected to visit the Thame Show today.

    The event, which celebrates agricultural and rural life in Oxfordshire, has moved back to its traditional September date rather than July.

    More headlines with me at 09:00.

     
  25.  
    School's centenary 08:42: Oxford Mail

    A 92-year-old ex-pupil joins in the celebrations at Headington School marking its 100th year.

     
  26.  
    'Culture and identity' 08:31: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's boss Michael Appleton said Tuesday night's win over Accrington gave supporters a glimpse of the team he's trying to assemble, and the club that the new owners are trying to build.

    Michael Appleton

    Ahead of Saturday's game at home to Stevenage, Appleton said no-one was getting carried away, but at least fans were seeing his players deliver.

    He added: "We're trying to create a culture and identity at this football club, so when people come to watch Oxford United they know what we're about."

     
  27.  
    Delays on A34 08:18: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Oxford Ring Road Southern Bypass contraflow congestion at Hinskey is continuing to cause delays on the A34. Southbound's queued from Peartree to Hinskey.

    The block up at Botley is causing A420 congestion from Cumnor into Oxford city.

    And the congestion at Peartree itself is causing queues from Wolvercote to Yarnton.

     
  28.  
    Warm, perhaps humid 08:08: Dan Downs BBC Spotlight weather presenter

    There's some mist and low cloud at first but that will quickly thin and break, and then it's another dry and bright day with some good spells of sunshine.

    This afternoon there is the risk of some heavy, thundery showers developing.

    There are mainly light easterly winds so those showers could be slow moving when they do occur, but most of us should get by with a dry day and it will feel warm, perhaps humid, with temperatures reaching highs of 24C (75F).

     
  29.  
    Good morning 08:00: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Thursday morning.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    To get in touch, send us an email or leave a message on Twitter or Facebook.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.