Five things in Oxfordshire

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Here are five stories from Oxfordshire which people have been clicking on this week.

1. Beer and yoga: 'What's not to like?'

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The beer yoga classes last one hour

Beer yoga, a fitness craze which began in Germany, has arrived in the UK.

The hour-long classes, combining ale with "downward-facing dog" and "sun salutations" moves, have sold out so far in Oxford.

Summing up the general reaction to this video, one of our Facebook users wrote: "This is my ideal exercise class!". And we can see why.

2. Church bells to sound after 100 years

A bell for an Oxfordshire church was one of the last to be cast at a workshop which has closed after 450 years.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry made Big Ben, and has cast a bell for St Mary's in Longworth.

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The Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast a bell for St Mary's

3. Xanda, son of Cecil the lion, 'killed by hunter' in Zimbabwe

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Xanda was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt

Two years after Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy-hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, his son may have met a similar sad end.

Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt.

His tracking collar was returned to Oxford University researchers.

4. Downton Abbey's 'cottage hospital' roof restored

Image source, Save Bampton's Old Grammar School
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Hugh Bonneville played Robert Crawley in the show and urged Downton Abbey fans to help save the building

The roof of a 17th century building used as the cottage hospital in Downton Abbey has been restored after a "miraculous" fundraising effort.

The Old Grammar School in Bampton, Oxfordshire, is a tourist magnet thanks to the hit TV series, but was in urgent need of repair.

Campaigners and several actors from the show, including Hugh Bonneville, raised £125,000 to complete the works.

5. Swan upping: What do the Queen's markers wear?

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Swan upper

The annual census of swans - or swan upping - on the River Thames finished this week.

The count, which began in the 12th century, is full of tradition - including what the Queen's swan markers wear.