VRG Activity: Summer 2017

The “reinvented” Big Green Balloon Day took place on Saturday 13th May, with many activities enhanced by a partial road closure allowing us to be out enjoying the street. It was well received and we’re thinking hard about whether and when to repeat it, and how it could be even further improved.

Notes of all VRG meetings are available, as always, on this page of the blog. Please don’t forget that all residents are very welcome to attend the meetings and help plan interesting future events.

The next meeting will be on 4th September, 8pm at No.52.

If you are not yet on our email circulation list and would like to get updates about VRG activities and events, please contact Sam Clarke (No.56) or Jonathan Bromley (No.59) and we can add you to the list.

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Deck and fence referral, please

Janet Rodgers (number 67) is looking for referrals of deck builders and fence repairers for her garden. If you have a good suggestion, please contact her at janet.rodgers@gmail.com.

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Quiz Night 16th April 2016

Leaflets are going out to everyone in the Seven Roads publicising the VRG Quiz Night on 16th April. Previous quiz nights have been very enjoyable, and the evening also provides VRG with an opportunity to raise the modest amount of money needed to support its activities, including our annual liability insurance.

Please encourage friends and neighbours to join in, and it’s even better if you can get a team of six together!

 

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VRG has a new notice board!

To complement the existing notice board outside No.36, we have added another at No.74. It’s perfectly located for residents of the eastern half of the road who probably walk down Kings Cross Road and therefore miss the existing board. The same guidance applies as for the first notice board: feel free to post anything of direct interest to Victoria Roaders, including flyers for events you’re involved with – but also please put your name and house number (or phone number) on the back; we may take down anything that’s not so labelled.

Our sincere thanks go to Peter Street for giving his time and expertise to make and install it. Thanks, too, to our residents who have generously provided space in their front gardens for these boards.

supervision

VRG management supervises the installation

Done!

A job well done!

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Media Madness 2016 – 31st Jan

Once again we’re holding a Media Madness event where residents can exchange books, CDs, DVDs and any other media that you have enjoyed and you would like others to enjoy too.

You should receive a flyer through your letterbox in the next day or two. Alternatively you can see it at this link.

We very much look forward to welcoming you from 2.30 to 4.30pm on Sunday 31st January, at 59 Victoria Road. No money changes hands. There will be refreshments (feel free to bring a small cake or a few biscuits to share), and any material left over at the end will be given to Oxfam. Animated discussion over the merits of the material on offer is strongly encouraged!

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Contributing to the VRG Blog

The VRG blog is a great way to share…

…news, Victoria Road-related announcements, and matters of local interest. The blog can be read by absolutely anyone. However, if you want to contribute or comment on existing posts, you will need to log in.

If you already have another WordPress account of your own,

please let the Chair know and we can give you “author” capability on the VRG blog, using your existing WordPress login.

If you don’t have a WordPress account,

an easy way to contribute is to log in using the vrgblog account (password available from the Chair on request).

How can I log in?

It’s not very easy to find a “login” link from the VRG blog home-page (we’re working on that!). Here’s a link that you can use, and bookmark if you wish: Log in to the VRG Blog

Why is the blog preferable to email for sharing information?

Email is readily available and convenient, but it has some important disadvantages.

Unnecessary sharing of email addresses

If you send an email to a large number of recipients, and you put their addresses in the To: or Cc: parts of an email, then all recipients can see the whole list. Many people may see this as a violation of their privacy. Putting addresses in the Bcc: section (“blind carbon copy”) avoids this problem, but it’s very easy indeed to forget to do it when sending an email.

Congestion of your inbox

An email lands in your inbox whether you wanted it or not, consuming storage space in your email account or on your computer (quite possibly both). By contrast, taking an occasional look at the blog doesn’t cause so much clutter. If you have a WordPress account, you can even arrange to get daily or weekly email notifications of any updates to the blog, giving you the convenience of email without the clutter and storage overhead.

Archiving

Unlike email, the blog offers guaranteed archiving of all content, with searching and categorization of the material.

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Christmas Concert in Summertown

I will be holding a Christmas Concert in aid of Parkinson’s UK on December 6th, 7.45pm at St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road.
A good line up….Tom Poster and Andy Hamilton and more.

Tickets will be sold on the door but you may request tickets ahead of the concert. Put your order with money through my door, 59 Vic Road, and I shall deliver tickets to you. Please make sure you include your address. Cheques payable to Parkinson’s UK Oxford Branch.

I hope you can come
Sally Bromley
01865 311302

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