Archive for July, 2010

Meeting over Victoria Road Blog and Web Site

A small group met this evening to discuss the value of the Victoria Road Web site and blog. The suggestion was made that we leaflet homes on the road about the blog, with instructions on how to reach and comment on the blog. Ironic? Maybe, but it could provide a simple, easy to use guide on how to keep up to date on developments, from neighbourhood watch to garden parties. With respect to the Website, we recommend that we keep a simple, skeletal Web site on Communigate, with limited information, and a link to the blog site.

Paul Contemplating our Blog

The suggestions from the meeting:

– That all future communications, whether by email or hard copy, refer to the blog with its address or the quick ‘Google’ way in to it.
– That the website at Communigate be left in place, but that the content be reduced to simply the calendar function and a short note about VRG and a link to the blog (it costs nothing to keep it available).
– That we produce a simple leaflet with a schematic ‘idiots’ guide’ to how to use the blog and how to register for email alerts about topics of interest.  The leaflet would go to all households – whether VRG aware or not.  Where we have email addresses this could be sent as an email?

Jonathan agreed to have a go at writing this leaflet.

We had serious doubts that anyone would use a new website as the access to the old one was about 90 hits a year for ten years – mainly those were me going in to amend stuff and people retrieving minutes that can easily be sent by email.  On the other hand, if someone moves in to the road and looks for a website they’ll at least find the residual one and the link to the blog.

I would suggest that as the chair of VRG you should have ‘moderator rights’ as well as Bill and I.

Ideally we would have a system that alerted everyone registered on the blog to new posts but there doesn’t appear to be an automatic function to support this (except where they add a comment and register for updates to that thread).  We could send an email once a month with a round-up but that would be labour intensive and a bit self-defeating?

What are your views?

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Thames Valley Police

[Reference: B_10/07/10]

Please find the following offence update;
News Message 1.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempting to take a vehicle without the owner’s consent on Saturday (17/7).
The men, aged 20 and 18, were arrested after officers were called to reports of a car being broken into in Barns Road, Cowley, shortly before 1am.
Officers arrested the men nearby after they matched the description of the men seen allegedly trying to steal the car.
Both men have now been bailed to return to St Aldates police station on 31st August.

News Message 2.
A 28-year-old man has been charged with one count of burglary dwelling and one count of burglary non-dwelling.
Andrew Lennon, aged 28, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Saturday (17/7) in connection with the two incidents that both occurred last Tuesday (13/7).
Lennon is alleged to have carried out a burglary to a student’s room in Lincoln College in Turl Street, and stolen a laptop.
He is also alleged to have stolen a bicycle from an underground car park at the Zoology Department of the University of Oxford in South Parks Road.
Lennon was remanded to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today 19th July.

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Gill and Company Closing Down

Oxford ironmonger [hardware store] closing after 480 years.

As Ted Nelson wrote: “Very sad.  480 YEARS!  They’d been in business 230 years at the time of the American revolution!  They’d been in
business 70 years at the time of Shakespeare!”
Oxford ironmonger’s to close after 480 years
GILL & Co, the High Street shop that claims to be England’s oldest ironmonger, is shutting down after 480 years’ trading in Oxford.

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