Archive for April, 2012

The Exuberant Trust – Join Their Events, Concerts, …

The Exuberant Trust, Oxfordshire’s’s very own charity supporting local young people to realise their creative potential in the arts, is embarking on a summer season of fundraising concerts – see attached for full details of events at The Limes in Standlake, and the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at St Hilda’s College.  Last year’s Ballet in Small Spaces programme and tour were supported by the Trust through grants to talented musicians and designer Ellen Stewart, and some of the excellent musicians reconvene this year as the Exuberant Quartet for two concerts.  In these difficult times your support for young people in the arts is especially welcome – and what nicer way to spend a late Sunday afternoon?  So please join one of these events.

For further information about the Trust and what it does see:

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Jumping for Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Sally actually skydived for Parkinson’s Awareness Week April 16-22 2012. See her photos at:

Awareness Week

Do join me for this final push to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, and help our Oxford Branch do well.


Sky Diving

There is still time to donate to Sally’s web-page at

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Cream Tea Event to Benefit Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week
April 16-22 2012
Cream Tea Event

Awareness Week

To close the week, you are invited for Cream Teas  in Summertown, on Saturday April 21st 2.30-4.30. There will be a Silent Auction, Raffle and Bring-and Buy stall. Donations would be gratefully received for this to really ‘take off’. Donations could include plants, unwanted gifts, wine, books in good condition and anything else you think will increase much-needed funds. Call 01865 311302 if you’d like to discuss anything or would be able to help on the day, and help us track numbers attending.

Do join me for this final push to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, and help our Oxford Branch do well.

On the day, please pay with cash or cheque –cash machines are available at the Summertown shops

Location: 59 Victoria Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7QF


Sky Diving

Sally shall be starting this week off to a “Flying Start” with a Skydive on Saturday April 14th
There is still time to donate to Sally’s web-page at

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Dancing the Invisible – Saturday 14 April in Summertown

Dancing the Invisible – Late Work
6.30-8.30pm Saturday 14th April 2012
United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road,
Oxford OX2 7HN

Does the dancing stop when the body ages?

How does the older dancer draw on sensory memory and the imagination to make dances?

Old People Dancing

What does mature ballet look like?

What IS a mature dance?’

Research lead by Jennifer Jackson explores these questions with a team of mature dancers (ages 45-65) whose career experience includes teaching and choreographing as well as dancing as independent artists and with prestigious companies. The project culminates in a live dance and music event interweaving set and improvised dances with discussion at the University of Surrey’s Ivy Arts Centre in May.

Here at URC Jennifer is joined by Oxford artists Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces and musician composer Malcolm Atkins of Oxford Improvisers in extracts of the work in progress.  Please join us for this informal showing – old or young, your thoughts and feedback will be very welcome!

Entry charge of £5

Refreshments available for a donation

Doors open from 6.00pm

For more information about this project please join us online:

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Oxford Shakespeare Festival

Oxford University’s Dramatic Society is organizing a Shakespeare Festival that will be performed in the gardens and theatres of Oxford. Their Web site reads: ‘It is being organised by Oxford University Dramatic Society and will encompass Shakespeare plays, poetry and retellings being performed across the city in College Gardens and theaters as well as more unusual venues, and leading academic speakers, musical events and film screenings. It is set to be an exciting project and will see involvement from both the student and professional dramatic sector, as well as, of course, the general public.’ They are clearly looking for sponsorship, but also the involvement of local talent, youth, and others with an interest. This could be a great project for the University but also a nice way for members of Victoria Road to get involved with the University’s outreach. Take a look at their site if you’d like to volunteer or enjoy the festival in the audience at:

Shakespeare Festival 2012

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