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Fixing Fuel Poverty in Oxford

Last year there were 44 excess winter deaths in Oxford resulting from Fuel Poverty. With a legal responsibility placed on Government to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, it is getting worse.

Brenda Boardman trustee of LCON and author of Fixing Fuel Poverty will address the AGM of Low Carbon Oxford North on May 22nd at 7.30pm at Beechcroft Road Baptist Church hall. All are welcome.

Doors open at 7; AGM starts 7.30; speaker at 8ish; refreshments 9.

Fuel Poverty



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Missed a Spot: Sprucing Up the Road for Queen’s Jubilee

Victoria Road residents pitched in to repaint one of the road sings before the Queen’s Jubilee and the neighborhood’s Seven Roads Party. Many thanks to Jonathan for the paint job, and to Sally for supervising. We are sure that this is only one of many indirect benefits of the celebrations.

Jonathan at Work

Missed a Spot

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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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A Fashon Show and More for Charity: 19 January 2012: Oxford Town Hall

You are invited to get involved in the biggest fashion event of next year.

Fashion Show for Charity

Oxford City Council are organising an event at the Town hall in conjunction with Oxfordshire Waste partnership called Refashion.


ReFashion is on 19th January 2012 is an exciting fashion event to promote innovative textile recycling.   Visitors will be invited to bring along any unwanted clothes where they can then swap, refashion, upcycle, sell or donate them – anything that avoids sending textiles to landfill.  As well as wealth of exciting clothes, accessories and crafts stalls and a ‘swishing’ area, there will be catwalk shows throughout the day to showcase recycled fashions created by local schools and colleges.  The event will run from 1pm-7pm at the Main Hall in Oxford Town Hall – entrance will be free for this not-for-profit event


Please see the attached posters we have to advertise the event, I can send out hand copies if you let me know how many you need.


Do you have any skills to offer on the day? Do you know any groups who would like to be involved in the fashion show? Could you spare a few hours to help, or could you just spread the word!?


We would like as many champions to be involved as possible, so please contact me if you require any more info.



Maria Warner

Customer Liasion Officer, Recycling Team, Direct Services, 01865 252953



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OxClean on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March: Save the Dates

OxClean is an Oxford Civic Society initiative in partnership with Oxford City Council and The Oxford Times and is dedicated to keeping Oxford clean and tidy all year round – ensuring that our beautiful city  is a welcoming and pleasant place for people to live, work and visit. Each year, Victoria Road has been able to field a strong group of litter pickers to help clean up. Plan to help this year.

OxClean Victoria Road Group 2011

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New Year Suggestion: Walk a Dog for Charity

I’ve been visiting the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, and walking some of the dogs, like Red, a bull mastiff. I have been greatly impressed with the staff and the service the sanctuary provides. They treat all the animals so well and you can tell by how willing and pleased the dogs are in coming home to their kennel. But they need help, from funding and sponsorship, but also help as easy as walking a dog on occasion. It is located in a beautiful area. So if you can’t round up neighbours for a walk, and want some pleasant company, while providing a really valued service to an appreciative animal, consider taking one for a walk. They are especially low on walkers during the holiday, so think about it.

The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary is at The Village Green, Watlington Road, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire OX44 7UB – a short 20 minute drive from Victoria Road. See their Web site at:  You can also support this charity by simply shopping with them. They have shops around Oxfordshire, but close to Victoria Road is their shop on 36 South Parade, Oxford  OX2 7JN  Its open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-4.30pm; Wed, Sat 10am-4pm


Red the Bull Mastiff at Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

Maz out for a stroll at the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

Red Tickled

Red the Bull Mastiff Getting a Tickle

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Support Victims of the Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami: Summertown Event

If you are like millions of others, and don’t know how you can support the victims of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, there is an event this afternoon, 4 June, in Summertown. All money received will be sent via the Japanese Embassy directly to help orphans of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

On Day Tsunami Hit from The Independent

A colleague of mine has alerted me to this fundraising fair and concert this Saturday (4 June) at the Summertown’s United Reformed Church, 294A Banbury Road. As my colleague says: “So if you fancy a spot of Japantastic activity, whilst helping to raise some money, please do drop by and get involved!’

If you have any time to spare this afternoon, please consider dropping in. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.


Fundraising Fair and Concert

Saturday 4 June 13:30-17:30

Summertown United Reformed Church
294A Banbury Road

What’s on:
– Live violin and piano, chamber music throughout the event
– Sushi and other Japanese food and refreshments
– Bake sale
– Calligraphy, original Kanji T-shirts, origami workshop
– Japanese toys and cards
– Painting exhibition
– Japanese crafts, house goods and second-hand book sale
– Raffle with fabulous prizes!

All money received will be sent via the Japanese Embassy directly to help orphans of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

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Picking Litter for OxClean 2011

Victoria Road pitched in for OxClean’s Spring Clean 2011, picking up litter near the Marston Ferry and A40 interchange. We found everything from candy wrappers to mufflers, tires and gas cylinders from careless littering to obvious fly-tipping. The good news was that the conditions were better than last year, so we made a difference, and we also had a good time and great natural exercise. Many thanks to all who helped, and particularly Nick and Sue for hosting a soup kitchen for the litter pickers.

Most of the Litter Picking Crew 2011

Lunch for Litter Pickers

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