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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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VRG Quiz Night – Are you coming?

Our next Victoria Road Quiz Night is on Saturday 28th February – doors open at 7.30pm for a prompt start at 8pm.  The venue is Summertown Church Hall and admission is just £5.  If you want to reserve places please send an email to Paul Lewis or respond using the booking section of the recent notice that came through your door.  Organise a team of six or join a team on the night.  There will be a bar and plenty of time to mingle and chat to neighbours.  paul@my-lewis.co.uk

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Concert for a Good Cause

Alerting you not to dance but something related… a delightful recital coming up this weekend by pianist Henry Roche, an old friend, formerly Principal Pianist and Head of Music at the Royal Ballet, playing a programme of delectable pieces including some by the romantic composer Moscheles from whom Henry is descended, and highlights from the ballet repertoire… The concert is part of the Music at the Limes series run by the Exuberant Trust, which supports young people in Oxfordshire with small grants to help them realise their creative potential in any of the arts.

You will find more information on the Trust’s website here: http://www.exuberant-trust.org.uk/

What nicer way to spend a spring evening… and your attendance and contribution will be greatly appreciated.

See you there!

Susie

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Notes on Jan 2014 VRG Meeting: Dates for Diaries

Dear neighbour,

Below are edited minutes of the recent VRG meeting. To note especially are the coming events: please diarise them

OxClean                              Sat 8th March, morning, somewhere nearby,  details tbc
Victoria Road Quiz           Sat 12th April, 7:30pm, local venue tbc
VR Green Balloon Day     Sun 11th May, morning
VR Garden Party               Sunday 13th July, afternoon
VR Safari Supper               Sat 20th September, evening

Our thanks to Mary for opening her home for a lovely Christmas drinks after the usual lusty carols

Our thanks to Peter for the wonderful embellishment to the notice board; Please contact Paul if you want to post items onto the board.

We are looking for a host for our next regular meeting (all welcome, as always),  on Weds 5th march.

 

Minutes of Victoria Road Group meeting 7th January 2014

Present: Sam (Chair), Ali, Philippa, Mary, Sally, Anna, Manda, John

Apologies: David (Brown), Barbara, Paul, Mireille, Jonathan, Gordon, Mick

1.     The minutes of the 30th Oct 2013 meeting were agreed. Anna confirmed that payment for the map night hall rental had been banked, with thanks.

2.     The Christmas event (carols and drinks), was reviewed: well-attended and warm, positive party, lovely that it was at a new house. Heartfelt thanks to Mary for hosting, and to all the helpers. Carols were also excellent, thanks to John for organising and Peter for playing. Agreed that next year, we’ll consider a short performance of 4-part harmony carols during the party.

3.     Quiz night – at last meeting, agreed range of ideal dates but Feb 22nd only availability for  Church Hall and quite a lot of key organisers not around then. Proposal to use 12th April date (originally mooted for Safari Supper) for quiz. Philippa to see if Church Hall available then. If not Mary to look into other venues. Getting critical that we run this event soon as it’s our main fund-raiser and we are low on funds (see later).

Quiz planning team: Philippa, Ali, Manda, to meet soon to get moving on format, questions, jobs that need doing etc. Also to look back at lessons learned from last time.

Discussion on questions  – may solicit from others (agreed central editor essential). Noted that Anna’s son runs quizzes and has good sources  – Anna to pursue. Other ideas – identify chocolate bars round, local photos and sounds – all to go into the mix.

Publicity should emphasise that people are encouraged to bring friends, family etc. Tickets, £5 per head, no concessions. Come as a team (up to 6) or join on the night. Drinks for donations. 7:30 for 8.

Bookings either by email (to mandajoyce@hotmail.co.uk), or on paper through Anna’s letterbox (with payment).

Publicity – first one alerting all to date ASAP – (to go on paper to all VR houses with other VRG dates, see later item).

Nearer the time, 2nd paper mailing, specific reminder on paper, with tear off slip for paper bookings.

Manda, John, Sam all happy to do delivery.

Mary kindly offered to do photocopying.

4.     OxClean – Morning of Sat 8th March. Mary and Philippa organising. Mary to liaise with OxClean to book our patch (as local as poss), and contact others as required, including collecting kit.

5.     Sam floated idea of VRG “Secretary” role – not to do minutes but to maintain list of people in road, mailing list, skills available, offers to volunteer etc. A bit like a membership secretary. Meeting thought a good idea. Sam and Mary offered to write a short job description for review at the next meeting. Noted that Welcome Pack not great at recruiting people to VRG. Suggested we might use Garden Party and Christmas Drinks to recruit residents.

6.     Oxfam International parking request. Had a request via a member of Seven Roads Group about whether VR residents might offer parking on drives etc to Oxfam staff as Oxfam is losing some parking spaces in Summertown.  After discussion, agreed not to use VRG mailing list to circulate this request (would not want precedent of using list for charitable appeals, and also some concerns about encouraging people to drive into Summertown, and relative ‘merit’ of Oxfam workers vs other workers). No reason, however, why Sam should not put the appeal on the VR notice board.

7.     Notice Board. Thanks were expressed to Peter for beautiful addition to the board. As ‘Board monitor’, Paul, in his absence, asked to put an acknowledgement for Peter (cheerfulchippy) on the Board.

Barbara has offered to paint the board. Sam to say ‘yes please’.

8.     AOB

·       Betty really loves to have visitors – see Mary for more info about location etc.

·       Signatories on VR bank account now changed – any 2 signatories from Anna, Mary, Sam, Manda

·       Anna confirmed VR Funds.

·       Confirmation of 2014 programme so far

 

OxClean

Sat 8th March, morning, somewhere nearby,  details tbc

Victoria Road Quiz

Sat 12th April, 7:30pm, local venue tbc

VR Green Balloon Day

Sun 11th May, morning

VR Garden Party

Sunday 13th July, afternoon

VR Safari Supper

Sat 20th September, evening

 

 You can start booking your place for the excellent quiz evening (April 12th) now: just email Manda.

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Victoria Road Garden Party 2013 in Wonderful Weather

Many thanks to Barbara (Number 36) for hosting the 2013 Victoria Road Garden Party, and to the Victoria Road Group for organising this event and choosing such a wonderful day of sunshine.

2013 Garden Party at 36

2013 Garden Party at 36

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World in Progress Showing of ‘Two Old Instruments’ at United Reform Church Hall, Summertown, Oxford 20 July

hello All
See below for information about a showing of work in progress on 20th July at URC.  We hope it may appeal to both dance and music audiences, so please do pass it on to any friends and colleagues who might be interested.
You can also find the information with evocative image by Susan Moxley on the BiSS blog here :
http://balletinsmallspaces.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/work-in-progress-showing-two-old-instruments/
Susie
Ballet in Small Spaces presents:

Work in progress showing:  Two old instruments

Saturday 20th July 2013, 6.30pm

United Reformed Church Hall, 294A Banbury Road, Summertown (opposite South Parade and Radio Oxford), Oxford OX2 7HN.

The intimate salon pieces of 18th century composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel range in character from the exuberant and playful to the wistful and melancholic.  They are the inspiration for a collaboration between viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees and Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces, who have been delving into the music and dance of the period to inform a contemporary interpretation.

Please join us as we show our work in progress, followed by an opportunity for discussion, and to give your feedback, which we would greatly appreciate as we develop this for performance.

Admission: £5
Refreshments available for a donation


Susie Crow

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Luminous Shadows at the Old Fire Station: Thursday 23rd May 2013

An opportunity to see the DEC group in performance in Luminous Shadows at the Old Fire Station next week on Thursday 23rd May.  Don’t miss this chance to enjoy the magical interaction of dance, music and drawing with video projection – book your seat now!  The DEC artists are Ana Barbour and Susie Crow (dance), Malcolm Atkins and Bruno Guastalla (music), and Clare Bassett, Kassandra Isaacson and Susan Moxley.  The DEC group will also be hosting another Drawing Dance workshop on Monday 3rd June at URC.
Full details here:
http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/luminous-shadows-dec-drawing-dance-in-performance-at-old-fire-station-23rd-may-2013/
And more information about DEC activities here:
http://decprojectoxford.wordpress.com
Enjoy!
Susie

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Victoria Road’s Got Talent

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Green Balloon Day Explained

Victoria Road Group has been running Green Balloon Day for years. Residents on the road put out a green balloon on the morning of the day, and also any items they wish to give away. Neighbours can recycle their items, pick up wonderful things that others have parted with, and enjoy a cup of tea or cakes, donated by members of the road. On the designated day in 2013, 28 April, we asked Gordon and Peter on the spot to explain the origins and nature of Victoria Road Group’s Green Balloon Day.

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The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing the Save Port Meadow Petition on the Care2 website, about the utterly wrong Roger Dudman Way/Castle Mill development overlooking the Port Meadow. You are one of over 3,000 concerned and outraged residents and friends of Oxford to have done so. Pressure is building on the City Council and University of Oxford but we need to keep it up.

Save Port Meadow is a community campaign and Port Meadow needs you still!

Today the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), in partnership with the Campaign to Save Port Meadow, is announcing it is launching a legal challenge to seek judicial review of the planning permission. As a supporter of the campaign, we wanted you to hear it first.

We have just one opportunity to e-mail you following your signing the petition, and this is it.  Please don%u2019t hesitate, take a couple of small but important steps NOW.  (Don%u2019t delay, you know it makes sense.)

1. EMAIL saveportmeadow@gmail.com AND PLEASE DO IT NOW!  to keep informed and stay involved in the campaign. There have already been Council meetings and other public meetings are planned. A Port Meadow Celebration is planned for the end of May bank holiday. Email your full name and we%u2019ll send updates on how the campaign is going, and how to help and get involved.

2. Please DONATE to the Save Port Meadow Appeal. The legal challenge takes money! Give safely and securely at the Campaign-2019s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/portmeadow. All funds will go directly to CPRE Oxfordshire and be managed by them for legal and campaign publicity costs.

The Port Meadow development has been front page news in the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail. It has been covered by the Telegraph, Sky News and Private Eye. The City Council and University of Oxford need to be held to account for their planning fiasco. The Council knows it has a problem, but it thinks it%u2019s just a small group of vocal people. Neither the University nor Council are taking responsibility, both are saying %u201Cnothing can be done%u201D and hoping for public outrage to subside.

Please let them know the whole of Oxford wants to Save Port Meadow, by staying involved. Email saveportmeadow@gmail.com NOW! We can%u2019t contact you again through this petition site, so it%u2019s important if you want to add your voice to the growing campaign again. And please give NOW to the Save Port Meadow Appeal, whatever you can afford will make a huge difference.

You can also follow the Campaign on Facebook. But most importantly, first and now, e-mail saveportmeadow@gmail.com.  And tell all your friends. Port Meadow is counting on the people of Oxford to save it!

Thank you!

Sushila Dhall and Toby Porter

The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

PS. Just do it. Email saveportmeadow@gmail.com to keep in touch with the campaign.  Do it now!
And that Save Port Meadow Appeal donation page again:  https://www.justgiving.com/portmeadow

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