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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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The Guardian Angel: Your Community News & Views

The first edition of a new community publication has been distributed, entitled ‘the guardian angel: your community’s news & views’. It has no association with Victoria Road News and Views except a shared interest in communication with many of the same neighborhoods. The angel is produced by a ‘team at St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown’.

St Michael & All Angles Church

St Michael & All Angels Church

The newsletter looks very informative, and notes that you can get parish news, services and event information on their website at http://www.stmichaels-summertown.org.uk

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Dancing Events Galore

Wanting to alert you to dance events happening over the next month in Oxford.

Oxford Dance Writers

Oxford Dance Writers

Opening Tuesday 19th February, English National Ballet bring their much praised production of The Sleeping Beauty to the New Theatre:
http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-sleeping-beauty-english-national-ballet-at-the-new-theatre-19th-23rd-february/

On Wednesday 20th the centenary of the first performance of The Rite of Spring is celebrated in an event at St Hilda’s with guests Dame Monica Mason and dance historian and curator Jane Pritchard:
http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/the-rite-of-spring-a-centenary-celebration-of-the-music-and-the-ballet-20th-february-2013/

Full of foot tapping musical numbers and outrageous costuming, Priscilla Queen of the Desert opens at the New Theatre on 25th February:
http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/priscilla-queen-of-the-desert-at-the-new-theatre-oxford-25th-february-to-2nd-march/

And this year’s edition of Dancin’ Oxford 1st-10th March offers a full and varied programme of local and guest performers on stage and in the streets as well as another Dance and Academia Symposium, Dance, Identity and the Body; full programme here:
http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/dancin-oxford-brings-dance-to-the-streets-of-oxford-1st-11th-march-2013/

http://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/dance-body-and-identity-dance-and-academia-symposium-at-old-fire-station-9th-march-2013/

Oxford Dance Writers is planning to cover as many of these events as possible with a team of local writers…

Enjoy!

Susie

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A Christmas Meditation: Summertown, 23 December 2012

At least one person on the road will be I’ll singing some very beautiful Christmas music in Summertown on 23rd December. It would be lovely to residents of VR at the event.

A CHRISTMAS MEDITATION

December 23, St. Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, Summertown. 8pm.
(9.15pm finish). Tickets £10

In the marvellous acoustic of St. Michael’s Church, Liedertafel and Pro Victoria will perform some truly magnificent 15th and 16th century Christmas polyphony by Victoria, Josquin de Prez, Palestrina and Guerrero, as well as a selection of seasonal favourites.

EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISABLE by email tickets at liedertafel.org

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Sunday – VRG Christmas Drinks, and Carols in the Street, 5 December 2012 at 07:25

Dear VRG’ers

Quick reminder that it’s Victoria Road Group Christmas drinks this Sunday, 6-8pm at number 59 (Sally and Jonathan’s).

Do remind any neighbours who may not be on this email list – don’t forget, newcomers especially welcome.

Come and join in the carol singing in the street first, meet 5:15 outside 105. Word sheets will be provided.

There was a little snow on the ground about an hour ago…

Manda
(VRG Chair)

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