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Helping Hedgehogs in Victoria Road

Hedgehogs released to our neighbourhood

Many residents have reported hedgehogs living in our gardens, and this neighbourhood has been assessed as suitable for a release site back into the wild for four of the 610 (!) hedgehogs that have been rescued by the Wildlife Hospital near Haddenham, near Thame.

Four healthy hedgehogs were released from 36 Harpes Road garden on Sunday 27th September. They have all dispersed to start their new lives. Many of us have made our gardens wildlife friendly, which is probably the reason why we are home to this population. A daily shallow bowl of fresh water would help them. They will be feeding on slugs and snails, but please see the guidance below on foodstuffs. Hedgehogs are nomadic and need about 12 gardens to roam, so if you are able to follow the guidance from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society below, it would help our new neighbours!

Website http://www.hedgehogstreet.org give the following hints:
Link your garden (a hole 13cm x 13cm, 5 inches square) in your fence or wall will enable the hedgehogs to get through. The website gives good guidance on making a small tunnel by the hole to make sure that your pets cannot escape.
Making your garden hedgehog friendly – just a small wild patch such as a pile of leaves, a log pile, or if you are keen special hedgehog houses are available.
Slug pellets – a hedgehog (or a song thrush) does not know which slug or snail has been poisoned, so the advice is not to use them. Hedgehogs are voracious slug eaters.
Feeding hedgehogs – a small bowl of meat-based cat or dog food is suitable, unsalted chopped or crushed peanuts, or special hedgehog food is available (bread and milk cause digestive upset so are no longer recommended). Hedgehogs, like all wildlife, need water so a shallow bowl of fresh water is important.
Garden hazards – wire netting (chicken wire) is a particular hazard, or garden ponds that have steep sides so that hedgehogs drown. Putting a ramp or a shallow slope of gravel means that the hedgehog can get out.
Fleas – the fleas that hedgehogs have are specific to them, and will not survive on either humans or pets.
We need to act fast to save hedgehogs, as the population has dropped 30% since 2002. There are now fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK, with an annual 5% decline, the same rate as the global rate of tigers.

If you have any questions, or would like to see examples of holes in fences, hedgehog homes and feeding stations, then you are welcome to contact Elaine Steane e.fullardsteane@googlemail.com or telephone 01865 552531, or Gretchen Seiffert gretchenseiffert@btinternet.com telephone 01865 553699.

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Romeo Needs a Home: An Orphan

Romeo, an English Bulldog Cross, 3 years old, was recently orphaned when his owner died of cancer. See photo and more details available below, but any help in finding Romeo a home would be so greatly appreciated. Have you been looking for a dog, or know someone who could provide a good home?

Speak to Robin at #14 Victoria Road if you have ideas, or comment here.

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For more details, click on: FLIER on Romeo

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Recycling Nespresso

Twice, Nespresso has failed to pick up my recycled capsules. They also provide no email address to contact them. Their phone number is always busy. Given the success of this product, you would think they would be responsible on recycling. Has anyone had similar problems with @Nespresso?

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Help Ballet in Small Spaces

hello All
Seeking your support – could you be a Ballet in Small Spaces angel?  Read on…

Two Old Instruments is a collaboration between dancer Susie Crow of Ballet In Small Spaces and viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees (of prize winning Duo Domenico).  It celebrates the salon pieces of 18th century virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel.  Some comments on last year’s work in progress:
“Music and dance in easy harmony…”
“Exquisite detail…”
“Elements of melancholy, drama, half playful, half serious…”

Two Old Instruments is designed to be performed in intimate settings: concert or village halls, churches, libraries, museums, historic houses.  We already have three bookings in April 2014 and are discussing additional dates with other venues.

It has just two performers and neither scenery nor stage lighting is essential for performance. However, a visual highlight will be costumes by talented Oxford based stage designer Ellen Nabarro, evocative of both past and present.  As ever, Ballet In Small Spaces is also seeking to provide opportunities for young artists in different media: photographer Dulcy Lott will be creating still images and video artist Chris Atkins a film of the performance.

Could you be an angel?  Ballet in Small Spaces is looking for donors to enable us to complete the project.  Coincidentally, 2014 sees the 10th anniversary of Ballet in Small Spaces which had its first performance in February 2004.  The simplest way to support Two Old Instruments is to donate £10 – or more if you wish! – by 10th February 2014 (see details below).

All our angels will be acknowledged by name on Ballet In Small Spaces’s website (unless you wish to remain anonymous) and when you come to see the show there will be a complimentary drink of your choice to celebrate our anniversary.

Thank you!
Susie

For more information about this project and Ballet In Small Spaces:
http://balletinsmallspaces.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/ballet-in-small-spaces-seeking-angels/
or email http://susiecrow@gmail.com

To donate:
Cheque made out to Susan Crow and post to:
Ballet in Small Spaces, 28 Victoria Road, Oxford OX2 7QD
Or bank transfer to:
Project Account name:  Susan Crow
Account number:  14002032
Sort Code:  40-47-82
Please mark your transfer “Two old inst”, and email with your contact details to let us know you have donated so that we can thank you properly!

You can see Two old instruments in performance as part of collaborative programme Visible Music at the following venues:
Friday 25th April  Bristol Music Club
http://www.wegottickets.com/BarefootOpera
Sunday 27th April  St Leonard’s Church Hoxton, London
Tuesday 29th April  The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
http://www.thenorthwall.com/moreinfo.php?ref=visible-music

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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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Save the Oxford Covered Market!

The Oxford Covered Market has been trading in the heart of Oxford for more than 200 years and has many stories to tell.  A recent Heritage Lottery project has compiled some of these but  there are many others as yet untold.

The market thrives on the expertise and experience of those people who choose to trade here,  suppliers and buyers, and those who come and spend their money here.  So, whether you are a visitor or a local resident, business or student, the market extends a warm welcome and look forward to making you a loyal customer.  You can find out about the market and its traders and events here:

http://www.oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/

In these very difficult trading times, when all other Councils and the Government are trying to help town centres and small businesses, Oxford City Council are seeking to increase Covered Market rents by an average of 50%, and some, by as much as 70%. This level of increase in overheads is unsustainable for the majority of tenants and will mean a large number of them being put at risk of losing their business. The very existence of the market itself is in jeopardy.

If you use the market and value the contribution it makes to the centre  of our city through its vibrant and attractive environment and its choice independent retailers, take a moment to sign The Oxford Covered Market petition and please pass it on to your friends and colleagues:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-covered-market/

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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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