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The North Wall is about to embark on its biggest project to date. We will be spending the summer rehearsing a new play by the writer Ron Hutchinson that will open at The North Wall in September and then play for a month in London at Arcola. This play will be rehearsed alongside our outreach project for young artists.

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We are looking for possible accommodation for the choreographer, a sound designer, a costume designer and 8 actors to cover the period from 1st September to 15thSeptember. Prior to the 1st, St Edwards is kindly accommodating the cast in a boarding house. If anyone has a room or two to spare in the first two weeks of September, we would be hugely grateful. I can promise that they are all extremely nice and well behaved (yes, even the actors!). With a need to keep a tight hold on budget and arts funding being what it is, any help would make a considerable difference.

Please let me know if you have a room or know anyone else who is a supporter of the arts and might help. We do have a small amount of budget to offset any expenses incurred.

Thank you

Best Wishes,


Lucy Maycock
Artistic Director
The North Wall
Tel: 01865 319450


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Draft Oxford Cultural Strategy

A post from Susie:

Hello All

Dance in Oxford

Just to let you know that following enquiries about trying to respond to this online, Oxford City Council’s Draft Culture Strategy consultation has now been extended till next Wednesday 20th June.  So a further opportunity for those interested in the arts to comment on the city’s Draft Culture Strategy for the next few years – please pass on to others who may feel moved to contribute!

There are also some interesting posts on the Huffington Post about whether arts should be supported:
Arts and Economic Prosperity IV’ Proves that the Arts Industry is Resilient, even in  a Down Economy

Oxford councillors and politicians should read this and ponder…

All best,



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Victoria Road News and Views Shaped Discussion of Hyper-Local Media

While not mentioned by name, the Victoria Road News and Views was valuable in introducing a post on Advice to Ofcom about hyper-local media. Did you know that we are hyper-local?

See ‘Jump-starting the next generation of hyper-local media’:

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This is Litter: Support OxClean

Victoria Road residents were out again in support of OxClean, an effort to pick up litter in selected areas of Oxford, England. This year it was 3 March, but we hope everyone pitches in to pick up litter everyday. If you think there is not a problem, there are some snaps below: maybe you can’t see the litter. But the good news is that the area we have cleaned over the last three years has gotten progressively better, making each year somewhat easier. So make a real difference and do one thing that is blindingly obvious in support of a better environment.

What's wrong with this picture?

And this is litter.

This is Litter.

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Insights on a Green Oxford: The Recycling Journey

The City of Oxford in collaboration with students at Oxford Brookes University has produced a video, entitled ‘The Recyling Journey‘, that explains the recycling process in the area.

The video can be accessed at:


Other videos are being produced by Oxfordshire Waste Partnership and we will forward information about these when they are available.

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All the Little Shops UK: Value to Summertown?

There has been interest in how to save more of the small shops in Summertown. In that spirit, I’ve run across an initiative called ‘All the Little Shops UK’, which is in the process of building an online platform. They have a Web site already at

It is possible that online initiatives such as this can build a critical mass of users that will enable small retailors, for example, to have more visibility than if they are going alone online. Since being offline is likely to undermine a store’s visibility and viability, maybe we should help alert local shops to this potential. I think they can sign up free.

All Little Shops UK

Comments? Thoughts? We have been wondering about activities we might undertake to support local enterprises, and perhaps this is something to support.

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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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