Contributing to the VRG Blog

The VRG blog is a great way to share…

…news, Victoria Road-related announcements, and matters of local interest. The blog can be read by absolutely anyone. However, if you want to contribute or comment on existing posts, you will need to log in.

If you already have another WordPress account of your own,

please let the Chair know and we can give you “author” capability on the VRG blog, using your existing WordPress login.

If you don’t have a WordPress account,

an easy way to contribute is to log in using the vrgblog account (password available from the Chair on request).

How can I log in?

It’s not very easy to find a “login” link from the VRG blog home-page (we’re working on that!). Here’s a link that you can use, and bookmark if you wish: Log in to the VRG Blog

Why is the blog preferable to email for sharing information?

Email is readily available and convenient, but it has some important disadvantages.

Unnecessary sharing of email addresses

If you send an email to a large number of recipients, and you put their addresses in the To: or Cc: parts of an email, then all recipients can see the whole list. Many people may see this as a violation of their privacy. Putting addresses in the Bcc: section (“blind carbon copy”) avoids this problem, but it’s very easy indeed to forget to do it when sending an email.

Congestion of your inbox

An email lands in your inbox whether you wanted it or not, consuming storage space in your email account or on your computer (quite possibly both). By contrast, taking an occasional look at the blog doesn’t cause so much clutter. If you have a WordPress account, you can even arrange to get daily or weekly email notifications of any updates to the blog, giving you the convenience of email without the clutter and storage overhead.


Unlike email, the blog offers guaranteed archiving of all content, with searching and categorization of the material.


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Christmas Concert in Summertown

I will be holding a Christmas Concert in aid of Parkinson’s UK on December 6th, 7.45pm at St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road.
A good line up….Tom Poster and Andy Hamilton and more.

Tickets will be sold on the door but you may request tickets ahead of the concert. Put your order with money through my door, 59 Vic Road, and I shall deliver tickets to you. Please make sure you include your address. Cheques payable to Parkinson’s UK Oxford Branch.

I hope you can come
Sally Bromley
01865 311302

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Twin size trundle beds to give away

Janet Rodgers has a set of US twin size (3×6 ft or 94x187cm) trundle beds to give away from Number 67. They are assembled as a daybed, or the back can be removed and used as a sleigh bed with the trundle that rolls out from underneath. They are in good condition, with coil mattresses, and are very comfortable. Janet also has linens (white cotton) and duvets for the beds. Please arrange to pick them up very soon, as Janet is returning to the US on Wednesday the 21st!

She can be contacted on 01865 511 494 or 07983 820 823.2015-10-15 12.57.07

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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 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 or telephone 01865 552531, or Gretchen Seiffert telephone 01865 553699.

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Dog Walker Needed

Our fantastic dog walker has gone on to further education and we are struggling to replace him. Does anyone in Victoria Road know of someone who might be interested in this small but responsible job.  Shona Reed-Purvis at no. 100.

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2015 Victoria Road Garden Party

Correction to the recent VRG minutes, please note that the VRG Garden Party will now be held at No 80 Victoria Road at 3pm on Sunday 12th July.

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Sound Resource Charity – treasurer needed

 Use YOUR skill and experience to support us to

improve wellbeing through singing and music

Sound Resource runs fun, inclusive, participatory singing sessions with adults in Oxfordshire – there are no auditions, participants don’t need experience and there’s no need to read music. Sessions are guided by experienced community singing practitioners using a wide range of musical material.

The charity currently provides regular sessions for people with lung conditions, works in partnership with local housing associations to run weekly sessions for people over 50 and is exploring innovative ways of working in residential homes. The programme is expanding! In addition, Sound Resource mentors those wishing to progress their community singing skills, provides consultancy and is developing methods for measuring the benefits of singing for wellbeing, social benefit and reduction of isolation. Next steps include developing training for health and social care staff and working with people with dementia.

We are looking for a Treasurer

Trustees work as a team, meeting once a quarter, to help the charity achieve its aims. This includes making sure the charity is running well financially and strategically, and is compliant with charity law. Although the role is voluntary and unpaid, trustees have an opportunity to contribute to something with significant positive impact.

Sound Resource has funding to deliver sessions to August 2016, but is actively seeking additional funding to cover core costs and to significantly develop the charity. The Project Manager is actively fundraising and a Trustee with sound financial knowledge and skills would strengthen the existing Trustee team.

If you would like to know more please get in touch

Follow us of Facebook and Twitter @SoundResource

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