Meal In The Street, Sat 9th July 2016

It’s back by popular demand!!
As much an institution as Film in the Street and strawberries and cream, Meal in the Street returns and YOU are warmly invited to come and make it an evening to remember!

This is very much our own street party, where we close the road, get things laid out and then have fun getting to know each other!

For younger residents we’ve got a swimming pool, a crown making workshop and our very own Emma Boor who will perform her fantastic Caterpillar Cafe. We’ll put the BBQ’s on from 5pm, so you can cook your sausages for those needing an earlier supper.

The evening kicks off in style at 7pm. “The Paper Boys”, a local band of young lads are set to get toes tapping and warm us up ahead of “The Meal” which starts serving from 7.30pm.

The idea is to bring a dish of food to place on the communal tables (we’ll have different tables for savoury and sweet). We have 4 BBQ’s that will be hot and ready for you to cook any specific things you want to eat. We will have dedicated vegetable BBQ’s, but please be aware that we cannot safely cater for any allergies. Fresh strawberries, cream and meringues will be on sale too!!

Remember to bring your own plate and cutlery. You need to bring your own drinks and glasses too – but if you forget, its not too far to pop home and get them…

We will have a welcome return of two young singers from our community – Lucy Gibbons and Phoebe Alexander, who will whisk us away with their latest vocals during the evening.

The evening will be capped off with a wonderful firework display, created by Ivon – a legendary pyrotechnic in our midst!
Can you help make it a success?
We know that many hands make light work. Plus, its fun to make it all happen together. Can you help out for a bit of time ahead, during or to clear up?

We close the street at 3pm and always have jobs for people willing to put out tables, chairs and road signs. We will light BBQ’s, erect the pool and puppet theatre, and generally make it look great.

Clear up is always a time to have people who are prepared to tidy down super fast and easily.

Anyone who is up for having fun, please let either Linda know or email me back – Thanks!!
And if it rains…?? We have booked the Richard Benson Hall and will be able to enjoy nearly everything planned (the newly restored Church hall beside SS Mary and John Church on Cowley Road). So put the date in your diary!!

For residents of Minster Road, please be reminded that you will need to park in a different street by 3pm on Saturday 9th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may create for you. The road re-opens at midnight.

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DRARA Picnic in the Park – Sunday 26 June 2016, 11am to 2pm

Our DRARA in the Park community get-togethers have proved really popular, we’ve played boules, balanced on the slackline, played rounders and taken football penalties, fired (stomp) rockets, hidden in the trees, munched biscuits, downed mugs of tea and had a good natter!

Unfortunately our planned picnic in the park on 12th June had to be cancelled due to the downpours (they were quite extreme), but we have reschedule our DRARA Picnic in the Park to Sunday 25th June, from 11am to 2pm… as before, just the simple, but appealing, idea of meeting up for a community picnic in our favourite park!

In recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday, we’ve been given some funding towards our community events and want to use some of this to create some wonderful DRARA bunting together, that can be used at all future events. All materials provided – please come along and join in! (children and adults!)

So bring your picnic and picnic rugs, and lets make the most of our park.

Tamasin and Clare
events@drara.org.uk
PS Please tell your neighbourhood friends, and print the poster and display in your window if you can!

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DRARA Open Gardens

When: Sunday 12/6/2016 14:00-18:00

Where: The Divinity Road Area

Behind the rows of terrace houses lies a treasure trove of gardens – from tropical to oriental, English roses to architectural shrubs. Come and explore, bumping into each other as we go from one amazing garden to another.

As a community, this event has become a highlight also for our fund raising activity in the year. Entrance monies will contribute to our donations to the brilliant Cowley Road Carnival. This year, garden hosts will be additionally offering cakes, teas, plants even Pina Coladas (non-alcoholic versions too!), to gather donations towards a number of small but amazing Dementia Charities. So a wonderful opportunity to explore, get ideas and help our community too!
Please invite friends and see you there!

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DRARA Event – DRARA in the Park

When: Sunday 26/6/2016 11:00 to 14:00

(NB rescheduled from Sunday 12/6/2016 due to poor weather forecast forearlier date)

Where: South Park

A relaxed and fun way to get together with neighbours and have fun in our local park!! DRARA provides a gazebo, some games equipment eg cricket /rounders / a slack line, and you just turn up!! Bring your own games to share too if you fancy.

This is a monthly event and isn’t just for kids and their parents. Come and have a game of footy, or even just bring a picnic and sit on the grass, catch some rays and relax.

This month’s DRARA in the Park coincides with Open Garden’s event, so we plan to start a bit earlier to enable people to get down to Sinnet Court, register and then start exploring the local gardens.

See you at the top of the park – look for DRARA’s gazebo!

 

HMO additional licensing to continue

In response to the results of the City Council’s public consultation,  the additional licensing for HMOs which has been in force since 2011 will continue until 2021. The official notice can be downloaded here HMO Public Notice 2015. You can read more about this on the Council’s website here.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is any house or flat that is occupied by three or more people who form more than one household.

HMOs are a major concern in Oxford and in our area. According to government statistics Oxford has the 14th highest number of HMOs in England and Wales. Only the large metropolitan and unitary authorities and some London Boroughs contain more.

They form an unusually high percentage of houses in the city. An estimated 1 in 5 of the resident population live in an HMO. The House Condition Survey of 2005 reported that HMOs provided the poorest homes in the city and that 70% were unsafe. High demand for properties means that some landlords can offer these lower quality properties but still be confident of finding tenants.

The City Council’s additional licensing is intended to ensure that:

  • the landlord of an HMO is a fit and proper person (or employs a manager who is)
  • each HMO is suitable for occupation by the number of people allowed under the licence (overcrowding is eliminated)
  • the standard of management of the HMO is acceptable
  • vulnerable tenants are protected
  • high-risk HMOs can be identified and targeted for improvement

Licensing of HMOs aims to:

  • protect the health, safety and welfare of all occupiers
  • help integrate HMOs into neighbourhoods
  • help in the reduction of anti-social behaviour
  • promote environmental goals
  • Improve the quality of the HMO housing rental stock

DRARA is actively engaged in monitoring the number of and management of HMOs in our area. Please contact DRARA if you are have any concerns about an HMO, whether as a tenant, a neighbour or indeed a landlord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS THE AGM, 7.30 TONIGHT

Come along to meet your neighbours over a glass of wine or juice at SS Mary and John Church this evening. Paul Wolf will be talking about Cowley Road Carnival and you can then discuss with the DRARA volunteers what issues you’d like us to focus on this year.

Refreshments will be provided.

You can download the agenda and Committee members’ reports here: AGM pack FINAL.

 

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Have your say on HMOs before 24th August!

The City Council is urging residents  to participate in the HMO licensing consultation before it closes this Monday.

From the council website:

‘Oxford City Council is urging the public to submit their views on proposals to extend its licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) for another five years before the consultation closes on Monday 24 August 2015.

The scheme was introduced in 2011 and has led to the licensing of nearly 3,500 properties in the city. Under the scheme, landlords have invested over £3.2 million in HMOs over the past four years to improve standards and provide better housing for residents.

Over the same period the Council has responded to 2,750 requests to deal with cases of poor conditions and management of HMOs. It has also successfully prosecuted 50 landlords and cautioned 39 others for failing to comply with HMO licensing requirements or management standards.

David Edwards, Executive Director for Regeneration and Housing, says: “We estimate that one in five residents lives in an HMO and because of Oxford’s acute housing shortage, this number is likely to continue to increase.

The HMO licensing scheme has helped to improve standards in the private rented sector and we would like to see further improvements to ensure tenants are not left at risk in poor condition houses.

We’re urging tenants, landlords, agents and the general public to take part in the consultation to renew the HMO licensing scheme for another five years.”

To take part in the consultation before it ends on 24 August 2015 please visit the Council’s website:

http://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/consult.ti/hmolicensingreview/consultationHome.

Drara Summer Fete a great success!

Many thanks to everyone involved for  making the day go so well.

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Yet again, the hard work was easier for many hands and laughs too. A special thank you to the Fete organising team of  Clare, Tamasin, Lisa, Deborah, Linda, Jacqui and Amanda AND their understanding partners.
Nearly 300 people came to eat homemade cakes, strawberries and cream, drink Pimms and tea and tuck in to delicious fish and chips.

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We were entertained with music from the East Oxford Youth Choir, the incredibly talented Alexander family with a solo performance from Phoebe Rose, Horns of Plenty  in full jubilant style,

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Lucy Gibbons, who sang several favourites, and we were whisked to exotic lands by the belly dancing duo of Ashnah!

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