DRARA Freecycle Day! – this Sunday 10th March

Yes, the daff’s are out, the streets are looking so much better after the magnificent work of fellow neighbours and local students who turned out to pick litter last weekend. Thank you so much.

Keeping in the spring cleaning frame of mind, its the first Freecycle of 2019 on Sunday. Its all explained below – but basically, this is the time to clear out things that others might now love!  Just put items out on your path or wall with a sign saying “Freecycle”.

Meanwhile, for those of you who love to walk about to find new treasures, this spring we are adding the opportunity to enjoy refreshments to fuel you! Pop-up refreshment stalls are planned at 84 Divinity between 11am and noon, and at 4 Hill Top between 2-4pm. Donations of biscuits would be very welcome and everything would be for a small donation.


Leaflet and new website to help you report incidents

Those living in the DRARA area should have just received a leaflet through your letter box, entitled “East Oxford – Report It!”. This leaflet and supporting website have been created by DRARA and Bullingdon Road Neighbourhood Watch to make it easier to find the right places and ways to report incidents.

It is a nightmare to know who is responsible for potholes, who to complain to about noise, what to do if you see something suspicious, even knowing what problems you actually can or should complain or report about!?

Tackling this was agreed as a priority for DRARA at the last AGM.  We have been working with all of the relevant agencies who are responsible for resolving issues in our neighbourhood, and they agree, that it is vital that we do report them.

In partnership with them, we have created www.eastoxfordreportit.org.uk.
It is a website that you can go to, regardless of the type of issue or incident, and be able to easily find and click through to register details with the relevant agency. You can also find phone numbers and email addresses, links to advice, as well as apps to use on your phone.

It is important to realise that, every incident should be reported and that often using the right app or going online can be the quickest and most effective way to get action.

Every report raises the importance of the issue, and, in the case of criminal behaviour such as drug dealing, trespassing and theft, adds to an overall picture that significantly increases the chances of the police being able to solve the problem or bring the criminals to justice.

There is a new sense of collaboration with agencies where we have momentum to work together to find ways to tackle issues. We are already doing this with the Police who very recently confirmed East Oxford as one of its priority areas (City Centre previously).

Any feedback is very welcome as the website can be easily amended and further print runs are planned to share the information to the wider East Oxford community. We really hope it’s helpful.

So please do keep the leaflet handy, and report every incident.  

It really will help make a difference.

Big Apple Pick this Sunday 21st October, 10.30-12.30

Meet up in the Warneford Meadow Community Orchard at 10.30. (Enter the meadow at the end of Hill Top Road, walk across towards the Warneford and look for the apple trees!)

Help collect the apples so they aren’t wasted.

The plan is to gather as many apples as possible so a good proportion of them can be taken away for juicing. The Warneford Hospital patients and staff will be able to enjoy the juice but also hopefully use it to raise money for patient activities in the meadow as well contribute to additional fruit trees and bushes for the orchard.  Obviously we can all take a few apples home to enjoy as well!

There will be tea, coffee and cake available (as always any donations of cake and biscuits really appreciated!).

If you have any apple picking equipment, improvised or otherwise, please do bring it along!

Mon 08/10/2018 19:30-21:00 :: DRARA AGM Agenda

Annual General Meeting
Monday, October 8th 2018
7.30 – 9pm

SS Mary and John Church, Cowley Road


There will not be a break, to enable us to finish on time. Refreshments will be however,

available from the start.

1. Welcome
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Chair’s Report, followed by
4. How a Local Plan can help our neighbourhood; Guest Speaker, Sam Clarke, Chair,
Summertown St Margaret Neighbourhood Forum, presentation followed by questions and
5. City Councillor update, including updates on Post Office and Drugs Enforcement PCSOs
6. Open Discussion: What’s important for DRARA to focus on in the year ahead?
7. Minutes of the AGM held on 19 October 2017
8. Matters Arising
9. Treasurer’s Report
10. Election of Committee
11. AOB
12. Date of the next AGM: 17 October 2019 (tbc)

Committee nominations to Clare Ridley, DRARA secretary, secretary@drara.org.uk or in person on
the night




Annual General Meeting 2018 AGENDA

Mon 22/01/2018 :: Meeting: what events we would like to make happen for  DRARA in 2018?


This is an invitation to come along to a relaxed meeting to decide what events we would like to make happen for DRARA this year.

Tam and Clare would like to re-establish more of an “events team” feel to how things work, and so would very much welcome you to come along to share ideas and help plan out how to make it all happen.

See you at 84 Divinity Road, 7.30pm, Mon 22/01/2018 !

Tam and Clare

Living Advent Calendar :: updated calendar, plus photos

The DRARA living advent calendar seems to be a great success. Plenty of really exciting displays for children and adults to tick off from their calendars! I’m sure that the event will be repeated next year, so if you would like to take part please Email Clare Ridley at secretary@drara.org.uk

Please see the DRARA Christmas living advent calendar at goo.gl/uD6fbr updated 21/12/2017.

Some festive DRARA house photos, not necessarily calendar participants: photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/kxGvjoEYCZKFc26s2

Happy Christmas!


Christmas 2017 :: a DRARA season of celebration

It’s finally here… the Christmas 2017 DRARA Living Advent Calendar! Every day during December,  solve the clues and see what literally is in each window…

Yes, we have homes across our streets who will unveil a festive display each day of December.

To find the house, you need to solve a simple clue and then head off to explore, find and revel in a bit of festive cheer.

Clue for 1st December: ‘In the south of the lower field, 50 squash is quite a good yield. Lose one and your clue is sealed.’

Check the DRARA website to see clues and print the advent calendar, or I will email you each day with the clue of the day….

If you fancy joining in, we still have 4 slots, just email email Clare Ridley at secretary@drara.org.uk


The Great Christmas Get Together

Following the huge success in our Meal in the Street, and across the nation, The Great Get Together is launching The Great Christmas Get Together. Seeking to help build and strengthen communities, and especially to reach out to reduce loneliness at this sometimes difficult time of year, we thought it would be wonderful to join in again!  Watch out for more through December on this.

great christmas gettogether

Our main community event is the Christmas Carolling in Little Minster on Dec 19th. Please do link with your neighbours and come together to enjoy warming mince pies, mulled wine and apple juice and a festive singalong!

2017-09-30 :: it’s full speed ahead with this evening’s Film in the Street!

In true DRARA spirit, and because the forecast is changing and improving, it’s full speed ahead with this evening’s Film in the Street!
Everything will be slightly earlier than previously planned, and at 20:10 we will make a final decision on whether to proceed with screening La La Land.
We have gazebos for protecting equipment and the popcorn and refreshments (from 18:00), so come on out and lets have some fun despite the weather! Our friends Horns of Plenty are confirmed so lets keep them company.
Here’s the full revised schedule:
  • 18:00 Road closed for play. Eat popcorn, drink refreshments, meet people.
  • 18:30 Horns of Plenty
  • 19:00 Cartoons
  • 19:30 ‘Reds’ premiere
  • 20:10 La La Land … probably!
See you there!