Several members of DRARA joined local historian Malcolm Graham for an entertaining and informative walk around our area on Saturday afternoon. The event was hugely oversubscribed, so a second event will be organised later in the year.
We have to report the sad news that Peter Marsh, a long-term resident of Divinity Road, has died. Peter Marsh was a renowned social psychologist, some of whose many achievements you can read about here.
We send our condolences to his wife, Patricia, whom he married in 1967, their children, Jessica and James, and their two grandchildren, Emily and Finlay.
• Peter Marsh, social psychologist, born 15 September 1946; died 9 June 2014
We had a beautifully sunny day for this year’s Open Gardens event last Sunday.
On a lovely spring sunny afternoon, people shed unwanted goodies from their homes and lots of neighbours walked our roads to pick up new treasures – or at least things of use! From light bulbs, to a gorgeous curtain to make a matching pair, people had fun finding what might be given away. “I got a new bike and my sister got a stool and badminton Racket!” said Finn aged 10 years.
Our next Freecycle is planned for Sunday 21st September. Let’s hope for good weather then too!
Last weekend we closed the top of Southfield Road to traffic so that children could enjoy an afternoon playing in the street.
As Theo, one of our local residents, said,
‘Delighted to see one of our streets is being closed for play. In an ideal world this would happen all day on all Sundays. Maybe Saturdays as well. I’m old enough (ouch!) to remember when all streets were effectively “play streets” and I played marbles in the gutter and defended a goal that was chalked on a gable wall.
I won’t be playing on Sunday – but I will come for a stroll.’
Here are some photos, and hope to see more children next year!
Oxford Open Doors 2014 is fast approaching and OPT want to make it better than ever.
OPT are looking for a volunteer to help with the administration of Oxford Open Doors to assist our Assistant Director, Jane Baldwin. We are looking for someone to help out for a few days a week in the office.
- The Orchard, Warneford Meadow. Photograph by Andrew Carter
The future of the Meadow looks increasingly secure as ownership is expected to pass to Oxford Health NHS Trust who have declared that they intend to develop and maintain the site for the benefit of hospital patients and members of the neighbouring communities.
As a management plan for the Meadow and Orchard is designed and implemented, it will be vital that the views of the neighbourhood should be represented clearly and robustly. As a member with voting rights you will be able to influence FoWM’s policy in its work with the NHS Trust to secure the Meadow as a shared amenity.
Dementia is a condition affecting an increasing number of adults, including some who have not yet reached retirement age. There are different causes of dementia, the best known being Alzheimer’s disease, but it broadly describes a range of symptoms including memory loss.
We are a group of neighbours trying to raise awareness of dementia and how it affects people in our area. We aim to share information, reduce social isolation and offer support. We also successfully raised £1000 for Music Therapy for people with dementia at Guideposts Trust during the DRARA Open Gardens 2013.
If you or someone close to you are concerned that you may be affected by memory problems, the first thing to do is to make an appointment to see your GP, as the earlier help is sought, the better. The memory clinic, where you may be referred for assessment, is conveniently close for our area at the Warneford Hospital.
If you would like to contact or join us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some other useful contacts
DementiaWeb Oxfordshire: www.dementiaweboxfordshire.org.uk
Oxfordshire Dementia Information Line: 0844 887 0005 or 01235 849400
Alzheimers UK: www.alzheimers.org.uk/
YoungDementia UK: www.youngdementiauk.org Supporting people and their families affected by young onset dementia (under 65) to live well.
Oxfordshire County Council: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk follow the links at the bottom of the page for Adult Social Care and/or Carers. Regardless of your income, the council has a duty to assess anyone who may be in need of support and this can be helpful.
The fourth issue is available to download here.