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Peter Marsh

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



Freecycle returns and hits the spot!

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!


Play in the Street

2014-05-18 15.13.12-1 freec2Last 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!

Volunteers needed for Oxford Preservation Trust

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.

Join Friends of Warneford Meadow!

FoWM are encouraging DRARA residents to join them.  Membership will make it easier for you keep up to date with news of the Meadow and its management.  Crucially, becoming a member means you are entitled to take part in running FoWM and deciding its future.

The Orchard, Warneford Meadow.  Photograph by Andrew Carter
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.

You can read more about the Meadow and how to join FoWM here Membership_Flier_Edited_text_v5_3_12_13
Friends of Warneford Meadow

DRARA Dementia Friendly Neighbourhood Group invites new members

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:

Here are some other useful contacts

DementiaWeb Oxfordshire:

Oxfordshire Dementia Information Line: 0844 887 0005 or 01235 849400


YoungDementia  Supporting people and their families affected by young onset dementia (under 65) to live well.

Oxfordshire County   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.

House Champions scheme back for 2014

A successful scheme to help tenants of houses of multiple occupation integrate with Oxford’s permanent residents is expanding. The House Champion Scheme aims to educate tenants such as students about recycling and waste, noise pollution and anti-social behaviour. Under the scheme, each house nominates a champion who is responsible for managing their recycling and waste or making sure noise is kept down at night.

Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) will lead the initiative, working collaboratively with the Oxford City Council and Thames Valley Police.

Andrea Siret, Community Liaison Manager at Oxford Brookes University, said: “The scheme was well received last year and it is important to work closely with other agencies involved to ensure community cohesion. We are extremely excited to be working in partnership and hope to continue the success of the scheme, which is just one of a raft of proactive measures Oxford Brookes has introduced in recent years.”

Daniel Tomlinson, Vice-President (Charities and Community) at OUSU, said, “Oxford University Student Union’s Community Wardens and I are looking forward to participating in the House Champion Scheme. We will be advertising it to Oxford students in the two areas that we work – Jericho and East Oxford – and we hope that the success of the pilot scheme will be replicated.”

Community Wardens from Oxford Brookes University and OUSU are visiting every student household in the designated streets to encourage them to participate by nominating a House Champion. Properties occupied by non-student tenants will be visited by the council.

Councillor Pat Kennedy, Board Member for Education, Crime and Community Safety, at Oxford City Council commented: “The House Champion Scheme has proved to be a real success in the Regent Street and Denmark Street area and shows students want to protect their environment as well as keeping their street clean and tidy. We’re very pleased to support this initiative as it now being expanded across other parts of the city as it shares the ethos of the Council’s wider ‘Cleaner, Greener Oxford’ programme.”

The House Champion Scheme has several objectives, which include raising the awareness of anti-social behaviour, including noise pollution and waste issues, providing a link with a member of the city council to ensure any problems tenants experience are dealt with satisfactorily, and installing a sense of responsibility within each household.

Sergeant Neil Applegarth of the Thames Valley Police East Oxford Neighbourhood Team added: “This is a very positive initiative which Thames Valley Police are eager to support. It provides a valuable opportunity to engage with the constantly shifting student population of East Oxford and to offer a wide range of crime prevention advice including ways in which to control and reduce antisocial behaviour and late night noise.”

Oxford Brookes take action on student antisocial behaviour

Ivon Asquith of DRARA is liaising with Oxford Brookes University on the increase in student antisocial behaviour in our area. Oxford Brookes are promising stronger sanctions against the students responsible. You can read the article in the Oxford Times here.

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