Sun 28 Lye Valley Nature Walk, 11am- 1pm, meet at Slade entrance to valley just south of Girdlestone Road. Hosted by famous ecologist Dr Judy Webb, this is a wonderful walk to explore the lesser known nature of the Lye Valley.
Sun 21 May Open Gardens, 2-6pm, register at Sinnet Court
A wonderful afternoon visiting the amazing gardens of the neighbourhood
Yes, Open Gardens is coming! This is always a brilliant event, when we get the chance to visit and view the fruits of our neighbours hard work.
Be prepared to be inspired with great ideas and swop gardening tips! This is also our main charity fund raising event, so its a great way to enjoy and contribute
Also, there was a date error regarding the DRARA Talks later this month – It is on Tuesday 23rd May
The next DRARA Talks will be on Tuesday May 23rd 7.30 – 9.00 pm at the Richard Benson Hall. Sgt Neil Bouse and colleagues from the Community Police Team will come to discuss the concerns and issues that are having an impact on our local community.
The session will cover:
the core role of the Police Service and the local Community Police Team,
what the team does, the role of the PCSOs and constables,
ASB – Cowley Road nigh time economy and student behaviour.
Discussion on the core role of the Community Police Team will give us the opportunity to cover concerns about drug use and update us on child sexual abuse, both issues that have been major concerns.
We would also like to know what you would Neil Bouse and colleagues to consider, so please let Nick Welch know at email@example.com
Nick Welch, Chair, DRARA
2017-01 DRARA newsletter article
Remembering David Attwooll
Many people in our neighbourhood are missing David Attwooll, who died last August. This article was assembled with help from Trish, and draws on Kate’s tribute to her father published in the Guardian , https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/16/david-attwooll-obituary
David Attwooll: In Kate’s words, ‘the perfect English gentleman with a wild blues soul.’
Photo: Kate Attwooll
David Attwooll was many things – an innovative publisher, a talented drummer, and an award-winning poet, to name just three. In our community, he will be warmly remembered for the energy and sparkle he brought to neighbourhood life, whether he was playing cricket for the Southfield Superstars, helping out at a local event, or drumming with gusto for The Horns of Plenty.
Having grown up in south-west London and studied in Cambridge, David spent most of his adult life in Oxford. His first graduate job was with Oxford University Press, where he launched the World’s Classics, the Oxford Paperback Reference, and the Past Masters series, as well as spending some time in Nigeria and New York. At the end of the 80s, he moved to Random Century, launching the Vintage and Red Fox imprints and publishing the first British Encyclopedia CD-Roms, before setting up Helicon, his own reference publishing company. Seven years later, he sold his successful business to WH Smith, and founded Attwooll Associates, an award-winning licensing consultancy.
In the later stages of his professional life, David became Chair of Liverpool University Press and also chaired the British Council’s Publishing Advisory Committee. In Oxford, he was involved with a wide range of cultural groups, chairing Oxford Artweeks and the Board of Trustees for Oxford Contemporary Music, as well as serving on the advisory board of Oxford Inspires.
Music was very important in David’s life. At Cambridge, he drummed for the cult band Henry Cow, once supporting Pink Floyd, and in Oxford he was part of Humphrey Carpenter’s 1930s-style jazz band, Vile Bodies. More recently, many of us will remember his infectiously enthusiastic drumming for the marvellous Horns of Plenty street band. This was probably the activity he missed most over the last year when he became unable to continue playing.
David on drums with some members of The Horns of Plenty
Photo: Jenny Lewis
David was an accomplished and thoughtful poet. Having written poems as a student, he returned to poetry at the age of 60, inspired by a course led by Jenny Lewis, and, in just a few years, earned national acclaim. He published three pamphlets, Surfacing (2013), Ground Work (2014), and Otmoor (2016), and one collection, The Sound Ladder (2015). He also loved taking part in poetry readings, including memorable sessions at the Albion Beatnik Store and Art Jericho.
In 2016, David was joint winner of the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Award 2016. Sadly, this news came after his death, but the Attwoolls are putting his prize money towards a fund set up in David’s memory to help young people into the creative arts. At the time of his death, he was working on a second collection of poems which will now be extended into a larger book of collected poems.
It was evident to everyone who knew him that family was central to David’s life, and he gained huge pleasure from family holidays and shared enthusiasms. Together, he and Trish travelled the globe, walked the Thames Path and the South Downs Way, enjoyed many happy family times in Cornwall, and set up a delightful pied-à-terre in Paris, which they shared generously with their friends.
As Kate wrote movingly, at the end of her Guardian tribute…
‘David was a wonderful husband and father, a brilliant friend, and the most modest of men, instantly filling those who knew him with a welcoming sense of human possibility and kindness.’
Trish, Will, Kate and Tom have chosen this poem of David’s:
Shotover Country Park
This steep hill was once on the London road:
a hazardous way through the woods with bands
of highwaymen. From a clearing we look south
to the gleaming Cowley Works and power station stacks
past Wittenham Clumps, monumental in the sun.
We pan across to motorways and the old Ridgeway
beyond, tracking forward, then tracking back.
Where paths fork there’s the power of crossroads:
Yoruba call it Eshu-Elegbara, trickster,
skirting the edge of chaos along the seam of past,
present, and other worlds. He energizes
tangled lines of force, dances to many different
drummers; interface god of messages, talk,
ambiguity, experiment, and choices.
Here, Shotover remembers the range it once covered,
aboriginal, retreating to safe high ground:
the privileged forest where kings rode with hounds
is boar-bereft, half a hill, a lopsided saddle.
There’s no nostalgia for a peasant’s burden,
agistment and pannage and quarrying ochre;
where swainmotes were held is now common land.
When our children were small and close
as the crook of my shoulder, tired from carrying
spades to split, dam, and direct the capillaries
of little streams in the hidden bowl
of the sandpit, these woods were an enormous
wilderness, enough to get lost in.
Sometimes on walks here I miss their sawny weight.
The children make their own way now, checking
luggage into terminals filled with charged static,
neon ghosts, and grey noise: scared, excited,
as I was when I flew straight to Lagos
for my first job, gazing down en route
at the Sahara and wide open space,
on my own, airborne, suddenly rootless.
Started your spring cleaning? Clearing out furniture, books, kitchen or garden equipment, CDs, DVDs, or the toy box?
Don’t throw it away! Don’t take it to the dump!
Give your unwanted things a new home!
If you have any queries, please call Clare on 456185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to everyone, this meeting is where we kick start the events year. Together we share ideas of events we either want to do again or new ones that we think would be great to do. We discuss if we think we can actually commit to them, and then put a date to when would be good to run them. It’s as simple as that!
Our events have been amazing – they really have been brilliant ways for us all to get to know each other, try something new and find out more of interest. We can only commit however, to events if we know there are people prepared to actually help. We always like to have led person, but in addition, its about having several hands ready to do a bit that together makes the processes less onerous as well as enjoyable.
We already have a small group of fab events people – we would love to meet and hopefully add to our number….so come along and tell us what you think and hopefully, give a bit of time to make the year ahead as brilliant as last year!
Tamasin and Clare
Tues 22nd November 2016, 7.00pm at Southfield Golf Club, Hill Top Rd OX4 1PF
In order to help us better understand dementia; the needs of those who live with it and their families and carers, Claire Sexton, from the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends Initiative, will be leading the evening. It should last 1–1.5 hrs depending on questions and discussion.
This is a Divinity Road Area Residents’ Association initiative, but is open to anyone who has an interest. Please do let people know that this event is taking place and put the date in your diary. If you are coming, it would be especially helpful if you could let us know.
Nick Welch: email: email@example.com or Jo Gilmour: 01865 248576
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative go to https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2070
Hot on the heals of a spectacular Film In the Street, our next event is Warneford Meadow Apple Day, on Sunday 9th October, 12-4pm.
It’s a wonderful chance to enjoy the amazing meadow and apple orchard on our doorstep and team up with your neighbours to gather and press apples under the expert guidance of Rupert Griffin from Tiddly Pommes. Bring a container, and you can take away some of the free juice!
In addition there will be:
– tea and cake stall (all cake and biscuit donations much appreciated!)
– fruit-themed face painting and apple games
– apple pie/cake competition, with prizes (ideally produced using apples from the orchard)
Apple Day is being held in the orchard itself this year – follow signs from the Hilltop Road entrance to the meadow.
And don’t forget…
– Bring a container for juice
– Arrive early if possible, as we can’t start pressing until we have collected a lot of apples!
– bring your apple cake or pie to enter the competition, and any donations for the cake stall
– bring picnic chairs or blankets if you want something to sit on
– kites are great fun in the meadow if there’s some wind, so bring a kite if you have one!
Unless the weather is really bad, apple day will go ahead (a bit of rain never did anyone any harm!).
Any questions, please get in touch with Tamasin on 421815, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A busy weekend in DRARA area … Saturday film in the street, then Sunday street Freecycle day!
Saturday 24th September, 2016
6pm Road closed for play, 7.30 Cartoons, 8pm Main movie
We are not alone…join us and look to the stars