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Oxford’s Japan Day 1st May

Have a taste of Japan in Oxford next Monday 1 May 2017 anytime from 11am to 3pm at St Giles’ Church Hall (OX2 6HT).

The organisers promise lots of typical Japanese food including cakes and tea; traditional Japanese crafts and antiques; workshops in origami, Japanese calligraphy, face painting and  a kimono (Japanese traditional clothes) fitting.

The event is aimed at introducing Japanese culture to people in Oxford and raising funds in aid of the communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Next month’s events

  • Monday 1 May, May Morning, Magdalen Bridge, 5am to 7am. The choristers of Magdalen College choir will be singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower, which will be followed by the bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Sunday 7 May, Bike Oxford 2017, route through the city centre starting and finishing at Oxford University Rugby Club, 6.30am to 6pm. Bike Oxford, now entering its 4th year, is a day of marked rides of 25, 50 and 80 miles, taking in the best scenery of Oxford and the surrounding countryside.
  • Monday 8, 22 and 29 May, Sri Chinmoy Races, Cutteslowe Park, 7am to 7.30pm. Self Transcendence race series held every summer in Cutteslowe Park.
  • Thursday 11 May, Mental Health Awareness Week, Bonn Square, 10am to 3pm. Oxford City Council and partners from Public Health, Aspire, Restore and OxSPA are coming together to promote Mental Health Awareness Week.
  • Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 May, British Heart Foundation London to Oxford Trek, finishing at Oxpens Meadow, 2pm (Sat) to 4pm (Sun). From the Capital to the historic university city of Oxford, heart trekkers can walk 100 km through the day and through the night.
  • Saturday 13 May, OxHoli 2017, Cowley Marsh, 12pm to 4pm. Celebration of the Indian festival of colours, organised by the Oxford University Hindu Society.
  • Sunday 14 May, Town & Gown, route through the city centre finishing at University Parks, 8am to 12pm. Annual 10k charity road race through Oxford City Centre.
  • Sunday 14 May, Jewish Culture Fair, Broad Street, 2pm to 6pm. Event celebrating Jewish culture including music, art, food, history display and

May morning celebrations

Thousands of people are expected to see in May Morning together on Magdalen Bridge.

It will start at 6am on Monday 1 May with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing the Hymnus Eucharisticus* from the college’s Great Tower.

This will be followed by the Great Tower’s bells ringing out over the city for approximately 20 minutes.

Events and activities, including Morris Dancing and folk singing, will then take place across the city.

Last year’s event attracted about 25,000 people. For more information about events taking place this year, please visit:

*Hymnus Eucharisticus was composed in the 17th century by a Fellow of Magdalen College and has been sung every year from the Great Tower on May Morning ever since.

Latest licensing application – CRAFT burger

Application no. 17/01420/PREM

Address of premises: Craft Burger, 1, The Parade, Windmill Road

Application to vary a Premises licence: To add off sales of alcohol to the existing licence: Sunday to Saturday 12:00 hours to 22:00 hours (off sales)

Deadline for comments: 10 May 2017

Address for representations to be sent:

The Licensing Authority, Oxford City Council St Aldates Chambers, 109 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DS, or by email to:

How to register for priority service in power cuts

Thanks to one of our residents for alerting us to Scottish and Southern Electricity’s Priority Service scheme.

The SSE website gives the following information:

Who is eligible to join our Priority Services Register?

You can join our Priority Services Register if you:

  • Are dependent on electricity for home medical care, for example a kidney dialysis machine or ventilator.
  • Have a chronic illness or short term medical condition; for example you are recovering from a major operation.
  • Are disabled.
  • Have special communication needs; for example because you are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Have children under 5.
  • Are over 60 years old.

We recognise some of our customers may need support in other ways during power cuts. If you have other needs and feel you will need extra help in the event of a power cut, please contact us to discuss. 

If you would like more information please go to




Neighbourhood Plan – where to find it

The Headington Neighbourhood Plan will go to referendum on Thursday 4th May. The arrangements will be as for the local County Council elections held that day. The question on the (green) ballot paper will be:



Do you want Oxford City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Headington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?  YES <box> NO  <box>”

The Chair of the Headington Neighbourhood Forum has written to us with the following information:

We do hope that all Forum members and those who have been following our progress will turn out and support the Neighbourhood Plan.  Voter registration is open until 13th April, and if you cannot vote in person you can apply for a postal vote but need to complete and return the application form by 18th April.

The final version of the Plan is available at:

A key part of the plan are the community policies and actions.  

If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact us at



Rough sleepers in Headington – how to help

Residents have asked for contact details of agencies they can ring to get help for rough sleepers in the area.

Oxford City Council supports the homeless services in the City in several ways, by funding several organisations who assist people who have fallen into need and supporting them to get back on track. This includes funding the Oxford Street Population Outreach Team (OXSPOT) who make daily contact with Rough Sleepers in the City to encourage them to access services to assist them with finding accommodation. There are two homeless hostels in the city, as well as other dispersed  supported accommodation for rough sleepers and single homeless people. Oxford SPOT will work with anyone rough sleeping to support them into suitable accommodation, either in the city or elsewhere, as well as link people up with any other relevant support they need.

Information on individuals sighted sleeping in the City is always welcomed as this can help us to target our approach in helping them. Please record any sightings, or raise concerns through OXSPOT who can be contacted directly on 01865 304 611 or via email outreach.oxford@MUNGOS.ORG or by recording on Streetlink,, who will then notify  OXSPOT.



Great news – Roz Smith re-standing in May elections

Roz Smith – brings energy and enthusiasm to the Headington Lib Dem team.

Altaf and Ruth are delighted that our close colleague Roz Smith is re-standing in the local elections in May.

We know that Roz feels privileged to have represented you as county councillor for the past four years, and has received a lot of support from people in the area.

She lives locally and is involved in many of our community organisations as school governor, fund-raiser and committee member, so unlike other candidates she has first-hand knowledge of what goes on in the area, and what Headington people are most concerned about. She champions Headington issues at County Hall

Roz knows how important it is to keep people informed. As part of the Headington Lib Dem team, she attends monthly Ward Focus Group meetings and street surgeries, listens carefully to comments from residents, and takes action to champion their concerns.

Together, Roz, Altaf and Ruth work hard throughout the year to represent your views.

With your help, Roz and the team have achieved positive results for Headington – just two examples are getting the London Road re-built rather than just re-surfaced, and working hard to get positive changes to the Access to Headington scheme so that as many trees and as much on-street parking is saved.

When Roz meets people at community events or on their doorstep, residents tell her they are worried about cuts to local vital services, neglected potholes and air pollution due to the amount of traffic movements we suffer in our area. If re-elected, we know Roz is determined to work hard on your behalf to tackle these issues and any other concerns to the best of her ability and her track record is one to be proud of.

If you wish to contact Roz, she would be pleased to hear from you. Her telephone number is 07584 257156. We hope you, like us, will give her your full support.

Breaking: proposal for new build at JR. Consultation dates 28-29 April

We have received the following from the University. The access route and timing may coincide with the Access to Headington works in Headley Way if proposals keep to the timescale in this communication, we are working with the County to address this


Dear Stakeholder,

We would like to invite you to attend a public exhibition to view proposals for a new building on the John Radcliffe Hospital Site at Headley Way.

The new building is intended to provide purpose-built facilities for the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD), as well as providing additional research and desk space for the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB). Both of these organisations are component units of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (part of the University’s Medical Sciences Division).

When the development is complete, it will create the UK’s largest dedicated centre for stroke research and will help to maintain the University’s position as a world-leader not only in the research it undertakes, but also in the quality of teaching it provides.

Oxford City Council’s Development Plan allocates the John Radcliffe Hospital Site for new development which comprises hospital related uses, including associated administrative and academic floorspace.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Oxford City Council in July 2017 to take forward the development of this new facility with construction to begin in early 2018.

As part of this process, the University is inviting members of the public to discuss the proposals with members of the project team on the following dates: 

Day 1: Friday 28 April 2017 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm 

Venue: Osler House, Osler Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BL

Day 2: Saturday 29 April 2017 between 10.00am and 12.00pm

Venue: Osler House, Osler Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BL

Members of the University and the design team will be available to answer any queries you may have. In addition, hard copies of a feedback form will be available at the consultation sessions and an online version will follow on the University’s website together with an electronic version of the display information. The University will review all feedback and will take it into account before details are finalised and the planning application submitted.

If you have any queries regarding the event please do not hesitate to contact the University at the following email address: