Common People Festival

We have asked City Council officers for a report back on the Common People Festival as we realise that the noise levels appeared louder this year. They confirm that

  • they did check the noise levels both inside the Park and in surrounding areas, the volume was within set limits but an unusual combination of wind in the wrong direction and windows open on a hot day meant more noise than usual travelled into the Headington residential area
  • there were armed police on site following the incident in Manchester. All incidents (minor) were dealt with straightaway
  • there were sniffer dogs at the event so drug security was tight
It seems that the organisers and agencies managed the event as well as could be expected.

Up and coming events in Oxford

 

  • Friday 26 – Monday 29 May, Hebborn’s Fun Fair, Blackbird Leys Park, 1 to 10 pm. Family Fun Fair including games, rides & entertainment. www.hebbornamusements.co.uk
  • Saturday 27 May, Bonn Week Bürgerfest, Broad Street, 12 to 4 pm. Celebration of 70 years of friendship between the twin cities Oxford and Bonn with performances, food & drink and family activities.  www.oxford.gov.uk/bonnweek2017
  • Sunday 27 May, The Oxford Singers busk for Cancer Research UK, Bonn Square, 10 am to 5 pm. Acapella singing and charity collection. www.oxfordsingers.org
  • Saturday 27 May, Saturday Series Orienteering Event, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Small scale orienteering event by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club specifically aimed to attract newcomers to the sport. www.tvoc.org.uk/index.php
  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, Common People Festival, South Park, 10 am to 11 pm. Common People is back in South Park with a great line-up and the best from the local music scene. www.oxford.commonpeople.net
  • Wednesday 31 May, World No Tobacco Day, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. World No Tobacco Day is a global Stop Smoking Campaign to encourage those who consume tobacco in any form, to refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours.www.solutions4health.co.uk
  • Wednesday 31 May, Wild Park & Gardens, Hinksey Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Find out what you can do for local wildlife conservation. www.bbowt.org.uk
  • Saturday 3 June, Oxford Pride, city centre, from 12 pm. Celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life in Oxfordshire! Parade from Catte Street to the main event at Oxford Castle Quarter and street party on Paradise Street. www.oxford-pride.org.uk
  • Saturday 3 June & Sunday 4 June, Headington Festival & Sports Day, Bury Knowle Park, 1 to 5 pm. Annual community event with activities for the whole family, including a funfair. www.headingtonaction.org
  • Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June, West End Fayre, Middle Fisher Row, 10 am to 7 pm. Two day outdoor food & drink fayre promoting local businesses.
  • Sunday 4 June, Oxford City Cricket Mela, Cowley Marsh, 10.30 am to 9 pm. A free community cricket themed day promoting cricketing opportunities in the city.www.oxford.gov.uk / www.oxfordshire.cricket.co.uk

Events in Oxford over the Bank Holiday weekend

Upcoming events

  • Friday 19 May, Charles I Entry into Oxford Parade (part of Ashmolean’s Live Friday Nights), Broad Street to the Ashmolean, from 6.30 pm. Celebrate with Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum, as well as King Charles I and a parade of Civil War Cavaliers & Courtesans. http://www.ashmolean.org/
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, Stand for Freedom, Bonn Square, 3 to 9 pm (Fri) & 9 am to 3 pm (Sat). Aware raising demonstration with the goal of increasing public understanding of the extent of modern day slavery. https://www.justloveuk.com/oxford.html
  • Saturday 20 May, Dementia Oxfordshire Raising Awareness Walk, Florence Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Service users and their families are invited to walk together to raise awareness and fundraise. www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk
  • Saturday 20 May, 8th Oxford Summer Mela, Rose Hill, 11 am to 5 pm. Oxford Mela is a celebration of dance, song, food, fashion and activities for the whole community.http://www.oxfordhindutemple.org/
  • Monday 22 and 29 May, Sri Chinmoy Races, Cutteslowe Park, 7 to 7.30 pm. Self Transcendence race series held every summer in Cutteslowe Park.https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/races/oxford
  • Friday 26 – Monday 29 May, Hebborn’s Fun Fair, Blackbird Leys Park, 1 to 10 pm. Family Fun Fair including games, rides and entertainment. www.hebbornamusements.co.uk
  • Saturday 27 May, Bonn Week Bürgerfest, Broad Street, 12 to 4 pm. Celebration of 70 years of friendship between the twin cities Oxford and Bonn with performances, food and drink and family activities.  https://www.oxford.gov.uk/bonnweek2017
  • Sunday 27 May, The Oxford Singers busk for Cancer Research UK, Bonn Square, 10 am to 5 pm. Acapella singing and charity collection. www.oxfordsingers.org
  • Saturday 27 May, Saturday Series Orienteering Event, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Small scale orienteering event by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club specifically aimed to attract newcomers to the sport. http://www.tvoc.org.uk/index.php
  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, Common People Festival, South Park, 10 am to 11 pm. Common People is back in South Park with a great line-up and the best from the local music scene. www.oxford.commonpeople.net
  • Wednesday 31 May, World No Tobacco Day, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. World No Tobacco Day is a global Stop Smoking Campaign to encourage those who consume tobacco in any form, to refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours.http://www.solutions4health.co.uk/
  • Wednesday 31 May, Wild Park and Gardens, Hinksey Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Find out what you can do for local wildlife conservation. www.bbowt.org.uk

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • 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. www.oxford.gov.uk
  • Saturday 13 and 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. www.bhf.org.uk
  • Saturday 13 May, OxHoli 2017, Cowley Marsh, 12pm to 4pm. Celebration of the Indian festival of colours, organised by the Oxford University Hindu Society. www.facebook.com/groups/2202237652
  • 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. www.musculardystrophyuk.org
  • Sunday 14 May, Jewish Culture Fair, Broad Street, 2pm to 6pm. Event celebrating Jewish culture including music, art, food, history display and crafts.www.oxfordchabad.org
  • Friday 19 May, Charles I Entry into Oxford Parade (part of Ashmolean’s Live Friday Nights), Broad Street to the Ashmolean, from 6.30pm. Celebrate with Elias Ashmole, founder of the Ashmolean Museum, as well as King Charles I and a parade of Civil War Cavaliers and Courtesans. www.ashmolean.org
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, Stand for Freedom,Bonn Square, 3pm to 9pm (Fri) and 9am to 3pm (Sat). Aware raising demonstration with the goal of increasing public understanding of the extent of modern day slavery. www.justloveuk.com/oxford.html

Headington Lib Dems support the Migrants Welcome campaign

Lib Dem general election candidate Kirsten Johnson joins the team to support the One Day Without Us campaign (2nd from left)

There will be an exhibition of photos by Fran Monks showing gratitude to migrants living in Oxford. The idea is to show that Oxford is a city which welcomes immigrants by photographing British born people with people who were born overseas to whom they are grateful. The gratitude can be for anything, big or small, and the photos will be exhibited outside the SAID Business School as part of the Oxford Festival of the Arts all summer.

 

Fran has taken a photograph of Ruth and Altaf – we have seen a copy already but are keeping it secret until the Festival starts on 24 June!

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. www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20035/events/559/may_morning_in_oxford
  • 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. www.iconiccyclingevents.co.uk
  • 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.https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/races/oxford
  • 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. www.oxford.gov.uk
  • 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. www.bhf.org.uk
  • Saturday 13 May, OxHoli 2017, Cowley Marsh, 12pm to 4pm. Celebration of the Indian festival of colours, organised by the Oxford University Hindu Society.https://www.facebook.com/groups/2202237652/
  • 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.http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/
  • Sunday 14 May, Jewish Culture Fair, Broad Street, 2pm to 6pm. Event celebrating Jewish culture including music, art, food, history display and crafts.www.oxfordchabad.org

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: www.dailyinfo.co.uk/mayday.

*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.

Book your stall NOW for the Headington Festival!

This year’s Headington Festival takes place on the first weekend in June and  bookings for stallholders are being taken now for the festivities on Sunday 4th June, in Bury Knowle Park.

This two day community festival attracts thousands of people each year, and features a host of free entertainment and family fun.

Support our event, and your local community, by hosting a stall to sell your produce or crafts, or to advertise your group or services.

Applying is even easier this year.  Just head to this website www.headingtonfestival.co.uk and click on the links for the “Stallholder Information” (boring but important) and then the link for “Stallholder Registration”.  Once the completed form is submitted through the website, it will be processed within a week, and your space will be confirmed.

Service of dedication at the JR on Saturday to commemorate repatriations

In October 2016, 456 daffodils were planted at the John Radcliffe by ex-services and police personnel to commemorate the Repatriations that passed through the entrance to the hospital.  These daffodils are now in full bloom and, on Saturday 8 April at 11am, The Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevens, will unveil a plaque at the daffodils followed by a short service of Dedication.