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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.