The Harrow Inn is re-opening soon

The Harrow Inn is re-opening soon. The new village pub and garden is being built from the ground up to make the Harrow a great new hub for the community. They are also looking for new staff. Check out the new Harrow website www.the-harrow.co.uk

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Community Connect

The Citizens Advice Bureau now provides a free friendly service to over 65 year olds in Oxfordshire called Community Connect. Can you spare a few hours a week? We are looking for volunteers to visit older people, to help them find out about services and activities they require. As a volunteer you will receive full training, support and expenses.

We can help people find out about:

  • Community transport schemes
  • Specialist equipment for the home
  • Social Activities
  • Personal care
  • IT and Computer help

Phone: 01608 648099
Email: communityconnect@wocab.org.uk
Website: www.communityconnectoxon.org

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Charities brush up on marketing skills

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) is holding a training session for voluntary sector organisations to help them brush up on their marketing skills.

Charities and community projects will be able to find out about the basics and the misconceptions of marketing, identify target audiences and conduct a mini marketing audit, as well as writing effective marketing material and creating a tactical marketing plan.

The Marketing Essentials course costs £50 (£40 for OCVA members) and it will be held 9.30pm to 4.30pm on 19 July just off the Cowley Road in Oxford.

For more information see ocva.org.uk/marketing-essentials or call 01865 251 946.

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Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme bulletin March 2013

Signs of ash die-back include wilting leaves and browning of young stems. www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara gives information about what to do about diseased ash trees.

Woodfuel themed study visits will run on 15 April, 1 June and 8 June, including a unique opportunity to see a Ministry of Defence woodland and taste wild rabbit.

If you are a woodland owner who could use some free help with woodland management, or you would like to work outdoors in return for some firewood, please join ‘Logs for Labour’.

A quality standard for firewood for Oxfordshire is being developed. ‘OxLogs’ suppliers will clearly state the volume, type, length and moisture content of their wood.

For more information on any of these please see www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk.

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Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme bulletin: January 2013

Thank you to everyone who contacted me in response to the first of these bulletins: it is heartening that so many Oxfordshire residents are interested in woodfuel.

The Oxfordshire Woodfuel Programme now has a website which provides lots of advice on growing, cutting, storing and burning woodfuel: www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk.

I will be running a series of one-day woodfuel-related study visits on 15 April, 13 May and 8 June.  They cost £25 each.  More information is available on the website.

The Oxfordshire Woodland Project is running workshops on woodland management: see www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/woodland-workshops.

I am hoping to set up some ‘logs for labour’ matches.  If you are a woodland owner who could use some free help with woodland management in return for people taking some firewood (labour for your logs), or a group of people who would like to work outdoors in return for some firewood (logs for your labour), please get in touch with me.

The moisture level of woodfuel is important: a freshly cut log at 50% moisture has only about half the energy content of an equivalent well-seasoned log at 20% moisture.  The woodfuel programme has a moisture metre that you are welcome to borrow.

Grants: Households that do not have central heating and install a biomass boiler before the end of March can get a £950 grant.  Woodland owners who need to put in roads to extract woodfuel can get a grant that covers up to 60% of the cost.  Please contact me if you need help with these, or with any other aspect of woodfuel.

Riki Therivel, manager@oxonwoodfuel.org.uk, 01865 243488

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Oxfordshire Link carries out survey on post-natal maternity services

The Oxfordshire LINk has teamed up with Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to carry out a survey of post-natal maternity services in Oxfordshire. Post-natal services are those services used after birth including breast feeding clinics, the Newborn Screening Programme, Neonatal Unit, Special Care Baby Unit, Birth Afterthoughts, and Health Visitors. If you have any comments about these services please contact the LINk office. If you have any spare time and would like to be part of the project group to help with research please contact the LINk office.

Telephone     01865 883488

Email            link@oxonrcc.org.uk

Web             www.oxfordshirelink.org.uk

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Volunteers needed for Oxfordshire Dentistry Survey

The Oxfordshire LINk is recruiting volunteers to carry out a survey of information provided for patients by NHS Dental Practices. The survey will be looking at information on the range of services offered, the charges relating to those services, and about entitlement to receive certain services on the NHS. LINk volunteers who conduct the survey will find out if the information is clear and helpful to patients and highlight areas of good practice. If you want to help with the survey please contact the LINk:

Telephone: 01865 883488
Email: link@oxonrcc.org.uk
Web: www.oxfordshirelink.org.uk

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Elections in May 2012

On Thursday 3 May 2012 elections will be held for the West Oxfordshire District Council Ward of Kingham, Rollright and Enstone. The Polling hours will be from 7am until 10pm at Enstone C.P. School, School Hall, Lidstone Road. For more information please see the West Oxfordshire District Council website.

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Attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party

People living in Oxfordshire are being given the chance to attend a unique summer garden party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Four thousand guests, together with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the party to be held near Henley-on-Thames on the afternoon of Monday 25 June.

To be one of these guests, Oxfordshire residents can apply through a public ballot which will be drawn next month. Successful applicants will join guests from all walks of  life including representatives of voluntary organisations and charities, together with civic, community and business leaders.

Over a thousand tickets up for grabs

The event is being jointly organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire as part of The Queen’s UK-wide Diamond Jubilee regional tour.

More than a quarter of the tickets will be available through the public ballot which will be drawn on Wednesday 9 May by the Lord Lieutenants of each of the three counties.

How to ap​ply

The ballot is open to residents aged 18 or over of all three counties. Each successful applicant will be allocated a double ticket so they can bring a guest.

Residents without Internet access can get a hard copy at public libraries from next week. The ballot closes on Monday 30 April and successful applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Guests are promised a splendid afternoon to remember. A highlight is a river pageant themed around the Thames which celebrates the important role the river has played in the life of the three counties over a thousand years.

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