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In the summer of 2017 we helped the residents of Cuxham take the first steps to establish a new wild flower meadow in their village. Today we’ll return to mow and rake the meadow for the third time. It’s a good size, but mainly level ground and with grasses rather than reeds and sedge (unlike Iffley island), so today’s task is likely to be a lot closer to the genuine experience of traditional scythe mowing. Everything that we cut needs to be raked off the meadow, so there’ll be a lot to do before we can resort to the local pub (The Half Moon, and some excellent complimentary pizza).
We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.
Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:
1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer.
Check the website or the OCV weekly email for last minute details or changes, and to find out the exact location.
It’s a shop… in a van! The finest, freshest local and organic fruit and veg Oxfordshire can supply, with additional produce from UK and the rest of Europe.
SUMMERTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET | Sundays 10am-2.30pm | Banbury Road, in front of M&S.
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We meet every Sunday afternoon to garden together, share a cup of tea and cake, learn about growing and take home fresh fruit and veg.
In the darker months of the year (Nov-Apr) we meet from 12-4pm on Sundays and when the days are longer (May-Oct) we meet from 1-5pm on Sundays and from 5-8pm on Wednesdays.
Our garden is free to access and we welcome people of all levels of experience to share the space in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Got something which needs some TLC or is broken and you haven’t had the time or skills to fix it yourself? Don’t throw it away and waste all of the resources that went into making it, bring it to our repair café, and our volunteers will have go at fixing it.
SHARE Oxford organises free Repair Cafés at every first Sunday of every other month between 14:00 – 17:00 at Makespace Oxford. (Please arrive and check-in by 4pm)
We recommend pre-booking your item: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7hC85Su6Mq8dOf2acKqnwHve5jXfVlb28gowiN-PzTZUk_w/viewform
You can also just turn up and we’ll fix your item if time allows on a first-come-first-served basis.
Enjoy the atmosphere while you wait: have a chat, enjoy some refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes available), watch the other repairs, or bring a book. Even if your item can’t be fixed or you come along without anything to fix, you will still have a great time, meet new people and learn new skills.
We now have weekly gardening, building and growing days to begin creating a vegetable garden which will be open to community groups and individuals who are keen to be outdoors, live closer to nature, learn and share skills and make new friends. Tea and homemade soup will be provided!
Join us as we work together to turn a patch of field into an ABUNDANT GARDEN for many to enjoy! We’re in early days of the project and we welcome input, interest and ideas because there are tons of exciting things that could happen here . . .
We welcome people from all backgrounds and all ages. Whatever your experience, there’ll be something for you to enjoy!
Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm.
Beryl’s Night is an evening just for women and trans folk, so if this includes you, please join us to take part in a mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea and biscuits and good company. Whether you’re interested in knowing more about maintaining your sweet ride, or just want to generally hang out with a great gang in a safe space, we hope to see you there!
The Waste Collaborate meeting is an opportunity for Community Action Groups (CAGs) working on the theme of Waste to meet up, share and find ways of working together.
The meeting is open to members of the CAG network, as well as other associated, like-minded groups and organisations. We also moderate theme mailing lists for CAGs to communicate with each other between meetings.
As a large network spread across the county, the meetings are an important chance for CAGs to:
- Discover more about other groups’ activities and achievements
- Share knowledge and skills
- Explore opportunities for collaborative projects and funding bids
- Gain advice and support from The CAG Project staff and other members
- Network and socialise with other members
Meetings are held biannually across a range of themes – please see our page on Collaborate Groups for more details on next meetings of all the groups.
If you are a member of a group wishing to take part in this meeting then please get in touch with The CAG Project staff team: email@example.com
If you’re attending, please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements, or if you aren’t sure how best to travel to the venue. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our very best to help.
The St Nic’s local produce and craft market is back! Every Friday morning between 11am and 1pm there will be stall in the little garden at the top of Stert Street (in the church if wet) selling fresh veg, local eggs, home-baked cakes and preserves, plants, seedlings and flowers.
Go early to get the best selection!
Even more important, if you have any produce to sell, you can do so at the market provided you collect the money and any unsold items promptly at 1pm, and donate 10% of the takings to St Nicolas Church funds. To join the happy band of producers, email Gilly Osborne email@example.com.
We are very happy to support this well-established venture bringing excellent, incredibly fresh local food right into the centre of town. Please help make it a success!
About this Event
Come and join us for a day full of informative talks, interactive workshops, cycle tours, an expert panel and demos and rides on ebikes and adapted bikes!
See the full programme and selection of workshops below.
Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments.
- Understanding how to create an age friendly locality, as a low traffic neighbourhood
- Best practice case studies of effective interventions for active travel – linking soft and hard measures
- Understanding the benefits of ebikes and how they can get people back cycling
- Learning more about the opportunities that virtual reality can play in increasing activity for people who are housebound
- Developing a post-conference guide to promoting uptake of cycling on the basis of the learning from this conference
The conference is organised by Cyclox, the cycle campaign for Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University and it follows on from the University’s cycle BOOM research and current Co-CAFE project (www.cycleboom.org, www.co-cafe.org).
Special thanks to the Midcounties Co-operative for their help in funding the event.
10:00 Registration / Tea & Coffee
10:30 Opening and Welcome (Lord Mayor of Oxford, Alison Hill and Tim Jones)
10:50 Introduction (Annaliese Dodds, MP Oxford East)
11:00 Keynote Speech (Sir Muir Gray)
11:30 Workshop Session 1
14:00 Enabling and Improving Wellbeing – Therapeutic (Virtual) Realities (Hugh Ward)
14:30 Workshop Session 2
15:40 Discussion Panel: Sir Muir Gray, Penny Thewlis (Age UK), Louise Upton (City Councillor & Champion for Cycling), Annette Venters (Chilterns AONB), Suzanne Bartington (County Councillor Witney North & East & Cycling Champion), Pat Kennedy (City Councillor for Lye Valley & Older Peoples’ Champion)
16:30 Closing Remarks
During each workshop session we will run seven different workshops (listed below) giving you the opportunity to attend two of them (one in the morning session and one in the afternoon session). You can select which workshops you would like to attend when buying your ticket (please keep in mind that the number of places available for each workshop is limited).
Workshop 1: Mini-Holland: Why not here?
run by Scott Urban (Oxfordshire Liveable Streets)
This is the kickoff event of Florence Park Mini-Holland Weekend. See a short video featuring Waltham Forest’s radical pro-liveability changes and interviews with Waltham Forest politicians and residents. See the Florence Park Traffic Group’s plan for Florence Park Mini Holland. Breakout sessions on the impact of a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) and the political journey to get there.
This session complements the ‘Safari to Florence Park Estate’ session.
Workshop 2: Safari to Florence Park estate.
run by Tom Shopland (Oxford Brookes University)
This will be a curated safari by bicycle of the Florence Park estate, departing from and returning to Brookes. Participants will be shown the locations of the highlights of the plan for Florence Park Mini Holland. Participants will also be shown the basics of conducting Healthy Streets surveys to help people think about liveability in their neighbourhoods.
This session complements the ‘Mini-Holland: Why not here?’ workshop.
Workshop 3: Wheels for All – providing inclusive cycling facilities.
run by Steve Unwin (Wheels for All, Cyclox)
Our experience at Wheels for All – Oxford in using a wide range of adapted bikes to enable people with disabilities and other needs to benefit from the physical and mental stimulation of cycling – as well as having fun. Discussing the different types of bikes available and the adaptations that enable people with a range of needs to be able to cycle by themselves or with a carer and the positive experience this provides for both the participants and the volunteers.
Workshop 4: From theory to reality: how to actually get people onto electric bikes.
run by Alistair Kirkbride (CoMoUK)
The evidence for what types of people are attracted to ebikes and the resulting benefits is compelling and increasingly comprehensive. Ebike-share has been described as a gateway drug to cycling and ebike sales are booming. So yes, the news is inspiring, but a reality check means that total numbers are still small in the great scheme of things – and could be so much bigger.
This workshop will summarise what we do know about who uses ebikes, for what purposes, and the relative benefits of them doing so. We’ll then use these blocks of knowledge to work out how we get from where we are to where things could be – to getting more people using ebikes more often.
Workshop 5: Cycle Boom: Best Invention Since Chewing Gum! The benefits and challenges of ebikes and the age friendly environment needed to get people back cycling.
run by Tim Jones and Ben Spencer (Oxford Brookes University)
The cycle BOOM research project (www.cycleboom.org) gave people 50 and over the chance to try riding an ebike for eight weeks. Find out about the many benefits they got from the experience and the challenges faced before helping to develop an age friendly manifesto for ebiking.
Workshop 6: Positive Spin: Cycling for people with Dementia and their families.
run by Dave Dansky (Bikeability Trust, Bikeworks CIC) and Clare Morris (For Brian CIC)
An interactive Workshop exploring the benefits of cycling for people with dementia. Participants will develop ideas about how to engage the target group with cycling, the practical delivery to include positive risk taking, and how to evaluate both cycling outcomes and other benefits for people with dementia and their families.
Workshop 7: The Big Bike Revival
run by Susan Keywood (Cycling UK)
Few things in life are better than a cycle ride, whether it’s to visit friends, a daily commute or a trip into the countryside.
But we know it can be hard to get started. Around 42% of people in the UK own bikes but don’t ever use them. The Big Bike Revival is all about overcoming those little barriers and to help people feel more confident about cycling, by providing free cycle checks, servicing, cycle maintenance workshops, cycle training and accompanied rides.
This workshop is all about this programme and how it is being implemented through the Windrush Bike Project. There will be opportunities to explore how it can be extended to other communities in Oxford, to get people back on their bikes.