This message is to remind you that support is available for vulnerable Oxford residents who need special help during the current lockdown. The simplest way to get help is to call the City Council Contact Centre on 01865 249 811. The Contact Centre is staffed 8am to 5pm, with emergency cover out of hours. More information is available online
Alternatively, complete the Oxford Together Community Support online form at Oxford Together . Oxford Together connects local people in the community to help one another with simple practical tasks. You may also use this form if you wish to be a volunteer and support others in your neighbourhood.
Please pass on this information to others that you know. Even if you think you or they do not need this support, they might know someone who does.
From Revd Laura Biron-Scott:
You are warmly invited to Holy Trinity’s carol service on Sunday at 6pm, held online this year for the first time! Don’t worry, you will be muted while you sing along! Please have mince pies and mulled wine ready to enjoy from home afterwards.
Online Carol Service: Sunday 20 December, 6pm via Zoom. You can join from 5.45pm using this link:
Meeting ID: 859 9863 9063
From 7pm, you can listen to the service on Youtube at this link.
On Monday 21st December at 5pm, we will be doing some small group carol singing in different locations around the parish, and you are welcome to join in from your front gardens or doorsteps. A poster is at this link.
On behalf of your parish church, I wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas and a joyful New Year.
Revd Laura Biron-Scott
Vicar of Holy Trinity Headington Quarry
Every Christmas Day a large team of volunteers provide a free Christmas lunch to those in need at the Kings Centre, Osney Mead. This year, because of Covid, lunch is being delivered to people. They are looking for volunteer drivers. If you are able to help, or if you know of anyone who would benefit from this, please contact the organisers – details are on their poster.
From Headington Action:
It is great news that Covid vaccinations of those over 80 years is happening in our area in the next few days. Hedena and Manor surgeries are operating a vaccination clinic at Barton Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th. They are seeking volunteer cover to help with marshalling and signposting patients as they arrive and when they leave. Some of this may require being outside. The Friday and Saturday clinics are running from 8.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday is 9.30am – 3.00pm.
If anyone has a spare couple of hours please call Barton Community Association on 07866460446.
They will also be running repeat clinics on 8th, 9th and 10th January when this week`s patients return for their follow up jabs so will be looking for volunteers again that weekend.
People of Headington Quarry is a Facebook group for current and former residents of the Quarry, sharing history and current events. You can find it on Facebook by by searching for Friends of Headington Quarry or at this link.
If you are interested in knitting, Shared Knitting have published some information on their recent activities.
Holy Trinity Church will be holding Christmas services online and in person. These include:
- An online carol service at 6pm on Sunday December 20th (available to watch afterwards on Youtube)
- Forest Church Christingle services outdoors at 3pm on December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th
- Blue Christmas Service at 6pm on Tuesday 22nd December, the longest night of the year
- Christmas Eve communion service at 6pm
- Christmas Day communion services at 9.30am and 10.45am, available to listen to online via the parish website
With other local churches, we are planning some outdoor carol singing on Monday 21st December at 5pm.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, places need to be booked in advance for all ‘in-person’ services. More information, including sign-up details, can be found on their website.
For any questions about the services, please contact the Vicar Laura: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doorstep Carols is a national event aimed at bringing more light into these dark days. The aim is to get people out on the doorsteps singing together and is backed by local radio stations.
It will take place on 16 December. Details and confirmation that Radio Oxford is involved can be found at https://www.doorstepcarols.co.uk/is-your-area-involved-/oxford
Headington Market will have a special Christmas Market on 12th December, in Quarry Hollow Park and in Quarry Village Hall, from 9 am to 2 pm, with additional stalls, music, and mince pies in aid of Sobell House.
They will need additional volunteers to ensure social distancing and to prevent groups gathering. Volunteer shifts will be 90 minutes. Please contact Keith and Theresa, Co-Chairs of the Market, if you could help out: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have now published the agenda for our AGM to be held on 19 November at 1930 online.
Attendance at the AGM is limited to members. If you wish to become a member of Friends of Quarry, please follow the process on the Join Us page.