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Headington Festival 2023 – Request for Volunteers

The much-enjoyed Headington Festival returns on 3/4 June 2023. It is organised by a small and enthusiastic team of residents under the leadership of Headington Action. We need new people in the team. Tasks are interesting, not onerous, and it is a delight to see everything coming together.

We would love you to join us in one of these roles:

  • Liaising with community and food stall holders.
  • Creating publicity material (posters, leaflets etc).
  • Recruiting and working with volunteers

No experience of Headington Festival needed. Just enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. Involvement is during the months January to June only.

Please contact Richard at headington.action@gmail.com or phone 07802 215517 for more information.

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Upcoming Events at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry

Holy Trinity will be holding several events in October that all residents are very welcome to attend:

Sat 15th October – 3pm. ‘C.S. Lewis and Oxford’, Dr Michael Ward

Sat 29th October – 3pm. ‘The unlikely story of how Oxford invented the modern church’, Professor William Whyte.

Update: Crown and Thistle Planning Application

A planning application to demolish the Crown and Thistle and build up to 9 flats was submitted last January. This was later changed to Planning in Principle to develop the site for up to 9 flats (questions of design, demolition etc to be considered in later applications).

The application was called in by local councillors and considered at the Planning Meeting of 20th Sept. Planning officers agreed that the owners had not made sufficient effort to maintain the pub as a going concern but recommended the application be approved.

Councillors considered that approving the application would set an unacceptable precedent and rejected the application. If approved it would signal to developers that a building could be left to decay in the hope that demolition and development would then be approved.

Multi-activity Hub, including a Community Café Proposed for Bury Knowle Park

A multi-activity hub, including a community cafe and new toilets, is being proposed for Bury Knowle Park. The developer, Courtside, is carrying out a public consultation on the plans. More details and the survey are available online or in the attached flyer.

Those without internet access can complete the questionnaire at a library.

Consultation on Proposed Traffic Filters

Oxfordshire County Council are proposing six trial traffic filters on key routes across Oxford to improve bus services and journey times, reduce walking and cycling accidents and improve air quality across the city. They are proposing to introduce them under an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) from summer 2023.

Anyone can provide feedback on the proposed trial by filling in the consultation survey, which will be open from 5 September (12 noon) to 3 October 2022 (midnight) and only needs to be completed once.

Further information, including the consultation brochure, supporting information and documents. as well as the location maps are on available on the consultation website.

August Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our August Newsletter. which has also been posted to all houses in the Quarry.

Please note that the printed version of the newsletter has been produced in a smaller format which enables us to print in colour whilst keeping costs down. We would be interested in your views on the change of format.

Temporary Road Closure – Pitts Road, 4 August 2022

For your information: A request has been received from Lanes Group for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Oxford, Pitts Road whilst sewer cleaning and maintenance works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 04 August 2022 to and including the 04 August 2022. This will operate between 09:00 and 15:30

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the Traffic Order and a drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic are available on our website.

#StreetVoice – A Citizens’ Jury on transport, health and climate change in Oxford

A team of researchers, led by the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation based at Kellogg College, is organising a Citizens’ Jury to help answer important questions about how people can travel where they need to in Oxford in a climate-friendly way that promotes health.

A number of proposals aimed at influencing how people travel have been announced in Oxford, with a wide range of views on the merits of the proposals.

The Citizens’ Jury is an opportunity for local residents to understand each other’s views and experiences, and to try to reach decisions that people can agree on about how to make Oxford an inclusive, fair and safe place to move around. Citizens’ Juries are a tried and tested, inclusive and balanced method that help communities solve local problems. A total of 2000 households in Headington, Barton, Sandhills, Northway, Quarry and Risinghurst were invited to register their interest in taking part. 16 local residents from all walks of life have been chosen by “civic lottery” to form the “jury” to reflect the population of Oxford in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic group.

Jury members will hear a range of evidence and views on issues related to how people travel within the city, how it affects people’s health and the climate, and the benefits and challenges that can come with changing how people travel. They will listen to the information presented, share their views and ideas, and work together to explore ways forward.

This project is being run independently by the University of Oxford. The jury members will develop recommendations for Oxfordshire County Council, who have endorsed the project and have agreed to listen to, and respond to, the recommendations.

Further information can be found here.

The Jury will meet over 21 hours split over four sessions in June-July 2022.

  • Sunday 12th June (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 18th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 26th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd July (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Starting with this Sunday’s session, the GCHU Twitter account (@GCHUOxford) will be sharing videos, expert presentations, information and updates throughout the day’s activities to ensure that the project is open, transparent and accessible. We are excited to share the progress of this project with the Oxfordshire community and would be grateful for your assistance in sharing this with your community. Our announcement video is now live and we will commence live-blogging the day from 12:30pm on Sunday 12th June.

Platinum Jubilee Evening, Headington Quarry Village Hall, 1730, 3 June 2022

The Village Hall invites you and your family are invited to a fun party evening to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee from 1730 to 2130 on 3 June.

This is a free, open event for everyone in the Quarry area.

Bring your own refreshments – plates, cutlery & glasses are provided.

Previous Royal celebrations saw an ox roasted………

There will be a BBQ if you wish to roast your ox (only joking!) – burgers and sausages will fit!

A few games including bingo are planned.

Headington Quarry Morris – Dance Out, 30 May 2022

Headington Quarry Morris Dancers are performing in Headington Quarry on Monday 30th May, starting at 8.00pm at The Six Bells and finishing at 8.40pm at The Masons Arms

All are welcome!

More information is available on the Headington Quarry Morris Facebook page.