Headington Co-op, Public Exhibition, St Andrew’s School, 20 October, 1700-2000

The Co-op has decided to sell its single-storey premises in London Road, and it is part of the Co-op’s policy of changing its estate by renting smaller supermarkets.

Cantay Estates, the new owners of the Co-op Supermarket site in London Road, are holding a public exhibition on Wednesday, 20 October at St Andrew’s School, London Road, Headington, between the hours of 5 pm and 8 pm.

Once the new building with a ground floor supermarket and “limited” service hotel on three and five-storeys has been built, the Co-op has agreed to re-instate the Post Office (which is now effectively Headington’s only bank).

A leaflet with further information has been circulated to 2,000 households and businesses in the central area of Headington.

Bulb Planting in the Quarry

We will be holding another bulb planting on Saturday 30 October from 1000. We will be planting 500 tulip and daffodil bulbs in the Beaumont Road green area.

All members of the community and membership are welcome, together with your children. Please bring a spade and dress appropriately for the weather.

We hope that you are able to join us on the day.

Headington Market is returning to London Road on 18 September

Headington Market is returning to London Road with a celebration market from 0900 – 1400 on 18 September 2021. More details are available on the attached poster.

Neighbours Day in Headington, 18/19 September

Headington Action, with support of residents groups such as Friends of Quarry,  is promoting a ‘Neighbours Day’ in Headington on 18/19 September.

We wish to encourage residents to organise street events such as street parties, informal street meets in gardens, plant swaps, artistic displays, or anything which captures the imagination.

More details are available on the flyer.

Oxford Local Plan 2040 – Consultation has started

Oxford City Council has started the process of producing the Local Plan 2040. OCC are offering an early opportunity to get involved in the development of the Oxford Local Plan 2040. 

The Local Plan can help tackle many of the issues that the city faces, such as our environment, inequalities and climate change.  It will set out where and how new development can happen. It will look at what development is needed in the city and try to provide for that. At the same time it will try to keep hold of the things that make Oxford a special place, and see where things can improve to make it a better place to live, work and visit.

OCC have begun to identify issues that they think the Local Plan could help to address. These are set out in an Issues Paper, supported by a series of topic papers containing more detailed background information. The Issues Paper and topic papers are on the OCC website.

In addition, OCC have prepared a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, a Duty to Cooperate Scoping report and are running a call for sites exercise. Details are on the webpage as above.

Comments can be made using the questionnaire, which does not require reference to any other documents, or using the Issues Paper Questions to help guide your responses to the issues paper. Links to both are on the webpage as above

Put your old laptops to use!

Oxfordshire Community Foundation is inviting donations of unwanted laptops, tablets and phones for refurbishment and reuse. If you are able to help, there is more information below.

The pandemic has highlighted that lack of online access is a serious issue that limits people’s life chances and wellbeing. We are now appealing for the public and local businesses to donate laptops for school children, isolated older people and others in need.

Without appropriate devices, adequate data and connectivity, or the digital skills needed to get online, it is estimated that up to 40,000 people in Oxfordshire could continue to be isolated, even as lockdown measures ease.

OCF initiative Getting Oxfordshire Online is now inviting donations of unwanted laptops, tablets and phones for refurbishment at newly created hubs in Oxford and Didcot. Community partners will then work to help give users access to the best deals on data, and deliver the skills training needed to make the best and safest use of the devices.

If you have old laptops you would be willing to donate, please have a look at our website to find out whether they meet the required specification, and get contact details for the donation hubs.

If you don’t have a spare laptop at the moment, you can still support our initiative by making a financial donation.

If you have a suitable laptop and are not able to travel to Aspire in Osney Lane, please contact Friends of Quarry by email before 14 July and we will arrange to deliver it.

Pop-up Covid Testing and Vaccination W/C 6 July 2021

Walk-in testing and vaccine centres in the city this week

Cases of covid have risen dramatically in the city in the last week, from around 300 to nearly 1000 cases, and is now in the top ten worst-hit places in England. 80% of the cases are in 18-29 year olds.

Due to the high case rates the NHS has provided three walk-in testing centres this week, so that people aged 18-30 can get an accurate PCR test and make sure they aren’t passing on the virus.

The NHS has also provided walk-in vaccination clinics this week for anyone over 18 to get a first dose of vaccine. No appointment or ID is needed, although ID is helpful if available. Vaccines are the best protection for you and your community against the virus.

Testing sites

Extra walk-in testing sites will be at three locations in the city from Tuesday 6 July  to Sunday 11 July, 10am – 8pm (no appointment is needed):

  • South Park (St Clement’s end)
  • The Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street (on the right hand side of the front of the building)
  • Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road.

The testing centres at Oxford Brookes University and Osney Lane are also open every day 8am – 8pm, including for those without symptoms, but people need to book an appointment on gov.uk.

Anyone who tests positive should self-isolate so that they don’t pass the virus on to others.

Vaccine sites

Pop-up vaccine sites are offering walk-in vaccines from Wednesday 7 July  to Saturday 10 July, for anyone aged 18 or over.

Wed 7 to Fri 9 July

  • Iffley Road Sports Centre, OX4 1EQ – 9:30am – 7:30pm (Last entry at 7pm)
  • Oxford University Club, OX1 3SZ – 9:00am – 8pm

Saturday 10 July

  • East Oxford Health Centre, OX4 1GE –  9am – 5pm

You can still book a first and second dose of the vaccine at local vaccination sites across Oxfordshire, at pharmacies or the Kassam stadium. Go online to national booking service or call 119 to make an appointment. Appointments are being continuously updated to allow plenty of local choice and times of appointments, so please check regularly.

Postponed – FOQ Picnic, Quarry Hollow Park, 11 July 2021

In our May newsletter, we announced that we were planning to organise a picnic in Quarry Hollow Park on 11 July. In light of the announcement that the current level of Covid restrictions has been extended, we have made the decision to delay the picnic until August.

We will communicate a new date and time closer to the event as we will not be able to hold it unless further easing takes place as currently planned. We hope that you will be able to join us.

Reminder: OxClean 2021, 1400, 5 June 2021, Quarry Hollow Park

We will be organising another litter pick in the Quarry in support of OxClean, together with Holy Trinity Headington Quarry. This year’s clean will take place on Saturday 5 June.

Please join us at the sandpit in Quarry Hollow Park at 1400 for up to two hours.

All equipment and instructions will be provided – please bring along your children to help.

We hope to see you there.

Friends of Quarry May Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our May newsletter, which will also be delivered to all households in the Quarry over the next week.