Campaigns, consultations and petitions
Who’s campaigning for what in our area?
- Campaign for Botley Skate Park. A number of local youngsters (and their parents) want a skate park to be built on Louie Memorial Upper Field and 866 people have signed their petition. Find out more on our special Issues feature. This campaign also has a facebook page. Contact Emily Smith on 01865 427891 or firstname.lastname@example.org . North Hinksey Parish Council rejected the proposals for a skate park in January 2013, but is that really the end of the road?
- West Oxford Community Path campaign. Check out the community path website for details. Originally a campaign purely for a cycle path, this expanded to a campaign for a multipurpose community path suitable for pedestrians as well, running from Eynsham to Dean Court. They have an online petition which you can sign (over 1,000 people already have). Contact Jean Metson on email@example.com for more details.
- Save Botley Library campaign. Currently ‘in hibernation’ as this campaign successfully achieved its initial aim of getting the County Council to include Botley Library on the core list of libraries that would retain trained staff and continue to run as in previous years. More campaigning might become necessary depending on the planning application eventually put forward by the developers of the West Way retail site as Botley Library is tied up in that issue and will need to relocate. More details on our special Issues feature and the Save Botley Library website.
Charities and other non-profit making organisations are usually on the lookout for additional money above and beyond the normal public donations that come their way. One of the other main sources of funds is grants. Sometimes these have restrictions such as covering a specific project rather than daily running costs, being for (or not for) capital costs and so on. If you are involved in one of these organisations make sure that you identify all possible sources, which for this area might include the following:
- The Sprout – they regularly redistribute profits to other worthy local causes, e-mail the Editor at editor@TheSprout.org.uk
- Parish Councils – contact the Chairman and Parish Clerk at Cumnor or North Hinksey Parish Councils
- District Council – contact your local Councillor, see the VOWHDC website for details
- County Council – contact your local Councillor, either Janet Godden or Anthony Gearing, see the OCC website for details
Charity Shops and collection points
There are two charity shops in our area:
- Sobell House charity shop, 21 The Square, Botley (registered charity no. 1118646).
- Sue Ryder charity shop, 27, Chapel Way, Botley (registered charity no. 1052076).
Also in Chapel Way, Botley there are three charity collection bins for clothing, including one specifically for shoes – please bag your donations before placing them in the bins.
Other charities and community organisations
This listing includes charities, social enterprises, residents’ associations, ‘Friends of …’ organisations and other community organisations in our community and the surrounding area. Click on the headings to reveal or hide further details:Charities
- Louie Memorial Pavilion Trust (registered charity no. 1070490). Maintaining the Pavilion on Louie Memorial Upper Field for use by the local community. Contact Emmett Casley on 01865 427519 or Emmett@kerensagardens.co.uk .
- Oxford Food Bank. Oxford Food Bank collects food being disposed of by supermarkets and food wholesalers and distributes it to charities in the Oxford area who feed needy members of the local community such as the homeless. Contact Robin Aitken on 07813961841 or David Cairns on 07884318576 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Oxford Food Bank, Unit 12, Curtis Yard, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford OX2 0LX (registered charity no. 1131738). Volunteers and donations welcomed.
- Able Types. Able Types is a fully commercial Social Enterprise, formed by the Charitable Trust “Employment for the Disabled”. They operate a business that offers mailing & business services and employs people with physical or learning disabilities at 127, Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0HD. Contact them on 01865 244114 or email@example.com .
- Oxford Diocesan Board of Education & Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (registered charity no’s 1133586 & 203428). They promote education, and the general well-being of deaf people in the Diocese of Oxford. Oxford Diocesan Church House, North Hinksey, Lane, Botley, Oxford OX2 0NB, tel. 01865 208208.
- Friends of Raleigh Park. Contact Stephen Parkinson on 01865 724525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friends of North Hinksey. Douglas Bond on 01865 791213 or 01865 241269.
- North Hinksey Conservation Volunteer Group. Contact Voirrey Carr on 07798743121 or email@example.com
- Oxford Conservation Volunteers. Although not based in this immediate area, this organisation has carried out conservation work in several locations here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org,uk
- Old Botley Residents’ Association. Contact Ag MacKeith c/o Southview House Old Botley, or 01865 724452 or email@example.com
- Harcourt Hill Residents’ Association. Meetings March and October annually at Westminster College. Contact: Chairman David Wyatt firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Poplar Road Residents’ Association. Contact David Kay on 01865 240272 or email@example.com
- Dean Court Community Association 48 Pinnocks Way Oxford Oxfordshire OX2 9DG.
- Dean Court Community Action Group. A community group tackling climate change issues. Meetings on the 4th Thursday of each month. Contact Priscilla Waugh (Secretary) on 01865 863 189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are a member of CAG Oxfordshire Community Action Groups.
- Low Carbon West Oxford. A community initiative to combat climate change and local flooding. Contact c/o 22 Oatlands Road, Oxford OX2 0ET or by e-mail via Contact us page on their website. They are a member of CAG Oxfordshire Community Action Groups.
- Oxford Flood Alliance. Contact local representative Ag MacKeith on 01865 724452 or email@example.com