Headington Headlines #280

Your weekly round-up of local news for 22 – 28 August.

Headington Farmers’ Market is now under new management. Organisers @HeadingtonA say there will be a re-launch on 1 October, and new stalls. Under the new regime the market’s facebook page is getting some attention again.

Another step in the sad story of the baby found dead on a Marston footpath (see HH 256). The Coroner has stated that the baby girl was still-born. The mother has still not been traced.

Formal consultation on the Headington Neighbourhood Plan @HeadingtonPlan by the City Council is now open and running until Friday 7 October. After considering the responses and making any alterations the Plan will go to an Independent Examiner who will rule if the Plan can go to a local referendum. Information and link to submit comments is on the Council’s website.

Do you remember back in March the Barton Park development was announced as one of ten “healthy new towns” designated by NHS England? Now the developers have announced they have been awarded a grant of £126,000 by NHS England which will be administered by the City Council. Up to £30,000 will be made available to local groups to promote projects which will contribute to the overall objectives, and the Council is inviting bids for these grants.

As well as live music over the bank holiday weekend the @VictoriaArms has plenty more entertainment lined up for September.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Closure of Parking Shop
  • New Aldi store could replace Currys off Horspath Driftway in Oxford
  • Gardening Club
  • Northway
  • The changing face of Foxwell Drive!
  • Campaign Against Cuts to Services at Horton Hospital Banbury

Headington Headlines #279

Your weekly round-up of local news for 15 – 21 August.

The consultation period on the heatpipe planing application closed on Thursday, by which time 13 comments had been registered, 8 with objections and 5 neutral. (The neutral ones mostly ask questions rather than raising objections).

All my posts about the project are under the ‘Energy Project’ tab in the main menu, and there’s a page of links and contact details here.

A ‘Craft Burger’ restaurant is planning to open in the premises that used to be Dong Dong Noodle Bar in Windmill Road. They are advertising for staff. An industry briefing newsletter reports:

New craft beer and burger concept Craft Burger to launch in Oxford: New craft beer and burger concept Craft Burger is set to launch next month in Oxford, creating 15 jobs. The independent business will offer gourmet burgers and craft beer at its 50-cover restaurant in Headington. Craft Burger will use fresh ingredients, grinding meat and making sauces daily on-site. As well as offering craft beer on tap and in bottles, the venue will also sell shakes and other non-alcoholic drinks. Craft Burger will offer a takeaway service when it opens in mid-September, with a delivery service to be added at a later date. A company spokesman told Propel: “We are trying to create some fresh ideas in Headington and hopefully draw more people to the area. We hope to make Craft Burger a success and open other sites in the future.” www.propelinfonews.com/index.php 19/08/2016

A planning application (ref: 16/02112/FUL) has been submitted for a change of use of the Fairview Inn in Glebelands to a 5-bedroom house. The pub changed ownership in December 2013 with a statement at the time that it would continue to be run as a pub (see HH 141).

Campaign group @TheAmpRevival are in negotiations with the pub’s owners about re-opening under a short-term commercial lease.

Thank you to the reader who sent me another Headington Olympian. Silver medal winner Katie Greves was part of the women’s eight who beat Romania into third place in a photo finish behind the USA. Katie learned to row as a pupil at @HeadingtonSch and went on to coach there. She now rows for Leander in Henley.

The ‘Endeavour’ cast and crew were in Headington – the Cemetery, no less – filming for episode 3 of series 4. Thanks to @SimplyOxford for the link.

Following reports at the beginning of the month that Bar Meze had re-opened, it’s been confirmed that it’s the same people running it.

Apparently Bury Knowle Park is a PokéStop (a Pokémon Go hotspot). If you see bunches of people wandering around staring into their smartphones, that’s why. If you haven’t got a clue what this is about just move on.

All of Headington is outraged and deeply shocked by a missing apostrophe on a new sign in North Place. “It’s a scandal!”, spluttered Erik van t’Hoole of St Andrew’s Lane. “It’s bad enough that I have to live next to Larkins Lane without an apostrophe, but this adds insult to injury! Oxford is world famous for its grammar, spelling, and commas but this appalling error brings the good name of the city into disrepute.” A Council spokesperson later said, “It’s called Locks Court because we have to use two padlocks to close the gates.”

Photo: @HeadingHeritage

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Barton Park junction

Headington Headlines #278

Your weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 August.

The Headington Neighbourhood Plan was passed by Oxford City Council to go forward for formal consultation. Following the six week public consultation the Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Forum will make any necessary amendments. The Council will then arrange for an independent external inspector to examine the draft Plan. If the inspector confirms that the Plan is satisfactory it will be the subject of a public referendum programmed for May 2017. See the full announcement on the Plan’s website.

The ex-bed shop on the corner of Old High Street is becoming an Italian restaurant, Buongiorno e Buonasera. They already have a restaurant in Gloucester Green. @LuigiMutti tells me it’s due to open on 20 September.

I wrote a short review of Headington’s independent café and gelatería Adria.

Local MP @AndrewSmithMP has said that the dysfunctional Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust should be broken up.

The Triangle Nursery has opened on the Old Road Campus, catering for children aged 4 months to 5 years.

A planning application to build 52 homes just off Waynflete Road in Barton has been approved – not by Oxford City but by South Oxfordshire Council. The land is just outside the city boundary. See my original note in HH #262.

Struggling for a Headington Olympic connection the only one I’ve found so far is Katherine Grainger’s silver medal in the women’s double sculls. Katherine is Chancellor of @Oxford_Brookes, a position she has held since March 2015. She has now won more Olympic medals (5) than any other female British athlete.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Dong Dong
  • Disruption
  • Barton Park junction

Adria café and gelatería

Slightly off Headington’s main drag a few doors down Windmill Road is independent café and gelatería Adria, which opened in February this year. I went for the first time today, and now I’m sorry I hadn’t been before. It was mid-morning so I was looking for coffee and a pastry. Sadly, pastries weren’t on offer (the owner explained he had tried them but they didn’t sell well) and loyal readers will know I’m not a fan of cake in the morning (there was carrot cake), so it had to be ice cream. As you’d expect in a gelatería, there was ice cream. About 16 varieties including two or three sorbets, in a range of subdued (vanilla, choclolate) and garish (bubblegum) colours. I opted for coffee and a scoop of stracciatella; my companion chose coffee and lemon sorbet, all of which were excellent.

There’s a nice atmosphere too – tables and comfortable chairs inside, including some neat child-size armchairs, and more tables and chairs on the pavement outside. The décor is calm and stylish, a background rather than a feature.


As well as coffee and ice cream Adria offers soft drinks, a wide choice of herbal teas and a food menu of pizzas and toasted sandwiches. Well, I didn’t ask, but I assume ‘baked’ means ‘toasted’.


Adria isn’t on twitter and the owner said he’s still working on setting up a facebook page. I hope he doesn’t leave it too long because a small independent needs people to know about it, and I suspect Adria isn’t as well-known as it deserves to be. I’ll certainly go back, and when I do I’ll suggest that if they can’t offer pastries then a jar or two of upmarket cookies might fill the gap.


Headington Headlines #277

Headington Headlines #277

Your weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 August.

With 10 days to go before the consultation period closes on 18 August there are 5 comments on the heatpipe planning application. The comments genarally object to the disruption and query the impact in relation to the Latimer Road student development and Access to Headington. All my posts about the project are under the ‘Energy Project’ tab in the main menu, and there’s a page of links and contact details here.

The @TheMasonsArmsHQ 2016 Beer Festival is on 2/3/4 September.

Oxford Furniture @OxFurniture announced that they are closing their shop in Headington on 24 August. They say that having traded for 14 years they can no longer compete against internet sales.

Oxford Furniture

The Iceland shop re-opened after its refurbishment, and @HeadingtonNews reports that Bar Meze has re-opened too.

My favourite OX3-related tweet of the week:

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Dong Dong
  • Headington Farmers BREXIT UKIP Market

Headington Headlines #276

Your weekly round-up of local news for 25 – 31 July.

A proposal emerged to build 700 new homes on land adjacent to Old Marston, roughly between the Victoria Arms and the A40. The land is designated Green Belt and adjoins the Marston Conservation Area and the New Marston Meadows SSSI. The City Council is reported to be against the scheme, and so far no formal planning appplication has been submitted.

A 7-year old girl was bitten in the leg in the play area on Valentia Road on Monday. She needed hospital treatment. Police are appealing for witnesses: the dog is described as “a Staffordshire bull terrier mainly white with brown patches”, and the man with it “a white man in his late forties to early fifties, around 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim build with collar length greying brown hair. He was wearing khaki shorts and was carrying a dark rucksack”.

First impressions of the new sports pavilion to be built in Barton have been published in @TheOxfordMail.

Despite the Oxford Mail illustrating the story of Lloyd’s Bank branch closures with a picture of the Headington branch, the bank has not yet decided which branches will close in addition to the 200 it is already in the process of shutting.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Oxford Half Marathon coming to Marston again in October 2016
  • Disruption
  • Closure of Parking Shop
  • Can anyone suggest a good window cleaner?
  • Headington Farmers BREXIT UKIP Market
  • Dong Dong
  • Problem in alleyway in Headington

Headington Headlines #275

Your weekly round-up of local news for 18 – 24 July.

A new shuttle bus service linking the University of Oxford’s science area with Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and the Old Road Campus began operating on Monday. The ‘Science Transit Shuttle’ provides a weekday minibus connection every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm. Starting in the science area at South Parks Road, journey times are expected to be around 15-25 minutes to Old Road Campus and 50-60 minutes to Harwell. The service is currently restricted to University members and Harwell staff, but may be made available to the public at some future time.

Science Transit Shuttle bus
Science Transit Shuttle bus (picture c/o @oxfordenvsust)

Oxford East MP @AndrewSmithMP voted against renewing Trident in the House of Commons on Monday night.

A fallen tree blocked Warneford Lane outbound on Wednesday.

The Royal Standard pub, owned by Greene King, has ‘updated’ its pub sign. It seems to be one of many old signs the company is replacing. (Thanks to @headingtonnews for the link.)


More on the proposed regeneration plans for Barton, though reading more closely it’s still not clear what if anything will happen.

The bulging wall on the Osler Road/Old High Street section of Cuckoo Lane near the Osler Road end is safe, apparently.

Two loud bangs were heard in the Rock Edge/Old Road area on Saturday. Were they fireworks? Councillor @RuthWilk says there have been similar reports in the past, also at this time of year.

My favourite OX3-related tweet of the week:

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Disruption
  • Closure of Parking Shop