Headington Headlines #114

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 27 May – 2 June.

The Headington Festival @HeadingtonFest on Sunday was a great success, with sunshine and plenty of stalls and entertainments bringing out the crowds.

The elderly woman who was found dead in a house in The Link, Risinghurst last week died of natural causes. The man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

There was a widely re-tweeted report about a woman in Muslim dress being spat at in Headington the week before last. I checked with the original poster @TellMamaUK and the source was a text message. They couldn’t give and I haven’t seen any further confirmation of the source or the story.

Fire and Rescure services were called to a chemical incident at Ivy Lane flats. A cleaner tried to unblock a sink with a chemical cleaner not knowing a resident had tried the same thing but with a different chemical the previous evening. The mixture gave off chlorine into the kitchen and the cleaner had to go to hospital. He was not seriously harmed.

A man was arrested after a teenage girl reported being raped in Headington on Tuesday evening the week before last (21 May). Police are appealing for witnesses or any other information.

@CafeNoirOxford‘s main course menu is now mainly pizza, although they still have a specials board.

@TheOxfordMail carried a nice memoir from the time Cotuit Hall was a children’s home.

Thornhill park-&-ride is getting a coffee stall in the waiting room.

Jack Straw’s Lane is fully open again after being re-surfaced as a cycle-friendly road. Despite the misleading – well, let’s be honest, wrong – headline in The Oxford Mail the road is still open to motor vehicles but the hope is that cars will drive more slowly and cyclists will feel safer.

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

  • Plans for resurfacing of London Road between Bury Knowle and Green Road roundabout
  • missing cat: Ouseley Close, Marston
  • Missing Monkey
  • not know Morris dancing took place in headington in May
  • Headington now has a new neighbourhood watch scheme.
  • Shop at end of Kennett Road
  • Local historians what do you know about the history of Sandhills?
  • Headington Festival and Sports Day 2013
  • Coffee kiosk opening at Thornhill Park and Ride
  • UK Energy Policy Day at Oxford University
I try to cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week’s summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.