Headington Headlines #125

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 12 – 18 August.

The newly-formed Friends of Lye Valley has its own website. Their first meeting took place on Wednesday.

The @HeadingtonPlan Steering Group met on 7 August and the minutes are now online. Mike Ratcliffe @Mike_rat was elected as Chairman.

News broke about two new bus routes connecting Thornhill P&R with the Headington hospitals and Old Road campus. One of them, route 800, is shown as using Osler Road. The current 700 route is being extended out to Kidlington. All services will run Monday to Friday only. Read more on my blog and the e-dem forum.

A con-man who targeted businesses in Headington was found guilty of fraud in Oxford Magistrates’ Court.

Three cameras were stolen in a burglary at a house in Quarry Road a week last Saturday (10 August). On the same day a woman’s handbag was stolen in a snatch robbery as she walked along North Way.

Some properties in Risinghurst had a power cut on Thursday which lasted most of the day.

Work started on sprucing up Headington Quarry Village Hall, which is on the corner of Margaret Road and Quarry Road. The building was given to the local community in the 1930s and is looked after by Trustees.

Brambles, one of Headington’s remaining independent shops, is for sale. Headington.org.uk has the shop’s history.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • New Headington bus routes
  • “Open Doors” weekend in September: Headington & Marston
  • School transport in and around Headington
  • Psychology study with people aged 65-75, takes 35 mins, interesting and really worthwhile
  • An additional pedestrian crossing on London Road?
  • Child’s Bike?
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.