Headington Headlines #134

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 21 – 27 October.

The new Community Classics Centre opened at Cheney School on Thursday. @WMaryBeard gave a talk and @HeadingtonNews reported that the event was very well supported, as Mary Beard’s own column in The Times Online confirmed.

It was Warneford Meadow Apple Day on Sunday.

The badly potholed Leiden Road in Wood Farm has been resurfaced.

Both the NE Quiet (cycle) Route – that’s the one from Thornhill via Old Headington to Marston – and the @Oxonbike cycle hire scheme are doing well, according to @OxfordshireCC.

Work has started on a £5.2m revamp of Bayard’s Hill primary school in Barton, including new classrooms and refurbishing of others.

@SunderSandher, owner of Headington Londis, won an Independents’ Day award from the National Skills Academy for his shop in Leamington Spa.

Rosemary Restaurant’s new sign triggered some debate. The final consensus is that you should read it as “the RoseM’ree”. Has anyone asked the owners?

Friday evening was enlivened by a report from @HarrietRycroft that some piglets were loose on the verge of the A40 near the Marston turn.

Last week I linked to two responses to the County’s request for input to the Headington Transport Strategy. You can now read three responses here. I’ll post more if I can find any – or if you commented and would be happy to share get in touch.

@OxFurniture launched a shiny new website.

The story of the Fairview pub in Glebelands continues – a buyer has been found and the current owners say they believe the as yet un-named new owner intends to continue running it as a pub. While the final outcome must still be in doubt until the sale has gone through and the new owner(s) say something in public, it is a hopeful step for local supporters of keeping the pub going.

The County Council has said it will not install traffic lights on the Bayswater Road junction with Headington Roundabout, preferring to delay local residents rather than longer distance commuters or drivers heading for the Thornhill P&R.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Punctuality Problems on No 4 Bus
  • Accident on Headington Hill last night
  • Some Concerns about Headington
  • Beware my pc has been hacked – Regards Nicholas Newman
  • Please help: Missing Dog
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.