Headington Headlines #228

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 17 – 23 August.

A report in @TheOxfordMail says – unsurprisingly – that the two Oxford bus companies support the Access to Headington scheme.

“Badgers set to get their own home” @BartonPark_. Do you see what @TheOxfordMail did there? Read story.

A small start-up company based in Headington, SwitchIT UK, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for a classroom and equipment. They are on twitter as @SwitchITuk.

The Ampleforth Arms in Risinghurst, currently closed but hoping to re-open has established itself as an Asset of Community Value. It has a twitter account @TheAmpRevival.

The plans to refurbish and extend Quarry Village Hall have been approved. All that’s needed now is the money – £70,000 is the estimated cost. Perhaps they need a Justgiving page!

The threatened strike by hospital porters at the JR may be averted if union members agree to the new proposals emerging from “productive” discussions on Friday. However it has also been reported that the GMB Union has joined Unison and announced it will ballot for industrial action.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

Calling all jam makers! Our plum tree is bearing fruit – please feel free to bring a pot and take some away! pic.twitter.com/wAJpCr4tWp

— Butchers Arms (@ButchersArmsOxf) August 17, 2015

Only one active topic on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Mobility scooters
I 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.