Headington Headlines #229

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 24 – 30 August.

Faced with funding cuts, Cheney School will only offer 6th form students 3 A-levels instead of 4. Instead they will increase the availablility of Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards they support, as this apparently makes students “more marketable”.

Two of the three bidders for the Stansfeld outdoor centre have been disclosed. They are Oxford Co-housing and Science Oxford. The third is an unnamed care provider.

Barton United and Headington Amateurs football clubs will have to find an alternative ground from April 2016 to September 2017 while their current facilities are lost during the Barton Park development. The development will ultimately provide new sports facilities including provision for the clubs.

The campaign to save the Ampleforth pub in Risinghurst now has a website www.theamprevival.co.uk/ as well as a twitter account @TheAmpRevival. The story was covered at some length on BBC South Today’s evening programme on Wednesday.

The threatened 48-hour strike by porters at the JR was called off after members of Unison accepted a deal over shift patterns and jobs.

The Headington 5 five-mile running race was held yesterday (Sunday).

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

Dramatic skies over Headington this evening. pic.twitter.com/Ubed4wLm5d

— Ross Mackenzie (@rossmackenzie) August 29, 2015

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

  • Headington Quarry Village Hall – enjoy painting?
  • Noise Osler Road.
  • Northway Town Green access road
  • Northway/Barton Link Road
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.