Friday, 27 January 2017 - Employment Opportunity - Front of House Co-ordinator (p-t)

Front of House Co-ordinator (p-t)

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Old Fire Station logo
We’re seeking a Front of House Co-ordinator (p-t) to help us provide an informed welcome to artists, public and homeless people alike.
You’ll be a core part of the team responsible for the smooth and efficient running of our front of house operations and you will provide excellent service in a wide range of Front of House activities including tickets, shop sales and bar. You will have a key role in the development of the Bar. You’ll need to have experience of working in a customer service environment and the skills to motivate and support others in a team, and be good at staying calm in difficult situations.
If you’ve got lots of energy, enthusiasm and the confidence to work with a wide range of people and have a passion for the arts, then visit our website to find out more
We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
Deadline for applications 10am Tuesday 14th February. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 21st February at the Old Fire Station. - Job Opportunity for Inclusive Music Practitioner

Job Opportunity for Inclusive Music Practitioner

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 1 February, 2017
Ark T Centre
Job Opportunity for Inclusive Music Practitioner
For PDF of this FULL Job Description please click here:
Start Date: February 2017
End date: January 2018

Fee: There is a set fee for this project at £3500, inclusive of planning and evaluation.
Ark T is recruiting for a freelance music practitioner who is passionate about music being accessible to everybody. The music practitioner will assist the Project manager to deliver music workshops as well as lead music workshops to LGBTQ+ and Disabled young people aged between 12 years and 25 years old.
There will be 60 core sessions across the year of 2 hours, 30 1 hour taster sessions, 18 hours for trips and monthly project meetings. Sessions will take place during term time and some school holidays.
Project Overview
Youth Music has recently awarded Ark T with a grant to deliver a brand new music project in Oxford.
The overall objectives of My Normal are:
• Increased opportunities for marginalised musicians, dismantling barriers to music for young people with mental health and disabilities, My Normal will increase visibility, challenge inequality and expand the musical aspirations of participants.
• Up skilled workforce and studio capable of delivering inclusive music projects for young people with disabilities and mental health issues
How to Apply
Please send your C.V with a covering letter of one page A4 explaining why this opportunity excites you and what you hope to gain from the experience to
A full and enhanced DBS will be required for this role.
Deadline for Application: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Interview Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017 between 10am and Noon.

Diversity and Equality: We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are an Equal Opportunities employer. We also accept application in other formats.
Contact Details: 
Please contact: Emmy O’Shaughnessy at or mobile: 07770520908 who can provide further information and discuss any reasonable adjustments that applicants may need - Auditions - Love's Labour's Lost - Summer Shakespeare - Oxford Theatre Guild

Auditions - Love's Labour's Lost - Summer Shakespeare - Oxford Theatre Guild

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Monday, 6 February, 2017
Oxford Theatre Guild
Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost is a delightfully witty battle of the sexes set in the world of Academia – so what better than to transport the play to late 19th Century Oxford – where women were starting to make their mark in the world of higher education.
Featuring immediately recognisable Oxford characters – who will be styled in incredible costumes, it will be a production full of everything that is great about an Oxford Summer – croquet, punting, picnics and falling in love.
Join us for an unforgettable summer experience.
Key Dates:
First round auditions:
Wednesday 1 February 8pm – 10pm
Sunday 5 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday 6 February 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Auditions take place at the URC in Summertown
Recalls (by invitation only):
Monday 13 February 7.30pm - 10pm
Date & Time: 18-29 July 2017
Venue: Trinity College Gardens
 Audition Process
There will be 3 first round auditions and then recalls by invitation only.
In the first rounds, we will be working on speeches and scenes by Shakespeare scripts other than Love’s Labour’s Lost. You will not be required to look at anything in advance – the texts will be available in the room. Our aim is to assess your potential rather than to immediately consider you for specific characters.
The sessions will run for 2 hours and you will be given the opportunity to work on a range of scenes with a range of different actors. It will be a relaxed and informal process – so please try not to get too anxious. Easier said than done, of course!
If invited to the recalls, you will be sent a small number of scenes from Love’s Labour’s Lost to look at. You won’t be required to learn them – just become familiar with them. This is the point that we will be looking at specific characters and combinations.
We will be aiming to timetable this to enable us to see as many combinations as we can – and, of course, give you as much time as possible to shine.
Accessibility concerns
If you have any specific needs with regards to access or any other issues, please do get in contact with us ( and we will help if we can.
What if I can’t make those dates and times?
If you are interested in auditioning, but are unable to come to any of the given dates, please contact us ( and we will try to see you at another time, if possible.
Contact Details: 
Email us on with any questions - Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 8 February, 2017
Artist in Residence
An invitation to artists to have use of a studio at the Old Fire Station for a year in return for inspiring and supporting homeless people to gain new artistic skills.
The two charities, Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis, are jointly offering one of its six studios as an award to an artist in return for contracted voluntary work, working alongside Crisis tutors to develop new artistic skills with Crisis members and working with the Visual Arts team to encourage and support Crisis members to engage with the programme. We are particularly interested in an artist who can offer skills that are under-represented in the team, such as photography, animation, filmmaking or small 3 D work.
For details of how to apply see

• Deadline for applications – 10.00am on 8th February 2017
• Interviews will take place on Wednesday 22 February 2017
• The studio will be available for the successful applicant to occupy from 1st March 2017 - Volunteer at The Story Museum

Volunteer at The Story Museum

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 28 February, 2017
We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us deliver experiences that will delight our visitors, young and old, and develop our ideas and audiences for the future.
You’ll meet fascinating people, be part of some unique events and play an important role in helping The Story Museum come true – as well as gain some different skills and experience.
‘I can really recommend volunteering at The Story Museum. Great place, and lovely people.’ – volunteer
Current opportunities...
Our main need is for exhibition stewards who support Front of House in the smooth running of the museum. As an exhibition steward you will be welcoming our visitors, animating the exhibits and helping with our events. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our school visits during the week and with backstage repairs to keep our exhibitions ready for use. All of our roles are flexible, so if you are interested in wearing more than one hat...we absolutely encourage it!

What do you need to do? Complete a brief application form and e-mail it to
You will need to attend a training session (around 60 minutes) at which you’ll receive some basic training and learn about our current exhibition and activities. We ask you to commit to at least two half days a month.

Ultimately, we are looking for people who are friendly, enthusiastic and have a love of stories in all their forms - if this is you, please get in touch!
Find more information and the application form here:

Fancy being on Stage - Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society have a Wizard of Oz read through on Tuesday 7th February 2017

Wizard of Oz - read through

Salary / Fee: 
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society will have a read through of their next production 'The Wizard of Oz' from 7.30pm at Kennington Village Centre (OX1 5PG).
Come along if you are interested in being on stage or if you have something to offer off stage - costumes, scenery, set building, music, lighting, etc.

Get in touch via our Facebook page at or email

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Thames Valley Alert - Payment Diversion Alert

Please note:
 This is useful information to pass onto families and friends it does not necessarily apply to families in SFA  

Payment diversion alert 
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself
  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online by telephone0300 123 2040.

Thames Valley Alert - Attempted Burglary Wootton - 19th January 2107


Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted burglary in Wootton, Oxfordshire
On 19.01.17 between 05:00 – 19:00 a property in Besselsleigh Road had an attempted burglary. No entry was gained.
If you have seen any suspicious looking vehicles or people in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the police via the 24 hour non- emergency telephone number 101.
Alternatively, if you have any information but wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online @ No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Go Active & Active Women - January 2017 Newsletter

Welcome one and all to the January 2017 edition of the GO Active & Active Women Newsletter for Oxford!

To help you start the new year on the physically active trail please have a look through the extensive and varied list of activities on our GO Active and Active Women schemes.
For those of you on the look-out for a new activity; there are a multitude of Learn to Nordic Walk courses on offer at both Bury Knowle Park and especially Cutteslowe Park. There are numerous benefits involved with this session including toning both the upper & lower body at the same time, decreasing the pressure on knees and joints as well as burning up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking.      

In terms of local sports awards events; The Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2016 ceremony will take place on Friday 27th January 2017 at the Kassam Stadium in Cowley. This is now a prestigious and well-established event celebrating local sporting excellence across the county as well as helping to raise the profile of Sport and Physical Activity on a local level.

Stay healthy, happy and active!

Daniel Craggs and The GO Active and Active Women Team, Oxford

Follow this link to read more

Carillion amey - Update on new Housing Portal

Service Family Hot Topics - January 2017

JSHAO - Civilian Housing Brief - SCOTLAND - Tues 7th March 2017 - Kinloss, Weds 8th March 2017 - Faslane, Thurs 9th March 2017 - Edinburgh

Monday, 23 January 2017

Employment Opportunity at Hampden Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Nurse
We are looking for a full time qualified RVN (or 2ndyear student nurse) to join our 9vet, 9 nurse
team at our RCVS Accredited Hospital located in central Aylesbury. 
Our Hospital's primary focus isthe care of inpatients undertaking surgery or investigations, and is supported by our 4 local branch surgeries situated around Aylesbury and a local village. From these, pets are referred to the Hospitalfor inpatient procedures. Nurses are presently only located at our Hospital.
As a member of the nursing team, your role is 100% clinical based looking after our inpatients at our busy Hospital. 
Hampden Veterinary Hospital has been serving the pet owners of Aylesbury and the surrounding area for over 80 years and is one of only 150 RCVS accredited Small Animal Veterinary Hospitals outof around 4,000 practicesin the UK. 
Our present Hospital was built in 2009 and provides a modern
fully equipped facility with 3 operating theatres. To ensure we provide the best local care possible toour clients and their pets, we continue to provide our own Out of Hours service
from our Hospital. 
We are situated in the Chilterns with excellent road and rail access to both city and rural pursuits. 
* Salary-competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
* Hours: 39 hrs per week. 
* CPD allowance.
* Out of Hours Rotaapprox. 1:7. (Duties are paid in addition to the basic salary. 
* Holidayinitially 28 days, increasing to 33 days pa.
Please send your CV with Covering letter to
Please note, it may not always be possible to reply to all applicants. 
If this is the case, please acceptour thanks for your interest in working for us.

Scottish Veterans Residences - Latest vacancies

Scottish Veterans Residences are in a position to offer temp supported accommodation to Veterans at the following locations:
Bellrock Close – Glasgow – 5 Vacancies
Whitefoord House – Edinburgh – 3
Rosendael – Dundee – 1 vacancy

Allocations & Void Officer
Scottish Veterans Housing Association
Tel No: 0131 556 0091 ext 230
Mob No: 07469660019

A member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Registered Charity No 12739
Registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 & with The Scottish Housing Regulator

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Don't Forget - Bicester Garrison Housing meeting - TODAY - Wednesday 18th January 2017


It's the 3rd Wednesday of the MonthTODAY
18th January 2017

Don't forget
Bicester Garrison Housing meeting

at 10am 
in the 
Army Education Centre

If you have an issue you wish to raise but won't be able to attend please contact either your Unit Welfare Teams, alternatively you can e-mail 
(this e-mail address covers both
Abingdon & Bicester HIVE offices)
with details and these can be raised on your behalf 
 Please remember to include, Name, Address, Contact telephone number and any job reference numbers.

Abingdon HIVE office Closed on Wednesday 18th January 2017

Oxfordshire County Council - Admissions to infant and primary schools


Admissions to infant and primary schools

Details of applying to start infant and primary school for the first time.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be starting reception from September 2017.
Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010 will be transferring to junior school in September 2017.
How to apply
The deadline for infant and primary applications was 15 January 2017.
If you missed this deadline complete a paper application form (pdf format, 98Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team no later than 5 May 2017
Your application will be considered on 12 June 2017. 

Make sure you understand the admissions process before applying

Key dates
  • 15 January 2017 - Deadline for on-time applications
  • 18 April 2017 - Offer of school places sent by second class post and email
  • 5 May 2017 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
  • 12 June 2017 - Second allocation round
  • September 2017 - start of the school year

Important things to remember when applying

  • It is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place by the deadline of 15 January 2017
  • If your child is attending nursery classes within a primary school, you must still apply for a place in the main school
  • You can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
  • We advise you to enter your catchment (or designated) school as one of your preferences
  • Attending your catchment school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under two miles away
  • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

Launton Village Stay and Play - Tuesdays and Fridays

Council launches stricter policy for local Taxi & Private Hire Drivers

A new licensing policy that will introduce stricter standards for taxi and private hire drivers has now come into effect.
On Monday, 9 January Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) launched the joint Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy.
The new policy aligns both councils’ policies, while also including a number of updates and improvements to ensure those that use taxis have a safe, reliable and pleasant experience. 

Mandatory safeguarding training will make drivers more alert to the risks that passengers face and encourage vigilance in the reporting of any misconduct or criminality. The ‘fit and proper person’ test vets would-be cabbies for general demeanour and honesty before they get behind the wheel.

Driving standards training will be another condition of the new licence application process, which places particular emphasis on any evidence of dishonesty and driving offences such as speeding.

The policy covers not only drivers’ recruitment and training, but their performance on the road. A penalty points scheme will keep track of infringements and the council will be empowered to revoke licences in cases of serious or repeated offences. 

For further information visit or contact the licensing team on 01295 753744 or