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Newsletter for Northway and the surrounding area A ! UGUST 2010

Northway Community A NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR NORTHWAY The City Council is working with Northway Community Association to make proposals on the development of land previously occupied by Northway Centre, Northway Community Centre and Northway Sports Facilities. The Scheme will include Emmaus furniture store being offered better accommodation in Cowley. The old community centre on Westlands Drive being demolished to make way for additional social & affordable housing. The Current community centre on Dora Carr Close including the Sports facilities will also be demolished. This will enable more housing to be provided for those on waiting lists along with the provision of a brand new purpose built community centre that includes sports and changing facilities. The developers are being asked to think through buildings and daily management options of the new facilities to ensure future sustainability, best use of facilities and to benefit the whole community including surrounding areas. These options are being considered in full consultation with Northway Community Association and will include open meetings where options will be delivered. With a reduced management burden the vision for Northway Association will be to give its energies to running activities, to become a more vital and central part of Northway life, promote benefit of the neighbourhood, the interests of social welfare, education, recreation and leisure-time pursuits with the object of improving the conditions of life and health for residents. These are early days for the proposals and if successful the new community centre building will be completed and ready for use before the current building is vacated. We all know the current building has its problems being expensive to run and maintain and places a huge financial burden on the centre. We need support from local residents to ensure the community centre continues to thrive in these very difficult times and build on the successes and developments made in the last 3 years. .

Open Day Northway Community Association / Community Centre will again be holding a Fun Day on Bank Holiday Saturday – August 28th. Last year was a great success and this year we will be building on that. A theme this year is International food tasting and already several communities within the city have agreed to bring their specialist foods for Northway residents and families to try and enjoy. There will be a Carvery for those who like their food in more traditional form. The central at traction of the day will be a fun fair� alongside a fun fair, bouncy castle, stalls, competitions, and lots of fun. Face painting will take place in the Centre. County Fire Service will bring a Fire Engine to show the kids. Climbing wall for older kids and young people. Get family and friends along. Enjoy yourselves and help make it a great day for all.

Northway Community Centre, Dora Carr Close, Northway, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RG. Telelphone 01865 764 273 Email:


Newsletter for Northway and the surrounding area A ! UGUST 2010

NORTHWAY IT CENTRE by Ahmed A Rahman Northway Community Associations in collaboration with Oxford Brookes is developing and teaching courses including Computers and Internet for Beginner's, digital photography, desktop publishing, web design and flash animation for all people of Northway, Headington, Woodfarm, Marston and Barton. Northway IT Centre monitors and supervises all learners with an aim to equip them with computing skills to help them to use computers for their leisure, or to start using computers in their business or for creative design. Senior citizens living in Northway and around are taught the basics of word processing, emails and shopping online, in completely free-of-charge workshops. This is a part of Northway Community

OXFORD CITY FOOTBALL CL U B W INS ANO THER COMMUNITY AWARD. Oxford City is located at Court Place Farm and has just won the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards, Charity & Community Award 2010. This is in recognition of the club’s unique focus on youngsters and vulnerable persons evident by their 37 teams at the club of all ages, together with the outstanding success of Oxford City Casuals for players with learning difficulties. The club is very friendly and welcoming and there is FREE ADMISSION to all league

Associations collaboration with Age UK and Oxford Brookes Uninversity. Oxford City’s Intergenerational pilot project hosted in the community centre. Has shown to be beneficial in challenging ageism, bridging the gap between the generations and providing an opportunity for older people to enhance their quality of life. This pilot project designed to bring Oxford Brookes students and older people in Oxford city to work together in learning activities and to allow younger and older to learn from each other. The IT Centre has provided IT courses for those unemployed or seeking employment. To date over 80 students have benefited from the IT facilities on offer and Northway Association is expecting to expand these services in

the coming months. These projects are managed by Graham Bellinger, Secretary of Northway Community Association with Ahmed Rahman, Age UK IT Development Worker and Northway’s IT manager. to contact Ahmed Mobile: 07786387025

Photo by Ahmed Rahman

matches at Oxford City stadium for persons under 16. The club has outgrown its current facili ties and will be expanding this year to include a new pavilion, a full size artificial football pitch and six new netball courts. There will also be 3 full size and 1 mini grass football pitches retained on the site. This will provide fantastic extra facilities for the Northway and Marston community and the club will also be running special weekly coaching sessions for local youths to provide more much needed organised activities.


Newsletter for Northway and the surrounding area A ! UGUST 2010 Northway Community Centre what is on

Lunch Club


IT @ Northway A major emphasis for the Centre since the new rooms were opened last year is to hold a wider range of activities. Already the provision of the new IT room has brought valuable learning in computer skills to both young and older people on the estate (see above). Oxford Brookes University helped with the launch of that initiative and could provide further support. We mustbuild on these initiatives. Graham Bellinger, Secretary of Northway Community Association, has been in discussion with the County Council and Ruskin College about bringing more opportunities for developing your skills and interests in the Centre. Ahmed is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the IT room between 10AM and lunchtime where you can use computers on a dropin basis as well a full advice and training to develop skills.

The Lunch club opens Wednesday at 12PM to 1PM A three course meal for under £5.00


Bingo is on Thursdays from 19.30 hours.All residents are welcome


Northway BOYS & Girls Football

Over 50s Club Over 50th club happens all year round in the Gym on Fridays between 10 and 12 noon where you can enjoy table tennis, short mat bowls and board games as well as meet pals and enjoy a chat

Coffee Morning

Photo by Ahmed Rahman

The coffee morning provides a social meeting place for coffee, tea & cakes each Monday 10.00am. Also meet Oxford City Homes,Estate Manager who holds a weekly Surgery Monday 10am – 12pm Open to all residents.

Northway Boys & Girls Football Club has been in existence for over 40 years and has recently achieved Charter Standard Status. We currently have teams in age groups U6’s, U7’s, U8’s which train every Friday evening. U10’s, U12’s who play in the Oxford Mail Boys League and two adult teams which play in the Oxfordshire Senior League and The Autotype Upper Thames Valley Sunday league. For more information please contact the club secretary on 07866228073


International Food Tasting on Bank Holiday Saturday – August 28th.

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Northway Social Club a fully licensed bar for members and guests. There is always a good friendly atmosphere and we welcome all. Providing a varied programme of live music events and entertainments for all ages. Club subscriptions are very reasonable at only £15.00 per year for full membership. So please come along and see what it is all about. Just bring along a friend and enjoy yourselves! The Centre currently has various rooms for hire from a meeting room seating 10 people to a fully licenced function hall accommodating up to 120 people for enquiries and a quotation please contact Jayne on: 01865 764273

Graham Bellinger, Secretary of Northway Community Association, has been awarded Certificate of Honour in recognition for the outstanding voluntary work he carried out for Northway Community Association and people of Northway. Three judges, including the Lord Mayor, selected the successful recipients from nominations made by members of the public. Photo by Ahmed Rahman

December 11th The Inflatables band September 18th Steve Whale solo singer October 30th children's halloween disco & fireworks display all residents are welcome.

December 14th OAP christmas party dinner

November 13th Rob Underwood: tribute to Robbie Williams December 4th Childrens xmas panto everyone welcome.

Photo by Graham Bellinger

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