Northway Community Association
Newsletter for Northway and the surrounding area February 2013 Northway Community Association (NCA) is a registered Charity, its primary role is to finance and manage the Northway Community Centre to ensure the residents of Northway have a community building to call their own. During 2012 the committee has worked tirelessly with GreenSqaure & city council to ensure the best possible d eal for a proposed new Community Centre building, many activities have been organized and many more proposed for 2013. We will be holding our annual AGM at 7pm 22 M arch your welcome to come along. We welcome new volunteers or ideas of what you would like to see happening in your community centre, our contact d etails are at the bottom of the page.
Open Day Northway Community Centre held an open d ay in July 2012 which was attended by record numbers with all of the facilities on offer at the community centre on show to the residents. There was also a huge obstacle course on the p laying fields from the famous TV programme “it’s a knock out” where teams of men, women and children all competed against each other.
We are an Age UK Oxfordshire initiative which is able to provide one to one computer tuition and support to older people in, or close to Northway, Littlemore, Cutteslowe and Donnington. We are here to help in whatever way might be useful – be it simply getting to grips with the very basics, finding out about the internet and all that it can offer, keeping in touch with friends and family or following creative pursuits .... The list is endless! The project is also about enabling people to be connected with their local communities and helps reduce the risk of social isolation. You might like to visit our website www.connectingcommunities.net for a bit more background.
Diamond Jubilee NCA held a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen Diamond Jubilee. This was a fantastic event attended by more than 60 residents. Attendees were provided with light refreshments including fresh sandwiches, party food and cakes all free of charge. Entertainment was provided by Mr Tony Casper who sang a number of songs from the golden era.
Please do let us know if you might be interested in learning IT skills or getting involved as a volunteer tutor. We are also keen to hear from people who might be interested in intergenerational activities.
Northway Community Association AGM Annual General Meeting for Northway Community Association and Northway Social Club will be held at 7pm 22nd March 2013. All residents of Northway are welcome to attend and become members of the Association.
Contact Marian Pocock: 01235 849463, Mobile: O7827 235454 or email email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
Northway Community Centre, Dora Carr Close, Northway, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RG. Telephone 01865 764 273 Email: info@northwaycommunityCentre.co.uk Registered Charity Number 304344 Design by O xf ord Int eract ive M edi a
Haboakus plans for Northway: an update Following months of extensive consultation with local residents, interest groups and the wider community, Haboakus has submitted its planning application to develop 108 new homes and stateof-the-art community facilities in Oxford. Haboakus (a joint venture between Kevin McCloud's company Hab and housing group GreenSquare) is working in partnership with Oxford City Council on these proposals for sites at Dora Carr Close and Westlands Drive, Northway, and Barns Road, Cowley. Most of the new homes will be affordable homes for rent or for shared ownership, with a smaller proportion for sale on the open market. the local community, and boost the economy and employment opportunities in the area. We will provide employment opportunities for local people including at least 12 apprenticeships during construction, business training for local people who are out of work or seeking work, and the funding of a development worker to ensure the successful promotion and running of the two community facilities. At the moment, it's hoped that - if planning permission is granted - most of the Northway development works would take place next year, with the new community centre being built first (by Aug 2014); the Dora Carr Close apartments would follow (by Dec 2014); and the Westlands Drive homes would complete by July 2015.
Westlands Drive Since being appointed by Oxford City Council to develop housing schemes in Northway and Cowley, we have remained focused on delivering the best results for local people and Oxford as a whole. We have received a lot of positive feedback from local residents about our proposals and firmly believe the schemes will greatly benefit the community. Before getting to this point we held three sets of well-publicised public consultation events and have changed our plans to address concerns. Most of the new homes are planned to be for low-cost rent or shared ownership, with some for private sale. And our plans include the commitment to spend ÂŁ2m developing new community facilities, as well as a new shop and workshop for the Emmaus charity. The City Council's current housing strategy identifies that Oxford is the fourth fastest growing city in the UK and that there are now over 6,000 households on its housing register. Our proposals are designed to help meet that demand, enrich
The Westlands Drive project sits on the corner of
Westlands Drive and Sutton Road, next to the Northway Evangelical Church and Plowman Tower. The proposed building is a three-storey mansion block containing 21 one- and twobedroom flats. The block is, in fact, two blocks split on either side of a central 'winter garden' which allows more daylight and cross ventilation to all homes and creates opportunities for residents to meet and chat.
Dora Carr Close
four-storey mansion block containing 28 one- and two bedroom flats. As at Westlands Drive, the mansion block has an enclosed 'winter garden' running down its centre. The proposal also provides new state-of-the-art community facilities including a multi-use hall with improved sports changing rooms, social and café areas, local business units, education and learning space and outdoor areas for growing food. This new venue will have the capacity to host social occasions such as weddings, conferences, and sports events. Find out more at www.haboakus.co.uk/oxford ________________________________________
Play improvements confirmed by Council
The proposed development at Dora Carr Close will provide 47 new homes including 15 threebedroom houses, 4 four-bedroom houses and a
Oxford City Council announced in December that it has taken a lease of the playing fields at Northway from Oxfordshire County Council. Following the recent completion of the new children's play area which has already proved to be very popular with residents, Oxford City Council is committed to further improvements. These include a relocation and upgrade of the current multi-use games area and the creation of enhanced landscape areas linking in with the adjacent Peasmoor Piece Nature Reserve. Councillor Mark Lygo, Board Member for Parks and Sports, said: “These park improvements will enable the delivery of the new state-of-the-art community centre for Northway, which will include top quality facilities for the sports teams that use the playing fields. The scheme, to be delivered by the Council's partners Haboakus, will also include much needed affordable housing.”
Northway Coffee Morning
Each Monday morning we run a Coffee morning 9.30 to 11.30am With fresh coffee and cakes in the centre.
Northway Community Centre 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 Pat on: 01865 764
Lunch Club Each Wednesday from 11.30 to 1.00 pm Three course meal and a cup of tea. Everyone is welcome. To book a place please call in or call Pat on 01865 764273 Gentle Exercises As part of our coffee morning & lunch club activities NCA is providing Gentle Exercise Classes on Tuesday mornings from 11:30 am to 12:30pm, where we will teach some easy exercises that will help get the blood flowing and stretch those muscles. If you would like to take part please come along or contact Pat on: 01865 764273
Future E vents
AFCRO (Association of Former and Current
Habesha Residents of Oxford) is very grateful to Northway Community Association for allowing our members to use its facilities. Some of our members reside in Northway and are active in the affairs of the community centre. This link helped us to get the support of NCA as our association struggles to overcome its resource limitations. We hope the NCA will continue to extend its vital support to our association. We also hope the association members residing in Northway take more interest to become active participants in the affairs of their community centre.
Northway IT Centre
International day – Different cultures will be encouraged to join together in a celebration and share different types of music, share cultures and samples of different foods from around the world. This event will b e held in June 2013.
50th Celebration – Northway Community Association has been in existence for 50 Years and will be celebrating its golden anniversary in May, all residents will be invited to attend the community centre and enjoy various events throughout the day. This is a fantastic achievement so please come along. Children’s pantomime – after the very successful event in 2012 we will once again be providing a free pantomime to local children of Northway and surrounding areas in December 2013
Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner – also a very successful event and will provided once again in December 2013.
Northway Community Association in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University and Oxford Cherwell Valley College are teaching through Oxford Interactive Media, IT and Digital media courses for the unemployed including “Computers & Internet for Beginner's”, “Digital Photography”, “Desktop Publishing” and “Web Design” for all residents of Northway, Headington, Marston and Barton. Northway IT Centre supervises learners with the aim to equip them with computing skills to help them use computers for leisure or using computers in their business. M any Senior citizens living in Northway and surrounding areas have been taught the basics of word processing, emails and shopping online, in completely free-‐of-‐charge workshops sponsored by NCA and Age UK. opening times are: Monday 9:30 am-‐5:00 pm, Wednesday 9:30-‐ 1:00 pm, Thursday 9:30-‐4:30 Over the last three years we have offered IT training for over 200 residents. For more information please call in or contact Ahmed Rahman on 07786387025.
Northway Boys & Girls FC Northway Boys & Girls FC was given a very generous grant of £1000 by Northway Community Association. With this money we were able to start up a new side and provide them with a brand new kit with the Association name on the front as sponsors. With this money we were also able to send two of our coaches on a Coaching course and provide all our teams with b rand new training balls and first aid kits.
Northway Community Association will be hosting a number of events during 2013 for local residents to enjoy. These events will be advertised in the local shops and inside the Community Centre. The events include:
Northway Boys & Girls FC is currently looking to start up n ew teams in both boys and girls teams in age groups ranging from U7’s – U16’s for the season 2013/14. For this to happen we require Volunteers to coach the teams and obviously the children themselves. Anyone interested in starting up a team at Northway will be supported financially b y the club and provided with equipment required to run a side. Anyone interested ideally should have at least a Level 1 Coaching Licence and be able to undergo a thorough CRB check. Please contact the Secretary on 07866228073 for any more information.
Northway Community Centre, Dora Carr Close, Northway, Headington,Oxford OX3 9RG. Telephone 01865 764 273 Email: info@northwaycommunityCentre.co.uk Registered Charity Number 304344 Design by O xf ord Int eract ive M edi a