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Oxford University Newcomers Club

This club exists to welcome to Oxford the partners and families of academic visitors, and graduate students. Come along to the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens any Wed. morning between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term, and throughout the summer vacation, and sample our programme of events and outings. The club rooms and the equipment room are available throughout the summer on Wed., 10.30 a.m.–12 noon. Wednesday 28 Feb., Annual Spring Lunch and Bring and Buy Sale, 10.30 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission: 50 pence to inc. coffee; £3.50 to inc. lunch. Newcomers, children, and Friends of Newcomers' Club are welcome. Please bring something to sell if you can.

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Boards of Visitors

The independent Prison Watchdog–a unique place in penal affairs. People from all backgrounds are needed to ensure that prisoners are being cared for in accordance with Prison Rules. To be considered as a member of a Board of Visitors, you do not need any special qualifications or experience, although you will be at least 18 years of age, and should live within 30 miles of the establishment. You will be required to attend monthly meetings. You should also be prepared to spend about 2–3 days each month inspecting the prison and dealing directly with prisoners and staff. If you are the right kind of person you will join a dedicated team, who find the work very rewarding. You will not be paid for this commitment but your expenses will be covered. To find out more about being a member of the Board of Visitors at your local establishment, please contact: Mrs Julia Twynam, Chairman, Board of Visitors, HMP Bullingdon, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 1WD. Tel.: 01869 322111 ask for BOV Clerk (All members of the Boards of Visitors are appointed by the Home Secretary). Applications to be received by 21 Feb.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Tuition Offered

The Alliance Française runs classes in French for Adults and Children, and A, A/S, and GCSE classes. For details on these and all other courses, please ring 01865 310946.

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Services Offered

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world- wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

Glass, glazing, double-glazing, secondary-glazing, sash windows, conservatories and porches. Oxford Double Glazing Ltd., have 36 years' experience of the supply, installation, and repair of single and double glazing. Please call us for pressure-free advice, or visit our showroom at 3, South Parade, Summertown. Tel.: 01865 517200, e-mail: info@oxforddoubleglazing.com.

Quality of Life? Improve yours: your health, fitness and well being are three of your most important personal assets. A personal trainer can assist you in improving all of them, from weight loss to improved mobility, increased energy levels, to sports specific exercise. Paul Hornsby offers individuals and groups professional and effective advice on health, fitness, and lifestyle. For a free consultation call: 01865 773021, (mobile) 07980 818574, e-mail: pjh_personaltraining@yahoo.com.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

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Situations Vacant

Ashfold School, Dorton, Aylesbury, Bucks., HP18 9NG: Having grown by 50% over the last three years Ashfold is now in a position to create the new post of Bursar - part-time. The successful candidate will be responsible for the efficient management and administration of the school, its development, estate and support staff. Letters of application and CV with details of two referees by 12 February to, The Headmaster. Further details available on 01844 238237.

Required: undergraduate from Oriel, Somerville, Hertford or Worcester for approx. 4 hrs p.w. to work for Grasmere Publications/Organisation. £40 p.w. (hours to suit). For interview please contact (e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk, or tel.: Grasmere House, 01865 511657.

Statistician: a small Oxford University cancer epidemiology research unit has a full- or part-time vacancy for an experienced graduate to assist in the analysis of epidemiological studies. An interest in medical statistics and knowledge of Excel and STATA is desirable. The appointment is temporary on the University research (1A) scale (£16,775–£25,213. Applications with CV and names of two referees to be sent to Professor L.J. Kinlen, Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit, 65 banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE.

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Houses to Let

Four-bedroom furnished family house in Islip. Large sitting-room with open fireplace, large kitchen with Aga, dining room, bathroom, additional toilet, cellar, conservatory area, and own driveway. £1,000 p.m. Please ring 01865 372223.

Ockham Mews, Bardwell Road–£1,700 p.c.m.: immaculate 2-bedroom mews house with conservatory, garage and garden, fully furnished, available February. Contact us for a full ist of property: tel.: 01865 554577, Fax.: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle- lettings@dial.pipex.com, Website: www.lifestyle-lettings.co.uk.

Seventeenth-century stone cottage: very tasefully decorated (bare beams, fireplace etc.), full c.h./shower. Ten miles from Oxford city centre, 2 miles from Witney. Two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single). £650 p.c.m. Contact Simon on 01993 881392 (home), 07780 602848 (mobile), 01865 881430 (work).

Renovated 2-bedroom house in Marlborough Road, south Oxford, overlooking large meadow. Tastefully fitted bathroom and kitchen. Ten minutes' walk from Oxford centre. Available 1 Dec. £750 p.c.m. Suit professional couple. Dr P. Collett, tel.: 01865 744073, e-mail: peter.collett@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Traditional country cottage, Bladon: 8 miles Oxford city centre. Newly appointed, 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, parking. Suit non-smoking single or couple. £700 p.c.m. exc. bills. Available 1 March for 6 months, renewable. Photos available. E-mail: leo.cookson@csls.ox.ac.uk.

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. Email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

One-bedroom flat: Headington, near Oxford Brookes, South Park, Churchill/Warneford/John Radcliffe Hospitals. Delightful, bright, modern, fully furnished, quiet; spacious cupboards, fully-fitted kitchen, entry phone, communal gardens, allocated parking. No pets. Professional person/couple. Available February. £675 p.c.m. Tel.: 020 8340 4512.

One-bedroom flat near Summertown, within walking distance from city centre, colleges, libraries. Modern, charming, convenient, quiet, with balcony and parking. Ideal for 1 person or a couple. Available from early April–early mid-July. For details tel.: 01865 512 790.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river. Available for short/long lets. Three exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms: (1) Ground- floor, available from 1 March, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) First- flat available from 1 April, second-floor from 1 May. Each with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Radley House, Summertown–£750 p.c.m.: 2-bedroom apartment to suit visiting academic or couple, off-street parking, communal grounds, fully furnished, available February. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax.: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com. Website: www.lifestyle-lettings.co.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Room to let at the top of a quiet house in Bardwell Road. Independent access. £80 p.w. inc. c.h. Electricity is via a key meter, the cost shared between 2 (possibly 3) people, as is the telephone bill. Suit postgraduate, research student. Please ring 01865 554245.

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home and investment. With our 27 years' experience we assure you of a high level of service from dedicated and professional letting and management teams. Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are still reaping the benefits of our high standards of property management. if you would like details of our services please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, fax: Oxford 556993, email: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the warm, comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, quiet, central North Oxford, within walking distance of all main unviersity buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator or refrigerator availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./Fax: 01865 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Exchange

House Exchange: we are an English family from Perth, Western Australia, geologist and social worker, with children aged 5 and 3, who would like to swap houses with a family from Oxford or environs, about April 2001 for a year. We have 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and area to park. Ten minutes from University of Western Australia, and from City centre, 15 minutes to stunning Cottesloe Beach. Ring my parents in Oxford more details on 01865 725806, or write, Ed Hooper, 243 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, WA 6008. Phone 6189 388 0440, or e-mail: ed.hooper@aus.apachecorp.com. We're all set to go!

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Holiday Lets

Cevennes–Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms–sleep 8+; bathroom, and 2 shower rooms. Set at about 1000ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet–near a village with shops–in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming. Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards–and the Mediterranean–all within easy reach. Available April onwards (from £200 p.w.). Non-smokers only, please. Longer stays encouraged at lower rates; full c.h. available for winter lets. Apply (eves.): 01527 541360.

Paris studio: charming courtyard studio apartment, period building, in the fashionable and very central Marais (Rue St Paul). Quiet, light, well-equipped and attractively furnished. £35 per night or £205 per week for members of the University. Available from 25 Jan. throughout the year. Tel.: Oxford 248532.

Crete. A traditional Cretan house in old town Rethimno, superbly renovated to provide space and comfort in beautifully furnished surroundings. Elevated, vine-covered, sitting area with brick barbecue—perfect for alfresco dining. It is in a quiet area, and close to long, sandy beach, taverns, shops, and the many interesting sights in and around this historic area. Sleeps 4 (1 double, 1 twin). Available all year round. All linen, electricity and cleaning inc. 2001 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

Tuscany: family-owned wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese, offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodatin 2 up to 12 +. Pool, secluded rural setting, half-hour central Florence. Contact: tel./fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: pgklpoggio@ftbcc.it.

Umbria–near Perugia, easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Flat in restored 17th-c. farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool, sleeps 6 in comfort, divisible into 2 self-contained units of 2 and 4 beds. £160–£620 p.w. depending on number of beds and season. Contact phone or fax: 01865 390581.

Tuscan Hills: in superb situation near Siena, we offer a few summer lets in our private farmhouse, standing amidst its own olives, and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest scenery in superb walking and cycling country. Easy access to Florence and other main art centres. Excellent local food and wine. Very peaceful with full services (no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Tel./fax: 01252 660899.

Umbria/Tuscany Border: lovely, spacious farmhouse, 2 double bedrooms, and large 1-bedroom cottage. Both for separate holiday rental. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845, or fax.: 01923 354174.

Sea-flat on the rocks at Bantry Bay, Cape Town, with stunning ocean views from every room, with the sounds of waves at night, for rent at £1,000 p.m. Available Feb.–mid-Nov., 2001, and from Jan., 2002. Newly decorated in sea colours, sunny, warm in winter; big living- room, big outdoor terrace with sun-shades and dining area; 2 bedrooms, 1 with bath ensuite, shower; beautifully designed kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, and washer-drier. Please contact Christine Holt on 01865 285457, or e-mail: christine.holt@path.ox.ac.uk. n

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Houses For Sale

Tardis-effect, well-maintained Victorian family home on a pleasant terrace in Thame; 25 minutes' from Oxford, and close to M40. Six bedrooms/studies. Offers over £200,000. Please e-mail: edith.hall@some.ox.ac.uk, or tel.: 01844 215656 (daytimes).

Three-bedroom house in quiet East Oxford cul-de-sac. Accommodation includes a spacious lounge with dining area, kitchen and walk-in larder. Upstairs there is a bathroom and 3 bedrooms, one of which has ensuite WC and shower. Vacant possession, no chain. Near excellent primary school. Lovely willow tree in garden. £155,000 ono. Tel.: 01865 202682, fax.: 01865 223723.

Spacious 2-bedroom house with large L-shaped sitting-room/dining-room in Witney (12 miles from Oxford); upstairs bathroom and downstairs w.c. Generous cupboard space. Gas c.h. Secluded, walled garden. In excellent condition. No chain. Price £103,950. Tel. for further information: 01865 554684.

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