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Oxford University Gazette, 3 March 2005: Advertisements

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday 10.30 a.m.–12 noon except for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0–4 years) meet every Friday in term 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks, garden trips and a visit to an antique centre. Second-hand items can be bought on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m.–12 noon from the equipment room. Visit our website: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Boat Race

The Oxford University Society invites you to watch the 151st Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race with us on 27 March. We have chartered a boat that will be moored at Chiswick Pier on the northern bank, affording a superb view of the crews in the finishing stages of the race. Tickets cost £45 each. For further information, please see our website http://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/oned ay/boatrace.shtml or phone Cathy Tennent on 01865 288087.

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Charity Event: 'V-Day'

Mon., 7 Mar. at 6.45 p.m. A production of The Vagina Monologues by the students and staff of the Universities in Oxford will take place at the Jacqueline du Pré building, St Hilda's College. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Oxford Sexual Abuse Rape Crisis Centre, the V-Day 'international pot' with a spotlight in 2005 on 'Women and girls in Iraq', and a proportion of money raised will be directed to help raise funds for groups helping female victims of the war in northern Uganda. For further information, please contact the V-Day Oxford Committee Chairman, Renee Watson. Email: vdayoxford@hotmail.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 224347.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 10 March, 'Fighting the good (and sometimes the not- so-good)', Fr Nick Gosnell CF (Army Chaplain); 17 March, 'The nun's priest's tale', Revd Lister Tonge (Convent Chaplain).The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. www.st-giles-church.org.

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St Giles' Interfaith Talks Series, Lent 2005

Visions of Love: Explorations into the meaning of love. 8 Mar., 'An Islamic perspective on love', Dr Ataullah Siddique, Director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education; 15 Mar., 'Love and charity', Rt Revd Prof Stephen Sykes, Honorary Bishop of Durham and Principal of St John's College, Durham. The talks will be held at St Giles' Church, Oxford, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. www.st-giles-church.org.

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Lecture

Meco Monthly Lecture. Ms Batool Al-Toma (formerly Mary Geraghty), Research Officer and Project Coordinator, Islamic Foundation, Leicester, and an English convert to Islam, will lecture on and lead a discussion entitled: 'British converts to Islam: problems and prospects'. Summertown Church Hall, corner Banbury & Portland Roads, North Oxford at 3 p.m., 13 Mar. Free admission. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information, please call 01865 439805 or 01865 766032. Email: info@meco.org.uk.

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School Scholarship Offered

Summer Fields, Oxford: the Maclaren Trust Scholarship. A scholarship, of up to 90% of full fees, is awarded to a boy of outstanding ability between the ages of 10 and 12 who, without this financial support, would not be able to come to Summer Fields. For an application form please write to or telephone the Registrations Secretary, Summer Fields, Oxford OX2 7EN. Tel.: 01865 459204. Email: schoolsec@summerfields.org.uk.

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

Original drawings by Anning Bell, Belcher, H.M. & C.E. Brock, Cleaver, Cowham, Du Maurier, Furniss, Greiffenhagen, Hassall, Jacomb-Hood, Low, Partridge, Raven-Hill, W. Heath Robinson, Sambourne, Sullivan, Tonsend, J. Walter West, Caton Woodville. Many for Punch, some for the Titmarsh Club and editions of Thackeray. Also fine prints and books. Online at www.masonpeett.co.uk. A paper catalogue is available. Tel.: 01635 201825.

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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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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultants/personal trainers in the UK. 35 years' experience. MSc Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement; BSc (Hons 1st) Sports Nutrition; Adv. Dip in Clinical Stress Management; Adv. Dip in Clinical Sports Therapy. Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Expert attention for tone, weight loss, injury and rehabilitation and performance, from total novice levels to advanced, regardless of sex, age or physical limitations. Web site: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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Services Offered

Marshall & Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have six specialist family lawyers who advise on a wide range of issues: divorce and separation, children, financial agreements on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, separation agreements and pensions. Our lawyers are members of Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association). One of our team members is a Deputy District Judge and two are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our web site at: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mark Phillips on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

Franklins Solicitors. We have recently recruited an experienced employment lawyer from a well-known London practice. Contact Sarah Escritt for advice on all aspects of the employment relationship. Our family law team is led by Peter Devlin, who is a Deputy District Judge and member of the Solicitors Family Law Association. We also deal with wills, trust, probate, residential, and commercial conveyancing. Contact details: 15 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AN. Tel.: 01235 553222.

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.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656. Email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

Odd jobs and property maintenance. For general property maintenance - repairs, decorating, shelving, cupboards, light building work, and odd jobs etc. Phone Anthony Swift on 01865 762576. Excellent references.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444597 (daytime). Email: rewleypark@aol.com.

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Domestic Services

Blue House, a small, intimate nursery for children 2'5 years, established 16 years. Open Mon.–Fri., 8.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., full or half-days. NNEB staff. All pre-school activities incl. numeracy and literacy skills to prepare children for school entry. Short-term vacancies for visiting academics. Call Kimberley for further information, or come to visit. Tel.: 01865 247877.

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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons. Experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. Contact Miss P. Read, BA (Hons) L.R.A.M. (Near Kidlington, Oxford). Tel.: 01865 331147.

French tuition offered. Well-qualified, experienced tutor to GCSE and advanced levels; also to business executives and adult learners for leisure purposes. Beginners welcome. Contact Rosemary Bate (MA Hons., M.Sc.) on 01865 513386. Email: ros.bate@virgin.net.

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Situations Vacant

Technical translator required (German to English). Please contact George Aubele, First Water UK Limited. Tel.: 01844 238111. Fax: 01844 238703. Email: enquiries@firstwateruk.com.

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Houses to Let

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.

Lovely 4-bedroom furnished town house in North Oxford. Would suit 4 n-s professional sharers or family. Redecorated, new g.c.h., double glazing. Bathroom, shower room, separate toilet. Fully-fitted modern kitchen with dishwasher. Washer/dryer, garden, one parking space. Convenient for city centre, A34/M40. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 750375 (office hours).

Summertown, Oxford. Four-bedroom terrace house with garden and all facilities available to let for up to 12 months from Aug. Close to bus routes, 1.5 miles from city centre, colleges, science area, and close to local schools and shops. Ideal for visiting academics with family. Will consider sharer lets. For further details contact Alison Madden on madscott@ntlworld.com.

Iffley Village. Four-bedroom town house available from 1 Apr. for short or long term. Lounge, kitchen, diner, 2 ½ bathrooms, garage. Spacious house in sought-after location. Two miles from city centre. Convenient bus routes. Tel. 07768 712534. Email: robin@theoxfordblue.com.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: two lovely ground floor flats, fully furnished, each with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Flat 1 (recently refurbished to a high standard) is available at the end of March. Flat 2 is available now. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

North Oxford purpose built furnished one- and two-bedroom apartments in the centre of Summertown. One-bedroom flat (2nd floor) available early Apr. at £675 p.c.m.; two-bedroom flat (1st floor) available late Apr. at £795 p.c.m., both exclusive of utility and council tax where applicable. Best suited to n-s mature professionals or visiting academics. Located within easy reach to all local amenities, shops, restaurants, hospitals and University departments. Off-street parking available. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Self-contained (apart from shared house entrance) one-bedroom flat with mod. cons. on second floor of house overlooking Port Meadow in Wolvercote. £695 p.c.m. inclusive, excl. telephone and internet connection. Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 min. to city centre. Immediately available for six months. Suitable for one person (academic or professional). References required. Email wrldco@aol.com.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rent 1-bedroom flat in wing of amazing 18th century Kirtlington Park manor house just outside Oxford city. May–July, £650 p.c.m. Fully furnished, fireplace, washer/dryer, kitchen. Quiet, glorious grounds, near to polo, golf, wonderful village pub. Bus stop to central Oxford by front gate. Unmissable. Stunning: http://www.hitched.co.uk/ve nues/detail.asp?venue=3287. Contact Paige Newmark, Lincoln College, or ring 01869 351 666. Email: paigenewmark@hotmail.com.

Iffley Road. Flat in Victorian house. One mile to city centre. Large sitting room/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom/shower. Rent to include council tax, hot water, some c.h. £600 p.c.m. (Low rent because not self-contained in daytime). Suit non- smoker over 25. Tel.: 01869 350372.

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Vacation Lets

Traditional Cotswold family house in the historic centre of Eynsham, pretty and functioning village 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 reception rooms (2 with open hearths, the third with wood-burning stove), study with internet connection, kitchen, dining room, utility room, garden. Renovated to high standard with all mod. cons. Excellent 24 hr bus service to Oxford. Available mid-July to end of Aug. Perfect for visiting academic family. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home). Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk.

Paris 3e. Comfortable small flat (two rooms, kitchen and bath) for summer rental, June–Aug. Very central, with excellent connections to all parts of Paris. Ring 0033 14274 3582, or email carol.clark@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

Comfortable rooms in convenient North Oxford. Only £60 p.w. per person or £95 p.w. for two. Tel. 01865 511657. Email: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please contact us on tel: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. from Oxford city centre. Suitable for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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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 e-mail 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.

Sabbatical? Need peace and quiet? House exchange offered. My cottage is on the West coast of Ireland, quiet but not too remote, between The Burren and the sea. Piano. One cat. Perfect for creative endeavour (I have fourteen published books as proof). I would like to spend a minimum of six months in Oxford (North preferred), beginning any time after June. Phone 00353 91 637501.

A furnished flat/house required for two adults and a child for the months of July and Aug. (or June and July), in central Oxford or within easy reach of Headington hospitals by public transport. Please contact Professor Michelle Craske at craske@psych.ucla.edu.

Home exchange: Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Exchange sought by couple for sabbatical leave in Oxford area, Jan.–July 2006. Beach front, modern home within one hour's access of Wellington (by car or train) and Palmerston north (by car). Three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, three large living areas, plus outdoor living spaces. Willing to negotiate car swap. Contact Annette Beasley: waitoa@xtra.co.nz.

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Holiday Lets

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: www.golf-in-naples.com.

Greek Island Rentals. Skopelos and Alonissos. Local villa specialist offers lovely pool villas, town houses and cottages available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodations for 2–16 persons. Prices from £100 p.p./p.w. For information see www.holidayislands.com. Email : thalpos@otenet.gr. Fax : +30 24240 23057.

Deepest SW France. Relax in one of our three privately owned luxuriously renovated farmhouses with large, secluded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, own heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks for 6, 8 or 10. Contact Marion on 01865 554122 or email marion@hidden-sw- france.com. Further details on www.hidden-sw-france.com.

Tuscany. Family-owned wine estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese. Offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, 30 min. to central Florence. Contact: Tel/Fax (0039) 055 824 9120. Email: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

N. Spain, Picos de Europa. Very comfortable, spacious and well equipped self-catering apartments for 2 people. Twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living/dining area. Private terrace or balcony with magnificent views. Perfect walking, bird-watching, wildflowers. Phone Suzanne Strevens (0034) 942 735102, email apartments@olmares.com or see details on www.olmares.com.

Tuscany. A handpicked selection of holiday accommodation in Tuscany, including luxury villas with staff, medieval castles surrounded by estate vineyards, beautiful farmhouses with private pools and pretty country apartments set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Italy. www.rent-a-villa-in-tuscany.com/ox.

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170&151;£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1 ¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 561013046, for photographs and more information.

Barga, Tuscany. Charming 2-bed, 2-bath cottage (sleeps 4) in hills overlooking Garfagnana valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views and surrounded by vines and olives. Five min. from bustling market town of Barga offering cultural events, swimming, sports, and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. For prices, availability, details, and photos please contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 541147 or email jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

Shropshire Lakeland, Ellesmere. Comfortable modern house, sleeps 6 (double with en suite, twin-bedded and bunk-bedded rooms), pleasant garden, quiet location, market town with local shops, restaurants and pubs. Access to The Mere across the lane. Good for families, excellent walking, bird watching. Ideal location for reading, rest, and reflection. Easy distance from Chester, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, The Potteries, North Wales, and many attractions. £35 per night. Please contact Mr and Mrs Hutchings on 01244 347345. Email: IHutchings@aol.com.

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Timber cottage deep in a sleepy, 'end of the road' forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. The wildlife is rich enough to sustain several hundred wolves, bears, and eagles. But there is more to Slovakia than forests. Medieval towns and fortifications on the UNESCO World Heritage list, spas once visited by royalty, new leisure centres, tennis courts, swimming pools... www.SlovakCottages.com.

South West France. Eighteenth-century farmhouse near Duras; quiet, lovely views, set amidst vineyards and woods. Bicycles, excellent walking, beautiful 15m pool (non-chlorinated), 2 terraces, sleeps 6. Well-equipped, large barn with ping pong etc. Some availability in the summer. Autumn generally warm, and good for swimming. Very reasonable rates from Oct., and for longer lets. Tel.: 01865 553685. Email: ewtoucan@globalnet.co.uk.

Tuscany, Siena area. Villa Bellosguardo and/or its guesthouse are luxury accommodations in a quiet and secluded place, inside a gorgeous garden. Park, pools, huge panoramic terrace. All facilities and appliances. Personal services for your unforgettable vacation. Contact: info@tuscanyandworld.com. Tel: 0039 3287133951. www.villabellosguardo.com/eng/.

Tuscan hills. In superb situation near Siena. Our restored farmhouse standing amidst its own olives and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest views. Walking, art, food and wine abundant. Easy access to cities. Very peaceful with full services (but no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 0039 0577963123 (English spoken). Email: richfran1321@msn.com.

Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. On central green near harbour. Georgian cottage, three bedrooms, sleeps 5–6. Washer, fridge, cooker, toaster, TV, heating. Parking outside, small gardens. Tel.: 01223 356384.

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Houses for Sale

Three-bedroom semi-detached 1930s house in North Oxford/Upper Wolvercote. Excellent condition. All village amenities, frequent bus to Oxford centre (10 min.), rural walks. Three bedrooms, 2 reception, large kitchen with wine storage, loft conversion potential, double-glazing, g.c.h. Off-road parking, organic kitchen garden incl. shed, greenhouse, asparagus bed, fruit trees, flower borders. £320,000/offer. Due to relocation abroad. Email: pamela.lear@ccc.ox.ac.uk or please contact our agent on 01865 311522.

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Flats for Rent or for Sale

The Wyndham Housing Association offer self-contained 1-bedroom flats for retired people for sale or rent near the centre of Oxford. Our all-inclusive monthly charge includes 24-hour Warden cover, a cooked lunch and a light supper to each flat daily, as well as all heating, lighting and other important services. For further information, please contact: The Administrator, Wyndham House, Plantation Road, Oxford OX2 6JJ. Tel.: 01865 511239.

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For Sale

Books for sale: 1.) Anthology of Chinese Literary Essays (translated to English). Please visit http://li_chungwang0.tripod.com. 2.) The Philosophy of Mechanics. Please visit http://lcwangmech.tripod.com.

Car for sale: Honda Civic 1400, automatic saloon. R-registration but less than 50,000 miles and extremely reliable. MOT until 31 Oct 2005. Taxed until 31 Mar 2005. £700. Tel.: 01865 763836. n



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