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Oxford University Gazette, 6 October 2005: Advertisements


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The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.

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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:

On Sun., 16 Oct., a Welcome Tea Party will be held in the clubrooms from 3.30 p.m.–5 p.m. Newcomers, husbands, partners, and children are welcome. Please book with the booking secretaries.

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Varsity Rugby Match

The Oxford University Society invites you to Twickenham to attend our annual gathering at the Varsity Rugby Match on 6 Dec. Join us for a picnic and drinks before the match, then watch in comfort from a well-positioned block of seats reserved by OUS for alumni and friends. Tickets cost £40 each. For further information, please see our website or phone Cathy Tennent on 01865 288087.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Oxford Connections: 13 Oct., 'Children's literature and the sense of place', Nicola Watson; 20 Oct., 'Morse and me', Colin Dexter; 27 Oct., 'Writing a real-life story: Frankie and Stankie, a departure from type', Barbara Trapido; 3 Nov., 'The secret history of outdoor Shakespeare', Michael Dobson; 10 Nov., 'Imaginary gardens with real toads', Ann Pilling; 17 Nov., 'Shared lives', Lyndall Gordon; 24 Nov., tba, Iain Pears; 1 Dec., 'From power to prison to peace', Jonathan Aitken. 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.

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MECO Monthly Forum. Dr Maleeha Lodhi, High Commissioner of Pakistan, will speak about 'The London Bombings and the Role of Muslims in the West' at 2 p.m. on Sat., 8 Oct., at St Antony's College, Oxford. All welcome, but places must be reserved by email at or by phone on 01865 766032.

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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: .

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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.

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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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Services Offered

Elsfield Editorial. Professional editing, proof-reading, writing, design and critique services for your web page, business, or academic and creative works. More than 25 years' experience as an author, broadsheet journalist and page designer for the FT, the Observer, and TheEconomist.Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727 or 07971 683377.

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:, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Want to go broadband and don't know how? Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? We can put you on the Internet safely or do that little upgrade to your system. We have lots of experience of the Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no fix/no fee basis. Call MCC on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

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).

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

Are you considering letting your house or flat in or around Oxford? If so, please contact Justlets@oxford for a very competitive fee. Tel.: 01865 201717. Email:

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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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

Training for Babysitters. Well-established 3-day training course for babysitters, certificated by the Red Cross and the North Oxford Association. Open to anyone aged over 14. In the NOA Community Centre, Diamond Place, Summertown, Mon., 24 Oct., 10 a.m.–3p.m.; Tues., 25 Oct., 10 a.m.–5p.m., Wed., 26 Oct., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost per person: £50. Details from the tutor, Margaret Shannon, on 01865 554018 or email

The Oxfordshire Befriending Network, which brings people with life-threatening or terminal illnesses together with volunteer befrienders, is actively recruiting volunteers for training beginning on 18 Oct. Each close, deeply personal befriending partnership aims to provide emotional support, friendship, and practical assistance. The training assists course participants to experience 'living with dying' and to integrate theory with safe, skilled befriending practice. For more information, please contact Catherine Gundry on 01865 791781 or .

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Reading Companion Sought

Academic widow, aged but intellectually active, recently bereaved of Latin-reading companion, seeks another/similar to continue reading Horace, Ovid or Carmina Buranafor pleasure. Please contact Hilliard on 01865 439319 or .

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Situations Vacant

Christ Church Picture Gallery is looking for an Administrative Assistant (part-time (17.5 h). This is a challenging role helping the Curator of the Picture Gallery with the day-to-day running of the gallery. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, very good IT skills, and will have the potential to provide more than the usual forms of secretarial support. The ideal candidate should preferably have a degree, and some experience of working in a museum environment or similar sector might be useful. An interest and enthusiasm for the gallery's collection is essential, as is the flexibility to deal with a wide range of tasks. Some knowledge of European history is desirable and familiarity with at least one European language would be an advantage. Salary: £14,500 pro rata. Closing date: Mon., 10 Oct. For more information and a detailed job description please contact the Dean's Secretary, Mrs Jan Bolongaro, at Your application (covering letter,CVand the names of two referees) should be sent to Mrs Jan Bolongaro, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP.

Christ Church Picture Gallery is also looking for a reliable part-time Head Invigilator and a part-time Invigilator. The Invigilators are responsible on a day-to-day basis for the security of the collection, they patrol the galleries, greet visitors, answer queries, take messages and work on the front desk. You should be smart, reliable, and willing to work as part of a small team. Some experience of security and/or retail would be an advantage. The Head Invigilator will be joining the team of invigilators, but will also supervise the team, deal with matters relating to the shop and work closely with the curatorial staff. If you are interested in either of the two positions, please send your application (covering letter, CVand the names of two referees) to Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP. For more information contact the gallery on 01865 276172 or email

Secretary/Personal Assistant needed in North Oxford for few, flexible hours. Work involves supporting various aspects of work and home life of two people with busy and varied careers, including organisational and logistical management, file management, diary planning etc. Good MS Word and audio skills needed. Substantial experience at senior level and first class references essential. Please contact 07968 947178 to discuss, or with brief CV.

Double bass. A local amateur orchestra would welcome a visiting (or regular) double bass player for Monday evening rehearsals and a forthcoming concert. Loan of an instrument and transport can be arranged. There are also vacancies in other string and brass sections. Tel.: 01865 559133.

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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 website at: 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:

North Oxford : choice of 2 attractive fully-furnished newly built houses close to Summertown shops, with easy access to hospitals and university departments and all local shopping, sport, and local amenities. Both 2-bedroom plus 1 study master with en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge, kitchen dining, garden, and private parking. Best suited to non-smokers, mature professionals, visiting academics, couples and small families with no pets and requiring high-standard accommodation. Available from Oct. Rents from £950 p.c.m. exc. utilities and council tax. Tel.: 01865 516144, e-mail:

Jericho, Oxford. Charming terraced cottage in quiet residential street, nicely modernised, walking distance to shops, station, city centre. Two bedrooms, bath with shower, open-plan downstairs, patio doors to tiny garden, TV, all appliances, g.c.h. To let completely furnished, china, linen, etc. Car and bike, too, if needed. Ideal for sabbatical. All inclusive (except phone), £1,300 p.m. Available from 1 Nov. Details:

Iffley Fields. Home available whilst owners overseas. Recently renovated 4-bedroom house in desirable area. Close to city (10 min. by bike/bus), shops, and river. Quiet, friendly location overlooking convent grounds. New contemporary kitchen, bathroom and utility. Wooden floors. Large open-plan kitchen/diner/reception room. Separate lounge. Garden office with power/heating/broadband. Available 1 Jan.–mid-Aug. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Email:

Hayfield Road. Exceptional position: quiet no-through road. Unspoilt Victorian terrace house: walk to city centre. Newly decorated. Charming furnished accommodation, oak floors, original fireplaces. Delightful garden: rose, clematis. Two connected living rooms, two bedrooms, loft conversion (third bedroom/study). Kitchen with dining area: washer/dryer, dishwasher. Bath/shower. Street parking. Near shop, canal, Port Meadow. £1,300 p.c.m. Private let, initially one year. N-s only. Email: Tel.: 01865 438883.

Charming period cottage in Westcott Barton, 14 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of the village. Attractively furnished and well equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom, one spare bedroom/dressing room/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, wood-burning stove, g.c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden. Wonderful place to write. Available Jan. Email: .

Quiet terraced house, furnished, available Oct. Situated in West Oxford near meadows and river. Two double bedrooms; large kitchen with washing machine, gas cooker, fridge and freezer; dining room, lounge and sitting room; 40 ft garden and patio; gas c.h.; bathroom with power shower. Very convenient for train station. Fifteen minutes walk from town centre. £925 p.m. excl. Tel.: 0776 581 3382.

Headington. Spacious 3-bedroom detached chalet bungalow, quiet avenue near Shotover, convenient for hospitals and Brookes. Large lounge/diner, freshly decorated, new bathroom/kitchen, g.c.h., garage, off-street parking, garden. Preferably unfurnished but white goods installed. N-s, no dogs, ideal for couple or family. Available immediately; 12 months min. let (renewable). £1,200 p.c.m. excl. council tax, utilities. One month's deposit. References required. Contact Will on 07711 331748 or

Four-bedroom house to rent in Oxford. Available from Oct. Located in Church Cowley Road, close to amenities. Comfortable and fully furnished. £1,100 p.m. Would suit young professionals or postgraduates. For details please telephone 01865 724546. Email:

Family house to let from Jan. to June or July 2006, while we are on sabbatical. Fully furnished. First floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Ground floor: living room, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, washroom, laundry closet. Garden with large lawn. Location: Southdale Road in North Oxford (2 miles from city centre). £1,100 p.c.m. (plus utilities/tax). Email: Tel.: 01865 515 240.

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Flats to Let

Central Oxford: one-bedroom flat available for short-term let. Length of stay flexible. Fully-furnished (inc. washer/dryer, microwave, television) and equipped (inc. kitchen/dining utensils, linen and towels). Very convenient for city centre (Christ Church 2 min. walk, Carfax 5 min. walk). £875 p.c.m (inc. council tax, utilities, TV licence and broadband, exc. telephone calls). Available from early December. Telephone: 07977 518507, e-mail:, photos:

North and central North Oxford: 1-bedroom 3-level studio and 2-bedroom furnished apartments available from Oct., all conveniently situated for all hospital and university departments; best suited to non-smokers, mature professionals, and visiting academics with no pets. Rents: NO 2-bed (1 double 1 single) £795 p.c.m; CNO 1-bed (3-level studio) £695; 2-bedroom (spacious, 1 double, 1 single) £895 p.c.m.—all excl. utilities and council tax. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email:

Paris pied-à-terre. Charming 1-room apartment (20 sqm) on 2nd floor in sought-after pedestrian Montorgueil area, central Paris, near Les Halles. Mattress (double) on mezzanine, plus sofa bed below. New shower room/wc. Separate fully-equipped kitchen. Telephone. Hi fi. Linen provided. Abundant food shops, supermarkets, launderette, cafés, and restaurants round the corner. Three min. to metro, thence direct line to Gare du Nord and Bibliothèque Nationale. Sorbonne, Louvre, Opera in easy walking distance. From mid-Oct. (min. 1 month, max. 9 months). Up to 2 months: €1,000 p.m., longer than 2 months: €800 p.m. Deposit required (1 month's rent). Email: Tel.: 01865 512747.

North Oxford . Self-contained, nicely furnished apartment in family house. Own entrance to kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, washing machine, twin oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Large bedsitting room and shower room. Suit couple, mature student, or visiting academic. All bills included (except phone—own line available). Resident on-street parking also available. £700 p.c.m. inclusive of utility and council tax. Please contact or call 07764 429 502.

Smart, furnished riverside first-floor flat on Binsey Lane. Airy, light, and peaceful with stunning views of Port Meadow and river. Newly refurbished throughout. Balcony, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom/study, bathroom (with bath and electric power shower), large sitting/dining room, kitchen. Lockable private garage. 8 min. walk to train station. £825 p.c.m. plus bills. Available from 1 Oct. for 6 months initially. Tel.: 07747 678355 (evenings).

South-East Oxford. Spacious, light airy ground-floor flat, river walks nearby. Furnished throughout with excellent kitchen and large lounge, double bedroom and bathroom. Secluded, private gardens to front and rear. Off-road parking. Suitable for visiting academic or n-s couple. Available mid-Nov. for 6–12 months. £650 p.c.m., council tax and bills excluded. Contact Dave or Meg on 01865 748925 or email

Retirement flat to let for 6–12 months, situated in the heart of Summertown. Two bedrooms; ground floor opens to garden; quiet and close to shops. Parking. Available mid-to late Oct. £795 p.c.m. Please contact Justlets@oxford on 01865 201717 or email

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Accommodation Offered

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: or visit our website at

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

Thomas Merrifield Lettings. We let and manage property throughout Oxford and Oxfordshire and always have a good selection of furnished and unfurnished properties available for 6- or 12-month lets. We have a team of dedicated staff based in Jericho in Oxford and would be delighted to help you with your accommodation search. Please phone us on 01865 515900. Fax: 01865 310823. Email: Website:

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: uk.

Iffley Fields. En suite attic conversion in family house. Large, quiet, very comfortable room with views of Boars Hill. Fridge, TV, and microwave. £480 p.m. inclusive of gas, electricity, and council tax. For more information, please call 01865 251592.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays in friendly home of an academic family. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the University Park. A small, furnished room with colour TV. Shared kitchen, washing machine, and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. £200 p.m. Email:

k eep your independence with support at Brian Lewis House, Oxford. En suite rooms for nine elderly residents, lovely garden, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House has a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. Four-day or longer respite care breaks sometimes available. For details contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or

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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. Website: Email:

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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.

Small office space near city centre, just off Cowley Road and near 'The Plain'. Flexible terms. Available mid- to late Oct. Please contact Justlets@oxford on 01865 201717 or email

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Garage/Parking To Let

Garage/parking (two available) in Central North Oxford and Summertown. Would perhaps suit commuters. One within easy walking distance of city centre; both close to Banbury Road buses. Tel.: 01865 510542.

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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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

Mature student seeks accommodation in or around Oxford/Abingdon from mid-Oct. for up to half a year. Part payment by working in the household or with the elderly would be ideal. N-s. References available on request. Call 01608 643010.

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Holiday Lets

Italy, Venice. Charming apartment, fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, can sleep 5. Just in the centre, S. Samuele public transport stop. £650 p.w. Contact:

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 Email: Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Recently refurbished Dordogne Manor House between Bergerac and Mussidan in extensive private grounds, with full-sized swimming pool and tennis court. Available Easter and from June to Sept. Five double- bedrooms sleeping 10 adults, 1–2 children. All with bath or shower, and w.c. Spacious salon, panelled dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry. Linen provided. June/Sept.: €1,500 p.w.; July/Aug.: €3,000 p.w. Contact: Martine Dickson on 0033 (0)553 807558 or 0033 (0)680 463786. Email:

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Houses for Sale

Seventeenth-century 5-bedroom house now available in Brill, a friendly Buckinghamshire village just 10 miles east of Oxford. Two receptions (each with inglenook fireplace), large kitchen/breakfast room, study, playroom and spacious garden. Brill boasts an excellent primary school, 2 pubs, and a host of other amenities, and is very convenient for Oxford and London. OIRO £550,000. Please ring 01844 237343. n

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For Sale

Folding weight bench (York 6605), plus a variety of weights. Hardly used. £45. Buyer must collect from Marston. Please contact