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Oxford University Gazette, 22 March 2007 : Advertisements


Respondents to advertisements are asked to note the following, which is an extract from the Terms and Conditions of acceptance of advertisements:

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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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that this is the final Gazette of Hilary term. Publication for Trinity Term will start on 19 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

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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:

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Harcourt Arboretum Study Mornings

Join us for a series of study mornings, 10.30 a.m.–1 p.m. Piers Newth, Assistant Curator at the Arboretum, will lead each of these walks. Mon., 16 Apr.: 'Tree and shrub planting'; Mon., 14 May: 'Care of woodland'; Mon., 14 June: 'Care of meadows'; Mon., 8 Oct.: 'Care of trees'; Mon., 5 Nov.: 'Establishment and care of coppice woodlands'. Tickets cost £16 per study morning. Public Education Programme, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel.: 01865 286690.

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Harcourt Arboretum Study Day

'Nature's Playground—exploring outdoor creative play activities for families'. Fri., 27 Apr., 10 a.m.–4p.m. Join Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield for this study day based on their recent book Nature's Playground, providing inspiration and practical ideas for encouraging children and families to explore the natural world throughout the four seasons. Based at the Harcourt Arboretum, this day will involve tasks and discussion plus a chance to get outside and sample some creative activities. Tickets: £45 (incl. sandwich lunch). Tel.: 01865 286690.

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Sat., 31 Mar., 7.30 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. The Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera play 'The Dream of Gerontius' by Edward Elgar. Conductor: Robert Secret. Soloists: Christopher Lemmings (tenor), Janet Shell (mezzo-soprano), and Quentin Hayes (bass). Accessible entrance, and a limited number of large-print programmes available. Tickets: £14/£12/£10 (conc. £12/ £11/£9). Tickets from Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305, incl. credit card/post bookings) or on the door. Further details:

Call for Papers

2007 Churchill Archives Student Conference. The Churchill Archives Centre is pleased to announce its first student conference to take place at Churchill College, Cambridge, on 30 Nov. Title: 'Balancing Europe, Empire and America: was Churchill right?' The submission of papers (in English) is open to graduate students from any university. Deadline: 5 Oct. Guidelines and further information from Matteo Lodevole at

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Leckford Place School

Leckford Place is Oxford's new independent day school. Fully co-educational from age 11, the school offers a distinctive new option in independent education for parents and children in Oxfordshire. Scholarships: academic, art and performing arts. All information from the Registrar, Mrs Corinna Hilton, on 01865 302620.

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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.

Scott Bennett undertakes restoration of antique furniture using traditional methods so that you can be confident that your furniture is in the hands of a professional who is sympathetic to the period that the furniture represents. Scott Bennett operates from the North Oxford area. Free quotations are available on request and delivery/collection is also available. For full details on services offered and contact information visit

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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.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656. Email:, also at 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431. Email:

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).

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 The Economist. 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 358737 or 07971 683377.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: Web:

Qualified translator (Diploma in Translation IoL) offers English to German translation services at affordable prices. Letters, leaflets, short websites, etc. Please contact 01865 242049 (evening). Email: english_german_translations@yahoo

Need more space for books, files or even clothes? We have carpenters available to make bespoke bookshelves and wardrobes in the oxford area. Call 0800 583 3210 or email Websites: or

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

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Tuition Offered

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving Instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 13 years with a 75% pass rate (national average: 45%). Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses, motorway and refresher lessons all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: Website:

Easter revision courses 2007. Individual tuition for AS, A2, GCSE, Common Entrance, 11+, Key Stages 2 and 3. Also half-term, weekend, and after-school tuition. All subjects, syllabuses, set texts, options, and modules covered. Pre-formed pairs and small groups also accepted. Flexible course dates and daily timetables. Friendly, highly qualified, and experienced tutors. Contact: The Principal, Oxford Individual Tuition, tel.: 01865 763065. Email:

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Situations Vacant

Head Gardener, Rhodes House. This position has arisen, in a two-person team, which requires knowledge of plants, shrubs, lawns, etc. and an ability to organise and manage the well-established, very much admired Rhodes House gardens. The individual needs to be flexible and keen to improve the already high standards set in the gardens. The basic working week is 40 hours (Mon.–Fri.), membership of OSPS pension scheme would normally be expected, and the job carries five weeks' holiday. Salary is negotiable, dependent upon experience. Please send a C.V. by post or email to: The Warden's Secretary, Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RG or e-mail:

St Cross College requires a Student IT Assistant at the Annexe site on St Cross Road. The post holder will be required to offer general IT support to students living at the St Cross Annexe including setting up of network connections and ensuring that equipment on site is functioning correctly. In addition to IT knowledge, the post holder should enjoy working with a variety of people. He/she is required to live at the respective site as such accommodation at the Annexe is guaranteed to be allocated to the post holder. Further particulars and application forms are available from the Bursar's Administrative Assistant, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LZ. Tel.: 01865 278 477. Email:

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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: 01865 764777. Email:

Available 1 Sept., furnished house, North Oxford. Walk to University, near best schools, parks, cozy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., secluded garden. 1 1/2 bathrooms, washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms at £1,350 p.m. or three bedrooms at £1,650 p.m. Contact A. Gaston on tel. 001 613 745 1368 (Canada) or email

Family house in Wolvercote. Well furnished and equipped, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunny living/dining room, kitchen, sitting room, garage/utility, large garden. Ten min. by bus to Oxford City centre. Available from mid-Aug. for 12 months. We would like to find a friendly family to care for our home while we are away. £1,390 p.m. Email: Tel.: 0033 5 6540 3512.

Beautiful, light and airy 3–4 bedroom family home in the heart of Jericho. It has been recently refurbished and is fitted with high-quality appliances and all modern comforts. It features a large open plan living/dining room, fully-fitted modern kitchen, three bedrooms and one large study or further bedroom. We will let it furnished from Oct. 2007–Aug. 2008 (dates are somewhat negotiable) at £1,800 p.c.m. plus bills. Photographs and/or viewing available. Please contact

House available for short let (May–Aug.). Three bedrooms, 2 reception rooms. Victorian terrace with garden, off Iffley Road, East Oxford. Green and peaceful, fully furnished and equipped, would suit a couple or two people looking for a place to write or enjoy Oxford. 15 min. walk into the centre of town, easy access to Cowley Road shops. Garden would require some watering. Rent negotiable. Contact Maggie 01865 244015 or

Lovely Victorian house very close to the Plain, St Clements'. Quiet, pretty, residential street, 10 min. walk to city centre shops, 3 min. to parks, local shops, London bus stops. 3/4 bedrooms (doubles), 1/2 reception rooms, bathroom, kitchen, cellar, large garden and all amenities. House recently restored. Suit academics, families and professionals. Non-smokers. Available last week Apr., short let possible if before Augt. £1,300 p.c.m. Please call 01865 244463.

Bright, clean, quiet house off Abingdon Road (South Oxford). Walk/cycle to city centre (10–15 min.), frequent buses. Two double bedrooms, study with broadband, two sitting rooms fitted kitchen and dining room, all open plan. Secluded designer garden leading to wild land. Cleaner available. Six months from Sept./Oct. negotiable. £1,300 p.m. References required. Single or couple—no children, animals or smokers. Photos available. Email: Tel. 01865 244166.

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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: lovely fully-furnished ground floor flat with large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Back door to terrace and large secluded garden. Off-street parking. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274. Email:

Elegant 1-bedroom ground floor flat in St Margaret's Road, central north Oxford. Double bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Fully furnished and equipped, washing machine and g.c.h. Use of charming shared garden. £830 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Available from May. Let of 6 months or longer preferred. Tel.: 01865 343384. Email:

Purpose-built, sunny, private, fully- furnished, comfortable garden flat. Two double bedrooms, sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower. Bordering Cutteslowe Park with easy access to the city centre, buses every ten minutes. Broadband and off-street parking. Available for short or long lets, 15 Apr.–15 Nov. £750 p.m. long let or £450 p.w. short let. Tel.: 01865 552245.

Central North Oxford flat. Top floor. Two double bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Eat-in, well-equipped kitchen. Large living/dining/study room. Broadband. Comfortably furnished. Garage and parking space. Suit visiting academics. No smokers or pets. Available 17 July–5 Oct. £400 p.w. plus utilities. Possible discount for stays of over three weeks. Contact

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Accommodation Offered

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:

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

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:

Comfortable, attractive B&B accommodation. Close to bus stop. 1.5 miles to High Street. Quiet and pleasant garden. No television. Nearby river walks. £40 per night. Concessions for longer term. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email:

Lovely Abingdon Road flat share with female professional. Ground floor 2-bedroom Victorian house, redecorated, clean, well furnished. Conservatory, garden, parking. Available now. £380 p.m. (excl.) Please phone Mr and Mrs Weeks on 01865 730659.

Double room available immediately in the beautiful hilltop village of Brill. 15 min. from Oxford. Recently redecorated, share with one other, short-term stay considered. £300 p.c.m. plus bills. Call Jonny on 01844 237697.

Wyndham Housing Association. The Wyndham Housing Association provides sheltered housing for the elderly. We offer flats for people wishing to live active, independent lives, while being relieved of the burden of housekeeping and maintenance. As a small non-profit making organization, we are able to work closely with residents and their families to ensure that each resident's needs are being met. Contact the Administrator on 01865 511239.

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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:

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 call us on 01865 311696, fax us on 01865 511010, email or visit our website at

Luxury serviced apartments in the centre of Oxford. Ten per cent discount for all members of, or visitors to, the University of Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, separate lounge/diner. Computer, printer, Internet access, satellite TV, allocated parking, secure entry system, welcome pack and much more. From as little as £30 per person per night. Minimum of two nights' stay. Contact Ambassador's Oxford on 07795 955918. Email: Website:

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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: 01865 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.

Visiting academic family with 2 young children require house or flat with 3 + bedrooms to rent in or around Oxford. 29 June–4 Aug. or any part thereof. Email or phone grandparents on 01865 201840 in first instance.

House swap for Michaelmas term 2007, London–Oxford. Visiting Fellow wishes to swap Victorian 3-storey, 3- bedroom house with study, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, dining kitchen, utility room and small garden near Mile End tube and Victoria Park, London E3, for central Oxford accommodation to suit 2 adults and 2 small children. Contact or 07980 610322.

Retired American museum director and family require housing for one year sabbatical commencing Aug. Best references. Prefer furnished three or four bedrooms and minimum two bathrooms close to Oxford or Headington. Email:

Wanted: fully-furnished flat or house to rent. From 16 Apr. (approximately). 1–2 bedrooms needed. Must be quiet and close to Warneford Hospital because I will work there as a doctor. Additional services—e.g. cleaning, breakfast—welcome. Thus, also a guesthouse/ B&B may be possible. Please tel. 0049 40 8891 3939 or fax 0049 40 8891 3938. Alternatively, email

American academic couple plus well- behaved son (7) seek self-contained 2-bedroom accommodation in central Oxford for 3–4 weeks in July. Will pay or exchange houses. Attractive modern house in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; access to University of Illinois library of English mss and books. Tel.: 01993 810035 or

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Holiday Lets

Two pretty, isolated, old-fashioned Sussex cottages for rent by week or weekend. Open fires, polished floors, large studies, lots of books, unfitted kitchens. No TV, no telephone. Set in own organic farm with woods, valleys, river, and views of South Downs. University, OUP and College members only. Prices from £125. Email:

Papa Westray, Orkney. Comfortable self- catering cottage, in peaceful position near sandy beaches on this small friendly island. Seals, birds, archaeological sites, well-stocked shop are nearby. Sleeps four (twin and double bedrooms, en suite shower rooms). Open-plan sitting, dining areas; well-equipped kitchen. Strictly non-smoking. Inclusive weekly charges £180 to £330. For photos and details please see To book, email or phone 01857 644211.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing allowed off the quays. From £240–£485 p.w. Winter: £195 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see

Holiday home in western France. Situated in Venise Verte, 40 min. from La Rochelle and beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6. Equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and 3 bedrooms. Enclosed garden and access to canal network and private punt. Ideal for cycling, walking, boating, fishing, painting, touring. £430 p.w. (high season)—some weeks left! Tel. Linda Eaton on 07919 308912 or 01635 202868. Website:

Greek Island Holidays. Local villa specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings on the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £80 p.p./p.w. Website: Email: Tel: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Paris. We (college fellow and friend) have a beautiful, well-equipped, privately-run one-bedroom flat, very central in the Marais, in a beautiful pedestrianised square. Close to Place des Vosges. First floor, large sitting room with en suite kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (shower). Short or medium lets. See for more details or email

Italy. Clusane on the southern shore of Lago d'Iseo; famous for its beautiful scenery and perfect for exploring by bicycle, car or boat. Easy access via motorway for Bergamo, Brescia, Verona, Mantova and Cremona. Restful apartment, 150 m from the lake, comprising double bedroom (sleeps 2–4), kitchen/dining room and bathroom. Comfortably furnished and laundry supplied. Nearest airports: Bergamo and Brescia. Rates from £180 p.w. Full details from or 07719378614.

Isle of Wight. Magic rural location near Yarmouth. Traditional, unmodernised cottage with fantastic garden (croquet lawn, summer house) and vegetable patch. Perfect for quick escape from reality. Five min. drive from Wightlink ferry. Sleeps 6. Fully furnished with standard appliances. Bed linen and towels are not supplied. No smokers or pets. £950 p.w. Phone for availability on 01865 515636 (evenings or leave a message on answer phone). Email:

Spey Valley (Scottish Highlands, Cairngorm National Park). Self-catering bungalow, sleeps four, open fire, bath and electric shower, non-smoking. Spectacular peaceful location on the very edge of moorland, overlooking Insh marshes (RSPB reserve) and Monadhliath mountains (Ben Nevis visible sometimes). Red squirrels often seen. Forest walks behind the house (e.g. to Glen Feshie). Kingussie five miles, Aviemore ski area twenty miles. £230–£410. Tel.: 01540 661612 or email or view via

Italy: 1.) Umbria. Traditional stone villa in national park, 5 miles north-east of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room. Two double family bedrooms, large bathroom, terrace. Car essential. 2.) Lake Como. Apartment in village house, closely overlooking the lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open arched terrace. 25 min. from Como city. For either let: £350 p.w./£650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170– £300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 5610 13046, for photographs and more information.

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Houses/Flats for Sale and to Let

Houses/flats for sale in Tuscany and Abruzzo. Holiday houses/flats for rent in Tuscany, Elba and Sardinia. Also, Italian language courses with accommodation offered in Florence and Sardinia. For further information call Angela Harwood Postiglione FRGS, FRSA, on 07770 738 977 (afternoons or evenings) or email

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