• Thursday 26 May 2011
  • NO. 4954
  • VOL. 141


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Chorister Open Day

New College Choir: chorister open day—Sat. 11 June at 4 pm. Families with boys aged 3–6 are warmly invited to the choir's annual open day about chorister life. Information sessions, dressing up, games, musical items, and tea with chorister families are all designed to make this an enjoyable and informative afternoon. For more information and to register, please contact or 01865 279519, and see

Host families sought

Oxford International Study Centre is looking for host families for summer—especially July and Aug. Host families must be native English speakers and be able to provide bed, breakfast and dinner. Location ideally within the ring road. Please contact:

Musicians sought

Oxford Chamber Music Foundation welcomes local players of all standards, and in particular violinists, as active members of its Players' Network. We meet informally on selected Wed. evenings at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford to play chamber music. If you would like to participate, please contact us at: or on 0845 652 0762. For more information on the Players' Network visit

New bookshop

Quality second-hand academic, rare and interesting books for sale at modest prices at a new mini bookshop at Antiques on High opposite The Queen's College. Sections include art, architecture, modern languages, Oxford and local interest, philosophy, poetry and much more. This joins the already established bookshop. Booklovers, academics, students, librarians: now two bookshops to visit under one roof. Open Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the Club every Wed. 10.30–12 from 0th week to 9th week, both inclusive. Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri. in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include an art group, book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group and an opportunity to explore Oxfordshire. Visit our website:

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items include grates, fire tools, fenders and nursery guards. Desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri. 9.30–5, Sat. 10–4. Tel.: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

Restoration and conservation of antique furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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 worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Tree surgery. Town and Country Trees Ltd, established in 1993, providing practical help and advice in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Dedicated and environmentally sympathetic practitioners in tree care and preservation. Contact Paul Hodkinson 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport/taxi service. Highly reliable service, 20 years' experience of getting you to the airport stress free. Business or pleasure. Comfortable Mercedes saloon or Volvo Estate and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, from £70; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

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

Hope Services is a family-run typesetting company established more than 35 years ago. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, we specialise in the styling and production of published material. We regularly work on all types of publications including early learning teaching titles; single-author, first-time novels and novellas; academic law books and journals; and social, financial and technical reports. We would be happy to discuss and develop your ideas, and provide you with an individual quote. Please feel free to contact us at Hope Services (Abingdon) Ltd. Tel.: 01235 530439. Web: Email:

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

Professional massage therapies, Oxford. If you're suffering with a stiff neck, lower back pain, or headaches, or are stressed with exams and study, why not give me a call; I can really help. Fully qualified clinical aromatherapist, sports massage practitioner and sports injury specialist. Also offer deeply relaxing holistic Indian head massage. Clinics: central Oxford and Bicester—treatments at home or work place. Website: Tel.: 07730 002450 or 01869 349100.

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.

Tidy Outlook services: garden maintenance including grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, lopping, weeding and garden clearance. Friendly family service, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just one visit. Fully insured, free estimates, small jobs welcome. Please tel. 01865 891749 or 01235 532136.

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including hard landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5 mile radius of OX5). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or for more information.

Situations vacant

Teacher of Psychology at Our Lady's Abingdon Senior School. Well-qualified, enthusiastic teacher required for Sept. to teach AS and A2 Psychology in department with excellent record of A Level. Post is temporary and part time—15 periods/wk. For application pack, please telephone 01235 524658 or email Closing date 6 June. Our Lady's Abingdon, Radley Rd, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3PS—an independent co-educational Catholic day school. Our Lady's Abingdon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Charity No. 1120372.

The United Nations University located in Tokyo, Japan, is searching for a new Rector. The Rector is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and has overall responsibility for the direction, organisation, administration and programmes of the University. The position carries the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General. The Rector is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after consultation with Director-General of UNESCO. The position requires extensive overseas travel. Advanced university degree, preferably a PhD in a discipline related to the human sciences, sciences of life, the earth and the biosphere. The successful candidate must have a prominent academic profile with evidence of high-quality research work in the course of his/her career. Demonstrated management experience as the head of a university or research centre is required. Fluency in English and a working knowledge of French are essential. Deadline: 15 June. For more details, visit:

Situations sought

Friendly and responsible French girl from university family, 17 years old, would like to spend the summer with an English family to serve as an au pair and improve her English. Over three years of baby-sitting experience. Preferred period between 4 July and 19 Aug. For further information and a CV, please contact

Houses to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend we have too many castles, but if you seek quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area, we can help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel and other professionals. We aim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit for details of all properties available. Or phone, fax or email with your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email:

Summer sublet Oxford: large comfortable 3-bedroom detached house in Headington with large garden overlooking park. Quiet road, driveway parking. Easy access to many local amenities, city and colleges. Available 16 July–20 Aug. (flexible); £1,850 p.m. plus phone. Includes WiFi, full mod. cons., study, 2 sitting rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully modern kitchen, piano. Perfect for visiting family. N-s please. Deposit and references required. Email: Tel.: +44 1865 741716.

North Oxford Summertown: 2 modern furnished houses. Two bedrooms plus study: £1,095 p.c.m.; 4 bedrooms: £1,350 p.c.m.; both plus utilities and council tax. Excellent residential area close to sport and shopping amenities and easy access to most university departments. Available from Aug.; best suited to professional visiting academics, 2.5 bathrooms, garden and parking. Tel.: 01865 516144 or email:

To let—available end-July. Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in Thames-side village). Large sitting room, dining room, study/playroom/fourth bedroom, sunroom, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fitted kitchen with all machines, patio and gardens, garage, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully furnished with all china, pans, utensils, linen, bedlinen, etc. Rent £1,200 p.c.m, deposit £1,600. Council tax (2011–12) £1,807.13. Tel.: 01235 [+44 1235] 834740. Email:

Flats to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available for 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like you. Details, photos and prices on our website: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

Ethical letting? College and County have quietly established themselves as a contemporary lettings and property management company with a more European, partnership approach within the Oxford market. We look after more than 250 properties within the city and are experienced in meeting the needs of academics both as clients and applicants. For more information, call 01865 722722 or go to

North and central north Oxford, 1- and 2-bedroom furnished apartments available from July or early Aug. North: 1 bedroom £725,  2 bedroom £825 and £850; central north: 2 bedrooms from £950. All plus utilities and council tax. Within short walking distance from most University departments, suited to professional visiting academics. Further choice of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments from around Sept. Tel.: 01865 516144 or email:

Flat to let in village 10 miles east of Oxford. One bedroom, bathroom with toilet, kitchen, large living and dining area, additional separate toilet. Courtyard with fig tree. Pleasant accommodation for one or possibly two occupants. Unsuitable for children or pets. Car an asset, hourly bus to Oxford. Please telephone, preferably evenings: 01844 279202. References required.

Spacious, modern and newly decorated 2-bedroom flat available near Summertown, with easy access to local amenities as well as to Jericho and centre of Oxford. Available 1 June for minimum of 4 months. Two double bedrooms, partly furnished, bike storage, private parking space, under-floor heating throughout. Council tax band D (£1,050 p.m. excl.). Please email to arrange a viewing.

Accommodation offered

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Reduce your kinetic energy and apply an equal and opposite force to a sofa in one of our homes. Finders Keepers—helping Oxford's physicists decelerate for 35+ years. North Oxford: 01865 311011; East Oxford: 01865 200012; Central Oxford 01865 297999. View hundreds of homes at

Scott Fraser—market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666.

Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay: short- or long-term B&B or self-catering rooms/apartments. High-quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations and surrounding area. B&B from £25/night, £170/week, all inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless Internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and weekly laundry service. For information, tel.: 01865 481489 (01865 435229 out of hours), email:, or visit:

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 academics, professionals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. For details or informal help and advice without obligation, contact us. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: Or visit our website,, to see how we could be marketing your property.

Not sure where to live? Our lovely Navigator Guides will help you decide. Read down-to-earth area guides and watch videos at View hundreds of homes or call us on: North Oxford: 01865 311011; East Oxford: 01865 200012; Central Oxford 01865 297999.

Canadian academic, Oxford graduate, seeking accommodation in central Oxford during research trip, 1–31 July. Please contact Professor Nicholas Hudson,

Current University of Oxford administrator with 2 young children seeks to buy house convenient to Oxford High School. No onward chain. 4+ bedrooms and a large garden required. Preferably, but not necessarily, south of Summertown. Email:

London accommodation sought for responsible gap-year daughter (doing a City internship) and her mother, for all or any part of the period 11 Sept.–21 Oct., full time or weekdays only, preferably with good public transport to Canary Wharf. Anything considered—a small flat, house-sitting, or a house-share. Tel.: 01865 321729 or (2)76209; email:

Self-catering apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

Visiting parents, academics, or just need a weekend away? Oxford Cottages offers 3 spectacular period country cottages 2 miles from Oxford available for 2 nights to several weeks. Featured in Period House and Your Home interiors magazines and on ITV's Live the Dream. Inglenook fireplaces (we supply the logs!), Jacuzzi baths and luxurious bedrooms for the perfect Oxford retreat in unspoilt stone village location. Call Ann: 01865 351530. See:

Office space available

Office accommodation in north Oxford, 5 mins. from St Giles'. Detached garden bungalow with private access, 4 rooms and amenities. Alternatives: a suite of 3 rooms, another of 2 rooms. Facilities include BT, NTL, fax outlets, broadband, car-parking. Quiet location. Tel.: 01865 511111.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic old-fashioned cottages in national park: open fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, no TVs. Gorgeous unspoiled 5-bed 17th-century farmhouse also occasionally available. Own 190-acre organic farm—woods, valleys, river, wildlife. Absurdly cheap in winter. Email:

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c.h., wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel.: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: See:

Greek island holidays. Since 1992, Thalpos Holidays has been personally selecting holiday properties and locations for independent travellers and their families. Villas with private pools and charming cottages by the sea in Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zante and, new for this year, coastal locations in the southern Peloponnese. Prices start from £65 per night! Visit us at or contact us at Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Tuscan flats—3 gorgeous renovated flats adjoining each other within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300 feet above the Upper Tiber valley. This exquisite little hill town is the perfect base for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Sienna, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and walks in the Abruzzi mountains. Details:, (both sleeping 2, £500 p.w.) and (sleeps 5, £650 p.w.). Contact

Vézelay (Burgundy): old and spacious house (sleeps 2–12) available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also kayaking, riding, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable as a quiet retreat, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at

Southern Burgundy. Simple house in the charming medieval village of St Gengoux le National. Two double bedrooms, one bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen; sleeps four. St Gengoux is convenient for Tournus and Cluny, about half-way between Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, ideal for the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais vineyards. A tranquil area with good walking, cycling etc. £200-£350 a week. Short stays available. Contact 01865.768069, 07535.296614,, email

French House situated in the quiet village of Rodès, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, La Maison aux Volets Bleus is a fully furnished holiday home for up to 6 people. The location offers visitors fantastic walking, excellent beaches and the beautiful and varied scenery of the Roussillon wine region. Available all year round. Visit the website at and/or contact Tim Davies on (01865) 343558 or

Property for sale

Oxford house and flat, £745,000 ono. A lovely home, Hilltop Rd, 3 bedrooms, 2 shower/toilet rooms, balconies over landscaped gardens and a superb completely self-contained apartment over 2 floors, with large balcony/roofgarden. This apartment earns very good income but could be easily reverted back into the house providing additional rooms. The garden has fishponds and summerhouse with extra accommodation too—see website photos: Email: Tel.: 01865 247150.

Delightful Cotswold bolthole: 2-bed recently thatched cottage, dating from 1703. In scenic north Oxford village, with excellent infrastructure: Sibford Ferris. Ideal for weekends and vacations - 45 minutes from Oxford. Speedy London train service from Banbury. Courtyard south-facing garden. Working open fireplace, exposed beams. Compact fitted kitchen, bathroom and sunny dining room in rear brick extension. Inquiries to: or see Strutt and Parker Banbury website.