• Thursday 30 September 2010
  • No. 4928
  • Vol 141


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Harcourt Arboretum event

Autumn Lanterns at Harcourt Arboretum, Mon. 25 Oct., 1–4 pm. Drop-in session, free with Arboretum entry (adults £3.50, University staff and students free, children free). Arboretum opening hours 10 am–5 pm (last admission 4.15 pm). Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX44 9PX. Tel.: 01865 343501. Web:

St Theosevia Centre study days

St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality open study days, Saturdays, 10.30 am–4 pm: 6 Nov., ‘Drawing from the wellsprings of the desert’; 27 Nov., ‘Spirituality and theological insight in Dostoevsky.’ Fee £5; students free. No booking necessary. Also 8.15 pm, Thurs. 11 Nov., St John’s College: ‘Spirituality and practice of Christian–Muslim interfaith peacebuildng.’ For information:

Research participants sought

Are you pregnant? Would you like to take part in a research project? The Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University is looking for women who are between 12 and 16 weeks pregnant to take part in a short research project. It would take approximately 2 hours of your time. For more information contact: or 01865 223916.

New members sought

Independent Painters. A well-established group of independent painters, meeting every Tues. morning during Term, would welcome a few new members. Members, paying a fee of £75 per term to cover expenses, work from a model at their own pace and in their chosen medium. Advice from experienced teachers is available, but never imposed. For information, and to arrange a free trial, contact or phone 558186.

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.

Chauffeur/taxi service. Reliable, experienced service available for business or pleasure. Airports/docks/Eurostar, etc. Comfortable Mercedes E-class and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes Viano for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £70; Eurostar, £95; Gatwick, £119. 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:

Book indexers available. Many years of experience of ‘back-of-the-book’ indexing in a variety of subjects from the Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia to the annual Oxford University Calendar. Subjects include archaeology, architecture, art, botany, history, geography, literature, music and science. Phone Ann Hall and/or Alan Lovell at 01683 221310 or email at or text 07708 571548.

Do you have missing teeth, loose dentures or shaky bridges? Using dental implants, Oxford Implantology Services Ltd can help you smile, laugh, eat and kiss with confidence again. We offer individualised treatment plans, taking into account timing, cost and delivery of care. We are a registered member of GDC, GMC, ADI and BDA. Contact us for a free consultation near you. Tel.: 01865 339564 / 07747 616172 or 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.

Architect Your Home: local architects for home renovation and extension projects. Whether you are looking to create an extension, convert your loft or re-configure your internal space, Architect Your Home can help guide you through the process. Select from a list of services that suit your budget and project including design, help with planning permissions, building regulations and contractor sourcing and management. For more details: or 0800 849 8505.

Writer/editor. Need help with articles, theses or books? Oxford-based professional offers his research, writing and editorial expertise. No job too small, or large. Competitive rates. Has worked with academics, businesses and the voluntary sector, and is widely published in the national press. Also provides training in journalism and media topics, including writing for the Web, blogging, and effective business writing. Contact Robert Bullard: 01865 423785;;

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.

Situations vacant

Freelance Finance Assistant needed to assist Finance Manager of small marketing company from beginning of Oct. Must be highly numerate, accurate and meticulous; good spoken English essential. Duties include: inputting data onto spreadsheets, keeping records, general filing and liaising regularly with London office. Hours: 6–9 p.w., preferably split between 2 mornings, Tues./Thurs.; £12 p.h. Send CV and covering letter to Joanna Gibbon, Finance Manager, at

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:

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

Rent Guarantee—long-term lets required for large 5-bedroom-plus properties. Rent Guarantee does not charge tenants. Available to families only. References required. Please visit or call 0845 899 0001.

A delightful detached 2-bedroom Cotswold stone period cottage is available from 1 Sept. for rent in the peaceful, sought-after village of Wootton (7 miles from Oxford) near Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. A wood-burning stove, built-in book shelves in 1 double-bedroom and a well-tended garden. Suitable for n-s single professional or visiting academic couple. Car essential; £780 p.c.m. Email:

Bright, spacious and well-decorated house on Coniston Avenue, Headington. Three bedrooms, through lounge/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with over-bath shower. Garden to front and rear. Suitable for a couple or a family. Available furnished on annual lease, £855 p.c.m. Contact:

Seventeenth-century thatched cottage, 3 beds, oak beams, c.h., conservatory, garden, near Thames, 8 miles to Oxford. Long let £1,000 p.m. Ring 0207 625 1219 or 07739 183446.

Family house to let: 4-bedroom furnished Victorian townhouse in central north Oxford/Jericho. Excellently located for University, Oxford city centre and shops, bars, etc. in Jericho. Property comprises 4 bedrooms, lounge/dining room, kitchen, utility room, 2 bathrooms, enclosed back garden and double garage. In catchment area for St Barnabas and Cherwell schools. Available from Oct., £2,300 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 559688.

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.

Comfortable and spacious 1-bedroom flat, fully furnished, available for short-term or longer-term let. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom, open-plan living area, fitted kitchen, wireless broadband, Freeview TV, all linen and towels, ample parking. Self-contained annexe of private house in Cassington, 3 miles west of Oxford along A40. N-s only. Monthly £800, everything incl. Contact:; 01865 734321.

Fully furnished 1-bedroom apartment in central Jericho. With views over playing fields and within walking distance of town centre. Wood flooring throughout and comprises: double bedroom, bathroom with shower over, open-plan-style living/dining room/kitchen with sofa bed, dining table and chairs, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, microwave, washer/drier and dishwasher. G.c.h., secure parking space. Suit single academic. Rent £995 p.c.m. Contact Thomas Merrifield: 01865 51900.

Part-furnished, self-contained studio flat in village of Kennington. Bus routes to Oxford/Abingdon and easy access to Radley train station. Recently refurbished, includes kitchenette and separate bathroom; £140 p.w. incl. bills (not telephone/TV licence). Parking. Available immediately. Contact Steve Clarkson, 07774 234866.

North Oxford Property Services—has a wide selection of 1-, 2- and more-bedroom flats available to rent across Oxford and the surrounding area. We have flats and apartments ideal for student letting, professional or family tenants, and even short-term holiday or term-time rentals. To view our properties available to rent immediately, or to find out more about flat-letting services we can offer, visit, or call 01865 311745 now.

Central north Oxford: luxury, self-contained, furnished 1-bed apartment annexe in sought-after area within walking distance of city centre, University Parks, amenities of Summertown. Double bedroom, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen/living room with wooden floor, gated off-street parking. Would suit single academic/professional. Rent £1,200 p.c.m. including council tax and utilities. Available immediately for short/long let. Contact

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:

Do you want to live on Oxford’s heavy Jurassic clay, inside Cotswold limestone atop shales and sands, or near Banbury’s calcareous Marlstone Bed? Finders Keepers—helping Oxford’s geologists reach 0° on the clinometer for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

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:

Flat-share. Central/north Oxford. Large, sunny room in a spacious flat. Non-smoker. Two toilets. Broadband, washing machine, television, DVD/video player, ample storage, off-street parking. Suitable for visiting academic, postgraduate student or professional, £395 p.m. plus contribution to utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555 or 07866 653619.—the specialist letting agency dedicated to the student rental market in Oxford. With residential and purpose-built student accommodation across north and central Oxford, including Jericho, St Clement’s, Grandpont and Cowley, most of our property is in walking distance to the major colleges. For more information about our services, or to view available student housing, visit, or call 01865 311745 now.

Quiet double room, with view of garden, available for rent in Victorian house in Oxford. Centrally situated, close to Magdalen Bridge, University sports grounds, coaches to London and 15 mins. walk to centre. Use of kitchen, bathroom and garden with patio. Owner speaks English, Italian, French and some Spanish and German. Bed linen, towels provided. Rent: £570 p.m. (incl. broadband and bills). Postgraduates, visiting academics preferred. Contact; 07770 738977.

Writer’s or academic’s retreat, or just somewhere to escape to…. I have for rent a peaceful, spacious and sunny room with private bathroom in a lovely, secluded Cotswold country house (30 mins. drive Oxford). It could be self-catering or fully serviced, and the terms are flexible: weekly, weekends, daytime only; long- or medium-term (3 months minimum). Includes broadband facilities and all utilities. Tel.: 07771 464973.

En suite room to let in pleasant, sunny house near Hinksey Park. City centre within walking distance. Mon. to Fri. or full week, £350--£400 p.m. Non-smokers only. Please tel. 241693/07802 743270 or email

Single room with toilet. North Oxford room with adjoining toilet in recently renovated house within short walking distance of shops, bus stop, parks and sports facilities. Wireless broadband, g.c.h., smoke alarms, fridge, washer/drier, TV. Short lets of 3–12 months for non-smokers. Rent £470 p.m. incl. all gas and electricity, council tax and water rate charges. For further information email: or call: 01865 292801 or 07789 841985.

Risinghurst. Large bedroom/study with garden view in self-contained annexe adjoining family house. Close to Shotover Park but only 20 mins. bus ride to city centre. Conveniently located for Headington and Thornhill Park and Ride for buses to London, Heathrow and Gatwick. Suit single professional/academic. Available immediately, £450 p.c.m. incl. bills and cleaning, negotiable if only needed during the week. Andy or Maria-Gloria: 01865 761255.

Accommodation for visiting academics. Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette in striking modern house on western outskirts of Oxford set in open fields. Television, Internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine. Bus service to Oxford centre. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy £200 p.w., £650 p.m., maximum 3 months, corresponding double occupancy £240, £750. Tel.: 01865 721644. Email:

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.

If we let 3,000 properties a year through 8 offices, and each requires 3 viewings, how many viewings does each office do per work hour? Finders Keepers—solving Oxford’s rental equations for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web:

Visiting academics need family house/large apartment from mid-Dec. to mid-July in central/north Oxford. Max £2,500 p.c.m. Minimum 4 bedrooms. We are non-smokers, no pets. We have lovely, large house w/garden on campus at the University of Oslo and would consider house-swapping. Contact Prof. Torkel Brekke. Tel.: 00 47 9882 9809. Email:

Middle-aged professional couple returning to Oxford after 4 years overseas seek short-term accommodation from +/- mid-Nov. for 4–6 months. Minimum requirement: 2-bed furnished apartment/house preferably located in north Oxford (within ring road), or Osney Island. Prepared to ‘house-sit’. Contact Katharine on 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:

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.

House available for short lets in Vezelay, Burgundy, in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Flexible rates: suitable for 1 or 2 people seeking quiet retreat, for families, or for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at

North Yorkshire coast. Comfortable, well-appointed Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood’s Bay. Garden, sea views, c.h., private parking. Sleeps 9-plus but special rates for couples and small parties. Fully equipped kitchen, dining room, large comfortable sitting room on ground floor; 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, further sitting room on first floor; 2 further bedrooms, bathroom on second floor. Contact Val Everton: 01904 656401; 07592 590727;

Monopoli, Apulia, southeastern Italy: 2-bedroom apartment sleeping 5 in quiet old quarter of ancient seaside town. In 18th-century palazzo with sweeping views of the Adriatic from rooftop terrace. Five mins. walk from sandy beach. Modern comforts: c.h., dishwasher, washing machine, Jacuzzi bath, new beds. Airports (Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi) 45 mins. by train or car. Ten mins. from 18-hole golf. Email: Tel.: 0039 03928959730.

Andalucía, southern Spain. Lovely old family house, sleeps 6, with large garden, orange trees and 3 terraces, in a charming and ancient Moorish white village half way between Granada and the sea. A spectacular region of mountains, valleys, rivers, orange and olive groves with plenty of walks and shady picnic places. Plenty to see and explore. Ski and swim on the same day! Special rates for Gazette readers. Contact:

House trade for sunny San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We hope to exchange our home in San Miguel de Allende for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath Oxford home for 2–4 weeks in the May–Sept. 2011 period. View our home at click on ‘advanced search’ and enter 43105 in ‘property ID’ for details, photos, San Miguel info and about us. References from Oxford faculty available. Reply to Joanne Howard:

House for sale

North Oxford Property Services—has a wide selection of residential and investment properties available for sale across Oxford. We can advise on investment potential, provide guidance on rents, maintain and manage your property, and even find tenants or lodgers if you require. For more information about our complete property purchase service, or to view available property, visit, or call 01865 311745 now.

For sale

Flat for sale in Austrian countryside, foothills Alps, between Salzburg and Vienna, near beautiful, medieval Steyr ( Two double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (sleeps 4 adults plus 4/5 children/guests), 2 living rooms, 2 kitchenettes, 2 balconies, outstanding countryside views. New carpets/curtains, furniture included, parking. Excellent area for walking, cycling; £45,000. Tel. Gerry Matthews: 0208 642 8667.

Large leather sofa—substantial Chesterfield, 3.5 seater, brown-chestnut, high-quality sofa hand-made by Springvale, model ‘Nottingham’ viewable on Springvale website. Measures 91in/231cm long, 35in/89cm high, 39in/99cm deep. Six years old, excellent ‘as new’ condition. Collect Cumnor Hill (Oxford) or we can arrange delivery; £750 o.n.o. (half original price). Contact: 01865 425769 or