• Thursday 4 November 2010
  • No. 4933
  • Vol 141


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Harcourt Arboretum

Study days at the Arboretum: Hedge laying, Sat., 20 Nov., 10–4. For anyone who would like to learn about this traditional skill. The hedge that will be laid will be one of those at the Arboretum. Tickets £60 including all materials. See:


Bampton Classical Opera celebrates Thomas Arne’s 300th anniversary with music from 2 of his greatest masques, Alfred and The Judgment of Paris. BCO enjoys a national reputation for rediscovering forgotten 18th-century operas, and makes its Oxford debut with this concert: ‘A serious business with remarkable artistic standards’ (Opera). With the Bampton Classical Players, conductor Benjamin Bayl. Holywell Music Room, 7 pm, Sun., 7 Nov. Tickets 01367 810769; online

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:

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.

Autumn is the season of maximum gardening opportunity. Soil and climatic conditions are at their most favourable for undertaking garden work. Gardenscape is celebrating 25 years of implementation of garden design, construction and maintenance contracts. We are happy to offer a free initial consultation to discuss your individual requirements. Please contact Roger Hutchence on: 01865 250372, 07773 333531, via email: or visit:

First-class automatic driving tuition in Oxford: no clutch, no gears, no stalling. Student and bulk purchase discounts. Busy diary! Call Martin now on 078 999 111 22. Website:

Experienced editor in both academic and general publishing, PhD, offers copy editing, proofreading, indexing and research services. I am particularly skilled in helping writers of English as their second (etc.) language. Rates are negotiable—every commission is unique. OU and London publishers’ references. Contact:

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.

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:

Summertown: terraced 2-bedroom cottage with working fireplace and original wood floors. Located within easy walking distance of the centre of Summertown (excellent shops, restaurants and bars), only 1 block from bus route into city centre. Sitting/dining room, fully fitted kitchen with French windows to small attractive garden, full bathroom and 2 bedrooms. Available Nov., short or long term, unfurnished or furnished; £1,100 p.c.m. Contact: or 07855 196260.

Academic furnished home to let for calendar year 2011: 1 double, 2 single bedrooms, large kitchen/diner, lounge, equipped study, and pleasant, low-maintenance garden. Quiet, friendly neighbourhood near the OU hospital campuses, 10 mins. to shops and restaurants from around the world, 2 mins. from meadow walks and golf course and 10 mins. bus ride to Oxford city centre; £1,200 p.c.m., negotiable for amenable tenant. Contact or call (+44)1865 726345.

To let: 1 Dec.–28 Feb. or 1 Dec.–25 Apr. with a 2-week break from 1–14 Mar. Spacious furnished 2-bedroom house with piano. Own drive and garden. Quiet, secluded, friendly south Oxford village, within ring road and within easy access to town centre. Would suit professional person or couple; £950 p.c.m. References required. For further details please contact

Large, warm, spacious, colourful family home for short-term let. Three double bedrooms, 1 with en suite shower and toilet. Well-fitted kitchen with breakfast area and garden view. Large dining room and conservatory. Off-road parking. City centre a mile, easily reached by bus, foot or bike. Available 30 Nov. to 8 Mar., £300 p.w. plus bills. Contact: 07762 067704 or 01865 247247; See photos at

Central north Oxford, beautiful end-terrace, 4-bed, 2½-bath house available immediately. Furnished/unfurnished. Close to Phil and Jim, Dragon Schools and colleges; £2,500 p.c.m., excl. Contact:

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

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

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 Web site: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

Quiet, furnished flat let, fully equipped for 1, in Old Headington, views of garden and church and near to John Radcliffe Hospital. Bed-sitting room, kitchen dining room, use of bathroom on same floor, £420 p.m. incl. c.h. No bills. Tel.: 01865 437750. Email:

Summertown studio, Victoria Rd, attractive position and furnishing. Compact, light, first-floor studio flat with fully equipped kitchen area and well-appointed shower room. All Bosch appliances: fridge-freezer, electric oven, gas hob, washer/drier. Built-in wardrobe/storage cupboard. TV and BT phone points; £700 p.c.m. (for min. six-month lease) incl. all gas, electricity and council tax. Good security. Suit single n-s professional or academic. Available early Dec. Contact: 01865 452821;

Short let, sabbatical let (and holiday lets for up to 4). Charming traditional cottage in pretty village setting 15 miles northwest of Oxford, beams, inglenook fireplace, wood-burning stove, g.h. Double bedroom plus second bedroom/dressing room/study. Garage,walled patio garden. Very private and peaceful. Great place to write. Contact:

Iffley Village. Exceptional first-floor 1-bedroom furnished flat overlooking large garden in period conversion. Living room, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath. Light, bright, quiet. G.c.h. Parking. Close to buses for city centre. Suit single professional/academic. Rent £950 p.c.m. incl. council tax, utilities and cleaning. Tel.: 01865 715594.

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:

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:

Furnished, 1-bedroom flat wanted for visiting academic in Hilary 2011—within walking distance of main libraries. Send email to:

Wanted 3/4-bedroom house or flat furnished with 2 reception rooms. For Jan., Feb., or Mar. through to July or Aug. Contact 01865 514568 or 075 4015 2732.

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.

Vezelay, Burgundy: house available for short lets 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

Houses for sale

A unique opportunity to own and live on a beautiful narrowboat moored at highly sought-after city-centre moorings. Five mins. walk from the Cornmarket and the railway station. Just completed full hull survey, exterior painting and recent fit-out with bamboo flooring, iPod-dock stereo system and storage. Mains power and broadband. Perfect for 1 person or couple. Serious enquiries only, no onward chain. From mid-Nov.; £125,000. Contact: 07772 485487,

Two-bedroom end-of-terrace house for sale in Kidlington, Oxon: £200k. Sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, integral garage and garden. Recently installed timber double-glazing, wood stove, solar-boosted water heating and plans for air-source heat pump. Good bus service to Oxford. Contact