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  • Thursday 2 February 2012
  • NO. 4977
  • VOL. 142

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Miscellaneous

Art exhibition

Art exhibition at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. Photography, poetry and mixed media on the theme of 'Textures', by a local trio. Location: South Street Gallery corridor, near League of Friends café and main canteen. Free. Open Sun. 5 Feb–Fri. 2 Mar., 9 am–7 pm. Wheelchair access.

Craft courses

Ardington School of Crafts in Oxfordshire offers short courses in traditional and contemporary crafts led by experts and practising craftspeople. Courses include book binding, silverwork, stained glass, calligraphy, willow work, china restoration, quilting, icon painting, leatherwork, stone carving, felt making, crewel work, marbling, spinning, letter cutting in stone, curtain making, goldwork embroidery, upholstery and many others. Courses range from 1 to 5 days. Browse the website: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com or phone 01235 833433.

Diabetes study

Are you over 18 years old with type 2 diabetes? We are investigating the effects of 2 different diets on heart and muscle function. You would be required to undertake an Atkins diet and diet supplement and have heart and leg muscle MRI scans and blood tests. You would be reimbursed for your time. For more information, please contact Dr Camilla Wainwright: 01865 221875 or camilla.wainwright@dpag.ox.ac.uk.

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: http://sites.google.com/site/oxforduniversitynewcomersclub.

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items – grates, firetools, firebacks, fenders, nursery guards; 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture; interesting and unusual items including silver, pictures, desks and library furniture, also garden items such as stoneware or seating. Please ring to sell, or to purchase visit us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. 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: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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 £73; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email: cliveroberts@talktalk.net.

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

Garsington Opera Ltd: this prestigious local festival requires a full-time Membership Administrator/Box Office Assistant. The job includes assisting the Box Office Manager in administrating the computerised Friends scheme and Box Office as well as general office management. Previous BO experience an advantage. Own transport essential. Closing date: 3 Feb. See www.garsingtonopera.org or contact Ceri Griffith, office@garsingtonopera.org or 01865 361636 for a full description.

United Benefice of St Giles' and St Margaret seeks Benefice Manager. This new part-time post of approx. 15 hours weekly involves many of the tasks of the existing benefice secretary and in addition responsibility for overall running of newly refurbished St Giles' Parish Rooms, where office facilities are provided. Applications/CVs should be sent to vicar@churchwalk.eclipse.co.uk or The Vicar, Church Walk, Oxford OX2 6LY by Mon. 13 Feb. Interviews will be held week beginning 20 Feb.

Houses to let

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 www.qbman.co.uk 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: info@qbman.co.uk.

Old Headington: Stunning family residence located in desirable Old Headington. Accommodation comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, open plan kitchen/breakfast room with beautiful stone wall enclosed garden. Furnished. Would suit professional couple or family. Garage and on-street permit parking. Council Tax Band G. Available now at £2,100 pcm. Please contact Emily Rowe on 01865 761111 or emily@scottfraser.co.uk.

Family home in central Oxford, perfect for visiting academic family or 2 couples. Two double bedrooms, large kitchen, garden, sitting room with sofa bed, 2 bathrooms. Available 25 Feb.–14 Apr. while we are on a research trip; £325 pw, 2 weeks' minimum stay. Email christina@willmore.eu for details and photos.

East Oxford: furnished cosy, well-appointed 3-bedroom house off Cowley Rd available now; £1,200 pcm. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, desk and good-quality double beds. Two receptions rooms downstairs—second reception room leads into kitchen which leads into bathroom. Recently redecorated and refurbished. Secluded garden. All appliances and g.c.h. Convenient for University and teaching hospitals. Please contact Khalida on khalida.2.ismail@kcl.ac.uk or 07905 985068.

Central Oxford townhouse for University staff or visiting academics with University association. Easy walking distance from libraries, museums, colleges. 2 bedrooms. Fully furnished, £1,650 pcm including all service bills—internet, gas, electricity, local calls and council tax. Available now until mid-May and from start of July onwards. Contact: patricia.davies@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Quiet, furnished 2-bedroom coach house, with off-street parking, in Old Marston village, near bus stops into Oxford centre and Headington hospitals. Suitable for 2 postgraduates. Now available for long or short lets. G.c.h. Basic rent £900 p.c.m. plus bills. Ring 01865 244130 for further information and viewing.

House swaps

Oxford house to swap (or rent) Apr.–Sept. Detached 1930s' home with well-kept south-facing garden in quiet north Oxford side road. Two large reception rooms, spacious kitchen/diner, 3 double bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, utility room. All mod cons. Off-street parking. Cleaners/gardener included. Main bus route to city centre. Shops ½ mile. Excellent schools. Prefer direct swap for accommodation in Boston, USA (vicinity Arlington/Cambridge) but will consider letting. Contact jesmond.blumenfeld@zen.co.uk; 01865 558105.

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 www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation.

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: www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com 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 www.collegeandcounty.biz.

North Oxford flat. A bright, recently modernised, neutrally decorated flat in a period mansion on Northmoor Rd available from mid-Mar. Two double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, bathroom, shower room, eat-in kitchen. Off-street parking for 1 car. Use of communal gardens. Approximately 1,250 sq. ft. (115 sq. m.). Rent £1,950 p.m. For further information contact Tom on 07901 557350.

Flat to rent: Oxford OX3, Headington. Modern, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge and kitchen, fully furnished. Avaialable 27 July, £895 pcm. Email: letsco_gmg@yahoo.co.uk. Full details on www.letsco.co.uk.

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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

Not sure where to live? Read and watch our great Navigator Guides with guide rents, videos, bar and area reviews. Web: www.finders.co.uk/guides. Tel.: 01865 200012.

Scott Fraser – market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk 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: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Central rooms available for students for the Hilary and/or Trinity terms, sharing with US undergraduate students; £460 rent per month, including wireless internet and utilities. Please email housing@osapabroad.com or call 01865 201132.

Accommodation sought

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our new quick and easy Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.oxfordstudentpad.co.uk. For information: 01865 280811.

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: info@qbman.co.uk. Or visit our website, www.qbman.co.uk, to see how we could be marketing your property.

Milton Friedman the landlord would hate increasing rental legislation, but would inflation boosting his rental income cause him sleepless nights? Finders Keepers – negotiating buy-side demand for Oxford’s economists for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web: www.finders.co.uk.

Writer's retreat/early summer let wanted: Oxford-based couple seek peaceful, preferably detached, house or cottage in a rural setting within 2 hours’ or so driving distance from Oxford to rent for 3 to 8 weeks between the beginning of May and mid-July. House-sitting also considered: cat feeding, garden watering, etc. Contact: alison.light@ell.ox.ac.uk or phone 07787 573470.

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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Sustainable short-term accommodation in Summertown. The Oxford EcoFlat is a 2-bedroom flat in Summertown, north Oxford, accommodating up to 4 people with private garage and communal garden. The flat has been eco-renovated to create a light, healthy, energy efficient living space. Two mins. walk to shops and cafés and 10 mins. by bus to city centre. From 3 nights to 6 months. Serviced and fully equipped. Contact: www.ecoflat.co.uk, 07798 725077.

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, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper's cottages at foot of South Downs: fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, internet access, no TVs (writers' haven) – or for bigger groups, a gorgeous, antique-filled, unspoiled (but very comfortable) 5-bedroom 17th-century farmhouse. On own organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, wildlife. Available weekends; low winter prices; big Oxford discount. Pictures at http://web.me.com/haroldcarter/Wakeham-Home/ or email haroldcarter@mac.com.

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: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

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 www.holidayislands.com or contact us at info@holidayislands.com. Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Cornwall, 2-bed detached cottage in pretty, historic Lostwithiel, 5 miles north of Fowey on Cornwall's south coast, 5 miles east of the Eden project. Sleeps 4, cosy sitting room with wood burner, new kitchen, washing/drying facilities, satellite TV, children's playroom, high chair and cot, towels/bed linen provided. Rates from £320 p.w. Visit us at www.teazlecottage.co.uk or contact lanceanelay@aol.com or 07710 463715.

Beautiful house in the small village of Mairena in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain, with stunning views and easy access to great walking routes in the surrounding area. Three double rooms (1 en suite), open-plan living room/kitchen and large roof terrace. Mairena has a local shop and excellent restaurant. Nearest airports Almeria, Granada and Malaga; £50 per night with minimum stay of 3 nights. Contact: philippa_m_roberts@hotmail.co.uk or 07799 002196 for details.

French house situated in the quiet village of Rodes, 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 www.voletsbleus.co.uk and/or contact Tim Davies on 01865 343558 or timlucydavies@btinternet.com.

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early 19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. Five bedrooms (4 with modernized en suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8 (including children). Heated swimming pool 5m x 10m. Available early June to mid-Oct., £1,500 pw. See website (has contact email address): www.villeboisien.com.

Property for sale

Charming 2-bed cottage in Cholsey for sale: chain-free. Sash windows, open chimneys, original quarry tiles, 2 bright and spacious double bedrooms, 2 receptions and garden over 140'. Off-road parking; under 10 mins. walk to railway station (direct trains to Paddington/Reading/Oxford); convenient for the M4 and M40, a slipway onto the Thames and the Ridgeway; £235,000. See: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35687729.html.