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  • Thursday 31 January 2013
  • NO. 5013
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

Inspiring Craft Courses

New Year – time to try something different?  Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 150 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel: 01235 833433.

Research participants sought

Over 60? Want to start exercising? Researchers at Oxford University are investigating the effect physical activity has on the brain. Participants will be given a free supervised exercise programme and undergo MRI brain scans. If you would like to find out more please contact 07512 684994 or exercise@fmrib.ox.ac.uk (Oxfordshire REC B 10/H0605/48, Version 1 - 30/01/2012).

Healthy volunteers (18–59, right-handed) wanted for a study investigating the brain's response to exercise. Twelve-week study includes 6 weeks of visiting the Oxford Brookes gym 5 days a week, and 7 visits to John Radcliffe Hospital for brain scans and exercise tests. Compensation for time and travel provided. Contact: exercise@fmrib.ox.ac.uk or 01865 600548.

The Oxford Pregnancy Study is investigating how anxiety during pregnancy may affect mums and babies. We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. Participation in the study will take approximately 2 hours in total, and all participants will be reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information about this study, please email prenatal@psych.ox.ac.uk, or telephone 01865 316109.

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 Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). 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 on 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport car service. Professional reliable service for business or pleasure. Comfortable, practical Volvo XC 70 estate. All-wheel drive gets you there safely, ice or snow! Luxury Audi A8 limousine – sink into the beige leather seats and be wafted to the airport or treat your VIP guests. All cars run on winter tyres for safety. Heathrow from £75, Eurostar £95, Cambridge £125. Call Clive Roberts on 01865 778608 or 07917 566077 (mobile) or email your requirements to cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Business/University accounts welcome.

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: www.hopeservices.co.uk. Email: mark.harvey@hopeservices.co.uk.

Sell your books. We buy academic and non-academic used books. If you are moving office or home, leaving the University or just need more space, we may be able to help. We are most interested in arts and social science subjects. Good prices paid for large or small collections and we collect from anywhere in the Oxford area. Please contact Ross on 07720 288774 or bd@beadledavies.co.uk.

Situations vacant

TEFL-qualified teachers required to join an established team for closed courses of Japanese students, 19–31 Mar at Oxford University colleges. Full- and part-time positions available. Excellent rates of pay: £25/hr for the right candidates. Please send a brief CV to bwsm@btinternet.com.

Receptionist sought for a small, high-quality private dental practice in central Oxford. Excellent customer service, telephone and computer skills required. Salary approximately £19,000 pa. Closing date 15 Feb. Please email wendy@42stgiles.com for further details.

Harris Manchester College seeks Organ Scholar: undergraduate/graduate man or woman to oversee the music in this college of 150 students. We have just formed a small choir of students and staff. We hold weekly choir practice and have 3 sung services per term. The scholar will play for occasional service mid-week and weddings and funerals. Seeking enthusiastic person to make their mark in this friendly college. He/she may wish to organise concerts and recitals. Also responsible for playing at Sunday morning services 11am–noon during term-time. Stipend of £2,000 pa plus full dining rights in college. Send CV and names, addresses and telephone numbers of 2 referees to Ms Helen Passey, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TD by 21 Feb. Interviews take place first week in Mar. For more information, telephone The Revd Canon John Ovenden, Dean of Chapel and Chaplain: 07778 299829 preferably in the evening.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We don't have too many castles, but we do have a constant supply of good-quality property to rent in Oxford city. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in letting to academics and other professionals. We aim to provide the friendliest professional service in the city. Visit: www.qbman.co.uk, call: 01865 764533, or email: info@qbman.co.uk.

4-bedroom family home. Fully furnished Victorian semi-detached home, available for short-term rent (precise dates and duration flexible) from late Jan. Located close to Abingdon town centre and on main bus route into Oxford (every 10 mins, journey time normally under 20 mins). Tenants expected to allow estate agent to show viewers round; hence discounted rate of £1,275 pcm. For more details, please contact Dr Andrew Turner on andrew.d.turner@btinternet.com.

Summertown: semi-detached house in quiet side road, off-street parking and secluded garden. Sitting room, large living/dining room opening on to a patio. Fully equipped kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom and shower room plus downstairs toilet. Dates flexible between mid-July and mid-Sept at £350 pw. Email: mhaffey11@yahoo.co.uk.

House swaps

Berkeley–Oxford swap: Berkeley, California, couple seeks housing swap for 2013–14 academic year. Our house (furnished): 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, eat-in kitchen, living, dining and family rooms, with deck and balcony offering views of San Francisco Bay and landscaped yard. Short walk to shops, restaurants, public transit, and 2.25 miles from centre of University of California, Berkeley, campus. Excellent school district. Precise dates negotiable. Contact: hermalin@berkeley.edu.

Flats to let

University Accommodation Office

The University Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full and part-time students, academic visitors and 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 from 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.

Quiet, furnished flat-let, fully equipped for 1 gentleman, in Old Headington. Views of garden and church and near to John Radcliffe Hospital. Bed-sitting room, kitchen/dining room and use of bathroom on same floor, £420 pm incl central heating. No bills. Tel: 01865 437750. Email: qsearl@gmail.com.

Light, airy modernised 1-bedroom flat on top floor of family house overlooking green, within Oxford city boundary, from now initially for up to 6 months, 2 months' notice either way. Stunning views, all mod cons incl dishwasher, 2.5 miles city centre, walking distance to parts of University, regular bus route; £975 pcm incl bills except telephone and internet. References required. Contact: wrldco@aol.com.

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.

View the best Oxford property rentals now, www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, Finders Keepers, or call 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; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

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 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

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 Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

New Zealand family on sabbatical seeks furnished/semi-furnished 3–4-bedroom house in Oxford or surrounds for Mar–Aug; dates flexible. English references available. Please contact thomasbiss@hendersonreeves.co.nz or emilyhenderson@xtra.co.nz.

Wanted: an attractive 3-bedroom (minimum) house with garden in Oxford for a visiting scholar from 15 Apr to end of Jun. Contact ranilall@hotmail.com or 07803607112.

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.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. Pictures at www.wakehamfarm.com 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, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

North Yorkshire Coast. Comfortable Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood's Bay. Large garden, sea views, central heating and private parking. Sleeps 9+ but special rates for couples and small parties. Ground floor: fully equipped kitchen, dining room, large, comfortable sitting room. First floor: 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, further sitting room. Second floor: 2 further bedrooms and bathroom. Contact Val Everton: 07592 590727 or email val.everton@yahoo.co.uk.

Crete. Rethymno. Villa built in lovely rural setting, on top of a hill, 12km from the centre of the town. Provides a superb and peaceful holiday. Spectacular sea, country views. Separated storeys, sleeps 6 on the ground and 4 on the first. Car available. Barbeque area and swimming pool. Ideal for writing, painting, trekking. For details please contact: nglynias@yahoo.gr.

Northern Cyprus. Beautiful villa with pool. Close Esentepe village with spectacular views over the Med; 20 mins' drive from Kyrenia, 7 mins from 18-hole golf course and 10 mins from huge sandy beach. From £475 pw. Email crholme@btinternet.com or tel 01608 677423.

French Riviera: 2-bedroom quiet fully equipped flat with large terrace and magnificent sea views, 50m in line of sight from the sea near Le Lavandou (between Toulon and St Tropez) available for rent. Comfortably sleeps 5. Direct RyanAir connection from Stansted. From €45/night. See photos and details at http://lelavandou.webhop.net. Email: gs1956_2000@yahoo.co.uk.

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early 19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. Five bedrooms (4 with modernised 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.