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  • Thursday 5 December 2013
  • NO. 5044
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the final Gazette of Michaelmas term will be published on 12 December. Publication for Hilary term will begin on 16 January. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

The Oxford Almanack 2014 now available

With only one break in 1675, the Oxford Almanack has been published annually for over 330 years. The illustration for 2014 is 'Exeter College, Oxford' from an original pastel drawing by Tim Steward, with a calendar including information relevant to the University, sunrise and sunset times, etc. Order the 2014 Almanack online for £19.99 (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199678891.do) or by phone (01536 452640).

The Perfect Creative Gift

Treat a friend or relative to an indulgent day or two of relaxation and creativity with Ardington School of Crafts gift vouchers. We offer short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 200 courses of 1–3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and upholstery, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel: 01235 833433.

Chorister Auditions

New College Choir: chorister auditions, Tues 14 Jan. For boys now in Year 2 to join the probationer programme in Sept 2014. Generous bursaries for all choristers at New College School: www.newcollege.oxon.sch.uk. For more information and to apply, please contact edward.higginbottom@new.ox.ac.uk or 01865 279519, and see www.newcollegechoir.com.

UK Brain Bank for Autism and Related Developmental Research, JR  

BrainBankThe developing brain is altered in autism but neuroscientists do not know how or why. Research is needed to understand the causes and biological basis of autism, to develop better interventions to improve the lives of those directly affected by it. Such critical research is hindered by the scarcity of donated human brain tissue. Control tissue, donated by people who do not have autism, is needed for comparison just as much as donations by people who do – and the NHS organ donor scheme does not include brain donation. We particularly want younger people to consider making a pledge to donate their brain after death (the further the brain is from its inception, the more difficult it is to understand the process of its development, so we do not take donations from people over 65 not directly affected by autism). See www.brainbankforautism.org.uk for information and to register as a donor.

Restore Garden Café

RestoreSpacious café set in award-winning gardens with delicious food and coffees using organic, fair-trade and local produce where possible. Plants, handmade gifts and cards for sale. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm, Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1YH. All proceeds to Restore, Oxfordshire mental health charity (registered charity number 274222): www.restore.org.uk.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Oxford University Hospitals wants you to take part in its future. If you have a contract of employment with the University of Oxford in a department within the Medical Sciences Division, or hold an honorary contract award with OUH for at least 12 months, you can join our staff constituency. University of Oxford staff belonging to other departments can join us as public members. To join us, visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/ft.

Research participants sought

FMRIB+OHBA Volunteers sought for study exploring perception in autism. Involves simple visual judgement tasks during MEG and MRI brain-scanning plus standardised tests during one 4–5-hr visit. Needed: right-handed participants aged 18–45 with diagnosis of high-functioning autism/Asperger syndrome (we can’t include individuals with epilepsy, on medication that affects the brain (eg antidepressants), or with metal implants/pacemakers). Full reimbursement for time/travel expenses. Contact Mathura Ravishankar at mathura.ravishankar@ndcn.ox.ac.uk or 01865 234935.

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 a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. Visit our website: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Sell your unwanted 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 can help. We are most interested in arts, history and social sciences. 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.

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.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Oxford's low-cost packing and shipping experts. Lowest price rates guaranteed for University students, staff and departments, plus free boxes and collection for all shipments. Whether clothing, books, computers, fragile laboratory equipment, musical instruments, rowing oars, valuable paintings or other household items, we specialise in custom packing, storage and worldwide delivery by road, sea and air. Pack & Send, 3 Botley Rd, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: 01865 260610. Email: oxford@packsend.co.uk.

Domestic services

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. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5-mile radius of OX7). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Situations vacant

Part-time secretary/PA wanted, 3–4 short days pw for busy family working on various projects. We are looking for someone responsible, well presented and organised who is experienced, efficient, numerate and computer literate. The office/house is situated 8 miles north of Oxford; car owner essential. Email CV to info@capstoneinteriordesign.com.

Part-time cook/companion/carer. 2 days pw to help with a busy happy household of 3 adults. We are looking for someone to undertake family cooking for 1–3 adults and occasional small lunch/dinner parties. Help with some family activities. Must be a car driver/owner as we are 15 mins north of Oxford. Email CV to info@capstoneinteriordesign.com.

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.

Unfurnished (plus white goods) 1-bedroom house with garden and off-street parking in quiet cul-de-sac, Greater Leys. Available from the end of Dec. Rent £795 pcm (excluding bills). Photos available: www.teambadger.co.uk/violet. For more info please email: rick@teambadger.co.uk.

House swaps

House exchange sought Oxford–Boston (vicinity Arlington MA), Jan–Feb, 4–6 weeks. Detached family home in North Oxford side road. 2 large reception rooms, spacious kitchen/dining area, 3 double bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, utility room, south-facing patio and garden, off-street parking. Cleaners included. Utilities extra. Easy access to Summertown shops and city centre. Possible use of car. Ideal for visiting academic family/couple. Contact: jesmond.blumenfeld@zen.co.uk.

Are you planning a sabbatical at Harvard, MIT, BU or elsewhere in Boston in 2014–15? Might you want to exchange houses for the year? We are 2 Harvard professors who hope to live in Oxford with our daughters (ages 11 and 8) next year. Our 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath home with au pair suite in Boston is perfectly located and ideal for families. Please email meira_levinson@harvard.edu to discuss possible exchange.

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. Finders Keepers: www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, 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.

Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette (hob, small cooker, fridge) in striking modern house on rural western outskirts of Oxford. Television, internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine all included. Bus service to Oxford centre or scenic walk/cycle across water meadows. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy: £700 pm; double occupancy: £780. Phone 01865 721644 or email richard.gilliane@btinternet.com.

Lovely, light, airy room available in stone cottage. Peaceful location within the home of professional female. Share of kitchen, bathroom and living room. Suit single graduate student or visiting lecturer. Non-smoking. 10 mins' drive to Oxford city centre. Available from early Dec; £500 pcm plus share of fuel bills. Please call Kate: 07766 533756 or email: kateodonovan@btinternet.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.

Older couple seeking furnished flat or house in central Oxford for Trinity term 2014. Emeritus fellow of St Antony's and wife now living in Canada seek accommodation in central Oxford from 21 Apr–27 Jun (can be somewhat flexible about dates) while teaching at the University. Non-smokers, no pets. Happy to provide Oxford references. Please contact knick.harley@economics.ox.ac.uk.

Sabbatical family seeking house to rent in north Oxford (OX2) for 2014–15 academic year (Jul–Jul). 2 adults, 2 children (16 and 12 years), pets (cats) a possibility. Responsible homeowners from Switzerland; Balliol graduate. House swap near Geneva also a possibility. Small garden, parking, desirable. Contact: keith.krause@graduateinstitute.ch.

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.

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.

Shortlet studios. Available from Dec for singles or couples needing clean, quiet, self-catering accommodation for weeks or months. Handy for High St (town, colleges), Cowley Rd (shops, restaurants), University sports ground (gym, pool), Brookes campuses, buses (London, airports, trains, Science Park). Modern, self-contained, fully furnished, including cooking and laundry facilities, WiFi, TV/DVD/CD, central heating, weekly cleaning, fresh linen. Off-road parking. Taxes and outgoings included. Christmas/New Year bookings available. Enquiries: stay@oxfordbythemonth.com.

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.

Lovely house to rent in medieval hill-top village in Pays de Loire, France. Website: saintesuzanne.webng.com/stsuzanne. Ideally positioned next to best boulangerie. Village has open-air swimming pool in summer. House has log-burning stove for winter. Easily accessible from UK seaports and airports. Sleeps 7, 8 with put-up comfy bed. Price range: £300–£475 pw. Contact penboreham@ntlworld.com; 01865 424749.

With over 13,000 holiday lets in Tuscany, HomeAway offers a wide range of accommodation options. From stylish apartments to traditional farmhouses, whether with private pools or expansive gardens, HomeAway has thousands of diverse self-catering rentals to choose from; and with villas situated everywhere from central Florence to Siena you won’t be limited by location. With poolside villas priced from just £250 pw, choose your home today by browsing www.homeaway.co.uk/Italy/Tuscany/r308.htm.

Property for sale

Cottage for sale, Northmoor (West Oxon; Oxford 10 miles): a charming 17th-century village house with beautiful gardens. Drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Garaging/storage. In all about 0.3 acres. Guide £625,000. Selling agent: Knight Frank 01865 790077, or email: harry.gladwin@knightfrank.com.