• Survey for Oxford Residents’ Associations and Community Groups

    18 January 2022

    Oxford and Oxfordshire are among the fastest growing local economies in the UK but also one of the least equal, so we wanted to examine what fundamental structural changes may be required to ensure our future growth delivers benefits to all residents and serves to narrow the inequalities gap. We are currently involved with the…

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  • Volunteers needed!

    We need help to keep our work going.

    4 November 2021

    Programme Group The Programme Group is looking for new members to join its friendly team. The programme of events is central to what the Society offers its members and is hugely enjoyed, providing an insight into many private worlds via visits to colleges, private gardens, high-tech industry and nature reserves, for example, and through talks…

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  • Help replace our litter-pickers!

    Donate on our JustGiving page

    24 April 2021

    Over 350 of our litter-pickers have vanished from the lock-up where they were stored. We need them for this year’s OxClean Clean-up! We’re appealing to all our supporters and everyone who hates litter to help towards the cost of replacing them. As pandemic regulations ease, our OxClean volunteers have been finalising plans for our annual…

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  • Olive Gibbs: Oxford politician and peace campaigner

    An illustrated talk by Oxford historian Liz Woolley

    22 October 2020

    Monday 19 October 8pm Olive Gibbs (born in 1918) was a redoubtable local Labour politician, peace campaigner and founding member of CND. During her long political career she helped to shape our city. Local historian Liz Woolley spoke about Olive‚Äôs extraordinary life and legacy. The recording of Liz’s talk is no longer available, but for…

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  • Inequality in Oxford webinar

    A video of Sara Fernandez' talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    30 September 2020

    Oxford through the lens of social action, relationships and community cohesion.

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  • Rewilding webinar

    A video of Paul Jepson's talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    21 September 2020

    On Tuesday 15 September Dr Paul Jepson, Nature Recovery Lead at the environmental consultancy Ecosulis, gave an overview of rewilding from a European perspective. He discussed the potential for rewilding in and around Oxford. YouTube link:

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  • A quick guide to attending an online talk

    7 September 2020

    Online talks (also known as webinars) are easy to attend. We are using the Zoom platform to host these until talks in lecture theatres can safely resume. Such talks do not involve the listeners being seen or heard, as the OCS organizers will ensure that all web cameras and microphones are switched off. Anyone with…

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  • July 2020 ‘Visions’ published

    Oxford under lockdown and after

    10 July 2020

    How has Oxford been under lockdown, and what should it be like in future? Click the image to download. Topics in this issue: Shaping the City’s recovery OCS people The jigsaw that lacks a picture on the box (response to LTCP5) A shake up of the planning system Transport in a post-COVID era Balancing Heritage…

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  • Historic Oxford under Lockdown

    Liz Woolley shows some easily-missed details in the City

    4 July 2020

    Local historian Liz Woolley takes the opportunity of lockdown to pick out some places and things in Oxford which you might easily miss when there are more people around. You can see the video on Youtube at

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  • Zero-carbon homes webinar

    A video of Ian Pritchett's talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    26 May 2020

    A talk about the innovative work of Greencore Construction and how housebuilding can and must change to help tackle the climate crisis.

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