• Managing Oxford in challenging times

    The talk by Oxford City's ex-CEO is now available

    9 April 2021

    Thursday 11 March 8pm Gordon Mitchell was Oxford City Council’s Chief Executive from May 2017 to April 2021. Gordon provided strong support to the city council, including the creation of council-owned businesses, managing its finances in very difficult circumstances, addressing climate change, Covid recovery and the need to tackle inclusivity. He describes how addressing these…

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  • OCS objects to Wheatsheaf planning application

    Reasons why the City should refuse the application.

    16 March 2021

    Here is the text of our letter submitted today objecting to the planning application which would see the loss of the Wheatsheaf music venue. Ref: 21/00345/FUL. Conversion of first and second floors to create 9no. student rooms, shared kitchen and common area. Wheatsheaf Yard, The Wheatsheaf High Street Oxford OX1 4DF Oxford Civic Society objects…

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  • Oxford Covered Market survey

    - and children's quiz!

    16 March 2021

    We are working with the City’s Regeneration Manager and other parties to put together a proposal to revitalise Oxford's historic Covered Market. A fully worked-up scheme will be submitted to the Council towards the end of 2021 for approval and the necessary funding.

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  • The Wheatsheaf music venue to close?

    City centre’s last live music venue threatened with closure

    2 March 2021

    Oxford Civic Society is alarmed to hear that the city could soon lose a well-regarded music venue. Not long ago, there were eight venues in Oxford city centre hosting gigs by up-and-coming local, national and international bands.   Since 2019, when The Cellar was closed, The Wheatsheaf has been the sole survivor in the city centre….

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  • The Low Carbon Hub: powering a greener future

    The video of this talk is on YouTube

    1 March 2021

    Tuesday 23 February 8pm Imagine the whole county being powered by an interconnected series of smart micro-grids centred around multiple small-scale, community-controlled renewable energy schemes. That is the vision of the Low Carbon Hub, a social enterprise that aims to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that is good for people…

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  • Member survey 2020

    A brief summary of the results

    8 October 2020

    Every few years we invite our members to take part in a survey to find out how well we’re meeting people’s expectations of the Society. In July/August 2020 we carried out such a survey (mainly online) and had an excellent response – thank you to all of you who took part. The survey shows a…

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  • More from Oxford University about students’ return.

    An update from the University's Public Affairs Directorate

    3 October 2020

    In an earlier article we shared the University of Oxford’s initial arrangements for the Covid-19 safeguarding of students, staff and the public when students return for the Autumn (Michaelmas) Term. We have now received this update from the Public Affairs Directorate; it is being communicated to all students through a health communications campaign run by…

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  • Oxford University plans for Autumn term

    Covid-19 safety arrangements for staff, students and the public

    13 August 2020

    We have received a letter from the University of Oxford's Public Affairs Directorate which describes the arrangements the University is putting in place from the start of term in October.

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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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  • New Vice-President

    Imam Monawar Hussain

    6 July 2020

    We are delighted to welcome Imam Monawar Hussain as a new Vice-President

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