29 June, Recreation Ground & Sea Cadets Hall
This was our first outdoor festival event held on one of the hottest days of the year! The festival brought together all local groups in the area. Donnington FC held friendly children's games, Donnington Doorstep hosted children's arts & crafts and Donnington Community Music hosted the busking tent.
Stall included Rose Hill & Donnington Advice Centre, Thames Valley Police, Full Circle, Story Museum, Wild Oxford, Oxford City Farm, Friends of Aston Eyot, Friends of Meadow Lane Nature Park, Oxford Badger Group, Age UK and Donnington Over 50s group.
Our thanks to all the volunteer festival organisers, and everyone who came, for making the day a success.
Over 50's Group manager Cecily Kirtland receives Certificate of Honour
7 May 2019
Cecily Kirtland, Over 50's Group’s manager, received a Certificate of Honour for her contribution to volunteering by Oxford’s Lord Mayor at this year's Town Hall awards ceremony. Cecily is a local resident who in 2010 initiated and founded the Over 50s Group. This is a popular community project that encourages Donnington’s most vulnerable older residents to get out of their homes to socialise weekly at ‘tea and chat’ sessions at Donnington Community Centre. The group has grown to 50 members, two of whom are over 100. Congratulations Cecily!
Goodgym helps Friends of Meadow Lane Nature Park
A group of people from Goodgym Oxford ran (yes, RAN!) to Meadow Lane Nature Park and helped out doing loads of useful stuff like watering the trees and trimming back the brambles. Here's a report of their exploits: https://www.goodgym.org/…/goodgym-went-to-mow-went-to-mow-a
Thanks so much you wonderful people! Come back and see us again soon!
Picturing the past
You may remember the photo exhibitions in 2013 put on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Donnington Bridge. It got a lot of people telling stories of what it was like to live here before the road bridge. There are fascinating stories to learn when older people reminisce about times past.
We will be starting a project at the Donnington Over 50s group, bringing together the regular reminiscence sessions with our IT project, in which every Tuesday morning from 1130 to 1300 volunteers help older people make better use of the Internet.
Older people will take digital photographs of their old prints, share them online with other local old people, who can then comment, adding their own stories, so building up pictures of the past, the stories of people in this parish. This is part of a larger project on digital photo sharing being put together with Age UK, Oxford Brookes University the Oxford 50+ network and others.
Donnington IT project gets a grant
The ASDA Community Foundation presented a cheque to the Bridging Donnington Over 50's Group to pay for equipment to be used to bring the IT project to people who cannot make it to the community centre.
Once we have recruited some more IT volunteers, we will be arranging sessions at other residences where older people live. We will bring along a laptop, projector and tablets for hands on sessions.
But first, we need some more volunteers. We don’t do formal training. You just need to be able to patiently answer questions on how to use phones or computers to do something. Can you help? Please contact David Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More trees for the nature reserve
16 February 2019
Thanks to everyone who came along to our tree-planting work party today. We planted new trees, worked hard and ate home-baked cake brought out to us on the reserve! A real community effort. Can't wait to see the apple blossom in the Spring.
Computer club on the move
The Over 50s group are developing a community outreach project with volunteers reaching out to older, vulnerable residents in their own homes or in extra care homes such as those in Remy & Lucas Place, George Moore Close and Rosemary Court. This will be linked to our weekly Computer Club sessions in Donnington Community Centre every Tuesday 11.30am to 1pm, organised by David Newman and Ann Clark. More volunteers are will be needed to support this project.
For more information contact Cecily Kirtland 01865 242852.
The nature reserve that nobody knows about!
I’ve lived in Donnington for 2 years now but it wasn’t till I was cycling around last winter that I discovered the little gem that is Meadow Lane Nature Park. It’s tiny, secluded and peaceful, with meandering paths and dens in the bushes going down to the river. A perfect place for a picnic watching the boats go by.
To spread the word we formed a Friends group. Find out what’s going on at the Nature Park by going to our Facebook page Friends of Meadow Lane Nature Park.