Boat club

Membership of the Osney Island Boat Club is by application and is only open to people who live on the island. Membership costs £50 a year per household. In addition a joining fee of £30 is payable by new and lapsed members.

The boat shed in South Street has storage for small boats but spaces are in heavy demand and it is usually full. To discuss availability and membership, contact Fiona Ravenscroft:

The club owns a Canadian canoe and three kayaks which are available to all members on a ‘sign-up and use’ basis. In addition other members are often prepared to lend their boats out.

Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO)

LCWO was set up after the summer floods of 2007 by residents concerned about climate change and local flooding.

It is a community-led initiative which aims to combat climate change by cutting our community carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050, encouraging residents to live more sustainably, and contributing to a more cohesive and resilient community.

Osney Island Residents’ Association (OIRA)

Go to this link.


An annual event in March, organised by Oxford Civic Society to clear local streams of junk and to litter-pick. Islanders’ help is appreciated.

Oxford Flood Alliance (OFA)

OFA is an action group set up by local residents in south and west Oxford who were flooded in the 2007 event.

It works with local agencies, lobbies on flood-related matters, holds annual public meetings and can offer advice on flooding issues.

West Oxford Academy

The West Oxford Academy meets in the West Oxford Community Centre on a Tuesday evening during its ‘term time’. The Academy asks local people to give a 20-minute talk on a subject in which they have expertise or enthusiasm. This is followed by questions and discussion over a glass of wine.  Contact Susan Hutchinson at for dates and topics.