Hallowe’en advice from Oxford City Council

Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is this weekend. We are encouraging residents to celebrate Halloween safely this year and to continue to follow social distancing guidelines as Oxford enters in to Tier 2 (High Alert) for coronavirus from 00:01 tomorrow (31 October).   Residents are reminded that traditional celebrations are likely to spread the virus and the council recommends they should:

  • Avoid going door to door when trick or treating, and giving out treats by hand
  • Not attend gatherings that are held indoors with members outside of your household
  • Not attend outdoor gatherings where there are more than six people
  • Not substitute a facemask with a Halloween mask as this will not keep you safe.

Some suggestions and ideas (suitable for councillors too ..)

  • Getting involved in the Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin trail outside
  • Hosting a virtual Halloween costume party with friends and family
  • Holding a Scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins to light up the doorstep or in the window
  • Pumpkin picking at one of Oxford’s local farms
  • Socially distanced Halloween dance party on your doorstep
  • Host a virtual Halloween quiz
  • Have a Halloween film night with your household members
  • Make a Halloween themed face mask/covering

  Households in Oxford are also being encouraged to recycle their real Halloween pumpkin at the kerbside on top of or beside their food caddy.  Those who live in flats with shared bins are invited to pop their pumpkins directly in their red food bins.   There is a lot of waste produced around Halloween so, where possible please try to make your Halloween decorations or buy second hand or reusable products. If you’re unsure whether something can be recycled check Oxfordshire County Council’s recycle, repair and reuse web page.   Recycling organisation Hubbub believes that 12.8 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween in the UK. For some pumpkin recipe ideas, visit the Hubbub website.

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Tree pulled out of river

The EA today removing the tree that has been in the river upstream of the lock ever since the winter floods.

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Black Lives Matter

Osney residents take part in the Stand up to Racism doorstep protest this evening against the killing of George Floyd

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Osney Easter egg hunt


How many Easter eggs can you spot in Osney Island windows this weekend? Osney is taking part in the West Oxford Window Easter Egg Hunt, 6–20 April. Keep a safe distance while out hunting.


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Coronavirus support on Osney

For help if you are self-isolating go to this page

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Residents’ Association newsletter, spring 2020

The latest newsletter is out now: Osney Newsletter 2020 Mar

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Thanks from Mammoth Screen

Letter of thanks from the company that filmed in East and South Streets a few weeks ago.

Dear Residents,

On behalf of Mammoth Screen and all Cast and Crew of ITV Drama Endeavour I would like to thank you for your generous hospitality during our filming at East Street on Sunday 22nd September.

We are grateful for your understanding and wonderful help during our time there.

We simply wouldn’t be able to achieve anything without your support.

Once again thank you very much.

We hope you will enjoy watching Episode 2 of Series 7 of Endeavour, which will be aired on ITV in February 2020.

With kind regards,

Peter Litwinski
Location Manager

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OIRA AGM, 29 April 2019

The OIRA AGM will be held on Monday 29 April, 7.30 pm in the Mary Town Room at West Oxford Community Centre. It’s a chance to meet your neighbours, have a say in what you’d like the committee to do in the coming year and to volunteer for events. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served.

There will be two speakers:

  • Tim Wiseman, the new Waterways Coordinator for Oxford City Council, will talk about the streams around Osney Island and his wider project.
  • Benjamin Smith and colleagues from the Charles Wells Brewery will talk about their plans for the Hollybush.

Representative(s) from the police should also be present (TBC).

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