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We popped along to find out what' going on at the Witchwood School of Rock who are hoping to attract Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age & Nirvana) to come along and take part in one of their workshops!
Lights, Camera, Recycle… A partnership between Oxford Brookes University and Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) has seen an enthusiastic team of students produce a video to help educate the public on recycling. Council officers worked with the film department at the university by acting as a 'client' for a group of film students who were trying to get real life experience of working for a production company. Matthew Gidman was one of the students involved in the project.
He says: "This film was great fun to make. It gave us an opportunity to get valuable experience as part our course that will prepare us for our future careers. But more than that, it was rewarding for us to know that the film was going to have a positive impact locally." The film explains the basics behind the new electrical recycling banks in Oxfordshire using footage the students captured on recycling sites, through interviews with council staff and the public as well as some of their own animation.
Cllr David Dodds who chairs OWP says "So many more people expect to find information on the internet these days and being able to put useful messages out on Youtube makes our schemes more accessible. The electrical recycling banks are a relatively new scheme and one that we're keen to get more people to use. I hope that this fantastic film by an enthusiastic team of students helps us increase our recycling rates even further. David adds: "I wish this team all the very best for their future careers and hope they'll remember their first short film, if they get success in the national box office!" Students involved in the project were: Matthew Gidman, Nikoletta Incze, Remi Pelta and Muhammad Aftab Khan.
Bill Heine invited us to Oxford to celebrate the birthday of one of Oxfordshire's most famous resident. 'The Shark' of Headington turned 26 yrs old on Thursday. We took along the cameras and found out more about her, yes she's a she! Found out why she came to be in Oxford and spoke to the locals on how they feel about having her poking out the top of a house on their street.
Following on from the succes of the the Channel Five series, Croc-Man Shaun Foggett opened the doors of the UKs only Crocodile Zoo to give Oxbox a front row seat as a West African Dwarf Crocodile emerges from its shell! We have plenty more coming up from Crocodiles of the World in the near future so keep an eye on Oxbox for updates! To book your visit to see Croc-Man and the amazing animals he looks after, visit http://www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk
Residents of Brize Norton & Carterton attended the unveiling of the Repatriation Memorial Bell on Armed Forces Day, Saturday the 30th of June 2012.
Leaders from the relevant councils and parishes along with local dignitaries including Lee Mackie, the inspiration behind the bell, took part the ceremony on Norton Way, Carterton. The names of the military personnel that have been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton since Sept 2011 were read out and the bell rung for it's first time in public. The Bishop of Dorchester, The Rt Revd. Colin Fletcher blessed the bell in a dedication service led by the Rev Bill Blakey, the vicar of Carterton and Brize Norton.
We apologise for poor sound quality in some parts of the film, this is due to the windy conditions during the ceremony.
Mike Leahy visits Witney to take a look at some of the events going on over the Jubilee Weekend. A Teddy Bears picnic, Street Party with our friends from JACKfm, Jubilee Beacons and a Special event at Crocodiles of the World! Take a look at the Oxbox events section for more events!
Oxfordshire Artweeks festival begins next month. Now in it's 30th year we speak to Festival Director Esther Browning about what we can expect to see and some of the upcoming events. For more information, please head over to www.artweeks.org
Bicester held it's 2nd Eco Day last Saturday, we went along with the cameras to speak to Grassroots Bicester and Oxfordshire County Council about the event and what we can all do to help the environment. For more information head over to www.ecobicester.org.uk and www.grassrootsbicester.org
Cogges Manor Farm re-opened on Saturday 31st March and we went along to speak to Director, Colin about what's new for this popular Witney attraction. There really is something for everyone at Cogges and so much more to see than we have managed to squeeze into this video, so why not check out their web site and find the time to pay them a visit! http://www.cogges.org
We popped over to Enstone Flying Club to catch up with Paul Fowler their Skipper and get an update on the progress of the Spitfire they're building. This is number 1 of 12 which will eventually form part of a squadron for Oxfordshire. To find out more information and get involved head over to www.spitfireclub.co.uk
It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air! Here's a message from our very own Cupid to you, our viewers and friends on facebook/twitter and google+. Thanks for watching Oxbox.TV and we hope you all have a 'love'ly day!
Henry Box School hosted the Witney Model Show 2011, we went along with our cameras to interview the organisers and a few of the model creators/enthusiasts about their creations and collections. From steam engines to model trains there certainly was something for everyone.
On Sunday the 11th of December Royal Marines marched from RAF Brize Norton to the John Radcliffe Hospital following the repatriation route. The were supported by many well wishers along the route who turned out on the cold windy day to cheer them on and donate towards the Memorial Bell appeal. We caught up with Cllr. Norman MacRae to see how the appeal was progressing and spoke to Lee Mackie, who sadly lost her son in Afghanistan in 2009.
The Christchurch Centre in Henley on Thames hosted The Henley Fashion Show 2011 back in October. Henley's local fashion designer Arzu Kara headlined the showcasing her elegant new Autumn/Winter collection. Collections from The Henley Boutique, Phase Eight, Monsoon,Kaliko and Estilo were also on display. Many thanks for Chris Needham from Videolandscaping for the video.
We were invited to the naming of 2 boats, so we grabbed the camera's and hit the road Oxford Adaptive Rowing Club were our hosts and Sir Steve Redgrave was the guest of honour tasked with carrying out the ceremony.
South Park in Oxford played host to over 30,000 people on November the 5th. Organised by the Oxford Round Table a great night was had by all. JACKfm and GlideFM were there along with Owen Paul and Charlie Simpson and Kimbolton Fireworks provided an amazing display. Over ?80,000 was raised on the night for charities in Oxfordshire.
Asda in Wheatley are gearing up for this years Tickled Pink event being held at the store on 30th September! ASDA's Tickled Pink is campaign is in it's 15th year raising money for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign. For more information head on over to http://charities.asda.com/tickled-pink.
The Oxsrad Singers are having concert this Saturday, the 24th of September at Court Place Farm in Marston (Oxford City's Ground). We caught up with three of the ladies from the chorus during rehearsals and found out more about the event which is in aid of the Oxsrad charity. For more information on the event and Oxsrad, head on over to http://www.oxsrad.org.
Since the 19th century, St Giles' Fair has been held on the Monday & Tuesday after the 1st of September (St Giles' Day) but the history of this event goes back to the 17th century, to St Giles' Feast. We took the cameras along on Tuesday night to capture the fun residents of Oxfordshire were having. Don't worry if you missed out, some of the rides will soon be appearing in West Oxfordshire at Witney Feast!
Enstone Flying Club Skipper Paul Fowler show's us the latest arrival to the club, undoubtedly the most iconic aircraft from World War 2, The Spitfire. The club are looking for help and advice from people in Oxfordshire who have the necessary skills to assemble this beautiful aircraft. You can find out more by visiting http://www.spitfireclub.co.uk and If you've already watched our previous film about the club, you'll know that the plan is to have a squadron of 12 for Oxfordshire over the next year or two!
Ducklington & Hardwick Produce Association celebrated this August Bank Hoilday with their 60th Anniversary Flower Show. The attendance was high and there was lot's to see. We caught up with Helen Strainge from the association to have a chat about the event and Lisa Townsend from TPS spoke to us about their Birds of Prey. A great day out was had by all and you can find more information on the association by going to http://www.dhpa.co.uk.
West Oxfordshire, the village of Finstock held their 2011 festival. Along with the Morris Dancers, Belly Dancers, Wellie Wanging and Aunt Sally, we caught up with one of the organisers to have a chat about the work that goes behind the scenes. For more information on Finstock Festival head over to http://www.finstockcp.co.uk.
Gavin Glover went along to the Old Town Street Party to find out how the day came about and capture the atmosphere (sadly there was rain in it most of the time) with his camera.. The weather didn't dampen any spirits though and it turned out to be a great day out!
We were invited to Banbury Internet Radio for the day as part of Social Media Week. After appearing on the business show along with other guests we met up at Club Coffee with presenter Ian Gentles to have a chat about the day and more. Visit http://www.banburyinternetradio.com to have a listen!
Residents of Queens Road held their 'Big Lunch' on Sunday the 27th of June, a little later than the rest of the country however it worked out well for them as it turned out to be a perfect British summers day. We spoke to the organisers about the event and took a look around to see how the residents were celebrating at their street party.
Party in the Park 2011 is on August 20th, here's a reminder of some of last years party. If you haven't already got your tickets, head on over to http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/events/partyinthepark.cfm now to get them.
We were invited along to Dry Sandford School Fete and Dog Show, which was actually in Wootton near Abingdon. The residents of 'not so Dry Sandford' braved all sorts of weather to come out and support the local school. We spoke to the lovely ladies from the North Abingdon Children's Centre about what they do and have planned for the summer holiday. Plus the guys from Dalton Barracks came along and set up an assault course for the children as well as give them a tour of some high-tec Army vehicles...but they only seemed interested in beeping the horns :)
The new play area at the recreation ground in Carterton was officially opened by local MP and Prime Minister David Cameron. Adrian Coomber, Deputy Mayor of Carterton spoke to us about the play area development and guided the PM on a tour of the facilities.
We dropped in to Carterton's Town Hall to speak to Deputy Mayor Adrian Coomber and Project Manager Catherine Chater about the Carterton Job Club. This newly formed club helps people in the community find employment plus while we were there David Cameron, MP for Witney & West Oxfordshire and also Prime Minister came by for a coffee and a chat.
We speak to Kirsty Beer, Miss Oxford 2011 about the Miss England 2011 competition she's representing Oxfordshire in on Monday the 13th of July. Plus Kirsty shows us her dancing talents along with the school children of Cherwell School.
A quick chat with two of the organisers of the Witney Book Festival happening in the town next weekend to find out what's going on.. more details are available from www.witneybookfestival.wordpress.com
An eco house was unveiled on the 25th of May, 2011 giving people an insight into the planned 5,000 home eco settlement, in north west Bicester. Everything in the demonstration building has been made from recycled materials, sustainable resources or can be recycled. Its internal workings are completely different to a regular home and it will be carbon neutral. Ian Inshaw, chairman of P3Eco Bicester, which is behind the eco town, reckons by using all the green technology household electricity bills would be reduced by about 70 per cent.
Friday 29th of April, 2011, the day of the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton. Our day starts off unexpectedly with a thatch fire in Great Tew but soon gets back on track as we visit Blenheim, South Hinksey, Standlake, Kingston Bagpuize and Wantage to see how the people of Oxfordshire celebrated the day.
Thame unveils four blue plaques marking the dwellings of former residents Henry Boddington (Brewer - Yes, the cream of Manchester), Alfredo Campoli (Violinist), James Figg (Prize fighter) and W.B. Yeats (Poet and father of Michael Butler Yeats, Irish Senator).
Witney Rugby Club played host to Witney's Got Talent 2011. Lots of great acts performed however ultimately there could be only one winner. A great night was had by all raising money for Special Effect! and Walk4Matt.
We spent a night on the town.... with the Witney Street Pastors and the late night cafe! Offering care to young people and vulnerable adults on a night out, with water, hot drinks and support wherever it's needed.