Organisations and Groups

Below are some of the local groups and organisations in Old Marston and nearby. Click on name of organisation to display more information. If any information needs updating then please let us know. You can also download a document with the information below by following this link.

Old Marston Parish Council

Allotment Association: Court Place Farm

Contact: Jane Wilson (chairman) – 07530 068977 – https://cpfallotments.wordpress.com/  

Allotments: Mill Lane

Chairman: Dr Masha Unkovskaya – 07771702548

Treasurer: Dr Dana Vlad – 07919493580

Secretary: Mrs Christine Mitchell – 07789991051

Bell Ringers

Anthony Hughes – 01865-244570

Website: http://www.oldmarstonbells.we.bs/

Choirs and Musicians

St Nicholas Church: junior choir, S.A.T.B. choir, music group

Director of Music: Neil Barker – 01865-604617, 07774050056

Church

Vicar: Skye Denno – 01865-202988 (not Tuesdays)

Administrator: Alison Edwards – 01865-580354

Coffee Pot

10:30 – 12:00 Mondays once a month – make new friends

Contact: Eileen Palayiwa – 01865-725423

Friends of St Nicholas School

01865-242838

“Friends of St Nicholas School” is group dedicated to fund raising for the school and supporting the school in other ways. The group is open to all parents, teachers and supporters of the school and would like to encourage others to join them. They have helped to raise the money for the adventure playground and a range of activities. They also have an active social calendar which is open to families of all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

Marston Community Gardening

Help/encourage people to grow fruit, herbs and veg in their own gardens, develop ‘Community Gardening Spaces’ for communally-grown fruit and veg, share any surplus fruit, vegetables and herbs locally, collect surplus from gardens to distribute throughout the parish, give practical help to increase compost making.

Contact: [email protected]

Alistair: 07804847285

Marston Saints Football Club

www.msfc.org.uk

[email protected]

Address: Boults Lane – Clubhouse Only, Old Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0PW

Contact: 

Marston Times

Editor: Jan Lawrie – [email protected]

Subscriptions and Distribution: Colin Harris – [email protected]

New Marston Residents Association

New Marston sits closer to the centre of Oxford to the south east of Old Marston across the former City Council boundary (marked by the route of Peasmoor / Boundary Brook) but shares many common interests and facilities with the village / parish. 

New Marston (South) Residents’Association (NMRA) was set up in the 1990s to present a collective voice for residents in streets around the former Somerset (nee Somerset House). 

Continued efforts to safeguard New Marston Meadows, officially defined as the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), remains as a major campaign for NMRA.  The Association would like to safeguard all the fields in New Marston that still carry signs of medieval ridge and furrow agriculture. NMRA’s wider definition of New Marston Meadows extends beyond the SSSI. 

The whole of the Meadows represents a rare riverside habitat when many such meads and meadows have been lost to modern agriculture and urban development. The Meadows are unique in having relatively untouched for 1000 years and yet are within walking distance to the historic core of Oxford.  During the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020/21 the Meadows formed a welcome space for residents’ to walk, take the air and enjoy the wildlife.

Marston as a whole is affected by modern development pressures including housing need, expansion of Oxford Brookes University and the consequent growth in road traffic.  NMRA works in collaboration with other Marston organisations to support and improve the locality for its residents.

NMRA is also working to expand the historic record and listing of features and assets of New Marston..

Over 50s

Alternate Mondays in Church Hall

Contact: Jane Maddon – 01865-209086

The over 50’s Club is open to Old Marston Residents over fifty years of age. There is a regular raffle, talks, tea and a range of other activities. It meets on alternate Mondays at St Nicholas Church Hall, Elsfield Road. Membership costs £5 per year.

Pre-School at Mortimer Hall

Mortimer Hall Pre-School Meets in Mortimer Hall week days during school term times and is open to children from the age of 2 years 6 months (2 ½) until school age. Mortimer Hall Pre-school can offer 3 hour or 6 hour sessions (depending on availability).

Mortimer Hall Pre-school is a registered charity number 1022797 and Ofsted Registration number 134009.

tel: 07818236348

email: [email protected]

web: http://www.mortimerhallpreschool.com/

Preservation Trust in Marston

Lucy Hughes – 01865-244570

Land Owned in Marston: https://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/marston

Tel: 01865 242918

[email protected]

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers

Various evenings during week

District Commisioner: Lesley Dentry – 07765418067

Website: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/

Scouts, Beavers, Cubs

43rd Oxford (St Nicholas) Scout Group, Boults Lane

Group Scout Leader: Tim Greaves – [email protected]

Beaver Scout Leader: Sue Springett – 01865-251515

Cub Scout Leader: Rachel Vallance – [email protected]

Scouts Leader: Linda Phillips – 07804925705

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Women's Institute

Meets second Tuesday in month at 19:30 in the Church Hall

President: Sue Hawes – 01865-247106

Secretary: Mavis Curtis – 01865-351325, [email protected]

http://thewi.org.uk/become-a-member/structure-of-the-wi/england/oxfordshire/find-a-wi/marston