As part of ‘Student Volunteering Week’ in February, OARA members and local students worked together to litter-pick in our area. The help of the students was much appreciated, and at the end of the session the streets were left looking smart, and there were 13 less bags-worth of rubbish!

General litter-picks continue on the first and third Sundays of each month. 11 o’clock at the planters in Alma Road. All welcome!



Our annual membership fee is £5 per person. This helps to pay for all of our activities and additional expenses. From now on, existing members will get an e-mail when it is time to renew with an attached membership form to fill in and they can either pay by cheque and post it to the: Membership Secretary, 104 Alma Road, SO14 6UW, or pay by bank credit (quoting your OARA membership number as the payment reference) to A/C no 53004597, Sort Code 20-79-25.

Upcoming events

History Group

The History Group are holding a special event at ‘Blue Door’ on the 8th and 9th of April (see above) All welcome!

Local Art

An art exhibition is planned for the 5/6/7 of May at The Blue Door with local artists and The Southampton Urban Sketchers showing work. Some of the work will be produced in the OARA area in conjunction with ‘The Hidden Treasure’ exhibition.

There will be a preview evening with drinks and nibbles on Friday 5th. May and then coffees and teas with home made cakes on the Saturday and Sunday.

Fortnightly bin collections begin from June.


OARA has been building a rubbish reputation for quite a while now- but in a good way.

Our efforts with street cleaning and bins mean we have built up some street cred with the Council, who came to talk to us about our ideas after we sent in a response to their consultation on alternate weekly collection of bins. This is happening on our patch from the start of June – so getting our views in early was crucial.

Gale Williams, who is in charge of the alternative weekly collection roll-out, will be speaking at our next members’ meeting on Tuesday 9th May ( 7 for 7.30 at Bevois Town Primary) to explain plans for a smooth changeover.

So if you want to talk rubbish – come along and join us!


Greening activities continue. Meanwhile, the cherries are in full blossom!

We are in need of more volunteers to keep up the good work.

If you are interested in being involved in local gardening projects, please contact the OARA secretary (details to follow.)


We continue to monitor planning applications in the area and raise objections where appropriate. Of concern at the moment are plans to build a three storey extension at the back of 65 Cedar Road, and the new build development in Livingstone Road.

Patient Participation Group

Our purpose is to find out how we can support our surgery and to try to make a bridge between people who attend the surgery and our community.

It has a good energy, please come and join us.

Next meeting: Wednesday 10th May, 7pm at Alma Rd Surgery

We are always ready to welcome new members. To find out more about OARA…………

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Contact the secretary:

Or leave a message at: 07501 176922

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We also have a notice-board at the planters in Alma Road.

You can download this bulletin here.

To see more photos, please click here to view our galleries.