Meet Your Neighbours Street Party

We held a very successful street party on October 8th in conjunction with The Students’ Union. Hot soup and rolls were served to well over 100 people. Thanks goes to all who helped and participated!

The next OARA celebration will be our Xmas party at The Guide Dog Pub in early December. Date to be arranged. Watch for updates!

Greening Projects

Greening work continues throughout the OARA patch and is much appreciated by local residents and visitors. We can always do with ‘greenfingered help’ to enable the work to continue. Contact Sue Swallow through our OARA web address:


The membership list (including students) is at present, about 170. For simplicity, all members will be asked to pay the voluntary subs of £5 in June 2018. Meanwhile, all contributions are welcome.

If you no longer live in the area or wish to unsubscribe to the list, please contact:

Patient Participation Group

OARA and our Patient Partnership Group (PPG) invited Dave Shields, Councillor for Community Health and Safety, and Dr Ord Hume, Senior Partner at our Alma Rd Surgery to a very energetic and enlightening ‘Health in our Community’ OARA OGM meeting last week. How do we care for ourselves? Self Care Week begins Monday 13th November! More information to follow.

Bevois Mount History

Two new history murals have appeared in our area! The Earl of Peterborough in Earl’s Road and Alexander Pope in Lodge Road. One created the Bevois Mount Estate, and the other was a frequent visitor.

The 2018 Bevois Mount History calendar is now on sale. You can buy it at:

Bitter Virtue, Small Fries, HQ Salon, Cherry’s Fitness, Avenue Dental Practice, The Guide Dog Pub, Bookshop Alehouse, Lodge Road Premier Shop, October Books.

Art and Craft Fair

Bevois Mount History are also organising an Art and Craft Fair at Blue Door Estate Agents in Lodge Road on Saturday 11th of November 10 – 6pm and Sunday 12th November 11 – 4pm

Police and Community

At our recent PACT meeting, the neighbourhood policing team wanted to emphasise to residents that if there is anything at all that you think seems suspicious, or that you think they should follow up on, ring 101. It may not get an instant response, but information given is used to add to their data-base, so that they know where to target precious resources. Never be reluctant to ring 101. If you wish to email your concerns, Google ‘Hampshire Constabulary Bevois’ and this will take you to the local team and their email contact details.

PCSO Michaela Taylor has now moved, and our new PCSO is:


Earlier in the year, we suffered an enormous amount of fly-tipping. Fortunately, we managed to get the council to remove most of it. There are hefty fines for fly-tipping, so if you know who is doing it, report it directly to the council, or to us, and we will pass the information on.

But on the positive side…!

Regular litter picks continue on the first and third Sundays each month at 11 o’clock. Meet at the planters in Alma Road. In addition to the litter-pick, we report any fly-tipping for the council to clear up. Come and join us, all welcome!

Blue Door and OARA art exhibition and birthday party

It is The Blue Door’s Estate Agents’ birthday. We would like to celebrate this by inviting you to an exhibition of local artists’ work at 102 Lodge Road on the first weekend of December.

Preview Friday 1st December 7-9 pm with drinks and nibbles.

Main Exhibition Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd from 10:00-16:00 with tea and cake.

Blue Door are working on making this a spectacular event with some brilliant surprises; more of this later…

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