Clean Streets

We continue to work with local residents and the council to keep our streets clean. In addition to bi-monthly litter picks and alerting the council about fly-tipping, we recently organised a ‘street sparkle’ for when the students were on holiday. This involved a mechanical street sweeper.

If you can help with litter picks, or notice any examples of fly-tipping, please let us know.

We are also trying to be more pro-active to try and avoid the chaos that is change-over time (rubbish bags left on the pavement and ripped open by scavengers.) This will involve working with The Students’ Union and the council.


Our annual voluntary 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.


The Big Lunch Annual Street Party
Sunday June 3rd from 1pm to 4pm
In Alma Road in front of The Mural

Fun for all the family!

*Live music
*Give your small teddy a ride on the train!
*Meet your friends and neighbours
* Bring food to share

Supported by The Students’ Union & Avenue St Andrew’s

Coming up soon! Don’t miss it!

Remembering Rosy

Rosy Maguire, partner, friend, artist, musician, cyclist and community activist, 1958-2018

In April Blue Door presented a retrospective exhibition of Rosy’s photographs spanning 30 years of art practice. Rosy was a very much loved and liked member of the local community. She was active in the planting of 50 cherry trees in The OARA area and often turned up for the bi-monthly Sunday street clean, and litter pick to make our immediate environment more pleasant for everyone.

Rosy was also an initiator in setting up “The Behind The Blue Door” Exhibitions where local talents exhibited their art work. A collection of her photographs on loan from friends, neighbours and Solent University were on display at the exhibition and A Secret Auction of other artists’ work help raise £646 of which £ 606 have been donated on the Just Giving site under Rosy’s name for Maytree Charity and the rest will go to planting a wall of climbing roses by Clifford Dibben Mews / Avenue Road close to Rosy’s home.


Greening activities continue across the OARA patch. Meanwhile the cherries have been 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 and raise objections where appropriate. We have a solid track record of helping to stop inappropriate developments in the area.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about local planning applications.

Bevois Mount History

The history group have been busy making presentations in libraries and schools relating to suffragettes and their history in our area.

The group have also been installing blue plaques on local houses where the previous occupants were people of historical interest.

There is also an application in for a grant to install a ‘Welcome to Bevois Mount’ sign in Lodge Road. The proposed sign will have an historical theme, and will feature an image of Stag Gates.


A membership drive is planned for early July. This will consist of committee members canvassing for membership renewals and looking for new members. Part of this process will be seeking your opinions as to how OARA can improve to serve the local community better.

We’re always ready to welcome new members.

To find out more about OARA………….

Visit our web-site:

Contact the secretary:
Or leave a message at: 07501 176922

We are also on Facebook

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