As we are now at the end of term (they go so quickly don't they??) I have a few notices for all of you:
1) OUSU Charities End-of-term collection box
From this Sunday/Monday there will be an OUSU Charities End-of-term collection box in the MCR. This is a super easy way to do something charitable and Green. It is in the JCR until the undergrads all move out tomorrow, but if you have anything to donate before then, just pop it in the corner between the TV and the door, and we will put it in the box next week. They are being collected Friday week 9, so get your donations in before then. They take food for the Community Emergency Foodbank (http://www.cefoxford.co.uk/default.asp), books, anything that could go to a British Heart Foundation (https://www.bhf.org.uk) charity shop (so no perishables please!).
Particular food items required are:
Tins or Packets of Soup, Bottled or tinned sauces, Tins of meat, Rice, Tins of Vegetables, Tea, Coffee and other hot Beverages, Tins of Fish, Sugar, Tins of Fruit, Cereals, Tins of Puddings, Long Life Fruit Juice, Pasta, Biscuits, Long Life Juice, UHT/Powdered Milk, Jams, preservatives etc, Treats
When donating food please ensure that it has a ‘sell by date’ of at least 6 months in advance that is clearly visible.
2) Winter Green Fair in the Town Hall
There is a Winter Green Fair in the Town Hall (on St Aldate's) TOMORROW between 1030 and 1630.
Here is the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1111434645630021/
"The Fair will include stalls throughout the building offering unique and ethical gifts, and featuring local campaign groups, charities and social enterprises. We will have a café with delicious vegetarian and vegan food and local musicians showcasing their talent throughout the day."
The Oxford Christmas Market also runs from the 8th-18th of December on Broad St., and is definitely worth a look: http://www.oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk/ .
3) Being Green at Christmas
Now that Christmas is approaching, a lot of you will be thinking about christmas cards, presents and the like, so I thought you might like to know that a lot of wrapping paper is NOT recyclable, as it is often dyed or laminated to make it shiny and christmassy. How about instead, you get a bit more inventive with reusable fabric from your local sewing shop e.g. Darn It And Stitch, http://www.wragwrap.com/all , or pop into your local OXFAM (like the one across form college) who sell 100% recyclable paper (and the proceeds go to charity of course!). Charity shops are also a great place to get cards and eco-friendly and fair-trade gifts such as soaps and chocolates.
4) Meeting with the Gardener
I have just had a meeting with Gardener Kyle! Thank you to everyone who sent me in suggestions for plants, I have had some lovely thoughts, especially regarding plants people had in their homes growing up. This is all about keeping the MCR as a lovely space for us to enjoy and feel welcomed and comfortable in. We have had an initial chat, and Kyle is going to send me an updated list of suggestions with a view to getting some in the MCR before the New Year!
Lastly, for anyone who wishes to meet our lovely college Hawk, Blue, Kyle will have him in Grove Quad from at 1pm this Monday (9th week), and you are invited to stop by and say hello :)