Welcome to the OCAG.NoW website
This website is dedicated solely to the community organisation OCAG.NoW, its meetings, activities and events. For news of events and other activities occurring in or affecting the OCAG.NoW area please visit the OCAG.NoW Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OCAG.NoW.
Even if you do not have a Facebook account you will still be able to see the Page but you will not be able to write on it.
If you would like to join the OCAG.NoW e-mailing list please register your interest by emailing [email protected].
OUR DIARY TODAY - 2018 / 19
March 2019 - Moor In Bloom
Spring Launch for Moor In Bloom campaign 2019.
Some will think the work is seasonal, but no, we work all year starting September 2018 with planning where OCAG's Moor In Bloom (MIB) can have the best impact for Oxmoor, which groups to work with, who will volunteer, and most important the budget.
Setting the Scene September - November 2018 was the time to plant shrubs, small trees, plant spring bulbs and refill or empty baskets. January and February is the time to clean and clear away winter prepare for summer planting. June is a summer 'Spring Clean' preparing for Judging during July.
July 10 - Anglia In Bloom Judges Arrive They come to see how Oxmoor compares to other East Anglian entries, the tour takes 2.5 hours followed by an agonising long wait until the September announcements. Five representatives from Oxmoor went to the AIB awards. Oxmoor entry is Urban Community, the last to be presented, at least it's in time for lunch.
This year was well worth the wait ~ SILVER GUILT ~ for OXMOOR
September 2019 - We plan for 2020 campaign . . . . . . . . .
Community Hub on Tuesday 6th August 2013
Moor in Bloom 2013
For some years Moor in Bloom has won awards, including Silver in 2012 in the Urban Community category. Let's all work together to equal or better that in 2013.
Anglia in Bloom with be judging Moor in Bloom on Wednesday 17th July. The tour starts at 9.30am, finishing back at the Medway Centre at about 11.30am. This will be followed by a light lunch in the Meeting Room.
Trevor's garden 2013
With two simultaneous courses of community reporters' training being delivered in Huntingdon, the two organisations involved have formed a partnership to deliver one course of training to all community reporters in the area.
Community Reporters Huntingdon (CRH) training was provided by Oxmoor Community Action Group and Shape Your Place (SYP) training was provided by Cambridgeshire County Council. Some community reporters were attending both sets of training. With the duplication of resources in mind, both providers have come together to train and support all Huntingdon community reporters.
Formal training and support sessions will be held monthly at St Barnabas Learning Centre, Six sessions have already been booked. The first two dates are Tuesday 28th May and Tuesday 25th June.
Fortnightly informal self-help and buddy sessions will be held on Tuesdays at the Moor Community Centre & Café, Dates to be decided at the session to be held on 28th May.
These sessions are open to trained community reporters, those people who have already expressed a desire to train as a community reporter, and anyone else who would like to find out what community reporting is all about.
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Important news about OCAG.NoW monthly Community Meetings and Community Drop-in sessions
Starting in April 2013 the OCAG.NoW monthly Friday morning Community Meetings will alternate with evening Community Drop-In sessions.
The Friday morning Community Meetings enable you to raise issues of concern to you, receive feedback on previous issues, find out what is going on in the area, and find out how OCAG.NoW making it happen for you. The meetings are held in the Medway Centre starting at 10am until 12noon. The remaining 2013 dates are 5th July, 6th September and 1st November.
The Thursday evening Community Drop-in sessions will enable you to talk to representatives from different organisations in the area with whom you can raise issues of concern to you, find out what is going on in the area, and find out how OCAG.NoW making it happen for you. The drop-in sessions are held in the Moor Community Centre & Cafe (inside the Maple Centre - above the Post Office - in Oak Drive) starting at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. The remaining 2013 dates are 1st August, 3rd October and 5th December.
You can contact OCAG.NoW at any time by emailing [email protected] or leaving a message or comment on ww.facebook.com/OCAG.NoW or telephoning 01487 823082.
Have you some time to help OCAG further improve life in Oxmoor and Huntingdon North Ward?
Will you be part of the action?
Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW, or simply OCAG) is responsible for bringing to the area a number of widely seen and appreciated community events, as well as working behind the scenes for the benefit of the area. Past and current activities include:
Monthly community meetings to which residents, workers and interested persons can come and raise issues of concern to them, gain feedback on previous issues and put forward ideas to improve the area. These meetings are currently held on the first Friday of the month at 10am in the Medway Centre.
The annual fireworks display at Coneygear Park in November.
Moor in Bloom, which includes:
Planting and floral displays in the area.
Working with schools and the community to improve gardens, public spaces and communal residential areas.
The Community Allotment in Sallowbush Road. For more information about the Community Allotment email [email protected] or telephone 07770 805777.
The proposed Quiet/Rest Area beside the footpath and cycle path at the end of Surrey Road which, among other uses, will allow shoppers to rest on their way back from Tesco.
Litter picking events.
"Poop then scoop" campaign to reduce dog excreta being left where it falls. Posters are available on request from [email protected].
Securing the health centre (Oak Tree Centre) and shops in what is now Oak Drive.
Working with Police, local councils and councillors, and other organisations and individuals to deal with any problems as they occur.
The soon to start Community Reporters scheme which will train local people as reporters to seek and publish local news and events on a dedicated website and in a regular printed newsletter (CANews - Community Action News) which will be delivered to every house in the OCAG.NoW area. Reporters will be awarded a certificate of attendance on successful completion of the training, which can be added to a CV. For more information about Community Reporter training email [email protected] or telephone 01487 823082.
These activities and events take a lot of planning and a lot of time. Recently this has fallen onto the shoulders of just two people. With all that OCAG.NoW is doing and what it wants to do in the future, more people are needed to share the load. OCAG.NoW is a resident-led community organisation run by unpaid volunteers, people who live or have lived in the area. Projects are financed by donations and grants.
We know from the door to door survey we carried out in September 2011 that there are many skills in the OCAG area, and a number of people who said that they are willing to volunteer. Whether an hour a week or longer, or for a one-off event, whether delivering leaflets, helping at events by providing entertainment or food or stewarding, gardening, organising an event, canvassing for prizes, providing prizes, becoming a Community Reporter, whatever - OCAG needs you.
As well as contacting you direct in response to your offer of becoming an OCAG.NoW volunteer, volunteering opportunities will be publicised on www.OCAG-NoW.webs.com and www.facebook.com/OCAG.NoW. If you haven't already found this website and Facebook Page do please have look. You don't need a Facebook account to look at the Page.
Alternatively, or in addition, ask to go on to the OCAG.NoW emailing list for OCAG.NoW and community information. [email protected] You can unsubscribe at any time.
email [email protected] or telephone 01487 823082
Free training to become a Community Reporter in Huntingdon is here!
Training for the first six Community Reporters started on Monday 4th March 2013.
More training courses will be available soon. If you want to be included please email [email protected] stating your name and contact details or telephone 01487 823082.
PLACES ARE FREE
FREE TRAINING TO BECOME A COMMUNITY REPORTER IN HUNTINGDON IS HERE!
........... AN INFORMAL FRIENDLY TRAINING SESSION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE LIVING IN HUNTINGDON OVER AGED 18 OR OVER.
Training Topics Include: Using Social Media, Good Communication, Code of Practice, Interviewing Skills, Learn to use equipment effectively such as interviewing people on Camera & the Benefits of Volunteering.
First training session: MONDAY 4th MARCH 2013 10am-3pm AT THE MEDWAY CENTRE, Medway Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 1SF.
More training courses will be available soon
Would you like to come along and learn some basic skills that will enable you to post articles to a dedicated web site? Then please register in the following ways:
EMAIL: [email protected]uk stating your name and contact details OR CALL 01487 823082. PLACES ARE FREE.
NB. This is a Big Lottery funded project managed by OCAG (Oxmoor Community Action Group) for the residents of Huntingdon. Participants who attend the training will receive an attendance certificate and will be invited to post articles of Community Interest on the new dedicated Community Reporters Huntingdon Website.
Please share this information.
Monthly Community Meetings
Other than the Annual General Meeting there was not a Community/Public Meeting held in November 2012.
The report on the Community/Public Meeting held on Friday 3rd August 2012 is not available.
The report on the Community/Public Meeting held on Friday 6th July 2012 is not available.
The report on the Community/Public Meeting held on Friday 8th June 2012 is not available.
The report on the Community Meeting held on Friday 4th May 2012 is not yet available.
The Report on the Community Meeting held on Friday 13th April 2012 is not available.
The Report on the Community Meeting held on Friday 2nd March 2012 is not available.
Community Reporters Training
Community Reporter training is due to start soon. If you or someone you know is interested please email [email protected] or ring 07910 276193 to register your interest or for more information. Training is free and leads to an NVQ.
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Annual General Meeting - November 2012
Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
was held on
Wednesday 14th November 2012
7pm to 8.30pm at The Medway Centre
Other than the Annual General Meeting there was not a Community Meeting in November 2012
The report on the AGM is not yet available.
OCAG Relaunch - Partners Presentation held in 27th January 2012
2011 was a successful year for OCAG. There were winning awards for Moor in Bloom in the regional
But the major event of the year happened on 19th September when Can Do Communities came to carry out a Community Health Check. Early developments arising from this included a door-to door survey to test how much residents knew about OCAG, to find out residents’ local issues and what OCAG could do about them, and to encourage residents to attend the monthly community meetings or otherwise have their voices heard. In the meantime the OCAG website (http://OCAG-NoW.webs.com) was set up (for OCAG governance and structure, meetings and events), the OCAG Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/OCAG.NoW) (for OCAG notices plus any other news and events in Huntingdon, and the opportunity for residents and workers to post entries, comment and interact with each other), and the OCAG dedicated e-mail address ([email protected]). OCAG notices, reports on meetings &c are mailed to those on the OCAG e-mailing list which anyone can join.
Arising from all of this Oxmoor Community Action Group (OCAG) relaunched itself as Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW).
With the view to gaining support from local businesses and service providers, a Partners Presentation was held on Friday 27th January where the results of the Health Check were made public. Governance, People, Policies and Procedures, Finances, and Marketing and Planning were all Health Checked. Strengths will be developed and weaknesses will be addressed.
In addition to a list of community events planned for 2012, the next step is the training and utilisation of 30 Community Reporters. Trained Reporters will be authorised to post on the OCAG Community Reporters website and to submit articles to CANews (Community Action News), a printed successor to the much missed Moor News. Full funding for the Community Reporters training has recently been awarded.
Forthcoming public events are:
- Other than the Community/Public Meeting on Friday 7th December there are no more planned events for 2012.
Community meetings are usually held on the first Friday of the month at in the Medway Centre.
If by the end of 2012 an Oxmoor Huntingdon North Ward resident or worker says that they have never heard of OCAG, they will be answered by the question: “Why not?”.
Community Reporters 2012 - Presentation on Monday 29th October
Community Reporters 2012
The OCAG Community Reporters project is set to go ahead with the confirmation that funding has been awarded in the full amount applied for to train 30 people. This means a training program can be rolled out very soon. Training can be set according to suitability with approximately eight trainees per class. There will be three comprehensive training levels with pass certificate awarded at each level and authorisation for articles to be posted on the local official Community Reporters’ website. After the completion of Level 3, some Reporters will have the opportunity to train new ones. The Reporter program is an exciting and fun way for people to build confidence, learn new skills and write or tell a story. Community Reporting provides the opportunity to improve both practical and soft skills. There is no upper age restriction to become a Community Reporter.
This is a start to a new communication line and will link in with CANews - a newsletter known as ‘Moor News’ and requested by residents to be brought back - which can provide those without access to or unable to use a computer with a hard copy full of local news delivered to their door. CANews is: Community - interest, likes & dislikes, poems, stories ; Action - what's on, sports, films, achievements ; News - general news, what other groups are doing & engagements.
Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a Community Reporter, or are able help with Community Reporters and/or CANews. E-mail [email protected].
Community Reporters Update - July 2012
There will be an information stand at Unity in the Community. The website will go live on 17th July but only to Community Reporters for the time being. The Community Reporters launch will be on 25th July, with the first issue of CANews published at the end of the month. CANews replaces the former Moor News and will be delivered to every house in the area. Urban & Civic is funding CANews for the first year and will have a page with news about Alconbury Weald (the name given to the former RAF Alconbury site) in every issue.
Free Fireworks Display, 2nd November 2012
The Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW) annual free fireworks display held on Friday 2nd November was, as usual, a great success. The day started early for some, with an eight o'clock in the morning delivery of the wood for the bonfire.
The event was televised live by ITV Anglia, which included an interview with OCAG.NoW Chair Jill Watkin-Tavener.
As before, there will be a competition for schools. The theme this year is "Great Fires" and children are asked to submit a drawing, poem or story on their entry forms. Results will be announced during the fireworks display.
Setting up, marshalling and clearing away are needed on the day. Leaflets also need to be delivered. If you would like to volunteer please e-mail [email protected].
More about Community Reporters
Now that the funding has been awarded it is full steam ahead for the recruitment and training of OCAG Community Reporters. Wheels are in motion to set up a Steering Group by the end of February comprising representatives from organisations with a large number of members. The organisations will cover all ages and be multi-cultural.
A skeleton OCAG Community Reporters website will also be up and running by the end of this month, ready for the trainee Reporters to use and for the public to see. Although the website will not be censored, it will be monitored for inappropriate and/or illegal material which will be removed.
Following these, in mid to late March will be a series of public Community Reporter awareness sessions held in different venues in Huntingdon, not only introducing residents and workers to the scheme but also telling attendees all about the scheme and signing up Reporters. Funding has been awarded to train 30 Community Reporters. Anyone can train to be a Community Reporter - there is no upper age limit.
Training is at three levels. The first Level 1 training session will be held in mid-April, the date and time to be decided by the budding Reporters. The skills learned during the reporter training are transferable employability skills. Reporters who have successfully completed all the training will then have the opportunity to train as a trainer so that the skills are passed on to new recruits.
On completion of the training Reporters will be given a Community Reporter badge which not only shows that they have completed their training but also they are authorised to post on the OCAG Community Reporters website and to submit articles to CANews (Community Action News), a printed successor to the much missed Moor News.
While the Steering Group and awareness Sessions are being set up, chugging away in the background is research into ‘best buys’ for the equipment and the beginning of admin organisation.
Free Fireworks Display, 4th November 2011
Before the event was a 'Firework Safety' competition, this year's theme being Pets and Wild Animals. Wood Green Animal Shelters attended school Assemblies giving a ten minute presentation. Schools taking part were St Johns Primary & Infants, Thongsley Fields Primary & Infants, Huntingdon Primary & Infants, Hartford Primary & Infants, Spring Common. The judging took place on 21st October. The judges were from Huntingdonshire Regional College, Hunts Forum, Medway Users Group (MUGS), and Wood Green, The Animals Charity. There wasone winner and one runner-up from each school., and one overall winning school which received a £50 donation in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary.
Moor in Bloom 2012
Moor in Bloom wins Silver in Anglia in Bloom
The results of the Anglia in Bloom judging were announced on Tuesday 11th September at the Burgess Hall in St Ives. This event was attended by Jill Watkin-Tavener (Chair of OCAG.NoW) and Alan Mackender-Lawrence (Treasurer). Apologies if names have been omitted.
As most of you know, Moor in Bloom has its own committee but is brought to you by Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward (OCAG.NoW).
Moor in Bloom was presented with a Silver award in the Urban Community category.
The Britain in Bloom awards will be announced at the end of the month.
To commemorate this Jubilee and Olympic year Moor in Bloom planted a Pink Hawthorn Tree at the Medway Centre.
Moor in Bloom - Proposed "Quiet Area, September 2012
Moor in Bloom has proposed a Quiet Area - a bench with some shrubs or small trees, scented flowers, grasses, &c. Three areas have been suggested and you are asked to vote for the area you prefer or to suggest another one. Please send your choice to [email protected] or vote on the OCAG.NoW Facebook Page questionnaire https://www.facebook.com/OCAG.NoW
(1) Sapley Park (off Norfolk Road)
(2) Sapley Square (on the grassed area close to the Sallowbush Road footbridge)
(3) Near to the multi-use games area in Sallowbush Road
Two other suggestions have been added to the OCAG.NoW Facebook Page questionnaire:
(1) Coneygear Park, (2) Between Crofton Pallets and Kings Ripton Road.
Judging of Moor in Bloom - Anglia in Bloom 10th July 2012
Report from Moor in Bloom, brought to you by Oxmoor Community Action Group Huntingdon North Ward
Anglia in Bloom judging Oxmoor Urban Community
Tuesday 10th July 2012
Judges could not believe it.
Thanks to the reduced cutting and plenty of rain the Anglia in Bloom judges George Dawson and Brian Swift were able to see a pictorial of wildlife and rare flowers that have not been seen for a long time.
The tour of Oxmoor started at the Maple Centre with a walk to Sapley Park, which gave them time to look at the wild flowers as well as best front gardens. From there to Primrose Hill Care Home then Coneygear Park and on to Thongsley Fields Primary School Junior Wardens. It was all aboard the Luminus ‘Out n About’ bus driving the group onto St Johns C of E Primary School ‘Smiley Faces', then Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Allotments, Mayfield Road and finishing the 2.5 hour tour at The Medway Centre. With a window of sunshine all the way it made the tour a shining example.
Thanks go to the large number of people that helped add something extra to Oxmoor Urban Community Jubilee year. Special award certificates will be presented on behalf of AIB to both schools for the hard work and time they have given to the school and its community.
Oxmoor – Moor In Bloom is a finalist in the National Britain In Bloom. The judging for this will take place 31 July.
More about the Community Allotment - September 2012
The OCAG.NoW/Moor in Bloom (MIB) allotment is situated on the corner of Sallowbush Road and Redwongs Way. This is a community allotment with many activities arising from it. The allotment is being divided into smaller plots. If you, your group or anyone you know would like a plot or more information then please e-mail [email protected] and your message will be forwarded or ring Alan on 07770 805777. Tools are provided for use on the allotment.
Moor in Bloom 2011
Moor in Bloom is brought to you by Oxmoor Community Action Group. Moor in Bloom was established five years ago. It started with planting flowers and generally cleaning up the area. Today it involves all schools, community groups, ‘Grow Your Own’ at Sallowbush Allotments, youth groups, Rainbows, establishing community gardens, allotment and garden competitions. There is a different community project each year. If there is something you would like to change or improve now is the time to let us know so that it can be planned for 2012.
Anglia in Bloom, September: A Regional award was presented to Moor in Bloom - a Silver award establishing Oxmoor as an Urban Community making a mark in East Anglia and sustaining its upward trend. Spring Common School was nominated ‘Best Young Persons’ award aged 12 – 18 to be further judged by Britain in Bloom.
Britain in Bloom: National ‘In Bloom’ was held in Scotland, with entries from all over England. The work and the residents' involvement paid off, with ‘Silver’ for Moor in Bloom. We may be small but we have a big Community Heart securing this national award. The true achievement was the judges' result for school entries – Spring Common school awarded ‘Best Young Persons’ National School Award.
The Community Allotment in Sallowbush Road is brought to you by Oxmoor Community Action Group. The allotment is available for residents to "grow their own" and reap their own harvest.
In 2012 the allotment is being used by children under the Little Green Fingers project.
The allotment is being revamped with the view to dividing it into smaller plots, each maintained by a different resident. There will also be an orchard border. OCAG.NoW is a member of the Allotment Association.
Little Green Fingers 2012
Report on Little Green Fingers from Diane Wright, March 2012.
We hired a rotivator, and we have started weeding the allotment.
Children will start to visit this week only to dig. Next weekend we will be back to section out the allotment. Then the children can start planting and visiting on a regular basis.
The bit next to the concrete path on the left we will be leaving as a digging area for those children who do not want to do any planting or who just want to dig.
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