You are invited to the launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON). This new networking forum is for those living and working in rural Oxfordshire.  The event is organised by OCVA and partners including Community First Oxfordshire, the Diocese of Oxford, Volunteer Link Up and the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils.  This first event will focus on rural crime and community resilience, and future events will tackle a range of topics.

The event will be chaired by Julian Cooper

Julian is a trustee of Community First Oxfordshire and has served on Oxfordshire County Council (2001-2005), West Oxfordshire District Council (1986-2006 then 2010 till the present day) and Woodstock Town Council (since 1984). He has been Chairman of West Oxfordshire Planning Committee, Vice-Chairman of the County Council Planning Committee and Mayor of Woodstock, three times.  He is currently the English Vice Chairman of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum and has served on the South East Regional Planning Conference and Oxfordshire Community Health Council.  He is also Chairman of Woodstock Youth Club.  Julian works as a life assurance salesman.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in rural affairs whether they are residents, land-owners or run or work for a rural business or organisation.  Pre-booking is essential


Time Item
9.30 Coffee
10.00 – 10.05 Introduction and welcomes from OCVA
10.05 – 10.30 Key-note speech: Julian Cooper
10.30 – 11.30 Superintendent Kath Lowe (Local Police Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire) & Michelle Miller (Community Relations Officer and Crime Reduction Adviser): A presentation around rural crime and community resilience.
11.30 – 11.45 Break
11.45 – 12.15 Facilitated discussion lead by infrastructure partners.
12.00 – 12.30 Where next for the Rural Oxfordshire Network (chaired discussion).
12.30 – onwards  Networking lunch (BYO)

Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

When: Wednesday 5th April – 9.45 – 12.30

Where: Cassington Village Hall, The Green, Cassington OX29 4AX

Enquiries contact:

Telephone:  01865 251946


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

Step 1: Please register your details with us on the form:

Please note that registration without payment does not constitute a booking. Both are required, and we do check. (Thanks!)

Step 2: Make payment within 2 working days of registering.

We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal).

Rural Oxfordshire Network Attendance (£5.00)

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