Old Marston is a vibrant and active community with many local groups and organisations that make up the fabric of the community. Below are a number of the organisations and their contact details. Please contact them directly if you would like to find out more. Although we do our best to make sure that the information is correct at the time of publication, the information may have changed since then so we advise contacting the organisations directly as we cannot be held liable for information that is not correct.
Old Marston Parish Council
Allotment Association: Court Place Farm
Contact: Jane Wilson (chairman) – 07530 068977 – https://cpfallotments.wordpress.com/
Allotments: Mill Lane
Chairman: Dr Masha Unkovskaya – 07771702548
Treasurer: Dr Dana Vlad – 07919493580
Secretary: Mrs Christine Mitchell – 07789991051
Vicar: Skye Denno – 01865-202988 (not Tuesdays)
Friends of St Nicholas School
“Friends of St Nicholas School” is group dedicated to fund raising for the school and supporting the school in other ways. The group is open to all parents, teachers and supporters of the school and would like to encourage others to join them. They have helped to raise the money for the adventure playground and a range of activities. They also have an active social calendar which is open to families of all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.
Marston Community Gardening
Help/encourage people to grow fruit, herbs and veg in their own gardens, develop ‘Community Gardening Spaces’ for communally-grown fruit and veg, share any surplus fruit, vegetables and herbs locally, collect surplus from gardens to distribute throughout the parish, give practical help to increase compost making.
Marston Saints Football Club
Address: Boults Lane – Clubhouse Only, Old Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0PW
New Marston Residents Association
New Marston sits closer to the centre of Oxford to the south east of Old Marston across the former City Council boundary (marked by the route of Peasmoor / Boundary Brook) but shares many common interests and facilities with the village / parish.
New Marston (South) Residents’Association (NMRA) was set up in the 1990s to present a collective voice for residents in streets around the former Somerset (nee Somerset House).
Continued efforts to safeguard New Marston Meadows, officially defined as the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), remains as a major campaign for NMRA. The Association would like to safeguard all the fields in New Marston that still carry signs of medieval ridge and furrow agriculture. NMRA’s wider definition of New Marston Meadows extends beyond the SSSI.
The whole of the Meadows represents a rare riverside habitat when many such meads and meadows have been lost to modern agriculture and urban development. The Meadows are unique in having relatively untouched for 1000 years and yet are within walking distance to the historic core of Oxford. During the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020/21 the Meadows formed a welcome space for residents’ to walk, take the air and enjoy the wildlife.
Marston as a whole is affected by modern development pressures including housing need, expansion of Oxford Brookes University and the consequent growth in road traffic. NMRA works in collaboration with other Marston organisations to support and improve the locality for its residents.
NMRA is also working to expand the historic record and listing of features and assets of New Marston..
Old Marston Parish Council
The Parish Council has existed since 1896 and previously covered the whole of Marston before the boundary changes. It provides a number of local services, manages a number of properties and works alongside and supports local organisations and provides a voice for the parish in many matters that affect the parish. To find out more please contact us on 01865-203139, email us, on Facebook, Twitter and on our website.
Alternate Mondays in Church Hall
Contact: Jane Maddon – 01865-209086
The over 50’s Club is open to Old Marston Residents over fifty years of age. There is a regular raffle, talks, tea and a range of other activities. It meets on alternate Mondays at St Nicholas Church Hall, Elsfield Road. Membership costs £5 per year.
Pre-School at Mortimer Hall
Mortimer Hall Pre-School Meets in Mortimer Hall week days during school term times and is open to children from the age of 2 years 6 months (2 ½) until school age. Mortimer Hall Pre-school can offer 3 hour or 6 hour sessions (depending on availability).
Mortimer Hall Pre-school is a registered charity number 1022797 and Ofsted Registration number 134009.
Preservation Trust in Marston
Lucy Hughes – 01865-244570
Land Owned in Marston: https://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/marston
Tel: 01865 242918
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers
Various evenings during week
District Commisioner: Lesley Dentry – 07765418067
Scouts, Beavers, Cubs
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Meets second Tuesday in month at 19:30 in the Church Hall
President: Sue Hawes – 01865-247106
Secretary: Mavis Curtis – 01865-351325, email@example.com
Your local church at the heart of the community of Old Marston in Oxford.