Iffley Fields Residents Association
Iffley Fields is a great place to live. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and aim to encourage a community spirit. IFRA was set up in 1997 and covers Argyle Street, Bedford Street, Chester Street, Daubeny Road, Eyot Place, Fairacres Road, Greyfriars Court, Jackdaw Lane, Parker Street, Stratford Street and Warwick Street.
The IFRA Committee meets every 2 months and all are welcome. Click here for the dates for 2022/2023..
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IFRA Funding Appeal
This year IFRA celebrates its first quarter century! In the last two years we became more active in raising funds and developing Iffley Fields as a great place to live. Through successful grant applications and crowdfunding we secured four park benches, three litter bins, and wildflower, bulb and tree planting in Meadow Lane Rec. We contributed to the guerrilla garden planting and raised funds for a table tennis to be installed in Spring 2023. We secured a grant to improve Long Bridges as a safer, better swimming area. We have brought residents together with a new book group, a walking group, a history group and a gardening group. We launched a new IFRA website and produce two Fields newsletters a year. We have advocated for residents’ access rights and planning to the Council and landowners.
However, grants don’t pay overheads and now we need your help to raise about £700 core funding each year for printing, newsletter, website costs so we can maintain our momentum. We are asking residents who can afford to do so to make an annual contribution towards these overheads.
Set up a standing order from your online account, see bank details here
Complete the form to make an annual or a monthly Standing Order and send this to your bank.
Pay a cheque made out to IFRA and deliver to IFRA c/o 53, Stratford Street.
Please donate as little or as much as you like, whether than be £1/year or £10/month.
We would appreciate a notification of payment to email@example.com
Meadow Lane Car Park
The public car park in Meadow Lane has been closed and is now managed as a private car park for the Falcon Club. The impact on Lane IFRA residents has been serious. River users and others now park on both sides of Meadow Lane, blocking access and a danger to pedestrians. The picnic area by Donnington Bridge is now a carpark, preventing enjoyment of the river.
Th Council is considering its options. Though IFRA was not been consulted, we have asked the Council to reinstate the public car park.
See IFRA's feedback on this to the Council here
Crowdfunding: Table Tennis on Meadow Lane Recreation Ground
WE MADE IT!
Thanks to the generous support of you all we have raised the money for the Table Tennis table on Meadow Lane Recreation Ground.
The table has been ordered and will be installed in the Spring
THANK YOU ALL WHO HELPED US ACHEIVE THIS
Car sharing in Iffley Fields
IFCAR is a neighbourhood car sharing scheme based in Iffley Fields, set up September 2021. The tech and insurance is provided by Hiya Cars. Now we have around 20 drivers and 7 cars. By sharing cars, we can reduce cars on our streets and live in a nicer, cleaner environment.
Meadow Lane Recreation Ground
The Rec is a great asset for the local community. As IFRA we want to take steps to improve the Rec and surounding areas for the benefit of the local community and nature. Find out more about our proposals here
Following a survey of residents and users, 2 new benches have been placed along Meadow Lane, we have plans for better planting and to provide for young people with a table-tennis table.
Press Release: Council told to make good after no-notice felling of landmark tree
The loss of the magnificent copper beech tree, which stood on Iffley Road at the junction with Howard Street, caused many to take to social media to express their dismay.
Angry residents in East Oxford are demanding a “full and transparent explanation” after Oxford City Council felled a mature tree that has been an Iffley Road landmark for over seventy-five years,
IFRA has issued a press release asking for the tree to be replaced.
A survey of local river-users in Oxford prompted 1140 responses. The results show that the river is widely and frequently used throughout the year for swimming and other casual use (i.e. not supported by clubs). The results indicate that yet more people would swim and paddle in the river if it was clean, clear of obstacles and had easier access in and out of the water. Current users of the river appreciate the natural state of the river, so a full swimming-pool type development (as used to be the case in the past – with changing rooms and diving boards etc) is not needed or wanted by respondents. As a result of the survey, the local group think that a focus on renewing Longbridges as a safe swimming place while maintaining its natural state and supporting wildlife would enhance the river-use.
Benches for the Rec
Thanks to all those who contributed to a new bench for the Meadow Lane Recreation Ground. We now have two new benches and bins!
And two more on Meadow Lane by the Guerilla Garden.