Oxton Community Fundraisers

Who are we?
The Oxton Community Fundraisers (OCF) was set up as a small charity by a group of residents back in November 2010 to help the village raise funds to support the community and its activities so that we all have a better place to live, now and in the future!  We have since been granted registered charity status with the Charity Commission (Registration number: 1147964).

Who are the current OCF team?

Management Committee (“Trustees”)
Tracey Akehurst (Chair)
Ian Kilpatrick (Treasurer)
Jan Sablitzky (Secretary)
Val Ponder
Katherine Soanes

Members
Jill Jones

Previous Members and Trustees

Joan Arnold (ex-Trustee), Carol Buchan, Lin Jacobs, Susan Wilkes, Joe and Paula Wilson, Caroline Borrett
Lyndsey Turner-Whitby (ex-Trustee)

What do we do?
Our aim is to help you with the development of any new and existing activities in which you have a particular interest. We can do this in a number of ways – anything from helping with the boring paperwork to supporting your own fundraising efforts.  We also currently manage a Small Grants Scheme to offer on a competitive basis small sums of match-funding for community initiatives which will have a social welfare benefit for Oxton residents.

Funds raised through appeals and fundraising activities can help towards

  • Buying things that the village needs
  • Sponsoring community activities
  • Providing matched funding for grant applications
  • Subsidising services in partnership with local authorities and businesses

As our first task, we teamed up with the Oxton Recreation Ground project team in our ‘Swing into Action‘ appeal in Spring 2011 to help raise community cash to top up the grant money ORG had applied for for the village’s playspaces project. The success of this Appeal made all the difference as to whether the bigger, better play space envisaged could be built this summer or not (at all).  It also meant that, together with further community donations since, we were able to set up our formal ‘Small Grant Scheme’ in Spring 2012 and have been able to donate funds towards an extra gate for the playspace and the refurbishment of the Oxton HandBells.  So, if you are interested do get in touch with us asap to discuss your idea and how far you have got with it in terms of practicalities and the funding-mix required.

Read more on the Oxton Playspaces website for feedback on the new playspace facility we are now enjoying.

Would you like to help?
If you would like to get involved as a Trustee (Management Committee member) or a general Member, have a great fundraising idea or would like to make a donation, then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Contact: Jan Sablitzky OCF Secretary
0115 965 3698 oxtoncf@btinternet.com

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