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Chair's Welcome

Hello, and thank for visiting the site for Oxford Pride.

Oxford Pride 2015 is now in the planning stages with new Directors, and a whole new bunch of volunteers on the committee.  As Chair I'd like to thank the outgoing committee for their immense hard work over the last two years, I'm sure you can't imagine the amount of work that they did to put on Pride last year, and they did that with minimal help.  So thank you to Dave, Matt, and Steve for their hard work and dedication.

Oxford Pride 2015 faces a few challenges already, we have to relocate due to the ongoing works at the train station and Westgate shopping centre forcing us away from Oxpens for the first time since Pride started in 2003.  We have already visited a few potential venues, and have started working on plans to move the event and not lose its' community feel.

The new Directors and I are not new to the Pride Committee. Paul Stewart the newly elected Treasurer has held the role previously in the opening years up until 2007. Jamie Cameron the newly elected Secretary has sat on the committee before, and been a volunteer for many years.  I have in fact held the role of Chair before as well, in the fourth and fifth year of celebrations, so we hope you'll think the event and organisation are in safe hands.

Fundraising has already started in earnest, and we have our first Pride event on Sunday 28th September, at the Jolly Farmers pub on Paradise Street in Oxford.  Between us we are hosting "Appletide" a Cider Festival, with live music, an all you can eat BBQ, apple bobbing competition, and many many different cider's.  We are hoping it's a great success and hope to make it an annual event.  We really hope to see you all there.  Also in the planning stages are a "Battle of the Bands" competition where the winning act will win a slot on the main stage at the Pride Event next year.

We'd like to hear from you on what you'd like to see, not only at the event but how Pride can be part of the LGBT community in a much stronger way in 2015.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon.

 

Rob Jordan

Oxford Pride Chair 2015