Our annual ‘ME Question Time’ | come and join us in Oxford on Saturday, September 27

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The ME Association has joined forces with local group OMEGA to host our annual ME Question Time at Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD, at 2pm on Saturday, September 27.

We will be fielding our usual strong panel of speakers – MEA medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd, MEA paediatric adviser Dr Nigel Speight, registered dietitian Sue Luscombe and Jane Colby, executive director of the Young ME Sufferers Trust. This year they will be joined by mitochondrial specialist Dr Karl Morten, from the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Entry will be free and tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served in the interval. But, in a departure from our usual practice, we are asking people who intend to come to let us have an idea of numbers in advance for catering purposes. Please email: admin@meassociation.org.uk or phone 01280 818 968.

A quiet room with seating will be available close to the meeting room.

WOLFSON COLLEGE

This is a modern but fairly small college building on the north (just off Banbury Road) side of Oxford. It has some very pretty gardens leading down to the River Cherwell – as well as a small harbour connecting to the river. Enter the gardens from the corridor leading from the conference hall to the refectory. This is well worth a walk, if you are able to do so.

Wolfson College map.

SEATING AND ACCESS

The conference hall is tiered with flat-level access for wheelchairs all the way from the entrance and college car park – which is very near. We will reserve seats on the first two or three rows for people with mobility problems.

CAR PARKING

There are approx 50 to 60 car parking spaces booked for the meeting in the college car parks, which are all a short walking distance from the conference hall. These will be made available on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that, while there is some free parking (limited to three hours on a Saturday) on some of the surrounding residential streets, we are advised that this can fill up quite quickly on a Saturday. There are no public car parks very close to the College.

BUS, TRAIN, PARK-AND-RIDE

Banbury Road has a variety of buses – 2, 14, etc – going every few minutes into the centre of Oxford/Randolph Hotel where there is a taxi rank. The journey takes five to 10 minutes. The 14 bus goes to the train station. It is a five to 10 minute walk down Linton Road to the Banbury Road bus stops where there are bus stops for the city centre and from a Park and Ride car park at Water Eaton. There are other park and ride car parks all round Oxford. The bus from the Pear Tree Park and Ride goes down Woodstock Road, which runs roughly parallel to Banbury Road.

Oxford Train Station is about 10 minutes by taxi from Wolfson College

Details of Oxford parking, Park-and-Ride, etc

ACCOMMODATION IN OXFORD

If you want to stay overnight on Friday or the Saturday, some of the Oxford Colleges have reduced rate student accommodation. There are no rooms available at Wolfson College.

Oxford University vacation accommodation website

FOOD

The college refectory will not be open for lunch. There are a few cafes and restaurants on Banbury road but parking is very difficult. There is a cafe and restaurant at the Cherwell Boat House – about 10 minutes walk from the College.

Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available during the interval at 3.30pm

LOCAL ATTRACTION

The historic Cherwell Boathouse is situated on the River Cherwell. http://www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Besides food and drink, there is a nice walk along the river. There are punts for hire as well!

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