JERICHO COMMUNITY CENTRE
This is a fairly ‘mature’ building which we are planning to replace with a new centre on the canalside development site. We try to keep the building in good order but there will always be compromises since we can only invest so much in a building that is coming to the end of its life. One consequence is that disabled access is confined to the ground floor.
Some of the rooms are available for public hire. Others are generally rented out to charitable organizations and services that the Jericho Community Association wishes to encourage. We use the income from room hire and rents to generate funds to subsidize community activities, administer the centre, and invest in the development of a new centre.
The rooms are as follows:
- A1 - Ground floor hall - for public hire.
- A2 - Cafe - for public hire.
- B1 - First floor hall - for public hire.
- B2 - Rented to Jericho low-cost counselling service
- B3 - Community Centre adminstration office
- B4 - Rented to British Elastic Rope Sports Association
- C1 - Rented to Jericho Wharf Trust
- C2 - Rented as art studio
- C3 - Rented to counselling service
- C4 - Rented to Healthy Oxford
- C5 - Rented to Trading for Development
Cranham Street used to be a blot on the city
Before Grantham House was built, the site became notoriously derelict, making Cranham Street according to the local press a ‘blot on the city’ – wrecked by local children, and a refuge for rats and for ‘layabouts sleeping off the drink’ who were repeatedly evicted by the police.
The history of the Phoenix?
There has been a cinema here since 1913. Orginally it the ‘North Oxford Kinema’, since when it has passed through many hands and names, including the Scala, the New Scala, the Studios 1 and 2, Studio X (a club showing soft porn) and finally in 1977 the Phoenix.
Former MD of Radio 4, Master of St Peters College