About Oxford Pride

Introduction

Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire. Events supporting or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBT issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment. Oxford Pride is a membership based charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers.

The Management Committee

The Oxford Pride Management Committee includes Directors and Officers as elected by the membership at the AGM, or if positions remain vacant, at General Meetings as required. Any member can stand for a vacant position regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. The current Management Committee is listed here.
Anyone wishing to stand for a vacant position should get in touch with the Chair.

Membership

By becoming a member of Oxford Pride you show commitment and support to our activities that help to enhance LGBT+ life in Oxfordshire. Membership also gives you voting rights at meetings and allows you to stand as a Committee Member. To become a member of Oxford Pride Group, simply print & complete the membership form below and return it to our postal address with a cheque payable to Oxford Pride for £1 or you’re welcome to come along to our next meeting, usually held at 7pm on the third Tuesdays at Oxford Town Hall. For further information please contact the SecretaryDownload Membership Form

 Governance

Board or Trustees

Trustees of the charity are either elected Directors or appointed Non-Executive Directors.
Non-Executive Directors are elected for a term of office of up to 2 years from date of the previous Annual General Meeting and oversee general guidance of the Charity.
The Directors (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) are elected annually at the AGM and are responsible for the management, vision and day-to-day running of the charity.

Trustees provide an essential and legal requirement for all charitable organisations. Trustees take overall responsibility for the organisation, ensuring that the charity delivers its charitable aims and works within both recommended and legal guidelines. Further information on the requirements and responsibilities of a Trustee can be found on the Charity Commission for England & Wales website – charitycommission.gov.uk/trustees-staff-and-volunteers/trustee-role/becoming-a-trustee

Those standing for a Trustee position must not be disqualified by law from acting as a trustee. You can’t be a trustee if you: have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception; currently declared bankrupt; subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order; have an individual voluntary arrangement to pay off debts with creditors; disqualified from being a company director; previously been removed as a trustee by either the Charity Commission or the high court due to misconduct or mismanagement.

Oxford Pride looks for strong, dynamic, driven individuals to help the Charity move forward; people who have a good understanding of what the role of a Trustee entails and its importance to the governance of the organisation. Ideally, a professional or business background in the voluntary, public or private sector, and organisational and management experience. A background in fundraising, finance, corporate sponsorship, working with community groups or young people would be particularly useful.

Trustees meet on a 2-monthly basis between 18:00 and 18:45 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and Management Committee meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month between 19:00 and 21:00. We ask that prospective Trustees are able to commit themselves to at least 5 of the 7 Board of Trustees meetings and 10 of the 12 Management Committee meetings. For further information please contact Chair to request an application pack.

History

On Spring bank holiday 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s golden jubilee, the gay pubs Jolly Farmers and Castle Tavern held a street party on Paradise Street with barbecues, games and entertainment. When far more people turned up than expected it prompted many people to talk of a organising a Pride event in Oxford. After many meetings and the formation of a company Oxford saw its first ever Pride Event, held in Oxpens Field on 3rd May 2003.

The Oxford Pride Event moved from May to July in 2005, then in 2009 the date was changed to early June to encourage more involvement by staff and students of the universities. In 2008 Oxford Pride expanded to include the Oxford Pride Parade; starting in the city centre, the Parade marched past the three gay community pubs and continued on to the event.

Oxford Pride continued to expand and develop in 2009 with the introduction of a 10-day arts & culture Festival with some events produced by Oxford Pride and others highlighting local groups, organisations, businesses and individuals of the local LGBTQ+ community.

Oxford Pride continues to provide a positive focus for Oxfordshire individuals and community groups and encourages people from outside of Oxford to visit the historic and beautiful city. In March 2013 Oxford Pride received registered charity status. Oxford Pride moved into the city centre in 2015, returning to Paradise Street and expanded into the Oxford Castle Quarter. A colourful new logo inspired by the Ox was adopted in 2017.

Founding Members

Oxford Pride Day: Aiden Walters, Andi Whiting, Andy Garlick, Dave Hill (Secretary to 2007), Jill Rayner, Karl Andrews, Lara Hartley, Lulu Hudson, Mark Holton, Mark Whittaker, Michael Spurling, Sarah Scarrott, Spike, Steve Atkins (Castle Tavern), Toby Warner and Paul Stewart (Treasurer 2004 to 2007), and Mazz Image (founder of Parade 2008 and Festival 2009).

Sponsors

Gerry Anderson Hartwell https://worldleisurewear.net/oxfordpride Oxford Bus Company www.nasuwt.org.uk

Supporters

Macdonald Randolph Hotel Cartoon Bar https://www.facebook.com/theplushlounge www.shrinkingvioletdesigns.com https://join.unison.org.uk/?gclid=CLHt_ov4y9MCFY8Q0wodXUECvQ Oxford Castle Quarter The Castle Oxford The Jericho Tavern Molly parties for queers Oxford Playhouse New Theatre Oxford http://www.universitychurch.ox.ac.uk/ Uni Staff Network BrewDog Oxford Pinny & Paws Street Revolution Football Festival Uni of Oxford Community Grant
Oxford Pride Day & Parade Saturday 2 June 2018
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