About us

The Centre is managed by a charity, the South Oxford Community Association, whose Trustees form the Management Committee. The Trustees are local residents and those involved in groups at the Centre, as well as a representative from the City Council ward. They care about the Community Centre and the local community and give their time voluntarily. The Association employ a part time Centre Administrator, Caretaker and Cafe Coordinator.

A list of the current Trustees and Staff can be found here.

The South Oxford Community Association policies can be found here


The South Oxford Community Centre email address is enquiries@southoxford.org.


The Centre phone number is 01865 242666. Our administrator, Debby Forbes, works part-time. Please leave a phone message or email her if she is not in when you ring and she will get in touch with you as soon as possible. The Administrator is responsible for bookings, invoicing, maintenance and health and safety issues. She can also deal with enquiries about classes at the Centre and the art classes and exhibitions.

The Cafe Coordinator, works part-time and can be reached via the office or on cafe@southoxford.org. for all things concerning Community Cafe, Thursday Drop in, Community Fridge, Book and Puzzle swap.

The out-of-hours emergency contact number is 07392 919093.


South Oxford Community Centre
Lake Street

Getting here

South Oxford Community Centre is situated at the end of Lake Street, off the Abingdon Road in Oxford, about one mile south of the city centre. It is within easy cycling and walking distance from the centre of town, and plenty of buses stop close by.

We encourage visitors to walk, cycle, or use public transport. There are cycle racks at the west side of the building. Car parking at the Centre is very limited. Please be aware that Lake Street is a controlled parking zone for resident only; please be considerate of local residents and do not park unlawfully. The parking area on the Hinksey Park side of the Centre is very small and space may not be available. Please consider using the Redbridge Park and Ride; there are frequent buses from the Park and Ride to the end of Lake Street.

Walking or cycling from the centre of town

Starting from Carfax, head south down St Aldates, passing the police station and going over Folly bridge onto the Abingdon Road. Approximately 8 minutes from Folly Bridge you will see Hinksey Park on your right. Just past the Park on your right is the entrance to Lake Street. Turn right and walk to the end of Lake Street. The Community Centre is on the right. If you reach the South Oxford Health Centre you have gone one building too far.

Buses to South Oxford Community Centre

There are frequent buses running up and down the Abingdon Road, stopping near the end of Lake Street. Going north (towards the centre of town) the stop is just past a post box, next to Hinksey Park. Going south, the stop is shortly after the entrance to the Four Pillars Hotel, just past the end of Lake Street.

Ask the driver for “Lake Street”.

You can catch the following buses:

Most pick up in the centre of town at St Aldates, a short distance past the Town Hall.

Please note that the Park and Ride bus does not stop on the Abingdon Road.

Cycling/By car from East Oxford/Cowley

Go over Donnington Bridge and turn right at the junction with the Abingdon Road. Head towards the centre of town for about half a mile. Lake Street is on the left hand side, shortly after the Crooked Pot pub on the left and the Four Pillars Hotel on the right. Turn down Lake Street. The Community Centre is at the end of the street, on the right.

By car from the A34, north or south (e.g. from Abingdon, Didcot, Bicester)

Leave the A34 at the Hinksey Hill interchange, signposted A423 and “Scout Camp”. This is the first main Oxford turn-off if you are coming from the South, and the third if you are coming from the north. Take the left exit at the roundabout at the end of the slip-road and follow a short section of dual carriageway. At the next roundabout, turn left towards the centre of Oxford.

You will pass the Park and Ride on the left and slightly further on, a junction with Donnington Bridge/Weirs Lane on your right. Don’t turn off – continue on the main road for another half a mile. Lake Street is on the left hand side, shortly after the Crooked Pot pub on the left and the Four Pillars Hotel on the right. Turn down Lake Street. The Community Centre is at the end of the street, on the right.

Redbridge Park and Ride

The Redbridge Park and Ride is located at the south end of the Abingdon Road in Oxford, close to the Ring Road (see the instructions above for arrival by car from the A34). The Centre is a 5 minute cycle or an 18 minute walk from the Park and Ride.

The double-decker Park and Ride buses do not stop near the Community Centre. However, there are other buses that head in to town from the Park and Ride which will stop at or near Lake Street. It is a 3 minute walk down Lake Street to the Centre. See the Oxford Bus Company website for information about bus routes and times.