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Branch meetings

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The Parkinson's UK Oxford and District Branch meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the W I Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, Oxford OX2 0LT. Meetings begin at 7pm and end around 9pm.

Our monthly meetings usually have a speaker. Recent meetings have informed us about research activities at the University, other Parkinson's-related concerns, and topics of general interest. Some meetings are devoted to group discussion and feedback. At every meeting there is time for tea and coffee when members can chat together.

Non-members are welcome to attend a meeting, but we encourage you to join and become a member to take full advantage of all Branch events, activities and benefits.

Archive of previous meetings

Video recordings, presentations and other material from our previous meetings are progressively being added to our online archive. Take a look at our meetings archive page to see what's available.

Forthcoming meetings

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Branch meeting at Botley W.I. Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford OX2 0LT, UK (map)

Prof. Mark Williams, founding Director of the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre, will talk on Mindfulness: how ancient wisdom meets modern science.

Despite its origins two and a half thousand years ago in Asia, the cultivation of open-hearted awareness through meditation has been found in modern studies to have many benefits. It seems to increase well-being and reduce stress and depression even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. In this talk, Professor Williams will describe how mindfulness works in theory and in practice.

Wednesday 6th March 2019, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Branch meeting at Botley WI Hall, N Hinksey Ln, Oxford OX2 0LT, UK (map)


There will be a vote to accept the minutes of the previous AGM (7th March 2018), which can be found on our records page - please take a look before the meeting. On the same page you can also find the full agenda and list of Committee nominees.

Keeping Safe at Home: Aimee Petrie, Falls Prevention Practice Educator with our local NHS Trust, will  give a short talk on how you can minimise the risk of falls when at home or out and about.

Cheese and wine will be served at the end of the meeting.

Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Branch meeting at Botley W.I. Hall, N Hinksey Ln, Oxford OX2 0LT, UK (map)

Wednesday 1st May 2019, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Branch meeting at Botley W.I. Hall, N Hinksey Ln, Oxford OX2 0LT, UK (map)

Prof. Kieran Clarke of Oxford University's Dept. of Anatomy and Physiology talks on Energy for the Brain: A ketone drink for Parkinson’s?

Professor Clarke’s research has led to a new food group, a ketone ester called ΔG® (pronounced "delta-G"), that may help in Parkinson’s by providing an alternative energy source. This is the story of how ΔG® was found and developed to the point at which it is being sold as a sports drink in the US and is now ready to be tested in Parkinson’s.

You can find more about Professor Clarke on the University's website here, and about her research group at this link.