General registration is now open. There is a limited number of non-residential places and day rates available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able to pay securely online by completing a registration form here: http://www.rcc.ac.uk/conferences-seminars-and-lectures/christian-congregational-music-conference
N.B. Please note that your registration is confirmed only once you have received an email confirmation of payment.
There are 28 rooms available at Ripon College, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please also be aware that the majority of college accommodation consists of single bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. All bed linen and towels are provided.
Once all available on-site rooms have been booked, or if you would prefer to stay outside the College, you will need to book your own accommodation. Please see the list below for several excellent nearby accommodation options. The conference organisers have arranged for a coach to pick up delegates from Oxford city centre each morning (see shuttle information below).
Off-site Accommodation Suggestions
The Bat and Ball - Accommodates 7 people
Oxford also has a wide range of hotels and B&Bs.
See a Google Map of the local area.
Local Taxi Services
Taxi 001 Oxford: +44 (0)1865 24 00 00 (Online booking: http://www.001taxis.com)
Oxford Cars: +44 (0)1865 40 60 70 or +44 (0)1865 40 60 80 (Online booking: http://www.oxfordcars.co.uk)
Courtesy Cars: +44 (0)1865 343 575
It is recommended that delegates use the group Facebook page or Google Groups list to arrange to share taxis with other delegates from one of the train stations if you need to travel to Cuddesdon outside of the scheduled coach times (see below).
Arriving by Plane
Ripon College Cuddesdon is about forty miles from London-Heathrow, and is also easily accessible from the London-Gatwick, Birmingham International, and London-Luton airports. There is a half-hourly bus service to Oxford (the airline) from Heathrow and an hourly service from Gatwick. It is advisable to alight at Thornhill Park & Ride and call a taxi from there. (See list of local taxi services above.)
Arriving by Rail or Bus
The nearest Railway Stations are Oxford or Haddenham and Thame Parkway (on the Chiltern Railways London Marylebone to Birmingham Line, half-hourly service - quicker, more frequent and more reliable than Paddington-Oxford).
The best way of getting to Oxford from London outside rush hours is by bus. The Oxford Tube (London), X90 (London), the Airline (Heathrow and Gatwick), as well as Park & Ride Buses stop at the Thornhill Park & Ride on the A40 which is about a ten minute drive from Cuddesdon. From Thornhill Park & Ride, take a taxi (see list of local taxi services above).
There is no longer any bus service to Cuddesdon.
Arriving By Car
From the East (London) and North (Birmingham):
Travel on the M40 and leave at Junction 8A (also signposted Services). At the roundabout follow the signs to Oxford and Wheatley but then turn right to Wheatley before the road joins the A40. Follow signs for Wheatley and half a mile after ASDA fork left at King's Arms pub (signposted Garsington). Pass the Church, then turn left at cross-roads shortly afterwards. (There is the old village lock up by the turning). Go straight over the next crossroads up Station Road which becomes Ladder Hill. Go past Rose's Place chip shop and the Co-op on your left. After about one mile and soon after the Mill View Nursery, turn left (signposted Cuddesdon). Cuddesdon village is about another mile. The entrances to Ripon College Cuddesdon are on the right before you reach the village centre. The first entrance is to the Runcie Building and large Car Park. Take the second entrance for Reception.
From the South (A34):
Come off the A34 signposted Oxford; go round the Oxford Ring Road for a couple of miles (towards the A40); turn right just past the Mini Car Factory, signposted Horspath. This is just after the Cowley (Tesco) flyover. Follow the road through Horspath - keep going for a couple of miles, up to the top of the hill, and then turn left towards Wheatley, and then turn right after 100 yards or so signposted Cuddesdon. Cuddesdon village is about another mile. The entrances to Ripon College Cuddesdon are on the right before you reach the village centre. The first entrance is to the Runcie Building and large Car Park. Take the second entrance for Reception.
From Central Oxford:
It is easiest to take the A40 to London and then come off at the Wheatley exit (about 3 miles from Headington Roundabout). Turn right at the T-junction and then follow the road round to the mini-roundabout. Go straight across and over the next two crossroads up Station Road past the chip shop and Co-op which becomes Ladder Hill. After about one mile and soon after the Mill View Nursery, turn left (signposted Cuddesdon). Cuddesdon village is about another mile. The entrances to Ripon College Cuddesdon are on the right before you reach the village centre. The first entrance is to the Runcie Building and large Car Park. Take the second entrance for Reception.
Daily Shuttle Service
The conference organisers have arranged for a coach to pick up delegates from Oxford city centre each morning, leaving from just outside the Taylor Institution Library and dropping off at the same location each evening. See the Google Map for the coach pick-up point.
Pick up time in the morning is 8:10 am from Tuesday 18th July - Friday 21st July.
The name of the transport company is Heyfordian – look out for a coach with Heyfordian signage. In case of any coach-related problems, please phone Mark Porter on (+44) 7812 844108.
For people coming from abroad, please note voltage in the UK (230V) and bring an adapter for any electrical equipment such as laptops, phone chargers etc.
Washing machines and driers are available on-site. £1 coins are required for operation.
A photocopier and computers in the computer room are available on-site. However, the computers will not save any work – a memory stick is required.
Internet access via Ethernet cable is available in all bedrooms. Complementary wifi will be available in the common areas.
Extending Your Stay
The College can offer, subject to availability, additional nights bed & breakfast accommodation either before or after the conference itself. If this would be of interest to you, please email Gill Keeble-Childs, the College’s conference manager.
If available, ensuite bed & breakfast is offered at £50 per person per night and standard bed & breakfast at £40 per person per night.
Please note the College’s policy on cancellations and refunds:
- Cancellation before 1 May 2017 - full refund, less £15 admin charge
- Cancellation before 16 June 2017 - 50% refund
- Cancellation after 16 June 2017 - There will be no refund if less than a month’s notice of cancellation is given.