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Oxfordshire RP Group

Article by Chris Turner.

Many of you reading this will probably wonder ‘what on earth is RP’. The letters stand for Retinitis Pigmentosa which put into words of understanding basically means you have a faulty gene which has affected your retina. Consequently you have failing eyesight particularly in poor light and darkness together with a restricted field of view. That is not quite how the doctors would put it, but that is what it amounts to.

Whilst in comparison with say Macular Degeneration, RP is not so well known there are sufficient people with the problem to justify a national organisation based in Buckingham.

I have RP myself and help to run a group which meets regularly either for musical events and talks also outings. We also raise funds for research into a cure for RP, via bucket collections and token appeals at local supermarkets and elsewhere.

Perhaps you and/or a friend or relative with RP may wish to join our friendly group and I would be delighted to hear from you.

I can be contacted on 01235 511044 or ‘’  – I think that e mail address sums up my attitude don’t you!?

Tech Talk

workshops focused on smartphones and tablets

If you are interested in learning more about the latest technology or would like an update on what’s new, come along to one of our Tech Talks. We’ll be demonstrating and discussing the latest apps, gadgets and gizmos for those with a visual impairment. We will be having 2 sessions, one at OAB in Oxford and one at the Didcot Civic Hall.

Thursday 22nd March OAB Bradbury Lodge,Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, OX1 4XL

Friday 23rd March Didcot Civic Hall, Northbourne room, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN

Both events are from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

To book a place on either session please contact Mark Upton on 01865 725595 or email