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Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • 3A Lees Heights Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 7 (boundary treatment) on planning permission 17/00419/FUL.
    WODC reference: 18/02107/CND - Wed 11 Jul 2018 - Under consideration
  • The Gables 10 Enstone Road Charlbury
    Replace existing detached ancillary accommodation with new self contained two storey living accommodation
    WODC reference: 18/01469/FUL - Fri 13 Jul 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 16 Jul, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Speedwatch update July 10th

The venue today was the Woodstock Rd, requested by a local resident concerned at the high speeds on this busy road and following a serious speed related incident that took out a telegraph pole. Today we reported 27 vehicles to TVP for follow up and all will soon be receiving warning letters. Once reported, vehicles are recorded on a national database and speeding offences anywhere else are added. Once three offences are reached, the Police Traffic Section visit the driver with the next step of a fine and action against the vehicle. We've been informed that 6 such visits have already occurred in the local area of Charlbury, The Wychwoods & Chipping Norton. The point of all this is for drivers to respect our town and its residents and we aim to keep up this activity and try to persuade the authorities to install more permanent passive and active traffic management. If you want to join us, contact me on

Jim Holah · Tue 10 Jul, 14:13 · Link

The on Tuesday evening too.

Responding to requests from loyal & hungry residents, The Codfather has agreed with the Thomas Gifford Trust that he will add Tuesday evenings to the already popular Sunday Fish & Chip schedule. He'll be there fom 4pm to 9pm every Tuesday, starting from the 24th July. Usual venue at the front of the TGT parking spaces.

Jim Holah · Mon 9 Jul, 16:27 · Link

Charlbury Speedwatch update July 2018

Last Friday, 29th June, we monitored vehicles leaving Charlbury along the Enstone Road between 4.30 & 5.30pm. This was at the request of an allotment gardener who had almost been mown down by a speeding car the week before. You may not be surprised to hear that within an hour we recorded 36 cars well in excess of the speed limit, some travelling at 50 MPH by the time they were driving past the allotment gate. These will all be contacted by Thames Valley Police with a warning. Today we were on The Slade again recording a dozen speeding drivers well in excess of the 30 MPH speed limit, even with the 20 MPH advisory flashing for the school run. TVP were also out at Forest Rd today stopping speeders, this following our recent monitoring of those entering Charlbury towards the train station just along from the Day Nursery. We'll be keeping up this monitoring with TVP in the hope that drivers will get the idea that driving safely respects our town and makes the roads & pavements safer for all users. If you want to join us, contact Jim Holah on

Jim Holah · Fri 6 Jul, 10:07 · Link

Charlbury Patient Participation Group News

The new Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (CPPG) has just published its first Newsletter, which can be viewed on the Medical Centre website: On the website Home page drop down to the blue list at the bottom and click on the PPG bullet point to get onto the PPG page.

There will also be printed copies of the Newsletter at the Medical Centre.

The Newsletter starts by highlighting the Open Morning held at the Medical Centre in June when the PPG in partnership with the Practice invited patients to drop in and have their say on how the Practice is run. We had at least 35-40 visitors and we received 107 comments on what works well and not so well and how improvements could be made. The PPG is now analysing them to find common themes and will work with the Practice to deal with issues that have been raised.

This was a very successful first joint venture between PPG and Practice, as is the first CPPG Newsletter.

Another important message in the Newsletter is to urge patients to have a look at what is on the Medical Centre website (information content now much expanded) and to sign up to use a range of online services such as booking an appointment and ordering a repeat prescription details on the website or from the Practice.

The new CPPG now has over 30 members who receive regular updates by email and are able to give rapid feedback to the Practice via the CPPG. To join send your name, address and telephone number by email to or pick up a leaflet from Reception at the Medical Centre.

Meryl Smith · Thu 5 Jul, 11:05 · Link

Railway closure starts this weekend

Railway upgrade work in Oxford means services through Charlbury will be curtailed or not running throughout July. The changes are explained in full at , but in summary:

  • Sat 7-Sun 8: no trains Moreton-Charlbury-Oxford
  • Mon 9-Fri 13: no trains Hanborough-Oxford
  • Sat 14-Sun 15: no trains Moreton-Charlbury-Oxford
  • Mon 16-Fri 20: no trains Hanborough-Oxford
  • Sat 21-Sun 22: no trains Moreton-Charlbury-Oxford
  • Mon 23-Fri 27: normal service
  • Sat 28-Sun 29: no trains Moreton-Charlbury-Oxford

On weekdays, trains will run from Charlbury to Hanborough, from where buses will run to Oxford Parkway; to Oxford; and to Didcot Parkway (for London services, with the Oxford-Didcot line also being closed).

At weekends, buses will run from Nine Acres Lane outside the Scout Hut to Oxford. Further buses will run from Oxford to Didcot. (There will be a shuttle minibus between Charlbury station and Nine Acres Lane; the main coaches are not permitted to cross the river bridge.)

All train and bus times are loaded on which is probably the easiest way to plan a journey. For weekday journeys to London, the Hanborough-Oxford Parkway bus, then train to Marylebone, is almost always fastest.

Tickets to London will be valid via Oxford Parkway. Rail tickets will also be accepted on the S3 and 7 buses. This makes an additional weekday journey to London possible with only one change: leave on the 06.20 bus from the Bell, arr. Oxford Parkway 07.06, dep. by train 07.25, arr. Marylebone 08.20; return dep. Marylebone 17.18, arr. Oxford Parkway 18.16, dep. by bus 18.48, arr. Wychwood Close 19.30.

West of Charlbury, train services will run to Worcester/Hereford during the closures, starting at Hanborough on weekdays and Moreton at weekends. These will principally be Turbos but may include Intercity Express trains on weekdays.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 4 Jul, 10:43 · Link

Charlbury Day Centre chosen charity at Waitrose this month

Charlbury Day Centre is one of the three charities chosen this month by Waitrose in Witney's green disc scheme. If you shop there, please take your disc from checkout and put it in our box we'd be grateful. Thankyou.

Tanya Stevenson · Tue 3 Jul, 09:49 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

Mon 2 Jul, 08:00 · Link

Culture at the Charlbury Beer Festival: full line-up announced

We are pleased to be able to announce the full line-up for the CBF's Culture Club - kindly sponsored by the Charlbury Deli and Café - which will take place place down at the Cricket Club on Saturday 30 June.

12.30: The Choirs of Charlbury Primary School, led by Jennie Grierson, sing a selection of their favourite songs.

1.15: 'International and Personal Development' with Ander Morgan and Stan Charles-Jones. Two friends discuss their separate volunteering journeys, reflecting on the broad and diverse impacts that they experienced as a result.

2.00: 'Slap Mappy: The Trials and Fibrillations of Bookmaking and Medieval Maps.' Professor Dan Terkla of the Illinois Wesleyan University in conversation with Nick Millea, map curator at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

2.45: 'Poo: A Beetle's Perspective' with Darren Mann of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

3.30: 'Bletchley Park: The Human Story.' Jonathan Byrne, Oral History Officer at Bletchley Park, talks about the secret code-breaking work that changed the course of World War II, and about his own work, interviewing hundreds of the men and women who worked there.

4.30: 'The Muck Called Gold.' Simon Walker asks why, in the final years of the 19th century, 100,000 men, women and children risked their lives for the chance of making their fortune in the Klondike region of Canada.

5.30: 'The Eleanor Crosses.' Author Decca Warrington talks to Brenda Stones about the monumental building plan conceived by Edward I to commemorate his late wife, in locations from Lincoln to Charing Cross.

This year the Culture Club is sharing a marquee with the tea tent, so non-drinkers as well as beer-drinkers are all very welcome!

Edward Fenton · Thu 28 Jun, 14:40 · Link

Charlbury Speedwatch update June 2018

This morning, Speedwatch resident volunteers supported by Special Inspector Milton Eldridge, set up on The Forest Road next to the Day Nursery. In just an hour we recorded 46 vehicles exceeding the speed limit up to a maximum of 56 MPH, there were more, but there's a limit to how many registration numbers can be captured by the human eye. TVP will be following up with those drivers recorded and intend to carry out further monitoring in the area soon. Tomorrow we'll be set up on another road in the town hoping to deter speeders from threatening the safety of other road users and especially pedestrians and cyclists. If you want to be involved, contact Jim Holah at

Jim Holah · Thu 28 Jun, 12:48 · Link

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