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Proposed X9 bus service from July 21st

Pulhams Coaches have confirmed that they will be continuing the X9 bus service to Chipping Norton and Witney after the withdrawal of subsidy. Subject to confirmation, the Monday to Friday timetable will be:

  • Buses from Charlbury to Witney at 07.00, 08.05, 09.10, 10.50, 12.35, 13.35, 14.20, 16.10, 17.55
  • Buses from Witney to Charlbury at 07.25, 08.45, 09.45, 11.30, 13.15, 14.30, 16.45, 17.30
  • Buses from Charlbury to Chipping Norton at 07.50, 08.20, 09.11, 10.11, 11.56, 13.44, 14.56, 17.11, 17.56
  • Buses from Chipping Norton to Charlbury at 06.40, 07.45, 08.50, 10.30, 12.15, 13.15, 14.00, 15.20, 15.50, 17.35

A two-hourly service will operate on Saturdays:

  • Buses from Charlbury to Witney at 08.20, 10.20, 12.20, 14.20, 16.20, 18.20
  • Buses from Witney to Charlbury at 09.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00
  • Buses from Charlbury to Chipping Norton at 09.26, 11.26, 13.26, 15.26, 17.26
  • Buses from Chipping Norton to Charlbury at 08.00, 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00

According to director Andy Pulham:

"I have kept the peak journeys that are best used currently with little change and I hope the off peak ones although not as frequent will be better used. There will be fare increases on both services however we will endeavour to keep these to a minimum and continue to offer weekly and four weekly passes for regular commuters."

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 27 May, 11:20 · Link

Southill Solar passes the £1,000,000 milestone!

Today the amount of community investment into Southill Solar passed the £1,000,000 mark. This is a wonderful achievement and all of us on the Southill team would like to thank everybody for their support, without which this project would not be possible. The opportunity to own a share in your local solar farm remains and there is still time to join us.

Tim crisp · Thu 26 May, 08:49 · Link

Charlbury U12s win national tournament

From the Oxford Mail:

"Charlbury Town Under 12s were crowned champions at the national Precision Pass tournament, held at the King Power Stadium, home of newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City.

"A 2-0 victory in the final over Higham Town Colts, from Northamptonshire, was enough to secure Charlbury the title."

Full report on the Oxford Mail website.

Wed 25 May, 18:31 · Link

West Oxfordshire welcomes four Syrian families


West Oxfordshire will be welcoming four Syrian families in the summer.

Here's how you can help.

Homes have been secured for them in Witney in the private sector. Although some are partly furnished, a great deal of furnishings and equipment have to be provided, and this is where individuals, organisations, churches etc. come in.

An 'Adopt a Room' scheme has been launched to share the burden (both financial and the workload) as efficiently as possible. It's the kind of thing a group of people could take on, maybe two or three friends, or perhaps a church or club or a political organisation. For instance, a church might take on equipping a kitchen, but a single member of the congregation might only contribute some crockery or a toaster.

Major items like beds and cookers are already provided.

If you are interested in knowing more, please email . We will send you the details and you can make up your mind what you might do. You will then be able to see which rooms in which houses have been 'taken' and what is still needed.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 25 May, 14:45 · Link

Could you be a Charlbury town councillor?

At the recent elections, not enough candidates stood to fill all 12 places on Charlbury Town Council. As a result, there are two vacant places.

Could you fill one of those places?

The Town Council meets twice every month, usually in the last week: the Monday evening meeting is to review planning applications, while Wednesday is the full council meeting. Some councillors take on additional responsibilities but there is absolutely no obligation to do so. Being a councillor is a chance to help your town and make sure it represents the full spread of society.

If you would like to put yourself forward for one of the two vacancies, please write by Friday 17th June to Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk (, with a short statement explaining what you think you could bring to the council. Or if you would like to know more, contact Roger or any existing town councillor.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 23 May, 09:21 · 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.

  • Whitson Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey, first floor and two storey extensions.
    WODC reference: 16/01601/HHD - Fri 29 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 23 May, 07:05 · Link

Charlbury School Governor Vacancy

Charlbury School has 13 members on the Governing Body (including Clerk and Associates) who are drawn from parents, staff members, the local authority and our community. We are diverse in age range, background and skills. Our role is to ensure high standards of achievement for all the children in the school by:
• Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the children; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

At the end of this academic year (July), 2 of our longest serving Governors are stepping down and therefore we have 2 vacancies to fill. One we hope to be filled by a town councillor, the other by a resident of Charlbury who has an empathy with the school and education.

The people skills we are looking for are either
• A person who has some financial or IT background to join us on the Finance Committee
• A person who is interested in the educational side of school (rather than admin) and is willing to join us on the curriculum committee. An interest in Special Needs Children would be an advantage but not essential.

The commitment to the school is to 5 full governing body meetings per annum, held between 6-8pm on varying weekday evenings and to 5 Committee meetings which precede the full meetings. Another 1-2 ad hoc meetings on matters arising or sub-committees are also not unusual. There is an amount of preparation time for such meetings and Governors are expected to come into school during term-time from time to time on visits in association with their role.

We already have a full complement of parent governors and to maintain the correct balance on the Governing Body of all stakeholders of our town, the vacancies can only be filled by non-parents. Ex-parents are more than welcome.

I as Chair of Governors and the headteacher, Jane Holt, would be more than happy to discuss the position further with anyone who may be interested in taking up the role. I can also forward a short document which summarises the role of the School Governor to anyone interested.

I can be contacted at or 07813 015034.

Kaye Leggett
Chair of Governors, Charlbury Primary School

Kaye Gooding · Sat 21 May, 14:04 · Link

Emergency food appeal for Syria


We have a week to respond to this

People in Witney, Hook Norton, Oxford, Swindon and Wycombe are working together to fill a container which will take food to people in desperate need

Charlbury Refugee Action Group is contributing too.

Aid workers in Syria risk their lives every day to provide vital and life saving aid to the victims of war. The aim here is to fill a container with provisions which will be sent directly to Syria within the next couple of weeks, reaching people who are being bombed and slaughtered on a daily basis, and are prevented from fleeing for refuge abroad.

If you can take part, our closing date is THURSDAY MAY 27 at 5 pm.


• do not bring anything that is not on the list.

• please phone 01608 811378 or email to find your nearest drop-off point in or near Charlbury.

• rather than an assortment of items, please donate multiples or trays/cases of just one (or at most two) items. They are much easier to package.

How to contribute in cash

If you would like to contribute money to the Witney collection rather than buying things yourself, you can do so at However, you are not able to add Gift Aid.

If you wish to donate direct to One Nation, who are the charity organising the filling of dozens of containers across the country, your money will go further if you pay income tax and apply Gift Aid (which increases the value of your donation by 25%). The link for making a donation is

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 18 May, 15:55 · 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 16 May, 07:05 · Link

Police information point Corner House.

Thames Valley Police will no longer be continuing the Monday afternoon 12-3pm sessions at The Corner House.
We would like to say a huge thanks to all of the volunteers who have supported us and the community over the years and given up their precious time. Your dedication and service has been invaluable. With the assistance of local volunteers such as you we can rise to meet the challenge and provide an excellent service to the public.

Thank you.
Chipping Norton Neighbourhood team.

Wesley Smith · Sun 15 May, 17:21 · Link

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