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Residents back post mistress after changes threaten shop

Postmistress Elaine Newbold and 100 protestors outside Charlbury Post Office in Sheep Street, which has been threatened by closure
Postmistress Elaine Newbold and 100 protestors outside Charlbury Post Office in Sheep Street, which has been threatened by closure

by Martin Elvery , Reporter covering Witney and West Oxfordshire. Call me on (01865) 425426
8:47am Saturday 25th April 2015 in News

Suzy M-H · Sat 25 Apr, 09:51 · Link

BBC South Today Oxford - Post Office Campaign

Tuesday 28th April around 2pm BBC South Today are coming to film regarding the Post Office - We need as many people as possible to show support please! Everyone welcome

Elaine Newbold · Fri 24 Apr, 15:14 · Link

The Leaflet

Derek Buchanan is stepping down from producing the Leaflet. Enormous thanks to him for all his work over the last few years. With immediate effect all entries for the Leaflet should be emailed to (810230) or in writing to "Leaflet", c/o Old Manor House, Church Street, OX7 3PR, by the 15th of the month.

Many thanks
Jo Paton, Parish Administration
St. Mary's Church

Jo Paton · Fri 24 Apr, 11:31 · Link

Almost 100 people protest against Post Office changes

The Oxford Mail photocall to protest against Post Office Ltd's plan to close the Post Office on Market Street attracted almost 100 protesters from around Charlbury. Postmistress Elaine Newbold is pictured in the foreground.

(Thanks to the Oxford Mail for the use of their stepladder!)

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 23 Apr, 11:45 · Link


Did you know our fantastic Post Office is in danger of being forcibly shut down? Postmistress, Elaine, faces financial ruin and being made homeless. CHARLBURY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE ANOTHER VALUABLE SHOP!
We need as many people as possible to show support please! Everyone welcome, it will only take 10 minutes of your time.

Under a Government scheme, thousands of village and town Postmasters are to be sacked if the Post Office can find a neighbouring shop to take over the running of the PO service. This would mean no dedicated serving point with all transactions being done amongst the shoppers at the check out of the store and served by general shop staff. And, in Charlbury, it would mean the loss of a well-loved and well-used shop/public facility.

Email for more info

Suzy M-H · Wed 22 Apr, 18:10 · Link

Thank you - the monsters survived

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the Charlbury Monsters. We made it! To see some photos of us looking ridiculous you can check out the gallery in the link below. Thanks again!

Liz Gupta · Mon 20 Apr, 22:17 · Link

Charlbury - rail disruption today (and tomorrow)

From FGW website

Due to signalling problems between Oxford and Charlbury all lines are blocked.

Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 23:59 20/04.

Susan Way · Mon 20 Apr, 17:06 · Link

Up to 90% rail fare rise from 17 May

A typical return from Charlbury to London will cost almost 90% more from mid-May as a result of changes introduced by First Great Western.

The changes are:

  • Off-Peak tickets will no longer be permitted on the 17.22, 17.52 and 18.22 from Paddington.
  • The price of Off-Peak Returns is being increased.
  • A new Super Off-Peak Return ticket will be introduced at a similar price to the old Off-Peak. This will be valid after 10.00 from Charlbury, but will not be valid for returning from Paddington between 15.52 and 18.22.

Currently a return from Charlbury to Paddington on the 08.31, returning on the 18.22, costs £33.30. From mid-May this will increase to £62.40, a rise of almost 90%.

FGW has not made any public announcement about the rises, but the new prices can be viewed via the journey-planner at

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 20 Apr, 16:28 · Link

Police Message about Drone Flying

Police had a few complaints regarding drones being flown in public areas such as Playing Close.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have long crossed over from just being used in the military and specialist commercial sphere. They can now be seen in homes. Remote controlled aircraft used to be a niche hobby. It took time to build them and skill to operate them. Today drones are cheap, quick to get in the air and you can operate them on a Smartphone or tablet. Across the world, rules are being drawn up or refined to deal with the potential dangers. But they are already being flouted.

If you have a drone please be aware of the rules and guidelines set by the Civil Aviation Authority before you take off.

PCSO Wesley Smith

Mon 20 Apr, 15:34 · 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.

  • Five Ways Stores Sturt Road Charlbury
    Alterations to fenestration of existing first floor flat and creation of second floor flat including dormer window in South elevation.
    WODC reference: 15/00751/FUL - Tue 31 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • New Barn Farm Banbury Hill Charlbury
    Change of use of part of existing barn to form self-contained accomodation to be used for occasional emergency use in connection with the agricultural enterprise at New Barn Farm (Retrospective).
    WODC reference: 15/00711/FUL - Tue 07 Apr 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 20 Apr, 07:05 · Link

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