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Record Attendance at Sunday Circuits

Yesterday (Sunday 21st) saw 38 people joining the 10am Sunday circuit training session at Charlbury Community Centre. Numbers were boosted by Chippy Under-12s rugby team, who agreed with our regulars that it's a really fun way to get fit.

Tanya Stevenson · Mon 22 Jan, 07:58 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz Night

Street Fair St. Patrick's Day QUIZ

Come and join us on St Patrick's Day for our Charlbury Street Fair Annual Quiz Night

Saturday 17th March

7pm for 7.30pm

Memorial Hall, Charlbury

Teams of 6 @ £12 per head entry fee - Includes St Patrick Day Dinner!

Prize for first and last!

Licensed bar

Please get your Entry Forms (to be returned no later than Wednesday 7th of March) from the Corner House, or from our Treasurer Carolyn Ashton

Email; Mob. 07880 718536

Rachael Lunney · Sun 21 Jan, 18:02 · Link

Record audience packs the Memorial Hall

Charlbury Refugee Action Group held a record-breaking concert on Sunday, and we are very grateful to everyone who came and shared the recital by Margaret Fingerhut, a world-famous pianist who gave her time and prowess with a barnstorming performance for such a good cause. The audience was a CRAG record of 152.

The total raised was about £1600 which will go to the charity Help Refugees. Our latest online fundraiser is at if you wish to add a donation yourself.

To complete the record: our autumn concerts, the Art Café, Churches Together, the Quakers and personal donations raised £5040 in all.

And where does it all go? Since October we have given a further £1500 to Help Refugees (much of whose work is in Greece), £2500 to the Help Refugees/Refugee Community Kitchen campaign (providing clothing and hot meals for people - mostly kids - still sleeping rough around Calais and in Paris), and £771 to Lighthouse Relief who provide welfare services for refugees landing from boats on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Moreover, as a result of our appeals, especially our 'Keep a Place at Your Table' Christmas campaign, individuals have donated a further astonishing £2510, plus gift aid, on CRAG's fundraising pages, where the money goes direct to the charities we support and not through our books - and donors can add gift aid. A number of the donors remain anonymous and also hide the amount they give: we only know the grand total.

"On behalf of the recipients, we say thank you to so many thoughtful and loving people."

Jon Carpenter · Mon 15 Jan, 16:17 · Link

Southill Solar Ltd supports Charlbury Community Centre

A massive thank you to the trustees of Southill Community Energy for their generous donation of £68,500 towards the new Charlbury Community Centre.

This funding covers a number of measures designed to make the centre as energy efficient as possible, including solar panels, LED lighting, enhanced insulation as well as advice from expert energy consultants. The trustees have been working together for a number of years to ensure that the centre achieves the highest energy efficiency standard possible and are proud that this has been achieved.

Two not-for-profit organisations have come together to benefit the community they serve, in the true spirit of local co-operation.

Marjorie Glasgow, Chairman Thomas Gifford Trust

daniela jenkins · Fri 12 Jan, 10:50 · Link

If you're interested in hearing great music played live by a great musician.....

Don't miss this extraordinary chance to listen "live" to one of Britain's greatest living pianists who is coming to Charlbury to give a recital in the Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon in aid of the Refugee Action Group. Margaret Fingerhut is a truly wonderful pianist and we are privileged to be able to host her for this 'one-off' event. A really lovely programme followed by tea and delicious home-made cakes- it's also a very good cause!

Nick Parker · Thu 11 Jan, 21:40 · Link

Co-op attacked this morning (updated)

A 'ram-raiding'-style attack on Charlbury's Co-op has caused significant damage to the entrance.

The attack took place at around 3.35am today (Tuesday) with the apparent intention of emptying the cash machine. The shop reopened with temporary frontage in the early afternoon.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses:

"Staff were called to the store after an alarm was activated, and upon arrival they found that the front doors had been forced open and attempts made to remove an ATM machine. It is not believed that any cash was stolen during the incident.

"A white Renault van and a silver Land Rover were recovered nearby. Both vehicles had previously been reported as stolen and are believed to have been used in the incident.

"Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Adrian Brooksbank, based at Witney police station, said: 'I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it. I would also like to speak to anyone who saw these two vehicles travelling or parked together before this incident took place. If you have any details which you think could help our investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.'"

"If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 43180000767, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously."

(Thanks to Liz Walton for the photo.)

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 2 Jan, 10:39 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair 2018 - Seeking Volunteers - Meet up on January 20th

As promised here are details of our first 2018 meeting.

We cordially invite anyone who is interested in joining the Charlbury Street Fair team to come along to meet the Street Fair team Saturday 20 January @ 6 pm in the Snug next to the Bar (and NOT the Cornbury Room as previously announced!) in the Bell Hotel - with thanks to Luke and Leigh at the Bell for these facilities!

If you have any time or skills to offer, big or small, we'd love to see you. New volunteers are vital to keep this popular community event going.

We have found last year's format - a 'Core Team' of about six people and a wider Committee team of over 12 seems to work well. Ideally, the Core Team will meet once a month, the wider team less frequently. We have 'space' for people who want to offer only a couple of days, or for others who can spare a day or more a month!

Particular help is needed for a) making the arrangements for the Stalls, b) arranging the Open Gardens event, and c) for a new role as Street Fair Coordinator - something like a 'production' or 'project' manager to keep us on track.

If interested do please come along on 20th January or contact us via

Happy New Year!

John Dora, Chair, CSF Committee

John Dora · Fri 29 Dec, 08:34 · 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.

  • 39 Sheep Street Charlbury
    Change of use from retail/food and drink to office and food preparation.
    WODC reference: 17/03996/FUL - Thu 07 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to include erection of link extension between Albright House and The Malthouse to form single dwelling (Amendment to previous approved scheme 14/01589/HHD & 14/01590/LBC)
    WODC reference: 17/03957/HHD - Fri 15 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to include erection of link extension between Albright House and The Malthouse to form single dwelling (Amendment to previous approved scheme 14/01589/HHD & 14/01590/LBC).
    WODC reference: 17/03958/LBC - Fri 15 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • 19 Sandford Rise Charlbury
    Proposed front and rear extensions.
    WODC reference: 17/03945/HHD - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Spring Cottage Sheep Street Charlbury
    Erection of front porch
    WODC reference: 17/03943/HHD - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • 53 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Proposed dwelling and construction of both vehicle and pedestrian accesses.
    WODC reference: 17/03942/FUL - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 25 Dec, 08:00 · Link

The Cod Father is on holiday

The Cod Father has set off for warmer waters for the next couple of weeks, and will be back again in Charlbury on Sunday 7th January.

Simon Walker · Fri 22 Dec, 09:39 · Link

The Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Do you want more communication with your local Medical Practice?

In these challenging times, we need to get together to ensure that the people of Charlbury and the surrounding villages are working with Charlbury Medical Practice to help our local health services. We'd really value your help in communicating with patients and their carers within our community. We want to be sure that we do all we can to meet everyone's needs in a time of rapid change.

Can you spare some time to set up and participate in a patient's group?

There is work for our Patients' Participation Group (PPG) to do:

• keeping ourselves and our fellow patients up-dated with all the changes taking place locally
• drawing on the experience and views of patients and carers to work with our Practice in a positive way and acting as a useful resource for the Practice
• communicating between the Practice and its patients to ensure that the services on offer meet the needs of the patients
• helping the Practice in small but practical ways
• learning more about other health provision locally and feed back to other health providers on what we feel is needed in our area

Our Practice and staff welcome this initiative. So why not join the new Charlbury Practice Patients' Participation Group - and have your say and do your bit for us in our very special community.

Join us today by e-mailing:


complete one of the forms which are in the waiting room and pop it in the box provided.

We want to get this PPG up and running early in 2018 - so please act now!

Thank you.

Tue 19 Dec, 10:51 · Link

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