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Parish Poll TODAY!

Please remember to vote at the Parish Poll TODAY (Thursday 8th December) between 4pm and 9pm at the Memorial Hall.
The questions being asked at the poll are:
1. Do you approve the conditional grant of £130,000 to the Thomas Gifford Trust?
2. Do you approve the conditional grant of £70,000 to the Charlbury Town Football and Sports Club?

Your opinion is important as the town council is required to demonstrate local support in order to obtain approval for a loan to fund these grants.

There is more information available in earlier news postings on this site: explains the background and is a copy of the flyer delivered to every home in the town in October. explains the conditions that the town council will impose on the grants. which reports the outcome of the recent public meeting explains the poll.

Please note that the polling hours for Parish Polls are set by law and under that law there is no provision for voting by post or proxy or for official poll cards to be sent to voters. To vote you must be included in the electoral register for Charlbury.

The count will take place immediately after the close of the poll and the result will be made available on and on as soon as possible afterwards.

Further information about the poll is also available from the town clerk on 01608 810608 or at

Peter Kenrick · Thu 8 Dec, 13:18 · Link

Post Office consultation

The Government is seeking views on the accessibility of post offices, the services available, and the role of communities in the future of the network. They are keen to hear local people's views, not on any specific changes to the post office services they use but on the overall strategic approach that should be taken to transforming post office services.

They are interested in the views of consumers and businesses. Please respond directly via the consultation website and make sure your views are taken into account. A full explanation of what the consultation is about is also on the website.

(Taken from the Chadlington website)

Note that pre-printed postcards are also available at the PO, but the above is a separate government consultation process.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 8 Dec, 10:30 · Link


This is a reminder that the deadline for registering to take part in Artweeks May 2017 is the end of the month - 31st December! If you are planning to take part then do sign up sooner rather than later so that the Artweeks office have a chance to fix any unexpected issues that crop up in the on-line process before they close for Christmas.
Also please let me know so that I can put you on the mailing list to be included in the Charlbury Artweeks Trail Map and to receive local Artweeks planning information, email

Maureen Sparling · Wed 7 Dec, 11:55 · Link

The kids can't wait!

With the site shut down for the weekend, the first ever five-a-side game took place within the shell of Charlbury's new Community Centre last Friday (2nd December), under the watchful eye of legendary referee, James Batty (high vis jacket) and Charlbury FC's Paul Jenkins. James, who also happens to be Beard's site manager for the project, created a safe zone within the structure and only allowed the children on site once he had issued a safety briefing. With the rules established, he officiated over the game with an equally firm hand, deeming it necessary to issue a number of red cards. Oh dear.
Paul, manager and coach of two junior football teams in Charlbury and trustee of the Thomas Gifford Trust, organised the event. "The children really enjoyed having a taste of what's to come. A big thank you to them for being so sporting (and allowing themselves to be red-carded!) and we're especially grateful to James for facilitating the occasion. It will be fantastic for Charlbury Town FC, that provides training for 14 teams, and the other sports clubs in the town to have their very own state-of-the art facility to use all year round." For safety reasons, this was the last opportunity to use the site until the building opens next Autumn, as the construction will become increasingly complex over the coming months.
Paul, on behalf of the trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust, said "We would all like to thank you for your patience during the construction work. We hope we can count on your continued support by casting your vote in the important Parish Poll this coming Thursday (8th December)".
Photo courtesy of Edmund Blok

daniela jenkins · Mon 5 Dec, 19:42 · Link


Last week I met in London with Charlotte DC (Wilderness Event Manager) and Dave McCalmont (Production Director) and we had a most useful discussion about Wilderness, and the late noise on Sunday evening. It has been agreed by them that the following note can be posted on the Charlbury web. A copy is also on the Forum, should anybody wish to comment:

While appreciating the good and enjoyment that Wilderness brings to everyone, there are yet many of us in Charlbury who, having taken the trouble to go away for the weekend of the Festival, come home on Sunday evening and find that it is difficult to sleep until well into Monday morning. Charlotte and Dave explained that Wilderness has no wish to be a bad neighbour and that the late night timings for the festival had come after consultation. The festival recognises that Thursday and Sunday are more sensitive in terms of late night noise and have attempted to manage noise with this in mind. The late night stage and the timings are part of the festival's efforts to control noise, especially noise coming from the camping areas (which are the areas of the festival closest to residences). They explained that the late-night stage was positioned to face down to the valley, and that the noise limits were designed with the idea that there should very limited noise audible off-site after 11pm on Sunday. We all agreed, that the limits are almost irrelevant as to the actual decibel levels monitored, as noise is noise. There was a particular issue with the bass, which caused disturbance on Sunday night for those going to work on Monday morning.

For 2017, Wilderness are going to put more emphasis on programming late night entertainment on Sunday which doesn't require amplified music - more spoken word, theatre, comedy, feasts and the like. They will also programme music that doesn't have bass after 11pm. They agreed to give greater prominence to the necessary telephone numbers which we could ring. We also discussed the fact that noise in Charlbury travels over water, and according to the wind, and the particular position of houses who are troubled. We agreed, that it was not practical for those of us who were disturbed by the music to ring the Council, wait for someone to come out and monitor, and report back, when all we wanted to do was go to sleep! Wilderness also have a team of their own noise monitoring staff, so when contacted they will go to wherever the noise is being heard as fast as possible, and try and deal with the problem.

Each year they did ask for feedback after the festival in the form of a festival survey, but it was on Social Media, which, as I pointed out, was not used by everyone in Charlbury. They are, however, planning to have another open forum in Charlbury probably sometime around January 17th. They are sincerely anxious not to annoy Charlbury residents, and they would like to hear from anyone who is disturbed by the festival. Meanwhile, I gather that they only had a summary of some of the complaints, so I promised to forward those that were on the Charlbury Forum after the 2016 Wilderness Festival, as well as any private notes I have had. Helen Bessemer-Clark

Helen Bessemer-Clark · Mon 5 Dec, 17:45 · Link

Market Street closure this week

A notice pushed through letterboxes this morning reads:

"Market Street will be closed to through traffic 09:30 to 15:00 from 5th December to 8th December. This is for essential installation of Openreach ducting.

"Pedestrian access will be maintained for the duration of the works. A clear diversion will be signed for vehicles.

"If you have any queries, please call 0800 032 9576."

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 5 Dec, 13:21 · 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.

  • Old Fire Station Browns Lane Charlbury
    Alterations and erection of single storey rear extension in conection with previously approved change of use.
    WODC reference: 16/03851/FUL - Mon 28 Nov 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Dec, 08:00 · Link


Thames Water are planning to repair the leak on Dyers Hill tonight but they need any cars moved beforehand so if you have a car there please can you move it and ask neighbours to do likewise.

Liz Leffman · Fri 2 Dec, 16:19 · Link

The sun has been shining on Southill Solar!

We have had fantastic weather to celebrate electricity generation into the grid since Monday 21st November. We're planning to offer the chance of a visit to the site on Saturday 14th January - for those who are able to come and help plant our hedging and orchard trees. See events.

Liz Reason · Thu 1 Dec, 16:19 · Link

Town Survey 2016 - first draft results published

Initial results are now available for the household and individual surveys and can be downloaded from here:

Please note these are draft results and subject to corrections. Also they do not include the open responses (e.g. answers to 'Other' options in the questions). These are still being processed and categorized and we hope to publish them as soon as possible.

The results will be presented and discussed at the public meeting in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st December. Please contact if you have any questions or comments on the data, or if you would like to volunteer to join the Neighbourhood Forum to help with this ongoing work.

Chris Sharpe · Wed 30 Nov, 14:02 · Link

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