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Warning - Broken glass on Nine Acres Playground

Parents please be vigilant at Nine Acres Playground, particularly around the square climbing frame and the toddler slide/climbing frame for broken glass. It looks as though someone was throwing glasses and beer bottles at them deliberately. My husband cleared what he could but there is definitely more there, and maybe elsewhere around the equipment that we didn't spot.

Jody O'Reilly · Sat 23 Jun, 20:37 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Theme

Street fair is excited to announce the theme of this year's Street Fair will be The Wizard of Oz

Elaine Newbold · Fri 22 Jun, 19:09 · 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 18 Jun, 08:00 · Link

Fire in Witney

Expect serious delays in the Hailey Road/West End area of Witney.

Pulhams Coaches tweeted at 11.48:

'Due to a scrap yard fire in Witney, West End is closed. The X9 will try to serve all stops but will run late in both directions.'

[Photo uploaded to Twitter by Ed Hicks]
'The Deputy Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, Toby Morris, tweeted: "The fire in West End #Witney is now under control. Road will be closed over night. Just been to the refuge point to speak to residents with one now having emergency accomodation organised." '

Jon Carpenter · Wed 13 Jun, 13:25 · Link

Bequest to Charlbury Museum

Nan, late daughter of Bert (H J) Howse (1896 - 1972), formerly shoe-maker in Market Street, has bequeathed to Charlbury Museum Bert's WWI medals, including the Military Medal, awarded to him for his actions on 1st November 1918 in Italy, the oak-leaf marking a Mention in Despatches in May 1918, and a gold badge and Certificate of Merit awarded by the British Legion for his 45-year service to the Charlbury Branch. Post-war Bert served in Charlbury Fire Brigade.
The citation for his Military Medal reads:
"On 1.11.18, North of Asiago, this NCO was Acting CSM of his company when it was ordered to fill in a gap between two attacking battalions. During a most dificult advance through thickly wooded country he set a splendid example of courage and determination, making a personal reconnaissance, and leading his men up the most precipitous places to carry out his task."
The Museum is proud to display his medals on behalf of his family, one hundred years after his brave actions.

Janet Jeffs · Mon 11 Jun, 09:53 · Link


Charlbury Art Society has launched a Community Art Project to make and install a swoop of swifts. Around fifty individual birds will be made of mosaic and placed on the Nine Acres Pavilion wall in the courtyard outside the library.

During 2017 the Art Society organised a number of popular have-a-go sessions where people of all ages could try something new in workshops ranging from ceramics and painting to photography and printmaking.

This new community project will build on this success and a series of workshops are planned to make the swifts. The initial workshop was held on Friday 8th June at the Community Centre with members of their Youth Club making the first swifts.

The idea is to promote greater involvement in the arts in Charlbury, particularly to encourage more younger people to engage in the arts. The project is being supported by an established local mosaic artist, Becky Paton, who has created a number of community mosaics in Oxfordshire.

Generous financial support from the Charlbury Beer Festival and West Oxfordshire District Council has enabled materials to be purchased and members of the Art Society have volunteered to give their time to support the workshops.

Patricia Freeman is leading the project. If you would like to be involved in one of the workshops please contact her on 01608 810360.

Ann Lloyd · Sun 10 Jun, 16:05 · Link

Wilderness Tickets - Silent Auction in aid of Charlbury Community Centre

Don't forget to place your bids for two pairs of Camping tickets for Wilderness Festival 2018. A pair of tickets is valued at £380 and you can place your bids by emailing Bidding will close at 12 noon on Friday 29th June.

daniela jenkins · Fri 8 Jun, 11:34 · Link

New memory problems group for Charlbury

There is to be a new care & wellbeing group for people living with memory problems, and their carers. Called Charlbury SMILE it is to be run by arts & dementia specialist Clare Carswell with Rhonda Riachi, a researcher from Oxford Brookes. The group is supported by Age UK. There are to be four pilot sessions starting on Friday 22nd June at The Friends House at 10.30.

Each two hour session will include welcome time, seated exercise to music followed by enjoyable activities such as music, poetry, dance, arts & crafts and of course refreshments. There will also be sharing time, support and information to carers.

There may well be people in the town and surrounding area who are isolated, living with anxiety or memory problems or who have a diagnosis of dementia, and this group could be very enjoyable for them, as well as helpful for their carers.

The group will be assisted by volunteers, who will be supported by Age UK. If you might like to volunteer do get in touch with us. You do not need to have art skills but be active and kind and wiling to help with welcome, setting up and clearing away, supporting activities and serving tea and coffee.

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this group, they, or their carer, need to ring Rhonda on 07533 248659 to have a chat and to book onto the sessions.

Clare Carswell · Fri 8 Jun, 07:56 · Link

Can you help us?

Laurence Home Nursing Team are running a tea and cake stall at this year's Beer Festival and need cakes. Can you please make a cake or two? Please contact Sarah Darnell on 01608 811274 to arrange collection or deliver to the cricket ground by 11am on the day. Thank you for your support.

Tue 5 Jun, 17:45 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair 2018 – Still seeking Key Volunteers!

Preparations are well in hand for our 2018 Street Fair but we are finding that we do need a couple of extra pairs of hands in the run up to September.
One is ideally a person competent in InDesign software to collate the details, edit and arrange for printing of our programme leaflet, also to produce posters for advertising the event The deadline for the programme is in July so this is becoming more urgent.

Another is someone to manage the CSF website updating details and generally performing 'housekeeping on the website'.

The work is not onerous I anticipate a few hours in June/ July for the leaflet and a couple of hours for the posters, and help and support will be given to anyone volunteering.

We also need one or preferably two people as our 'Masters of Ceremony' on the day.

In the longer term, as Hannen Beith our stalwart Secretary is standing down after this year's event, we will very much welcome a volunteer with good administrative skills to join us. Between Hannen and myself we would ideally like to arrange a handover September/ October time so we can start the 2019 arrangements smoothly!

If interested do contact us via
John Dora, Chair, CSF Committee

John Dora · Tue 5 Jun, 10:28 · Link

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