Train changes for May 2015

First Great Western is proposing a set of changes to the Cotswold Line train service, to take effect from May next year.

The main changes affecting Charlbury are:

  • 07.12 to London Paddington comes from Hereford rather than starting at Charlbury
  • 07.31 to London Paddington comes from Moreton-in-Marsh rather than starting at Hereford
  • 11.05 to Moreton-in-Marsh no longer runs (next train is at 11.38)
  • 15.06 to London Paddington no longer runs (next train is at 15.41)
  • 18.22 from London Paddington becomes two minutes faster
  • New Saturday service to Worcester at around 10.40
  • New Saturday service to Oxford/London at around 13.15

Unfortunately there is no change to the notoriously overcrowded 15.52 from London Paddington, which remains a five-coach Adelante as at present.

You can see the full proposed changes as a PDF. (Note that "vice" is railway-speak for "instead of".)

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 20 Jul, 14:52 · Link

Downton Abbey comes to Charlbury

The popular TV series Downton Abbey will be filming a scene in the St Mary's churchyard tomorrow morning (Monday).

The filming will take place between 8am and 10am. If you're heading down to the station by bike you'll need to go via Market Street; if you're walking then you can walk around the far edge of the churchyard.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 20 Jul, 11:48 · Link

Calling all poppy growers in Charlbury

Earlier on in the year residents in Charlbury were asked by the Royal British Legion to plant poppies to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1.

At Charlbury Fire Station I am creating a Community Collage made with photos of the poppies planted around the Town.

I would like to invite you, your friends and family to stick these photos onto a display that will be placed at the front of the fire station, giving Charlbury one large poppy made by the community.

Please come along and join in on
Date: Saturday 2nd August
Time: 11:00 " 16:00
Place: Charlbury Fire Station, Sturt Road.

This is a great opportunity to give the kids something to do in the school holidays, visit the fire station, gain fire safety advice, and more importantly show our respect and admiration to those from the Charlbury area that fought in World War 1 (and other conflicts since).

If you have poppies growing and would like me to take a picture please contact me by phone or email when they are in bloom (details below) and I shall be happy to come round.

Many thanks,
Deb Lamb

WM Deb Lamb
Station Support Officer
Charlbury Fire Station
Sturt Road
01608 810217

Sun 13 Jul, 18:05 · Link

Charlbury Museum needs your help

Charlbury Museum needs your help with its new list of 200+ Charlbury men who served in the Forces during the First World War. According to the Absent Voters List 1918 there are ten who served in the Royal Flying Corps, but we have very little information about them and their service. They are Airman T Victor Blunt, Noel Montague Bois, Charles William Collins, Private William George Bowen, Amos John George, Ben Hadland, Airman Thomas Harris, Fred Hurst, Airman Ernest Lambell Moxey, and Arthur Charles Stayte. In his reminiscences Mr George says he was in the Army Service Corps, not the RFC. Mr Collins and Mr Harris were carpenters/undertakers - perhaps they repaired those wooden aircraft? Mr Moxey was an Army reservist and son of Charlbury's tailor. Noel Bois was an engineering student. All ten survived the War but is the Absent Voters List completely accurate about their service?
Can you help? Do they have any link with your family? Please contact Janet Jeffs on 810709 or email You can inspect the list in the Museum. For Museum opening times - see "Town facilities" on this website.

Janet Jeffs · Sun 13 Jul, 12:55 · Link

Charlbury Morris kicks off Italy tour

Charlbury Morris is in Italy for a three-day dance tour in Le Marche province. Based in Serra San Quirico (AN) the side will be dancing in Serra and neighbouring towns through the weekend. More information on our website ( or follow our adventure via Twitter.

Richard Broughton · Thu 3 Jul, 23:33 · Link

Skatepark repairs finally begin

Finally...The weather has been kind enough to allow the Charlbury Skatepark repairs to begin on Tuesday, June 24th. They will start with the things that require dry days, then go on to the things that don't on Thursday. The park will probably be closed until the weekend.

Kathy Broughton · Mon 23 Jun, 16:59 · Link

Charlbury Debating Society

Friends and comrades domiciled in this fine town will be interested to know that the noble Charlbury Debating Society convened for its summer session on Friday evening.

The explosive motion, "Success in life is best measured by happiness", proposed by Kate Morris and opposed by Mark Hofman, was narrowly carried by 25% of votes to 13%, with 62% abstentions.

Lidia · Fri 20 Jun, 22:29 · Link

WODC announces grant for Community Centre

West Oxfordshire District Council is to give £47,500 towards the new Community Centre on the Spendlove site. The grant is the joint largest of the council's latest Community Facilities grants. (Original press release: )

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 19 Jun, 11:29 · Link

Thirst Great Western

The theme for the 17th Annual Charlbury Beer Festival is 'Rail Ale', and we're featuring ales from along the Cotswold Line up to Hereford. On Saturday 21 June - exactly a week before the Beer Festival - we're doing what's been described as 'the ultimate beer run', collecting firkins from stations along the line and bringing them here in the guard's van of the 12.13 train from Hereford. We're due to get back to Charlbury station at 14.08 that afternoon, and the firkins will be loaded on to a vintage lorry.

Edward Fenton · Tue 17 Jun, 20:02 · Link

The Bull Inn quiz

The structure of the Quiz at The Bull is changing. Attendance at the usual weekly quiz has been steadily dropping off over the last few months, although the fund-raising Quiz Dinners we've had this year have been hugely popular, incredibly well attended and raised lots of money for good causes!

So we are now going to offer a monthly Quiz Dinner - to be held on the first Wednesday of the month - and this will replace the usual weekly quiz.

Clive - our inimitable Quiz Master - is still going to be writing the quiz, but just once a month rather than once a week now. A huge thank you to Clive for all the wonderful quizzes he has written thus far ... somewhere in the region of 370! And here's to the next era of Bull Inn quizzes!

Watch this space for details of the Quiz Dinner on Wednesday 2 July.

Alix Blumsom · Tue 17 Jun, 16:58 · Link

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