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Don't forget to vote!

Today is the election for one of Charlbury's two seats on West Oxfordshire District Council. Candidates are the incumbent, Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats); Paul Honey (Conservative Party); Harriet Kopinska (Green Party); Stephen Nash (UKIP); Ruth Smith (Labour).

Polling is open in the Memorial Hall until 10pm. The Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner election is also taking place.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 5 May, 09:31 · Link

Southill Solar is a definite go

Southill Community Energy (SCE) has just announced that it has construction finance in place for Southill Solar (subject to contract). This means that anyone buying shares in Southill Solar can be confident that their investment will be used to see the project through.

This means Southill Solar is a definite go. Work is expected to start on the site in July, and the solar farm should be up and producing electricity by the target date of 6 September.

Construction funding will come from Solarcentury, the company contracted to build the solar farm. Solarcentury will use its own funds to complement the funds raised to date. Solarcentury is a world leading solar developer and EPC, based in the UK and working across Europe, Africa and Latin America. They are highly experienced, having helped fund, install and run 550 MW of solar farms in the UK.

SCE want this project to be owned by the local community, and are still looking for investors to buy shares - people who want to create positive social and financial impact.
The share offer remains open:

Dan Raymond-Barker · Thu 5 May, 08:30 · 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.

  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    Extension of the existing kitchen extraction system to accommodate new filters required by current hygiene regulations (retrospective).
    WODC reference: 16/01140/FUL - Mon 25 Apr 2016 - Under consideration
  • Floriston Church Street Charlbury
    Erection of first and second floor rear extensions.
    WODC reference: 16/01144/HHD - Fri 08 Apr 2016 - Under consideration
  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury OX7 3RR
    Extension of the existing kitchen extraction system to accommodate new filters required by current hygiene regulations (retrospective).
    WODC reference: 16/01141/LBC - Mon 25 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 2 May, 07:05 · Link

Town Service of thanskgiving to celebrate H. M. The Queen's 90th Birthday

A Town Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate H.M. The Queen's 90th Birthday will be held on Saturday 11th June at 6.30pm at St. Mary's Church, Charlbury. Representatives of the town's organizations are warmly invited to join us at the service. We do hope that you can encourage members of your organization to come. If your organization has a uniform please do wear it, or if you wish, dress in some way that indicates the 'flavour' of your organization.

If you wish to bring something along from your organization to add to a Queen's birthday display there will be an opportunity to do this; e.g. children's groups might like to make a large birthday card, the museum may have a coronation mug etc. The items will be returned to you at the end of the service.

We are hoping to have representation from all the towns clubs and societies so that this is truly a town event. We would be grateful if you could let us have approximate numbers attending and organization name by 4th June by e-mail to or call 810230.

With best wishes
Sally Welch
Vicar of Charlbury with Shorthampton

Jo Paton · Fri 29 Apr, 13:39 · Link

Notification of event taking place in Cornbury Park on Saturday

There will be a May Day event featuring music in the grounds of Cornbury Park this Saturday (30 April) from mid afternoon until 10pm. All the ticket holders for the event will travel from Oxford to Cornbury by coach. The event will finish at 10pm at which point all of the event goers will leave by coach. The coach drivers have clear instructions about how to get to Cornbury and will not be driving through central Charlbury. The event has been given a licence to take place by WODC.

Alison Wright · Thu 28 Apr, 16:12 · Link

Newspapers at Charlbury Deli & Cafe

You can now use your newspaper coupons at Charlbury Deli &Cafe. If you would like us to put your favourite newspaper by call in and ask.

Charlbury Deli & Cafe · Mon 25 Apr, 19:02 · 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.

  • Elmstead Crawborough Charlbury
    Erection of four dwellings and garages to including one self-build unit, alterations to existing dwelling and access onto Pooles Lane.
    WODC reference: 16/01318/FUL - Fri 01 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 25 Apr, 07:24 · Link

A new era for Charlbury Town Football sports and social club

A new era for the Charlbury Town Football Sports and Social Club

This is to let Charlbury residents know that, although the Sports and Social Club has had to leave its former premises on the Spendlove site to make way for the forthcoming construction of the new Community Centre, the Club as a local organisation is by no means in abeyance.

Club members are now focussing on efforts to achieve a purpose-built extension on the side of the new Centre and to raise funds to cover the costs. Thanks to the Gifford Trust, provision for such an extension has been included in the planning permission for the new Centre but the Trust's charitable purposes do not allow them to provide it for us. It is now up to Sports and Social Club members to take this on.

In case you are not aware, the Club's aim is through Club membership to provide Charlbury residents and their families with access to facilities for informal indoor and outdoor sports and social activities in an affordable and friendly setting. We seek to do this through the following activities:
• Providing and maintaining club premises including facilities for providing drinks and refreshments and for viewing televised sports events and results.
• Running a club membership scheme open to all Charlbury residents with the membership fee kept to the minimum in the interests of accessibility.
• Providing users of the sports facilities on the Nine Acres Recreation Ground with after-match social facilities.
• Organising opportunities to take part in informal indoor and outdoor sports for adults and children and young people such as darts, Aunt Sally, card- and board-games, pool, Jenga, Connect 4, floor snakes and ladders.
• Organising social events and seasonal celebrations such as Christmas and Halloween parties, Easter Egg hunts, BBQs, quiz nights.

This is what we want to achieve through having Club premises within the new Community Centre complex. We are already planning to dedicate one evening for use by young people, as our facilities have been used by a number of youngsters as a friendly place to meet and play pool or darts. In the meantime we have looked for temporary accommodation in various places in the town but so far have not found a satisfactory solution.

Since May 2015 the Club has been "under new management". The current committee includes the following members: Cyril Kerry (Chairman), Simon Bridgeman (Vice-Chairman), Mandy Cooper (Secretary), Nicola Pearson (Treasurer), Darren Oliver, Martin Prew, Ann Cleaver, Steve Sullivan, Rob Casey, Adele Mortimer and Gary Jones. Many of us have long-standing Charlbury connections and involvement in community activities, especially football.

The Club started as part of the Charlbury Town Football Club but in recent years has operated separately. We are now working closely with the Men's Football Club, with whom we are combining again, and are having similar discussions with the Boys Football Club. Together we are exploring the best constitutional form to adopt for the future.

But that does not change the fact that we welcome membership from anyone in Charlbury who wants to take part in our activities.

If you would like to help us move forward with our plans, we would be pleased to hear from you. Have you experience of fund-raising including applying for grants? Do you know something about different legal formats for sports clubs and associated organisations? Would you be willing to supply building or other materials? Could you help with the construction of the extension? If so, please email: or phone 810264 or 07534 097715.

We have also set up a crowd-funding site:in order to receive donations from well-wishers.

mandy · Wed 20 Apr, 20:19 · Link

Two appeals in less than a week!

After several quiet weeks, Charlbury Refugee Action Group has just received two appeals in less than a week!


Jon Carpenter · Mon 18 Apr, 16:13 · Link

Thomas Gifford Trust - AGM

The trustees of The Thomas Gifford Trust will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at 8pm at the Charlbury Memorial Hall. This meeting will be an opportunity to find out the latest developments regarding the Charlbury Community Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.
Marjorie Glasgow, Chair of Trustees

daniela jenkins · Mon 18 Apr, 13:11 · Link

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