We are very sorry to report that Malcolm Harper, of Church Lane, died on Thursday afternoon. He was 73.
Malcolm worked for Oxfam for 18 years, on the ground in Africa and Cambodia. He was Chairman of the United Nations Association in the UK and involved with many other charities to promote international understanding.
In Charlbury, Malcolm was President of the Cricket Club, organised regular talks on international issues, and an active member of St Mary's Church.
Please keep Ann and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Richard Fairhurst · Fri 10 May, 16:36 · Link
Wilderness 2013 Preview
Here is a preview of Wilderness 2013 from Witney TV: www.witneytv.co.uk/videos/wilderness-2013-launch
Alison Wright · Thu 9 May, 10:43 · Link
Rodney Rose is Charlbury's new County Councillor
The Conservatives have retained Charlbury's seat on Oxfordshire County Council - but lost overall control of the council.
Following boundary changes, the councillor for Charlbury & Wychwood will be Rodney Rose. The results were:
- Rodney Rose (Conservative), 1199 (39%)
- Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrat), 900 (30%)
- Clive James Taylor (UKIP), 461 (15%)
- Liz Blount (Labour), 267 (9%)
- Celia Jocelyn Kerslake (Green), 220 (7%)
The 9% margin was the closest in Charlbury since an earlier set of boundary changes abolished the old Labour-held Charlbury & Stonesfield seat.
Of the 64 seats on Oxfordshire County Council, 31 were taken by the Conservatives, 15 by Labour, 11 by the LibDems, two by the Green Party, and four by independents.
Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 May, 11:50 · Link
Last chance to register for part-buy at Little Lees
The part-buy, part-rent properties at the new Little Lees development will be opened up to people from around West Oxfordshire unless more potential Charlbury buyers come forward.
Of the four two-bedroom properties, one has now been sold to a Charlbury resident - but no other potential Charlbury buyers have come forward. Soha, the developer, says: "We would really like to have more enquiries from the town."
You can read full details of the properties here. In brief, buyers can buy between 50% and 75%, and pay the rest as rent. This means that the cheapest of the flats costs £86,250 (50% share).
Richard Fairhurst · Tue 30 Apr, 14:56 · Link
New "two-for-one" bus ticket to Oxford
Stagecoach has introduced a new ticket that allows two adults to travel from Charlbury to Oxford for the price of one. The 'Charlbury Duo' ticket costs £6 (day return), and is valid on the S3 after 9am Monday-Friday and any time on Saturdays.
Other fares have risen by an average of 3% "due to the rising cost of fuel, energy and spare parts".
Richard Fairhurst · Mon 29 Apr, 15:39 · Link
Volunteers Needed In Your Local Area!!!
Home-Start value your experience as a parent and need volunteers to support families with children under 5 in their own homes. Full training and expenses provided. Next preparation course starting 18th September 2013.
If you have 2-3 hours to spare each week, could you befriend a local family?
Interested? We are holding an information session at the Education Suite, Horsefair Surgery, Banbury on Wednesday 3rd July 10.00 - Midday. Contact us to find out more on (01295) 266358 or Email: email@example.com
karen mullins · Thu 25 Apr, 10:00 · Link
The rabbit has now been reunited with its owner.
Charlbury Primary School · Mon 15 Apr, 10:52 · Link
RAD Club start for term postponed till 26th April
RAD Club (for children 8-11 years old) was due to start the 19th of April, but many of the leaders are now going to attend a funeral on that day, so it was decided to postpone RAD Club till the following week.
Please note, therefore, that the club will begin on the 26th of April, running from 3:30-5 pm. As usual, a leader is available to meet the children as school lets out, and take them down to the Baptist Church as part of a "walking bus".
If your child has not yet attended but would like to, then either call Kat on 811660, or see her at the school gate on the 26th.
Kat Patrick · Mon 15 Apr, 00:00 · Link
Message from Cornbury about dogs
Cornbury Estate would like to remind walkers to keep to the official footpaths at all times and to keep dogs on leads, for everyone's safety. A walker visiting Charlbury this weekend nearly lost her terrier to badgers when it vanished into a badger sett on the Estate. Thankfully on this occasion it returned, but only after several worrying hours. Dogs off leads can also cause great distress to the deer and grazing stock.
Sun 14 Apr, 10:07 · Link
Bus services unchanged
Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that the ex-RH Transport bus services - the X9 to Witney and Chipping Norton, and the C1/T1 taxibus - will continue largely unchanged under their new operators for the next year. The C1 railbus will be slightly retimed to improve connections with trains.
Richard Fairhurst · Sat 6 Apr, 12:00 · Link