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Charlbury Community Centre on track to be a low energy building

Southill Community Energy has been working with the Gifford Trust and its contractor, Beard, to try and ensure that the new building will have very low energy bills. Beard has reported that the results of its airtightness test carried out today = 1.43 m3/hr.m2. Reducing air leakage in buildings is essential and Beard's commitment to this means that the building meets the Passivhaus low energy standard. Congratulations to all concerned.

Liz Reason · Tue 27 Jun, 15:21 · Link

Town Council Planning Meeting - change of time

Please note that the Town Council Planning Meeting this evening (Monday 26th June) will start at 8pm and not 7:30pm as originally stated. This is because the proposed update by Tom Pierpoint of GWR on possible extension to the station car park has been postponed until the July planning meeting to be held on Monday 24th July.

Peter Kenrick · Mon 26 Jun, 13:10 · Link

Wastewatchers at the Charlbury Beer Festival

One of the less well-known aspects of the Charlbury Beer Festival is how little waste it generates. Thanks to Christine Elliott and her hard-working team, everything discarded on the day of the festival is sorted for recycling, with only unrecyclable items such as crisp packets, cigarette ends and nappies going to landfill. Last weekend, up to 4000 people came and went (including our previous MP and our current one - see the 'Tweets' section of for a clip of our current MP playing Aunt Sally) - leaving just two small orange bags of unrecyclable waste.

Edward Fenton · Mon 26 Jun, 12:43 · Link

Culture tent at the CBF: full programme announced

The programme for the Culture tent at the 2017 Charlbury Beer Festival, which takes place this coming Saturday 24 June, is now online at

Please note that, contrary to what was said in the June issue of the Charlbury Chronicle, radio announcer Kathy Clugston cannot unfortunately make it this year after all, due to work commitments - but there are plenty of highlights to make up for this. Come and discover how Charles I's life was almost spared by the Parliamentarians on the eve of his execution - and why J.K. Rowling was following an age-old tradition when she ascribed magical powers to the willow tree in the Harry Potter books.

Edward Fenton · Mon 19 Jun, 15:32 · 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 19 Jun, 08:00 · Link


All the work made during the festival is being placed in the Morris Room, in The Corner House. Do come along and have a look. Whilst there, make sure you do not miss the Sculpture Trail with 50 pieces of sculpture in and around the Corner House and the Memorial Hall. Also just across the street in the Rose and Crown there are hundreds of books on display for you to browse through, written by forty of Charlbury's writers

In the Morris Room the steamroller prints look splendid as do all the Raku fired pots made by students at Chipping Norton School. See examples of the work produced in the workshops that have taken place during the festival. Also there is another chance to see the perfect miniature model of the Ann Downer room that Brian Catling's head inhabited for an hour last Sunday.

Ann Lloyd · Thu 15 Jun, 15:56 · Link

A fantastic HEADline !

We are delighted with the support from Tim Hughes at the Oxford Mail for writing this great article in today's paper on the FESTAL FAVOURS programme and especially pleased to see him focus on the mentoring of young artists which is an important part of what we do at AYYO and which is showcased so well by the fantastic ARC audio visual installation by Neil C Smith and William H Harvey in the Corner House, open every day until Sunday 12 - 6.
Neil and Will are holding two workshops this week-end to talk about how they made the installation and to give people a chance to try their equipment.
It is great to see a trail for the wonderful performance art that is coming to Charlbury this week-end too.

All events are listed on the events page here or on

Clare Carswell
01608 811997
07769 723328

Clare Carswell · Thu 15 Jun, 13:33 · Link

Extraordinary performance in the Corner House

An eager audience queued around the block to get in to see a new perfomance work by artist Brian Catling RA on Sunday 11th June in the Corner House.

Called "Don't Count the Fingers", it was made especially for the Festal Favours programme of installation and performance art, curated by Clare Carswell for the Charlbury Festival.

Catling had made an exact model replica of the Anne Downer room that he was performing in. He had a grim faced suited assistant who ushered in the audience in small groups or on their own and lifted the lid on the model to reveal his head looking back at them for a few moments before shutting the lid. The audience were stunned and amazed by what they experienced and several queued to go in more than once to see it.

Some remarks from viewers were
"That is incredible, I can see why he is an RA ! "
"We have never seen anything like this in Charlbury, thank you so much" "It is fantastic to see something so different happening in Charlbury"

The model that Brian made for his performance is now on display in the Morris Room of the Corner House.

Photo Credit : Stu Allsopp

Brian Catling a Royal Academician, will be the first ever artist to make performance art for the RA Summer Show this year and his appearance in Charlbury is his last before his performances in the Royal Academy.

On Saturday evening a BBC 2 programme on the RA Summer Show included an interview with Brian about performance art. You can still watch that on i Player.

Brian Catling is one of thirteen artists making up an exciting programme of installation and performance art called Festal Favours, curated for the Charlbury Festival by Clare Carswell.

You can read more about Clare and her curation at and you can read about all the artists on the Festal Favours programme at

Clare Carswell
01608 811997

Clare Carswell · Tue 13 Jun, 19:57 · Link

The Sun Shone for Open Gardens

A successful day was had by all at the Open Gardens event on Sunday afternoon in aid of the Street Fair which raised a massive £2280.59! Here is a link to photos:

Tue 13 Jun, 13:13 · Link

Overflow Parking on the Playing Close - Wednesday, 14th June

On Wednesday 14th June the Playing Close will be opened for overflow parking for walkers only, taking part in the 'Pilgrim Journeys' walk led by Sally Welch or the Cotswold Wardens' walk. Parking on the Playing Close is only permitted in exceptional circumstances and will not be repeated once the Community Centre construction is completed. Posted on behalf of The Thomas Gifford Trust.

daniela jenkins · Mon 12 Jun, 14:07 · Link

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