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Thank you to the Charlbury Beer Festival!

As a Charlbury resident I wanted to thank the Charlbury Beer Festival committee members for awarding Cecily's Fund (http://www.cecilysfund.org/) a £1,182 grant. Thank you also to all my fellow residents who attend the festival, making it a success and raising vital funds for community and international projects.
Cecily's Fund was founded in 1997 to continue the work of Cecily Eastwood, who tragically died aged 19 in a car accident whilst volunteering with AIDS orphans in Zambia. Cecily grew up in Stonesfield and her commitment to education and building self-reliance for orphans and vulnerable children remains deeply embedded throughout Cecily's Fund today. Basil and Alison Eastwood, Cecily's parents and Cecily's Fund's co-founders, moved to Charlbury last year.
The grant will fund the purchase of gardening and photography equipment for use by after-school "Sunshine Clubs". These clubs have been set up to benefit orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia to teach them new skills that will improve their life chances.
Cecily's Fund, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, is based in Witney and I have worked there for over 2 years. I visit Zambia twice a year and see first-hand what a difference a donation like this will make to the lives children Cecily's Fund supports.
Thank you once again!

Liz Gupta · Thu 19 Jan, 14:27 · Link


Witney Food Bank needs Charlbury collection point

Witney Food Bank are looking for someone in Charlbury who would coordinate the collection of contributions.

"We currently have no collection point in Charlbury, so would be happy to discuss this with you if you would be interested in setting one up somewhere?

"Let us know if you have a church, shop, village hall, scout hut, etc. that would be able to house a donation point you would be able to look after on our behalf, and we can discuss the details!"

If anyone here is interested in coordinating this, please message me by tapping my name below.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 19 Jan, 11:59 · Link


Southill orchard planting

Thank you so much to all those who came to Southill solar farm on Saturday and planted the trees. It was a really good turn-out and great to see so many adults and kids despite the cold (and some rain). Through the morning we planted 50 orchard trees and 60 whips in just under 3 hours.

These trees will provide many benefits for the solar farm. As they develop the trees will provide additional shielding for the site and nesting habitat for farmland birds. More importantly, the orchard trees should provide an excellent crop of apples of many varieties, as well as a few plums and nuts in future years. Many thanks to Christine Elliot for the wonderful work she's done researching the varieties and coordinating the orchard planting and to Guy Parker for organising and overseeing the activity.

Thanks also to Andy and Kieran from Nicholsons who provided excellent management of the planting and supplied equipment and advice to keep us on track. Thanks also to you professional gardeners out there who provided good tips to us all through the morning!

Thanks again and best wishes,
Tim and the Southill team

Tim crisp · Tue 17 Jan, 13:27 · Link


Grammar School Hill development refused

West Oxfordshire District Council officers have turned down Vanderbilt Homes' application to build 34 new homes on the site between Grammar School Hill and the Five Ways junction.

The refusal notice cites four reasons:

  • "its siting outside of the built up limits of the settlement edge, design and scale and location within the Conservation Area, proximity to Listed buildings and Historic Parkland will appear as an incongruous and inappropriate feature and will therefore adversely affect the character and historical context of views"
  • "the development... will appear as an incongruous and overly urban feature and will erode the rural character of the area therefore adversely affect the landscape setting and the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and thereby failing to conserve or enhance the Cotswolds AONB"
  • "by reason of its siting within close proximity to a Scheduled Ancient Monument [Grim's Ditch, it] may significantly harm the Monument"
  • "the applicant has not entered into a legal agreement to secure public transport and highways improvements, education contributions, contributions to community facilities, public art and affordable housing"

The development was judged to contradict WODC planning policies in such an unambiguous way that it has not even been placed before councillors for them to make the decision: instead, it was refused by officers under "delegated powers".

The full report cites 179 individual letters of objection, as well as objections from WODC's specialist officers, Historic England, Natural England, Charlbury Town Council, the Cotswold Conservation Board (AONB), Campaign to Protect Rural England, and the Charlbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee.

The developers may still choose to appeal against the refusal: such an appeal proved successful on Blenheim-owned land in Long Hanborough last spring.

(Thanks to Jim Clemence on the forum for posting that the decision had been reached.)

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 16 Jan, 23:26 · Link


Oxfordshire’s health and care services - The Big Consultation - Phase 1

The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is opening a consultation on our local health service. If you would like to participate, please go to consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/BigconsultationPhase1/consultationHome

Liz Leffman · Mon 16 Jan, 17:44 · 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.

  • 6 Tanners Court Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension.
    WODC reference: 16/04264/HHD - Fri 30 Dec 2016 - Under consideration
  • Bobwell Farm Spelsbury Road Charlbury
    Partial demolition of existing stables and erection of barn extension to create new covered stabling. Conversion of retained part of existing stables to provide groom accommodation.
    WODC reference: 16/04260/FUL - Wed 28 Dec 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 16 Jan, 08:00 · Link


What do people want to see in the Corner House?

Following the survey there was a question about what you would like to see happen in the Corner House.
The results have been analysed as a 'word cloud' where the size of the word indicates the number of times this word was in the response.
So it looks like a big hit for art languages or history activities
We will be looking into how best to provide this now so look out for more news!
We would also like to hear from anyone who might be able to run classes in these areas

Tony H Merry · Fri 13 Jan, 17:16 · Link


Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Town of Charlbury - notice is hereby given:

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr G Clemson, formerly a Member of the above named Town Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Town Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Town.

If, within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 1 February, 2017), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to the Head of the Paid Service, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Town, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than 30 March, 2017.

Dated: Thursday 12 January, 2017

Mr S.R. Clarke Clerk to Charlbury Town Council

Thu 12 Jan, 16:07 · Link


Salting today?

Heads up to those of us that were issued with strategic placed bags of OCC issue of salt a few years ago. Given the current Met Office snow and ice alert, we should be prepared to salt the pavements to prevent accidents, should the forecast prove accurate.

Stephen Andrews · Thu 12 Jan, 13:32 · Link


Theft from vehicles

Between the 6th and the 9th of January offenders have smashed front nearside window of a Mini parked on Dancers Hill and stolen items from inside. If you have any further information please contact police on 101 and quote crime reference 43170007497.

There was also another theft from vehicle which occurred the same weekend in the layby on Pound Hill. A silver VW Polo. Any further info please quote 43170008824

Wesley Smith · Wed 11 Jan, 09:22 · Link


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