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May 2009 train timetable - not much change

The May 2009 timetable is now available in PDF format.

There is very little change from the current Cotswold Line timetable, though residents of Colwall will be delighted to learn they have a new Saturday and Sunday late night service running non-stop from Hereford, covering the 18 miles in just four minutes. According to the timetable, the service is operated by Heathrow Express electric trains.

Thu 30 Apr 2009, 01:32 · Link


Co-op wants bigger, brighter signs on its store

The Co-op has applied for planning permission for large, bright green signs to replace the existing and relatively subtle signage on its store. The application can be seen here. For photographs of the effect, click on 'Documents', then on 'Image/Photograph'.

There would be two 'externally illuminated fascia signs' on either side of the main entrance, and an internally illuminated projecting sign hanging off the Browns Lane wall towards the end of the building.

The wall signs would be 1200mm (4 feet) square and the hanging sign would be 600mm square.

The application number is 09/0471/P/AC and the planning officer at the District Council is Ms Carla Miskin (01993 861697 carla.miskin@westoxon.gov.uk), to whom comments should be sent. Copy the Town Council (charlburytc@btinternet.com) in on your email.

Jon Carpenter · Fri 24 Apr 2009, 08:41 · Link


Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Friday 1st May, at 8pm in the Memorial Hall. This is your chance to find out what has been going on over the last year, and to put any questions you have to the Town Council.

Reports will also be given by various charities and organisations, including the Corner House and Nine Acres Management Committees. The agenda will shortly be on line.

Susie Finch · Thu 23 Apr 2009, 12:16 · Link


Rose & Crown is 'Pub of the Year' again

The Rose & Crown has deservedly been named North Oxfordshire CAMRA's Pub of the Year for the fourth time. As well as its regular range of real ales, the Rose & Crown had its first Winter Beer Festival earlier this year, continues to showcase live music, and in a cause close to your webmaster's heart, now sells more real ciders than ever before! Congratulations to all at the R&C. (See the pub's MySpace page.)

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 9 Apr 2009, 00:16 · Link


Happy birthday, Finstock station

The next station down the line from Charlbury - the tiny, little-used halt at Finstock - celebrates its 75th anniversary today (Thursday 9th).

Amazingly, the station was only opened in the 1930s to counter competition from local bus services. Though it only has one train a day in each direction, and there was a proposal at the time of rail privatisation to close it, the station has somehow hung on. (It remains to be seen whether it will do so if/when the railway line is redoubled from Charlbury to Wolvercote Junction.)

To mark its birthday, a party is being held at the station when the 'Oxfordshire Halts' train arrives from Oxford tomorrow evening. The Oxford Mail has a good article on the event and the station.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 9 Apr 2009, 00:13 · Link


New bus connections to Stratford on Sundays from Chippy

Stagecoach have introduced a new improved Sunday bus timetable between Chipping Norton and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The frequency is increased to run every 2 hours, and guaranteed connections will be provided in Chipping Norton to/from route S3 to Woodstock, Blenheim and Oxford. All journeys will now run via Long Compton instead of Moreton-in-Marsh.

Click here to find the new timetable.

There are no connections to/from Charlbury, as the Worth's and RH services do not operate on Sundays and the Stagecoach service runs from Woodstock via the minor metropolis of Enstone, and does not divert through Charlbury.

Mon 6 Apr 2009, 19:07 · Link


Thanks to the Charlbury Litter Pickers!

Many thanks to the small but noble band of volunteers who turned up on Saturday last to give the town a much-needed spring clean: Brigid Avison, David Cannell, Grahame Ockleston, Nicolette Lethbridge, Joan Belshaw, Brigid Allen, Helen and Trevor Jones, Frances Short, Valou and Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Lynette and Brian Murphy and John Moore. Over twenty sacks of litter were collected. It was very rewarding, but of course it would have been much better if it hadn't been dropped in the first place! Please note especially the Rochester Place passage, the station area and the lay-by on the Burford Road.

Do please take your litter home or use the bins provided, and encourage your kids to do the same. Thank you.

Cllr Gareth Miller

Sun 5 Apr 2009, 18:52 · Link


Anyone lost a purse on the Railbus today?

I think that someone called Catherine left a purse on the Charlbury Railbus today. The bus driver has the purse and will hand it in to his office tonight.

Susie Finch · Wed 1 Apr 2009, 23:07 · Link


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