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Teenagers given warning over vandalism

The Oxford Mail reports: "Three teenagers have admitted hurling large plant pots on to railway lines and daubing buildings in Charlbury with graffiti. The Oxford Mail understands one of the boy’s parents made him hand himself in to police after recognising her son in descriptions released by officers." More details in the original story.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 23 Feb 2010, 00:49 · Link


Changes to bus services

If you are unaware of changes to the S3 Oxford bus timetable which were introduced in January, they are here. They are minor, and designed to improve timekeeping in the Oxford rush hours, but if you use an old timetable you could miss your bus. Printed timetables can be picked up on the buses or downloaded from the above link.

Since February 15 roadworks in Witney mean that the RH buses run non-stop between Lower High Street (between the mini roundabout and the traffic lights) via Witan Way to Sainsbury's. They do not serve High Street and Market Square. The roadworks are due to be lifted by April 2.

Stagecoach have announced their services over Easter. As usual, there will be no buses between Charlbury and Oxford on Easter Day or Bank Holiday Monday. Or to or from anywhere else for that matter, unless the other companies change their habits. Stagecoach will run a Saturday service on Good Friday. RH and presumably Worths will not run on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

The Traveline website shows you how to get from Charlbury to Witney (or Chipping Norton or Stratford) on Good Friday via Woodstock, using Stagecoach services.

You can celebrate the crucifixion with a day's shopping and sightseeing, but not the Bank Holiday.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 22 Feb 2010, 11:41 · Link


Attempted burglary - Appeal for information

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following an attempted burglary at Marlborough Place in Charlbury. Sometime on Friday 12 February attempts were made to break into a property.

If you witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area on this day please telephone police on 08458 505 505. Alternatively you can call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mon 15 Feb 2010, 14:39 · Link


Another accident on the Woodstock Road

Local radio is reporting another accident on the Woodstock Road (B4437) between the A44 and Charlbury, this time resulting in an overturned car.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 12 Feb 2010, 18:09 · Link


Speed restrictions to be imposed despite police objections

Oxfordshire County Council has decided to impose new speed limits on 49 stretches of road in the county, despite the fact that the police objected to 27 of them.

They agreed to impose a 50mph speed limit between Charlbury and Hailey, to which the police also objected. There is a fuller report here.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 11 Feb 2010, 20:04 · Link


Local Development Framework Consultation

The Consultation Process of the latest stage of the West Oxfordshire Local Development Framework has just started. This sets out the vision for the development of West Oxfordshire for the next 15 years. Amongst the various proposals is a plan that about 400 houses will be built in the Upper Evenlode Valley (which includes Charlbury). There are even more substantial building plans set out for Witney, Chipping Norton and other nearby areas.

The plans can be inspected on-line at www.westoxon.gov.uk/CoreStrategy, as well at WODC's Elmfield Office and Town Centre Shop in Witney, the Guildhall in Chipping Norton and at public libraries.
There are also exhibitions of the plans on Fri. 19th Feb at the Corn Exchange, Witney (from 10 - 3) and at the Town Hall, Chipping Norton on Wed. 24th February (from 11 - 6).

Sun 7 Feb 2010, 18:39 · Link


Professor David Furley

Many will have known Professor David Furley who lived on The Playing Close. David died on 26 January and the funeral is to be in the Quaker Meeting House on Friday 12 February at 3pm. All friends welcome.

Thu 4 Feb 2010, 20:14 · Link


David Sturdy is back home

Friends and neighbours of David and Brigid will be relieved to know that David has returned home, hungry but safe and well, after a day in London and Banbury.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 1 Feb 2010, 21:01 · Link


Woodfield Drive resident goes missing

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in trying to trace a 74-year-old man who has been reported missing in Charlbury.

David Sturdy, of Woodfield Drive was last seen by his wife at around 11pm last night (31 January). It is believed he left the house through the back door before 8.15am this morning (1 February).

He is white, 6ft and of a heavy build. He is wearing dark moleskin trousers, a green tweed sports jacket, a green tweed cap, a jumper with green, red and brown stripes and brown sued shoes. He wears glasses and suffers from dementia.

He was due to go on a trip with his wife to London today (1 February) by train.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sgt Pete Reid at Witney police station via 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to talk to police or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 1 Feb 2010, 17:25 · Link


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