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Charlbury - A Cotswolds Gateway Town

We have just had confirmation that bids for funding from the Cotswolds Conservation Board and Great Western Railway have been successful. This means that Charlbury will officially be a Cotswold Gateway Town.
In the first place we will get new information boards at the station and in the Town.
The other aspect is to improve walking and cycling routes from Charlbury to promote tourism. This will be co-ordinated by Charlbury Walkers and Cyclists are Welcome.
The walks will be circular walks through the Mill Field and up to Banbury Hill Farm which will involve improvements on existing paths and the creation of new permissive paths which will all be signed. There will also be two new information boards on the Mill Field walk.
The Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens will be carrying out this work for the project.
Cycle routes through Charlbury will also be improved and signed.
Also We will get new Town entrance signs recognising this status.
We will welcome input from anyone on this project particularly on the content and design of the notice boards.
So if you have any ideas and would like to help please let me know by email at tonyhmerry@gmail.com

Tony H Merry · Sun 30 Sep 2018, 20:30 · Link


West Oxfordshire Local Plan adopted

Yesterday West Oxfordshire voted to adopt a new local plan
This is a very significant event and here is why
The Local Plan is one of the key documents in deciding planning applications
Other documents are the National Planning Policy Framework (this was also updated this summer) and a Neighbourhood Plan which is now being drafted and should be ready next year.
The real significance for Charlbury is that all of these documents say that development in an AONB is only allowed where there is a benefit to the community and restricts the nature and locations for new developments
As Charlbury is in the Cotswolds AONB we have this added protection. Unfortunately places like Eynsham and Woodstock do not as was pointed out in the District Council meeting yesterday
More information can be found at https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/planning-building/planning-policy/local-development-framework/local-plan-2031-examination/
and will be made clear when we circulate the Neighbourhood Plan for comments

Tony H Merry · Fri 28 Sep 2018, 12:50 · Link


Charlbury Community Speedwatch Latest News

The latest Charlbury Community Speedwatch session took place on the Enstone Road close to the allotments. We monitored vehicles both leaving and entering Charlbury. Over 180 vehicles were checked - just over half were recorded as within the 30mph limit. Some vehicles were recorded with speeds as high as 49mph. A number of registrations have been forwarded to Thames Valley Police for follow-up action. Thank you to all those drivers who did drive considerately. If you would like to participate in Charlbury Speedwatch, please do email us at charlburycsw@gmail.com.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Fri 28 Sep 2018, 09:00 · 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 24 Sep 2018, 08:00 · Link


Missing dog called Tilly

Tilly has been missing since Saturday 15th she is very nervous please do not try and catch her just ring the number to let them know you have seen her.

mandy · Thu 20 Sep 2018, 20:41 · Link


Macmillan Cancer Care Fundraising Spectacular!

The Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee Morning will be held at the Friends' Meeting House Market Street starting at 10.00 am on 27 September.

This year's GRAND AUCTION in aid of the wonderful Macmillan charity is open and will close at midnight on Saturday 29th September.

On offer this year are many spectacular lots. The confirmed list to date, with more to come, includes:

  • A WEEK IN A BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE in France's Golden Triangle, in the Tarn near Albi. This is the home of the famous Gaillac wine and fantastic South Western gastronomy
  • A CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING LESSON for two with the county's best teachers at the Oxfordshire Shooting School, Enstone. Over £140-worth of tuition and clays.. You pay only for the cartridges you use
  • AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING EXPERIENCE: a LESSON in, and A WHOLE DAY'S LOAN of the latest model Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Courtney of The Firs Garage, Hook Norton.
  • A DAY OF MORGANEERING.. Be driven in a classic Morgan Plus Four sports car to Morgan's celebrated factory in Malvern, Worcestershire. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the last independent, family owned company building beautiful sports cars by hand. Try your hand in the driver's seat of the unique Three Wheeler and be driven home in the late afternoon.
  • TEA FOR TWO AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS and a tour of this fascinating and historic place, accompanied by Lord Black of Brentwood.
  • A TOUR OF OXFORD FOR ONE TO TEN PEOPLE. Hear the story of the City and Colleges on an easy amble through our famous university town accompanied by Green Badge tourist guide David Pollock.
  • A TOUR FOR TWO OF THE WONDERFUL HOOK NORTON BREWERY. Don't miss the chance to go behind the scenes at the home of our best- loved local ale!
  • TWO TICKETS FOR OCEANIA , this year's blockbuster show at the Royal Academy, London, courtesy of MIck Rooney RA.
  • A TOUR FOR TWO OF THE COTSWOLD DISTILLERY.. visit our prizewinning neighbourhood gin producer
  • YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL CHART prepared and interpreted for you by renowned astrologer Annie Lionnet, author of "the Astrology Directory" and other standard works on this fascinating subject
  • BLENHEIM PALACE: a Family Ticket valid till next April to visit this magnificent and historic house, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, together with its spectacular grounds and gardens.

BIDS may be registered confidentially by email or telephone .

PLEASE DON'T HESITATE.

Email Davidpollock1000@outlook.com
or telephone 07590486671.

Please be generous. This wonderful Charity needs your support.

David Pollock · Thu 20 Sep 2018, 11:46 · Link


Criminal damage

Police are appealing for witnesses in relation to criminal damage on Nine Acres. A dry stone wall has been pulled down and rocks from the wall to used smash windows at the Medical Centre.

This occurred on Sunday 16th of September at approximately 13:30hrs.

Any information please contact the neighbourhood team on 101 and quote crime reference number 43180283417

Wesley Smith · Tue 18 Sep 2018, 09:58 · Link


Charlbury SMILE - sharing good memories

Charlbury SMILE, a new care and wellbeing group for people who live with memory loss and their carers, started at The Friends Meeting House in June. Led by arts and dementia specialist Clare Carswell of Blossom Arts and dementia researcher Rhonda Riachi of Autumn Gold Education, it has been funded by Age UK Oxfordshire for four pilot sessions. The two-hour sessions offer fun and stimulating reminiscence and creative activities for people who are living with memory loss, as well as supporting and sharing information with their carers.

Each session starts with refreshments, welcome and seated exercise to music, after which the carers spend some time in another room with Rhonda, and Clare and volunteers lead the activity time. In our first two sessions we made foil paintings inspired by summer flowers, and tropical islands from fresh fruit which we then enjoyed eating. At our last session we looked at archive photos from the seaside as we reminisced about our summer holidays and made aqua painting pictures with a seaside theme, before ending with a game of balloon volley ball. Any session may end with a bop to Elvis or Ol' Blue Eyes! We are pleased to see regulars enjoying the sessions and returning each time.

Rhonda and Clare are grateful to Age UK for their support at this early stage and will be fundraising to continue the SMILE group twice monthly in Charlbury. There are people in the town and surrounding area who are isolated, living with anxiety or memory problems or who have a diagnosis of dementia, and this group can be very enjoyable for them, as well as helpful for their carers. Clare and Rhonda look forward to meeting the growing need for such a group in the town.

The next session will be on Friday 28th September at 10.30 at The Friends House Market Street. We will be joined by Hands on Oxfordshire's Heritage from the Oxfordshire County Council Museum Service, who will bring a carefully chosen selection of interesting objects, photos and documents on the theme of entertainment to share with the group and Rhonda will be discussing how to get help and look after ourselves with carers.

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this group, they or their carer need to ring Rhonda on 07533 248659 or Clare on 07769 723328 to have a chat and to book onto the sessions.

Clare Carswell · Mon 17 Sep 2018, 12:10 · Link


Charlbury Community Speedwatch Latest News

The Charlbury Community Speedwatch Team has been out on The Slade again, where over 170 vehicles were monitored heading North towards the Primary School. 56% of vehicles checked were within the 30mph limit. Some registrations have been forwarded to Thames Valley Police for follow-up action. Thank you, again, to those drivers who drove considerately. If you would like to participate in Charlbury Speedwatch, please do email us at charlburycsw@gmail.com.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Mon 17 Sep 2018, 09:55 · Link


Sponsor the Arunai Kids

If you care about kids and you care about education,how about giving a few quid to help some girls get educated?
These girls are in Tamil Nadu, the most southernmost state in India.
They're in school now but they are dependent on people like us to be able to stay there and get qualified.When girls get qualified, they become women who change things.
We have a couple of local characters who are aiming to support these girls by raising cash.
Jim Pearce(singer-songwriter,erstwhile taxi-driver and all-round good bloke)is doing the Snowdonia Marathon in support of the Arunai Kids.
Jim is now in training for THE SNOWDONIA MARATHON on SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER.
Will Ord(writer,educator,philosopher and all-round good bloke) is ensuring that every £1 donated here can achieve £10 value when spent on the Arunai Kids.
You can sponsor Jim by signing up on the sponsor sheets behind the bar in the Rose and Crown or in The Three Horseshoes.
Please pop in to either hostelry to enjoy a beer and add a few quid to help these girls become women of influence.

Phil Morgan · Wed 12 Sep 2018, 16:25 · Link


DAY TRIP TO CARDIFF WEDNESDAY 19TH FEW PLACES LEFT ONLY £14

Charlbury Art Society is arranging this. Immediate booking required. Ring Julia Reid 01993 868457 See Events Page for full details.

Wed 12 Sep 2018, 11:32 · Link


Brian Fisher, Fishmonger

Brian's loyal customers will have missed him on the last two Tuesdays so it is with great sadness that I must report that Brian died suddenly on 3rd September at the age of 61. Further information can be found here www.family-announcements.co.uk/grimsby/view/4627989/fisher. His daughter reports that it is likely his route will be taken over by someone else in due course, but it will be hard to replace his cheery greeting and fine service to the community.

Richard Broughton · Tue 11 Sep 2018, 17:21 · Link


New Sunday Tea Concert programme announced

Charlbury Refugee Action Group raised £6805 from its tea concert programme in 2017/18.

Here's the programme for 2018/19. All the concerts are listed under Events on this website.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 10 Sep 2018, 19:44 · Link


Charlbury Community Speedwatch Latest News

The Charlbury Community Speedwatch Team has been out on The Slade, where over 200 vehicles were monitored heading North from Fiveways towards the Primary School. Sadly, on this occasion, over 50% of vehicles were travelling over the 30 mph limit and a number of registrations have been forwarded to Thames Valley Police for follow-up action. Thank you, again, to those drivers who drove considerately. If you would like to participate in Charlbury Speedwatch, please do email us at charlburycsw@gmail.com.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Mon 10 Sep 2018, 08:27 · 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.

  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to refurbish property including removal of existing and construction of new entrance porch, erection of single storey extension to East elevation and new bay window to South elevation. Changes to internal layout, including removal of spiral staircase, and alterations to fenestration.
    WODC reference: 18/02448/LBC - Thu 16 Aug 2018 - Under consideration
  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Refurbishment of property to include removal of existing and construction of new entrance porch, erection of single storey extension to East elevation and new bay window to South elevation.
    WODC reference: 18/02447/HHD - Thu 16 Aug 2018 - Under consideration
  • Old Church Farm 1 Park Street Charlbury
    Conversion of the existing stone-built barn to create self contained living accommodation, to include the demolition of attached extension to provide car parking spaces.
    WODC reference: 18/02409/FUL - Fri 07 Sep 2018 - Under consideration
  • Wimsum 4 Hundley Way Charlbury
    Single storey rear extension
    WODC reference: 18/02389/HHD - Tue 07 Aug 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 10 Sep 2018, 08:00 · Link


Charlbury Beer Festival 2019: date announced

The committee of the Charlbury Beer Festival, under our new chair Tim Crisp, are pleased to announce that the 2019 event will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019 - so please put the date in your diaries. After twenty-one very successful years raising money for good causes locally and in the developing world, we are already hard at work to make the 2019 event the best yet. Please contact us through our website charlburybeerfestival.org if you would like further information or would like to get involved.

Edward Fenton · Sat 8 Sep 2018, 20:23 · Link


Charlbury Primary School – Open Mornings

Do you have a child who will be starting Primary School in September 2019? If you would like to find out more about Charlbury Primary School, then please come along to one of the Open Mornings planned this Autumn.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:
• Tuesday 9th October 2018
• Wednesday 17th October 2018
• Wednesday 31st October 2018
• Tuesday 6th November 2018

The timings for each session will be at 9.20am for a 9.30am start and they will run for about an hour. You will be given a tour of the school, find out how our school works and have a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Please ring or email to book onto one of the above sessions. The School Office can be contacted on 01608 810354 or office.2100@charlbury.oxon.sch.uk

Charlbury Primary School · Fri 7 Sep 2018, 10:20 · Link


Grants for students - Charlbury Exhibition Foundation

Each year the Charlbury Exhibition Foundation gives out grants to young people under 25, who live in Charlbury and have a guaranteed or continuing place for a University or College course or an apprenticeship.

This year applications need to be sent by 1 October 2018 to charlburygrants@hotmail.com

Please include the following details:

- Your name and date of birth
- Schools you have attended
- The University or College name (or your employer for apprentices)
- The course and level (e.g. BA) and your year of study (or for apprentices, the type of apprenticeship and level)
- Your home address in Charlbury

Kathryn Fairhurst · Thu 6 Sep 2018, 10:17 · Link


Charlbury Community Speedwatch News

We were out in Nine Acres Lane last week at the request of residents concerned about the speed of vehicles taking the bend next to the junction with Nine Acres Close. We monitored almost 200 vehicles travelling towards the Enstone crossroads. We forwarded only a small number of registrations to Thames Valley Police for follow-up action, so thank you to all those who drove considerately. If you would like to participate in Charlbury Speedwatch, please do email us at charlburycsw@gmail.com.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Tue 4 Sep 2018, 21:46 · 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.

  • Floriston Church Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 4,5,6 and 7 (Materials) of planning permission 16/01144/HHD
    WODC reference: 18/02534/CND - Tue 21 Aug 2018 - Under consideration
  • 1 Lee Close Charlbury
    Dropped kerb & timber gates in existing wall to provide access to off road parking space.
    WODC reference: 18/02379/HHD - Fri 03 Aug 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 3 Sep 2018, 08:00 · Link


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