Let’s go on a bear hunt!

Liz Puttick
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Fri 3 Apr, 12:52

Bears are not the only show in town! Cats are always stars and want to join the fun. Tiger is bigger but little cat is boss - but best friends forever. Two local lambs (from Tim's shop), the little one riding Donkey - a visitor from Hollywood (Shrek's friend). See them in the window next to Teddy - Park St, opp Shilson Lane.

Helen Holwill
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Wed 1 Apr, 22:11

What an incredible response! Thank you everyone. :-)

Miranda Higham
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Wed 1 Apr, 08:01

Has anyone else woken up to find their bear is behaving foolishly? 

Rod Evans
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Tue 31 Mar, 23:14

Not sure if Old Bear can match Rebecca's 90 year old but definitely 60+ and having escaped from the attic he's still trying to find his way out of a window down here on Mill Lane!

Maeve Bradbury
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Tue 31 Mar, 20:23

Thank you so much everyone for getting involved. Please do send pics of bears to maevebradbury@gmail.com to feature on the Facebook Page.

ALISON COLLINS
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Tue 31 Mar, 17:08

My wheelchair teddy is in the window at 8, Woodfield drive

G Clarke
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Tue 31 Mar, 12:25

One 58 year old bear watching out with his much younger lamb friend in a window off Market Street just down the lane that leads to GWP - opposite Upton House (GWP)

Rebecca Gilmore
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Tue 31 Mar, 11:29 (last edited on Tue 31 Mar, 11:29)

Two aged but joyful bears (almost 90 and 60 years old, respectively) look out from Spelsbury Villas and send fraternal greetings!

Patricia Fraser
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Tue 31 Mar, 11:28 (last edited on Tue 31 Mar, 11:28)

On Thames Street, old Welsh Pandy is waving her flag from upstairs to say hello and hope you are well.  Her friends, Monkey and Fraser Bear say hi, too.

Jeff West
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Tue 31 Mar, 10:50

News for any bear-hunters who are taking their daily exercise along Bayliss Yard - a retired English Heritage custodian bear has taken over as look-out....

Liz Puttick
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Mon 30 Mar, 16:08 (last edited on Tue 31 Mar, 23:06)

Tiny bear with big red tie, now riding a deer in top window in Park Street opp. Shilson Lane. Look up high! MiL's favourite bear and she'd have loved the bear hunt!

Kate Smith
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Mon 30 Mar, 11:25

Rusty and Bulbasaur are high up at the bottom of Dyers Hill - not too easy to see as they're a little way back from the road!

Alan Cobb
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Mon 30 Mar, 11:16

There's a Woolly Mammoth at 3 Dyers Hill (unless the large grey cat pretending to be a Lynx has knocked it down).

Sara Mullen
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Sun 29 Mar, 17:33

There's a very, very tiny bear sitting in the top window of middle bungalow along the footpath going down towards the scout hut along the side of the playing field. Can you spot him?  

Sue Williams
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Sun 29 Mar, 13:20

In Kerby Cottage Sheep Street you need to look high 

There’s a little bear up there who’d like to fly. 

Mark Sulik
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Sat 28 Mar, 19:00

A small bear who is found of chocolate can be found in the front window of Lawn Cottage on Dyers Hill.    Sarah Sulik 

Maeve Bradbury
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Fri 27 Mar, 21:33

Hello everyone - thank you so much for all the lovely bears. The full list of locations is at https://www.facebook.com/pg/charlburybearhunt/ - there are bears at 47 different places now and very often multiple bears on each street! There's a few nice pics that have been sent in too - do send more. Happy bear hunting! 

Roy Coates
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Fri 27 Mar, 15:30

My ancient doggie, Tinker, is in the window at No 20 The Playing Close. Very old, he was evacuated to Gourock in Scotland during the last War and came back home with me in 1945.

Anna Gillespie
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Fri 27 Mar, 12:30

My ancient Teddy is now at the upstairs window of 6 Tanners Court. Children may like to know that he has hand-knitted knickers. And his nose was chewed by an over friendly poodle in about 1965.

Richard Fairhurst
(site admin)
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Fri 27 Mar, 12:29

I've been passed a message by post to say that Harry (formerly of Acorn’s Children’s Hospice) is looking forward to meeting children as they pass by 7 Market Street. He is Harry the one-eyed hand-washing bear and has so far caused amusement to passing commuters!

Charlbury Deli & Cafe
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Fri 27 Mar, 12:14

The three bears are eating their porridge in the window of the deli

Rhona Walker
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Fri 27 Mar, 11:34

White Ted is watching over Narrow Lane and Benjamin Bunny and Rupert Bear are keeping an eye on the grass patch at the back of the house.

John Partington
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Fri 27 Mar, 09:28

Our dog has found a furry friend self-isolating in the fields beyond Centenary Wood .. some sort of a gerbil finger-puppet (I've put a picture in the Adverts section of this website).  He's been quarantined and now wants to go home.  Contact me on 07555 608780.

Chris Weston
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Thu 26 Mar, 21:12

I've heard that the big Pre-School  rhyming bear has climbed down off his shelf to look out of the cloakroom window! "Please say hi if you are passing by."

Edward Fenton
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Thu 26 Mar, 21:05

There are now some Australian animals in the window of Orchard Piece, at the top of Crawborough - they may even have joined in with the NHS clapping, too. 

Maeve Bradbury
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Thu 26 Mar, 21:00

Thanks so much everyone - fantastic response! 

Tina Piotrowsky
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Thu 26 Mar, 19:33

Teddy Edward who survived World War 2 is in the window at Melody House, Hixet Wood, along with some of his new friends in the other windows!!

Jo Paton
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Thu 26 Mar, 16:14

The boys just saw 13 bears on Ticknell Piece Road and 9 rainbows. Thank you everyone. 

Jennie Grierson
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Thu 26 Mar, 15:56

Staff at the primary school have put Emily Bear in a window at school. See if you can spot her and her rainbow scarf! 🌈 

Jeff West
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Thu 26 Mar, 15:12

If any bear-hunters are passing along Bayliss Yard they may spot a young European bear (at least, he thinks he's a bear) looking out for them.  He comes from Flanders, and I think he speaks Dutch as well as English!

Stuart Parker
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Wed 25 Mar, 20:34

Maria has just dusted down her genuine 1964 Paddington Bear complete with wellington boots, but as few people ever come up the Spelsbury Road, there's little point in putting him in a window so we'll leave him in charge of our electric car behind the Coop for a couple of hours tomorrow!

Anne Miller
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Wed 25 Mar, 20:12

Ginger Hare and his pals, Grommit and Nootka, the Sea Otter are looking out of their window ready to say hello to you from the top of the hill at 14 Sandford Rise!

Ian Staton
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Wed 25 Mar, 18:38

At 39 Woodfield Drive we have a small Yosemite brown bear called Yoss, a dog with a pilot jacket called Des, a Grommit, a bunny called Roo and a lamb named Ewey. They are all enjoying being together and watching out for you going past.`

Sue Way
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Wed 25 Mar, 11:01

There’s a big brown bear with a smart bow tie, sitting around in the alley opposite Rachel’s hairdresser on Market Street.

Maeve Bradbury
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Tue 24 Mar, 19:27

Hi everyone - Wow! This is amazing - thanks so much. I've loved hearing the kids coming up Hundley Way today and spotting the bears in the window - really cheered me up! We've now got bears in 33 locations and most roads have more than one bear. You can check out the full list at  https://www.facebook.com/pg/charlburybearhunt/  and if anyone wants to take a photo of their bears sitting in the window, it would be great to add them to the FB page. You can email them to maevebradbury@gmail.com or send via FB. Huge thanks to Helen for suggesting the idea in the first place. Happy Bear Hunting!

John Dora
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Tue 24 Mar, 19:00 (last edited on Wed 25 Mar, 19:59)

Bear and a musical accordion-playing Swiss Marmot in Wychwood Paddocks as well as a Steinbock!

Lee-Ann Keeble
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Tue 24 Mar, 17:49

A little 'I Love You' bear joining the crowd in our porch in Woodfield Drive.

Christina Surawy
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Tue 24 Mar, 16:30

We also have bears out in the wilds of Walcot

Bob Tait
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Tue 24 Mar, 15:49 (last edited on Tue 24 Mar, 15:50)

There is a fine bunch ,who have appeared now in Thames Street. Some are vulnerable adults and are obviously  self isolating ,but there is also a snow bear ,which I trust is not a warning  of a change in the lovely weather.

Alison Derham
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Tue 24 Mar, 13:59

Two new bears spotted at 4 Quarry Lane... give them a wave!

Georgie Slack
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Tue 24 Mar, 10:53

I’m so sorry! I have no bears in the house - they’ve all grown up and set up in houses of their own! 
However, I am intending to make a nice Easter wreath for my front door  in Dyers Hill. The wreaths on the doors at Christmas time are so pretty and varied. Could we do this? With or without the help of children. 

Andrew Lawson
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Tue 24 Mar, 10:17

Bear, piglet and panda have tottered up into our windows at Gothic House, Church Street, looking out for children to waive to.

Helen Holwill
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Tue 24 Mar, 07:53

I've been unwell for the last few days and it has made me well up checking back in here and seeing this amazing response. Thank you everyone, for running with this idea and showing what a wonderful, caring, creative community we are. 

Gregory Lupton
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Mon 23 Mar, 22:09

They’ll be a beer in our window, last house, Ticknell Lane (the bridleway on the other side of the Slade to the school). See if you can spot it. 

Steven Fairhurst Jones
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Mon 23 Mar, 22:04

I'm sure I've seen one peeking out of an upstairs window near the alley on Wychwood Paddocks

Jean Adams
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Mon 23 Mar, 21:11 (last edited on Tue 24 Mar, 14:03)

Evacuation Bear 1939 has gone to bed for a good nights sleep. He is elderly and will reappear tomorrow. Back up at the window waving to everyone returning from Witney

J Marsh
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Mon 23 Mar, 20:25

Teddy and Little Ted have made an appearance at 15 Ditchley Road!

Deanna Cutting
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Mon 23 Mar, 19:50

A small golden bear, in his best red jumper, is looking out for you

from the kitchen window at 134 Ticknell Piece Road. 

Claire Wilding
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Mon 23 Mar, 18:13

Eagle eyed bear spotters at Ticknell recreation ground might be able to spot the bear in our back window.  We also have a number of Miffy rabbits in the front but we don't have many people passing on that side. 

Maeve Bradbury
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Mon 23 Mar, 15:51

Thanks so much everyone for the amazing response! The FB page has a current list of Top Secret Charlbury Bear Locations - which is updated daily.

  https://www.facebook.com/pg/charlburybearhunt/

So many bears have 'signed up' through here and via FB. Keep them coming! 

Tanya Stevenson
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Mon 23 Mar, 15:26

And at 7 Lees Heights too.

Mary Humphries
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Mon 23 Mar, 15:16

two bears have taken a widow seat at 1 Lees Heights

Jean Adams
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Mon 23 Mar, 15:06 (last edited on Mon 23 Mar, 15:11)

Keep your eyes skinned when approaching Charlbury (Baywell Cottage on Fawler Road) as my Evacuation Teddy circa 1939 and UN Peacekeeping Teddy are both looking out for you.

Anthony Horn
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Mon 23 Mar, 15:03

Family of bears now looking out onto playing fields in Wychwood Paddocks, currently sunbathing and catching the rays!

Jo Paton
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Mon 23 Mar, 13:43

There is now a bear looking out of one of the church windows, one in the kitchen window of the Vicarage and a few at 14 Ticknell Piece Road. 

Grace Cahill
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Mon 23 Mar, 13:21

Spot the kangaroo on Market Street :-) 

Ali Ross
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Mon 23 Mar, 13:10

Bears, one of them from darkest Peru, looking forward to making new friends on Park St. 

Kathy Broughton
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Mon 23 Mar, 13:09

At 16 Ticknell Piece Road there are 2 bears who happen to be members of the Cork Rebels hurling team--but watch out for the gorilla in the upstairs window!

Susie Finch
(site admin)
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Mon 23 Mar, 12:29

My daughter and grandchildren have all done rainbows in Southampton.  One of the cuddly toys will be in window at 3 Wychwood Close.  Stay safe everyone. Xx😘

Marjorie Glasgow
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Mon 23 Mar, 11:31

On Market Street, Noah's Ark has two bears in the window (of course).

Joanne Fox
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Sun 22 Mar, 21:52

Multiple foxes, moose, beaver and cats upstairs Dyers Hill

Carl A Perkins
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Sun 22 Mar, 21:51

Hector in position on Thames Street!

Pat Court
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Sun 22 Mar, 20:04

Aqua bear now in place, Lees Heights

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 20:03

Another bear via FB page on Hughes Close

Maureen Sparling
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Sun 22 Mar, 19:45

Big Ted is checking out Church Lane!

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 19:11

https://www.facebook.com/pg/charlburybearhunt/

glena chadwick
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Sun 22 Mar, 19:02

My bear is rather too old (wartime bear) but my children have housed theirs with me so one is in the window in Enstone Road. Look up---many bushes would hide him otherwise. 

Kathryn Custance
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Sun 22 Mar, 18:56

To help you forget about your worries and your woes, we have the bear necessities in the window of No.8 Park Street. We and our cats shall miss our young chums passing on the way to Pre-school.  One bear used to travel with our daughters on school trips. Can you spot which one?

Alice Millea
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Sun 22 Mar, 18:13

Florence the bear, wearing her favourite hat, is now installed in our window at Rochester Place. 

John Munro
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Sun 22 Mar, 18:05

Three bears now looking out of our windows - two watching out into Shilson Lane and one keeping an eye on Priory Lane.

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 17:49

Richard - that's great - I'll add the map to the FB page. Another bear has come in via FB at Lees Heights. He's Welsh.

Michael Flanagan
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Sun 22 Mar, 17:25 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 19:18)

Caution about 10, Park St. We can't guarantee that our dogs will let our teddies stay in the window. Freddy and Oscar both think the window's their territory and may well throw Flookey and Teddy Teddy back where they think they belong.

The reason the bears look a bit aged is - well, they're getting on a bit. Both a few years older than Paddington Bear, and if they were human they'd be getting formally advised to be particularly stringent in social distancing. 

Whether a child gets more points for spotting bears, dogs or an inter-species battle we leave to its minders.

Richard Fairhurst
(site admin)
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Sun 22 Mar, 17:23

Not everyone will know where all the streets are (particularly families new to Charlbury) so here’s a PDF map you can print out and take with you: http://www.charlbury.info/documents/bear_map.pdf

I’ll do a revised version later or tomorrow with a box listing some of the streets where the bears can be found, so keep them coming!

Miranda Higham
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Sun 22 Mar, 17:19

Patrick Bear now has Fred the dog to keep him company. They’ll be very pleased to see Charlbury children from a safe distance. 

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:48

Helen, you are so right. I have already added a note to the facebook page to that effect. What a lovely lot of bears we re getting! Thanks everyone. I'll keep updating the page. x

Helen Holwill
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:44 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 16:45)

UPDATE: This goes without saying, but if you are out, go only with your own kids and keep a big distance between you and anyone else. Charlbury is not a crowded place, so keep a distance of 5 metres or more, because we can. Also, don't let children get near the windows or touch them.

Liz Leffman
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:40 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 16:41)

Excellent. My old friend Flookey and Mike's old teddy have been waiting in a cupboard for years for an opportunity to come out and cheer people up in Park St

Terry Walker
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:39

My little bear is self isolating but his friends the Dulux dog, Mr spaniel and piggy are there to keep him company. So there's a riot at 7, Sandford Rise.

merle esson
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:08

Wonderful idea! About to raid the grandchildren's toy cupboard. The Old Barn, Hundley Way.

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 16:03

Hi everyone - this is great. Thanks for such a brilliant idea Helen. I've now set up the Charlbury Bear Hunt facebook page. I've added a quick list of locations of bears- just general street names - to help the grown-ups keep an eye out. I can update the list of bear locations as we go along and more people join in. What fun!! You can find the page on Facebook @charlburybearhunt

Mary Heckman
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Sun 22 Mar, 15:59

Sadly no bears but sheep and a lamb at 19 Ticknell Piece Rd.

Dave Oates
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Sun 22 Mar, 15:17

There will be a little toy dog in the window at Twissell Cottage on Pooles Lane

Rod Evans
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Sun 22 Mar, 14:59

Well guess what?! Down here on Mill Lane, 'Old Bear' has just tumbled down from the attic and is trying to escape out of a window!  Extra points if they can spot his friends the Green Man, the Sun and the Lion!

Gill Begnor
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Sun 22 Mar, 14:51

I have 2 very small bears so I've put them with a large orange octopus to make them easier to spot! Quarry Edge on the Enstone Road, just along from Hundley Way...... Happy Hunting :-)

Hannen Beith
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Sun 22 Mar, 13:53

Paddington Bear at Wellington Cottages!

patricia Hill
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Sun 22 Mar, 13:39

We will put Bear at 12 the Slade 

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 13:32

Helen Holwill - have sent you a message via Charlbury Info mail.

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 13:13

Have set up FB page - will post the details here when I've added photos. 

Maeve Bradbury
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Sun 22 Mar, 13:02

Love this idea! There's a few old friends now looking out of the window of Hundley Cottage down the end of Hundley Way. Window looks out onto the lane, just at child height ... have added a note: "Are you going on a Bear Hunt? #spotthebear #charlburybearhunt" Maybe children could upload photos of bear spots around Charlbury? I'll start a FB page for it if anyone thinks it's a good idea.

Jody O'Reilly
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Sun 22 Mar, 12:39

A similar thing is the ‘Chase the Rainbow’ project, paint, colour, create a rainbow for your window, a happy sign and similarly something for kids to spot when out and about. Ours is up. 

Pat Court
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Sun 22 Mar, 12:36

Lovely idea. Working on it!

Helen Holwill
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Sun 22 Mar, 12:16 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 14:31)

Well done, everyone. I'd better get my own up then! (71 The Green) Please be as inventive and creative as possible. :-) If anyone is in a very public place, perhaps the bear could be holding a sign encouraging others to do the same? It would also be fun for kids to regularly update their own 'displays', and other soft toys, not just bears, could be used. And maybe teens could then use it as an opportunity to do a photography project on them.

Richard Fairhurst
(site admin)
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Sun 22 Mar, 12:03

Brilliant idea. My as-old-as-me bear is now in the window (Market Street).

Ann Lloyd
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Sun 22 Mar, 11:28 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 12:31)

I live in Church Street.  As it happens my teddy bear already lives permanently in the window but he usually faces into the room.   Pepper the dog always looks out into the street along with a small zebra. Teddy, with just the one leg, is now looking out as requested !

Miranda Higham
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Sun 22 Mar, 11:27 (last edited on Sun 22 Mar, 12:20)

Done!  Bear is now waiting to be spotted. His name is Patrick Bear. Was my now adult daughter's. Wearing a hand knitted jumper. Marlborough Place.

Claire Wilding
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Sun 22 Mar, 09:44

Great idea! 

Helen Holwill
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Sun 22 Mar, 07:36

I’ve just seen this idea on social media. Let’s all put a teddy bear in our front window, so that children can go on ‘bear spotting’ walks. If you can add a prop or a little humour (maybe even a multiple bear scene?) all the better. It will also help to give kids (and us!) positive memories of this time when they look back in years to come. We could even add fairy lights for magical night time versions. Who is up for this?

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