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Crowdfunding Campaign

I'm hoping that people are interested in my campaign? I launched it following my talk on Child Brain Injury on Tuesday evening. I'd welcome discussion and comments.

Nicola Leyland · Thu 15 Nov, 18:19 · Link

The Swifts are Flying

Charlbury Art Society has completed the first phase of a Community Art Project to make and install swoops of swifts. The individual birds have been made from mosaic and the first swoop has been placed on the Nine Acres Pavilion wall in the courtyard outside the library.

This community project built on the success of the have-a-go sessions held last year. A series of workshops were organised to make the swifts. The initial workshop was held in June at the Community Centre with members of the Youth Club making the first swifts. The 59th snd 60th swifts were made this week by Freddie and Sam Moreton, whose grandfather Andrew Lawson has done so much to bring swifts back to Charlbury.

The idea behind the scheme is to promote greater participation in the arts in Charlbury, particularly to encourage more younger people to engage in the arts. The project is being supported by an established local mosaic artist, Becky Paton, who has created a number of community mosaics in Oxfordshire.

Generous grants from the Charlbury Beer Festival and West Oxfordshire District Council have enabled materials to be purchased and members of the Art Society have freely given their time to support the workshops.

Patricia Freeman, who led the project, said "It has been wonderful to see so many people try something new and to share their pride in each swift. It was amazing to see them up on the wall yesterday and to look at them shining in the sun this morning."

There will be a talk by Oxfordshire's swifts expert Chris Mason on Tuesday 4th December. This event will also raise money for the next phase of the project. See events page.

Ann Lloyd · Wed 14 Nov, 14:22 · Link

New Monday yoga classes at Charlbury Community Centre.

With the Wednesday evening yoga session becoming increasingly popular, I'll be adding a Monday evening yoga session to the timetable. This session will be starting from Monday 19th November 6-7pm. The class is will comprise of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation and is suitable for all. The cost is £10 per class as a drop in, or a six class pass can be purchased for £48 (class passes must be used up within 8 weeks of the purchase date).
I look forward to seeing you!

Phil Evans · Mon 12 Nov, 12:01 · 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.

  • Linden Cottage Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 5 of planning permission 18/02440/LBC (Section detail) of planning permission 18/02440/LBC
    WODC reference: 18/03267/CND - Wed 07 Nov 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 12 Nov, 08:00 · Link


The news of the signing of the Armistice was received in Charlbury about 11.30 that morning, being telephoned from London by Mr A F Whinney to Mrs Whinney, who very soon let the glad tidings be known. Flags and decorations began to make their appearance from the houses and business premises, a flag was also hoisted on the church tower, the bells were rung, and the children were given a holiday from school. The general feeling was one of thankfulness rather than of merry-making, and this spirit was reflected in the large attendance at the thanksgiving service held in the Parish Church in the evening.

Janet Jeffs · Sat 10 Nov, 17:04 · Link

Charlbury Bacon hits London

Today the Curiosities Company has started selling its bacon in the first #plasticfree supermarket in the UK. At Budgens in Belsize Park. Its very exciting to be leading the way with this.

Great article from the Daily Telegraph here:

Simon Himmens-Warrick · Thu 8 Nov, 10:42 · Link

Charlbury Refugee Action Group urgent appeal

Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) has received an urgent appeal from the people who distribute clothing and food to refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos. This is our biggest collection to date.

611 people arrived on the Greek islands by boat in the last week alone.
Statistics for October show that 114 boats arrived on the islands in total, half of them on Lesvos, with 19,601 people 'stuck' and awaiting transfer to the mainland.

Minors account for anything up to half the occupants of each boat.

Total arrivals so far in 2018 are up 17.4% on last year. Most people arrive with no more than the clothes they stand up, often soaked in salty water.

This is where we come in with CRAG's biggest collection appeal so far.

Attika Human Support is an NGO on Lesvos that provides up to 6,000 people a month with clothing, bedding and hygiene products. Help Refugees have checked them out, and here at CRAG we are contributing to a container of aid Help Refugees are shipping out there later this month.

Here's the list of what we are collecting.

Adult clothing
Joggers, jeans, t-shirts, jumpers, coats

Kids clothing
Joggers, jeans, t-shirts

Adults and kids
Socks, hats, gloves, scarves
Trainers and boots (sizes 35-45)
No wellies, please

Personal hygiene
Toothbrushes, shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner, men's shaving cream, sanitary towels, baby wipes, loo paper

Food (in TINS, ring pull only please)
Tomatoes, chickpeas, beans (not baked beans). Please be aware that multiple packs of one tin are better than an assortment

• Please don't bring anything not on this list
• Bag or box your donations with clear labelling
• Please don't include clothes that are not in a condition you would wear yourself

Simply email for delivery and collection arrangements. We are very happy to collect from you. Alternatively, please bring any of the above items to the Quaker Meeting House in Market Street on Friday 16 between 6 and 8pm, or Saturday 17 between 9.30 and 12noon.

Thank you from Charlbury Refugee Action Group

Jon Carpenter · Wed 7 Nov, 13:20 · Link

Record attendance at Tea Concert

Last Sunday Charlbury Refugee Action Group beat its own record for audience figures when about 140 people came to hear the 'Fretwork' consort of viols give a captivating recital in aid of refugees in the Memorial Hall. As a result, about £1555 is going to the charity Help Refugees to support their work across Europe. (The photo shows volunteers cooking hot meals for refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.)

The musicians who play at these concerts do not charge a fee, and we are extremely grateful for their generosity and goodwill. Thank you too to all the people who manage these concerts, including putting chairs and tables out, baking cakes and washing up hundreds of cups and saucers!

CRAG has also been able to send just under £300 for aid work in refugee camps in Lebanon, after a Da'weh it held in Witney to bring together the refugee families now living there with some of the people from Witney and Charlbury who continue to do so much to help them. About 80 people shared food, music, poetry and conversation.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 5 Nov, 11:41 · 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.

  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 5 (Window and door details) 6 (Roof covering) of planning permission 17/03957/HHD
    WODC reference: 18/03174/CND - Wed 31 Oct 2018 - Under consideration
  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 5 (Window and door details) 6 (Roof covering) of planning permission 17/03958/LBC
    WODC reference: 18/03180/CND - Wed 31 Oct 2018 - Under consideration
  • Mill House Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 3 and 4, with conditions 1 and 2 noted (17/00725/HHD).
    WODC reference: 18/03163/CND - Mon 29 Oct 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Nov, 08:00 · Link

Have your say, crime prevention morning

On the Monday the 5th of November at 10-12 in the Community Centre. Your local Neighbourhood Police Team are inviting you to come and join us for coffee and catch up.

We are offering crime prevention advice against scammers, information on how to protect you home and out buildings.

We have:
Card reader protectors for £1
Alarm padlocks £10
Shed alarms £12
Property marking kits £3

and lots of other little bits such as:
door chains
no cold calling door stickers
is my home safe check sheet.

Pop by between 10-12 on the 5th.

Wesley Smith · Sun 4 Nov, 09:09 · Link

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