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No united service this weekend

This is just a reminder that there is no United Service on Sunday , 23rd January 2022 . St Teresa's is sorry it wasn't possible this year  and looks forward to hosting another united service , hopefully, in the not too distant future. 

Louise Littledale

louise littledale · Wed 19 Jan, 11:35 · Link

Quarter Peal

The church bells will ring out on Wednesday 26th January at 4:30 pm when friends of Ralph Collinson will attempt a quarter peal in his memory.  A quarter peal is a test of skill, stamina and concentration and should last about 45 minutes.  We wish them the best of luck. 

Mike Summers · Wed 19 Jan, 11:05 · Link

Save the date - Charlbury CC Fireworks

After a long wait due to covid disruptions, we are really excited to announce that we will be having the annual firework night this year on the 5th November!! Save the date and share the news with friends and family - looking forward to getting back to a bit more of normality this year!!

A Westbury · Tue 18 Jan, 21:07 · Link

Cafe de la Gare is Open!

From tomorrow, Tuesday 18th January, the kiosk at Charlbury Station will be open, serving coffees, teas and snacks from 6am to midday Monday to Friday. Jemima will be there serving up a delicious brew, with coffee from New Ground Coffee in Oxford to see you on your way, whether on the train or just stopping by for a drink.

We look forward to welcoming you soon. 

Hugo Pickering · Mon 17 Jan, 21:27 · Link

Cornerstone - puzzles and games

Our lovely Duke of Edinburgh volunteer has sorted through the puzzles and games today and the shelves are bursting! There are puzzles and games for children and adults alike. Why not come down to the Cornerstone and pick up a game or two ?! 50p only.

The Cornerstone is open Mon-Sat 10-1.

Cornerstone · Mon 17 Jan, 11:52 · Link

Charlbury newspaper deliveries

If you or anyone you know is looking for up to a couple of hours work in the mornings, we are currently looking for additional newspaper deliverers in Charlbury. We drop off papers at around 7am in our electric car and our deliverers either walk, cycle or drive to reach all our customers in Charlbury and the surrounding villages.

Please do contact Tracy on 01608 676461 or email us at for more details. We are an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Additionally, if you would like to receive a paper delivery in the mornings, please contact us. We are always happy to add new customers.

Hugo Pickering · Mon 17 Jan, 10:56 · Link

The History of Charlbury through ..... a year of wild flowers

If you open a copy of January’s Cotswold Life magazine, you will find a colourful 5-page spread of photographs taken by Walcot resident, Rob Stepney. Like many of us during the pandemic, Rob spent many hours walking the local footpaths. One of his favourite and most regular walks is along the bridleway between Walcot and Shorthampton. Rob found a wide variety of wildflowers growing along the bridleway despite it being just a narrow strip of limestone grassland with intensively cultivated fields on either side. Over the course of twelve months he made a photographic record of the flowers which came and went through the changing seasons. Some, such as the pyramidal orchid, made a fleeting appearance in June while others like the meadow cranesbill flowered for many months.

The year started with the early appearance of winter aconites, followed in March by white violets and celandine. Summer brought meadow cranesbill, bedstraw, woundwort and agrimony among many others. Rob was also struck by the variety of insect life feeding and finding a home along this narrow strip.

The museum is delighted that Rob has given us copies of his photographs to add to our archive. They will join earlier records of the flora of the area, including Anita Jo Dunn’s detailed work on the plants to be found at Ditchley. We have a survey done in the 1980s which recorded over 300 different plants growing wild within a mile and a half radius of St Mary’s church. And on our bookshelves you will find the work Alan Spicer undertook on local hedges, along with the invaluable walking guides which he co-authored, illustrated by Louise’s delightful drawings, and which include so much information about the wildflowers to be seen in the area.

We are fortunate to be adding Rob’s records to these, giving a snapshot of the species which are to be seen locally now. It will help draw up a picture of what is happening in the countryside around us and how modern use of the land is affecting nature, as well as making us all more aware of the plant life to be found on our doorstep. Rob writes: “Now that farmers are being encouraged to reinstate headlands and hedgerows, this narrow stretch of uncultivated land is a powerful example of the flora we could see more of – and the insect life that comes with it.”

Rob’s photographs can be seen in sequence by following this link:

Rob’s photographs are printed in the January 2022  issue of Cotswold Life magazine.

Judy Dod · Mon 17 Jan, 10:14 · 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.

  • Post Office 8 Market Street Charlbury
    Alterations to existing ground floor commercial unit to include replacement shop front and windows, and installation of new rear kitchen extraction system together with the sub-division of existing first floor flat above to create two smaller flats.
    WODC reference: 21/04117/FUL - Fri 24 Dec 2021 - Under consideration

Thu 13 Jan, 09:18 · Link

Electric Car Club Survey

Charlbury Town Council is exploring the possibility of setting up a car club, allowing people from in and around Charlbury to rent electric vehicles on-demand. 

The idea is to have cars parked at locations around the town which members can rent by the minute, hour or day – and at short notice. Joining a car club could mean not needing to have your own car (or perhaps, not having a second car). With a subscription to a car club you can enjoy the convenience of access to a car when you need it without the hassle of ownership and at a much lower cost. 

Did you know?• On average. it costs over £3,000 a year to run a petrol or diesel car – once you include insurance, tax, maintenance and fuel.
• A typical car loses over half of its value every 5 years!
• For many people, paying only when they actually use a car would save a lot of money – as well as being greener.
• Example cost if using electric car 4 hours a week plus 1 day per month = £1,606 per year.

Lots of towns and cities around the country have car clubs where residents can book from a range of modern cars, as and when they need them. Could this work in Charlbury too? 

We would like to find out if there’s enough interest amongst residents for a car club to be viable, and if so, what type of electric vehicle they might use, and when.

Please help us by completing our survey at by 1 March 2022. 

For residents who are not online, paper surveys will be delivered to all households in the town later this month.

Thank you.

James Styring · Mon 10 Jan, 15:09 · 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 10 Jan, 06:15 · Link

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