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United Nations flag on church tower

The United Nations flag will be hoisted on the church tower this weekend as it has been flown every year for at least the last 35 years to celebrate UN Day on October 24 and Charlbury’s international connections.

This year, the flag will continue to fly until the UN Cop26 climate conference November 12 to support our prayers that all nations will seriously commit to work together to mitigate the most devastating damage that climate change will otherwise bring upon all the world’s people.

Roy Scott · Sat 16 Oct, 17:54 · Link

Evening train service changes next week

Next week, train services through Charlbury will be disrupted due to engineering work:

  • Monday 18th to Thursday 21st: The 21.50 from Paddington will only run to Didcot. A connecting train will go from Didcot to Oxford, then a bus from Oxford (23.08) to Charlbury (23.53).
  • Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th: The 22.50 from Paddington will terminate at Oxford. A bus will continue from Oxford (00.04) to Charlbury (00.49).
  • Monday 18th to Thursday 21st: The 23.47 from Charlbury to Oxford will be replaced by a bus at 01.19 (no connection through to Paddington).

Please check times before travelling.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 15 Oct, 09:44 · Link

A Fun Night Out

Feeling nostalgic for the good ol’ days when you could get a delicious dinner and a entertaining quiz in person? Those days are here again … well, at least on Saturday, 30 October anyway!

Come join the fun, where we will wet your whistle, delight your palate, and test your memory. Our quizmaster extraordinaire, Patrick Derham, is rumored to have been asked by Richard Branson to do the first quiz in sub-orbital space. My understanding is that Patrick is holding out for at least an orbital offer.

We will gather at St. Mary’s Church at 7pm. Teams of 6 are preferred. Tickets are £15/person for dinner and the quiz.

Send your payment to

Account Name: Charlbury PCC

Sort Code: 40-52-40

Account Number: 00032374

Reference: Quiz

Proceeds will support St Mary’s and its community initiatives. 

Please contact Dine Glasgow at to book your table or ask any questions.

daniela jenkins · Thu 14 Oct, 12:06 · Link

Charlbury Arts is exhibiting at Wilcote Art Studios

Charlbury Arts is holding its autumn exhibition at Wilcote Art Studios just outside Finstock. The theme for the show is Together and 30 local artists have contributed one or two pieces inspired by this theme. 

 Wilcote Art Studios is home to a group of Oxfordshire artists. They work in studios built at the edge of Topples Wood which is part of the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood. 

The exhibition will be in the new gallery space at Wilcote and will include over 50 pieces of work by Charlbury artists. These include painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. 

Additionally, many of the fifteen Wilcote artists will be showing their work. Since 2015 their community has gradually grown; it now includes painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellery makers, makers of sound-art and installation artists. 

The exhibition will be on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October from 11-5 each day. From the Plough Inn in Finstock follow the road to Wilcote and the entrance is on the left after one kilometre. OX7 3DX There is ample parking.

Tony Lloyd · Wed 13 Oct, 08:06 · Link

Booster Vaccination Clinic.


From CMC's website:

"We will shortly be starting our COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. Please do not be in touch with the surgery as we will contact you. We are not able to invite you until at least 180 days have passed since your second Covid-19 vaccine. Please note that all boosters will be with the Pfizer vaccine irrespective of whether you had Pfizer or Astra Zeneca for your first two doses unless there is a specific reason you cannot have Pfizer."

Please do not turn up at a clinic in the hope of receiving the booster vaccine. Only people who have been invited to receive the booster will be vaccinated tomorrow.

Thank you everybody.

susan smith · Tue 12 Oct, 11:02 · Link

Traders at the Community Centre this week.

The Bread Shed is taking a break this week but returns next Tuesday 19th October.

The Codfather is also having a day off next Sunday 17th October but is still visiting on 16th October as usual.

Jim Holah · Tue 12 Oct, 10:02 · 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.

  • 37 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury
    Insertion of two dormers in rear of roof and two roof lights in front roof
    WODC reference: 21/03259/HHD - Mon 04 Oct 2021 - Under consideration
  • Land South Of Forest Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Discharge of conditions 3 (specification details), 6 (construction traffic management plan), 7 (surface water drainage scheme), 8 (construction management plan), 12 (scheme of hard and soft landscaping) and 13 (trees in relation to design, demolition and construction) of planning permission 15/03099/FUL
    WODC reference: 21/03266/CND - Mon 04 Oct 2021 - Under consideration
  • Charlbury House 66 High Street Witney Oxfordshire OX28 6HJ
    Discharge of condition 6 of planning permission 20/01152/FUL (Archeological watching brief).
    WODC reference: 21/03216/CND - Tue 28 Sep 2021 - Under consideration

Mon 11 Oct, 06:15 · Link

A quiz (no matter what)

In person, remote? Masked or un-masked? It doesn’t matter, we’ve got you covered!

Plan to join us on Saturday evening, 30 October for dinner and a quiz to support St. Mary’s and its community initiatives.

Current guidance allows us to meet in person, and that is our plan. However, if things change, we will adapt accordingly.

If you would prefer to participate remotely, please let us know.

Start time is 7pm. Teams of six players each. £15 per person including meal. Please contact Dine Glasgow to reserve your place.

daniela jenkins · Fri 8 Oct, 10:25 · Link

Garden Society Plant Swop of 2nd October - THANK YOU!

Many thanks to all who supported the Plant Swop and Coffee Morning last Saturday. An incredible £403.21 was raised which will help the Garden Society thrive and will also support various 'greening' projects around the town.

And a huge Thank You to Frances Short for donating so many wonderful plants. It is lovely to think that her garden will live on in Charlbury.

Geneviève Hug · Thu 7 Oct, 17:42 · Link

Air Pollution Measurement - PM10 - in Market Street

DustScanAQ are measuring PM10 outside our office in Market St, using our new DS Cloud monitor. We will publish the data. We would like someone from the town council to pass on traffic survey data to us if they can.

Gordon Allison · Thu 7 Oct, 15:08 · Link

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