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Charlbury Beer Festival passes £250k fund raising mark

As many of you will know, we had a wonderful Charlbury Beer Festival this year, with glorious weather, a great atmosphere and all the usual offerings of Aunt Sally, music, Culture Club and of course 50 cracking beers. 

Thanks to all of you who came along and supported the event, to our sponsors and to our volunteers we have been able to raise over £21k from this years beer festival, which means that we have also raised over £250,000 during the 22 years of our operation. Charlbury School has been our principal beneficiary, we have supported 47 local organisations in total, plus 9 overseas projects/organisations. In addition, other local organisations have been running stalls since we have been down at the Cricket Club raising a further £20k for their own causes.

I hope you agree that the Charlbury Beer Festival goes from strength to strength, we are always looking for ways to improve so please do get in touch with any suggestions or indeed if you would like to help and be part of the team.

Tim Crisp · Thu 18 Jul, 07:22 · Link

Local funny man in running for BBC New Comedy Award

Charlbury's Adrian Lancini has been selected to take part in the 2019 Radio 4 Comedy Award. He will compete in the Manchester heat with 10 other comedians for a place in the Edinburgh finals. Though not a competitive fellow Adrian is reported to be 'excited' about participating.

Adrian's set will now be aired on Radio 4 Extra at 10.30pm on Friday 26th July (note the change of date). Keep up-to-date with his progress on

Edward Fenton · Mon 15 Jul, 18:22 · Link

Freddie Jones 1927-2019

Actor and former Charlbury resident Freddie Jones passed away yesterday (9 July) after a short illness.

Freddie was well known in the town and a great supporter of CADS and other community organisations. He lived in the town for 30 years, moving out in 2007 but still keeping in touch – most recently he opened the new Community Centre in 2017.

As an actor he was best known in recent years for his role in Emmerdale, but had a long career in both film and TV. The Guardian recapped his career in a piece today.

Wed 10 Jul, 16:32 · 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 8 Jul, 06:15 · Link

Steam Train Today Saturday 6th July -Apparently it didn't run!

A steam train is scheduled to pass through Charlbury heading towards Worcester today, at 17.58 see 

It’s hauled by a loco maybe not as well known as some - a mere Stanier Jubilee class named ‘Bahamas’.

John Dora · Sat 6 Jul, 10:48 · 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.

  • Kimbell House Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension and canopy over existing front door.
    WODC reference: 16/02263/HHD - Mon 18 Jul 2016 - Unknown
  • Kimbell House Dyers Hill Charlbury
    General refurbishment works to include erection of single storey rear extension and canopy over front door, changes to internal layout with installation of new staircases and four rooflights, and provision of second floor bathroom.
    WODC reference: 16/02264/LBC - Mon 18 Jul 2016 - Unknown

Mon 1 Jul, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury Society Outing to Chavenage

The Charlbury Society spent a wonderful day last Monday at Chavenage House, near Tetbury, which is Trenwith in the Poldark series.  We were given a quite exceptional and fascinating tour by the owner, Caroline Lowesley Williams.

Everyone was absolutely full of praise and many said it was their best tour ever in a long series of historic house visits.

We await the first episode of Poldark in a couple of weeks with excitement and seeing the role this stunning house has in the next series.

Judy Dod · Fri 28 Jun, 22:25 · Link

Charlbury Beer Festival

As you may have seen, Charlbury Beer Festival preparation is well under way, and the weather looks like it is going to be amazing! We have extra shelter tents this year, giving more protection, and if you bring your own gazebos you will be able to put them up in designated areas at the festival. 

There also be a standpipe for fresh drinking water so please bring your reusable water bottles and refill for free.

With wonderful entertainment, delicious food, children's tents and of course over 50 real ales and craft beers, cider, Pimm's, Gin and wine, all is set for a glorious day out. This year we hope to be able to break the £250,000 mark in donations, so we look forward to seeing as many of you down at the Cricket Club tomorrow and wish you all a happy Charlbury Beer Festival.

Tim Crisp · Fri 28 Jun, 09:28 · Link

Vacancy for Charlbury Primary School Chair of the Board of Governors

  • Background

    Charlbury School has 13 members on the Governing Body (including Clerk and Associates) who are drawn from parents, staff members, the local authority and our community. We are diverse in age range, background and skills. Our role is to ensure high standards of achievement for all the children in the school by:

    Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

    Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the children; and

    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

  • Vacancy

    At the end of this academic year (July), I complete my 9th year as a governor and the 4th as Chair of Governors and I gave notice last September that it is time for me to move on. Therefore, we have a vacancy arising for someone who is interested in joining the Board as Chair of Governors. In addition to normal governing duties, this role carries with it the responsibility for leading the governing body and being a confidential sounding board for the head teacher. Some experience of leading a Board, whether in the education sector or not, is therefore essential.

  • The time commitment to the school is

  • 5 full governing body meetings per annum, held between 6-8pm on varying weekday evenings

    Attendance at other committee meetings when required which precede the full meetings. The Chair of Governors is not required to chair these committees. Informal meetings with the head teacher on average on a bi-weekly basis.

  • Other ad hoc meetings on matters arising or sub-committees are not unusual.

  • There is an amount of preparation time for all meetings particularly setting the agenda for the Full Governing Body meetings in conjunction with the Governing Body’s clerk.

    You would also be expected to come into school during term-time from time to time on visits in association with your role and to share the joy of the children.

  • In my experience, the time commitment for the Chair of Governors is around ½ day per week during term time but more recently this has increased following our Ofsted report. I would hope and expect the task to return to ‘normal’ within the next year.

  • Applications are welcome from parents and non-parents - we wish to maintain the correct balance on the Governing Body of all stakeholders of our community. I as Chair of Governors and the headteacher, Jane Holt, would be more than happy to discuss the position further with anyone who may be interested in taking up the role.

  • I can be contacted at

    Kaye Leggett

    Chair of Governors, Charlbury Primary School

Catriona Pitt · Mon 24 Jun, 10:23 · Link

Wilderness tickets to auction - last chance!

This week is your last chance to bid for a pair of Adult camping tickets for Wilderness Festival 2019. The auction is in aid of Charlbury Community Centre and bidding ends at noon on Friday, 28th June. Please email your bid to

daniela jenkins · Mon 24 Jun, 10:13 · Link

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