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20 MPH zone signage

Contractors for OCC have today installed the new signs.  Let's hope it has the desired effect.

Jim Holah · Tue 2 Jun, 15:36 · Link

Safe Cancer Care

Oxford University Hospitals need you to be totally re-assured that patients can still receive their care in a safe environment, despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

These include designating the Churchill Hospital as a ‘cold’ site, which means that the presence of Covid-19 is brought down to an absolute minimum.

Dr Nick Maynard, who is the Cancer Lead said “We’ve noticed that people haven’t been attending their appointments and we don’t want people to miss out on cancer care because of fears around Covid-19. Finding and treating cancer early gives us the best chance to cure it – and ignoring potential problems can have serious consequences now or in the future. On-going care and treatment is just as important, as many of these are also curative and control disease long term.”

If you are concerned about symptoms of cancer, then you are asked to contact your GP for advice. Waiting to get help could have serious consequences for patients and put a greater burden on the NHS in the future.

The full article about this is at

Nikki Rycroft · Tue 2 Jun, 08:49 · Link

Squirrel Session #5

Hi there,

I hope the slight relaxing of lockdown rules has been positive for you so far. One thing that isn’t changing any time soon is my bi-weekly Squirrel Session so this is just a short note to remind you that it’s happening this Wednesday (not Thursday as usual) from 7 – 7.30pm.

You can watch below when the time starts or head to Please do subscribe to my channel in the meantime and let me know if you’re watching in the comments – it really means a lot to me when I don’t have any applause to hear!

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Elena x

Elena Piras · Mon 1 Jun, 19:04 · Link

Charlbury Town Football and Sports Club.

Things are moving on well with the new sports and Social club.
A lot of hard work is going into this last bit to be able to be ready to open.
If anyone would like to help out with anything then please let us know.
We are still fundraising and taking donations. Thank you. Mandy  

Mandy cooper · Sun 31 May, 15:14 · Link

Charlbury Angling Club - Tickets for 2020/21 Season

The cost of tickets for the forthcoming season is the same as for last year.

A ticket for the 2020/2021 season which starts on 16th June will cost £25 for an adult, £15 for a senior citizen, and free for a junior when obtained with the purchase of an adult or senior citizen ticket.

Tickets may be obtained from 15th June onwards at Cotswolds Frames, Market Street, Charlbury between 10am and 3pm on weekdays. Tel: 01608 811805.

Tickets will also become available at ACE Tackle, Kidlington (tel:  01865 372066) and Staytes Tackle, Witney (tel: 01993 702587). For either shop, please call direct to check their opening times.  

If you have any problem in obtaining a ticket please call Jane on 01608 810822 (evenings) or Alan on 01865 864052. 

Jackie Hague · Sat 30 May, 14:37 · Link

Postman Pete The Centurian

Last outfit apparently.....

Sally Callaway · Sat 30 May, 14:17 · Link

The HIstory of Charlbury through .... shoes and shoemakers

‘Well Shod’   Boot & Shoe-makers of Charlbury

A precious pair of child’s shoes made by a Charlbury shoe-maker and the mystery of hidden shoe heels found in a cottage inspire this week’s story.

Stepping back in time to Charlbury in the late 19th century, customers in need of walking boots or shoes had a choice of several shoemakers. The Charlbury Directory for 1884 lists Robert Parrott, F. Kerry and B. Luker’s Boot Warehouse in Market Street; Joseph Stayte in Sheep Street and Henry Price, Church Street. Working men’s boots were in particular demand: laced, hob nailed, with low stacked heels in tough leather. Boots made for walking to work, repaired regularly in the shoe-makers workshop.

Henry Price’s story resonates through his shoe-making tools, notebooks, boots displayed in the museum. A legacy kept alive by his grand-daughter, Jennifer Bartlett, who describes a very special pair of shoes:

“I remember being shown Aunt Lizzie’s shoes when I was quite small, by Uncle Chris and Auntie Alma in their shoe shop in Sheep Street. My Grandfather, Henry Price made the tiny leather shoes, embellished with a velvet rosette and pearl button, for his first born child Elizabeth Jane in 1880-81. Recently married, Henry and Edith moved to Myrtle Cottage, Church Street in 1879; his shoe-making workshop was at the front of the cottage, the back room was my Grandmother’s sitting room. Myrtle Cottage was home to their nine children, my father Sidney was their youngest child.”

Christopher Price continued his father’s trade (see photo), later opening a shoe shop, with his wife Alma, in Sheep Street. This last link with Charlbury shoe-making trade closed around 1981.

Finally, historic shoe stories can be tinged with mystery, as the ‘concealed shoes’ hidden in buildings to bring good luck or ward off evil spirits. Three wooden shoe heels were discovered under the attic floor boards of my old home, 11 Market Street, in the1980s (see photo). Although shoe-maker Bert Howse worked next door after WW1, these ladies heels have echoes of another age. The distinctive low ‘louis’ heel appears in the mid 18thc. A Georgian coin,1797, hidden next to the heels gives an extra clue. Perhaps another Charlbury shoe-maker‘s story waits to be revealed…………….

Sue Rangeley

With thanks to Jennifer Bartlett for the information on Henry Price and his family.

Info.: links to a new museum of boots & shoes

Judy Dod · Fri 29 May, 21:35 · Link

Libray Services - Digital Update

As Oxfordshire County Council has no current information from the Government as to when any of Oxfordshire's Libraries will reopen, the Library Service has issued a reminder of how you can join online and how to access our many digital services.

This year's Summer Reading Challenge theme will be "Silly Squad" and will be available to join on line.  Look out for more information here soon!

Applying to join Oxfordshire Libraries online

Go to and click ‘Join the Library’ and fill in your details.

We will email your account access details back to you within 1-2 working days

 eBooks and eAudio

Choose from a great range of fiction and non-fiction reading for adults and children. We are investing in more titles in response to the current situation. Download the Libby or Borrowbox apps.

 eMagazines and eNews

Pressreader and RBdigital magazines provide thousands of UK and international titles of leisure reading or current affairs for you to read online or download. Time to garden, get creative or find out what’s going on around the world through curated news content.

 Digital learning and study resources

Britannica Online, dictionaries and reference books provide high quality homework support and resources for personal study


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Julie Ward · Fri 29 May, 12:49 · Link

Keeping in touch with friends and relatives who are in Hospital

It is so difficult for anyone who has a relative or friend in hospital at the moment. But how much more difficult is it for the patient who is cut off from us. 

The new "Keep in Touch" schemes – operating at specific hospitals as listed – are here to help.

If you have a relative or a friend who is in the any of the hospitals, below, then type your message directly onto an e-mail or attach it to an e-mail as a Word document. If you want to, you can include a picture or two!

For patients in the John Radcliffe – send your “letter” to .

For patients in Witney, Abingdon, Bicester or any of the Oxfordshire Community Hospitals, or for patients in the Warneford or Littlemore hospitals send your “letter” to .

Make sure that you mark your letter clearly with the full name of the patient it is for - and which ward they are on. There is no need for their NHS number, or date of birth etc,

Sign it with your name as the patient would recognise it (no need for titles or Surnames) 

A member of the Patient Experience team will acknowledge receipt of your letter and send it on to the Administration hub. It will be printed (in colour) and delivered in a sealed envelope, to the ward.

A member of the ward staff will then make sure that your letter gets to your loved one. All letter will be treated as confidential. If a patient is unable to open or read a letter, the staff will ask their permission before opening or reading it out.

You are welcome to send more than one letter – either all together from different family members or friends, or throughout the week, to stay in touch as regularly as you like.

NB: in addition patients in the John Radcliffe, Churchill, Horton or NOC are being provided with tablet devices free of charge so that they can video call their friends and family.

And also in those hospitals, Hospedia (who run the bedside entertainment systems on the inpatient wards) are enabling patients to make free outbound calls from their bedside during the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nikki Rycroft · Thu 28 May, 21:20 · Link

Friday Fish & Chip van

Just a reminder that the Friday van is back every week in the usual spot at the Charlbury Community Centre, from 5 til 8.30pm

Jim Holah · Thu 28 May, 16:52 · Link

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