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Update on Grassfire at Charlbury's BBOWT Blenheim Farm Reserve

A large area of meadow grass and flowers has been burnt at the top end of the reserve by the log benches. This happened about 2.30pm last Sunday afternoon and we have to thank local residents who saw the smoke from their kitchen window and reacted quickly by calling the Fire Service. We are very grateful to the local fire crew who responded quickly and by using water back packs were able to put it out. Blenheim Farm Reserve is alongside Centenary Woodland so the consequences could have been far, far worse. If anyone knows how it might have started then please contact me through this website or phone 01608 811057. This shows what can happen so easily in the current drought conditions - there is a severe risk of wildfires from BBQs, cigarettes, discarded bottles, and bonfires. Advice from British Red Cross about wildfires.

Christine Elliott · Thu 11 Aug, 14:33 · Link


Extended Hours at Charlbury Pre-School

Charlbury Pre-School has extended its hours to

8.45am – 5.00pm

Monday to Friday

for all 2-5 year olds.

We are also offering extra curricular activities for 2-5 year olds from 3.15pm – 5.00pm which include:

Monday – Music

Tuesday – Social Smarts & Team Play

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Dance

Friday – Art

(classes will change on a rotational basis and suggestions are welcome)

To find out more either pop in to speak with us, call us, or visit us at www.charlburypreschool.org.uk/

Jill Petersen · Wed 10 Aug, 17:39 · Link


No trains this Saturday (13 August)

Just received:

We promised to keep you updated ahead of this Saturday’s (13th August) strike by the ASLEF trade union (train drivers) when there will be no service on the majority of the GWR network.

We will run a very limited service on the routes listed on our dedicated strike webpage here: www.gwr.com/strike. These services will be very busy and will start later and finish much earlier than normal. Disruption will continue into Sunday 14th August, and our advice to customers is to check before travel and only travel if absolutely necessary. There will be no service on the North Cotswolds line from Oxford-Worcester/Hereford on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

Journey planners are being updated and where we can we are contacting customers directly to make them aware of the changes. Any help you can give to share this message amongst your networks will be gratefully received, we want to ensure that anyone who is thinking of travelling by train this weekend is aware of the severe disruption. We will be in touch again next week with detail on the RMT and TSSA action planned for Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August. One of the three separate negotiations between the TSSA and Network Rail was approved by members last week, and we continue to work to resolve all outstanding disputes.

You may also have seen that hot weather is forecast for later this week, with the potential to disrupt rail services through temporary speed restrictions and short-notice cancellations. Our teams will be watching this carefully, and customers should check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or on www.gwr.com.

As ever, if there is anything we can do to assist please do get in touch.

Gareth Epps · Tue 9 Aug, 10:41 · Link


NO GWR SERVICE THIS WEEKEND THROUGH CHARLBURY

Message from GWR:

We promised to keep you updated ahead of this Saturday’s (13th August) strike by the ASLEF trade union (train drivers) when there will be no service on the majority of the GWR network.

We will run a very limited service on the routes listed on our dedicated strike webpage here: www.gwr.com/strike. These services will be very busy and will start later and finish much earlier than normal. Disruption will continue into Sunday 14th August, and our advice to customers is to check before travel and only travel if absolutely necessary.

There will be no service on the North Cotswolds line from Oxford-Worcester/Hereford on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 9 Aug, 10:36 · 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.

  • 19 Sandford Rise Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 5 (details of the access between the land and highway) of planning permission 20/02942/HHD.
    WODC reference: 22/01162/CND - Fri 13 May 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 8 Aug, 06:15 · Link


Dick Heckman Service

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Dick Heckman will be held Tuesday August 9 at 3pm at St. Mary’s Charlbury.

Mary Heckman · Sat 6 Aug, 15:23 · Link


Wilderness contact number

Wilderness is now underway; should anyone need to contact the Wilderness team over the weekend the number to call is 01608 491491

Liz Leffman · Fri 5 Aug, 10:09 · Link


Jody O’Reilly Prints throughout August

Local printmaker Jody O’Reilly is exhibiting throughout August in the back room of Charlbury Deli. Come enjoy a coffee and peruse. The prints are for sale framed as shown. Mainly lino cuts with a few intaglio drypoints Jody is inspired by our local landscape, events and places. The prints are hand printed in small editions and each has unique character. Multiple copies of some prints are available and if you are interested in unframed prints please email me to ask about availability: Jody.m.oreilly@gmail.com 

Jody O'Reilly · Mon 1 Aug, 12:54 · Link


No trains this weekend (30th/31st)

No trains will run from Charlbury station on either Saturday 30th or Sunday 31st.

Saturday is a widespread strike by train drivers and most routes nationwide will be affected.

Sunday is not a strike day, but GWR say there will be no services between Oxford and Worcester “due to a lack of staff”.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 29 Jul, 14:00 · Link


Wilderness Ticket Auction - Last Chance!

This is your last chance to bid for a pair of adult camping tickets for Wilderness Festival 2022. The auction is in aid of St Mary's Church and its community initiatives and bidding ends at 12 noon on Friday, 29th July. Please email your bid to danielajenkins@btinternet.com

daniela jenkins · Thu 28 Jul, 09:21 · Link


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