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"LE JOG" Land's End to John O' Groats

For anyone who may be interested in following my progress, I am now staying at my sister's in Portishead near Bristol. The weather has been very kind to me up to now, especially the winds which have been light south westerlies.
I have stayed in St Agnes, Camelford, Okehampton and Taunton. Tomorrow I will be joined by a friend who will cycle with me to Newent near Ross on Wye.
I hope to reach Scotland sometime next weekend.
Thanks again to everyone who has sponsored me on this venture. I have already sent £440 to the Oxfordshire Macmillan Appeals Office. Ian Grierson

Ian Grierson · Sun 27 Aug 2006, 16:51 · Link

Commemorative Beer on sale NOW - all profit to Street Fair

To celebrate the granting of the Royal Market Charter to Charlbury 750 years ago, we have organised the brewing of 996 bottles of commemorative beer, which is to be launched at the Farmers' Market on Satuday 9th September and will be also on sale on Street Fair day (if there's any left!).

Brewed by the Vale Brewery, in Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, this is a delicious ruby – coloured premium ale, with complex malt and hop flavours and a moreish smack! With an ABV of 4.6% in 500ml bottles with a commemorative label, this is a limited brew of 996 bottles, and will never be repeated.

The price is £2.50 for a bottle, or £30 for a case of 12 bottles. For advance orders please contact Anne Ockleston on 01608 811985. All profits go straight to Street Fair.

Susie Finch · Thu 24 Aug 2006, 13:22 · Link

Infrustructure + Side Stalls, Displays, Entertainment etc - Fun Day 2007


Last Saturday was our second Finstock Fun Day.

We are already looking to 2007.

We are much bigger then a Village Fete and I am looking for people who could possible help out with contacts for the following:

Infrustructure - Marquees
Side Stalls

And any other things people think would be good to see.

Please contact me at

Lorraine · Wed 23 Aug 2006, 12:59 · Link

Princess Royal to visit Charlbury

From the Witney Gazette: "THE Princess Royal will visit Charlbury next month as part of celebrations marking the town's 750th anniversary of being granted a Royal Charter.

"The princess is due to visit Charlbury Museum, in Market Street, on Friday, September 15. Buckingham Palace confirmed the engagement, and said further details of her visit were to be finalised. The princess will also be in Abingdon the same day."

Full story here.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 22 Aug 2006, 09:11 · Link

SHED leave for Edinburgh

On Saturday 19th of August SHED are off to Edinburgh. All 26 of us dressed in our new fringe T-shirts. We are so excited.
The leaders, Chris, Trish, Sue, Teresa and Jan would like to express our most grateful thanks to all the people of Charlbury who have supported us in our endevours. Donations fundraising and kind acts have raised thousands of pounds. Without this support we would not have made it, we are quite overwhelmed and so grateful.

We would also like to congratulate our hardworking cast who have all learnt three scripts and will perform in different roles throughout the week. This was probably our most ambitious decision and the cast have risen to the challenge.

Look out Edinburgh here we come!

Sue Cochrane · Fri 18 Aug 2006, 13:04 · Link

Charlbury resident wins District Council draw

One lucky householder from Charlbury has won £50 in West Oxfordshire District Council’s summer prize draw by recycling her Yellow Pages in one of the eight designated recycling banks this August. Ms Shelagh Scott of Dancer’s Hill, Charlbury recycled her Yellow Pages at the recycling bank in the Spendlove Centre and it was randomly selected.

Householders still have time to recycle their Yellow Pages and could be the lucky winner of £50 in September. The Charlbury recycling bank is at the Spendlove Centre.

All the old directories collected will be recycled into newspapers and magazines.

The old directories need to be collected separately and cannot be recycled through the normal weekly household recycling collections because of the special dyes used in the pages. The Council has been given a grant by the Yellow Pages Directory Scheme to place special recycling banks around the district to make it easier for local residents to recycle their old Yellow Pages directory.

Contact the Council on 01993 861020 for further information or visit or or call the Directory Recycling Helpline on 0800 671 444 (Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30).

(West Oxfordshire District Council press release)

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 17 Aug 2006, 12:20 · Link


A big 'thank you' to all the people who have contributed to my fund raising on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. I have already sent a cheque to the Oxfordshire Appeals Office for £260 and I am confident that I will achieve my target of £1,000. Your generous donations have really given me the motivation I need.

On Monday 21st August, I will be taking the train to Penzance and I begin my cycle ride the following morning.

I shall be staying at B & B's as well as friends and relations en route.

A special 'thanks' to Mark Akers at Beeline Bikes in Oxford who prepared my bike for the journey.

If you have not yet sponsored me, it is not too late! Just call in to Vincent's Pharmacy where there are sponsor forms, or send a cheque made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support to my home address at 47, Ticknell Piece, Charlbury, OX7 3TN.

Ian Grierson · Wed 9 Aug 2006, 11:12 · Link

Charlbury news in the Oxford Mail

A Charlbury man tried to kill his fiance by throwing plugged-in electrical equipment into her bath and holding her head under water, a jury heard. Gary Boyland, 34, threw a hair-drier, music stereo and a lamp into the bath after finding out Lynsey Brookes was again in contact with a man she had had an affair with, Johannah Cutts, prosecuting, told Oxford Crown Court. More here...

The first time a television production company asked Greg Rasmussen to tell the story of his miraculous escape from the African bush, he turned them down. "I had been lucky to survive, indeed I shouldn't be alive and I definitely shouldn't be walking, so I thought it best I just bury what had happened and just get on with things," said the 50-year-old from Charlbury. More here....

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 4 Aug 2006, 13:11 · Link

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