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Charlbury picture up for auction

Local artist Susan Woolley has painted a beautiful autumn scene of the Mill Field in Charlbury which she has put up for auction in aid of Christian Aid. The price at the moment stands at £60 and the painting will be sold to the highest bidder by the end of the Cream Tea afternoon next Sunday 3 June.

If you would like to be the proud owner of this delightful original watercolour, please phone Sue as soon as possible on 01608 811015 with your bid. There are only a few days left before the auction ends on Sunday 3 June and all proceeds go towards Christian Aid!

The painting measures 14 x 12 inches including frame.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 30 May 2007, 17:23 · Link

Bikes not banned on Trains, its a typo!

After local intervention and investigation, FGW suggest new timetable details regarding the banning of bikes on peak trains is a typo, and not an intentional move.

Therefore there is not a ban on cycles on the peak commuter trains to Oxford and London.

It is however suggested that bookings are made.

russell robson · Fri 25 May 2007, 10:21 · Link

Thomas Gifford Trust Public Meeting Notes

The notes of the recent public meeting are now available on the Trust's community pages.

If there are any questions and queries please email

russell robson · Wed 9 May 2007, 21:33 · Link

Bikes banned from peak trains?

First Great Western has published its timetable from 20th May onwards. (Available here: symbols explained here.)

Though times from Charlbury appear little changed, one unwelcome change is the introduction of an (X) symbol above the morning services at 6.47, 7.29 and 8.34 - indicating that bikes are not allowed on these services. The 7.29 and 8.34 are HSTs with a spacious 'guard's van' area traditionally used by Charlbury commuters to store their bikes.

The same symbol has also appeared on the evening trains leaving London at 5.22, 5.52 and 6.22.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 9 May 2007, 10:48 · Link

Charlbury Garden Society

The Garden Society will be holding its annual Plant Sale in the memorial Hall - doors opening at 9.30. There will be bedding plants and perrenials plus all sorts of vegetable plants for sale. The bulk of the plants sell out in the first half hour as the quality is very high and the prices very reasonable. So you may need to start queuing well before 9.30. to avoid disappointment.

Geoff Holmberg · Tue 8 May 2007, 15:02 · Link

District Council result

Mike Breakell has been re-elected as District Councillor for Charlbury and Finstock.


  • Mike Breakell (Liberal Democrat): 790 elected
  • Gill Hill (Conservative): 579
  • Harriet Lorna Mary Marshall (Green Party): 128

At a turn-out of 51.2% the ward had the highest participation of any in the WODC area.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 4 May 2007, 07:00 · Link


The Street Fair Fun Run is a popular event each year, and for over 15 years Dean Vincent has courageously organised this event on behalf of Street Fair. However, this year he has decided to retire from the organisation AND WE NEED SOMEONE ELSE or a group of you to help organise this event.
Please contact Susie with thousands of offers of help - we really do need this. I look forward to hearing from you all !!! email:

Susie Finch · Tue 1 May 2007, 17:39 · Link

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